Duck Lake School, Clarence Township, Calhoun County, Michigan

Location: 42.39991, -84.78268

Duck Lake School, built in 1883, is unique in that its construction and operation were privately funded. Stephen Munroe (1813-1890) had the school built as a convenience for children of his extended family and those of local residence since the nearest other school was three miles away. The school was only in operation for 5 years, until 1888. The school reopened briefly in 1911 to educate children from a nearby school which was damaged in a storm. Duck Lake School is a very small wooden-frame schoolhouse with only two windows on either side of the building, and a single door in front with two small windows to allow light into the entryway. The schoolhouse currently is painted yellow with brown trim. There is no bell tower or school bell, but there is a chimney in the back which a pot-belly stove probably vented into.

    
Duck Lake School, 1883-1888, reopened briefly in 1911 to educate children from a nearby school which was damaged in a storm. The school was built using private funds since the nearest school for Stephen Munroe's children was 3 miles away. Located in Clarence Township of Calhoun County, Michigan
    
Duck Lake School, 1883-1888, reopened briefly in 1911 to educate children from a nearby school which was damaged in a storm. The school was built using private funds since the nearest school for Stephen Munroe's children was 3 miles away. Located in Clarence Township of Calhoun County, Michigan
    
Duck Lake School, 1883-1888, reopened briefly in 1911 to educate children from a nearby school which was damaged in a storm. The school was built using private funds since the nearest school for Stephen Munroe's children was 3 miles away. Located in Clarence Township of Calhoun County, Michigan
    
Duck Lake School, 1883-1888, reopened briefly in 1911 to educate children from a nearby school which was damaged in a storm. The school was built using private funds since the nearest school for Stephen Munroe's children was 3 miles away. Located in Clarence Township of Calhoun County, Michigan
    
Duck Lake School, 1883-1888, reopened briefly in 1911 to educate children from a nearby school which was damaged in a storm. The school was built using private funds since the nearest school for Stephen Munroe's children was 3 miles away. Located in Clarence Township of Calhoun County, Michigan
    
Duck Lake School, 1883-1888, reopened briefly in 1911 to educate children from a nearby school which was damaged in a storm. The school was built using private funds since the nearest school for Stephen Munroe's children was 3 miles away. Located in Clarence Township of Calhoun County, Michigan
    
Duck Lake School, 1883-1888, reopened briefly in 1911 to educate children from a nearby school which was damaged in a storm. The school was built using private funds since the nearest school for Stephen Munroe's children was 3 miles away. Located in Clarence Township of Calhoun County, Michigan
    
Duck Lake School, 1883-1888, reopened briefly in 1911 to educate children from a nearby school which was damaged in a storm. The school was built using private funds since the nearest school for Stephen Munroe's children was 3 miles away. Located in Clarence Township of Calhoun County, Michigan
    
Duck Lake School, 1883-1888, reopened briefly in 1911 to educate children from a nearby school which was damaged in a storm. The school was built using private funds since the nearest school for Stephen Munroe's children was 3 miles away. Located in Clarence Township of Calhoun County, Michigan

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