With the renovation of the Wetmore Community Center still an ongoing project, I thought it would be good to share a brief history of the building.
This information came from the minutes taken during the Wetmore Community Board History meeting held on June 8, 1999.
Here are some basic facts as recorded in those minutes:
The building was completed in 1928 and was used as the Wetmore schoolhouse until the fall of 1961 when the C9 district consolidated with the Florence school district. Grades 1-8 were held in various rooms of the building. According to the notes, there was some question as to whether 9-12 grades were held there.
Electricity was installed in the North Room in the 1940's thanks to the GI Bill. The rest of the building received electricity around 1955. The original heat was a coal furnace. The outhouses were 30 feet NW of the building. Bathrooms were built in 1958-1958.
More interesting facts can be found in these minutes.