MADERA – The Grub Gulch Chapter 41-49 of E. Clampus Vitus is dedicating a monument to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Dixieland School in Madera on Friday, June 6, at 10 a.m.
Dixieland School was built in 1913 in the Dixieland Farming District and was originally named Munich which came from the group of residents who migrated from the town of Munich in the Dakotas.
The school has served as the social nucleus of the community even to this day. The school is located at 18440 Road 19 just west of Madera (intersection of Avenue 18 1/2 and Road 19).
Above is a photo of the school circa 1913, but there is little written history. It was originally called Munich but when WW I came about, public sentiment caused the district to drop the German name and rename it Dixieland. They had monthly dances there with live bands as well as an annual Christmas party. The Women’s Club used the building for their monthly meeting for many years. The old schoolhouse was torn down and a new wing built in 1949.
The next dedication for the local chapter of the Clampers will be in late summer or early fall, when they put up a monument to the Hildreth stage holdup at the Washburn’s Ryan Ranch near the rock that was the site of the Tom Hildreth home water tank.