Williams Creek (Albert) School

Next open house or event

We held our 2024 Open House on Saturday, May 11, from 2-5 p.m.

No special open houses or events are scheduled at this time at Williams Creek School. Check our Events Calendar for other Friends-sponsored events to attend.

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Club Activities

The Albert Community Club meets six times each year during January, March, May, July, September, and December. Members play card and domino games and socialize. A business meeting is held at 5 p.m., followed by a meal. The December meeting is a Christmas social. In July, the club holds its annual barbecue fundraiser. The school is used for reunions, weddings, rehearsal dinners, family parties, meetings, and other community activities.

Visits or Tours

Don't miss out on the chance to explore the schools and their neighboring grounds, even if there are no official open house events scheduled. The school properties and land offer excellent opportunities for leisurely walks, bird watching, engaging in geo-caching, and more. In case the school buildings are locked, take a moment to peer through the windows and catch a glimpse of their interiors. However, if there happens to be a private event in progress, please be considerate and avoid disrupting it.

To schedule a visit or tour when the school isn't conducting a scheduled open house, call the Williams Creek rental contact person below or complete our Contact Us form and select Williams Creek School from the dropdown. Include the date/time of your request along with details.

Rental Contacts

James Franze
Ada Wilke

Driving Directions

#7 on the driving map (Route D) located at 5501 South Ranch Road 1623.

photo of Williams Creek (Albert) School

A brief history of Williams Creek (Albert) School

Built in 1897. Consolidated in 1950. The curriculum consisted of arithmetic, reading, writing, spelling, history, geography, and penmanship. During WWI, a new law required all subjects, except foreign languages, to be taught in English, and German was not allowed on the school grounds. There could be as many as eight grades in one room, and older students helped younger ones. On Fridays there would be spelling bees.

School Club Officers

James Franze

Vice President:
Arin Jenschke Smith

Heather Krueger McCarver

Justin Weinheimer

Heather Krueger McCarver
Nelda Roessler

History of Williams Creek (Albert) School

In 1891, one acre of land on Williams Creek was bought for $1. A one-room log cabin was built and School District #38 was established. In November 1897, in order to move the school away from the creek to a more accessible area, a new 1½ acre tract of land was bought for $5 in what is now known as Albert.

In this new limestone rock building, lessons were only taught in German for a number of years. Later, however English was also taught. By 1922, two teachers were needed for the growing number of students so another room was added with an enclosed porch between the two rooms. The school enrollment at this time was 70 students. The new room was constructed of wood with a brick-faced tin exterior. Each room also had its own chimney for the wood-burning stoves.

Reverend Arhelger tells what he remembers about the Williams Creek School, from about 1895:

John Merz taught us reading and writing in German and English at the Albert School. He was a scholar in his own right and a strict disciplinarian. The primary language of instruction was English, even though there were only two families in the community that were exclusively English-speaking at the time. Farmers' children grew up on the farm in the cotton patch, but they'd try to have all the cotton picked before school began in September. It was important that the children did not miss school. (from M. Martinello with Ophelia Weinheimer "The Search for Emma's Story")

Another interesting fact is that in 1920 and 1921, future President Lyndon B. Johnson was enrolled as a student. In 1949, student enrollment dropped considerably and the students were contracted to the Stonewall School District. On June 12, 1950, the majority of the qualified voters in District #38 voted to consolidate with Stonewall.

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