Pleasant Hill School


Yuma County, Colorado

From the 1922 atlas, the school was located in the south edge of section 33, 5N 47W, north of the Fred and Lee Korf extensive holdings.

May 21, 1925 Pleasant Valley "Sunday school and church were not as well attended as usual. Let's all go next Sunday and make it a record attendance. Rev. Kelly will preach both morning and evening. It will be his last Sunday. He was teaching at the Pleasant Hill school. He will be missed by the Sunday School especially. Everyone come out on his last day."
When Edna Korf attended the Pleasant Hill school, her last teacher was Frank Buchanan, whom seh married December 1929.

April 29, 1937
August 31, 1972 "Dr. John Browning White, associate professor of library science at Northern Illinois University since 1964, retired. He and his wife, Lucille McVey White, will reside in Colorado Springs.
From 1950 to 1963 Dr. White was director of library and archives at the Nebraska State Historical Society. His M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, both in history are from the University of Nebraska. Both Dr. and Mrs. White have library degrees from the University of Denver. Dr. White was the teacher at the Pleasant Hill School north of Yuma in 1935-1936.

Avis Marie Blach Willeke was born on May 30, 1918, the eldest of eight children born to Ambrose and Katie (Brand) Blach in Yuma, CO. She died on January 12, 2010 at the Colorado Plains Medical Center after a long fulfilled and wonderful life.
Avis attended the Hammond School and graduated from the Yuma High School in 1934. After attending college in Greeley for two years, she obtained a Rural Certificate. She taught one year at Pleasant Hill School northeast of Yuma for $80 a month, and two years at Prairie View northwest of Yuma. While teaching here, many activities were shared with the Hammond, Enterprise, Pleasant Hill and Liberty Hill schools. After receiving her BA Degree from Colorado State College of Education at Greeley in Business and English in 1940, she taught at the Waverly High School north of Fort Collins for three years and worked as a clerk at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal for a year.
While teaching at Waverly she met Raymond Willeke who was farming in the area. They were married on August 18, 1943 in Akron, Colorado, and celebrated their 53rd Anniversary before he died on May 30, 1996. They had farmed a few years at Wellington, Galeton, and Gary south of Brush before moving to their present home sixteen miles northwest of Otis in 1949, which was purchased from Charles Halsey.

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