One of the events that served to give Cedar Mill its early identity
was the designation of the area as a school district in 1856. However,
earlier needs of the pioneers to educate their children led to a
Mary Hall Reeves, who arrived in the area with her family in 1852,
recalled her early education in Cedar Mill in the account compiled
by her nephew, H. Ross Findley.
"In 1855 the first school was started. It was a subscription
school and William Walker taught it in a part of my father's
Among my school mates of that early day school I remember Holister
McGuire, Samatha [Samantha] Cornell, Jim and Ed Balch, Bob [Robert]
Walker, Dick Kyle, Marion Nickum, Amanda Barnes and some of the
Phlippins [Flippins,] Campbells and one or two of my brothers.
This school was continued as a private school until the Union
School District was organized. "
first Union School
While the subscription school was a private venture, the first
public education facility was the Union School, or District #6.
Although little is known of Union School's origin, several indirect
references imply that the schoolhouse may have existed prior to
1860, and certainly by 1863.
The building jointly occupied with the Union Cemetery a 2.67-acre
site on N.W. 143rd Avenue.
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Cedar Mill School
Cedar Mill School, a simple wooden clapboard structure,
built in 1884. (Courtesy Gertrude Walters Pearson Landauer)
A second public school existed in the area after 1883, when District
#62J was established. The following year Cedar Mill School was
built after Sam Walters presented the new district with a one-acre
of land from his donation land claim along the south side of upper
A few years after its construction, the school was moved to the
north side of Cornell Road. The building was in use for 43 years
until 1927. The previous year the school board included Louis Stark,
clerk, James Walters, chairman, Samuel T. Walters, and Burton B.
Reeves. Several of these officers may have been serving when plans
were formulated for a new building.
completed second Cedar Mill School, 1928. (Courtesy Carl Stark)
On May 20, 1927, the Beaverton Enterprise announced:
Bids are being asked for a new schoolhouse at Cedar Mill. The
building will be 2 rooms and basements, frame and stucco building
heat. Spanish style of architecture will be used.
The new building was constructed on the site of the old schoolhouse
on Cornell Road. In the fall of 1927, the modern schoolhouse, complete
with basement, was ready for occupancy.
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