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Monday, October 24, 2011

Edmund Lieck Elementary School

This is my deceased husband's greatgrandfather. They have just named a new elementary school after him in northwest San Antonio. He was a true educational pioneer who helped establish the roots of that school district before the district was created. He was born in Heinsberg, Germany in 1845. His family immigrated to the United States when he was still a child. He and two younger brothers served in the Texas Calvary during the Civil War. He and his wife purchased ranch land west of San Antonio. Lieck and his neighbors built a one-room school on the ranch property. The school contained 25 homemade desks and a black potbelly stove. Lanterns were used to light the inside of the school and the library had five books. Lieck was the first teacher. He welcomed all children regardless of gender, race, or ethnicity. The school also was a gathering place and functioned as a dance hall on Saturday nights, a Church on Sunday mornings. and a voting site on election day. It's been more then a century since Edmund Lieck and his neighbor's built the school but his legacy continues to thrive in his namesake school.

16 comments:

Donna said...

That's amazing.

TexWisGirl said...

what an awesome family history! something to be very proud of!

(and i like your header photo!)

Sheila Y said...

That is wonderful, glad he was honored in such a way. Take care, Sheila

Jon said...

That is fantastic!!!

Jill said...

Wonderful, deep history! What a lovely honor.

Toon said...

Wow. An integrated school in those days must have been extremely rare.

Anonymous said...

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jack69 said...

Wow, what a piece of history. AND what a beard!!!
Yeah it is good to know that you knew and married folks that were part of REAL history. Lots of folks forget the pioneers who pushed education, we prefer our western stories to be the six-gun type.
Good entry, as usual.

jack69 said...

PS: What a versitile building, talk about efficient!

john wingo said...

Very interesting, Paula. He must have been a remarkable man. I love learning about pioneer history...makes you wonder how our generation would have fared in the "old days".

Kath said...

Oh I owuld love to read more on this Paula how very interesting.What a great man he must have been.Thanx for shareingthis with us.I enjoy reading history.Take Care God Bless Kath xx

DD said...

What a great heritage! This is something to be proud of and I am sure you all are.

FrankandMary said...

He welcomed all children regardless of gender, race, or ethnicity<<that is truly amazing considering the times. ~Mary

salemslot9 said...

cool beard, too

Lori said...

That is a wonderful story!

Kathy said...

An ancestor to actually be proud of!