Just a brief “Boller” detour on Our Iowa Heritage road…
(M-0075) Little Red Brick School House in Iowa City (1870)
Most schools in the late 1800’s were one-room school houses. The Little Red Brick School House in Iowa City was a good example. By the turn of the century, there were numerous one-room schoolhouses located throughout Johnson County, usually one per township. Here’s a story about School #7 located in Washington Township in SW Johnson County.
(L-0008) It’s December 18, 1903 – Ida May Boller, age 14, after one month of perfect attendance at school, was awarded the Johnson County Superintendent of Schools Certificate of Attendance* from Prairie Dale School in Washington Township/Johnson County, Iowa. Too bad the teacher misspelled “Prairie” on the certificate! Whoops!
(L-0009) It’s February 12, 1904 – Ida May Boller was awarded yet another Johnson County Superintendent of Schools Certificate of Attendance* from Prairie Dale School in Washington Township/Johnson County, Iowa. Note, this time the teacher has the correct spellings!
*Ida Boller’s 1903 & 1904 Certificates of Attendance (for one month of perfect attendance) are certainly nothing of big significance, but it is interesting how these little papers came into our collection. In July 2020, I saw one of the certificates being sold on Ebay for a few dollars. Knowing Ida Boller was a relative, I immediately bought it, only to find out the dealer was in New York state and had bought it as part of a huge purchase of miscellaneous documents over 30 years ago. When the dealer found out I was related to Ida, he immediately refunded my purchase, looked through his collection, finding the second one and told me, “You should have these…not buy them! Now, they are HOME!”
Prairie Dale School, known originally in Johnson County as “School #7”, had an interesting history. (taken from Leading Events in Johnson County History, Charles Ray Aurner)
Ida May Boller was the daughter of Jacob A. and Mary (Swartzendruber) Boller. Jacob A. is the younger brother of Daniel J. Boller (my great grandfather) and both were sons of Jacob B. & Catharine Boller, who moved from Ohio to Johnson County, Iowa in 1853.
Jacob A. Boller and Daniel J. Boller.
Jacob A. and Mary had three children; Ida May (1889), Jason Glen (1892), and Willard Paul (1902) and kept much of the original Boller family farm in Washington Township/Johnson County, passing it off to son Jason. Descendants of the J.A. Boller family still reside there today.
Ida May Boller (1889-1957) married Alva Miller (1887-1969), and was a first cousin to my grandfather, Waldo Boller (1884-1941). Ida and Alva lived their entire lives in Kalona and are both buried at the Sharon Hill Cemetery in Kalona.