Tremble School

Tremble School:


This property is now located at 12787 Velp Avenue in the Village of Suamico. A project of the Howard-Suamico Historical Society.


The Howard Suamico Historical Society is seeking funds to acquire Tremble School, the last one room school owned by the Howard Suamico School District and move that building to our property at Ancestry Acres 12787 Velp Avenue in Suamico. The school has not been used for educating students since around 1964 and needs restoration to help preserve this structure. As a small one room school, it is a great example of the past methods of educating our youth.

Tremble School was built in 1916 at a cost of $3,200 and used continuously for educating students until around 1964. The first teacher, Genevieve Farley was paid $47.52 per month for the school year 1917-18 and electricity was added to the building in 1931.

We have received preliminary approval from the school district and the Village of Suamico to go forward with this project and once completed, the school would be a great addition to our ongoing historical site in Suamico. In keeping with the Historical Society’s mission of preserving our heritage, this building would be open to the public once it is moved and renovations are completed.

I have looked at the minute book for the Suamico School District #4 to gather information about the Tremble School. The Tremble School was in this district until it became the Howard-Suamico School District in 1961. The Tremble School was replaced in the 1950’s by the Suamico Elementary School.
Here is some history:
At a special meeting in July, 1915, A motion was carried to build a new one room school house. The Clerk was instructed to write to the state superintendent to see if school could be held in the old school for one more year. That was denied.
At the annual meeting on July 3, 1916, a resolution to borrow $3,200 to build a school was passed.
Later, a motion was passed to have the state inspector and building committee look over four different school sites.
A motion was made to have the school open in Sept. of 1916. Plans, materials and prices had to be looked up and reported on at the next meeting.
On July 16, 1916, Harry W. Carr was paid $50 for the building plans. R.E.Krause was paid different amounts….it appears he was the builder.
On August 7, 1916, it was recommended that they don’t build on the same site. They decided to build at the corner of land belonging to Henry Fletcher. They paid him $200 for the acre of land.
The school had a furnace. Two toilets in the basement…one for girls and another for boys.
At the 1917 annual meeting, it was decided that the school would start on the first Tuesday in September 1917. (I noted that school started at different times each year) They also discussed repairing the school grounds and putting up a fence.
In February 1931 the Wisconsin Public Service was paid for lights….first time.
In November 1932, they had a fire on the roof which had to be repaired and a new roof was put on in August of 1934 at a cost of $135

  • Tim Rasmussen – Co-Chair
  • Russ Roland – Co-Chair
  • Barb Styczynski
  • Jan Deneys
  • Nancy O’Kelley
  • Brian Gillaume
  • Tom Mooren
  • Ellery Gulbrand

Project is 99% complete.

Tremble School in the Village of Suamico
Tremble School 2020

Ancestry Acres

Overhead view of Ancestry Acres

Ancestry Acres:


This property is located at 12787 Velp Avenue in the Village of Suamico. It has been leased to the Howard-Suamico Historical Society for a term of 99 years by the Village of Suamico.

The Ancestry Acres Project will be divided into three main phases.

Phase 1: Barn Restoration (complete)
Phase 2: House Restoration – The interior is complete and work is being done on the exterior. The front porch was rebuilt and landscaping is being worked on.
Phase 3: Outer Buildings and Grounds
The pre-1870 barn is restored, we will make it accessible to the surrounding communities as a museum and as a location for events (i.e., barn dances and ice-cream socials). It is a primary goal of the Society to involve the area schools as much as possible, including: art displays, guided tours utilizing docents to explain how early settlers lived in the area, etc.

The house, built before 1870 by Robert and Elizabeth Vickery, will also be open to the public, with docents explaining life in the late 1870’s in the area.

The granary is a very unique and interesting building; while very old and in need of some renovation, it is basically in good repair and will house several of the items used on a typical farm.

Robert Vickery – Robert Vickery, Jr – Elizabeth Vickery

The house was built by prominent Suamico settlers Robert Vickery and his wife, Elizabeth. Robert and Elizabeth emigrated from England in 1856 and settled in Suamico sometime after 1860.The Vickery’s raised their family on this homestead, which is a great example of early farm life in the area.

The Robert Vickery family, as well as Elizabeth’s family members were featured in the book, “Double Wedding Ring” by Patricia Wendorf, a well-known international author and a relative of the Vickerys. Elizabeth died in 1910 and Robert died in 1914. The property was sold to Robert Vickery Jr. in 1910.

  • Tim Rasmussen, Chairman
  • Nancy O’Kelley
  • Barb Styczynski
  • Jerry Steffen
  • Joy Schabow
  • Russ Roland
Jan Wilkey, Barb Styczynski, & Nancy O’Kelley met with Maxine Erickson (2nd from right) at the Robert Vickery Homestead. Maxine and her family lived in the farmhouse for 42 years and told them of the updates and changes she knew about.