The Mayville School District was sent a gift from a Washington resident that had the Limestone Schoolhouse engraved on it. The spoon has been a talking point at mutliple Mayville School Board meetings, including the June 6 meeting where it was presented to Don Bauer of the Limestone School Museum.
More than a month ago, district administrators received a note in the mail along with the spoon. “There was a note that said, ‘I generally go to rummage sales to collect scrap, sterling and gold for my jewelry business and I bought this item. When I looked closely, it had a picture of a limestone schoolhouse on it from Mayville, WI,’” said Mayville School District Superintendent Pat Antony at the June 6 school board meeting. “Her dad was a master engraver and she couldn’t melt it down.” The letter, written by Washington native Lisa Petrick, said that Petrick and her husband had been in Wisconsin and Minnesota last year.
They had attended a friend’s funeral in Minnesota and a game between the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. It was Petrick’s first trip to the Midwest and she said she had instant appreciation for the people and the area.
“We were greeted by the most friendly people I have ever met. You are the greatest. That was a large part in my decision to send the spoon,” Petrick wrote in the letter. It was agreed among administrators and school board members the spoon should be given to the Limestone Museum. “It should look very nice as a way to display it at the Limestone Museum because I’m sure you would like to show it,” Antony said. “I’m sure we will,” Bauer said.
Petrick did not not reveal any further details on how she found it other than finding it at a rummage sale in Washington. Bauer said this is not the first time he has been presented with something obscure from the area’s past. The Limestone Museum has copies of school board meeting minutes from 1848-1860. Those, just like the spoon, were found on the west coast. They were found in Palo Alto, CA. “How it came upon was a fellow from Horicon was out there and once again, he was at a rummage sale.
He saw the book, he bought it and gave it to the Mayville Historical Society,” Bauer said, adding that the historical society gave him the minutes. “So, I scanned all the pages and put it in a PDF and the book is now in a safe deposit box. But, it’s kind of ironic how we obtain things. This came from the state of Washington, so they’re becoming national artifacts.” Bauer was appreciative of being given the spoon for the sake of the Limestone Museum. “It’s great she thought of sending it back here,” Bauer said.