|Wilmington Township School House No. 13|
|1880 Land ownership Map - Wilmington Township|
A biography that I found of Anton in a published history of DeKalb County states that when Anton bought the land, it was wooded and uncleared and he cleared it all for farmland by hand. Imagine spending days and weeks cutting down trees, pulling out stumps, clearing rocks and brush and finally having your land ready to farm and then giving away part of it for the betterment of the community! As you can see from the map, Anton's farm house stood just across the road a bit from the school house.
Both the one room brick school house and the old farm house are gone now. Both were torn down for more "modern" structures. I drive by occasionally and see the mound of dirt where the school house once stood, and realize that this monument to the generosity of one Austrian immigrant is long gone and left only for the memories of those who paid attention to it. I have a few pictures, and have been able to find a few pieces of records from classes that went to the school, but that is about all that remains. Somewhere, the stone that was over the door of the school is supposed to be preserved and may someday be used in the construction of another school in the local district, but if it isn't, I'm hoping to obtain one very heavy piece of family history!