Balfour Public School Postcard

Balfour Public School

This is the former Balfour Public School.  It was built sometime between 1899 and 1910.  Other than that, we know very little about this school, or what happened to it.  If you know more about this school, we would invite you to click on the photo below and add your comments on the ensuing page.  Note the former Balfour church in the background.

We found this postcard going through some old files but we have no record of who sent it to us.  Thank you, whoever you are.

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See the rest of our Balfour material here.

We have performed a restoration and repair on this postcard and as a result, the version posted here is copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC

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17 Responses to “Balfour Public School”
  1. Leslie says:

    My mom and all her brothers and sister went here. It closed in the 70′s. it’s still standing although the roof is caved in.

  2. Gary Karpenko says:

    thanks for the picture as well as the thought about the school as my wife and myself went to school there. I went to school from the eighth grade and on as they closed the school in my town Kief. I enjoyed the time spent as well as all the reunions that we came back for as had them every five years. My Father-in-law was the janitor and my Mother-in-law was the cook. We married a year after we left school and moved to Seattle. We now live in Yakima Washington and retired to the fast life of yard, flower, garden, and taking breaks and working on underground sprinklers. Thanks for all the memeories as like to go back in a persons mind and think just what would I do different now.

    • Duane Ziegler says:

      The school operated until 1979. Students went different directions to neighboring towns including, Drake, Karlsruhe and Butte. Drake is the only school still operating today. Balfour Public School closed at the end of my Sophomore year but left a lasting impression and warm memories that I still carry with me today.

      10256848968PS. Gary, I FONDLY remember Mr. & Mrs. Kuntz (Henry aka Heinie). Such wonderful people!

    • Megan J Udelhofen Mohs says:

      My dad went to school there……

    • Megan J Udelhofen Mohs says:

      My dad went to school there…..

  3. I think this is the school that my grandparents used the bricks when they built there house.

  4. Colby Crawford says:

    I think the photo on the postcard is of an earlier smaller school building which was replaced by the present building which is in a derelict, near ruinous condition. Here is a photo I took of how the newer building looks today:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/55048235@N05/6990539991/

  5. Mark Weisseg says:

    Can anyone help me get a hold of Linda Budeau?

  6. Mark Weisseg says:

    Can anyone get me in touch with Linda Budeau. Need to talk to her

  7. nlkleve says:

    Thank you one and all for helping to clear up the school mystery. My Great-uncle, E.O. Kleve was Principal at the older school circa 1909 and , on the other side of my father’s family, my Great-aunt, L. Parmenter taught Latin and English there.

    I hope that perhaps you might be able to supply me with a jpg image of this photo to add to my family history. All appropriate accreditation would be given.

  8. I was the last science teacher at Balfour school. We had about 40 kids and 13 teachers. It was so much fun. I still have the newspaper about the closing of the school and the last yearbook- Duane -I remember you!

    • Melinda Alme Hutchison says:

      Hi there Sue,
      I was your only seventh grader that year. My brother and sister, Steven and Stephanie, (twins) were the only 4th graders and my sister Marianne was a junior and in the largest class in the school. Her class had a whoppin 9 students of which 8 were girls. Only 40 kids in K – 12. It was traumatic for me to go to Drake the following year and be in a class of 22. I practically had a panic attack every time I had to get up in front of so many kids to sharpen my pencil. It was rough but I made it. I went on to UND, home of the fighting Sioux, and graduated with a BSN and have been working as a nurse in Rochester, MN for the past 23 years.
      I remember Duane Z. He was friends with my brother Kenny but he and my other brother Nathan both went to Cardinal Munich Seminary in Fargo their last three years of HS.
      Where have you been for all these years?

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