April 11, 1958 Southeast Missourian
Kids were having a big time Thursday afternoon during playday ceremonies at Campster School, Bloomfield Road, for Campster, Abernathy, Marquette, Pecan Grove and Oak Grove rural schools. In this sack race, from the left, are Janet Morris, Zedath Proffer, Robert Ford and David Lytes of Marquette; Ronnie Propst, Darrell Hobbs, Brenda McElroy and Denice Kelle of Campster; Janet French, Vernon and Linda Roth and Brenda Daume of Pecan Grove. The weather was good. (G.D. Fronabarger photo)
From "Out of the Past:"
1858 Original one-room Campster School was built. Razed in 1940.
Feb. 14, 1934 Campster School 4-H Club, the first 4-H club in Cape Girardeau County, was organized.
1940 Campster School was rebuilt by the WPA. Stone used in its construction was purchased in Perryville, Mo. Consisted of two rooms.
Dec. 31, 1940 (Achievement edition): "These projects, their status, and expenditures by the government this year, are: ...Campster School building, $12,342.55, still under construction..."
Oct. 26, 1946 Whatever area city might take into its corporate limits by annexation would become part of Cape Girardeau Public School District and its school age children would be required to attend local schools; City Engineer John R. Walter says this will be one of large problems facing city in its annexation move; he points out that at least part of both Kage and Campster school districts would lie within area which would likely be included in annexation.
May 12, 1947 Affairs of three rural school districts, tangled with those of Cape Girardeau district as a result of city annexation of part of each, are cleared up somewhat as result of conference at Central High School of representatives of the four systems; at least two districts, Campster and Kage, will continue for this school year as before, receiving the tax money paid within the district and assuming the obligations of supplying school training to the children; Juden District, which has two buildings, also will continue as before for a year, but must find a building to house pupils attending Juden No. 2, since this structure was annexed by the city.
April 12, 1954 Possibilities of consolidation or annexation to combine Campster, Pecan Grove and Abernathy School districts west of Cape Girardeau into single unit are explored by approximately 75 residents of three areas at meeting at Campster School; only decision made is to drop any further consideration of proposal for a while until those living in areas have opportunity to consider and talk over alternate possibilities.
Jan. 6, 1959 The Cape Girardeau School District will add $748,421 to its assessed valuation this year through the recent city annexation of territory that included parts of four rural school districts: Campster, Kage, Juden and Marquette.
May 10, 1966 Kage and Campster elementary schools lying outside Cape Girardeau will be closed during next school year and their pupils will attend city schools at tuition cost to rural districts; this arrangement, requested independently by Kage and Campster boards of education, was approved by Cape Girardeau Board of Education Monday... The Campster School, located on Bloomfield Road southwest of the city limits, was ordered closed for the next school year by the State Department of Education because its average daily attendance this year is below 15. The enrollment this year in the elementary grades is 14.
The tuition charges to be paid by the two rural school districts to the Cape Girardeau system will come from the proceeds of their tax rates, $1.10 per $100 valuation at Campster, and $1.60 at Kage.
The Cape Girardeau system will receive a flat grant from the state for each of the Kage and Campster children attending the school, and this amount will be deducted from the tuition charge.
Mr. House said bus transportation will be extended to the Kage and Campster areas next year...
Aug. 18, 1971 Campster School building, no longer used for classrooms, will be utilized as day care and development center for handicapped children by United Cerebral Palsey; supervisor is urgently needed if organization's plans are completed to open center in near future.
Nov. 29, 1971 The United Cerebral Palsy Development Center of Cape County in the Campster School on Bloomfield Road was officially opened with an open house attended by about 75 people. There will be four children starting classes at the center this week, and it is expected that eight will be attending by the spring.
June 17, 1988 Recognizing a decreasing need for services, the United Cerebral Palsy Center of Cape Girardeau has closed its doors and returned funds to the community... The center turned over $3,018 to the Area Wide United Way. The center also donated supplies and equipment valued at $3,300 to Parkview State School for the Handicapped...(Board President John H.) Wiseman said the center actually stopped providing services about a year ago... The center was created in 1971 by a group of businessmen. Oscar C. Hirsch, then owner of KFVS television, agreed to hold a United Palsy telethon to raise funds to open a cerebral palsy center locally on Bloomfield Road...The center provided services to clients at no cost...
May 27, 1993 Campster School, owned by the Cape Girardeau Public Schools district, has been designated surplus property and is for sale. The minimum bid is $75,000.
Feb. 15, 1994 The Campster School property on Bloomfield Road has been sold to Jane Cox of Chaffee, Mo., for $67,750. One from the sale has been earmarked for renovations at the Central High School auditorium.
March 6, 1995 Jane Cox recently opened Campster School Antiques in the former Campster School building.