LETTER: Delightful ‘old school’ teacher influences student to this day

To Ozaukee Press:

The recent letters about Knellsville, the Knellsville school and the teacher,
Miss Viola Eidenberger, have been a refreshing diversion from the typical letters of late. Seeing the photo of a young Miss Eidenberger with her class in 1936 in last week’s Ozaukee Press brought back powerful memories for me.

I was privileged to be part of Miss Eidenberger’s final class: fifth grade
at St. Mary’s School in Port Washington in the fall of 1968.  As one might imagine of a teacher who spent most of her career as the head of a one-room schoolhouse, Miss Eidenberger was delightfully “old school.”  She had a refined and worldly approach to teaching, surrounding the Three Rs with music, poetry, art and many stories from her life’s experiences.

She occupied a higher plane of esteem than the other, younger teachers. As a result, there were very few hijinks in her classroom. Very sadly, Miss Eidenberger passed away during the first semester of that school year. Her influence on me endures to this day.

Two final, historical notes: First, Miss Eidenberger’s twin brother Viol, with whom she was very close, was the Ozaukee County sheriff for many years. Second, Viola Circle, the small cul de sac on the north side of Port, is named for her.

Jack Rooney
Mequon

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