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Object Name Bell, School
Catalog Number 2008.32
Date ca. 1910
Material(s) brass; metal; wood
Dimensions H-5.75 W-3.25 inches
Description This is a brass school bell. It has a replaced clapper. The clapper is a metal hex-nut. The handle is a black painted piece of wood that is loosely attached to bell with thick wire.The wire passes though the center of a drilled hole in the handle and then through a hole on the top of the bell. The wire attaches to the clapper wire inside the bell.
Notes School bell used by three-generations of Brooks family, George L. Brooks, Nellie Brooks Daniel, and Lenora Daniel Johnson Wheeler.

George L. Brooks purchased the bell about 1910. He used it at the Wiley Branch school in Johnson County, Kentucky, where he taught. Mr. Brooks, according to his granddaughter (donor) was a good man, soft-spoken and dedicated to education. The “condition” issues can be traced back to the time of Mr. Brooks and student prankster. One of Mr. Brooks’ students removed the clapper as a prank. When Mr. Brooks tried to ring the bell no sound came out. Unsure of what had happened, he did not reprimand any of the students. He continued class and took the bell home and repaired it to its present state. Mr. Brooks later moved to Greenup County, Kentucky.

His daughter, Nellie Brooks Daniel later became a teacher and taught in the same school her father had in Johnson County, Kentucky -- Wiley Branch. She started teaching in 1933. She too used the bell.

Nellie Brooks Daniel passed the bell onto her daughter, Mrs. Lenora (Daniel-Johnson) Wheeler Mrs. Wheeler, the donor, began teaching about 1966. She began her first full-time position in a one-room schoolhouse in Denver, Johnson County, Kentucky, in 1968. This school had a pot belly stove, and one of the trusted boys was given the responsibility to watch the stove. When she told her mother about the job, Mrs. Daniel presented her daughter with "the bell" and said, "You will need this. I know you will take great care of the bell." Lenora used the bell on the first day at the school in Denver, Kentucky. The last day of school in May 1968 was the last year the bell was used in a school setting. Lenora moved to Ohio in the late 1960’s, but has since returned to Kentucky.
Collection Lenora Daniel Johnson Wheeler Collection
People Brooks, George L.
Daniel, Nellie Brooks
Wheeler, Lenora Daniel Johnson
George L. Brooks
Nellie Brooks Daniel
Lenora Daniel Johnson Wheeler
Subjects Education
Search Terms Schools
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS