Museum Staff, "Country Schools," In The Midst Of, Cokato Historical Society (November, 2019) vol. 39 no. 4.
From the late 1890s and early 1900s, approximately 21 country schools dotted Stockholm, French Lake, and Cokato townships. Built during an era with no bus service, country schools were constructed to be within a mile or so walking distance for students. Primarily a one-room school house filled with grades 1-7, each grade had to take turns at lessons with the teacher. After completing country school, students either went right to work, or commuted to Cokato Public School for high school. Although relatively similar in concept, each country school experience was a little different.
Museum Staff, "Cardinals Charge Up," In The Midst Of, Cokato Historical Society (November, 2019) vol. 39 no. 4.
Dassel-Cokato School building ground breaking, 1971.
The union of the Dassel and Cokato High schools was made possible through the foresight of school administrators and both communities, who realized the financial and educational benefits of combining forces. Once the consolidation occurred in 1969, Dassel and Cokato students had three years at their individual high schools before joining forces--each waiting for the completion of the new building, school name, and mascot.
Mike Worcester, Cokato Historical Society, In the Midst Of. (Winter, 1999) vol. 19 no. 1.
Tuesday, March 12, 1912, was a usual spring day in Cokato. Temps were in the low-thirties, the sun was shining, and the dirt streets had turned to ankle deep mud. So why then, did the entire
student body of the Cokato public school slog through those messy streets and gather in front of city hall on the morning of March 12? That particular Tuesday was not just any day for the
town—it was election day.