Island School

Island School

Students at the Island School. Sitting in the back row is Mr and Mrs S.T. Cyn. In the front row sits Eddie Harris, Frankie Chico, Unknown Student, Irene Gardner, William Copenhaver, Victoria Achurra, and another member of the Copenhaver family.

In 1909 a church called Island Chapel was built by R.L. Douglass on his property for the Island District community to use. They also used this building as a school house until another building was built in 1912. After the Beach district joined Consolidated B and the building was no longer used as a school, there was some contoversy as to who the land actually belonged to. The Nevada Supreme Court decided the property reverted back to the R.L. Douglass estate. The building burned down in 1953.

Island School Notice

Notice is hereby given that in pursuance of a resolution of the Board of School Tustees of the Island School District No. 5 Churchill county; Nev., unanimously adopted at a meeting of said board, duly held in the town Of Island City, in said county on the 22nd day of August 3,1910, (all member of said board being present) a school election will be held in said district on the 20th day of September, 1910, for the purpose of submitting to the quaified electors of said district the question whether a tax should be raised to additional
school facilities for said district the question of the the amount of money proposed to be raised and used for such school facilities is the sum of $400.90; polls to be located at the, school house in said district and to be opened from 10 a.m. to p.m. on day of said election.
By order Board of Trustees.
Clerk Of Board.
Dated 22nd day of Aug 1910.

The Churchill County Eagle September 1, 1910

Supreme Court Rules

Consolidated B Loses Case
Supreme Court Rules Douglass
Owner of Island School Land
Property on which stood the former Churchill County school in the Island district reverted to R. L. Douglass, original owner of the ground, when the school house was abandoned.
That is the decision reached Monday by the Nevada State Supreme Court.
Ned Turner, Supreme court clerk, reports the filing of an opinion and decision denying release to the trustees of Con. B school district of Churchill county in their suit to recover the former Island district school building and grounds.
In 1909 R. L. Douglass permitted the Island school district to erect a school house on 1.4 acres of an 80 acre tract of land owned by him. Forty years later Con. B school district, into which the former Island school district had been merged, abandoned school use of the property.
Whereupon it was re-occupied by Douglass and the suit was commenced by the school district to recover it.
In the meantime there had been several transfers of the 80 acre tract, all of whom had accepted the school plot except one tax deed which had inadvertently included it.
Retired District Judge Clark J. Guild held that when the school district abandoned public use of the property the easement ceased and reverted to the owner, and that this included the school building which had become a part of the real estate. (The building burned down in December of 1953.)
The supreme court adopted the same view and affirmed Judge Guild's judgment. George J. Kenny of Fallon represented R. L. Douglass and A. Loring Primeaux represented the district. Justice Milton Badt wrote the opinion in which Chief Justice Edgar Eather and Justice Charles M. Merrill concurred.

The Fallon Standard June 16, 1954

Island School