This information is from a WPA project done back in 1936. It is included in "Church History of Montour Co." I found this file at the Bloomsburg Public Library. If you have found some information that you would like to contribute, send it to me.
The second school in the County was built by James Montgomery. It stood by the Danville-Milton Roads near the present County line, in what is now Liberty Township. James Montgomery was the first teacher.
In 1797 a rude log school house, with neither floor nor chimney was built on the road leading from Danville to Bloomsburg, on what is now Yorks farm in Cooper Township. The roof of this building was made of rough beams covered with branches, leaves and ground.
In 1806 a school building in Danville was built in 1804 on land donated by General William Montgomery, located west of Mill St., and north of Market St. It was about 20 feet square and one story in height. The building was paid for by voluntary contributions. The gable end fronted on an alley midway between Factory and Mill Sts. A door and Two windosw on one end, and three windows on each side, admitted light and air.
The desks were arranged along the sides of the room, the seats being slabs of plank without back, the pupils sitting with their backs toward the center of the room. (The above description is typical of all early school houses).
For the term of 1935-36, Montour County has the following schools:
Nineteen one-room rural schools located as follows: Anthony 7; Cooper 2; Liberty 6; Mayberry 2; and west Hemlock 2. There were 47 of these schools in the County in 1918.
Four Consolidated Schools as follows: Valley Township erected in 1927; Employing three teachers 118 pupils; Mahoning Township erected in 1929 Four teachers 158 pupils; Delong Memorial School the gift of Mr. Frank B. Delong of Washingtonville. A consolidated Junior High School, for Derry Township and Washingtonville Borough - Eight teachers 160 pupils. The Junior High School is Vocational. Limestone Township erected in 1931 Four teachers 115 pupils.
In Danville Borough, there are forty-five teachers. A new High School was erected in 1928. The enrollment this year is 540. Seventeen teachers are employed.
The Central Grammar School with 225 pupils of grades 7 and 8, employ five teachers. Twenty-three other teachers are employed in the four ward buildings, teaching approximately 900 pupils of grades one to six.
Paul Leidy 1854-55; E. W. Conkling 1855-56; A. B. Putman 1856-59. William Butler 1859-1866; William Henry, 1866-1878; J. D. Cook 1878; M. C. Horine 1878-81; F. C. Deer 1881-84; Frederick Ream 1884-87; W. D. Steinbach 1887-1902; Charles W. Deer 1902-1918; Fred W. Diehl; since 1918.
There is one Junior and one Senior High School in Montour County with Vocational training in the Senior High.
There are no facilities for Adult Education except those provided by W.P.A.
St. Huberts School has an enrollment of 78. The Slovak Academy has an enrollment of 46 and the Holy Family Convent has an enrollment of 11, making the combined enrollment of Parochial Schools in the County 291. The training of these schools is practically the same, based on religion and Bible History.
Mr. George Grove Keefer has for six years offered 18 Bibles and Dictionaries to be given as prizes in a County wide spelling match.