The Town of Nunda was founded in 1808, but James Paine, the first permanent settler, didn't come to the Nunda Valley until 1817. Five years later, the local pioneers took a great step forward when they held the "Special School District Meeting" shown below.
The school house which resulted from the meeting was known as the McSweeney School. It was built of logs and stood at the foot of East Street. By 1826 the frontier community had progressed enough to sell the log school for $6.00 and build a "modern" frame school house on the property across from the modern Keshequa Central School parking lot.
The minutes of the Special Meeting and the first meeting in the log school house are reproduced below. We have tried to recreate the text as accurately as possible. Nundahistory.org thanks the Bell Memorial Library for allowing us to photograph the minute book. Incidently, the blank record book was "Sold at J.D. Bemis & Co Bookstore, Canandaigua." Bemis was the local publisher who printed James Seaver's work on Mary Jemison in 1824!
Record book "Property of School District No 2nd, Nunda" Bell Memorial Library
Frost, "From the Indian to the Airplane" p 7
Frost, Early Years p 20
1st Voted to build a School house in Sd (said)
1st Voted that Aaron Thompson be District