With a hundred or more families living in Phenix, a schoolhouse was a necessity for all the company children. The school at Phenix was a two-room building constructed in 1915. With 1st-8th grade taught in rotation, the school served as many as 80 students at a time.
Hildreth Lee Kirk-Firestone, a former resident of Phenix, compiled the text, "Phenix: The Town We Can't Forget" from memories from her own experience and other children who grew up there. Not surprisingly, the school featured heavily in many of their impressions of their childhood in Phenix.
The teachers at the school were members of the Phenix community, and it some cases, from surrounding towns. One teacher would be in charge of the classes in the "little room" of the schoolhouse and another would take the "big room". Some of these teachers were remembered more fondly than others by the children...
Aside from lessons the children also played baseball and basketball outside the school.
Before Kiel Hall was built, the schoolhouse served as a community gathering place, hosting box socials and pie suppers. There was an annual 4th of July picnic held on the schoolhouse grounds that featured a ferris wheel and merry-go-round. According to one former resident, you could stay on the merry-go-round all day as long as you stayed just ahead and out of sight of the ticket taker.
Due to its large size and amenities, many of the community events were hosted at Kiel Hall after its construction. But the schoolhouse remained throughout the life of Phenix, teaching generations of its sons and daughters.