what school did Martha and Marena go to

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WikiTree profile: Martha Colwill
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Hello!  Could you help me out by telling what kind of school you have in mind.  The sisters Martha Smith (whose given names I have found many variations of) and Hazel Smith (maybe also known as Marena) were born in the Eugene, Oregon area in the 1870s and moved to Spokane, Washington State as small children, before 1880 .  I presume they received their primary schooling in eastern Washington State. I know that Martha was married for the first time at age 18 but I don't have marriage info for Hazel.

Let me know what prompted you to ask the question and I can do some further digging.  Since I live in Washington State, I may be able to come up with a source.  These sisters, especially Martha, have proven elusive.  You can see by the profile that I was scratching my head over exactly how many times (3 or 4?) she was married and whether she went by Martha, Irene, Marena, Rena, or Bertha.  Hazel may have gone by Marena.
by Margaret Summitt G2G6 Pilot (115k points)
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Hello!  I found in the 1900 Census in Ellensburg, Kittitas, Washington a Lenna M. Smith born Oct 1876 in Oregon, as a student at a normal (teacher training) school.  Her father was born in Illinois and her mother in Ohio.  The Smith sisters you asked about were the daughters of John Thomas Smith, born in Illinois, and Mary Emaline Mitchell, born in Iowa.  This could possibly be a younger sister of Martha and Hazel. 

"United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MMP2-HMJ : accessed 22 September 2018), Lenna M Smith in household of Mildred Matlock, South Ellensburg and Ellensburg Precincts Ellensburg city Ward 2, Kittitas, Washington, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 33, sheet 14A, family 302, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,241,746.

by Margaret Summitt G2G6 Pilot (115k points)
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Here is the family in 1887:

1887 Washington Territorial Census, Spokane County:  John T Smith age 54 b Iowa; Mary E. Smith age 39 b Iowa; Oliver Lee Smith age 18 b OR; Martha M. Smith age 17 b OR; William T. Smith age 14 b OR; Isaac L Smith age 12 b OR; Melissa M Smith age 10 b OR; Lulu F Smith age 8 b Wa. Terr.; Lillie E. Smith age 5 b Wa. Terr.http://John T Smith family, 1887, Spokane County Census, Spokane County Territorial Auditor, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://digitalarchives.wa.gov, accessed 21 Sep 2018.

by Margaret Summitt G2G6 Pilot (115k points)
I merged Smith-156256 into Smith-154958 because, as I examined the profiles, it occurred to me that Caldwell was actually a mistake for Colwill.  The question inspired me to find the 1887 WA Territorial Census, and it's clear now that there were only four daughters in the family, not five.

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