What an incredible gift Dr. Frank and Nancy Rugani have given the graduates, their descendents, and members of the Adams Township communities. The book is an interesting read for historians and educators around the state, as the Ruganis relate how a school has been able to survive the difficulties of decreased school enrollment, and escalating costs, yet how the school has been able to achieve national recognition as a school of excellence. The book was a selfless endeavor as all proceeds go to the Adams Township School District Foundation which provides support to the students and community.
John M. Blom
Class of 1964
(Ret.) Principal, Department of Defense Dependents Schools
I have found this book very interesting, and can imagine what a hit it is with students past and present, as well as anyone interested in the history of our state.
Mrs. Virginia Jackson
Retired Social Worker
The book takes you back to the great, old mining days, when several schools were needed during those boom times. They nicely capture a bygone era, and one can appreciate what the Jeffers and others did to establish and expand their school district. A great read!
Dennis K. Walikainen, PhD.
University Marketing and Communications
Michigan Technological University
Earlier this week I received the signed copy of your book on the history of the Painesdale High School. What a wonderful and comprehensive piece of work the two of you did. I'm sure PHS students and staff are very pleased to have such a record of the school's past. As you would expect, I enjoyed reading over Chapter 3 on the CRRR school trains. It looks to be a very accurate record of the school trains, based on the information that is available. Like anything, I imagine there is always more information out there in someone's attic or basement, but you can't wait forever to publish a book like the two of you have successfully done.
Bill Buhrmaster, Historian
Mid-Continent Railway Historical Museum
North Freedom, WI
I have just finished reading the book Adams Township Schools – Over A Century Of Excellence. I was amazed at all that has transpired in the 100 plus years the Adams Township School District has existed! I gained a greater appreciation of the school administrators and the entire community in dealing with all of the problems and setbacks they have experienced over the years. I also admire both of you for wading through years and years of school board meeting minutes.
Kathleen Grandchamp Michel
JHS class of 1966