Apparently the early school board members were very effective, because many of them served for many decades. Jay Doxtator, Frank Bartels, and Frank Racket, were all of the board for several decades. John Buikema ran a hardware store for many years, located on Division Avenue, just south of 36th, on the west side. Frank Rackett was a taxidermist, and a farmer until aobut 1935 when he sold his land to the school. Frank Bartels was a promoter of some sort for the area.

It's not clear what the day jobs of Jay Doxtator and Matilda Andre were. It's possible that her husband ran a gas staton on the southeast corner of Division and 36th.