Did You Know...?

  • Early Photo of "Ritnor" School Ritenour’s proud history began with Buck School, a one-room log cabin built in 1846.

    At the time Buck School was founded, the Louisiana Purchase was made only 43 years before, and Missouri had only been a state for 25 years. Both Woodson and St. Charles Rock Roads were still little more than Indian Trails which Daniel Boone had followed from Kentucky at the beginning of the 19th Century.

    In 1867, two years after the Civil War ended, the rural district of Ritenour was officially formed by joining Buck School with a temporary school for African American children. The name was chosen in honor of J. S. Ritenour, a prominent land-owner who passed away that year.