History of School District #3 - Richmond Township

A letter sent in 1854 to all taxable inhabitants of the school district stating the following first documented the history of School Section 16 in Richmond Township:

To Morgan McKoon, a taxable inhabitant of School District No. Three of the Township of Richmond:

Sir, you are hereby notified that the school inspector of said township on the fourteenth day of August, A.D. 1854 formed a school district in said township which they numbered School District No. 3 and which is bounded as follows:

S. W. 1/4 of Sec. 10, the S.W. 1/2 of Sec. 9, the S.E. 1/4 of Sec. 8, the E. 1/2 of Sec. 19, Section 16, the W. 1/2 of Sec. 15, the N.W. 1/4 of Sec. 22, the N. 1/2 of Sec. 21, the N.E. 1/4 of Section 20.
Said district meeting will be held at the dwelling house of Leander Andrus on the twenty sixth day of August 1854 at two o’clock p.m. You are hereby directed to notify every qualified voter of said district either personally or by leaving a written notice at his place of residence, of the time and place of said meeting, at least five days before the time appointed therefore as above and after so notifying every qualified voter within the boundaries above described you will endorse on this notice a return showing such notification with the date or dates thereof and deliver the same to the Chairman of the meeting to be held at the time and place above mentioned.
Given under my hand this fourteenth day of August A.D. 1854.
Sanford M. Stone,
Clerk of the Board of School Inspectors
Notified verbally: Hiram Jackman, Henry Babcock
By written notice: Leander Andrus, Pliny Corbin, Timothy Ingraham, Peter Dennis.
Signed Morgan L. McKoon.

Plat Map of Richmond Township in 1859

At the next meeting of the school district at the home of Leander Andrus on the 25th day of September, 1854 it was resolved that Pliny Corbin be the Director, M.L. McKoon be moderator, and Leander Andrus be assessor for the ensuing year. By unanimous vote it was resolved that the district board procure a site for a schoolhouse of Caleb Miller and to raise the sum of seventy five dollars for the purpose of building a schoolhouse and procure a stove. The next annual meeting of the district school on the 29th day of September in 1855 was held in the schoolhouse. The records of the students for the first 10 years are not available. The student roster starts in 1865 and continues through 1950.
By 1885, the school, built 30 years earlier, was too small to support the large number of students living in the district and so on September 1, 1885, at the annual meeting of the District School Board, the legal voters of Richmond Township voted to build a new school. The land surrounding the one-acre site in School Section 16 was at the time owned by George Gower. Under the directorship of Alvarado Glaspie and supervision by building committee members Lewis Burt, Alfred Jeffery and Norman Cook, the job was completed by the contractor, O.P. Chapin, on the 25th of June 1886 at a cost of $449.00. The new school was built right next to the old structure, which was used until the new building was completed. The old school building was sold to John Ball for $6.75 with the condition that it be moved from the premises by March 1887. The first teacher to teach in the new building was May Chubb. There were 44 students in 1886. The family names of these students were Ball, Brown, Burt, Clark, Howe, Jeffrey, Kuehn, Maplethorpe, McConnell, McFarland, Montgomery, McKiernan, Nuss, Ogden, Potter, Strutz, Ward, and Wegner.
In June of 1928, Director John Ganfield motioned to approach the School Board to ‘build up’ the porch into a cloak room. On July 17, 1952, as many schools in the country were consolidated, the residents of the School Section District voted to annex with the Richmond School District. In 1990, James McKiernan, then owner of the school and land on which it stood, donated the building to the Richmond Area Historical Society.
On February 16, 1994, after 42 years of disuse, the building was moved to Bailey Historical Park in Richmond. With help from the membership and support from Richmond Township, the City of Richmond, private citizens, businesses, and organizations, the old school has once again has been brought to life to be enjoyed by all citizens of Richmond and neighboring communities.


Students of District 3 ca. 1890

Picture of District 3 Students taken ca. 1890
 


I wish to thank Mrs. Elizabeth Ball of Richmond for lending me the old school records so that they could be transcribed and displayed here.
The students, whose exact years of attendance are not known, attended the school in the 1930s, '40s and 50s.
Below are the names of the 420 students who attended the one-room schoolhouse in School Section District #3 in Richmond Township between

1865 and 1952


NAME OF STUDENT YEAR(S) ATTENDED
ANDRUS, LOUISA 1865, 1867-1870
ANDRUS, LYMAN 1865
ANDRUS, PHEBE 1865
APPLEMAN, MAUDE 1883
APPLEMAN, ROSE 1883
APPLEY, EMMA 1870
APPLEY, JOSEPH 1907-1909
APPLEY, RAYMOND 1907-1909
AYRES, SABRINA 1869
AYERS, DOLLIE 1890
AYERS, JOHN 1890
BALL, FREDDIE 1874-1881
BALL, WILLIAM 1877-1890
BALL, MARY ANN 1880-1890
BALL, WILLIAM JOHN 1880-1883
BALL, ELIZABETH 1880-1887
BALL, RICHARD 1880-1893
BALL, SARAH JANE 1880-1883
BALL, EMMA 1882-1895
BALL, HERMAN 1882-1896
BALL, THOMAS 1884-1898
BALL, ALBERT 1886-1900
BALL, WINNIE 1888-1889
BALL, MARTIN 1889-1903
BALL, ELMER 1894-1903
BALL, GLENN 1909-1922
BALL, WILBUR 1909-1922
BALL, EDWARD 1913-1926
BALL, RAY 1913-1926
BALL, MARGUERITE 1918-1926
BALL, KEITH dates unknown
BALL, RICHARD dates unknown
BALL, THOMAS dates unknown
BARAGER, NANCY 1868-1870
BARAGER, JACOB 1868-1870
BARAGER, SARAH 1868-1870
BARAGER, FRANK 1869-1870
BARRIGER, MADELIN 1935-1938
BARRIGER, DONALD 1938
BAXTER, ANNIE 1870-1876
BAXTER, FREDDY 1870-1876
BAXTER, BERTIE 1871-1875
BAXTER, ELLA 1874-1876
BLYCHERT, CLARENCE 1920-1921
BOKER, FRANK 1927-1928
BOUCHSA, MAURICE 1927-1929
BOYD, WALTER 1872-74, 1881
BOYD, GEORGE 1872-1874
BOYD, OLIVE 1872-1874
BOYD, CLARA 1872-1874
BRIGGS, MERCY 1867-1872
BRIGGS, MARTIN 1867-1872
BROTEN, ADELLE 1877
BROWN, ADDIE 1884-1887
BUCKINDAIL, ADALINE 1876-1883
BUCKINDAIL, AMANDA 1876-1883
BUCKINDAIL, PHEBE 1876-1878
BUCKINDAIL, SARAH
(see Jackman)
1876-1883
BUCKINDAIL, MICHAEL 1876-1883
BUCKINDAIL, JOHN H. 1876-1880
BUCKINDAIL, MARG.-ANNE 1876-1878
BUCKINDAIL, CARRIE 1893-1906
BUCKINGDALE, HAZEL 1901-06, 1909-10
BUCKINGDALE, ROY 1901-1906, 1910
BURT, ALBERT 1869-1882
BURT, ELLA 1869-1870
BURT, MARY 1869-1875
BURT, EDWIN (EDWARD) 1869-1878
BURT, VERNON 1870-1884
BURT, ERVIN 1874-1886
BURT, LOTTIE 1877
BURT, ALFRED 1878-1892
BURT, MAY 1893-1895
BURT, MAMIE 1896-1906
BURT, MABEL 1899-1902
BURT, MYRTLE 1901-1902
BUTTERFIELD, CLAYTON  1902,1904
CAMPOLI, ALBERT 1927-1929
CAMPOLI, RALPH 1927-1929
CARRIER, EARL 1929
CARRIER, DELVIN 1929
CASSIDY, LUCILLE 1928-1932
CASSIDY, BILLIE 1929-1932
CASSIDY, CHARLES 1931-1932
CASTOR, WILLIAM 1865-1870
CASTOR, WELLINGTON 1865-1868
CASTOR, ELCY 1868-1876
CASTOR, AMELIA 1874-1876
CLARK, MARY 1881
CLARK, SADIE (SARAH) M.  1881-1889
CLAUS, SAMUEL 1928
CLAUS, EVELYN 1928
CLAUS, CLIFFORD 1928
CLAUS, DAVID 1928
CLOSS, THEDA 1922
CLOSS, HAWLEY 1922
CLOSS, VIOLET 1922
CLOSS, LAVERN 1922
COLE, REBECCA 1876-1877
COOK, FRANK EZRA 1880-1894
COOK, NORMAN 1882-1896
COOK, ELLA 1884-1900
COOK, WILLIE 1887-1892
COOK, HERMAN 1908-09, 1911-22
COOK, ALICE 1916-1922
COOK, NORMAN 1919-1922
COX, JAMES 1878
DAVIS, WEALTHIE 1865
DAVIS, CLAYTON 1875-1877
DAVIS, ABY 1878
DAWSON, EDITH 1890-1896
DAWSON, JOHN 1890-1891
DAWSON, LAWRENCE 1890-1900
DAWSON, ORLEY 1893-1903
DENNIS, ELIAS 1865-1867
DENNIS, HIRAM 1872
DENISON, WILLIAM R. 1933-1934
DENISON, GEORGIE C. 1933-1934
DICKINSON, VERNIE 1903
DICKINSON, SAMMIE 1903
DICKINSON, GRACE 1904-1906
DODGE, LIZZIE 1865
DODGE, CHARLEY 1865
DOWN, ALBERT 1868
DRAKE, WILLIAM 1879-1880
EDGET (EDGELL), EUGENE 1868-1870
ELLSWORTH, CHARLES B.  1865-1869
FERGUSON, BENNIE 1877-1879
FISCHER, REINHOLD 1893-1904
FISCHER, EMMA 1893-1908
FISCHER, OTTO 1897-1910
FISCHER, ALICE 1900-1910
FISCHER, GEORGE 1905-1918
FISCHER, GLADYS 1915-1926
FLOWERS, HENRY 1869-1871
FLOWERS, AMANDA 1877
FLOWERS, MARINDA 1877
FOX, CHRIS 1887-1892
FOX, CHARLES 1887-1892
FOX, MINNIE 1889-1892
FRITSCH, EMALINE 1870-1871
FRITSCH, MICHAEL 1870-1871
FRITSCH, GEORGE 1870-1871
FUERSTENAU, WILLIAM 1875-80, 87-88
FUERSTENAU, FREDERICK  1876-80, 87-91
FUERSTENAU, ELLEN 1879-1880
FUERSTENAU, GRACIE 1893-1902
FUERSTENAU, ROY 1897-1902
FUERSTENAU, LYDIA 1898
FUERSTENAU, LYDIA 1913-1926
FUERSTENAU, RALPH 1900-1903
FUERSTENAU, MYRTLE 1908-1922
FUERSTENAU, BERTHA 1910-1924
FUERSTENAU, LILLIE 1913-1926
FUERSTENAU, EDWARD 1916-1926
FUERSTENAU, ELIZABETH  1922-1926
FUERSTENAU, EWARD, Jr. dates unknown
FUERSTENAU, CAROLYN dates unknown
FUERSTENAU, HERMAN dates unknown
GAGER, ROBERT 1865-1867
GANFIELD, GORDON 1916, 1921-32
GANFIELD, GLADYS 1916, 1921-32
GANFIELD, GERTRUDE 1921-1932
GANFIELD, GRACE 1923-1932
GATES, BRUCE 1901
GATES, RAY 1901
GILLETT, CHARLES 1867-1880
GILLETT, BERTIE 1880
GLASPIE, ALBERT 1865
GLASPIE, ELIZABETH 1865-1877
GLASPIE, MONROE 1865-1868
GLASPIE, POLLIE 1865-1870
GLASPIE, LINCOLN 1867-1880
GLASPIE, EDDIE H. 1878-1879
GLASPIE, ELLY 1879
GLEASON, DENNIS 1865
GLEASON, JAMES 1865, 1870
GLEASON, MARY 1865, 1871
GLEASON, PATRICK 1865, 1870
GLEASON, THOMAS 1865
GLEASON, JAMES 1894
GOIT, GRACE 1905
GOIT, CLAYTON 1905
GORSLINE, REBECCA 1868
GORSLINE, ALICE 1870
GORSLINE, SARAH ANN 1875
GORSLINE, JAMES 1876-1880
GORSLINE, ELLY 1878-1879
GOWER, MICHAEL 1880
HARTWAY, CLARE 1926-1937
HALLY, CHARLES 1870-1871
HALLY, ADALBERT 1870-1871
HENNIGAN, CATHARINE 1865-1877
HENNIGAN, MARY 1865-1876
HENNIGAN, JOHN 1865-1874
HENNIGAN, CHARLEY 1887-1895
HENNIGAN, ELLA 1888-1903
HENNIGAN, MAY 1894-1897
HENNIGAN, JOHN 1894-1904
HENNIGAN, JAMES 1896-1905
HENNIGAN, CHARLES 1896-1901
HENNIGAN, ANDREW 1900-1905
HENNIGAN, KATIE 1902, 1904-05
HENNIGAN, ESTHER 1903-1904
HENNIGAN, MARY 1923-1932
HENNIGAN, WARD 1923-1932
HENNIGAN, ALICE 1925-1932
HENNIGAN, ETHEL 1929-1932
HENNIGAN, RICHARD 1929-1932
HENNIGAN, JAMES dates unknown
HENSCH, HERMAN 1888-1889
HENSCH, WILLIE 1888-1895
HENSCH, MARY 1888-1897
HERFERT, FREDDY 1908-1921
HINTZ, ADOLPH 1894-1900
HINTZ, IDA 1895-1898
HOLLY, WILLIAM 1868-1869
HOLLY, FREMONT 1869-1869
HOLMES, ALBERTA dates unknown
HOWE, JAMES 1873-1887
HOWE, JOHN 1882-1896
HULBERT, ELLA 1873
HUNT, CHARLES 1865
HUNT, ADALBERT 1865
IRVIN, AGNES 1888-1892
JACKMAN, ABNER 1865, 67-72, 74-79
JACKMAN, EVA 1865,67-69
JACKMAN, REBECCA 1865, 1867
JACKMAN, RICHARD 1865
JACKMAN, ROBERT E. 1865-69, 73-77
JACKMAN, ESTELLA 1873, 1876-80
JACKMAN, BERTHA 1881-1883
JACKMAN, PHEBE
(nee Buckindail) 
1879-1880
JEFFREY, MARY 1885-1898
JEFFREY, GEORGE 1890-1902
JEFFREY, COLIN 1887-1902
JEFFREY, LEWIS 1892-1893
JEFFREY, STERLING 1892-1893
JOHNSON, RALPH 1917
KING, ABRAHAM 1901
KNIFFEN, CLIFFORD 1928-1937
KOHN, OTIS 1880-1883
KRZEMIEN, EDWARD 1927-1928
KRZEMIEN, STANLEY 1927-1928
KUEHN, ANNA 1877-1885
KUEHN, AUGUSTE 1877-1883
KUEHN, MINNIE 1877-1890
KUEHN, ROSA 1877-1887
KUEHN, MARY 1879-1893
KUEHN, HULDA 1882-1896
KUEHN, ALBERT 1885-1897
KUEHN, LYDIA 1887-1897
KUEHN, SARAH 1887-1901
KUEHN, EMMA 1892-1901
KUEHN, AUGUST 1895-1901
KUEHN, BENNIE 1901
KUEHN, ZELMA 1908-1920
KUEHN, GLENN 1918-1930
KULMAN, CLARA 1906-1919
KULMAN, ANNIE 1907-1910
KULMAN, EDWARD 1907-1912
KULMAN, JOHN 1907-1917
KULMAN, GERTRUDE 1919-1920
KULMAN, ZELMA 1921-1922
KULMAN, CARL dates unknown
KULMAN, ELMER dates unknown
KULMAN, FLORENCE dates unknown
KULMAN, GORDON dates unknown
KULMAN, LEROY dates unknown
KULMAN, MARVIN dates unknown
KULMAN, ROBERT dates unknown
KULMAN, VONDA dates unknown
KULMAN, WAYNE dates unknown
KNIFFEN, CLIFFORD 1928-1937
LADD, CLAUS 1922
LEDSWORTH, ALMOND 1929-1929
LEDSWORTH, BASIL 1929-1929
LEDSWORTH, FLORA 1929-1929
LEE, ROBERT 1868
LIMAN, LILLY 1878
LIVERMORE, GEORGE 1871-1872
LOUIS, ELLA 1867
MALBY, MARTIN 1865, 1867-1872
MANCHESTER, IDA 1868-1873
MANCHESTER, JOHN 1869-1875
MANCHESTER, FREDDIE 1873-1875
MANCHESTER, WILLY 1875
MAPLETHORPE, LIBBY 1865
MAPLETHORPE, ELIZABETH 1867-1875
MAPLETHORPE, EMMA 1867-1879
MAPLETHORPE, JOHN 1870-1884
MAPLETHORPE, MAUDE (MABLE) 1883-1889
MAPLETHORPE, ELECTA  1904
MCCONNELL, CHARLES 1867-1877, 1879
MCCONNELL, ELMER 1872-1885
MCCONNELL, IRA 1874-1888
MCCONNELL, VERNON 1879-1893
MCCONNELL, WILLIE 1882-1896
MCCONNELL, JENNIE M. 1887-1901
MCCONNELL, GLADYS 1908-1915
MCCONNELL, GRACE 1908-1912
MCFARLAND, BERTHA 1885-1891
MCKIERNAN, MARY ANN  1865, 1867-1875
MCKIERNAN, JOHN 1867-1879
MCKIERNAN, ELLEN 1871-1884
MCKIERNAN, THOMAS 1872-1886
MCKIERNAN, NELLIE 1900-1911
MCKIERNAN, DON 1901-1914
MCKIERNAN, KATIE 1902, 1904-1915
MCKIERNAN, EVELYN 1907-1909
MCKIERNAN, ROY 1907-1909
MCKIERNAN, TOMMY 1908-1909
MILLER, JOHN 1870-1871
MONTGOMERY, CAROLINE  1877
MONTGOMERY, JOHN 1877-1884
MONTGOMERY, ROBERT 1877-1885
MONTGOMERY, IDA 1883-1896
MONTGOMERY, WILLIE 1889-1903
MONTGOMERY, GEORGIE 1891-1903
MONTGOMERY, MARTY 1895-1909
MONTGOMERY, ETHEL 1896-1900
MONTGOMERY, LEE 1898-1900
MONTGOMERY, FRANCIS 1921-1922
MONTGOMERY, PEARL 1921
MONTGOMERY, MARTIN 1930-1939
MONTGOMERY, RUTH dates unknown
NEWMAN, NORWOOD J. 1936
NOVELT, FRANK 1927-1929
NUSS, FREDERICK 1872-1884
NUSS, MARY 1874-1886
NUSS, RUDOLPH 1876-1887
NUSS, CONO 1879-1892
NUSS, ARTHUR 1901
NUSS, ALFRED 1912-1919
O’CONNOR, SHIRLEY R. 1932-1933
OGDEN, MYRTIE 1874-1886
OWEN, ADALBERT 1892
OWEN, VELDORA 1892-1894
OWEN, HERBERT 1894,1901,04-06
PALMER, CHRISTABELL M. 1926-1934
PALMER, MARIAN M. 1936
PARISH, JAMES 1916-1921
PESKIE, LOUIS 1930
PLAGENS, ARTHUR 1901, 1903-13
PLAGENS, BURT 1901, 1903-15
PLAGENS, JOHN 1901, 1903-09
PLAGENS, TRACEY 1901, 1903-10
PLAGENS, HAZEL 1902-1916
PLAGENS, ROSE 1903-1907
PLAGENS, ALVIN 1909-1920
PLAGENS, ARNO 1911-1920
PLAGENS, LEONARD 1926-1929
PLAGENS, ELROY 1926-1935
PLAGENS, ALETA 1927-1937
PLAGENS, NADEAN 1928-1937
PLAGENS, GRACE 1930-1939
PLAGENS, INEZ 1932-1941
PLAGENS, STANLEY 1936-1945
PLAGENS, MARVIN 1941-1948
PORTE, KATHRYN 1926-1930
PORTE, MARTIN 1926-1930
PORTE, MARY 1926-1930
PORTE, NICKLAUS 1926-1930
PORTE, GERTRUDE 1928-1930
PORTE, ANNA 1928-1930
POTTER, DELLA 1871-1873
POTTER, ERNEST 1883-1894
POTTER, IDA 1885-1898
POTTER, ROSA 1892
POTTER, WILLIE 1892-1905
POTTER, EDNA 1896-1905
POTTER, GERALD 1914-1916, 1919
PRICE, DORA 1905-1910
RENSHAW, NORENE dates unknown
RENSHAW, RONALD dates unknown
RIX, LEROY H. 1928-1936
RIX, ROBERT C. 1929-1936
RIX, BETTY 1934
ROBINSON, MAUDE 1882
RYALL, ROY 1905-1917
RYALL, NELLIE 1905-1913
RYALL, BESSIE 1905-1910
RYALL, BILL dates unknown
RYALL, JOHN dates unknown
RYALL, KATHLEEN dates unknown
SAMPLE, ELMER 1912, 1918-1921
SAMPLE, BESSIE 1918-1921
SAMPLE, CECIL 1918-1921
SANDERSON, JAMES 1881
SANDY, JOSEPH 1901
SANDY, HANNA 1911
SAUER, HERMAN 1898, 1900-04
SAUER, DOROTHEA 1918-1920
SCHROEDER, NORMAN dates unknown
SCHROEDER, ARNOLD dates unknown
SCHROEDER, DONALD dates unknown
SCHROEDER, DORATHY dates unknown
SCHROEDER, ELEANOR dates unknown
SCHROEDER, ROBERT dates unknown
SCHROEDER, SHIRLEY dates unknown
SENTER, EARL 1899
SHUE, LAWRENCE M. 1928-1935
SHUE, EUNICE L. 1931-1935
SHUE, LLOYD H. 1931-1935
SHUE, EARL D. 1933-1935
SIMONS, LUCILLE dates unknown
SIMONS, ROBERT dates unknown
SIMONS, RICHARD dates unknown
SIMONS, CAROLINE dates unknown
SMITH, GENEVIEVE 1916-1930
SMITH, HAROLD 1921-1930
SMITH, FERRIS 1923-1930
SPENCER, MANDY/MONTY 1865
SPENCER, FRANK 1871-1872
SPENCER, MARY 1871-1872
SPENCER, RHODA 1871-1872
SPENCER, LINCOLN 1871-1872
SPENCER, WILLIAM 1871
STRUETZ, JOHN 1873-1875
STRUETZ, MINNIE 1873-1875, 1877
STRUETZ, CHRISTOPHER  1877-1890
SUTHERLAND, ETHEL 1919-1920
SUTPHIN, EMMA 1870-1881
SUTPHIN, IDA 1870-1881
SUTPHIN, ARZY 1875-1881
SUTPHIN, IRA 1877-1881
SUTPHIN, EDDIE 1880-1881
SWOOP, MAY 1900-01,03-04
TIBBITS, CORA L. 1872
TRUJILLO, ELEANOR 1932-1937
TRUJILLO, SALLY 1933-1937
VANHOLBEKE, MAYDARD 1911
WAHL, BEATRICE dates unknown
WAHL, GILBERT dates unknown
WAHL, ELDON 1930-1939
WALKER, DONNA 1901, 1904-1909
WARD, ELLEN 1865, 1867-1878
WARD, CATHARINE 1869-1884
WARD, CAROLINE 1873-1880
WARD, SARAH J. 1873-1878
WARD, JOSEPH 1873-1887
WARD, WELLINGTON 1873-1885
WARD, ROBERT 1876-1890
WARD, MARY 1881-1895
WARD, ROBERT 1882-1886
WARD, ARTHUR 1884-1896
WARD, EVA 1893-1897
WARD, PERCY 1901, 1904-1915
WEBER, HARALD 1927-1930
WEBER, SYLVIA 1927-1930
WEBER, EDWARD 1927-1930
WEGNER, FREDERICK 1876-1878
WEGNER, MARY 1881-1894
WEGNER, EMMA 1884-1886
WEGNER, ELMER 1885-1886
WEGNER, ALBERT 1887-1898
WEGNER, AMELIA 1887-1896
WEGNER, CHARLES 1887-1900
WEGNER, HERMAN 1887-1895
WEGNER, EZRA 1890-1904
WEGNER, MINNIE 1892-1904
WEGNER, EVELYN, 1917-1930
WEGNER, RONALD 1918-1929
WEGNER, EILEENE 1918-1929
WEGNER, CARL 1919-1929
WEGNER, VERTA 1921-1929
WHITE, HAZEL 1901, 1904-1908
WHITE, MERLE 1910
WILLIAMS, ELBA 1908
YAEK, ALBERT dates unknown

 
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