ORIGINS

I grew up in a small Ohio town, and I rode the school bus from 1st through 12th grades. My bus ride always included a country road on which every school day we saw a one-room brick school house. (SW corner of Stine Rd and Enon-Xenia Pike). As the years went by, I watched this wonderful, familiar friend fall apart. After I married, the school really began to deteriorate. Every time we visited the area I would want to take a photo of the school, but never did. Finally, when we went specifically for the task, the school was gone. It was a huge loss for me and, since that time, whenever we pass a one-room school, it is a joy to stop to take a picture or two. Thus, our collection here, and the one with schools in other states. Jill :oD

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Douglas Center #5

Douglas Center #5. Built in 1884. Restored and displayed on Main Street on north side of Holstein.


Photographed 8/1/20

Correctionville School

Built in 1872, it is the oldest brick schoolhouse in the county, third oldest in the state. By 1884 the population outgrew the building and it became used primarily by the GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) and now used by veterans’ groups. This school looks similar to others we’ve photographed where the school was 1-room on the first floor with the second floor used for activities.  Located on the south side of Correctionville, the lot on the south side of the school is a veterans’ memorial park with two aircraft, a piece of artillery, bronze statues, flags and memorial stones — and a “Freedom Rock.”

Photographed 8/1/20

Garfield #1

Built in 1884. Originally located on the SE corner of Section 2, Garfield township. Now located in Kingsley at the NW corner of W. 1st St and Quest Ave on Kingsley School property.

Photographed 8/1/20

Elgin #2

Also known as Schlesser School. Preserved in the fairgrounds at Le Mars. Built in 1885 at the cost of $400, this school was originally two miles from Struble in the NE quarter of section 9. In 1961 it was moved to the fairgrounds.


Photographed 8/1/20

America #5, Steel School

Preserved in the fairgrounds at Le Mars, marked as a toy store. Originally located one mile south of Le Mars on highway K-49, it was moved to the fairgrounds in 1982.

Photographed 8/1/20

Lily of the Valley #5, Moville School

This school is preserved on the grounds of the Northwest Are Eduction Agency on the north side of Cherokee on State Highway 3. The single outhouse was also moved here. From Woodbury County, it was originally moved to Copeland Park near Correctionville but moved to Cherokee due to flooding and possible loss.
Photographed 8/1/20

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Pleasant Hill Independent School #3

In Franklin Township. Built in 1900. Located SE of Mt. Vernon at 837 Ivanhoe Rd (south side), to where it had been moved from about 1/2 mile east for use as a storage building. Deteriorating.

Looking SSE from Ivanhoe Rd.
Looking down the east side of the building.
East side of the building.

Photographed 4/27/20


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Grange Hall Independent School

West of Mt. Vernon, 2.5 miles north of Mt. Vernon Rd on Museum Rd. Sits on north side of Linn #4, used for storage. Originally stood around the corner almost at the Intersection of Linn Ridge Rd. and Springville Road on the NW corner of that intersection.

Photographed 3/31/20

Linn Township #4

West of Mt. Vernon, On Museum Road, 2.5 miles north of Mt. Vernon Road. Originally on museum road, a mile or so south of present position, just prior to the big L shaped bend; it was on the east side of the road. Moved to present location for use as a shed.

Photographed 3/31/20

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

East Union #3

Originally located between Stockport and Birmingham on a gravel road, about 4 miles west of Stockport. Relocated to its present position in Morris Memorial Park, about four miles NNE of Stockport.
Photographed 8/1/19

Utica #3

Originally located in the small village of Utica, at the junction of Highways 16 and W30, three miles south of Stockport. It is located on the west side of main street downtown Stockport. Was to be used as a craft shop but the owner died so it’s just being kept up.
Photographed 8/1/19

Harrisburg #?

 Located at the NW corner of Teal St and 170th St, this school looks like it may have been built in the 1850s. Faces south.
Photographed 8/1/19

Winchester Independent School

Used from 1869 to 1918. Relocated from the small village of Winchester, in Union township, to Keosauqua, at the SW corner of 4th Street and Oak St. For a while it was used for administrative offices for the local school district, but is now being used as a classroorm(s?) for either “troubled” or special needs kids - can’t remember which. 
Photographed 8/1/19

Ellis School, Displayed in Keosauqua

The sign says it’s the oldest school in the county, built in 1847, and it was originally located south of Douds.  Located at 728 Dodge St in Keosauqua, right by the Pearson House (part of the underground railroad).
Photographed 8/1/19

Harrisburg #?, Bentonsport

In Bentonsport at the SE corner of highway J40 and Des Moines Street.  It was originally located NE of town in Harrisburg Township, and was also used as a town hall.
Photographed 8/1/19

Monday, June 17, 2019

Buck Creek School

In Dayton Township. About 1/3 mile south of 200th St on County highway V56/Viking Ave, SSW of Sumner, west side of the road, across from St. John’s Lutheran Church. Windows bricked over.
Photographed 6/15/19.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Pleasant View School

Located in Wapello, on the grounds of the Louisa County Historical Society. They will be getting back with me in regards to the history of this school and from where it was located. (older photos on their site show the school name painted above the door.)

Photographed 5/11/19