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

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Bertram Township #8, Emmons School

Closed in the 1940s. 1646 O’Connor Rd. Proceed east from Highway US151/SR13 on Mt. Vernon Rd just over 2 miles to O’Connor Rd and turn north. A short distance will be the junction of Bloomington Rd, which angles NW. In that angle is the school, now a house with nice additions and 3-car garage.

This first photo is of the east side, showing the addition of the garage to the north.
The next two are of the south side.
This last shot is of the west side; note the dormer and the addition.

Photographed 5/5/18.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Washington #9

Closed in 1950s. Additions on the west side. From Center Point, proceed SW on Lewis Access Rd across I-380 to Wildlife Rd (first road on south side) and turn south. Proceed to Cedar Heights Rd and turn east. Proceed to High Woods Rd and then turn south. When High Woods bends east it becomes Quail Ridge Rd and the very next intersection is Williams Lake Rd. On the NW corner of Williams Lake and Quail Ridge is the school.  One can also turn SE on Williams Rd from High Woods Rd, Williams Lake being the first road on the east side south of Cedar Heights.
With this next photo, of the north side, you can see the addition and garage on the west side of the house.

Photographed 4/28/18

Washington #5

Square school, closed in the 1950s, converted to a house with addition on the west side.  Difficult to get photos of due to tree and fence coverage. From Toddville, proceed west on Toddville Rd to Standlea Rd and turn north. Proceed north to Greens Grove Rd, and the school will be on the NW corner of the intersection.

Photographed 4/28/18

Monroe #1

Square school, closed in the 1950s. Converted to a house with addition on the west side. From Hiawatha, take Tower Terrace Rd NW to Feather Ridge Rd and then turn north.  The second road on the west side is Rolling Rd; turn west on Rolling and proceed to the end of the road and the school will be on the north side of Rolling.  Address 8402.

Photographed 4/28/18

Monroe #2

Closed in the 1950s. Follow Blairs Ferry Rd west out of Hiawatha and it will bend NW and then North.  Not far past Oak Grove Rd is a dirt loop on the east side called Elf Ln.  Immediately on the west side of Elf Ln is the much modified school, with address 7407.  The front door appears to be the front of the original building.

Photographed 4/28/18

Fremont #1

From Atkins, proceed north on 33rd Ave to 69th St. 1/10 mile west of 33rd on the south side of the road is the school, now converted as a house.  Appears to be part of the Bloomsbury Farm complex.

Fremont #5

From Atkins, proceed west on 71st Street/County E44 to 31st Ave, where the school sits on the SW corner.

Photographed 4/28/18

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Fairfax Township #?

About 2 miles NW of Fairfax.  From Fairfax, proceed west on County E66 about two miles to Stallman Rd and turn north. Proceed north just over a mile to Angle Rd. This school is on the NE corner of Stallman and Angle, address 4201 Stallman.

In the first photo, to help with location, you can see the trace of now-closed Angle Rd off to the right. The entrance to this modified school is facing south.

Photographed 4/28/18.

Fairfax Township #?

About 2.5 miles east of Walford on Walford Rd, north side. Address is 7900 Walford Rd. On original location, now used as a house.

Photographed 4/28/18.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Jefferson #3, Huston/Swisher School

On its original location at 80 Division Street, Swisher, IA, used as a house. Easiest access is I-380 exit 10, then turn west to Swisher. The house is on the north side of the street, across from the Swisher bank.

Photographed 4/19/18

Friday, April 20, 2018

Cedar Rapids, Edgewood School

A “boxcar school,” closed in the 1950s. Located on its original location at 2523 Zika Ave NW.  It has been radically modified so that one would never realize it used to be a school!

This first two photos are of the north side of the building, the last one being of the south side.

Photographed 4/19/18.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Putnam #6, Honey Grove (Honey Creek?) School.

Closed in the 1950s.  Address is 5616 Honey Grove Rd.  From Ely one can proceed north on Jappa Rd to US30, and directly across the highway the road becomes Honey Grove Rd. From Cedar Rapids one would take C Street south and turn east under the railroad overpass on to old Ely Rd for a short distance and then turn east on Old River Rd.  Proceed ENE to Big Bend Rd, then proceed south to where it forks left and right on Honey Gove Rd; one needs to turn to the left to the school.  Over grown and not taken care of; shows an addition to the front, and a garage attached to its west side.
Photographed 3/2/18

Monday, February 12, 2018

Where Are the Students Now?

This comic was shown to us today at a 1-room school presentation titled, "Most Everything I Need to Know About Life I Learned in a One Room School," put on by Hills Bank in Hills, IA.  It was a very interesting presentation, and I just had to request this comic be sent to us for posting here!  Unfortunately, this blog will not allow a larger view without it stretching to the far right side overlapping the right column!  BUT, you can click on the comic to enlarge it.  I promise you, it's worth it!