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

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Victory School

Now a home, located at 1139 State Highway 2.  It’s on the north side of the road about 7 miles west of Donnellson, just over a mile east of the county line.
Photographed 9/23/17

Maple Grove School

Used ca.1849 to 1955.  From SR2 west of Ft. Madison, go north on Golden Rd about 1.7 miles.  It is just north of 235th St on the west side of Golden Rd.  Information I was given shows it as having been a German School.  New chimney on the north side.

Photographed 9/23/17


White Oak School

Located west of Ft. Madison, at 2460 State Highway 2.  It’s on the south side of the highway across the street from Appleberry Orchard.  Converted into a 1.5 story home with additions.
Photographed 9/23/17

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Iowa Township, Oak Grove School

West of Riverside, Address is 1129 Redwood Ave, .6 mile north of State Highway 22.  West side of road facing east.  Bad shape.

This first photo is of the NE corner of the building:
East side, front door:
SE Corner:
South Side:
SW corner:

Photographed 7/1/17

Sunday, June 18, 2017

English River Township, Unknown.


SW of Kalona, at the SE corner of Kiwi Ave and 130th St.  Best accessed from going west on Highway 22 from Kalona about 2.5 miles to Juniper Ave, then turning south.  Proceed to 130th and turn east and 130th ends at Kiwi. A house has been built behind the school.

Photographed 6/18/18

Jackson Township #2, Egypt School.


SSW of Riverside. Closed in the 1950s.  SE corner of Palm Ave and 170th St., facing south.  Fairly well preserved.

Photographed 6/18/17

Jackson Township #1


South of Riverside, at the SE corner of W61/Riverside Rd and 170th St., facing south.  Exterior somewhat preserved, inside trashed.

Photographed 6/18/17

Jackson Township, Unknown


North of Washington, on the NE corner of Palm Ave and 190th St/Highway G26, facing south.  Converted to a home.
Due to the foliage, the best shots are from Palm Ave, with the last one being from 190th St.  Will have to return in winter.

Photographed 6/18/17

Franklin Township, Grace Hill School


WSW of Washington. On north side of 270th St, a mile west of Ivy Ave.  Converted for farm use, derelict.

Photographed 6/18/17

Seventy-Six Township, # Unknown


ESE of Keota.  Located at the NE corner of Elm Ave and 210th St.  Moved back from original location, but outhouse remains on original site, and the bell is also by the newer house on the original school site.  Converted for farm use.

Photographed 6/18/17

Seventy-six Township, Center School


NE of Keota.  Built 1889. Originally at the SW corner of Dogwood Ave and 190th St/Highway G26. Moved one mile north to a farm on the NE corner of Dogwood Ave and 180th St.  Facing south.
This last photo was taken from Dogwood to see the west side of the school:

Photographed 6/18/17

Smith Creek School

Established 1854. Originally located on the Mabel Aller farm.  Preserved at a Historical Park at SE corner of 7th Ave and 8th St.
This last photo was taken through the door window:

Photographed 6/18/17