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

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Washington Township #?

Information provided to me says that this house is a converted school on its original location. It is on the east side of Washington, north of SR92 at the NW corner of 247th St and Palm Ave facing south; address 2471 Palm Ave.

Photographed 10/13/18

Unknown School in Competine Township

This school has been moved to a farm for use as a storage building at 13835 Competine Rd, SE of Farson. Farson is a small town on county V41/Farson Rd south of Martinsburg. The first east/west street just north of Farson is 165th St. From Farson Rd and 165th St, proceed east to Competine Rd and then turn south. The farm is just south of 142nd St on the east side of Competine Rd.

Photographed 10/13/18

Pleasant Township #? (2nd one)

This is a square school on original location. Begin NE of Ottumwa at the intersection of Agency-Hedrick and 145th St, and head east on 145th. Proceed about 2 miles to Farson Rd and turn south. At Dohlonega Rd turn east, go across Wolf Creek to 47th Ave and then go south to 130th St. Turn east and go about 1/4 mile and there will be a farm on the south side, address 4436. The NE corner of the farm has this school, facing east, still standing but deteriorating.

Photographed 10/13/18

Pleasant Township #?

While the information I have states that this school is on its original location, and Google satellite shows it in place, this is no longer true.  It’s been moved east about 1/2 mile and put behind a house, facing east, with a garage door cut into it. The original bell is on a post just south of the school. To find this school take Bladensburg Rd NE from Ottumwa to Agency Hedrick Rd and turn north to 120th St. Proceed east on 120th to 60th Ave, and the original location was on the north side of the street just east of the farm, facing south.  Continue east to the next farm and you can see it in the rear of the house.

Photographed 10/13/18

Center Township #?, Highpoint School

Center Township #?, Highpoint School. This school was identified by someone familiar with the area. It has been highly modified and added to on the east side, including a large garage. (Google Satellite actually shows this school!) Proceed west/southwest  out on Ottumwa on Bluegrass Rd to 170th St. The school is on the SW corner.

Photographed 10/13/18

Keokuk Township #?, Hubler School

Now restored as a house. Proceed south from Ottumwa on US63 to 48th St. and turn east. At 118th Ave you must make a short jog to the north to return eastbound on 48th. Continue to Miller Chapel Rd and the school will be on the northwest side of the junction. Faces west
 


Photographed 10/13/18

Green Township #?, Copperhead School.

Unfortunately, although the Google satellite shows this school still standing but collapsing, it is no longer there. Instead, there is a pile of trees and rubble, which looks like all pushed into the foundation of the school. Our friend Mary Young attended this school and gave the directions to it and additional information:

If you go pass Bluegrass Road & keep on Lake Wapello Road south of Ottumwa about 8 miles & turn right onto Copperhead road—Go west about 3 miles & that’s Copperhead school on the right. Yes Wellman & Copperhead schools look somewhat same but inside very different. Actually (of course I would) I think Copperhead was much nicer inside. When I was in grade school & had Halloween plays the last of October, there was also a “pie supper” when girls would decorate boxes to be sold that contained a meal (supper) including pie. My father was always asked to auction the boxes at all the country schools around us. I was so proud of my father, as Mother & we girls went with him to these. Boys would bid on boxes & high bidder got the box & girls who brought it & eat together.”
Photographed 10/13/18
The following photo of the school while still standing was shared on Facebook.


Polk Township #?

Now used as a township hall. Proceed west of Ottumwa on US34 to 215th Ave, then turn north. Proceed to 87th St and turn NW; the school will be a very short distance on the west side of the road, just past a church.

Photographed 10/13/18

Polk Township #? Bidwell School

Nicely restored as a house. Take US34 west of Ottumwa to 87th St/County H35, which is a short jog on the north side, then take 87th west to 194th Ave. School is on NW corner.
Photographed 10/13/18

West Lancaster #5

Closed in the early 1960s, became part of a museum, and then later used as a township hall. Proceed south on Sigourney on SR149 to V5G/255th St, then go west  to just past 205th Ave. School is on the north side, still with original outhouses.
Photographed 10/13/18

English River #3

From SR1 just north of Kalona, turn west on 110th St for about a mile to Larch Ave. The school, now used as a home, is on the NW corner.

Photographed 10/13/18

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Ft. Atkinson

Looks like this was a city school, possibly 2- or 4-rooms. Built 1915, now used as library and museum.

Susan Gosse Leibold provided this information on FaceBook:
This was the public school built in 1915. Nine grades were taught at that time with 10th grade added in 1918, 11th grade in 1919 and 12th grade in 1927. The gym next door was added in 1950. Fort Atkinson Public School existed until 1960. At that time, Fort Atkinson joined the new Turkey Valley School District. Even though the local history book doesn't say it, I know kindergarten students went there for awhile -- Turkey Valley didn't have kindergarten - because my husband went to K there in 1974. Today it houses the public library and Fort Atkinson Museum, and meeting rooms downstairs.
This last photo is of the back side.

Photographed 9/29/18

Monday, August 20, 2018

Perry Township #1

Northwest of IndependenceEnlarged and highly modified by the Amish, this school sits on the east side of Fairbank-Amish Blvd, about .2 mile north of 175th St. Best approach is from SR150 North of Independence to Otterville Blvd (county D16) to Fairbank-Amish Blvd and turn north.
Photographed 8/18/18

Amish School, Indiana Ave

Located .15 miles south of 150th St on Indiana Ave.  Looks like it could have been an original school updated? On the 1930 aerial map it appears there is a school at this location. I'm seeking more information.

Photographed 8/18/18

Sunday, August 5, 2018

German #4

From Sigourney, proceed east on SR92 to SR149 and turn north. Proceed about 2.75 miles to 192nd St and turn east. At about 1 mile 192nd will bend north on 230th Ave and the school will be right there on the NW corner, facing south.

Photographed 8/4/18