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, November 26, 2017

Milo #8, Copperhead School

SE of Manchester.Dates posted above front porch are 1906-1953, but some think it was built late 1870s/early 1880s.  Square nails are observed in the construction.  If coming from the south on State Highway 13, turn east on 255th St and drive about 3.3 miles east to 197th Ave. and then turn north. Proceed about a mile and the school will be on the NW corner of 148th St.  If coming from Manchester, proceed south out of town on County X21/Jefferson Rd to the junction of 240th St/197th Ave and then turn south and proceed about 1/2 mile.

Photographed 11/26/17

Maine #7, Rabbit’s Grove School

ESE of Central City.  Easiest access from Central City is to proceed east on Sawyer Rd to Jordan’s Grove Rd and then turn south to Game Club Rd and turn east.  The school is on the north side of Game Club road, about .015 mile east of Jordon’s Grove Rd, and immediately on the east side of Heaton’s Creek.

Photographed 11/26/17

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Sugar Creek Twp #2, Pleasant Hill School

Closed in the 1950s.  Located at 1497 290th St/County Route F44, 1/2 mile east of Old Muscatine Rd, north side.  Residence.

Photographed 11/10/17

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Allens Grove #4

Built 1872.  On Allens Grove Rd, a bit over a mile SE of Dixon, north side of the road and about 1/10 mile SE of 70th Ave, 8/10 mile NW of 288th St.

Photographed 10/21/17
Someone shared the following photo on Facebook; it is a really good shot for showing the construction of the front with the two doors and center decoration, as well as the nice-looking school ID sign.

Allens Grove #5, Sand Hill School

North of the town of Donahue.  Built ca.1872.  At the NE corner of 115th Ave and 290th St/St Ann’s Rd.  Completely covered with “log” siding, with large rustic front porch added.
Photographed 10/21/17

Allens Grove #1, Donahue School.

Built ca.1872.  On the north side of Donahue on 115th Ave, NE corner of 9th Ave.  Now used as “Old School Antiques.”

Photographed 10/21/17

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 Ave 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