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, 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

Franklin Township #?

This school is located about six miles north of Burlington at the SW corner of US61 and 160th St. Looks to be used for storage.

Photographed 5/11/19

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.