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

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Davenport #6

Now used by the Vietnamese American New Life Church, highly modified.  Previously used by Calvary Bible Church.  Located at the SE Corner of W. Locust St and Wisconsin Ave.  Another school identified in Bill Sherman's book.

Photographed 8/18/16

Unknown School, Davenport


Moved to this location.  Identified by Bill Sherman’s 1998 book as being used as a Fine Arts Center.  Located at 511 W. 16th Street.

Photographed 8/18/16

Mt. Joy School


On the NW corner of Brady St. and 209th St.   Office for a business, original location, but surrounded by additions.

Photographed 8/18/16

Sugar Creek Township, Sharon School

At the NW corner of State Highway 38/US6 and Old Muscatine Rd.  Converted to a house, address 2186 Old Muscatine Rd.

Photographed on 8/18/16

Friday, June 17, 2016

Jefferson #4, Strang School?

From Highway 965, proceed west on Amana road about 1.2 miles after crossing Swisher Creek and turn north on Blain Cemetery Rd to the home at address 1626.  Although we are not 100% certain (didn’t go on property or seek to talk with occupants), it looks like a school-shaped building which had an addition on the road side (notice roof peak which changes within a short distance.).  IF this is the building, it has to have been moved perhaps 200 ft north based on aerial photos from 1930 though present day; perhaps to move to a new foundation? 

We would appreciate any information in regards to this building.

Photographed 6/15/16

Monday, June 6, 2016

Madison #3, Greencastle School

This school was originally on Swan Lake Rd .4 mile west of Half-Moon Road on the north side (NW corner of unnamed road), and moved ca.1956 to 3955 W. Overlook Rd NE near the Coralville Dam.  Sometime while it was still in operation, an addition was made to the front to extend from 3 to 4 windows on the sides.  It was purchased in 1955.  Converted to a home, with an addition extending from one side.  

Photographed 6/6/16.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Lovell #6

Proceed SE of Monticello on State Highway 38 to 190th Street, and then turn east.  Proceed about 1/5 mile and the school is on the NW corner of 130th Ave.  Bricked over with additions

Photographed 4/16/16

Richland #4

From Monticello, proceed NE on US151 to County D65/Richland Rd and turn east.  Proceed east to Bowens Prairie Rd and the school is on the NW corner.  Supposedly the oldest school in Jones County.

Shot from the north:

Close-up of the stucco covering the stone walls.

Close-up of west wall:

Photographed 4/16/16



Eby's Mill School

From Monticello, proceed SE on State Highway 38 to County Rd E17 at Scotch Grove.  Proceed east on E17 to Eby’s Mill Rd/X73 and turn north.  About 1.5 miles on the south side will be the school pretty much hidden behind trees.  Residence, address 17776.

Photographed 4/16/16

Wayne #5

Take Amber Rd/X44 south of Monticello to 170th St, then turn east and proceed to 140th Ave.  The School is on the NW corner.  Residence.
Photographed 4/16/16

Cass #8

On Ridge Road E-28, first house on south side after passing 239th Avenue westbound from Anamosa.  Behind a stand of trees.  Residence.


Photographed 4/16/16

Stone City School House

The Stone Schoolhouse was built in 1898 and replaced two smaller schools to the north and south. It employed two teachers and eight grades of instruction. 1911 school census records an enrollment of 43 students. It was an active school until the 1947 when the area affiliated with the Anamosa system. It was later purchased for $100 by village trustees. Stone City residents raised $3,000 to convert the school to a present-day Stone City Community Center. When a new roof was installed, the bell tower and bell were removed and never replaced.


Photographed 4/16/16

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Adams Township, Robinson School

South of Robinson, at 3287 County Highway W63.  One mile north of county line.  Converted to a home.


Photographed 2/23/16

Jackson Township, Stone Independent School

Built 1900.  Locate at SW corner of Valley Farm Rd and Wapsi-Y Rd; address 5394 Valley Farm Rd.  Residence.

This photo looking at the north side of the building:

This next shot is of the north and east sides:

East side:

East and south sides:

South side:

Photographed 2/23/16

Jackson Township, Quality Ridge School

Located about 1.5 miles west of Coggon on the NW corner of Coggon Rd and Quality Ridge Rd; address is 5806 Quality Ridge Rd.

Built in 1880, closed in 1941.  Family member of current owners said the school was originally about a mile west and relocated here by former residents, but a 1940 photo shows the school at its current location.  More information would be welcome.

Photographed 2/23/16

Monday, January 11, 2016

Jackson Township, Paris School

Built 1871.  Originally about 3 miles NNW of Central City in on Paris Rd, Jackson Township.  Was west of State Highway 13, and east of the Wapsipinion River.  Now in downtown Central City behind the Central City Historical Society building at 56 N. 4th St.  Preserved for visits.

Photographed 1/11/16

Maine #1, Jordan’s Grove School

Built 1900.  4058 Jordan’s Grove Rd.  Best route from SR13 is to turn east on Burnett Station Rd and go about 2.5 miles to Jordan’s Grove Rd; Burnett turns N onto Jordan’s Grove for a short distance.  School sits the NW corner where Burnett bends eastbound.

Photographed 1/11/16