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

Friday, September 16, 2016

Wilton #5, Rainbow School

Southeast of Wilton, Address is 1414 Trail Ave.  Best way to find it is from Wilton proceed east on US6 to Taylor Ave, then turn south.  Continue to 130th St. and turn east, proceed to Trail Ave and turn south.  This house is just south of 140th St on the west side of the road.

Former owner William McClean provided the following information:

It had originally sat 1 mile to the south but when the township lines were redrawn the location was now in Sweetland Township.  The local farmers realized that they would have to build another one.  So they gathered on an appointed day with their teams, jacked the building up and set it on logs, rolled it northward.  The one dissenting voice from Sweetland said, “Hey, you can’t do that!”  “No? Just sit there and watch us.”  “I’ll get the Sheriff!”  “Go ahead.”  7 miles to Muscatine by horse, found the Sheriff and 7 miles back.  By that time it had been moved to an acre of ground donated by my GGGrandfather JF McClean “for the benefit of the public education,” and the teams were all dispersed quickly over the horizon.  The Sheriff said to Grandpa, “You can’t do that.”  Grandpa said, “No?  You can take it back, then.”  There it still sits.  It is no longer in the family.

There have been several additions done over the years and there is small resemblance to the old 1-room schoolhouse.  We put on a garage to the West, then added 2 rooms above the garage and a large picture window facing the road on the East where there had been 2 anti-rooms for girls and boys coats and lunch pails.  Probably the best view left wold be from the South side.  We had replaced the Easternmost of the original 3 windows by a doorway entrance.  Subsequent owners added a large addition on the North side which really obscures the old 1-Room appearance.   There is/was a pump at the driveway entrance

The first photo was taken on 5 September 2016, and after verifying this was the school, we returned on 15 September to shoot in late evening.
This photo is of the north and east sides.
This photo is of the east and south sides.


Friday, September 2, 2016

Independent School #28

Built 1879.  In Davenport at 5323 W Kimberly Rd (US6), SW corner of Kimberly Rd and Wisconsin Ave.  Has an addition on the back that looks like a whole house.

Photographed 9/1/16

Wilton Township #3, Prospect Hill

On 110th St, 1/2 mile east of Turner Ave.  From Durant, proceed south on Underwood Ave to 110th and turn west about 1/2 mile.  North Side of the street.  Poor condition.

Photographed on 9/1/16

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