On our way to Newton from Marshalltown one day in September 2008, we found this school about 1.5 miles south of US30 on Iowa State Route 14, at the NW corner of 255th St. It is difficult to make out the words on the sign above the door, but it says, "Spring Valley School." It is Spring Valley Number 4.
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