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, June 25, 2010

Jacksonville #12

This is a school I read about on the 'net, so as we drove up US63 on our way to the North Shore of Lake Superior on 6/21, we detoured just a bit to see it. About 3 1/2 miles north of New Hampton, IA, we turned east on 170th Street and traveled 4 1/2 miles east to Adolph Munson Park, which is the site of a little village which no longer exists. This park still carries the name "Jacksonville," and has a couple old cabins moved here. The school was moved from 1/4 mile west so as to be part of the collection.

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