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

Saturday, June 26, 2010

St. John's Lutheran School

Exiting US63 at Denver, IA, we had to stop at a farmers' market to ask where the village of Maxfield was because it isn't on the map.  Maxfield Township is shown, but no village.  We were directed north out of town on old US63 (business route) to 250th Street, and then went 1.7 miles east where we came to this school.


Built in 1881. Used as a school and church until the church was constructed.  School was restored in the early 1970s, rededicatd in 1976.  Now maintained as a museum and repository for the Church history.

An interesting thing about this site was the sidewalk and old street lamps that started just west of the school and continued east to the front of a church.  The church building was obiously new; a stone on it said 1856 to 1964, and the assumption we made was that this new building was probably built in 1964 next to the old one, and then the old one was torn down.  There is a cemetery behind the church.  Between the church and the school is a house which is no more than 100 years old, so it was probably built as a pastorate, and perhaps there was an older one there that it replaced.  But these buildings seem to be all that's left of the village.

Photographed 6/24/16

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