To find this school, you must head west from Pella on University, which becomes Idaho Drive as it bends SW. About 1.5 miles SW of state highway 163 you will come to 198th Place on the left side of the road. Turn south on 198th and go .4 mile.
Finally, the north side of the school.
Pella was a Dutch settlement, so the Dutch language was used in some of the teaching, and some of the first pupils wore wooden shoes to school. A stable used to also stand next to the school. In 1958 the school came under the Pella Community School district, but some classes continued in this school until 1960.
According to the Pella "Tulip Time" website, tours can be arranged by appointment. Screens on the windows prevented photography, but the site says the school "still contains the old stove, desks and other items used during its last years as a school." It is now maintained by neighbors and owned by the Pella Historical Society.
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