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

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Fairview #4, Fairview

Now used as a community center.

Fairview is just north of US151 on Iowa Highway 1.  Just as you come into town from the south, you can see this school off to your left.  Turn left on 99th Street and that street ends at the school - about a block's length.

Of course the building now has vinyl siding and other building improvements.  Compare this one to the community center in Amber and you can see the school building itself seems to be the same design.
Photographed 3/13/11


Life in Iowa and beyond said...

That is the Fairview School. When I started as a second grader, my father called it the "corn field academy". In December 1947/Jan 1948, my brother was in kindergarten and the teacher was Mr. Caspers. Then in the third grade through the sixth, it was Mrs. Walton. Mr. Caspers had students from kindergarten through 8th but then they sent the 7 and 8 to Anamosa.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Thank you for that information!