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

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Unknown School, Dubuque County

This school is located on Old Highway Road (old US20) between Epworth and Centralia, 1.6 miles west of Y21.  It is at the SE corner of the junction with Dutch Lane Road.  There is a cemetery to the south of the building which appears to be much older than the school.  The inside has been trashed.  You can see that electricity had been brought in at some time, with one old fluorescent fixture remaining.
Looking in the front door towards the back.  Noticed the raised platform for the teacher; the blackboard would have been between the two windows.
This next photo is looking in the SE window towards the door.
Photographed 4/1/11

1 comment:

Calvin Gilbert said...

I always wondered the history of this school house. It would seem there should be records somewhere, or who owns the property now. I went to Western Dubuque school district and graduated in 1988. I passed this building riding the bus to and from school everyday. My Sister and I lived on a farm in Centralia, and rode our bikes periodically in old hwy 20 to Epworth. Thanks for the picture memory. Kim