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

Monday, May 2, 2011

John Gingery Cabin

This cabin was built in 1863 by John Gingery about two miles northeast of Atlantic, IA, on what is now the Gipple Farm.  John was a school teacher, and this cabin served as the school from 1865 until a new school was built in 1868.  The cabin was relocated to the center of Atlantic in the town park in 1976.   These photos were taken on 4/28/11.


Mary Gingery Brophy said...

I am a direct descendent (great-granddaughter) of the John Gingery who built this cabin; his son also named John was my grandfather. My father was the third John Gingery. My sister Laura unveiled a marker at the site of the school many years ago.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Hi Mary,

That is some neat history. I think it is amazing to find out what your family did in history. It gives a real link to the past that is personal.

We thought this cabin was very interesting.


Jack Stanley said...

I grew up in Atlantic and graduated from high school in 1977. I remember when they put this cabin in the park in the center of town.