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

Monday, May 9, 2011

Oak Grove School, Sumner Township

This school was built in 1871.  From Marengo on U.S. Route 6, proceed west of town about a mile to L Ave and go south to 160th Street and turn west.  As 160th junctions with KK Ave, turn south on KK.  At 168th Ave turn west again.  Total distance from L Ave is 1.5 miles.  If coming from south of Marengo on V66, turn west on 160th for 1.1 miles until L Ave, where there is a slight jog to the north as you continue with directions from L.
The school is located in a grove of Oak trees - I guess that's where it got its name.  It is the first school we've seen with a tornado shelter (we could not get on the property - fenced off with warning signs).  You can see the brick door arch.
Photographs taken on 5/9/11
On July 8, 2012, we attended the meeting of the Iowa County Historical Society held here at Oak Grove School, and were allowed to go inside.  The original desks are still mounted on the floor, but newer desks have also been placed inside.  Much work is needed to restore this building.

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