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

Richland #5, Haven School

From Tama, go south on U.S. Route 63 about 1.5 miles to County Route E64 and go east 7.4 miles to P Ave.  There is a community called Haven, and the school is next to the Haven Community Church at the NE corner of P Ave.  Being restored.  From the east, either via Chelsea or Brooklyn, use  County Route V18 to E64, and the school is about 3 miles from the junction.
This next photo shows the playground equipment and an out-building.
Built in 1872, closed in 1968 as last operational one-room school in Tama County.  Flood in nearby Chelsea in 2008 caused 20 students, pre-school through 5th grade, to be displaced.  This school was then used for two weeks by these students, using the old desks still mounted to the floor, as well as the old chalkboard and the playground.  (This information came from an article in the Cedar Rapids Gazette on 9/12/11)


Photographs taken 5/8/11

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