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

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Hartford #2, Hickory Grove School

To find this school you need to leave Victor, IA northbound on A Avenue, and at the corner where it joins 170th Street you will see a farmstead.  This school used to be about .2 mile east at the intersection of 170th and B Avenue, but was moved to this farmstead belonging to John Van Otegham, where it is now used as a feed shed and cattle shelter.  In this photo it is the section on the left side.  This school closed in 1938.  Thanks to Owen R. Jones and his book, One-Room School Houses: Iowa County Iowa 1844-1966, for the location of this school.  According to his book, the south side (left side of the photo) still has the entrance door and blackboard, but Jill and I did not go onto the property for our photograph, taken today.

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