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, July 25, 2011

Franklin Township District No. 2, Donnellson

On old US218, about 1/2 mile north of Donnellson, at the "Evangelical Cemetery."  The stone above the door reads: "District No. 2, 1874."  It was closed in 1934.

At the rear of the school a door has been cut into the stone and a pit-toilet restroom has been walled off from the rest of the building.  It looks like it was probably done in the past 30-40 years.  The blackboard still exists on the back wall of this closet-sized room.

Another door has been carved into the south side at the front of the building.  This one goes through where a window used to be, and the top of the window with a ratty blind is still above the door.  This door gives access to the inside of the building, which is used for storage.  Two driving mowers are stored there, as well as lots of junk.  The old electric furnace is there, as is a radiator from previous boiler heat, which itself replaced a wood-burning unit.
Photographed on 7/23/11

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