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

Hickory Grove School, Keokuk

This is a nicely restored school near the Keokuk airport.  It is just west of US218 on Iowa SR960/243rd Ave (old US218) at the junction with Walker Lane, about 1/2 mile south of county J82.  The plaque above the door says, "The Hickory Grove School, Dist. No. 3, 1870."  Apparently, this school may have also been used as a church - it sits next to the Hickory Grove Cemetery.  The pump still works but there is a sign on it which says to not drink the water.
Photos taken 7/23/11

2 comments:

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

The following was in an e-mail to me:

"I grew up just outside of Keokuk, IA. I attended Hickory Grove school for eight years. There were a maximum of 22 kids in all eight grades with only two in my class."

Jim Platte, Naperville, IL

Anonymous said...

The annual board meeting is held the 3rd saturday in may. Maps are available for the cemetery. We have names of teachers in the 30's, 40's &50's. More info call 319-524-2336 please leave message. Thanks Sue Dickson Secretary