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, July 16, 2011

Sumner Township #6

This school was originally located on the corner of the Lawrence Heitmann farm, and sat on the SE corner of 210th St. and J Ave.  According to information in Owen Jones' book, One-Room School Houses: Iowa County, Iowa 1844 - 1966, "After closing at the end of the term in 1957, the school building was moved 1/2 mile north  and is still being used as a machine shed on the Steve Heitmann farm."  It sits behind the house (east of the house) and faces south.  Also according to the book, Heitmann still has the original merry-go-round from the playground.

The shortest way to locate this school would be to use County Highway V66 between Marengo and I-80.  About a mile north of I-80 is 210th St, on which you need to proceed west.  210th dead-ends at J Ave.  Farm address is 2046 J Ave.

This first photo is scanned from the above mentioned book just so you can see what the school originally looked like.
The next two photos were taken from J Ave.  The first shows the school's location relative to the house, while the second shot is zoomed up on the school.
This last shot was taken from 210th St, which with the distance from J Ave would make it about 3/4 mile away.  I just thought this was a good shot to show how it fits on the farm.

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