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

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Springfield Township #?, Nordness School

We stumbled across this school while looking for a wooden school, which we never found.  This stone school looks like it was built ca. 1855-1870. It is on the SW corner of Lincoln and Nordness Roads, about 8 miles south of Decorah.  The best way to locate this school is to drive south from Decorah on County Route W38 to Lincoln Road and then proceed east to Nordness.  The school is on a hill overlooking a residence.  Photographs taken on 8/3/11.

3 comments:

Rick Rothmeyer said...

My Mom went to School here, Her name was Donna Jean Olsen.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Thanks for the comment. Do you know the school number by any chance?

Steve said...

I grew up almost one fourth of a mile from there on a farm. I knew Donna Olsen Ronnie Olsen and lots of Norene's people. Been in there many times in the 50's.