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

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Clayton Center School

This school was brick (William Sherman’s book, Iowa's Country Schools: Landmarks of Learning, has a photo of kids standing outside of it), so the building has been sided.  It is now a radio station and has additions on the north and west sides.  From Elkader, proceed north on SR13 about 2 miles to SR 128, and go east about 3 miles.  The school is on the north side of the road.
Photographed 10/3/11

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