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

Giard #5, Froelich

This little town is on US18 between McGregor and Monona, a bit over a half-mile west of the junction with US52.  The school was built in 1866 and was originally on a knoll nearby, and then moved not far to a local farm at the end of the 1953-1954 school year.  Years later it was moved into Froelich to be part of a historical collection.  There is still writing on the blackboard from the last day of school, and the original furnishings are still inside.
The following photos were posted on the wall of the school to show how it was moved to its present location.  I thought they were quite interesting so I am posting them here.  I believe the first shot was at its original location on the knoll, while the rest are of it being moved from the farm.
School photographed 10/3/11


Don Pettit said...

I have picture of myself sitting in this scoolhouse with the teacher mrs. Koether standing in front. Don Pettit

Don Pettit said...

If you want a copy of the picture, contact me at

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Hi Don,

If you'd like the photo posted, email it to me at


Glenn E. Chatfield said...

I'm sorry, I didn't see your second comment until I posted! I'll email you.