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, October 22, 2011

Iowa #5, Iowa Center School

South of Amana.  From JCT US6 and US151 South, proceed south on US151 2.5 miles to 190th St and turn east.  School will be .6 mile east of US151 on the north side facing west, now used as a machine shed.  Originally located .4 mile east at the NW corner of 190th St. and V Ave.  The school closed in 1924 and was used as a township hall and as a 4-H club meeting house.  In the late 1940s the township meeting place changed to Amana.  In 1960 the school was auctioned for $400 and moved to a new cement foundation, raised two feet and the floor removed.  A large door was installed on the west side.  The blackboard and chimney remain on the east side of the building.
Photographed 10/22/11

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