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, August 4, 2012

Burr Oak School

Burr Oak School.  At 2351 360th St. in Burr Oak, this 2-room school is on its original location, now converted to a house. The current owner, who converted the school to his home, had a collection of photos and articles framed, which he brought out for us to see.  I photographed it, but apparently I was too quick to not let the autofocus finish, because the photo isn’t sharp enough to read the data I was hoping to have.
The original structure at this site was a 1-room wooden building.  That one was torn down when they needed more room and circa 1870 built a 2-room brick structure, which can be seen in the first photo under the newspaper article on the right side of the photo frame.
The school’s bricks were soft and crumbly, so sometime circa 1910 it was razed and replaced by this wooden structure, which has undergone a variety of uses since it closed.  The bottom right photo in the frame is dated 1945, and at that time it was already in pretty sad shape and had not been used as a school for several years.
Photographed 8/1/12
The following photograph was taken 10/12/13

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