#2 Marsh School. Built in 1895, in was moved to Bennett in 1946.
While I recognized the one building, on Maple St, from Bill Sherman’s book, "Iowa’s Country Schools: Landmarks of Learning,” the rest were confirmed by two homeowners we met in town. However, we were not given the identities as to which school was which, so if anyone can give such information, we’d appreciate it.
This first school is on the NW corner of Third St and Maple St. The problem with this one being identified as one of the seven is that in the photo of the first school being brought into town, this one appears to be the house on the right side of the photo! So if it was a school, as identified by the one homeowner, then it would have been moved into town prior to the seven in 1943 and 1946.
These two schools have been joined for this house. They are on the NW corner of Third St. and Poplar (I'm wondering if these are in the original location, and perhaps the schools were lined on Third from the one on Third and Maple to Third and Poplar. If anyone can clear this up, I'd appreciate it.)
This third school was on Maple Street, SE corner of Fourth. (Unfortunately, we forgot to photograph the south side because we ended up in a conversation with the owner!)
This next school is immediately south of the previous one, still on Maple St. This looks like it is probably the first one moved into town, since there appears to be only one square one in the photo of the row.
This last school is the home of a woman we talked to at the bank. She said it has had many additions, which is why it no longer resembles a school. It is on the SW corner of Fourth and Poplar Sts.
Photographs taken on 11/27/13.
UPDATE, 6/6/15. On 6/4/15, we drove highway 130 to Bennet and then east bound to Tipton. This building was discovered on highway 130 on the east side of Bennet. Unity School was supposedly moved east of town to be a house. We found no other building east of town other than normal farm houses. This building on the south side of the street was either a church or a school; does anyone have any information about it? The taller windows make me wonder if it was a church.
Photographed on 4/4/15