I previously had these schools in two posts, as “Sharon #4, Lincoln School” and “Friendship School, Amish.” Duane J. Gingerich, who attended school at East Lincoln, posted a comment with some information on the “Friendship School, Amish” post, but it got me a bit confused. He then was gracious enough to e-mail me with some good information and explanations about the schools, as well as including photos.
In 1937 a new structure was completed kitty-corner from the old building, and the old building was acquired by the Amish for use as a Sunday School; they added to the structure. The new structure is shown in two older photos by Mr. Gingerich, and the two newer photos by me, followed by the last photo by Mr. Gingerich. This school was closed in 1965 and then the Amish acquired it and named it “Friendship School.”
Now, I’ll let Mr. Gingerich tell you about the school buildings:
"I went to school at East Lincoln [new building], graduating in 1958. Back in the 40s the school looked like the first attached picture, complete with outdoor toilets. We got rid of these in 1953 when indoor plumbing was added. This school was constructed in 1937. The winning construction bid was under $3000 and was won by my mother’s brother, a finish carpenter. Both my father and grandfather served on the ‘Sharon #4 District School Board in various capacities over the years.
There you have it. I hope this clears up the confusion. Thanks for all the work you have done to document these old Iowa one-room schools. I remember my years at East Lincoln with great fondness. As I have written elsewhere after retiring as an international lawyer based in Jakarta, Indonesia, my eight years in a rural Iowa one-room school environment never disadvantaged me in any way. Quite the contrary."