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

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Prairie Ridge School

Located at 8100 Spanish Rd.  We do not know if this is the original location and the house and other buildings were constructed around it, or if it was moved here from another location.  It was obviously used as a barn or other out building for some time before falling into disuse and ending up in its current derelict condition.  From Ely or Cedar Rapids one can find this school by using Wright Brothers Blvd, and about 1 mile west of Ely Rd turn north on Spanish Rd for about 1/2 mile.  The school is on the west side of the road behind a house.
Photographed on 10/26/14

Update 2/7/15;  This link has a photo of this school in operation:
http://www.elyiowa.com/history/photo_gallery.html

Update 8/8/16:  Dave Chase was able to get some excellent photographs after getting permission from the owners.

2 comments:

42N said...

Glenn: We visited this schoolhouse today with permission. The farmhouse on the property will be undergoing upgrading beginning this week. I will blog about it tonight. The school is in the same condition as your 2015 photos indicate. Nice link in your article to a thumbnail photo of the school circa 1910.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Hi Dave,

I'm just now getting to my emails, etc after having been off the 'net since 7/30. Catching up and will look forward to your post.