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

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Maquoketa Township #5, Bridgeport School

Also known as #3.  Located 1.7 miles north of State Highway 64, on the west side of State Highway 62, across from the intersection of 62 and Dark Hollow Rd.  Built about 1885 of brick, covered with stucco in the 1920s.  Served also as a church for many years.  Wood shed was for firewood and the teacher’s horse.  Closed after last class in Spring 1955.   School was restored during 1976-1978, but by 1993 the structure was becoming dangerously deteriorated due to settling with flooding rains, and by 1995 all furniture and accessories were donated to Millrock School.


Photographed on 10/26/15

2 comments:

Mercado's Life Lessons said...

Bridgeport/Maquoketa #5 School was restored in 1976 by Dennis and Janet Stange but the foundation has begun to crumble so all the artifacts were generously donated to the Millrock School. It was a brick school built in 1884 and was stuccoed in the 20's.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Except for noting the names of the owners, I included this information above.