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, April 16, 2016

Stone City School House

The Stone Schoolhouse was built in 1898 and replaced two smaller schools to the north and south. It employed two teachers and eight grades of instruction. 1911 school census records an enrollment of 43 students. It was an active school until the 1947 when the area affiliated with the Anamosa system. It was later purchased for $100 by village trustees. Stone City residents raised $3,000 to convert the school to a present-day Stone City Community Center. When a new roof was installed, the bell tower and bell were removed and never replaced.


Photographed 4/16/16

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