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, September 30, 2018

Ft. Atkinson

Looks like this was a city school, possibly 2- or 4-rooms. Built 1915, now used as library and museum.

Susan Gosse Leibold provided this information on FaceBook:
This was the public school built in 1915. Nine grades were taught at that time with 10th grade added in 1918, 11th grade in 1919 and 12th grade in 1927. The gym next door was added in 1950. Fort Atkinson Public School existed until 1960. At that time, Fort Atkinson joined the new Turkey Valley School District. Even though the local history book doesn't say it, I know kindergarten students went there for awhile -- Turkey Valley didn't have kindergarten - because my husband went to K there in 1974. Today it houses the public library and Fort Atkinson Museum, and meeting rooms downstairs.
This last photo is of the back side.

Photographed 9/29/18

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