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 blog with schools in other states. Jill :oD

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Harvest School, Williamstown

Address 2767 US63, about 3/4 mile south of the junction of SR346 (Williamstown) west side of the highway. Located on the south side of Harvest Church. Built Ca.1920 replacing an older one?

Owner Jose Ramirez told us this area was known as Boytown and that the former owners were Richard & Joyce Walter. Joyce was a teacher here.

Photographed 2/4/23

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Unidentified School South of Indianola

Possibly an unidentified school converted to home; has all the earmarks with no other associated buildings. It is 11 miles south of Indianola on US65/US69, east side of the road. Address 14271. Photographed 1/10/22.

Unidentified School, Milo, IA

Unidentified school. On the west side of town on north side of County G58. Modified as a home with an addition on the east side. I would like to think it is in its original location. Photographed 1/10/22.

Friday, December 24, 2021

Unknown School

Unidentified School, south of Deep River. On state highway 21 about 1.5 miles south of County F52, NW corner of 510th Avenue, facing south. Is used as a home. Photographed 12/18/21.

Rose Hill? School

Unknown school. This school is now a home — at least it looks like it had originally been a school. It is located on the south side of state highway 92 about two miles west of Rose Hill, which itself has an old, fallen-into-disrepair consolidated school. My guess would be that this one-room school would have been named Rose Hill. Photographed 12/18/21.

Friday, November 5, 2021

Blue Grass #?, Fulton 3M

North of Blue Grass.  Located on the SE corner of 165th St and 60th Ave on the county line, facing east. Go north out of Blue Grass on 70th Ave/N. Mississippi St. to 165th St. and turn west. Go 2 miles west to the school.  It is a home, address 16485 60th Ave, Blue Grass. Photographed 10/30/21.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Douglas Center #5

Douglas Center #5. Built in 1884. Restored and displayed on Main Street on north side of Holstein.

Photographed 8/1/20

Correctionville School

Built in 1872, it is the oldest brick schoolhouse in the county, third oldest in the state. By 1884 the population outgrew the building and it became used primarily by the GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) and now used by veterans’ groups. This school looks similar to others we’ve photographed where the school was 1-room on the first floor with the second floor used for activities.  Located on the south side of Correctionville, the lot on the south side of the school is a veterans’ memorial park with two aircraft, a piece of artillery, bronze statues, flags and memorial stones — and a “Freedom Rock.”

Photographed 8/1/20

Garfield #1

Built in 1884. Originally located on the SE corner of Section 2, Garfield township. Now located in Kingsley at the NW corner of W. 1st St and Quest Ave on Kingsley School property.

Photographed 8/1/20

Elgin #2

Also known as Schlesser School. Preserved in the fairgrounds at Le Mars. Built in 1885 at the cost of $400, this school was originally two miles from Struble in the NE quarter of section 9. In 1961 it was moved to the fairgrounds.

Photographed 8/1/20

America #5, Steel School

Preserved in the fairgrounds at Le Mars, marked as a toy store. Originally located one mile south of Le Mars on highway K-49, it was moved to the fairgrounds in 1982.

Photographed 8/1/20

Lily of the Valley #5, Moville School

This school is preserved on the grounds of the Northwest Are Eduction Agency on the north side of Cherokee on State Highway 3. The single outhouse was also moved here. From Woodbury County, it was originally moved to Copeland Park near Correctionville but moved to Cherokee due to flooding and possible loss.
Photographed 8/1/20

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Pleasant Hill Independent School #3

In Franklin Township. Built in 1900. Located SE of Mt. Vernon at 837 Ivanhoe Rd (south side), to where it had been moved from about 1/2 mile east for use as a storage building. Deteriorating.

Looking SSE from Ivanhoe Rd.
Looking down the east side of the building.
East side of the building.

Photographed 4/27/20

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Grange Hall Independent School

West of Mt. Vernon, 2.5 miles north of Mt. Vernon Rd on Museum Rd. Sits on north side of Linn #4, used for storage. Originally stood around the corner almost at the Intersection of Linn Ridge Rd. and Springville Road on the NW corner of that intersection.

Photographed 3/31/20
UPDATE: Destroyed by a derecho on 8/10/20.

Linn Township #4

West of Mt. Vernon, On Museum Road, 2.5 miles north of Mt. Vernon Road. Originally on museum road, a mile or so south of present position, just prior to the big L shaped bend; it was on the east side of the road. Moved to present location for use as a shed. 

Photographed 3/31/20
UPDATE: Destroyed by a derecho on 8/10/20.