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 on our Iowa One Room Schools blog. :oD Jill

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Campton Township #1, Whitney School

Located at the SW corner of Old Burlington Rd and Wasco Rd in Wasco, north of State Highway 64.  Built in 1852 and served until 1906 when it was consolidated with two other schools to the Wasco Elementary School, a 2-story brick school (demolished and replaced in 1965).  Erica Ruggiero provided the following historical information: "The function of the Whitney schoolhouse between 1906 and the mid-1930s remains unknown. As early as the Great Depression, the schoolhouse had been converted into a residence with two bedrooms, a living room, bathroom, and kitchen area, and it remained as a residence until the 1980s.  Since then, the schoolhouse has sat vacant and has fallen into a state of disrepair. It is the second oldest known and intact one-room schoolhouse in Northeastern Illinois, and the oldest one-room schoolhouse in Kane County and Campton Township.” 
Photographed 10/17/17

Addison Township #3, Churchville Schoolhouse

Located at 3N784 Church Road, a little ways north of Grand Ave., and actually owned by the city of Elmhurst and managed by the Elmhurst Historical Museum.  This school operated from ca.1846 to 1953. The front porch is obviously an addition, as is the whole back section.  It is one of few remaining 1-room schools in Illinois still on its original site.  A history of the school can be found on the Elmhurst History Museum site.

Photos taken 10/17/17 at just about sunset.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Mad River Sub-District #7, Rocky Point (Reeder’s School)

Located east of Enon at 3928 Old Mill Rd.  Built ca. 1860, it was used as both a school and a church. The school closed closed in 1873 and then reopened as a Sunday School in 1875, and closed again in 1903, and reopened later that summer.  When it closed as a school in 1920, Rocky Point Sunday school, which had been holding services there,  purchased it, enlarged it and remodeled it as Rocky Point Chapel.

Photographed 4/16/17

Snyderville School

This small hamlet is NE of Enon, north of I-70.  At the NE corner of Snyderville Rd and Hartman Rd, the school was red-brick, but is now sided and used as a residence. 

This first photo is of the north side:

Photographed 4/17/17

Mad River Sub-District #2, Center School

Built ca. 1880.  East of Eon on Rebert Pike, .15 mile east of Hagan Rd, south side facing north.  Now used for storage.

Photographed 4/16/17

Mad River Sub-District #6, Oakland School

NE of Enon, on the north side of Dayton-Springfield Rd, at address 5218 - 2nd house east of Fowler Rd.  Replaced an older building.  Now converted as a residence.

Photographed 4/16/17

Mad River Sub-District #5, Spread Eagle School (Spangler School)

North of Fairborn, This school is West of I-675 at 9812 Haddix Rd.  Now used as a residence.

Photographed on 4/16/17