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

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Gilman, IL

The same day we shot that beautiful Indiana school and visited Grissom AFB, we continued our trip home on US24 and came across this restored school on the west side of Gilman, IL.  Interesting shape for a wooden school.  I don't think the front doors had all that glass on the original!  The monument out front said it was Parker School, built ca. 1931 and restored in 2006, so it was freshly restored when we found it!  Jill used the glass doors to shoot a photo of the inside.

Photographed 12/5/06

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