On 12 May 2008, on our way to Lisle, IL to tour Morton Arboretum, we passed this school which we had seen many times in previous drives to and from our old neighborhood in Illinois, since we always take US30. We had seen this house become more and more modernized, and this trip it looked like it had a fairly new paint job. While taking photos, we met the owner who told us how long he had the house and when it stopped being used as a school, but I don't remember that information! The location is on US30 about six miles east of the Mississippi River, on the SW corner of the intersection of Millard Rd.
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