Little red schoolhouse

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Little red schoolhouse. © Bruce Stambaugh 2014.

The red bricks of this abandoned one room school a few miles from my home stood in sharp contrast to the season’s first snowfall. Long since closed, this little red brick school once served as the incubator for future lawyers, farmers, housewives, teachers and business owners.

The outhouse on the right also played an important part in the school’s history. Right after World War II, the students gathered in the morning for class, but their usually prompt teacher wasn’t in the building. After several minutes, the oldest student, an eighth grader, went looking for the teacher, and found him sitting in the privy dead.

I always think of that story when I pass by the old Beechvale School. “Little red schoolhouse” is my Photo of the Week.

© Bruce Stambaugh 2014.

Author: Bruce Stambaugh

Writer, marketer, columnist, author, photographer, birder, walker, hiker, husband, father, grandfather, brother, son, township trustee, converted Anabaptist, community activist, my life is crammed with all things people and nature and wonder. My late father gave me this penchant for giving and getting the most out of life, my late mother the courtesy, kindness, and creativity to see the joy in life. They both taught me to cherish the people I am with. I try and fail and try again.

21 thoughts on “Little red schoolhouse”

    1. Julia Mishler’s brother is the one who found him. And the teacher who replaced the deceased teacher is the one who told me the story. It’s how he got his first job after WWII.

      Bruce

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  1. My Grandfather lived just down the road towards Benton. This was his schoolhouse. He was born in 1901. Thanks for the picture.

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  2. Carl and I enjoyed this view so much every day for three years as we lived directly across the road on TR 601. Thanks for bringing back some wonderful memories, Bruce!

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