Siouxland History on the Roadside, Rural Sioux County

23 Nov

While up in rural Sioux County I drove by what appeared to be a former one-room school house. Sitting forlorn by the roadway. At one time a proud structure that was there to begin young people on their road to adulthood and citizenship for their local communities and county. Relics of a past, many older people I have talked with over the years have fond memories of attending such a school, and learned a lot from the dedicated teachers there and went on to become successful in their own right. They all learned a lot with little. Myself I attended the same one-room school house for one year that father had attended. Then that school district combined with others. I have memories of that year and sometimes think more about it that the two subsequent school districts I attended as more district combined. Just because it’s rural doesn’t necessarily mean it should be discarded or thought ill of. It is a different way of life, and when the United States was just beginning, these schools were a way for a sprawling nation to become educated and move the nation forward.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

What appears to be an abandoned former rural one room school house in rural O'Brien County, Iowa Saturday Nov. 5, 2016. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

What appears to be an abandoned former rural one room school house in rural Sioux County, Iowa Saturday Nov. 5, 2016. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

2 Responses to “Siouxland History on the Roadside, Rural Sioux County”

  1. Angela Tague November 23, 2016 at 9:16 am #

    If those wall could talk, I bet they’d have many, many stories to tell! What a fun piece of history you’ve captured!

  2. jerrymennenga November 23, 2016 at 11:14 am #

    Angie, thank you. I lve finding these little gems tucked away. Jerry

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