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Carroll historians remember one-room schools

Published: Saturday, May 31, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
Maple Grove School in Rock Creek Township, Carroll County is one of the one-room school houses honored at the Miles Museum in Mount Carroll. Photos submitted by Gretchen Wallander.
The inside of a one-room school house is seen in this photo of a class at Rowland School in Cherry Grove Township, Carroll County.

MOUNT CARROLL – Carroll County Historical Society members have dedicated a room at the Miles Museum, 107 W. Broadway, to the history of one-room, county schoolhouses.

According to the society, the schools were situated on 1-acre donated by farmers with the understanding that if they closed, the land would go back to the farmer. The idea was that no child should walk more than 3 miles to class.

Photographs of most of the Carroll County buildings are displayed along with grade books from several districts, copies of exams, teachers' records, and memorabilia.

The society, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, has sponsored events at Oakville School in Salem Township. It also has partnered with Lanark Public Library to create an oral history of the stories and memories of students and teachers at the schools.

For more information and hours, call the society at 815-244-3474.

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