Country Schools

 

 

Country schools, the old fashioned "one room schoolhouses" that people from more urban areas often associate with "The Waltons" and "Little House on the Prairie" were in operation in Newaygo County and the surrounding area until well into the 1960's, although few of the original structures remain standing today. A surprising number of these have been converted into private residences, and must make very interesting houses. Others have been converted into meeting halls or community buildings, but most lie in ruin or are gone all together.

 

Some Muskegon and Oceana sites have recently been added, but the list for these counties is still incomplete.

 

Name

Township

Sec.

Location

Image

Notes

Status

Applegarth School

Ashland

34

McClelland between 140th & 136th

No

 

No sign of original structure

Ashland Station School

Ashland

36

136th ~1/4 mile east of M37 (Mason)

No

 

No sign of original structure

Dickinson School

Ashland

31

136th & Alger

1, 2

 

Ruins of original structure standing, now part of farm

Patterson School

Ashland

9

112th & Wisner

 

 

Now a private residence

Stannard/ Lempish(?)  School

Ashland

12

104th & Gordon

1

Map indicates Lempish(?), sign says Stannard

Now a private residence

Wheat School

Ashland

28

Wisner ~1 mile north of 136th

 No

 

No sign of original structure

Davenport School

Barton

13

15 Mile & Beech

 

 

 

Duvis School

Barton

3

17 Mile & Cypress

 

 

 

Stone School

Barton

29

14 Mile & Elm

 

 

 

Torrey School

Barton

12

17 Mile & Beech

 

 

 

Beaver School

Beaver

26

8 Mile & Stone

 

 

 

Hardscrabble School

Beaver

1

11 Mile & Warner

 

 

 

Target School

Beaver

30

Polk & Dickinson

 

 

 

Volney School

Beaver

7

Grant (?) & Dickinson, 1/2 mile north of 10 Mile

 

 

 

Barton School

Big Prairie

8

12th & Locust

1, 2, 3

 

Still appears to be structurally sound, but quite dilapidated. Posted No Trespassing, appears to be on private property. Very interesting.

Big Bend School

Big Prairie

15

Cottonwood south of 16th at Hardy Pond

 

 

 

Forward School

Big Prairie

21

Elm ~1/2 mile north of 20th

 

 

 

Germantown School

Big Prairie

3

4th & Cherry

 

 

No sign of original structure

Thompson School

Big Prairie

26

Beech ~1/4 mile south of 36th

 

 

No sign of original structure, but there is an open space in the trees where the building may have stood.

Anscomb School

Bridgeton

29

Ftizgerald?

 No

 

No sign of original structure

Bridgeton School

Bridgeton

13

East of Rich between Warner & Luce

 

 

 

Jibson School

Bridgeton

5

104th at Dickinson

 No

 

No sign of original structure.

Palmer School

Bridgeton

17

116th & Fitzgerald

 No

 

No sign of original structure

Schanck/Schenck School

Bridgeton

1

96th & Warner

1, 2, 3

 

Structure intact, former 4H site

Gifford School

Brooks

11

Croton ~1/3 mile west of Poplar

 

 

No sign of original structure

Green Pine School

Croton

26

M82 (Formerly M46, aka 88th) & Beech

 

 

 

Oak Grove School

Croton

20

80th & Elm

 

 

 

Dayton Center School

Dayton

21

24th & Green

 1, 2

 

Now a private residence

Donahue School

Dayton

11

8th & Warner

 

 

 

Doud School

Dayton

8

16th & Dickinson

 

 

 

Lorden School

Dayton

34

M82 & Green

 No

 

Now a strip mall and funeral home

Packard School

Dayton

27

32nd & Stone

1

 

Now the Dayton Township hall

Tyndall School

Dayton

32

40th ~1/4 mile west of Dickinson

No

 

No sign of original structure

Walker School

Dayton

4

8th & Brucker

 

 

 

Waters School

Dayton

24

32nd & Luce

No

 

No sign of original structure

Denver School

Denver

27

Jefferson & Groesbeck

 

 

 

Huber School

Denver

8

VanBuren & Comstock

 

 

 

Waterman School

Denver

18

~1/4 north of 3 Mile on Dickinson

 

 

 

Baptist Lake School

Ensley

14

120th & Butternut

 

 

 

Crandall School

Ensley

35

136th & Beech

 

 

 

Flowing Well School

Ensley

8

104th & Locust

 

 

 

Frey School

Ensley

31

136th & Locust

 

 

 

Hillman School

Ensley

10

104th & Cypress

 

 

 

Kinney School

Ensley

11

104th & Beech

 

 

 

Pangborn School

Ensley

34

136th & Cypress

 

 

 

Spring Valley School

Ensley

20

120th ~1/4 west of Locust

 

 

 

Bigelow School

Everett

28

32nd & Walnut

 No

 

No sign of original structure

Fry School

Everett

24

28th & Oak

 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

 

Seems structurally sound and has electrical connection, but appears abandoned.

Pleasant Valley School

Everett

1

8th & Oak

 

 

No sign of original structure, may now be a private residence.

Tripp School

Everett

36

40th & Oak

 No

 

No sign of original structure

Butler School

Garfield

8

Wysteria (Angle Road) & Croswell

1

 

Now a private residence

Garfield Center School

Garfield

15

M82 & Bingham

1, 2

 

Now the Garfield Township hall.

Kimball Lake School

Garfield

2

Ferris ~1/4 mile north of 56th

 

 

 

South Garfield School

Garfield

32

88th & Baldwin

1, 2, 3, 4

 

Ruins only

Dudgeon School

Goodwell

32

1 Mile & Hemlock

 

 

 

Fetterley School

Goodwell

10

5 Mile & Cypress

 

 

 

Graham School

Goodwell

35

1 Mile & Beech

 

 

 

Nestly School

Goodwell

19

3 Mile & Locust

 

 

 

Renolds School

Goodwell

5

5 Mile & Locust

 

 

 

Smith School

Goodwell

11

5 Mile & Beech

 

 

 

Island School

Grant

24

120th ~1/4 mile west of Peach

 

 

 

Pleasant Valley School

Grant

16

120th & Walnut

 No

 

Now site of Grant Township hall

Rice Lake School

Grant

1

104th & Oak

 

 

 

Salem School

Grant

5

104th & Willow

 No

 

No sign of original structure

Train School

Grant

27

132nd & Spruce

 No

 

No sign of original structure

Windsell(?) School

Grant

30

132nd & Willow

 No

 

No sign of original structure

Big Jackson School

Home

36

13 Mile & Oak

 

 

 

Little Jackson School

Home

20

14 Mile & Walnut

 

 

 

Riverside School

Home

8

16 Mile 1/4 mile east of Walnut

 

 

 

Whipple School

Home

13

15 Mile & Pine

 

 

 

Block School

Lilley

2

17 Mile & Gordon

 

 

 

Lilley School

Lilley

23

15 Mile ~1/2 mile west of M37

 

 

 

Birch Grove School

Lincoln

11

5 Mile & Felch

 

 

 

Cole Creek School

Lincoln

26

1 Mile (M-20) & Ferris

 

 

 

Lincoln Center School

Lincoln

21

Wisner Ave between 2 & 3 Mile

 

 

 

Ramona School

Lincoln

24 (13?)

3 Mile & Mundy (?)

 

 

 

Water's School

Lincoln

17

4 Mile 1/2 mile east of Alger

 

 

 

Brohman School

Merrill

24

Pierce & M-37

 

 

 

Foxville School

Monroe

24

Buchanan & Oak

 

 

 

VanAslen School

Monroe

17

Lincoln & Walnut

 

 

 

Cole School

Norwich

29

7 Mile & Elm

 

 

 

Hatfield School

Norwich

35

7 Mile & Cottonwood

 

 

 

Hungerford School

Norwich

15

Cyprus ~1/4 mile north of M20/9 Mile

 

 

 

Hill School

Sheridan

24

80th & Warner

No

 

No sign of original structure

Kempf School

Sheridan

32

92nd & Fitzgerald

No

 

No sign of original structure

Reeman School

Sheridan

7

56th & Dickinson

No

 

No sign of original structure

Vanmomtaar (?) School

Sheridan

13

M82 (Warner) ~1/4 mile south of 64th

 1, 2

 

Now VFW hall

Lakeview School

Sherman

35

40th & Ferris

 No

 

No sign of original structure

Robinson Lake School

Sherman

10

Echo Drive ~1/2 mile west of Bingham

 

 

 

Roottown/Root-Town School

Sherman

33

48th & Baldwin

1

 

Now a private residence

Wooster School

Sherman

20

28th & Baldwin

 

 

 

Troy School

Troy

32

13 Mile & Dickinson

 

 

 

Unknown School

Troy

8

16 Mile ~1/2 mile west of Dickinson

 

 

 

Fulverson School

Wilcox

35

1 Mile & Thornapple

 

 

No obvious signs of original structure, but a shed in the woods behind a private residence could be from the school.

River Valley School

Wilcox

20

2 Mile & M37

 1

 

Now the Wilcox Township hall.

Roman School

Wilcox

23

Monroe & Thornapple

 

 

No sign of original structure. Now the site of the Wilcox Township transfer station.

Muskegon County (List incomplete)
Maple Island ? Muskegon Co. Unk. Maple Island Road 1, 2 Name unknown, this school sits near a large log cabin construction operation Obviously abandoned but still in reasonable condition.
Oceana County (List incomplete)
Elbridge School Oceana Co. Unk. 138th & Polk     Original building gone, now a Head Start
Gale School Oceana Co. Unk. Buchanon between 164th & 168th 1   Now a private residence and business
Herrin School Oceana Co. Unk. 172nd & Loop NE   Cupola may have been mounted on garage Now a private residence
May School Oceana Co. Unk. 144th & Filmore NE     No evidence beyond an open lot surrounded by a field
McGill School Oceana Co. Unk. 192nd between Loop and Grant 1 Cupola still intact Now a private residence
Rothburn School Oceana Co. Unk. 144th & Buchanon SW 1   Good condition, homes nearby
Shaw School Oceana Co. Unk. 144th & Polk     No evidence
Sturtevant School Oceana Co. Unk. 184th & Garfield NE     No evidence, home now at this site