The box camera was hard to use. If the photographer could see any image they would push down on the side button and take the shot. The sliding of the button down would actually cause the box camera to lean. The photos I share today will not be edited to sit right with the world.
To date my age I have been to this school house many times as a young boy. I did not attend there as I was too young. My three brothers did attend there. I like seeing the American flag flying and also the bell tower with the school bell. A wood burning stove would be the heating system and the shed out back held the wood and buckets for carrying water. The outhouses didn't require a water system. My brothers quit going to this school in 1954. My parents were renting land to the back and left of this house way over the hill. When they moved to the newly purchased farm in 1953 the brothers finished school here. I am betting the school was shut down just a few years later. I know of schools near our area that were in a different township that shut the country school in 1956.
I remember attending a Christmas party at the school when young and seeing bubble lights on the tree. They did have electricity in the building. I would wait,sitting on a running board of a car for the brothers to get out of school. Why I have the memory of sitting on the running board and running down into the ditch and then back again I really don't know.
This older barbershop scene is in Murray, Iowa. I use to walk past here in the 50's and 60's and see at least one barber in here still giving haircuts. I am thinking this photo was taken in the 40's. I remember seeing these empty chairs for years as when the business closed it sat as a barbershop for quite a few years.
When my Uncle died in the 80's the building was sold and used as a car repair business in the back. The owners let the roof's go, didn't repair them, and the roof collapsed causing the whole building to be removed. One can still see the different floors of all the rooms today as they didn't remove the foundation of the building.
I inherited a 1956 atlas from my parents of the Clarke County area. The maps of each of the nine townships are marked with landowner's names identified, hand written, on the map. The country schools in our area including the Doyle # 9 country school were still on the map at that time.
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