East Dawn Schoolhouse

The farmer, Jim Driessens, who now owns the property and schoolhouse came by while I was shooting. He filled me in on some interesting information about it.


The structure was formerly a church which was moved here from a small community called Augram when the original brick schoolhouse burned down. He attended school here in 1960-61 and, at the time, a bell hung in the tower and rang to start the day's classes. There were grades 1-8 and typically had 32 kids attending. The older students played on the left side of the building at recess and the younger kids keeping to the right. The swing set still stands just out of view to the left. It was closed in 1965 because of 2 newer schools that were built in the area. He bought it through auction the following year.

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Taken on April 26, 2009