Grange building in Concord Township was a school

Now used by the Fairview Grange, and also according to the sign out front the Dunlap Lions Club, this building on County Road 45 in Concord Township used to be a schoolhouse. Once again I refer to the excellent book about Elkhart County one room schools written by the late Dean Garber. The school was known as either the Fairview or Pittsburg School. A log school was first erected in the 1840s on the site on the south side of CR 45, just west of Old County Road 17. It was replaced by a wood frame building and then a rectangular brick structure in 1876. Garber does not say another building was built after that, so I assume the building still standing today is the one built in 1876 and has been modified. It remained a school until the end of the spring term in 1919. The Grange took over the building, for the second time. The school had closed for low enrollment a few years prior, but later reopened before closing for good in 1919. Garber said it is not known for sure how the names of Fairview or Pittsburg came into being. Was the school named after the Grange or vice versa? County Road 45 is also known to some as the Old Elkhart Road.

This building in Concord Township used to be a school.

This building in Concord Township used to be a school.

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My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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