Former Berlin School in Locke Township

One room schoolhouses were quite common in the 1800s and in to the early 1900s. They were typically spaced apart a certain length throughout each township in a county. At that time, they were overseen by the township trustee. Shown is the former Berlin School on what is now County Road 46, west of State Road 19 in Locke Township, Elkhart County. According to Dean Garber’s book about one room schools of Elkhart County, it was named after Solomon Berlin, who settled on a farm in the 1850s. He was instrumental in getting the school started. In 1890 the brick building seen here was built to replace a wood frame structure built in the 1860s. Berlin was a brick maker, but it is unknown if the bricks used to build the school were made by him. The school closed in 1943 and the township trustee turned the school property back to the farm on which it stood. Eventually it was converted into a residence. It joins a few other one room schoolhouses converted to homes scattered throughout Elkhart County.

One room schoolhouse now a house in Locke Township of Elkhart County.

One room schoolhouse now a house in Locke Township of Elkhart County.

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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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