Deerfield Historic Village School, Deerfield, IL



The Deerfield Historic Village School

517 Deerfield Road

Deerfield, IL

The Deerfield Area Historical Society created and maintains the Deerfield Historic Village. Through the historic buildings, exhibits, and programs, they bring history to life and share it with the community.  The Village consists of five buildings dating from 1837 to 1905 that offer a look at a typical prairie community.

One of the most popular buildings in the Village is the Little Red Schoolhouse, circa 1890, a replica of a 19th century one-room school furnished with period school items. Every child in District 109 attends class for one day at the schoolhouse as part of their local history program.

Teach Your Child to Love Worship

Teach Your Child to Love Worship
by Forrest D. Moyer, 1989

(Editor’s note: Doy Moyer posted the following article on his Facebook page recently. It was written by his father. I think it’s a great reminder to parents and grandparents on how to prepare children for worship. Forrest wrote this in 1989, so clearly the problems that we face today are similar to problems that brethren were facing back then.)

A very serious problem exists among religious families: sometimes their children who have been brought up “in the church” are anxious to “get out of the house” so they won’t “have to go to church” anymore. This is a perplexing problem fraught with serious consequences. Why does a child want to “get away from” the church? What kind of children from what kind of families does so? I don’t know all the answers to questions like this, but let me suggest a few thoughts.

I believe that one real source of this attitude is that children are not taught to love the worship of the Lord. From the time they are infants the parents are yelling at them on Sundays to “hurry up and get up ’cause we have to go to church” with the emphasis on “have.” Nothing is said about the joy of worship. Nothing is said about the wonderful privilege that is ours. Children are taught that “going to church” is a drudge. No wonder they want to get away from it.

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Montague Ewing and Fairy on the Clock


Montague George Ewing (May 21, 1890 – March 4, 1957), sometimes also known as Sherman Myers, was a British composer and arranger of light music, much which was used in films and broadcasting, who wrote many pieces with descriptive titles and was particularly famous for his 1911 one-step ‘The Policeman’s Holiday.’  Ewing was born on May 21, 1890, at Eastham in London, England, and was a self-taught musician. He worked in an office and wrote his compositional attempts on blotting paper until he was almost thrown out. As a composer and as a lyricist he published both under his birth name as well as under various pseudonyms, such as Rex Avon, Herbert Carrington, Brian Hope, Paul Hoffmann and especially Sherman Myers.  His specialty was writing and editing easy light music, cheerful novelty-style piano pieces, and song hits. He was first known for his 1911 published Policeman’s Holiday, which was immediately a success and is still loved by brass bands today. Other pieces with the theme “Police” followed like The Police Patrol and The Burglar’s Dream.  There were also marches, nautical novelties, intermezzi, piano pieces, and potpourris.

Many of Ewing’s compositions have descriptive titles such as Fairy on the Clock, Soldier on the Shelf, or Butterflies in the Rain. Often, additions such as A Humorous Interlude or Humorous One or Two-Step indicate the cheerful character of the piece.  Ewing served in World War I from 1915 to 1919 in the London Scottish regiment.  Ewing published six ‘selections’ of ‘Silhouettes.’  Of the pieces in the set, four were written in 1916 and two in 1921.  His contributions to the field of “light chamber music” included the suites My Lady Terpsichore and Titania (both 1922) and In Arcady (1923).  Unlike his novelties Butterflies in the Rain or Fairy on the Clock, his works at the beginning of the 1930s were more modern and not suitable for marching. On exotic themes, he wrote his oriental foxtrots Moonlight on the Ganges in 1926 with lyrics written by Henry Tilsley, and When Lights Are Low in Cairo.

Ewing’s compositions were also played in Germany and were available there on gramophone records. Several were found in the 1930s in various sound films sometimes with his name in the credits and sometimes not.  A number of his songs were popular in their day.  During World War II, Ewing served from 1940 to 1944 in the Home Guard.  His works include a great many film tunes published by Sam Fox, such as “The Motley Fool,” “Stealthy Whispers,” “The Village Idiot,” among many others. He also wrote many Spanish songs. A surprising number of his piano suites were orchestrated, usually by other hands, and broadcast.  His musical impression Portrait of a Toy Soldier was orchestrated by Hubert Bath. Ewing died on March 4, 1957, at the age of 67 years at Friern Barnet, in London, England.  His Fly by the Night was later also used in cartoon series, such as Ren and Stimpy and SpongeBob Squarepants .

The following works by Montague Ewing are contained in my collection:

Fairy on the Clock

Fairies on the Moon

Larryville Schoolhouse, Jersey Shore, PA



Larryville Schoolhouse

Piatt Township, Lycoming County

Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania  17740

This historic, one-room schoolhouse in a rural part of Piatt Township, Lycoming County, PA, operated as a school from 1876 to 1958. Piatt Township was formed from part of Mifflin Township by the Pennsylvania General Assembly on April 30, 1857. The new township encompassed what was the southernmost part of Mifflin Township.  Piatt Township is named for William Piatt who was an associate judge in Lycoming County when the township was created.  Larrys Creek, which bisects Piatt Township, is names for Larry Burt, the first settler in the area, who lived near the mouth of the creek near what is now the hamlet of Larry’s Creek.  Other settlers soon followed Larry Burt to what is now Piatt Township.  They settled along the banks of Larry’s Creek near where it flows into the West Branch Susquehanna River.  Piatt Township is bordered by Mifflin to the north, Woodward Township to the east, the West Branch Susquehanna River to the south, and Porter Township to the west.  Lycoming County is about 130 miles northwest of Philadelphia and 165 miles east-northeast of Pittsburgh.  The township has a total area of 10.1 square miles.  The surface of Piatt Township is rolling with valuable bottom lands located along the river, in the great bend known a Level Corners.  In December, 2015, the Piatt Twp. Supervisors discussed pertinent maintenance issues that will be required on the Larryville Schoolhouse in the coming year.  Estimated cost of work will be presented at a later meeting.  In September, 2016, they were presented the estimate of $8,700 from East End Lumber Company to remove and install new singles on the schoolhouse roof.

Adams School District No. 3, Grice House Museum, Harbor Beach, MI


Adams School District No 3 1930-1988 DS 2015

Adams School District No. 3 (1930-1988)

Grice House Museum

865 North Huron Avenue

Harbor Beach, MI 48441

The Grice House, located at 865 North Huron Avenue in Harbor Beach, Michigan, is is a museum showing life in years gone by.   The House was built by James G. Grice, who immigrated to the United States from England in the early 1860s with five of his seven sons and one daughter. By the 1870s he was employed at the Rock Falls sawmill. The building survived the 1881 Thumb Fire. In the 1960s, with the last Grice descendent deceased, the city of Harbor Beach purchased the property to settle the estates of James and Jane Grice. Shortly afterwards, a group of local volunteers stepped forward to convert the house and surrounding area into a museum.  The museum complex now includes the house itself, the old Adam’s schoolhouse, and a pole barn.  The Old Adams School, built in 1920, was moved to the Grice House Museum in Sand Beach Township grounds next to Waterworks Park in 1988. This school serves as a reminder of the area’s educational roots.

Gold Creek School, Gold Creek, MT



Gold Creek School

825 Gold Creek Rd.

Gold Creek, MT 59733

Gold Creek, MT, has no stores, gas stations or bars, and its one church is closed. But it is rich in grazing land, and it still has a one-room school.  It’s a tiny community in Powell County, on the western slope of the continental divide, once famous as the first place gold was discovered in Montana 150 years ago. And near here, in 1883, the Northern Pacific Railroad completed its east-to-west connection.  But, like much of the state, Powell County has seen economic boom and bust. The mining and cattle ranching that once made it prosperous no longer sustain its people.  Today Gold Creek is one of several small communities in the county that’s struggling to hold itself together. Jobs are scarce and young people are leaving the county to find work. At Gold Creek School the teacher is able to give individualized lessons to each student in all their subjects, every day.  The state of Montana gives strong support to its small schools. There are roughly 400 one-room schools still functioning in the United States, one-quarter of them in Montana.

Gold Creek school, Powell Co

Hyde Park Little Red Schoolhouse, Hyde Park, NY


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Hyde Park Little Red Schoolhouse

Route 9G

Hyde Park, NY 12538

The Little Red Schoolhouse was built in 1845 with classes starting in 1847. It was formerly on Crum Elbow Road at Cardinal Road in East Park.   The Town of Hyde Park Historical Society rescued this one-room school house from demolition in 1972 and moved it to the grounds of the North Park Elementary School, Route 9G, Hyde Park, NY.  This one room school house in Town of Hyde Park is next door to North Park Elementary School, with F.D. Roosevelt High School in the back ground. Tours of this school house are available for visitors to see how the children of years ago spent their days in school.  Open House events are held during the summer and fall.  There is no fee; however, donations are always appreciated. This 1845 structure is the only one-room schoolhouse left in the Hyde Park area and is maintained by the Historical Society.