This historic one-room school building recently got a new home and work is now being done to refurbish it.
It was first given new life after the Cedar County Ag Society approached the Dist. 110 School Board in October 1970 with their idea to move the building to the Cedar County Fairgrounds in Hartington and use it as a museum for rural school life.
The school, originally located just three miles north and three miles east of Wausa and was organized as Goldenrod, District 110 School March 27, 1916. It then merged with Knox County Districts 76-R and 86-R, and Cedar County’s Norris/ Baker Creek District 42-R on July 1, 1965.
The school closed its doors for good at the conclusion of the 1969-70 school year.
On Jan. 27, 1971, it was loaded on a truck to make the 18- mile journey to the Cedar County Fairgrounds.
It wasn’t an easy journey, though, as every few miles electrical wires had to be moved in the 10-degree weather. At one point road graders were needed to help the truck make it up a steep hill. After a two-hour trek, the building finally arrived in Hartington.
After sitting for nearly 50 years on the far eastern edge of the fairgrounds, Cedar County Ag Society members moved the school house during the summer of 2020 to a more central location just west of the current Cedar County Fairgrounds office.
Former Goldenrod students, Warren and Corlynn Wilbeck and Joann Kumm reminisced about their school days as they toured the one-room school house last week. Memories of past Christmas programs, walking to school in the snow, and reciting school work to their teacher at the front of the class all came flooding back for the trio.
Cedar County Ag Society members Jim Specht and Bob Steffen hosted the trio to get their input on the building and its contents.
Specht said he would like to find an old upright piano like the one that once sat in the corner of the room. He would also like to find an old merry-go-round to put in front of the building.
Donations are needed to renovate it to the level the Ag Society desires to keep any further damage from happening to the historic building and its contents.
The Ag Society plans to keep making progress on the building and furnishings to get it ready for tours at the next Cedar County Fair.
We'd love to continue to enhance this exhibit and make it rich with Cedar County History!
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