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Picnic to celebrate Haven one-room school set for Sat., June 21

May 31, 2014
By Joyce Wiese - News-Herald Correspondent , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The little one-room schoolhouse in the Ghost Town of Haven was built 142 years ago, and still stands on the same spot as the day it was built. At that time Tama had been a county for just 28 years and Iowa a state only 26 years. Years ago each township would have nine one-room schools unless there was a town with a town school.

Haven was originally called Eureka, changing to Haven in 1874. This small community was very proud of their town and school. Approximately seventy-five families lived near and in this town.

Few one-room schools still stand. Tama County is unique in having more than one one-room school, one at Dysart and one at Clutier, and others which have been converted into living quarters. This school was the last one-room school in Tama County to close its doors. The school closed the doors for the last time the last week of May in 1968.

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Haven one-room school following restoration.

Restoration became a reality after the Richland township trustees deeded the building to the Tama County Historical Society. More than $50,000 was raised to complete restoration which included a new roof, restored windows, repaired foundation, new porch, all new siding, new wiring from the pole through out the building, new outhouses, and much more.

The Tama County Historical Society realizes what a gem they have in this building and feel it should be shared by the community and surrounding communities. Programs, reunions and meetings have been held here since the restoration, and now it is time for everyone to enjoy a visit to the past.

We have invited the South Tama Schools to plan outings at the old school and hope in the future they will take this opportunity to let students know what their grandparents and great parents had for an educational resource.

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News-Herald ? It Out:

WHAT:Haven one-room school picnic pot-luck dinner

WHEN:?Saturday, June 21 - 1 p.m. Rain date:?Sunday, June 21, 1 p.m.

WHERE:?Haven- seven miles southeast of Tama on Highway E64, 2488 380th Street.

Public invited

To celebrate this old building , we will be having a potluck dinner at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, on the school grounds. Everyone is invited, especially children, and need to bring a pot luck dish, their own utensils, and lawn chairs. There will be some entertainment as well as some games for the children.

If this should turn out to be a rainy day, we will schedule the following day, Sunday, June 22, for the picnic. Please bring memories and prepare to share them with this group.



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