GIVEAWAY: “Before the Big Yellow Bus” by E. Scherer and Yvonne Scherer Meckfessel

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Before the Big Yellow Bus

Learn about the history of formal education in Illinois with “Before the Big Yellow Bus: Remembering the one-room schools of Richland County, Illinois.” Written and compiled by Ron E. Scherer and Yvonne Scherer Meckfessel, the 300-page book features information about 98 county schools and hundreds of families dating back to the early 1800s. It includes 270 historic photographs and covers a wide range of subjects, including early homeschooling, subscription schools and the beginnings of tax-supported public schools. For more information about the book, visit

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  1. Tina Grossmann

    November 10, 2019 at 11:10 am

    Not going to lie, RECESS!

  2. Donna Brumels

    November 15, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    May Dad went to Pea Ridge School in Peoria County, a one-room schoolhouse. We always knew it as Stone School. But I have a class photo from the early 30’s, and it is labeled Pea Ridge School.

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