Center Twp. District 7

Reese

Photo taken March 14, 2016. From the author’s collection.

Little is known about the Center Township District 7 Reese schoolhouse. Apparently, it was built in 1860 (Delaware, 2021) on land that was owned by Lewis Reese in 1874 (Kingman, 1874) but no record of him granting Center Township’s Trustee land for a schoolhouse appears to exist. The school does appear on the 1884 Griffing, Gordon & Company map as District 7. 

The schoolhouse seems have operated as an early kindergarten. In 1890, frame annexes to the Jackson schoolhouse on Madison Street between 2nd and 3rd streets were finished (Sanborn, 1896), leading students of the Reese schoolhouse to transfer there (New, 1890). Afterwards, the structure became home to a number of businesses. At some point it was a gas station (the rusted, metal signpost is visible in the photo next to a concrete pad), and from 1987 through 1991 the building was home to the Rackoon’s Den antique and craft shop (Profile, 2006). 

After the businesses left, the structure reverted to being a home. In 2019, the building burnt down after a fire started in the old schoolhouse’s kitchen (9-year-old, 2019). By 2021, the building had been completely razed. Though it’s still visible on Google Maps, nothing stands of the old schoolhouse today.

References

Delaware County Office of Information & GIS Services. (2021). Parcel ID: 1127153001000. Delaware County, Indiana Assessor. map, Muncie, IN.

Kingman Brothers. (1874). Map of Delaware County, Indiana. Chicago, IL.

Griffing, B. N. (1887). Mt. Pleasant Township. An atlas of Delaware County, Indiana . map, Philadelphia, PA; Griffing, Gordon, & Company.

Sanborn Map Company (Ed.). (1896). Yorktown. Insurance Maps of Muncie Indiana. map, New York, NY; Sanborn Map Company. 

New School Building. (1890, December 29). The Muncie Morning News. p. 1.

Profile. (2006, May 8). The Muncie Star Press. p. 4C.

9-year-old who died in Muncie fire was home alone, fire investigator says. (2019, February 8). WTHR. https://www.wthr.com/article/news/local/9-year-old-who-died-muncie-fire-was-home-alone-fire-investigator-says/531-21c5b7d7-a5b9-4820-b3bd-7982d084cdb2. Retrieved September 2, 2021.