Perry Twp. District 5

Mt. Pleasant

Photo taken April 25, 2021. From the author’s collection.

It appears as though William Felton deeded the land that the Perry Township District 5 schoolhouse sits on to the county in 1839 (Delaware, 1839) two years after the town of Mt. Pleasant was platted. Indeed, the plat does show a plot of land set aside for a schoolhouse (Lewis, et al., 1837). It was likely of log construction. 

In 1857 (Shideler & Teal, 2019) or 1870 (Delaware, 2021), a frame schoolhouse was completed on the site of its predecessor just east of the southeast corner of US-35 and South County Road 396-East. By 1881, Helm listed the District 5: Mt. Pleasant schoolhouse as being taught by J.W. Dragoo. Crucially, he also identified all of Perry Township’s schools as being of brick construction. 

In 1905, every remaining one-room school aside from the District 5 consolidated into District 9, the Center school (Spath, 2006). Seven years later, the Mt. Pleasant school was renumbered from District 5 to District 6 (Delaware, 1912). The school closed after the 1920-21 school year, with Muncie’s Mildred Wood as its final teacher (Delaware, 1920). In 1923, the school was sold at public auction. It was purchased by Grace K. Muring for Elijah and Addie Hiatt, who purchased it from her on contract (Teal, 2012). 

In 1970, Dick Greene wrote about Mrs. Hiatt’s death, mentioning that the original portion of her home had been a schoolhouse she attended, but that the schoolhouse part of the structure had been demolished several years prior (Greene, 1970). Two years later, however, Greene reversed, advising that “the structure, for years a dwelling, still stands on a rise of ground near the Barn [restaurant]. Mrs. Addie Hiatt, who also attended school in the building, lived there for some years (Greene, 1972).” 

Whether built in 1857 or 1870, today the schoolhouse gives little indication of its past history since a wood-frame second story was added in 1985 (Shideler & Teal). The frame structure has evidence of a brick veneer that corresponds to Helm’s 1881 description, and bricks are stacked around the building’s grounds that may be evidence of a storm that hit the structure in 1918. Inside, the structure features a puncheon floor.

References

Delaware County, Indiana. (1839, May 18). Deed Book 4. p. 177.

Lewis, J., Heaton, W., Goff, S. (1837). Mount Pleasant In Delaware County Indiana. Map, Muncie, IN; Delaware County. 

Shideler, T., & Teal, K. (2019, July 17). Lost Selma. Facebook. 

Delaware County Office of Information & GIS Services. (2021). Parcel ID: 1620102001000. Delaware County, Indiana Assessor. map, Muncie, IN.

Helm, T. B. (1881). Mount Pleasant Township. In History of Delaware County, Indiana: With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers (pp. 268–269). book, Kingman Brothers.

Spath, C. (2006, February 4). Past times. The Muncie Star Press. p. 3C.

Delaware County Public Schools. (1912). School directory, Delaware County public schools, Delaware County, Indiana 1912-1913. Muncie, IN.

Delaware County Public Schools. (1920). School directory, Delaware County public schools, Delaware County, Indiana 1920-1921. Muncie, IN. 

Teal, K. (2012, April 17). First of all let me tell you a little about my project. Group update. Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/226229570774142/search/?q=schoolhouse

Greene, D. (1970, January 2). Seen and Heard in Our Neighborhood. The Muncie Star. p. 6.

Greene, D. (1972, October 5). Seen and Heard in Our Neighborhood. The Muncie Star. p. 6.