Lafayette Township District 8:

Elm Grove

Photo taken August 9, 2021. From the author’s collection.

From 1869 through 1872, the first Elm Grove schoolhouse was home to the Elm Grove Christian Church until the congregation erected a purpose-built sanctuary just south of the structure (Elm Grove, 1976). The present building was built about nine years after the church moved out (Jackson, 2009).

The Elm Grove school -along with Prairie, Keller, Closser, Beech Grove, Salem, and Florida- closed in 1932 after the six-room Leach consolidated school was erected about a mile north of the structure (Leach, 1932).

The abandoned schoolhouse was eventually acquired by Mr. and Mrs. Sidney E. Shelton, who remodeled the building into a home (Man, 1959). It remains a home today. 


Elm Grove homecoming is Sunday (1976, September 15). The Anderson Daily Bulletin. p. 12.

Jackson, S.T. (2009, November 14). In History: Township schools set by districts. The Anderson Herald Bulletin. Retrieved December 13, 2021 from

Leach School to be Dedicated Next Tuesday (1932, August 19). The Alexandria Times-Tribune. p. 1.

Man About Town (1959, March 27). The Anderson Daily Bulletin. p. 4.