Lafayette Township District 8:
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 https://www.heraldbulletin.com/community/in-history-township-schools-set-by-districts/article_21819f32-4eef-5e59-992e-3bad0f213a87.html.
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.