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Southington Township Centralized School and Monument Park

 
 
Southington Township Centralized School and Monument Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, August 10, 2018
1. Southington Township Centralized School and Monument Park Marker
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Inscription.  Side A
Southington native Newton Chalker built, furnished, and donated Chalker High School to his community in 1907. Chalker was born in 1842 in Southington Township and lived there until adulthood. He later built a prosperous law and real estate practice in Akron. Chalker's dedication to improve educational opportunities in the township likely originated with his personal struggle to complete high school, which was repeatedly interrupted by financial concerns and family obligations. The Chalker High School building was designed in the Neo-Classical Revival architectural style which was favored for public buildings, churches and schools early in the twentieth century. The building exhibits Classical influences through the use of fluted columns that support a pedimented gable, resembling a Greek temple. Chalker High School and the Civil War Monument were listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2010. (Continue on other side)

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(Continued from other side) Newton Chalker offered to provide the high school and community library to Southington Township in 1905, on the condition that Southington's
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residents voted to consolidate the township's one-room district schoolhouses and build a new elementary school in a central location. The centralization of rural schools reflected a state-wide trend accomplished by most Trumbull County townships late in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. The Southington Township Centralized School campus was completed in 1907, originally consisting of the Chalker High School building and a modest two story brick elementary school. Chalker was a Civil War veteran who honored his fellow soldiers by adding the Civil War Monument between the school buildings and christening the grounds upon which it stands as Monument Park in 1910. Southington Township School was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012
 
Erected 2013 by Southington Community Trust, Inc. The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 29-78.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1907.
 
Location. 41° 18.511′ N, 80° 57.478′ W. Marker is in Southington, Ohio, in Trumbull County. Marker is on Ohio Route 534, 0.1 miles west of Ohio Route 534, on the right when
Southington Township Centralized School and Monument Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, August 10, 2018
2. Southington Township Centralized School and Monument Park Marker
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traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Southington OH 44470, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pennsylvania & Ohio Canal In Leavittsburg (approx. 6.3 miles away); Leavittsburg Vietnam Conflict Memorial (approx. 6.3 miles away); Leavittsburg Korean Conflict Memorial (approx. 6.3 miles away); Warren Township World War I & II Memorial (approx. 6.3 miles away); Site of Neil Armstrong's First Flight (approx. 6.7 miles away); Ronald A. Parise, Ph.D., Astronaut / Scientist (approx. 6.7 miles away); Ohio's First Civil War Monument (approx. 7.2 miles away); Bristol Public Library (approx. 7.2 miles away).
 
Southington Township Centralized School and Monument Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, August 10, 2018
3. Southington Township Centralized School and Monument Park Marker
Side A
Southington Township Centralized School and Monument Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, August 10, 2018
4. Southington Township Centralized School and Monument Park Marker
Side B
Civil War Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, August 10, 2018
5. Civil War Monument
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 11, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 11, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 624 times since then and 88 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 11, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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