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Correctionville in Woodbury County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Built for a Lifetime of Service

 
 
Built for a Lifetime of Service Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, March 30, 2016
1. Built for a Lifetime of Service Marker
Inscription.

Correctionville's first brick schoolhouse has been standing here since 1872. Correctionville residents working for a local brickyard dug the clay nearby hand-formed and fired for the schoolhouse.

The building was repaired in the 1950s and 1990s. In the late 1990s, the community raised money, obtained funding from Missouri River Historical Development (MRHD) and recruited volunteers to replace the windows, roof, gutters and downspouts, and tuck-point the building. I 2002, a new bell tower was added and the original bell was rehung, returning the building closer to the original appearance.

For most of Correctionville's history, the old brick schoolhouse building has served the needs of Correctionville residents. For the first 12 years it was used as a school, until the number of students grew so large that a bigger school was needed. The building provided extra classrooms in the late 1880s and again between 1956 and 1976, because of large enrollments.

Since 1884 the building has been used primarily as a meeting place for military veterans and auxiliary groups. First it housed the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.), who were Union veterans of the Civil War, and the Women's Relief Corps. The building was called T.A.R. Hall.

Following World War I, the American Legion and Auxiliary also
Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Building image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, March 30, 2016
2. Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Building
met in G.A.R. Hall. Between the 1950s and 1970s, veterans groups met in Merchants State Bank, so this building could be used as classrooms. The veterans returned to the G.A.R. Hall/Vets Center in 1979. Today it is used by the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Legion Auxiliary.


 
Location. 42° 28.362′ N, 95° 47.191′ W. Marker is in Correctionville, Iowa, in Woodbury County. Marker is on Driftwood St. near 2nd St., on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Correctionville IA 51016, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Veteran's Memorial (a few steps from this marker); How Correctionville Got Its Name! (approx. 0.2 miles away); Correctionville's Engine for Growth (approx. half a mile away); Strong, Simple and Economical (approx. half a mile away).
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 18, 2017, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 236 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 18, 2017, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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