As the new year begins, volunteers with the Pleasant Hill School House Museum located on state Route 213, Steubenville, report the school house property and nearby bank property were sold at absolute auction on Nov. 13.
Lonnie Williams of the state Route 213 area is the museum's new landlord and will honor the 50-year lease, according to the most recent newsletter which details future plans and offers a 2013 review.
Among the future plans is finding a little companion for George Washington - that is the photo of Washington that looks lonely above the blackboard.
"We need a companion photo of Abraham Lincoln. One has been found, but we are in need of donations to cover the cost," the newsletter notes.
The flooring will be the next big project with Donna and John Minor volunteering to oversee the restoration. Plans are to have it completed before the May school visits.
Donations to make either project happen are tax-deductible. Checks can be made payable to Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley and sent c/o Pleasant Hill School House, 4355 Steuben Woods Drive, Steubenville, OH 43952.
Memberships also are available and can be made payable and sent to the same location. Memberships include student, $5; alumni, $10; family, $10; principal, $50; and superintendent, $100.
The year in review acknowledges several completed projects, including a handicap access ramp built by Michael Manor with the assistance of Richard Clashman. The attic was insulated at a cost of $700, representing another cost-saving improvement made thanks to Clashman, treasurer.
Also in 2013, according to the newsletter:
Clashman was successful in locating a Porta John the museum could purchase and have serviced periodically.
Volunteers Connie Crawford and Karen Lundquist painted the property sign on the door. There no longer is a rental fee.
Fundraising projects with the help of Kay Finney and Cathie Llewellyn and their committee were successful. There were three open house days, a "good as new" sale, an Octoberfest and a cookie sale. Kasey Kuntz spearheaded a successful sock hop at Pleasant Hill Elementary School.
Lloyd Wells, a retired Steubenville City Schools history teacher, developed a Power Point program on the history of Island Creek that is shown at each open house. Island Creek residents are asked to submit old photos of schools, churches and businesses to be included in the history. The museum will be a repository for area history. For information, call Gloria Renda at (740) 264-3565.
The May pupil visits from the classes of the now closed Pleasant Hill Elementary School were a "huge success." David Nicholson conducted the opening exercise; Joyce Zimmerman held McGuffey reading sessions; Kasey Kuntz taught old-time arithmetic problems; and Connie Crawford and Karen Lundquist ran playground games. Retired principal Clarence Virtue honored the first group with his presence, according to the newsletter, which notes plans are to do this event again come spring.