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Back to school, back in time in Seville

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    Members of the Seville Historical Society, including Bruce Grossenbacher pictured left, have been working 12 hour days for about a month to construct an old schoolhouse that replicates Seville's first school in 1820.

    HALEE HEIRONIMUS / GAZETTE

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    Bruce Grossenbacher, of Seville, installs siding on the old schoolhouse that replicates Seville's first school in 1820. The schoolhouse is located between the Seville Historical Society Museum and the Seville United Methodist Church on West Main Street.

    HALEE HEIRONIMUS / GAZETTE

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SEVILLE — History is being re-created on West Main Street.

Members of the Seville Historical Society have been working 12-hour shifts for about a month to construct a replica of Seville’s first schoolhouse built in 1820, which burned down.

A crew of four men — Ed Pamer, Ron Mack, Ron Spittler and Bruce Grossenbacher — continued work about 7 a.m. Thursday on the 14-by-20-foot, one-room schoolhouse between the Seville Historical Society Museum and Seville United Methodist Church.

“It’s coming along good,” said Mack, who is leading the construction process. “We’re pleased with how it’s turning out.”

The idea to build the schoolhouse came from historical society President Carol Pamer, who was approached by a man at the Medina County Fair this year asking about the first schoolhouse in Seville.

Carol Pamer told her husband, Ed: “We’re going to build a schoolhouse.”

The goal was the schoolhouse would be completed by Saturday for a dedication ceremony to be held during the Fall Foliage Tour this weekend. But Mack said there is still more work that needs to be done.

“Hopefully we’ll get the outside decent by then,” Mack said. “We’ll get what we can get done, done.”

Mack said their goal Thursday was to finish the siding, put the concrete steps in place and spread stone around the area. Today, crews wanted to install the door and finalize the exterior.

“We’re making it with new material but trying to make it look like yesteryear,” he said. “We’re going to leave the natural wood trim and paint or stain the siding off-white.”

Inside also will mirror the old schoolhouse with two bookcases, a desk attached along the wall, and benches made out of rough planks and tree stumps that can be moved around.

The building will not have water or electric, as it was back in 1820.

“The inside (stuff) will come later,” Mack said.

The historical society purchased materials from Lodi Lumber and Stony Point Metals in Tuscarawas County. Mack said the total cost of the project is about $5,000.

The windows and door were handmade with sassafras wood by Amish laborers, and the roof was installed with help from Amish workers.

Six Seville residents purchased a window as their way to contribute to the project:

  • Bruce Schlauch;
  • Christy Simo;
  • Scott Hartman;
  • Ron Spittler;
  • Betty Wright and Mayor Carol Carter split the cost of one window.

The Rev. Don Trigg of Seville United Methodist Church, and vice president of the historical society, purchased the bell tower that will be placed on top of the building. Resident Oscar Merrow purchased the bell.

Mack said several individuals have contributed their time to help build the schoolhouse, including Scott Markley, Scott Hartman, “Little” Roger Kilgore, Ryan Irwin and Dustin Allis.

“We’ve got quite a bit done since (August),” Mack said.

Contact reporter Halee Heironimus at (330) 721-4012 or hheironimus@medina-gazette.com.



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