Margie Ross pointed out the still standing former Neiman’s One-Room Schoolhouse as the present Delp Center – centered in this photo taken along Andersontown Road in the northwestern section of Conewago Township (2019 Photo by S. H. Smith)
George and Mary Neiman provide for One-Room School in 1851
Margie Ross pointed out the still standing former Neiman’s One-Room Schoolhouse as the present Delp Center; centered in this photo taken along Andersontown Road in the northwestern section of Conewago Township. Upon my visit to this site, a month ago, I unsuccessfully focused on evaluating the Mountain Grove Chapel as the former schoolhouse, i.e. the building with the steeple, at the extreme left side of the photo.
Among the hundreds of e-mails that accumulated during the past two weeks, while I vacationed in Iceland, were five messages providing One-Room Schoolhouse information. However, one message got my immediate attention. Here is Margie’s e-mail, which prompted this follow-up post.
“I’m definitely attending your One-Room School talk at Northeastern High School on August 10th, however I need to correct you on Neiman’s Schoolhouse. IT STILL STANDS as the Delp Center of Mountain Grove Church. I know the old schoolhouse is not easily recognized with newer style windows, plus a breezeway and two-car garage added to the front of the schoolhouse. My Father and Mother went to Fink’s and Neiman’s One-Room Schools, respectively, in that overly hilly area of Conewago Township.”
As a comparison with the present Delp Center photo, here is a larger size 1940 photo of Neiman’s Grammar Schoolhouse from collection of York County History Center. The breezeway and two-car garage were added to the right front of the schoolhouse and the left side of the building faces Andersontown Road. Look closely at the right side of the photo, above the school roof; the steeple of the 1898 Mountain Grove Chapel is seen behind the schoolhouse.
Part of the building and steeple of the 1898 Mountain Grove Chapel also shows behind both schoolhouses, Neiman’s Grammar and Neiman’s Primary, in this illustration where the 1940 photos of those schoolhouses are overlapped to show their relative proximity. Margie Ross remembered the frame Neiman’s Primary schoolhouse as being torn down sometime during the 1970s.
I discovered the Deed (Book 44L, Page 82) when Northeastern School District sold Neiman’s Schoolhouses to Ralph and Juanita Hollerbush on July 17, 1956. That deed notes George and Mary Neiman originally provided the property for the schoolhouse on December 2, 1851.
A search of 1850 Census records for Conewago Township pinpoint this couple as George and Anna Mary Neiman; providing the property for Neiman’s schoolhouse when George was 63-years-old and Anna Mary was 56-years-old. Most likely Neiman’s Schoolhouse is named for this couple.
George Neiman married Anna Mary Rupert on January 8, 1813. George was a farmer, having extensive property in Conewago and Manchester Townships. Living in Conewago Township, the couple had fourteen children, four boys and ten girls, between 1814 and 1837. At the time of George Neiman’s death, he left 184 lineal descendants. Many of his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, etc. undoubtedly attended school at Neiman’s; with surnames such as: Neiman, Hake, Maish, Shettel, Altland, Hoffman, Rudy and Metzger.
George [1788-1879] and Anna Mary 1795-1862] Neiman are buried in row six, old section, of Quickels Lutheran Church Cemetery in Zions View, Conewago Township, York County, PA. The following photo shows their gravestones.
Even though there is extensive proof that Neiman’s Grammar Schoolhouse still stands, repurposed as the present Delp Center, I decided to do a stonework signature comparison, as a verification exercise. The results of yesterday’s site visit to the Delp Center are shown in the following photos.
Left front stonewall comparison between 2019 photo of the Delp Center and 1940 photo of Neiman’s Grammar One-Room-Schoolhouse is done by lining up heights of the stone course at bottom of window sills. The stonework signature clearly IS A MATCH.
I’ll be talking about early education within the bounds of Northeastern School District at a 6:45 PM event on Saturday August 10, 2019; held at Northeastern High School. My talk will focus on 29 early schoolhouses; primarily One-Room Schoolhouses, however including a three-room and a pair of two-room schoolhouses. Charles Stambaugh organized this event as a multi-class reunion; he will follow my talk, with a presentation on the present history of Northeastern School District.
The flyer for the August 10, 2019, “From One-Room To Present” event at Northeastern High School follows:
Click on this LINK for a yorkblog.com Full View of the photos and illustrations in this post.
Use the following links as a location and source index for pre-1950 York County schools. The vast majority of these schools are One-Room Schoolhouses:
York County One-Room Schools (A-B)
York County One-Room Schools (C-D)
York County One-Room Schools (E-G)
York County One-Room Schools (H-K)
York County One-Room Schools (L-M)
York County One-Room Schools (N-P)
York County One-Room Schools (Q-R)
York County One-Room Schools (S-T)
York County One-Room Schools (U-Z)