TALES from the FRONT PORCH
Ringgold County's Oral Legend & Memories Project
August 3, 2009 Road Trip
Leg 5: Highway 169 south to Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
The Eighme, Tingley School No. 9, still stands on the west side of Highway 169, approximately eight miles north of Mount
Ayr. I wasn't sure what kind of condition the school was on the inside. I waded through shoulder-high weeds, stuck my
camera through the small opening, seeing nothing but darkness and a window. I aimed the camera toward the window and
took a shot, hoping that the flash would illuminate what was inside. The above right photograph revealed that the
wainscoating was still intact, as were the windows.
Two barns located across the road to the north and to the east of the Eighme School.
There is a dirt road going west of the Eighme School. I'm not sure where it ends up but the signs say to find out
at your own risk.
Wishard Chapel United Methodist Church is located on the east side of Highway 169
Wishard Chapel was built in 1887 and remodeled in 1957. The church celebrated its centennial on August 8th and
9th of 1987.
Traveling on south along Highway 169, we were soon entering
Mount Ayr's city limits.
Photographs by Sharon R. Becker, August 3, 2009
Submitted by Sharon R. Becker, August of 2009