"A Boy's Song" books at the Fairview School,
from the Prairie Schools Folio
The Fairview School is a one room school on the plains of Eastern Oregon. At the Fairview School the only things left behind were memories and a shelf of books. I photographed the books but could only wonder about the memories.
Later, when I was photographing the front of the building, a car pulled up next to the school. An old woman slowly walked over and started telling me about the building. She said it closed about thirty years ago. Later, her grandson and granddaughter joined us, and told us that the school had been abandoned in the 1930’s. He allowed as that as grandma was getting older, her memory sometimes played tricks on her. We made small talk for a few minutes about the building and how memory changes with age.
Now I had a few memories to go along with the photographs I made. I thought that in a few more years, all that would be left are photographs of what remained of a one room school. The memories of that school will be buried with Grandma when she passes on to her eternal reward.