When Lauren Wieland graduated from eighth grade this month, there were 3 students in her graduating class.
She was one of 32 students attending Zion Lutheran School, a two-room schoolhouse in Lone Elm, near Boonville.
When the school opened in 1896, it had only one room. It turns out, there are many one-room schoolhouses that still dot the landscape of rural Missouri today.
In the 1960s, Zion Lutheran got its second classroom. That’s also when the school got bathrooms – until then, it had old-fashioned outhouses.