by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Some people collect stamps. Others collect classic cars. But Mike and Valerie Brunhoeber of rural Caldwell collect, well, one-room country schools.
Perhaps, not by purpose, the Brunhoebers have bought two one-room Sumner County schools built over a century ago. They also have a home, that unbeknownst to them when they purchased it, had a school inside it as well.
At first, the Brunhoebers quite simply needed a barn to store things and was looking at an historical building to go with their recently historical refurbished house. And so they decided to purchase the old Belleview one-room schoolhouse in 2009, with the intention of moving it to their property and using it basically a storage shed for farm equipment.
The schoolhouse was located a few miles away, west and slightly north of Caldwell — or more specifically on Ryan Road just a half mile north of Bluff Road.
“We were going to tear out the floor and use (the frame) to store farm equipment,” Valerie said.