Steuben County Historical Society
There were well over three-hundred rural schools in Steuben County, and we usually think of them as one-room schools. But there were also a fair number of multi-room facilities. Stephens Mills had a very nice two-room school, while Pleasant Valley had an elegant four-room school. Coopers Plains had an upstairs/downstairs configuration, and so, as we see here, did Jasper... where the builders seem to have been inspired by the Medieval "perpendicular style." Next door is the Knights of the Maccabees hall. Maccabees, and companion Ladies of the Maccabees, were among the multitudinous fraternal organizations so beloved by Americans of the 19th and early 20th centuries.