REEDSVILLE, Wisc. (WBAY) More than 100 years of history came crumbling to the ground in Reedsville Tuesday. It made for a bittersweet day for the community.
Since 1903, a 3-story portion of St. John-St. James Lutheran School had been home to students in Reedsville.
Which is why dozens of community members turned out today to re-live memories one more time as the building came down.
"I did my 7 grades in the 3 floors, 7th grade I had down in the kitchen and them in the '51 addition, I had from '51 to '52, and I was confirmed in '52," says Reedsville resident Harold Krueger, just shy of his 80th birthday.
"I attended school in that building and it served its purpose then, but it's been too long, we need to move forward so the next generation can learn about Jesus like we had the chance to," adds resident Joann Fischer, who attended the school in the 1950's.
This spring, the St. John-St. James congregation decided the old building was beyond repair and it was time for growth.
"If we stay the same way, we'd still be, as my wife said, farms would be milking cows by hand and working the fields with horses yet," says church president Dan Duchow.
Once the rubble is removed, construction begins to expand the school, with a new gym, kitchen and classroom space.
"When we look at our school and the future growth we're looking forward to, this gives us room for our early childhood program which we are expanding, it gives us a gym to utilize for basketball and volleyball game and other fellowship events in our congregation," says school principal Corey Marohn.
"We're looking to grow and spread God's word in this community, that's what it's all about," says Duchow.
"I hope we can build something that will last for generations like our forefathers built for us," adds Fischer.