Vienna Special School
After the removal of Vienna School Number 1, a one-room schoolhouse at the northeast corner of the center, this left Vienna Village (the term used for Vienna Center) without a schoolhouse. For those students living in Vienna Village, the nearest school was either Vienna School Number 7 at Murray's Corners, about two miles west, or Vienna School Number 8, about one and a half miles north.
By 1872, a two-story school was erected between the Vienna Academy and the Presbyterian Church on the Vienna Township Green. It was referred to as the Vienna Special School. The school was a sub-district of the Vienna Township Rural School District.
Buildings from left to right: Vienna Methodist Church, Vienna Academy, Vienna Special School, Vienna Presbyterian Church.
The schoolchildren and schoolteachers depicted here were likely the body of the Vienna Special School.
The Vienna Special School building later served as the meeting place for the Vienna Grange and was later purchased by the Copper Penny Masonic Lodge. The building is currently occupied by the Vienna Historical Society.
Teachers and Administrators
Nellie Andrews served as teacher during the 1897-1898 school year. Directors were I. N. Worley, D. W. Garrard, and Frank Rogers.
The structure was used as a schoolhouse until 1915 when Vienna Township schools were centralized. Thereafter the building was used for town meetings until 1938 when the Vienna Grange purchased it. The building later served as the Copper Penny Masonic Lodge until the group disbanded in 2023. The building currently houses the Vienna Historical Society.
Additional research by Christine Novicky in June 2023.