Today, one room schoolhouses are largely a thing of the past. Last week, employees from the DTE Energy’s Lapeer Service Center had the unique opportunity to help relocate one of Lapeer County’s last remaining rural schoolhouses, the Flansburgh School, to a new home three miles from where it had sat since 1869 when it was built. Aside from some electrical upgrades, the building’s interior looks exactly the way it did 148 years ago.
The local historian along with Goodland Township officials appreciated the building’s historical significance and embarked on a 16-month fundraising effort to relocate and restore the school so it could be used for educational purposes. Given the age and size of the building, moving it was a delicate task, which came off without a hitch, thanks to the efforts of DTE Energy employees in the area.
“The crews on the job were excited and proud to be a part of preserving this piece of our community’s history,” said Mike Teachout, general supervisor, Distribution Operations for DTE’s Lapeer Service Center. Even the weather cooperated, and moving day was sunny, clear and dry.
Four overhead linemen were needed to help navigate the schoolhouse on its three-mile journey to its new home. Linemen Carl Keeling said, “Everything went pretty smoothly and according to plan. It’s nice to see a part of history saved for the next generation to see how life used to be before iPads and computers existed.”