|Slideshow: Latty School demolition|
|Thursday, June 26, 2014 2:59 PM|
On Wednesday, June 25, demolition began on the former Latty School in Latty, Ohio.
The school closed in the early 1950s after consolidating with Haviland/Scott to become Blue Creek School. Stoller Honey purchased the building, located on Ohio 613, and by the mid-1950s was bottling honey there.
Darl and Iva Stoller were watching the tear-down Thursday morning. Darl said his father, Irwin Stoller, had purchased the old school when it was condemned, around 1952, and the family installed equipment necessary for the bee business.
Irwin and Darl added a new section to the north side of the school, facing the highway, some time in the 1960s. They stopped packing honey there about 17 years ago and have been using the building for storage.
Darl's son, Kirk, is president of the company now. Kirk said in the 1960s, lightning hit the building and the roof caught fire. It was replaced with a flat roof. However, the flat roof had its own problems over the years. A severe storm damaged the roof two years ago, and although repairs were made, the structure has been deteriorating, leading to the decision to raze this local landmark. "Too many repairs, and it wasn't worth keeping," Kirk said.
The old, two-story section of the building is being demolished, leaving the old gym section and the newer 1960s addition. Currently, Kirk said, there are no plans for the rest of the structure.