This old school house sits in School Section Lake Veterans Park. It is a Mecosta County park near the town of Mecosta.
Issac Berry was born a slave in 1831. He escaped from bondage in Missouri and made his way to freedom in Canada in 1858. There he married Lucy Millard. The Berrys moved to Morton Township in 1877 with other black and multi-racial families. They bought cutover land and Isaac served as the postmaster, blacksmith and school director. Lucy became the Little River Schools first teacher.
The original school was a one-room, log schoolhouse built in 1877. The current school still standing in the park was constructed in 1905. It was the local school and community center until 1935. The Berry family landscaped the property around the lake, including the beach, calling it Pleasant View. They sold it to Mecosta County for a park after Lucy Berry’s death.
Thank you for Subscribing to Lost In Michigan