Moment in Time

Staff Writer
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This circa 1900 photograph shows students from what was at the time called the "Polkadot School" standing outside their one room schoolhouse.

The school (inset) was located on the west side of Virginia Avenue near Chambers Road and got its name from the fact that it was equally integrated.

It served the residents of Sellsville, an unincorporated community bordered by the King and Fifth avenues (north and south) and the Olentangy River and Virginia Avenue (east and west).

It was a vibrant, racially mixed community comprised of blacksmith shops, saloons, truck farms, slaughterhouses and most notably the winter home of the Sells Brothers' Circus.

These photographs are from the 1971 book, "Sellsville Circa 1900," written by Carl Weisheimer.

It is a rich, detailed compilation of the early history of the community. The names of all the students in the photograph are listed in the book.