Above: Built in 1865, the school was originally established as District One in Troy Grove Township. Utica’s Unimin Corp. (Covia) donated the schoolhouse to the La Salle County Historical Society in 1990.
Below: Jeff Magnifici and Keith Davis apply a new coat of white paint on the exterior of the old Aitken School next to the La Salle County Historical Museum in Utica. The workers are with Home Crew Home Services. “We started painting it last year late in the season but the weather didn’t cooperate, with the cold winter and spring rains,” said Magnifici. The crew is likely to finish painting it by the end of the month.