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Woman works to restore school house more than a century old

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An Iowa woman is working to restore a one-room school house that dates back to the 1870's. 

She says the Cedar County Historical Society believes it was called 'Hoover School' and it has been vacant since 1940. 

Vicki Eaton-Jones has been running a gift and antique shop called "Melon's Primitive Patch & Antiques" from her home for the last six years. 

Her love of all things old is pushing her to try something new. 

She wants to restore the school house and move her shop inside of it. 
"Where this big garage door is that's going to be all filled in," she pointed out. 

 "My checkout counter is going to be back here," she added. 

The school house was moved form Tipton to her property in Mechanicsville in February. 
  "I just thought if it was meant to be, she said I was number five in line and so when I got the phone call or text saying the school house was mine if I wanted it, then I knew it was meant to be," says Eaton-Jones. 

As a single mom working multiple jobs she knows it is not going to be easy. 

Eaton-Jones estimates the restoration will cost between 20-30 thousand dollars and will take about three years. 

She says she has been denied any grant money but she isn't worried about getting it done. 
 "I've just got faith," she tells us. 

Several people have already pitched in items to help Jones donating things like siding, an old school bell, a chalk board, stained glass window and electrical boxes. 

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