Record-Eagle photo/Jan-Michael Stump
Roy Challender, who attended the Yuba School from 1945 to 1952, wrote his name on a bathroom wall when he was in the third grade, but it was later covered up by duct work. Challender, a retired construction superintendent, has been volunteering on the restoration project for over two years, and calls it a labor of love. Construction on the Yuba School, along U.S. 31 between Traverse City and Elk Rapids, began in 1870, and a second classroom was added in 1901. It was closed in 1964. The Yuba Historic Society was formed in 2009 to protect the schoolhouse, which was registered as a Michigan Historic Site in 1990.