Keeping up with past and present happenings in a remarkable small town.
I remember girls entered on one side and boys on the other. You could be on the second floor and look down onto the first floor but that was filled in by the time I went there. Girls could only wear dresses and boys only wore pants. No shorts. Went to school from 9 till noon, walked home for an hour for lunch, and back to school from 1 till 4. Mrs Snyder, Miss Butler (Mrs. Johnson), Mrs Fisher and Miss Geibel were my teachers. I miss those times when life was simple.
I wonder what happened to the War Memorial. One would think that the school district would have saved this and the local veterans organization would have seen to its preservation. Then again, most Butler teachers and administrators are glorified mill hunkies with little or no appreciation for history or remembering those who served previous wars. They hunt, fish, watch sports and do little to inspire cultural interests in our students. Not all teachers mind you, but unfortunately a majority.
I remember Mrs. Mays was the music teacher, and Miss Yoakum was the Phys. Ed. teacher. We had P.E. in the basement. I had Mrs. McCandless for 1st grade, Mrs. Goldblum for 2nd grade, Miss Adami for 3rd grade, and Mrs. Welton for 4th grade. We walked home for lunch each day. My mom was always listening to "Search for Tomorrow" and "Guiding Light" while we were eating. No TV in the kitchen back then so we could only listen to the TV in the other room. Mrs. Ida Ausel was the crossing guard at the intersection by the War Memorial. Who knows when the War Memorial was taken down? Also, was it saved and put somewhere else?
Lots of memories looking at this picture I started 1st grade in September 1940. So went there 5 years. No kinder garden then. Yes boys on one side and girls on the other. Then walking between the lines to go to your class room. And quietly! And the "bathrooms". Do you remember the "shows" Mrs Mays would put on at the High School at night. All elementary schools would have a part and we would walk to the high school one afternoon to rehearse. Crepe paper costumes.I had Miss Greggle(sp,sounds like that) in 4th grade, after lunch she would read to the class, Heidi was my favorite. Boyd Snodgrass is the only classmate I can remember. Do you remember the writing teacher and how we had to dip our pen in the ink well & "make smoke" and push pulls. The art teacher and her huge jar of paste that she would use to fill our little jars of paste. Were those the days!
Kathy say here and I agree, life was so simple and safe... We walked everywhere at all hours in this great little town
When I was young and had to stay at my dad's sign shop to wait for him to take me home, I would walk over to Broad Street School and look at the names on the War Memorial. I was pretty young then. My dad didn't have to worry about anything happening to me when I walked around, either. Not sure that could be said for kids today.
Wow, love this photo and as others above have said, so many great memories. I went grades 1-3 here, then 4th out in Meridian, then 5-6 back in Butler at Emily Britten. I had some of those same teachers that others mentioned. I recall Mrs McCandless for first and think it was Mrs Fisher for second. And also as others have commented, so nice to walk around the town back then without any concerns.
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