Friday, November 12, 2010

My Buddy...Mark Hollan...R.I.P.

This entire site is dedicated to Mark William Hollan, Memphis classmate of '72.

Mark lived just a street away and was my friend during the time we both attended Memphis and briefly at Chas. A. Mooney. Mark and I were in Mrs. Bridges 6th Grade class, he did very well in that class and loved Memphis!

Mark's life was cut tragically short on January 3, 1976. All of us knew him as a funny and a super friendly kid!

Miss you good buddy!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Wanted!!!....Memphis School Teachers!!!

Our old baseball diamond and where we would go for outdoor gym class. This photo (above) was taken in the November before the demolition. Click on any image to enlarge.

I'm hoping to connect with any Memphis School teachers that may have come across this Blog. Any teachers that once taught at Memphis Elementary School in Cleveland, Ohio. Please e-mail me at:

Also, I'm looking for any photos of the school from any era. Please e-mail me! Thank you!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Old Science Desk and Blackboard from Memphis

Our daughter uses her Memphis School blackboard alot! Needless to say these were extremely heavy to move. This particular blackboard came from Room 101.
Our son is posing next to his beautiful Oak science desk which we removed from Room 307, shortly before Memphis came down. This is a "before" shot as we are planning to restore it someday.

Back in 1971 or '72, our science teacher, Mr. Donald Sopka used this desk for his experiments. Before the demolition, this desk was the only fixture left standing at Memphis, possibly because it was bolted down to the floor. In the front of the desk just below the black-top are two electrical outlets which makes it easy for our son to plug his microscope into.

In our son's tank is his Bearded Dragon, Nefiteria. Click on this image to enlarge. Once this image is a second time to super enlarge.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Thank you Old Brooklyn News!

I wish to thank Old Brooklyn News and my friends Robyn Sandys, Executive Director of OBCDC and Lori Peterson, Residential Marketing Manager for publishing my reminiscent story on Memphis School. This is essentially the same story that was posted on this blog from October 2009. This story was published in the February 2010 issue of Old Brooklyn News and can also be viewed on-line at
Look under the February 2010 issue.

Thank you Robyn and Lori!

The Memphis School story as it appeared on page 4. Soon after the story appeared in the Old Brooklyn News, I received some interesting e-mail comments from students that attended the school from the 1940's through the 1970's. Some still live in the Old Brooklyn area! Double click on this image to see closer, then click a third time for super magnification.

Please e-mail me your Memphis School story to:

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Memphis School Class Photos Wanted!

Photo of Greg Zaryk, Memphis Class of 1972 
Memphis School Class Photos Wanted! I would like to post "group" class photos (such as the one below from 1941) from any class year...If you have any class photos from Memphis School, please contact me!

Above, my "not so happy" 6th grade school picture from Mrs. Bridges' class, (1972).

Please let me know if you have any photos or comments by leaving a comment on this blog with your contact information. Or e-mail me your Memphis School stories/photos to: As always, if you want to enlarge any picture on this Blog to see closer...just click on it!

Also, if you have any teacher stories or recollections about
the "red-headed" librarian from the old South Brooklyn Branch Library, let me know! She was a great lady! I always thought she was around 100 years old!

Thank you!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Old Memphis School Artifacts

Old "heavy" wooden swings. These hurt like heck if you didn't get out-of-the-way fast enough! Not like the rubber swings of today.
This porcelain doorway plate was installed somewhere around 1913 and was removed by Memphis' last "official" owners in 1995, after 82 years! Click on any image to see closer.
I found this school safety patrol badge in one of the janitor's closets in the school's basement shortly before the school was demolished. If I remember correctly, this badge was attached to a shawl that you wore over your shoulder and you were given a flag to wave at the street corner you were assigned to.
School property!
Do you remember any of these? Click on any photo to see bigger. After you enlarged your photo, click on it a second time to supersize the image.
Classic Memphis School text books from the 50's and 60's.