Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Monday, December 14, 2015
This morning I found your blog dedicated to Memphis School. HOW GREAT!
I graduated (from Memphis to Harper) in January of 1961. That makes me a classmate of Jim Ledyard. What great memories were evoked when I went through your posts. Jim Ledyard had schoolyard marbles perfectly described. Jim do you remember each spring the Duncan yo-yo sales guy would set up across the street from the school and we'd all watch his tricks in amazement? During the winters of 1959 and 1960, we played a great (and rough) game of tackle tag on the snow-covered basketball court. I probably still have some scrapes from that!
The basement classroom, boiler room and gym also brought back lots of memories. I remember our teachers as very strict but what a great educational foundation they gave us all for later years. We were very lucky to have those teachers in that era. Lots of friends' faces come to mind. Mike Gillotti, Bill Tash etc. Does anyone remember them? Each fall I still remember the school bazaars. Games, trinkets, good food and lots of fun! Best wishes and God's blessings to all who read this and share some of these memories of a great school that shaped our lives.
Monday, November 2, 2015
It could be as long or short as you wish. Send some pictures too!
I found the solid-brass lock pictured above in the custodians office at Memphis. It was hanging on a nail with the key sticking out. It is surprisingly heavy for a padlock. Has anyone ever been in the basement of our old school? There was also another sub-basement that was another 4 or 5 steps deeper. However, that area was too creepy for even me to walk through. Actually, I would've explored the sub-basement, but at the time there was a foot of water down there. The huge boilers were located in this room.
Monday, October 26, 2015
A SUPER rare image of our old school in it's original build with only TWO floors, not three-floors like we all remember. This image was taken sometime before 1919, which is the year the third floor was added.
Friday, October 16, 2015
Does anyone remember the Scholastic book fairs that were always held in the first floor corridor?
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Do you see it?
During the time I was posting the images below regarding the demolition, I couldn't help but to notice what appears to be a face looking back at Russ during the time he snapped this picture.
Do you remember the eerie experience I had when I visited the school back in October of 2006, eight months before it was torn down? I posted the story back on October 1, 2011. To summarize the event, I entered the school one evening, and during the time I was walking up the stairwell to the third floor, I heard a loud banging noise that sounded like it came from the school gym. Halfway up the stairs, the banging stopped. When I got to the third floor, I saw a silhouette of what looked like someone holding their hands up over their head. I couldn't tell if they were looking at me or out the opposite stairwell windows. Freaked out, I ran down the stairs two and three steps at a time!
Could the above apparition be related to what I saw that one October evening? And you guys thought I was crazy! :o}
Now you really know we need your stories! Please send them in!!
Saturday, August 22, 2015
I actually planned to explore the cat-walks, but chickened out at the last minute. This was when I brought a huge, high candle-powered flashlight with me, but as soon as I got up there, the flashlight I brought turned on, but strangely, didn't light anything up!
We'll post your Memphis School story and it will help offset the sad images above of a great school that was ours, but for a flicker of time.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Recently, I received some great pictures and great memories of Memphis School from a former neighbor of mine, Russ Kawentel. It was nice reading Russ' reflections. I too, hold the bazaars that Russ mentions below as dear memories. I'm happy Russ reminded me of these special times. Let's now read Russ' recollections of our old school. I will also post more of his Memphis School photo-collection soon. Click on the above image or any images to enlarge.
Thank you, Russ!
Thank you, Russ!
I have some great memories of Memphis School as well. I started Kindergarten there in September 1961 (with Miss Eileen Goodnight, of course) and graduated in 1967. I too was in the safety patrol. I manned the Memphis Ave crossing along with Bertha Dudley, the school crossing guard. I also remember the “red-haired librarian” (though I recall it being bright orange). Her name was Mrs. Marquardt. The photos of the swings brought back memories of the steel sliding board (burning hot in the summer) and the monkey bars (no padding underneath).
I have attached a photo of my graduating class of 1967. I am in the back row, 2nd from right (click on image to enlarge). You can see how large the class is. Because they did away with the A and B classes in 1967, my B class was jumped forward half a year for June graduation. So this photo represents a combination of both the A and B classes.
I never had Miss Baker, but my older brother and sister have vivid memories of her. She was in charge of the school safety patrol when my brother was a guard, and she demanded army discipline. All the boys in the patrol would keep a sharp lookout for her Checker car coming out of the parking lot, and would snap to attention as she drove by. And she would stand at the top of the staircase at the end of the day, watching as the students marched single file down the stairs and out the door for home. No running, no talking, eyes straight ahead, or else. When my sister's boot came off her foot on the stairs, she was so scared she just kept on going. She said she never breathed easy until she was across the street.
If you remember Miss Dorn (my 1st grade teacher), she died just a few years ago. Her obituary (with photo) is at http://kdoc.us/in-memory-norma-dorn-lathrop/.
My favorite teacher was Miss Krzepina in 5th grade. Years later, my sister, also an elementary school teacher, spoke with her when she was head of the Cleveland Public School's Math Department. She still remembered me. I hope for the right reasons.
My favorite school memory is of the bazaars they held in the basement gym. Games, contests, and cotton candy. Better than a church fair. I believe they were held as fund raisers for the PTA.
Anyway, great work on the web page.
Keep it up, Russell Kawentel