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Tom J

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Posted - 01/02/2013 :  18:25:13  Show Profile  Visit Tom J's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Our host, Mr. Jim Clavin, sent me an Email with some questions that he would like some help with. Here's a copy of the text of his Email.

I'm doing some research into some facts that came to me re one of Shep's
teachers - Miss Fife

Some questions that you or some of the others on Sheptalk could answer:
1) When did Warren G. Harding get its name and what was it called before
2) What Grades did it cover
3) What was Morton school? Junior High?
4) Was there a Miss or Mrs Fife in the system?

Thanks for any help,
Jim


I don't have any information for Jim but I hope some of you can help out. Please post any info you might have. We owe Jim a lot for his kindness in providing us this great place to reminisce.

Tom

wvcogs

USA
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Posted - 01/02/2013 :  22:17:42  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Tom,

Here's the information about Morton. The first part is from the Berkeley project; and they took the second part from the information I wrote for our 50th anniversary booklet. The Berkeley folks found it online and used it for their study. Morton went through the tenth grade until the 1952-53 school year. The first senior class graduated in spring semester 1954.
http://livingnewdeal.berkeley.edu/projects/old-oliver-p-morton-school-hammond-in/

Warren G. Harding School opened on January 4, 1927, in a frame building at 3107 Cleveland Street. It replaced the temporary Gibson School founded in 1922. The school had six teachers in kindergarten through grade 5. In 1930-31 a wing was added to the south end of the building, and in 1933 sixth grade class and a gym were added. At some point around 1950 seventh and eighth grade classes were added.

The original Harding School frame building was razed in the summer of 1967.

Sorry, couldn't find anything on Miss or Mrs. Fife.

Ken

Edited by - wvcogs on 01/02/2013 22:40:02
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Bill Bucko

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Posted - 01/03/2013 :  00:18:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A plague on the evil event of the summer of 1967.

Thanks very much to Ken for finding the dates.

In 1954-1961 I walked down Cleveland Street past the wooden portable every day on my way to the 1950s brick building one block further east. In 1961-1963 I attended 7th and 8th grade in the portable itself.

It was shaped like a large U, with the open end facing east.

Inside, you could see a small metal joint in the floor's woodwork in two places, where the two prongs of the U were joined to the main body, i.e. the central part of the building, which lay along Delaware Ave. Apparently that was the oldest part.

The wing added to the south was parallel to Cleveland Street. The gym was added to its eastern end. The gym is clearly distinguishable in the few rare photos we're fortunate enough to have, because its roof was higher.

Bill


Warren G. Harding Class of '63
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Bill Bucko

USA
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Posted - 01/03/2013 :  00:29:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Holy cow, in the "Hammond" folder on my computer, I just found this info (dated March 2008) which I'm sure comes from one of youse guys, probably you, Ken -- thanks again!


"HARDING SCHOOL HISTORY



"This history of Harding School appeared in a booklet that was prepared for a reunion of the Harding class that began kindergarten in 1946. My wife was in that group. The reunion was to honor their kindergarten teacher, Miss Jean Jordan, who taught at Harding from 1935 until 1976, and who was still living at the time of the reunion in 1997.


"A Little History of Harding School

"Warren G. Harding School opened on January 4, 1927, at 3107 Cleveland Street on 19.1 acres of land in the Hessville section of Hammond, Indiana. It replaced the temporary Gibson School founded in 1922.

"Mr. A. O. Reed served as the first principal there and at Hessville School (originally located in the 2700 block of 169th Street, and now known as “The Little Red School House” in Hessville Park.) Harding School had six teachers and 188 children in kindergarten through grade 5.

"In 1928 Miss Anabel Norton became the acting principal of the eight room school. It continued to grown and in 1930-31, a wing was added to the south end of the building. In 1933 a sixth grade class and a gym were added. In 1938 Miss Dorothy McLaughlin assumed the duties of principal, a position which she held until 1960.

"The student body continued to grow to the point that in 1946 grades 3, 4, 5 and 6 were put on half day programs. The gym was divided into classrooms, and in September 1947 all the children returned to a full day schedule.

"In 1948 the cornerstone was laid for the new brick building. When it opened, the brick building was fully occupied and the old frame building still housed two 5th grade classes, three 6th grade classes and two 7th grade classes. ..."


There's more, but I doubt if Mr. Clavin is interested in the later history, since us guys are not nearly as famous as Jean Shepherd.

Bill




Warren G. Harding Class of '63
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wvcogs

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Posted - 01/03/2013 :  10:44:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Right Bill. That's part of the one I posted on the 50th reunion site; but I deleted that web page a year or so after the reunion. Now I'm sorry I did that. I got the information posted last night from the paper copy.

Ken

Edited by - wvcogs on 01/03/2013 10:46:07
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jclavin

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Posted - 01/03/2013 :  20:23:15  Show Profile  Visit jclavin's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks all for your help and memories

Jim
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wvcogs

USA
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Posted - 01/16/2013 :  13:30:33  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Tom J

Our host, Mr. Jim Clavin, sent me an Email with some questions that he would like some help with.
Tom
Tom,
My article about the history of Harding School is still online. For some reason I had trouble locating it a couple weeks ago. Here is the link if you would like to forward to Mr. Clavin.
Ken...
http://pages.suddenlink.net/morton1960/HardingElementary.pdf

Edited by - wvcogs on 01/16/2013 13:31:25
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Tom J

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Posted - 01/16/2013 :  20:20:33  Show Profile  Visit Tom J's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Ken. I'll pass it along.

Tom
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Tom J

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Posted - 01/17/2013 :  18:43:21  Show Profile  Visit Tom J's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Ken, Jim checked out your article and said it was very useful. He sends his thanks.

Tom
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jclavin

USA
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Posted - 02/13/2013 :  11:05:20  Show Profile  Visit jclavin's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Doe anyone know if there was a 1st grade teacher at Harding around 1927-28 by the name of Ms Meano? Spelling may not be correct.
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