Leroy Grade School: Fred Searles ’62

Guest Author: Fred Searles ’62. The year was 1955 and I was in the 5th grade at Leroy Grade School, as we called it.  Mrs. Ruth Rowley was our principal, which seemed to be unusual at the time to have a woman principal.  She was also our English teacher as I recall. At lunch times, if you were in the 6th grad, you could play in the gym after you finished your lunch.  If you were in the 5th grade, which I was, you first had to raise your hand.  …

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Memories of Leroy Elementary School: Sharon Dodd Rodgers ’66

Guest Author: Sharon Dodd Rodgers ‘66  I attended Leroy Elementary School in 1953 through 6th grade.  I repeated first grade, therefore I had Mrs. Peck and she remarried 2nd year and was Mrs. Henry. I remember Mrs. Nelson who I believed lived at the corner of Proctor and Rt. 86. The old house is still there. I remember Mrs. Novak and principal Mrs. Raleigh who also taught 6th grade.  Her office was in a classroom in the lower section which had been added on. We ate lunch in the basement…

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Leroy Elementary School: Christopher Joles

Guest Author: Christopher Joles I began first grade at LeRoy Elementary School in 1966 and attended it through sixth grade. It was very much a “country school” at that time and remained that way through its closure in 2019. My first- grade teacher was Miss Imke, a kindly lady and an excellent teacher. I remember her that way in spite of my figuring out that becoming a jokester, which I still am, was a way for me to gain friends. Not that I intended to turn my GI Joe lunchbox…

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My Merrick Hutchison Memories: Deborah Naughton Lilly

Guest Author: Deborah Naughton Lilly There have been a lot of wonderful memories from my old grade school.  I was the second generation of my family to attend Merrick Hutchison Grade School.  My mother attended the grade school back in the ‘30s and ‘40s when one teacher taught two grade levels. The grades included first through eight.  She said she remembered learning lessons in math right along with the older class. I started grade school 21 years after my mom did. It was scary at first being in that BIG…

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Merrick Hutchinson School: Joanne Reed Carter

Guest Author: Joanne Reed Carter Merrick Hutchinson School in Grand River was built in 1922 and was named in memory of the village’s only resident who, in 1918, had lost his life in World War I. Merrick’s family home was across the street from the new school. His father James was believed to have been an administrator in the Painesville City district, which encompassed Grand River at the time. The district bordered on the north side of the NYC and B&O railroad tracks and ended in the village’s harbor. My…

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Hale Road School (Nursery School): Bob Schmidt ’59

Hale Road Elementary

Guest Author: Bob Schmidt ’59 I came to Hale Road School in 1951 (5th grade).  It was called Nursery School when I arrived. I was so happy when it was changed to Hale Road School.  My parents and I moved to Painesville Township Park , from Perry Township as they were going to become park managers at the park. My 5th grade teacher was Mrs. Reeves and my 6th grade teacher was Mr. Brewster.  The principal back then was Mr. Kendall. I remember that our basketball coach was Ruth Kelsey,…

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Concord Memories: Ron Sarbach ’59

Concord Elementary School

Guest Author: Ron Sarbach ’59 In 1948 when I started school, Concord Elementary School was an old, four- room school that housed six grades in a country atmosphere. Mrs. White taught first grade in one room, and she kept us under a semblance of control by ringing a small bell that she kept on her desk. When she rang that bell with vigor, we all snapped to attention and started to more or less behave. She was an old-school teacher and was not afraid to stand us up in the…

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Concord’s Elementary Schools: Bonnie Adams Walker ’69

Bonnie Adams in the first grade at Concord Elementary with Mrs. Emma Mordoff.

Guest Author: Bonnie Adams Walker ‘69 My family has a long history in Concord, with the earliest arrival by at least 1817. The members of my family went to whatever schools were available in Concord at the time. This is a story of some of the Concord schools through my great grandfather, Eugene Edgar Wade, his sons Martin and Wade, my father Jay Adams, plus my brother Kenneth Adams and me, Bonnie Adams Walker. The Old Stone Schoolhouse The Stone Schoolhouse still stands on Ravenna Road. The schoolhouse was built…

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Class of 1962 75th Birthday Party, August 2019: Bob Mills ’62

Guest Author: Bob Mills ’62 The Class of 1962 celebrated our collective 75th birthdays this past August with a golf outing, a picnic at Hidden Lake Shelter, and a mixer at Pickle Bill’s.  While our numbers have diminished as the years go by, those attending had a pleasurable experience. As part of the celebration, a group of classmates enjoyed a round of golf at the Pine Ridge Country Club near Wickliffe. During the round David Smead (a past member of Riverside’s golf team) performed the ultimate shot every golfer dreams…

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Memories of Hale Road Elementary: Kevin Clark ’75

Guest Author: Kevin Clark ’75 I grew up in Painesville Township Park. Most of us in the family went through Hale Road School, six boys and one girl.  I was a twin.  My poor mother really had her hands full with us twin boys, “Mom’s Angels.”  What a fun time in our household – never a dull moment. Things I remember fondly of Hale Road Elementary School, 1963-1968 include: Fallout shelter, storm and bomb drills: We would hear the bells continue to ring, and we would line up and walk in…

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