My Life as a School Bus Driver

Many years ago, around 1955-59, I was a student at Riverside High School. I chose to take all commercial courses: typing, bookkeeping and business machines with hopes of someday working in an office as a secretary. In our senior year we were assigned to teachers to help with copying articles or any other secretarial needs they may have needed. Well, as luck would have it, I was assigned to Mr. D.W. Shaner, the English and drama teacher, who was a perfectionist about everything, and to Mr. John DeLong, American History…

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Clyde C. Hadden Elementary: Linda Molnar McAdams

Guest Author: Linda Molnar McAdams ‘70 Clyde C. Hadden started out as a little log cabin in 1859 and in 1900 became a two-room brick schoolhouse. In 1928 construction of a new five- classroom school began, which was called Mentor Avenue School.  In 1940, after undergoing changes, the gymnasium was added.  In 1952, seven new classrooms were added to hold 335 students.  Because of that many students, other schools like Melridge Elementary were being built.  In 1959 the school was renamed Clyde C. Hadden, for the man who served 30…

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Clyde C. Hadden – A Long Look in My Rearview Mirror : Skip Cohen

Guest Author: Skip Cohen ‘67 When I first contemplated, months ago, about contributing to the Online Log, the word “pandemic” was not in our vocabulary. Now, after nine months of hunkering down, I’ve found taking a look in my rearview mirror is therapeutic. “Throwback Thursday” is happening a little every day, with great memories going back just a few months, let alone years. But staying connected to my hometown, Painesville, Riverside, JRW, and digging back to Clyde C. Hadden maintains a particular place in my heart. There’s a smile on…

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Arlington National Cemetery: Site of an RHS-Inspired Memorial

It has been more than two decades since a Riverside High School teacher and her class initiated the creation of a military memorial that has its own site at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. Since the Log’s editors felt many alumni might not be aware of the memorial, perhaps it is time for a review of how it came to be. In the late 1990s, art teacher Dr. Mary Porter and a group of her students were deeply saddened when they saw a video of an American soldier’s body…

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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 time, if you were in the 6th grade, 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 whom 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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