Before High School - The Beginnings

Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another. G.K. Chesterton

Index
1. Scenes from Kindergarten
2. West End Elementry School
3. Mary Wilson Elementry School
4. Big Run Elementry School
5. Other Elementary Schools
6. Souvenirs
7. Activities

1. Scenes from Kindergarten

Some photographs we have of elementry school classes. If you send more, we will post them here as well. And any identifications of class members will be added as well. Each elementry sxhool class show here is thought to have future members of PAHS 1960.

Some attended kindergarten in YMCA building for their 1st adventure in education

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And although this is the remodeled Salvation Army building with a new addition
added on right side (some of us were in left brick section first floor), this is where some kindergarten grads learned to scribble.

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A note from Terry Gumbert about the following three photographs: The first photograph below shows Miss Crawford’s Morning Class, 1947, in the Old Salvation Army Building. These were to become the PHS class of 1959, but a long illness threw me into the class of 1960. I’m glad I joined you! If you study the faces in these photographs very carefully you can identify some of our 1960 classmates.

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Mary Brewer’s kindergarten class in the Old Salvation Army Building.

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Additional information From David Long; Here are the names as written on the back by my Mother—verbatim for 1949 Kindergarten class. First row: David Long*, Orvie Hoffman*, Billy Staley, Clair Phillips, Wayne Pifer, Freddie Marasco, Leonard Test*, Billy Gaffney*. Second Row: Marianne Mayo, Patty Smelko, Myrna Abelman,, Sandra Allison*, Catherine Kopnisky, Jean Harvey, Suzanne Hetrick*, Joan Capago, Kirsten Cole*, Vinnie Gattis. Third Row: Mary Kay McIndoe, Doris Heitzenrater*, Frances Armstrong*, Francis Marasco, Ronnie Jacobson*, Donnie DeLuca*, Billy Freas*, Diane Walp, Ms, Watson. Someone, I hope, will correct the spelling and any other inaccuracies. Starred pupils were later in PAHS 1960.

1948

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2. West End Elementary School

Some of our classmates when we all were very, very young.

Weren’t these wonderful times! To see a photo enlarged, double click it. And if you have more information for captioning, please pass it on to me. Photos courtesy of Terry Gumbert. Thanks.

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Bill Staley supplied the student’s names in Miss Smith’s 1949 first grade class. Students are named left to right.
First Row:Joan O'Brien, Janice Roe, Maxine Ferringer, Jean Van Horn, Ellen Johnson, Linda Dana, Kay Evans, Anna Mae Chesley, Thelma Bowser, Joie Ann Nace, Mary Beth Anderson
Second Row: Mary Lou Spader, Earl Bell, David Allenbaugh, Cecil Phillips, Mary Jane Conrad, Veronica Soberi, Janice Williams, Joyce McQuown
Third Row: Darlene Bodenhorn, Jerry Davis, Maxim Clark, Billy Gumbert, Clair White, Francis Phillips, John Doe,
Fourth Row: Richard Snyder, Billy Freas, Billy Staley, Lynn Ingros, Billy Edmunston, Billy Smorey
Last Row: Joe Swarmer, Ronald Barret, Gorman Shaffer, Bobby Lieberman



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3. Pictures from Mary A. Wilson Elementary School

These pictures are thought to be of our classmates while in various grades at the Mary A. Wilson Elementry School. If you see yourself or another classmate, let us know and their name(s) will be posted on the right.

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4. Big Run Elementary School

Big Run Elementary School

Initiallly two pupils were unidentified. But now, thanks to Diane Ecelberger Bish who recognized her Big Run classmate as Ray Bargerstock, there is only one, a girl, remaining unidentified. Can anyone identify the unknown scholar?

Big Run Class, Ray Bargerstock

Ray Bargerstock

Big Run Class, Lois Bonnett

Lois Bonnett

Big Run Class, Peggy Bowers

Peggy Bowers

Big Run Class, Darlene Bowser

Darlene Bowser

Big Run Class, Thelma Bowser

Thelma Bowser

Big Run Class, King Croasman

King Croasman

Big Run Class, Bill Davis

Bill Davis

Big Run Class, Diane Ecelberger

Diane Ecelberger

Big Run Class, Ann Ehrgood

Ann Ehrgood

Big Run Class, Nancy Finley

Nancy Finley

Big Run Class, Linda Fox

Linda Fox

Big Run Class, Harvy Graham

Harvy Graham

Big Run Class, Conrad Hilton

Conrad Hilton

Big Run Class, Janet Johnston

Janet Johnston

Big Run Class, Bob Kerr

Bob Kerr

Big Run Class, Pat Lantz

Pat Lantz

Big Run Class, Kay McAdoo

Kay McAdoo

Big Run Class, Janet Milller

Janet Milller

Big Run Class, Sally Miller

Sally Miller

Big Run Class, Jim Munro

Jim Munro

Big Run Class, Don Pearce

Don Pearce

Big Run Class, Virginia Pierce

Virginia Pierce

Big Run Class, Tom Reed

Tom Reed

Big Run Class, Sam States

Sam States

Big Run Class, Frank Zufall

Frank Zufall

Big Run Class, Mr. Zufall

Mr. Zufall

Big Run Class, Unknown Scholar

Unknown Scholar


5. Additional elementary schools, well remembered:

Oliveburg Elementary School
Oliveburg Elementary
School
Sprankle Mills Elementary School
Sprankle Mills
Elementary School
An external Website hosted by the Punxsutawney School District, lists all the closed elementary schools in the Punxsutawney School District. It gives photographs for most of them. It lists about 120 schools, most of which were very small. As one of our classmates attended such a school in Albion, I posted a picture of one of the two now closed elementary schools in Albion, the picture for the other being currently unavailable. Both closed in 1959.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ss. Cosmas and Damian Catholic School
Ss. Cosmas and Damian
Catholic School
Albion2 Elementary School
Albion2
Elementary School

6. Souvenirs

Teaching tools for reading and writing.

The books are shown in pairs. We think the ones on the left were printed before world war 2; that essentially none were printed during the war, and those on the right printed in the late 1940s. At this time (2017), most are still available over the internet.

Penmanship Guide
Penmanship
Guide
Weekly Reader
Weekly
Reader
Page from Juvenile Book
Page from
Juvenile Book
Row, Peterson and Company: Round About
Round About
 
Row, Peterson and Company: Round About
Round About
 
Row, Peterson and Company: Down the River Road
Down the
River Road 
Row, Peterson and Company: Down the River Road
Down the
River Road
Row, Peterson and Company: Day in and Day Out
Day In &
Day Out
Row, Peterson and Company: Day in and Day Out
Day In &
Day Out
Row, Peterson and Company: The Wishing Well
The Wishing
Well
Row, Peterson and Company: The Wishing Well
The Wishing
Well
Row, Peterson and Company: Neighbors on the Hill
Neighbors
on the Hill
Row, Peterson and Company: Neighbors on the Hill
Neighbors
on the Hill
Row, Peterson and Company: The five-and-a-Half Club
The Five-and-
a-Half Club
Row, Peterson and Company: The five-and-a-Half Club
The Five-and-
a-Half Club
Row, Peterson and Company: Anything Can Happen
Anything Can
Happen
Row, Peterson and Company: Anything Can Happen
Anything Can
Happen
Row, Peterson and Company: The new through the Green Gate
The New through
the Green Gate
Row, Peterson and Company: The new through the Green Gate
The New through
the Green Gate
Row, Peterson and Company: Friendly Village
Friendly
Village
The Pulpit RockRow, Peterson and Company: Friendly Village
Frierndly
Village

7. Activities: Scouts, Sports, and Plays!

Explorer Scouts
Fig, Left:
EXPLORERS-Five Explorer Boy Scouts from Punxsutawney and Indiana, Pa, embarked today at Salamanca, N.Y., in three canoes on a 187-mile, nine-day journey down the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh. Accompanying them, right, was Scoutmaster Ray Blose. Others from left are Bill Frese, Bill Smorey, Neal Biril, Jerry Popovich and James Fulton. Biril and Popovich are 16. The rest are 15. (Newspaper Article)

Fig. Right: The Punxsutawney "Cubs"
Elementary School Baseball Team

Jackson Building Auditorium

Butch White sent out these photos of the old Jackson Building Auditorium. Terry Gumbert commented One particular memory that crossed my mind and I hope many of you remember was our yearly grade school programs conducted on that stage. Every now and then a flash of memory from the past passes through our thoughts bringing a smile or a tear.
Old Jackson Theater Old Jackson Theater (2)).

This is the end of this file, but it was, in fact a great beginning.