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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11898) 14 years ago
This year's Ghost Tour (on June 12) will go past Lincoln School. I am thinking of having a generic "Old Maid" Schoolteacher from the mid -twentieth century out front. Does anyone know for certain which is the original portion of the building? I think it is the south end. Did some of those classrooms have their own rest rooms? What is in the bay/tower on the south end? Did all the rest rooms have those cool granite stall dividers? I haven't been in the rest rooms since I painted during summer breaks in high school and it's all a bit hazy. I went to Washington for eight years.

Any suggestions for what Miss Teacher should say? Interesting stories? Ever notice that is says Lincoln School above the doors on the west side but Lincoln Grade School across the middle on the east side?
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Posted by Cory Cutting (+1278) 14 years ago
For some reason, I seem to think that the south end is the original end. The round part and that end was added later. I don't remember where I got that info, but I always thought that's the way it was. Don't you have some pictures of the original one?
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Posted by Hal Neumann (+10031) 14 years ago
Here's a postcard of Lincoln. I've no idea of the date. So it is, of course, of no help ;-)

http://i221.photobucket.c...ool-1a.jpg
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Posted by MCGirl (+304) 14 years ago
What's the building next to the school?
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Posted by Steve Allison (+975) 14 years ago
If you are talking about the new building added a year or two ago, that is the new lunch room.
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Posted by Cory Cutting (+1278) 14 years ago
Well, on the post card there is another building on the north side of the school. Guess that means the south end was older. Question answered! Thanks Hal!
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Posted by Kacey (+3153) 14 years ago
The south end is the original and the north rounded end was built on and used for kindergarten classes. Mrs. Keating had the classroom on the main floor in the middle for first grade. I believe there were bathrooms in by the cloak room. As for something for the old school marm to say, I'd have to say my biggest fear there was walking down the grated black steps on the outside of the building for fire drills. My worst memories were of Mr. H playing the Chicken Fat record down in the gym!
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Posted by Fred South (+167) 14 years ago
I believe that the brown school, the one to the North, was the original. It was torn down and an addition made to the north end of the one on the south. When I attended there (1944-1950), it was as it is now. Am not sure when the old one was torn down. Seems like that old one was called the 2nd Ward School. I know it was there about 1910. Actually, I have a better picture of that old school, if anyone is interested.
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11898) 14 years ago
Yup, the original was the Second Ward Schoolhouse. I dug up my old postcard and had the image reversed in my little pea brain. The south end is c.1914 and I think the north end ten or twenty years later. The original school was built in 1904 and had outhouses.

So. . .the granite bathroom stalls I remember from painting the building in the seventies. Were those at the south end?

Any suggestions for what Miss Marm will say are appreciated!
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Posted by Hal Neumann (+10031) 14 years ago
I looked through the Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Company's collection for the Lincoln School. The Sanborn maps for Miles jump around, so I was only able to review a few dates. If anyone is interested . . . here's what I found.

Just out of curiosity I checked to see what there were for public schools prior to the turn of the 20th century. In 1893 the only public school (I could find) listed in the Sanborns was located on Palmer, between 9th & 10th streets. Interestingly enough, just across the alley from the school (on the Orr Street side of the block} was something labeled "Underground Liquor Cellar" . . . pretty darned convenient ;-)


Here's the Public School at the corner of Fort & Lake from the 1904 Sanborn Map. Note the outhouses.
http://i221.photobucket.c...l-1904.gif

Here's the 1910 Sanborn showing the Lincoln Public School. The outdoor privies were still in place.
http://i221.photobucket.c...l-1910.gif

Here's the 1928 Sanborn showing Lincoln - two buildings and no outhouses.
http://i221.photobucket.c...l-1928.gif

And finally, here's the 1948 Sanborn depiction of the Lincoln Grade School. 1948 was the most recent of the maps I was able to access.
http://i221.photobucket.c...l-1948.gif
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Posted by MCGirl (+304) 14 years ago
Miss Marm should definitely say something about those outhouses!
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Posted by Bob Netherton (+1886) 14 years ago
I don't know what Miss Marm woud say, but I'll bet she'd carry a loaded ruler.
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