Rocho, Ollie in Boone News Republican 13Sep1965

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Rocho, Ollie in Boone News Republican 13Sep1965  - Boons News-Recubiicor, Monday, September 13,...
Boons News-Recubiicor, Monday, September 13, 1965 January 28, 1962. Norman Erbe, who was then governor of Iowa, was the main speaker at the dedication. In his remarks he Boone families have had three -Updegraff, Rice, and Jesse! Taylor families. There are probably probably many more, also. This dedication was also j reunion of former teachers and! students of Page school. Miss Mino Willock, who was principal principal of Page for 31 years, was one of the honored guests pres: New School Built While Classes Continued . . . Page Was the Oldest, Now it's the NeweJ ent. Other former teachersjn- troduced that day were Miss Mary Gustafson, Mrs. Kate •Nordstrom Norton, and Miss Grace Norton. Principal at the time the new Page, was built was Miss Dorothy Loomis. Louise Ingersoll reports, "I hated to see the old building go ,but that's progress. Original Page seemed like a homestead to me as I put down my roots there. I had great reverence I and respect for old Page and For many years Boone's oldest oldest school and now Boone's newest school, Page elementary building is located at 102 South Boone street. The original Page building was erected on a site purchased in 1896 by the Independent School District of Boone for a price of $2,042.05. In 1900 a mill levy, which had been approved by the public at a school board election, was authorized by the school board to raise money for the third ward school house. According to Louise Ingersoll, Page school, which was begun in May, 1901, was not finished in time for school that fall, so the students went to a school in the second ward located at Fifth and Benton streets where the former Assembly of God Church now stands, for six weeks. The new Page building was accepted by the school board October 7, 1901. Louise Ingersoll who spent half her life at Page school, first as a pupil and later as a teacher, remembers her first school days. She says, "In the first years of Page school there was a water bucket and dipper located on a bench outside the entrance and this is where we got our oxinks. In the winter the bucket and dipper were moved to the basement." She goes on, "We didn't have all the fancy playground equipment they have today. The most fun we used to have at recess was sliding down the coal shoot." In the early history of Page school there were eight grades, first through eighth, and no kindergarten. All rooms were divided into A and B classes with promotion twice a year. Report cards were issued every six weeks. Miss Ingersoll remembers that whenever she saw a pony cart hitched in front of the school it meant that J. C. King, the superintendent of schools had come to visit. "He would sit in a little chair in front of the room and read with us from our 'Sweetpea Primer' ", she says. I In early Page 'school history the fundamentals of learning— reading, writing, arithmetic, spelling and language were stressed and, according to Miss Ingersoll, drilled upon. In those days they had no maps, illustrated illustrated books or other visual aids such as students and teachers enjoy today. One teacher Miss IngersoE told this reporter not to forget to mention was Alice La Fever, first grade teacher at Page for many years. Miss Ingersoll said she was one of the most dedicated, most respected and most revered teacher at old Page. A feature of going to school in the early 1900's was marching marching to music. The students would line up in two lines and march down the stairs at recess, or dismissal time, with teachers standing one at the top of the stairs, one on the landing, and one on the lower level clapping to the music. Even though'to today's grade school students this would seem to regimented, Miss Ingersoll reports, "It seemed fun and we all liked it." Bess Streeter Aldrich, well known author, was a second grade teacher at Page when Miss Ingersoll attended. She used to tell many stories and taught her pupils a love for reading. This well known author Is just one of the many, many people who either attended Page school, or taught there, and later went on to become famous or successful in their various fields. January 29, 1921 Page school was gutted by fire. A Boone News-Republican account of the fire states: "Fire- which started shortly after 6 a.m. this morning in the boiler room of the Page school building gutted a portion of the building entailing damage which will require several months in which to repair the structure before it is ready for school purposes again. "It was shortly after the hour mentioned that Ollie Rocho who' lives but a few feet from the Page school property left his home for the Rocho offices. As he stepped out of doors there was a burst of flame from the east windows of the school. Rocho at once went to the phone and called the fire department. Others from the neighborhood gathered at the building and rendered "what assistance they could to the firemen." The fire which completely blackened the boiler room, ruined ruined the heating system, also wrecked the room above the boiler, the seventh grade room, because the floor and seats, tumbled down onto the boiler. Damage was also done to the north rooms, hall and stairway. stairway. Many school books that weren't burned were heavily water soaked or ruined by smoke. The upper floor of the building was not significantly damaged, however. Because of the fire, Page was Repaired ^eventually and cons truction. The two-story part of the building is on the north both 'one-story and two-story I its teachers." The new Page school is an of $11,305.90 to cover damages L-shaped building including caused by the fire. The building school resumed as before the fire. In 1960 when the original Page building was 59 years old, it was decided to build a new structure. Somewhat of a problem problem arose because it was decided decided to build the new school end and on the south end, in the one-story part, is located the multi-purpose room. The building features an intercommunication intercommunication system which allows allows a teacher to speak to the entire school at one time. Music on the site of the original Pa C ° ... also be ipe d - mio all Tt-i« rmlimil l^i-int-fl ilfi ei\+r\i%- 4"/\ • ,~ The school board wished to build the school without having to abandon the old school while the new one was being built. Karl Keffer Associate Architects, Architects, of Des Moines, who were able to design a building which could be built on the site while the old building was being used, school students were shuffled around, a few here, a few there to receive their education. The high school lunch room accom- was hired. Total cost of the Page build- rooms. • Principals at Page : since it was first opened have been: Gracia E. Tucker, 1901-1902; Jean M. Cash, 1902-1903; Lulu Feigley, 1903-1906; Minnie B. Ashton, 1906-1911; Edna Armstrong, Armstrong, 1911-1913; Mino B. Willock Willock 1913-1944; Flora B. Woodard, Woodard, 1944-1945; and Dorothy ing and additions to Garfield Loomis ' 1945-1965.^^ and Lincoln elementary schools, which were included in the bond issue, came to $623,506.69. This sum did not include the furnishings but did include the architects fees. The building" was dedicated EXCITEMENT Two men and a cow created a good, deal of excitement in the south part of Boone this Thursday Thursday morning, Sept. 3, 1896, which was- a case worthy of the investigation of the Humane So- Pilot Mound Sold in 1901 ciety if there ever was one. The odated some; a Washington building room was equipped; some of the students ,a few that were close, went to Lincoln school; and the rest of the students students went to Bryant school on a half day basis. The regular Bryant pupils went from 8:40 a.m. to 12:20 p.m! and then the Page students went from 12:50 to 4:30. Mino Willock was principal principal at the time of this fire. 'February 4, 1921 the board of education received insurance Thursday, June. 13, 1901 — The people of Boone who have seen the Pilot Mound near the town of the same name should do so in the near future as this pile of gravel and dirt has been purchased by the Minneapolis and St. Louis R. R. .from W. M. Petty and will soon disappear as .the railroad company will use the gravel for ballast and men had brought the cow from roa d work. The deal was closed Tuesday afternoon whereby this about two miles south, and as they drew near the city the cow refused to be led, driven or carried carried further, probably realizing that every step drew her nearer death's door. On South Story- street she gave up the struggle and proceeded to lie down, when ropes were attached to her head and fore-feet and tied to the end of a dray she was dragged some distance and left tied to a tree, while the women of the neighborhood neighborhood stood by with tears in their eyes, powerless to rescue the cow. .famous Indian Mound became the property of the M. & St. L. The mound covers a tract of 15 acres and is about 45 or 50 feet above the level of the surrounding surrounding country'. Many arrow heads, Indian skulls and other curios have been found in the mound by Curator Chas. Aldrich. This is the largest mound in Iowa, but in a few weeks will be only history (Editor's (Editor's Note: Fortunately, the mound was never leveled.)

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  1. The Boone News-Republican,
  2. 13 Sep 1965, Mon,
  3. Page 66

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