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In January 1893 the old West Side or Mulleintown School, on West Washington Street, burned down and the above photo is architect C.C. Thayer’s rendering of the new schoolhouse that was built in its place. The surrounding area known as Mulleintown was laid out in 1836 by Ezekial Sankey, but I’m not sure where the name came from. The only “Mullein” reference I can find is a herb known as the “velvet plant” that is known to help ease the symptoms of asthma. (c1894) Full Size
The West Side School was built soon after the old school was destroyed by a fire in January 1893. In the late 1950’s efforts got underway to replace this school with a newer structure at the same general location. This old school remained in use until the new West Side School, which was built right alongside it, opened in September 1960. The old schoolhouse was razed as the new building neared completion. (c1902) Full Size
A class photo from the West Side School from the 1899-1900 school year. The chalkboard is marked, “May 21, 1900.” The teacher, standing on left in white shirt, is identified as Jenny McMullen. Take notice of the three boys without shoes. Full Size
Another class photo from the 1899-1900 school year, taken the same day as the previous photo on May 21, 1900. The teacher, standing on left with black collar, is Miss Minnie Tucker (1872-1956), who taught at the West Side School for an amazing forty-eight years from 1892-1940. The back of this photo names a few of the students including the Mayberry twins, which I’m guessing may be the two boys dressed alike on the bottom left on the photo – although there are two similarly attired boys at the top right. Full Size
A 1931-32 report card from the West Side School belonging to Mary Jane Wright, a fifth grader residing at #205 Bluff Street. (1932)
The Kindergarten diploma of Dee Dee Laird from the West Side Elementary School. (1981) (Courtesy of Dee Dee Laird) Full Size