Farewell to old Huntsville School

Former students, staff get tour of old building Craig Albrecht PALLISER REGIONAL SCHOOLS – IRON SPRINGS Jim Asplund anticipated a bitter-sweet experience prior to a final walk through the halls of Huntsville School. “It was more sweet than bitter,” […]

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  1. I started as a first grader in Mrs Baldwin’s room in 1945, grades 1-3 in one room. All 12 grades in 4 rooms, plus the little library that doubled as a teachers lounge. I admired the older boys in grades 11-12 who did military drill with wooden rifles. Today I am a retiree of the United States Army. I could write multiple pages of the memories this old school held for me. Miss Peachy in 4th grade is still my favorite teacher, and I was jealous when I found out she got married. Ping-pong tournaments in the basement among the pipes when plumbing was finally installed in the 1950’s. Grades 5 and 6 were in a converted chicken coop hauled in north of the main school when an influx of Dutch immigrant children enlarged the school. Big potbellied wood stove in one corner of the building, ink wells frozen every morning in the winter. Jack Lowery was our Grade 7-9 shop teacher in another building just north of that. I had coffee 3 years ago with our 8th grade teacher, Jim Oshiro, then at age 86. Ken Bride was our 9th grade teacher as well as the school principal. He retired many years later to live in Victoria, BC, and I had the privilege of having a long conversation with him early in 2020 before he passed away at the age of 94. Sorry to see the old girl go after she saw thousands of children pass through her doors. It would be interesting to hear the success stories of mega-farmers, educators, doctors, sports figures and company CEO’s who had their humble beginnings in the Huntsville #7 school. Memories, Memories!!

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