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October 25, 2008

Franklin Photo/Exhibit Gallery 2000s

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The Spokane company, Interior Development East, purchased sweatshirts for every Franklin student and staff person. (Wow). This was perfectly timed for Christmas, 2011 and the cold weather. Here are some of us wearing them. Thanks IDE! Thanks also to graphics expert, Jill Poland.


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The 2009-2010 Grads on the Franklin stage. This was a fantastic celebration on June 10, 2010.


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June 10, 2010. The Grads enter and march to the stage. The Color Guard and flag Salute was given by Jacob and Ethan Jones.


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June 10, 2010. Grads receiving their diploma. As a prelude, Heather Heidenreich and Tiffany Adams sang, "Titanic." Grads sang "We are the world" which was led by Olivia Davis. Ethan Myers was awarded the prestigious Cooper Jones Award.


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June 10, 2010. Music teacher, Teresa Sauther, sang "I Hope You Dance." Inspirational speeches were offered by Mrs. Hanson, Mr. Malm and students, Shelby Potvin, Inna Shevchenko, Haley Proper and Sarah Horn. A terrific slide show by Kristine Campos was followed by cake and punch.


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"Take me to your leader." Caught at her desk, this June 2009 picture shows Principal Mickey Hanson smiling for the camera.


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This June 2009 shot shows some speech kids at Dr. Shute's end-of-year speech party.


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June 2009 Promotion shots

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The beginning of the Franklin Parade on May 22, 2009.

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A large crowd at the Franklin Centennial Parade on May 22, 2009. This was a festive time in the history of Franklin and the Lilac City - a page is devoted just to it. To see more pictures of the Centennial Parade and Festival go here.

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This picture and caption came from the Spokesman Review Newspaper, March 23, 2009. Special thanks to the Spokesman Review for this photograph.


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On May 21, 2009, an Alumni-Friends Reception took place to kick-off the Centennial Celebration. A page is devoted just to it. Take me to the page.


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These are panoramic views of the front and back of Franklin. Special thanks to Ray Mosher for these photographs taken around the time of the centennial celebration.

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Esteemed principal, Mickey Hanson and a Franklin student smile for the camera at the St. Paddy's Day Parade, 2008.


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Welcome to Franklin. These are the Franklin front steps as they look in 2009. Countless photographs of kids in costumes have been taken in this very spot. Often taken around Christmas, a decorated tree is observed in the background. How many Franklin students and staff have climbed these stairs over the last century?

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Kids from the Christmas Play in 1949.

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In the front entrance area, you can see the May Pole and a picture of the student body. The May Pole Dance occurs each year with Mrs. Danica's class performing it.


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Meet the 2008-2009 Franklin staff. This shot was taken by Leo's Studio which is still doing a terrific job.

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This is Mrs. Andrews, Office Manager, Chieftain, whose organizational efforts make Franklin spin like a top. Appreciated by students and staff alike. Photo taken May 2009.

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This May 2009 shot captures teachers Tama Jordan and Niki Gadau smiling for the camera.

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This 2006-2007 photograph was taken in front of the school next to ancient pines.

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This shot was taken in 2007 by Kristine Campos. It shows a dusting of snow on the beautiful Franklin grounds. In 2008, Spokane got record snow.

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On November 6, 2008, Franklin students enjoyed the annual Lantern Walk. This school wide festival involves student made lanterns that are highly decorated. Here, the Franklin community celebrates shorter days, cool nights, and bright stars. The brainchild of teacher Rebecca Danica about a dozen years ago, this yearly event involves scores of children with candle lanterns, singing, treats, and hot cider. The picture above shows students marching down the sidewalk along 17th. Special thanks to Devon Kelley for photographs.

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Here's a collection of some lanterns.

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This is Ray and Robert Mosher who attended Franklin in the 40s and 50s. They are sitting at the location of where Principal Widley had his desk many decades earlier. Brother Bob (in red) recalled being paddled by the Mr. Widley for a snowball throwing infraction. He also recalled that in this same room there were two switches next to each other; one for the recess/exit bell, the other for the fire alarm. Honored students were given the opportunity to "ring the bell." Bob explained that on one occasion, he accidently rang the fire alarm (it only happened once). The Moshers have been extremely helpful providing pictures, documents, oral histories, and other historical information!

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Thomas Campos sketched this drawing of the Franklin School. In fact, the sketch is featured on a commemorative bar of soap and note cards which will be available at the Franklin Carnival on 4/25/09, the Alumni Reception on 5/21/09, and the Festival on 5/22/09. The commemorative soaps can also be found at Huckleberrys on the the South Hill, Simply Northwest on Sprague Avenue, or by contacting Newman Bluffs SoapWorks at (509) 448-5970.


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In September 2008, brother and sister Robert (Bobby) and Marjorie Sayler visited Franklin. They attended Franklin in the 1930s and it was certainly a treat to meet them! Here are the people shown from left to right: Brian Shute, Marjorie Sayler, Robert E. Sayler, Mickey Hanson. Note the bust of Benjamin Franklin in the background. Both Bobby and Marjorie have been helpful in the provision of pictures and artifacts.

Posted by drshute at 4:57 PM

Franklin Photo/Exhibit Gallery 1990s

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First day of school, Fall 1996. Special thanks to Mike Cosgrove for this and other pictures from this era.

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This picture taken on May 23, 1996 by the Spokesman Review showed Rebecca Danica's students performing the May Pole Dance. This Franklin tradition continues each May.


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This photograph of Principal Alex Southworth, taken in January 1997, shows him smiling for the camera. It is said that during his tenure at Franklin, Alex was the most "kid-like" principal the school had ever seen!


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This January 1997 shot captures Psychologist Curt Dreese, Virginia Erickson, and Reda Andrews sitting up front.


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Some students pose as teachers or the principal or something... and the resemblance is uncanny. January 1997


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Javauna Hollowell reviews another annual report during January 1997.


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This picture taken in January 1997 shows Nancy Brady, her student teacher, and some fantastic students.


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Beth Calkins and some of her students smile for the photographer. January 1997.

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Mrs. Coble in the library.


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Mrs. Chris Corigliano's class, January 1997.


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Shutter shy, Char Ferrante, keeps her eyes on the paperwork.

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Yes, you guessed it! This is Susan Burns!


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This is Ms Dalton and some of her students in January 1997.


Posted by drshute at 4:57 PM

Franklin Photo/Exhibit Gallery 1980s

On November 8, 1989, Franklin celebrated its first 100 years, 1889-1989. This included the original downtown Franklin School which was completed in 1889 and burned down after it was purchased by the railroad in 1909. The celebration was a grand one and several old timers appeared for the reunion. Some of those pictures from the 1989 party remain but their names have been lost. We'd love to know who some of these people are. If you know, please tell us...

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This is Lois Cain (in front) and Lois Moller. Photograph taken in 1989 at the Franklin Reunion.

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We believe this energetic soul was the music teacher but what was her name? Photograph taken in 1989 at the Franklin Reunion.

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Other unknown alumni from the 1989 reunion.

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The Welcome Back cake which featured a little red schoolhouse.

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Some participants in the reunion.

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Alumnus Doug Clark caught by the camera.


This photo was taken sometime in the fall season. The two smaller trees to the left and right of the front door have been removed since the photo was taken. Also, the bushes against the building have grown considerably. And now that I take a closer look, the trunks on those pine are now bigger than what is depicted here.

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In March of 1986 The Great Mario performed his mime show on the Franklin stage.

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A mime is not a mime without making people laugh. Here, the Franklin students and audience are taking part in the fun. Do you have any idea where The Great Mario is now?

Historical Note: Since this picture was posted, some identities have surfaced. First, the boy in the blue jacket, plaid shirt, and glasses is David Ritchey, son of the very popular kindergarten teacher, Miriam Ritchey. Second, the blond girl on the left is Sara Burns, daughter of the snap-cracklin' teacher, Susan Burns. Despite this terrific information, I still want to know where the Great Mario is now.


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1985-86 Franklin Staff Pictures

Front Row: Gordon Bailey, Don Baldwin, Kathy DuCrest, Miriam Ritchey, Donna Hopkins, Betty Winborn, Marcia Wolfe. Row 2: Jim Albi, Patty John, James Holden, Linda Amos, Pauline Finley, Connie Peterson, Elva Mote. Row 3: Susan Burns, Tanya Karim, Kathy Brinkley, Katherine Emtman, Craig Bageant, Helen Prenguber, Connie Mattox. Not Pictured: Jan Rettig, Dan Loos

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1985-86 Apple

Front Row: Beth William, Anna William, Erinn Leopard, Elizabeth Moyers, Eric Seethaler, Javob Wolbach, Annie Rose Miller, Kitty McMichael, Michelle Haynes, Nathan Tarbert, Saiah Schneider, Jesse Geddes, Jonathan Tarbert, Aric LaFleur, Malinda Hurley, Joseph Seethaler, Blake Golliher. Row 2: Thorn Brown, Tom Lackaff, KevinStart, Ryan Mckee, Robin Guevara, Ian Porter, LaRena Porter, Casey Golliher, Melvin Sethaler, James Drexler, Josh Powell, Allen Monroe, Noah Yacker, Sean Drexler, Jeremy Larsen, Joe Benson. Row 3: Mathew Lozano, Aaron Daniel, Sarah Gabousy, Carrie Mckee, Chelsea Nesbitt, Tara Dougherty, Danica Ducrest, Jesse Allert, Michaela Hurley, Michelle Smith, April McMichael, Chuck Brineman, December Lozano, Katy Mansker, Toria Rollins, Eden Ducrest, Angela Haynes, Heatehr Hart. Row 4: Kathy Duecrest, Kathy Davis, Rachel Dunn, Kara Leopard Waverly Bennett,Zain Stowell, Jennifer McKee, Jolene Pollock, Diana Larson, Amy Boerner, Shannone Seaton, Sara Burns, Jimmy Seethaler, Jason Jackson, Tracy Wright, Lester LaFleur, Aaron Traylor, Susan Burns. Not Pictured: Dan Landergott, Kane Blalock, Carrie Hanson, Adam Irwin, Joyson Kock, Courtney Hanks, Mathew Hurley

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1981 Franklin Fifth and Sixth Grades

5-6th Grade 1980-81 Diane Brugger's Picture

First names only. Mrs. Dike, Principal

Bottom Row: Morgan, Aaron, Tre', Dan, Josh, Jeff, Mike, Dan.
Middle Row: Trina, Jeani, Cindy, Kris, Marci, Joli, Christel, Diane, Michelle Top Row: Mr. Smith, Sheri, Stephinie, Melissa, Karla, Dana, Roxanne, Tami, Mrs. Schmelzer.

Special thanks to Diane Gust (Brugger) for this and other pictures spanning multiple generations of the Brugger family.

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1982 Franklin Sixth Grade Class

Bottom Row: Dan Scott, Chris Ralston, Brian Mantz, Chris Ulrich
Second Row: John Livingston, Chris Mann, Jeff Jackodson (sp?), Robert Eccles, Dan Gorner, Robbie Brown, Doug McGowan.
Third Row: Teresa Cranford, Trina Boggess, Jeff Harrison, Jason Komdrece, David Huime, Tami Eccles, Christel Shulz, Nikki Devine.
Top Row: Tanya Miller, Jeanne Sentman, Diane Brugger (me), Joli Anderson, Candace McCarthy, Gail Oosting, Tabitha Pain, Mr. Robertson.

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When good teachers go bad! This circa 1981 picture captures a little fun.

Front Row (left to right): Tom Weatherholt, (?), Gordon Bailey, Donna Hopkins, (?), Dick Robinson.
Row 2: Nadine Schmelzer; Helen Prengauber, Patty Gates, Betty Winborn, Connie Maddox, Linda Amos
Back Row: Sharlie Scott, Mary ?, Maxine Magnus, Pauline Finley, Elva Mote.

Posted by drshute at 4:56 PM

Franklin Photo/Exhibit Gallery 1970s

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There are many pieces of unique history that have come out of Franklin School and this is one of them. During Jimmy Carter's presidency, Rhonda Langford (a third grader in Mrs. Maddox's clasroom) drew this 1977 Christmas Seal. Christmas Seals are a longtime tradition sponsored through the American Lung Association to raise money. Since 1881, famous artists like Norman Rockwell, and occasionally children under the age of twelve, have designed the seals that are licked and placed on millions of envelopes each Christmas. This youthful seal rose to the top, first on a district level, then the state level, and finally on a federal level. It depicts the wisemen, a camel, and the star(s) shining brightly. Rhonda and another student artist were invited to the Oval Office to have their seals autographed by the President. Famous ventriloquist, Sheri Lewis along with "Lamb Chop," were there for the event too. By the way, the Oval Office was built in 1909, the same year that Franklin was built. Special thanks to Mary Langford for these photographs.

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These 1977 photographs show Franklin's parking lot and some, now-classic cars. Special thanks to Bob Mosher for these and other photographs.


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This black and white photograph was probably taken in the 1970s, but possibly the 1980s.

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1972 AM Kindergarten Class, Miss Benner and later Mrs. Amos. Special thanks to Diane Gust (Brugger) for this and other photographs.


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First Grade Franklin students 1975.

The following is a collection of Franklin pictures that come from the mid-1970s. Unfortunately, we do not have many of the names that go along with many of them. It's likely that someone viewing these pictures will recognize themself and their classmates. If that person is you, we would be delighted to learn the names of students and teachers.

Special thanks to Pete Black for providing some names.


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Mrs. Johnson-Winborn's 1975-76 Second Grade Class

Top Row: Student teacher, can't recall name, Jane Larison, Rhonda Langford , ?, Jenger Jones, ? , ?, Lori White, Mrs. Johnson (later married and became Mrs. Winborn)
Middle Row: Patrick ?, Mike Smith, Greg Keller, ?, ?, Kyle ?, Kim Plemons, ?.
Bottom Row, Pete Black (dig my happening cowboy/Hawaiian shirt), ?, Dave Pendell, Frank Betts, ?, Mike Devolve.

Special thanks to Pete Black for some of the names associated with these photographs.

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Mrs. Maddox and her 1975-76 Third Grade Class

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Mrs. McCallister (right) and her 1975-76 Third Grade Class.

Pete Black says: "I'm pretty sure that the student on bottom row, right, dressed in red is Eugene Smith."

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Mrs. Evans and her 1975-76 Fourth Grade Class.

Top Row: Mrs. Evans, Jennifer Payton, ?, ?, ?, ?, Suzette Balou, Kris Black (Pete Black's sister), ?.
Second Row from Top: None identified.
Third Row from Top: Mark Barron, Jerry Pearman, ?, ?, ? , ?
Bottom Row: None identified.


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Mrs. Alsted's 1975-76 Fifth/Sixth Grade Class.

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Sara Henault, a kindergartner in Mrs. Amos' 1978 class, smiles for the camera on Franklin's front steps.

Posted by drshute at 4:55 PM

Franklin Photo/Exhibit Gallery 1960s

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In the 60s the Franklin basement had Ping Pong tables and there were district champions that rose to the top. This 1961 newspaper clip shows Sheila Jones, Joyce Palmer and Leslie Cooper as Franklin Ping Pong champions. Bob Gardner was from Finch; and Bob Griffith and Kerry Baker were from Garfield School. Particular thanks to Janet Jones Bluhm of Surprise, Arizona for this photograph.


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This 1962 photograph of the All City Christmas concert was taken at the Spokane Coliseum. The entire main floor of the venue was covered with band, string, chorus groups, and special choirs made up of kids from all of District 81 schools. They used to pack the house in those days as there was huge parent interest and kid involvement. Franklin student, Dean Carriveau, is in the second row, fifth from the left. Another student from Franklin, Stanton (Stan) Parish is fourth from the right on the top row. Special thanks to Dean Carriveau for this and other photographs from this period. For more information about these pictures go to the Oral-Written History section.

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Dean Carriveau poses for the camera before the 1962 Christmas concert.


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This circa 1967 picture from the Spokesman Review shows a group of people singing Christmas carols in the Franklin neighborhood. All of them, except the ponies, Angel and Satin, graduated from Franklin School. Eberhardt "Abe" Frederking is Santa; Shannon and Shelly Birchill are in red sweaters (Shelly is closest to the ponies which she leased from Abe); Nancy Moar is in the red scarf; Don Coleman is last boy on the left. Jeff Stewart is in the straw hat; Louise Coleman is the female with glasses; to Abe's left is Randy Stewart; in front of him is Tommy Moar. The picture was taken in Graham Larson's front yard around 13th Street. The wagon belonged to Abe (whose parents homesteaded the area) and, in snowy winters, the wheels were removed and it became a sleigh. Note the bows on the ponies and their curiosity of the photographer. Old homesteads and farms existed around Franklin School. Even though it's not, this photograph truly resembles a work of Norman Rockwell!


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This picture was taken in 1967 in front of the Franklin Kinderhouse on Mt. Vernon Street. The woman in glasses is Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Chamberlin. The little girl is Shelly Birchill-Pederson who is now a teacher at Franklin. (She couldn't stay away) The little boy in plaid is Scott Findly. The other lad is Johnny (last name unknown). We don't know the name of the women in sunglasses. The house and land behind it was purchased, in part, from money obtained by parent groups-- dinners, socials, and other functions helped to raise money. Parents in the community built the miniature furniture that was used inside too. The Franklin Kinderhouse was torn down sometime in the late 60s or 70s. For a little more information about the Franklin Kinderhouse read the Blast From The Past article.

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1962, Graduating Class of 1962

Front: Mr. James Hamilton, Sydney Allison, Eddy Franz, George Harrison, Anita Davis, Kay Tobias, Miss Peg Tully (principal), Martha Lawson, Kay Olney, Alan Carriveau, Ricky Novak, Mike Hall, James Bolton, Paul Idding, Mr. McCarthy

2nd Row: Mike Van Horne, Rick Deno, Bruce Finney, Linda Dodte, Joany Bush, Ron Lowery, Dan White, Rodger Hartman, Robert Hartman, Jean Fullington, Karey Lou Moylan, Bonnie Campbell, Sandra Garver, Bonnie White, Diane Alfano, Norm Wells

3rd Row: Tom McMullen, Nancy Taggart, Sharon Rosenbalm, Larry Moore, Dianne Blumhagen, Donald Dalquist, Steve Durbin, Ron Westlund, Dan DeMulling, Judy Hart, Pat Herrmann, Steve Earsley, Larry Coolbaugh, Judy Wilson, Ruth Haynes

4th Row: Beth Kalinoski, Susan Brown, Dave Litzenberger, Susan Crawford, Wayne (Buddy) Revious, Molly, McConnell, Mark Mors, Charlyn Fulton, John Carver, Don Brown, Merry Ludberg, Greg Bogus, Maridel (Virginia) Carter, Tim Burdine, Bonnie Bell, Janet Claeson, Steve Hanson, Art Johnson

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In front of old gym on the last day of Eighth Grade, 1962. "Schooool's out for the summer!" Don Brown, Mr. James Hamilton, John Carver

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1960-1961, Class of 1962, Seventh Grade, Miss Ogilvie

Front Row: Sandra Garver, Kay Tobias, Jean Fullington
2nd Row: Burton Smith, Robert Hartman, Bruce Finney, Steve Durbin, Mike Van Horne, Rodger Hartman, Rick Deno, James Bolton
3rd Row: Karey Lou Moylan, Diane Wynne, Janet Claeson, Linda Dodte, Beth Kalinoski, Charlyn Fulton, Merry Ludberg, Ann Geese, Ruth Haynes, Bonnie Bell
4th Row: Dave Litzenberger, Noel Waters, Dave Glaze, Ron Westlund, Don Brown, Greg Bogus,Tim Burdine, Art Johnson, Bob Stallings

Particular thanks to Robert Hartman for providing some of the names in this photograph.

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1961-1962, Class of 1962, Eighth Grade, Mr. McCarty

Top Row: Mike Van Horne, Maridel Carter, Larry Coolbaugh, Diane
Blumhagen, Mark Mors, Judy Hart, Norm Wells.
Third Row: Anita Davis, Paul Iddins, Martha Lawson, Robert Hartman, Susie Brown, Edy Franz, Bonnie White.
Second Row: Donald Dahlquist, Sidney Allison, Larry Moore, Judy Wilson ?, Kay Olney, Dan White, Pat Herrman, Tom McMullen.
Bottom Row: Mr. McCarty,Susan Crawford, Joanne Bush, John Carver, Bonnie Campbell, George Harrison, Nancy Taggart, Alan Carriveau.

Special thanks to Robert Hartman for this photograph.


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1961-1962, Class of 1962, Eighth Grade, Mr. James Hamilton

Front: Mr. Hamilton, Bonnie Bell, Dan DeMulling, Rodger Hartman, Mike Hall, Art Johnson, James Bolton, Ron Lowry
2nd Row: Don Brown, Charlyn Fulton, Tim Burdine, Ruth Haynes, Steve Earsley, Linda Dodte, Greg Bogus, Diane Wynne
3rd Row: Kay Tobias, Wayne "Buddy" Revious, Merry Ludberg, Steve Durbin, Beth Kalinoski, Dave Litzenberger, Janet Claeson, Rick Deno, Sharon Rosenbalm
4th Row: Ricky Novak, Sandra Garver, Bruce Finney, Molly McConnell, Bob Stallings, Jean Fullington, Ron Westlund, Karey Lou Moylan

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This circa 1961 shot is of Sharon Rosenbaum standing in front of the old Franklin Gym.

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1960, Class or 1962, Sixth Grade class of Mrs. Goraber. Special thanks to Dianne Blumhagen-LaBissioniere for this and other pictures from this era.

Historical Note: This 1960 classroom photograph was the first one in the Franklin archives to be developed in color. Other pictures before this time were developed in black and white. Interestingly, the graduating class picture of 1962, which came after this time, was developed in black and white.

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In front of Franklin on the last day of 8th Grade, 1962: Judy Hart and Don Brown

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1960-1961, Eighth Grade Class, Mr. Leinweber, Mr. Hamilton

Bottom Row left to right: Terry Stallcop, Roland Stearns, Tom Lawson, Kent Warren
Row 2: Stephne Mujie, Laurel Hansen, Joyce Palmer, Tim Sharp, Shirley Patrick, Dan Dillon, Maureen Cooper, Judy Adams, Carolyn Billings
Row 3: Mr. Hardin, Mr. Hamilton, Jim Morgan, Gale Parrish, Pete Howard, Dick Jellerson, Jim Williams, Dennis M, Jim White, Ricky Olson, Merle Bell, Mr. Leinweber.
Row 4: Kathy Jones, Christine Brakel, Nancy Perrone, Judy Howard, Kathleen Stevens, Diane Newett, Marilyn Murray, Sheila Jones, Jerri Roe, Karen Olsen, Leslie Cooper, Sharon Lartz.
Row 5: Mike Carter, Doug Stewart, David Hill, Ron Miller, Steve Niemela, John Elmer, Rick Blumhagen, Stan Howard, Larry Wilson, David Seim, Richard McGovney.

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1960 Franklin Cheerleaders

Karen Olsen, Christine Brakel, Diane Blumhagen, Joyce Palmer, Carolyn Billings, Judy Hart, Kathy Jones, Leslie Cooper.

Special thanks to Karen Ruth (Olsen) for this and other pictures from this era.


Posted by drshute at 4:55 PM

Franklin Photo/Exhibit Gallery 1950s Volume 1

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1957, Class of 1957, 8th Grade

1 Ron Perrone; 2 Roger Dirstine; 3 Tom Newman; 4 Bob Stallcop; 5 Eldon Fry; 6 Steve Ferguson; 7 Dennis McMacken; 8 ?; 9 Gary Sandberg; 10 Mr. Hardin; 11 ?; 12 ?; 13 Joy Conrad; 14 Mary Ellen Myrene?; 15 Jane Howard; 16 Linda Muije; 17 Michele Cattanach; 18 Mr. Derr; 19 Lane Morlan; 20 Ray Mosher; 21 David Hayes; 22 Don Manor; 23 Larry Carter; 24 Ken Bard; 25 Ginny Bishop; 26 Drucilla Gnagey; 27 ?

Check out the 1957 "Yearbook" by Clicking Here

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1957, Class of 1957, 8th Grade, 8 Years Together

1 Ron Perrone; 2 Bill Aigner; 3 Eldon Fry; 4 Steve Ferguson; 5 David Hayes; 6 Larry Carter; 7 Gary Sandberg; 8 Joy Conrad; 9 Mary Ellen Myrene?; 10 Linda Calhoun?; 11 Pamela Curl?; 12 Karen Erie?; 13 Jane Howard; 14 Dennis McMacken; 15 Harriet Potts?; 16 Ray Mosher; 17 Gary Mahn; 18 Roger Dirstine; 19 Steve Symms; 20 Ken Marquardt; 21 Carol Ford; 22 Ellen Towne; 23 Michele Cattanach; 24 Ginny Bishop

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1957, Class of 1957 Football Team

1 Art Brakel; 2 Steve Ferguson; 3 ?; 4 Eldon Fry; 5 Bill Aigner; 6 Tom Newman; 7 David Hayes; 8 Mr. Derr, Coach; 9 ?; 10 Ray Mosher; 11 Roger Dirstine; 12 Steve Symms; 13 ?; 14 Gary Mahn; 15 Danny Masters; 16 ?; 17 Bruce Duncan; 18 Don Manor; 19 ?; 20 ?; 21 ?

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May 1956, Class of 1957, 7th Grade,

1 Lane Morlan; 2 Don Manor; 3 Ron Perrone; 4 Steve Ferguson; 5 Tom Newman; 6 Dennis McMacken; 7 ?; 8 Mr. Hardin, Principal; 9 Linda Muije; 10 Joy Conrad; 11 ?; 12 Mary Ellen Myrene?; 13 Jane Howard; 14 ?; 15 Michele Cattanach; 16 ?; 17 ?; 18 Roger Dirstine; 19 Gary Sandberg; 20 David Hayes; 21 Ray Mosher; 22 Dawes Eddy; 23 Larry Carter; 24 ?; 25 ?; 26 Ginny Bishop; 27 Drucilla Gnagey

Names from 1957 "Yearbook", Seventh Grade new students
Sandra Sartor, Bleinda Oliver, Dick Tobias, Tom Newman, Linda Muije

Teachers were Mr. Kingsland and Miss Ogilvie.


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1954, Franklin Grade School Faculty, Spokane, Washington

1 Mr. Gerald L. Saling (Eighth Grade, Boys P.E.); 2 Miss Ruth I. Davis (Vocal Music); 3 Miss Edith J. Ogilvie (Seventh Grade); 4 Mrs. Harriet H. Schlomer (Fourth Grade); 5 Miss Dorothea G. Rousseau (Sixth Grade & Librarian); 6 Mrs. Speer; 7 ?; 8 Miss Agnes M. Blomberg (Fifth Grade); 9 Mr. John P. Kingsland (Seventh Grade, Boys P.E.); 10 Mr. Roy J. Hale (Fifth & Sixth Grades); 11 ?; 12 Mrs. Frances M. Goraber (Sixth Grade, Girls P.E.); 13 Mrs. Freeman (Second Grade); 14 Mrs. Allen (Secretary); 15 Mr. Walter E. Wildey (Principal); 16 Mrs. Marion L. Green (Fourth Grade); 17 Mrs. Elsie P. Coon (Third Grade); 18 Miss Geraldine M. Johnson (Third Grade).

Faculty listed as staff, but not specifically identifiable in the faculty picture: Mrs. Nancy L. Danielson (Second Grade), Mrs. Avonia V. Neiswender, (First Grade), Mrs. Muriel Lee Speer (First Grade)

Staff members not in the faculty picture:
Mrs. Esther Thompson (Cafeteria Manager), Mrs. Berth Asselin (Cafeteria Assistant), Mr. Elliott C. Johnson (Custodian), Mr. William S. Johnson (Assistant Custodian).

Special thanks to Dianne Blumhagen-LaBissoniere, Ray Mosher, Robert Mosher, Judy Aigner Gervais, Jack Neumiller, and Merry Mills Dick, in the provision of many pictures from this era and the identification of people.

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1954, Franklin Class of 1954, Eight-Year Students (attended together from 1946-1954), Principal during that time was Mr. Walter Wildey.

1 Gary Myrene; 2 Allan Minaker; 3 Gerald Bowers; 4 Jack Kincaid; 5 Ray Strecker; 6 Bob Mosher; 7 Alan Muench; 8 Larry Meyers; 9 Larry Herron; 10 Roy Christofferson; 11 Jack Neumiller; 12 Terry Kelly; 13 Gary Carter; 14 Mr. Wildey; 15 Mary Masters; 16 Sylvia Witty; 17 Carol Hayes; 18 Kay Christofferson; 19 Billie Sharpe; 20 Linda Latinen; 21 Barbara Biklen.

Historical Note: Archaic records provided by Laura Sumner indicated that classroom segments in this grade were taught by Miss. Laura Sperber.

Historical Note: Observe the stick frame auditorium/gym in the right background. This building was constructed in 1931 and was relocated later to Ferris High School where it was used as the health classroom. Now, the spot where it once stood is a parking lot. A description of this building can be found in the Blast From The Past article.

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June 1954, Class of 1954, Eighth Grade Students, Teacher: Mr. Gerald Saling

1 Allan Minaker; 2 Dick Allen; 3 Albert Adams; 4 Gerald Bowers; 5 Stan Moore; 6 Jack Kincaid; 7 Ray Strecker; 8 Jim Freeman; 9 Bob Mosher; 10 Mr. Saling; 11 Carol Hayes; 12 Kay Christofferson; 13 Shirley Pharness; 14 Merry Ellen Mills; 15 Sylvia Witty; 16 Sandy Kurtz; 17 Pat Oman; 18 Janice Freeman; 19 Linda Latinen; 20 Mr. Walter Wildey (Principal); 21 Judy Aigner; 22 Mary Masters; 23 Judy Bell; 24 Karen Warner; 25 Susan Calhoun; 26 Billie Sharpe; 27 Carolyn Schlomer; 28 Carol Roath; 29 Barbara Biklen; 30 Gary Carter; 31 Nick Heinick; 32 Alan Muench; 33 Jack Neumiller; 34 Terry Kelly; 35 Larry Herron; 36 Gary Myrene; 37 Roy Christofferson; 38 Ronn Spencer; 39 Larry Meyers; 40 Gary Peck

May 1955, Class of 1957, 6th Grade
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Names from 1957 "Yearbook", Sixth Grade new ntudents
Jim Davis, Denny Campbell, Donna Humann

New Principal is Mr. Hardin.

Teachers were Mrs. Goraber, Miss Rousseau, and Mr. Hale

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April 1954, Class of 1957, 5th Grade

1 Don Manor; 2 Ray Mosher; 3 Jim Amsberry; 4 Eldon Fry; 5 Steve Ferguson; 6 ?; 7 ?; 8 Roger Dirstine; 9 Bill Aigner; 10 ?; 11 Joy Conrad; 12 ?; 13 ?; 14 ?; 15 Michele Cattanach; 16 Karen Erie?; 17 Jeanne Baker?; 18 ?; 19 Carol Ford?; 20 Drucilla Gnagey; 21 ?; 22 Linda Calhoun?; 23 Jane Howard; 24 ?; 25 Harriett Potts?; 26 ?; 27 Bruce Duncan; 28 Ken Marquardt?; 29 Vernon Neumiller; 30 Larry Carter; 31 Steve Symms; 32 ?; 33 David Hayes; 34 Gary Mahn; 35 Art Brakel; 36 ?

Names from 1957 "Yearbook", Fifth Grade New Students
David Heineck, Sharon Thackwell, Barbara Bricker (Marianne Moline leaves)

Teachers were Miss Blomberg and Mr. Hale.

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1959, Class of 1962, Fifth Grade class of Mr. Gray.

Front Row (left to right): Martha Lawson, Bonnie White, Kayo Olney. Second Row: Alan Carriveau, Norman Wells, George ? Harrison (unsure), Russell Shover or Glover (print unclear), Tom McMullen, Edy Franz, Ricky Eubanks Third Row: Joanne Bush, Susan Brown, Dianne Blumhagen, Judy Hart, Susan Crawford, Judy Wilson, Patsy Hermann, Bonnie Campbell, Maridel Carter. Back Row: Larry Moore, Mike Hall ?,Larry Coolbaugh, Mark Mors, Steven Earsley, Steve Hanson, Joey Schettino, Dan White, Paul Gray (teacher).


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1958, Class of 1962, Fourth Grade class of Mr. Dysart.

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1957, Class of 1962, Third Grade class.


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1956, Class of 1962, Second Grade Class of Mrs. Freeman.

Historical Note: This classroom photo was taken in the new addition which was built just a few years prior. Light reflecting onto the wall come from the upper skylight windows. Note the pristine condition of the cabinets and room.


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1955, Class of 1962, First Grade class of Mrs. Speer.


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April 1953, Class of 1957 (Fourth Graders), 4th and 5th Grades,

1 Steve Symms; 2 ?; 3 Eldon Fry; 4 Art Brakel; 5 Steve Ferguson; 6 Ray Mosher; 7 ?; 8 Miss Thomas; 9 ?; 10 Carol Ford?; 11 ?; 12 ?; 13 ?; 14 Marianne Moline; 15 ?; 16 Jane Howard?; 17 Linda Calhoun?; 18 ?; 19?; 20?; 21 Drucilla Gnagey; 22 ?;
23 ?; 24 Don Manor; 25 Larry Carter; 26 ?; 27 Vernon Neumiller; 28 ?

Names from 1957 "Yearbook", Fourth Grade new students
Jim Amsberry, Bruce Duncan, Lane Morlan, Drucilla Gnagey

Teachers were Mrs. Leyson and Miss Thomas

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April 1953, Class of 1954, Seventh Grade, Teacher: Miss Edith Olgilvie

1 Ronn Spencer; 2 Gary Myrene; 3 Dick Allen; 4 Tom Wilkerson; 5 Jack Kincaid; 6 Gerald Bowers; 7 Albert Adams; 8 Ray Strecker; 9 Bob Mosher; 10 Jim Freeman; 11 Gary Carter; 12 Larry Meyers; 13 Judy Aigner; 14 Judy Bell; 15 Shirley Pharness; 16 Sylvia Witty; 17 Mary Masters; 18 Pat Oman; 19 Linda Latinen; 20 Carol Roath; 21 Sandy Kurtz; 22 Larry Herron; 23 Allen Muench; 24 Barbara Biklen; 25 Janice Freeman; 26 Billie Sharpe; 27 Susan Calhoun; 28 Karen Warner; 29 Kris Christenson; 30 Carol Hayes; 31 Kay Christoffherson; 32 Larry LaPlante; 33 Jack Neumiller; 34 Donald Hindman; 35 Gary Peck; 36 Terry Sullivan; 37 Dick Clement; 38 Terry Kelly; 39 Allan Minaker; 40 Roy Christofferson; 41 Tim Volin

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May 1952, Class of 1954 (Sixth Graders), Fifth and Sixth Grades, Teacher is Mr. Kingsland

1 Mr. Kingsland; 2 Bob Beucage (or Beaucage); 3 Jim Deno; 4 Larry Williams; 5 Ken Kraft; 6 Dale Helbig; 7 Paul Warner; 8 Tom Wilkerson; 9 Terry Hendrickson; 10 Allan Minaker; 11 Keith Cauvell; 12 Allan Muench; 13 Richie Symms; 14 Cathy Ball; 15 Wilma Anderson; 16 Sharon Brandt; 17 Denny or Dennis Cerenzia; 18 Ted Volin; 19 Bob Potts; 20 Judy Brown; 21 Janet Marchand; 22 Kay Christofferson; 23 Judy Aigner; 24 Jean Rabe; 25 Jo Ann Lorinski; 26 Donna Allen; 27 Barbara Blair; 28 Nick Cline; 29 Sammy Cook; 30 George Bergquist; 31 Donald "Dan" Russell; 32 Jim Crissman; 33 Gary Carter; 34 Doug Shaw

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May 1952, Class of 1954, Sixth Grade, 1951–1952, Teachers: Miss Dorothea Rousseau, Mrs. Frances Goraber.

1 Bob Mosher; 2 Dick Allen; 3 Ray Strecker; 4 Gerald Bowers; 5 Albert Adams; 6 Larry Meyers; 7 Jack Kincaid; 8 Terry Sullivan; 9 Miss Rousseau; 10 Mary Masters; 11 Sandy Kurtz; 12 Sylvia Witty; 13 Karen Warner; 14 Kris Christenson; 15 Merry Ellen Mills; 16 Billie Sharp; 17 Judy Bell; 18 Mrs. Goraber; 19 Barbara Biklen; 20 Louise Westberg; 21 Pat Oman; 22 Shirley Pharness; 23 Nancy McDougal; 24 Linda Latinen; 25 Janice Freeman; 26 Carol Hayes; 27 Dick Clement; 28 Donald Hindman; 29 Gary Peck; 30 Jack Neumiller; 31 Terry Kelly; 32 Ronn Spencer; 33 Jim Freeman; 34 Gary Myrene; 35 Larry Herron; 36 Roy Christofferson; 37 Tim Volin


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May 1951, Class of 1954, Fifth Grade Students,Teacher: Mr. John Kingsland

1 Larry Meyers; 2 Roy Christofferson; 3 Bob Mosher; 4 Gerald Bowers; 5 Ray Strecker; 6 Larry Heron; 7 Gary Myrene; 8 Mr. John Kingsland; 9 Jim Freeman; 10 Mary O'Leary; 11 Linda Laitinen; 12 Susan Calhoun; 13 Billie Sharpe; 14 Janice Freeman; 15 Shirley Pharness; 16 Marion Francis; 17 Gary Peck; 18 Jeanette Scholl; 19 Carol Roath; 20 Sylvia Witty; 21 Karen Warner; 22 Carolyn Schlomer; 23 Sandy Kurtz; 24 Nancy McDougal; 25 Pat Oman; 26 Albert Adams;27 Dick Clement; 28 Jack Neumiller; 29 Jack Kincaid; 30 Darrel Sterret; 31 Dick Allen

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1950, Class of 1954, Fourth Grade,Teacher: Miss Agnes Blomberg

1 Larry Meyers; 2 Gary Myrene; 3 Bob Mosher; 4 Gerald Bowers; 5 Dick Allen; 6 Albert Adams; 7 Ray Strecker; 8 Donald Hindman; 9 Allan Minaker; 10 Pat Oman; 11 Shirley Pharness; 12 Linda Latinen; 13 Marion Francis; 14 Billie Sharpe; 15 Eugene Peden; 16 Jack Neumiller; 17 Betty Olson; 18 Judy Aigner; 19 Merry Ellen Mills; 20 Sylvia Witty; 21 Susan Calhoun; 22 Mary Masters; 23 Mary O'Leary; 24 Terry Kelly; 25 Gary Peck; 26 Roy Christofferson; 27 Dick Clement; 28 Darryl Sterret; 29 Byron Johnson

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May 1952, Class of 1957 (Third Graders), 3rd and 4th Grades

1 ?; 2 ?; 3 ?; 4 ?; 5 ?; 6 Marianne Moline; 7 Steve Symms; 8 ?; 9 ?; 10 ?; 11 ?; 12 ?; 13 Steve Ferguson; 14 Eldon Fry; 15 Ray Mosher; 16 ?; 17 ?; 18 ?; 19?; 20?; 21 Linda Calhoun?; 22 ?; 23 ?; 24 ?; 25 ?; 26 ?; 27 Vernon Neumiller; 28 Larry Carter

Names from 1957 "Yearbook", (Third Grade) New Students
Jeanne Baker, Gloria Reed, Steve Pease

Teachers were Mrs. Coon and Mrs. Freeman.

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May, 1951, Class of 1957, Franklin Grade School, Second Grade

1 Mr. Wildey (Principal); 2 ?; 3 Steve Symms; 4 Eldon Fry; 5 Steve Ferguson; 6 Gary Sandberg; 7 Roger Dirstine; 8 David Hayes; 9 Mrs. Green; 10 Don Manor; 11 Gary Mahn; 12 ?; 13 Carol Ford; 14 ?; 15 Ellen Towne; 16 Joy Conrad; 17 ?; 18 Ron Perone; 19 ?; 20 Karen Erie; 21 Marianne Moline; 22 Jane Howard; 23 Linda Calhoun; 24 Michele Cattanach; 25 Pam Curl?; 26 ?; 27 Dennis Soles?; 28 Larry Carter; 29 ?; 30 Ken Marquardt; 31 Vern Neumiller

Names from 1957 "Yearbook", Second Grade New Students
Art Brakel, Don Manor

Teachers were Mrs. Green and Mrs. Bergmark.


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May,1950,Class of 1957 (First Graders), First and Second Grade Students,

1 ?; 2 Steve Ferguson; 3 ?; 4 Eldon Fry; 5 Wayne Blair (second grade); 6 ?; 7 ?; 8 ?; 9 ?; 10 ?; 11 Karen Erie?; 12 ?; 13 ?; 14 ?; 15 ?; 16 ?; 17 ?; 18 ?; 19 ?; 20 ?; 21 ?; 22 ?; 23 Ken Marquardt; 24 ?; 25 Gary Mahn; 26 David Hayes; 27 Rodger Minaker (second grade); 28 Vern Neumiller; 29 Ron Perone

Teachers were Miss Gertrude Laurence and Mrs. Bergmark.

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May, 1949-1950, Class of 1957, First Grade,

1 Dennis McMacken; 2 ?; 3 Roger Dirstine; 4 ?; 5 Ray Mosher; 6 ?; 7 ?; 8 Bill Aigner?; 9 ?; 10 ?; 11 ?; 12 ?; 13 Ellen Towne?; 14 ?; 15 ?; 16 ?; 17 Harriett Potts; 18 ?; 19 ?; 20 Joy Conrad; 21 Jane Howard; 22 Michelle Cattanach; 23 Ginny Bishop; 24 Carol Ford?; 25 ?; 26 ?; 27 ?; 28 Steve Symms; 29 ?; 30 Larry Carter; 31 ?; 32 ?

Names from 1957 "Yearbook", First Grade
Ellen Towne, Harriett Potts, Kenny Marquardt, Marianne Moline, Vernon Neumiller, Karen Erie, Bill Aigner, Pamela Curl, Stephen Symms, Linda Calhoun, Carol Ford, Gary Mahn, Mary Ellen Myrene, Gary Sandberg, Ron Perone, Eldon Fry, Larry Carter, Steve Ferguson, Ginny Bishop, David Hayes, Jane Howard, Dennis McMacken, Joy Conrad, Michele Cattanach, Roger Dirstine, Ray Mosher.

Teachers were Miss Gertrude Laurence and Mrs. Bergmark.

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Franklin Photo/Exhibit Gallery 1950s Volume 2

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1958, Second Grade, 1958-1959 School Year. Teacher: Mrs. Keil.

Special thanks to Mr. Rex Cooper for this and another photograph. Rex attended Franklin for 2nd and 3rd grades and has fond memories of the place. He is in Row two, second from the right in the striped shirt.

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1959, Third Grade, 1959-1960 School Year. Teacher Mrs. Harris.

Rex Cooper is directly behind Mrs. Harris again in the striped shirt.


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1954 Franklin Faculty

Starting with the upper left:
1 Mr. Gerald L. Saling (Eighth Grade, Boys P.E.); 2 Miss Ruth I. Davis (Vocal Music); 3 Miss Edith J. Ogilvie (Seventh Grade); 4 Mrs. Harriet H. Schlomer (Fourth Grade); 5 Miss Dorothea G. Rousseau (Sixth Grade & Librarian); 6 Mrs. Speer; 7 ?; 8 Miss Agnes M. Blomberg (Fifth Grade); 9 Mr. John P. Kingsland (Seventh Grade, Boys P.E.); 10 Mr. Roy J. Hale (Fifth & Sixth Grades); 11 ?; 12 Mrs. Frances M. Goraber (Sixth Grade, Girls P.E.); 13 Mrs. Freeman (Second Grade); 14 Mrs. Allen (Secretary); 15 Mr. Walter E. Wildey (Principal); 16 Mrs. Marion L. Green (Fourth Grade); 17 Mrs. Elsie P. Coon (Third Grade); 18 Miss Geraldine M. Johnson (Third Grade).


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1955, Eighth Graders, Mr Saling, left of the class.

Front Row - Left to Right: Walter (Bud/Buddy) Castle, ?, Bob Potts, Tom Burkhart, Cy Hallett, Dennis Cerenzia, ?
Row Two: Betty Jones, ?, Linda Schlomer, Carol Herlin, Charlene Ness, Mary Kay Davis, Janet Rausch, Linda Chauvin (Shauvin), Arlene Batchelor
Top Row: Leland Johnson, Jim Deno, Ken Craft, Nick Cline, Ken Kramer, Reid Tinling.


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1955, Graduating Class

Mr. Saling is to the left of the class, Mrs. Nogel and Principal Hardin are to the right of the class.
Front Row: Janyce Carlos, Janet Rausch, Linda Chauvin, Judy Brown, Linda Nichols, Arlene Batchelor
Second Row: Bud Castle, ?, ? , Denny Cerenzia, Cy Hallet, Tom Burkhart, ?, Keith Cauvel, Doug Shaw, Clark Long, Fred Schuster, George Bergquist
Third Row: Betty Jones, ?, Charlene Ness, Mary Kay Davis, Linda Schlomer, Carol Herlin, Jean Rabe, Diane Cummings, Jo Ann Lorinski, Carol Herlin, Wilma Anderson, Sharon Brandt, Barbara Blair
Top Row: Sam Cook, Reid Tinling, Ken Kramer, Nick Cline, Leland Johndon, Jim Deno, Ken Craft, Terry Hendrickson, Ralph Cornwall, Bruce Becklund, Richie Symms, Paul Warner, Dan Russell, Joyce Moore.


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1955, Franklin Sixth Grade. Teacher: R.J. Hale. Special thanks to Dawes Eddy for this and another photograph from this era.


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1954, Franklin Fifth and Sixth Grades.


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1953, Class of 1953, Teacher: Gerald Saling; Principal: Walter Wildley

Top Row Left to Right: ?; ?; Jim Stewart; Wallace Sharpe; ?; Karl Guenzel; Glen Scritchfield; Hugh Tinling; Frank Loriman; ?; Bill Johnson; Gary Harris. Second Row from top: Richard Gilmore; Pat Allen; ?; Gary Carriveau; Judith Manor; Harriett George; Sandra McCreight; Sally Anderson; ?; Leroy French; Claude Fry; ?; Larry Seehorn. Bottom Row: Arlene Neumiller; Geraldine Meyers; ?; Marilyn Larsen; Marilyn Waters; Barbara Hansen; Joanne Morlin; Nancy Dawson.

Special thanks to Gary Harris for providing photographs and names from this era.

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1953, Eight Years Together

Top Row Left to Right: Richard Gilmore; Gary Carriveau; Wallace Sharpe; Karl Guenzel; Hugh Tinling; Frank Loriman; Gary Harris; Larry Seehorn; Bottom Row: Sally Anderson; Geraldine Meyers; Marilyn Larsen; Barbara Hansen; Sandra McCreight; Harriett George.

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1953, Fifth and Sixth Graders


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This 1953 photograph shows part of the old gym and kids mingling on the corners. It was taken from Mt. Vernon Street. There is a flagless flag pole above the entry, perhaps because of inclimate weather. The flag pole was later moved to a spot on the east lawn. Bob Mosher identified the black automobile on the corner as the one belonging to teacher, Gerald L. Saling. Special thanks to the Spokesman Review and Chronicle for this and other photographs.

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This shot was taken from the parking lot on on the southwest side of the school. It shows the new addition.


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1952, Seventh Grade

Top Row left to right: Frank Loriman; Bill Johnson; Leroy French; Glen Scritchfield; Karl Guenzel; Hugh Tinling; Pat Allen; Jim Stewart; ?. Second Row from top: Richard Gilmore; Lance Erie; Gary Carriveau; Arlene Neumiller; Marilyn Larsen; Nancy Dawson; ?; Wallace Sharpe; Claude Fry. Third Row from top: Judith Manor; Sandra McCreight; Harriett George; Geraldine Meyers; Marilyn Waters; ?. Bottom Row: ?; ?; ?; Gary Harris; Gary Brown; ?; Larry Seehorn.


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1952, Fifth and Sixth Grades


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1951, Sixth Grade.

Top Row Left to Right: Pat Allen; Frank Loriman; ?;?; Jim Stewart; Lance Erie; Leroy French. Second Row from top: Bill Johnson; Gary Carriveau; Karl Guenzel; Arlene Neumiller; Judith Manor; Claude Fry; Wallace Sharp; Gary Harris. Third Row from top: Nancy Dawson; Harriett George; Marilyn Larsen; Marilyn Waters; ?; Geraldine Meyers; Sally Anderson; Sandra McCreight. Bottom Row: ?; ?; ?; Richard Gilmore; Gary Brown; Larry Seehorn.


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1950, Fifth Grade.

Top Row Left to Right: Karl Guenzel; Frank Loriman; ?;?;?;?; Glen Scritchfield; ?;?. Second Row from top: Leroy French; Gary Carriveau; ?; Barbara Hansen; ?; Marilyn Waters; Geraldine Meyers; James Stewart; Bill Johnson. Third Row from top: Sally Anderson; Harriett George; ?; Arlene Neumiller; ?; Marilyn Larsen; Sandra McCreight. Fourth Row from top: Wallace Sharpe; Richard Gilmore; Pat Allen; Gary Brown; Hugh Tinling; Gary Harris; Larry Seehorn. Bottom Row: ?; Lance Erie; ?; ?; Claude Fry; ?.

Special thanks to Gary Harris for this and other photographs from this era.

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Franklin Photo/Exhibit Gallery 1950s Volume 3

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1950 Third Grade Class

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This early 50s shot was likely taken in one of the portables.


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This curious classroom picture was taken in the early 1950s or possibly in the late 1940s. Check out that mural and those desks. Perhaps this picture was taken during a Lewis and Clark lesson and there was "Show and Tell." Two youngsters were sporting firearms and would likely be in huge trouble if this picture was taken today. Can you pick them out? Are they toys? Those teachers would be in hot water too in today's world. Times have sure changed.

Special thanks to Mary Kay Davis for this and other pictures from this era.

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This classroom shot was taken in the early 1950s or late 1940s.


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1954, All eight years together.

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1954, Seventh Grade Class


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The 1954 Franklin Softball Team


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The 1954 Franklin Basketball Team


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1954-1955, Class of 1962, First Grade, Mrs. Neiswender

Front: Bonnie Hayes, Kenny Gibson, Rick Deno, Mike P., Clayton, Julie Graves
2nd Row: Diane Wynne, Jacky ?, Beth Kalinoski, Sherry Mott, Judy T, Janet Claeson, Robin C., Cynthia Pratt
3rd Row: Jean Fullington, Mike Hall, Roger Sherman, Bruce Finney, Bobby McBride, Don Brown, Dave Litzenberger, Jerry M, Denny ?, Bill Lund, Art Johnson, Karilee Kinder

Special thanks to Diane Alfano (Wynne) for this and many other photographs and names from this era.

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1955-1956, Class of 1962, Second Grade, Miss Nancy Danielson

Front: Kay Tobias, Connie Bridwell, Robin C, Jean Fullington, Bonnie Hayes
2nd Row: Kenny Gibson, Mike Hall, Bobby McBride, Rick Deno, Ricky R, Art Johnson, Bruce Finney, Roger Sherman, Billy
3rd Row: Julie Graves, Janet Claeson, Diane Wynne, Beth Kalinoski, Sherry Mott, Judy T?, Janet Angelier, Karey Lou Moylan, Karilee Kinder, Cynthia Pratt
4th Row: Miss Nancy Danielson, Ron Westlund, Jerry M, Dave Litzenberger, Bob Stallings, Don Brown, Dave Glaze, Richard ?, Bill Lund

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Franklin neighbor, Brian Westmoreland, donated this circa 1956 newspaper article regarding Franklin teacher, Nancy Danielson. The article pokes fun at the myth that a used car is always better if it has been driven by a little old teacher. Nancy raced this one. From several sources of yesteryear, it is reported that Miss Danielson was a wonderful teacher. Many students looked up to her... and her car too. Good students got to ride in the thing. What fun!


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Several Franklin girls were in Brownies and did many things together. Here's a circa 1958 photo with a horse at Laurel Greene's house who lived on Cherry Lane in Glenrose:
Front Row: Anne Clarke, Mrs. Blumhagen, Dianne Blumhagen, Laurel Greene, Chris Jones, Cynthia Pratt, Mrs. Greene
2nd Row: Julie Graves, Sherry Mott, Connie Bridwell, Bonnie Hayes, ?


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1956-1957, Class of 1962, Third Grade, Mrs. Larson

Front: Burton Smith, Rick Deno, Bobby McBride, Art Johnson, Bruce Finney, Roger Sherman, Bill Lund
2nd Row: Kay Tobias, Marcia McDuffy, Jean Fullington, Connie Bridwell, Bonnie Bell, Karey Lou Moylan, Ruth Haynes, Anne Clarke, Bonnie Hayes
3rd Row: Julie Graves, Cynthia Pratt, Janet Angelier, Beth Kalinoski, Sherry Mott, Laura B, Diane Wynne, Janet Claeson, Arlene Larson
4th Row: Larry N, Dave Litzenberger, Richard ?, Bob Stallings, Dave Glaze, Don Brown, Steve Durbin, Ron Westlund, Mrs. Larson


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Franklin Brownies and moms at the Blumhagens' house, circa 1957: Left to right: Sherry Mott & mom, Julie Graves & mom, Laurel Greene & mom, Diane Wynne & mom & Dianne Blumhagen & mom

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1957-1958, Class of 1962, Fourth Grade, Mrs. Lutz

Front: Bobby McBride, Roger Hall, Art Johnson, Bruce Finney, Bill Lund, Rick Deno
2nd Row: Anne Clarke, Jean Fullington, Bonnie Bell, Ruth Haynes, Julie Graves, Marcia McDuffie, Bonnie Hayes, Kay Tobias
3rd Row: Diane Wynne, Janet Angelier, Beth Kalinoski, Sherry Mott, ?, Janet Claeson, Karey Lou Moylan, Connie Bridwell
4th Row: Mrs. Lutz, Steve Durbin, Don Brown, Dave Glaze, Richard ?, Greg Bogus, Bob Stallings, Dave Litzenberger, Larry N, Ron Westlund


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1958-1959, Class of 1962, Fifth Grade, Mrs. Moore

Front: Bonnie Hayes, Karey Lou Moylan, Bonnie Bell, Kay Tobias
2nd Row: Rick Deno, Bruce Finney, Ron Westlund, Art Johnson, Bobby McBride, Burton Smith, ?
3rd Row: Ruth Haynes, Diane Wynne, Linda Dodte, Beth Kalinoski, ?, Janet Claeson, Sandra Garver, Jean Fullington
4th Row: Steve Durbin, ?, Dave Glaze, Greg Bogus, Don Brown, Bob Stallings, Dave Litzenberger, Mrs. Moore

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Five friends smiling on the Franklin playground, Circa 1959: Karey Lou Moylan, Bonnie Bell, Bonnie Hayes, Kay Tobias, Janet Claeson

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1959-1960, Class of 1962, Sixth Grade, Mrs. Lee

Front: Bonnie Bell, Rick Deno, Paul Iddins, Jean Fullington, Bruce Finney, Burton Hayes, Kay Tobias, Mrs. Lee
2nd Row: Karey Lou Moylan, Sandra Garver, Janet Claeson, Charlyn Fulton, Merry Ludberg, Beth Kalinoski, Linda Dodte, Diane Wynne
3rd Row: Mike Van Horn, Steve Durbin, Bob Stallings, Dave Litzenberger, Dave Glaze, Don Brown, Greg Bogus, Bobby McBride, Art Johnson, Ron Westlund

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This black and white shot, circa 1958, is of Diane Wynne playing tetherball on the Franklin playground.

Historical Note: How many of you can recall getting belted in the head with a fast flying tetherball? Many a student have seen stars playing this game.

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Four smiling boys on the Franklin playground, circa 1958: Dave Glaze, Don Brown, Bob Stallings and Greg Bogus (down low)


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A teacher poses for the camera.

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Franklin Brownies, circa 1956, gather around the dining room table at the Blumhagens: Cynthia Pratt, Sherry Mott,?, Diane Wynne, Connie Bridwell, Laurel Greene,Chris Jones, Dianne Blumhagen, Bonnie Hayes

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Franklin Brownies and a sort of swimsuit pageant, circa 1957. Note the banners.
Front Row Left to Right: Laurel Greene, Anne Clarke, Bonnie Hayes, Cynthia Pratt, Julie Graves, Connie Bridwell
2nd Row Left to Right: Diane Wynne, ?, Dianne Blumhagen, Chris Jones, Sherry Mott

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Franklin Photo/Exhibit Gallery 1950s Volume 4

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Taken on the front entry stairs of the building, circa 1950, these smiling Candle Stick Kids posed for the camera. No doubt this was part of the Christmas presentation that year. Note the decorated Christmas tree in the background with tinsel strands shining. Pete Long, who lived in the Franklin Community, took the photograph and likely developed it himself. Of interest are the fabrics used in days gone by. One can tell just by looking that the pajama fabrics were thick, warm flannels that did not wear out...unlike the common fabrics of today. Special thanks to Diane Gust(Brugger)and family for this and other pictures spanning multiple generations.


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1950, Kitty Lou Kenney and Principal Wildey. Special thanks to Benita Mason (Blue) for this and other pictures from this era.

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1950, "The night of our 8th grade graduation."

Front row: Benita Blue, Ann Lawson, Anita Bartoo and Susan Melrose.
Back row, Kitty Kenny, Doreen Dodge.

Historical Note: Benita reported in May 2009 that many of these friends still gather and remain in touch--A tribute to Franklin friends and ties.


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1950, Miss Sperber receiving a gift at her retirement.

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1950 Franklin Kindergarten Class

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1950 Eight Years Together

Historical Note: Mobility was increasing in the 1950s as shown by this photograph and the next. These 12 students began kindergarten together and continued through to eighth grade graduation. In yesteryears, students stayed together like a flock. It was easy to predict who the teacher was going to be and the other students in a given class. Compared to the 35 students in the next picture, there was an influx of families who moved into the Franklin Community between kindergarten and eighth grade. In fact, Franklin was bursting at the seams and a bigger facility was needed-- it came in 1953 with the West Wing addition.

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1950 Graduating Class

First row: Donnie Ruffles, John Heinz, Jimmy Clement, Chuck Christensen, Gary Wood, Jay Jay Nooney.
Second row, Susan Melrose, Donna Crowe, Anita Bartoo, Kitty Lou Kenney, Barbara Strickland, Marilyn McMacken, Betty Davis, Nancy Harrison.
Third row: JoAnn Nance, LaDonna Stallment, Gwen Cauvel, Reno Rupert, Ann Lawson, Joanna Tarkington, Benita Blue, Joan Denoo, Patsy Ives, Bonnie Melius, Carol Miller.
Top Row: Mike Skaer, David Knerr, Dick Davis, Patty Davis, Patty Johnson, Doreen Dodge, Theo Dillon, Judy Yake, Paul Hatcher, Chuck Tweedy. Special thanks to Benita Mason (Blue) for providing names for this picture and this era.

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According to Benita Mason (Blue), "this was taken [2004] at the dinner get-together we "Franklinites" had five years ago this summer at the time of our 50th high school reunion. Oh wow - I do better on the old pictures but-- Front seated: LaDonna Stallman, Benita Blue, Carol Miller, possibly Joan Denoo. Next row: Ann Lawson, ?, Doreen Dodge, Patty Johnson, Joanna Tarkington, Susan Melrose, Gwen Cauvel, Kitty Kenny. The guy in the back is David Knerr, but I do not know who the other gals are back there."


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1951 Franklin First Grade Class


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1952 Franklin Kindergarten Class in front of the Kinderhouse. Special thanks to Kim Jones, Class of 1960, for this and other artifacts from this era.

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1953 Franklin First Grade

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1953 Franklin Third Grade Class

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1954 Franklin Fourth Grade Class

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1955 Franklin Fourth Grade Class

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1956-1957, Fourth Grade, Mrs. Green

Bottom Row left to right: Laurel Grandinetti, Carolyn Billings, Richie Fitzpatrick, (?), (?).
Row 2: (?), Dick Jones, Lonnie Craft, Jim White, Gary Aussing, Gale Parrish, Dennis May, Clifton Barber, Bob Taylor.
Row 3: Mancy Perrone, (?), Maureen Cooper, Karen Olsen, Patty Chapman, Joyce Palmer, Michelle Davis, Christine Brakel, (?), Molly George.
Row 4: Doug Steward, (?), John Taylor, (?), (?), Stan Howard, Keith Jacobson, (?), Mrs. Green.
Special thanks to Karen Ruth(Olsen)for this and other pictures from this era.

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1955 Franklin Fifth Grade Class
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1956 Franklin Fifth Grade Class, Mrs. Taylor

First Row, left to right: Kim Jones Kevin Anderson, Arlen Humann
Second Row: Suzanne Kincaid, Maureen Fowle, Margaret McDonald, Denise Byrnes, Mary Zalak, Patsy Clark, Diane Van
Third Row: Mrs. Taylor, Carol Sandberg, Connie Oliver, Bonnie Jackman, Betty Brakel, Christie Bechtel, Chris Amsberry, Sherrie Bellinger
Fourth Row: Greg Berquist, Joey Murphy, Bob Myers, Nickey Beamer, Bill Curtis, Ross Vordahl, Mike Corkram, Jimmy Wynne


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1956 Franklin Sixth Grade Class

Names that may be associated with this picture. (Names, genders, and sequence did not match exactly on attached card) Ricky Ransom, Bud Herman, Ken Muench, Gary Morgan, Richard Mineker, Jim Wilson, Karen Kimily, Liz Klobisciky, Sandra Clason, Judy Gronatha, Martha Turner, Patty Kidder, Pat Coy, Janet Durban, Retta Walker, Jone Rabe, Pam Fergeson, Janet Jones, Nancy Davis, Sandra Gowanwick, Joan Butcher, Marty Coulter, Linda Trailer, Carol Donavon, Jo-Rene Moore, Mrs. Nogle, Mr. Hardan, Bob Loree, John Stanton, Dave Brugger, Dan Bush, Jack Bectel, Jack Curl, Bill Zielky, Pat Willard, Tom Kelly

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1957-1958, Fifth Grade Class, Mrs. Taylor

Bottom Row left to right: Christine Brakel, Bob Taylor, Laurel Grandinetti, Dick Jones, Carolyn Billings.
Row 2: Kelly Messinger, Michael Carter, MerleBell, Gale Parrish, Doug Stewart, Jim White, Richard Stein, Clifton Barber.
Row 3: Mrs. Taylor, Vernice Chaney, Michelle Davis, Karen Olsen, Nacy Perrone, Sheila Jones, Patty Chapman, Shirley Patrick, Joyce Palmer, Maureen Cooper, Carla Lenord.
Row 4: Gary Aussing, Lonnie Craft, Stan Howard, Mark W. John Taylor, Mike Boran, Keith Jacobson, David Siem.


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1957 Franklin Sixth Grade, Mrs. Gorrber

First Row, left to right: Susie Kincaid, Mary Zalak, Patsy Clark, Lucinda Coulter
Second Row: Kevin Anderson, David Kapus, Kim Jones, Mike Corkram, Greg Berquist, Jimmy Wynne, Arlen Humann
Third Row: Peggy McDonald, Sherrie Bellinger, Bonnie Jackman, Christie Bechtel, Connie Oliver, Denise Byrnes, Maureen, Fowle
Fourth Row: Mrs. Gorrber, Ross Vordahl, Vic Sacek, Jimmy Neill, Nickey Beamer, Billy Curtis, Bob Myers, Joey Murphy, Mr. Hardin


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1957 Franklin Seventh Grade Class

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1957 Franklin Eighth Grade Class, Mrs. Nogle

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1958-1959, Sixth Grade Class, Mrs. Goraber

Bottom Row left to right: Dennis May, Dick Jones, Kelly Messinger, Laurel Grandinetti, Merle Bell, Richie Firzpatrick, Kent Warren.
Row 2: Pam Wenz, Nancy Perrone, Karen Olson, Sheila Jones, Shirley Patrick, Maureen Cooper, Christine Brakel, Mrs. Goraber, Carolyn Billings.
Row 3: Michael Carter, Gale Parrish, Jim White, Stan Howard, Mike Boran, John Taylor, Doug Stewart, David Siem, Richard Stein.


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1958 Franklin Seventh Grade Class, Miss Ogilvie

Front Row, left to right: Arlen Humann, Kim Jones, Greg Berquist, Kevin Anderson, Jimmy Wynne
Second Row: Lucinda Coulter, Pat Clark, Maureen Fowle, Chuck Grossman, David Kapus, Connie Oliver, Mary Zalak, Susie Kincaid
Third Row: Sherrie Bellinger, Carol Sandberg, Margaret McDonald, Christie Bechtel, Betty Brakel, Bonnie Jackman, Denise Byrnes, Chris Amsberry, Mr. Hardin
Fourth Row: Vic Sacek, Jim Neill, Bob Myers, Bill Curtis, Nickey Beamer, Ross Vordahl, John Crook(?)


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1959-1960, Seventh Grade Class, Miss Olgilvie

Bottom Row left to right: Kent Warren, Dan Dillon, Merle Bell, Joyce Palmer, Laurel Grandinetti, Carolyn Billings.
Row 2: Christine Brakel, Nancy Perrone, Jerri Roe, Sheila Jones, Maureen Cooper, Karen Olsen, Patty Allen.
Row 3: Gale Parrish, Jim White, Stan Howard, David Seim, Doug Stewart, Mike Carter, Gary Syely, Dennis May.
Row 4: Gary Aussing, Lonnie Craft, Stan Howard, Mark W., John Taylor, Mike Boran, Keith Jacobson, David Siem.


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1959 - 1960 Eighth Grade Class, Mr. Hamilton

Front Row, left to right: Mr. Hardin, Jim Wynne, Susie Kincaid, Cindy Coulter, Sherrie Bellinger, Pat Clark, Greg Burquist, Leonard Grant
Second Row: Maureen Fowle, Christy Bechtel, Christine Amsberry, Carol Sandberg, Betty Brakel, Peggy McDonald, Bonnie Jackman, Connie Oliver, Mary Zalak
Third Row: Arlen Humann, Kim Jones, Vic Sacek, Jim Neill, Bill Curtis, Nickey Beamer, Bob Myers, Chuck Grossman, David Kapus, Mr. Hamilton


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Franklin Photo/Exhibit Gallery 1940s Volume 1

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1949 Class of 1954, Third Grade, Class 1 1948-1949, Teacher: Mrs. Elsie Coon

1 Larry Herron; 2 Donald Tomlinson; 3 Ray Strecker; 4 Kenny Kraft; 5 Bob Mosher; 6 Gary Myrene; 7 Jack Kincaid; 8 Mrs. Coon; 9 Mickey Hanson; 10 Clark Peterson; 11 Carol Hayes; 12 Merlene Jones; 13 Shirley Pharness; 14 Kay Christofferson;
15 Larry Meyers; 16 Allan Minaker; 17 Jeanette Scholl; 18 Carol Roath; 19 Sylvia Witty; 20 Mary Fowler; 21 Judy Fowler; 22 Carolyn Schlomer; 23 Billie Sharpe; 24 Barbara Biklen; 25 Jack Neumiller; 26 Allan Muench; 27 Paul Wobe.

Additional Note: Old records indicate that Miss Alice Winslow occasionally taught segments in this grade.

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Christmas Play, 1949. This picture was taken inside the main entrance to school. Ho-Ho-Ho! This is how "Department Store Santas" got their start. Special thanks to Robert and Ray Mosher for this an other photographs.

1 Byron Johnson; 2 Bob Mosher; 3 ?; 4 ?; 5 ?; 6 Ray Strecker; 7 Jack Kincaid; 8 ?

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This 1949 photograph is of the Den G Cub Scouts Knights Contest. With heavy armor and swords, these Round Table Knights posed for the camera. Gary Carriveau is amongst the clan. Special thanks to Dean Carriveau for this and other photographs.

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"Aye, fetch me some eggnog, fair maiden, err... mom." These were the winners of the 1949 Cub Scouts contest.

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May 1949 Kindergarten Morning Class(Class of 1957)

1 ?; 2 ?; 3 Ray Mosher; 4 ?; 5 ?; 6 Eldon Fry; 7 Gary Mahn; 8 Carol Ford?; 9 Michele Cattanach; 10 ?; 11 ?; 12 Joy Conrad; 13 Pamela Curl?; 14 ?; 15 ?; 16 ?; 17 Vernon Neumiller?; 18 ?; 19 ?; 20 ?

Names from 1957 "Yearbook" First Grade (for reference only, no picture)Ellen Towne, Harriett Potts, Kenny Marquardt, Marianne Moline, Vernon Neumiller, Karen Erie, Bill Aigner, Pamela Curl, Stephen Symms, Linda Calhoun, Carol Ford, Gary Mahn, Mary Ellen Myrene, Gary Sandberg, Ron Perrone, Eldon Fry, Larry Carter, Steve Ferguson, Ginny Bishop, David Hayes, Jane Howard, Dennis McMacken, Joy Conrad, Michele Cattanach, Roger Dirstine, Ray Mosher.


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This 1949 Christmas play, starring Gary Carriveau, was performed on the old auditorium stage.

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1949 Class of 1954, Third Grade Class 2, 1948-1949, Teacher: Mrs. Bennett

1 Byron Johnson; 2 Albert Adams; 3 Gerald Bowers; 4 Jim Erickson; 5 Jack Hemingway; 6 Roy Christofferson; 7 Dick Clement; 8 Mrs. Bennett; 9 Pat Oman; 10 Mary O’Leary; 11 Merry Mills; 12 Mary Masters; 13 Susan Calhoun; 14 Linda Laitinen; 15 Judy Aigner; 16 Marion Francis; 17 Gary Kinsel; 18 Gary Carter; 19 Donald Hindman; 20 Eugene Peden; 21 Terry Kelly

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1948 Class of 1954, Second Grade Class 2, 1947-1948

1 Roy Christofferson; 2 Larry Herron; 3 Kenny Kraft; 4 Mary or Judy Fowler; 5 Carol Roath (?); 6 Gerald Bowers; 7 Mickey Hanson; 8 Jim Erickson; 9 Janet Bolling; 10 Marion Francis; 11 Kay Christofferson; 12 Susan Calhoun; 13 Judy Aigner; 14 Carol Hayes; 15 Barbara Biklen; 16 Dick Clement; 17 ?; 18 ?

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1948 Class of 1954, Second Grade, Class 1 1947-1948, Teacher: Miss Christie Reirerson

1 Jack Kincaid; 2 Ray Strecker; 3 Dean Shadle; 4 Allan Muench; 5 Terry Kelly; 6 Donald Tomlinson; 7 Gary Myrene; 8 Larry Meyers; 9 ?; 10 Paul Wobe; 11 Eugene Peden; 12 Allan Minaker; 13 Betty Olson; 14 Linda Latinen; 15 Nancy McDougal; 16 Merry Ellen Mills; 17 Carolyn Schlomer; 18 Mary Masters; 19 Billie Sharpe; 20 Carol Hulse; 21 Mary O’Leary; 22 Donald Hindman; 23 Jack Neumiller; 24 Byron Johnson; 25 Gary Kinsell; 26 Bob Mosher.

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1948, Third Grade

Top Row Left to Right: Hugh Tinling; Leroy French; Frank Loriman; ?; ?; Wallace Sharpe; ?;?. Second Row from top: Karl Guenzel; ?; Harriett George; Geraldine Meyers; ?; ?; Marilyn Larsen; Lance Erie. Third Row from top: Sally Anderson; Sandra McCreight; Barbara Hansen; Judith Manor; ? ; ?; Nancy Dawson; ?; ?. Bottom Row: ?; Larry Seehorn; Richard Gilmore; Gary Carriveau; ?; ?; Gary Harris.


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May 1948, Seventh Graders. Teacher: Miss Edith J. Ogilvie. Picture taken by Biggel Photo.

Front Row (Left to Right) Billy Hoyt, Dickie Smith, Thurlow Baxter,(?), Eugene Mahn. Row 2: Claudia Jean Shane, (?), Dorothy Moreland, Lynn Stewart, Shirley Jean Price, Beulah Jane Noble, Peggy Walker, (?), Ruth Nadine Newmiller. Row 3: Mark Follett, Lawrence Chestnut, David Willison, Kathleen Lorriman, Beverly Beecher, Jerry, Pat Powers, Dan O'Leary. Row 4: Don Butler, Jay Erickson, Carolyn Gehres, Marlene Mortenson, Helen McLaughlin, Maurice Hood.


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1948, Student Council
Front Row, ?, ?, Robert Mosher, Billie Sharpe, Carol Hayes, Kay Christopherson, Hugh Tinling, Barbara Hansen.
Immediately behind Barbara at the right end of the middle row is Kitty Lou Kenny. The faculty member behind Kitty Lou and to the right is John Kingsland. Special thanks to Bob Mosher for providing these names.


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1947, Class of 1947. Special thanks to Eugene Harvey for this photograph. Mr. Harvey is on the 3rd row, second from left. Patsey Colvell ?, First row 5th from the left.

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On stage in 1947 with Walter Carriveau and friends, these PTA actors performed the HiJinx program in the old Franklin auditorium. "Abracadabra, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat."

Left to Right: Herm Hanson; Walter Carriveau as the clown, Henry (Hank) Peden, an accomplished magician who had several of his children at Franklin, and L. Hoyt.

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This 1947 shot is of Ronnie Carriveau on his first day of school at Franklin. How many proud parents over the last 100 years have snapped pictures of their children in this very spot? Franklin School has enjoyed many Carriveau kids in the 40s, 50s, and 60s. Special thanks to Dean Carriveau for this and other Franklin pictures spanning nearly three decades.


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In 1947, father and PTA actor, Walter Carriveau, performed in the old Franklin Auditorium. This rare stage photograph captures Carriveau in preparation of shaving his face--No doubt the Franklin audience was howling. PTA skits, socials, and follies were common in yesteryears. Proceeds from them helped raise money for the Franklin Kinderhouse and the surrounding land.

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1947 Franklin Class of 1954. First Grade, 1946-1947, Teacher: Miss Gertrude Laurance

1 Mickey Hanson; 2 Dean Shadle; 3 Ray Strecker; 4 Kenny Kraft; 5 Gerald Bowers; 6 Jack Hemingway; 7 Larry Meyers; 8 Larry Herron; 9 Gary Myrene; 10 Russell Shane; 11 Gary Carter; 12 ?; 13 Dick Clement; 14 Allan Minaker; 15 Bob Mosher; 16 Mary Masters; 17 Karen Geiss; 18 Nancy McDougal; 19 Carol Hulse; 20 Susan Calhoun; 21 ?; 22 Merlene Jones; 23 Linda Latinen; 24 Billie Sharpe; 25 Jim Erickson; 26 Bo Lower; 27 ?; 28 Barbara Biklen; 29 Kay Christofferson; 30 Marion Francis; 31 Mary Fowler; 32 Judy Fowler; 33 Carolyn Schlomer; 34 Carol Hayes; 35 Betty Olson; 36 Mary O’Leary; 37 Janet Bolling; 38 ?; 39 Donald Hindman; 40 Allan Muench; 41 Jack Neumiller; 42 Gary Kinsell(?); 43 ?; 44 Jerry Osborn(?); 45 ?; 46 Jack Kincaid; 47 Eugene Peden; 48 Terry Kelly; 49 ?; 50 Byron Johnson;
51 Paul Wobe

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1947 Fifth Grade Class, Mr. John Kingsland

First row, left to right: Donnie Ruffles, Jay Jay Nooney, Gary Wood, John Heinz, John Eakins, Teddy Geiss, Jimmy Clements.
Second row: Judy Yake, Joan Nord, Anita Bartoo, Benita Blue, Joanna Tarkington, Marion Hanson, Betty Davis, Donna Crowe, Carol Miller.
Third row: Ann Lawson, Patty Johnson, Doreen Dodge, Barbara Brown, Patsy Ives, Susan Melrose, JoAnn Nance, Patty Davis, Gwen Cauvel.
Fourth row: David Knerr, Paul Hatcher, Janice Rettig, Marilyn McMacken, Joan Denoo, Ronald Crowe, John Powers. Names for this photograph were kindly provided by Benita Mason (Blue).


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1947 Kindergarten class at Franklin

Special thanks to Mary Kay Davis (Eddy) for this and other photographs from this era.

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1946 Class of 1954, Kindergarten, 1945-1946, Teacher: Miss Gladys Hoagland (later married and became Gladys Knight)

1 Carol Hayes; 2 Kay Christofferson(?); 3 ?; 4 ?; 5 Billie Sharpe; 6 Karen Geiss; 7 Linda Latinen; 8 Nancy McDougal; 9 Betty Olson; 10 Barbara Biklen; 11 Miss Hoagland; 12 Dean Shadle; 13 Gerald Bowers; 14 Bob Mosher; 15 Jim Erickson; 16 Carolyn Schlomer; 17 Jack Hemingway; 18 Ray Strecker; 19 Mary Masters; 20 Byron Johnson; 21 Mickey Hanson; 22 ?; 23 Bobbie Bush(?); 24 ?; 25 ?; 26 Mary Fowler; 27 Judy Fowler; 28 Janet Bolling; 29 Allan Muench; 30 Paul Wobe; 31 Jack Neumiller; 32 ? 33 Eugene Peden; 34 Gary Carter; 35 Larry Meyers; 36 John Parks; 37 Bo Lower; 38 Bo Bryan (?)

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1946, Fifth Graders


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1946, Fourth Grade. Special thanks to Benita Mason (Blue) for this photograph.


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This 1946 photo is of Franklin School from the bluff at Lincoln Park.


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June 1945, Fourth Graders in Miss Sims class.


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This is a picture of the 1942 graduating class. We know that the young man sitting third from the left wearing argyll socks is David Beadle; the lad with the neck tie sitting next to David is Bobby Walker; the girl standing behind David is Verna Anthony. Other names associated with the picture but without positions are: Gregg Miller, Eugene Rammiger(sp?), Bob Walker, Don Potts, Carle Marsh, Joyce McRae,Virginia Permalm(sp?), Rush Taathaker(last name sp?), Bill Rusk, Burton(last name unreadable), Don Usher(last name ?), Don Martin, Stan Witter, Ray Christensen. Special thanks to David Beadle (see written history) for this photograph and other contributions.

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These First Grade girls in Miss Christie Reirerson's 1941 classroom were knitting squares for WWII soldiers. Special thanks to Shirley Jean Price-Winton for this and other pictures from this era. Shirley is the one in the back with short dark hair and a white bow. The girls had a knitting project for the soldiers and the boys had something else to do... possibly bird houses but this is uncertain.

More names thanks to Peggy Walker:

Front Row left to right: 1 ?, 2 ?, 3 Kathleen Lorriman, 4 Peggy Walker, 5 ?, 6 Jane Noble, 7 Carolyn Gehres, 8 Beverly Beecher, 9 Helen McLaughlin.
Back Row: 1 ?, 2 Lynn Stewart, 3 Shirley Price, 4 Laureen Rogers, 5 Myrna Bostwick.

The photograph was published in the newspaper and these girls were proud of their work according to Peggy. See oral history section for more.


Posted by drshute at 4:55 PM

Franklin Photo Exhibit/Gallery 1940s Volume 2

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1940 Graduating Class

Row I: Jim Allen, Dorothy Freese, Lloyd Seahorn, William Snyder, Clifford Hult, Mary Jane Farnell, Ralph Anderson, Mariona Cromie
Row 2: Dorothy Walker, Beverly Murphy, Donna Cyer, Fat Corkery, Barbara N. [sic] Butch Hollingswath, Gracie Emery, Janet Johnson, Jack Belt, Betty Maabs
Row 3 : Bob Knight, Virginia Stifee, Jim Morgan

Teachers who were teaching at Franklin were written on the back of this photograph. They included: Clara A Gillard, Christie Reierson, Alice H. Winslow, Agnes Blomberg, Dorthea G. Rousseau, Edith Ogilvie, Laura M. Sperber, Austin M. Henry, R.R. Coolbaugh (Custodian)


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1940 Eight Years Together
Bottom Row : 1 Mary Jane Farnell, 2 Dorothy Freese, 3 Beverly Murphy, 4 Lloyd Seahorn, 5 Janet Johnson, 6 Ralph Anderson, 7 Gracie Emery, 8 Betty Maab (ink smeared for last name)
Top Row: 1 Donna Dyer, 2 Robert Hollingswath, 3 Cliffort Hult

Special thanks to Lloyd Seahorn for this and other photographs from this era.

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1945 Third Grade Class. Special thanks to Benita Mason (Blue) for this and many other pictures and names from this era.


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June, 1946 Council and Patrol. The principal was Austin Henry.

First row: Jay Jay Nooney, Maurice Hood, Jimmy Colby, Leroy Tarbet, ? Tom Haggerty, Peter Riley.
Second row: Benita Blue, ? Jo Anne Sutor, ?, Janice Brown, ?, Lynn Stewart, Jeanette Farley.
Third row: Dick Allen, ?, Skip Stewart, Evelyn Christen, Mary Shalkau, Christen Runkle, ?, Ronnie Davidson, ?.
Top row: Jerrine Chestnut, Phyllis Forker, ?, ?, Gunnard Johnson, Patty Haggarty, ?.

"I may have mispelled some of these names and do not know some of them - since I was in the fourth grade, most of them were BIG kids." BBM


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1946 Franklin Graduating Class, A Section.

Historical Note: During the 1940s there were many students who needed to be taught-- too many for the school. As a result, grades were split into "A and B Sections" and taught af different times. In fact, Franklin was the only school in the district with A/B Sections. This picture is of the Graduating A Section. Somewhere on the planet in a dusty chest, there is likely a B Section Photograph. Maybe you have it? Special thanks to Scott Stewart and Bud and Lynne (Stewart) Moore for this photograph.


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1946 Fourth Grade Class


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May, 1948 Sixth Grade Class

First Row: John Heinz, Jimmy Clement, David Knerr, Jay Jay Nooney, Donnie Ruffles.
Second Row: Bonnie Melius, Carol Miller, Theo Dillion Patsy Ives, JoAnn Nance, Patty Davis, Anita Bartoo, Betty Davis, Judy Yake.
Third Row: Reno Rupert, Ann Lawson, Joan Nord, Barbara Brown, Doreen Dodge, Marion Hansen, Marilyn McMacken, Kitty Lou Kenney, Joanna Tarkington, Joan Denoo, Benita Blue, Willie Ann Chapin.
Fourth Row: Stanton Ford, Ronald Crowe, Paul Hatcher.


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May 1949 Seventh Grade

Front row - Donnie Ruffles, Mike Skaer, Jimmy Clements, David Knerr, Paul Hatcher, Gary Wood, Jay Jay Nooney.
Second row - Barbara Brown, Theo Dillon, Marilyn McMackin, Kitty Lou Kenney, Joan Nord, Gwen Cauvel, Susan Melrose, Donna Crowe.
Third row - Carol Miller, Anita Bartoo, JoAnn Nance, Joanna Tarkington, Patsy Ives, Judy Yake, Ann Lawson, Betty Davis.
Fourth row - John Heinz, LaDonna Stallman, Reno Rupert, Joan Denoo, Patty Davis, Benita Blue Bonnie Melius, Dick Davis.


Posted by drshute at 4:54 PM

Franklin Photo/Exhibit Gallery 1930s

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1939, Class of 1939, Eight Years Together

From left to right: Jim Nooney, Don Miller, Betty Ruth McRae, Marilyn Moss. According to Don Miller, there was a third boy who had been with the class from the beginning. He had a slight foreign accent. Towards the end of their Franklin tenure, he suddenly left the school and no one, including the teacher, knew what happened to him. A mystery and sad unannounced departure. Special thanks to Don Miller for this photograph.

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This circa 1939 picture included four of the Seahorn kids on a single bike. All of them have their lunches in hand. During a class discussion, Dwyla Seahorn's teacher said, "You can't ride double on a bike," Dwyla responded, "We don't, we ride triple." [actually quadruple here]. Lloyd explained that the bike worked fine for multiple riders on the downhill route... it was single riding going back up the hill! The Seahorn kids included Peggy, Lloyd, Glen, Swyla, Neil, Larry, Stanley, Ronald. They lived on 22nd and Cuba.


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Class of 1938 Graduation Picture

Sitting Left to Right: Don Allen; Harold Ponton; Beryl Bereton (last name unclear); Marjorie Sayler; Robert Maland; Lucille Driskill; Don Sanders; Louise Skeman; Second Row: Robert Brewer; Melvin Pederson; Marjory Miner; Dick Tinsley; Don Henng (last name unclear); Eleonor Gregg; Marion Miner; Donald Deglow; Margie Madden; Geraldine Stebbins.

Additional information noted on the back side of the photo: Teachers at this time included: First Grade, Clara Adele Gillard; Second Grade, Christiann Reirson; Third Grade, Alice Helen Winslow; Fourth Grade, Agnus Marie Blomberg; Fifth Grade, Clara Pauline Manseth (last name unclear); Sixth Grade, Dorothea Guineuere Rousseau; Seventh Grade, Edith Jean Ogilvie; Eighth Grade: Laura May Sperber. Other teachers included Roland Ray Coolbaugh and Bess Roberts Turner.

Special thanks to Marjorie Saylor and her brother Bob Saylor for this and other artifacts.

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In September 2008, brother and sister Robert (Bobby) and Marjorie Sayler visited Franklin. They attended Franklin in the 1930s and it was certainly a treat to meet them! Here are the people shown from left to right: Brian Shute, Marjorie Sayler, Robert E. Sayler, Mickey Hanson. Note the bust of Benjamin Franklin in the background. Both Bobby and Marjorie have been helpful in the provision of pictures and artifacts.

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This circa 1937 picture was provided by Mike McKenna whose father was Milton "Mac" McKenna. Mac is pictured here along with other Franklin classmates. He is in the upper line, third from the right, in white pants. Mac lived in a small house along 17th Avenue with his 10 siblings. Special thanks to Mike McKenna for this photograph.

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These are "Mac" McKenna's sisters, Nell, Alice, Rubie, and Mary. They also attended Franklin in the 1920s and 1930s. See above picture and also oral history of Kiley Mossey.


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These girls in costume were posing before or after the 1938 eighth grade play, Snow White. Names listed on the photo back: Jackie Miller; Lucille Driskell; Louise Skiman; Eleanor Gregg; Geraldine Stebbins; Marjory Miner; Margie Madden; Connie Higgins; Beryl Bereton; Marjorie Sayler; Marian Miner; Dorothy Thompson.

Additional information: Boys names (likely the males actors) listed on back of photo: Harold Ponton; Marvin Matthews; Dick Tinsley; Robert Brewer; Melvin Pederson. Teachers names: Laura M. Sperber; Bess R. Turner

The following is the "Class Will" of the Class of 1938. Squint your eyes a little and read this funny piece written by Marjorie Sayler. It's three pages...

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This is a Promotion Certificate that was awarded to Eighth Graders in the 1930s.

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This is a Report Card from 1935-36 that was generated by teacher, Laura Sperber. It came in a brown 7-1/4 x 4-3/4" envelope. It is interesting to note, however, the words,"PROMOTION IN DANGER" on the front page. This student had nothing to worry about.

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This Library Reading Certificate from June 1936 was awarded to William Counsell who completed set reading requirements.

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Youngsters from Franklin danced at Lewis and Clark High School under the direction of teacher Christie Reierson. This all-school event was for the annual Parent-Teacher program on March 9th, exact year unknown. An audience of 800 applauded the dancers.

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This shot is of the graduating class of 1936. It comes from William W. Counsell who is in the top row, fourth from the left, in the tie. Special thanks to Mr. Counsell for this and other artifacts from this era.


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Top Row: 1 ?, 2 ?, 3 Stanley Seahorn, 4 ?, 5 Katherine Frey, 6 ?, 7 ?, 8 ?
Bottom Row: 1?,2?,3?,4?,5?, 6 Junior Reinertson, 7?, 8 Neil Seahorn

Lloyd Seahorn explained that his brother Stan was killed during WWII in an airplane accident. The airplane he was flying in struck a mountain. Special thanks to Lloyd Seahorn for this and other photographs from this era.

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This Great Depression era(circa 1931) collection card was given to Franklin students and others to help raise money for the Junior Red Cross Hospital which was located at Howard Street and Sharp Avenue. As the card states, the hospital was the first in the United States to be supported entirely by children. The card contains 25 slots for pennies which were saved over the course of a summer. In September, such cards were then given to a student's teacher who in turn gave it to the hospital. Very interesting read--check it out. Special thanks to William Counsell for this unique artifact.

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Some Franklin boys organized a club called the Lucky Five, which flourished for a few years. The original five took in more members and the club grew. The Lucky Five had fabulous adventures throughout the area. This shot was taken around 1932. Here, they are on a picnic in Deep Creek.

Front Row (Left to Right) Gordon Follett, Ted Permaine, Jack Fahey. Back Row: (in aviator hat) Kenneth Ficklin, Mrs. Mummey, Monte Frodsham, Ernest Walden, Warren Snyder, and Dale Mummey (side view, looking at ground). Special thanks to John Fahey for this photograph.

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This circa early 30s shot was taken at an unknown location, but possibly close to the school. The name on the back of the photograph reads, Catherine Pritchard Thompson. It is believed that Catherine graduated from Franklin in 1927. Also associated with this picture is a hand written paper which reads, "Teachers I remember: 1st Grade Miss Clare Gillard 1919, 3rd Grade Alice Weinshaw 1922; 6th Grade L.M. Sperber 1924; 7th Grade Laura Welch 1923 [sic]; 7th Grade Lucy Bridge 1926; 5th Grade E. Maxfield 1924; 8th Grade Laura Sperber 1927; Principals Miss Worchester sp? 1919; Miss Ida Frost 1923; Miss Pauline Drake 1925."

It is also unknown what model car this was. Note the gas filler on the fender, the spoked wheel, the rumble seat,the little guy in the passenger seat, and the good times that everyone here enjoyed.

Posted by drshute at 4:52 PM

Franklin Photo/Exhibit Gallery 1920s

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This excellent circa 1928 B.J. Lash photograph was taken on Franklin's front steps. No doubt these were graduating 8th graders. Names were handwritten on the back of the photograph and they are: Frank Du Boio; Myrtle Walton; Billy Malott; Florence Llewellyn; Marguerite Schuknecht; Cicil Frodsham (sp?); Paul Clausen; Beth Havens; Mavis Pratt; Bob Peterson; Rose May Sellars; Bill Koeppler; Beth Ivy; Nesta Emery; Joy Hobush; Jeanette Perry.

Chester Strausz is in the front row wearing glasses.
Particular thanks to his son, Steven Strausz for this photograph.

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This circa 1924 BJ Tash photograph was donated by Steven Strauez. It shows a smiling class of students with Chester Strausz second from
the left in the top row; and on the right of the top row is Lawrence Strausz. The shot was taken on Franklin's back steps which look the same to this day.


This B.J. Lash photograph was probably taken around 1918 on Franklin's front steps. It came from an AZO postcard style that was available during 1918-1930. The attire worn, including shoes, however, suggest that it was taken in the late teens or very early 20s. Note the twin girls, teacher, and attire. Also, a reflection in the back windows show smaller pines that are in front of the school. Here are the names that were written in pencil on the back.

Front Row: France Macdondl, Edna Lewellyn, Mary Wrather, Steven Barret, Ida Werner, Thomas Malott
Second Row: Margaret Hicks, Elaine and Eleanor Krause, Dorothy Seaburg, Vera Riley, Glenwood MacMackan
Third Row: Alfred Champion, Hazel Lundeen, Audrey Hock, Jack Kepler

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This group of boys and two females (probably teachers/coaches) made up the 1923 Franklin Baseball Team. The shot was taken by BJ Tash on the front lawn of Franklin. Heeahh Batta Batta Batta! The tiny spruce behind them is now a monsterous, huge, beautiful tree.

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This spectacular crew of students posed for the 1928 Patriotic Pageant. The photograph was taken by B.J. Lash.


Posted by drshute at 4:52 PM

Franklin Photo/Exhibit Gallery 1909-1919

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This 1916 photograph originated from a classroom picture that was turned into a postcard. Turning pictures into postcards was a common practice back then. Here are the names that are known:
Row 1 (far)
Hildgarde Fredekind, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?

Row 2
Lucy Brooks, ?, Miriam Hatch, Freddie McCall(?), Andrew Saegner, ?, ?

Row 3
Fred Wieber, Forest Amsden, ?, Alice Sherman, ?, ?, ?

Row 4
Mary Wrather, Dorothy Anderson, Emery Bowen, Richard Young, ?, ?, ?

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November 12, 1909 Spokesman Review photograph: Armed with rifles, policemen Dugger and Willis guard I.W.W. prisoners at the old Franklin School.


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This circa 1917-1918 picture has particular significance for an early Black-American family who lived in the Franklin neighborhood. Taken on the back steps of Franklin, Ralph Smith is the little boy in the front row, fifth from the left. His mother, Jennie Hughes-Smith, was the first Black-American to graduate from the University of Idaho at Moscow in 1899. Her husband was in the mining industry in the Kellogg, Idaho area. Jennie felt that the mining town environment was not condusive to raising a family so the family moved to 2914 E. 17th Avenue--right down the street from Franklin. Ralph's brothers and sister lived here and attended Franklin School. They included sister, Amie, and brothers Berthol and Leonard. Ralph went on to Lewis and Clark High School, received an engineering degree from Washingon State College at Pullman, became a Spokane Policeman, and later a teacher. Special thanks to Ralph's son, Ken Smith, for this and other artifacts. More will be written about this extraordinary family soon. Written history by Ken Smith can be found in the Oral-Written History section of this site.

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Ralph Smith poses in a goat driven wagon, circa 1918-1919. This photograph was likely taken in front of the family home or at a neighbor's place.


This B.J. Lash photograph was taken circa 1918 on Franklin's front steps. It came from an AZO postcard style that was available during 1918-1930. The attire worn, including shoes, however, suggest that it was taken in the late teens or very early 20s. Note the twin girls, teacher, and attire. Also, a reflection in the back windows show smaller pines that are in front of the school. Here are the names that were written in pencil on the back.

Front Row: France Macdondl, Edna Lewellyn, Mary Wrather, Steven Barret, Ida Werner, Thomas Malott
Second Row: Margaret Hicks, Elaine and Eleanor Krause, Dorothy Seaburg, Vera Riley, Glenwood MacMackan
Third Row: Alfred Champion, Hazel Lundeen, Audrey Hock, Jack Kepler

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This Spokane Chronicle blurb described the arson fire of the original Franklin school that gutted its interior. Purchased by the Milwaukee Railroad a year earlier for $115,000, damages from the fire were $25,000.

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This is young Harry R. Bates, his mother Nellie Bates, and his father Harry Bates during a picnic about 1908 or so. Harry R was the Uncle of Ray and Bob Mosher who attended the new Franklin School in the 40s and 50s. Harry R spoke of attending the old Franklin School in Spokane before it closed. The old Franklin was located downtown at Front (now Trent) and Sherman Streets. Harry R was born in August 1901. The family moved to Spokane around this same time and bought a house at N. 617 Hamilton Avenue. After the old Franklin School closed down, Harry R. attended Webster School. With an apple in his hand, we are uncertain where this photograph was taken. It is possible that Harry's older sister, Eva Bates, took this picture. Observe the angle from which the picture was taken. Harry Sr. was a conductor on the Northern Pacific Railway. This photograph may have been taken using a Kodak box camera.

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At some point, Franklin students walked to Grant school to take wood-shop and home economics. I am uncertain what year this started and it was likely after some of the Grant additions were built. For certain, the practice was well established in the 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s. Frankin girls in the 50s and 60s recall learning to sew on both treddle and electric machines.


Posted by drshute at 4:50 PM

Franklin Photo/Exhibit Gallery Pre-1909

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This rare photograph was perhaps the first group picture at the original Franklin School located on Front (now Trent) and Grant Streets. The photograph was taken shortly after the completion of the school, circa 1889. When magnified the students are standing amongst large rocks that were moved out of the way when building. In the left lower corner, "Emil Guenther, Architect," is printed. Particular thanks to Bill Bronsch for this photograph.


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This extraordinary picture of the original Franklin School was taken when it was located on Front (now Trent) and Grant Streets. The school was built in 1889 and this picture was taken "circa 1904." The school was gutted by fire (arson) about a year after it was purchased by the railroad, and then it was torn down in 1910.

This is, however, a very interesting picture for several reasons,especially when magnified. First, the three people seen congregating in front, are really only two. One of the two individuals moved during the period the film was being exposed. The same is true for the individual going up the school steps, as he or she is only a shadow of a moving person. This, perhaps, offers clues about the early camera used to take the shot. Second, the clock is at 6:00 sharp and there is snow on the ground, perhaps indicating the time of year. Ray Mosher noted that in all the pictures and sketches of the old school, the clock always showed 6:00. Perhaps the clock never worked or did so for a short time.

Historical Note: Recently, I learned from reporter, Pia Hallenberg Christensen, that it was customary to set clocks to 6:00 for photographs. Back in the early days, pictures were a big deal and symmetry was important. Caddywompus clocks were not as nice for pictures when compared to the nice, straight, up and down form. I believe this is true because several pictures of old schools show a consistent 6:00 on their clocks.

Shadows on the ground suggest that the sun was in the western sky. Third, there are signs attached to the wooden fence that separates the walkway from the road. When magnified, one sign (along the road on the fence, behind the person) is almost legible. It reads something like, "Wind Restaurant Meals 10c & Up Off May and Market." Fourth, the walkway by the road may be a wooden one or perhaps the cement forms were very narrow similar to wooden slats. Fifth, the trees planted in front are young and the one on the right is a near sapling. There is a wooden fence around it to protect it from a mower or deer or students.

The power poles are fairly new and unblemished. One might think that electrical power was run along Front Street (now Trent) much sooner than 1904. This notion and the age of the young trees, along with the slow exposure of the camera cast questions about the true age of the photograph. Could it be older and closer to the school's earliest days? Compare it to the next picture taken in 1902 and published in the Biennial Report of the Public Schools of Spokane, WA, 1901-1902. Finally, check out the wood pile to the right. Ray Mosher expressed, "The pile looks to be two cords (4ft x 4ft x 8ft, each) high, seven cords wide, and who knows, maybe four cords deep (north-south). Sounds like about 56 cords. That took some work!" Given the chimneys scattered on the roof, there is little doubt that wood was used to heat the place. Special thanks to the MAC Museum for this and other images from yesteryear.

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This 1902 photograph of the original Franklin school shows larger, more mature trees. Its age is certifiable because of the dated publication it was found (Biennial Report of the Public Schools of Spokane, WA, 1901-1902).


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This is the Grant School in 1899.


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Posted by drshute at 4:50 PM

October 24, 2008

Franklin Photo/Exhibit Gallery: Obscure Photographs

Franklin has many obscure and random points of interest and here is a place where some of them can be seen. Some of them are related to the mechanics of the place and others are just interesting or peculiar. Fasten your seatbelt.

Even before the Titanic sank to the bottom of the Atlantic, Franklin School was up and going. Unlike the Titanic, however, the mechanical parts of the school are still working well. Naturally, they have been updated with time. Some of you, like me, will find this intriguing.

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This door return mechanism is heavy duty and has worked for 98 years. Check out the hardware on this door and the patent date. Much of the school has similar antiques built into its structure.

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This is the boiler and custodian's room. In the old days, it was reported that the custodian had a cot in here where he could stay at night. It was imperative that the school be warm on cold winter days.

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This is the Gabriel boiler. Originally, it was coal fired but has been since converted to natural gas.

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Here's another shot of the boiler that's been in use since 1909. It is massive and built to last. The heating system in the main building uses single pipe radiators. Here, both the heated steam and the condensed water flow back to the boiler through one, large diameter pipe. This is a precursor to the double pipe systems. In the newer part of the school (1953), the radiators are more modern and wall mounted. The heating system, to this day, provides cozy, old style heat on cold days.

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In the old days coal was stored in this area and the area to the left. From the outside, a truck funneled coal through two man-hole covers and into storage areas/rooms. When coal burns it leaves a glassy byproduct called "clinkers." The lower playground was covered with clinkers once upon a time and many kids got banged up on the sharp edges.

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Hot water used for the faucets was kept in this tank.

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Technology has changed and what was once a massive tank, is now accomplished with this smaller, more efficient water heater. The old tank remains because it can! It was set in place before the school was completely built in 1909.

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On east and west sides of the original building, there are two fan rooms. They are identical and serve to provide the building with fresh air.

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The fan blower and plenum were built by the Sirocco American Blower Fan Company. Note the most current patent date.

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Two electric motors spin the fans.

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Incoming fresh air was conditioned with these massive heat exchangers and damper system. Steam heat or hot water ran through the exchangers thus warming the air before it was sucked through the plenum. The damper seen below was adjusted to control the flow of air past the exchangers.

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Each fan room has an observation window that looks into the plenum. It's hard to understand exactly why. Perhaps a peak here reveals the need for cleaning... or perhaps ice build-up if things were not working.

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Solenoids like this one controlled parts of the heating system. This one is mounted on the wall outside of the east fan room.


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Here's the janitor's room in the basement.

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Believe it or not, the basement bathrooms are still green. When the new addition to the west was built in 1953, each classroom had two bathrooms.

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Besides the location of the boy's and girl's bathrooms, the basement hallway was where bomb drills, air raid drills, fallout drills, tumbling, and Ping Pong games occurred. Alumni of yesteryear report having to curl up against the wall and protect their heads during drills. In the 1950s Ping Pong tables lined the hallway here. The game was hugely popular especially during rainy day recess. Actually, Ping Pong sounds like the most fun.

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These bathroom stalls are pretty much unchanged from the early days. Special thanks to Dianne LaBissoniere for this photograph.

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These bricked-in windows are very odd. Perhaps they allowed for future lighting options... or perhaps the bricks were to be removed for another classroom or room. Perhaps if architect Loren Rand were around today, we could ask him! Or better yet, perhaps you know the reason and will tell us.


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This bust of Benjamin Franklin has been with the school from it's earliest days. At different times, it resided in the library and stairway landing. Many a student have touched his nose and have put their pencils in his nose. Despite all this, he still looks good.

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These stairs lead to the upper floor. Do you remember climbing these stairs? How many times do you think you did? Note the steel guards along the banister. After a stairway accident in the 50s or 60s, all schools in the district had the guards put into place. Sliding on banisters, especially the low ones from yesteryear, could result in a long drop to the basement below, or a splinter in a humiliating spot. And speaking of "rail or banister-sliding," the outdoor hand rail on the back steps has welded triangles to prevent the sport.


Posted by drshute at 11:52 PM

1957 Franklin "Yearbook"

Historical Notes: The following is a transcription of the "Yearbook" for the class of 1957 at Franklin Grade School. Most of the original spelling and punctuation errors have been left unchanged. The original copy is in the possession of Ray Mosher, class of 1957. RM

The writer(s) of this document are unknown and it is loosely called a "yearbook." I suspect that it was written by a graduating student, perhaps one that kept a journal or diary. Whoever generated the document was savvy to the incoming students and national events. It's divided into three parts, History, Will, and Prophesy. Commonly, graduating eighth graders would "will" their talents or dreaded idiosyncracies to a lower classman. Somehow, it would be typed up into a kind of homemade, "humorous" document observed through the eyes of fellow classmates... a bitter sweet glimpse of memories. A similar practice was noted in a 1924 "yearbook." My mother-in-law who was educated in California also recalled this practice in the 1950s. Beyond this, I don't know how this "Will" tradition got started, how wide spread it was, or when or how it actually stopped. Although witty and a little questionable in spots, I have decidedly redacted the Prophesy portion to eliminate names and the possibility of embarrassment or something. Times change and so do contexts and humor. I think that if the document was a little older, I would not alter it in any fashion. Interestingly, the original document was both right and left justified--a timely, conscious process in the days of the manual typewriter. Particular thanks to Ray Mosher for transcribing this document into a readable computer form. BS


This is a history: the story of the graduating class of "57" at Franklin School. Now, let's go back to the year 1949. In this year Truman was president, the North Atlantic Treaty was signed and 26 six-and seven-year olds were enrolled at Franklin School. They were ELLEN TOWNE, HARRIETT POTTS, KENNY MARQUARDT, MARIANNE MOLINE, VERNON NEUMILLER, KAREN ERIE, BILL AIGNER, PAMELA CURL, STEPHEN SYMMS, LINDA CALHOUN, CAROL FORD, GARY MAHN, MARY ELLEN MYRENE, GARY SANDBERG, RON PERRONE, ELDON FRY, LARRY CARTER, ROGER DIRSTINE, RAY MOSHER, STEVE FERGUSON, GINNY BISHOP, DAVID HAYES, JANE HOWARD, DENNIS, McMACKEN, JOY CONRAD, AND MICHELE CATTANACH. They were divided between Miss Laurence and Mrs. Bergmark. For nine long months these children worked and toiled. Then came June, and they were promoted to grade two.

Well, time passes on and in 1950 they entered the second grade with the additions of ART BRAKEL and DON MANOR.

In this year the beginning of the Korean War marked the pages of history. Mrs. Green and Mrs. Bergmark abided with our history makers during this era. The second grade was finally ended and the students said goodby for the summer.

The war was still raging when Mrs. Coon and Mrs. Freeman welcomed the group into the third grade with JEANNE BAKER and GLORIA REED joining the group. In January, STEVEN PEASE joined us. June then came and we were excused from our daily routine for the summer.

September, 1952, arrives. It was in this year that Eisenhower was elected president of the United States, with a promise of attempting to end the Korean War. In our Franklin School, four students join the group. They were JIM AMSBERRY, BRUCE DUNCAN, LANE MORLAN, and DRUCILLA GNAGEY. Mrs. Leyson and Miss Thomas aided us in the daily routine of reading, writing, and arithmetic. Nine months come to an end. We are promoted and excused for the summer.

September, 1953, rolls around and here we are back in school again! This time in grade five. Miss Blomberg and Mr. Hale are our teachers. This year, as usual, there are some new arrivals. They are DAVID HEINECK, SHARON THACKWELL, and BARBARA BRICKER. In April MARIANNE MOLINE leaves the group. This is Mr. Wildey’s last year at Franklin. Well, June is here and our report cards are handed to us and we walk out of the fifth grade for the last time.

September is here again, and we find ourselves in the sixth grade with Mrs. Goraber, Miss Rousseau, and Mr. Hale leading the class. Throughout the year there are some new arrivals. They are JIM DAVIS, DENNY CAMPBELL, and DONNA HUMANN. Another new arrival is Mr. Hardin, our new principal. June quickly comes and we find ourselves saying goodby to the sixth grade.

September has rolled around again. It is the year of ’55. Mr. Kingsland and Miss Ogilvie welcome our group along with SANDRA SARTOR, BELINDA OLIVER, DICK TOBIAS, TOM NEWMAN, and in December LINDA MUIJE. Finally we are promoted to grade eight and excused for the summer.

It is the last September in grade school. It is 1956. Mr. Derr and Mrs. Nogle have welcomed us along with MARY JO MITCHELL, BOB STALLCOP, BOB GREEN, KEN BARD, and DENNIS SOLES. MARIANNE MOLINE rejoins us. Later in the year, Mr. Derr and Mrs. Nogle are given birthday parties. It is one way in which we say thanks for preparing us for high school and teaching us everything we need to know in the eighth grade.

We also want to extend our thanks to Mr. Hardin, the principal, Mrs. Allen, the secretary, Miss Rousseau, our librarian, Mrs. Gardner, art instructor, Miss Dore and Mr. Derr, our physical education teachers, Miss Davis, music teacher, and all the other teachers we have had in the past eight years.

It is June 6, 1957, we have come to receive our diplomas. Some are sad, some are happy, and some are excited, but all any of us can is a "Goodby Franklin School. Next --- on to Lewis and Clark!


The last will and testament of the graduating class of "1957."

PAM CURL leaves her big brown eyes and eyelashes to Michael Wheeler.
BELINDA OLIVER will her artistic ability to Linda Traylor.
ELLEN TOWNE leaves her quiet and reserved ways to Susan Warriner.
SANDRA SARTOR leaves her individuality to Carole Clarke.
GLORIA REED wills her height and pretty hair to Shirlee Assing.
KAREN ERIE leaves her sparkling personality to Karen Larsen.
LINDA CALHOUN leaves her pretty smile to Nancy Glaze.
HARRIETT POTTS leaves her determination to Janice Hill.
CAROL FORD leaves her naturally curly hair to Marie Hendrickson.
JEANNE BAKER leaves her dark brown hair to Janice Finney.
MARY JO MITCHELL leaves her pony tail to Linda Bard.
MICHELE CATTANACH leaves her conscientious ways and pretty smile to Kathleen Palmer.
GARY MAHN wills his romantic ways and life to Mark Kempthorne.
STEVE SYMMS wills his blond wavy hair and "slim Jim" appearance to Robert Yake.
BOB GREEN wills his quiet and studious ways to Vaughn Vordahl.
STEVEN PEASE wills his dancing ability, especially the Charleston, to James Mott.
DICK TOBIAS leaves his flashy smile to Stewart Riley.
DENNY CAMPBELL wills his ability to crack a joke whenever it is needed to John Knerr.
ART BRAKEL wills his ability to imitate animals to Thomas Hallett.
KENNY MARQUARDT leaves his neat appearance to Michael Harrison.
DAVID HEINECK leaves his ease to talk to people to Robin Cooper.
BRUCE DUNCAN leaves his creative ability to Jack Bechtel.
BILL AIGNER wills his jolly and silly ways to Bill Gerald.
JIM AMSBERRY leaves his good disposition to Charles Dillon.
JIM DAVIS leaves his comical ways to Danny Masters.
VERNON NEUMILLER wills his ability to build racing bugs to Robert Jurgensen.
ROGER DIRSTINE wills his pleasant personality and attractive smile to Irvin Chapman.
RAY MOSHER gives his good working ability to Bud Herman.
SHARON THACKWELL gives her flirting ways and twenty-inch waist to Carol Donovan.
BOB STALLCOP wills his mathematical ability and scientific mind to Bob Loree.
JANE HOWARD bequeaths her stunning facial structure and large vocabulary to Joan Rabe.
TOM NEWMAN wills his ability to take a job and happy ways to Jack Curl.
STEVE FERGUSON leaves his powerful batting skills to Jim Wilson.
MARY ELLEN MYRENE gives her pretty freckles and track ability to Patty Kidder.
GARY SANDBERG bequeaths his good school grades to Bill Zielke.
GINNY BISHOP wills her beautiful smile and winning ways to JoRene Moore.
RONNIE PERRONE leaves his flirting ways and good personality to Marc Nogle.
DONALD MANOR wishes his all around athletic ability to go to Richard Taylor.
DONNA HUMAN bequeaths her pretty hair and flashing eyes to Karen Kiemle.
DAVID HAYES leaves his clever smile and knack for mischief to John Stanton.
DRUCILLA GNAGEY wills her dancing ability and small features to Martha Turner.
KEN BARD bequeaths his pretty girlish dimples and becoming smile to Gary Morgan.
LANE MORLAN leaves his unruly hair and musical voice to Richard Cummings.
JOY CONRAD wishes to leave her long curly hair and long eyelashes to Pam Ferguson.
DENNIS SOLES wills his comical laugh and book reading ability to Tom Kelly.
LINDA MUIJE leaves her stunning legs and cute nose to Diane Orwig.
ELDON FRY wills his curly hair and sly ways to Richard Ransom.
LARRY CARTER bequeaths some of his many pen pals (mainly girls) to Pat Willard.
BARBARA BRICKER wills her sewing ability and tiny, but pretty figure to Janet Durbin.
DENNIS McMACKEN leaves his good disposition and laughing eyes to Steve Northway.
MARIANNE MOLINE bequeaths her very clever wit and jovial outlook to Nancy Davis.

Hello, all you wonderful people. We are broadcasting from Station FGS. The date is June 6, 1977. We are about to present the fabulous graduating class of '57 at their class reunion. We will now turn the evening over to those never-ceasing talkers, XXXXX and XXXXX.
Here we are, XXXXX and XXXXX, at the class reunion of the Franklin graduating class of '57. The year is 1977. We are going to give you a brief lineup of the different personalities as we see them.
We arrived here in our speedy 1909 Plymouth. We understand that a former member of this class, XXXXX, is now designing the ash trays in the Plymouth.

Now to-but, oh! Who's that rushing in? Why it's perky XXXXX, the nations singing sensation, and what's that in her hand? Why it's a "Golden Record" received for her number one record, "All Messed Up", written by XXXXX. We were informed that when he was in his music class at Franklin, he copied music often. Let's listen a minute to XXXXX and some of her former classmates.

Oh my! Isn't that a stunning gown? Well it's understandable, XXXXX is wearing it. You know she designed it and has become a well-known designer.

What's that clatter over there in the corner and all those people gathered about? Oh! XXXXX, the nation's trillionaire, has just dropped a pocketfull of change. Isn't that XXXXX, the playboy, standing next to him? He's been living with XXXXX for quite some time. In his spare time he continues his folk dancing. Here he is with the gang of '57.

Shall we join XXXXX. "XXXXX, did I understand that he said while on his world tour he saw XXXXX, who hunts heads in Africa to sell as souvenirs in the states. XXXXX was assisting him in this daring task.

That thing flying in the air just missed me. Oh, well, its only XXXXX. What is he in the air for? "XXXXX, haven't you heard?" He flies through the air with the greatest of ease, he's the man on the flying trapeze, and he just knocked down XXXXX. Her career is specializing in the designing of small shoes.

There's XXXXX standing in the corner. She has made her career selling worms to fishing agencies.

Who is that? A professor in our midst? It's XXXXX. He's well-known for his mathematical mind. He looks rather studious, maybe we ought to move on.

I think I hear reveille? It's XXXXX (hee-hee) our Boy Scout still trying to get his tenderfoot rank. Didn't XXXXX design his uniform? Her profession is making Boy Scout uniforms.

I wonder who made the spaghetti they are serving tonight. It's wonderful! Naturally it is made by the Perrone Spaghetti Company. XXXXX is the owner and proprietor of the company and XXXXX is the head cook and "boss".

This dinner must have cost a fortune. Speaking of money, did you know that XXXXX makes her living by selling her vast coin collection back to the government?

Why is that maniac running around the room? I think it must be XXXXX, the all-around athlete. We hear he goes to the Olympics- in his spare time. We also have other sports fans in our group, such as XXXXX, the Spokane Flyers Club mascot, and XXXXX, the pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

"My ears!" XXXXX, now an interpretive reading star on TV, is giving one of her readings.

"Ouch", "My gracious, what was that?" XXXXX trying out his spit wads. He manufactures them, you know. He sells them to the children to torment the teachers. He just hit one of his old classmates, XXXXX, the famous southern belle. In her childhood days, she wanted so much to marry a southern gentleman and live in the South, spending the rest of her life as a southern belle.

There is a strange noise outside and little children looking as though they are have a gay frolic. It has to be XXXXX. He owns thousands of roller coasters throughout the country.

We have arranged to have some of the more talented members of this class perform. XXXXX will do one of her well-known can-can dances. I believe there is someone with her.

Say, I recognized the author of the gorry science fiction novel I read the other night, XXXXX. It was rather horrifying and to get myself to sleep I read soothing poetry written by XXXXX, entitled "Blood on the Moon".

The last time I heard from XXXXX, she was in Africa on a mission. I cannot understand how she got here so fast. How could I forget-she flew up here in her jet plane. She flies a jet plane for kicks.

XXXXX couldn't be with us this fine day, because she couldn't get away from her camel ranch in the Sahara Desert.

XXXXX just got here by the skin of his head. He has so many customers (dogs that is) lined up at this barber shop. XXXXX gives professional dog hair cuts. XXXXX and XXXXX were going to go together in the business of cutting dog's hair but XXXXX preferred raising snakes and reptiles. What is the sound? Oh-XXXXX and some of his old pals.

Here comes XXXXX dancing towards us. She has finally made her way to exhibition group in Silver Spurs.

There goes XXXXX, trying to sell his Pea Soup. He's head taster in the Delectable, Delovable, Dilutable Pea Soup Company. I feel sorry for the poor fellow, he doesn't like Pea Soup.

Someone is limping out there! I can't tell who it is. Oh! – XXXXX! While teaching some small children how to ski, he tripped and broke his leg.

XXXXX is doing his good deed for the day – he's helping XXXXX. Isn't that touching? Jim is the leader of a Girl Scout Troop.
As I was thumbing through the paper today, I came across XXXXX's and XXXXX's name. They have gone into partnership on a comic strip call "Naggi and Wiggs".

I notice two radio celebraties with us tonight, XXXXX and XXXXX. Art has become quite well known in his field as a news commentator and Vern has become well known as "Little Verny" on his program, "All Through the Night".

My, my – I feel itchy all over! XXXXX must have let some of her fleas out. She trains fleas for her very own flea circus "The Itchy, Snitchy Flea Circus."

Who is that lighting that grand candleabra? She looks familiar. Oh, yes, XXXXX. She is about to play a selection for us AND she has borrowed her boss's candles. XXXXX at the present time is lighting LIBERACE'S CANDLES. Why is XXXXX measuring their heights around here? How could I forget? He designs caskets and has found a way to make more business for his profession. He is now measuring XXXXX, the King of Comedy, in the United States. He has become America's top-notch comedian. He has made many jokes about his friend XXXXX, the editor of the Ladies Home Journal.

My goodness, I keep tripping over my shoe laces. I must buy some of XXXXX's shoe laces. She produces them. XXXXX, do you have a piece of gum I might have? XXXXX's gum, by the way. XXXXX manufactures Sluper, Bluper, Bubble gum!

XXXXX is over in the corner by himself, and he seems to be involved in a great novel, but that is reasonable. He is known as a bookworm. Look, XXXXX is about to disturb XXXXX with his talk about airplanes. So far he hasn't gotten anyone to listen to him about his new invention of a motorless airplane, but he has bumped into XXXXX instead. He is about to tell her about it, but she beat him to it by talking about her own product, teapot whistles!

Why is that wild looking person running about the room waving a red flag? Why – it is XXXXX, head of the school safety patrol, trying to find some of his faithful patrol. You see XXXXX, a designer of automobiles, is trying out his models, but is doing it a little recklessly and XXXXX needs some assistance in slowing him down.

Say, who is that tuning up? Just some of the old grads of '57.
Well, XXXXX, it seems we have gotten around to everyone and our work is finished for the day. Shall we retire together?

Posted by drshute at 4:14 PM