Brian Shute, Ph.D., CCC
Speech-Language Pathologist
P.O. Box 30621
Spokane, WA 99223
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Old Franklin Tours Coming. Get your tickets now!
Great things come and great things change. Here's your chance to take a walking tour with Historian, Dr. Brian Shute of the Old Franklin Elementary before it morphs into a New School. Never again will you have this unique...

Franklin Gets a Facelift
UPDATE: After 107 years of constant use Franklin School will be receiving a facelift during the 2017-2018 school year. With bond levy funding we are pleased that the original 1909 building will be kept and revamped with a magnificent addition...

NEW: City Boys and Mountain Horses, by Ernie Walden
This book was written by Ernest Walden, a 96 year-old Franklin alumnus. Within these pages Ernie recalls his 1934 summer experience working in the Colville National Forest. Shortly after graduating from Franklin Ernie worked with pioneer, Cull White and...

NEW! First Class Picture at the Original Franklin School, Spokane, Wash., Circa 1889
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...

The Franklin School In Spokane, Washington: A Blast From The Past
There's no doubt that Franklin Elementary School is an intriguing part of Spokane history. Architecturally, the brick construction, wavy glass windows, and stone foundation give even the casual street observer a feeling of timeless tradition. Franklin School in more modern...

NEW! Wallace Photo Collection
Mike Wallace attended Franklin in the 1960s and has many fond memories of the school and neighborhood. He has gladly donated some pictures and descriptions for the archives. Particular thanks to Mr. Wallace for these and other artifacts including original...

Franklin School News/Pictures (Various)
Dr. Irene Gonzales will be joining Franklin as its 27th Principal. Dr. Gonzales has a long, successful history in the area of education and she comes to us from Spokane Public Schools. Welcome Dr. Gonzales! MAY 2013 ________________ After...

Franklin Alumnus Climbs Mt. Everest
Leave it to a Franklin alumnus to climb Mt. Everest. What may have started with the school slide as a tot, has evolved into something much bigger. Dawes Eddy, who attended Franklin in the 1950s, made it to the...

Centennial Speeches
On May 21 and 22, 2009, Franklin alumni, students, and friends gathered to celebrate Franklin's centennial. There was an Alumni-Friends Reception and an assembly. Both events offered speeches by people with memories of Franklin. They are oral histories. The following...

Doug Clark: Alumni know why Franklin's going strong
Preface by Shute: Doug delivered a heart-warming talk at the Franklin Centennial Celebration. This appeared right after. We couldn't agree more. Thanks Doug... and Mr. Kolb. _______________ By Doug Clark, Spokesman Review May 24, 2009 A cool thing happened just...

Franklin Parade and Festival Marking 100 Years!
On Friday, May 22, 2009, beginning at 10:00 in the morning, the Franklin Community came together to celebrate 100 years of learning and teaching excellence. The night before primed the celebration with an Alumni-Friends Reception. The sky was blue, the...

Centennial Picture Gallery
Here are some additional shots from the Franklin School Centennial Parade and the Alumni Reception. They depict excitement, action, old friendships, and reconnection. Please also visit the pages for the Alumni-Friends Reception and also the Centennial Parade for more photographs....

Franklin Reunion Party!
Wow! On the evening of May 21, 2009, a sizable crowd (250-300) of Franklin Alums gathered in the Franklin Auditorium. The excitement was high and the place was crackling with smiles, laughter, chatter, and reconnections. All the silence that was...

Doug Clark: Wonder where I got this grade-school mindset?
By Doug Clark Spokesman-Review May 19, 2009 We dignitaries who ascend into the stratosphere of self-importance occasionally are called upon to deliver a lofty speech at a place of higher learning. President Barack Obama, for example, recently made an appearance...

Franklin Videos
Franklin Video Scrapbook, Part 1 of 3. By Christine Campos and KC DesignWorks Franklin Video Scrapbook, Part 2 of 3. By Christine Campos and KC DesignWorks Franklin Video Scrapbook,Part 3 of 3. By Christine Campos and KC DesignWorks. Franklin Centennial...

Spokesman Article: Celebrating a century of Franklin
Celebrating a century of Franklin: Elementary school plans parade, festival to mark 100 years By Pia Hallenberg Christensen/Staff writer _______________ Shute's Preface: Well, it turns out that the old Franklin School was a quasi-prison for a time in November, 1909....

03/18/09 Franklin Video Sample
Kristine and Tom Campos are working hard to create a totally cool video commemorating the Franklin Centennial Celebration. This You- Tube sample is only a glimpse of what is in store! Videos will be available soon... but meantime, here is...

Teacher Rules, Circa 1905
Teacher rules such as these (circa 1905) were commonly mandated in the 1800s and earlier parts of the 1900s. These rules came from Iowa, however, similar mandates were common across America. An interesting site including such information can be...

Leo's Studio: "Smile on the Count of 4...One, Two, Four!"
Preface: This 2007 article comes from the Valley Scoop. It highlights the work of Laurence "Chauncey" Morgan who operated Leo's Studio for decades. Many Franklin class pictures were taken by this great man or one of his photographers. Leo's Studio...

Oral and Written History Collections
As stories, memories, and histories are collected, here is a place where they are posted. These recollections come from various sources including emails, interviews, transcriptions, letters, and notes. They serve to preserve history that may be useful to our students...

Franklin Photo/Exhibit Gallery 2000s
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...

Franklin Photo/Exhibit Gallery 1990s
First day of school, Fall 1996. Special thanks to Mike Cosgrove for this and other pictures from this era. _________________________ This picture taken on May 23, 1996 by the Spokesman Review showed Rebecca Danica's students performing the May Pole...

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...

Franklin Photo/Exhibit Gallery 1970s
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...

Franklin Photo/Exhibit Gallery 1960s
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...

Franklin Photo/Exhibit Gallery 1950s Volume 1
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 ?;...

Franklin Photo/Exhibit Gallery 1950s Volume 2
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...

Franklin Photo/Exhibit Gallery 1950s Volume 3
1950 Third Grade Class ______________________ This early 50s shot was likely taken in one of the portables. _______________________ This curious classroom picture was taken in the early 1950s or possibly in the late 1940s. Check out that mural and...

Franklin Photo/Exhibit Gallery 1950s Volume 4
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...

Franklin Photo/Exhibit Gallery 1940s Volume 1
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...

Franklin Photo Exhibit/Gallery 1940s Volume 2
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,...

Franklin Photo/Exhibit Gallery 1930s
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...

Franklin Photo/Exhibit Gallery 1920s
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;...

Franklin Photo/Exhibit Gallery 1909-1919
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, ?, ?, ?,...

Franklin Photo/Exhibit Gallery Pre-1909
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...

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...

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...

The Little Red School House/Cory Davis 1985 Sound Clip
This picture of Master Cory Davis was taken for his 1985 recitation, The Little Red School House. Cory's in full costume as an early day school kid on the Franklin stage. True to heart, Cory is now a teacher...

Franklin Oral History Format
Greetings Franklin Friends, Oral Histories are a way to capture the events and culture of an organization. They are important because they teach future generations about how things were in the past. Without them, history from the personal human standpoint...

In Memoriam
"While your smile might be gone only for now, the memories of you and your spirit live on and on." Please send us obituary notices of Franklin alumni and staff. If you have a short story or a few sentences...

Benjamin Franklin Quotes
Benjamin Franklin was a remarkable statesman, inventor, humanitarian, and philosopher. Amongst many things, he invented eye glasses, the Franklin Stove, and discovered electricity. He was a polymath. Franklin donated his countless ideas and inventions to mankind and was also an...

Dirk Kempthorne Letter For Centennial Celebration
For the celebration, Dirk Kempthorne submitted this letter. It was read to the attendees by Mickey Hanson at the Alumni-Friends Reception on May 21, 2009. Franklin School has always held a special spot in Kempthorn's memory and heart. He...

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