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Perhaps a note can be added for the beloved bell-ringer

Joe Taylor, Sr. - He was as much a part of the school building as the tall windows or the oiled wooden floors. - LAVERNE WOODY JANKOWSKI

By Laverne Woody Jankowski

Boy! Ann Sutton's comments about Joe Taylor and the old school bell really hit a note of nostalgia for me.

I can almost hear the conversation:
MAMA: Hurry, you're going to be late for school!

ME: But the bell hasn't rung yet.
Living right across the street from the school building, we almost never left the house until the bell started ringing. I think the pitch and tone of that bell is etched in my brain.

Likewise, is the memory of Joe Taylor.

He was for many of us elementary school students, a non-judgmental friend, (a Mr. Miyagi/Karate Kid character of the 1950's).

He was as much a part of the school building as the tall windows or the oiled wooden floors.

In winter, he would be there long before daylight to fire up the boiler so that the building would be warm by 8:00 a.m. He also, along with my father, James Woody, built the, now-demolished, community cannery, which was adjacent to the school.

Perhaps in the renewed appreciation of this historical old school bell, a note can be added for the beloved bell-ringer, Joe Taylor.

--Laverne Woody Jankowski Comments re article 57080 Remembers trek to funeral home to honor Joe Taylor Sr

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