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Carol Perkins: Sharing memories of recently razed Edmonton HS
The old building, left almost half-a-century unused and deteriorating, is now gone. The memories Carol Perkins shares live on, and a September 9, 2018 reception is scheduled for all who attended the school to gather and share mementoes and stories.
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By Carol Perkins
Edmonton High School was one of the few school buildings of its era still standing in the area. Standing, that is, until a week or so ago. Built in 1923, it consisted of Edmonton students, but then as Summer Shade High School and Center High School closed, these students merged to Edmonton High School, soon outgrowing the building and its name.
In 1958, a new school, appropriately named Metcalfe County High School, opened, leaving the former building for the sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. The white wooden buildings surrounding the old high school continued as the elementary school until around the early part of the 70s. Eventually, some of the individual buildings (most had once been one-room schools) were sold and moved while others were left to deteriorate among the weeds.
Gradually, vandals broke out windows, gutted the inside, sprayed graffiti on the walls and floors, and the roof collapsed. Some locals, especially kids, continued to explore the crumbling building, creating a liability for the owner(s). Finally, the owner seemed to have no choice but to tear it down.
However, we are left with lifelong memories and wonderful stories. We will remember those wooded elementary classrooms with slanted floors, the smell of oil, sprinkled around to keep down the chalk dust, the long "black" boards that had a tint of green, and the holder that held five or six pieces of chalk used to make lines on the board for us to write our ABCs. We remember the woods behind the school that was our recess playground, the swings and merry-go-round, the slide that burned our legs in the hot weather and froze them in the cold, and the paper cups we made to use at the only water fountain.
I remember sitting in the corner in 1st grade for putting white glue on the boy sitting next to me, having my hand spanked with a ruler in 5th grade, taking piano lessons at the "big" building, going to ballgames in the tiny gym where the balcony looked as if it might fall, and the many fall festivals and the smell of homemade rolls coming from the lunchroom! Who could forget Mr. Word, the janitor, and Mr. Smith, the principal, sitting in his office surveying the playground from his window? Later, Mr. Smith moved with the high school students to the new building and Mr. Glen T. Scott was our principal. These memories go on and on!
On September 9, 2018, from 3pm-5pmCT, at the Old School Cafe in Edmonton (former cafeteria of MCHS) Susan Chambers and I invite you to join us for a reception honoring the graduates of Edmonton High School ('23-'57) and anyone else who ever attended high school or elementary school there is encouraged to come for a fun time of pictures, stories, and lots of "I haven't seen you in years!" The building may be gone, but the memories are alive and well.
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