Newport News, VA
From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/14/03:
Ahhhhhhh, Stonewall Jackson School.
My uncle attended (ca. 1924-30); my mother attended (ca. 1927-33); my auntie attended (ca. 1933-1939). The family name was Linkous. Heck, even I attended for about 3 months in 1952 (First grade). My teacher was a Miss Harmon, who had also taught my mother and auntie.
My grandparents home was on 47th Street, very near the school. I taught myself
to catch baseball grounders by bouncing a baseball
off the brick wall and chasing it down.
Both the home and the school are gone, except in my fond memories of a simpler
* I'm thinking you're younger than one or two in this photo, so I'm back-dating it....
From Pauline Collins Shofner of NN, VA - 02/16/03:
I just looked at the baby photo of Dave Spriggs ('64). I guess we lived near each other. Before moving to 62nd Street, I lived at 47th Street in the "brick row". We just sold (2/13/03) my mother's home on 62nd Street. Sarah, your comment regarding Mrs. Brockwell was true - she did have an over abundance of saliva. I have a photo of my second grade class (Mrs. Davis) and David Trevathan ('65) and Shirley Elder ('65) are in it. I think that Sarah and Wayne had Miss Rountree. Sarah, I remember our road trip to Yoder Dairy too. Good grief, I thought that it was another country away from Jackson School. Anyway, thank you, Wayne and Sarah, for going back in time with me. I loved living on 47th Street; however, moving to 62nd Street was not nearly as fun as 47th.
Pauline Collins Shofner of NN, VA - 02/20/03:
From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 02/20/03:
Creasy's was across the street from the NN City Pool on Wickham Avenue. We used to go there after swimming lessons and buy soft serve ice cream from Mrs. Midkiff (Lanny's mother). I always thought she was so pretty. Lanny is now my brother in law! Mr. Nuttycombe taught me my first swimming lessons...I was terrified of the water and did not learn to swim until I was 19 years old...but he tried! I would not put my head under the water or take my feet off the bottom!
|WAY BACK THEN:|
I was snooping through my
mother's old photo albums and came across this undated newspaper clipping
from the Daily Press: 1918 Aerial Photo
My mother reports that this house was moved to 47th Street and was next door to my grandparents home at 337, which had also been moved from a lower numbered street.
The famous "swing set" from my previous "extended recess" story was located on the old site of this home.
Now, that IS spooky. Maybe I was hearing spirits that day.
structure just to the lower right of the school. You can't tell from the
but I happen to know that it was a fire station. My grandfather was a
volunteer fireman there for many years.
Notwithstanding that it looks completely different today, when I am there I can see it all so vividly as if were still 1955.
- Courtesy of Dave Spriggs
('64) of VA - 07/02/03
I have been searching my
reference library and found the attached text and images in the following
which I cite for purposes of attribution:
The Good Old Days in Hampton and Newport News, Parke Rouse, Jr., The Dietz Press, Richmond VA., 1986.
While she may have been
amused at my extended recess, my Mother was decidedly less forgiving. After all, Miss Harmon had been her and my Aunt's and Uncle's teacher as
so I was carrying the full weight of the Linkous Family reputation on my
little shoulders. She could never understand (and still can't) how I could have remained on
when everybody else had returned to class.
- Courtesy of Dave Spriggs
('64) of VA - 04/11/03
This photo enlarges - adorably!)
|May Day, 1930||1947|
May Day Festivities about 1930
Dave Spriggs' mother, Mildred Linkous,
is third from right on front row,
as indicated by arrow
Both the home and the school are gone,
|- Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/14/03||
- Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/14/03
OOOH! Thanks, Dave!
* I'm thinking you're younger than one or two in this photo, so I'm back-dating it....
(Above) is a photo of Stonewall Jackson Elementary school that I thought that you might like to have for the website.
The photo is from a booklet that I got when I was in the 7th Grade and I think that it was taken sometime near 1954.
It is taken from the 46th Street end which is where the first and second grades were located on the first floor.
('60) of VA - 02/17/07
And now, you asked for it - Stonewall Jackson Elementary School photos and a little more. For most of them I have also included a NNHS photo and where I could find them a more recent picture too. All are composites of the 3 that are 837 wide by 357 tall. If anyone has a recent photo to add to a composite, please send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will put them together and send them on to Carol for posting. Girls' married names are in parentheses.
|Marguerite A. Wilson - Principal in 1955||Mrs. Brockwell - 7th Grade Teacher - Room 20|
|Christine A. Anas (Thomas) - Hall of Fame - Best Looking - now Midland, TX||Bobby Bowden - Transferred to ?? after 11th grade||John Coffey - Transferred to ?? after 8th grade|
|Gene Temple Collins (Glave) - Hall of Fame - Best All Around - now Isle of Palms, SC||H. Wallace ("Wally") Craver Jr. - Band, Alto Sax - now Victoria, BC, Canada||Gene Wilson Duncan - Football, Track, Julian Gordon Trophy - now Carrollton, VA|
|Mary Lorena Elder (Smith) - Hockey, Basketball, Drama Staff - now Avon Park, FL||F. Edward (Ed) Harris - Hall of Fame - Most Popular, 1960 NNHS President - now Roanoke, VA||David Stanley Hartzler - Bible Club Chaplain - now Vale, NC|
|David Hubbard - Transferred to ?? after 7th Grade||Donald Jett, Transferred to Warwick High School after 9th grade; now Fort Pierce, FL||Tommy Koger - Transferred to Middlesex High School after 10th grade, and played both football and basketball there; attended the Apprentice School|
|Ralph L. McKee - DO club, Shop Superintendent - now Missing, please email if you know where he is||Elizabeth Mellor - Transferred to ?? after 10th grade||John C. Murden - Honor Council, Key Club President, Basketball Manager, now Richmond, VA|
|Albert E. Simms Jr. - Senior Band, Dance Band, Trumpet - now Fredericksburg, VA||James Henry Tolbert - Track, Cross Country, DO Club - now Newport News|
|Name Unknown - Please email if you know his name.||Katherine E. Vretos - Anchor Staff, Drama - now Newport News, VA||Franklin Ward - now ?? - , please email if you know where he is.|
('60) of VA - 02/24/07 (but not added until 03/10/07)
Thursday, May 24, 1956
OK, Sarah to the rescue! Re: the (third grade) classroom pic in Stonewall Jackson (on the left) here are all the names I know and I only missed 2.
FRONT ROW: Bonnie Jennings, Brenda Vanness, Janie Keatts, Betty Takis, Martha Hand, Joy Wheeler
SECOND ROW: Mary Helen Simms, Shirley Elder, Betsy Smith, Pauline Collins, _____ _____, Sarah Puckett, Bobbie Wilkins, Jerry Allen
THIRD ROW: David Amos, David Trevathan, _____ _____, Bobby Harris, Phil Drummond, Harvey Estes, Joe Laws
How's that for memory - considering what year it is?????
- Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 01/09/04
How cute! Thanks, Cheryl!
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 03/13/07
That's simply superb! Thanks, Sarah!
"...I was reliving some very
early childhood memories as I walked around those several
Jackson School site looking
diagonally toward 47th Street"
|"...I was trying to determine just exactly where the 46th Street door to Jackson was located. Why, you may ask? Because I wanted to duplicate the post card shot...The piece of pavement on the left is all that remains of 46th Street."||"So, as I walked over to 47th and tried to picture where that door would have been, I saw a section of old concrete walk which could only have been the one leading to the 47th Street door."|
|Saturday, January 17, 2004|
- Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/17/04
Oh, my goodness - thanks so much, Dave!
You may recall that years ago I found a site listing
the schools designed by architect, Charles M. Robinson.
It indicated that he designed Stonewall Jackson School in January 1923, which we assumed was the year it was originally built.
We may have to rethink that notion. I recently purchased this PC on EBAY:
|1910||Thursday, August 11, 1910||about 1954|
There is no doubt that it is Jackson School, based on the appearance of the school and the caption.
And there is no doubt that the message was written in
1910 and the postmark also indicates 1910. Without a doubt, the school existed
in 1910. I was disinclined to believe that, because I could not imagine enough
residences in North End at that time to support an
elementary at that location. Apparently, there were sufficient students to
warrant the construction of the school. So, it would seem that Charles M.
Robinson designed the expansion in 1923
The card was signed by G.B. McAlpine. The 1910 census shows a Gilbert B. McAlpine (with daughters Annie and Mary) living at 251-47th Street, so he would have been able to see Jackson School from his home.
This photo matches the PC, so that cinches it.
And it gets even better. If you could see the home to
the viewer's left of the school on the postcard, my grandfather (J.P. Linkous)
was a lodger in that home. It is the one visible next to the school in the
newspaper clipping above. That home was later moved to 47th Street (to the
vacant lot seen in the lower left corner of the clipping and sat next to my
grandparents' home, which had been moved to 47th Street from a lower numbered
Also, the enumerator of the 1910 census on 46th Street and 47th Street was Thomas M. Ware. His son, Thomas R. Ware married my great aunt, Ida Evans. To confirm that, I just got off the phone with my 2nd cousin, who is a granddaughter of Thomas M. Ware.
Small town, huh??
- Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/21/08
I LOVE your tenacity in tracking down the small details and inter-relating them, Captain! Such fun things you find! Thanks so much!
|Having several verified photos of Stonewall Jackson School to view, ranging from its original design to its final configuration, I can only conclude that this image IS NOT Stonewall Jackson School. The school in this image has glaring architectural differences from the verified images. It is possible that the publishers cleverly added the school name above the entrance, but there is no evidence that the real Jackson School ever had such an entrance with those types of columns. Further, the window design and placement does not match any verified image, and there is no verified image ever showing a cupola. There are other differences, but I think I have made my point.|
Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64)
of VA - 03/25/03
Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/23/08
A GATHERING OF CHILDHOOD FRIENDS
After 50+ years, the four began making contact with each other through Carol Buckley Harty's ('65 - of IL) NNHS web-site, followed by direct e-mail. Don was visiting his brother who lives near Buena Vista, VA and suggested that the four get together and since Ed lives in Roanoke, Al lives in Fredericksburg, and David lives in Lynchburg, it was agreed that a 50's themed restaurant in Staunton named Wright's was fairly central to the four and would be the perfect setting.
|Wednesday, February 25, 2009|
|Wright's Dairy-Rite, Staunton, VA|
A giant thank you goes out to Carol, who without her NNHS web-site, this meeting and renewed childhood friendships would have most likely never occurred. A picture is attached, taken of the four while at Wright's.
Don Jett, WHS '60
It is by growing old that one
learns to remain young......
- Don Jett
(NNHS / Warwick HS - '60) of FL - 03/22/09
Scanning some of My Dad's old
negatives I found the following photos of Stonewall Jackson
Elementary School Teachers.
LEFT: Mrs. (or Miss) Dunn - Third
or Fourth grade teacher; CENTER:
Mrs. Harrell; RIGHT: familiar but I
cannot remember her name.
Mrs. Dunn - probably Third
grade teacher but
Mrs. Dunn's class with her in the center rear.
I think this was my brother's class and as he
is not in the photo, I assume that he took it
with his Kodak Brownie Camera.
|ID provided by Mary Helen Simms Patterson and Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA|
Simms ('60) of VA - 10/13/11
"Given the name
of the school, I don't believe it would be all that
controversial to use this song for the page...a bit melancholy as if in lament of 'The Lost Cause'."
- Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/10/03
Quill Pen line divider courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 06/14/04
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