This weeks Sepia Saturday photo is a of some children outside of a school.
Perfect time to dig out my School Photos and showcase them here.
Found the first one in a shop in Ventura, Ca
Thankfully it had a note that said “Villanova School” on the price tag. I wrote it down when they took the tag. From internet research and a city nearby where I found this photo there is a Villanova Preperatory School in Ojai, California. I am not sure if this is the exact one, photos of the school that I can see online are at a distance and do not match what I see in this photo. The curved doors and windows, love the metal work on those doors! Anyone have a guess for what year this could have been taken? So if its at the school it would be around a side not shown in other photos of this place. This looks more like a Staff photo then that of students unless the amount of students that attended were very small at the time.
I also wonder if this was taken at a hotel? It looks more like a fancy hotel and staff.
Heres what I have found on the Villanova School website…
Villanova was established in October 1924 at the request of Bishop John Cantwell who invited the Augustinians to California from Villanova, Pennsylvania to open schools and parishes in the early 1920’s. Villanova Preparatory School educates the leaders of tomorrow and is truly a microcosm of global citizenry comprising students from ten different countries.
NOTE ADDED: There are other Villanova Schools, Colleges, University, Monastery, etc, so if anyone recognizes this building please let me know! Ive searched through photos on sites of various places with the name but still no match.
I also have this one, I have strained and tilted this photo in different shades of light, Ive used a loop up close and at a distance, Ive saved it in photoshop as a negative hoping the words would be more visible, and Ive scanned it and zoomed in to try and see, sigh, no luck, this is where I wish I had a handy CSI kit to show me what the faint pencil writing on it says. If anyone else has any suggestions please chime in, there is faint writing in pencil cursive style but I just cannot make out the name, it does says School as the second word, but the first word is so hard to read, it could start with a P, C or E, but still the whole word is difficult to read. I wish there was a solution I could pour onto pencil lead that would only darken to make it surface better. Since the backdrop its written on is gray, flat and grainy its so hard to decipher.
This photo reads on the little blackboards on the ground “Feb. 9, 1907, Mallory School, Walter Womble Teacher”
Found this on the net…
“Mallory Schoolhouse was built in the fall of 1872. One acre of land was purchased from James R. and Mary Freeman for the sum of twenty dollars. The Deed was recorded September 12, 1872. Mallory School District was in the southeast corner of Ray County, Missouri.
The first records were sent to the County School Superintendent in 1907. The first eighth grade graduates on record were DeWitt and Leland McQueen who graduated in 1908.
In the year 1938-1939, the enrollment was 35. In 1945, the enrollment was so small it was decided to close the school and send the children by bus to the Hardin School. ”
Interesting to see the first records were sent in 1907, the same year as this photograph. I have tried looking up the teacher Walter Womble, I can find a few of them in Missouri but didnt find any listed in the census as a school teacher, if anyone else can find anything on him chime in. Since the info on the website gives you the name of the 2 students graduating on record in 1907, there is some info in census records of a “Leland McQueen”, who just may be pictured in this photo. He is 17 in 1910, so this could be about right, he would be about 15 in the photo. Now if we only knew which one was him!
1910 census, Crooked River, Ray, Missouri
William McQueen 71 b VA f VA m VA
Bernecia McQueen 51 s/b Pernicia b MO f OH m MO
James McQueen 32
Maynie McQueen 21
Dewitt McQueen 19
Leland McQueen 17
Helen McQueen 13
John McQueen 10
There is also some history in Hastings, New York of a Mallory Schoolhouse, that has been transformed into a residence and there are photos of online and contained in a book on Hastings.
I like this photo, how the two men are standing on the side of the building as if to be out of sight, almost like a villain hiding dressed in his cowboy hat, but they are still in the shot, and the 2 in the school house window. Is that Mr. Wombles on the right? And what is he holding? Makes me think of a bell or something but Im not sure.
Hope you have enjoyed this week’s school photos.