First Grade Lake Village Elementary, 1959
First Row: Principal Mr. Arbuckle, Pam Fox,
Josephine Steele, David Linderman, Penny Dawson, Greg Little, Betty
Eaton, Bobby Steele
Second Row: Linda Floyd, Leo, Peggy Bigger, Alice Bradburn, Kirby Brownfield, Debbie Brown
Third Row: Walter Martin, Christine Bushman, David Strain, Peggy Flatt, Eugene Veld, Brenda Bigger, Joe Divorak, Dolly Allis, Peewee
Fourth Row: Nancy Hendricks, Eddie, Jeanette McDonald, Goldie, Wiley Stone, Georgia Crowell, Debbie Patrick, David Page, Judy Brown
(Little Eddie was sick – 4th row, second over – and died that summer before second grade started.)
contributed by Georgia M (Crowell) Vallejos.
Second Grade Lake Village Elementary, 1960
First Row: Mr. Arbuckle, Mrs. Shiraco, Eugene
Peggy Flat, David Page, Pam Fox, Kirby Brownfield, Nancy Hendricks,
Second Row: Debbie Patrick, Vance Myers, Teresa Woodcox, Georgia Crowell, David Strain, Dolly Allis
Third Row: David Linderman, Linda Floyd, Joe Divorak, Jeanette McDonald, Bobby Steele, Christine Bushman, Greg Little, Penny Dawson, Peewee
Fourth Row: Walter Martin, Judy Brown, Peggy Bigger, Wiley Stone, Alice Bradburn, Chuckie Cain, Betty Eaton, Brenda Bigger.
Some of the kids in my class were Dolly
Allison, Wiley Stone, David Page, Alice Bradburn, Penny Dawson, Vance
Myers, Christine Henderson, Josephine Steele, Chuckie Cain, Brenda
Bigger, Eugene (?), David Page, Judy Brown, two different
Debbie’s and my best friend Betty Eaton.
The cafeteria ladies were farmer’s wives from around town, and they put up a real farmer’s lunch – all made from scratch. Buttered squash, fried chicken, green beans, rhubarb cobbler with rhubarb from their own gardens. Amazing. I work at a school in Utah, have been here for 20 years, and all they get in the cafeteria is burgers, pizza, tacos and hot dogs. Yuck!I remember when they had the elections in the gymnasium that made JFK president. Also remember the day he was shot. We were in the new building then – I was in 5th grade. Mr. McDonald was principal. I swear he looked and acted just like Don Knotts. He went from room to room and told us the news, then had us all bow our heads for a moment of silence. Then he dismissed school and had the busses take us home.
On bad days, they took us to the gym for recess, where we just ran around like madmen. The gym was heated with these big air ducts built into the walls. Our favorite thing to do was to sit in them (which they allowed) and climb up into them (which was not allowed.) One air duct could hold 4 to 6 kids.
All the kids in my class played together at recess – boys and girls. We played baseball, dodge ball, red rover, statues, easter eggs, and sometimes my little group of friends played a game called babysitter that one of the girls taught us. We played it on the cement slab just below the bell. It went like this; one girl was the mom, one was the babysitter, one was the witch, and the rest were the children. It was a modified version of easter eggs. The mom would say to the witch “I’m going downtown to smoke my pipe, I won’t be back till Saturday night, if you let the old witch in, I will chop your (head, leg, arm) off!” Then the witch would come in and if she got through the babysitter, the kids would run. Whoever the witch caught would be “out” and the babysitter would lose whatever member the mom had said. The game was over when all the kids were caught, or the babysitter ran out of limbs.
A bit of history on the Lake Village School, reproduced from the
"History of Newton County, 1985"