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This article appearded in the East Liverpool Review School Edition Suppliment about the proposed School Levy on November 3, 1951.

A little "tongue in cheek" but interesting and educational just the same.[Though it did have a serious purpose when it was originally published. ELHS WebMaster]



Garfield in office when '6th" went up

The Johnstown flood. . . The Chicago fire . . . "Wild Bill" Hickok's saga--

That's the era, preserve now forever in legend, in which East Liverpool built many of its grade school buildings.

"Wild Bill" has been in his South Dakota grade for 75 years and Mrs. O'Leary's cow is a figure in folklore, but the classrooms that were new when they romped across the front page are in every day use.

Of 5 grade school buildings the Board of Education plans to replace, for date back at least 60 years. The "baby" of the outfit is 39, which is way back far enough that it antedates World War I, prohibition and votes for women.

The oldest building in the bunch, Sixth St., Dates back to 1880, when Garfield was president, doomed to die the following year of assassin's bullet. The French government was drawing plans for the Panama Canal, still a dream.

Sixth Street School

In 1886, when Grant St. Building went up, the Statue of Liberty was coming to life under French sculptor's chisel and Dr. A. Conan Doyle drew the pattern for millions of whodunits by inventing the most famous sleuth in history, Sherlock Holmes.

Gen. Grant's memoirs of the Civil War was a bestseller, rolling off the presses of publishing company founded by Mark Twain, who was at the zenith of his career as an American humorist. People still were talking about the Brooklyn Bridge, opened 3 years before, but Steve Brodie hadn't made his famous leap. It wasn't until the following year, 1887, that the Statue of Liberty took up her stand in New York harbor to greet the flood of immigration that was pouring into the United States.

Grant Street School

West End school has been a landmark since 1888, the year of one of the greatest blizzards ever to hit the eastern United States. The "blizzard of 88" had them all backed off the boards until mother nature came up with something even bigger last winter.

West End School

The Johnstown flood was not to strike for another year, snuffing out 2200 lives in the Pennsylvania town. Brazil was ruled by an emperor, 4th off his throne the following year by a slaves' uprising, and the French and veiled the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

In 1891, the year Third St. School was something new, the invention of the gas-powered auto still was a year away. Electric you should had been substituted for hanging as a means of capital punishment in New York only a year before.

Third Street School

Labor trouble was brewing in Pennsylvania steel towns, building up to the infamous Homestead battle between guards and strikers the following year that killed a dozen and left many wondered.

The Chicago World's Fair, which made the hootchy-hootchy dance a byword, was due to open the following year. The Spanish-American war, dim now even the memory of old-timers, still was 7 years away.

Washington building went up in 1912, the year the liner Titanic smashed into an iceberg on her maiden trip from England.

Washington School


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