Post by David Sechrest on Jun 13, 2006 20:13:32 GMT -5
The old 25th Street "Barracks" School sat approximately where the 25th Street Shopping Center is today.
Any who attended this school are welcome to leave their memories!
David Sechrest Historic Columbus Indiana Progress should not ignore its roots and pillage our heritage in the process. Cultural, social, and historical should be part of the process, for it is the path and not the destination that is important - S. Givens
The "Barracks" or 25th Street School were old World War II quarters that had been moved in and erected for the educational classroom vacuum in the county. I am not sure what year it opened but my brother went to the 7th and 8th grade there and I did 3 grades there. The dates we attended the barracks runs from 1950 through 1954. After that Clifty School was built out near Clifty Creek all students attending the barracks went to Clifty to my knowledge. The barracks also had some early classrooms down Central Avenue near the traffic light of Central and 25th Street. The main barracks had some coal fired stoves and most classrooms had Government Issued (GI) space heaters. Air Cooling if it got hot was open windows because Air Conditioning wasn't developed yet. The walls and floors inside and out were all wooden.
The Front and back of the school had huge play grounds, basketball goals and some swings etc. In the back area there were super large walnut trees that seemed to always have nuts for the kids to eat. Also, a large track for running but was dirt not neatly developed. Many kids played marbles, jump rope, basketball, softball or just talked at breaks. The school buses would arrive and park in the rear areas that were dirt and gravel surfaces. Most kids brought their lunches in brown bags or metal lunch pails. Brother's and my lunch was normally a couple hot dogs with mustard and the school provided a milk. Across the street from the main barracks down Central two houses was a house that served Chili and hot dogs every school day for a price. We never went there because the budget called for the brown bag, but we didn't mind. There was traffic crossing patrol boys when going across to the Chili house at lunch or before and after school for non bus kids.
The principal was Clyde Bickley and the sports coach was Robert Rouse. Mr. Bickley taught the 8th grade and Mr. Rouse the 7th. Other teacher names were Mrs. Ayers (Brad Ayers mother) and my grandmother Alice Eddelman. I can't recall all the names but there were more. I think the barracks closed in 1955 when Clifty was ready for students.
An earlier teacher at the school was Warren Moore, whom my parents had known before he became one of my teachers. *** I was one of the students who did eat at the chili house in cold weather. Other times it was the described metal lunch pail and school milk *** Robert Rouse was both a coach when I played basketball as well as my teacher. Clyde Bickley was my eighth grade teacher and the school principal. *** I played basketball with Bob's elder brother and was in the classes the elder brother took at that school. *** I tried to avoid sitting too close to the stand-alone stove in the winter, as it would get extremely hot. On the other hand, on the coldest days it was too cold to sit clear across the room.
Twenty-Fifth Barracks Class of 1952 (Next Stop Central High School)
The graduating 8th Grade 25th Street Barracks Class of 1952 was:
Cletah Baldwin/ Janice K. Johnson John Barlow/ Larry Jones Robert Biddinger/ Larry LaRue Koehler Bobby Burris/ Betty Michner Kent Butler/ Michael E. Murphy Kay Brooks/ David Petro Larry Brooks/ Janet D. Pittman Gerald Christman/ Susan Porter Mary Elizabeth Combs/ Jerry Records Jimmie Denny/ Arlene Ryle Mary Jane Durham/ Carolyn Sebastian Darrel Greathouse/ John Shafer Mary Elizabeth Henry/ James Shafer Evelyn R. Hornback/ Dick Smith Malcom Huckaby/ Billy Stotts Mickey Warner/ Note: 23 kids to this Class for the teacher Clyde Bickley
The School's address was 1828 25th Street that intersects Central Ave. The school traffic controllers let kids walk from the front of Richard's Standard Gas Station across to the Barracks school. As I said earlier some classrooms were down Central Ave behind Wilson's Furniture at 1903 25th Street.
Directly, across from these side Central classrooms was the house that served Chili and Hot dogs for lunch to the students by choice. Across the street from Wilson's on the corner of 25th and Central was the State Highway Garage. There may have been only two classrooms there and the playground was very, very small behind the building classrooms on Central Ave. Mostly jump ropes and marbles were played for this age group of students.
I think the age group was the 3rd and 4th grades (guessing here). Most boys had bags of marbles they brought to school for recess play and the girls brought jumping ropes. Some girls played hop-scotch in the dirt areas of the play ground. No swings or any play equipment at this location, just what kids made up and brought from home.
I attended six grade in the barracks and that would've been in 1946, right after the war ended. I am not positive but I think this was the first year this satellite of East Columbus School was open. My teacher's name was Mrs. Forrest (Marie) Carmichael and she was a wonderful teacher. My brother also was there and in the 4th grade but I can't recall his teacher's name. Mr. Moore was there when we were going to the school as well. I remember it could be very cold in the classrooms in the Winter. We only lived on up Central and around the curve (which is now Rocky Ford Road) but we still had to ride a school bus from our house out to E. Columbus school and then transfer and take another bus back to the barracks. It would've only been about a mile and a half from our house to the school but we still had to go all the way out to E. C. Always seemed like a rather stupid idea making everyone assemble at the main school and then having to be bussed back to the barracks.
At the time I went to the Barracks school, we were not allowed to leave the school grounds, but then there wasn't anything around us but fields as I recall. So everyone brought a brown bag lunch to school or maybe lunch was in a metal lunch box. There wasn't much of a playground there either at that time, but I'm sure later on it might've been developed so that there were more things to do outside at "recess". Do they even have recess anymore?
I am not positive about this but it seems to me that even kids from East Columbus area were bussed to this location so its possible that the school out on State Street was just too overcrowded. I feel like it was maybe just third thru sixth grades that went there when I attended. Now remember that's 60 years ago so my memory may be fuzzy on some points.
I just remember thinking how close we lived and yet we had to get up early, ride out to East Columbus, change busses and then ride to 25th Street and we did the same thing each evening after school in the reverse.
My brother and I were talking on the phone this morning and he agreed with me that he thought the year I attended 6th grade at 25th Street annex and he would've been in 4th grade was the first year for this school to be open. He also confirmed there was no play ground equipment. There were fallen down trees and he said the boys would stack the pieces of lumber up and make themselves "forts" to play in and around. He also agreed that there was just the three grades...fourth, fifth and sixth at that time.
My brother indicated that his 8th grade graduation ceremony was conducted in the Taylorsville Gym in 1952. I suppose the class of many schools in those days went to Taylorsville or the Pearl Street Gym. My eight grade ceremony was in the Clifty cafeteria as probably many others did the same.
Post by darlene1956 on Nov 14, 2009 16:57:25 GMT -5
This really brings back a lot of memories for me. I attended the 25th street school in 1951 and 1952 when I was in 7th and 8th grades. I saw my name listed as a graduate of the school, Janet D. Pittman. I also had Mr. Rouse and Mr Bickley as teachers. I remember we went to Clifty Falls State park for an end of the school year in 8th grade. We rode a bus down. I still have some fond memories of the those days. Thanks for this message board. Janet
Post by larryreynolds on Jan 3, 2010 19:11:38 GMT -5
We moved from "E" Town School Thanksgiving of my fifth grade and I attended the Barracks. Mrs Carmichael was the teacher. I remember seeing a Dodge movie about Africa. That was the first, in school, movie I can remember.
Also, I remember standing standing around the stove one morning and one of the girls said she was moving. When asked, "Why.' there was a silence. Another girl said, "It's starts with a 'D' ? The first nodded, "Yes." I didn't know D is for divorce, then.
Don't forget, crossing guards (Noon across 25th to the hot dog and chili establishment) received free passes to the roller rink.
The sixth I attended at East. The teacher was a man with something wrong with his hand. Strict but fair.
Seventh was back to Barracks and Mr. Rouse.
Eighth - Kids who lived in Weimeyer Addition were sent to THE ORIGINAL CLIFFTY> It had been a one room school house and was converted into two rooms. Mrs Rice had first through fourth. Mr. Weddle (not sure) was the principal and taught fifth through eighth. Mrs Rouse (I think) came monthly and taught music. We had a Christmas Program for the parents in a concrete block building near by. It was something like American Legion headquarters. Eighth grade had six students. Three of us graduated from CHS in 55, myself, Joe Burns, and Roy Stuckey.
The pump was at the front door and the outhouses, out back. Coal burning stoves were in each room.
For eighth graduation we went to a church in Columbus along with Barracks' eighth graders, etc. I think I still have the program listing the schools and students names.
Does anyone have any knowledge of THE CLIFTY SCHOO
Welcome Larry, The name of the teacher you are trying to remember would've been Mr. Otis Timbrook. I'm not sure what was wrong with his one hand but it was deformed somewhat as there wasn't actually a hand. My guess would be it was a birth defect.
I also had Mrs. Marie Carmichael when I attended the 25th Street Barracks School. I had her for my 6th Grade. She was one of my favorite teachers! I think the year I attended there was the first year for those particular buildings to be open and I also don't recall we were ever allowed to leave the school grounds.
25th Street Barracks School 3rd Grade 1950-1951 Columbus Indiana
Brief:We are having a tough time naming all these 48 students. Mrs Ayers must have had a hard time teaching such a large class. Talk about overloading the classrooms. If you know any names please post what you may think related to any row in this picture. As Jeff Crump said: "I wonder how many were absent that day"? The buildings were WW II donated barracks.
Left to right, First Row:?, ?, Ira Asher, Jeff Crump, Brad Ayers, D. Cal Brand, Tommy McIntyre, Archie Taflinger, Mike Small, ?, ____ Bryant?, Jack Snyder??, Larry Yazell, ____ Haddix??, ?, Ford Mac Brown
Second Row: Connie Pogue, Mary Ellen Sims, Linda Baxter?, ?, ?, Connie ____?, Ella and Della Haddix (I don’t know which is which), ?, Barbara Fish, Barbara Henry, ?, Jannie Coppock, Sandra Price, ?
Third Row: Sid Showalter, Roger Coers, Dean Henderson, ?, ?, Virgil Lambert, Roger O’Neil, Bob Records, Ted _____ ?, Bob Hamilton, ____ Taylor, Tommy Jacobs, Sherman Larrison, ?, Bill Calhoun, Dennis Percifield, and Judy Edwards
Teacher: Mrs. Ayers Principal: Mr. Clyde Bickley
Enlarged Split Pic
Special Thank You: To Sid Showalter and Jeff Crump for providing the picture and names to Jack Hinkle that processed the information through emailing to many former students and friends. The picture is enlarged to meet the standard of the Historical Board requirements.
Comment: The names are subject to change due to conversations that are ongoing through emailing. Any final changes will be updated on this page.
This is only the second picture I have seen of the old long gone school. The classrooms and buildings were World War II barracks converted. The school was opened after the war and my brother and I attended the school during the years of 1950 through 1954. He attended two years and I went three years.
Several board members and present friends attended the school when it was open. After newer schools were built the barracks school was torn down. This picture seems to reflect the West side exit to the play grounds and wooded areas. The exact location was on the corner of 25th Street and Central.