Hamburg Grade Schools

Last month I wrote a post titled Hamburg Buildings. In the post I shared an architectural drawing of the new Hamburg High School.

The picture of the school generated a bit of discussion on Facebook with some of my friends who have Hamburg roots. One of my friends asked if anyone had pictures of the old grade school that he attended when he was young.

Tonight as I was paging through one of my Grandma’s scrapbooks I ran across a picture of the school.

Hamburg, Iowa - Old Grade School - 1958 - Memories of Grade School

This picture is for Victor. This picture was taken in 1958 shortly before it was to be torn down to make way for a new parking lot at the new high school.

I find it interesting that the school district was offered $500 for the salvage value of the building. Instead of having to pay for the destruction they were able to sell the building for scrap. I am sure that the bricks from this building ended up being recycled into another building somewhere.

Marnie Simons Grade School - Hamburg, Iowa - Safety Patrol - Grade SchoolsIn the same scrapbook I was able to find a picture of the new grade school. I don’t have a picture of the entire building, but thought that this was an interesting picture.

The safety patrol is posing for a group picture in front of the new Marnie Simons grade school.

Of course, my wandering mind wanted to know where the school name came from. I found that Marnie Simons was a well known Hamburg school teacher. She was born in 1872 and died in 1964. I also found out that her parents were Arthur and Sarah Simons.

I will have to keep my eyes open to see if I can find out anything more about her in my Grandma’s scrapbooks.

I did find out that the school still has the same name after all these years. Perhaps one of my Hamburg friends has more information they can share with me.

This also makes me think of one of the grade schools that I went to. It was named for a prominent educator in the city it was in.

This is making me think of the many schools that are named for people. Perhaps it will be the subject of a future post 🙂

Who was your Grade School named for?


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4 Responses to Hamburg Grade Schools

  1. Dan Groth says:

    You probably already know this but Douma Elementary School in Ottumwa Iowa was named after Frank W. Douma a long-time educator in Ottumwa. I also went to Stuart School for K-1st grade but don’t know who that school was named after. Steven just a thought: I think you ought to write about the 2 elementary schools you attended when you lived here in Ottumwa. I think you went to Irving also if I am not mistaken.

    • vanbraman says:

      Dan, I have some ideas for a future post. Douma was indirectly mentioned in the post. I knew that Douma was a local educator 🙂 I need to see if I can dig up some pictures of Douma. I have a few of Irving.

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