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Title: How Time Flies -- U.S. History and Lee School Memories

How Time Flies -- U.S. History and Lee School
  • Mrs. Jean Dickinsons Fifth Grade Class,
  • Lee School Centennial Project

  • Devon Campbell
  • Neesy Carter
  • Marquez Dampier
  • Tre Demyan
  • Abigail Eckerle
  • Preonica Gray
  • Nick Hamilton
  • Christopher High
  • Tre Key
  • Dylan Koenig
  • Cheyenne Lacey
  • Kristian Lozanov
  • Diana McFarland
  • Claudia Peters
  • Hans Robinson
  • Martha Sanchez-Villegas
  • Zola Sturtz
  • Andrew Solorzano
  • Jamal Tooley
  • Jin Yan

Consultants and Editors
  • Mrs. Sharon Schauwecker
  • Mrs. Jean Dickinson
  • Dr. Peggy Placier
  • Sources
  • Kingwood College, American Cultural History
  • Library of Congress, American Memory website

The Roaring Twenties
The Roaring Twenties
  • The Twenties,known as The Roaring Twenties, was
    the decade for
  • Harlem Renaissance
  • Ford cars
  • Charles Lindbergh

Historical and Cultural Events
  • Penicillin was discovered.
  • Continental Baking Company introduced Wonder
  • Thanks to Henry Ford and mass production, one
    could buy a Ford for 290. 
  • This was a period of  prohibition and
    intolerance, speakeasies, flappers, gangsters,
    and crime.

  • Woodrow Wilson Warren G. Harding
    Calvin Coolidge (right)
  • Herbert Hoover

  • Warren G.Harding was the 29th president of the
    United States(1921-1923). He was one of eight
    presidents born in Ohio.
  • Coolidge was one of two presidents born in
    Vermont. He was the 30th president of the United

Calvin Coolidge 1923 - 1929
Warren G. Harding 1921-1923
  • The Harlem Renaissance was also a big event in
    American history. This is Louis Armstrong, and he
    was a famous musician during that time.


  • I, too, sing America.
  • I am the darker brother.
  • They send me to eat in the kitchen
  • When company comes,
  • But I laugh,
  • And eat well,
  • And grow strong.
  • Tomorrow, I'll be at the table
  • When company comes.
  • Nobody'll dare
  • Say to me, "Eat in the kitchen,"
  • Then.
  • Besides,
  • They'll see how beautiful I am
  • And be ashamed
  • I, too, am America.

  • James Langston Hughes was born February 1, 1902,
    in Joplin, Missouri. Here is one of his poems.

Fads and Fashions
  • Boys by the 1920s were dressing more casually.
    Suits were increasingly reserved for formal
    occasions. Increasingly boys would wear knickers
    and a simple shirt, perhaps with a sweater during
    the colder months. This would be the common
    attire of American boys in the years before

  • Men Clothing for men became a bit more
    conservative.  Trousers widened to as wide as 24
    inches. Knickers grew in width and length and
    were called 'plus fours'.
  • Women  By 1921 the longer skirt was back - some
    long and uneven at the bottom. The short skirt
    was popular by 1925.  This period was called the
    Flapper Age.

  • Young women were called flappers. They wore
    dresses that were calf length.

Famous people of the 1920s
  • Henry Ford (creator of the Ford car and truck)
  • Dutch Schultz (poet)
  • Al Capone (gangster)
  • Rudolf Valentino (movie star)
  • Clara Bow (movie star)

  • Al Capone (Scarface) was a gangster who lived in
    the 20s.

  • Harry Houdini was a very famous escape artist in
    the 20s.

  • Who do you think are the greatest baseball
    players of all time? If it were 1927, you might
    have named Babe Ruth or Ty Cobb. In this picture,
    Babe Ruth has just hit a home run. On July 18,
    1927, Ty Cobb recorded his 4,000th career hit.
    Can you imagine getting 4,000 hits?

The Great Depression Begins
  • Another big event that happened at the end of
    the 20s is the stock market crashed, and many
    people became very poor. This was the start of
    the Great Depression.

Mary Kathryn Jacobs Sells 1925-1931
Mrs. Lewis, in the sixth grade, made grammar,
poetry and reading come alive. I have lived by
the poem she recited, author unknown, and have
given many hours of volunteer work. The poem
follows. Lost, somewhere between sunrise and
sunset, Two golden hours Each set with sixty
diamonds minutes. No reward offered, They will
never be found.
Earl Leslie Proctor1925 - 1930
  • I was a member of the School Boy Patrol and I
    received a certificate for perfect attendance in
    6th grade.
  • I served four years in the army during World War
    II and landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6,
    1944. I received several medals including the
    Silver Star.

Dorothy Hatfield 1927
I remember, after roll call, there was the
Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the Lords
Prayer. Margaret P. Lewis was the principal.
There was one phone in the building and it was in
the hall just outside her class. I was phone
monitor for her in 6th grade yes, the phone
rang in the middle of the Lords Prayer, and I
just kept praying. She was pleased.
The 1930's
  • What Happened Next?


Cool facts
  • In the 1930s the government helped people
    survive the Great Depression.

Cost of items in the 30's
  • Mens overcoat 18.50
  • Womens bathrobe 1.00
  • Sled 3.95-8.95
  • Table lamp 1.00

  • In 1930 you could have a meal for under a
  • Bread .9 cents a loaf
  • Milk. 14 cents a quart
  • Round steak.42 cents a pound

Children's Books of the 30's
  • 1 The Cat Who Went To Heaven
  • 2 Waterless Mountain
  • 3 Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze
  • 4 Dobry

Radio in the 30's
  • In the 30s, there was no TV, so you listened to
    the radio. By 1939 about 80 percent of the
    population owned radio sets. Franklin Roosevelt
    used radio in his "Fireside Chats" to influence
    public opinion. 

The 30's
  • In the Thirties art was important. This is Grant
    Wood's famous work, "American Gothic."

Fashion and Fads
  • Male Hats were mandatory for the well dressed
  • Female The simple print dress with a waist line
    and longer hem length replaced the flapper of the

  • Some of the young men used to wear Zoot Suits on
    their special nights. Here is someone modeling an
    old Zoot suit.

  • In the 1930s, the kids dressed differently than
    we do today.

  • In the 1930s basketball players wore short
    shorts but were great athletes.

Hit Movies of the 30's
  • Gone With The Wind
  • Mr.Smith Goes To Washington

Classic Musicals
  • Roberta
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle
  • Top Hat
  • Shall We Dance
  • Follow the Fleet
  • Care Free

  • Bambi was one of Walt Disneys famous animated
    films that came out in the 1930s.

Hugh E.Stephenson, Jr., M.D. 1928-1932
I am told that the old school was built on the
bed of a pond. In fact, an unfortunate drowning
had occurred at that location prior to the
construction of a new Robert E. Lee School. I
remember we always celebrated May 1st with a May
pole dance in the front of the school. In those
days, no one was promoted to the next grade
unless they passed academically. I remember two
students who drove their cars to Lee School!
Betty Jacobs Aufranc1931-1937
  • In the old Lee school the 4th grade was
    upstairs in the northeast corner, and the bricks
    had come out of the corner in spots, and when it
    rained and the wind blew we would move our desks
    toward the center of the room. When it snowed and
    the wind blew hard, the snow flakes would come
    dancing in. It was in the spring of 1935 we moved
    into the new Lee Schoolwe had to take all our
    books, Crayolas, and other items home with us
    that night and bring them back the next day to
    the new Lee School.

Fred Krusekoph 1930s
  • I started First Grade in 1931, and Miss
    Fewsmith was our teacher. She was a wonderful
    teacher, and she made us learn how to read and
    write, she was tough, but also real nice. I
    remember I kissed my first girl, and it made her
    cry, and this little girl told on me. I thought I
    was in bad trouble but Miss Fewsmith just
    laughed and told her, Someday, honey, you will
    want the boys to kiss you.

Robert Sisson1930s
  • We had a unique system to control behavior.
    Each month the grade that received the least
    number of checks against it for students
    misbehavior would get Friday afternoon off from
    school. I think it was a pretty good system. What
    do you think?

Naoma Powell1930s
A new building made Lee the newest school in
Columbia. An auditorium/gym occupied the central
front of the building, with two main entrances.
Stained glass insets of Mother Goose characters
were in the first-grade windows new desks were
in every roomair quality was improved by
ventilated air circulation, heated in the winter.
The auditorium had a stage from which
performances could be given by students and
outside groups.
Anna Teague1930s
  • We vacated the new building in less than one
    week because of a leaking roofMs. Fewsmith,
    first grade, had high, lace collars and a rocking
    chairIn 6th grade, Richard Johnson and I got the
    giggles. I stuck my head in the desk and
    couldnt get it out. They had to call Mr. Goslin,
    the custodian.

Leslie Green1930s
  • When I was in the 6th grade, my family moved to
    Daytona Beach, Florida for a year. The entire 6th
    grade wrote to me there with their best wishes.
    We returned to Columbia. I played football for
    Hickman along with friends Earl Proctor, Sam
    Walton, Jack Nowell, Clay Cooper, and Fred Brady,
    to name a few.

John Epple, Jr. 1932
  • I got in trouble and got sent to the principals
    office. The principals name was Miss LewisI was
    given the maximum penalty, which consisted of
    sitting in the coat closet sitting on a hard wood
    paddle. After staring at the wooden paddle for a
    while it occurred to me that I could improve its
    looks by taking sharpness off its edges. So I
    took out my pocketknife and started scraping off
    little pieces. By that time the wooden paddle was
    gone and all that was left of it was a pile of
    shavings on the floor. Just then Miss.Lewis
    walked in, rolled her eyes, grabbed me by the
    ear, and took me to class.

Paul C. Krusekopf 1933-1939
Mr. Goslin would ring a large brass hand-bell
when school started. If he saw you coming, he
would wait until you were inside to ring the
bell, so you wouldnt be counted as tardy. We
always took a brown bag lunch -- usually a
sandwich, carrot and fruit. I frequently traded
my peanut butter sandwich with the country kids
who usually had ham sandwiches.
Reba Barnhart1930s
I remember, when it was time to come in from
recess, we didnt HAVE to line up and file in
quietly! We came in smiling and happy but not
loud. The teachers would be standing in the hall
beside their room -- and they would be conversing
with each other quietly and also greeting us as
we came back in. As soon as the teacher closed
the door, we were in our seats, quiet, and ready
to go to work. It was a fun place for me.
Former Lee Student1930s
I remember well my 5th grade class at Lee
Elementary School and the things our teacher,
Miss Wilhite, taught us that have been helpful
ever since. I remember the 3rd grade, in the last
year the old school building existed on the
corner of Waugh Locust Streets. I remember
Locust being closed so we could use the street as
a playground while construction of the new school
building and playground was being completed.
Helen Simpson1934-1937
These are the happiest memories. The dungeon of
the girls bathroom in the basement
unforgettable -- and the new Lee School
beautiful, bright, lovely, new bathroom, and
behold! A gymnasium for indoor play outdoor
recess on the merry-go-round, eating pomegranates
and pickles.
Vera Jacobs Coats1934-1939
There was a terrible snowstorm and dad drove the
horse-drawn sleigh to pick us up from school. I
was very shy and embarrassed to climb aboard, but
all of the city kids were quite anxious to ride.
I think it was in second grade that we were to
bring empty food containers to school for the
store in order to learn how to buy at a grocery
store. There are many others I could probably
share, but these are most vivid.
  • History

President Roosevelt.
  • President Roosevelt brought the country out of
    the Depression and led the nation during WWII. In
    this picture, he is on the left, looking up at
    British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

World War II
  • World War I had been called the war to end all
    wars. World War II was called many things. Some
    people called it the rightwar.
  • In the next couple of clips we will talk about
    important WWII events.

Pearl Harbor
  • On December 7, 1941, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor.
    More than 2,300 Americans died. The U.S.S.
    Arizona was destroyed, and the U.S.S. Oklahoma
    was sunk.

  • During WWII Hitler murdered millions of Jewish
    people in concentration camps, and his armies
    invaded Europe and African countries.

Kilroy was here
  • Kilroy was known as a super G.I. that always got
    there first. Every time he got there first he
    would mark it with his signature. Thats only
    one of many legends.

Mens Fashions
  • He is stylin!

  • Music was important during The Forties. Here are
    some styles of music and dancing.

  • Bebop was called modern jazz back in the
    Forties. I Got Rhythmand Cherokee are two
    songs played in bebop.

  • A popular dance, the Jitterbug, made its
    appearance at the beginning of the decade.

Cab Calloway
  • He was a famous band leader and played at the
    Cotton Club. His most favorite song was Minnie
    the Moocher.

  • This movie came out in 1941. Dumbo is a baby
    elephant in the circus. He can fly. It was
    another Walt Disney movie.

Famous TV Shows
  • Milton Berle's Texaco Star Theater was credited
    with creating the demand for televisions. Its
    greatest rival was Ed Sullivan's Toast of the
  •  Kula, Fran Ollie kicked off children's
    television as in 1947, followed by the Howdy
    Doody Show.

Hi kids
Howdy Doody was a popular childrens puppet show.
J. Ross (Bud) Fleetwood, Jr.1940s
  • The one memory that really stands out is my
    very first day of school. I needed to go to the
    bathroom and I went to the first one. That was a
    mistake. A great big girl confronted meshe was
    much older, she had to be in the sixth grade! She
    proceeded to inform me I was in the wrong
    bathroom! I said how can that be? I use the same
    one at home that my mother uses and she doesnt
    care! This girl told me to get out and go down
    the hall and use that one.

Bill Ridge1940s
I remember first grade. The principal came into
the room (I believe his name was Joe Barnes). I
dont remember why he was in the room, but I do
remember him telling of a special paddle he had
in his office. Now all of us knew about that
special paddle.
Mary Ellen Barnhart McCoy1940s
Mr.Brown was our wonderful janitor and friend.
He taught us to play softball on noon lunch
hours, and also taught us to play on the
playground equipment. I remember one time having
an enormous splinter under my fingernail, and Mr.
Brown, using his pocketknife, pulled it out. He
was a jack of all trades.
Clarence Johnson1941
  • I remember that each desk had an ink well. About
    once a week wed have penmanship, using a wooden
    shaft that held a separate pen point. . . Our 6th
    grade teacher was Mrs. Schlotzhaur. All of us
    really liked her. She had a husband who was
    inflicted with polio, and a pretty young daughter
    who was a singer. We were happy when they
    visited us.

Ruth Ann Barnhart Aldag 1941-1946
In third grade I had Mrs. Patton. I loved
school, learned well, and there was always order
in the classroom. We raised our hand to talk or
ask a question. It seemed normal to us. We did
not act up in the classroom because all of us
students knew our parents would be most unhappy
with us when we got home. Whatever the teacher
said, we did. If we misbehaved, it was taken very
seriously at home.
Reuben T. Jacobs, Jr.1942 - 1948
  • I was one of 8 Jacobs kids and we all attended
    Lee. . . When there would be a wedding at the
    Catholic Church during school hours, the teacher
    would let us stand at the windows . . . and watch
    the people going in or coming out. . . On
    Christmas, my father dressed up in a red Santa
    suit with all the trimmings. I recognized him
    because his galoshes gave him away.

Mrs. Betsey Heyl1944-46
It was the happiest time of my twelve years in
school. Sometimes you dont know that until you
look back on an event or situation. I loved my
6th grade teacher, Mrs.Schlotzhaur, because she
played the piano for us on Friday afternoons. We
sang patriotic songs about the ole south,
western cowboy songs, and songs from World War
Phyllis Barton Wulff1945 - 1951
  • In the auditorium we had many plays. We did
    Sweet Betsy from Pike and I played an Indian
    girl. . . In the back of the playground were
    mulberry trees. Our parents must have disliked
    that since we had stains on our clothes. In the
    winter, girls played jacks on the floor during
    recess. . . We also held YoYo champion contests
    during recess. My father had a large bakery, so I
    had special cakes for my birthday at school.

Dianne Hart Miller1946
  • I was on the girls baseball team and sometimes
    my hits would go across the street to the Sacred
    Heart Church! My 6th grade teacher was Mrs.
    Dorothy Schlotzhauer, and she must have been 5
    feet tall and some of the boys towered over her,
    and when she wanted to quiet us down, she would
    say, If you dont quiet down, Im going to walk
    among you.

Kay Baird1946
My most vivid memory was first grade and sixth
grade. In first grade I had a next door neighbor
who had a very serious speech impediment. Because
we played at home daily and had for several
years, I was the only person who could understand
him, so I had to sit next to him and tell the
teacher what he was saying when he wanted to ask
a question.
Emilie Martin Moore1940s
Oh brother, do I remember fourth grade, Miss
Berry, and long division. I remember the windows
being open, the flies buzzing, the warm, sweet
spring air smelling so-o-o good, and there we
sat, doing long division. Bo-o-o-r-r-r-ing! I
was called into Mr. Lowreys office one day. I
still remember standing in front of this desk,
listening to him lecture me, but seeing the
quietest smile play over his face.
George Vemer1948 - 1951
There are many fond memories, but one that
comes to mind is when my dog Mickey broke out of
the pen 3 hours after I had walked to school.
Mickey ran one mile to school, through the front
door, and up the stairs into our 5th grade, which
disrupted the class and got me into slight
trouble with my teacher.
The Cool Fifties
  • Wait til you see what happens next!

History In The 50s
  • Korean War
  • Dr.Salk created the polio vaccine. (He is
    pictured on the right.)
  • Disneyland opened in California.
  • There was also the first color TV.

50's Historical Cultural Events
  • Harry S. Truman approved production of the
    Hydrogen bomb.
  • Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a
    public bus.
  • Alaska Hawaii become the 49th and 50th states.

  • The best President in the 50s was Harry S.
    Truman, from Independence, Missouri.

President Harry S. Truman
  • He was the President after World War II.
  • He approved the Hydrogen bomb.
  • The sign on his desk read, The buck stops here.

President Eisenhower
  • Eisenhower was President for two terms,
    1952-1960. His motto was I like Ike! He was a
    general in World War II.

The Cold War
  • The Cold War was not a war that freed people.
    It was a war of money and technology. Why I say
    that is, if the U.S. had a certain number of
    bombs, then the Soviet Union wanted to have more.

Ive got 9,956 of these.
Well Ive got 11,987 of these.
Rosa Parks
  • Rosa Parks was famous in the Fifties, because she
    refuse to give up her seat on the bus to a white
    man, and at that time many whites thought they
    had control over blacks.

50's Newbery Award Books
  • 1950 - The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de
    Angeli  1951 - Amos Fortune, Free Man by
    Elizabeth Yates  1952 - Ginger Pye by Eleanor
    Estes  1953 - Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan
    Clark  1954 - ...And Now Miguel by Joseph
    Krumgold  1955 - The Wheel on the School by
    Meindert DeJong  1956 - Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
    by Jean Lee Latham  1957 - Miracles on Maple
    Hill by Virginia Sorenson  1958 -Rifles for
    Watie by Harold Keith  1959 - The Witch of
    Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George  Speare 

Caldecot Award Winners
  • 1950 Song of the Swallows, Leo Politi 1951
    The Egg Tree, Katherine Milhous   1952 Finders
    Keepers, Nicholas Mordvinoff text Will, pseud.
    William Lipkind 1953 The Biggest Bear, Ludwig
    Bemelmans  1955 Cinderella, or the Little Glass
    Slipper, trans. from Charles Perrault by Marcia
    Brown 1956 Frog Went A-Courtin',
  • 1957 A Tree Is Nice, text Janice Udry  1958
    Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey 1959
    Chanticleer and the Fox, text adapted by Barbara

Fads In The Fifties!
  • In the fifties there were a lot of fads, like
    poodle skirts and hula hoops. Here is a picture
    of a poodle skirt.

More 50's Fads and Fashions
  • Pony tails for girls
  • Flat tops and crew cuts for guys
  • Davy Crockett coon skin hats
  • Silly Putty

  • Family Comedies
  • The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (pictured on
    the left) was a popular family program
  • The Honeymooners
  • Lassie
  • Father Know Best
  • I Love Lucy

I Love Lucy
  • I Love Lucy premiered in the 1950s, and is
    still shown on cable TV today.


Variety Shows and Soap Operas
  • Families enjoyed variety shows with hosts like
    Walt Disney and Ed Sullivan on Sunday evenings.
    Daytime soap operas like Guiding Light were
    popular and helped advertisers sell products to
    homemakers of America.

Western Shows
  • Other shows popular with kids were called
    westerns or cowboy shows. Girls played with
    Dale Evans gear, and boys played with Roy Rogers
    paraphernalia .

  • From his performance on Milton Berle's show he
    got the nickname Elvis the Pelvis. On Ed
    Sullivans show, he was shown only from the waist
    up! It is estimated that 52 million people - one
    out of every three Americans saw his

Dulcie Camp1950s
In the Fifties, a decade owned by the
architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, Lee School
was the kind of elementary school building often
replaced in those days with a bland, low-roofed,
single story, sprawling ranch style, whose clean
lines and large windows gave the impression of a
factory. But Lee School was anything but a
factory. Standing tall and proud in ruddy red
brick with white capped cornices and
cornerstones, it announced its purpose to the
world as a sturdy repository for young minds and
Ken LaZebnik 1955-1961
  • There were baseball giants at Lee school in
    those days. Im sure there are some good players
    there today, but believe me they cant compare
    with the Jouret brothers, our greatest athletes,
    who regularly hit towering home runs, depositing
    the ball over the fence onto the street. It was
    Gene, I think , who in our own urban legend hit a
    ball all the way to Sacred Heart.

Phyllis Lowrey Masters1956-1963
My father, Burel Lowery, was also the principal
while I attended Lee. Sometimes I felt this was
an advantage, while other times I felt this was a
hindrance. It seemed that teachers had a little
more patience with me, although I do not remember
anyone giving me any special favors. Probably the
biggest complaints teachers had with me would be
my talking and chewing on my hair.
Ruth ShannonSecretary, 1950s-60s
I was working at my desk when a teacher came in
to put something in her box. At the same time a
5th grade boy came into the office... A large
cricket was sounding off under the filing
cabinet. I was enjoying the crickets symphonic
rhapsody when the teacher maliciously squashed
him. I was devastated to think of this fate would
befall my cricket and made the expected, Oh no,
you killed him he was entertaining me. He was my
friend, how could you? The next morning when the
school bus arrived, the little boy who had
observed the previous incident handed me a jar
with a cricket in it. It was a gift to me and it
was to replace the one the teacher had killed.
The 60's
  • Scary How Time Flies!

Important Events In The 60s
  • Martin Luther King Jr. gives his I Have a Dream
  • Civil Rights Movement
  • Neil Armstrong walks on moon
  • St. Louis Arch is built
  • President Kennedy is assassinated
  • Vietnam War begins

Presidents In the 60s
President JFK was elected 1960. His Vice
President Lyndon Baines Johnson took over after
Kennedy was assassinated. In 1968 President
Richard Nixon was elected.
Tragic Events
  • Martin Luther King Jr., leader for the Civil
    Rights Movement, was assassinated.
  • President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
  • Robert Kennedy, brother of JFK, was also

Newbery Awards Books Children's Book Award
Winners of the Sixties
Popular Singers and Groups!
  • Elvis Presley
  • The Beach Boys
  • The Beatles
  • The Rolling Stones
  • Supremes

  • Elvis returned to the music scene from the US
    Army, joining Bobby Darin, Neil Sedaka, Jerry Lee
    Lewis, Paul Anka, Del Shannon and Frankie Avalon.
    In the mid-60s the Beatles created a sensation.
  • The Motown Record Company specialized in black
    rhythm and blues -- female groups such as Gladys
    Knight and the Pips, Martha and the Vandellas,
    the Supremes, and Aretha Franklin, as well as
    black men Smoky Robinson, James Brown, Jimi
    Hendrix, and the Temptations.
  • Bob Dylan helped bring about a folk music
    revival, along with Joan Baez and Peter, Paul

Fads And Fashions
  • G.I. Joe
  • Barbie Dolls
  • Skateboards
  • Trolls
  • Slot Cars
  • Afros
  • Go-Go Boots
  • Tie-Dyes
  • Poodle Skirts

Famous TV Shows In The 60s
  • The Jetsons
  • The Flintstones
  • Star Trek
  • Alvin The Chipmunks
  • Mr. Magoo
  • Beverly Hillbillies
  • The Addams Family

Larry Hartmann1960s
  • I, too, went to Lee School and lived on Rosemary
    Street. Lee Schools principal was Burel Lowrey,
    a very nice man. I remember playing softball, and
    someone hit the ball out of the playground. It
    went into the yard of a very mean old man, and he
    kept the ball. I thought Sally Brown was the
    cutest girl in our school.

Bennett Bartlett1960s
In fifth grade, a new kid came to class. Kids
can be cruel, as you know because his head
seemed small and somewhat pointed, someone
started calling him Turtlehead. He was a smart
kid and got good grades, which may have increased
the animosity toward him. Anyway, for reasons no
longer clear to me, it became the thing to do to
want to beat up Turtlehead. (The start of a
wonderful story see the Memory Book for more!)
Saskia Bartlett1960s
I remember being sent home in second or third
grade because I went to school wearing pants.
Back then the school code of conduct didnt allow
girls to wear pants. I was so humiliated.
Betty Alexander Thomas1960s
I was very excited this fall to find out that my
grandson, Alex Sanedone, would be entering
kindergarten there. So at Christmas, when I
visited them from Colorado, we went by the school
for a picture together on the front steps.
Considering all the places where Dave and I have
lived, it was amazing that we would have a
grandchild at Lee School.
Dr. Victoria Barnett Harris1960s
  • We had a lot of music in our classrooms. When
    Miss Flossie Belle McDonald would arrive, she
    would be greeted by all, Miss McDonald is
    here!! and some kids would run up to her to give
    her a hug. We sang, played rhythm instruments,
    danced, listened to orchestral music, had so much
    fun. There was a piano in every room. . . My
    classmates at Lee are among my friends now, and
    are treasured. I wish my kids could have had a
    school like Lee.

Philip LaZebnik1958-1965
My most vivid memory from grade school was the
day President Kennedy was assassinated. I
remember that there was an announcement in the
middle of the school day that the President had
been shot. They dismissed classes, and I went
home and watched T.V. for three days straight.
The entire nation stopped in its tracks and
mourned together.
Jim Delbert Principal, 1959-1969
Before the Christmas Holiday, the whole school
would gather in the upper floor hallway and
stairway and sing Christmas carols. Everybody
sang with piano accompaniment. Christmas trees
could be found in each classroom, purchased from
one of the local service club projects. Students
had a gift exchange with their classmates. For
Halloween, the staff and students dressed up in
their outfits for our annual parade around the
block. Refreshments followed in each classroom.

Janet Berkley1959-1962
We were studying about peace and underdeveloped
countries. We decided to raise money to donate to
the Peace Corps - a government agency that
President John F. Kennedy started in 1960. We
were very excited to be able to personally hand
over the check to someone that was a member of
the Peace Corps.
Mrs. Vernon (Elizabeth) Anderson1962-68
Third grade was my best year. Mrs. Frazier was
very nice, and we read great books about American
history. We also had a big tee-pee in the
classroom. Sixth grade is a year full of stories.
It was the year our school was integrated. Our
first teacher quit teaching to have a baby, and
we had three other teachers after that. One boy
in our class talked out in class so much, the
teachers would walk up to him and put tape on his
Bronwen Jones Ashburn1964 - 1971
  • The principal back then was Mr. Delbert. He
    stood out in the hallway every morning and
    greeted each child by name. That made me feel
    special. . . I remember lunch costing .25 (Do
    you still have to take three Lee bites of your
    lunch?). The year I started third grade, 1967,
    Lee School was integrated. I remember the new
    students on their first day looking a bit
    nervous, but they quickly became our friends.

Teresa Hartel McAllister1965
  • What a pleasure it is for me to write you a
    letter about my memories of time spent at Lee. My
    2nd grade teacher was Miss Prather, a tall, thin
    lady but a very sweet, patient teacher. . .
    Milk for lunch came in small glass bottles that
    we had to place in empty crates when we were
    done. My favorite dessert was a lemon cake with
    a lemon sauce that the cooks made from scratch.

Tom Wilson1964-1974
Our teacher was Mrs.Hanley, and I remember her
as a young, vivacious, and encouraging teacher.
One of the many projects we did that year was to
send messages up in helium balloons to see where
and if they would be found. My balloon was only
one of three found from over 20 balloons we sent!
It had landed in a cornfield in Illinois, over
200 miles away! It was maybe the first time I
realized that we were all part of a big, awesome
world and that Columbia, Missouri was only one
small (very special) part of it.
Cindy LaZebnik1964-1971
  • In the summer of 5th grade, the Supreme Court
    abolished dress codes. That meant for girls that
    they could wear pants to school before, we could
    only wear dresses and skirts. One teacher told us
    she hoped we would just wear skirts or dresses
    anyway, but that first day of school most girls
    showed up in pants. We were going to exercise our
    full rights!

Paul Overby 1965-1969
Once the fire department came to Lee School and
gave a demonstration. All the kids sat on the
lawn in the front of the school and the ladder
truck extended its ladder as high as it would go.
One firefighter climbed all the way up to the top
with a floppy dummy in his hands. He would drop
it down to a circle of other fireman holding a
big round, trampoline-like catcher.
David A.Wilson 1966-1972
Mrs.Lauderdale had us grow pumpkin seeds in a
Styrofoam cup filled with vermiculite and potting
soil. We planted the seeds on May 12th. Most of
us took our baby pumpkin plant home in June when
school ended. We were instructed to transplant
them in a sunny place in our yard facing south. I
transplanted my little plant and watered it and
weeded it all summer long. By October, at the
beginning of sixth grade, I had an enormous
pumpkin plant with more than six medium-sized
Tami Ballard Firsick1967 - 1973
  • My kindergarten teacher was Mrs. Guy, and we
    had a very special bond because we shared the
    same birthday. My dad worked for the University
    Agriculture Department so we took a field trip to
    his farm and watched them make apple cider. . .
    Mrs. Guy and I continue to send Christmas and
    birthday cards to one another even after 37
    years. . .

James Wilson1967-1971
My fifth grade teacher was Mrs. Barron, and her
nick name was The Red Barron. They called her
that because she had red hair. I had a friend
named Gordon McCune. One afternoon after school
we were walking home in the snow. We began to
argue for some reason, and Gordon picked up a
rolled up newspaper and hit me over the head with
it. The paper had frozen solid in the snow. I had
quite a headache.
Important Events
  • First Earth Day
  • Gerald Ford becomes President when Nixon resigns.
  • Sesame Street appears on TV.
  • Apollo 17

Extra, Extra Get Old Presidents
Richard Nixon
Gerald Ford
Jimmy Carter
The 1970s
  • The Decade of Big Hair

First Earth Day
  • The first earth day was in 1970.

April 22, 2004 marked the 34th anniversary of the
first observance of Earth Day.
As many as 20 million Americans participated in
environmental rallies, demonstrations and other
activities as part of the 1970 Earth Day.
Newbery Award Winners
One of Our Favorites
  • 1977 Newbery Award Winner
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred D.

Fads and Fashions
  • Look! Some cool fads and fashions from the
    seventies, like Star Wars figures, Rubiks cube,
    Sea monkeys, Smiley face, bellbottom pants,
    platform shoes, leisure suits, and hot pants.

More Fads FAshions
  • Pet Rocks
  • Earth Shoes
  • Mood Rings

New TV Shows And Movies
  • Saturday Night Live
  • Happy Days
  • Sesame Street
  • MASH
  • Star Wars
  • Jaws
  • The Godfather
  • Brady Bunch

Wendy Kvam1967-1972
I learned about punishment for bad behavior the
easy way. I was waiting for my mother to pick me
up in the office one day, and the principal came
out with a little boy. The principal was holding
a paddle, and the boy was crying. When I told my
mother what I had seen, she called the school and
told them that they were not to paddle me if I
did something wrong. They put my name on the
no-paddle list.
Janell L. HornParent, 1970s
It was winter and there was a big snow fall. As
the snow and ice melted and then re-froze over
night, icicles formed and hung from the building.
Dr. Schlimme, being the kind, caring principal
that he was, went outside and threw balls at the
icicles in order to knock them down so they
wouldn't fall on any child. That work fine
except it seems there was a bat that was
hibernating somewhere in the attic of Lee School!
The PTA meeting was held in the cafeteria/gym.
Shortly after the meeting began, you guessed it,
a bat flew through the room.
Jason Hamilton1970s
Mrs.Strickland made a very positive impression
on me, in showing how she cared about me. I was
bored in class, and she bought me some workbooks
to give me extra stuff to do. Even at eleven
years old, I realized that she had spent her own
money to help me in school.
Kitty GibbsSecretary, 1971 - 1990
  • I cant remember a day I was not happy to go to
    work and spend time with the kids and school
    staff. I felt I had the best job in the building.
    . . The Lee School environment has changed
    considerably since I was employed there, but the
    goals are the same educate the kids while
    making the classroom an inviting place to be.

Anne Wilson Ferrell 1969-1975
Mrs. Reed formed a secret society called
Knights of the Reading Table. It was a special
activity within the classroom that anyone could
participate in, but it meant you had to do a lot
of extra reading, so not everyone was interested.
She had a way of making the Knights seem magical
through elaborate props, specially designed
membership cards, exotic initiation ceremonies,
and created an atmosphere where you felt really
special being included.
Rob LaZebnik 1970s
  • In fifth grade we had a mock presidential
    election. It was1972, and Richard Nixon was
    running for re-election against George McGovern.
    I was deeply disappointed that McGovern had
    dropped Missouri Senator Tom Eagleton as his
    running mate, but wanted him to win nonetheless.
    Im pretty sure Nixon won the mock election, just
    as he did the real one.

Tyson Horn1970s
I heard from Mrs. Frazier recently, and thought
what a lucky man I was to still have contact with
my 1st grade teacher after 28 years. Our
principal, Dr. Schlimme, was one of the first
people to welcome me back after I returned from
Iraq during the 1st Gulf War in1991. I had not
been inside Lee for many years, but it was as
comforting to walk into his office at the age of
21, as it had been when I was 5 (even though
there was the ominous paddle with the speed holes
THE 80s
The 1980,s became the Me! Me! Me! generation of
status seekers.
  • The 80s were mostly about making more money.

  • In 1980-88 Ronald Reagan was President.

  • Eighties' mothers ran carpools after work. Kids
    had after school and weekend cheerleading,
    baseball, football, soccer, gym, dance, jazz, you
    name it! And what hair!!

  • Pop, rock, new wave, punk, country, and
    especially rap or hip hop became popular in the
    80s. Rap was new in the late 80s  and 90s.  It
    had started in prison 20 years earlier by jailed
    black inmates who, in the absence of instruments,
    turned poetic meter into musical rhythm.

  • Sweetarts, Skittles,
  • Nerds, Runts

Sweetarts, Skittles, Nerds, Runts
VCR's in the 80's
  • In 1981, VCR sales rose 72 in 12 months. By
    1989, 60 percent of American households with
    televisions received cable service. 

The best T.V. shows in the 80's
  • Cosby Show
  • Cheers
  • Roseanne
  • A Different World
  • America's Funniest Home Videos
  • Golden Girls
  • The Wonder Years
  • Empty Nest
  • 60 Minutes
  • Unsolved Mysteries

Lauren Brooke Bishop1982-1987
  • I remember towards the end of every school year,
    all of the classes would have competitions out in
    the playground. We did the three-legged race,
    potato sack race, and many others that I cant
    remember very well now. I visit my grandparents
    every summer. I always have them take me by Lee
    School so I can see how much it has changed.

Liz Gilles1983-1990
  • The Drill Team! Mr. Ro was the playground
    supervisor. He started teaching kids to do
    different routines. We got pretty good and got to
    do some shows for people. Drill Team was fun, but
    I was never any good at it. I remember in the 5th
    grade my friends and I made a newspaper and
    passed it out to our friends at recess. We had a
    fashion column, a gossip column, and then games
    you could play. I still remember the first
    fashion advice that we gave.

Karen RidgeTeacher 1983 - 2002
  • Lee School filled a huge chapter in my life
    which resulted in knowing some very unique
    people, enjoying special moments, and making
    memories for a lifetime.

Andrew Gilles1984-1990
I got into a fight with David Willis at recess
and had to go to the principals office. I
thought David and I would get suspended or even
worse. Instead, Dr.Schlimme pulled me, David
Willis, and our friends out of class one day a
week for the rest of the year and we played
basketball together in the gym. Now I know it
seems like a very strange punishmentBut
Dr.Schlimme was a smart man. After a year of
playing basketball together me and my enemy,
David, had become good friends. I think that was
Dr. Schlimmes plan the whole time.
Elise Kirk1983-1990
I still remember my first day of Kindergarten,
and being afraid while walking up to the double
glass doors that I wouldnt get them open, or
even worse, that I would get lost on the other
sideI found myself alone standing on the
sidewalk facing 1208 Locust Street, confronted by
towering, overwhelming glass doors-one door
mocking my small five-year-old hands, the other
door protecting me from the labyrinth of dark
hallways and multitude of older, smarter kids
that my five-year-old brain envisioned were
awaiting my entranceI like to think a part of me
still resides somewhere behind the doors of Lee
Jackie Stamper (1974-1988)Judy Denny
(1989-1998)Teachers at Lee School
My sister, Judy Denny and I, Jackie Stamper, are
writing this letter to you jointly. We both
taught school at Lee. I taught 6th grade there
for 14 years, and my sister taught 4th grade for
9 years. During our years there, we saw and
helped implement many new programs such as The
Annual Multicultural Night, Whole Language,
Literature Groups, and finally, Emphasis on
Visual Arts. There were many other successful
projects implemented in Lee School, but we are
just mentioning a few.
Kate Boyd2001
  • In November of 1998, when I was in Mrs. Hoods
    class, a tornado destroyed my house. I lost
    everything. . . Not long after I returned to
    school, Mrs. Hood planned a surprise party for me
    at school. The party was called, The Giving
    Tornado. Everyone in the class, including Mrs.
    Hood, brought gifts for me. The entire class
    brought in money to get me a huge stuffed animal.
    It meant so much to me that Mrs. Hood planned
    that party. I still have the stuffed animal.
    Every time I see it, I think of Mrs. Hood and my
    3rd grade class.

The 1990s and Beyond
  • Lee School continues to inspire its graduates.
  • Todays students can look forward to the 150th

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