|So many children entered through these doors|
It's obvious that just about everything needs help. Roof, siding, windows, foundation. The "Grand Old Lady" of St. Vincent, that housed so many young souls on their journey of learning, deserves better.
|At one time, the school had basketball, football, hockey, & track|
teams. The mystery is, where did the basketball teams practice?!
The St. Vincent School, once the heart of the town, has become forgotten by most. Only the few living alumni or older area residents know its former glory.
I am one of those alumni, and I am here to bear testimony to this once proud building.
I grew up four blocks north of the school. In winter, it was sometimes a challenge despite being bundled up, to get down to the school before the penetrating cold invaded fingers, toes, cheeks, and ears. Eyes stung from the cold and wind, some mornings so bright I looked down as I walked the whole way.
|1928 St. Vincent Men's Basketball Team|
[That's my Uncle John Fitzpatrick in back, far left]
|St. Vincent School classroom portrait - Miss Evelyn Russell, teacher|
[Circa 1916 - Courtesy Marjorie DeFrance - who is in this photo!]
|The Author, Grade 3|
|Playground - Notice the boys hogging the merry-go-round |
(then again, maybe the girls are hogging the slide!)
My sister Betty is in line for the slide - Can you recognize anyone?
[Circa 1960 - Courtesy Humboldt Centennial Photo Collection]
|Still an imposing building, it's character has been tarnished with |
strange renovations and so-called 'improvements' over the years
[August 2011 - Courtesy Megan Sugden]
|Late Day shot of the school as it is today - the twilight of a school, |
the twilight of a town, the twilight of a day. Bittersweet.
[August 2011 - Courtesy Jamie Rustad Meagher]