Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Monday, April 9, 2007
I have found my cousin's photocopy of an old newspaper photo of the Hathorne School. He thinks this appeared in the Salem News in 1937 or 1938.
The caption on the photo is intriguing:
"SCENE OF THE CONTROVERSY The Hathorne School, on Newburyport Turnpike. Considered a Menace to Children Attending It."
Does anyone know the story?
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Wednesday, April 4, 2007
And from Danvers history, thanks to Town Archivist Richard Trask, this quote from the Annual Report for the Danvers School Department for 1950 (p.3-4):
Much controversy was engendered over the seizure of the land of the Hathorne School for highway purposes by the state and the resulting demand that the building be moved. Two years previously in anticipation of this the town bought a lot for the relocation of the building on Maple Street. However, with the erection of the new building on Pickering Street capable of accommodating the pupils from this district, it seemed inadvisable to expend capital funds to recondition this 100 year-old building. The School Committee, therefore, voted in December to discontinue the use of this building for school purposes.
In 1949 when I entered the Hathorne School for the first time, I was not aware of this controversy. I was just going to our little neighborhood school. My essay about that year is scheduled to be published this week in the Danvers Herald. Look for it in the Opinion section.