Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sentimental Sunday: Old School Bell from Lafayette School

On the grounds of BGSU Firelands College, is this old school bell which once rang at Lafayette School, a rural school in Perkins Township in the first quarter of the twentieth century. The bell was a gift from Victor E. Tolleson III, and the display was made possible by a gift from Blanche Frohman.

According to an article in the October 13, 1921 issue of the Sandusky Star Journal, my Great Grandma Ada's younger brother, Rollin Steen, was the teacher of Lafayette School, No. 9 in 1921, and his students presented a play that fall in order to raise money for the school's organ fund.

Rollin Steen can be seen in this Steen family picture. He is the little boy standing between his parents, Sarah and Charles Steen. His twin sisters Ada and Alpha Steen are standing behind him.

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