Saturday, April 2, 2016

When the School Bell Rang, My Great Uncles and Aunts Listened...and So Did Grandpa!

According to an article which appeared in the April 2, 1922 issue of the Sandusky Register, my great uncles Andrew Orshoski and Frank Orshoski had perfect attendance at the Bay Bridge school, which was a part of the Margaretta Local School District at the time. As an adult, Uncle Andy Orshoski worked for Margaretta Schools, and he was very proud of his workmanship in keeping the Polar Bears' football field mowed!

In the last paragraph of the article above, I learned that my Great Aunts Maribel Storrs (later Mrs. Paul Parker) and Janet Parker (later Mrs. Paul Baumeister) and Great Uncle Paul Parker, and my maternal grandfather Steen Parker had all been neither absent or tardy at the Lincoln School in Perkins Township in March of 1922. Such fun to see so many relatives all in one brief article!  In the 1920s, there was a school in Margaretta Township in the small unincorporated community of Bay Bridge. I've been told that it was built to accommodate the children of the employees of the Medusa Cement Co. which operated in Bay Bridge from 1893 to the early 1960s. Later, children from Bay Bridge attended school at the Venice School. The old Bay Bridge School was located approximatley where the numeral 6 is on the historical map below.

In the 1920s, there were at last two schools located in the western portion of Perkins Township of Erie County. Most of the students at that time walked to school. In the 1950s, a new Perkins High School was built. Now Perkins has four school buildings in the district.

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