1909 MHS Building


Re: Updates: 1909 MHS building

We called this the old grammar school. I started first grade there. There was a big old lunch room on the ground floor. I can still smell oranges, apples and other things that peoples brought in their lunch. There was a big old bin where we threw our left over lunch. The bell was up high and (someone unknown?name) went up on the roof one night and took down the bell. The bell was thrown in Dorcheat if I remember correctly. We were scared to death the next day as they said they had fingerprints. What fun we had in that old building. Charlie was the janitor and still remember him spreading that red stuff on the floor when someone threw up!!!
Jeannine Sale, Class of 48

I could smell the oil used in the wooden floors for many years in my memory.
Dottie Day Adcock, Class of 1957

I went to Elementary School in this building. Miss Ponder taught piano in one of the rooms on the opposite side of the building on the ground floor. There was a big bell over the arched area behind the tall tree in front. We walked down the street across from the school to Back Street downtown to the library for books to read. Chris Broussard has/had her Children's center in the building that was the school library. There was a huge oak tree in back of the school. The earth around it was built up about 2 feet and had a cement wrap around it. The teachers would have us beat the erasers against this cement "wall" to clean the chalk dust from them. There was a long covered sidewalk coming from the bussing area to the left side of the school and long home made water fountain, parallel to the sidewalk, that had about 6 spigots for us to have cool water to drink. this building was not air conditioned and had huge windows in the rooms that were always wide open for cross ventilation in warm weather.. Most rooms had water coolers with cups also. The floors were wooden and were swept using a substance the consistency of sawdust only red in color. It seems to have contained an oil of some kind .If memory serves correctly, the Janitors name was Charlie. He swept the floors as well as doing a lot of other things. This building held grades 1st through 7th.The Band Director, Dwight Blake, and his wife, Molly, lived directly across the street from where the children are standing in this picture. Molly had a tongue as sharp as a razor. I was on the receiving end of that tongue for breaking reeds to my saxophone.(Not my instrument choice. .It was one Mama had ) I was never able to hold my tongue correctly to NOT break one. After skipping Band class for about 2 weeks, I switched to drums and lived happily ever after.

Nan Hunter Castle, Class of 53


I could smell the oil used in the wooden floors for many years in my memory.
Dottie Day Adcock, Class of 1957

Thank you so much for the picture of the old grammar school. It is such a dominant part of my early memories.
Judy Gleason Claassen, Class of 54

That was my elementary school, grades 1 through 7. Eighth grade
was the first year of high school - 8 through 11 - in the other building.
Theresa Matthews Bunner, Class of 1946

Many, many, many thanks for this one. From the time before the magnolia trees, which were magnificient by the time the Class of 55 children started there. I love this picture.
Joy Garris Connell, Class of 1955

I, too went to grammar school in this old building, so long ago . Coretta Shotwell, class of 1948.

Hi Sherry, just have to throw in my 2 cents worth of memories...Seeing the picture of the old school...Recall so vividly Mother registering me on that first day. in the library. Looking at this picture they it was in the center one the 2 or 3 floor.. Notice the 3 girls in white sitting or standing looking out the window. This is were the library was located. The new students gathered in this room and were ask to sitting in little chairs place neatly in a semi-circle in front of the librarian's desk... One big problem, by the time my Mother found the room, there was not chairs left for me sit down. I was so embarrassed, but this little boy, jumped up and offered me his chair, his name I later learned on the play ground was Billy Fuller, MHS class of 56. Married Dorothy Weaver, sister of Melba class of'56.. After graduating from MHS, Billy became a Baptist preacher, and to me he was a true Southern gentleman even at a 3rd grader. It just now occurred to me, he was also a new student, and I never ask were he'd attended school before coming to Minden
Married Dorothy Weaver, sister of Melba class of'56.. After graduating from MHS, Billy became a Baptist preacher, and to me he was a true Southern gentleman even at a 3rd grader. It just now occurred to me, he was also a new student, and I never ask were he'd attended school before coming to Minden..

First & second grade I had attended Harris school in Cliaborne Parish.. one other memory. When attending Harris school, all students had to bring our lunches, since this little country school had no cafeteria.

After coming to the big school, and coming from Harris, Minden's school was like New York City school to me...
I was too timid to eat in the lunch room so I sit in that big dark old auditorium with a few other students and eat my lunch all alone..
But on the days Mrs. Malone made spaghetti and meat sauce, that wonderful aroma help me to over come my shyness and I was lured to the cafeteria it smelled so delicious. Needless to say, never carried my lunch to school anymore.

A foot note, just learned this past week, Mrs. Ruth Malone was the grandmother of one of our '57 class-
mates, Mike Phillips. This is way Mrs. Malone's spaghettis sauce story was so fresh in my memory. Couldn't resist sharing it again.;..WELL ENOUGH SAIID. I Have a difficult time finding a stopping spot!;)
LEVERNE LANGHELD KIDD, CLASS OF 1957