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Any Alumni Of Montrose School?


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Did any HAIF members go to Montrose Elementary, located at 4001 Stanford, where the High School for the Preforming and Visual Arts is now? I did, from 1957 to 1963. The teachers I had, in descending order from sixth grade to kindergarten, were Mrs. Hudson, Miss Shuttle(s)worth, Mrs. Martines, Miss Shapley, Miss Millard, Mrs. de Ybarrondo, and Mrs. Lucky, as well as 2 music teachers: Mrs. Fogel and Miss Womack. All were, as I remember, quite good teachers. Others whom I didn't have but whom I remember were Mrs. Roper, Mrs. Menier, Mrs. Blackwell, Ms. Luna, and Mr. Schmidt. This latter, one of just a few male teachers, always organized the musical and dramatic programs and did so with much professionalism. Ah, and I just remembered a long-term sub we had once, named Mrs. Giles, who read us Kipling's Rikki Tikki Tavi.

 

Every spring we would have a May Fete, for which we practiced assiduously, and which was (of course) performed outside, we children dancing, in choreographed  formation,  to music that was probably of Mr. Schmidt's choosing. 

 

The school's architecture and layout closely resembled that of Lantrip Elementary, still standing at 100 Telephone road: Spanish-mission style architecture, with arches, open-air corridors, and interior courtyards that had flowers, bushes, and the like.

 

Not infrequently, I wonder about fellow Montrose alumni, and what they remember about the school.

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My wife went to Montrose School and remembers it well. She first attended Kindergarten there in 1951 and her teacher was Mrs. Hudson. She then went to Holy Rosary School for 4 years and returned to Montrose School for 5th and 6th grade. Her teachers were Mrs. Chandler and Mrs. Ott.  She remembers Mrs. Chandler as her favorite and best teacher of all time. She remembers the May Fete, as well as an annual Halloween Parade. The school would also invite children that went to Holy Rosary to march in the parade.

My wife lived on Stanford, a half block from the school.

The school was built in 1916, somewhere she has a picture of the school from circa 1917 with her mother standing in front of it. If we find it I'll post it,.

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My wife went to Montrose School and remembers it well. She first attended Kindergarten there in 1951 and her teacher was Mrs. Hudson. She then went to Holy Rosary School for 4 years and returned to Montrose School for 5th and 6th grade. Her teachers were Mrs. Chandler and Mrs. Ott.  She remembers Mrs. Chandler as her favorite and best teacher of all time. She remembers the May Fete, as well as an annual Halloween Parade. The school would also invite children that went to Holy Rosary to march in the parade.

My wife lived on Stanford, a half block from the school.

The school was built in 1916, somewhere she has a picture of the school from circa 1917 with her mother standing in front of it. If we find it I'll post it,.

 

Wow, Mrs. Hudson was versatile, having taught both kindergarten and firth grade! Hope you find the 1917  picture. It would be fun to see it.

 

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I went to Montrose from 3rd through 6th grade. (1966-1969).  I had Mrs. Hudson for 4th and 5th grade.  She had taught my older sister in 6th grade.  I also had Miss Shuttleworth in 6th.  My mother was a teacher there when they moved the deaf program there so I knew a lot of the teachers there even though they weren't mine.  I also  had Miss Womack for music.  Mrs. Ivens was the principal.  When the school was demolished in about 1980 they called my mother to see if there was anything from the school that she wanted as a memento. Mom chose one of the mosaic tile benches that sat in the corner of the courtyard.  When we moved Mom to nursing care a few years ago I took the bench so it now sits in my back yard.

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Were the yellow rose bushes still in the courtyard? My parents planted them when I was in fifth or sixth grade. Mom was the head cheese of the gardening committee, and Daddy was pressed into the service of helping plant them. And did they still serve a really delicious spaghetti dish? In an old cookbook of my late mother's, I found a pencil-written recipe for "Montrose Spaghetti."

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I went to Montrose from 3rd through 6th grade. (1966-1969).  I had Mrs. Hudson for 4th and 5th grade.  She had taught my older sister in 6th grade.  I also had Miss Shuttleworth in 6th.  My mother was a teacher there when they moved the deaf program there so I knew a lot of the teachers there even though they weren't mine.  I also  had Miss Womack for music.  Mrs. Ivens was the principal.  When the school was demolished in about 1980 they called my mother to see if there was anything from the school that she wanted as a memento. Mom chose one of the mosaic tile benches that sat in the corner of the courtyard.  When we moved Mom to nursing care a few years ago I took the bench so it now sits in my back yard.

How lovely that your mom got to take one of those benches, and that the bench lives on in your back yard!

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On ‎1‎/‎16‎/‎2016 at 6:11 PM, Libbie H said:

Were the yellow rose bushes still in the courtyard? My parents planted them when I was in fifth or sixth grade. Mom was the head cheese of the gardening committee, and Daddy was pressed into the service of helping plant them. And did they still serve a really delicious spaghetti dish? In an old cookbook of my late mother's, I found a pencil-written recipe for "Montrose Spaghetti."

Libbie, I hope you'll see this.  I don't sign onto HAIF very often so I'm just seeing this.  When I went to Montrose there were roses in each corner of the courtyard.  I don't really remember if they were yellow.  I also very well remember the Montrose Spaghetti.  It was sent home with everyone before the Halloween carnival so everyones mother could prepare it the same..  I'm considering creating a Montrose Elementary group on Facebook.  I recently ran across one of my classmates on Facebook.

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Tom Terrific, I'm glad to hear you remember the roses, yellow or not. I didn't know that detail about the Montrose Spaghetti recipe being sent home with everyone before the Halloween carnival! I hope you do create a Montrose Elementary group on Facebook. That's a delightful idea.

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 I remember the oleanders, but at that age I didn't know a sassafras tree from an oak tree (But was introduced to one at Girl Scout camp between 5th and 7th grades. The leaves smelled like root beer). So, if you and your sisters were at Montrose in the  '50s we might have coincided. I was there from 1957 (high-kindergarten and low-first grade--remember those mid-termer highs and lows of every grade?) through 1963 (6th). I remember an annoying "big boy" named Ollie who used to say rude things in the lunch line. A classmate named John (He was Dutch-Indonesian, I think) had an older sister named Cisca. Some other classmates--1956-7 to 1962-3 were Jimmy, Mike, Anita...

 

It was really nice to see your post, JPM, two years after mine. Our time at Montrose definitely must have overlapped. Maybe I knew y'all. Anyway, happy New Year!

 

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I just happened to google Montrose and found this site. I was a mid-termer too, but I must have been there 1950 to 1956. I had one sister there 1953-1959. Our maiden name was Pfeiffer.

My mother was a sub at the school. I remember some of the teachers and Mrs. Jorgenson, the principal.

 

 

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Mrs. Jorgensen was still there my first few years at Montrose, succeeded by Mrs. Ivens. In 1956 I was in high-second grade (Miss Millard), then low-third (Miss Shapley). I recall that Miss Shapley and Mrs. Martines were chums, each frequently appointing a child to carry a note to the other. We were all honorable and incurious, and never read them.

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Interesting! At what church? I liked Mrs. Martines, very much. I remember that she (like most of my grade school teachers) read us a story every day after lunch, and the story book I've most remembered over the years was a collection of Greek myths for children, with half a dozen myths, including one titled "The Miraculous Pitcher," the story of Baucis and Philemon. A little recent googling revealed to me that the book was a collection written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and I bought it for my Kindle! But not to digress too much, I remember that Mrs. Martines gave me a memorable, valuable grounding in such aspects of "cultural literacy" as afore-mentioned myths, the states and their capitals, and a quite a few other things other things for which I'm grateful, even now in my sixties. 

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I attended Montrose Elementary.  Many happy memories.  I do recall the May Fete, the Halloween Carnival, the Montrose Spaghetti, and playing jacks on the smooth concrete.  I was there from 1954-59, first through fifth grade.  I had Miss Menier in second grade and took French from her in the early mornings before school started.  Miss Ott was my fifth grade teacher.  She wore a wonderful black sun hat during recess.  And, I remember Miss Jorgenson well.  She later went to Poe Elementary and was there when the bomber attacked the school.

 

I was sorry to see the lovely building torn down.  

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2 hours ago, Susie Homemaker said:

I attended Montrose Elementary.  Many happy memories.  I do recall the May Fete, the Halloween Carnival, the Montrose Spaghetti, and playing jacks on the smooth concrete.  I was there from 1954-59, first through fifth grade.  I had Miss Menier in second grade and took French from her in the early mornings before school started.  Miss Ott was my fifth grade teacher.  She wore a wonderful black sun hat during recess.  And, I remember Miss Jorgenson well.  She later went to Poe Elementary and was there when the bomber attacked the school.

 

I was sorry to see the lovely building torn down.  

 

where was montrose elementary?

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8 hours ago, Earlydays said:

It is where the Arabic Immersion Magnet School is today.

 

It's going to be a long time before I"m able to think of that site as anything but HSPVA - I lived about a block away on Stanford when the building first opened in 1984. 

 

I completely forgot the Arabic Immersion Magnet School was moving there. I just noticed a sign indicating they'd vacated the premises at their former location on Durham when I was driving by there this past weekend, and wondered where they were located now.

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4 hours ago, BillW said:

I was there in the last half of my 5th grade, and all of 6th, in 1950 and first half of '51.   Don't remember much except we did the Pledge of Allegiance using the 'Hand Salute'.

 

You mean the Bellamy salute? That's very interesting, I thought it had been phased out in favor of hand-over-heart in the early 1940s. Didn't realize it had persisted into the 1950s. 

 

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Yup, the Bellamy salute persisted.  If you grew up there, you may not have noticed, since you grew up with it, and as kids, it's just something you did.  But I moved there in the 5th grade, from Ohio, and the difference in pledging really stood out.  And the teacher got a different kid to lead the pledge each day, so I do remember that well....

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1 hour ago, BillW said:

Yup, the Bellamy salute persisted.  If you grew up there, you may not have noticed, since you grew up with it, and as kids, it's just something you did.  But I moved there in the 5th grade, from Ohio, and the difference in pledging really stood out.  And the teacher got a different kid to lead the pledge each day, so I do remember that well....

 

I hadn't been born yet in the 1950s, so by the time I was in elementary school, the Bellamy salute was long gone. I can well imagine how it must've stood out to someone who'd never seen it done before. If it was still being practiced in Houston in 1950, it must have still been in evidence in other locales as well. I find that fascinating, as the conventional wisdom would have us believe that it was almost immediately retired upon act of Congress in 1942.  Just goes to show that when it comes to history, there's no substitute for eyewitness testimony.  

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On 8/6/2020 at 7:02 AM, Susie Homemaker said:

I attended Montrose Elementary.  Many happy memories.  I do recall the May Fete, the Halloween Carnival, the Montrose Spaghetti, and playing jacks on the smooth concrete.  I was there from 1954-59, first through fifth grade.  I had Miss Menier in second grade and took French from her in the early mornings before school started.  Miss Ott was my fifth grade teacher.  She wore a wonderful black sun hat during recess.  And, I remember Miss Jorgenson well.  She later went to Poe Elementary and was there when the bomber attacked the school.

 

I was sorry to see the lovely building torn down.  

I remember Miss Menier. I had her for my first few days of third grade (1959 it would have been), but then several of us were moved to Miss Shapley's class. As an adult, remembering the Montrose teachers, I've thought vaguely that Menier sounded like a French name. So Miss Menier knew and taught French! That's a nice and very interesting bit of trivia. 

 

I was in high-second, in Miss Millard's class when we children learned about the Poe bombing. I could read fairly well by then and I remember reading a scary account of the tragedy in the Houston Press (no relation to the current weekly of the same name).

 

The only one of those you mentioned whom I don't remember was Miss Ott; maybe she wasn't there by the time I started school there.

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