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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Bheam School - 1906 - Morrellville

My own grade school - Bheam School with the fire escapes of death on the sides of the building. Bheam was built in 1906. You can also see more of Bheam School HERE IN 1942 and all the Morrellville kids parading on Halloween. We still did the same thing when I went there in the 1960's. These old schools had character. Something I think is lacking in today's cookie cutter buildings along with some now unused words. We put our coats in the cloakroom and used the lavatory. Kids now a days would have no idea what I mean including the word "shan't" - a favorite of one of my old teachers...

We played pickup games of wiffle ball and kickball and would fight over who would go down over the wall to get the ball. It was even better if it made it's way under Fairfield Avenue and you had to scale down the wall by the candy shop....sneeking in the store for a quick pick me up.

I have to add - that the meanest teacher I ever had in all my years of schooling was my old 6-th grade teacher there (she will remain nameless).

But Bheam also had the best teacher I ever had in all my years. My 5-th grade teacher Miss Bach. Her classroom opened a world of opportunity to me that I never imagined was there....all because of an old beat up print of 16mm silent movie. This was the day of black and white tv - with the choice of three channels - cable was years away. It was then and there that I fell in love with film and video and the way the medium can tell a story. 

6 comments:

Fred V said...

That's interesting ... I recall back in the 50's Bheam only had grades 1-4 then students transferred to Chandler ... Sheridan school on the border of Morellville and Oakhurst had a similar deal transferring students to Oakhurst school (maybe after grade 3). Must have been the days of more students than classrooms ...

Anonymous said...

What a grand building ... Bheam, Chandler, Oakhurst and Coopersdale grade schools. For more than half a century educating the children of the West End ... Lots of us ended up in the steel mills or as housewives, but we learned the 3 Rs from teachers who really were dedicated ... These institutions were something to be proud of ...

Len said...

Lisa, what great memories. I to had the teacher that often said shan't. I believe she was truly a blue haired older teacher. Old school for sure. Now, the meanest teacher I had was the one from the 4th grade. Today she would be fired for the things she did to some of us students. We may be talking about the same one as I think you are a bit younger then I. Also Miss Bach was indeed one of the nicest teachers I ever had. Loved being in her class.

Kathy said...

Does anyone know what is the origin of the name of Bheam school?
My maiden name is Bheam, I am from Johnstown originally. I remember hearing of this school, but not sure if or how it connects to my family, and they are mostly gone now, so neat to see the building and memories.

Anonymous said...

I went to Chandler Elementary School (1969 - 1971) from Kindergarten thru half way thru 2nd grade. After a teach quit, some of us were transferred to Beam (1971 - 1975). I was there when the '77 flood hit and destroyed the school. I have been trying to find pictures and information on the school over the years and this was the first one I found. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I also attended K through half of my 2nd grade at Chandler and was transferred to Beam for the rest of my elementary school.