April 16, 2008
Douglas Elementary School Returns 1891 Bell to Old School House

   

1891 "Liberty Bell" replica, given to Douglas Elementary School when Douglas-Union School closed in 1957, as it stood for the past 15 years alongside the Elementary School sign.

Forklift loads bell onto flatbed truck for return to its original home atop The Old School House.

1891 "Liberty Bell" replica, given to Douglas Elementary School when Douglas-Union School closed in 1957, as it stood for the past 15 years alongside the Elementary School sign.

Forklift loads bell onto flatbed
truck for return to its original
home atop The Old School
House.

Elementary Principal Jason Surian tells 3-4th graders about the history of the bell, after which kids read aloud a special farewell poem written for the occasion by author/historian Kit Lane.

"Romex" wiring pulled for switch and outlet circuits.

Elementary Principal Jason Surian tells 3-4th graders about the history of the bell, after which kids read aloud a special farewell poem written for the occasion by author/historian Kit Lane.

Truck, bell, students and
teachers begin the procession.

Destination in sight; bell and entourage approach The Old School House.

Dottie Lyon, Chair, Old School House Task Force, and Jerri Elsinga, who was a student in last class at Douglas-Union School, 1957, thank the kids for returning the bell, telling them what life was like in the Old School House and what will happen at the new Discovery Center

Destination in sight; bell
and entourage approach
The Old School House.

Dottie Lyon (Left) Chair, Old School House Task Force, and Jerri Elsinga,
who was a student in last class at Douglas-Union School, 1957, thank the kids for returning the bell, telling them what life was like in the Old School House and what will happen at the new Discovery Center.

Douglas-Union School alum Howard Schultz shares a few school-days memories.

A "Care Bear", seated on the bell earlier by an unknown student, came along for the ride.  At the kids' request, it will remain up in the Old School House belfry to "keep an eye on the bell".

Douglas-Union School alum
Howard Schultz shares a
few school-days memories.

A "Care Bear", seated on the bell earlier by an unknown student, came along for the ride. At the kids' request, it will remain up in the Old School House belfry to "keep an eye on the bell".

After the ceremony, a forklift carries the bell to the Old School House.

Bell is placed on a dolly, to be rolled out a few days later for lifting up into the belfry.

After the ceremony, a forklift
carries the bell to the
Old School House

Bell is placed on a dolly, to be
rolled out a few days later
for lifting up into the belfry.

 

 


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