f/8 and Be There
Fred Lynch

Franklin School, then and now

Posted Wednesday, October 7, 2015, at 12:00 AM

April 4, 1958 Southeast Missourian

Balmy weather brings out the energy in youngsters. These pupils at Franklin School, Thursday, keep the swings going during the play periods, while hundreds of others busy themselves on the school grounds in various games. (G.D. Fronabarger photos)

March 26, 1956 Southeast Missourian

At Franklin School, a game of hop-scotch goes along with the first appearance of spring and temperatures in the 70s. Here, from the left, Madeline Graham, Linda McDowell and Patricia Goodman engage in the school-ground pastime as Brad Wilson looks on from the background.

The old playground area is now a parking lot in front of the new school building.

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  • Here are members of the Franklin School Safety Patrol on duty in the late 1960s.


    -- Posted by ksteinhoff on Wed, Oct 7, 2015, at 12:23 AM
  • Notice how things have changed. In the old picture, kids played in an open playground with some of the kids standing right by the street. At the new school, they play in an area that looks like a zoo with a tall fence all the way around it.

    -- Posted by JD420 on Wed, Oct 7, 2015, at 9:01 PM
  • i slid down those hills in front every time it snowed. as we got older, we went to academic hall. i can remember buckeye trees being on the south side of franklin.

    -- Posted by workingdude on Fri, Oct 9, 2015, at 7:49 AM
  • Back in then days girls had to wear dress's to school. At Jefferson, in winter you could wear long pants under the skirts to get to school. Then remove them before class. School did not shut down so quickly for snow days. Standing at the bus stop in freezing weather was not fun.

    -- Posted by Bill McGhee on Sun, Oct 11, 2015, at 5:50 PM