Photo of the Day: Feb. 19, 2017 – A Brief History of Maple Grove School

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Today’s Photo of the Day is courtesy of the Maple Grove School on Center Road, which now serves as a wine tasting facility for Peninsula Cellars, a winery founded by longtime Old Mission Peninsula residents Joan and Dave Kroupa.

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Old Mission Peninsula School Honor Roll, Traverse City Record-Eagle, Feb. 21, 1966

This photo is taken from Carroll Road behind the building. When I was a kid, the Bells lived at the end of this road – Steve Bell was in my class, and his older brother Dave Bell was in my brother Ward’s class. Their older sister Barb Bell was, I believe, in my sister Carol’s class. They were always known as “those smart Bell kids,” because they were super smart.

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To back up my statement, I’ve attached a clip from the Traverse City Record-Eagle, Feb. 21, 1966. Barb Bell made the A Honor Roll, along with Nancy Blackmore, Nancy Demaray and Barb Frisby.

As for the Maple Grove School, I believe it operated as a school from 1896 to 1958. My brother Dean went there for one year while Old Mission Peninsula School was being built. My hubby Tim’s older brother Tom went there, as well, and Tim remembers going to a school Valentine’s party in the basement of Maple Grove School in the 1950s.

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  1. The last year classes were there was the 1955-56 school year. The “new” school, on Island View Rd, began classes in September 1956. My husband, Gary, began kindergarten that year and thus, was the first class to go all the way through (8th grade).

  2. Dean graduated with Gary and me, so I’d guess he didn’t attend there. The “new” school opened in 1956, when Gary started kindergarten. He ( and I assume, Dean) was in the first class to go all the way through eighth grade.

  3. I went there in kindergarten the last year it was open. I started at the new school as a 1st grader and went there all through the 8th grade.


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