Old Mission History: Ogdensburg School, October 1949

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Here’s a photo from the Ogdensburg School taken in October of 1949. I love all historical photos of the Old Mission Peninsula, but especially when there are people in the photos who are still around today, as so many of these students are.

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The Ogdensburg School is located on Center Road, just past Kroupa Road on the left as you’re heading north. It’s now a private residence, but looks like it’s been in the process of being restored over the past year or so. Here it is in the late 1800s. I believe the steps on the left are no longer there, but will check when I head up to the Chicken BBQ at OMP United Methodist Church today.

Ogdensburg School, Late 1800s | OldMissionPhotos.com
Ogdensburg School, Late 1800s | OldMissionPhotos.com

My husband Tim’s uncle, George Boursaw, is in the photo and can chime in, but Tim’s dad, Tug Boursaw, used to tell stories of walking cross-country from Bluff Road up to the Ogdensburg School in the middle of the winter when the snow was high. Fun times.

While I’m not 100 percent sure, it looks like the photo with the kids was taken towards the north, with possibly the long barn up on the hill in the background (unless there was another building there at the time).

My brother Ward Johnson owns that farm now (purchased from the Greilick family eons ago), but I believe the Minervinis still own the barn and home next to it.

Ogdensburg School, October 1949
Ogdensburg School, October 1949. Front row (l to r): Don Brown, Ron Brown, Murrie Tompkins, June Richards, Della Dohm, Frannie Tompkins, Patsy Brown, Terry Burton. Second Row: Tom Kroupa, George Boursaw, Merwin Crampton, Dave Kroupa, Wesley Gore, Billy King, Dennis Schavey, Galen Leighton, Terry Wells, Robert Brown. Third Row: Marley Batt, Marilyn Kroupa, Alice Brimmer, Karen Kroupa, Dennis Wells, Bruce Thomas, Mary Frances Crampton. Fourth Row: Gertrude Blake, Janet Schavey, Teacher Mrs. Jahr, Delmer Richards, Dana Wells, Teacher Mrs. Hughart, Dewaine Kroupa | OldMissionPhotos.com

Here are the folks in the photo, as noted in the book “A Century of Service,” published by the Peninsula Telephone Company in 2008:

Front row (l to r): Don Brown, Ron Brown, Murrie Tompkins, June Richards, Della Dohm, Frannie Tompkins, Patsy Brown, Terry Burton.

Second Row (l to r): Tom Kroupa, George Boursaw, Merwin Crampton, Dave Kroupa, Wesley Gore, Billy King, Dennis Schavey, Galen Leighton, Terry Wells, Robert Brown.

Third Row (l to r): Marley Batt, Marilyn Kroupa, Alice Brimmer, Karen Kroupa, Dennis Wells, Bruce Thomas, Mary Frances Crampton.

Fourth Row (l to r): Gertrude Blake, Janet Schavey, Teacher Mrs. Jahr, Delmer Richards, Dana Wells, Teacher Mrs. Hughart, Dewaine Kroupa.

Are you in the photo? Tell us in the comments below what it was like to attend Ogdensburg School. Also let us know if you have kin in the photo.  

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