Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Glenn L. Martin Elementary School

An anonymous person wants to know if any readers here attended Glenn L. Martin Elementary School in Santa Ana...

Did anyone out there go to Glenn L. Martin Elementary school in the 60's?
It was a simplier time and I remember it being a fun school.
From there Smedely Jr. High...not so fun.
And Mater Dei...cultural shock.
. I remember riding my bike to explore the new shopping center, south coast plaza, just bean fields around then, it just turned 40!
anonymous
I didn't go there, but my brother did during the mid-1980's. We lived only a few blocks up on Wilshire & Garnsey street.

If you remember Glenn L. Martin Elementary School, click on "Post a Comment" below and share your thoughts.

53 comments:

  1. I went to Glenn L. Martin for two and a half years, starting in 1969. It was a fine place. I started in the fourth grade, my family just having moved to Santa Ana from Minnesota. I found the new ethnic diversity strange and wonderful. My first Spanish words were all swear words. It was a little tougher than the small town I came from. I recall that kids had a pecking order in Minnesota based on who was the fastest runner. In Santa Ana, it was about who could beat whom in a fight. These were mostly theoretical fights, mind you. We kind of agreed on the pecking order, and didn't go to the trouble of testing it.

    I still remember the school song:
    "G-M-S, G-M-S
    is the pathway to success..."

    The strangest things stick with you.

    In the sixth grade, I had Mrs. Weisinger, who was one of the best, most encouraging teachers ever. Ironically, it was because of her that I left. She spotted me as a child who could benefit from the MGM program (Mentally Gifted Minors -- is that still around?) and that was only offered at John Adams School. So I left Glenn L. Martin in the middle of the sixth grade. But it's in my heart, you know.
    John Sutherland

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  2. I went to GLM the first year it opened, and I attended the dedication in the new auditorium with Glenn Martin in person. We lived in the 1400 block of Olive, just two blocks away.

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  3. hi my name is karina i attended glenn martin since kindergarten in 1997 to fifth garde. i then moved to alabama and lived here since. i am a senior now but i still remeber my first day in kindergarten at glenn martin i lived in magnolia st about threee blocks fromo there.i know that you all went to glenn martin way before i did but we still share that love for that school. i dream about cali alot it my home place! in my dreams i always go straight to Glenn martin! ill graduate this year from high school and 30 years from now ill be sharing the same thing you are my experience at glenn martin.

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  4. I attended Glenn L. Martin from 1967 to 1971 3rd through 6th grades. My favorite teacher was Mr. Bell in the fourth grade. I liked all my teachers. I remember in the 6th grade after the 1971 earthquake, Lowell Elementary started attending GLenn L. Martin so we went to half day sessions.

    From Martin, I attended Lathrop Junior High which we could not occupy. The school district had moved portables in the year before due to 71 earthquake. The new two level Lathrop opened after I went to off to attended high school at Saddleback.

    When I attended Glen L. Martin I would walk home ALONE for lunch. After lunch I would stop at the Tic Toc on Flower & McFadden. I usually bought a Cup of Gold candy bar for a whole 10 cents and ate it on my way back to school.

    Sweet Memories Of Glenn L. Martin Elementary...

    Tammy

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  5. Lordy...not sure why I googled Glenn Martin but this has brought back some memories. I started in Kindergarten in 1966 and was there thru 3rd grade. My favorite Teacher was Mrs. O'Neil in the second grade. She had big, brown, tall hair. Funny the things you remember. I would love to thank Mrs. O'Neil (not sure of her spelling but her first name was Pat or Patricia). She made me feel like an individual. I'm now all grown up (46) and am grateful for my time at this little school.

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  6. We sang the GMS song too!
    I went to Glenn L Martin for 2 years, 1st and 2nd grade, 1955-56. The school was far from home for me and my sisters, we lived at Bristol and McFadden. We used to pick crabapples, sunflowers, and oranges on our way home. Monta Vista was built in 1957, if memory serves me right, there I started the 3rd grade.

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  7. Went to Martin the first year it opened in '51. I attended K-6th there. Really something to start kindergarten with some of the same people I graduated from Valley HS with.

    It sure was different. Lived three streets away. We kids walked to and from school ALONE. We walked until they showed us the movie "Dangerous Stranger" every year. Then we all ran to and from school in a panic for several days.

    I remember all the black & white aviation photos on the west wall of the cafeteria/assembly room. Many photos of Martin's various planes over many years.

    It was a great school at a great time.

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  8. Went to Martin the first year it opened. I attended K-6th there.

    It sure was different. Lived three streets away. We kids walked to and from school ALONE. We walked until they showed us the movie "Dangerous Stranger" every year. Then we all ran to and from school in a panic for several days.

    I remember all the black & white aviation photos on the west wall of the cafeteria/assembly room. Many photos of Martin's various planes over many years.

    It was a great school at a great time.

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  9. Bill from South RosewoodFebruary 04, 2008 10:29 PM

    I also attended Glenn L. Martin the first year it was opened, going on to Smedley after the 6th grade. The assembly/lunch room photos on the west wall were undoubtably the inspiration I received that drove me into two careers in aviation and a love of airplanes and flying.

    When we moved to South Rosewood, near Edinger, our tract had just been finished and I remember very well that there were bean fields on the other side of Bristol for as far as you could ride your bike. A friend who lived across the street had an older brother who was a stunt man in Hollywood and his brother used to parachute into the bean field across the street from their home before our tract was built.

    I love Santa Ana and especially my memories of it when growing up.

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  10. Susan Trujillo ReinhartApril 25, 2008 5:05 PM

    Hello!! I went to Glenn L Martin in the 60's!! From K through 3rd. Then my family moved out of state. I've always wondered what happened to the people I went to school with during that time!! I attended 1966 to 1970. I would love to reconnect with people I've often thought of, even after all these years!!! I remember my 3rd grade teacher had this "unique" red hair that was tall. Funny. What we remember. Lunch at the picnic tables under the trees unless it rained...then we shared a room with another class...I could go on...wow.......am glad I found this site!!!!

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  11. I went to Glenn L Martin from 1969-1975. I remember Ms. Gilmore, 1st grade, Ms. Swanberg, 2nd, Ms. Capizolli, Weisinger in 3rd, Ms Huzzo(pronounced who soo) in 4th.
    In first grade I remember Ms Gilmore had a student from each long row daily be the nurse to check if the students ears and neck were clean.
    Anybody remember that? And how about her "baby chair" for students who got in trouble 3 times, the third time everyone pointed their finger to the baby chair for the wayward student to sit in.

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  12. i attended gles l martin from 1995-2001(yes i am young lol) its an amazing school and my nephews go there now. i live right on the corner of flower and wilshire.....i was wondering if anyone remembered the crossing guard on flower and wilshire named Sam and if they had any memories to share about the school =)

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  13. I attended Glenn L. Martin for 3 years beginning in 1969 (k - 2nd). I then transferred to John Adams to participate in the GATE program. Does anyone remember the crossing guard, Martin, who would make funny faces with his dentures? Teachers: Kinder=Aster; 1st=Hill/Hoffler; 2nd=LeGrand. I did not like Adams elementary and was happy when my family moved to Placentia a few months later.

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  14. Attended from 1955 thru 1957. We lived at 1806 S. Towner. I remember several school assemblies that featured Cowboy Monty Montana sponsered by the Weber's bread Co.

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  15. I attended Martin from K-5th. Starting with my class, 6th grade was moved to Jr. high. Smedley was also renamed Carr about the same time. John Sutherland, your family and mine were neighbors. If I recall, you had two sisters, Becky & Jody and your dad was a pastor at a Luthern church. You and your sisters had guinea pigs and a dog named Sunny. What great memories I still have of such simpler times...Laura M Herrera

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  16. I attended Glenn L. Martin from 1964 -1970. I lived on S. Baker Street, in between McFadden and Wilshire. My favorite teachers were Mrs. Astor, Mrs. Anderson,Mrs. Lewis, Mrs, Capazolli and of course, Mrs. Wiesinger. Favorite memories were the Silver tricycles in kindergarden and naptime in kindergarten. Life was so good and wholesome back then. A truly idyllic time

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    1. Linda Capozzoli HerbstApril 11, 2012 12:33 AM

      My mother was Jane Capozzoli. She taught 3rd grade for many years at Glenn Martin school.

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  17. I went to Glenn L. Martin in the late 80's. From kinder to 4th grade. I have a lot of memories, one of my favorite teachers was Mrs. Lindoro. Which I've met 3-4 times at Target do one on Bristol near south coast plaza. One of the memories that I really enjoy is back every Oct. the school will have this Halloween costume contest. Those times where fun, I still have a pix of those moments. An other memory that I will never forget is my first kick in the growing….lol…wow that hurt so bad, it was back in the 4th grade.

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  18. Wow! Who would of thought that 45 years later, I would be writing regarding Glenn L Martin. I went to school from 1st-6th, 1966-1972ish. I lived on the corner of Wilshire and Rosewood. Yes, I'm one of the Lake kids. The very last one (Pam)I had Ms Lopez for 1st, Miss Anderson for 2nd, and Mrs Weisinger for 6th. I also remember being a part of the class who got a teacher (5th grade) fired (Mr A***) and Mrs Huuzu (Hoosoo) who took his place. She knocked us in line and we needed it. God, we were terrors... I also remember the contest of naming the school mascot-The Flyers-not the Aviators. Roger Ziesler (sic) won the contest, he drew the bywing plane, our school colors were blue and gold. I also remember the earthquake which put us into double sessions. Prior to the earthquake, the girls had to wear dresses-no pants. Once Lowell Elem came over the dress code evaporated. How about those paper drives... Thanks for the memories.

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  19. I attended Martin elementary from 1976-1980My favorite teacher was Mrs. Buck in 5th grade. I also rembember Ms. kramer (2nd grade) and Ms. Hurwick (3rd grade).

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  20. I attended Glenn Martin in 1957, I was in the third grade then. We moved to 3rd street in Santa Ana and I then went to McKinley. Went to 7th grade at Willard and 8th 9th grade at Smedley. High school 1965-1968 at Valley.

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  21. I went to Glenn Martin for the 4, 5 6th grades. My favorite teacher was Harlan Anderson, who went on to become high in the ranks of the SA school system. I remember Mr. Butterworth too. My family owned the Grant Boys in Costa Mesa and we lived on S. Parton St. Mike Grant

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  22. Larry L. Means, Ph.DDecember 26, 2009 3:27 PM

    I was lucky enough to attend Glenn Martin Elementary School the first year - I was in the 5th grade and recall the grand opening and still have the signed picture of Mr. Glenn Martin himself who attended the event. I also recalled us writing our names and life goals then putting them in Mason Jars and planting them with the tree's between the rows of the buildings. I was invited back for the 50th Anniversary of the school where I talked to the current students about my memories of the school. I actually lived right across the street from the school at the corner of Wilshire and Olive Streets. I also remember the night that the Administration Office and that of the Principal Ms. Reed's office was set afire - did lots of damage including Mrs. Scott's First Grade classroom. Remember Mrs. Lily who taught 6th grade and Mr. Harlan Anderson who taught 6th grade and was the sports coach for afterschool sports. Many of my generation got their basic education at Martin - those were great days - great teachers and no-nonsense classroom disipline.

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  23. wow! you guys are amazing! you're memories fascinate me! How do I find out if anyone went to Silverado Elementary School between 1965 and 1970?

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  24. i went there too, i had ms buck she was a mentor ill always remember her
    dan de la torre
    looking for mike and ruben that used to go there too

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  25. Larry Means: I remember you when I went to Glenn M. school too. I lived at 1427 S. Olive, two doors down from Larry Wentzel. Gary Bridge live just a couple of doors down from that. Do you remember when Mr. Martin visited the school for opening day dedication? I also remember a bike you had added a lawn mower engine to it on the back, and it really worked great. Often wondered what happened to the old gang.

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  26. Thomas Neely said:
    Attended K through 6th grade (1962-1968). Fine memories of the silver trikes. Had to get out to recess early or you would be stuck with a burned out red trycyle. Office fire. Silverado Cyn fire of 66' Edinger as 2 lane road. 55 and 91 freeways being built along with South Coast Pz. Favorite teachers: Mr Dick, Ms Clark, Mrs Braden, Mrs Nelson, Miss Anderson, Mr. Tress, Mrs. Hustwick, Mrs Franklin. Loved the "all purpose room" with those 6 TVs they had for off site learning. Loved riding my bike through the halls after school and on weekends. Remembering the Presbyterian church build across street and being a boy scout to troop 940. Best times of my life. Wish I could go back to kindergarden and play in the sandbox once again with my close friends....

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  27. I WENT TO GLM IN 1956? FOR KINDERGARTEN. MY TEACHER WAS MRS. LEMON. WE TOOK NAPS. IT WAS A NICE PLACE.

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  28. I attended Glenn Martin in 1956 and had Mr. Lenz as my sixth grade teacher. He always seemed a little odd to me.

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  29. I went there for Kindergarten in '69-'70 (does that still count as the "60's"?) Anyway, I lived a little less than 1/2-mile away, and, back then, even at 7 or 8 years old, you could walk to school without an adult; my best friend and I took an hour or so to get home each night. Actually, I didn't mind the school lunches (a sack lunch with a sandwich) which we ate on the covered picnic benches outside. My kids wouldn't dare touch the school provided lunches now-a-days. Watching the moon-landing on a TV they wheeled-in is about I'll I remember. Funny-my name is Martin and my dad's name is Glenn. Yep, I did get teased a little!

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  30. I went to Glenn Martin from 1956-1962 K-6 grade.
    Those where the days my friends!
    I have some class picture from those early days.
    Here is a link to picture of Glenn L Martin
    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=31290604&l=7efc56c6b6&id=1041155786
    You can fine the class photo on my facebook page my name is Curtis Zeisler. Please go the class picture and tag the photos with name.
    Life is Good!
    Curtis

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  31. I attended Glenn Martin Elementary School in 1974 through 1976, 1976 was the best year of my school life and Glenn Martin really brought out the partriot in me, Cinco de mayo was always so extravagant and we had so much fun in the huge playground. I still have my year books I won't lose them for nothing. I came in around the time when most of the teachers there were retiring and had been teaching there for about 30 to 40 years maybe, and then came the transition of younger teachers and staff, it was an ultra change of gaurd, from severe disciplinaries, to open minded conservatives or liberals. Glenn Martin remains in my heart and to our mascot may he fly forever.

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  32. Wow - what a trip down memory lane! I attended GLM for K-6, 1956-62. I also remember the fire that destroyed the administration office, and how the whole school smelled of smoke for weeks afterward! I was also in Brownies and Girl Scouts and we met in the Presbyterian Church right across the street. I'm amazed at the comments praising Mrs. Weisinger - I had her for 6th grade and she scared the h*** out of me! Did anyone else have Mrs. Clark for 5th grade? Linda H. C. M.

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  33. Henry Weibert,I lived on Baker St. with Jimmy Copeland, Mike Davis, Cladette Hopper, Henry Dillon, also Tom Grafton, Jack Samuels lived on Shelton st. I'm still in touch with them. I was in the first graduating class 6th grade Mrs Lily, also Mr. Butterworth 5th grade. The cafatoreom served lunch for .30 cents. We put our names in a time capsule and buried it under a tree. SA was a wonderful place to live in the 50s.

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    1. Hey, I went to Glen Martin with all those boys too. MIke Grant in Las Vegas. Been trying to find Tom for years, email me at vegasmikett@yahoo.com

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  34. Hi from Susie Rogers. It was 50 years ago I came to Glenn Martin. I came from North Carolina for 3rd grade. I had asthma real bad and my dad got a transfer to Calif for the better weather. I attended until I finished 5th grade. I liked my teacher Miss Sharlene Christy. She was leaving to get married and move to Hawaii. My friends were Brenda Holland, Diana Barnes, Debbie and Judy Sessions, Mike Yanase, Danielle Sparrow. I moved to Tustin for 6th-12th grades. Got married and lived in Hesperia for 30 years. I now live in northern Calif. I have two children and 3 grandchildren. Hi to all from Glenn Martin. June 16th-2011

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  35. Bruce BranstromJuly 04, 2011 8:05 AM

    I attended Gleen Martin K-5th. Miss Learninghand 2nd and Mr. Brown 5th were my saving grace. Both stuck with me as I went on in life. Moved to San Diego during my 5th grade year. Lived on Bristol st. It was a great place to go to school.

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  36. Wow.. I grew up on Towner Street, aka Towner Street tigers. I went to Glen L. Martin about 1966 k through 5th. We were the first 6th grade class to go to Lathrop. I remember the church across the street and cake walks. Mr. Steel our principal. My fav teacher Ms. Tinder. Went back and saw her often.
    My Dad won me a bunny at the spring carnaval had it for 10 years.
    :) I loved this school, this time and this neighborhood. Went there recently...oh my!
    Shannon B. Reilly :_)

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  37. I was in 6th grade the year GLM opened and Francis Gregg and I were the two representatives selected by Ms Reed to accompany Mr. Glenn Martin when he came to GLM for the dedication ceremony. I lived on Flower Street across from the school. Harlan Anderson was my 6th grade teacher and such a great person. Wonderfdul memorries from that year (1951).

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  38. I attended Diamond one year then Glenn L. Martin 5 years, finished GLM in 1956. I lived on Spruce Street and walked to school. Had an hour and ten minute recess at lunch time. Great memories of the school and Santa Ana. I particularly remember Van de Kamps and Buffums. Wonderful city back then.

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  39. I attended GLM 4 years, going on to Smedly in 1956. I lived on Spruce St and walked to school. I liked everything about the school, the aviation photos on the cafeteria wall, the hour and 10 minutes lunch and recess break. It was a great time and Santa Ana was a great city to grow up in back then. I especially remember going to Van de Kamps and Buffums quite often.

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  40. I attended GLM to 1956 then on to Smedley. I loved everything about the school, the aviation photos on the cafeteria wall, the hour and 10 minute lunch and recess break, most of the teachers, etc. I lived on Spruce St and walked to school. Santa Ana was a great place back then. I loved Van de Kamps and Buffums, and esoecially the giant blimp hangars. Teachers I had were Mrs. Neal, Miss Aaron, and Mr. Keenan.

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  41. Wow, I went to Glenn L. Martin in 1966 and really don't remember a thing other than the play ground.. ha ha

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  42. I remember going to GLM. I lived on South Pacific. I had Mr. Butterworth in 5th grade and I loved that man. I remember well the multipurpose room where we had Spanish and everyone had a spanish name. My name is Gwen and my spanish name was Graciella. Too funny! I remember eating out under the trees, and when it rained we would stay inside and play games...thumbs up 7up was my favorite.

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  43. I attended Glenn L Martin the first year it opened. Lived on Van Ness. Walked to school through Orange Groves (at least that's what I remember). I was in the 3rd grade the first year; teacher Miss Boyd--a great teacher! Then Miss Freshly (sp?) in the 4th; Mrs. Duke in the 5th; and Mrs. Lilly in 6th. Miss Reed was the principal. Great years! Went from there to Lathrop, then to Santa Ana High; then, to Santa Ana JC...and then left home, returning only a few times. Those were great years!

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  44. Attended GLM 1962- 1968. Lived on Rosewood street. Miss Anderson, Mrs. Nelson, Mr. Tress, Mrs. Hustwick, Mrs. Franklin, Mrs. Braden - and of course the great 'resource room' with Mr. Dick and Miss Clark. Loved riding my bike through the halls. Big fun.

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  45. I attended Glenn L Martin from 1966-1972. Then went on to Lathrop and Saddleback. I remember the school being strict but fun at the same time. I remember having to tuck your shirt in and having a watchful eye on the length of your hair. It was nice having a safe playground for both in school and after school sports. Little league practice many times there. Best times back then.

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  46. Anybody attended this school from 1980 to 1985. I went there and started K thru 5th grade.

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  47. I attended Gleen L Martin from 1980-1985. I started in K thru 5th grade. I was in Mrs. UpChurch's classroom in my 3rd or 4th year. I would like to meet all the students that I'd class(es) with or who attended this school or know me.

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  48. I attended GLM from 1953-1959. I lived at 1314 So Towner. I remember counting 56 bicycles in my driveway at one time (thanks boomer Mom's). I went to school with Walt and Kenny Beck, Mike Nesbit, Hillary Buren Downey the second (Butch) Hootie his sister and oodles of other rug rats. Great place to grow up in the 50's. Dirt clod fights in the vacant lots....ah perfection. Jerry graham

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  49. We moved to 1141 S. Flower Street in 1963. Caddy corner across the street of the back corner gate of the back field. I remember the wooden fence right outside that gate on the right side of Russell Street. Many of the bigger kids would stop there to write notes on it. The little hearts with who loves who, jokes, etc.
    My first grade teacher was Mrs. Olson. Second grade, Miss Upchurch. Third grade, Miss Carter. Next door classroom Mrs. Maxon.
    One weekend day I went to the field by myself to play with my new GI Joe walkie talkies. There I met Randy R. and Danny G. we played with the talkies for a while when I decided to go home. When I asked for my talkie back Randy R. told me that it belonged to him. We had a small debate and I knew I was going to loose talkie if I didn’t do something quick. I balled my fist and thrust it into Randy’s face. He stood there stunned and started to cry and dropped my talkie. I picked it up and ran for home with Danny G. running behind me vowing to get me later. It never happened, we became friends instead. I agree with the pecking order comment earlier.
    Then Third grade again. (I was held back in third, long story) Mrs Weatherread. Forth grade Mrs. Franklin. 5th and 6th grade, Mr. Kempf. I don’t know why it’s a blur from there. Made many friends. Keven Hill, Danny Winchester, Janet Munion, Denny Nelson, Adrian Ariola. Kevin Ames. Jerry McCall. Bobbie Provenger, Chris Amaro, Ronda Church, Ruben Reyes, Jeff Talbot, Tammy, Larry Fox, Libby, Bob Munion hall monitor, Michael Michaels, Debbie Wright, Becky Wright, and many more.
    I remember the after school fights and stand offs. They were held behind the school or behind the church across Wilshire. Those where exciting times.
    The cafeteria served lunch for 35 cents in the early days. Milk money was collected and Calva Dairy supplied the milk. The fire drills, paper drives, circle ball, tetherball, kickball, lunches at the tables. Thanks for the candy bar Randy, you made me cry with that.
    Thanks for the memories.
    Jeff W.

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  50. I didn't go to GLM, but my older sisters did. We lived on Poplar St. behind the then Bristol Street Babtist Church (Bristol & Edinger). My sisters Lisa and Mary Beth were twins and would have attended about 65-67 and would have been in the 4th and 5th grades (give or take a year). We moved and attended McFadden Jr. H.S. and then Saddleback H.S. They graduated in 1976 (Mary Beth) and 77 (Lisa).

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  51. I attended GLMES in grades K-6 from 1954 through 1961. Then went on to be the first double session class at Smedley as a 7th grader. Because I lived on Magnolia, north of Wilshire and east of Bristol, In finished at Santa Ana High. Got an A.A. from SAC and a B.A. from Fresno State on a Hearst Foundation Scholarship. Now live in the area north of the OC.

    See if I can remember my teachers!
    Kindergarten: Mrs. Astor
    First Grade: Mrs. Wilson ?
    Second Grade: Mrs. Riesenweber
    Third Grade: Mrs. Bakenhuis
    Fourth Grade: Mrs. Brock (got knocked up)/Mrs. Chaloupka
    Fifth Grade: Mr. Dick (he really wasn't)
    Sixth Grade: Mrs. Braden

    If you were in any of these classes email a hello to johnnymota@comcast.net

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