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Source: NMHS Newsletter May 1986

THOMAS MARSHALL SCHOOL

By Kelly Knarr

Thomas Marshall 5th Grade

 Thomas Marshall School building was built in 1929 on a large amount of land which was a part of the Holderman estate located on the east side of the city, three blocks south of Manchester College.  The building is a beautiful rectangular, dark red brick structure with white stone-like trimmings.

 It was built with the idea that Manchester College student teachers would use that school for their practice teaching.  Kenneth Burr, the first principal and fifth and sixth grade teacher, had student teachers all the time.  He worked closely with Manchester College.  The other teachers, Miss Edith Dresher of the first and second grades, Miss Lucile Wright of the third grade, and Miss Ruth Brane of the fourth grade, also had student teachers.

 The elementary children attending Manchester schools at the time chose the name Thomas Marshall.  A picture of Marshall was hung in the main entrance of the school.  After the building was remodeled in 1968, the picture was hung in the school library.

 There were eight classrooms in the building, three on the first floor and five on the second floor.  A small library was on the second floor across the hall from the office.  When school first opened that year, only four rooms were used, and the extra ones were used as activity rooms.  As the school population grew, more rooms were occupied until all the extra rooms were in use as classrooms.  There were eight regular teachers with one grade per room.  Kindergarten required two teachers, one for the morning session and one for the afternoon group.

 In 1968 the office was moved to the ground floor and a music room and a multi-purpose room were added on the east side of the building.  The halls, stairways, and classrooms were all carpeted and a completely new heating system was installed and the wiring was remodeled.  In 1984 the roof was repaired as well as the trim along the edge of the roof.

 My grandpa, Richard Knarr, was the third principal at Thomas Marshall School.  He was a principal there for five years.  He also was a sixth grade teacher there.

 

            (Source:  Wabash County History.)