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Old Broadway School (Joliet, Illinois) 1928
Old Broadway School  (Joliet, Illinois) 1928
TitleOld Broadway School (Joliet, Illinois) 1928
CreatorWilliams, Adele Fay
Date of the DrawingApril 29, 1928
DescriptionDrawing of Adele Fay Williams of the Old Broadway School in Joliet, Illinois. - Donated by Katherine Woodruff Barnes
Title of ArticleOld Broadway school helped make history : many boys and girls who later gained prominence studied there.
Date of ArticleApril 29, 1928
Transcript of the ArticleFrom the Joliet Herald-News Sunday April 29, 1928 "Can you imagine yourself in gingham sunbonnet or little hoop skirts carrying your few little books, your McGuffy's third reader, a speller and ‘rithmetic? Can you imagine yourself tripping up the hill, turning on Broadway, and mincing up the steps and taking your place in this little stone school house of a far earlier day? Perhaps you can remember when this little school was built, and then perhaps you can remember when its usefulness failed? When it became too small for the growing crowds of youngsters that testified to Joliet's always increasing population? Perhaps you can remember, when the bigger structure was built, and the pretty little house was removed, stone by stone. The second stone school house still stands on the lot, even the larger building may sometimes seem too small. Sketch from Old Print. Hordes of youngsters that have made Joliet history have sat at the little desks, studied a while, and gone rejoicing on their way. Even a partial roster of pupils, remembered at haphazard, make joyous history. The accompanying sketch is made from an old print in the procession William Butler, from a historic family, now in the L. F. Beach store. Mr. Butler—when, a laggard school boy he went to school in the little Broadway school, was ‘Bill' Butler and he played games with other roistering boys, who are now the very flower of dignified Joliet. Many Pretty Girls. There was ‘Boney' Day, for instance, so called because he was so thin, the son of Albert H. Day. And there was ‘Cheeky' Barrett, now E. C. Barrett's store. And there was Frank Woodruff. He was later manager of the Spot Cash grocery store, and there was his aunt, a Miss Jones, Known as a beauty quite Junosque. Edwin Moore, too, also of Barrett's was of this category. And of pretty girls there were more than a few, who are still pretty. There was Annie Strong, daughter of William A. Strong, later Mrs. N. J. Rowell. And Miss Lulu Bush went to school, a very good little girl. The Cleverdon girls who came from away off, far away Brandon's bridge. Carried Love Notes. At that time Professor William Mills, well remembered in Joliet, was the principal. He courted and married Miss Ida Branch, a well known teacher. The mischievous ‘Bill' carried notes from the Professor to his fiancee. Will Moore formerly of that bug plant, the Stove Works, was then called ‘Monky' Moore as he labored in and out of the halls of learning. He became ailing, went to Honolulu for his health and died there, it is said. ‘Jim' Patterson and other Pattersons went to school in this small stone school house. Hugh Carson was one of the aspiring pupils. Later he kept a fine grocery on Jefferson street where now is Wilhelmi's barber shop. Harry Deloss, who has just sold the building corner of Van Buren and Ottawa streets, went to school at Broadway. He married pretty Edith Pettigrew, if you remember. Rang Fire Alarm. Charles Bush, of the American Express company, brother to Lulu Bush, was also one of the famous band of pupils and there was Mollie Cox and Emma Cox, who studied here. ‘Charlie' Wilcox his brother, Will Wilcox, Will Adams, son of Micajah Adams, received some of their education here. But all these good boys of olden times, were not always good. You observed the tiny little belfry in the little stone school house. One day some of the leading spirits found a ladder, and induced Will Moore to climb into the belfry and tap on the bell with his little hatchet, in exact imitation of a fire alarm. Then the cruel young rascals took away the ladder, and he was treed there when the firemen came. What happened next cannot be told by this deponent. Sent By Express. But as it was at the very commencement of Joliet's fire department, with the vigerous, energetic J. D. Paige, at the head it can be imagined. And perhaps the genial ‘J. D.' remembered that boys will be boys and was not too hard on him. ‘Tom' Bannon was one of the pupil at the Broadway, so were his sisters; they lived right near the school. ‘Charlie' Carpenter always a gentleman, and his brother George, ornamented Broadway for a while. ‘Bill Butler's parents came to Joliet in 1868. His father of course was William. With his wife he pioneered here from New York. A brother to William married Bethany Randall, sister to Squire Randall, of San Ridge, Grundy county. And as a remarkable thing in one's history, ‘Bill', now William, was sent by express from New York to Joliet when he was but four years old. He still remembers it."
SubjectWilliams, Adele Fay
Joliet (Ill.) -- History
Schools -- Joliet (Ill.) -- History
Broadway School -- Joliet (Ill.) -- History
SourceClick this link to see more historical information on the Joliet area - http://www.lewisu.edu/imcanal
Publisher (Digital)Lewis University
RightsAll rights held by Lewis University. For permission to reproduce, distribute, or otherwise use this image, please contact the Howard and Lois Adelmann Regional History Collection at Lewis University at 815-836-5665.
CollectionAdele Fay Williams Collection of Drawings and Prints (Lewis University)
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