should erect monument to honor educators of days gone by
To the editor:
On Thursday, Sept. 25, when I opened my paper, I saw the
article about the foundation of the old Porterdale school. The
memories that flooded my mind brought a smile to my face.
I was born in Porterdale some years ago, never mind how many,
and attended both schools. The times I spent there are some of
the best that I have spent anywhere. The teachers that we had
were some of the best in the county. We hear all the time how
Mr. B.C. Crowell changed the lives of many children in
Porterdale. As true as that is, there were many fine educators
who graced the halls of those two buildings – to name a few,
Sue Thompson, Lynn Blitch, Margie Green Cline, Sybil Ellighton,
Frank Sailers, Julius Johnson and Mae Hardeman.
I would like to point out, however, that the schools were torn
down in the mid-’70s, not the ’60s. I remember this well,
because my husband and I were living on Poplar Street at the
time, and we watched as they were torn down. I think that it
would be wonderful if the city could find it in their
hearts to take some of the old bricks and salvage
them to build a small monument somewhere in the B.C. Crowell
Park with a plaque telling this part of our town’s history,
to remember our great educators of the county.
Connie Walden Murphy