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N.A. school remembered on anniversary of dedication

Pictured above are the six members of the kindergarten class that started in New Auburn’s new school building in fall 1946. From left to right are Bruce Brinkman, John Rivers, James Borchert, Judy (Frauendienst) McGannon, Ardelle (Hahn) Hornemann and La Von (Svoboda) Squier. All six are still alive, and three helped celebrate the 70th anniversary of the school’s dedication on Thursday, Aug. 25.

On Aug. 25, 1946, the community of New Auburn dedicated its new school building, erected just off Highway 22 on the north side of town.
On Aug. 25, 2016, some of the original members of the kindergarten class of 1946 gathered at the New Auburn City Hall for a time of remembrance of the school’s dedication.
The event was organized by the New Auburn Historical Society, a small group of dedicated historians, and featured lunch, a short program and a display of memorabilia from both the school and the community in general.
Kathy Ringo, a member of the historical group, said the event was inspired by an email she received from John Rivers, one of those original kindergartners.
There were six members of the first kindergarten class to attend the school. (The building now houses The High Island Hideaway). All six are still alive, and three were able to attend Thursday’s program. There also were six first graders, and three joined the class later. One of those original first graders also attended.
Those alumni who attended were Rivers, Bruce Brinkman and Ardelle (Hahn) Hornemann of the 1946 kindergarten class, and Lottie (Kottke) Schultz of the first grade class.
The cornerstone for the school was laid in April 1946, just northeast of the former school building, known as the Metcalf School.
The school was built at a cost of about $25,000, and was 30 feet by 22 feet, with a library, two modern classrooms, and a gym, auditorium with a stage and a kitchen in the sub-basement.
And the community must have been very proud of its new school — the Aug. 25, 1946 celebration lasted eight hours, with bands, speakers, food, a home talent play and more.

For more, see the Aug. 31 print edition of The Chronicle.