Welcome. I am Joy Buslaff. My parents, Mary and Rolland Buslaff, moved into the old Quarry School in 1960, and I began attending the new Quarry Elementary that same year. (Sadly, the new school had a short life. It was demolished in the 1970s to make way for American TV & Appliance.)
In 2001 my husband, Dan Savin, and I began renovating the old stone schoolhouse. We hope to put finishing touches on the building and landscape in 2018 and publish our full collection of photos here.
You are invited to use this site to post your reminiscences and photos from your school days. If you’re unsure how to go about posting here, simply e-mail your text or photos to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to me at W233N671 Redford Blvd, Waukesha, WI 53186.
Former neighbors and the general public are invited to tour
our building and native plant landscape by appointment.
I’ve begun scanning every negative, photo, and document I can access that relates to either the old or new Quarry schools, the goal being–after Dan and I have completed our renovation–to compose a documentary using these materials. Until then, you’re welcome to check out the materials by visiting the cloud storage linked below. The photo titles are minimal; I hope that’s enough to satisfy you for now — and to inspire you to share your family’s photos from the school and surrounding areas.
Did you know that our area’s first school was a log structure located approximately where the I-94 onramp lies near Harris Lumber? The existing stone school (the old Quarry School) was originally called the Lime Kiln School. The newest school, Quarry Elementary, was lost to development in the late 1970s.
I drive past the school every afternoon for home.
Thank you for preserving the building and making it your home.
It is looking great!
I had attended Quarry school and was the last class for Mrs. Johnson. My 1st grade.
Then we had Mrs. Holsinger for 2nd grade and 1st grade for my sister Peggy and cousin Barbara.
Mrs. Lee taught 4-8th.
Then while building the new Quarry school we attended Duplainville school. My brother Bob
class was the 1st grade at the new school. I believe while in 1st grade (Gwen Ruben?) was practice teaching.
At recess some times we would walk over and play with Joy about 1-2? year old.( 1957-58.)
My dad Robert (Bob) and his sisters (Bernice and Marcella) attended Quarry school in the 1920’s and 1930’s.
We couldn’t be more confident that the Telechron 1F312 clock we just purchased off ebay is the right accessory for the Quarry School. This model was widely used in schools beginning in the 1930s, and an eastern classroom photo from 1955 shows one reading 10:41 a.m.
Although we do not have a photo of the clock that hung in the western classroom, its shadow can still be seen on an untreated wall (bottom photo).
We’ve located our “new” clock on the wall opposite its original location because it suits our current-day use of the room, however, when the school was in use, students were always seated with their left shoulders to the windows (this put natural light on the desktops of right-handed students), and the clock would have been visible to them on the western wall.
Does anyone remember watching this style of clock?
As you can see from the to-do list on the original blackboards, our renovation’s not yet complete.
On September 10, 2011, cousins and former Quarry School students Annie (Lipuma) Voigt and Jim Lipuma took a trip down memory lane and through the old schoolhouse. Jim’s brother Jerry and sister Jeanette also attended Q.S., as did cousins Johnny, Beverly, and Sammy. Jim’s dad, John, was a foreman at Waukesha Lime & Stone during the 1950s. The family lived directly across the street from the school and was the first to have indoor running water. Annie’s family lived in one of the houses north of the school.
Jim attended Q.S. from 1950 until 1956 or ’57. Hearing this, and having been born in 1955, I assumed we hadn’t met, but Jim assured me we had. He remembers infant me clasping his finger. Some 55 years later, I pulled his finger in a hilarious reenactment.
Many thanks to Jim’s wife, Linda, for taking and sharing photos and for showing interest in our reminiscing about the way things used to be. ~ Joy Buslaff