Dean Terlinden

STUDENT 1926-1934

By Dean W. Terlinden, March 1999

A good start would be to show the district boundaries and the families sending students. The highway numbers and road names are as I remember them at that time. On the west was the road crossing 30 at the east end of the airport. The ones on the east side (Boyds, and Chapmans) were included while the ones to the west (including the Niedermeyers) went to the school at the west end of the airport along with some of the Kokans. He was a well driller and Aggie went to high school with [my sister] Fern or may have worked with [my sisters] Fern and Olive at the The [Milk] Jug. On the east end it was the town line with the Savatskis on the west side going to Quarry, and those on the east side of the road (including the Papkes) went to the school at Gourkes Corners. To the south going over the hill it included the Hines (Adeline, Mildred, Hazel, Willard), the Templetons (Helen, Ruth, Buddy, and Harry), the Schroeders (I remember Delbert having ear trouble, and Carl). To the north on old Highway 19 it included the Benos and Baumgartners. Along 164 it was Emil Zeich, Migashe, Rappis, Jorgenson, Herzog, Chimp­ango, Graf, Belinka (Anna and Eddie), and the Hientzelmans (Richard, Eugene, Larry). More on 164—Miletti and Herzog (Hans, Hilda Herman Meta). Along 30 it was Martello, Lenzer, Makalsi, Sayles, Madsen, Wolf, Keske Kewley, Cheney, Sav­atski Shauer, then Bob and Bernice Kieso, and Ida and Willy Herrigas. Later at Murray’s it was Bobby Gigous.

Fern mentioned at one time we were the only ones of our age group that went on to high school. After 1934 I’m sure there were others as I remember Harold Wolf playing basketball at Waukesha.

The big room, grades 5 through 8 had something of a library on a few shelves at the back left hand corner of the room, in­cluding Dr. Doolittle. There was a piano and a globe for our education. We had spelling bees at regular intervals and geography games—that started with a place name and the next person had to give another starting with the last letter of the one before. Of course we all looked up the places ending in X. Once a month or so we had a music teacher, Mrs. Williams, and an art teacher.
Being tone deaf I don’t remember a thing about the music except perhaps The Turkish March. Once we had a speaker, the name long forgotten as well as the subject, al­though I do remember alligator pears (avocados) being mentioned.

Arthur Tewes, superintendent (Town of Pewaukee, probably Waukesha County) visited at least once. He was for some time head of the Reformed Sunday School. We met a relative of his at your house [Buslaff residence] one time.

The little room had grades 1 through 4. The first two grades got out a few minutes ahead of 3 and 4 for recess. The first day I was in third I went out with the early ones, but Mrs. Graf didn’t seem to miss me.

The anterooms had benches for our lunches and pegs for our clothes. [For the little room] the girls were on the left and  boys on the right going in. The stove was on the girls’ side of the room in front. Wendel was the janitor, and I’ve forgotten whether he kept the stove in coal or wood for heating.

While attending the WHS 50th in 1988 Jeanette Jensen was there. I’d long forgotten that she was out sick for a whole year in third grade. She sent me the letters that we had sent to her, probably on orders from Mrs. Graf, which include one of mine and one from [my sister] Olive.
The Christmas program was held in the little room and part of our “extracurricular activity” was to bring up the stage from the basement from the little door that faces the road. I suppose one of the few times I ever volunteered was to go across the road to the well between Rappis and Migach to get water to fill the bubbler at the back of the room. There was a supply closet in the boys’ entry, which was at the front of the school. The girls’ was at the back. The girls’ toilet was to the north and the boys’ out in front to the south.

The Quarry barn still had one horse used to pull a dump cart. I never did know what the building foundation to the north of it was originally for.

As for physical education, we got along without a coaching staff as well as without counselor, offices, office help, and the records were probably all kept in the teacher’s desk.

Going to school didn’t take too long, though we had to cross two railroad tracks, the river, and 164 to get there. Once we saw an accident where a one- or two-car Milwaukee Road train hit a car back of the Quarry office.

We must have gotten through the Fox River flood each spring which covered Miole’s place and Wonderland Tap.

I’ve forgotten the year the bridge was built [Hy JJ over 164], but it must have been be­fore I got out of there. The head engineer was Zimmerman who had a German accent. A couple of Peterson brothers worked on the steel reinforcing, and Brooks was on the job as we have his shaving mug that he left when he ran out on his rent and board bill.
My interest in art from the regular visit of an outside teacher wasn’t much more that in music as I’m color blind. We did see Horse Fair (Rosa Bonhuer), Santa Fe Trail, The Angelus, and The Gleamers. The first two though were of some interest as they had a lot of animals.

The athletic activities as I started on earlier include move-up baseball and football. Dur­ing recess, which was a shorter time than lunch, it was enny-enny over [throwing a ball over a barrier] using the little room as the barrier. The big room was too high off the ground and the little room butted into it at the middle.
There were characters at that time. I re­member just the names of Isaiah Piant and Monteen Moon, Lulubelle Jones. One of the many Sayles claimed to be Harriet Briggette Squeers Sayles. There were a lot of nicknames such as Fat Hine, Tootie Wolf, Buddy Templeton, Sonny Wendel, Julie Miletti, Genie Heinzleman, Teddy Lenzer, Puss Sayles, Beets (Beatrice) Sayles, and Jimmie McGrain (with Marie on the Leonard place).

During those years I don’t remember ever seeing any maintenance done on the school. It may very well have been done during the summer after our school picnic in Burke’s woods.

Part of our geography in the little room was to trace pictures from a workbook. That was my first and lasting impression of Holland—dog carts, wooden shoes, and tulips.
We had other stuff beside the essential and only material (books, pencil, paper), as there was a hectograph machine later after, using the ink and gelatin in a shallow pan.
When it came to learning the names of the colors, I was lost. The purple and blue sticks looked the same to me and I just piled them all together and divided the pile in half, calling one blue and the other purple.

Somewhere along the line, I picked up the story about one of the Cheneys going under a truck at the end of a ride down the hill in back of school with a sled. Jerry Graf had the big Flexible Flyer, and I suppose we waited for turns if we were in his good favor. Mrs. Graf parked her Model T beside the boys’ entrance of the little room. It had one door in the middle on the curb side.

At one time the Sheets family (Willard) lived in the woods before the Jensen’s moved in. Some of our poorly judged entertainment may have come from Jule Wolf and “Sun­shine” Moede on the way back from Wonder­land Tap. Any additions or corrections are most welcome.

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Dean William Terlinden died October 31st, 2011 from pneumonia. He was born February 20th, 1921 in Pewaukee Wisconsin. He grew up on a farm there with parents Charles and Emma and older brother Carl, older sister Fern, younger sister Olive and younger brother Glenn. (A younger sister Ruth died in infancy.) There he began his lifetime habit of going to bed and rising early. He got a bachelor’s degree from Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin, helping pay his way by working as a janitor.

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