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Quarry Schoolhouse Quarry Elementary 1964

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 2021 and plan to post a sign announcing that tours will be available by appointment. Further, I hope to produce a documentary about this special building and the history surrounding it. Fingers crossed, it might be released on YouTube in 2022.

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 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.



Name these 6th-8th grade class members

Thanks to Barbara Hoover-Markham, we have added this composite class photo to our collection of Quarry School memorabilia. Maybe you, dear reader, can help fill in the names of the unnamed.

Top row (l to r): David Berglund (principal), Marsha Yont, Alan Evans, Bonnie Hoover, unnamed, Linda Wenzel, Dale Fredrickson.

Second row: Joan Leitinger, Michael Hoover, Sherry Whyte, Donald Turner, Jack Beatty, Audrey Yont.

Third row: Johnny Lipuma, Joanne Gabrysiak, Carol Riesner, Pedro (Pete) Medina.

Fourth row: Nicki Trenhaile, Tom Evans, Gary Hetzle, Lee Fredrickson, Gerry Rouse.

Fifth row: Bob Palmer, Marty Baumgartner, Laurie Fejnas, Kathy Reidy.

Quarry School/Quarry Elementary photos being added to cloud storage

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.

Quarry School and local environs:

Quarry School Elementary:

 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.

Jim Kieso message

October 14, 2012

Dan & Joy,

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.

Jim Kieso
Quarry School
grades 1-8

An old [clock] face returns to Quarry School

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.

Annie and Jim Lipuma visit

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

Joy Buslaff and Jim Lipuma

Violet Migach LaFratta Tinnes

STUDENT 1922-1928

Violet Tinnes and Shirley Wery stopped in to visit  Mary Buslaff at her home, the Quarry School, on August 4, 1999. I was there doing some maintenance when I saw Violet and Shirley drive in. Violet told me that she was a student of the Quarry School and lived across the street. Shirley is Violet’s friend, and Shirley’s daughter, Brenda, is married to Richard Herzog who also lived across the street. Violet went to school with Richard’s father, Herman. I gave them a tour of the old schoolhouse, and we went in to visit with Mary. Mary, Violet, and Shirley talked about the people and the past while I took notes. The following is the account of what Violet remembers.—Dan Savin

I started at the Quarry School in 1922 when I was six years old. At that time we lived on the south end of the Waukesha Lime & Stone Company in one of the company houses. My dad worked for the company for many years.

We moved right across the road from the school, and my sisters Josephine and Frances started in 1924 and 1925. My other sisters, Helen and Alice, started in 1928 and 1929. Then my brother George started the school in 1941.

There wasn’t much done to the old school to change it. The desks in the school faced the west, and in the north corner was the furnace which burned wood during the winter months. The blackboards were on the north side of the wall. There wasn’t much to the landscape, only a few bushes and a big tree in the front of the school. The Hackberry tree was planted [1930s] after I left, which was in 1929, I switched to a religious school for two years. Then moved on to Waukesha High School, but did not graduate.

Some of the teachers were: Mrs. Iva Graf, Miss Bischel, Miss Caroline Beck and Miss Peterson. We only had pencils, tablet, and crayons in the little room. When we got to the big room, we could use ink pens with ink wells, which were in the top right corners of our desks. Back then the girls sat in front and boys sat behind, which then led them to dunk our braids in the ink wells.

We also had a hectograph, which was our copy machine, and it was made of a substance like gel but a little more firm. Our teachers would use this machine to make copies of our assignments and tests.

Every morning we stood up at our seats and faced the American flag and said the “Pledge of Allegiance.” We would put the flag out every morning school started and took it down before we went home in the afternoon. One of the memories I have is that we would always have school holiday for President Washington and President Lincoln’s birthdays.

I don’t recall any of the years, but do remember the students who had started a little while after I did. They were: Lloyd and Milo Schultz, The Martellos (Mary, Angelo, Mike, Lena, and Emma), The Heinzelmans (Anton, Frances, Dorothy, Mark, and Eugene). There were a few other students, but I do not recall their names or the years.

I enjoyed the school very much during the years that I attended.

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Obituary for Violet A. Tinnes

Violet A. Tinnes of Waukesha, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 27, 2012 at Waukesha Memorial Hospital at the age of 96 years. She was born on January 20, 1916, in Waukesha, the daughter of George and Bertha (Panawaski) Migach.

Carl Schroeder

STUDENT 1925-1929

By Carl Schroeder

[Carl Schroeder attended Quarry School, as did his sister Mabel (Nettesheim) (born Oct. 1, 1910) and his brothers, Bill (born Dec. 26,1911), Ed (born Nov. 30, 1913), and Delbert (born June 11, 1919). Carl was born on July 19, 1921.]

We were living on SS across from where the gun club is now. My dad built the house. We had to walk from there all the way to the Quarry School. It took us about an hour. In the wintertime, we had to climb the snowbanks. In the summer, we would take a shortcut through the farmer’s field.

I attended the first to the fourth grade at the Quarry School. The lower grades were held in the Little Room. My teacher’s name was Iva Graf.

The Little Room had south-facing windows, and I think there was a one big light that hung down in the middle of the room. [In 1948 flores­cent lights were installed.] There was a stove in back of the class by the girls’ cloakroom, and the coal was stored in a box outside the back of the school near the girls’ outhouse. You could go through the girls’ cloakroom to get outside to get some coal.

A stage that was used during Christmastime was kept in the basement. When set up, it measured about 12 feet by 12 feet and was set up on saw horses in the Little Room. At that time, the basement had a dirt floor. The area under the Little Room was never dug out.

[When Mrs. Graf was a teacher (1925-1930) she approached the school board to purchase a 30″-high x 36″-wide wood-framed dog print. She got permission and the print is still there.]

[Beck’s Mill ceased operating in November of 1941 when the owner, Louis Beck, died at the age of 83. In 1929, Mr. Beck lost his right hand at the mill. He learned to use his left hand and carried on business and was treasurer of the Quarry School for 27 years. His daughter, Caroline, was a teacher at the school from 1930 to 1934. His son, Edwin, served one year on the school board from 1934 to 1935. The mill was located just about a half mile north of the Quarry School.]

I had a summer job at the Beck’s Mill in 1937. Beck’s Mill was run by water power until the dam washed out. When I worked there, it was run by a 25-horsepower electric motor that was located downstairs of the building.

Besides flour, we also ground up feed for cattle and chickens, and put it in 100-pound bags. To grind the wheat, Louis had to sharpen or dress the millstone, which measured about 3 feet from edge to edge.

Mr. Beck had a nice garden, and he always gave me a bag of stuff to take home at the end of the day. He had chickens and a chicken house by the mill, and across the street he kept a cow for milk.

Louis would cut the hay that grew along the road just south of the mill. He would cut it all by hand with a scythe. We stored it in the barn across the street and fed it to the horses while they waited for flour or feed. A shelter was provided for horses and wagons next to the hay barn.

I think there was an old car in the mill when they burned it down. The floorboards of the building were bad, and after the mill shut down, the rats took over. Only the limestone foundation and the chimney remain in 1999.

We would watch them work in the quarry. There would be 10 to 12 wagons with two horses on a wagon, and they would be lined up by the shovel getting loaded. They had dump wagons that opened up and unloaded right into the grinder.

There was a guy there who was a Greek, and we would tease him. He had a horse on a two-wheel wagon. We would get him so mad he would chase us out of the horse barn.

It looks like there was another structure next to the quarry horse barn. You can still see the foundation. The person who took care of the horses might have lived there. During WWI the quarry had a big fire, and some buildings burned down. The schoolhouse was spared.

Herzog had a milk route back in 1929. He delivered milk in the city of Waukesha. They were located across the road from the school between the Soo line and the Milwaukee road.

The Wonderland Tap was run by an Italian lady. She had a little farm up the road from the tavern.

The transition from horses to cars occurred around that time. My dad was a mailman, and he had a Model T. Erwin (Pinky) Beck had a yellow Ford Model A with a rumble seat. I think Caroline Beck had a convertible.