This Month in Edmonds History: Grade School News

Edmonds third grade classroom No. 1, March 1944.
Edmonds third grade classroom No. 1, March 1944.

My Edmonds News is proud to present a monthly look at Edmonds history, straight from the archives of the Edmonds Historical Museum. For the month of May, we’ll revisit 1944.

The newspapers in 1944 were an interesting mix of heavy, war-related accounts and lighthearted stories. The May 24, 1944 edition of the Edmonds Tribune-Review featured news of men and women in uniform on the front page, but inside the high school’s The Wireless publication shared some lighter news — a column detailing grade school happenings that month:

Diane Gochnour withdrew from the fourth grade Monday and left by automobile for Kentucky. Her father is in the service and is stationed at Fort Knox.

Robert Heller has entered the third grade from Chelan.

The 5th and 6th Grade boys are practicing hard for the Grade School track meet to be held at the Athletic Field on Tuesday afternoon.

Three rooms have reached 90% or above for the stamp and bond sales for the month of May. Mrs. Waggoner’s third grade 92%, Mrs. Preston’s fifth grade 92%, and Miss Le Gall’s fifth grade 100%. All rooms hope to be 100% by the end of the month.

The third grade gathered seeds in the fall and this spring did some experimenting with them.

They planted an equal number of bean seeds in clay, loam, and sand soil. The beans in the loam soil grew exceedingly well, and are ready to be harvested. Besides the beans used in the experiment, they have planted some giant beans. If you wish to apply for the job of harvesting, we advise you to bring a ladder, for these bean plants have reached the ceiling. The plants in the sand soil managed to put forth one tiny bean, and the struggle for existence was too much for the one in the clay. The children also placed one pot of beans in the dark closet to see what would happen with the lack of sunshine.

They are growing one plant in water in order to study the roots. The children have cotton plants, watermelon plants, celery, beets, pepper, egg plants, and also a potato plant.

The cotton bolls came from Texas. The children picked the seeds from bolls. After seeing how hard it was to get the lint from the seeds, they were glad Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin.

This project provided much material for discussion, letters, and stories.


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