Pierceton School Alumni Association

WHAT’S HAPPENING?!?

The Pierceton School Alumni Association is committed to serving our members as well as the Pierceton Elementary School and the Pierceton community. The Association is committed to keeping our members informed of the activities we support and the projects that we undertake in fulfilling our Mission Statement.

WHITKO High School ALUMNI will be open to the public on June 25th from 1-4:00 pm @ the Whitko Career Academy, Larwill.  Please stop in to check out the ALUMNI room displays (classrings, Class of ’72, FFA, past Staff, artworks), our community highschools’ (PHS, SWHS, LARWILL, & SIDNEY) displays in the hallway, and take a guided tour of the WCA building from 1-3:00. *Enter thru Door #3

PSA SEC. REPORT, 1899 - 1927 has been digitized

Through the generosity of Becky (Bryant) Ogden (Class of 1968), the Association has come into possession of an historical journal titled the Pierceton School Alumni Secretary Report, 1899 – 1927, a compilation of business meeting notes and annual alumni banquets observations from over 100 years ago. Heritage Photo Research digitized the document, and it is now available on-line at our website. This amazing document records the proceedings of business meetings of the Pierceton School Alumni as they navigated the early 1900s and held banquets to honor new Pierceton School graduates every year. It offers a fascinating portrait of the Town of Pierceton during this time period.

The journal provides details of Association elections, hints at negotiations for banquet meals, and shares insights into the Pierceton social scene during the first three decades of the twentieth century. The single-mindedness of the Association members and their laser focus on the business of the Association, along with their overriding commitment to hold the annual banquet, are remarkable. The secretaries’ notes never reference national and world events, even as the US dealt with the bubonic plague from 1900 to 1904, the Great War from 1914 to 1918, and the Spanish flu pandemic from 1918 to 1920. The Journal is also silent regarding the tragedy and upheaval caused when the 1870 school burned in 1921 and a new one was built at that same location. Certainly, these were times of great turmoil and unease, but the secretaries maintaining the journals are silent to those events. In the later years covered by the journal, there is no glimpse of the introduction of automobiles, telephones, movies, radio, and electrical appliances in the lives of millions in America and surely must have effected the lives of these graduates.

Click HERE to view the journal as well as a typed transcript of the entries. You’ll feel like you were there in the early 1900s.

 

But wait! There’s MORE!

Heritage is also preparing to digitize copies of the Pierceton Student newsletter. These old documents offer a glimpse into the details of life for Pierceton students – sometimes sad, sometimes mundane, often hilarious. The Pierceton Student was a staple for nearly every student who attended the school, and these copies are important reminders of our history. If you have copies of old Pierceton Student newsletters you would like to have digitized, please contact Doug Gregory 260-437-9935 for information about how to get them to Heritage.

We will inform you where to find the digitized documents as soon as they are available.

 

Pierceton School memorabilia on display at Larwill

The Whitko Career Academy has invited alumni associations of Pierceton, South Whitley, Larwill, and Sidney to display school memorabilia at the Larwill Campus. PSAA has set up a revolving display there and it is available for viewing at any time. You’ll see student newspapers, diplomas, spirit items, sports trophies, letter jackets, senior cords, diplomas, and much, much more. Simply contact the main office at the Academy (260-723-5146) for more information and to obtain entry.

 

Senior Class Pictures all displayed at Pierceton Elementary

All of the old Senior Class Pictures that lined the hallways of the Pierceton School building for decades are now displayed in the hallways and office spaces of the Pierceton Elementary School. From the oldest known picture (Class of 1913) to the final class to be graduated from Pierceton High School (Class of 1971), the pictures are displayed so they are easily viewed by all visitors.

The elementary school welcomes alumni to stop, visit the school, and see the pictures. Browse through time and see yourself and your classmates as you were “back in the day.”

 

The Pierceton School yearbooks are on-line!

New paver spots are coming soon

We are making a new paver field to accommodate more pavers in the Alumni Plaza!

We have received a number of inquiries and a few new orders for both 4″ X 8″ and 8″ X 8″ pavers. While we’ve run out of space in the paver field on the east side of the Tribute, we are adding another paver field on the west side. We expect the field to be ready by late Spring 2022.

If you would like to order a paver for a friend, a teacher, or for yourself, the best thing to do is order one today! The new price is $80 for a 4” by 8” paver. The cost of an 8″ X 8″ paver is $105. These prices will be in effect until December 31, 2022.

While you honor the legacy of the Pierceton School, you will also score a tax deduction for the entire amount of your gift, when you send your payment through the Kosciusko County Community Foundation!

Call Doug at 260-437-9935 or email piercetonalumni@comcast.net, so you’ll be sure to have  your order in as soon as the new field is ready!

Where's the Limestone from the Old Pierceton School Building?

Did you ever wonder what happened to all those beautiful limestone pieces from the old Pierceton School building? Well, the Association salvaged most of them and put them to use in several different places that pay tribute to the heritage and legacy of the Pierceton School.

Pierceton School Memorial Tribute

An astonishing total of 22 of the limestone features are incorporated into the beautiful Pierceton School Memorial Tribute. These pieces represent all of the different features that we salvaged from the old Pierceton School building.

When we salvaged the limestone pieces, the Memorial Tribute was the primary use we had in mind. We are thrilled with this fitting tribute to the history and legacy of the Pierceton School.

Pierceton Elementary School Sign

A limestone rosette is embedded on each end of the new elementary school sign in front of the school on State Road 13, linking the history of the old school building to the future of the new elementary school.

In addition, two more limestone features were purchased by a friend of PSAA and have been incorporated into her home not far from Pierceton.

Residence in Maryland, USA

Some friends in Maryland purchased a number of  limestone pieces and have  used them in their home. [Note teardrops on sides and rosettes near the top.] They also used a number of pieces in structures around their lovely property.

This wonderful family told us they watched eBay for weeks before deciding to purchase the limestone from us. They wanted to honor the history that the pieces represent, and they have done a beautiful job.

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