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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Request for Comment: What Pelham Manor School is This, Shown in 1907?

The post card below has troubled me for several years.  It purports to show the "Public School" in "Pelham Manor, N.Y."  The message on the bottom of the obverse of the used post card postmarked in 1907 takes no issue with the title of the photograph, indicating instead that it depicts "Otis' School."

Yet, this school building does not look to me at all like photographs I have seen of what once was known as The Jackson Avenue School -- a two story building of stone and red brick that once stood near the intersection of Jackson Avenue and Plymouth Street.  The building stood approximately where the homes at 212-220 Jackson Avenue stand today, no far from today's Prospect Hill School.  To read more about the history of that school building, see:  Mon., January 9, 2006:  The First Prospect Hill School in Pelham Manor.

The post card below shows what would seem to be a smaller school building than The Jackson Avenue School.  I would be most interested in hearing comments from any reader who might have a theory or information on this issue.  The structure depicted on the post card below does not seem to have any connection whatsoever to the tiny one room school house that once stood on Split Rock Road in the late 1860s and since has been incorporated into the home located at 982 Split Rock Road.  See982 Split Rock Road, Pelham, NY (Incorporates One Room School House).

Hopefully, the many insightful and intelligent lovers of Pelham History who read these postings can provide some guidance on the school building depicted on the post card above.

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