Visitors share recollections of school days at Harbor and Ashtabula superior colleges | Area Information

Marian Johnson Spring, now 88, is very pleased to say her family members boasts 3 generations of graduates from Harbor Higher College.

The lineage started off with her dad and mom, Aina Lehtinen and Ward Johnson, who were learners in the 1920s. 

“My father was having some troubles in his junior 12 months so John Fawcett asked my mother if she would tutor him,” Spring mentioned. “She did and they graduated together in 1929 and ended up married in 1931. They always referred to Mr. Fawcett as ‘Mr. Cupid.’”

When Spring attended Harbor colleges in seventh quality, Dr. Wenner was the superintendent, Spring’s aunt, Helia Lehtinen, was his secretary, and John Fawcett was principal. 

“My brother, Ward Johnson Jr., came from Washington Elementary two several years afterwards,” she claimed. “I graduated in 1951 and my brother was in the Course of 1953.”

Spring married Jerry Spring of Geneva in 1952 and their little ones followed her direct — Jeriann Spring graduated from Harbor High in 1976, Larina Spring in 1986 and Tim Spring in 1988.

“I have a lot of recollections of Wenner Discipline and Harbor Substantial University that are pricey to my coronary heart, way too various to recount,” she said.

Ashtabula Town Council President John Roskovics, a retired educator, went to Harbor Significant from 1972-76.

“It was terrific — packed with kids [about 900] and so a lot of wonderful academics,” he stated. “I experienced household area and classes in a trailer on Walnut Boulevard. We made use of Topky as our library and often experienced fitness center course down at Walnut Seaside. We had open up lunch so we’d go to Pizza Villa, Rose’s, Hil Mak’s, Marilou’s on Bridge Street or get into our autos and go.”

During Roskovic’s senior yr, pupils preferred to have a “Beat Bula” parade and bonfire.

“It was a fantastic night time the whole neighborhood was stuffed with enjoyment,” he reported. “But the anchor in some way even now acquired painted in Ashtabula colours. It was a good 4 decades in a distinctive position in a distinctive time.”

Harbor Large alumni Lisa Davis explained she as soon as climbed out of 2nd-tale window at Harbor Large to keep away from (then-Principal) Dr. Wiiliam Licate! Ironically, Davis went again to university for training — she now helps make her residence in Akron and is an adjunct at Akron University.

Lori Pinelli of Plymouth Township recalls her late spouse, Dave, (Harbor Higher Class of 1975) would from time to time act like a course clown.

“When he did, the teachers reprimanded him by sternly contacting him ‘Mr. Pinelli!’” she mentioned. “It became an inside joke with us and we commenced making use of the nickname ‘Mister’ for our son.”

Corbetta Skidmore Miggo nonetheless supports her school, Ashtabula High.

“Panther pride all the way,” she reported.

Even nevertheless she’s been out of school for 66 several years, Deanna Blough of Lenox Township claimed she’s continue to a happy member of Ashtabula Significant School’s Course of ‘55.

“I enjoyed singing in the A Capella choir, directed by Pass up Alfield Johnson,” Blough mentioned. “The play, directed by Mr. Don Knott, was Shakespeare’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and those two had been liable for opening up the worlds of drama and tunes for this region lady. I”m eternally grateful. Go Panthers!”

Ashtabula Place Town Faculty Board member, William Niemi, reported his daughter is a Harbor High graduate (2001) and his son graduated from Ashtabula Higher University (1998).

“Both educational facilities experienced an remarkable status and each of my young children went on to obtain college educations and prosperous careers,” he stated. “I graduated from Harbor (1975) and obtained a superior schooling, quite a few high-quality lecturers.”

Niemi reported he’s proud of the district and the consolidation, 20 years in the past.

Jefferson Spot High School graduate, Paul Diemer of Arizona, said he recalls Frederick Walker was the band director at Harbor and Jefferson substantial colleges in 1950. He vividly remembers when Harbor arrived to play football in Jefferson at Memorial Subject. 

“He interspersed Harbor’s purple uniforms with Jefferson’s red and white — about 100 musicians in all,” he explained. “It was a grand musical efficiency.”