Among the Hemlocks and the Pines,
Stood the “Old Wakefield school”,
Were taught by the rule.
On the “First Day” we gathered
In our ginghams and our jeans,
From the north end the “Klemmers”,
“The Ferris’” and the “Deans”.
From the south came Grace and Harry,
Harold, Mable, and Lucy Mayes,
We skipped along barefooted
In those old school days.
Farther south was George and Mable
With their tin dinner pail,
Later on Clarence and Cosie
Always there, without fail.
Down the track was Frank and Annie
They came with the “Grassmere Gang”,
And they hurried to get on there
Before the old bell rang.
Robinson’s and Lackenby's,
Tim, Thomas and little Manuel Tate,
He always had the habit
Of coming just too late.
But, it’s Will and Ann McGillivray,
If we tell what memory bids,
Are the ones we loved the best
Of those “Grassmere Kids”.
“The Kreutzingers” came later,
Will chose Ella for his wife,
And they have been happy together
All their married life.
Then there were the “Hazzards”,
Edith and Annie too.
But all the tricks and mischief
Was blamed on Will and Rance.
If there ever was a time
When school days were a lark,
It was the year we spent
With “John G. Clark”.
The place where I love to linger
As I go down memory’s Lane,
Is the fun we used to have
At the “Old Ball Game”.
Grace was our” Tommy Bridges”,
Fred wore the catcher’s shield,
And to us it was as precious
This was written by Grace Dean, date unknown. She was a friend of Annie (McGillivray) Shuart’s. I received this from my grandmother, Arzell (Shuart) Mills about 1990. She received it from her mother, Annie (McGillivray) Shuart.
The old Wakefeild school
was a log cabin built near the corner of Pinnebog road and M-142 in Colfax
In the seventh stanza it mentions Will and Ann McGillivray. These are the son and daughter of Edwin Alexander McGillivray and Sarah Elizabeth Mitchell. Anna married James Edward Shuart. William Harris married Ella Kreutziger.
It also mentions the “Grassmere Gang” This was a
group of children that lived in The town of