Will the Real Gramp Please Stand Up
When we chose the name “Gramp’s Old School” it was to recognize that my grandfather attended the school and that my father (my son’s grandfather) is saving the school. I also liked it because I think a lot of people had a Gramp or Gram that attended the school, so it’s kind of universal. I realize who’s who has gotten a bit muddled. Hopefully this helps:
Richard Tefft Sr. – also referred to as “Original Gramp” and “Great Grandpa Tefft,” attended the school house in the late 1930’s/early 1940’s
Richard Tefft Jr. – also referred to as “Gramp,” my father and Philip’s grandfather, restoring the school house
A Hop into History
We found a lot of original documents like worksheets, tests, student records, and drawings in the school house. We think they’re super cool and wanted to share them here. We’re still not sure when the school actually closed but we haven’t found anything dated later than around 1944. If you remember this was our first look at Gramp’s Old School.
Opening the door to history
There were tons of old papers left just scattered and piled on the floor. The condition of these documents was terrible (torn, faded, illegible, and covered in dirt and pxxp). We saved as much as we could. I literally combed through wheelbarrows full of debris to pull out whatever caught my eye. Luke Tefft then took over this part of the project and organized a lot of the papers and cleaned them up. Check it out! We even found a few school papers from the Original Gramp!
yep they had those standardized tests even back then
Students from 1940
We even found health records
Yep, there were dental records
Good job Gramp!
Fate was Calling Our Name
The one thing we found that is absolutely priceless and that almost stopped our hearts is a piece of artwork signed by the Original Gramp. It survived on the floor of the school house since the 1940’s! We found very little student artwork and I just happened to pull this out of a pile of debris because I saw the bright colors. The subject matter is open to interpretation, but we love it!
Artwork by the Original Gramp, Richard Tefft Sr.
Gramp will guest blog next week! He’ll be sharing some original architectural elements of the school house and a bit of research. For now, I can’t resist sharing this pic of Gramp as a baby with his momma Alberta Metcalfe Tefft.
Gramp circa 1960