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Article-316 January 1st 2011 History Column Dave Petersen This week we will continue with a New Years history tidbit and some school pictures from the collection of James Fay. If you have photographs to share with our readers please contact me at 757-3240, e-mail to davep@blackcreekpress.com, or mail in care of the Ludington Daily News, P.O. Box 340, Ludington, MI, 49431 Pic1 Happy New Years! The Babylonians had it right I think, they celebrated the new year for 11 days and it came in the spring. We can thank the Roman Senate for changing the date to January 1st in 153 BC. No particular significance to the date apparently it just sounded like a good idea. See you at Ludington's Ball drop! Pic 2 Lakeview School was known originally as the first ward school. That building was originally built in 1872 and was razed in 1886 with the Lakeview school on the corner of Gaylord and Haight streets. This building served for 100 years and was demolished in 1966 to make room for the new school which is in use today. Pic3 Longfellow School holds a lot of significance for many who remember attending classes in that building. This early view shows the original tower built in 1880. The building first served as the high school and was known later as Longfellow elementary. Pic4 Longfellow School was used as an elementary school until 1957, in this view from the 1960's the building is in use as an administrative office for Ludington and it remained in use until the Central Business Office was moved to Tinkham st. Pic5 A lonely looking shell of its former glory, Longfellow School is being prepped to be razed and become a Vanished Icon in Ludington's history. Preserved in old faded photographs and in the memories of its students. It was replaced by Longfellow Towers after it was razed in 1976. Pic6 This building was erected in 1886 and named Pere Marquette School. This image was taken in 1918 when it was a young 32 years old. The building was in use until 1967 when it was razed to make way for the new Pere Marquette School.

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