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Alton - St. Mary's

1939 snapshot of Grade One students at the former St. Mary's Academy in Alton, Iowa. The 1893 school building no longer stands. It was razed in 1963, having served the Catholic community for more than sixty years. Here is the list of students in the accompanying picture:

1939

Front Row 1: Clarice Hodapp, Audrey Mae Pottebaum, Darlene Mousel, Glenis Kellen, Hilda Jochim, Mary Ann Kass, Lyanne Schneider;

Row 2: Jack Even, Delores Gaul, Wallburga Miller, the Haupert twins, Patty Von Arb;

Row 3: Art Braun, Donny Wayne Probst, Lowell Vorthems, Eugene Pottebaum, Leonard Reefe, Cy Zenk:

Row 4: Duane McCarthy, George Jungers, Duane Biever, Harley Engledinger, Paul Minten and Darrel Vorthems. 

~Photo submitted by Duane A. Biever



This picture is a 1943 snapshot of the Graduating Class of 1943 at the former St. Mary's Academy in Alton, Iowa. St. Mary's Academy had its inauspicious beginnings in a tricked out stable in the Fall of 1885, organized by three Sisters of St. Francis from Dubuque: Sr. Clara Hartmann, Sr. Seraphine O'Donnel and Sr. Alberta Steifer. Monthly tuition was $1.50 per pupil.
 
A new school was erected in 1893. That school building no longer stands. It was razed in 1963, having served the Catholic community for more than sixty years. Here is the list of students in the accompanying picture:

1943

Front Row 1, Hilda Jochim,  Patty Von Arb, Glenis Kellen,  Duane Biever,  Paul Minten, George Jungers,  Donald Minton;

Row 2, Darlene Mousel, Mary Ann Kass, Lyanne Schneider, Donny Wayne Probst, Duane McCarthy, Harlen Engeldinger, Donald Garmin;

Row 3, Darlene McGrath, Loyal Konz, Cy Zenk, Art Braun, Jack Even, Jane Full;

Rear Row 4, Johnny Schnoes, Walburga Miller, Margaret Braun, Delores Gaul, Our Teacher, Sister Iola Byrne.

~photo submitted by Duane A. Biever