Lincoln School Ephemera

Lincoln School Pin Tray showing steps with a dangerous rightward tilt. (click images for larger view)

I found this pin tray on eBay depicting Lincoln School the other day.  Funny but I couldn’t find any photos of Lincoln School online. (Let me know if you have any you would like me to post.) Lincoln School built in 1908 was a handsome building located between Lincoln and Thomas Streets in Monongahela. Many still remember it since it wasn’t torn down until the late 1970’s I believe. In 2009 Chris Buckley of the Valley Independent interviewed architect and architectural historian Terry Necciai; here is what Terry had to say about Lincoln School:

I went to school there and was saddened by the demolition of it,” Necciai said of the Lincoln facility.
Lincoln School comprised 12 rooms and the walls were three bricks thick, Necciai recalled. A set of nearly 30 steps wound from Thomas Street to the school. The steps were a popular place for class photographs. On a porch at the top of the stairs – above the door – was the Lincoln quote, “Let us have faith that right makes might.” Inside the door, students climbed three more steps. Those familiar with the school might remember the shades of green it was painted. There was a picture of Lincoln inside.

Ironically, the school did not face Lincoln Street. Like the president, Lincoln Street is surrounded by some of the most prominent names of the Civil war era. Streets in that neighborhood were named for Gen. U.S. Grant, Secretary of State Edwin Stanton, Gen. George Henry Thomas, Gen. Oliver Howard, and Gen. Phillip Sheridan. Designed in the colonial revival style that was used in that neighborhood during the period, it was built in the Lockhart Plan, sometimes referred to as the Civil War section.

Development of the plan began in 1869, just four years after the Civil War ended. The booming city was home to many returning Civil War veterans, and the developers honored the war’s heroes by naming streets for them, Necciai said. “And they put Lincoln in the middle because he was central to the effort,” Necciai added.

Lincoln School site as it appears today from Thomas Street.
Front steps of the former Lincoln School mentioned in the article.
The view from Lincoln Street.
Aerial view showing the foundation of Lincoln School.

I wonder why the neighbors here never pressed the school district to remove the asphalt, plant grass and a few trees. I imagine it would improve property values if the lot looked somewhat like a park. Right now you see piles of gravel and asphalt with a dump truck and bobcat parked there. It would be a shame if the old high school area ends up looking like this.

Speaking of Lincolns:

1961 Lincoln

12 thoughts on “Lincoln School Ephemera

  1. Jill Kelly November 3, 2012 / 1:08 am

    Yes please post pictures of Lincoln School! I started kindergarten and part of 1st grade at Lincoln. I have looked for photos of Lincoln and Waverly but have been unable to find any.

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  2. Sandy (Brandon) Lee, Goolwa, South Australia December 26, 2015 / 12:08 am

    I was fortunate enough to attend Lincoln School from kindergarten through 6th grade. I remember all my teachers and most of the students. My fifth grade was taught by Mrs. Moore who happened to be the principal. The classroom was in the center of the building, facing Lincoln Street and I believe that coal for the school was delivered and stored directly beneath the windows of that classroom. Having moved from Monongahela in 1963, I was quite saddened to see that the school had been demolished when I visited a number of years ago. Interesting to learn that the surrounding streets were named for notable persons from the Civil War.

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  3. Dan December 26, 2015 / 11:20 am

    Thanks for your comment Sandy. Was Mrs. Moore’s first name Harriet? If so I knew her.


  4. Sandy Brandon Lee September 16, 2016 / 6:32 am

    Yes, Dan her name was Harriet. I remember that she lived on Main Street and she took our class to her home on a field trip.


  5. Dr Lawrence Spalla October 10, 2018 / 7:58 pm

    I attended kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade at Lincoln school 1954 and 1955. I have great memories of that school. My first grade teacher was Harriett Ford and I had Francis H. Cooley for 2nd grade. I moved to Washington Pa and really missed Monongahela. My grandfather had a shoe repair shop from 1908 to 1958.

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  6. Kenneth Knight October 16, 2018 / 11:33 am

    Today I had to fill out a survey gauging my willingness to allow my son to walk to his school in Alexandria Virginia. As a comparison I decided to Google the distance from my old house on Otis Street to Lincoln (0.5 miles). I used to walk to Lincoln School from kindergarten till 3rd grade in 1975-1978. The kids in my neighborhood and I used to walk every day, rain, snow, or shine. Snowy days were the best because we sledded down the alley connecting Stanton and Sheridan Streets on our lunch boxes, which were sturdy steel construction and perfect for the task. My teachers were Mrs. Lomen, Mrs. Mialie, Mrs. McKinley (?) and Mrs. Ramsten. I remember “milk time,” and the choice between white or chocolate. Christmas shopping for our parents in the basement/gymnasium. The bathrooms in each room. Coat rooms with benches and hooks. I’m a third generation alumnus; my grandmother, uncle and mother attended. I even have one of the original chairs and desks in my garage that I can’t (bear to) get rid of; it has an inkwell and some graffiti carved into the top from other daydreaming kids of my grandmother’s generation. Very surprising the the site hasn’t been developed into a park at the very least.


  7. Bev Thompson October 16, 2018 / 3:38 pm

    Many good memories! My mom and my son attended as well. Me, kindergarten and first grade then 5-7. Finley Junior High wasn’t ready so we stayed at our elementary school.


  8. James Daryle Lee October 22, 2018 / 10:07 am

    I still remember the Lincoln School Song, “In a green and pleasant valley where the Monongahela flows, there stands a school that’s named for honest Abe. It’s a place we will all remember where we spent our early years, a firm foundation for our future lays, Lincoln School, oh Lincoln School the pride of all who worked together, Lincoln School oh Lincoln School no other school can ever with you compare.”
    Kindergarten-6th Grade 1962-1968

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  9. Beverly Glaid August 11, 2019 / 6:25 pm

    I too attended Lincoln from 1-3rd grade years ‘55-‘57. My first grade teacher was Harriet Ford. I remember it well! I remember playing on the monkey bars and gym class outside playing kickball and jumping rope at recess. I lived in Finleyville at the time.


  10. Sandra L. Lee October 8, 2019 / 12:08 pm

    I remember most of my teachers from Kindergarten through 6th grade: Miss Loman, Miss Ford, Mrs. Cooley, Mrs, Eckbreath (3rd and 4th grade), Mrs. Moore and Mrs.Mountain. Does anyone remember the custodian, Mr. Duffy? What fortunate kids we were to have had such good teachers, a good education and we left there with good memories.


  11. Bill Oppenheim January 31, 2020 / 8:26 pm

    I remember Miss Ford – she was my first grade teacher


  12. Cyber Tiger April 28, 2020 / 10:16 pm

    I went to Lincoln School the years 1973-78 , Kindergarten thru Grade 5 . I had Miss Lowman for KIndergarten , Mrs Turner for Grade 1 , Mrs McKenery for Grade 2 , Mrs Ramsden for Grade 3, Miss Colleen Murphy for Grade 4 / Mrs Smith . Mrs Backstrom for Grade 5. I wanted to have Mr Martel for Grade 6 and at the MEC i was Blessed to have him . Than i went to Finley afterwards
    Now My late Mom , Donna Delso-Opfer went to Lincoln School , Late Uncle Robert Delso went to Lincoln School , My Sister Lori Opfer went to Kindergarten..I graduated from Ringgold Class 86


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