Located at:  1315 E. 38th Street
Minneapolis 7, Minnesota

Bancroft Elementary School, 2006

The Bancroft neighborhood is located south of Powderhorn Lake, between 38th Street East to the north and 42nd Street East to the south, and between Chicago Avenue on the west and Cedar Avenue  on the east.  The neighborhood is named for the Bancroft  elementary school, which was named for George Bancroft, an American historian born in 1800.  The Bancroft neighborhood consists mostly of single-family houses built before 1940.  The neighborhood also has some commercial development along Bloomington Avenue and 38th Street.

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George Bancroft 1800 - 1891

Bancroft in his office (c. 1889)

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Bancroft Community School, one of the oldest school buildings in the Minneapolis School District still operating,
was built in 1912, with an addition in 1920.

Bancroft was an American historian and statesman who was prominent in promoting secondary education both in his home state and at the national level.  During his tenure as U.S. Secretary of the Navy, he established the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1845.  Among his best-known writings is the magisterial series, History of the United States, from the Discovery of the American Continent.

                         School's main entrance                                                             Close-up view of name of school                  

~ Bancroft Elementary School Identified ~
At the 50th Reunion on Saturday night, someone loaned me this group photo from September, 1958. 
I now know it was Sue Lillehei and that the school is Bancroft Elementary.  This would be sixth grade graduation (see below).

I received a few emails from Fred Stanley who identified the school as Bancroft Elementary School.
"No, this is not my photo, but I'm pretty sure it is the backside (south side) of Bancroft School.  I spent many years in that courtyard with the locust? tree in the corner. 
I attended K-6, fall 1955-summer 1962.  I don't seem to have any photos of this era myself, however I wouldn't mind seeing some if someone wants to email me some."

“I am a 1968 graduate (of Bancroft).  After my year at Nokomis, the Fort Snelling kids, as I was, switched to the Richfield school system, where I graduated.  
I knew very few of the class of 1962, as you are so much older.  I did know Kathy Shaw, who also had some younger sisters.  I also knew some of the Troedsson family, which seems to have a rep. in your class
(there was a whole pile of these girls).  
Last Roosevelt class to have Fort Snelling kids was 1964.  As I mentioned, I would be interested in seeing any such class or activity photos from Bancroft or Nokomis which anyone may have, even if they aren't from my specific year.”
UPDATE:  Fred recently found a website that confirms his theory, "I am now 100% sure."  I, too, as webmaster am convinced.

 ~ Fred Stanley, Victoria, B.C. Canada,, RFLD HS '68, 9/22/13 ~

I spoke recently with Susan Lillehei who loaned me this interesting photo.
She, too, pointed out that the date stamp, September, 1958, on the photo did not match any year that she was at Bancroft.  Both Susan and I agree that we see her in the photo, the fourth person in the front row holding an object.
The film probably remained in the camera for some time and the photo may not have been developed until a couple years later, 1958.
Students from the Roosevelt class of 1962, who may appear in this photo are:  Pam Anderson, Mary Ellen Jones, Sue Lillehei, Carol Lundquist, and Nancy Miller.

Fred Stanley emailed me with yet more information about this photo . . .
"I see you’ve obtained a bit more info. on your Bancroft photo.  I have a bit more as well:  
I attended a reunion of Fort Snelling former residents last July and spoke with someone who suggested that this was a composite picture; meaning it is not of a particular class as one might expect,
but a mixture of kids together for some other purpose.  
I recently received an email from someone also from Fort Snelling who is actually in the photo.  She suggested that this was a gathering of crossing guards for a picnic (what I remember as “school patrols”- remember the white belts?).  
This person (below) graduated from Richfield in 1965 and is right between my age '68 and yours '62.  This would put her about 11 years old at the time if the date is correct, which looks about right to me from the photo. 
If I find anything more definite, I’ll let you know.  I’m always happy to see and hear about Bancroft."

Another update from Fred . . .
 "Susan (Koenig) Nesbitt is in the front row standing immediately photographer’s left of the little girl in shorts.  She wears a rather fancy dress with a white bib-like front.  Susan K. relates that she attended Roosevelt  in her sophomore year, but then was part of our Fort Snelling switch-over to Richfield schools the following year, as I was.  She mentioned that unfortunately she cannot recognize anyone else in the photo. 
I may be able to find more via another contact; I’ll get back to you on this."

Susan Lillehei adds . . .
What fun to be learning more about that old photo.  I had completely forgotten that I was a school patrol for a while, but it makes perfect sense that it was a patrol picture. 
 also remember the kids bussed in from Fort Snelling.  I could never understand why they were bussed to Bancroft when there were schools closer to the Fort."

Thumbnail may provide more detail
(Well, maybe not so much!)

~ I have enlarged this photo to better facilitate student name identification. ~

Row 3 of sorts:  many young men whose faces are not recognizable. 
Row 2 (includes some from Row 3): 
unk boy w/certificate, unk boy hidden, unk boy, unk girl, Fritz Erbe (behind, w/crew cut), unk girl tall, unk boy, unk girl, unk boy, unk boy w/hand on hip, unk boy w/striped shirt, unk boy hidden.,
Row 1:
  unk girl, unk girl, unk girl, unk boy w/ camera, unk girl, unk girl, Susan Koenig, unk girl wearing shorts, unk girl w/ smaller object, unk girl w/larger object, unk boy w/dark suitl.
Kneeling:  Sumner Jones or  Anthony White, unk boy, unk girl, unk girl looking at certivicate, Susan Lillehei w/certificate, unk girl.

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~ Sixth Grade ~
Graduation, 1956

Does anyone have the Sixth Grade Graduation photo that can be scanned and displayed below?
If so, please email the webmaster for details.

No, this isn't the entire class!

Row 4:  _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 
Row 3:  _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 
Row 2:  _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Front:    _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Source:  Unknown at this time.  If you can identify any of the students' names indicated by the underscoring, or if there are errors, please contact the webmaster.

Until a graduation photo becomes available, here is the beginning of an album of Bancroft alumni.


         School Colors:  _____ and _____           
Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo
Names Names Names Names Names
Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo
Names Names Names Names Names

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Planning for the Future

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