3329 19th Avenue South - closed, demolished
Minneapolis 7, Minnesota
Carol Williams, principal
Having been unsuccessful in determining when Corcoran Elementary School was demolished;
it was erected in 1889 with additions in 1906, 1909, and 1918.
UPDATE! Apparently, it was demolished in January, 1976. Please see individual comments below Mr. Corcoran's picture.
The Corcoran neighborhood, just east of Powderhorn Park,
is located between Lake Street East and 36th Street East and between Cedar Avenue South and Hiawatha Avenue.
This is a mainly residential neighborhood with more than 60 percent of the land used for single-family residences.
The light-rail stop at Lake Street gives the neighborhood an easy connection to Downtown, the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and the Mall of America.
In addition, plans to develop the Lake Street corridor as a commercial thoroughfare are under way, and will have an important local impact.
William Wilson Corcoran
1798 - 1888
William Wilson Corcoran was born on December
27, 1798 and died on February, 24, 1888.
MEMORIES OF CORCORAN and MORE
Carol (Anderson) Macnamara '61
"I went to Corcoran and started in ’48 or so. Miss Eva Gans was my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Anderson for first and second grades, Ms. Eleanor Dahlquist for third, Mr. Heartman (or something close?) for fourth grade, and I don’t recall fifth nor sixth grades. The school colors were purple and white…the long ribbon we had for friends to sign! We walked four times a day as hot lunch was called, "something from outer space". If it was so far below zero we could bring cold lunch and eat in the gym. I remember the competition of field day on the field behind Corcoran the last week of school. Sandra Shun, Gail ______, Roberta Whitimore and I were fiercely competitive. I wonder where they all are? And having to dance with a boy in sixth grade!! Ha Ha Ha.
Might I add the swings, monkey bars, the raised ladder to climb across at recess! Viictoria Ann Tew was in my class. She wound up at Edina Schools. She was killed in a car accident in 1969. I named my daughter after her. Her family had the best Halloween parties ever! She was an only child. Caroline Jones was in the class too. She died very young. Diabetic cause. I remember the Nile Theater and Powderhorn Park on the 4th of July, the Dairy Queen on Hiawatha, Hiawatha Fruit Market, Red Owl, Hiawatha Bowl, White Castle, hopping the trains, playin’ dolls in the cabooses of Lake Street. We walked everywhere!
Were you aware that cursive is no longer being taught in the public schools…sad!!! I couldn’t wait ‘til the middle of third grade to learn how to ‘write’!! My 42 year-old daughter asked me a few weeks ago,
‘Who had it better: your parents, you, or us kids?' Of course I said me … a product of the 60s.
I went to Folwell which was past Corcoran for me, then moved and I went to Sanford and Roosevelt, graduating in 1961. My heart was at South, however!!!
Another tid bit . . . our principal was Carol Williams ... yes, a female principal ... in the 50s!!!" ~ 6/8/13 ~
John Houll, El Cajon Valley High School '59, El Cajon, California
to Corcoran for four years when I lived in Minneapolis (1946-1950). My teachers
were Mrs. Cook for Kindergarten, Mrs. Herbert for 1st grade, and Miss Young for
2nd and 3rd grade (my all-time favorite teacher). Then I was sent to Holy
Rosary Catholic School for five years, 4th through 8th grade. After that I went
to Folwell Jr. High for one year. Then I spent one semester at Roosevelt before
my family moved to California.
I read on the website that someone had known Caroline Jones. She lived across the street from me and would come over from time to time to visit with my sister. I do remember she had Diabetes.
I took a trip in 1974 back to Minneapolis. Corcoran was still there at that time. I seem to remember taking a picture or two of it.
Then later in the early 90s I visited again. While there I had a chance to have a chat with Alice Wirth who was a neighbor when I lived there. I remember she was 87 at the time and told me she had gone to Corcoran too. A few names of my other neighbors/friends that I can remember are Terry Nelson and her sister Tracy, I believe was her name. Another Nelson across the street was Fred Nelson. I remember going to school with Bobby Langren. He had two sisters, Nancy and Judy. Then there was the Wenborg family. I went to school with Sharon Wenborg. One block up was another classmate, Jean Micheals. I'm sure there were more but my memory isn't so hot any more.
I currently live in Texas where I retired a number of years ago. Feel free to share my email.” ~ 9/17/14 ~
~ Sixth Grade ~
Does anyone have the Sixth Grade Graduation photo that can be scanned and displayed below?
If so, please email the webmaster for details.
~ If you can identify the teacher or provide any students' names, please let me know. ~
Row 5: ______, ______, ______, ______, Carole Pearson.
Row 4: ______, Rex ?, ______, ______, Adrianne Leibrock Sampson, ______, ______, ______.
Row 3: Elizabeth "Betty"/"Beth" Brathovde Sumner, Elaine Brudos Jukam, Donna Johnson, Julieanne Olson Rylander, ______, Barbara Meister Bigham, ______.
Row 2: ______, Diane Harden Harincar, ______, Dirk Putnam, ______, Ellen Voight Bendorf, ______, Sharon Anderson Englund.
Row 1: ______, ______, Tom Crew, ______.
Click thumbnail twice for more detail.
Photo source: Adrianne (Leibrock) Sampson. Name identification: Adrianne (Leibrock) Sampson, Tom Crew (SHS), Lani (Greenfield) Covey, Barbara (Meister) Bigham.
If you can identify the teacher's name or 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 Corcoran alumni.
School Colors: purple and white
Miss Dahlquist's 3rd Grade Class
Photo Source: Shirley (Dahlberg) Heurung.
If you can identify any of the students indicated by the word, "unidentified" or by the underscoring, or if there are errors please contact the webmaster. Names are forthcoming.
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