5625 23rd Avenue South
Minneapolis 17, Minnesota
Wenonah Elementary School Photo: D. Walter, 2003
Grades K - 3 today
The Wenonah neighborhood is located on the southern edge of Minneapolis. Highway 62 is the southern border and 54th Street East is its northern extent.
Beyond the main southern border, a small piece of the neighborhood extends into Richfield. The neighborhood is bordered by Cedar Avenue South and Lake Nokomis on the west and 34th Avenue South on the east.
Wenonah neighborhood is named after Hiawatha's mother, the daughter of Nokomis, from a legend that Henry Wadsworth Longfellow attributes to Ojibwe people in his poem, The Song of Hiawatha.
Before 1900 the neighborhood was a major American Indian center.
The majority of the existing single-family homes were built between the 1920s and the 1960s.
A large reason for the development in Wenonah during this time was the availability of streetcar routes and rail lines that date back to 1865.
Today, Wenonah is part of the Nokomis community and the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association (NENA). NENA encompasses a total of four neighborhoods, including Keewaydin, Minnehaha, and Morris Park.
Public and shopping amenities abound, with parks, lakes, a post office, a library and shops either in Wenonah or other NENA neighborhoods.
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~ Two Wenonah Schools ~
Beverly (Anderson) Gossard, RHS '62 writes, "I was searching through old papers and have some items to add to your website regarding
the old Wenonah School that was located at 60th Street and 28th Avenue South.
The current Wenonah is located at 56th and 23rd Avenue South." - 1/17/12.
1924 - 1962
Classrooms were located on the first and second floors. The auditorium and gym were on the first floor. The furnace, fan room and storage were in the basement.
There were six classrooms: four interior classrooms plus two additional exterior classrooms at 60th Street, which was not cut through.
The exterior classrooms were in existence in 1931, if not initially, in 1924. Wenonah's student enrollment was 170 in 1931.
I am guessing that the old Wenonah was demolished to make room for the 62nd Street Crosstown highway, plus the increasing student enrollment.
This must have been between 1952 - 1962. Update: 1962 per Steve Peasley, '73.
Does anyone have additional photos of the old school on 60th St. & 28th Avenue South?
~ Kindergarten 1949-50 ~
Left to Right: Beverly Anderson, Unknown boy, Douglas Anderson, Jerry Samuelson
original photo to view in detail
playground, 1952 office, 1952
school wing, 1958
~ Mrs. Aileen Childs' first grade classroom ~
February 19, 1953
The source indicated that this was a third grade class. Can you find yourself or others in this photo? What is the room number?
Source: Unknown If you can identify yourself or anyone in this photo, please email the webmaster.
~ Mrs. Ryder's
grade class ~
Scroll rightward to view photo in its entirety.
Seated in chairs, to the right of teacher (your left), extreme back: Unknown boy, James Anderson (in front of Golden and to his right), Michael Golden (in front of easel), Michael Chadwick. Center, standing: Mrs. Ryder.
Row 5, to the left of the teacher (your right): Unknown girl, Unknown girl, Unknown boy, Unknown girl, Sharon Peterson (far right),
Row 4 desks: Unknown boy, Unknown boy, Unknown girl, Delwin Olson, Unknown girl, Russell Fischer, Unknown girl.
Row 3: Unknown boy, Bob Pearson (cub scout), Carol Aldrich, Unknown boy, Bob Dahlke, Sheila Frost, Unknown girl.
Row 2: Unknown girl, Richard Victor, Boyd Schernbeck, Jerry Samuelson, Unknown boy.
Row 1: Unknown boy, Gary Elliott, Lois Thoren, Unknown boy, Unknown boy.
Students are seated left to right in this photo. Can anyone identify the other children?
~ Photo Identification: Beverly (Anderson) Gossard, Sheila (Frost) Van Houten, Bob W. Thompson EHS ~
Hobbies - "Planes" . . . (Peter Manfred
Kindergarten, Fifth/Sixth grade photo, and Sixth grade program submitted by: Bev (Anderson) Gossard, RHS '62:
~ 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.
Until a graduation photo becomes available, here is the beginning of an album of Wenonah alumni.
School Colors: _____ and _____
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