Provo's oldest elementary school still in use opened in the winter of 1901. For 90 years, school historians have noted important events with the flavor of their own era.
Sept. 19, 1928: "One week of school had passed. Pupils and teachers were filled with the spirit of work and on this particular day in the midst of energetic efforts, four loud gongs were sounded. Fire!"It was only a drill. All children were dutifully counted outside before returning to school.
But it was not all work and no play. A week later, the teachers had a "ham and eggs" party in the canyon immediately after school.
"Mrs. Cardall innocently displayed an Autumn feet/feat by gracefully stepping into a cup of coffee without upsetting the cup or spilling a drop of coffee."
Sixteen years later, Mrs. Hanna J. Cardall was honored at her retirement after 43 years of teaching.
The Great Depression saw a new addition to the Franklin School, built as a Public Works Administration project. It was dedicated Nov. 19, 1936.
"Completion of the Franklin school addition marks the beginning of a `new deal' in the school building program of Provo, Superintendent of Schools H.A. Dixon told school patrons and friends at a formal opening of the structure last night." The quote was from a story published in the Evening Herald.
World War II brought a military flavor to the entries. The dedication page for the 1941-1942 school year said, "Our Franklin School is now a camp, its duties wide and varied. Our aim's to fortify the future, our mode is military."
All entries from the year use military titles for teachers and students alike. Before school began, the book notes the captains were preparing for the new recruits. During the year, "officers" were expected to buy war bonds and the "privates" were to buy war stamps.
Drills for air raids were practiced along with fire drills.
The yearbooks from the 1960s are filled with photographs of children in elaborate costumes for school programs. Whole classes dressed in costumes from the periods represented.
Today Daniel and Douglas Snow attend Franklin School. In the 1950s their father Dennis Snow was a student there. Their grandmother Lavern Carter attended Franklin in the 1930s.
"My boys' great-grandfather attended Franklin when the school was just 91/2 years old," said Dennis Snow.
Benjamin Franklin's birthday is the day selected to commemorate the 90th year for Franklin Elementary School. An open house will be Thursday, Jan. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m., with a program at 7 p.m. in the school's gym. Franklin School is at 355 S. 700 West, Provo.