Traverse City Record-Eagle

Historical Photo of the Week

December 5, 2011

Readers identify school and students

Several readers identified the school and several of the students pictured in the Nov. 21 History Center archive photo.

Mary Detky said the schoolteacher in the back row is her mother, Margaret Canfield, who taught at the Dunn School on West Silver Lake Road at Secor Road in Traverse City until it closed. Detky's half-brother, Frank Canfield, is pictured in the front row, far left. Detky, whose maiden name is Dunn, said her family lived in a farm house close to the school.

Joanna Hoch, whose family lived behind the Dunn School, also identified several students, including Ken Hoch, Helen Canfield, Arthur Canfield and Sandy Hoch. Hoch said she attended the one-room Dunn School for two years until her family bought another farm and moved.

Doug Campeau identified his older brother, Alfred L. Campeau, as the boy in the back row, far left.

Rick Worm immediately recognized the Dunn School in the photo — as it is his current house. Worm said they replaced the front door and the window above the door was changed into a larger window. He noted that the enclosed porch foundation is poured cement like in the old photo, with the rock foundation of the house the same as the old school. The hills in the background are a corn field and then the Crown Golf Course; the tree to the right still stands, though it is much larger now.

"We still have some original ink jars, and an old school desk in the house," Worm emailed. "We have had a couple people stop over the years just to revisit where they went to school."

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