Learning things at the EV History Center

On April 3rd, the sixth grade visited the EV History Center at 108 N. Main Street in North English with their teacher, Mrs. Pilkington. While they were there, they viewed PowerPoint presentations and examined historical artifacts from the English Valleys community. Arland and Reva Wyant were on hand to show a mastadon tooth from the South English area that dates back 15,000 years, and Ron Van Berkum and Scott Romine explained many other things to them.

My favorite things during the field trip were picking up the guns and about Lonnie Rogers who played for the Hawkeyes. One thing I learned was about the old Record place, and it was torn down and a cement step with green carpet on it is the only thing left of that place. – Zak Ellingson

I learned that one of my aunts was on the first EV basketball team. The coolest thing was that a tank commander from around here got three tanks shot out from under him in WWII. – Trevor Frazier

Last Thursday we went to the North English History Center. I learned that we used to have a club called the Oddfellows. They were considered odd because they were a group of men that got together and helped people. Also, I learned that Mikala Yoss' grandmother started the tradition of putting flags up at the cemetery every Memorial Day. – Hanna Grimm

I learned that there was a club and it was an only men club. When they met, they wore robes. I thought it was interesting how our school colors used to be Columbia blue and gold instead of navy blue and gold. The Columbia blue was a really light blue, and now the blue is really dark. – Allison Hewitt

What I thought was interesting was the Rock’n Flames band was an old band from North English. I didn't know about the old underground tunnel from the old high school to our gym. Another thing I didn't know about was the big rock is very old. – Tyler Lally

One interesting thing in the history center was the seats that were in the South English Opera House. I thought it was interesting because it's the last old building in South English. The Civil War guns were interesting because they’re different from today’s. I learned that there's a pickle tree on the Pigeon Road and I've been on the road hundreds of times and never seen it. – Dylan Miller

I learned a lot of things at the N.E. History center. One thing I learned though was that Willie Mace (Mace Brown) from North English was a major league baseball player. The most interesting thing to me was the Oddfellows robes. They had one for every important event. I had a great time at the EV History Center. I'm glad I went. – Brian Nachtman

One thing I learned was that there used to be a tunnel underground leading from the high school to the auditorium. You only got to use the tunnel when it was raining. My favorite thing I learned was about the Rock’n Flames, because I like music and I've heard of the two brothers who play in the band. They are Sid Moore and James Moore. – Madison Parmenter

One thing I learned was that there was a tunnel from the elementary to the high school. Only the high school wasn't where it is now. It was across from the elementary. One thing that was interesting was when they guy brought a mammoth tooth. – Jessica Polton

On our trip to the North English History Center I found out lots of cool and interesting things. I learned that there was a group of men called the Oddfellows, who met on certain days of the week and helped people. I also learned that in the front yard of the elementary there was a tunnel and high school, but at the top of the high school was a 13th grade. That would have been cool, but it got torn down. I could go on and on forever about how many cool things we learned, but I won't. I'll just sum it all up with the most interesting thing I learned. The most interesting thing I learned was about Emma Post, a blind phone operator who plugged someone into someone else’s phone line so they could talk, but the worst thing about that was people could hear your conversations. For me it would be practically impossible to be Emma Post and have her job. I had a great time though. – Jessica Riegel

What I learned at the North English History Center. The most interesting thing was that we had a Hawkeye football player named Lonnie Rogers. The thing I did not know was that we had a lady who was blind and ran the first telephone. – Dillon Sanders

During the trip to the History Center, there were many interesting things to look at and read about. One interesting thing that was there was this massive woolly mammoth tooth brought in by this 90-year old man whose name is Arland Wyant. Something I learned was that Harmon Henkle started Hinkletown. This is just a few interesting things at the History Center. The History Center is a great place to learn more about North English. – Sarah Stanley Wolter

My favorite thing that I learned was that you had to go through a tunnel to get to the gym. Now all you have to do is go down some stairs and two hallways and you're there. I also learned about the helpful Oddfellows, that there is a pickle tree on the Pigeon Road, and a lot of the history of the sports in North English. I also saw pictures of what the old school used to look like. – Shannon Steffen

The thing I learned was about this girl named Emma. She was blind. She was a telephone operator. The cool thing was when they showed us the guns and the mammoth tooth. – Kyle Allie

The History Center was very interesting and gave lots of information. The most interesting thing I saw at the History Center was that my Aunt Cindy and Emma's Aunt Kim were on the same basketball team that went to state. The other interesting thing I learned was our school colors were Columbia blue, which is a very light blue and gold which we have now. I have been to the History Center before, but I learned a lot more than I did the first time. – Sam Banes

My most interesting thing that I learned was the blind women named Emma Post who answered the telephone calls. The coolest thing was that we used to be the Tigers instead of the Bears. – Amanda Fisher

When we went to the History Center, I learned that North English has some very cool history! For one thing, I had no idea that a mammoth was so close to North English. When they said it was a mammoth tooth, I was stunned! One thing that was cool was that the old water tower went to China for smelting. North English has awesome history! – Dakota Olson

When we went to the History Center, I learned that there use to be a group called the Odd Fellows. They help people. In the wars, the general was the only person to have a pistol. The soldiers had guns. Also, there used to be a lot of country school houses. – Allison Voss

One thing I didn't know is that there was an Oddfellow group. It was cool because there was a woman part in the Odd Fellows group. This was in North English. – Paul Gent

When I went to the History Center, he told us a whole bunch of stuff I didn't know. He told us that some of the people in World War II live here in North English today. One thing I didn't know was that there use to be a group called the Oddfellows. The coolest thing there was the scoreboard with the score still on it. Also the old school tunnel leading to the gym. – Abby Null

One thing I learned at the History Center was that North English has the I.O.O.F. or the International Organization of OddFellows, who did good things. I thought the coolest thing was their robes. – Tempest Montgomery

One interesting thing about the History Center was the fact that there was only one pro baseball player that was a North English grad. My favorite thing was the scoreboard still had the points on it from one of their games. – Tyler Messer

One thing I learned at the History Center that I didn't know before is that the metal from the old water tower was taken to China for smelting. The coolest thing I think I saw was the sports room. I thought my aunt's old uniform and pictures were cool. I also thought the old scoreboard was interesting. – Emma Hester

One of the things I learned at the History Center was we had a lot of different schools here in North English. One of my favorite things was the athletic room. It had all the different school colors and jerseys. – Paige Hester

One thing I learned at the history museum was that the steel structure of the old water tower was sent to China to be smelted. I also learned that the EV school colors used to be Columbia blue and gold. The most interesting thing I learned was chairs from the old South English Opera House were saved and sent to the history museum. – Jack Lawrence

The one thing that I learned was that the North English School District was made up of about 39 smaller schools. All the schools that made our district where somewhat close to us. The one thing I thought was really cool was that at one time it was the North English Tigers and the colors were purple and old gold. – Justin Ling

The History Center downtown was a trip. We got to sit in 100-year-old opera chairs. Mr. Romine and Mr. Van Berkum showed us a 16,000-year-old mammoth tooth. Our class got to hold a musket and a pistol. It was awesome. – Jessica Martin

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