Built in 1914, the Gomer School facility was replaced by new school buildings in the Elida School District. Residents made one last trip down the halls during Saturday's open house.
November 22nd, 1963 is an iconic date that many people remember. Those alive during that time, recall where they were when they heard that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. During her tour of the old Gomer School, Barbara Sprague (Stephens) walked into the class where she sat when it was announced, "President Kennedy has just been shot."
Barbara is just one of many in her family to attend Gomer School, as her mother Faye graduated from the school in 1948. Sad to see it go, Faye Stephens (Clevenger) has high hopes for the building after its auctioned off on September 22nd, as she would like to see it turned into a community center.
Desks, projectors and other items will be auctioned off next weekend, with an auctioning of the building taking place one week later. As director of business for Elida Schools, Mark Miller is overseeing the project, but says there is no determination as to what will become of the building follow the auction.
Final walks down the hallways brought tears to some, sparked stories for others, and led to a trip down memory lane for everyone. Loose furnishings will be auctioned off from 8AM to Noon on Saturday September 15th. On Saturday September 22nd, the building itself will be auctioned at 10AM.
For more information on the building or the auctions, call Business Manager Mark Miller at 419-331-4155.