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Franklin Elementary School celebrates 100 years

January 13, 2014 - Mike Donahey

Historic Franklin Elementary School will be featured in this Sunday’s Marshall Times.

The 100-year old school, nestled among well-kept properties on West Main Street, has served as a home to thousands of students and hundreds of educators since opening Jan. 5, 1914.

Aaron Palmer was school superintendent and A. F. Balch, was president of the board of education when Franklin opened.

Other elementary schools serving students in 1914 were Arnold, Childs, Glick, Palmer, Rogers and Woodbury. Anson Junior High School, Central Junior High School and Marshalltown Senior High School served older students. Parochial students were served at St. Mary’s Institute, according to the June 6, 1949, "Fifty Years of Progress in Marshalltown."

Tim Holmgren, principal, Melissa Keeler, administrative assistant, Jason Staker, communications director for the Marshalltown Community School District, Marnie Stone, the Franklin PTSA president, and Jay Carollo of the Historical Society of Marshall County, among others, have been helpful.

Read more about Franklin in this Sunday’s edition of Marshall Times, found in your Times-Republican.



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