Holy rosary

The old school of the Holy Rosary collapses | Item

Dismantling of the old Holy Rosary Catholic School building in Monroe City alters the landscape of Highway 24. Bricker Excavating of Quincy, Ill. Is doing the work.

While the dismantling of the building might be considered a disappearance, it is actually a rebirth.

Every piece in the old school needs to be reused, explained Holy Rosary School principal, Sister Sue Walker.

The floors, which are yellow pine, are assembled plank by plank and will be sold throughout the country. Some of the 2X13 fir floor joists will go to China because there is no fir in China and it’s good hardwood, Walker explained.

The tin ceiling in the basement is sold to collectors. Slate panels will be used by enterprising decorators for counters, breakfast bars, etc. Concrete rain hats can be used in decorative edging.

The walls of the building contain three layers of bricks. The outer layer is decorative brick while the inner two layers are paving stone, which can be used for many projects. Even doors, door frames, hinges and windows will be reused.

The cross at the top of the building and the stone sign of the School of the Holy Rosary on the front of the door will be dismantled and displayed in the new school.

Construction of the old Saint-Rosaire school began in 1919 and the first classes were held in 1920. The cost of the building was $ 58,000. The top floor of the three-story brick building featured a gymnasium and auditorium with a stage where all school productions were held. Classrooms and offices filled the rest of the building.

In 1955, the Knights of Columbus built a new gymnasium with a stage just east of the school building that students used for various events. The KC gymnasium will remain intact and will be available for rent to the public.

Until about 1969, the old building was heated by a coal-fired boiler. During the winter cold, someone was hired to stay in the building overnight to make sure the fire didn’t go out. In 1969, a gas furnace was installed to operate the boiler system. However, in the following years, in cold weather, Walker would get up at 5 a.m. to walk to school and turn on the oven to make sure the school building was warm when the students arrived.

“So I would hurry home and go back to bed. So I’m really enjoying the new school, ”she commented with a chuckle.

In the deep basement, a brick with a note printed in yellow paint read “Pete plus Thelma.” A little research has revealed that the young love revealed on the brick has been proven to last. Peter and Thelma Saunders got married after high school and stayed together for as long as they lived.

“I love the old building and what it represents,” Walker said, recalling. “I spent my first 12 years of school there.

After graduating from college, she returned to Monroe City in 1975 and to Holy Rosary School as a teacher and spent the next 40 years there.

“My heart and soul have been in this building,” she said. “However, that doesn’t stop me from appreciating the new building. Although we hated to see the old school building disappear, it served its purpose well and the memories live on. “