Zion student body, c. 1907
Please join us as we share memories old and new of Zion Lutheran School.
“Our school was mostly German until World War I started. This was the setup of the first Zion Lutheran School. The teacher’s desk and a pump organ was in front of the room on a platform, the boys sat on the left; and the girls on the right side of the room. The class would sing hymns and songs in German and English.” - Leona Peters , Class of 1919
“Our old time picnic was in the Hollaender Orchard, currently where Avenues J, K and 5th and 7th cross. The school children met at the school and marched about a mile with our little flags over our shoulders. [At the picnic] they had a concession stand with pop, ice cream, candy bars, popcorn, etc. We all got a number of tickets free for the treats.” - Leona Peters, Class of 1919
“Each day we would be called on to recite from memory a hymn, creed, Bible lesson, or Bible memory work. Memory work was easy for me, but arithmetic was not. Fortunately my older sister Elinor was good at it and helped me a lot.” - Myrtle Lanbecker Chase, Class of 1936
“There was an Italian prune tree next to the school yard. I could not resist eating the fruit from this tree at the beginning of the school year. The tree was in Teacher Kosche’s yard so I and others were reprimanded. When I was in Mr. Kosche’s room, I, along with some other boys volunteered to stack firewood for Mr. Kosche so we could skip class.” - Larry Bartelheimer, Class of 1943
“There were three grades together 3rd, 4th, and 5th, which made up two rows of each grade in the classroom. It was required for students to take music lessons, either piano or accordian. I chose accordion, and ended up playing at every function, in spite of my nerves. Recess games included baseball, squareball, and tetherball.” - Sue Ohlde Boblett, Class of 1963
When I went to school it was at the “town campus” where currently the preschool and my daughter Hanna’s kindergarten class is held. The second through eighth grades were in the church basement. Billie Ulrich was the cook at that time, and she would let the eighth grade class choose a favorite meal once a week. Each eighth grader would get a sign reading, “Yes, we have no bananas.” - Ernie Fredrickson, Class of 1971
“When I look back on my experience at Zion School, I am struck by the commitment of the teachers and support staff. I consider myself fortunate to have had two extraordinary teachers, Lillian Trapp and Helen Klahn. These women were extremely creative, patient and nurturing. These people could have made much higher salaries in the public school system but because of their caring and integrity chose to work in a Christian setting. We who had the opportunity to pass through Zion School were blessed for it.” – Sophie Wright Meinhold, Class of 1979
Zion Lutheran School was founded in 1901 to provide a Christian education for the children of the then German-speaking congregation of Zion Lutheran Church. Today our school provides Christian education for children of over 70 different congregations.