Then and Now: History Edition
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Then and Now: History Edition


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THEN & NOW: PAGE 13C PRESS & DAKOTAN n MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2017 Nash From Page 6C to get some of the assistance they did. The primary contractors for the construction process were Keller Brothers Construction Company of Yankton. They were responsible for establishing the building under government specifications and employing sub-contractors and workers. According to the construction plans of architect William Beuttler of Buell and Winter Engineering Firm in Sioux City, the hangar would be surrounded by 18-inch brick and Bedford limestone and feature offices, locker rooms, showers and game rooms at one end, and a 150-foot straight-away cinder track down one side, with adequate jumping, vaulting and weight pits for indoor track practice. The building would also feature a 54-foot x 80-foot girls gymnasium and a maximum 50 x 90-foot basketball floor, capable of forming two crossway courts. Despite being big enough to require that an additional boiler be added Rural From Page 7C The schoolhouse was filled for the Christmas program because it was such a highlight. We became pretty proficient at our parts, he said with a chuckle. We dressed up in costumes to portray our characters. The plays would have three to five characters. For our recitations, each student had to get up individually in front of the audience to say their part. While the Christmas program was a special event, other holidays didn t go unnoticed, Gravholt said. We observed every holiday with art, he said. For Thanksgiving, we drew the turkeys. We also did art for holidays like Columbus Day. And Washington s and Lincoln s birthdays were a big deal. Our art was displayed at the front of the school room. Spring brought with it a sense of fun and freedom, he recalled. In the spring, we went to a couple other (rural) schools and play softball with them, he said. It was just a fun time. The real spring highlight came with the annual trek to Yankton considered a major trip to attend the circus. We went to see the circus at PHOTO: DAKOTA TERRITORIAL MUSEUM An archive photo of Nash Gym, the hub of Yankton Greyhound athletics. As one radio journalist put it when it opened after World War II, The Missouri River Bridge and the Nash auditorium are two of the biggest things that have been added to Yankton in a long time. to the heating plant, the structure could hold its entire 39-foot arched ceiling without the help of pillars or posts. It was a great floor to play and coach on, Bertsch said. The only thing that was a little distorted was the roof. It was metal with rivets holding it together. With our changes in weather causing it to expand and contract, and the insulation on the inside being blown, there would be occasional leaks and every once in a while, a piece of insulation might fall down on the court. For its size, though, the only thing that was ever a problem was the ceiling. Construction on the project was completed in the fall of 1948. The gymnasium was dedicated on Oct. 27 during the school s annual Pioneer Days celebration, and it was officially named after George Nash, former college president from 1925 to 1941. The total cost of the project after completion was approximately $150,000. The new fieldhouse has become a wonderful community asset as well as an important addition to the college, wrote Fred Monfore, editor of the Yankton Press & Dakotan, at the time. Good cooperation between the city and the college has resulted in the new building being of the maximum benefit to the community. The Nash fieldhouse is the biggest single step forward in civic improvements in Yankton in the last 20 years, noted R.R. Tinscher, manager of radio station WNAX. It is a tremendous asset to the city, not only for sports events but for Nash Gym (on the Yankton College campus), he said. We got to see the clowns and all the animals. Gravholt recalled the experience from a different perspective when he later taught at Bender School in northwest Yankton County. As a teacher, I remember going (with the students) to the circus and stopping afterwards for ice cream. The parents gave money to the kids so they could get an ice cream cone, he said. It was such a big deal to go into Yankton. As a kid, you hardly went there. My folks would go to Irene on Wednesday and Saturday nights. That s when you brought your eggs to town and bought your groceries. fall, he headed to Southern State Teachers College in Springfield. At the time, you could go to college for one year and become qualified to teach at a rural school, he said. I did my practice teaching in the fall of that year, which seemed a little backward because I hadn t taken any courses to prepare for it. But it worked out OK, because I had gone to rural school for eight years and knew what to expect. I had the rural school still ingrained in my mind about how things went. Gravholt student taught in the fall at Perkins School, in the Springfield area. He returned to the SSTC campus in the spring to take his courses. Gravholt was just a few years older than some of his students. I was 17 years old. I turned 18 while I was in college. You could student teach in a rural school if you were 18, he said. It wasn t intimidating for me (to teach a group of students alone) because I knew what was going on. I knew the logistics. Sixty years later, Gravholt can still recall the daily actually, the weekly routine to the school year. One class time, I may be teaching third grade science. Another time, I was teaching fourth grade math, he said. But we didn t have the same subjects every day. I remember how it all went. One thing, we had all of our spelling tests on Friday. Rather than feel any nerves about facing students, Gravholt was more concerned with being the best teacher for the children. At Bender School, we had 14 students. We had three first graders, and I was really worried about getting them started (on the right path), he said. But I had a seventh-grade girl who was willing to help the kids with their academic problems. She was a really good student. Gravholt also enjoyed support on the home front. The families cooperated so well, he said. His teaching job at Bender School was no accident, he admitted. When I was 18, the school board gave me a contract, he said. The plan was that I would live at home, 7 or 8 miles away, so I could save money and go back to Southern State for the last three years. A TEACHER AT HEART After graduating from eighth grade, Gravholt traveled about 12 miles east to Irene, where he attended Irene High School. While he no longer attended a country school as a student, Gravholt would return to a oneroom school as a teacher. As far back as I could remember, I wanted to be a teacher, he said, adding he even taught cousins in a pretend classroom while growing up. Gravholt graduated from Irene High School in spring 1956. That FINDING A CAREER Gravholt eventually returned to Springfield to earn his bachelor s degree with a triple major in English, speech and psychology. After graduating from SSTC, Gravholt signed a contract to teach Shaping a Sustainable Future Through Innovative Aluminium Solutions 500 Sign-on Bonus Did you know that only 5% of the original energy input is required when recycling aluminium? And that more than 50% of our production is based on recycled aluminium? Aluminium weighs one third of steel. It is easy to shape into advanced designs. It has a smooth surface finish. It is versatile. And it is 100 percent recyclable. Extruded aluminium profiles are everywhere, and they are growing increasingly popular as more industries discover their benefits. 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This policy is applied without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, veteran status, marital status or any other category protected by law. community get-togethers and other civic functions. For the first time, it gives us the equivalent of a town hall. The Nash fieldhouse is definitely an asset to the entire community not just to the college, said Dave Stuelpnagel, hatchery operator and president of the school board. The public schools use it for their athletic events. The city uses it for many events. The 4-H achievement day activities were held there recently. It has become a vital factor in the life of Yankton. Throughout the years, Nash Gym has played host the Shrine Circus, Harlem Globetrotters, professional wrestling, fiddling competitions, athletic banquets and much more. While the building is currently owned by the Federal Prison Camp (FPC) in Yankton. FPC offocoa;s were not available for comment at press time. The building is currently used as a recreation facility for inmates, but its legacy will forever remain as an integral part of Yankton s community history. The Missouri River Bridge and the Nash auditorium are two of the biggest things that have been added to Yankton in a long time, Tinscher proclaimed. for the Dell Rapids public schools. He taught junior and senior English, directed plays, coached declam (oral interpretation), started the debate team and served as class advisor. Gravholt found success at Dell Rapids, but he wanted to return to the Yankton area. He joined the Yankton staff in fall 1963, remaining with the district until retiring in 1999. Now retired, Gravholt believes his rural school experience laid the foundation for his entire education career. Many of the same principles applied, whether teaching a dozen students all in the same room or working with multiple teachers at YHS with more than 1,000 students under one roof. You tried to take the students where they were and make them better. It was amazing to watch them simply grow, he said. On the other hand, I got aggravated with kids who had a lot of ability but didn t use it. Gravholt believes he benefited from his variety of teaching assignments and grade levels, particularly his start as a student and teacher in rural schools. At those little schools, we learned from other people and got along really well, he said. I have a good feeling about attending the little country school. I think we turned out all right. Follow @RDockendorf on Twitter.
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