The school building shown in the last two postcards, built for the Lutheran
Home, was used as housing for 'displaced persons' after WWII. The DP's
as we called them attended Avon public schools ( the children among them
that is ) as did the regular Lutheran Home kids, and had a 'total immersion'
introduction to English. That is they were just placed in classes a year
or two below their grade level. They learned English very rapidly, became
our good friends, played sports in Avon etc. On good Friday 1952 the Gifford
school (which housed 1/2 the town's elementary school children and the
entire junior and senior high school ) burned down in a spectacular fire.
The elementary kids were placed on double sessions at the Littlefield
school ( now the Avon VFW post) and additional classes were held in the
Avon library and in the basement of the Baptist church. The town was then
allowed to use the Lutheran Home school for the junior and senior high
schools. They were there for 4 or 5 years. The AHS classes of ' 52, '
53, ' 54 ' 55 ' and (I think) 56 ' graduated from this building. (Notes
Courtesy of Mr. George Lally)