• Pere Gabriel Richard Elementary School History

    1930- Present

    Father Richard                     school

    Pere Gabriel Richard                    1930  Architect's Rendering

    From the dedication program:                      

    Père Gabriel Richard

    October 15, 1767-September 13, 1832

    A Frenchman by birth, an American by adoption and spirit,he was a pioneer of the West, pastor of old Sainte Anne’s,and a spiritual father to the Indians.His cultured mind andhis eagerness to diffuse knowledge inspired him to propose a public library, to become the first patron printing in Michigan, to become a founder of the University of Michigan and of Detroit’s earliest schools.  Imprisoned for his patriotism in the War of 1812, he was later elected delegate to Congress, where he promoted Michigan’s first highways. In his Master’s service he labored with the graciousness of a gentleman and the bravery of a Frenchman, until he died, martyr of charity, ministering to the victims of the cholera.
     

    Board Members, Principal, Architects, General Contractor

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    Presiding Superintendent:  S. M. Brownell

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    President, Board of Ed:  Fred Sutter

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    Secretary, Board of Ed:  Charles A. Parcells

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    Treasurer, Board of Ed.:  Charles A. Poupard

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    Other board members:  John R. Watkins & J. Lee Barrett

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    Principal of Richard:  C.J. Messner, M.A.

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    Architects:  Robert O. Derrick, Inc.

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    General Contractor:  A.W. Kutsche Co.

    Samuel Brownell
    Samuel M. Brownell,
     Presiding Superintendent

    Teaching staff 1930 
     

    Kdg:             Gertrude Slocum, Ph.D

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    Grade 1B:      Mac Walter

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    Grade 1A:      Ruth U’Ren
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    Grade 2B:     Helen Wise, B. S.

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    Grade 2A:     Marion Walker

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    Grade 3B:     Ethel Eckstrand, A. B.

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    Grade 3A:     Helen Spangler

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    Grade 4B:      Nina Oldham

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    Grade 4A:     Virginia Ward

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    Grade 5B:     Mary Greenshields, A. B.

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    Grade 5A:    Lucille Groff, A. B., M. A.

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    Grade 6 B:   Katherine Richards, A. B.

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    Grade 6 A:   Clara Blank

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    CoachingTchr:  Olga Martin

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    Phys Ed.:      Garnette Foster, B. S.

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    Phys Ed.:      Louis Vedder

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    Art:             Janette Adams,  B.  S.

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    Inst. Music:  O. Lincoln Igon, B. A., B. Mus. Ed.

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    Music:          Elizabeth Dexter, B. M.

     
    Facts about Richard Elementary School
     
      Site purchased:  July, 1928-May 1929

    Construction began:  Nov. 20 1929

      Contract cost:  $352,455.70

    Equipment cost:  $15, 125.36

      Total Cost of building:  $376,272.16

    Site cost:  $132,268.33


    Pupils enrolled Sept. 1930:  389


    Pupils enrolled Jan. 1931:  412


    Increase since Sept. 1930:  23


    Capacity, present unit (on Detroit basis): 700


    Working Capacity, ultimate plant, 1225


    Number of teachers: Full time 15


    Number of teachers: Part time 4


    Per pupil cost (contract cost), $463.75


    Per pupil cost (building complete) $495.09


    Uses of Special Tiles

     
     Fireplace
     
     
     
                           
     
     Built-in Aquarium

               
          
          
     
          
     Detail-View Aquarium
     
       
     
        
     
                              

    Classrooms Past and Present

    Kindergarten Room (1930)

    A beautiful room designed and equipped to stimulate many types of socialized and individualized activities on the part of kindergarten pupils. For this reason it has an
    attractive color scheme interwoven in all its aspects.  There is a beautiful fireplace with special tile blocks depicting characters familiar in childhood stories. There is a very attractively colored drinking fountain with a background that is fascinating to the minds of little children.  This same color scheme is carried out in the built-in aquarium which stands in the corner near the window.
     
      A Typical 1940's Classroom                classroom     2008 Classroom

                                                             

    Classrooms
    The classrooms of Pere Gabriel Richard School are of the standard size capable of seating forty pupils. 
    They are modern in every respect and are equipped in such a manner as to make possible the most
     efficient instruction.  Physically, the classroom meets modern requirements with respect to heating,
    and ventilating is of the uni-vent type, both the heating coil and the ventilating ducts and fan being
    integral parts of the same unit.  Temperature is thermostatically- controlled.  There is a special humidifying
    apparatus.  Lighting is obtained through a series of large austral type windows equipped
    with double roller translucent shades.