Elementary School in Casitas Springs

by Jim Mills
(Lakewood, Colorado)

My family lived in Casitas Springs in 1946 and 1947. We lived on Park View Drive. My grandfather and grandmother (Mr. Nicholas Henry and Mrs. Viola Walrath) lived in a large house on Park View Drive, where my grandfather had a carpenter shop. He also worked as a janitor, maybe part time, at the Casitas Springs elementary school until he died, around 1947. The house was very old, even in 1946. In 1947 we moved to Ventura, and the next year to Foster Park.

I am curious to know if anyone else here remembers the Casitas Springs Elementary School, and exactly where it was located. We lived on Park View Drive, just off Ventura Avenue. My sister and I walked to and from school every day, and we were 10 and 8 at the time, so it couldn’t have been too far away.

The school had only three class rooms. The first was for grades 1 and 2, the second for grades 3 and 4, and the last for grades 5 and 6. Each teacher taught two grades. She (as I recall, all of the teachers were women) would first give reading and written assignments to one grade, then move to the other side of the classroom and do the same for the other grade. That must have kept the teacher busy, but the class sizes were small. The population of Casitas Springs was very small in those days, but I don’t know how many people lived there.

Does anyone else remember anything about the elementary school in Casitas Springs, including where it was located and when it closed? Any other memories or stories about Casitas Springs in the late 1940's?

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Apr 30, 2015
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Elementary School Casitas Springs
by: Carolyn

In the 1940's I briefly attended the elementary school, before moving into Ventura. It was across the avenue and down a street approaching what I remember as near the river. Can still remember the smell of everyone eating their home-brought lunches. No cafeterias then.

Oct 29, 2015
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The Casitas Springs Elementary School
by: Anonymous

We used to go to the Casita's Spring's "Community Center" for Halloween, around 1976-86 when our children used to trick or treat; which is in the neighborhood on the side of where La Salle's is...west side of Hwy 33. We were told it used to be a school. It still may be there. Last I remember, it was painted red.

Oct 29, 2015
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The Casitas Springs Elementary School
by: Sheila

We used to take our kids from our home up on Parkview Dr down below to the neighborhood located behind La Salle's. On the west side of Hwy 33. We would wind up at the Community Center, which was small and we were told it used to be a school. That was around 1977 - 1986 when our kids were small enough to enjoy Halloween. The Center used to have a party with hotdogs, candy, hot chocolate, and treats.

Dec 27, 2015
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First grade at Casitas Springs School
by: Russell

I attended first grade at Casitas Springs School in 1951. Mrs. Smith was our teacher. The school closed at the end of the school year and we students were all sent by buss to Oak View. I still have my first grade class picture that was taken on the front steps of the Casitas Springs School. After the school closed the school building became the community center for Casitas Springs and many events were held there for several years. The railroad tracks ran behind the school and after you crossed the tracks you could walk trails to the Ventura River. The school building is located on Edison Drive. I moved from Casitas Springs in 1965 and I have many fond memories of the school house and play ground. In the mid 1970's I met a women who was the first teacher at the Casitas Springs School. She shared her experiences with me as the first teacher. One of her duties was to start up the boiler for heat when she arrived each morning.

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