Elementary School in Casitas Springs
by Jim Mills
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?