Mill School

by Tobin
(Jacksonville Fl)

What is the history of Mill School (now gone) on North Ventura Ave?

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Jun 27, 2012
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A School With a Pool
by: Susie M.

Mill was pretty upscale for an elementary school when I was there in the mid-1950s. I was a kid from Bard Lane, a working class neighborhood on the Avenue. Because Mill had a high tax base as a result of being in the oil fields, it was the only public school with a pool (and swimming lessons)that any of us had ever heard of. I've never forgotten that Richard "Bongie" Beguelin, the lifeguard/swim coach often wore a towel wrapped around his head because he didn't want his blonde hair to get any lighter. He later went on to become a prominent Ventura developer.

I recently discovered that a Mill classmate of mine owns a shop a few miles across town from me in the Santa Barbara area.



Jul 01, 2012
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Old Days
by: Elizabeth Millan

I lived across Ventura Ave from Mill School, & started swimming at the pool before I started Kindergarten. I loved having swimming lessons twice a year as part of P.E. Our principal was Elizabeth Page, and the two bus drivers were Guy and Jim. It was a beautiful school.

Jan 15, 2013
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good old mill school
by: Anonymous

those were the days,i lived in valley vista which is right across the road,my father had the kindergarden teacher the day she started back around 1930,31 and i had her in 1962 and she rememberd having my dad.sneaking into the pool when the school was closed for summer and then jumping the fence and running when the sheriffs dept showed up.at the end of each school year we would have our swimming olympics i remember john muth was the fastest swimmer in school.mr. riggler would have us put on boxing gloves and fight it out on the side of the school near the old big tree.those were the good old days.

Mar 03, 2013
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Great Memories of Mill School
by: Jim Mills

I attended Mill Elementary School on Ventura Avenue from 1948 to 1950, fifth and sixth grades. We lived in Foster Park, a small crossroads community at the intersection of current California 33 and the road to the park, Foster Park itself. That community was completely removed by the building of the Ojai freeway, which ends just north of the former community of Foster Park. We took the school bus south from Foster Park to Mill School.

There was no swimming pool at the school at that time (late forties). The only teachers I remember are Miss La Rosa, my fifth grade teacher ('48 to '49), and Mr. Rickards, the sixth grade teacher ('49 to '50). I remember a lot of my fellow students, but haven’t kept in touch with any of them.

I remember a train track that ran just behind the school playground. It seems like there was only about one train a day. Some of the sixth grade boys used to go off the playground to the railroad tracks to smoke during recess.

From some of the other comments, it sounds as if there were at least two Mill Elementary Schools over the years. The California Department of Education lists Mill Elementary School as opening on July 1, 1980, and closing on June 30, 1989. Does anyone know if the school was just rebuilt, and the swimming pool added? Did the school stay at the same location all of the years it was open?

Jul 17, 2013
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Mill School
by: Anonymous

Mill School-In 1875, the site was home to Canada Larga school, which later became Mill School.

Jul 22, 2013
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Mill School summer swimming lessons
by: Russell

I was a Casitas kid who took swimming lessons at the Mill School during the summers of 1953 to 1955 or 56. I remember when the new Mill School opened. We kids in Casitas thought that we would get to go to the new school next to the Ventura Water Department on upper Ventura Avenue(now called Hwy. 33). Instead we were bussed to the old school in Oak View (1st to 5th grades) and then to the new Mira Monte School(6th grade)in Tico on Hwy.33. The community of Tico is now called/named Mira Monti.

I remember the lifeguard with the towel on his head.

Jul 30, 2013
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Attended Mill School 1968-1974
by: Barbara Tuttle (Stine)

We didn't carry back packs to school. We carried our swim bags that held a swim cap and a one piece black bathing suit. We lived in Valley Vista and walked to school. The carnivals were the best. Oh and the famous cake walk! I also have 4 sisters that attended and my mother Yvonne Stine was the PTA President for 11 years. We have home movies and pictures of Mill School. My teachers were Mr Riggler, Mrs. Nolen, Mrs. Harkins, Mrs. Alf, Mrs. McMillian and Mr. Dewitt. My swim instructors were Kevin and Derk. I will have my mother on this site tomorrow. She still talks about Mill School.

Jul 31, 2013
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mills school
by: Anonymous

most of the history is on file at the museum in ventura. in the early days the boys and girls had separate entrances. the kids rode horses and donkeys to school. during harvest time they didn't go to school as they worked in the fields. I did a whole lot of studing on this it was very interesting. Jim Pitcher was the principle when my children went there.it was the only elementary school with a pool,band instruments and we also had buses thanks to the oilfields, well we lost all this when we unified. I was not the pta president foe 11 years but I was very active.
Yvonne stine

Aug 17, 2013
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Mill School memories
by: Sandie Greene Luehrs

Moved to Ventura in 1964. Lived on Norway drive ( the bottom street) one year, then moved to the top street, Floral drive.attended Mill School 2nd thru 6th grade. Had Mrs. summers in 3rd, Mrs. Milan in 4th and 5th. Mrs. Renshaw 6th grade.

Loved having the pool at the school. Spent every day there during the summer.

Many fond memories of living there. Living in the tract, I felt like we had the best of both worlds, seemed like living in the country, but lots of kids to play with. Loved playing in the creek and river, sliding down the hills on cardboard, playing baseball in the streets till the street lights and on.

Aug 27, 2013
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Re: Attended Mill School 1968-1974 by: Barbara Tuttle (Stine)
by: Tim

When Mill School closed, Mr. Bruce DeWitt transferred to the old Arnaz Elementary (now Sunset Elementary on Sunset Dr.) in Oak View. He taught my fourth and fifth grade classes at Arnaz. He often spoke of teaching at Mills. Sadly, I understand he gave in seriously to alcoholism in his later years after I had moved on.

To the non-locals, the title of this thread expressed that Mill School is now gone. If there were actually two, the one across from the Valley Vista tract remains. It is now home of the Brooks Institute.

Aug 27, 2013
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Re: Mill School summer swimming lessons  by: Russell
by: Tim

Russel, you said:

" I was a Casitas kid who took swimming lessons at the Mill School during the summers of 1953 to 1955 or 56. I remember when the new Mill School opened. We kids in Casitas thought that we would get to go to the new school next to the Ventura Water Department on upper Ventura Avenue(now called Hwy. 33). Instead we were bussed to the old school in Oak View (1st to 5th grades) and then to the new Mira Monte School(6th grade)in Tico on Hwy.33. The community of Tico is now called/named Mira Monte."

Please clarify. Where was the old Mill school and the new Mill School located? Which was the one across from the Valley Vista tract?

By Ventura Water Department, do you mean the water treatment and sewage processing center? That is just north of Mill School (Brooks Inst.) on Ventura Avenue, not on Hwy. 33.

What "old" school in Oak View are you referring to? I'm aware that there have been four different schools there through its history, now only one.

Sep 11, 2013
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sewer plant
by: Anonymous

wheb ny daughter (Barbara Tuttle) started kindergarden she thought the water and sewer plant was My Country Tis of the. they stood up by those big windows and said the pledge.

Sep 12, 2013
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nill school
by: Anonymous

I have a secret; I know where the old school bell is!

Sep 21, 2013
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lunch
by: YVONNE STINE

had lunch the other day with 2 ladies from mill school era. was good to talk. what was remarkable was kids plaYing after DARK ARK IN THE TRACT AND WHEN YOU WANTED THEM HOME YOU CALLED AROUND UNTIL SOMEONE SAW THEM AND SENT THEM HOME. CAN'T EVEN IMAGINE DOING THAT NOW! tHERE WERE ABOUT 500 HOMES IN THE TRACT, AND EVERYONE KNEW EVERYONE. nEVER SAW SUCH TURNOUT AT SCHOOL AND pta FUNCTIONS. GREAT MEMORIES

Oct 11, 2013
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cardboard
by: Anonymous

my kids used to slide down the hills on cardboard. Well one day I tried it. Guess you had to be a kid to be succeasful. I fell off the cardboard and rolled to the bottom. Wow did that hurt

Oct 29, 2013
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Memories
by: Anonymous

Mill School was a very good school My favorite teacher was Ms Perry. She was so kind and understanding , she always had candy on her desk:)_ I also lived in the Valley Vista Track .. Very good memories. I was very sad when they closed the school down. I so thankful that I finished at 6 grade there . I believe that was the last year that they closed it down .

Nov 12, 2013
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kindergarten to third grade
by: Anonymous

i went there from 78 to when it closed. It was a great school.

Nov 12, 2013
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kindergarten to third grade
by: Anonymous

i went there from 78 to when it closed. It was a great school.

Jan 13, 2014
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mill. school
by: chuck leake

Swimming learned to. Swim there Mrs Johnson Mr Miller. Noon sports Mr DeWitt rocket launching after school Mr DeWitt. Running around school field every day Mrs summers valley Vista lived on promise across the street from the stones went to school with Beverly stone her mother drove donut truck would give us donuts at end of day base ball in the street go carts down the big hill cardboard on the hillside awesome times Beverly. Stine not stone hope all is well with your life and family


Jan 15, 2014
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beverly
by: Anonymous

beveerly stine passed away. I never drove a donut truck, so your original "stone" must be correct.

Feb 05, 2014
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Memories at Mills
by: Anonymous

I loved Mills School, I went there from k-6 I still remember all the teachers , Mrs Summer did get us in shape jogging, that was a fun class very adventures, the carnivals were fun too I took home a cake that day.. LOL (cake walk) I lived in Valley Vista Track... Yes very safe, every body knew us little Angels , Ice Cream trucks was Safe too. It was also nice to walk to school and knowing there was a cross walk Lady Mrs Romp. she reminded me of Wonder Women..I admired her..

Feb 05, 2014
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Memories at Mills
by: Anonymous

I loved Mills School, I went there from k-6 I still remember all the teachers , Mrs Summer did get us in shape jogging, that was a fun class very adventures, the carnivals were fun too I took home a cake that day.. LOL (cake walk) I lived in Valley Vista Track... Yes very safe, every body knew us little Angels , Ice Cream trucks was Safe too. It was also nice to walk to school and knowing there was a cross walk Lady Mrs Romp. she reminded me of Wonder Women..I admired her..

Feb 05, 2014
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Memories at Mills
by: Anonymous

I loved Mills School, I went there from k-6 I still remember all the teachers , Mrs Summer did get us in shape jogging, that was a fun class very adventures, the carnivals were fun too I took home a cake that day.. LOL (cake walk) I lived in Valley Vista Track... Yes very safe, every body knew us little Angels , Ice Cream trucks was Safe too. It was also nice to walk to school and knowing there was a cross walk Lady Mrs Romp. she reminded me of Wonder Women..I admired her..

Mar 27, 2014
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kindergarten to third grade
by: Anonymous

i went from 77 to when they closed it loved that school.Anyone rembember when petrocam blew up and we had to leave the school.

Mar 27, 2014
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kindergarten to third grade
by: Anonymous

i went from 77 to when they closed it loved that school.Anyone rembember when petrocam blew up and we had to leave the school.

Mar 27, 2014
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kindergarten to third grade
by: Anonymous

i went from 77 to when they closed it loved that school.Anyone rembember when petrocam blew up and we had to leave the school.

May 04, 2014
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should have stayed
by: Brett Scott

kindergarten to middle of third grade. 57-60 don't recall how often we had swim. Lived in Valley Vista tract on Larkspur. Across from the Chambers family: Sharon, Sally, Donna and Tony.Yes, played in the creek, remember crawdads, slid down the hill on cardboard as well. climbed in a water tank on top of neighborhood and rescued by older kids. remember ms. Snyder 1st, ms. Barnadeou 2nd, and miss Jump, who married to be mrs. Mobelli for 3rd, spellings prob. not right.
Learned to swim there. Remember two bits getting several features at the main theatre downtown. Glad to share memories with others.

May 18, 2014
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Mill - 73 to 76
by: J

I also lived in Valley Vista ( bottom street) funny, lived there all my life and didn't know the name of some streets cause we called them first, second, top. Holloween in Valley Vista was the best.spent all summer at the pool.

Aug 18, 2014
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A few memories from Mill School and a question.
by: Ed Roberts

Someone posted about kids sliding down the hills behind the Valley Vista Track, I was one of those kids, along with Wayne Johnston, Tim Downey and a few others!

My mom was a teachers aide and then ran the library for a few years at Mill School. I attended from 66-72ish if memory serves.

Was hoping if someone knew if Mrs Millin, Mrs Harkin and Mrs Summers were still with us?

Took a rode trip last summer to show the wife where I grew up, it changed quite a bit. Nice to see that the school is being use again, and that Petrochem is gone!

I'm honestly surprised none of us that grew up under the flaming stacks of doom, have any serious ailments!

Sep 29, 2014
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remember
by: Anonymous

I remember when petrochem blew its stack I happened to come home from work. I remember kids from the school running down the street in sheer panic.Tyhank god it closed.

Oct 11, 2014
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Mill School
by: Anonymous

Glad everyone had good memories of the school. It was the finest school around, and will never be replaced. I now live on McKee street and drive by it many times. I have wonderful memories.

Nov 06, 2014
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mill school
by: Anonymous

well nice to see we all agree this was a wonderful school. Even after we unified. The teachers were the best. Mary Frances Paige was a very good principle and so was Jim Pritcher. This school should go down in some history book. The original school was off Canada Larga then was moved to the current location. Which now houses Brookins Institude. Went there to vote a long time ago. This area floods when we have a lot of rain.Every one who went there or lived in that area have a lot of good memories. Keep writing as I read this weekly

Nov 06, 2014
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Location?
by: Tim

You say the original school was off Cañada Larga. Where? The current location is too.

Nov 09, 2014
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location
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don"t know the location. It was sAId in one of the articles I read at the museum. The one which said the kids had two entrances, one for boys and one for girls. Also that they rode the horses to school.

Oct 15, 2015
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kindegarden
by: Anonymous

Went to kindgarden back about 1958. Mrs webster was the teach. Learned to swim at mill school. I lived up by santa ana in the los encinos tract from 1955 to 1974 when i left permanently. There use to be a line of trees just about a mile north of mill school and they were so tall. All gone now but the field just east of them still there and not developed.

Oct 15, 2015
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mills pool
by: yvonne stine

I will never forget it.. I remember when I pushed Jenny Demolee and Jim picture in it on the last day of school. I also am guilty of putting the kids over the fence when the pool was closed Jenny and Jim have both passed away .

Oct 29, 2015
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Mill School
by: Anonymous

I went to Mill School, 77,78,79. My teachers were Summers, Smith, and Webster. One teacher tore up my coloring page in front of me and told me to do it over. The kids were especially cruel, so naturally I got into a lot of fights. Even the principal at the time was mean. I have no fond memories of that school and I am glad it's gone. But hey, the pool was awesome. I think Dewitt was there, and I also remember him at Arnaz elementary-he was always angry.Anyway, despite my sad experiences, I am glad so many of you have fond memories, and my prayers go out to the teachers who may no longer be with us.

Dec 28, 2015
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to answer Tim's questions
by: Russell

The Ventura City Water department where my dad worked is apparently now the water/sewage treatment plant that is located on the old road that is now called North Ventura Avenue. Mill school was in the location of the Brooks Institute of Photography. It was a new elementary school when the Casitas Springs school closed. The Oak View Elementary school was an old, run down, out dated school when we Casitas Springs school children were transfered there after the Casitas Springs school closed at the end of the school year in 1951-1952. Oak View Elementary School has been remodeled over the years. Hwy. 33 is the actual California State Hwy. number for the road from the Ventura Avenue, through Casitas Springs, Oak View, Mire Monte and then it tunes off west of Ojai and winds through and over the mountains. To make it all even more confusing there is the Ventura Avenue and the Ojai Freeway which both end at a location that was the little town of Foster Park. The train tracks that ran from Ventura to Ojai and have been removed is now called the Ojai Valley Trail. I hope this answers your questions Tim.












May 24, 2016
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Memories
by: Debby Harrison

I went to Mill School from 1961 to 1966. We lived on Norway Dr in Valley Vista. My favorite teacher was Mr. Ferguson in 6th grade. He was the teacher who convinced me that I was capable of achieving in school. Does anyone know what happened to him?

We used to scrounge around the neighborhood collecting coke bottles to redeem so we could get into the pool during the summer. I also remember studying the western movement and making a bonnet (the boys made wooden "rifles") and pulling covered wagons along the Ventura River bottom.

I also recall when the Shell chemical plant had an ammonia leak and we all were sent home.

Aug 12, 2016
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Mill School
by: robin (welton) Darrow

I remember growing up in the tracks and going to Mill School. I remember Bell Country Store (the original) and the little candy store by the school. I remember all that everyone is talking about in their comments. I loved the school, the May Pole Dance, the cake walks, making scarecrows all the westerns that were filmed by Petro Chem etc. Such fond memories of my childhood. I would love to walk through the hallways again.

Oct 04, 2016
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I remember well
by: wayne wall

I attended Mill school from 1955-1959. My teachers were Ms Millan, Mrs Page, Mr. Borgenson and Mr Black. Mr. Miller taught swimming and was in charge of the noontime leagues. I was captain of the Tigers softball team. Mr. Borgenson benched me on one occasion for calling him "Borgie". There was a movie at the theater at this time called "seven Chicks for Mr. Borgie." My older sister dared me to call Mr. Borgensen, "Borgie". I took the dare and was not allowed to play softball that day.
Mill School was probably one of the finest elementary schools around. For those of you who remember, we had science carts and construction carts that came around to our classrooms. We had to be involved in music at some level. I chose piano and did not like Mr. Cantack (spelling?)I still have the group pictures, safety badge and school letter for basketball. I am most thankful for the education that I received while attending Mill Elementary

Feb 07, 2017
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I went to Mill
by: Sharon Miller

from 1950 until 1954. Third through sixth. The school also had rings, parallel bars, jungle Jims and of course swimming. I lived up Canada Larga Road on the Canet Ranch. I remember Ms. Page, she was my fifth grade teacher and Mr. Borgeson was my sixth. Mr. Miller was swimming coach. I remember some of my classmates: Jerry Gallager, E. G. Denton, Calvin Knupp, Tommy Vaughn. Our Principle was named Gertrude ??? I also remember show biz Cowboys, I think it was Lash Larue, that did shows for us. Anyway, I always blamed the school for my big shoulders. LOL My memories of Mill School are more vivid than any other school memories. I guess I liked it better. Good luck all you fellow journeyers. SC

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