Lake View, NY (8/21/1993)
Over 215 alumni,
teachers and guests came out to celebrate the extraordinary educational experience
provided at Lake View School (Hamburg District #12) from 1890 to 1955, along with
renewing old acquaintances and refreshing treasured memories.
The reunion was the "brain child" of Donald
"Duke" Spittler and Rita Fierle Woods
who were aided by a tireless
committee, all spending countless hours planning the festivities and locating former
students, photos, news clippings, etc. The oldest known alumna - Florence Trinder
Flavin, born September 8, 1894 - attended the school from 1899 to 1908 and sent her
The structure known as Lake View School came into
existence in 1890-91, the actual property comprising about one acre and purchased from
Catherine Meyer, the wife of a prominent Civil War soldier and physician, Gen. Albert J.
Meyer for $1. For 65 years, hundreds of students not only learned to read, write and do
arithmetic in its classrooms and played dodge ball, baseball and jump rope on its
playgrounds, but were also granted the unique experience only a small, neighborhood school
can provide. When centralization of the school district took place, the building ceased to
be used for classes but served the community through other functions such as a Senior
Center and a church. Unfortunately fire destroyed the building
in November of 1995, which was a great loss to the community.
Lake View School - 1905
by Gary Pericak)