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SUBMITTED PHOTO - Lakewood Principal Stan Girod played the leading role in a school production of South Pacific. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Lakewood School history project. These contributions were compiled into a scrapbook and storyboards and displayed at the Lakewood Center for the Arts as part of the Oswego Heritage Council’s May 16 historic home tour. They will be on display at Lakewood Center until June 20.


Here are a few recollections:

— Julia Marx, a relative of George Rogers, attended Lakewood in the 1930s. She remembers janitor Red McVey yelling at kids who were playing outside when it started to rain to “get back in the building!”

— Pete Papulski remembers a bomb shelter being built in the early 1950s by a group of local fathers. It was dug into the hillside that runs along Greenwood Street. The entrance was located diagonally across from the Methodist Episcopal Church. The shelter had support beams on the top and sides, a gravel floor and bench-type seats for about 20 people, he says.

— The Methodist Episcopal Church was originally built in 1894 as Oswego’s first church; it was located where Lakewood’s Artist Training Facility is being built. The church was moved when Lakewood School was built in 1928. Using ropes and rollers, the church was eased down the embankment at the edge of Lakewood’s parking lot into a grove of trees on Greenwood Street.

Mrs. Girod remembers when her husband, Stan Girod — one of Lakewood’s principals — performed the lead role in “South Pacific” at the Methodist Episcopal Church. Yes, the one they slid down the hill! The church served as home to the Lake Oswego Community Players.

— Bonnie Hagen Bartnik’s dad owned Carl’s Market, which was across the street from Lakewood, and she says she remembers when Nancy Dunis’ dad talked her dad into letting Bartnik go to a school dance.

— Does anyone remember Dick Duryea, son of actor Dan Duryea, as a sixth-grade teacher at Lakewood? If you had Mr. Duryea for sixth grade, please contact the Oswego Heritage Council at 503-635-6373 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“From Our Vault” is written by Nancy Dunis for the Oswego Heritage Council, using materials she’s found in the council’s archives; look for it on the third Thursday of every month. Have something you’d like to add to the vault? Leave a message for Dunis at 503-635-6373 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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