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Tue., April 8, 2008, 5:15 p.m.

Keo Chronicles: April 10, 1945

(Keo in her powder room, circa 1940s)

Mildred and her mother called this eve -- they were on their way to the P.T.A. at Bancroft School. I started the ice box cookies today for the tea.

A simple entry, but I am intrigued with the drop-in visitors on their way to the parent-teacher meeting at Bancroft. What were those meetings like in 1945? Any guesses?

Bancroft is now a North Side alternative school. From its Web site, comes this history.

The original Bancroft School was built in 1886. It had four rooms and was named for a wealthy San Francisco businessman and book collector, Hubert Howe Bancroft.

In 1891 a new Bancroft Elementary school was constructed and operated as an elementary school until 1960. The old schools was condemned and a new building constructed in 1961.

From 1981 to 1987 the school was leased to the Community Colleges and housed the adult basic ed program among other programs.

From 1987 to present it has been home to a variety of Spokane Public Schools special programs.

*What are the Keo chronicles? See extended entry.

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