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Presque Isle: The Star City

Growing Up in Masardis

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Presque Isle Historical Society

Text by Angela, a Presque Isle Middle School student
Images from the Presque Isle Histoircal Society by Angela's family

When I interviewed my grandmother, Glenna, it was interesting to learn about her childhood and schooling.

Glenna was born in Masardis, ME, growing up with eight brothers and sisters. When she was five years old, she started going to the Masardis School, from 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM, from August to June, Monday through Friday. In grade school, she had three teachers, who, as she tells me, were all very good teachers. They taught her the usual ABC’s, singing, penmanship, and writing, and art class. When she attended Ashland High School, her teachers taught history, geography, math, home economics, and algebra. Her favorite subject was history because she liked to explore the world’s countries. She also liked home economics. Her least favorite subject was algebra. In grade school, there wasn’t much work she had to do, but in high school she had quite a bit more, although she tells me that there wasn’t nearly as work as today. She graduated in 1947 and didn’t go to college.