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Offline cynthia

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Boarding school in Ridgewood
« on: March 03, 2009, 02:11:59 PM »
Does anyone know of a boarding school that existed in Ridgewood, in the 1940s?  It was named "Fornachon Hall" and was run by a family or person whose surname was Carr.  Non-parochial, privately run in a large house.  Student body was about 30 children in grades K-4th.  Any further information would be appreciated.  cf
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Offline grace

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Re: Boarding school in Ridgewood
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2009, 10:32:42 PM »
Re: Fonachon Hall. I attended this school from 1949 until 1959. It was run by Louise Fornachon Carrr and Benjamin Carr. She taught the upper grades--5th through 12th, although there were only a couple of high school students when I was there. It was primarily a day school rather than a boarding school in the 1950's. I remenber seeing pictures of large (20 or so) graduating Seniors taken around 1920 or earlier. The school was located at the intersection of Godwin Ave and Lincoln. I believe the grounds now hold Citizen's Park. The school closed the year after I left in 1960. The Carrs were in their 90's at that time, and, I assume, unable to cope. I have been trying to locate anyone who attended this school during my years, but have had no luck to date. Did you know anyone who attended? The school was definitely in the declinig years in the 1950's, however I received a great elem. education. It averaged 5 to 6 students per grade in the upper classes. I hope that this information helps. Feel free to contact me should you have any questions,

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Offline Carl

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Re: Boarding school in Ridgewood
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2012, 08:38:45 PM »
We were classmates at Fornachon Hall.  Contact me if you like:  carl@aligra.com.


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Re: Boarding school in Ridgewood
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2017, 02:11:16 PM »
I was a January child and my parents wanted to start my schooling earlier than the public school system allowed. :P  Hence my introduction into Fornachon Hall at age four in 1955.  I remember that kindergarten was in the basement and 1st through 6th was on the first floor on the west side of the building.  One memory (of only a few) that still gives me a chuckle happened during the second grade.  The teacher, Mrs. Campbell, had to step out for some reason and told us to keep working and not talk.  I being anti-social kept quiet, just looking around the room while all of the others started talking.  The room had a front and rear hall entrance and I happened to glance back and saw Mrs. Campbell watching us from the rear entrance, so I quickly started working.  She then went to the front of the room and said to the class: "Everybody but Gordon come with me to get your mouths washed out with soap."  After the class left, a parent came to the door and asked where everybody was, and I replied "getting their mouths washed out with soap."  I also witnessed Mrs. Campbell smacking student's knuckles with a wooden ruler, the good old days of mild corporal punishment.  I was there K-2 (followed by Willard, Ridge when it opened in 1960, then GW and RHS).  My two older brothers, Jim and Alan, attended Fornachon for one or two years while I was there as well.