Jones School was an anchor of Ann Arbor’s historically Black neighborhood (what is now Kerrytown) from the early twentieth century until 1965. Many living Ann Arbor residents remember attending Jones School during the Civil Rights Era. In 1964 the Ann Arbor Board of Education acknowledged that, with over 75% Black students, Jones was a “de facto” segregated school. Jones School closed in 1965, and several years later the building reopened as Community High School.
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Shirley (Rusty) Schumacher was born in 1930 in Detroit. She remembers war bonds, scrap drives, and special manufacturing during World War II. She attended William and Mary College and received two master’s degrees in speech and education from the University of Michigan. Schumacher spent most of her career as a teacher at Clague Middle School. In 1985 she founded a student exchange program with Ann Arbor’s sister city, Hikone, Japan. She led a year-long stay there in 1992-93.
Shirley (Rusty) Schumacher was interviewed by students from Skyline High School in Ann Arbor in 2018 as part of the Legacies Project.
Ann Arbor News, May 26, 1942
SCRAP FOR GUNS, BATTLESHIPS, TANKS: Long unused street car rails in Ann Arbor are going into the nation's war effort as scrap iron. A group of WPA workers is shown tearing up the rails on Catherine St., starting the job of salvaging between five and six hundred tons of the rails from Ann Arbor streets. The labor cost will be met by the WPA--the city contributing the value of the scrap iron as its share--and the WPA will repair the pavement damaged in the process.
Helen Passow and Clarence Kollewehr, Ann Arbor High School students, during Salvage Week, April 1942
Ann Arbor News, April 28, 1962
Pinned with authority to search for salvage (Helen Passow and Clarence Kollewehr.)
Ann Arbor News, October 12, 1942
Two days of scouting in backyards in rural areas of the county resulted in the collection of the car body, bed frames, old boilers and miscellaneous scrap metal shown above. The five salvage scouts, shown with their "band," say they know where "there's a whole lot more." Left to right the youthful junk collectors are: Waldo Steinaway, jr., 12 years old, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Waldo Steinaway of 27 Burton Rd; Jean McAllister, 13, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold McAllister of 5010 Park Rd; Robert Hodge, jr., 10, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hodge of 44 Luella Rd; Donald McAllister, six, brother of Jean; and Arthur Steinaway, brother of Waldo. Just as the picture was taken, Ranger, their canine moral support, strolled in to post also.
Ann Arbor News, April 6, 1962
Here's how to do it. The scrap tin can drive is on tomorrow. Save 'em, have Mrs. Arthur Resny (see photo) of 506 Maple Ridge, show you how to collapse them easily and safely, and then place them in containers on your lawn extension.