St-Mary’s School, Box 97, 1956


After our brief 1957 excursion in 4×5 negatives, we’re back in 1956, so we’ll be looking at press format sized negatives again.

These images all relate to the ground breaking for the new St-Mary’s school in May (?) 1956. I believe Joel followed up with some construction-in-progress images also later that year.

The school is located on North El Dorado Street, 1 mile east of San Joaquin Delta College and 2 miles north of the University of the Pacific.

Overview of the ceremony and location, Stockton, 1956
Speeches during the groundbreaking of St-Mary’s new school, Stockton, 1956
Speeches during the groundbreaking of St-Mary’s new school, Stockton, 1956
Blessing the ground, St-Mary’s new school, Stockton, 1956
The digging team ! Groundbreaking at St-Mary’s new school, Stockton, 1956

The shot above is great as it just catches a couple of latecomers at left for the group photo. Last row right, attention please !

The digging team ! Groundbreaking at St-Mary’s new school, Stockton, 1956
Action ! Groundbreaking at St-Mary’s new school, Stockton, 1956
More action ! Groundbreaking at St-Mary’s new school, Stockton, 1956

Next series of images were taken later of course, there are no date references on the box, so one and other must be located in the archives of the school itself.

St-Mary’s new school, construction in progress, 1956, Stockton (Printed)
St-Mary’s new school, construction in progress, 1956, Stockton (Printed)
St-Mary’s new school, construction in progress, 1956, Stockton (Printed)

Short and sweet job for Joel. Few construction-in-progress images of this series were copied or printed.

Cheers !


6 responses to “St-Mary’s School, Box 97, 1956”

  1. My dad Richard P. Lopez and I Carlos Lopez Around 1961 installed a mosaic of the Virgen de Guadalupe on a classroom building that faces El Dorado St. I was 10 years old at the time. I graduated St Mary’s class of 1970

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