By Evelyn G. Bush
(Editor's note: The late Mrs. Bush penned this opinion piece in 1985.)
Memories of an old building, as the memories of an old friend, never die.
Bricks may tumble, wood go up in smoke, windows may shatter, foundations may crumble, but memories live on and on.
So it is with the “old grammar school,” which also is the “old Gordon Institute” in Barnesville. A stroll down memory lane will bring tears to the eyes of many, many Barnesville natives and others who attended school in the former handsome structure. The grand old building which has seen young people come and go throughout many decades, seems to call out and tell us that any progress causes change and its time has come for that change.
“I was a sick, old building,’’ it would tell us, “and it was my desire to give way to progress. I didn’t want to be an eyesore for Barnesville. I had served my purpose, and served it well, for thousands of Barnesville children, as well as Gordon cadets, in my earlier years, and I deserve a better fate than to be allowed to die a slow, mouldering death.”
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