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Steelman School- what I think.

The school may be obsolete, but not the idea. Having served in the US Army, and trained at Ft. Monmouth, I have always felt the only practical use for th facility, and likewise for the school is education. Until such time that we as a community can say that every student can attend an institution of higher learning, we are failing as a community. Fort monmouth would be a superb campus and God knows we need better education if we want our children to survive the coming decades.
On a similar note, the Steelman School had the bell removed and is now held by the Monmouth County Museum. The school dates from 1908 but the bell dates from 1890. Isn't that curious?
I think, and I could be wrong, that from my research we need to look at the history of West Long branch and the area known as Norman Park.
Your readers will find clues to the possible source of this particular bell which should go back in the school once it is reconstructed properly.
When all other industries have failed, education should still be our most important product.
Comments welcome.
Kathy English January 12, 2014 at 11:24 AM
Dave: the school bell from Steelman School is not with the Monmouth County Museum, it is with the Eatontown Museum and if it wasn't for us getting it when we did it would of been long gone. That school is deeded to be a school and now is tied up in Dweek mess. It was going to be a girls school and now it sits and sits. They want way too much money for it. I know someone wants to knock it down and build condo's. But we at the Museum would like to see what they have done over in Long branch where they keep the outside of the building and do something with the inside new appts,or office what ever but don't tear that school down.The Eatontown Museum is keeping a close eye on what the future may be of this School that is from 1909. If you would like to see the bell come to the Eatontown Museum the first Sunday of each month from 1-4
Dave Travis January 12, 2014 at 11:42 AM
Thank you Kathy, Is there any info at the museum about Norman Park? I like the Edward F Thomas site for Historiclongbranch.org and the West Long Branch Historical Society info as well. I bet the building has a ton of lead in it. that today is a non-starter without a lot of money. Thank you for writing, dave
Kathy English January 12, 2014 at 06:39 PM
Dave: What town is the Norman Park in? I haven't seen or heard about it in Eatontown. The west Long branch and Long Branch have very good Historcial committee's too.
Kathy English January 14, 2014 at 03:06 PM
Dave: the Bell that was at Steelman school was used when it was brought down in 1908 that why their is a big difference of time between the two. We have lots of info on that bell who made it and where. It wasn't a easy task to get it down and it weights over 500 pounds.
Dave Travis January 14, 2014 at 04:13 PM
Hi K, I am having some trouble w/ the site. My ignorance is all. If you did/didnt get the last post, I should have said Eatontown Museum. My mistake. Norman Park is incorrect, Norwoop Park or Normanhurst I believe were place names in now WLB. I didnt get your last about "was brought down" Are you referring to the Munro Tower perhaps? Thanks again.
Kathy English January 14, 2014 at 04:34 PM
It was brought down from New York to Eatontown and the 2 men who took the bell down said it weight over 500 pounds, and took over 8 hours as well. I don't have any info regarding parks in WLB so you should contact their historcial committee which is a very nice one and has lots of great info and items as well. WLB was once part of Eatontown and is only about 105 years now I went to their 100th anniversary party at the Historcial museum in the church it was a nice affaire.

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