Do you remember the school safety patrol? This was in the 1940’s-50’s when 5th & 6th graders (usually) were charged with the task of stopping traffic to allow groups of younger children to safely cross the street. They wore white safety patrol belts complete with badge. Many schools in the state had this program. A recent discovery at the museum is an article in the Dec. 8, 1947 copy of The Millinocket Journal complete with two photos on the front page. The article tells of the origin of the safety patrol in Millinocket.
“The new school patrol is sponsored by the Donald V. Henry Post #80, American Legion. This patrol has been doing an outstanding job and deserve a great deal of credit for directing the school children across the busy roads near the schools.” There was a patrol committee and the idea was approved by the Selectmen, Police Chief, School Board and Superintendent of Schools. The Aroostook Avenue School patrol was under the direction of Principal Mr. Day. Katahdin Avenue School’s group was led by Miss Howe and St. Martin’s Parochial School’s group was directed by Father Quinn. “The purpose of this patrol is to eliminate traffic accidents around school zones by group crossing. It is requested that the townspeople drive carefully, and have an entire school year without accident.”
One of the photos in this newspaper shows the following patrol boys. Katahdin Avenue School, David Larlee, Wayne Nice, Robert Guptill, John Spruce, John Hale (Capt.); Parochial School, Gerald Burke (Capt.), Herman Morrow, Billy Rush, Llewellyn Baron; Aroostook Avenue School, Dale Smart (Capt.), Terry Healey, Frank McDade, Jerry Bearce, Charles Davis, Joe Gagliardi, Jr. and Barney Morrison. The second photo depicts a group of children crossing with the help of the patrol boy. Did Millinocket’s patrol have girls participating? Some schools did. I was a patrol girl in 6th grade at my school.
The museum has a Millinocket patrol belt complete with shiny badge on display. It is one of six used at Aroostook Avenue School and donated by the school at the time of that building’s closing. Visit The Millinocket Historical Society’s Facebook page for a peek at the two newspaper photos.
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