Family & Old Farm
|When I was in 5th grade, 1963, my parents
discovered that I could not read 1st grade material yet. They took me
through extensive testing and I was found to be Dyslexic. After much
searching, my parents found Ford Country Day School and the most wonderful
head master imaginable, Brent Warner. My father was a scientist for
Stanford Research Institute and not at all wealthy but my parents found a
way to enroll me in the school with Brent's help. I repeated 5th grade
starting in 1963 and proceeded to graduate from 6th grade in 1965. At that
time Brent decided to add a 7th grade and I graduated from the first 7th
grade class in 1966. Brent then added an 8th grade and I was in the first
graduating 8th grade class in 1967. Those four years were the turning
point in my life and set me on a course of learning which is to this day a
driving force in my life.
||The Morgan Manor which Brent
purchased from the Fords who founded Ford Country Day School. Read the
history of the Manor in this excellent
article in Sandstone & Tile. You will love to pictures!
|Here is the school song:
Hey look me over lend me an ear
Iím a Ford School Wild Cat learning through the
Thirsting for knowledge, having lots of fun
I figure whenever I want to grow the only way is up
and Iíll be up like a wild cat high in a tree
A Ford School wild cat take a look at me
Iím a little bit short of the elbow room so let me
get me some
So look out world here I come
My first girl friend, Christy Smith of Woodside Calif. in 7th grade.
Christy left after the 7th grade.
First 8th grade graduating class,
1967. This picture was taken in our home room which was the library.
Teachers rotated to us, we stayed put. It was said that the blood stain on
the floor came from an original family member of the Morgan Manor. This
was a very fun year.
I would love to find all of them and any help would be appreciated!
|Top from left: John Inman, Selby McCreery, Steve Koch, Vicky
Bottom from left: Pat Yaffee behind Billy Noyes, Lucy Harding, Peter ?,
Beverly ? I think, Bruce Boughton, Kelly Flanagan
To the right, my girlfriend in 8th grade, Selby McCreery from Woodside
Calif. I believe her family moved to Ireland to raise thoroughbreds..
This was our 7th grade class, the first ever at the school. Graduating
1966. We were on a field trip to the SS C.E. Dant, a ship named after one
of our classmate's great grand father. John Dant is in the middle of the
middle row and his father is next to our teacher
Mrs. Spursal (sp?).
|I do not remember everyone but here is a try.
Selby and Christy did not make the field trip. A very special thank you to
Barbara Ettinger who provided me with names that I had forgotten:
Back Left: ?, ?, Bruce Boughton, Mr. Dant, Mrs.
Spursal, Terry Beacon, Lucy
Harding, Barbara Ettinger, Howdy Kirkbride, Cavin Philbin, Philip Kahn
Middle Left: Charlie Baker, John Inman, Steve Koch, Billy Noyes, Gary
Reiner, John Dant
Front Left: Ida Ellen Bandy, Abby Carver, Lisa Rasmussen, Kelly Flanagan just behind
front row, ?, Wendy Bartlett, ?
If you look at the Christmas program below for 1965, you will see the
names of the rest of the class for the most part, I just can not match
them up. If anyone has corrections or additions, I would love to receive
This is the SS C.E. Dant. This is where we were when the above picture
was taken on our class field trip.
This is the only class photo I have of our graduating 6th grade class
of 1965. There is sun glare and I have tried to clean it up but this is as
good as I could get.
|I will attempt at names on this one as well:
Girls Back: Barbara Ettinger, then I do not know the next 4, Pat Yaffee,
then I do not know the next 2 girls
Girls Front: Sherry Balestra, Christy Smith, Selby McCreery are the first
three girls and I do not know the rest
Boys top left: Philip Kahn, Bruce Boughton, Greg Larzaro, Cavin Philbin, Howdy
Kirkbride, and to right Steve Koch, John Inman
Boys bottom left: Chris Lee I think, ?, Charlie Baker, ?, Billy Noyes
||Howdy Kirkbride goofing off in our
class room in the south front of the manor in 6th grade. I remember English
in this room with Mrs. Spursal and French class. Two French teachers quit
on us. One left crying after I would not quit goofing off. I felt so bad
|The above is a copy of the 1965 Christmas
program. The Christmas programs were always held in the Great Hall. You
can see pictures of the Great Hall in the excellent
article in Sandstone & Tile. Our class was the 7th grade class in
||Steve Koch was my best friend for
years. This is a picture of him in my bedroom at my house in Palo Alto.
The last time I saw Steve was in Seattle in the late 70's. I believe that
he became a fisheries biologist in the Philippines. I have long since lost
touch of Steve and would love to reconnect some day. It amazes me how
quickly we lose touch with people we care for. That is one reason that I
network so heavily now.
|This was my 13th birthday at our home in Palo Alto. With me
is Christy Smith who was my girlfriend at the time. At 13, I was head and
heals in love with Christy as my notes below indicate. Very cute. My
nephews Todd and Eric are also with me at the birthday party. Todd is my
brothers oldest son, just 2 1/2 years younger than me and Eric 4 1/2 years
||The picture to the left is in our
dining room and the one to the right includes my father and mother as well
as Christy, Todd, and Eric.
|A memorial to Brent Warner is certainly in
order. Brent and his teachers literally turned my life around. As a
learning disabled kid, I would have never done well if it had not been for
their caring, direction, and help. I have so many wonderful memories of my
4 years at Ford Country Day School between the years of 1963 and 1967.
That is one reason that I have created this page to share my memories with
others. So many firsts for our class. The first football team. The first
tennis on the new tennis courts. The first swimming in the new swimming
pool. Being the top graduating class three years in a row. We were a bit
spoiled I must say by the end of 8th grade. And so much more. And let's
not forget my first kiss.
Also did you know that Brent was drafted into the Major League in
Baseball and gave that up to buy Ford Country Day School? He also was
degreed in Child Psychology and followed his love for kids and that showed
in everything that he did. Judith, Brent's wife, was also a great
influence on us during our later years at Ford. As she said to me a few
years ago when I talked with her, she was not much older than we were. The
last time that I talked with her she was living in Palm Springs and about
to be remarried. I contacted her to give her my condolences and thank her
for the work that Brent did. I had not realized that Brent had died and
was heart broken and wanted to be able to express that to his family.
Please see the text of a letter
that I wrote to Judith to see what I was able to say to her and her
family. I wish them all the very best.
||I was amazed to find that my
mother kept these notes that I wrote as a kid. Mothers are great that way.
If anyone that is viewing this Ford Country Day School memory walk has
information that you would like to share, please drop me an e-mail at
jinman at wetherhaven dot com and I would love to connect. If you network,
join me on LinkedIn. Just e-mail me. JI