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Bert Street School

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Bert Street School was renamed Monroe School in 1920.

Bert Street School was renamed Monroe School in 1920.

In 1905 Bert Street School was built by Adam Fischer who also built several schools in Niles. It had only four classes, grades 1-4 and was attended by children living in the “Russia Field” district. It stood facing South Belmont Avenue near the Olive Street intersection. The school was razed in the 1960s and the students transferred to Jefferson School on South Bentley Avenue. The area was named “Russia Field” after the local steel mill that used the Russian process to produce polished steel.

As was customary, Bert School was named after the street upon which it was built. Bert Street later became Belmont Avenue after the street was expanded. The street name “Bert” was named after the son of the Robbins family. They practically owned all of the land from the Mahoning River and acres around it. It seems that when they started to make roads in that land, they named the streets after their children, other streets were named “Ann”, “Carle” and “Clay”.


Group of children and teacher posing for a photograph near the front of Monroe School.

Group of children and teacher, Maria Hofius, posing for a photograph near the front of Monroe School on Belmont Avenue.

(L): Photo taken in the 1948-49 school year with Marie Hofius as teacher.

Some of the students in the picture are:

Carl Jones, Dora Cogan, Janet Jerina, Carol Yuhasz, Alex Szekely. Irene Szekely, Edward Ryznen, and Alta Holbrook.

Postcard of Bert Street School.



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