Share our heritage | 1948 Fraser Street Elementary students

Fraser Street Elementary School class visited Old Main on the Penn State campus in 1948.
Fraser Street Elementary School class visited Old Main on the Penn State campus in 1948. Photo provided

Each Monday the Centre Daily Times will publish an installment in our “Share our Heritage” series, featuring photos from Centre County’s past.

Today’s photo is from Brenda (Whiteside) Smith of Mechanicsburg.

Smith wrote: “In 1948 the second grade class at the Fraser Street Elementary School in State College took a field trip to Penn State’s Old Main.

“After the visit they had their photo taken in front of the famous building. The children attending State College schools were often taken to other PSU points of interest, such as the Creamery, the cow barns, the mineral industries building, the library and many other important buildings.

“It was always a treat to spend time on campus and they remain a special time in my memory from my school years in State College.

“Back in those days we did not have a middle or junior high school — we attended elementary school from kindergarten through sixth grade at Frazer Street and Nittany Avenue schools. Then we went from seventh grade through tenth grade in the old high school, known as the Fairmount Avenue High School.

“We were the second class to graduate from the new high school on Westerly Parkway. It was some time before they had a middle or junior high school.

“Of course, we had so much fun attending all the football games at the infamous field on Fraser Street. It remains a staple for the school district, even today.”

First row, from left: Mike McLaughlin, unknown, William Carelas, unknown, unknown, Richard Howell and unknown

Second row, from left: Fred Kissinger, Howard Spencer, Glenn Musser, Robert Hoffman, Frank Musser, Harry Roan, Nita Davis and Jean Lonberger

Third row, from left: Christine Richer, Judy French, Donna Litke, Sheila Cook, Brenda Whiteside, unknown, Carol Watrous, unknown and Judith House

Readers can contribute to the “Share our Heritage” series by sharing their own photos.

Just drop off or mail copies of the photos to Centre Daily Times, 3400 E. College Ave., State College, PA 16801 or email them to Audience Engagement Editor Laurie Jones at

Provide as much information as you can.

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If you have any questions about this series, Jones can be reached at 231-6461.