Members of the Lakewood Elementary community have sent me emails questioning the year (1975) that I’d assigned to last week’s Ghosts of Dallas post. That’s when the Dallas Public Library archives, from which I got it, think the original photo (above) was taken.
But that’s not correct, says a woman who is herself in the picture:
Hi, this is Leigh Peden Straughn.Â My father, Jim Peden, is the adult third from the left (under the “A” in Lakewood).Â I am standing in front of him (with glasses) and my brother Knox is in front of me. Â My brother was born in 1978, so this photo is definitely from the 80s.Â My dad and I were guessing it was taken during the 84-85 school year, but it’s possibly a year earlier than that.Â Â Maybe others can shed light on the actual date.Â My oldest son, Walt, is currently a second grader at Lakewood, and I will have three more coming up behind him.Â Another interesting factoid:Â Â My first-grade teacher, Sue Coberly, still teaches at the school.
Those Lakewooders do love their school.