|Mayor Delesseps S. Chep Morrison, left, presents the key to the city
to 12 year old Mark Konos, a crossing patrol volunteer who went to the aid of a child
injured in a traffic accident, in this photograph taken on May 21, 1952. The incident
occurred several weeks earlier at Mark Konos' assigned crossing near the Gayarre
School on Almonaster and North Robertson Streets. The youngster also assisted
authorities in identifying the fleeing vehicle, which resulted in the apprehension of a
suspect. Also pictured are the youngster's parents, Sophie and George Konos. Both
are now deceased. George Konos was the owner of Konos Sewing Equipment
Company, 531 Decatur Street, New Orleans.
|Gayarre Elementary School
With thanks to Mark and Judy Konos for sharing the info and top two photos below;
and to Mary Olivier Thurman for the bottom photo at the Gayarre Monument.
|The students Mark Konos recalls from this 1951 photo of his class at Gayarre School:
Teacher, Miss Claiborne (standing by window, far right); seated, left to right rows:
1st row: Mark Konos, Adaline Pomereau, Stanley Breaux, Elaine Lanklous
2nd row: Iona Algero, unknown boy, Janice Gertz, Joan Thomas
3rd row: Larry Parker, Mary Ann Wellmeyer, Arthur Perrot
5th row: Lionel Grass (in the rear, about 5th chair)
|Charles E. Gayarre Elementary School opened its doors in 1896, in the Bywater
neighborhood, named in honor of the well known Louisiana historian, Charles
Etienne Gayarre (1805 - 1895). In 1995, the name was changed to Oretha Castle
Haley School. The picture above is circa 1925.
|Mary Olivier Thurman shared this 1954-55 school year photo, taken at the Gayarre
Monument on Esplanade Avenue. On the far left, Gayarre school principal, Joseph
Kluchin; boys, rear, from left: Sonny Evans, Felix Santos, Billy Everett and Santo
Randazzo; Robert Wilson wears the plaid jacket. Girls, front, from left: Beth Ann
Morvant, Loraine Savell, Mary Louise Olivier, Helene Powers and Betty Jean Miller;
back row: Patricia Miller and Alma Fuxan, sixth grade teacher.