Monroe City Catholic school auctions off old wears following move to new building

Barbara Quinn looked around a classroom filled with 60-year-old desks at the old Holy Rosary School and pointed to one in the back of the room.

“This was desk during my freshmen year,” Quinn said as she proceeded to sit in the desk. “Still fits.”

Quinn and about a hundred-other people attended an auction on Saturday to sell off all the old school’s fixtures, desks, chairs and various items that supported education. Holy Rosary left the old school in 2016 when it opened a new building about block to the west.

The auction started at 10:30 a.m., with an auctioneer barking out a call for bids for small and large items in the dimly lit third-floor attic. He called for two or three bids, mostly in $1 to $5 increments. If no one bid in about 30 seconds, he moved on to the next. The auction started at the upper levels and moved down to the second- and first-floors as it progressed.

But it was not just an auction, for many it was trip to yesteryear.

In the school’s library, John A. Hays was seeking the desk he occupied in 1966.

“I keep looking at these desks for the one with my initials and all the bubble gum on the bottom,” he said with a grin. “It’s not in here, I will have to keep looking.”

Nearby, Dwayne Williams and Ann McClintock were recalling how the library was once a part of the gym before the third-floor remodeled. In a nearby classroom, the floor has the outline of a foul line.

The pair, who attended the school until 1966, when the high school ceased to exist and Holy Rosary became a first- through eighth-grade school, recalled their days in the classroom.

“We received a great education,” Williams said.

They also recalled the discipline of the school.

“Some say the nuns were mean,” said a smiling McClintock. Williams interrupted her: “Nuns were not mean to the girls.”

Williams, though, said that he earned whatever happened to him as a student.

“Oh, I understand now why I got in trouble,” he said. “I deserved it.”

Meanwhile, Quinn, who went on to become a second-grade for 28 years at the school, and who still volunteers at the school, said Holy Rosary was a great school.

“There are just so many memories. Good memories,” she said. “But we have a great new school, and we are making new memories.”

As Quinn looked back at her desk, she was asked if them would be a bid to buy a piece of her past.

“Maybe,” she said with a twinkle, as she moved to join other auction attendees who were looking over the school’s inventory.