“TheCeļotājs” –
Saldus – a "Drop of Honey" in Courland
 
   
Saldus Elementary School – ANNO early 20th Century –
Lielā iela 31/35,
Lat: N56.66097, Lon: E022.48907
 
              
 
Until the end of the 19th century, Saldus did not have a public school, only private school that operated in several rented houses. Only at the beginning of the 20th century it was decided to build a school. The new education superintendant, Levsin was favorably disposed towards the local inhabitants, but to ingratiate themselves even more, they commissioned Janis Rozentāls to paint his portrait. Levsin was quite taken with this honor, but by the time the school was completed, he was no longer in that post. The locals were perplexed and did not know what to do with the expensive portrait for which the Town Council had paid 400 rubles, but they were not allowed to hang the portrait in the school. It is not known what happened to this portrait.
 
 
The school was closed and turned into a grain warehouse during World War II. The school was a hospital during World War II, and it became a school once again after the war.
 
The area surrounding the school has always been a favorite place to relax. The town gardens are nearby where open-air dances took place, but in winter, a skating rink with lanterns and music awaited. During the Soviet occupation, the school director Miķelis Herings created a wide garden on the grounds with decorative plants and a beautiful pond complete with island. 
 
Many famous people attended Saldus Elementary School, including Professor Edgars Dunsdorfs.
 
    
                        Edgars Dunsdorfs "1904-2002", scholar
 
Edgar Dunsdorfs was a professor of Latvian History.
 
He was born November 20, 1904 at Saldus, Latvia. He graduated from the Latvian University "1933" and as a scholar traveled to Stockholm, Sweden. In 1937 Dunsdorfs started to work at the Latvian University and in 1943 and became a professor and then Dean of the Faculty of Economy. In 1946-1948 he was professor at the newly founded Baltic University in Hamburg. From 1948 to 1968 he lived in Australia as professor at the University of Melbourne.
 
Dunsdorfs died 24 March 2002.
 
 
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