Eleanor L. Belmont
Aug. 13, 1923-Dec. 3, 2012
WALTON — Eleanor L. Belmont, 89, a resident of Walton since 1945, passed away Monday morning, Dec. 3, 2012, at home, surrounded by her family.
Eleanor was born on Aug. 13, 1923, in Gloversville, the daughter of the late Harry and Jane (Foote) Lawton. In September 1946, she married Samuel Belmont. He died on April 27, 1996.
She grew up in Northville, located on the Great Sacandaga Lake. While completing her grade school education there, she worked in her father’s store and also at the Adirondack Inn, eventually earning enough money to attend Albany State Teachers College, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in teaching. She then received her masters from State University College at Oneonta.
Eleanor arrived in Walton circa 1945, taking her very first teaching assignment at a one-room schoolhouse on Dunk Hill. She loved the simplicity of that school. Each student was an individual who received her attention — a special trait that would serve her well in her later teaching years.
It was an exciting time. The boys were returning from the war and she loved her new job teaching grades one through six at the little one-room school. Soon, she met a young man and they fell in love. Sam and Eleanor married and soon a new Belmont family was begun. Steven, the first, was followed by Linda and finally, Andrea. Eleanor thoroughly enjoyed this newly dawned atomic age family life raising the kids at home. As the children grew and started school, the desire to teach once again started to grow inside Eleanor. At first she would be called to substitute, but soon she was appointed to a position of 12th grade English.
She loved her new very roomy classroom — now situated on the third floor of the old Walton Ivory Tower High School on Townsend Street. It once was the gymnasium, but was now converted into classrooms. A few years later, the new high school was completed and Eleanor established her room on the second floor. It was to be the portal of escape for all students in the school system as 12th grade English was mandatory to complete in order to graduate.