Professional musician Steve (Steven Michael) Lowry (born in 1945) writes that
"My plastic Emenee was the first [trumpet], followed by the Olds cornet provided by the music program at Stockton School in East Orange, my actual hometown. I outlasted the majority of students throughout the school year and garnered the " best new student" award in the spring. I never lost my love for singing though, and even began writing songs for performance that same year. I was 11."
Another former Stockton student has written that Janis Ian's father Victor Fink was a music teacher at Stockton:
"Janis Ian’s father was a music teacher in East Orange @ Stockton School in the 60′s.
I still have a ‘recorder’ that I bought in his class for 3$ in 1962. I can still play the recorder solo from ‘Wild Thing’ by the Troggs. Janis used to play guitar over at my friend’s house on Munn Ave."
However, Miss Ian has written me that she doesn't think that her father taught at Stockton. She says that her father was assigned as a music teacher full-time at a particular high school and the elementary schools in East Orange only had music teachers coming to the schools several times a week to teach instruments and chorus.
I have not been able to locate the unidentified former student quoted above and welcome additional information.
*Ovid Barton Lewis (8/11/1905 to 2/1991, buried in Hollywood Memorial Gardens West, Broward County, Florida): Mr. Lewis and his family lived in Iowa until the late 1930's; he graduated from Columbia University, October,1939, BS; By 1940 the family was living at 287 North Maple Avenue (near Park Avenue)
Wife: Julia Lee Lewis, 1909-1990; son, Ovid C, born about 1933 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ovid_C._Lewis); daughter, Barton Lee, born about 1937;