The forties and fifties are not periods that I’ve studied much, so I didn’t find as much to really grab me there, but it’s also the period when the classes started doing special fiftieth reunion books. 1950 was the centennial of the town’s incorporation, however. In 1958, the high school had a major fire, and so the classes affected by it did special more detailed reunion books.
Class of 58 seems to have been particularly enthusiastic about the retrospective in general– I’ve included a photo with a stack of the original book, the very slick reunion book, the reunion book paperback edition, and the paperback supplement with additional historical and nostalgia material. So, even though it’s the fifties, there are photos from earlier decades of town landmarks, scans of material from the early education of class members, school newspaper pages, and more. Continue reading “Yearbooks, 1940s and 1950s”