Wistful Wednesday : 1932

In 1932 Far Guy’s Dad graduated from High School.

That is his Dad Marvin in the third row. Down a row and toward the middle is Gene, that is the guy that Far Guy is named for…I will just let you guess what his full name was. Not too many people use his full name anymore…a few cousins, his sister and sometimes me. Anyways Gene was Marvin’s best friend in High School.

See that gal in the first row? That is Jeanette. She would eventually teach Social Studies…and become a spinster school teacher. ( I had her for Seventh Grade Social Studies or maybe Eighth Grade…I was in her classroom that day in 1963 when JFK was assassinated and all the girls were crying.)

I am certain she became a spinster school teacher with her hair just so, a hankie almost continually clutched in her hand, skirts half way to her ankles and blouses with high collars because of one of the boys in this class…possibly Marvin.

There was a class play. Sometime during practice the lights went out, AND whilst it was dark as night someone had the audacity to grab Jeanette and kiss her on the lips. She fainted.

The story was always told with a chuckle and a twinkling of an eye.

I am certain I have told the story before, but seeing this old photograph reminded me of it.

Recently at the museum I ran onto the 50th Reunion folder from this class. I made a copy and I will make a copy of this photo to include in the folder for the museum’s High School Memory Room. In that folder from 1982 there was mention of Gene Cowles death. Marvin was at that reunion back in 1984 and so was Jeanette. (Jeanette died in 2006.)

Graduation Day that year was June 2, 1932. You never can tell what you will run into at a museum:)

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