Gosh, am I ever thankful I saved the WQA and QAHS reunion papers from two drawers in Dad’s guest bedroom when we closed up his home after his death. Two more boxes wouldn’t break me, and I just didn’t have the heart to dispose of the items. I thought I had Dad’s genealogy safely squirreled away for later perusal, but boy was I wrong! The things I’ve discovered shuffling through the reunion boxes have brought real insight into my family history.
ABOVE: Today’s photo is innocently labeled on the back with the words “This picture belongs to me.” I assume this is the graduating class of 1933 because of the etching “1-33” made on the negative on the upper right before printing of this image. The school had a practice of taking class pictures in January. This image includes my Dad’s sister Beverly Player, seated in the front row, second from left, and she was indeed one year behind my Dad in school. Accompanying her unsigned comment are signatures from many classmates, and four others, of significance to me:
Glen S. Player, Jack Player, Mother Player and Dad Player.
I nearly fell out of my computer chair when I read that. This means my uncle, father and grandparents handled this pic and signed the back. These signatures then represent more of an “autograph collection” not limited to those whose images appear in the class picture. Again, I’ll try to transcribe decipherable signatures.
Anna Mae Matheson
Marion A. Thorpy
Izora Pecks 8B
Denis R. Cole
Ken Weiser (could this be Beverly, Jack and Glen’s cousin on their mother Myrtle’s side?)
Beatrice Hamilton – including the words “found but not lost”
Billy P. Kemrah
Suella Neely “Good luck and love”