Week 35 (August 27 – September 2) – School Days: Many kids have
returned to school by this time. What do you know about your
ancestors’ school days?
My great-grandmother, Hazel Pearl Roberts Reynolds, told me that the first time she saw a car, they were in school and heard a noise. All ran to the front dooryard to see what this thing was – and her sister Annie got her finger broken in the door in the crush! As Annie was eight years older than Hazel, this was likely sometime around 1907-1908. Below are a picture of that school house and the doorway that broke Annie’s finger – located in Wesley, Maine.
This picture is of my grandmother’s graduating class from Killingly High School, Danielson/Killingly, CT about 1937. Helen Reynolds is in there…somewhere.
This one is of my mom’s first grade class in Danielson, Connecticut. This would have been around 1949. My mom is in the second row, behind the girl in the plaid dress next to the pole in the front row.
This is also of my mom, Elizabeth Graff – when she was a majorette in the Killingly High School marching band. She is in the front row, second from the right.
Below is a picture of my father, Charles Eldridge, when he graduated from eighth grade in Brooklyn, CT. This would have been around 1951 or so.
This one is a picture from my Dad’s college yearbook. He graduated in 1970 from Eastern Nazarene College with a degree in Biology.