I took a detour for a bit but am now back to documenting The Owl, Fresno High School’s yearbook. I last wrote about The Commencement Number from June, 1908 here. There are so many photos from this edition that I’ll break it down into small pieces.
Next up – The Owl Staff.
I just love the way they are dressed and the hairstyles – such class. I think they’d laugh to see high schoolers today – “why are these kids wearing pajama pants to school? And for that matter, what are pajama pants?”
And then a section about Dramatics.
The art work is beautiful – I wonder if Nelson Daniel or Lucy Walker (Art Staff) drew that?
“The first and one of the most enjoyable of these dramatic affairs of the winter, and one in which a number of the students displayed considerable histronic ability, was ‘BI BI,” which was given at the Barton Opera House on April the 9th, under the auspices of the Young Women’s Christian Association.”
I don’t know who is who in this picture but here is A Chorus from “BI BI”.
Some of the cast included Mrs. Jefferson Graves, Ivan McIndoo (former student), Willard Bates (former student), Grace Osborn (former student), Edwin Einstein, Hazel Beall, Mona Robertson, Edith Niblock, Sadie Burleigh, Dolly Vogel, Leora Schaeffer, Gwendolyn Barton, Ena De Yo, Louis McWhirter, James, Spratt, Howard Fisher, Louis Williams, Bertrand Gearhart, Will Tupper and John Morgan.
Another production was described as “the most ambitious affair in the line of dramatics the school has ever attempted was the Operetta ‘The National Flower’ in which some two hundred and thirty-six students took part”. Where did they find 236 students?
Who are these lovely ladies? How I wish they were identified!
At least John Morgan and Leora Schaeffer are identified.
Last up was “Mice and Men”. The Owl states that this was a romantic comedy so not the John Steinbeck novel that we read growing up. But since that wasn’t published until 1937, I guess that makes sense.
This production was the Senior Farce and was under the direction of Mrs. Ina Millward. The entire Senior Class was included in the farce with the principal actors being Louis McWhirter, Robert Collins, Floyd Cowan, Henry Hopkins, Victor Gaines, Rainey La Rue, Ena L. De Yo, Belle Millward, Pearl Duncan, Victoria Cutten, Olive McFarland.
What a grand time it must have been to attend high school in 1908!