Sunday, June 12, 2016

The Owl – June, 1908 – Society

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’m breaking it down into small pieces. 

Next up – Society


I love reading old newspapers – typically no horrible events were listed but if you wanted to know who was visiting who, newspapers were THE source of information!  And, apparently, the Society section of The Owl followed in those footsteps.

I love the first paragraph, but that might because my grandfather’s older brother, Leon Levy, was mentioned. 

Society p 72a

I’ll bet that dance was fun, especially since when you were tired of dancing you could go out on a boat.  I’d never heard the term terpsichorean before so I looked it up – found in Greek mythology, Terpsichore (“delight in dancing”) was one of the nine Muses and goddess of dance and chorus.

Photo from Wikipedia

It amazes me at times when I’m blogging or researching something and the facts I come up with are today’s date and this was no exception.

Society p 72d
It’s fun to see what the students had planned after high school – I sure wish we’d done that at our high school as there were so many of us who left school never to be heard from again.  Although Facebook has changed that!

Society p 73a
Society p 73b
Society p 73

And a small section of The Owl was this.

Just for Fun

I now officially know where my dad’s brother, Robert Levy, got his corny jokes.  He always had a joke to tell and more often than not, they were really groaners just like these.

Just for Fun 1
Just for Fun 2

Next up is Athletics with lots of team photos!


  1. I love to read old newspapers! I think part of my fascination with how they wrote and described things. I also love how they shared the simple things. Maybe if they did that today, there wouldn't be as much room for all of the horrible things that have happened. I too wish we had recorded everyone's plans for the future. I went away to college and never really went back and although I've connected with some via FB, there are others no one seems to have heard from since.

    1. The newspapers from the early days crack me up with some of the stuff they reported on.

  2. So now we know when the Alumni Association got started. They continue to put on a grand party every year. I wonder where Willow Lake was located?

    There were no colleges in Fresno at this time and the only UC campus was at Berkeley. Many of the faculty were graduates of UC Berkeley or Stanford.

    1. I thought for sure you'd know about Willow Lake. A google search brought this up.,ftc,1,fid,237920,n,willow%20lake.cfm

  3. Very impressive list of where the seniors were bound after high school. This must have been quite a place. I love these old yearbook posts!

    1. They seemed to be an ambitious group of young adults. Although I guess I don't have much to compare them to.

  4. Look at Olive McFarland setting the pace for Malia Obama by taking a "gap year" before going to college.

    1. A trendsetter by more than 100 years!