I’ve run across things confirming that my grandmother, Mildred Loraine Gunzendorfer, attended Monterey Grammar School but now I know that she not only attended but she graduated from the school. From what I can tell, the grammar school went through 8th grade and then off the students went to high school.
Not only did Loraine’s things spend the last 100+ years in an outdoor storage facility, but for whatever reason, some of her things never made it out of my garage. Until recently, when it was time to bring things inside and make it easier for me to actually look at what I have. And that’s when I found this.
Oh boy, the years have definitely taken a toll on this document – the Diploma of Graduation for my grandmother, Loraine Gunzendorfer, from June 30, 1911. The photo actually looks better than it really is and I was anxious to somehow restore it, at least a little bit. Thankfully, I’m a member of the Random Acts of Photo Restoration on Facebook which is a group of individuals who volunteer to restore photos so I posted the photo to see what could be done.
And before long, I had a “cleaned up” version. It looks so much better – I know this wasn’t an easy task!
Today I was looking through some things and I came across an autograph book I hadn’t really paid attention to before. But it caught my eye today.
How beautiful is this? I can just imagine my grandmother taking it to school for her friends to sign.
And here’s the back.
I opened it up and saw this on the inside front cover.
Although the inside front cover isn’t dated, her friends dated their entries so I’m guessing this was a Christmas gift in 1909. I sure wish I knew why she destroyed the name of the gift giver and replaced it with ? I’m not sure if she used an eraser or just something sharp to make the name unreadable.
What struck me was that very few of those who signed the book are names I’ve ever heard before. And since I have her yearbook from just 4 years later, it’s surprising that there were only a couple of friends who graduated from Monterey High School with her.
One was her BFF, Hallie Hitchcock. I sure would love to find a descendant of Hallie’s so I could share some of the school girl memories and pictures Loraine kept.
Another one of her girlfriends was Mary Salterbach. Sometimes I see the name with a K on the end but this, in Mary’s handwriting, looks like an H to me.
And Carleton’s name seems familiar – ah yes, she kept some of Carleton’s cigarettes in her COLLECTION.
This note from Diavillis Hutchinson was one that tells me these were friends from her days at Monterey Grammar School.
And another one which stands out to me – I have a friend with the same name.
I think the handwriting is beautiful – I’m sure kids back then spent a lot of time practicing their handwriting. I still remember what a thrill it was to give up printing and begin writing in cursive!
What a beautiful school – and one which held so many memories for my grandmother. Thanks again for sharing, Grandma!