Friday, March 28, 2014

1941 Sutton High Mustang Round-up

The Mustang Round-up school newspaper of May 23, 1941 was devoted to the senior class of that year. We're not sure if there was an annual that year. People who graduated during World War II have told us that the tradition of publishing an annual was discontinued during the war but our recent receipt of the 1942 annual calls that into question.

The "in lieu of" replacement for the annual was the last issue of the school newspaper in which the normal senior stuff would appear. We received such a paper from Beth Bartell which is consistent with that story, except, May, 1941 was before the war.

Dunno. I'm confused.

Here ya go:

The major traditional items about the graduating seniors appeared in this last issue of the Mustang Round-up for the year. There is the Class Prophecy, Will, the graduation photos with class activities listed on a separate page and the Class History. They even had a Class Poem, though...

The lead story was Sneak Day. That was always a deal. The Class of '41 spent the day in Lincoln. Twenty years later, the Class of '61 followed the tradition of that period with a trip to Chicago. As I recall, we left on the train on Friday evening for the overnight trip arriving in Chicago in the morning. We had a bus whisk us about town to the big tourist attractions: the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry as I recall. I don't think we made it to the Art Institute, now my favorite Chicago attraction. If we did go there it made zero impression on me at that time.

Here are the senior photos with some easily recognizable faces. This was a crummy year to be eighteen years old if you were a male. December 7th was not far off. A separate and interesting look would be to see how many of these fellows or gals were on active duty.

Annual ads are not at all interesting at the time of publication, unless you are upset with someone who didn't pony-up. There weren't many this year. Wonder what the "Mustang Special" sundae at the Central Café might have been; don't want to guess. Even stranger was "Jungle Bread" at the Nuss Bakery.

There you have it...

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