The first striking thing about the annuals are that they are in great condition. One visualizes that they have spent much of the past 70+ years packed away in something approaching a sterile environment.
Secondly, both volumes are of a physical size differing from most annuals we have from earlier and later though the 1947 is similar. These are 6 X 9 inches as you can see in the photo. Both have 40 pages. And they are hard-bound unlike the annuals of years just prior to 1940 which had cloth covers which have generally not held up well.
|The 1940 and 1942 Sutton High annuals in their distinctive appearance - 6 X 9" with textured hard covers. Attractive and in great condition - a gift from a friend in Washington State.|
So, what unusual thing do you notice about these annuals, at least the one on the left?
What is this "Blue and Gold" thing? I've been commenting that those were the school colors in 1940 though it might have been the colors for the senior class (do classes still do that? I was somewhat baffled by that tradition.)
Okay, onto the innards. Senior pictures are what these things were all about, right.
|Lorene Griess married Rolland Johnson ('42), a successful farming couple on the road to Harvard.|
The Heinz name was quite common in Sutton with 30 graduates listed in the Sutton High rolls through 1959.
|Here is Artis Johnson, later Lemkau and brother of Rolland Johnson (my cousins). Levander was a common name|
as was Lohmeier (17 grads of our school), both names fading out. The Nuss name however persists.
and Group 4
|Another distinguished looking group including down in the lower left, Mr. Roger Sheridan.|
and to Zimbleman, an even dozen per page for five pages, good planning.
|Gloria Yost (Griess) was President of S. N. T. (Sutton Normal Training) for her senior year.|
|The Sutton High School Junior Class of '40. You may spot a few familiar faces here. I'll start you off with an|
easy one there in the second row toward the left side, Wayne Erickson.
|The note that went home to Moms on dress code met with mixed results. I am sincerely partial to the fashion statement|
represented in the white shirt, tie and overalls. That's a young man just oozing self confidence.
And the Freshman Class of '40 to graduate in 1943.
|What we have here is a photographer with strong feelings about style and form or maybe design. That, or maybe a|
frustrated choreographer with dreams of working a major musical stage production, one with a train theme perhaps.
And there were sports in 1940:
The write-up for the football team from the fall of 1939 mentioned injuries to Roger Sheridan and Leon Scheideman as though that affected their season. Maybe so. Check below.
The 1939 Sutton football team had a serious Jekyll and Hyde season.
Opponent Sutton Opponent
Fairfield 32 0
Hebron 22 0
Exeter 40 0
Clay Center 41 0
Friend 14 0
(pretty good so far, don't you think?)
Superior 0 48
Geneva 0 19
Nelson 7 21
Harvard 3 19
(kinda took a turn for the worse there in mid-season. May need to flesh out this story.)
There had been girls' athletics in the schools decades earlier but that disappeared and was not revived until the '70's. Athletics and physical activities in general were seen to be unladylike, I guess. Though can you explain cheerleaders in that context?
There was a Pep Club and this may be the highlight of the post, they were called the Ponies. Isn't that just worth the effort to get this far down the page?
|Gertrude Traeger, a grad of Wisconsin was responsible for the vocal music teacher; |
W. O Sanberg, NU had band and orchestra.
Sutton Normal Training was still going strong in 1940. These were the prospective rural school teachers destined for the dozens and dozens of schools in the surrounding area (67 in Clay County alone.)
|Miss Anna Moehring, far right, was the Normal Training teacher and a graduate of Midland College.|
And finally, the group that put the annual together had to take a bow. This is the Applied English Class which likely was or included what we later called Journalism.
This post covers most of the 1940 Sutton High annual. We received the 1942 annual at the same time and we have quite a number of the collection but with major gaps. Stop in the Sutton Museum or contact us to learn what we have and which annuals are missing from our collection. We would like to accumulate as many as we can and make them readily available to graduates and friends and especially the offspring and grandchildren of graduates. Nothing brings a smile to a kid's face like a picture of 17-year old grandmas and grandpas. Deal with it.