Wesley E. Johnson, growing up in Preston, Minnesota

Preston High School, 1931 - Preston, MN

This is the 1931 high school class photo of Preston High School in Preston, Fillmore county, Minnesota. A previous post from Preston HS focused on the Rassmusen siblings from this class. Today, it’s Wesley E. Johnson. Thankfully his middle initial … Continue reading

“Mabel” Kiyo Natori Shigaya Ida, providing a “silent support”

Mabel Natori, 18 years old in 1930

This young woman, with the American first name and hairstyle, was born Kiyo Natori. She was born in Seattle, Washington on February 16, 1912 to Japanese parents Kiku and Kenjiro Natori. Like many non-European immigrants she would adopt a more … Continue reading

Erma Franscioni, and a renewed appreciation for yearbooks

Erma Franscioni, 2nd grade, Gonzales, CA

Erma Franscioni is a serious looking 8 year old in the 1923 Second grade class of Gonzales Grammar School in Gonzales, Monterey county, California. Like many of her classmates her parents were from Switzerland; her father a farmer. The first … Continue reading

The second graders of Cannery Row, 1923

The 2nd grade class of Gonzales Grammar School, Monterey Co., CA

Little 8 year old Sam Yop Jr. almost didn’t know his father. Sam is pictured here with a wonderful group of ragamuffin kids living in Gonzales, Monterey county, California in the year 1923. Sam’s father (Sam Yop Sr.) worked on … Continue reading

A. C. Hoppmann, that’s “Judge Hoppmann” to the rest of us

A. C. Hoppmann, Law Student

Another product of the 1896 class of the University of Wisconsin Law School, A. C. Hoppmann – or, as I believe him to be, August Charles Hoppmann. Mr. Hoppmann has a very stable pattern of documentation for his lifetime in … Continue reading