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Whitefish Bay High School Annual From 1943 During World War 2

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

Photos From My Mother's High School Annual in 1943

The war effort had support by almost everyone back during WWII, including students.

The war effort had support by almost everyone back during WWII, including students.

Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin

My mother grew up living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with her family when she was a child. It was a close-knit family of German heritage. It consisted of her parents, an older brother who was the eldest of the siblings, and an older sister. She was the baby of the family with a five-year spread between herself and her sister. Her maternal grandfather lived with them during his widowed years until he died.

Her parents also owned a summer cottage on Okauchee Lake. The home where she grew up as a child in the City of Milwaukee no longer exists. But the Whitefish Bay home where her family had moved during her high school years still stands.

We drove past the home in Whitefish Bay, a suburb of Milwaukee, the last time my mother and I were in Wisconsin. It still looks as though it is well kept and hopefully enjoyed as much as my mother's memories were of having lived there. That is where she attended high school, and I have her 1940 and 1943 annuals. She was a senior in '43. There are probably a few of her classmates that might still be alive, but most of them have probably already joined her in the next life.

The Tower

It is obvious where the name "The Tower" originated. A portion of the building has a very imposing and upright edifice featured on page 5 of the annual. Across from it on page 4 was their school hymn which was written and composed by Bob Stamp.

The song was copyrighted and published by the Music Department of the High School.

The title of the song is "THE TOWER OF WHITEFISH BAY." The words of the hymn are the following written in all capital letters:

"IN WALLS THAT WILL STAND FOREVER,

IN HEARTS THAT ARE FIRM AND STRONG,

THERE SHINES BRIGHT AND CLEAR A GUIDING LIGHT

THAT FILLS OUR HEARTS WITH SONG.

AND WHEN WE FEEL THAT FERVENT BLAZE,

WE CHEER FOR THE BLUE AND GRAY:

FOR THE LIGHT THAT WILL SHINE THROUGH ALL THE DAYS

FROM THE TOWER OF WHITEFISH BAY."

I am sure that my mother proudly sang that song often, as did many, if not most all, of her other classmates.

Student War Effort During WWII

World War II may just have been the last "popular" war in which the United States of America became embroiled if "popular" is a word to describe any conflict.

Suffice it to say that almost everyone in our country was involved in small or large ways with the war effort. Included were the students at Whitefish Bay High School. Numerous photos in this book relate to endeavors accomplished by the students to aid the war effort.

Page 7 of this annual had the following written under this cartoon of soldiers:

"DEDICATION
We, who are graduating into a world of war will remember our last year in high school as one of commando training, jeep buying campaigns, pre-induction courses --- and, a year without a prom.
We will long remember this year when many of our junior and senior boys left for the armed forces.
It is to these boys that we, the class of 1943, dedicate this Tower."

Additional information gleaned from reading my mother's annual continued to be of interest. According to another caption, "Junior and senior girls are doing their part in the Civilian Defense program by serving as assistant block leaders. They collect vital salvage from homes in their blocks and distribute pamphlets and questionnaires."

It was the Student Council, during "The Pearl Harbor Day Drive," that gathered enough money to fund the purchase of two army jeeps! That and their "April Bond Drive" were among their significant accomplishments that year.

The combination word, Froshmore Alliance, stood for the organization composed of Freshman and Sophomore girls who routinely met for recreation and social service. The social service part of it had more meaning in this war year. They sewed articles for the Junior Red Cross and parka hoods for the British War Relief. They also collected used toys and presented children at the St. Rose's Orphanage with Christmas gifts, among their other activities and accomplishments.

They also had some fun enjoying their annual "tea and tag dance."

Bugs Bunny War Bond Drive WW2 Cartoon Played in Movie Theaters. War bonds and Stamps Sold Would Help Pay for the War Effort.

Societies and Clubs

Just because of the world war, it was not all doom and gloom on the home front despite the shrinking numbers of classmates and even instructors leaving the school to join the armed forces. The remaining Whitefish Bay students had plenty of fun and numerous activities to keep them happy and stimulated.

Some of the societies and clubs available to them included the following: The National Honor Society, Quill and Scroll, Latin Club, Student Council, Honor Study Hall Monitors, French Club, Spanish Club, German Club, Literary Club, Chess Club, Library Club, Tower Staff, Home Economics Club, Biology Club, Shop Club, Radio Club, Dramatic Club, Junior Choir, Composers' Club, Madrigals, Senior Choir, Froshmore Alliance, Tower Club, Hi - Y, Band, Music Appreciation, Orchestra, Girls' Athletic Association, and Art Club.

Athletics

I was amazed at the number of different athletic opportunities they had for the Whitefish Bay High School students, given the school size. Some 577 students had their pictures in this 1943 annual, with 79 of them in the Senior Class, 158 in the Junior Class, 168 in the Sophomore Class, and the remaining Freshmen numbering 172.

The Milwaukee, Wisconsin area was heavily settled with many people of German heritage back in those days. Their Turnverein Clubs may have influenced the local school boards to encourage fun and stimulating activities, including exercise.

These were among the many sports offered at Whitefish Bay: Football, Basketball, Volley Ball, Track, Cross-Country, Golf, Tennis, Spur Club, Bowling Club, Archery, and Field Hockey.

High School Buddies

My mother had a lot of fun in high school, and one of her dear buddies remained as such throughout their lives.

After Lois Petry married, she and her husband became godparents to my brother Jim. My parents also became godparents to one of their children. The kids from each family called the other parents "aunt and uncle." Although it was merely an honorary title, we could not have thought of them any more endearingly than if their bloodlines made it so.

This caption is what is in the album about my mother's long-time buddy.

"PETRY, Lois

Her dark eyes and cute grin have won "Pete" many friends. Her four years' work in Junior and Senior Choirs merits real praise. As another Fox Pointer, Lois also enjoyed Home Ec. Club her Sophomore year."

My Aunt Lois became a registered nurse and, until she died, was a fast and loyal friend to my mother. I intend to pass these high school annuals on to her daughter Julie who will cherish them and pass them down to her children.

My Dear Mother

Of course, no one, in my opinion, could have turned out any better than my dear mother. She always looked on the bright side of things and was a vivacious individual with an infectious laugh. I loved hearing the stories of her childhood and growing up years.

Although she would have liked to become a nurse, her parents dissuaded her from doing so, and she went to business college after high school. Years later, she worked at my dad's real estate and home building business.

This caption is what is in the album concerning my mother:

"TRENKAMP, Carol

Carol's work in shop has given her a lot of fun although she was only one of five girls in that class. We hope that when she graduates, she will leave her cheerful laugh to someone of the underclassmen, for the school would be a dreary place without it."

Yes, she took shop just for the fun of it. Who knew then that she and my dad would hand build the first home that I first remember as a child!

To my dear mother Carol, I dedicate this post. Others may also enjoy this 1943 annual to see the fashions worn during the first years of World War 2 at that time in Whitefish Bay.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Peggy Woods

Comments are most welcome!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 10, 2021:

Hi Devika,

I found it fascinating how so many of the students devoted themselves in one manner or another to help the war effort. It was a unifying effort in those days!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 10, 2021:

Peggy W Going back down that memory lane has taught lots about that side of life and at that time. It is an interesting insight and a good history lesson.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 09, 2021:

Hi Jack,

I also found it interesting to know what the students were doing while in high school during WWII. I would imagine that students in many other schools were doing similar things. It is a piece of history!

Jack on March 09, 2021:

Great memories of your mother. Interesting to know how students were coping with WWII.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 11, 2020:

Hi C E Clark,

Thanks for the compliment on this piece. Like you, I thought that it was a very informative way to take a look back at what high school days were like in the 1940s, particularly with a war raging.

It must have been pretty to see those snowflakes! We rarely get to see snow in Houston. Stay warm up there!

C E Clark from North Texas on January 11, 2020:

A wonderful way to remember your beautiful mother, and a lovely tribute to her at the same time. Yes indeed, her inner beauty shows through her eyes.

I have always said no amount of makeup or high dollar clothing can hide who a person really is. One's eyes are the windows into their soul . . .

This article is also a good way for people to learn how things were back in the 40s. Much better and more interesting I think, than most of the textbooks on the subject.

We had a chilly night (and another on the way for tonight) here in N. Texas, and fat sloppy snowflakes starting around 8 AM this morning. Haven't had snow in a couple of years or more. Snowed for a couple of hours and accumulated about 2 inches. Mostly gone now. Just as well as it made for slippery streets, because it was such wet snow. Hope you are warmer down there . . .

Posting this on AH & FB

Robert Sacchi on July 04, 2016:

Yes, high school football in Texas is legend.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 04, 2016:

Hi Robert,

In Texas...football is almost a religion! Most high schools of any size have their teams. :)

Robert Sacchi on June 25, 2016:

Yes, that's another reason not to have a footbal l team. High School Football wasn't big in New York. Our school wasn't the best when it came to school spirit so there was no way to come close to justifying a team.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 24, 2016:

Hi Robert,

Football teams take a lot of money to support. The same with a swimming pool for the school. Perhaps not the same amount of dollars...but if it is not in the budget...it is easy to realize why it was not implemented. Amazing...but true!...there was no swimming pool in the high school when I graduated. We did have a football team however. In Texas that is a given! Ha!

Robert Sacchi on June 24, 2016:

I would be surprised if it were true. Another legend going around was we didn't have a football team because the principal's son got killed playing football. Somebody mentioned that legend in class and the teacher explained, the pricipal's son is still alive and I've met him. The reason the school didn't have a football team was because of its expense. School daze :-)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 24, 2016:

Hi Robert,

It surely was a different time back during the war years of the 1940s. There was also more patriotism back then on average supporting the war and our soldiers. Much has changed over the years for many different reasons.

Wonder if that urban legend regarding your school was true? Ha!

Robert Sacchi on June 19, 2016:

Great Hub. Yes, it was a different perspective. In '43 for boys graduation meant the next stop was the military and probably a ticket to a war zone. For girls graduation meant their high school sweetheart would probably soon be leaving for a war zone. My high school also had "a tower". It wasn't popular because the school urban legend was the principal decided to add the tower instead of a swimming pool.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 02, 2013:

Hi Roberta,

Very happy to know that you enjoyed this look back in time.

RTalloni on November 29, 2013:

Thinking about day to day life during pivotal times in history can be thought provoking.Thanks for an interesting look at this high school, 1943. Your mother was indeed a lovely lady!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 26, 2013:

Hi Paul,

So glad that you enjoyed reading this. After my mother was working as a secretary, when she would get off from work she volunteered to work in a factory that assembled items that would then float in the ocean should the ship be shot down...hopefully to be recovered. She and others that she worked with did the same thing. Everyone seemed to participate in whatever way they could to help win the war even if over here on the home front. She never really knew what the parts were but knew that it was important for the war effort. Thanks for the shares.

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on August 25, 2013:

Peggy,

This is an awesome and beautiful hub which I really enjoyed reading. My mother grew up in Marshfield but lived in ?Cudahay? before meeting my dad in Milwaukee in 1943. My mother only went through the ninth grade and was working with my dad at an ordnance plant in Milwaukee when they met. I have an old picture of my dad and his family which was taken in 1938 and styles of dress for young people look the same as the pictures from your mom's annual. My mother had a diary during the war, and I remember reading one time an entry in which she said you will never realize what we had to go through during the WW II years. It's surprising now to read that the army was taking 16 year old kids back then. I really regret losing the annuals I had when I went to high school! Voted up and sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning and Tweeting.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 15, 2013:

Hi Brett,

Times were certainly different then and I do think that more people seemed to work together for a common cause then what we see today. Thanks!

Brett C from Asia on June 14, 2013:

I liked this. It was interesting to read and see pics of a time long ago. Although actually that far in the past, it is of a time that seems like a different planet! What ever happened to respecting yourself and others, common politeness and working together?? It seems like today is all about what you can get, regardless of how you get it. The idea of working for a greater good seems lost, people talk about it sure, but rarely act that way ... such a shame.

Shared, pinned, tweeted, up and interesting.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 20, 2013:

Hi Suzanne,

I do think that life was better in many ways back in the 1940's with the exception of the war of course. Wars are never good no matter when or where they occur. People seemed to pull together for common causes and families seemed more intact back then. Thanks for your comment and votes.

justmesuzanne from Texas on May 19, 2013:

Lovely! It was such a different world back then! Better in many ways! Voted up and awesome! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 17, 2013:

Hi Don,

World War II was the last war in which the U.S. was involved where almost everyone took a part in one way or another. Whether it was not eating meat on certain days of the week, growing victory gardens, recycling and so many other things...the wars that we have engaged in ever since have never had the full support of people back home. Vietnam was probably the worst with protestors in the streets and our soldiers being called "baby killers" and worse upon their return. Too bad that there is ever a need for war! WWII was certainly a justifiable cause and while we tried as a nation to initially stay out of it, after Pearl Harbor, that was the spark that ignited our full participation in both theaters of war...Europe and the Pacific.

Bugs Bunny was a popular cartoon figure back then and probably the reason for your brother's friend's nickname. Thanks for all of your votes and shares. Appreciate it! :))

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on May 17, 2013:

My sibling are somewhat close to your mothers age. I think my oldest brother was about two years younger. My sister is four years younger. Except for a few weeks I never went to the same high school they did. I think a lot of the pictures here are reminiscent of pictures that I've seen of them. Odd that bugs bunny was used to promote bonds back then. My brothers best friend had a nickname of "Bugs" It may be because bugs Bunny was so popular then.

You are right that everyone was aware of the war. Even as a child my early memories are related to the war back then. among these are paper drives, recycling just about everything. Newspaper comic strips were war related.

Voted up,awesome and interesting. will share with followers, facebook and twitter.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 17, 2013:

Hi Gus,

Thanks for adding all of this information about your experience while in high school back during WWII. My mother never told me that she was fingerprinted but perhaps that is because Milwaukee, Wisconsin was in the middle of the country and not on the coast. No chance of being hit by submarine gunfire. You should write an entire hub about your experience! Am sure others would be interested. It is a piece of history.

When I was in grade school and the Cold War was in effect, we had regular drills where we would duck under our desks for when the bombs would fall. Kind of funny now thinking about it. Those who could afford it had bomb shelters.

Fire drills were more the norm when I was in high school.

Times have really changed! Am sure that 38 year old people still look "old" to 17 year old kids. :)) Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 17, 2013:

Hi Indian Chef,

I don't know where you got the idea that my dad was bedridden from this article. That is fortunately not accurate. In fact, until nearer his death he was an active and hearty individual. This was more about how high school years were back during the World War II era. Thanks for your comment and the share.

Gustave Kilthau from USA on May 17, 2013:

Howdy Peggy (Peggy W) -

Not sure how I missed seeing this hub when first it was here on HubPages, but here it came, once again. The presentation provided a fine reminder of those wartime schooldays. I was still in grade school in 1943. Graduated from high school in 1948. Back in the early 1940's we kids all had our fingerprints recorded so that we could be identified in the event we were made difficult to identify should bombs do us in. One of our large worries was that the German submarines would enter our harbor and give us "what-for." Across the deep waters of the sound they did land 8 saboteurs from a sub. All were quickly rounded up and eliminated. Lots of air raid drills evenings. When the sirens all blasted away, out went the lights unless you had "blackout curtains" on your windows. There was constant "brownout" - few street lamps shining, the top halves of automobile headlights painted over, store signs all turned off - kinda dark every night. Reason was to cut way back on the glow from the coast that the German subs utilized to outline ships against the glow to make it easy to sink them with torpedoes. It was great when 1945 came along and we could all celebrate the arrival of peacetime. I also remember being in the freshman class at forestry college. Most of the students were military veterans studying on the "GI Bill." One of them sat next to me in Zoology lab - I thought that he was the oldest student in the world. He was 38 years old. To me, he WAS old. I had just made it to 17...

As your fine article and all of those great photos made clear, the WW-II days were quite different than any days since.

Gus :-)))

Indian Chef from New Delhi India on May 17, 2013:

It is wonderful hub and I am sorry that your dad was bed ridden. I really liked the poem and the tower of the whitish bay high school. Again a very nice reading. Voting it up and sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 30, 2013:

Hi Vinaya,

Have you written about the Ghurkha warriors? That would be an interesting subject. Glad to know that you enjoyed seeing what transpired from a high school perspective...at least in Whitefish Bay...during World War 2. Everyone was involved in one way or another. Appreciate your comment.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on March 30, 2013:

Peggy,

I find World War stories very interesting, I mean not the stories from frontline, but stories such as this one.

Nepal did not directly participated in the great war, but fought for Allied forces. These fighters known as Ghurkha warriors, and their stories have always fascinated me.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 21, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

Nice to be able to share a glimpse of what it was like in the 1940's as far as high school students in Milwaukee, Wisconsin were concerned. Obviously WW2 was a big impact on their young lives. Thanks for your comment, votes and the share and thanks for the compliment about my mother. I also think that she was beautiful. Her inner beauty was even more beautiful all throughout her life.

C E Clark from North Texas on February 21, 2013:

Your mother was beautiful and this is a wonderful tribute to her. So interesting to read about what it was like and to see pictures from the 40s! A fantastic hub. I enjoyed it very much.

Voted up, BAI, and will share!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 31, 2013:

Hi pstraubie48,

So happy to hear that this gave you more of a peek into that time frame of the WW2 era from the perspective of high school students and how they were rallying around the cause. Sending angels back to you. :)

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on January 29, 2013:

Peggy

I enjoyed this so much. What a wonderful walk down memory lane..this was the time that my sister who is 18 years older than I am grew up. It was a time of giving for sure. My sister, Mother and Daddy told me about eating turnips for one whole winter.

Thank you for sharing this...it was so interesting and gave me more of a peek into my eldest sister's younger years.

Your Mother was so lovely in the photo.

Sending you Angels this evening..:) ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 19, 2012:

Hi moonlake,

I know what you mean. Dress styles were much more conservative back in the days of the 1940's. Much prettier I think than many of the styles today. Guess I'm a bit old fashioned in that way. :) Thanks for the vote and the share.

moonlake from America on December 19, 2012:

Your mom was so pretty. I loved seeing this don't know how I missed it. Great pictures. My favorite the drum majors, so nice to see girls without their you know what showing. Voted up and share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 09, 2012:

Hi Rajan,

The dressing styles were certainly different back in the World War 2 era when my mother was attending high school in Wisconsin. The student body at Whitefish Bay High School seemed to have a lot of fun but were also greatly involved in the war effort as these photos attest. Thanks for your comment, vote and the share.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 08, 2012:

These pictures are fond memories for you while giving us a glimpse of school times of the past. Very enjoyable read and it is indeed a radical change from the dressing styles back then.

Up and sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 23, 2012:

Hi Stacy,

The 2 World Wars had most people in our country pulling together for the common good and the war effort in general. I heard lots of stories growing up of the sacrifices people made in order for our soldiers and even our allies to have plenty of food and other materials. Rationing was commonplace as were victory gardens. Ever since those times it seems the only people who regularly sacrifice when it comes to war are the soldiers and their families. Thanks for your comment.

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on October 23, 2012:

I can't imagine living in that time frame. Having everything you do in some way or form being sent off to support the war. These are a great collection of photographs. I think old school photographs are the best even if I personally do not know the people in the pictures. You are very fortunate to know the stories that go behind these photos and documenting them for generations to come!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 11, 2012:

Hi Michelle,

My mother and my Aunt Lois always looked at life with the glass "half full" instead of "half empty." They both experienced lots of ups and downs in life but always retained their cheerful spirits. They were both hard working spiritual people who loved their families and cared for many others outside of their family circles as well. They left large footprints to follow! Thanks for your comment and the share.

Michelle Liew from Singapore on October 11, 2012:

Beautiful would truly describe your mother and her friends, who truly found the positivity life had to offer! Thanks for sharing this, and I share too!!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 09, 2012:

Hi James,

Back in that era lady-like manners were taught and passed on from generation to generation. It served them well and it still serves people well today who employ them. Good manners never go out of style as do fashions in clothing. We would do well to emulate the past with respect to things like that! Young boys were also taught to act like gentlemen. Glad that you liked this hub dating back to 1943. Appreciate your comment.

James A Watkins from Chicago on October 09, 2012:

I love this Hub. I am struck by the word used to describe your mother: Lady. I do not think this word is used anymore with any seriousness. And to me, this is one of the greatest shames of our nation. Just look at your mother, her best friend Lois, and the other girls in these precious photographs. They are ladies (or at least doing their best to be ladies in some cases).

Thank you for this treasure trove of nastolgic loveliness. I enjoyed it very much.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 29, 2012:

Hi alocsin,

This 1943 annual is now in the mail on the way to my Aunt Lois's daughter Julie. She will safeguard it and pass it on to her children. Turning the pages of this old annual is like turning the pages of history. Nice to know that you enjoyed reading about it and seeing the old photos.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on September 29, 2012:

What a wondeful document and I'm glad you are preserving it. Some may argue that you can get the same info from the Internet, but the thing with the Web is that it can be changed at anytime. Books, on the other hand, are permanent records of their times. Voting this Up and Interesting.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 29, 2012:

Hi vespawoolf,

I thought that because of the historical nature of the time during WW2 that this high school annual and what the students accomplished would be of interest to others. Glad to know that you agree. Thanks for your comment and vote up.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on September 29, 2012:

Your mother was a beautiful woman and from the sounds of it, beautiful inside, too. How nice that she always looked at the positive side of things. I loved browsing her photos. It reminds me of looking through my grandfather's photos. He was also from a large Germany family and fought in WWII as a young man. What a touching and well-written hub that gives us a glimpse of life at another time in history. Thanks so much...voted up!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 26, 2012:

Hi agusfanani,

Yes, the youths were well intentioned and pulled together for a common cause back in those early days of World War 2. Thanks for your comments and vote up.

agusfanani from Indonesia on September 26, 2012:

Peggy, those youths really had good patriotism and spirit shown in their ability to buy those two military jeeps and varied positive clubs/activities they had amidst unfavorable condition during the war. That gives a good model for today's young generation to do the same and even more.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 25, 2012:

Hi Prasetio,

So glad that you enjoyed this look at the past as it occurred in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin in the year 1943. No need for time machines with the Internet and articles like this. Thanks for your comment and vote up. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 25, 2012:

Hi Alastar,

Thanks for your visit again and confirming that people of this era deserved the title "the greatest generation." From what I have experienced in life...I believe that it is true! Thanks for the share.

agusfanani from Indonesia on September 25, 2012:

What a wonderful memory you've written in this hub. Those varied clubs and their success in funding the purchase of two army jeeps showed those youths spirit and support for the country amidst unfavorable condition due to the war. Thank you for sharing this interesting story and vote up for this rare hub too.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on September 25, 2012:

Beautiful, Peggy. It's like flight with time machine in the past. I really enjoy reading this hub and watching all the vintage pictures. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

Cheers, prasetio

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on September 25, 2012:

They sure did deserve the title. Shared with honor, Peggy.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 25, 2012:

Hi Alastar,

Thanks for your visit and comment. This 1943 high school annual shows much more than styles of hair and dress back then. It shows the generosity of spirit and work ethics of students along with some of the fun activities in which they engaged. WW2 was a prime influencing factor in their lives. Even after my mother started working following her high school years...she donated time after work to help with the war effort. Most of the people back then DESERVED the title..."THE GREATEST GENERATION."

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 25, 2012:

Hello Mhatter99,

The "real treasure" was my Mother and my Aunt Lois, both of whom made the world a better place in which to live. Whitefish Bay High School appeared to be a great place in which to learn important life lessons at that stage in their young lives. Thanks for your comment.

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on September 25, 2012:

Ah Peggy, this was a lovely look at your mother's '43 annual. The Whitefish Tower looked like a big college campus entrance. Especially enjoyed the candid shots- the pipe smoking muscle boy lol- and the sections on your mother and Lois- both attractive young ladies. This hub really shows what American youth were like back then.

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on September 24, 2012:

Wow! Thus was really something, Thank you so much for sharing. You have a real treasure.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 24, 2012:

Hi AliciaC,

So glad that you enjoyed this look at the past during the time frame of World War 2 and how it affected students at the high school in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 24, 2012:

Hi Cheryl,

It was nice to be able to share images and stories of what the Whitefish Bay High School kids were doing in 1943. You got to meet my mother and know her inner beauty which, after all, counts more than anything. Thanks for your lovely comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 24, 2012:

Hi kashmir56,

Appreciate your wonderful comments. My mother was a really special person who enriched many lives as she crossed paths with them. I miss her dearly! Thank you for the votes and the share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 24, 2012:

Hi teaches12345,

It is amazing what can be learned by looking back at old high school annuals. Considering that 1943 was a war year, I feel that this particular one held even more interest beyond who were the teachers and students. Their focus on helping the war effort was exemplary. Appreciate your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 24, 2012:

Hi Mary,

So nice to know that you enjoyed this look back in time especially since it was in your era. How many kids were in your class and where did you graduate from high school? Are you in touch with any of your high school buddies? Thanks for your comment, votes and the shares.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 24, 2012:

This is a very interesting look at a specific period in the past, Peggy, and it's also a beautiful tribute to your mother and the other students at Whitefish Bay High School. Thanks you for sharing all the information and photos.

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on September 24, 2012:

Oh Peggy, Another inspiring and beautiful hub. Your tribute to Ms Carol made me think of her beauty inside and out. Your Aunt Lois was a beautiful lady too. You are a beautiful writer and artist. The 1943 Whitefish Bay High School Annual is a great treasure, complete with beautiful memories. Another awesome hub, photos and tribute to your beautiful Mother.

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on September 24, 2012:

Hi Peggy great hub dedicated to the memories your mom once lived,enjoyed reading this wonderful story and loved all the old photos ! Your mom was very beautiful and you said inside and out and I'm sure you take after her has well.

Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 24, 2012:

Hi b. Malin,

The tribute to those going to serve in the armed forces was really nice. Apparently many of them did so and those left behind did a lot to help the cause during the days of World War 2. Glad that you enjoyed reading this. Thanks for your comment.

Dianna Mendez on September 24, 2012:

Peggy, this was a nice history of your mom's life. I enjoy looking back at the yearbooks for this purpose.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on September 24, 2012:

Well, I graduated High school in 1945 (did I just tell my age???), and I have four of my school annuals. We didn't have the money to have them printed at my little school. We typed the pages and ran off copies on our machine at school and put them together.

I loved looking at the photos, the saddle oxfords, the hair styles, etc. Your Mother was a beautiful girl!

Thanks for sharing this album with us. I voted this UP and will share and Tweet.

b. Malin on September 24, 2012:

Hi Peggy, What a Beautiful Hub and Tribute to your Mom...I'm sure she is looking down and Smiling in Approval. I too Enjoyed seeing that the year Book was dedicated to the Students & Teachers who would be going off to serve in WW2. Very, Poignant. Thanks for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 24, 2012:

Hi Gene,

What a flattering thing to say because I thought of my mother as being beautiful. I don't compare in my opinion. She was beautiful in every way both inside and out. Thanks!

Gene Jasper on September 24, 2012:

Man, do you look like your Mother! Great look back.

Gene

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 24, 2012:

Hi Loretta,

That generation of folks deserves the title "The Greatest Generation." Morals and values were much higher than today. Hard work was valued and when set-backs came along, they just rolled up their sleeves and tackled the problems with more vigor. So sorry to hear about your mother's recent passing. Going through your mother's things is hopefully giving you some comfort. Am sure that you are learning things much as I have been. God bless you and your mother. Will have to plan a get together soon! Thanks for your comment.

Loretta Nixon on September 24, 2012:

How lovely! With my mother's recent passing and going thrjough 89 years of accumulation of pictures it does give you a side of your parent and what there lives were really like. In spite of a war, they seemed to move forward at all times, meeting their goals with hard work and belief in a country that was so very regarded, to bad a lot of folks don't have that respect now.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 24, 2012:

Hi Janine,

I thought it was interesting how the entire book was dedicated to the students & even teachers who were leaving the school to engage in WW2. Also amazing to me that the students did enough fund raising to purchase 2 jeeps among their other endeavors. Nice that you have family mementos that you cherish. Thanks for the first comment, vote + share.

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on September 24, 2012:

Peggy, I loved taking a look back at your mom's annuals from the 1940's. This was my grandparents era, but I too am fascinated by it and even have old letters that my grandfather wrote my grandmother when he was drafted and in the army. I cherish them and can see how you too cherish these books of your mom's. This was a beautiful dedication to her and thank you for sharing these with us. Have voted up and shared too!!

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