Historic Hood River
I’m not quite sure what to make of this image, but there’s a lot to look at. The blackboard is dated May 31, 1899 and “Class of ’99” so perhaps this was the final day of school. The lesson is interupted with a tic-tac-toe game and it’s been tagged in a few places.
There is a peculiar poem as part of the lesson: “There’s always a river to cross, there’s always a woman to boss, there’s always some work to do, that keeps me in a stew.”
One of the boys is Ralph Laraway. He was born in 1881, so I’m guessing this is either a high school graduation picture or perhaps he’s enrolled at a university. We’re not sure who the other boy is.