Historic Hood River
Parkdale High School, 1931-32
This fine photo of Parkdale High School 1931-32 faculty and students includes notes on the names, along with the disclaimer, “This list was put together from memory about 60 years later so might not be infallible.” Could you do this well with a photo of classmates from 60 years ago? Sadly we don’t know whose memory this image was testing.
As a production note, when I started this photoblog 11 years ago I shied away from sharing images with long lists of names like this because of the time it would take to transcribe them. Now I can take a photo of the image back with my phone and let it transcribe all the names for me. Progress! It did very well with the neat typed notes on the reverse of this image. It doesn’t do nearly as well with handwritten notes, but I’m sure it will be able to handle those some day.
Nellie Wight, algebra,
Troy McCraw, principal,
Mrs. Mckinnie, typing and music, Mr. Harder, science, Alberta Bostick,
Edwin Shaw, ?,
Billy Dean (Tye),
Hideo Kajakowa, Gertrude Rumbaugh, Ray Sato, Jack McBride,
Manzanita Bader, Jarva Lewis,
Paul Priest, Hazel Stott,
Julia Benedict, Coila Bea Boe,
Elizabeth Langille, ?,
Lois Rose, ?,
Virginia Lawrence, George Beal,
Patricia Reilly, Loren Bader,
Jesse Hutson, Inez Struck,
Jean Boe, Gordon Muma,
Esther Fioretti, Leslie Aubert, Donna Bordeau, Clifford Muma,
Bob Rush, Helen Rumbaugh, Wesley Wygant, Marcia Steinhauser, Myron Wygant.
Tags: 1930s, Parkdale, Parkdale High School
There is a plaque inside the old main entrance/ front porch area of the school, the east end, with the gym/auditorium, stating it was built in 1937.
The original school that was on the west end was replaced with what is there now- flat roof design- not good in big snows! That was approximately 1966-67â€¦?
After 1-4th grade at Parkdale Primary (now the community center) I had 5th grade in the old part of the school (Mrs Rives). But 6th grade (Mr Omeg?)was in the new open design – it was very noisy- they eventually walled off the area to have separate classrooms.
My mom and her twin graduated in 1945 from Parkdale HS.
I think this picture is taken against the back, north, side of the school that was tore down.
I remember 2 huge Doug fir trees in the front yard of the school- over 100 yrs old. Since we lived next door- we spent a lot of time in the school yard with neighborhood kids. I remember the day they came down to start the new part.
Love having all the students names on this pic!
I picked a random name out of the list….Mark Sato, in the middle row. In 1941 he married Marjorie Kayikawa in Parkdale. Ray Sato, is also in the middle row. Since one was born April 1917 and the other was born February 1917, perhaps they are cousins.
The story of Ray Sato.
Gordy Sato: https://www.goodfruit.com/from-paris-to-pears/
MARK K. SATO Passed away peacefully on April 2, 2007. Mark was born in Parkdale, Oregon 90 years ago. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2007, at 2:00 PM at the San Lorenzo Japanese Christian Church, 615 Lewelling Blvd., San Leandro, CA.
Alameda Times-Star 4/4/07.
He would have been 35 – 40 years old when he was removed and sent to an incarceration camp. After they were released they had to make the decision of returing to the Hood River valley or to go elsewhere. Some chose California.
I've always considered those who came backas very courageous and forgiing. In talking with on valley resident he commented, “We forgive, but we don't forget.”
My ancestors, during this time were starved to death and incarcerated by their Russian leader Stalin. From the stories I heard growing up, I don't think they forgave or forgot.
In the back row on the left is Virginia Laurance. She was Valedictorian of her 1935 graduating class. She moved away from Parkdale, but those years growing up in the area must have left good memories.
Her obituary says: “….When Virginia was 8, her father, a successful general store owner in Stanfield, sold his property and paid cash for acreage in Parkdale. With no prior experience in horticulture, he established a thriving fruit ranch growing apples and pears in the shadow of Mt. Hood.
Virginia helped with the harvest; took piano lessons; learned to swim in irrigation ditches; joined Camp Fire Girls; and enjoyed skiing, tobogganing, tennis and summer sports at Lost Lake, and community theater. With her brothers, she successfully climbed to the 11,250-foot summit of Mt. Hood….”