I asked, you answered. I received a couple of responses regarding last week's post "What's going on? Captions needed,"
showing photos that were part of a collection donated by former Edina High School teachers Del and Lavonne Frederickson.Jeff Thompson identified the Time cover pictured in the background: the Aug. 13, 1973 issue featuring Minnesota Governor Wendell Anderson.While we Minnesotans were pretty proud of making national press, I was surprised that it was named one of the magazine's 10 Worst Covers.
What?! Did those jealous Wisconsin-ites or Iowans skew the voting?Judge for yourself: the article is available online at the Time website.More importantly, Jeff could identify some of the Edina students in the photos.The students are Polly Peterson standing on the left and her brother Mark Peterson standing in the middle. Robin Peterson who is not related is sitting in the middle. My guess is this is the Student Council in 1975
. (By the way, Polly Peterson later was crowned Miss Minnesota USA. For more about Edina's beauty pageant winners, see this post.)With Jeff's help narrowing down the date, we can check the correct yearbook for the other names.
Another reader, Sue (Naas) Manske helped with another photo in the Frederickson collection:
Not sure if this picture was taken in 1970, but at least two of the students are from the class of 1970. Standing are Steve Precht and Dennis Hughes. I think the other 2 are from the class of '70 also....I can refer you to several people from the class of '70 that organized the last reunion and they can probably give you more names.
Sue and I exchanged emails, and we hope to have names with those faces soon.
I also have a few more people identified in a Morningside kindergarten photo
(from this post
.) Kirk Nelson recently identified himself (bottom row, number 6) and some of his classmates. I added the names to the list. If anyone can help identify the rest of these cute kindergartners or anyone else in our photos posted on the blog, please email me
or comment on the individual post.Thanks to all who help me with my archiving duties. Happy Monday, everyone!
Edina-Morningside Junior High (Wooddale School) newspaper article, Oct. 28, 1947
How many American children grew up with their parents telling them to "eat all your vegetables. There are starving people in (insert your mom's choice of country here) who would love to have your broccoli."
If you didn't grow up during World War II, you may not know that the Clean Plate Club was part the homefront's effort to help win the war. You might wonder: how could eating all your food take down Hitler?
As this article from the Edina-Morningside Junior High newspaper "Blue and Gold" reported, America could send more supplies to our starving allies, if only students would eat their bread crusts.
The philosophy is an interesting contrast to the national response to the ongoing War on Terror: going shopping. Instead of urging citizens to cut back, officials tell us to spend money for a stronger economy and a stronger America. What's more, today you're not supposed to clean your plate, unless you want to eat your way to obesity.
And this, my friends, is why I love history. As times change, attitudes change. We are constantly challenged by the past to re-consider what we believe to be true for today.
I found this story in our archives when I was looking for stories for our upcoming exhibit "Edina's Greatest Generation." I also think it would be great as part of another exhibit we're working on about the history of Edina schools.For such a little article, it tells a lot about how Edina lived in the 1940s.
On March 27, 1859, residents of what would become northern Edina formed Independent School District No. 17 and decided to build a school at Code's Corner, the important intersection of Highway 100 and Valley View Road. They decided not to commence classes until each family had donated three-fourths of a cord of wood.
With that decision, Edina public schools began 150 years ago. We're working on an exhibit to spotlight those 15 decades of school life, with a focus on the elementary school grades. (Edina did not even have a high school until 1949.)
We want to show the changes in how children got to school (from covered wagon school bus to Packard limousine to the familiar yellow bus of today), what they ate for lunch, what subjects they studied and other aspects of everyday school life.
If you have saved photos, school work, lunch boxes, school clothes and other items from your childhood, please contact me to arrange a loan or a donation.
I also hope to create a timeline using photos taken on the first day of school. While many things have changed, parents throughout the ages have taken snapshots at the bus stop or at the end of the driveway to mark that first special day. Please contribute your photos. Photo: Morningside kindergarteners Nancy Gregg, Sally Jackson and Susan McQueen wait for the bus on the first day of school Sept. 5, 1934.