do we ever tire of seeing them? It's our chance to take a
glimpse at the past and see the faces of our ancestors and families.
And, I've found in my own family, though eyesight & memory dim from
age, a good clear photo will bring back the cherished memories of a
time long since gone by and it'll seem like just yesterday... and the
memories and PRICELESS stories will unfold.
you haven't already done so, make use of the BEST RESOURCE you have at
your disposal for genealogy & family history -- the elder members of
your family. They truly have a lot to say and even though some
might be fact and some might be fiction, the stories and the time
spent will be cherished forever... What we did with my own father
about 15 years ago was to schedule a quiet visiting time with just my
husband and myself with Dad. Hubby had a camcorder and took a
video of my Dad taking his old photos from a cigar box, identifying
them and then telling me the stories behind them. PRICELESS!!!
And what was even better was when hubby zoomed in on the pictures and
we played back the video for Dad to see... You see, my father is
almost blind but because the zoom made his own pictures so much
larger, he could see the huge, ugly belt-buckle his brother Joe had
won at the fair and was proudly displaying... and it was crystal clear
and like yesterday in Dad's mind, though the fair was 70 years before
and Uncle Joe has passed away...
As for photos, we have UNLIMITED SPACE so send them
on in!!! I don't need originals, just a scanned in photo or a good
xerox will do nicely... if you are scanning the pics, I prefer jpeg,
bitmap or gif and try to keep them as large as the originals are... if
they are already scanned and not in the above formats, no worries, we
can open almost anything!!! Just send them to the ANNE email link at
the bottom of any of the Florence pages... And we love class photos,
church photos, post cards, etc... and if you know the people on them,
GREAT.. jot down as much info as you have.. and if you don't have
names for the faces.. no problem.. we'll post them and hopefully our
Florence area experts will be able to help identify them for us!!!
AND, if YOU know of anyone in
the following pictures, email me and we'll update the page!!!
"Here is a picture of the FHS Graduating
class of 1927 or 1928. My father, Fred Peerenboom, is among the
class. He is in the bottom row, first one on the right. I don't know
who the rest are."
Sent in by Pat & Bob Sweet, Wisconsin Rapids
The second from
the left in the front row is my Grandfather, Jim Steddick for the
Graduating class of 1928. He would have been 17 years old as he was
born in 1911 in Florence.
Thanks, Jennifer for the update -- 2
identified, 8 more to go!
If you know the rest of the class member's names, please
email me with
them and we'll update the page.