Florence County
Gen Web Project

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Photos... 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.

If 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!!!

(Click on picture to see a larger original version)

"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

Update: 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.
Jennifer Chapman

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.



And, on to our next page of photographs & postcards...

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