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The Narcissus, Squealer and Tattler, Too!

I just got my invitation to my high school reunion – I won’t go into to details but it is a, <gulp>, significant number. The reunion Web site has some pages from our senior yearbook, and it brought back a lot of fond memories.  Yearbooks can be a great tool – whether you are looking for a specific person, trying to learn more about a school, or to just get a better understanding of what life was like during that time period. I think if a researcher looked at my yearbook they would wonder how we all got our hair so big. I recently worked with a genealogist who found her grandfather listed in a yearbook from the 1920s. She had never met him but learned he was involved with music (as was she), his nickname and even his quote for the class. Often these early yearbooks include descriptive paragraphs about each senior – like these seniors listed in the 1915 Logansport Tattler


I love the description of Thelma Sines, who besides being earnest and sincere could make a great banana pie.  You just don’t get that kind of wonderful information from a census record. 

We do not have a yearbook for every school in Indiana or for every year – but we do have a nice collection. So if you are looking for the Narcissus (Peru), the Squealer (Martinsville), or the Kay Aitch Ess (Kendallville), let us know. 




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1. Carol watson says

July 21, 2010 at 8:55 p.m.
I am hoping you may be the answer to my dillema.. I am researching a family tree for my Doctor, here in Arizona, Jon L PORMAN. His Dad was Larry Lee PORMAN, born 1836, & died 1987. this family lived in La Paz, & Lakeville, iNDIANA all their lives. We are looking for The FATHER of Larry Lee PORMAN (probably born about 1910 or so?) Dr, said he owned OR WORKED AT a Mobile Service Station in Lakeville, & was reported to have repaired John Dillingers car according to family lore. WE WOULD APPRECIATE IT VERY MUCH IF YOU WOULD BE ABLE TO FIND THIS INFORMATON..(a yearbook would be fantastic too)!!so we can futher our family tree.. thank you very much carol