Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Help preserve Central High School's history by putting some names on faces

Usually Ann Waidelich and some of her fellow volunteers, including Central alumna Charlotte McVicar, spend Wednesday at the Wisconsin Historical Society helping to catalogue photographs, an increasing number of which are being posted online every week.

A conscientious researcher, Ann expends a great deal of time and energy trying to identify the people in each photograph she helps to process, but sometimes it's difficult to be successful in this important endeavor. However, I think Central alumni may be able to help her (and the Wisconsin Historical Society) put some names on as yet unidentified faces, such as the one shown on the top left of this post.

A cropped version of this photo of the 1929 relay team, taken by Angus McVicar, Charlotte's father, appears in the 1929 Tychoberahn. The men are identified by their surnames, as you can see if you look at the scan I've made of page 124 of the yearbook:

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The names are (from left to right): Gjerde, Cohen, Anderson, Kloetzli, Horne, and Younger.

My copy of the 1929 Tychoberahn has lots of autographs. Although it's difficult to see in the scan, the autograph to the right of the photo is that of Harry Chuck Younger, so presumably he's the man on the right. After looking at the senior photos, I believe I've identified the man third from the right as Carter Anderson. I haven't been able to determine the identities of the other men, perhaps because they were not graduating seniors.

The photo of the track team at the top of page 124 of the 1929 Tychoberahn was also taken by Angus McVicar (note his name in the lower left hand corner). No one in this photo is identified, although it's likely the fourth man from the left in the bottom row is Carter Anderson.

The sign on the building in the background says "Simon Brothers Co" and in 1929, that company was located at 901 E. Washington Avenue, so the photograph was probably taken at Breese Stevens Field.

If you have any information about these team members and can help put some names on faces or tell us a bit about what happened to any of these men after they left Central, please leave a comment or send me an e-mail. I'll forward any information I receive to Ann Waidelich.