Class of 1923 – I know you!


The Pope County Historical Society received a donation from the Savre family. The main gift was a beautiful wedding dress worn by 2 generations of brides. That is a story for another day.

What I want to share with you is a photograph that came in with dress. This is Glenwood High School class of 1923, taken when they were freshmen, so probably in 1920. (Valborg Savre, one of the brides to wear the dress, is a member of this class.)

I am sitting at my computer cataloging the image into our museum database. Everyone in this image is labeled, so I have lots of names to enter.

What strikes me most as I type in the names, is how many names I recognize. I am 44 years old, these people would be about 107 if they were still living. I have never met any of them personally. Yet, after working at the museum for 10 years, I “know” many of them. It is fun to see them as young people.

I will introduce you to a few of my friends in the class of 1923:
Agnes Hovde put together the toy exhibit in the museum when it opened in 1966. Most of the dolls in our collection belonged to her.
Donald Fralick enlisted in the Army to fight in the Spanish American War. He was sent to a camp in Georgia under very poor conditions. Although he didn’t see action, he was brave enough to enlist and suffered hardship during his service. Upon return, he worked for the Soo Line Railroad and was active in city government.
Charles Royster was brother to William, the man who created the Railroad pension system, upon which our modern Social Security System is based.
Faun Hommen is in pictures already in our collection of children in front of a country school.
Lucille Berry and Elsie Toombs are sitting next to each other. Their families are linked by marriage and were the proprietors of Berry and Toombs Furniture and Undertaking in Glenwood.
Gilman Gandrud and Sophus Hafstad are ancestors to my schoolmates. Jean Elsey and Walter Finden are ancestors (or a great aunt) to my parents’ classmates.
Other surnames are very familiar, even if I don’t know the individual without looking up his or her file: Grove, Barsness, Lybeck, Ronnig, Dougherty, Christilaw, Quist, Squire, and Peacock are long standing Pope County names.

I know that if I actually started pulling out family files and researching the individuals, I would find many stories about these 55 young people and where their lives led them. But that will have to wait for another day – I have more photographs and artifacts to process today.

Feel free to stop in to see what’s new in the collection and discover what we have on YOU and YOUR FAMILY.

If you are really curious, these are all the people in the photograph:

Barlow, Mabel
Barsness, Lila
Berry, Lucille
Christilaw, Chester
Councilman, Clarence
Councilman, Lara
Davidson, Sidney
Davis, Nora
Dobbin, Wallace
Dougherty, James
Eastman, Lubelle
Elsey, Jean
Finden, Walter
Fischer, Orrel
Foote, Maynard
Fralick, Donald
Gandrud, Gilman
Grove, Hazel
Haberman, Elenora
Hafstad, Sophus
Haltorson, Harry
Hammond, Stephen
Hammond, Willard
Hanson, Adah
Homman, Faun
Hovde, Agnes
Jenkinson, Annis
Johnson, Vernon
Johnson, Viola
Jordan, Lloyd
Jorgenson, Iver
Kohler, Albert
Larson, Leonard
Lubeck, Richard
McLean, Hector
Milsten, Gilbert
Morck, Viola
Nelson, Katherine
Norris, Edmond
Olson, Clifford
Padden, Walter
Pederson, Grant
Peterson, Stanton
Quist, Orning
Ronning, Ruth
Rowe, Edgar
Royster, Charles
Sansness, Ellen
Savre, Valborg
Smith, Ruth
Squires, Charles
Strand, Julia
Susag, Florence
Toombs, Elsie
Turner, Alice
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2 Responses to Class of 1923 – I know you!

  1. Karen Arp says:

    Just came upon your website while doing research on Cyrus. It is a real pleasure to see my great grandmother’s (Emily Danielson) loom on display. Weaving is truly a lost craft!!

    Thank you again,

    Karen Arp
    Loveland Ohio

  2. Wendy Lane says:

    Hello, I found this page while looking for the I.S. Selleseth Dry Goods store building online. I have old photos of it from my fathers’ things. He was Woodrow Larson, son of Iver Larson who came from Norway and worked in the store for his relative I.S. Selleseth. My uncle Leonard Larson died in the 1940’s before I was born in 1950. I think he may be the boy in front center, number 52, but could be either number 26 or 27, he was a whole head shorter than my father when an adult. My email is If you have a key to the names in the photo I would like to know which boy he is. Thank you. Wendy Lane

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