There are very few school pictures handed down by my ancestors. I’ve shared some from my great-grandmother, Clara Ransom Davis, in The Schoolma’am. My grandmother, Reatha Gusso is an exception. She did save some class pictures, and even photos of her teachers.
Reatha’s photo albums are a mashup, but she did write information on or below many of the pictures. Nothing is in chronological order, but I’ve sorted them somewhat here. Unfortunately, I do not have any good scans of these.
If anyone knows who any of these teachers are, please contact me.
Reatha did not graduate with her class. She got married at 16 on December 31, 1932, the middle of her sophomore year. She did save this one certificate in her album.
Feature image: The Florence freshman class in 1931 had an initiation ceremony that apparently involved an event downtown. Reatha, again, is front and center, holding the big white package.