Class of 1941
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1941 Class Annual

Lee (Tanner) Collins, class of 1941, provided access to the annual.




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1941 class diploma.

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Thirteen years of growth and study usually resulted in the awarding of a diploma like the one shown above. Essentially every class from 1927 through 1947, when Frank Rackett retired from the board, had the same set of signatures on their diploma. There was no turnover in the school board, and Charles and Gladys Saur were at Godwin from 1924 to 1950.




Below, the class of 1941 as 7th graders, in 1935.



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Below, part of the class of 1941, perhaps as 5th graders, which would make it 1933. Does anyone know for sure when the photograph was taken?



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Above, the Godwin marching band in 1941. Lee (Tanner) Collins is the second majorette from the left. It's notworthy that people are allowed to walk on the gym floor while wearing street shoes. The gym is about 12 years old in this photograph, and, based on the paint markings, appears to be substantially worn already. Perhaps the attitude about gym floors was different than it would be in later years when wearing street shoes on them would be cause for a major fit from someone. In the 1950s already, even pickup basketball games meant either wearing your tennis shoes or just using your stockings. Then there were the sock hops of the 1950s.






October 23, 1940 Godwin News

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November 13, 1940 Godwin News

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December 18, 1940 Godwin News

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January 24, 1941 Godwin News

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February 18, 1941 Godwin News

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March 25, 1941 Godwin News

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April 22, 1941 Godwin News

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As would so often be the case well into the 1950s, the women were the academic stars each class year. Ruth Becker set a record that can't be beaten - a perfect score of all A's. Can't be beaten under the same rules anyway. Honest grades, rather than feel good grades, probably gave students a feeling of pride that can only come from honest achievement.

In the salutatorian piece, once can see that one had to go to number four before a male showed up in the grade standings. For reasons not altogether clear, this situation changed some starting in the 1960s, and ambitious males often did take top honors. Perhaps life goals changed some. Or perhaps males getting good grades were no longer ostracized in some manner. It's also possible that in a post Sputnik ( October 4, 1957 ) world the notion of going to college loomed larger in many student's minds. It was a time of rising prosperity, and it would become more commonplace for students at Godiwn to go on to college after graduation.

Of course the opportunities for women to make use of their superior academic performance was more limited in the 1940s, so in a real way one's fate was more determined by the social norms of the time than by one's academic performance. Women could become teachers, but this was often merely a holding pattern until they got married and did the things expected of them at the time.






May 21, 1941 Godwin News

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June 5, 1941 Godwin News

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The June 5, 1941, issue of Godwin News is devoted to the graduating class. Small insights into what each student thought was their most significant characteristic can be seen in the "class will." Anthony Mihaik, twin of Ethel,notes that class of 1942 member George Watson peddled a bike from Burton Heights to Godwin each day. Apparently Godwin did serve the Burton heights area into the 1940s yet. While George Watson rode a bike, it's like that many walked. Other students walked south to at least 52 Street, and others to the Clyde Park and 32nd or 36th area. The world was safer back then, most students walked a lot, and none were obese.

While the US was coming out of the Great Depression, it was largely because of defense jobs. It's likely that most students gave little thought to events in Europe in 1941, and no one could know what December 7, 1941, would bring, but most of the students in the class of 1941 would become deeply involved, like it or not. Most did their duty.



Class of 1941 Senior Play.

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Cleanup day, 1941, in anticipation of open house for parents. Things that could be done in 1941 that would be essentially impossible in year 2008.


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1941 class officers Al Wiersma, Beth Westgate, Carolyn Jazwinski, Dick Fox, in front of library.


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Class of 1941 Commencement.

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World War II took a heavy toll on Godwin graduates. Many served, and many did not return alive. Between 350 and 400 thousand US servicemen died in the war, and for many that did return, their lives were never the same. Some of those who served, and some that also died in action, are shown below. Lloyd Backart, class of 1941, is said in one of the peices below to have graduated from Ottowa. In fact he graduated from Godwin.

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John Schooley, class of 1941 - left click for a larger version.

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Roswel Leatherman, class of 1941 - left click for a larger version.

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Class of 1941 50th Reunion.

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Lillian Annis and Lee (Tanner) Collins, in June, 2005. At the home of Lillian, in Traverse Bay, MI.

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The canaries were owned by Lillian Annis as a child. When they died, Lillian and her mother, living just two doors north of Godwin, on Division Avenue, took the birds over to Frank Rackett's house, on the northwest corner of 36th and Division Avenue, to see what could be done with the birds. The result is shown above.

After perhaps 70 years, the birds are still in excellent condition, and show what the entire flora and fauna collection Frank Rackett donated to Godwin about the same time might still look like had it been properly taken care of.



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The material above is from the December, 2007, issue of the "Godwin Newletter," produced by Godwin Heights Highschool. Dorothy Nelson graduated from Godwin as Dorothy Bignall, in 1941.



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Taken during the 2008 Golden G Luncheon, the person on the right is Lee (Tanner) collins, class of 1941. The one on the left is Evelyn (Hills) Hillard. In the center is Joel Wyn.

Lee Tanner's 90th open house.



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Class of 1941 Deceased

Godwin Graduating Class of 1941 Deceased - Up-dated May 2009

 

1.    Anthony Mihalik                            Deceased  ~    June 3, 1974

2.    Ray Moore                                  Deceased  ~   October 2, 1961

3.    Al Clark                                      Deceased  ~   Date Unknown

4.    Marian Ryno                                Deceased   ~  Date Unknown

5.    Helen Kranenberg                           Deceased   ~  Date Unknown

6.    Fred Baker                                   Deceased   ~  October 19, 1944

7.    Virginia Wanrooy                           Deceased   ~  Date Unknown

8.    John Schooley                                Deceased   ~  February 12, 1945

9.    Beth Westgate                               Deceased   ~  August 19, 1978

10.  Julia Dulyea                                 Deceased   ~  February 12, 1944

11.  Laura Tanner                                Deceased   ~  April 6, 1945

12.  Rolland Cooley                               Deceased   ~  Month & day unkn. 1991

13.  Madelyn Drowne /Roberts                Deceased   ~  January 30, 1992

14.  Margaret Mieras                            Deceased   ~  Date unknown

15.  Arleen Geelhoed                             Deceased   ~  March 7, 1997

16.  William (Bill) Lackey                    Deceased   ~  November 19, 1993

17.  Maggie Van Overon/Bagdon             Deceased   ~  August 27, 1995

18.  Roswell "Stuby" Leatherman             Deceased   ~  March 10, 1995

19.  Kay Hager/Tiemersma                     Deceased   ~  February 9, 1996

20.  Carolyn Jane Jazwinski/Bush            Deceased   ~  May 7, 1998

21.  Verne Eadie                                  Deceased   ~  April 11, 1998

22.  Wayne Redner                               Deceased   ~  July 10, 1998

23.  Dorothy Scharphorn/Eikoff                Deceased   ~  January 21, 1998

24.  Tom Palmer                                  Deceased   ~  August 29, 1999

25.  Ethel Mahalik                               Deceased   ~  October 15, 1999

26.  Elmer Brown                                 Deceased   ~  January 18, 2001

27.  Larry Van Allsburg                        Deceased   ~  January 26, 2001

28.  Merton Zomer                               Deceased   ~  July 11, 2001

29.  Orville Whip                                Deceased   ~  December 20, 2001

30.  Donald Miller                               Deceased   ~  August 19, 2001

31.  Ben Stevens                                  Deceased   ~  December 12, 2001

32.  Fred Nielsen                                  Deceased   ~  December 27, 2002.

33.  Betty Lull/LaCouver                       Deceased   ~  April 24, 2004

34.  Richard (Jim) Fox                         Deceased   ~  April 30, 2004

35.  Al Wiersma                                  Deceased   ~  January 6, 2006

36.  Ruth Becker                                  Deceased   ~  Date Unknown

37.  Robert Zoerman                             Deceased   ~  December 3, 2008

38.  Phyllis Breen/Wyn                     Deceased  ~  June 19, 2009

39.  Dorothy Soepboer/Molt                 Deceased  ~  July 24, 2009

Those never located, presumed deceased, unless notified otherwise.

40. Ruth Moorse                                  Deceased date unknown

41. Evelyn Warren                                Deceased date unknown

42.  Marvin Warren                              Deceased date unknown

43.  Dora Randall                                Deceased date unknown

 

If anyone has corrections or other confirmed information, please contact me, Lee Collins @ 616-534-4424 Thank You.


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