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Aug 09

1947 Willshire High School Senior Class Play

I don’t often think of my parents as school students, but they were at one time. And I see that my mom participated in some school activities.

Here is a photo of the 1947 Willshire High School Senior Class play. My mom, Florence (Schumm) Miller, was a member of that class and she was also in their senior class play. Actually, the whole class was in the play. All twelve students from the Class of 1947 are in the photo.

1947 Willshire Senior Class Play. Standing: Ken Luginbill, Florence Schumm, Dorothy Ketrow, Ray Hamrick, Leahline Case, Barbara Painter, Leona Luginbill. Front: Joan Gallant, Charles Myers, Bill Schumm, Tim Agler, Betty Weinman.

I do not know the title of the play but it appears that one fellow, played by Bill Schumm, had some sort of an accident. Bill and the woman standing behind him (Dorothy Ketrow) would marry about 3 years after this photo was taken.

My mom was pretty good about labeling her photos and she put the names of the cast on the back of the photo:

Standing: Kenneth Luginbill, Florence Schumm, Dorothy Ketrow, Ray Hamrick, Leahline Case, Barbara Painter, Leona Luginbill.

Front: Joan Gallant Charles Myers, Bill Schumm, Tim Agler, Betty Weinman.

I recognize a few of the faces and names.

And I remember that old stage in the Willshire School gymnasium, where this 1947 play was likely held. I was in a play on that same stage when I was in the sixth grade.  

Willshire High School Class of 1947

Above is another photo of the seniors in the Class of 1947. My mom did not label this photo but I recognize most of the people from the class play photo. Women, left to right: [?], Betty (Weinman) Reichard, Barbara Painter, my mom Florence (Schumm) Miller, Dorothy (Ketrow) Schumm, Leona Luginbill, Leahline Case, [?], and Joan Gallant. There are two additional women in this photo and I do not know who they are. Men: Robert Cowan (principal and teacher), Tim Agler, Charles Myers, Kenneth Luginbill, Bill Schumm, and Ray Hamrick.

2 comments

  1. Nita Habegger

    What a treat to see these pictures! Leona Luginbill is my mother and Kenneth Luginbill is my uncle. I sure wish they were both around to ask about the play. I also know a few of the other people in the picture. My mother’s married name was Amburgey. I believe Leahline Case also married a Schumm.

    1. Karen

      I am so glad you enjoy the Willshire class photos! You certainly have a family connection there and I remember my mom mentioning the Luginbills who were in her class. I love seeing and sharing these old photos and I also wish my parents were around to answer questions. Thanks for writing!

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