On the previous post, Leah commented that Ina had lovely skin. Here’s what Ina had to say on the subject:
“Well, it’s nice to be called ‘the prettiest girl in the class.’ It was a moot question in those days; some thought I was pretty and some thought otherwise, but there was no question about my eyes, the color of my hair and complexion and of course, in those days we didn’t know how to make the most of our good points.”
And here’s what her sister Bertha had to say: “When Mrs. Chase and Mrs. Moss were here this fall, Mrs. Chase told me she knew Ina and me both by that class picture in the Journal. I was in hopes I had gotten over looking silly. Mary W. E. wrote that one woman she showed the picture to thought me the best looking girl in the class. ‘Course I’m glad she did but don’t admire her taste. I told Ada about it and she said ‘was Ina in the class?’ and Ina should have thanked her for the compliment but I didn’t appreciate it a bit.”
The photo is of the three girl graduates from Lakeview (Oregon) High School, 1889 – Ina on the left, her sister Bertha on the right. The class also included several young men. Apparently the class photo was printed in The Oregon Journal sometime in the early 1930s, which occasioned comment as to who was the fairest in the land.
Note the fancy dresses. My mother told me that it was customary for girl graduates to have a lovely dress for the ceremony, and when she graduated in 1927, she and some of the other girls decided that they would forgo the dress in deference to those whose families couldn’t afford it. However, she said, one of the poor girls approached her and asked that they reconsider. The classmate told Mother that their families had scrimped and saved for months so that this special dress might be made / purchased for graduation. It was their chance for something extra special, and the well-meaning graduation committee was taking it away. And that’s how important high school graduation was. KW