Pictures Are Worth 1000 Words And Tell An Easy Story.

Having a fairly large family and experiencing, for the most part, growing up in the same city fosters that closeness I have always felt with my cousins. One particular cousin whom I have never met but who was always the topic of conversations and stories was Troy. I’m not sure why I never met Troy, except perhaps because I moved from Denver in 1970 when he was very young.

Troy was born the year after I graduated from high school so there is a good 20 years between our ages. Perhaps hearing about his growing years and the outstanding experiences he has had is what peaked my curiosity about this young man (remember he is young because there is 20 years difference in our ages.) Several years ago we connected on Facebook and I love the pictures of his family and his travels, and he still peaks my curiosity. Well, ok, I’m the nosy cousin!

Troy recently sent me pictures taken long ago of family members and I am pleased to share them with all my cousins. If you have pictures or memories you would like to share, send them to me and I will add them to this blog.

 

John Thomas Baber

John Thomas Baber, stepfather to Bernard Hancock

Leon Baber, Lulu Brace Hancock Baber, Bernard Hancock

Leon Baber, Lulu (Brace) (Hancock) Baber, Bernard Hancock

 

Lulu Baber, Bernard Hancock and John Baber

Lulu (Brace) (Hancock) Baber, Bernard Hancock, John Baber

 

Frances and Bernard Hancock

Mary Frances (Foreman) Hancock and Bernard Floyd Hancock

 

Hancock Girls abt 1942

Hancock girls, Charlotte, Charlene (twins); Pearl; Evelyn; Dorothy and Shirley

 

Dorothy, Shirley and Robert Hancock

Dorothy, Shirley and Robert Hancock

 

50th Wedding Anniversary Frances and Bernard Hancock

50th Wedding Anniversary for Bernard and Francis Hancock seated with Evelyn; standing is Dorothy, Shirley, Pearl, Charlotte, Charlene and Robert.

 

Wibur Foreman

And the odd picture tucked in with the Hancocks is Wilber Foreman, son of George Edwin Foreman the youngest brother of Robert “Syd” Sydney Foreman. This would be Frances Hancock’s cousin.

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The Second Time Around, Now I know!

Sorting through boxes after our recent move I came across two yearbooks belonging to my mother who graduated from Loveland High School. “The Chieftain” from 1942 and 1943. I was aware I had the yearbooks but I never took the time, until today, to look through and read each page. In the past I have posted many pictures of my mother as a young woman, never being able to date them accurately. The second time around now I know!

The Chieftain 1943

The Class of ’43

   “On the opening day of the 1939-40 school term, 150 bewildered freshmen gathered not in the high school auditorium as was the usual custom, but in the little red church across the street to receive their first instructions. They had no study halls and no assemblies except pep meetings which were held in the grandstand. All of these unusual arrangements were necessary because of the construction work on the new junior high building.”

Loveland High School 1942

   Various school activities included pep rally’s to cheer on the football team which was state champion in 1939 having played against Pueblo on the Loveland field. They marched in the Costume Day parade in downtown Loveland. As sophomore’s in the 1940-41 school term many of the students became contributing members of the football and basketball team and cheerleaders and majorettes.

   The third year at Loveland High School 1941-42 the “juniors” had 18 boys receive their letter in football, and continuing participation in basketball cheerleading and school spirit continued. The class presented the play “Mama’s Baby Boy,” which was a great success.

Evelyn Hancock Junior Year 1942

Evelyn Hancock
Junior Year
1942

  In the forward of the 1943 year book for this class of seniors a warning was included  “WARNING: Due to war conditions, we were not able to get water-proof covers for your year book, so take special care of them. There may be other things in this year book that you do not approve of, but due to shortage of materials and other difficulties, many plans had to be modified.”

   The students returned to school in the fall of 1942 as stately seniors, and as such were allowed to leave the auditorium first.  Again the Loveland Indians brought honors by winning the state championship from the Salida Spartans. Due to the shortage of labor on the farms we began school a week earlier and then allowed two weeks vacation to work in the beet fields. The senior year also included attending school on five Saturdays so the students could end the school year early.

Evelyn Hancock Senior Year 1943

Evelyn Hancock
Senior Year
1943

    “One of the most pleasant memories the seniors of 1943 will carry with them when they leave Loveland High School will be the memory of a class party held on March 12. The party was held in the music room, and dancing and games were the diversion of the evening. Refreshments of pop and doughnuts were served.”

The class sponsor was called back to the Army, leaving mid-term and 6 senior boys left school to serve in World War II.

Future Homemakers Club 1943 Second row, 1st on the left

Future Homemakers Club 1943
Second row, 1st on the left

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