06 September 2022

School Days in 1944 Brethren, Michigan


Photo Credit: "Beckquist's" 11797 Scanned photograph from the collection of Jamie Welch given to Brenda Leyndyke.

The day after Labor Day always reminds me of back-to-school time. I had many back-to-school days as a student, teacher, and a parent. I was the daughter of a teacher and a wife of a teacher. It is an exciting time for students. I can't say when this picture was taken, but I thought it was a good example of school days.

The scanned picture was given to me on a scandisk by my second cousin, Jamie Welch. His father, Thomas P. Welch is in the picture. Tom, as I knew him, was in first grade in 1944. I didn't make a note of which one is Tom, I will have to ask his son.

The picture is taken on the steps of what I believe was Brethren School, on the corner of N. High Bridge Road and N. Coates Hwy. It is at the four corners of Brethren, Michigan. I noticed how many boys were in this class. I only see two or three girls in a class of twenty-six. Oh, that poor teacher! I have been around first grade boys and they are full of energy. (If anyone knows which school this was, please leave a comment.)

Do you have back to school memories to share? Feel free to leave them in the comment section.

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