This is my old high school, Delavan Community Unit School District 703 in Delavan, Illinois. The reason I'm showing you this picture, an interesting article appeared in the Delavan Times a few weeks ago from January, 1923. It included the reception held at the "new high school" on New Years' Day. I'm always fascinated by these old articles back in the day. My dad graduated from DCHS in 1934, then me, then my daughter graduated from there in 1984, fifty years after my dad. Here's how he looked in his graduation picture, the same year he met my mother.
Some of you have seen this before if you follow my blog. Here are some facts noted in the article, among the mention of all the new amenities that will be offered: "The cost of the building including plumbing and heating, was approximately $120,000. The site cost $10,000 and includes all the old fair grounds, thirteen acres in extent. Furniture and fixtures, landscaping and other expense will bring the total to near the bond issue of $150,000, which was voted at a special election. The bonds mature in fifteen years."
"Also note that a basketball game was played in the gymnasium between the high school and a team from the Alumni Association. Dancing concluded the evening's entertainment."
Isn't that fun to think about all those years ago? Now it appears that the High School may be relocated. Hmmm. 1923? Think of the old buildings in Europe and how old they are. Hope they don't take it down.
And here is an item for you. I'm quoting from the Times on this ad from Red's Cash Grocery in town:
Sugar, 9c lb, 12 lbs for $1.00 Now about 88c lb.
3 lbs our famous Peaberry coffee - 93c $10.55 - a big increase!
1 doz largest oranges packed - 60c Now $1.98/4 or almost $6.00
4 pkgs macaroni or spaghetti - 29c $6.00
No. 3 can Libby's Roast Beef - 45c Not available
2 lrg pkgs Kellogg Corn Flakes - 25c $2.73
For my friends in countries outside the US, these prices from 1923 are so tiny compared to what we pay for food now here in the states. And the cost of building is many times more expensive. I'm sure you find these prices have increased in your countries as well. Please share with me if you can find an example in your neck of the woods.
Here in the
All those in attendance receive a number.
The first person selects a gift and opens it.
The second person can either select a gift or "steal" from the first person.
If the gift is stolen, that person gets to select another gift to open.
The process continues until all gifts are out.
Each item can only be in the hands of three in attendance, or it becomes "frozen."
The gifts can be nice, silly, outrageous or just about anything for the imagination.
Here's the layout with the folks starting through the line with 10 soups to choose from, crackers, breads and salads, and dessert.
One of the "hot items" for the evening was the dressed sock monkey. This one was frozen when my neighbor took the final "steal". I've shown a few other items in this collage. There were 40 items in total to be opened, stolen, or treasured. We had a great time with lots of laughter!