Friends and families like to flip through school yearbooks to help remember events or to see what their grandparents, great-grandparents or great-grandaunts or uncles did when they were in school. Yearbooks give folks an idea of how students and teachers dressed and what activities were popular back in the day.
Clinton Salyer is a retired school principal, who volunteers with the Poplar Bluff Museum education room. Salyer is grateful for all the donations of school memorabilia families gifted to the Abington Haworth School House room.
The museum’s school collection is the first Poplar Bluff High School yearbook printed in 1920 and continues for each year except 1941.
Salyer is searching for a copy of the PBHS yearbook for 1941 or a reason why the school officials might not have printed one in 1941.
If your grandparents or great-grandparents were in PBHS in 1941 and you have some of their things packed away in your basement or attic, you might want to investigate to see if they kept the book of memories from that year.
You might want to talk with some of your older family members or friends to see if they ever had one of the missing yearbooks or if they remember why no 1941 yearbooks were printed.
The Poplar Bluff Museum is housed in the old Mark Twain School building, 1010 North Main St. Drop in to visit the museum which is open to the public from 2-4 p.m. every Sunday or email him at pbmuseum.org.
The museum also houses the Poplar Bluff Sports Hall of Fame, Butler County Historical Society, Kanell Hall Veterans Museum and the Hall of Heroes, Githens Hall, Postal Room, Dale Gaebler Poplar Bluff People, the Scout Room, US Forest Service and Missouri Conservation Commission, Bowling Hall of Fame, Telephone Pioneers, Medical Museum and Golf Museum. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.
If you can locate a 1941 yearbook or find out why one was not printed, please let Salyer know. It will make his day.
Barbara Horton is a staff writer for the Daily American Republic. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.