The Sophomore Year Begins

 

.     A clipping about the "new" football coach started off Ginny's scrapbook for our sophomore year (1954-1955).  School hadn't started yet, so the article must have been in an August 1954 Salina Journal.

 

     Pete Phillippi (left) was the athletic director (and a former SHS football coach himself).

 

     The article is rather routine but has some biographical information about Mr. Webber (what he'll always be to me) that I added to a 2001 obituary I found after reading this article.  Read it all by clicking here.  I added the obituary to the bottom of the In Memoriam page with other teachers.

 

     Mr. Webber was a no-nonsense coach (and person) but fair and worthy of respect.

 

     He "taught" study hall and I remember once when someone was making a bit of a fuss across the room.  Without looking up from his desk where he was drawing football plays (Xs and Os) his strong gravel voice said "If I wanna hear from you I'll rattle your chain."  It was suddenly very quiet.  I was amused.

 

     After two years at SHS he moved on to coach at Ark City Junior College and eventually was the registrar at Emporia State University.  Many years later his daughter became a teacher of Latin at SHS.

 

 

 

          A Mystery Victory Parade

 

     This set of three photos was in the 1926 Trail with the label "Victory Parade".  Either I overlooked the explanation or else there wasn't any explanation of what the victory was.  I imagine those in 1926 knew all about it without any help.  It's only a mystery today because of ignorance.

 

     I'll make some guesses.  If you have hard information or more guesses, send them in.

 

     The trees have no leaves but there's no snow on the ground.  The marchers in the first photo seem rather bundled up.  For me these all add up to the Autumn of 1925.  Or was it early Spring of 1926 with a very dry winter?  (I wonder what street is shown here?)

 

     But what victory would warrant such a grand parade?  Because this was in the Trail, is it necessarily school related?  The second photo seems to show a long, a very long line of heavily dressed people (perhaps 30 to 50 of them) while the third photo has a line of autos (about a dozen) preceded by marchers carrying a banner that says "SALINA".  (These last two photos obviously are at Santa Fe and Iron Ave.  There's that bank on the corner has the clock sticking out that has been a prominent landmark.)

 

     It doesn't look like a school parade to me.  WWI ended on Nov. 11, 1918.  Could this be a parade of WWI veterans on Nov. 11, 1925 that was too impressive not to put in the Trail?  (Memorial Hall was dedicated in 1923, so this parade was not part of that.)  For a parade to happen on what I'm taking to be far from a summer's day, I think it would take something big, like WWI, to be the stimulus.

 

     Were they celebrating the new statues at the entrance to Oakdale Park?  No, says http://www.kscwmonuments.com/Counties/Saline-county.htm .  Those were put up in 1918 to honor Civil and Spanish War veterans -- WWI was still raging.

 

     The truth surely exists in Salina's library in a microfilm roll of old Journals.  Maybe some day I'll spin through it and see what's what.  Unless YOU already know and will send it in.  (The convenient on-line Journals at Newspapers.com start in 1951, way too late to use on this mystery.)

 

 

          Not the Solution, or Is It?

 

     While searching for information on the parade show above, I ran across this postcard showing a similar Salina parade for sale via Ebay.  It was postmarked around 1910, so it is NOT the 1925 parade.

     The marchers are veterans of the Grand Army of the Republic, the G.A.R. -- veterans of the Civil War on the Union's side. 

 

     As another side note, I found that Salina hosted the 44th Annual Kansas "Encampment" of the G.A.R. over May 12-14, 1925.  (An "encampment" was a reunion that may or may not involve an actual camp.)  Could THAT be the reason for the parade shown in the 1926 Trail? 

     It would have been 60 years since the end of the Civil War, meaning few, if any, of the marchers would have been younger than 75 in 1925.  I have trouble believing the Civil War connection, but photos from a May 1925 parade would not have had time to make it into the 1925 Trail.  And the style with lines of men in the 1910 and 1925 parades seems repeated.  It's just a lively guess until I can read those 1925 Salina Journals.

     But still -- why would the May 1925, 44th Annual Kansas Encampment of Civil War veterans appear a year later in the 1926 Trail?  Was WWI that important to kids almost a decade later? Of course, some of their fathers might have gone "over there."  We'd have to ask the Trail editors to get the inside scoop.

 

 

 

 

        Just for Fun

 

     I'm starting to present selections from Ginny's scrapbook for our Sophomore year.  That's the book's beautiful cover on the left.  The blue emblem really stands out.

 

     I like a mystery but I'm always impatient to solve it.  Below I present a mystery with no solution in sight.  I know HOW to solve it, but I've got to spend time in the Salina library to do so.  Maybe that will happen sometime this year, maybe not.  If I get the solution, you can be sure I'll let you know about it right here.