Black Oak Elementary School, 5th grade, 1950. Gary, Indiana.
Put the cursor on their faces to see who they are. Let me know if you know the unknown ones - firstname.lastname@example.org.
for a high resolution image that you can save & print (opens in new window).
Names, but can't place: Lillie Hoover, Lorali Wells, Janice Koedyker, Mary Oakley, George Bender, Jamelia Beasley,
Shirley Willis, Joan Farmer, Charlene McElroy, Marilyn Szpiech, Carol Chmielewski, Esther & Marjorie Spornic.
Apparently not shown: Chuck Loomis.
Some faces are recognizable from the 1957 pictures.
I only remember four names - the two girls I had a crush on (Jemelia Beasley & Georgiann Mayor), and the
two guys I walked to school with (Chuck Loomis & George Bender). Not sure if George was in the class.
Gin (Virginia Johnson) Fraser has been very helpful with other names.
I went to "Ross school" for 6th grade, where an interest in science was ignited that would dominate the rest
of my life.
- Jim Hartsell