Wilton school

 

This photo depicts the students in room three in Wilton public schools, date unknown.

Can you offer more information on this photo? Contact the County Line at 337-4232 or [email protected]

Dillon Denter of Kasson, Minn., formerly of Kendall, offered the following insight into this photo. 

Although I cannot identify any individuals in the photo from the Sept. 17 paper, I can provide some information on the date of the photo. I am an educator, so I am looking at room decorations to establish the timeline. In those days, it was accustomed to always have the current President/Vice President displayed on the classroom walls. 

From what I can see in the background, there are pictures of President William Howard Taft and Vice President James S. Sherman. Their terms in office were from 1909–1913. What is very interesting about VP Sherman is that he was the first VP to fly in an airplane, throw out the first ceremonial pitch at a baseball game and the most recent VP to pass away while in office (1912).

I also believe to the right of them is Ulysses S. Grant. He is a man I admire who unfortunately has been dubbed in recent American history as an afterthought. Over time, Robert E. Lee has been sensationalized as some great military leader, but should rather be seen as a traitor. He was an American soldier in the Mexican-American War who later joined the opposition as he worked for the Confederacy during the Civil War.

It made me happy to see the true Civil War general/president displayed on the classroom wall in Wilton all that time ago who still needs to be regarded as the hero he was and should be given the credit he deserves for trudging through the Civil War and preserving the Union at a very fragile time in history. Our country could definitely use a reminder of his importance as an early civil rights activist throughout his lifetime, such as liberating his own slave early in his life, and the accomplishments he did make not only during his military career, but as president, as well abolishing the KKK in 1873.

Comments are closed.

  • F&M Bank, 1929

    February 24th, 2021
    by

    Manager George H. Robertson stands in Farmers & Merchants Bank in Kendall in 1929.


    Oden School, 1944

    January 20th, 2021
    by

    This photo, courtesy of Jeanette Berg of Tomah, offers a peek back at Oden, one of Vernon County’s forgotten towns


    Oden/Ontario Homemakers, 1950s

    January 6th, 2021
    by

    Shown here are the Oden and Ontario Homemakers in about 1955.


    A thaw in Wilton, 1930s

    December 2nd, 2020
    by

    Runoff from a spring thaw covers Highway 131 just south of Wilton, looking south, in this circa-1930s photo by Herbert Anderson.


    Bowling in Kendall, circa 1950

    November 18th, 2020
    by

    A Kendall bowling team dresses for the bowling alley costume party, about 1950.


  • Wilton school of yesteryear

    October 28th, 2020
    by

    Aldis Strazdins of Wilton recently created these photographic positives from negatives found among the collection of the late Herbert Anderson of Wilton.


    Kendall homecoming court, 1950

    October 14th, 2020
    by

    The following served on the Kendall High School homecoming court in 1950.


    Wilton Booster Band

    September 30th, 2020
    by

    Here, in this circa-1930 photo, the Wilton Booster Band lines up near the intersection of Main and Center streets.


    Birthday party, 1979

    September 30th, 2020
    by

    Ardys Bredlow of Oil City in rural Ontario submitted this photo to the County Line, and she would like readers to guess the names of the people in the photo.


    Wilton’s Mansion House, 1915

    September 23rd, 2020
    by

    The Mansion House, located at the corner of Main Street and Highway 71 in Wilton, served travelers in an era when the Chicago & North Western Railroad line still crossed the village.


    Family photos, circa-1930s

    September 10th, 2020
    by

    These two photos were found among the late Herbert Anderson’s collection. Do you recognize anyone in these photos?


  • Archives