HS textbook, 1918/1919
Gertrude Ruth Hansmeier wrote many notes, poems and jokes in the margins and blank pages of her textbook. Gertrude was born in 1905 and graduated from Waukon High School in 1922. She married Leo Colvin (son of Frank Colvin), had children, and is buried with her husband in Oakland cemetery, 1920 Addition, Lot 119. The family lived in Elkader, where Leo was a service station attendant (1930 US census). Following her husband's death from a heart attack in March 1947, Gertrude ran the Bridge Café in Elkader
Below are a few of the pages from her textbook.
If this book should chance to roam. Poke its face & send it home.
Gertrude Hansmeier & Carl Stock
Gertrude Hansmeier Freshman 1918-1919 Second Semester
Glenn Davis the boy that never smiles.
On one of the pages in the textbook Gertrude wrote a Roll Call. She crossed out two of the names for an unknown reason.
Arthur Rickansrud, Gertrude's guy
~The surname Ast is a 'best guess'
~contributed by Aradia Paganus, owner of the textbook. Aradia would like to return this textbook to Gertrude Hansmeier's family. Click here to read her message & for her email.