In her own words: A poem by Hazel B. Thompson

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Field School, Barbour Intermediate, Eastern High School,

Elementary, intermediate and high school grades,

This was a Big City system.

I graduated from Eastern High

School in June, 1927.

1920-30 Hazel in front of house

Hazel High School Graduation

1920-30 Hazel short hair

Hazel High School Graduation

I remember my crisp, white middy-blouse and pleated skirt

Brand new.  Even my black shoes and stockings were new.

I remember the class president and part of his speech.

He was a little fellow and full of “pep.”

He said: “…to make a success of yourself,

You have to be bitten by the ‘pep’ el bug…”

Some of the class went right to work.

Some went to college.

Some drifted away.

I earned some money.

And my folks gave me some.

I enrolled in art school

Smitten with the promise

Of Commercial Art success.

The future looked all shiny and bright.

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  1. Michaeleen McKinley Laney says

    I so enjoyed seeing all the pictures from the past. Brought back memories of seeing our extended families.

  2. Michelle Grenier says

    I was just looking for some historic photos of Manistee and came across this incredible tribute to your family’s history. What a treasure. I was absolutely transported by every verse written by Hazel Thompson.

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