Photo courtesy of Wendy Ward
The first-grade class at the Franklin Elementary School in Escanaba is pictured in this photograph taken in 1960 by Jim Ward, who was the manager of the Daily Press in the 1950’s and early 60’s. According to his daughter, Wendy Ward, he would always take a class photo each year. The original Franklin School was a two-story frame building built in 1882 and also served as the city’s high school. Ward said when she was in the third grade, Franklin School was condemned and her class ended up finishing the year at the new high school. The only student names she recalls in the class are Gloria Stegath, John Erickson, Debbie Dahlke and Chrystal Thibedeau.