Baker museum photo and newspaper clipping archive digitized

Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 02:34 PM.

"We jokingly referred to JC as the 'picture king' because he loved old photos," Spann said.


Scanning through archived images, Spann pauses at a senior class photo from the 1944 "Bulldogger" yearbook. It is mostly girls.

"All the guys are gone to fight World War II," Spann said. "There were just two dudes in the whole class."

While some people in the pictures have been identified, many have not been, Spann said. When local historians come to help put names to faces, they begin reminiscing about the old days, she said.

Claudia Patten, who co-authored "Crestview: The Forkland," and Colleen Polly recently pored over scores of digitized photos.

"They'd pull up a picture of the class of 1940 and by golly, they'd know everybody in it," Spann said. "Then they'd start telling stories. Every picture has a story."

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