Another phase of renovation means another batch of artifacts discovered behind old lockers at La Salle-Peru Township High School.
Workers found items dating to the 1930s behind lockers at La Salle-Peru Township High School when they tore them out to be replaced.
In late May, superintendent Steve Wrobleski sent a tweet about a new development at La Salle-Peru Township High School.
Workers pulled old lockers out from a third-floor hallway in the 1936 wing and, as happened earlier this summer in the 1927 wing, they found some old stuff.
“I think probably for total quantity, there’s probably a little less,” said L-P spokesman Matt Baker.
There are more photos but fewer handwritten notes.
This round of finds produced four intact beverage containers, all from the 1970s, and a few oddities, as before.
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This 1978 Battlestar Galactica cereal card was one of 16 available in boxes of Trix, Lucky Charms and Cocoa Puffs. Battlestar Galactica was a television series in the late 1970s, with several sequels in more recent years.
This April/May 1979 edition of Senior Paperbacks Student Book News shows books and posters for sale. The book “Secrets of the Bermuda Triangle” reflects the popularity of this pseudoscience in the late 1970s. You also could buy an 18-by-24 inch poster of Willie Aames, 1970s sitcom star.
These aluminum cans and glass bottles show what some students were drinking in the 1980s.
This card advertises a Youth for Christ Rally in 1945 at the L-P stadium. It featured Torrey Johnson (1909-2002), a well-known Chicago Protestant evangelist and one of the founders of Youth for Christ in 1944. It also featured the Rev. Robert Parsons, assistant director of the religious radio station, WMBI in Chicago, and Cedric Sears, a Chicagoland Youth for Christ organizer.
Here is a couple at homecoming 1986. Do you recognize them? Students might. That is Randy Gunia, who today is an English teacher at L-P. And his date is Julie Rybarczyk, who today is his wife.
How well would you do today on a test on long-form multiplication? Here is Bill B.’s efforts in pencil, on a handwritten and photocopied test form. Looks like Bill got two wrong on the first page.
There was plenty of paper in this round of locker artifacts. Note the jeweler’s card for Peter Moskalewicz, whose shop was on Third Street in La Salle.
The penmanship gold star goes to Lynn for this love letter to Frank, dated May 31, 1977. “I also know I can trust you around other girls, not like Jerry or some other people I know. You’re special!” Lynn wrote. In a P.S., Lynn mentions they met nine months earlier at a football game.
This geometry notebook cover shows World Wrestling Federation stars Hulk Hogan and Captain Lou Albano. The notebook copyright date is 1985.
Someone wrote a letter to Lissa, aka the dork, undated, talking about boredom in study hall and the hazards of wearing flip-flops.
Something was going on 3:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Little Theater, but we don't know what or in what year. The invitation asks for the pleasure of your company, from the faculty at La Salle-Peru-Oglesby Junior College. The Little Theater was later transformed into special education offices. The card had to be prior to 1966, when a referendum created Illinois Valley Community College near Oglesby, replacing the La Salle-Peru-Oglesby Junior College, which used shared space at L-P high school.
There is no year date on this card.
The oldest recovered item is a membership certificate for The Maccabees Home and Relief Association, bestowing knighthood to Frederick Krause and dated May 29, 1916. The Maccabees was a fraternal organization. There were other items bearing Krause’s name, including tax records from the 1930s that showed he lived in Peru. Perhaps a family member brought the documents to school for a class assignment.
This L-P basketball schedule for 1949-50 was put out by Orsinger’s ice cream shop in La Salle.
Many photos slipped behind the old lockers. Intentionally or accidentally? If you want to claim something that is yours or have any questions about the recovered items, reach out to La Salle-Peru Township High School, which is trying to link historic items to past students or family members.
Sheet music for drum solos and duet for “Winter Carnival.” The date on the sheet says 1941.
Soedler Hardware was on the north side of Fourth Street, west of where Debo Ace Hardware is today in Peru. Soedler Hardware burned in a fire in 1948. From this 1933 receipt, note that a box of tacks cost 5 cents and a 1 pound bag of grass seed cost 15 cents. Also, note the customer’s name, Fred Krause, whose name also is on the Macabbees certificate shown in this slideshow.
These identification badges also were found behind the lockers. Anyone know what T.H.I.S. means?
Hard copy of "West Side Story," checked out from the L-P library, date unknown.
“It’s a pretty interesting mix and stuff that hopefully we can do some researching and connect some with family members,” Baker said.
Many finds have connections to former students. The NewsTribune tracked down two former students and sent them messages showing photos of the items.
One is a notebook cover, copyright 1985, featuring World Wrestling Federation stars Hulk Hogan and Captain Lou Albano. At the top of the cover is written “geometry” and “Laurie Frederick.” She attended L-P from 1985-88. Today, she is Laurie Dudek and lives in Oglesby.
“It’s great to see memories like this,” Dudek wrote back in a message. “I was such a huge Hulk Hogan fan back then. I actually forgot all about this until it popped up on Facebook.”
Also from the mid-1980s is a couple posing for a photo at the homecoming dance in 1986. It shows Randy Gunia and Julie Rybarczyk. Today, Randy Gunia is an English teacher at L-P. And, the two are now Mr. and Mrs. Gunia and living in La Salle.
“Yes, that’s us,” Julie (Rybarczyk) Gunia wrote back. “We met in the halls of L-P. We have been married for 26½ years now.”
Jeff Dankert can be reached at (815) 220-6977 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @NT_LaSalle.