David's Reformed Church Congregation

David's Reformed Church Congregation
Congregation of David's Reformed Church, Montgomery Co, Ohio, Circa, 1900

Friday, January 29, 2010

Van Buren Township School Photos

I received so many positive comments about the photograph of my great grandmother's Van Buren Township school students I posted a few days ago, I thought I would post a few more

These photographs are also from a Van Buren Township School in an area that is now the west side of Kettering, Montgomery County, Ohio.

In the first photograph, (circa 1905) my grandfather, Leland Norris is seated, front row, second from the left with his arms folded.

In the second photograph, (circa 1909) my grandfather is in the middle row, smack dab in the middle with the hat and a lighter colored shirt. His dear friend, Vera, is seated, second from the left.

In the last photo, (circa 1910) my grandfather is standing, far right. You can see a little "x" that is written on his shoulder.

I wish I could identify some of the other children or the teacher, but so far, I cannot. I love these pictures; not only because I can see my grandfather as we was, but also because they are part of the rich history of my city.


  1. Lori - very nice! I was looking a class photos yesterday of my hubby and his twin...wondering if I shoud do something with them. But they were taken in the '40s (1940 that is) so do not tell the story like yours do.

    I find it interesting the difference in dress between then and now...girls would almost NEVER wear a dress today!

  2. Lori,
    Does your grandfather's personality and look as shown in these pictures reflect how he was a he grew older? I am betting he was always a "stand up' kind of guy.

  3. Lori,
    Those are great photos! You are very lucky to have them.
    ~ Regina

  4. I love those old school pictures - the little scholars and their (mostly) happy little faces. :) An era long gone...


  5. I love these photos. It's so interesting to look at the faces and the clothing. I especially love the fact that they are dated - and because they are dated they are very useful in helping to date other undated photos based on clothing and hairstyles. Thanks so much for posting them!
    Nancy from My Ancestors and Me

  6. My Grandmother is in these photos..Margaret John Wilken