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Nope! It’s the Navelencia 4-H Club, circa 1949.
The boys, and one girl, of Navelencia 4-H, 1949
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This photo was emailed to me today by Julynne Palmer and it shows the members of the Navelencia 4H club in 1949. Not that I remember it, but Julynne does and that’s all that matters.

Certainly a nice looking group, wouldn’t you say? I especially like the cuffs. And, now I know where I got my sense of style.

Back Row: Deloy Looper, Ronnie Rivera, Jim Reed, Roger Weldon, Tom Kovacevich?, Richard Brackney, Bob Robesky, Clyde Clark, Duane Palmer, Richard Prinz
Front Row: David Robesky, Jack Clark, Leslie Parker, Tommy Case, Carl Shultz, Julynne Palmer, Doug Weldon, ??, Larry Parker*

Also, if you look closely in the lower right hand corner of the photo, there is a dog of unknown, to me, breed and name. Who is that dog? And why is he/she sniffing around? Probably because that’s what dogs do.

* ?? means I don’t know who the person is. ? means I am unsure if I added the correct name to the person. I think they call it slippage.

[Update] Julynne has just supplied all but one, well two, (there were 10) of the missing names. So, a mystery remains: who is standing between Doug Weldon and Larry Parker; what’s the dog’s name?


Top Row: Marybell Compton, Janita Collins, Kenneth Morrison, Mr Borden, Bob Robesky, Jim Reed, Vonda Benedetti, Deloy Looper
Bottom Row: Richard Watkins, Richard Prinz, Tom Case, Richard Fisher, Ofelia Rico, Duane Palmer, Sharon Gobby


The program autographed by the “stars” of the class.


Graduation Program . Navelencia Union . June 5, 1951
I. Selections . School Orchestra
II. Welcome . Tommy Case
III. Clara Barton Founder of the Red Cross in America . Vonda Benedetti
IV. Brief Outline and History of 4H Club Work . Duane Palmer
V. Piano Solo . Waltz of the Flowers . Sharon Gobby
VI. Ameria and what it means to You . Deloy Looper
VII. Education and its Progress . Sharon Gobby
VIII. Accordian Solo . Sharpshooter’s March . Vonda Benedetti
IX. Story of George Washington Carver . Bob Robesky
X. Songs by the Girls Glee Club . Bells of St Mary . Beautiful Dreamer
XI. Class Will . Janita Collins
XII. Clarinet solo . Clarinet Polka . Deloy Looper
XIII. Address . T. R. ?ickle . Supt. Reedley Elementary Schools
XIV. Presentation of Class . W. Borden
XV. Presentation of Diplomas . Mr. Thayer S Palmer . Clerk of the Board of Trustees

Class motto: Success Rewards Study
Class colors: Blue and Gold

The list of graduates which is the same as the graduation picture, so why repeat it.

When boys were men, and turkeys were err, ah, umm, turkeys, I guess…