Today, at our morning Greeters meeting, I was fortunate enough to meet a nice lady who worked for the Chamber in the 1930s and 40s. I joked with her a bit, ribbing her about how her work has set the bar way too high for me and if only she had been a little less efficient, my life would be easier.
She was such a neat lady. I plan to write a story about her in the coming weeks ahead, so keep your eyes peeled for it. However, it did spur me into braving the cold, dark storage room in our building (I'm such a wimp!) and looking through dusty stacks of binders and documents to see if I could find her name in the archives. What a cool piece of history that would be to include in my story, right? I found several books of meeting minutes, which she told me she typed. And I also found a box full of old photographs from various eras.
There was a letter with a photograph from 1921; another was a brochure and photos from 1923. Not quite the decades I was searching for, but I kept looking. Eventually, I narrowed down my search to this stack:
That's quite a collection, don't you think? Some of them are in beautiful cardboard sleeves; others are just loose photographs. Some have writing on the back of them, indicating they are from the same family and ended up in a box in our storeroom somehow. Some have nothing written on them at all, and I have a vague sense that they are old photographs from roughly the timeframe I am searching.
My hope is that I can bring these photos and meeting minutes with me to visit the very nice lady who worked here all that time ago, and that something I show her will jog her memory. But in the meantime, when I showed the photo stack to Heather, she said, "Wouldn't it be cool to find the people these belong to, or to find out exactly who is in them?"
Well, yeah! You're darn right that would be cool. So every week, for the foreseeable future, I will post a photo from my stack. Please share around and see if anyone can identify the people in the photograph. We would love to feature stories about the people in the photos on our blog, social media, and possibly other outlets as well.
Here's this week's photograph, taken outside the Chamber offices a long time before I came along to type this post:
Who are these happy people? Where in Klamath could you only park for 60 minutes? You had to register foreign cars? At the Chamber?
These are the questions burning in my brain! If anyone has the answers, call us at (541) 884-5193, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or reply to this blog post.