Whitefish Bay High School Annual from 1943 during World War 2

Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin


My mother grew up living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her family when she was a child. It was a close-knit family of German heritage. It consisted of her parents, an older brother...the eldest of the siblings...and an older sister. She was the baby of the family with a five year spread between herself and her sister.

Her maternal grandfather lived with them during his older years until he died.

Her parents also owned a summer cottage on Okauchee Lake.

The home where she grew up as a child in the City of Milwaukee no longer exists. But the Whitefish Bay home where her family had moved during her high school years still stands.

We drove past the home in Whitefish Bay (which is a suburb of Milwaukee) the last time my mother and I were in Wisconsin, and it still looks as though it is being well kept and hopefully enjoyed as much as my mother's memories were of having lived there.

That is where she attended high school and I have her 1940 and 1943 annuals. She was a senior in '43 and no longer has any need of these annuals. There are probably a few of her classmates that might still be alive, but most of them have probably already joined her in the next life.


Photos from my mother's high school annual in 1943.

The war effort was supported by almost everyone back during WWII including students.
The war effort was supported by almost everyone back during WWII including students.

The Tower of Whitefish Bay + Hymn Composer, Bob Stamp

The Tower of Whitefish Bay High School
The Tower of Whitefish Bay High School | Source

The Tower


It is obvious where the name "The Tower" originated. A portion of the building has a very imposing and upright edifice which was featured on page 5 of the annual. Across from it on page 4 was their school hymn which was written and composed by Bob Stamp.

The song was copyrighted and published by the Music Department of the High School.


The title of the song is "THE TOWER OF WHITEFISH BAY."

The words of the hymn are the following:


"IN WALLS THAT WILL STAND FOREVER,

IN HEARTS THAT ARE FIRM AND STRONG,

THERE SHINES BRIGHT AND CLEAR A GUIDING LIGHT

THAT FILLS OUR HEARTS WITH SONG.

AND WHEN WE FEEL THAT FERVENT BLAZE,

WE CHEER FOR THE BLUE AND GRAY:

FOR THE LIGHT THAT WILL SHINE THROUGH ALL THE DAYS

FROM THE TOWER OF WHITEFISH BAY."


I am sure that my mother fervently and proudly sang that song often as did many if not most all of her other classmates.

Tower '43 High School Annual

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Front coverPage affixed to inside cover and next page...both front and back of annual.Page affixed to inside cover and next page...both front and back of annual.
Front cover
Front cover | Source
Page affixed to inside cover and next page...both front and back of annual.
Page affixed to inside cover and next page...both front and back of annual. | Source
Page affixed to inside cover and next page...both front and back of annual.
Page affixed to inside cover and next page...both front and back of annual. | Source

Dedication page

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World War II


This may just have been the last "popular" war in which the United States of America became embroiled...if "popular" is a word to describe any war.

Suffice it to say that almost everyone in our country was involved in small or large ways with the war effort. This included the students at Whitefish Bay High School.

Page 7 of this annual had the following written under this cartoon of soldiers...

"DEDICATION

We, who are graduating into a world of war will remember our last year in high school as one of commando training, jeep buying campaigns, pre-induction courses --- and, a year without a prom.

We will long remember this year when many of our junior and senior boys left for the armed forces.

It is to these boys that we, the class of 1943, dedicate this Tower."


Numerous photos in this book relate to things being accomplished by the students to aid the war effort during World War II.

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War Activities


"In an all out effort to aid the war program, students participate wholeheartedly in buying war bonds and stamps. Hi-Y, Froshmore Alliance, and Tower Club sell stamps three times a week in the front lobby."

Bugs Bunny War Bond Drive WW2 Cartoon played in movie theaters. War bonds and stamps sold would help pay for the war effort.

More '43 annual photos from Whitefish Bay...

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Under this picture to the right was the following caption:


"Sponsoring a drive to collect books and magazines for service camps, the National Honor Society collected 150 books and 650 magazines."


Additional information gleaned from reading my mother's annual continued to be of interest. According to another caption..."Junior and senior girls are doing their part in the Civilian Defense program by serving as assistant block leaders. They collect vital salvage from homes in their blocks and distribute pamphlets and questionnaires."


It was the Student Council who was responsible during "The Pearl Harbor Day Drive" for gathering enough money together to actually fund the purchase of two army jeeps! That and their "April Bond Drive" were among their significant accomplishments that year.

Some girls in the Froshmore Alliance

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Froshmore Alliance


This combination word stood for the organization composed of Freshman and Sophomore girls who normally met for recreation as well as social service. The social service part of it had more meaning in this war year.

They sewed articles for the Junior Red Cross and parka hoods for the British War Relief. They also collected used toys and presented children at the St. Rose's Orphanage with Christmas gifts among their other activities and accomplishments.

They also had some fun. It was not all doom and gloom during those high school years just because of the world war. They did have their annual "tea and tag dance."

On page 57 of the Whitefish Bay annual...
On page 57 of the Whitefish Bay annual...

Composers' Club

Composers' Club
Composers' Club

The Madrigal Club

The Madrigal Club sang before church groups, civic organizations, and even shut-ins.
The Madrigal Club sang before church groups, civic organizations, and even shut-ins.

Band

Photo of some members of the band which totaled fifty-one individuals that year.
Photo of some members of the band which totaled fifty-one individuals that year.

Chess Club

Chess Club
Chess Club

Societies and Clubs


No indeed...just because of the world war...it was not all doom and gloom on the home front despite the shrinking numbers of classmates and even instructors leaving the school to join the armed forces. The remaining Whitefish Bay students had plenty of fun and numerous activities to keep them happy and stimulated.


Some of the societies and clubs available to them included the following:

The National Honor Society

Quill and Scroll

Latin Club

Student Council

Honor Study Hall Monitors

French Club

Spanish Club

German Club

Literary Club

Chess Club

Library Club

Tower Staff

Home Economics Club

Biology Club

Shop Club

Radio Club

Dramatic Club

Junior Choir

Composers' Club

Madrigals

Senior Choir

Froshmore Alliance

Tower Club

Hi - Y

Band

Music Appreciation

Orchestra

Girls' Athletic Association

Art Club

Selection of photos showing other Whitefish Bay activities...

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Cheer Leaders

Cheer Leaders
Cheer Leaders

Basketball

Basketball
Basketball

Athletics


I was amazed at the number of different athletic opportunities that existed for the Whitefish Bay High School students given the size of the school. A total of 577 students were pictured in this 1943 annual with 79 of them in the Senior Class, 158 in the Junior Class, 168 in the Sophomore Class and the remaining Freshmen numbering 172.

The Milwaukee, Wisconsin area was heavily settled with many people of German heritage back in those days and their Turnverein Clubs may have had some influence with the local school boards as far as encouraging a great number of fun and stimulating activities which included exercise.

These were among the many sports offered at Whitefish Bay:

Football

Basketball

Volley Ball

Track

Cross-Country

Golf

Tennis

Spur Club

Bowling Club

Archery

Field Hockey

Other sports related photos from Whitefish Bay High School, 1943 Annual

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The band and these drum majors would have been busy at many of the athletic events.Shot putTrackField HockeySoccerGirl's golf team at Whitefish Bay High SchoolBasketballArcheryFootball
The band and these drum majors would have been busy at many of the athletic events.
The band and these drum majors would have been busy at many of the athletic events.
Shot put
Shot put
Track
Track
Field Hockey
Field Hockey
Soccer
Soccer
Girl's golf team at Whitefish Bay High School
Girl's golf team at Whitefish Bay High School
Basketball
Basketball
Archery
Archery
Football
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The 1942 Prom at Whitefish Bay High School

Although in 1943 because of the war, there was NO Prom, I speculate that they put this photo into the album probably because some of the same students would have been attending the school also in 1942.  Fun to see the styles back then!
Although in 1943 because of the war, there was NO Prom, I speculate that they put this photo into the album probably because some of the same students would have been attending the school also in 1942. Fun to see the styles back then! | Source

Page of candid shots from this 1943 high school annual

Page of candid shots from this 1943 high school annual
Page of candid shots from this 1943 high school annual | Source

My mother's best friend's senior photo from her high school days in 1943.

My mother's best friend's senior photo from her high school days in 1943.  Lois Petry
My mother's best friend's senior photo from her high school days in 1943. Lois Petry | Source
Here is that cutie pie posing on a tree branch!
Here is that cutie pie posing on a tree branch! | Source

High School Buddies



My mother had a lot of fun in high school and one of her good buddies remained as such all throughout their lives.


In fact, after Lois Petry married, they became Godparents to my brother Jim. My parents also became Godparents to one of their children. The kids from each family called the other parents "Aunt and Uncle." Although it was an honorary title, we could not have thought of them any more endearingly than if in fact their bloodlines made it so.


This is what was written about my mother's long time buddy.


"PETRY, Lois


Her dark eyes and cute grin have won "Pete" many friends. Her four years' work in Junior and Senior Choirs merits real praise. As another Fox Pointer, Lois also enjoyed Home Ec. Club her Sophomore year."



My Aunt Lois went on to become a registered nurse and until she died was a fast and loyal friend to my mother.


I intend to pass these high school annuals on to her daughter Julie who will cherish them and pass them down the line to her children.


My mother as a young lady

This sweet young girl, Carol Trenkamp would later become my mother.  Here she is out at the lake cottage in Okauchee, Wisconsin.
This sweet young girl, Carol Trenkamp would later become my mother. Here she is out at the lake cottage in Okauchee, Wisconsin. | Source
Here she is with family dog Jiggs and their cat on the pier.
Here she is with family dog Jiggs and their cat on the pier. | Source

The young lady who would become my mother...


Of course no one in my opinion could have turned out any better than my dear mother. She always looked on the bright side of things and was a vivacious individual with an infectious laugh. I loved hearing the stories of her childhood and growing up years.

Although she thought that she would have liked to become a nurse, her parents dissuaded her from doing so and she instead went to business college after high school. Years later she worked at my dad's Real Estate and home building business, so it served her well.

This is what was written about my mother:


"TRENKAMP, Carol

Carol's work in shop has given her a lot of fun although she was only one of five girls in that class. We hope that when she graduates she will leave her cheerful laugh to someone of the underclassmen, for the school would be a dreary place without it."


Yes...she took shop just for the heck of it! Who knew at the time that she and my dad would hand build the first home that I first remember as a child!



To my dear mother Carol I dedicate this hub.


Others may also enjoy this 1943 annual as well to see what High School years were like...including the fashions worn back during the first years of World War 2...at least in Whitefish Bay High School just north of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


My mother's high school photo in 1943.

My mother's high school photo in 1943.  Carol Trenkamp
My mother's high school photo in 1943. Carol Trenkamp | Source

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Robert Sacchi 5 months ago

Yes, high school football in Texas is legend.


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Peggy W 5 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Robert,

In Texas...football is almost a religion! Most high schools of any size have their teams. :)


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Robert Sacchi 5 months ago

Yes, that's another reason not to have a footbal l team. High School Football wasn't big in New York. Our school wasn't the best when it came to school spirit so there was no way to come close to justifying a team.


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Peggy W 5 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Robert,

Football teams take a lot of money to support. The same with a swimming pool for the school. Perhaps not the same amount of dollars...but if it is not in the budget...it is easy to realize why it was not implemented. Amazing...but true!...there was no swimming pool in the high school when I graduated. We did have a football team however. In Texas that is a given! Ha!


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Robert Sacchi 5 months ago

I would be surprised if it were true. Another legend going around was we didn't have a football team because the principal's son got killed playing football. Somebody mentioned that legend in class and the teacher explained, the pricipal's son is still alive and I've met him. The reason the school didn't have a football team was because of its expense. School daze :-)


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