Last week one of our lifetime members donated two yearbooks to the Society: 1923 and 1945. The earlier book is much smaller, with fewer students in the graduating class and entire building. The student body carried the sir-names of all the old families from Fairview.
In examining the 1945 yearbook we were reminded that this was half-way through the first decade of the music program in the Fairview Schools. It began the fall of 1941 and the gentleman in charge retired in the spring of 1951. Included in his new program were both vocal and instrumental music, plus a music festival.
Highlighted in this book was a picture of the orchestra, also of the double glee club (boys and girls). A Drum and Bugle Corps had been organized to provide a presence at football games, however, a photo of this group was not in the publication.
So, this man began with a non-existent program and developed it to this point in only five years.
Remarkable. What a fine teacher, performer, musician, man. Earl E. Lawrence from Erie.