Union Dale. 1930.
[Humboldt, Nebraska]: 1930. 9-1/2" x 7-1/2". Buff paper tied with a ribbon. Four leaves plus covers, with text and photographs mounted to rectos of leaves and to front cover. Total of eight photos, each approx. 4-1/2" x 2-3/4". Front cover detached and edgeworn, with several short tears to edges; creasing and wear especially near binding and to rear cover. Photos clear and well developed, with neat holograph captions.
The 1930 yearbook for the Union Dale school of District No. 66, which research indicates was located just south of Humboldt, Nebraska, probably in Speiser: the teacher pictured here, Pearl Wittwer, was a 1928 graduate of Humboldt High School, and census records indicate that the students' parents were largely immigrant farmers living in Speiser, about 8 miles south of Humboldt.
Union Dale appears to be a one-room schoolhouse for rural students from kindergarten through at least eighth grade, and served a number of siblings in different grades, including Pearl Wittmer's own young sister, Elma Ruth; the total student body shown in the photographs numbers 14. The photographs include a group photo of the entire student body, as well as photos of each grade (or, in some cases, two grades), as well as one of the schoolhouse.
Nebraska's farmers bore the brunt of the Great Depression in the state, suffering through droughts, locusts, and the drastically fallen value of their livestock and grain. The students shown in the photographs, posed in the sun on the steps of the schoolhouse, would have been relied on to help with farm work before and after school.
Rare. We find no other Union Dale yearbooks in OCLC, and photographic records of this kind from the time period are uncommon.