“June 8th 1952 is Graduation Day”

“June 8th, 1952 Graduates”

These PHOTOS were taken just before leaving German St. Vincent Orphanage  as our class  of  ’52…  in my book, was the best… and the world was going to be terrific, when we left here… “to make it big” as one would say… and NOW… I wonder, did we do that which we all thought, that  we… were going to accomplish?

The “Eighth Grade Girls”  are under the  “American Flag” and now if anyone can remember where you were standing… let me know?

I have an idea of where I am,  but…  after 69 years … who would remember where and or what they were doing… on an old Photo?

The seventh grade girls are in the area up front…  and without a list of the names of these girls…  I just could not say for sure… all though a few names  do come to mind,  but let me know if one of these are YOU!

“Changing  now to the Eight Grade Cooking Class”




“WOW” … “This is it”

This is our “Cooking Class” PHOTO,  and I do not know that we ever…  really had what you would call a real “COOKING” lesson.

We never ever made any dish of something  or even a meal to know how to do such… for when we would  leave here and be at home with our parents.

Each child had a place to work for six months, and depending on how long you were at St. Vincent’s …working in the Kitchen and or Bakery … was rare  as you did need to be able to work… lots of cleaning of pots and pans… required your ability to handle  the work load.

Before  leaving  St. Vincent’s…  some of us  did work in the KITCHEN and or the BAKERY  for a period of the six months and,  because we enjoyed  working with that Nun… would  spend more of  our free time… working as needed,  only because we liked those Nuns, that were in charge.

And…  there you did get a real hands on  of what to do…  but the recipes used  were not discussed … as they  were  for such a large  quantity of children, Nuns and outside workers, that all I can tell you…  is that working in the BAKERY was FUN work for me.

Sister Augustella was a top notch NUN…  FUN …  and always gave us nice treats to eat with a cup of coffee.

“The Best Part of Today…June 8th, 1952”

On… JUNE 8th, 1952… this PHOTO of me was taken and as soon as my MOTHER would be ready to call a cab…  to collect all of my earthly possessions…  we would be leaving here for good!

In the back ground is standing a classmate, Gail Porter…  and lately she said this is not her…  that it is Elma Rutherford a classmate…  one of the girls that would be leaving to join the Sisters of Christian Charity  order of NUNS in Wilmette, Illinois.

But… I have never seen Elma stand so nice,  nor ever dressed, as in this PHOTO…  never used jewelry and this dress is one that none of the girls had available as far as I can remember.

“So If someone with better eyes can see something that I do not see…  let me know?”

In the above “Kitchen” photo… “Elma and Gail”  are standing close together on the left… 

 Maybe  some  one can see a match and or correct me…  wearing glasses today…  my eyes are not what they used to be!

To all the classmates and friends that are still living…

“May the Almighty Yahweh bless all of us… with many  more Blessings and LOVE…  than ever before!”         D.V.

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