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Washington School Sixth-Graders, 1926

Washington School Sixth-Graders, 1926

Elementary school classes in the 1920s and ‘30s tended to be much larger than those in senior high. An eighth-grade education was generally deemed adequate for entering the greater world and, in rural communities such as Esko, students often left to help on their family’s farms or to seek outside jobs. The Great Depression of the 1930s exacerbated the drop-out rate. As a case in point, there are 49 Washington School sixth-graders in this 1926 photo, but only 23 seniors graduated from Lincoln High School in 1932. (Photo courtesy of Ruth V. Olson, Carlton, whose mother, Vivian Bjorklund, was among the 1926 sixth-graders who later earned high school diplomas)  

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