One artifact of the Harper family collection was a 1926 Wilson High School Yearbook. This yearbook is a beautiful creation: the pictures are sharp, the design is elegant, reflecting the dominant art deco style of the period, and it does an exceptional job of recording the life and times at the high school in 1926. But this was an economically strong period in US history and the money to make such a beautiful yearbook would not be available to a public school almost twenty years later during the war years and the quality of the yearbooks during that period reflects this. The economy is also mirrored in the clothes that the students wore in their photographs which couldn’t be more obvious when you quickly notice that every other girl is wearing what looks to be a mink stole, which is about the fanciest accessory ever worn in a school picture. There’s a school picture of me wearing Mork suspenders, which is about the least fancy thing ever worn in a school picture (for people who are wee babes or out of the late 1970’s to early 1980’s tv loop, Mork was and alien played by Robin Williams on a show called Mork and Mindy, which oddly, was a spinoff from Happy Days).
This yearbook was the property of Miriam Brown an English Teacher at the school, who was also a granddaughter of Luby Alexander Harper.
This would be the last year that Wilson High School would go by that name, for the next year it would be renamed Charles L. Coon High School after the late principal and superintendent.