Yearbooks and the War

The Superior State Normal School Gitche Gumee was the student yearbook. In 1918, it showed off the patriotism of the campus community. That year, it was called the Patriotic Gitche to pay tribute to the many students and faculty who served their country.

Below are images from some of the yearbooks. Along with detailing the clubs and graduates of the school, including poems and congratulations, the yearbooks shared information about the war’s conservation cause, the idea of kindergarten, and more. Click to enlarge images.

 

1918 Gitche Gumee - students in service, patriotic

The yearbook for the Superior Normal School for 1918 included the names of students and faculty who served in the Great War.1

 

1918 Gitche Gumee - conservation poem

The 1918 yearbook included a patriotic poem by Marjorie Wightman entitled “Conservation.”2

 

1918 Gitche Gumee - conservation

The first page of the 1918 yearbook shows the patriotism of the students who created the it.3

1918 yearbook, normal endeav

This article details the work done by some of the Normal School’s staff and students.4

The end of the “War Work” story explains how the professors kept in touch while they served abroad. This image also included a prayer for students to say when they worried about their grades.

This section of the article details the funding drives that took place as part of the school. It also explains a little about the employees who went overseas to serve.5

1918 yearbook norm end5

The end of the “War Work” story explains how the professors kept in touch while they served abroad. This image also included a prayer for students to say when they worried about their grades.6

 

This article proudly tells local residents that Professor Palmer of the Normal School was the first from the Normal School System to enlist. (Superior Telegram. May 1, 1917. Superior Public Library.)

In addition to being featured in the student yearbook article above, Professor Palmer was printed in the newspaper as well. This article from the local news proudly told area residents that Professor Palmer of the Normal School was the first from the Normal School System to enlist.7

 

1918 p 35, the yanks are coming

One photograph in the 1918 yearbook includes a student in uniform.8

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1 “Gitche Gumee,” Student Yearbook, 2-3 1918. University Archives, UW-Superior Special Collections; Superior, Wisconsin.
2 “Gitche Gumee,” Student Yearbook, 4, 1918. University Archives, UW-Superior Special Collections; Superior, Wisconsin.
3 “Gitche Gumee,” Student Yearbook, 1, 1918. University Archives, UW-Superior Special Collections; Superior, Wisconsin.
4 “Gitche Gumee,” Student Yearbook, 23, 1918. University Archives, UW-Superior Special Collections; Superior, Wisconsin.
5 “Gitche Gumee,” Student Yearbook, 50, 1918. University Archives, UW-Superior Special Collections; Superior, Wisconsin.
6 “Gitche Gumee,” Student Yearbook, 52, 1918. University Archives, UW-Superior Special Collections; Superior, Wisconsin.
7 “Normal Teacher to be Officer,” Superior Telegram, May 1, 1917. Superior Public Library, Superior Wisconsin. Microfilm.
8 “Gitche Gumee,” Student Yearbook, 35, 1918. University Archives, UW-Superior Special Collections; Superior, Wisconsin.