Mr. A. J. Stoops and the 8th Grade Class in about
---Blanche (Higdon) Etheridge, Ruby (Burton) Heien, and Don Burton Identified.
The teacher standing at the left is Mr. A. J. Stoops. The only
identifications are those made by Ruby (Burton) Heien and shown by
names and pointers. In the front row 2nd from left is Ruby's brother,
Don Burton. Ruby is standing at the far right in the second row,
and Blanche (Higdon) Etheridge stands in the center of that row.
Evidence for Precise Dating
Ruby remember this as 1918. That is possible, but what we have available
about the school fits the 1916-17 school year better. Mr. Stoop's
tenure as superintendent ended in spring of 1917. He could of course
stayed on in a teaching position. Blanche Higdon was born in November 1903.
If she started school in the Fall of 1909, then a 1917 8th grade graduation
would be about right. Ruby is just 2 months younger and Don a bit
older. But 1917-18 would work as far as ages are concerned.
This was well before close restrictions were placed on starting before
the sixth birthday. An upward revision of this date would affect my arguments
about the date of the picture taken a few years earlier.