Myrtle Taake Soulier, Student
One of the targeted audiences for commercially-produced
scrapbooks in the first quarter
of the twentieth century was high school and college students.
Albums were specifically designed to guide young people in capturing
memories of friends and classmates, and the extra-curricular
social activities that made their school days special.
Myrtle Taake was born in 1907 in Madison
County, Nebraska, and graduated
from Newman Grove High School. She married Frank Soulier of rural
Madison County and together they farmed before retiring to Tilden.
Myrtle died in 2003.
Myrtle's scrapbook, a commercially-produced
volume called School-Girl Days, A Memory Book, was designed specifically for female high school
students and organized to guide its owner to preserve all of
the information that would later be important to her in remembering
her school experience.
Verna Cort, Student
Verna M. Cort was born in Iowa in 1897. She graduated from Maryville (Missouri) High School
in 1918 and received her teaching certificate from Doane College
in Crete, Nebraska, in 1921. In 1922 she married Leonard Bosch
of Maryville, Missouri. Verna Cort Bosch died in 1978.
Verna's Doane College scrapbook is a commercially
produced volume made specifically for college students. The cover is embossed in gold with Doane's seal
and with Verna's name. Pages in the scrapbook are printed with
verses about preserving memories and with printed directions
for gathering the materials that would presumably help the owner
select those items that would help recall those memories. Several
pages provide space for friends to inscribe their name, home,
birthday, and "a word or two or toast will do". Other
pages are dedicated to recording memories of college activities
such as Inter-Collegiate Athletic Record; Theatres, Lectures
and Entertainments; Classroom Boneheads; Social Gatherings; and
The majority of the pages are left blank for the book's owner
to fill as they wished with a few
of the back pages covered with adhesive dots to which newspaper
clippings could be attached. The book even took into account
the inevitable delay in assembling the pages and included a pocket
labeled "Use this Envelope to Preserve Material Until You
Find Time to Insert it in Fellowship Book Carefully"
Most items that found their way onto
these pages were mementos of happy times.
But a few, like the postcard telling students that the dormitory
quarantine during the 1918 flu epidemic was lifted, had to bring
back more serious memories. Verna filled her scrapbook to overflowing,
even to the point of pasting items on the inside covers and covering
up some of the printed pages with photographs and mementos. It
appears from her scrapbook that this was a young woman with a
busy social life.
Diaries and Journals
J.A. Hill, Civil
W. Richards, Surveyor
J.S. Morton, Statesman
Sara J. Price, Teacher
W. Danley, Businessman
J. & E. Green, Farmers
S. Buck, Farm Wife
S. & E. Allis,
E. & L. Correll,
W.J. Bryan, Orator
Lucy Drexel, Student
Viola Barnes, Student
Willa Cather, Author
C. Calvert, Educator
Verna Cort, Student
B. Watson, Porter
Margaret and Edward
Frances M. Creech,
Sierra Nevada Bunnell,