I can only imagine the sense of melancholy and tension that must have hung over the schoolhouse two weeks after Pearl Harbor was attacked. Yet, I can also envision the efforts of parents to steer the attention of their children away from the reality of war toward the joy and happiness of the holiday season. Some of the names of school children who are mentioned in this December 19, 1941, news article and personally familiar to me 69 years later: Tamburello, Cocci, Bunting, Koch, Tilles, Gabriel, Hopson, Kessler, Casler, (Mayor Ken) Hershey, (Sheriff Bill) Polhemus, (Al) Poane, Endres, Belamarich, Loundy, (Phil) Armstrong, and (Jerry) Graichen. You can use your mouse to enlarge this photo.
Seaside Heights School Christmas Show 1941