Mementos

Mementos

A ‘BRIGHT IDEA’

James Richard Nolan (BA, English, ’71) found this photograph while going through a box of negatives from his college days

James Richard Nolan (BA, English, ’71) found this photograph while going through a box of negatives from his college days and “thought it was a bit of a chuckle.” The photo was an introduction to a show his Advanced Photography class put on in the student union building in 1967. “We had this bright idea,” Nolan recalled, for the all-male class to take its photo draped in photography equipment and little else, although “we did have our underwear on.” The man with the lamp over his face was the instructor. The show and the photo were well-received and fitting of the era, Nolan recalled. “You have to realize it was 1967. It was Vietnam, people were protesting, we had Pioneer Days when it rocked, too.” This photo is just one of his fond memories from his time at Chico State. Now a retired general contractor living in Klamath, he has been photographing the countryside as he travels it in a motorhome.

SPOON SLEUTHING 

This silver spoon was engraved with a picture of Chico Normal School and the initials “G.H.” and the number “03”

Payroll Services Director Rebecca Cagle (BS, Business Administration, ’02; MPA, ’10) was sent this spoon by her aunt, who lives in Houston, Texas, and who had found it online. She bought it as a gift because “she knows how much I love working for the University and that I’m a proud alumna,” Cagle said. Yet, its origin was a bit of a mystery. The silver spoon was imprinted with a picture of Chico Normal School and engraved with the initials “G.H.” and the number “03”. With a little sleuthing by George Thompson, head of Special Collections in Meriam Library, it’s our belief that the spoon was likely given to George William Hosler, who graduated in June 1903. He was editor that year of The Normal Record (the school’s first yearbook, started in 1896). What a treasure!

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