Good old autograph book, part 2

Lester (upper right) with his sister Frances, little brother Wallace, and their grandmother.
Lester (upper right) with his sister Frances, little brother Wallace, and their grandmother.

Dunlap Kansas

Feb. 19, 1934

Dear Lester,

I thought and thought,

And thought in vain,

And thought at last

I would sign my name.

Your friend

Leland V.

“Junior 32-34”

Council Grove Ks.

Feb. 7, 1934

Dear Lester,

As I’m a freshmen green as grass.

Forgive all mistakes and the past

And let our friendship always last.

Don’t forget the old rugged cross.

Your friend

Irmarene Walter

Dunlap, Kansas.

Jan. 18, 1934

Dear Lester,

You have friends,

Perhaps lovers—

To give them room

I’ll write on the cover.

When the golden sun is sinking

And the path no more you trod

May your name be written

On the autograph of God.

Your friend,

Winifred Weaver

May 15—34
Dear Lester
Tomorrow’s wishes never come.
Today’s wishes may be only one.
But let me wish you success in the
Many days that are to follow in the
Coming years.
Your Friend
Violet Turner
Senior 1934

Dear Lester,

You can fall from a tree

You can fall from above

But for heaven’s sakes

Don’t fall in love.

Your friend


Dunlap, Kansas

January 8, 1934

Dear Lester,

On this page so pure & white,

To your request these lines I write,

That you may read, some future day,

Perhaps when I am far away—ha! ha!

Your friend

Beulah Blossom

Juniors of 1934


Forget              Dunlap Kans     me

Feb. 1, 1934

Dear Lester

Down by the river on a rock

Is wrote forget-me-not.

Your schoolmate

Melvin W.

(Soph)                                     not

Dunlap Kans.

April 4, 1934

Friend Lester,

Down in the meadow

There is a rock,

On it is written


I have enjoyed our classes and friendship

During the days at D.R. H.S.

I wish you plenty of success through life.

A friend,

Nina Combs

Dunlap, Kans. May 13-1935
Dear Lester:
First in your album
Last in your heart,
First to be remembered
But last to be forgot.
Your friend,
Juanita Stewart
Soph. 1934-35

Dear Lester,

If you could look into my heart

And see the love that’s there,

Then turn it into money

You would be a millionaire.

Your brother,

Wallace H.

Dear Lester

When you get married

And live across the river

I’ll kill my dogs

And send you the liver.

Melvin Whitaker and Morris Cole

Seniors 1935-36

Dunlap Ks.

April 3, 1935

Dear Lester:

When the golden sun is sinking,

And your mind is free from care,

When of others you are thinking,

Won’t you sometimes think of me?

Margaret Linn

Sr. 1935

Friend Lester:–

I am your friend always.


Chas. Tomlinson

Dunlap Kans.

May 14, 1935

Dear Lester

            Up on a hill

            There is a rock

            Carved on this rock

            Are three little words

            Forget me not.

            Your friend

            George Hylton

            Freshman 34-35

Dear Lester

Some love one

Some love two

But the only one I love is you.

Your friend

Chester Miller

Dunlap Kans.

May 18, 1935


I wish you much success and happiness in your future life,

And I also wish you a cute little wife and cute kids.

I have not been in any of your classes but have heard you

Are a good student.

            When you are building your chimney of life count me as a brick.

For-get-me-not                                                A friend

Arline Wirsig

Dunlap, Kansas

April 3, 1935

Remember the good old D.R.H.S.

Dear Lester,

I will write on pink

Because I can’t think

How to tell you

To be blue.

Remember the senior play.

Remember the day Prof was gone.

Down by the river there is a rock

And on it is written for-get-me-not.

I write in green because it is my color.

Your friend

Oscar Young

Freshman 34-35

Dunlap, Kans
April 3, 1935
Dear Lester
I thought and thought in vain
Finally I thought I sign my name.
Your friend,
Archie Hylton
Don’t forget when Prof’s father-in-law
Died and you acted as Prof.

Dunlap, Kans

April 4, 1935

Dear Lester,

When the golden sun is sinking,

And this path no more you trod,

May your name in gold be written

In the autograph of God.

I am wishing you much success in your future life.

 May it be filled with happiness.

Remember the Senior play “Hobglblin House,”

The student council & the many other things

That have taken place at D.R. H.S.

A friend who happens to be a senior,

            Elaine Drummond

(Better known as Stubby.)

Dunlap, Kansas,

April 3, 1935

Dear Lester,

I wish you health, I wish you joy. I wish you first a baby boy and

When his hair begins to curl, I wish you then a baby girl.

Remember our school days in D.R. H.S. and my sophomore year

When you sat behind me. Wishing you much success in all your undertakings,

Nellie Evelyn

Dunlap, Ks.
April 4, 1935
Dear Lester—
You took me by surprise as I guess the
Only thing I really have to say is that I wish you
Success all through life in whatever you undertake
To do.
Remember the constitution and Sociology
Classes we have gone through.
Oh! Yes. Don’t forget all our spats we
Have had. Though they were few & far between.
Your friend
Dorothy Ryman
“Senior 34-35”

Dunlap, Ka

April 4, 1935

Dear Lester,

Leaves may wither

Flowers may die

Some may forget you

But never will I.

Your friend

Sylvia Pater

F-o-r-get-me-not. Of a Freshman

Dear Lester,

Up in the barn and over the rafters

Maxcine Blanton’s the girl you’re after.

Soph (34-35)

SCB                            April 4, 1935

                                    Dunlap Kansas


April 11, 1935

Dear Lester

Remember the good days

In D.R.H.S. and the

Spanish class. HA! HA!

You’re friend

Pete Cessmon

Dunlap, Kansas

April 4, 1935

Dear Lester:

I’ve looked these pages

Over & over to see what others

Wrote before. At last I chose

This little spot to leave

A small for-get-me-not.

A Senior Friend

Alberta (Bert)

Senior 1934-35

Wishing you the best of luck &

happiness thru out the rest of your life.

Dunlap, Kans.

May 14_35

Dear Lester,

Remember me

And don’t forget

You have a friend

In Kansas yet.

Your friend

Francis Edwards

For-get-me-not! Freshman 34-35

Lindsay, Calif.
July 7, 1935
Dear Lester:
I am having a swell trip and glad
You are still around this country.
This Kansas weather isn’t the same as Sunny
Calif so you will hafto come out and
Find out for yourself. And for the
Girls they rase them nice and they are
Pretty too so you won’t get lonesome.
Ha ha. Well I don’t want to write a letter
So will sign off. Hears how:
Your Friend.
Wayne H.

Dunlap Kans.

May 14, 1935

Dear Lester:

Well as I can’t think of anything to write,

just remember our D.R.H.S. days to-gether.

Your friend

Bill Cornelius


“Yours till the ocean wears rubber pants to keep its bottom dry.”

Dunlap, Kansas
April 4, 1935
Dearest Lester:
I can wiggle my hips,
And I can shake my knees,
I’m a free born citizen,
And I can do as I please.
Your true pal,

Dunlap Kansas,

April 11, 1935

Dear Lester:

When rocks and rills divide us,

And you no more I’ll see,

Remember it was Marie,

Who wrote these lines to thee.

Your Senior Friend

Marie White

For-get-me not.

Remember psychology.

Dunlap, Kansas

April 5, 1935

Dear Lester,

Earth to earth, dust to dust

Did you ever see a man you could trust?

Your Classmate

Alice Dohring

(I’ll not forget the stiff competition you

Have given me in scholarship.)

Good old autograph book, part 1

During these weeks when there are no written communications home from Lester, it’s fun to share his autograph book, signed by many of his school friends and relatives during his high school years. Posts in the autograph book are dated from 1930 to 1935, in no particular order. The practice of having your friends post a cute message in your autograph book carried into the next generation, but seems to have become a relic of the past. It’s fun to read what Lester’s friends wrote to him.

Lester, about the age when he received his autograph book.
Lester, about the age when he received his autograph book.

Americus Kansas

December 26, 1930

Dear Lester,

Remember me.

When this you see

Tho many a mile,

Apart we be.

            Your Cousin


Dunlap Kansas

December 29, 1930

Dear Lester:

When rocks and hills divide us,

And you no more I see,

Just sit down by the table

And write a line to me.

Your cousin

Nelva May

Dunlap Kans.

Jan. 2, 1930

Dear Lester

Dry is a cracker.

Without some cheese.

So is a kiss.

Without a squeeze.

Your friend (ha ha)


Dunlap Kans.
Dear Lester
Round is the ring
That has no end.
So is my love
For you my friend,

Americus Kans.

Jan. 7, 1931

Dear Lester:

Fill the day with friendliness,

And little kindly deeds.

And you will have the brightest day;

That anybody needs.

Your friend,

Frances Edmiston

Dear Lester:

Lester now

            Lester never

            Lester now but not forever!


Dear Lester,

Remember me as a good writer

As I remember you as a good actor.

Your Friend,

            Nelson Parru

Dunlap Kansas

January 2, 1931

Dear Lester

Some love one

Some love two

But the only one I love is you.

Ha Ha

Your friend

Claude Miller

Dear Lester

Choose not your friends from outward show

Feathers float but pearls lie low.


Americus, Ks
Feb. 3 1931
Dear Lester,
Remember me early
Remember me late,
Remember me at the garden gate.
Your friend,

Americus Kansas

Feb. 4, 1931

Dear Lester,

            Remember me early:

            Remember me late:

            Remember me on your

            Wedding date.

                        Your school friend


Ha Ha

Dear Lester:
“Read  and      me       I
This     down   not       am
Up    Forget     while   around.”
Your friend
Nelson Miller
Freshman 1931-32

Dear Lester

Geese on the milk pond

Ducks on the ocean

Lester can’t get married until

Frances takes a notion.

Your friend

            Gene Daharsh

Dunlap Kansas.

January 19, 1931

Dear Lester:

Down by a pond is a rock.

And on it is written,

“I love you” not

Your Friend

Belle    Ho: Ho:

Ha: Ha:

Dunlap Kan

Jan. 9, 1931

Dear Lester

Remember me in friendship

Remember me in love

Remember me when we meet

On that happy land above.

Your school friend


January 9, 1931
Dear Lester,
I love you in my hart
I love you in my chest
And it will tell you
Who I love best.
Your friend

Dunlap, Kansas

Feb 3, 1932

Dear Lester,

Down in the valley

Written on a rock is

“I love you”

Your friend

Rosalee Edington

Dear Lester

            I hope you remember

The Geometry Book.

            Your friend,

            Taylor Blossom

Americus, Kans.

Feb 3, 1932

Dear Lester:

As sure as the vine grows around a stump

You are Frances’ darling sugar lump.

True isn’t it?  Ha! Ha!

Your Friend

Elizabeth Weller

Dunlap Kans.

April 6, 1932

Dear Lester:

Remember me early,

Remember me late,

Remember me on your wedding day

And send me a slice of cake.

Your friend

Freda Pritchard

February 4, 1932

Dear Lester

I don’t like to study.

I don’t like to go to school.

But when I come to loving I am an educated fool.


Dunlap Kans
Feb. 3, 1932
Dear Lester:
When the Whip-poor-will is calling
Out over the lonely sea
And when of others we are thinking
Won’t you sometimes think of me.
            Your schoolmate & friend
            Lawrence Sexton

Dear Lester,

Three years have past and gone quickly

But they have been filled with many happy

Experiences. I hope that your remaining experiences

Will also be happy.

I have enjoyed knowing you and I wish you

Much happiness and success.


Helen Frost

District 72

Feb. 9, 1932

Dear Lester:

A good thing to remember

And a better thing to do

Is to work with the construction gang,

And not with the wrecking crew.

May your school days reward you richly

and may your success be unbounded.

Best wishes for a high school

and college (?) career.

Your teacher,

Mrs. Frances Sheaffer

Dunlap, Kans.

Feb. 5, 1932

Dear Lester

I love you little

I love you big

I love you lake

A little pig.

Your School Friend,



May 12, 1932
Dear Lester,
Your school days in D.R. H.S. are almost gone,
And I hope that commencement is only a beginning
Of the success that your excellent work and dependability
Prophesy for you.
Wishing you success and happiness always,
I am
Norma E. Ryman

DunlaP Kan.

Feb. 4, 1932

Dear Lester,

I love you little

I love you big—

I love you like

A little pig.

Your School Friend,


Dunlap, Kansas.

Feb 3, 1932

Dear Lester

Way down in the sticks

Now don’t you blink

I’m in a pretty fix

Now don’t you think?

Your friend

James Edington