Christmas Cantata - Warren, Ohio - December 23, 1932
Charles Neil Starr - Conductor
This photograph is amazing to me. I found it (again) in my mom's box of photos and papers and decided to scan it so I could look at the details. It is nearly 78 years old. The original is about 8" x 10" and the faces are miniscule. I was pleased to be able to enlarge it, though what I found was that the faces in the foreground are very clear while those after about the fourth row of the chorus begin to look blurry. It gets harder to recognize the faces with each row. (You may have to click on the photo to enlarge it enough to see the faces.) What kind of camera would have been used to take this photo? Would it have been possible to have everyone in focus with such a large group?
Despite the blurr, I recognize at least one Mineral Ridge student in this photo: my mom, Audrey Meinzen. She is in the 3rd row from the back, 2nd from the left side of the photo. She was a senior during the 1932-33 school year. She must have felt honored to have been chosen to sing with this chorus. I remember sitting beside her occasional Sundays in church and thinking what a beautiful voice she had, so it's no suprise to me that she would have been chosen.
Look at the students in the orchestra. Don't you think many of them look older than 18? Maybe students matured earlier in 1932. It was just several years after the Great Depression began and perhaps it was necessity that they took on the responsiblities of adults earlier than our youth these days.
If there are any Mineral Ridge, Ohio, readers of this post who have ancestors who were in the Ridge in 1932, perhaps you will find a parent or grandparent in the group. Post a comment and tell me who you found.
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