This photo came to light the other day and it fascinated me…the cycles of history…how we didn’t know this exactly…these young women were all Willamette students in 1918, and the photograph was taken at the Salem Train Station.  On the back was written “Had to go home.  Union Depot to catch train to Portland.  Closed school because of epidemic.”

They are, left to right, Ruby Ledbetter, Sybil McClure-Doughton, Mildred (Pip) Brown, Irene Hall Pederson, and Ethel Mocroft Bennett.

I’m jealous of the hats…especially Ruby’s and Pip’s…


  1. Oh my … thank you for sharing . I love the hats too . It seems like they survived …. as we will . So enjoy your daily posts ❤️ Thank you

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