As most of you diligent LaPorte, Indiana fans have noticed by now, the LaPorte Herald-Argus has helped take the book to another level. The Herald-Argus has been running weekly features where they show portraits from the book and challenge Herald-Argus readers to identify these faces. So far, almost everyone has been identified! This speaks volumes about the kind of community that LaPorte maintains. We're so excited about the Herald-Argus' on-going ID project that we've set up this gallery to match the names with the faces. Whenever there are new identifications, we'll update the gallery. Enjoy!
Kathy Hugh Tonagel's engagement photo. Bitner says, "Hugh told me that Pease was trying to impress upon them that this was a really weighty moment. Like, 'You guys are getting married, and this is the photo that is going to represent that forever... I want you to be here and present and understand what it is you're sitting for.'" The Tonagels are still married and have four children, great basketball players, we hear. Hugh works at the 4-H, while Kathy works at the local hospital and is a great cook.
Pease captures this LaPortean's cosmopolitan style, somewhere between a flight attendant and a Bond Girl. . . Dale Lehner, nee Horn, graduated from LaPorte High School in 1971. Her father was the late Kermit Horn, manager of the JC Penneystore in LaPorte. Reader Penny Huth says of Dale that she was "a very good student and a very happy, friendly, kind classmate." She now lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
David VanSchoyck, pictured as a toddler. Dewayne, his brother, said that David died at age 9. "We used to have our photos taken every year," says Dewayne.
Eloise McGee, who went to Lincoln Elementary School and Central Junior High School in LaPorte.
Matching outfits sometimes aren't a great idea, but these twins pull off the look in a warm and charming fashion. There's something so sweet about older twins who still match. Reader Ethel Boerema identifies the two women as her father's twin cousins, Lily Baker and Rose Scherer (both nee Ahlgrim), who both lived on Weller Avenue. Lily had one son, Billy, and Rose had one daughter, Jeanette.
Carol and Merle Huhnke, with their children, Karl and Linda.
Robert Charles Ewald graduated from LaPorte High School in 1952, where he was a member of the band, and from the phone messages received from readers, it seems he formed a band called the Bobby Charles Band. He now lives in Minnesota.
Patty Sallwasser still lives in LaPorte and works as a mortgage officer Upon seeing her photo, she exclaimed, "That's my purple polka-dot dress, that's me! My mom cut my hair; she made the dress. I remember that I chose the fabric.
Garry Lenard lives and works in LaPorte as a dental supply salesman. His signature buzzcut earned him the nickname "Burrhead," which he still answers to around town. "I've always had short hair. Maybe in college [it was longer]. I think all of us went through a phase with the Beatles. That was the big thing. And now if you look at the Beatles, they never even really had long hair." He is now married with three kids.