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Relive the years of Delavan High School

Book signing is Oct. 27

Donna Lenz Wright/The Week

(Published Oct. 22, 2007, 4:05 p.m.)

Norene Joppa Nelson's new book, Delavan High School; The Beginning, End and In Between, is as much a reflection of her home as it is of the history of Delavan High School.

Her home, which she admittedly refers to as a museum, is filled with momentos and photographs of everything Delavan.

There are keepsakes from the Bradley Knitting Mill of the 1870s; cigar boxes from the old Van Galder Cigar Factory; bottles from the ginseng factory of 1904; and the Barnum and Bailey Circus Room, filled with treasures from the circus and paintings from P.T. Barnum himself.

But her memories of her years at her alma mater are what became a 144-page hardbound pictorial history of Delavan High School that is a kind of scrapbook of Delavan High School memories.

Delavan High School; The Beginning, End and In Between follows the first class of seven boys and three girls in 1875 through the last class in 1957, when the building was torn down.

Nelson graduated in 1953 and her sister, Betty Joppa Wruck, was a member of the last class to graduate there.

There are 12 chapters that cover the first class, last class, faculty, homecomings, proms, sports, theater and music and much more.

"There's a picture of the 1927 homecoming game and another of the 1903 girls basketball team who won the game in Madison in their bloomers," she laughed.

Nelson will be holding a book signing Saturday, Oct. 27, at Bradley's Department Store, 222 E. Walworth Ave., Delavan, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Delavan High School; The Beginning, End and In Between, is available for $45 at Antiques of Delavan, 323 E. Walworth Ave., Delavan; Remember When, 313 E. Walworth Ave., Delavan; or the Joppa House Delavan Heritage Museum, 122 N. Second St., Delavan. To have it shipped, call Remember When at 728-8670.


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