G is for Girl Friend

Even after 75 years or more years had passed, Mom spoke fondly of her childhood friend, Dorothy Rose Laird. Noller was a small school in Greenwood County and the children lived with their families in company housing at the Phillips Petroleum Camp. All their fathers worked for Phillips.

Gail and her school friends standing by her daddy's new car.

Gail and her school friends standing by her daddy’s new car.

Looking through the vintage black and white photos from her childhood, I remember her telling me that Dorothy was one of the girls in this photo. The middle girl is my mom, Gail Lee McGhee. Which one was Dorothy?

Searching further, I found a school photo that solved the mystery. In the photo with the car, Dorothy is on the right, Gail is in the center and my sister is fairly sure Norma Jean Dowell is on the left.

Gail McGhee and Dorothy Rose Laird - 1933-34

Gail McGhee and Dorothy Rose Laird – 1930s

In case any descendants of these students are searching for them, I’ll list all their names here.

Noller School, District 21, Teterville, Greenwood County, Kansas (1933-1934)

Naomi McKinney, Pauline Ridgely, Buddy Palmer, Agnes Hawthorn (teacher), Dorothy McKinney, Melba McGhee, Gail McGhee, Dorothy Rose Laird, Norma Jean Dowell, Teddy Bernard, Donald Hindman, Roscoe Bernard, Kathryn Peterson.

Here's my mother's friend, Norma Jean Dowell, holding Mom's little sister, Carol Jean McGhee.  1935

Here’s my mother’s friend, Norma Jean Dowell, holding Mom’s little sister, Carol Jean McGhee. 1935

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