Arlington Avenue could be a dangerous street even in 1942 so that is why School #77 commissioned patrol boys. They helped to assist children across the street at major intersections near the school. This former traffic patrol boy from Rushville, Indiana took his post very seriously as I worked the intersection of East 7th and Willow Street near my school in the late 1970s. Patrol boys had to be in good standing with the school and deemed responsible by the administration before taking their posts. In this photo, from Joyce Mitzner Smith via Ann Stewart, several patrol boys posed for a school photo in 1942. Thankfully, we know the names of every child in this picture. It is hard to believe that most of them are nearly 80 or older now.
Top Row: Charles Lohman, John Farson, George Fisher, Dan Meininger, Carl Geider, Philip Smith
Bottom Row: Bill Cowell, Paul Coutz, Jimmie McFerran, Charles Patterson
Ann Stewart remembers several of the boys in the photos. She sadly pointed out that Philip Smith had the unfortunate diagnosis of polio while attending the school.
A special thanks to Joyce Mitzner Smith and Ann Stewart for this image and the names of the students.