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The Mysterious West Side Young People’s Society

The Mysterious West Side Young People's Society | Alex Inspired

Earlier this month, I paid a visit to one of my favourite stores, Sleeping Giant Antiques. While mulling around, I found the most peculiar piece; an autograph book from 1931, chalked full of beautiful drawings, notes and photographs. I knew instantly, I had to have it.

The first page reads:

Birthday Greetings from: The West Side Young People’s Society. June 19th 1931.

Birthday Greetings to Alvin, from the West Side Young People's Society | Alex Inspired

The next few pages contain photographs of a Sunday School class, an old school house and a Missionary Class. The “beginning” of the collection has a dedication:

To: Alvin Stockfisch

These little verses to you are rendered
By some friends sincere and true;
Hoping to be remembered
Though we’re far away from you.

From: The West Side Young People’s Society.

The Mysterious West Side Young People's Society - To Alvin Stockfisch | Alex Inspired

The pages throughout the book each have a message from of his classmates, with either a picture, illustration, memory or poem. The entire book depicts a completely different time; one of pretty penmanship, clean humour and thoughtfulness.

I’ve decided to share a page with you each week, and hopefully find some information on the author of each section. Maybe I’ll find a relative! Wouldn’t this be awesome if someone recognized their grandparent or parent?

The Mysterious West Side Young People's Society | Alex Inspired

Let’s begin with Alvin, the recipient.

From what I can decipher, Alvin attended West Side School (Christian School/Sunday School perhaps?) and was part of the Young People’s Society. He must have moved away and I assume this little keepsake was mailed to him *what thoughtful friends & classmates*.

The pages include locations primarily from Alsask Saskatchewan, but also include Calgary, and Sibbald Alberta.

The Mysterious West Side Young People's Society | Alex Inspired

The Mysterious West Side Young People’s Society

The Mysterious West Side Young People's Society | Alex Inspired

I’m going to continue to dig and find information. I know you’re going to love this little book!

Anyone out there know anything about this school? leave a comment below.


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1 Comment

  • Reply Roman May 26, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Pretty cool find Alex !
    I love old photos, it’s literally like looking into the past and here you’re peering into the faces from over 80 years ago!
    I love those outfits and, of course, every boy has a hat, Can-can dancing and early jazz era, awesome.

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