Reed City staff member finds 1923 yearbook
Item to be preserved at Old Rugged Museum
REED CITY — A piece of Reed City Area Public School’s history will soon be displayed at the Old Rugged Cross Historical Museum, after it was recently discovered in the high school library.
Superintendent Michael Sweet explained that while deep cleaning the high school library during the first week of the school’s closure, staff member Dave Scharlow uncovered a yearbook from the 1923 school year.
“From as far as I know, that’s the first one ever published,” Sweet said.
While found in a pile with other old documents and books, Sweet said the yearbook was the most exciting find.
“That was the true treasure,” he said, adding with its small size, it likely had just been overlooked by school staff for as long as it had been in the library.
“I think it had just gotten buried,” Sweet said.
Despite some signs of aging and several dog-eared pages, Sweet said the yearbook was still in great condition.
To keep it this way, the school district handed the yearbook over to the Old Rugged Cross Historical Museum on Thursday.
There, Sweet said it will be preserved for the rest of the community to view for many years to come.
Sweet added he hopes others in the Reed City community are as excited to experience the yearbook as staff was to have discovered it.
A former English teacher himself, Sweet said being able to look through a primary document firsthand is always a unique experience.
“It’s exciting to be able to touch it,” he said. “I don’t think this happens a whole lot."