There were no pictures until the 1933 yearbook. But a mimeographed yearbook started being produced in 1926. But I found a picture of all four classes for 1927-1928 and it is posted below. (Sorry for the small size, but that's the page limit. The full-sized 26 inch wide version is available on the CD-ROM)

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Vena Dilley as bus driver in 1968

The 1968 yearbook labeled this picture as "Mrs. Verna Dilly" but they may have misspelled both her names.

Picture of the late Vena Awbrey Dilley at 99.

Vena (Awbrey) Dilley

A visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 19, 2008, at Buell Chapel in Springfield for Vena P. Dilley of Pleasant Hill, who died March 14 of age-related causes. She was 98. A memorial will be held at a later date.

She was born March 28, 1909, in Pleasant Hill, to James and Caroline Wallace Awbrey. She married Maurice Jim Dilley on Sept. 8, 1928, in Cottage Grove.

She was a graduate of Pleasant Hill High School. She was a homemaker and a bus driver for 23 years for Pleasant Hill School District.

Survivors include sons Darold of Sisters and Gerald of Fall Creek; a sister, Cleona Hill of Pleasant Hill; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Buell Chapel. Contributions to Pleasant Hill Fire Department.

A later, larger paid obituary appeared on April 23, 2008, and is quoted below. The second picture is from that article:

A memorial service for Vena Pearl Dilley will be held on April 26th at 2:00 pm at Trent Church. Vena passed away peacefully on March 14, 2008. She was just two weeks shy of her 99th birthday. Vena was born to James and Caroline Awbrey at home in Pleasant Hill on March 28, 1909. She was second oldest of four children. One of her favorite childhood memories was of the race she won while in high school, running down Main Street in Springfield. She also loved to play basketball, saying that she was "short but fast." Vena attended Edenvale Grade School and graduated from Pleasant Hill High School.

Vena married "Jim" Maurice Dilley on September 8, 1928. They eventually built a house on Wallace Creek Road and lived there until 1936, when they moved to Westfir on Logger's Row. Their first home in Westfir was a tent house. She and Jim spent that first winter snowed in with their two young sons. They lived in Westfir for five years, then moved to Shevlin Log Camp. They were at the Shevlin camps for about 9 years. She had a lot of interesting stories to tell of that time. She began her bus-driving career as a substitute driver while at Shevlin.

In 1950, she and Jim, with their two sons Darold and Jerry, moved back to Pleasant Hill. They built a home on Edenvale Road and Vena began driving a school bus for the Pleasant Hill School District. She drove bus for 23 years and retired only because she was required to at age 65. She loved her bus route, taking the importance of getting students to school safely very seriously. She enjoyed taking kids to sporting events and was just as interested as the students on school field trips. Many people affectionately remember their bus driver, Mrs. Dilley.

Vena was an active, vital, hard-working woman. She gardened, canned, was handy with tools, hauled hay, raised chickens and harvested their small orchard. She hunted, fished and she and Jim spent a lot of time together cutting firewood. However, Vena felt that her most important job was the care she took of her family. She was a simple woman with few material needs. What she had, she shared. Anyone visiting Vena always went home with a care package.

Vena was most happy when the family gathered to celebrate holidays or to just be together. She was always available for any project, from dressing out a deer to building a bookcase to playing a game of cards. Her grandchildren always knew that Grandma Vena was good for a cookie and something entertaining to do.

Vena was thrilled with the birth of her first great-great-grandchild, Paul Spencer Clark, making five generations of her family able to pose for a picture together.

Vena is survived by her son Darold and his wife Marylee, of Sisters; and her son Gerald and his wife Shirly, of Fall Creek; her sister Cleona Hill of Pleasant Hill; her grandchildren Glenda Green and her husband Randy; Lee Dilley and his wife Lisa; Doug Dilley and his wife Sheryl; Angela Dilley; and Christopher Dilley and his wife Mary. She had eight great-grandchildren: Ryan, Kris, Jillian, MacKenzie, Trevor, Heath, Jessica and Lindsay, and one great-great-grandson, Paul.

The family would like to thank Sweetbriar Villa for their compassionate care in Vena's last years. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pleasant Hill Fire Dept. at Vena's request. Vena always said she had the best family that ever lived. Her family feels very privileged to have shared their lives with her.

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Published in the Eugene Register-Guard on 4/23/2008.

[August 23, 2008]

Lyman Tinker

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Rest-Haven Memorial Park in Eugene for Lyman Wangelin Tinker of Eugene, who died Aug. 20 of age-related causes. He was 97. After the service, a reception will be at 3 p.m. at Alpine Springs Assisted Living & Cottages.

He was born June 11, 1911, in Boulder, Colo., to Eugene and Multnomah Wangelin Tinker. He graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1928. He married Myrna Laird on June 6, 1938, in Pleasant Hill.

Tinker attended college for a year. He was a fruit and nut orchardist in Pleasant Hill, where he established his filbert orchard in the 1960s, right next to the high school. He worked as a horticultural inspector for Lane County for many years.

Survivors include a son, Gene of Eugene; two daughters, Barbara Tinker of Bend and Tinker Mico of San Diego; two sisters, Bonnie Bradshaw of Salem (who taught at PHHS from 1967-1976) and Dorothy Kimball of Springfield; a brother, Fred of Beaverton; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and numerous stepgrandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Andreason's Cremation & Burial Service in Springfield. Remembrances to the Eugene Mission.

[in the photo below, Lyman is next to the man in the suit on the right end]

PHHS during the 1927-1928 school year: all the students in front of the building

a fully annotated version of this photo with all 88 people identified is available on the CD from Richard Adams, the webmaster

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