There were no pictures in the yearbooks until the class of 1933. However, Dick Noble had kept a group picture taken in 1930 and with his help and others, a number of the students have been identified. In 2004, Felma Circle Brabham was one of the people at the All-Year Reunion who helped identify pictures, including her own, which, sadly, is featured below with her death in August of 2008. The group picture is below the obituary, with a link to download the 285k pdf file that is much clearer. Anyone who can add identifications to the picture is welcome to write to the webmaster, Richard Adams, so he can modify the picture.



[August 8, 2008]

Felma O. (Circle) Brabham

A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11, 2008 at First Christian Church in Eugene for Felma O. Circle Brabham of Eugene. She died Aug. 5, 2008 of age-related causes at age 95.

She was born Dec. 14, 1912, in Marcola to Lewis and Lillie Ross Circle. She married Paul Brabham on Oct. 1, 1933, in Florence. He died in 1996.

She graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1931. She worked as a cook for Edison, London and Silver Lane elementary schools in the Eugene School District.

Survivors include a son, Marvin of Springfield; two daughters, Juanita Syron of Gresham and Dorothy Vangsnes of Eugene; a brother, Ray Circle of Roseburg; 10 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. A granddaughter, Joan Vangsnes Bishop, died previously.

A private family graveside service was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene. Remembrances to the church.

Prentice in 1928 group photo at age 16

[January 23, 1979]

Prentice H. Wheeler

Prentice H. Wheeler, 67, of 48391 Spur Avenue, Oakridge, died January 21, 1979 at a Eugene hospital. Prentice was born May 30, 1912 to C. Bruce and Minnie Bell Fraley Wheeler at Pleasant Hill, Oregon. He grew up and received his education there, graduating from Pleasant Hill High School in 1931.

He lived for a short time in Eugene after graduating, working as an automobile mechanic. In 1941 Prentice joined the U.S. Army and was part of the Normandy Invasion, going on into Rhineland and Central Europe.

After his discharge in 1945, Prentice moved to Oakridge. He had worked as a heavy equipment mechanic for Pope & Talbot Company from 1947 until his retirement in 1974. He was a person who was well liked and had many friends, he liked helping them with their automobile problems as this was a challenge for him.

The great outdoors is what he loved, to watch the wild animals and birds and to travel over Oregon enjoying the scenery. He often shared what he had seen with photos that he had taken. When hunting season came, Prentice renewed his love of nature, never missing a chance to get into the woods. He prided himself with his gun collection and his ability as a hand loader.

He cared for beauty as he enjoyed his garden and the beautiful flowers it produced. Prentice is survived by his loving wife, Ann Katherine Wheeler of Oakridge; his father, Bruce Wheeler of Pleasant Hill; his children: Darrell V. Wheeler of Oakridge, Maurice Anderson of Springfield, Martin Anderson of Olympia, Washington, Gordon Anderson of Anselmo, Nebraska, Barbara Haniuk of Eugene, Darlene Beckman of Creswell and Shirley Sabo of Cerritos, California; beloved brother of Noble Wheeler of Noti, Lester Wheeler of Gold Beach, Oregon, Clint Wheeler of Los Angeles, California, Blanche Peters of Walterville and Ida Kate Miller of Pleasant Hill; 27 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

The casket remained open for visiting for the service. Funeral services were held at the Chapel of the Oakridge Funeral Home, Thursday, January 25, 1979 at 2 p.m., Noble Bruce Wheeler, Church of Christ, officiating. Concluding services, Forestvale Memorial Park. Memorials are preferred to your favorite charity.

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