Lori and I didn’t have any plans for today so we decided to explore. First we went to the Fort Humboldt state park which didn’t take as much time to explore as I thought it would. So we ended up going to the Fortuna museum and dug for some more family history. We came up with a few more details and some more leads to check out. Lori came across a high school yearbook for the years that both Warren (1907) and Muriel (1914) graduated. When Dad showed me the photo album that Grandpa put together, I was amazed to see how much I had in common with him. Well, from the yearbook, I can see that he had something in common with Derek too. Aside from the obvious physical appearance that Derek shares with him, there is one other major trait they shared. Warren also liked to debate. Unfortunately for Warren, his favorite topic of debate was socialism and this didn’t seem to be a popular topic in Fortuna at that time. The yearbook gave us a few other insights into our Grandfather: He must have been late to school a lot. One page in the yearbook had a spreadsheet type format with the following info listed for Warren:
Distinguishing Characteristics: Talking Socialism
Lacks: Being ahead of time
Favorite Expression: “that clock’s fast”
Will Become: A reformer
He was also listed as playing in a school play, and there are a few other mentions of him.
One section had Picture, followed by something illogical for that person, for example:
Picture Warren Knowles coming early to school.
Another section called “How we Know” listed the names in the graduating class and their major identifying traits such as their dimples, curls or snoring. Warren is listed as:
By comparison with W.J. Bryan, Upton Sinclair, and others.
A further section was entitled “Wouldn’t it be well to introduce” followed by this partial sampling of entries:
Clyde Johnston to a comb.
Diamond Garland to some Ferndale boy.
Warren Knowles to a book on oratory.