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April 23, 2022

Funny Snapshots of Fruita Union High School Graduation Antics, Colorado, ca. 1941

Texas native Ottis Littlejohn joined the Civilian Conservation Corps after he graduated high school in 1941, and was stationed with the roadbuilding crew at Colorado National Monument. He befriended several local people while he was here, including his sweetheart and a fellow he refers to as “Red” McCormick. Littlejohn either took these snapshots of McCormick and his classmates goofing around in costumes during graduation week, or he acquired them from him.

According to a note Littlejohn wrote on the back of one of the following photos, McCormick graduated from Fruita Union High School in 1941. At the time, Fruita Union High School was the building that is today Fruita Middle School.

“Red” himself appears wearing two different costumes, that of the cigar-chomping fellow with his arm around the “football player” and the “pretty girl,” and that of the more rube-like fellow standing next to the girl in the “Bo-Peep” dress.


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