According to the September 10, 1942 issue of The Times-Broadcaster, the official newspaper of Turtle Lake and Almena, “Turtle Lake Schools opened Tuesday morning for the 1942-43 school year. The teaching force announced last week was unchanged. The high school opening enrollment was 160 and the grade enrollment 135, total 295. Several pupils may enter in a few days when the farm rush tapers off. High school starts at 9:15 and grades at 9:30 a.m.”
Two young ladies who were members of the 160 high school population were among the 35 senior classmates to begin their final year at Turtle Lake. Those two ladies, Dora (Scheps) Rockow and Eileen (Conrad) Koser, now both 96 years of age and living in Almena, celebrated the 79th Class Reunion of the Turtle Lake High School Class of 1943 Wednesday, July 20 at the home of Eileen Koser. They are the lone remaining members of their class.
1943 was the height of World War II and because this put a burden on many basic supplies, the class did not have a yearbook. However, fond memories have lasted a lifetime, and reminiscing of times past was enjoyed by both.
The last formal class reunion of the Class of 1943 was held at Rolling Oaks in Barron in 2006. At that time nine members of the class and their guests attended.