Michelle Ann Kratts

Amy’s Attic: University of Kansas Memory Book

In Amy's Attic, Scrapbooks, University on April 22, 2014 at 7:18 pm

Aren’t we all voyeurs in a way? Longing to take a peek through that curtain, as the wind blows it aside? That’s how it is with old scrapbooks. How can we resist?

Amy brought this gem to me just the other day: a University of Kansas Memory Book. I was startled to find how our young lady had been so faithful to the pages of this book. Filling in just about everything. So many times we start something like this….hoping to hang onto those special memories…and then the pages are forgotten. But not for Miss Elma Jean Ducker. She preserved her memories in a most beautiful fashion. Down to the dining room decorations and to the clippings of her girlfriends’ hair. To the young men she danced with at the Corbin Hall Spring Dance (held on Friday, March 28, 1924).

After looking through the book, I was quite curious to know more about Elma Jean. Born in Cherryvale, Kansas, on June 24, 1905, to William and Clara Ducker, she lived for a time in Twin Falls, Idaho. Her father was an auditor for a lumber company. Shortly after attending the University of Kansas, Elma Jean was married to Harold F. Logue. According to the 1930 census, the couple lived in Caldwell Canyon, Idaho, during that time period. Mr. Logue worked as a shoe salesman and Mrs. Logue (Elma Jean) was a bookkeeper for a dry goods business. They had at least one child, Barbara Jean, who was born on November 8, 1938. Elma passed away on October 12, 1998, in Ontario, Oregon.

Here are some images from her book.  Remember to click on the images to make larger.

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  1. Hello,
    I came across your blog about Elma Jean Ducker after doing a Google search. My grandfather, who passed away a while back, has this very detailed scrap book of Elma Jean Ducker. It includes locks of hair. We don’t know how my grandpa got this book as we don’t know the Duckers. Are you related to them in some way? Very interested to hear back thank you.

    • How fascinating! No I am not related to this person, nor is the woman who shared the scrap book. Unfortunately not more is known about her and its origin as it was purchased in an estate sale. If I learn anything else I will let you know.

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