1954 Grange Hall Dance: The People in the Photo


Last year, we ran a story about the teenage dances that took place at the Grange Hall (now Township Hall) back in the 1950s. You can read that story here.

Along with the story, we ran a photo supplied by Jan Schavey Goodman, who attended the monthly dances, held on the main floor of the hall (where the township meetings are held now). They also had live music, “mostly garage bands of peers,” said Jan.

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She added that her sister’s wedding reception was held there in 1955, with dancing upstairs and tables for dining downstairs.

When we ran the story in November, we didn’t have all the names of the folks in the photo, but with the help of Jan, now we do. Or at least most of them.

Take a look and see if you or your kin are in there. If you can supply any missing names, tell us in the comments section at the bottom of this story.


Back Row, left to right: ??, Jim Longcore, Jack Holmes, Joe Kratky, Jim Dohm, Carl Carpenter

Second Row from Top, left to right (under the cow): Jim Smith (Smitty), Jim Potter, Jim Kratky, Duane Kroupa (bending down), Elmer Jamieson, Dick Bendickson, John Ostlund, Gary Longcore, Bill Kitchen, ??, Leroy Ostlund, ??, Rick Potter, David Lardie

Third Row from Top (girls), left to right: Mitzi Longcore, Cyr Grover, ?? Hager, Shirley Kroupa, Marie Lyon, Kay Kitchen, Sylvia Sandborn, Marilyn Rea, Luella Bates, Carol Ann Kroupa, Sherry McKian, Judy Lardie, Mary Jo Kitchen, Marge Lardie, Mary Jane Giles, Tom Kroupa, ?? (behind Tom), Pat Kelly, Robert Brown, Bobby Sandborn, Bryce Boursaw, Larry Franklin (?)

Fourth Row (girls seated), left to right: Patsy Kroupa, Lillian Bates (kneeling), Katy Longcore, Kay Jean Leighton, Nancy Lardie, (?? behind Nancy), Linda Herkner, Joan Kratky

Behind, kneeling, left to right: Marion Lindsey,  Joanie Schavey, Janet Schavey, Rita Buchan, Misha Kowalski, Bev Underwood, Marilyn Kroupa, Karen Kroupa, Judy Jamieson

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Grange Hall Dance, 1954, Old Mission Peninsula | Photo courtesy of Jan Schavey Goodman


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  1. Second row, the ?? Longcore first name is Gary. (My uncle) Love this picture! I kinda stole it for my mom’s 80th birthday party coming up. (Katy Longcore)


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