Senior Report: Growing up in Lake Charles in the 30's, 40's and 50's

By Theresa Schmidt - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA. (KPLC) - If you've ever wondered what it was like here in the 30's, 40's and 50's -- well a new book called growing up in Lake Charles provides a window into that era from the perspective of three ladies..

They were here for a book signing but in many ways it became a reunion for many of the members of Lake Charles High Class of 1952. Three of the classmates, Kay Krause Blake, Katherine Maloy Newell and Jeanette Plauche Parker have combined their memoirs into a book called growing up in Lake Charles.

The book takes one back to an era when it seems life was a lot simpler in some ways. At least they didn't seem to have to worry about crime like people do now.

And, well,  people minded their manners. Something the ladies wish was still the case.

Kids behaved because they knew if they didn't there would be serious consequences.

Besides all the fun and funny stories, they remember great teachers and an excellent education which has served them well.

And though they made a lot less money it went a lot further-- check out the menu from tom and macs. A favorite says class member Daniel Ieyoub...

And while the school days are long gone the memories are vibrant and in print now so they can be shared.

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