Although no longer a tradition, for many years Sonora Union High School had Old Clothes Day, when students and teachers wore clothing representing an earlier time. Some wore costumes they designed, and others were able to go through their family’s trunks and find something from their ancestors.
The Jan. 20, 1926, event included a parade, luncheon and entertainment. The Union Democrat reported that students and teachers arrived at school in the morning appropriately attired for the day.
Before noon, the students and teachers left the high school to march down Washington Street, the affair was “colorful, enthusiastic and happily informal.” Many of the costumes dated back to before the state was admitted to the union.
Upon returning to the high school gymnasium, a luncheon was held in the Red Gulch Eatin’ House in the basement of the gym. Enchiladas and Spanish beans as well as homemade cake and coffee was served. Two hundred and forty-eight people attended the luncheon, with each paying 50 cents. Proceeds from the luncheon were added to the publication fund of the Green and Gold yearbook.
After the luncheon, there was entertainment in the basement. The attendees listened to a chorus, which was followed by the Presbyterian minister Hugh Furneau reading “Roughing It” by Mark Twain.
Next they watched three of the clever dancers of the school, Misses Mable Holland, Jackie Bromley and Sophronia Burns. The final contribution was a burlesque on the tango performed by Marion Kephart and Bernice Erickson, which was said to be the source of much amusement.
Since the girls had taken over much of the indoor program, after the luncheon the boys gave an exhibition of horsemanship on the school grounds.
All agreed the event was a great success.
Patricia Perry is the historian for the City of Sonora.