It’s time for another “Throwback Thursday”, a weekly column that takes a look back in time at some of the well-known people and places of Ottumwa. The goal of this pictorial column is to allow readers to take a walk down memory lane. Photos used will show people, places, and events from Ottumwa’s past. Readers are also invited to get involved. Please feel free to share any relevant pictures with us and you just might see it published online. Contact us through any of our social media outlets or email, just make sure to tag the pictures with #throwbackthursday or #tbt.
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A student stands outside of Ottumwa High School in 1949 with an English Bulldog. The bulldog has long been the mascot of OHS.
A group of upperclassmen at OHS in 1948 participate in a prank on some Freshmen. The Freshmen class members are good sports as they are made to polish the shoes of the older students. This was a common occurrence at that time as a sort of welcome to high school.
In September 1977, then St. Louis Cardinals’ left fielder, Lou Brock, appeared in Ottumwa as part of a dedication ceremony for the new downtown mall. Here he is pictured with then OHS Senior Jeff Smith. Today Smith, a die-hard Cardinals fan, is a teacher and coach in the Ottumwa School District. (Editor’s Note: And he’s also my dad. Go Cards!)
State Champion Ottumwa High School Boys’ Cross Country team, 1932
Ottumwa High School students chat in the hallways during their free time in 1948.
Fans cheer on the OHS Bulldogs during a chilly football game in 1948.