Often when someone calls me either wanting or offering information, they have gotten my contact info from one of three places…Maplewood City Hall, the Chamber or the Library. I always enjoy the exchange whichever way it goes.
Matt Irwin is one of the givers, a contributor to the growing pile that is putting flesh on the bones of our community. After a visit to his apartment in 2010, he very generously allowed me to borrow and copy the photo albums of his family. Additionally he offered to donate his grandmother’s 1930’s Maplewood High School memories book to our library. It is there now.
The albums that I copied contained hundreds of photographs. Most of them were glued to the pages. Most of the people in the photographs are unidentified as is typical. They depict events throughout many lives lived. When I talked to Matt four years ago he and his mother were the last in the line. I’ve not heard from him for quite a while. I hope he is doing well.
I have wondered how best to represent such a large collection with my blog. The photos show much of what looks like a very happy marriage between Matt’s grandmother, Marjorie Slavik and his grandfather, Robert Irwin. Marjorie met Robert in high school. The evidence is in her memories book. Eventually they married. Robert joined the Marines during WW II. They went on vacations, had at least one baby, and had a plethora of friends and family.
I think anyone looking at these photos connects with the folks in them. It seems sad that after Matt there will be no heir to these images. I hope Matt and others with images like these will leave them to the Maplewood Library.
For the next several blogs I’ll try to post enough photos to give the viewer a sense of the lives these folks lived here in Maplewood.