As the Whitewater Valley prepares for the 200th anniversary of the founding of the town of Brookville, much of the history of Fairfield will be incorporated. A name here or there, an event that may have mattered. In truth, there were two important dates in the history of Fairfield:

Neither of them can be circled on a calendar.

My own youth, clouded through time and left to meander through the process of explaining the things that made no sense at the time, things that still make no sense to anyone in particular, has been revived with images of people and places long gone.

Most of those people’s faces are etched in fog.

Some of them are not.

Nancy Klein and Marilyn Luke Gausman have managed to find some of them for me.

I present, with their permission, the names and faces of the first through fifth grades of Fairfield Grade School for the spring of 1957.

Somebody loved us.

FIRST AND SECOND GRADES

THIRD GRADE

FOURTH GRADE

FIFTH GRADE

THE SCHOOL PAGE

(I do believe the photos were taken by Hazel Klein, who was the third-fourth-fifth grade teacher that year and the mother-in-law of Nancy Klein, wife of Harold Klein.)