Tim Moran here. I am the one who posted all of the pictures of the “Magnolia Kids” reunion last September.
Regarding the restored murals in the City Hall, specifically the one where there is a group of men gathered around a conference table in a meeting.
My sisters, Marcia, Sunny, and I are wondering if the man with the gavel at the head of the table might be ouir grandfather Wilfred H Ringer. Wilfred H Ringer was the principal of Gloucester High through much of the 30s.
Here are a crop from the mural and a picture of our grandfather.
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Throughout the 1940s and the 1950s, Marcia, Tim, and Sunny Moran traveled from their home, first in Boston then in Kansas City , to spend more than 15 summers with their grandparents, former Gloucester High School principal Wilfred and Marion Ringer, on Shore Road in Magnolia.
In time, as some of the residents moved away and the summer visitors grew up and got on with their lives, with a few exceptions, we all lost track of each other.
While on the way to Magnolia, they eagerly looked forward to renewing old friendships and making new ones with both the “townies” kids (full time residents) and others who were visiting relatives in Magnolia.
Having been back separately, Marcia, Tim, and Sunny planned to be together in Gloucester and Magnolia in mid-September for the first time in over 25 years. The Moran “kids” started contacting people with whom they had kept in touch and soon a Magnolia Kids Reunion was being planned.
As people flew and drove to Gloucester from as far away as California and Texas , we ended up with a gathering of more than 26 people, most of whom had not seen each other in SIXTY years!
It SURE was good to renew old friendships, to see who married who, and hear all about their kids and grandkids.
To see the pictures of the gathering, please visit – http://www.themorans.org/themorans/Magnolia/Magnolia.htm
Thank you for your GMG web site and what you do to keep us former residents “in the loop”.
My name is Thomas (Tim) Moran. While I currently live in Dallas , TX , my roots go deep into Gloucester , more specifically, into Magnolia.
My two sisters (Marcia and Alison) and I spent every summer between the mid forties and the late fifties (1944 – 1958 for me) visiting our grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. W.H. Ringer, at the head of the beach on Shore Road in Magnolia.
My grandfather, W.H. Ringer, was a principal of GHS when it was downtown, long before it moved to its present location by "the cut".
As I was looking at some pictures of the Fisherman’s Memorial the other day, I remembered that my mother, Beth Ringer Moran, at age 99, is probably one of the few still alive who, at age 13, was at the statue’s dedication in 1925? She also remembers walking across the cut bridge from their home on Kent Circle to the high school every day in high heels and skirts, which is what ‘girls’ wore to school then. She says it was very cold in the winter!
I wonder if anyone knows anybody else who was also there and is still living. That might be a good question for your web site.
My sisters and I have returned to Magnolia many times through the past 50 years and will return again, hopefully within the next few years.
I invite you to peruse a web page that I put together after sister Marcia, my wife, daughter, and I last visited in the fall of 2004. Tim Moran’s Magnolia MA History