Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Joyce Parker Orshoski
Scope and Content
The Joyce Parker Orshoski Collection was donated to the
Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center by Dorene Paul in 2010.
Joyce E. (Parker) Orshoski was born December 8, 1931 in Sandusky, Ohio
to Steen Leroy and Doris (Wheeler) Parker.
She had two siblings: Sally and Steen Thomas. Doris and Steen Parker
divorced in the early 1940s. Doris passed away
May 6, 1943. Steen Parker married Ruth Renwand. They
were the parents of Charles and Patricia.
Joyce attended Sandusky High School her freshman year and transferred to Margaretta High School the following year, becoming
part of the class of 1949. On July
1, 1950, she married Paul R. Orshoski.
Together, they had six children: Dorene, Paul Jr., Robin, Todd, Matthew
Joyce was active throughout the Sandusky area. She was a member of the Congregational
United Church of Christ in Castalia, Ohio; directed the children’s choir at Grace Lutheran
Church in Castalia;
taught Sunday school; volunteered for Stein Hospice; and was involved in the
Castalia Historical Society. She
died at the age of 78 on September 8, 2010 in Sandusky, Ohio.
Among her many activities, Joyce was an
member of the Margaretta Alumni Association. Following her graduation in 1949, Joyce
was an ardent collector of Margaretta memorabilia and records, of both alumni
and current students throughout the years.
Originally Castalia High School, Margaretta High School was founded in
1867. The first classes were held
in the former Congregational Church building. In 1874, due to growing class size, a
larger building (in 2010 the junior high school) was located on Lucas Street. Classes began graduating in 1896. In
1914 the 1874 building was torn down and a new building was erected to better
accommodate the students. The
school yearbook, beginning in 1916, was called “The Margaretta.” Mrs. Orshoski collected records and
other memorabilia dating from 1901 through 2009.
Scope and Content
The collection encompasses a wide range of Margaretta High School’s history. A series of colored prints are present,
spanning from 1901 to 2009. Among
these prints are class photographs as well as pictures from various reunions
throughout the years. Copies of
yearbook pictures are also a part of the collection. These copies contain pictures of
graduating classes from 1901, 1916, 1918, and 1923 to 61. The collection also holds the records of
names of students in the graduating classes 1920 to 1992. A large collection of newspaper articles
regarding different aspects of Margaretta High School
is part of the collection as well.
The articles are divided into three parts: reports on athletics, school
events and alumni gatherings, 1976 to 2009; alumni engagement, wedding and
anniversary announcements, 1995 to 2009; and, alumni obituaries 1983, 1994 to 2009. A set of miscellaneous memorabilia is included
The collection also contains a bound volume of school
newspapers, The Margaretta
News, from the years 1943-1948.
While the collection does span from around 1901 to 2009, the bulk of the
prints and newspaper clippings address the classes after 1940.
Class Photographs, 1901, 1916,
Class Records 1920-1992
Colored Prints, Reunions and Classes, 1916-2009
Alumni Engagement, Wedding,
Margaretta News bound volume October 5, 1943- May 21, 1948