Local History Collections

Collection ID: LH-367
Location: LH-367

(Description ID: 595689)

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

Joyce Parker Orshoski


Biographical Sketch
Scope and Content

The Joyce Parker Orshoski Collection was donated to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center by Dorene Paul in 2010.

Biographical Sketch
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 and Kellie. 

Joyce was active throughout the Sandusky area.  She was a member of the Congregational United Church of Christ in Castalia, Ohio; directed the childrenÕs 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 ÒThe Margaretta.Ó  Mrs. Orshoski collected records and other memorabilia dating from 1901 through 2009.

Scope and Content
The collection encompasses a wide range of Margaretta High SchoolÕs 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 as well. 

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.

Acc. 5775

Box 1

School History

Class Photographs, 1901, 1916, 1918, 1923-1961

Graduating Class Records 1920-1992

Miscellaneous Colored Prints, Reunions and Classes, 1916-2009

Newspaper Articles 1976-2009:
School Events
Class Reunions

Newspaper Articles 1995-2009:
Alumni Engagement, Wedding, Anniversary Announcements

Newspaper Articles 1994-2009:
Alumni Obituaries

Miscellaneous Memorabilia

Box 2

Margaretta News bound volume October 5, 1943- May 21, 1948