A0094 – Betty Jean Magnuson Zobel Collection

A0094 – Betty Jean Magnuson Zobel Collection


Creator:  Betty Jean Magnuson Zobel (7 May 1927-12 Sept 2014)
Date span: 1943-1945
Physical description: .25 linear ft. (1 box)
Language note:  English


Restriction on Access: The collection is available for supervised use by appointment during normal Boynton Beach City Library hours. Users are required to comply with the library’s regulations governing use.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction: Materials in the collections are to be used for private study, scholarship, or research in accord with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). The Boynton Beach City Library adheres to all conditions specified in the law when providing reproductions of copyrighted material. Any use of a reproduction in excess of “fair use," may result in the user’s liability for copyright infringement.

Additional physical form available: Many photographs scanned and available online.

Acquisition information: Gift of Voncile Smith (2022.002.002)

Custodial history: Sent to Voncile Smith in her capacity as the editor of the Boynton Beach Historical Society newsletter, probably by Betty Jean Magnuson Zobel. Newsletter November 2015 records that these were items found by Herb Zobel after his wife’s death.

Preferred Citation: From the collections of the Boynton Beach City Library Local History Archives, Betty Jean Magnuson Zobel Collection (A0094), box and folder numbers or item number.

Processing Information: Collection processed in February 2022 by Georgen Charnes.

Date of finding aid: February 2022.


Historical Note: Betty Jean Magnuson (7 May 1927-12 Sept 2014), was the daughter of Oscar and Eunice Magnuson. She married V. Reynolds Law in 1945 and they divorced in 1973; she had three children with him. Married Herbert Richard Zobel, owner of The Garden Store in 1976. Betty worked for the City of Boynton Beach for many years, starting in 1962 and in 1968 became the Treasurer for the City of Boynton Beach.

She was a graduate of Boynton High School Class of 1945. Seventeen diplomas were awarded at the graduation ceremony for the Class of 1945.

  • Louise Bell (1926-1983)
  • Pearl Cline (1927-2021)
  • Muriel DeLoach (1927-2006)
  • Edgar Neil Fountain (1928-2004)
  • Mildred Hackle (1928-2021)
  • John “Jack” Hays
  • Betty Jean Magnuson (1927-2014)
  • Kathleen Mayberry (1929-2017)
  • Merna Miller (b. 1928)
  • Nancy Murray (b. 1928)
  • Cheryl Muster (1927-2010)
  • Thelma Partin (1927-1976)
  • Charles Senior Jr. (b. 1928)
  • Mary Edna Sterrett (1927-1996)
  • Jacqueline Tattersall (1928-2015)
  • Curtis Weaver (1928-2020)
  • Albert T. Peterson (possibly awarded in absentia, he served in the U.S. Navy)

Scope and Content Note:
Collection includes memorabilia from local events including church programs and graduation exercises (1943-1945), clippings from 1966-1967, Class of 1945 senior year ephemera, and photographs of Boynton High classmates (1940 and 1945) and the 1995 50 year reunion.


Box 1
Folder 1: Boynton Beach Methodist Church programs
Folder 2: Graduation programs:

  • “Baccalaureate service” Boynton High School 23 May 1943
  • Class night 24 May 1943
  • Junior High School Graduation Exercises, 26 May 1943
  • Junior High School Graduation Exercises, 30 May 1943
  • Boynton High Commencement program, 26 May 1943

Folder 3: Ephemera from Betty Jean Magnuson Zobel’s senior year at Boynton High School, 1945

  • Play program
  • Commencement exercises program
  •  Senior Memories (two copies)
  • Class night program
  • Senior Class play
  • Reynolds Law Letter Award for basketball

Folder 4: Clippings, 1967-1968

  • Boynton Lions Club, Forest Park PTA, Misc.

Folder 5: Zobel Garden Store

  • Clippings, course announcement

Folder 6: Seacrest High School graduation program 1966
Folder 7: Photographs

  • A0094-001 to A0094-002 Betty Jean Magnuson
  • A0094-003 to A0094-016 1945 senior class photos
  • A0094-016 to A0094-048, 051-055 portraits of students, 1940-1945, chiefly unidentified
  • A0094-049, 057 Oscar Magnuson
  • A0094-050 Herb Zobel
  • A0094-056, 058 – Class of 1945 group portraits
  • A0094-059 to A0094-069 1995 50th reunion of Boynton High School Class of 1945
  • A0094-070 Bent Peterson with fish
  • A0094-071 Five teenagers in front of O.F. Jacob Tire Recapping Garage. Possibly in Lake Worth.