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Horseheads High School Graduation 1902

Horseheads High School Class of  1902.

Back Row: Marie Hill, William Myers,  Ermina Thorne, Laura Snyder, Robert Smith, Mary Hill

Front Row: Bernice Reed, Evelyn Rowley, Berton R. Sherman, Ida Weller,  Nellie Lovell

W. R. Samson in Sep 2000  Note: Bernice Reed was my GRandmother.  Robert Smith was a Great Uncle of my wife Joanne SMITH Samson. He went west and never returned. We met him in CA,  near the end of his life.

School: Horseheads High School
Horseheads, Chemung County NY
Newspaper Article
Year: 1902
Submitted by: Walt Samson
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Marie Hill maried  Frank Austin
Ermina Thorne married John Hickey
Bernice Reed married Chas. MacDougall
Evelyn Rowley married  Chas. Carpenter
Ida Weller married Ralph Hibbard

ELEVEN GRADUATES - COMMENCEMENT AT HORSEHEADS HIGH SCHOOL
Exercises were of Unusual Merit.  Pritchard Hall  Was Crowded With Friends of Graduates
The 18th annual commencement of the Horseheads High School was held last evening at Pritchard Hall and was in every sense a most delightful occasion.  The small hall was so crowded that people stood in every part of it and probably as many were turned away as were able to gain admittance.  The hall had been very beautifully decorated in green and white, which are the class colors.  Evergreen twigs woven into vines were very prettily festooned over the entire ceiling and the figures 1902 were worked on the east wall in evergreen.  Green and white bunting also formed a large part of the hall decoration.  The stage was banked with palms, ferns and daisies.  On a white back ground occupying a conspicuous part of the stage the class motto:  "“hy Destiny Lies Within Thee"” was worked in green.  The east side of the stage was occupied by the members of the board of education:  R. P. Bush, president; Rev. M. H. Gardner, P. T. Marshall, W. H. Phillips and Mrs. Helen Rickey, and also Rev. F. H. Gates and Rev. W. H. Yard.  Accompanied by the sweet strains from McHenry’s orchestra the graduates marched in from the rear of the stage and were seated on the east side.

The first number, following the invocation by Rev. M. H. Gardner, was the saluatory by Miss Bernice Reed.  Miss Reed’s subject was “Night Brings Out the Stars”, and she treated it as to its application to human affairs.  Her enunciation and delivery were good and she was very enthustically applauded at the conclusion.  William W. Myers delivered the valedictory, his subject being “The Invasion of the Old World by the New”.  He treated this subject very capably, showing the reaction which is now taking place between the old world nations and the nations of the west.
The remainder of the excellent program was as follows:
Progress of Music .....Ida Weller
Violin Solo—Andante Religioso....Joseph Samuels
Wireless Telegraphy .....Loretta B. Snyder
Originality .......Nellie E. Lovell
Ancient and Modern Games ......Robert B. Smith
Vocal Solo—A Long Ago ......Oley Speaks
Parting.....Reis
William P. Frost
The Influence of Women....Marie ?dyne Hill
Electricity Versus Steam....Berton R. Sherman
Violin Solo—Le Cygne....Joseph Samuels
American Poetry....Eva L. Rowley
Beyond the Alps Lies Italy...May Lovina Hill
Facts and Fiction....Ermina C. Thorne
Vocal Solo—The Nightengale’s Song...Nevin
William P. Frost.
Presentation of Diplomas.......
Benediction......Rev. F. H. Gates
Music.....McHenry’s Orchestra

The following are the members of the class of 1902:  William W. Myers, Bernice Reed, Loretta Snyder, Nellie E. Lovell, Eva L. Rowley, Marie E. Hill, Ermina C. Thorne, Ida Weller, Robert B. Smith, Mary L. Hill and Berton R. Sherman.  All the students acquited themselves in a manner to do credit to their school.  Misses Lulu Weller, Ruby Snyder, Mabel Hill and Maude Coe acted as flower girls, and Emily Clark as page.  The ushers were Archie Mathews, Wilson Day, Henry Bush, Benjamin Colegrove and Walter Myers.

Chemung County NY
Published On Tri-Counties Site On 23 SEP 2000
By Joyce M. Tice

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