Dixon, Lee County IL
Left to right bottom row - Nelle Swarthout, Gertrude Blackman Page, Minnie Woodford, Ida Andres Ainsworth.
Middle row - Leslie B. Raymond, Laura Rogers, Henry C. Warner
Back row - Delia Jeffs, Nina Park Bowles
Members of the Dixon High School class of 1893 recalled their school days when meeting recently for their first reunion since graduating 60 years ago. Host for the nice party held in the LaSalle Hotel, Chicago was Atty. H.C. Warner, Dixon. The only other man in the class was also there, Leslie Benton Raymond, LaCrosse Wisc. Seven of the original nine classmates attended the reunion including Atty. Warner and Mr. Raymond. The women were Nellie Amelia Swarthout, Chicago; Julia Marion Woodford, Buffalo NY; Laura Ellen Rogers, Dixon; Mrs. Nellie Gertrude Blackman Page, Merrill Wisc. and Mrs. Ida Agnes Andres Allworth, Evanston. The two deceased classmates are Delia Gertrude Jeffs and Nina Evelyn Parks. Atty Warner was national head of the Elks lodge in 1939, president of the IL Bar Assoc. in 1944, and headed the Lee County GOP central committee from 1912 until last year.
(From the The Dixon Evening Telegraph 11 July 1952)
Taught in one room under the direction of Prof. Williamson, Mrs. Deming and Miss Bryant.
( Appeared in the Dixon Telegraph in 1947 - indicating the graduating class " a little over 50 years ago".)
There was a photo along with this list - but too dark to copy.
The man holding the football is Leroy James Drew (Captain), grandfather of Julia Johnson who contributed the photo.
From the Dixon Evening Telegraph May 27, 1947
The 29 members of class 1907 were the last to complete their high school courses in the old “white brick” school house on Fifth Street and Hennepin Ave., which was destroyed by fire the following October 14. Their high school work was under the superintendence of three men in turn, Mr. Groves, one year, L.B. Neighbour, two years, and Vernon G. Mays, one; three principals: B.F. Bullard, A. DeLong, and J.B. Meyer. Bullard, then of the Lane Tech. high school, Chicago, was their Commencement speaker.
A piano solo by Horace Street and vocal solos by Mr. Meyer and Miss Suzette Decker were the musical numbers. Diplomas were presented by E. J. Countryman, president of board of education. Invocation by the Rev. William Rutherford, and benediction by the Rev. C.C. McLean completed the program. Miss Eleanor E. Powell was valedictorian. W.C. Jones is the only member of the board of that year living now.
The members of the class were Minetta E. Bachman, Bertha Brass, Alice V. Brink, Leland S. Brink, Glover C. Carnahan, LeRoy J. Drew, Lewis W. Drummond, Guy E. Eicholtz, Marie H. Gorham, Arthur W. Gonnerman, Helen L. Haley, Walter I. Heckman, Mabel Gertrude Jones, Vera L. Jacobs, Myra L. Johnson, Edmund H. Leith, Edward H. McManus, Jule E. McBride, Guy H. Merriman, David J. Neighbour, Eleanor E. Powell, Amy L. Petersberger, Helen L. Puterbaugh, Floy A. Ransom, Phillip Reilly, Theodore E. Spencer, Frederick Wagner, Clara H. Webster, and Jean Paul Wirick.