UNION COUNTY SCHOOLS

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SCHOOLS--PAST AND PRESENT

1901 LIST OF TEACHERS FOR COUNTY

1902 JONESBORO HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATING CLASS

1902 LIST OF TEACHERS FOR COUNTY

CLASS OF 1903 JONESBORO HIGH SCHOOL

1906 ANNA HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI RECEPTION

1906 SIFFORD SCHOOL

EGYPT SCHOOL, 1909

1920 LIST OF TEACHERS FOR COUNTY

1921 SCHOOL DISTRICT CLERKS

newA-J CLASS OF 1942 HOLDS FIRST REUNION, July 19, 1962

ONE ROOM SCHOOLS, July 14, 1979

List of Teachers of Union County, Illinois

For the Term 1901-1902

Transcribed and submitted by Darrel Dexter

Source:  Jonesboro Gazette, Jonesboro, Illinois, 31 August 1901

The school districts of this county have been renumbered, from 1 to 76, consecutively, to begin the school term 1901-1902.  There are 111 teachers from Union County for this term.  George Barringer is the county superintendent of schools.
 

Name District School     Teacher's P.O. Address
John W. Thornton 1 T 11 s, r 1 e Red Bud     Lick Creek, Ill.
Elihu Johnson 2 T 11 s, r 1 e Escue     Progress, Ill.
H.L. Lingle 3 T 11 s, r 1 e Hiller     Cobden, Ill.
Jennie Damron 4 T 11 s, r 1 e Elmore     Progress, Ill.
W.C. Hogue 5 T 11 s, r 1 e Brooks     Lick Creek, Ill.
F.M. Walker 6 T 11 s, r 1 e Lick Creek   Elvira, Ill.  
Thomas B. Wise 7 T 11 s, r 1 e Truelove     Anna, Ill.  
E.J. Dillow 8 T 11 s, r 1 e Pleasant Ridge   Progress, Ill.
Delia Northren 8 T 11 s, r 1 e Pleasant Ridge   Western Saratoga, Ill.
Carrie Boals 9 T 11 s, r 1 w Fly     Makanda, Ill.
J.W. Brown 10 T 11 s, r 1 w Toppingtown   Makanda, Ill.
H.R. Kelley 11 T 11 s, r 1 w Limestone   Cobden, Ill.
Ollie Sumner 11     Limestone   Cobden, Ill.
Alice Townsend 12 T 11 s, r 1 w Sifford     Cobden, Ill.
Alice Powell 13 T 11 s, r 1 w Water Valley      
W.F. Hunsaker 14 T 11 s, r 1 w Tygett     Cobden, Ill.
Irving Harris 15 T 11 s, r 1 w Lence     Cobden, Ill.
Maggie Gunther 16 T 11 s, r 1 w John Rich     Cobden, Ill.
Supt. J.O. Marberry 17 T 11 s, r 1 w Cobden High School   Cobden, Ill.
Prin. Cecilia Whelpley 17     Cobden High School   Cobden, Ill.
Fannie Brooks 17     Cobden High School   Progress, Ill.
Helen Finley 17     Cobden High School   Cobden, Ill.
Mary Wright 17     Cobden High School   Cobden, Ill.
Pearl Holloman 17     Cobden High School   Cobden, Ill.
Elizabeth Anderson 17     Cobden High School   Anna, Ill.  
Arline Edmonds 17     Cobden High School   Cobden, Ill.
E.H. Barker 17     Colored School   Cobden, Ill.
Kate Hartline 18 T 11 s, r 2 w Union Point   Anna, Ill.  
Prin. J.W. Burnett 19 T 11 s, r 2 w Alto Pass Schools   Alto Pass, Ill.
Mamie E. Rendleman 19     Alto Pass Schools   Alto Pass, Ill.
Mary E. Spann 19     Alto Pass Schools   Alto Pass, Ill.
Leroy Rinehart 20 T 11 s, r 2 w Hambrick     Mill Creek, Ill.
Aurora Poole 21 T 11 s, r 2 w Lamer     Anna, Ill.  
F.M. Spann 22 T 11 s, r 2 w Rendleman   Alto Pass, Ill.
Otto Arnold 23 T 11 s, r 2 w Gregory     Alto Pass, Ill.
Robert Abernathy 24 T 11 s, r 3 w Cauble     Alto Pass, Ill.
Rosa Hunsaker 25 T 11 s, r 3 w Hunsaker     Cobden, Ill.
Harry E. Stafford 26 T 11 s, r 3 w Frogg     Progress, Ill.
H.J. Sitter 27 T 11 s, r 4 w Parmley     Western Saratoga, Ill.
Rolla Stout 28 T 12 s, r 1 e Davis     Oakville, Ill.
H.J. Jean 29 T 12 s, r 1 e Sitter     Anna, Ill.  
Gertrude Kendall 30 T 12 s, r 1 e Newton     Progress, Ill.
George C. Trammell 31 T 12 s, r 1 e Mt. Pleasant   Lick Creek, Ill.
Jesse Godard 31     Mt. Pleasant   Lick Creek, Ill.
W.T. Boswell 32 T 12 s, r 1 e Sivia     Anna, Ill.  
Rolla Scott 33 T 12 s, r 1 w Saratoga     Anna, Ill.  
W. Frank Musgrave 34 T 12 s, r 1 w Barringer     Anna, Ill.  
R.E. Brown 35 T 12 s, r 1 w Mackey     Anna, Ill.  
H.H. Wise 36 T 12 s, r 1 w Ellis     Anna, Ill.  
Supt. A. L. Bliss 37 T 12 s, r 1 w Anna High School Anna, Ill.   Anna, Ill.  
Prin. W.P. Miller 37     Anna High School   Anna, Ill.  
Asst. Prin. Anna Glimus 37     Anna High School   Anna, Ill.  
Margaret Andrews 37     Anna High School   Anna, Ill.  
Grace Lawrence 37     Anna High School   Anna, Ill.  
Blanche Britton 37     Anna High School   Anna, Ill.  
Prin. L.W. Brown 37     Monroe St. School   Balcom, Ill.
A.Clara Davis 37     Monroe St. School   Carbondale, Ill.
Alice Halsip 37     Monroe St. School   Anna, Ill.  
Mamie Walter 37     Monroe St. School   Anna, Ill.  
Minnie Holloman 37     Monroe St. School   Anna, Ill.  
Octavia Davis 37     Freeman St. School   Anna, Ill.  
M.M. Pickles 38 T 12 s, r 1 w Nimmo     Regent, Ill.
M.E. Davis 39 T 12 s, r 1 w Murphy     Anna, Ill.  
Fred Davis 40 T 12 s, r 1 w Hess     Anna, Ill.  
A.G. Meyer 41 T 12 s, r 1 w Friendship   Jonesboro, Ill.
M.A. Hileman 41     Friendship   Anna, Ill.  
James P. Grear 42 T 12 s, r 1 w Knupp     Anna, Ill.  
Supt. T.B.F. Smith 43 T 12 s, r 1 w Jonesboro High School Jonesboro, Ill.
Prin. Mary Crawford 43     Jonesboro High School Jonesboro, Ill.
Anna Ditter 43     Jonesboro High School Jonesboro, Ill.
Minnie Hurst 43     Jonesboro High School Jonesboro, Ill.
Annie Walker 43     Jonesboro High School Jonesboro, Ill.
Elsie M. Cozby 43     Jonesboro High School Jonesboro, Ill.
Clyde Sanders 43     Jonesboro High School Jonesboro, Ill.
Helen Sams 43     Jonesboro High School Jonesboro, Ill.
Paul H. Ellis 44 T 12 s, r 2 w Tunnel     Anna, Ill.  
Seva Arnold 45 T 12 s, r 2 w Rhodes     Alto Pass, Ill.
Alice A. Cook 46 T 12 s, r 2 w Tripp     Anna, Ill.  
R.L. Davis 47 T 12 s, r 2 w McClure     Balcom, Ill.
Eva Wilson 48 T 12 s, r 2 w Morgan     Anna, Ill.  
J. Ed Angell 49 T 12 s, r 3 w Wolf Lake     Wolf Lake, Ill.
V.V. Davis 50 T 12 s, r 3 w Sublett     Jonesboro, Ill.
J.M. Newton 51 T 12 s, r 3 w Grading     Ware, Ill.  
John Northren 52 T 12 s, r 3 w Big Barn     Western Saratoga, Ill.
George A. Godard 53 T 13 s, r 1 e Moscow     Buncombe, Ill.
John F. Hood 54 T 13 s, r 1 e Penrod     Lick Creek, Ill.
Charles Sitter 55 T 13 s, r 1 e McLane     Anna, Ill.  
Louie Hodge 56 T 13 s, r 1 e Hoffner     Dongola, Ill.
J.W. Kimbro 57 T 13 s, r 1 e Karraker     Dongola, Ill.
(name not recorded) 58 T 13 s, r 1 e Cedar Grove, Johnson County    
(name not recorded) 59 T 13 s, r 1 e Cypress or Chapel, Johnson County  
Bell C. Groner 60 T 13 s, r 1 e Misenhimer   Dongola, Ill.
C.O. Otrich 61 T 13 s, r 1 e Swan Pond   Dongola, Ill.
Orlando Penninger 62 T 13 s, r 1 w Little Creek   Anna, Ill.  
Thomas Medlin 63 T 13 s, r 1 w Center Hill   Anna, Ill.  
Jessie Kimmel 64 T 13 s, r 1 w Miller     Anna, Ill.  
Zenas Jenkins 65 T 13 s, r 1 w Union     Anna, Ill.  
Prin. W.O. Brown 66 T13 s, r 1 w Dongola Schools   Dongola, Ill.
W.E. Dean 66     Dongola Schools   Dongola, Ill.
Clara Dillow 66     Dongola Schools   Dongola, Ill.
Jocelyne Penrod 66     Dongola Schools   Dongola, Ill.
Wanda Brevard 66     Dongola Schools   Dongola, Ill.
V.L. Dillow 67 T 13 s, r 1 w Egypt     Dongola, Ill.
C.E. Wiggins 68 T 13 s, r 1 w Holshouser   Lick Creek, Ill.
Prin. Thomas J. Anderson 69 T 13 s, r 1 w Mill Creek School   Anna, Ill.  
Carrie Mowery 69     Mill Creek School   Mill Creek, Ill. Mill Creek, Ill.
Henry T. Cox 70 T 13 s, r 2 w Lake Hill     Jonesboro, Ill.
Lena Musgrave 71 T 13 s, r 2 w Brummitt     Anna, Ill.  
Edward Hartline 72 T 13 s, r 2 w Misenhimer   Anna, Ill.  
J. Ed Bostian 73 T 13 s, r 2 w Lingle     Lick Creek, Ill.
Oscar Caraker 74 T 13 s, r 2 w Leyerle     Anna, Ill.  
Lulu Mann 75 T 13 s, r 3 w Hamburg     Progress, Ill.
Amanda Fulenwider 76 T 13 s, r 3 w Reynolds     Jonesboro, Ill.

The Graduating Class of 1902

Jonesboro High School

Transcribed and submitted by Darrel Dexter 

    Our high school this year turns out into the world five young ladies.  They graduate with honors and good records and they are well equipped for the duties of life.  Not only have they high intellectual attainments, but they are girls of high moral and spiritual ideals, who can go out into the world and wield great influence for good.  Just think what a power five young ladies may wield in the world for good in the course of a lifetime!  It is wonderful!  Their influence will go on and on and increase as it goes until no one can count the results.

      These girls have been in the high school now for four long, hard years.  They have been studious, patient, and active.  They have been acting in a little sphere of their own, a little republic, in which are taught lessons of political morality, measures of highest universal justice and principles which must guide them in their course in the days to come.  They have learned there to think for themselves, to distinguish right from wrong, and how to get the most out of life.  They have learned to lose confidence in that old saying, "Ignorance is bliss."  They know that true happiness lies not in ignorance, but in having the best possible enlightenment.  Otherwise education is a failure and schools are a mockery.

      To say we are proud of the seniors of '02 is putting it mildly.  They are worthy of the highest praise.  We are only the prouder of them when we think that they were all born and reared in this community.  They are our own girls and represent our own enterprise and intelligence.  The personnel of the class is as follows:  Grace Edson Hilboldt, Eva Rosella Mowery, Ola Mabel Nusbaum, Grace Margaret Ury, and Jennie Henrietta Williford.  It can be said further to the credit of these girls that they are the faithful out of a class of twenty-one who entered the high school four years ago.  One by one the members of the class dropped out of school and now less than 25 percent finally graduate, and among these not one boy.  It speaks well for the five young ladies who finally graduate, but at the same time it is disappointing to see the other sixteen fail.  Especially is it hard to see the boys leave school, and that generally about the time in their lives when they most need the careful training of the school.  They are anxious to get into business.  But when they get into it, they soon learn how much they need a few months in school.  Boys, you never lose any time or money by spending a few years in school.  And now with this, let us now more in detail the individual careers of the members of the class of 1902.

      Grace Edson Hilboldt was born in the city of Jonesboro about 18 years ago.  She has been brought up right here among our own people, and has received all her education in our public schools.  Her father, J. Henry Hilboldt, Sr., is a man well known in this part of the state, having served for many years as county clerk and subsequently as member of the Illinois legislature.  Her maternal grandfather, John Evans, was one of the founders and first editor of the Jonesboro Gazette more than a half century ago.  The family is a prominent one and Grace has made many friends by her kind bearing.  She graduates with good prospects.

      Eva Rosella Mowery is a native of Union County, being now about 18 years old.  She has lived in different parts of the county, but most of her life has been spent in or near Jonesboro until she knows everybody and everybody knows her.  Her father has been one of our most prosperous farmers, but has lately moved to Texas where he expects to make his future home.  Eva will follow him when school closes.  We hope she may have all possible success and that she may be able to make as many friends there as here.  In Jonesboro all who know her love her.

     Mabel Nusbaum was born in Cobden in 1883.  For several years past, however, she has lived in our city and has received most of her education here.  Her family is one of our best and most prominent.  Her father, Dr. Nusbaum, is a physician of high standing and character in our little city and everybody knows him.  Mabel is one of our best students and always has a pleasant word for her schoolmates.  Her character is of that which makes womanhood and she has a bright future before her.  She is the only member of the class who intends to teach.  She has her teacher's certificate and we hope she may secure a good situation and succeed in her future work.

       Grace Margaret Ury is another member of our class.  She is 17 years old and has lived right in Jonesboro all her life.  Her father, a marble dealer, has lived right where he now lives for 40 years and is one of our best citizens.  Margaret has come up through the grades of our own school and gives it great credit by her present high attainments.  She is a favorite in school and her class and has the honor of being class president.  She is an excellent girl and leaves school with bright expectations.

       Jennie Henrietta Willliford, the last on the list but not least, belongs to one of the largest and most popular families in Union County.  The Willifords are known everywhere.  Jennie is 17 years old, rather quiet, but a girl of fine sense and broad character.  She was born and reared on a farm near Jonesboro where she now lives and where she has spent many happy days, and to which she will retire when school closes and she has received her diploma.  May success and happiness go with her as we think it surely will.

       These are just a few of the many things that might be said about the members of this class.  We know them so well that it is not necessary to write a great deal.  But something should be said.  The people of this district have spent time and money to put these young ladies where they now are.  Then they should know what they have in the "finished product."  But in this, as in other instances, the people have made no mistake.  They graduate from their high school a class of five young ladies who would be a credit to any school or any community, and who form one of the best classes ever graduated from any high school ,The Class of '02, Jonesboro High School.

      And what shall be said of the teachers, the faithful workers whose efforts have made the wonderful success of our schools possible?  Jonesboro has had good teachers in the past, but never a corps more devoted to duty or more efficient in every respect than the present.  Next to the parent, the teacher stands closer to the child than anyone, and during the formative period of youth the teacher's influence is largely instrumental in determining the future career of the child for good or ill.

       Superintendent T.B.F. Smith is finishing his first term in our schools, and if there has been any dissatisfaction with his methods or his work we failed to hear of it.  There has been absolutely no friction, and the interest he created at the start speedily developed into an enthusiasm that has never lagged.  Prof. Smith is quite a young man.  He is the warm friend and companion of every boy and girl in the school, but at the same time is dignified and self contained.  Among the boys and young men he is thoroughly liked and respected, which is never the case where there is the least sham or pretense.  Prof. Smith is a very busy man.  It will not lessen him in the general estimation to know that all his spare time is devoted to his hopelessly invalid mother.

      Miss Mary Crawford, principal of the high school, is a graduate from there and also from the Southern Illinois Normal University at Carbondale, and has taught in our schools several years.  She is of the highest type of womanhood, and if she were the daughter of a king would be one of the world's workers from choice.  Her example in school and out is an incentive and inspiration to all the little maids of Jonesboro, who should early learn to cultivate their minds and hearts aright.

       The assistants are each and everyone young ladies who have endeared themselves to their pupils by kindly sympathy united with prudent firmness as the little ones struggled along the thorny path of knowledge.  They have acquitted themselves nobly and their work is appreciated.  Jonesboro is proud of her teachers and of the record they have.  They are:  Anna M. Ditter, grammar department; Minnie Hurst, 2d intermediate; Anna Walker, 1st intermediate; Elise M. Cozby, 2d primary; Clyde Sanders, Helen Sams, 1st primary.

--Jonesboro Gazette, Jonesboro, Ill., Saturday, 12 Apr 1902

List of Teachers of Union County, Illinois

For the Term 1902-1903

  Jonesboro Gazette, Jonesboro, Ill., Saturday, 25 Oct 1902

Transcribed and submitted by Darrel Dexter

Following is the correct list of teachers in the cities and country for the Term of 1902-1903, with their post office addresses.  There are 113 teachers from Union County for this term.  George Barringer is the county superintendent of schools. 

                          
Name District School Teacher’s P.O. Address
R.O Grear 1 Red Bud  Oakville, Ill.
Rolla Stout 2 Escue Oakville, Ill.
Jennie M Damron 3 Hffler Progress, Ill.
John Yeckley 4 Elmore Oakville, Ill.
WO Yeckley 5 Brooks Oakville, Ill.
George C Trammell 6 Lick Creek Lick Creek, Ill.
Lea Hunsaker 7 Truelove Oakville, Ill.
E.J. Dilllow 8 Pleasant Ridge Progress, Ill.
Ollie M. Norton 8 Pleasant Ridge Mountain Glen, Ill.
Harry E. Row 9 Fly Makanda, Ill.
H L. Lingle 10 Toppingtown Cobden, Ill.
Hiram R. Kelley 11 Limestone Cobden, Ill.
OlHe Sumner 11 Limestone Cobden, Ill.
Alice Powell 12 Sifford Cobden, Ill.
W.J. Bullock 13 Water Valley Oakville, Ill.
W.F. Hunsaker 14 Tygett Cobden, Ill.
James E. Culp 15 Lence Cobden, Ill.
Maud Rich 16 John Rich Cobden, Ill.
Supt J O. Marberry 17 Cobden High School Cobden, Ill.
Prin. Cecila Whelpley 17 Cobden High School Cobden, Ill.
Fannie Brooks 17 Cobden High School Progress, Ill.
Helen Finley 17 Cobden High School Cobden, Ill.
Mary Wright 17 Cobden High School Cobden, Ill.
Pearl Holloman 17 Cobden High School Cobden, Ill.
Elizabeth Anderson 17 Cobden High School Anna, Ill.
Elizabeth Lawrence 17 Cobden High School Cobden, Ill.
Bertha Owen 17 Colored School Cobden, Ill.
Alice Townsend 18 Union Point Cobden, Ill.
Prin W E. Dean 19 Alto Pass School Dongola, Ill.
Jennie Corgan 19 Alto Pass School Alto Pass, Ill.
Minnie I Dillow 19 Alto Pass School Mill Creek, Ill.
ME. Spann 19 Alto Pass School Alto Pass, Ill.
O.C Arnold 20 Hambrick    Alto Pass, Ill.
F.M. Spann 21 Lamer Alto Pass, Ill.
Robert Abernathy 22 Rendleman Alto Pass, Ill.
Elihu Johnson 23 Gregory Cobden, Ill.
Merle Norton 24 Cauble Mountain Glen, Ill.
Elsie Brown 25 Hunsaker Alto Pass, Ill.
Hannibal AIdridge 26 Frogg Aldridge, Ill.
Rosa Hunsaker 27 Parmley Cobden, Ill.
Willliam M Gallegly 28 Davis Lick Creek, Ill.
George M Hankla 29 Sitter Cobden, Ill.
John F Hood 30 Newton Lick Creek, Ill.
John W Thornton 31 Mt. Pleasant Lick Creek, Ill.
Jessie Godard 31 Mt. Pleasant Lick Creek, Ill.
J.W Kimbro 32 Stvia Dongola, Ill.
H.J. Sitter 33 Saratoga Anna, Ill.
W. Frank Musgrave 34 Barringer Anna, Ill.
Kate Hartline 35 Mackey Anna, Ill.
R.E. Brown 36 Ellis Anna, Ill.
Supt. E.E. McLaughlin 37 Anna High School Anna, Ill.
Prin. W.P. Miller 37 Anna High School Anna, Ill.
Miss June Launer 37 Anna High School Anna, Ill.
Miss Margaret Andrews 37 Anna High School Anna, Ill.
Miss Grace Lawrence 37 Anna High School Anna, Ill.
Miss Blanche Brtlton 37 Anna High School Anna, Ill.
Prin. L.W. Brown 37 Monroe St School Balcom, Ill.
Miss Daisy Grear 37 Monroe St School Carbondale, Ill.
Miss Mamie Walter 37 Monroe St School Anna, Ill.
Miss Alice Halsip 37 Monroe St School Anna, Ill.
Miss Minnie Holloman 37 Monroe St School Anna, Ill.
Miss Alice Cook 37 Monroe St School Anna, Ill.
Mrs. Cora McCullough 37 Freeman St. School  Anna, Ill.
M M Pickles 38 Nimmo Regent, Ill.
ME. Davis 39 Murphy Anna, Ill.
Thomas Medlin 40 Hess Anna, Ill.
Ed. J. Sabin 41 Friendship Anna, Ill.
Anna Pullen 41 Friendship Anna, Ill.
Jessie Kimmel 42 Knupp Anna, Ill.
Supt. T.B.F. Smith 43 Jonesboro High School Jonesboro, Ill.
Prin. Mary Crawford 43 Jonesboro High School Jonesboro, Ill.
Elnora K. Davie 43 Jonesboro High School Jonesboro, Ill.
Minnie Hurst 43 Jonesboro High School Jonesboro, Ill.
Annie Walker 43 Jonesboro High School Jonesboro, Ill.
Mabel Nusbaum 43 Jonesboro High School Jonesboro, Ill.
Elsie M Cozby 43 Jonesboro High School Jonesboro, Ill.
Emma Lence 43 Jonesboro High School Jonesboro, Ill.
S. Frank Ellis 44 Tunnel Anna, Ill.
George Blevins 45 Rhodes Jonesboro, Ill.
Paul H. Ellis 46 Tripp Anna, Ill.
Hiram H. Wise 47 McClure Anna, Ill.
Gertrude Kendall 48 Morgan Progress, Ill.
J. Ed Angell 49 Wolf Lake Wolf Lake, Ill
Myrtle Morgan 50 Sublett Ware, Ill.
Henry T. Cox 51 Grading Jonesboro, Ill.
Irving Harris 52 Big Bam Cobden, Ill.
Louie Hogue 53 Moscow Mt. Pleasant, Ill.
F.M. Walker 54 Penrod Lick Creek, Ill.
Thomas Bosnell 55 McLane Anna, Ill.
CO. Otrich 56 Hofmer Anna, Ill.
T.B. Wise 57 Karraker Anna, Ill.
(name not recorded) 58 Cedar Grove Johnson County
(name not recorded) 59 Chapel Johnson County
J.E. Bostian 60 Misenhimer Lick Creek, Ill.
Arley Sheffer 61 Swan Pond Dongola, Ill.
Orlando Penninger 62 Little Creek Anna, Ill.
John W. Williams 63 Center Hill Anna, Ill.
C.E. Wiggins 64 Miller Lick Creek, Ill.
William H. Tripp 65 Union Jonesboro, Ill.
Prin. J.A.B. Walther 66   Dongola School Dongola, Ill.
Mary Ridge 66   Dongola School Dongola, Ill.
Clara Dillon 66   Dongola School Dongola, Ill.
Jocelyne Pernod 66   Dongola School Dongola, Ill.
Wanda Brevard 66   Dongola School Dongola, Ill.
R.L. Davis 67   Egypt Anna, Ill.
Mina Hartman 68 Holshouser  Lick Creek, Ill.
Charles L. Hileman 69 Mill Creek School   Mill Creek, Ill.
Lola Lockman 69 Mill Creek School   Dongola, Ill.
Charles L. Sitter 70 LakeHill Anna, Ill.
Della Jackson 71 Brummitt Anna, Ill.
S.H. Frost 72 Misenhimer Jonesboro, Ill.
Mary Hartman 73 Lingle Mill Creek, Ill.
Oscar Caraker 74 Leyerie Anna, Ill.
Lulu Mann 75 Hamburg Progress, Ill.
Francis Dillow 76 Reynolds Anna, Ill.

The Class of 1903

Transcribed and submitted by Darrel Dexter 

            Another term of our public schools will soon be a thing of the past.  On Tuesday, April 21, 1903, will close one of the most commendable terms of school we have yet had.  The work will close in the afternoon of that date with appropriate exercises in all of the departments.  To these closing exercises, all parents and friends are invited.

            For the grades we have only such teachers as can do honest, efficient work.  They are:  Primary, Miss Emma Lence; second primary, Miss Elise M. Cozby; first intermediate, Miss Mabel Nusbaum; second intermediate, Miss Annie Walker; grammar, Miss Minnie Hurst; eighth grade and high school assistant, Miss Elnora K. Davis.  To these teachers is due the highest praises far beyond our ability to portray.  The head of school is of course the master spirit in directing its course and in the two years that Prof. T.B.F. Smith has been with us it can be truthfully said that he has lifted the school to a higher plane and given to our youth new ideas and aspiration.  He has been not only an efficient superintendent, but always the dignified and courteous gentleman, realizing and living up to the solemn responsibilities that an intimate connection with the young brings.  Of the principal, Miss Mary Crawford, words to the same effect may be said, and she has well maintained her high reputation in the school room.

            The class of 1903 consists of five members.  They are Juliette (Tot) Williams, Delphia Dillard, Josie A. Nusbaum, Edith J. Tripp, and Minta McNeely.  All these are young ladies of high intelligence and sterling character.  They are products, too, of our own school and community.  That our people may know something of the history of the members of this class, we will give the following short sketches of their lives.

            Juliette Williams was born in Jonesboro, Ill., June 12, 1886. Her father, T.B. Williams, is well and favorably known here, having been connected with the Deering Harvester Co.  He is now traveling for this company.  Tot has received all her school training in the Jonesboro schools and has made a splendid record in all her class work.  She now stands among the first in the class.  We do not know what her ambitions are, but we hope she may aspire to broader fields of culture after finishing from the Jonesboro High School.

            Delphia Dillard was born too in 1886—February 5, near Plumfield in Franklin County, Ill.  When she was only three years old her father moved to Jonesboro where she has since resided.  Everybody in our town knows J.B. Dillard, the hack man, and everybody knows that Delphia is the third daughter of his to graduate from the Jonesboro High School.  We think this is a good record and a fine recommendation.  In school Delphia has won many friends by her kindly spirit and even disposition.  She has made a star record for attendance, having neither been tardy nor absent in four years.  This alone speaks volumes for her and will count much to her favor in life.

            Josie Nusbaum is another native Jonesboro girl.  She was born in this city, Oct. 4, 1885.  Her father, Dr. J.L. Nusbaum, is one of Jonesboro’s most efficient physicians and best citizens.  He belongs to a good, strong family of well-to-do people, and Josie inherited many of those qualities which have placed her where she is.  Her record as a pupil in school is the best and she leaves school with bright prospects for the future.  May all her fondest hopes be speedily realized.

            Edith Tripp is from an adjoining district and was born twenty-one years ago near the place where she now lives.  She entered Jonesboro High School three years ago from the Tripp school and has been a faithful pupil since.  Her father, I.K. Tripp is a farmer and deserves much credit for allowing Edith the opportunities of a high school education. She is planning to teach next year and we hope may have all possible success in her chosen work.  Edith has many most excellent qualities and we believe she will make a strong teacher.

            Minta McNeely was born at Makanda, Ill., May 29, 1883.  She has since lived in Centralia and Jonesboro.  She now lives on a farm about three miles west of Jonesboro.  She comes to us from the McClure school.  Her father, T.M. McNeely, is a native of Tennessee, coming to Illinois while quite young.  He now resides on a farm west of Jonesboro.  Minta has been one of the faithful.  She has come to our school from her home in the country, making the trip daily for four years.  How many girls would do this?  During all this time she has maintained a good standing in her classes and commands the highest respect from all who know her.  Minta, too, is planning to teach.  May she succeed, for she certainly deserves the best that can possibly come to her.

            Now this class will graduate Wednesday night, April 22, 1903, at the Baptist church.  Come and see them. Attend baccalaureate Sunday morning and help us to make this the one great occasion of their lives. 

(Jonesboro Gazette, Jonesboro, Illinois, Saturday, 18 Apr 1903)

ANNA HIGH SCHOOL

ALUMNI RECEPTION

May 15, 1906

PROGRAM

1.  Piano Solo, "Good Night,"............................................................................Nevin
Miss Mary Phillips

2.  Vocal Solo, "Just a Little Rocking Chair and You,"...............................................
John H. Willoughby

3.  Recitation, "John Jarkins' Sermon,.......................................................................
Mrs. J. M. Coffman

4.  Piano Solo, "Canzonetta,"........................................................................Godard
Miss Blanche Britton

5.  "A Retrospect,".................................................................................................
Prof. H. C. Fletcher

6.  Piano Duett, "Melody of Love,"........................................................................
Misses Samson and Willoughby

7.  Recitation, "Lady Wentworth,".........................................................Longfellow
Miss Margaret Stokes

8.  Vocal Solo, "The Rosary,"......................................................................Nevin
Miss Helen Brown

9.  Piano Solo, "Second Nocturne,"............................................................Chopin
Miss Ina Baker

10.  Recitation, "The Prize Pumpkin Pie,"......................................................Rinehart
Miss Elsie Kratzinger

11.  Vocal Solo, "The Brave Sentinel,".........................................................Rodney
W. David Wiley

(Source:  Found in The Wilson Jacob James Bible and contributed by C. W. "Jim" James)


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