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Exercises Held in the Opera House Thursday Evening and Largely Attended

        The second annual commencement exercises of the eighth grade department of the Washington County schools was held in the Nashville opera house last Thursday night before a large and appreciative audience. The exercises opened with a musical concert by the Centralia concert orchestra and after an invocation by Rev. Rice, a reading was rendered by M. J. White, in such a highly creditable manner that he was forced to respond to a prolonged and loud encore. A few more selections by the orchestra was followed with the address of the evening by State Superintendent Francis G. Blair.

        Superintendent Blair is a very entertaining orator and his address was quite different from the usual order of educational talks. He spoke for more than an hour and his audience was of the class that thoroughly appreciated practical suggestions he offered.

        The Centralia orchestra rendered some exceptionally fine selections that evening and was forced to respond to several encores. This organization is the best musical body in this section of the state and their presence in this city always brings out a large audience.

        The following were the graduates: Hazel Hildebrandt, Catherine Lindley, Ruth R. Paul, Katie Smith, Wesley Weihe, Alma Hoffman, George Meyer, Mabel Lemon, Anna Prasuhn, and Elmo Hohman of Nashville, Clara P. Tucker and Mamie Haun of Richview, Frank P. Gibbs and Morgie Morrison of Okawville, Beulah Klene, Williard Boyle, Lissa Boyle, Laura Maxwell and Melville Carson of Oakdale, Mamie M. Baldwin and Geneve Baab of Irvington, Ruth Rountree of Pilot Knob, Elizabeth Holbrook of DuBois, Verne Bouas of Lively Grove and Ben Trost of Plum Hill.

--Appeared on Page 1, Nashville (IL) Democrat, July 4, 1907
Article furnished by : Jo House



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