Genealogytrails Harrison County, Missouri

Cainsville High School:

The first High School of Cainesville was organized in 1889.  In the same year the wester half of the present grade Building was built.  The two lower rooms were used for the grades and the two upper ones for the Grammar Department and the High School.  One teacher was then employed to teach the High School which consisted of a 2 year course.

The first graduating class of Cainesville High School was in 1889.  In this class was Cora E. Oxford, Minnie McDonald and Blanche Wickersham.  The last named, now Mrs. Putnam of Saline, has a son in the graduating class of 1915.

A few years later the eastern half of the old Building was built.  In 1896 another year was added to the course, and in 1909 the fourth year was added.  In that year the High School was made first class and has been rated in that class ever since.  There were three teachers in the High School in 1909.  In 1912 the number was increased to four.  In the same year the New High School building was constructed.  The old building was then given over to the grades and also two rooms of the new building.  The High School and the grammar Dept. occupies the upper rooms.  The course now offered consists of 20 units.

There has been up to the present year, 148 graduates for our High School.  Of this number five died.  The largest class that has finished the High School course was the class of 1905 composed of 14 members.  In the history of the school only 3 years have had no graduating classes.  The present class who will graduate in the spring is composed of 13 members.  This is the second largest class in size to have completed the course.  Six members of this class will take the teachers' examinations March 5, and expect to teach next winter.  Other will take up different kinds of work.

The graduates of Cainsville High School are scattered over many states.  Several of them have finished higher schools of learning with honors and some are still in other schools.  They are engaged in various vocations of life.  There are merchants, mechanics, lawyers, farmers, teachers and book keepers.  Many of the girls who have completed High School have married prominent me.  These women are important characters in the life of their communities. 

This school has produced many teachers.  Some are teaching in the grade schools and country schools.  The following are found in High School work:  Mrs. L.I. St. Clair, Olive Woodward, Truman Glaze, Libuse Soukup and Frank Harper.

Prominent young business men of our community are High School graduates.  They are:  H.H. Booth, E.A. Wilson, R.A. Chambers, O.H. Oxford, O.R. Booth, Guy Reeves, F.D. Lawhead, C.H. Wery, Fred Lynch.

Source; The Booster, Friday March 15th, 1915 edition
Transcribed by: Melody Beery

Class of 1915:

Cecil McDaniel
Paul Putnam
Hazel Tucker
Blanche Cain
Gertrude Case
Grace Turrell
Gwendolin McCue
Roberta Booth
Dean Leazenby
Octavius Hrdlicka
Edith Neal
Marhykate Boyd
Valda Robertson

History of Class of 1915:
In 1911 thirty-three Freshmen entered Cainesville High School.  By the close of the year we had twenty-one in the class.  In the Sophomore year only one or two dropped from the ranks.  In the Junior year we started with twenty members and ended the year with fifteen.  Some had moved away, some went to work and some were married.
this autumn our membership was still fifteen, but at this time we have only thirteen, the "cream of the community and school."  This class has several striking characteristics-promptly paying all of their own debts and part of the Junior's debrts; best average grades of the High School; best behaved and most dignified in all of the school.

About a month ago we reorganized electing the following officers:  President: Blanch Cain, Vice President: Mary Kate Boyd, Sec. and Treas.: Hazel Tucker, Sargent at arms: Gwyn McCue.

Class Characteristics:
Grace Turrell: Too sharp for many
Mary Kate Boyd: Spends half her time with her teachers
Hazel Tucker: Her hobby-sweet meditations
Blanche Cain: Because a girl does not talk is no sign she has nothing to say
Valda Robertson: Quiet and sincere
Edith Neal: Nothing to do until tomorrow
Roberta Booth: Not conspicious
Gertrude Case: Gets in 9:30 for 9 o'clock
Paul Putnam: would be a good comedian, if he could just be funny
Cecil McDaniel: sits up nights trying to figure out how to get more sleep
Gwyn McCue: Pronounced authority on latest styles of hair dressing
Dean Leazenby:  Oh, I don't know, just-
Octavious Hrdlicka: The girls would have him-caged.

 Source; The Booster, Friday March 15th, 1915 edition
Transcribed by: Melody Beery

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