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Morning Star, January 27, 2002, pg. 19

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Back in the May 7, 2000 issue of this column we featured the Albion High School class of 1900 with a drawing illustration of the title page of their class yearbook, the first yearbook ever produced at Albion High School. It was entitled “Albionensis, A Product of the Heights.” Elsewhere in this yearbook was a class photograph, but the individuals were unidentified by row and thus it was not featured in this column. We are happy to report the recent discovery of an “onion skin paper” tracing of this class photograph made sometime during the 1960s by one of the then-surviving members of the class, who added numbers to each face and listed their identities.

From our Historical Notebook this week we present that photograph of the Albion High School class of 1900 as published in the “Albionensis.” How many of our readers remember any of these names from years gone by? There are still descendants of some of them in the Albion area today. The identities (left to right) are as follows:

FRONT ROW: Ray Borner (salutatorian), Wellington Gardner (editor of the Albionensis), Ernest Hartley, Ora White (class president), with Edna Haven (class secretary) directly above him, and Nellie Power next on the right, Deane Bartley, Lawrence Cole, and Leora Pilcher.

SECOND ROW: Neva Sykes with hand on leg, Louise Landon (valedictorian), Mary Wartmen, Nellie Pilcher, Mary Barry, Florence Joslyn, Helen Maveety, Jeannette Eyre, Clarabelle Shaffer, Fannibelle Bowers, La Vanchie Cool with her head turned to the viewers left, Evangeline Bowles, Edna Smith, and (up) Harry Powers.

THIRD ROW: Myrtie Hoaglin, Frank Miller, Florence Anderson, Francis (female) Roper, Maizie Goodenow, Allena Merritt, Mabel Anthony, Rena Sebastian, Edna Mallard, Georgia Pratt (class vice-president), Edith Hamblin, and Mabel Ells.

TOP ROW: Luther Greeley, Marsh Dickey (class treasurer), Bertha Howard, Laura Maveety, Georga Thompson, Clifford Mead, Charles O’Connor, Guy VanOstrand, Ralph Barry with William E. Boyd below to the right, Charles Beal, Fred Marshall, and Frank Pease.

Albion High School Class of 1900


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