Wednesday, June 19, 2013

High School Class ~ Almost Wordless Wednesday

Mary Whitaker's high school class.
Whitaker is standing in the front row on the right.

Grandma Bonnel's photo album includes this picture of her daughter's high school graduating class. Mary Whitaker was born in 1901. The family story is that she graduated high school at 16 and moved to Wyoming to teach on the Wind River Indian Reservation. That would date this photograph at about 1917. The clothing seems winterish, so I doubt this was an actual May or June graduation photograph, but the caption on the back does indicate it is her graduating class. I have not confirmed her graduation date, nor the name of her high school near Effingham, KS, but by 1920 she was enumerated in Fremont County, WY as a 19 year old teacher in a rural school. 


Whitaker, Eva Bonnel. Bonnel Photo Album. c. 1885 - 1960. Privately held by granddaughter of E. B. Whitaker, McCook, NE. 1994. The album was examined and photographed May 24, 2013 and permission was given to publish photographs.  

1920 U.S. census, population schedule, Wyoming, Fremont, Election District 8, enumeration district (ED) 57, p. 5B, dwelling 103, family 114, Mary Whiteaker; digital images, ( : accessed 19 Jun 2013); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T625, roll 2026.

1 comment:

  1. Back when I graduated from high school we had two graduating classes every year - one in the winter and one in the spring. This was in the 1960s Detroit. Could have had the same thing in Kansas.


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