Aurora High School Commencement – 1874

The 1874 Commencement of the Aurora High School in Dearborn County, Indiana appeared in:

Aurora Dearborn Independent – 28 May 1874 – Page 3, Column 2

The Commencement Exercises
Of the graduating class of the High School of this city will take place at the M. E. Church, on Friday evening of next week. The graduating class of ’74 numbers eleven in all, being composed of seven young ladies and four young gentlemen as follows: Kittie Folbre, Alice Upp, Ida Louden, Christina Dewers, Mary Platter, Cora Beach, and Fannie Appleton; Seymour Cole, Donald Stark, Jno. Vail, and Earnest Grant.

Aurora Dearborn Independent – 4 Jun 1874 – Page 3, Column 2

Let no one fail to remember and attend the graduating exercises of the High School at the M. E. Church Friday night. They will be interesting and instructive and no one can fail to be well repaid for their attendance. See the very excellent programme of the exercises:


  • Solo and Chorus—Isis and Osiris, Mr. Arnold and Maennerchor.
  • Prayer—Rev. Tinsley.
  • The Good and Evil of War—Seymour Cole.
  • Method in Daily Life—Ida Louden.
  • Duo Instruments—Miss Smith and Mr. Cuscaden.
  • Cruelty of Animals—Mary Platter.
  • The Beehive—Kittie Folbre.
  • Song—The Old Sexton—Mr. Smith.
  • Newspapers—Donald Stark.
  • Business—Alice Upp.
  • Chorus—Hark, How for Thee &c—Maennerchor.
  • Anger—Cora Beech.
  • Envy—Christine Dewers.
  • Song—Afar in the Distance—Miss Emma McCreary.
  • Historical Reading—John Vail.
  • Traveling—Fannie Appleton.
  • Chorus—Hark Again the Thrilling Horn—Maennarchor.
  • Agricultural—Ernest Grant.
  • Valedictory.
  • Diplomas Presented.
  • Address to the Graduates—Rev. Freeman.
  • Trustees’ Report—Mr. Stevens.
  • Chorus—Land of Light—Maennorchor.
  • Benediction.