Lawrenceburg High School Commencement – 1887

The 1887 commencement of Lawrenceburg High School in Dearborn County, Indiana appeared in:
Lawrenceburg Register – 16 Jun 1887 – Page 3, Column 4



Few finer audiences ever assembled in the Court room than that which greeted the High School graduating class on last Friday evening. The audience was composed of interested and appreciative people, and they voted the Thirteenth Annual Commencement a glorious success. The graduating class consisted of five young gentlemen and two young ladies.

The exercises opened with the debate: “Resolved, That women should be allowed to vote.” Miss Mary Sanks taking the affirmative in the discussion, while Miss Lizzie Schaerger sustained the negative of the question.

Tolbert Sortwell, in an oration, dilated in a very interesting manner on the subject of “Knavishness.”

Ira Miller’s oration was an excellent one upon the subject of “Luck and Pluck.”

“Loyalty” was the subject of Harry Sim’s oration.

The debate, “Resolved, that Jefferson was a greater man than Lincoln,” was next on the programme, and the question was discussed by the honor boys. Charles Hodel was given the valedictory, first honor, while Clinton Fitch was made salutatorian.