The 1885 Commencement of Lawrenceburg High School in Dearborn County, Indiana appeared in:
Lawrenceburg Register – 28 May 1885 – Page 3, Column 2
The Twelfth Annual Commencement of the Lawrenceburg High School, held at the Court House on last Friday evening, was one of the most successful ever held.
The Salutatory, “Old Things have Passed Away,” by Ella Squibb, was well chosen and finely rendered. “Monuments of Time,” by Martin Givan, showed careful study, and did the author credit. “Friendship,” by Nettie Burk, was full of beautiful truths, well woven together. “Life is as you Take It,” by Stella Fisher, was so original and rendered with such natural ease that it called forth much applause. “Sickly Sentimentalism,” by Jennie Huff, was a fine hit at soft affectation, and a “too early display” of the tender sentiment called love. Her production was good, and delivery excellent. In “Graduation—what Next?” Will Miller showed how the average boy gets through school, and asked the important question: what of the future? Louisa Decker’s essay, “Great Things from Small Beginnings Come,” was as good as the best of the evening, and the delivery was almost faultless. Curtie Hodel, in her essay on “Owls,” insinuated that there are wingless owls, that blink and stare and only look wise, and are pretty generally objectionable to other people. Her essay was very well written. The valedictory, by Albert Geisert, was a sensibly written and naturally delivered address on “Politics from a School-boy’s Standpoint.” Albert deserves credit.