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Vevay High School Graduation – 1901

Vevay High School [Switzerland County, Indiana] graduation report appeared in:
Vevay Reveille – 16 May 1901 – Page 5, Column 3


The Thirty-fifth Annual Commencement of Vevay High School was held at Metropolitan Hall last Friday evening, when a class of two young men and twelve young women received their diplomas and bid a final adieu to their school days.

While all the arrangements for the occasion had been made in concurrence with time honored customs, still every detail was marked with the progressiveness of the age, and the result was that public opinion pronounced this Commencement one of the most thoroughly enjoyable and successful ever held in Vevay.

Green and white—the class colors formed a pleasing contrast in the stage decorations, setting off to a splendid advantage the gilt letters composing the class motto: “Be What You Seem To Be.”

The audience was unusually large, many of those present coming from a distance. Prof. E. M. Danglande, Superintendent of the Schools, made a few well chosen remarks, and then in succession introduced the graduates. The orations, while necessarily brief, impressed the hearers with the thought, time and care that that had been used in their preparation, and the uniform case and oratorical power displayed by every member of the class was the subject of much favorable comment. Good music by a harpist and violinist was a pleasing feature of the exercises. Each minister of the city was accorded a place on the program, Rev. Tedford invoking the Divine Blessing, Rev. Christensen conferring the diplomas and Rev. Tedford pronouncing the Benediction. The following acted as ushers: Misses Clara Kiesel, Mary Orem, Nella Stucy, and Leila Thiebaud; Messrs. Craig Baird, Earl Brown, Charles Grammer and Clyde Culbertson.

The class of 1901 and their orations were as follows:

  • Mary Lanham, “Ever Onward.”
  • Perle Brindley, “Buds of Promise.”
  • Beryl Anderson, “Our Rubbicons.”
  • Laura Edna Hollcraft, “What Will They Say?”
  • Alice L. Orem, “Old, Yet ‘Tis New.”
  • Jennie M. Dupraz, “Voices That Speak To Us.”
  • Bessie Gretchen Reed, “Choose Your Timbers with Greatest Care.”
  • Alvan Burton Dodd, “Our Country.”
  • Belle Thiebaud Dufour, “Shakespeare’s Brutus.”
  • Pearl E. Haskell, “Wait a Minute.”
  • Grace N. Brindley, “A Plea For Simplicity.”
  • Elizabeth A. Houze, “The Sense of Nonsense.”
  • Anna Belle Sutherland, “Castles in Spain.”
  • Aime Todd, “Our State.”

The high school instructors are Prof. Ernest Danglade, Superintendent; Julia L. Knox, Principal; Grace Stepleton and Hannah Waldenmaier, Assistants.

Vevay High School Graduation – 1900

Vevay High School [Switzerland County, Indiana] graduation report appeared in:
Vevay Reveille – 17 May 1900 – Page 4, Column 2

Vevay High School Commencement.

The thirty-fourth annual commencement exercises of the Vevay High School, class of “1900,” occurred at the Opera House last Friday evening.

The stage was handsomely decorated, the class colors, yellow and blue, being very prominent.

The class was composed of six young ladies and three young gentlemen. All acquitted themselves with honor, the orations being well prepared, showing much study, and were well rendered. Genter’s band interspersed the exercises with good music.

The following are the graduates and their subjects.

  • Salutatory—Life Is What We Make It—Adelaide Demann Kiesel.
  • Oration—One Step At A Time—Nella Reser.
  • Oration—The Ship That Never Comes—Oscar M. Haskell.
  • Oration—An Oak Log—Elizabeth K. Pleasants.
  • Oration—Earnestness—An Element Of Success—Clara Beecher Gordon.
  • Oration—Arbitration vs. War—Orville James.
  • Oration—A Modern Rip Van Winkle—Falba May Lyons.
  • Oration—Out Of The Past—Lawrence B. Boyle.
  • Valedictory—What It Means To Graduate—Minnie Olive Kendall.

Vevay High School Graduation – 1899

Vevay High School [Switzerland County, Indiana] graduation report appeared in:
Vevay Reveille – 18 May 1899 – Page 4, Column 4

The Class of ’99.

The Commencement Exercises of the Vevay High School at the Opera last Friday evening was pronounced by those who attended, to have been one of the most successful ones held for several years. The class, consisting of seven girls and nine boys, was an unusually intelligent one as the careful thought shown in the preparation of their orations evinced, and the easy confident manner with which each and every graduate delivered their orations showed a skill in oratory above the average.

The stage was tastily decorated with a huge American flag as a background and a profusion of potted plants, draperies, etc., and the class motto, “Virtute et Labore,” prominently displayed in the foreground. Excellent music was furnished by Prof. Genter’s orchestra and the audience was large and attentive.

It is a self evident fact that the instructors, Professors A. L. Trafelet and Ernest M. Danglade and Misses Julia LeClerc Knox and Hannah Waldenmaier have every reason to be proud of the class of 1899.

The members of the class and the subjects are as follows:

  • Carrie Brown, Salutatory—“Our Nation’s Emblem.”
  • Ernest Griffith, “Success.”
  • Grace Schroeder, “Gather the rosebuds while you may.”
  • Howard Cole, “Character.”
  • Zella E. Jain, “Embarking.”
  • Harry B. Shaw, “Electricity.”
  • Ivan Dean Saberton, “Indifferentism.”
  • Jennie Wren Anderson, “Unfinished Still.”
  • Walter P. Baird, “The American Newspaper.”
  • Grace Elizabeth Shaw, “Why?”
  • Alfred Edward Cole, “Common Sense in Government.”
  • Florence May Coleman, “Voices.”
  • Charles Saberton, “On Time.”
  • Edna May Kincaid, “What shall we reap?”
  • George W. Scott, “Close of the nineteenth century.”
  • Charles Allen Barnett, Valedictory—“Indiana in War.”

Vevay High School Graduation – 1898

Vevay High School [Switzerland County, Indiana] graduation report appeared in:
Vevay Reveille – 5 May 1898 – Page 4, Column 3

Vevay High School Commencement.

The thirty-second commencement exercises of the Vevay High School were held Friday night, April 29, at Metropolitan Hall, which was filled with relatives and friends to witness the last lesson of the four young ladies and two young gentlemen, who bid adieu that night to the school duties of Vevay High School.

The stage was tastefully decorated in the class colors, red and white, and blooming plants. The class motto, “Truth Shall Conquer,” in red letters on a white ground was arranged in the center of the background.

The class was one of the smallest that has graduated from this school, but one of the brightest, the orations showing originality and much preparation. Where all did so well it would not do to discriminate in favor of any particular one.

The music was furnished by the Vevay Orchestra. The ushers were Misses Carrie Brown, Edna Kincaid, Grace Shaw, Zella Jain and Messrs. Walter Baird, George Scott, Howard Cole and Earnest Griffith. The invocation was by Rev. J. Murray Taylor.

The following are the graduates and their subjects:

If we Knew, Miss Edith May Golay; We Build the Ladder We Climb, Miss Luella Brindley; Our Country—Its Possibilities, Mr. Harry B. Dupraz; Face the Foe, Miss Olive Marie Dufour; Problem of Invention, Mr. William Henry Spivey; In gathering Roses lookout for the Thorns, Miss Emma Frances Kemp.

Rev. W. E. Morris skillfully conferred the diplomas.

Superintendent Amie Trafelet and Prof. E. P. Danglade, Principal, have every reason to be proud of the class of 1898.

Rev. R. A. Kemp dismissed the audience.

Vevay High School Graduation – 1897

Vevay High School [Switzerland County, Indiana] Graduation report appeared in:
Vevay Reveille – 27 May 1897 – Page 4, Column 3

Vevay High School Commencement
Took place at Metropolitan Hall last Friday night.

The class was composed of twenty-one—only three young men.

The stage was richly furnished as a drawing room and beautifully decorated with plants.

Hollis Orchestra, of Madison, furnished good music.

There was excellent order, and the exercises pleasing.

A debate of the relative merits of the gold and silver standards for money, gave spice and interest to the exercises. Miss Edna Works answered the question “What is an Honest Dollar?” by advocating the present gold standard. Miss Nancy Williamson made “A Plea for Humanity,” by advocating the silver standard. These two young ladies handled their subjects very skillfully, the result being both the advocates of gold and silver were very much pleased. We have heard many speeches by men on the subject of money not as good as these young ladies delivered on this occasion. They both received beautiful and elegant presents.

The following was the program:

  • Invocation—Rev. W. E. Morris.
  • Salutatory, Out at the Elbow—Nona Long.
  • A Chemical Experiment—Undine VanPelt.
  • Lo! Here Am I!!—Mable Pearl Froman.
  • None Are Completely Happy—Madge Wharton Pattie.
  • What is an Honest Dollar?—Edna Estella Works.
  • Bartholdi—Joseph Krummel.
  • “Face the Music”—Anna Brockslager.
  • The Dawn of a New Day—Hannah Belle Mead.
  • A Plea for Humanity—Nancy Voorhees Williamson.
  • Wanted, An Idea—Mary Abigal Lamson.
  • On the Threshold—Josephine Geneva Drake.
  • True Patriotism—George Emlen Pleasants.
  • Class History—Irene Glaser.
  • X Rays—Della Edith Peters.
  • Design in Nature—Jennettie Lanham.
  • A Light House Without A Light—Elizabeth Krummel.
  • On, On and On—Mayme Thiebaud.
  • To Each His Own Work—Eva Lanham.
  • Man’s Chief Desire—Harry Frank Coleman.
  • Wanted, A Woman—Nellie Josephine Simpson.
  • Valedictory—Grace Gretchen Knox.
  • Conferring of Diplomas, by Supt. Amie L. Trafalet.
  • Benediction, Rev. R. A. Kemp.

Vevay High School Graduation – 1896

Vevay High School [Switzerland County, Indiana] graduation report appeared in:
Vevay Reveille – 14 May 1896 – Page 4, Column 3


Last Friday night Commencement of Vevay High School was held at Metropolitan Hall.

The stage was artistically decorated with flowers.

The music was furnished by Genter’s Orchestra, of Madison.

The graduates numbered fourteen.

The following was the program:

  • Music.
  • Invocation.—Rev. G. W. Anderson.
  • Mucis.
  • Salutatory, “An Ideal Woman,”—Louisa Nora Kincaid.
  • “Cuba Libra.”—Walter A. Trafalet.
  • “Going, Going, Gone.”—Florence Norma Fisk.
  • Music.
  • “The World’s Battlefield.”—Gertrude Eugenia Curry.
  • “One Hundred Years of Civilization.”—Augustus Clyde Weales.
  • “Electric Lights.”—Edna Josephine Griffith.
  • Music.
  • “Music the Language of Heaven.”—Florence Kendall.
  • “Waterloo and Gettysburg.”—Chester Philip Drake
  • “The Path to Success.”—Mary Elizabeth Rozenberger.
  • Music.
  • “The Coming Woman.”—Leora Felostin Kendall.
  • “What Career?”—Clarence Frederick Brown.
  • “Life’s Golden Chain.”—Anna Margurite Jain.
  • Music.
  • “Be Your Own Diploma.”—Mary Elizabeth Bowen.
  • Valedictory—“The Eve of the Nineteenth Century.”—Charles Emory Thiebaud.
  • Benediction—Rev. L. A. Retts.
  • Music.

The large hall was crowded, many standing.

The graduates acquitted themselves creditably, and there is every reason to believe will make talented, good and useful women and men.

Vevay High School Graduation – 1895

Vevay High School [Switzerland County, Indiana] graduation for 1895 appeared in:
Vevay Reveille – 16 May 1895 – Page 4, Column 4


The 29th Annual Commencement of the Vevay High School was held in the Opera House last Friday eve.

Notwithstanding the unpropitious weather quite a large and appreciative audience was present. The stage was tastefully decorated in the colors of the class—pink and white—and blooming plants and soft lights. At the back of the stage upon a white background, hung in guilt letters, the motto of the class, Acti Labores Jucundi.

At 7:30 the graduates took their places in a semi-circle upon the state with Professors Trafelet and Danglade in the center, and the exercises commenced.

The graduates all delivered their orations in a highly creditable manner, their essays showing much thought and literary skill in composition. The program as rendered was as follows:

  • Music, Lead on March.
  • Invocation—Rev. Smith.
  • Music, Overture—The Silver Bell.
  • Year Chases Year—Clarence LaRue Banta.
  • Little Things—Joe Danner.
  • The Staff of Life—Wilhelmina L. Brockschlager.
  • Music, Princess May—Schottishe.
  • Before and After Taking—Alfred Shaw Barnett.
  • Moth—Mary Owen Siebenthal.
  • Music, Daughter of Love—Waltz.
  • The Legacy of the Ages—Amie Louis Joyce.
  • Carbon—Edwin J. Lanham.
  • Five Talents or One—Lela Barnett.
  • Music—The Peacock Stride.
  • Conditions of the Air—John Dickason Golay.
  • Valedictorian, Deeds are Fruits—Theodore Lawrence Bear.
  • Conferring Diplomas—Prof. Trafelet.
  • Benediction—Rev. Rhetts.
  • Music—Woodsocket Galop.
  • Music by Prof. Bush’s Orchestra, of Madison.

Vevay High School Exhibition – 1857

The 1857 Vevay High School (Switzerland County, Indiana) Exhibition report appeared in:
Vevay Reveille – 24 Jan 1895 – Page 4, Column 2

About Some Vevay Boys and Girls of 1857.

Miss Lucille Weaver, of Craig, has kindly sent us a printed programme of a School Exhibition in Vevay in 1857, which we regard as a good local matter, and therefore reproduce in full:

“Exhibition of Vevay High School, Wednesday, April 15, 1857.

Order of Exercises

  • Prayer.
  • Declamation, Introductory, “Ambition,” Walter Armstrong.
  • Recitation, “The Rainbow,” Anne Gerrard.
  • Dialogue, “Dr. Wisepate,” By the boys.
  • Song, “My Home is on the Prairie Lea,” Mrs. Moore.
  • Dialogue, “Foolish Pride,” Misses Prudy and Clara LeClerc.
  • Declamation, “Speech before the Va. Convention,” James Goldenburg.
  • Dialogue, “The Quarrel,” Thomas Thiebaud and John Teats.
  • Duett, Piano, “Squiree Polka,” Misses G. Miller and H. Johnson.
  • Declamation, “Phenomena of Nature,” Edmond Gale.
  • Recitation, “The Coral Grove,” Ellen Bryson.
  • Dialogue, “The Little Rebels,” By the boys.
  • Music, Piano, “Yankee Doodle,” Miss Georgia Miller.
  • Dialogue, “City Finishing,” Misses Hattie Hill and Anne Gerrard.
  • Declamation, “Marco Bazzaris,” James Grisard.
  • Recitation, “Joys of Heaven,” Miss Mattie Northcott.
  • Song, “O, had I the wings of a Dove,” Mrs. Moore.
  • Dialogue, “It never rains, but it pours,” Missess G. Miller and E. McCallum.
  • Recitation, “Hagar in the Wilderness,” Eusebia Rous.
  • Song, “The Mocking Bird,” Mrs. Moore.
  • Declamation, “Supposed Speech of John Adams,” Willie Baird.
  • Music, Piano, “Hail Columbia” with variations, Mrs. Moore.
  • Recitation, “Voice of Spring,” Miss Julia Dumont.
  • Dialogue, “The Irishman who spoke French,” By the boys.
  • Song, “O, I am in Love,” Misses F. Roberts and H. Johnson.
  • Declamation, “Eulogy on the North,” Willie Armstrong.
  • Declamation, “Eulogy on the South, Enos Littlefield.
  • Recitation, “The Home-Bound Greek,” Lizzie Lamb.
  • Music, Piano, “Les fetes des Gondoliers,” Mrs. Moore.
  • Dialogue, “The Yankee Marksman,” By the boys.
  • Declamation, “Rienzi’s Address to the Romans,” James Grisard.
  • Declamation, “American Flag,” James Goldenburg.
  • Song, “Columbia the Gem of the Ocean,” Misses H. Goldenburg and C. Kessler.
  • Dialogue, “Opening a New Term of School,” By the young ladies.
  • Song, “The Gipsey’s Festival,” Mrs. Moore.
  • Declamation, “Union of Church and State,” Walter Armstrong.
  • Recitation, “Thanatopsis,” Miss Hattie Hill.
  • Song, “I Would not Live Always,” Mrs. Moore.
  • Declamation—Valedictory, J. Crawford Rous.
  • Benediction.”

Walter Armstrong became a prominent attorney and died in New Orleans.

Anne Gerrard is now the wife of Mr. C. W. Henderson, a prominent business man, of Cairo, Illinois.

Prude LeClerc became a Universalist Minister and married a Mr. Haskell a minister of the same denomination; she is now dead.

Clara LeClerc became the wife of Julius McMakin, who died several years ago and a few years ago she married Mr. D. P. Bond, and resides at Anderson, Indiana.

James Goldenburg died in Vevay 21 years ago.

Thomas Thiebaud became a shoe merchant in Vevay, and died many years ago.

John Teats was a merchant in Vevay and died many years ago.

Georgia Miller married Mr. E. F. Hostetter and resides at Milltown, Indiana.

H. Johnson was a daughter of Rev. Johnson, of Kentucky, and was here studying music. She married a Mr. Fig, and has since died.

Edmond Gale resides on a ranch near Los Angeles, California.

Ellen Bryson became the wife to R. F. Holder, and both are dead.

Hattie Hill is the widow of L. F. Hatch.

James Grisard is a salesman in the Meader Furniture Co., in Cincinnati.

Mattie Northcott was a daughter of Rev. Wm. Northcott, deceased, and is dead.

E. McCallum married John Blunk, and is dead.

Eusebia Rous became a compositor, and was working on a paper in St. Louis, where she died.

Willie Baird is the proprietor of the Vevay Reveille.

Flora Roberts is the wife of James Grisard, of Cincinnati.

Julia Dumont is the wife of Mr. F P. Dupraz, near Vevay.

Willie Armstrong practiced law in New Orleans, where he died.

Enos Littlefield went to Texas, where he died.

Lizzie Lamb is the wife of Mr. Thompson, a prominent lawyer of Muncie, Indiana.

H. Goldenburg is the wife of Mr. O. S. Waldo, a prominent merchant of Vevay.

C. Kessler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Kessler, and sister of Mr. Victor Kessler, is dead, as are all of the members of this family.

J. Crawford Rous resides at or near Jeffersonville, Indiana, where he was engaged in manufacturing cement and in farming.

Miss O’Neal, who had charge of the school, came from Rising Sun. She afterwards became the wife of Mr. Victor Kessler and resided here until her death.

Mrs. Moore came here from Rising Sun, a teacher in music.

As this exhibition was one of the first ever given in Vevay the impressions will never be forgotten by some of the pupils still living. “The Mocking Bird” was rendered in Vevay for the first time on this occasion.

Vevay High School Graduation – 1894

Vevay High School [Switzerland County, Indiana] graduation report appeared in:
Vevay Reveille – 31 May 1894 – Page 4, Column 3


The twenty-eighth annual commencement exercises of Vevay High School was held in Metropolitan Hall last Friday night. The graduates numbered twenty-one. There was a departure from the usual custom of having class orations, and an interesting lecture was delivered by Joseph Swain, L. L. D., President of the State University, on “A Plea for Higher Education,” which was highly appreciated.

The following are the names of the class of 1894 and the subjects of their orations:

  • Emma Estella Knox, “The Sweet Girl Graduate”
  • Josie Elizabeth Lamson, “Do World Do More”
  • Fred L. Haskell, “The River of Life”
  • Mary Luella Jain, “Natnie and Her Beauties”
  • Nelly Grant Lanham, “A Day Dream”
  • Clara Pearl Bowin, “Ideals”
  • Marion Hartford Griffith, “Our Nation’s History”
  • Nell Adelia Protsman, “Husks”
  • Junita Graham, “Stained Walls Grow The Ivy”
  • Jessie M. Thiebaud, “Black the Heel as well as the Toe”
  • John Baltzer Kincaid, “That Turnip”
  • Perle Edgar Danglade, “Seaward Ever Away”
  • Ruth Boyd, “From Sunrise to Sunset”
  • S. Grace Tiley, “Great Expectations”
  • Frederick Lewis Tardy, “What’s up To-day?”
  • Ida Cozier Long, “The American Girl”
  • Sallie Emma Shaw, “Ability and Opportunity”
  • Pearl May Turner, “Teating To-night”
  • Hubert P. Lindenschmidt, “Hope and Fear”
  • Wilhelmina Kiesel, “Success or Failure”
  • Mary Edith Shaw, “Out of School Life into Life’s School”

The program as rendered was:

  • Music, Princess Ida March
  • Invocation, Rev. W. E. Morris
  • Music, Adalusia Waltz
  • Salutatory, Emma Estella Knox
  • Music, Sleiga Hide Gallop
  • Address, A Plea for Higher Education, Joseph Swain, L. L. D., President State University
  • Music, Leontina Mazurka
  • Valedictory, Mary Edith Shaw
  • Conferring Diplomas, Superintendent
  • Benediction, Rev. J. Carey Smith
  • Music, Nevetian Polka

The large audience highly appreciated the program and by their hearty applause acknowledged the commencement exercises of the class of [? ?].

The music for the occasion was furnished by the Vevay Mandolin and Guitar Club.

Vevay High School Graduation – 1893

Vevay High School [Switzerland County, Indiana] graduation report appeared in:
Vevay Reveille – 1 Jun 1893 – Page 4, Column 3

Vevay High School Commencement.

Twenty seven years ago Vevay High School produced its first graduating class, and since then annually the number has been added to until now they are numbered by the hundreds, and are scattered throughout the country. Many of them are matured men and women, and some of them have also seen their children graduate in the same school. As a rule, the graduates are good and useful people. Many of them, after completing High School course, graduated in colleges.

The twenty seventh annual commencement, last Friday night, was a pleasing and interesting affair. The class of 1893 was composed of fourteen—eleven young ladies and three young gentlemen. They very creditably acquitted themselves—not one used manuscript, and none even hesitated. Each spoke in a distinct voice. The productions evinced close study and careful training—creditable to pupils and instructors.

The orchestra, led by Prof. Genter, produced superior music. The class evinced excellent taste in decorating Metropolitan Hall for the occasion.

The ushers, composed of girls and boys of the junior class, skillfully performed their duties, seating the large number without confusion and supplying each with a program.

The large audience preserved excellent order, and seemed much pleased with the exercises.

The following was the program:

  • Overture.
  • Invocation.
  • Music.
  • Salutatory, “Flowery Beds of Ease,” Grace Holmes Griffith.
  • “Columbus,” Annette Danglade.
  • “Serve Thyself,” Dale Danner.
  • Music.
  • “For Future Consideration,” Tene C. Protsman.
  • “The Pendulum of Justice,” Frankie E. Stucy.
  • “Moments, the Golden Sands of Time,” Clara A. Banta.
  • Music.
  • “Dreams of Home,” Dortha M. Kincaid.
  • “Mechanism,” Clarence E. Tait.
  • “Words,” Mayme E. Stucy.
  • Music.
  • “How Big was Alexander, Pa?” Fannie Gertrude Walton.
  • “Life’s True Aim,” Elva Stoops.
  • “The Money Value of an Education,” Clifford Weales.
  • Music.
  • “The Nineteenth Century,” Susan Kendall.
  • Valedictory, Anna E. McKay.
  • Conferring Diplomas.
  • Music.
  • Benediction.