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.