Emma Parsons, my husband's grandmother, came to David City, Nebraska to teach school following her graduation. She married Jacob Gans Ross in 1888. At her death in 1896, her obituary stated she graduated from high school in Columbus, Ohio, on June 26, 1884 with high honors and prized her diploma very highly. Research to prove this statement resulted in the following list, taken from the COLUMBUS DISPATCH OF 26 June 1884. The list also indicated who gave orations, and the topic, along with descriptions of some of the young ladies' costumes.
Emma Parsons gave an oration titled "Bad Bread" and she work Persian lawn, with Swiss embroidery and ribbon. There were 50 girls and 17 men who graduated.
Graduation ceremonies were held at Comstock's Opera House, with prayer by Rev. Francis E. MARSTEN of the First Presbyterian Church.
ALEXANDER, Maud (wrote words to class song; oration)
BELT, R.E. (male)
BORTH (BORTLE), Emily
BROWN, Alice L. (soprano solo of "Magic Waltz")
CHAMBERLAIN, Jennie (Valedictorian; oration)
COMSTOCK, S.H. (male)
COMSTOCK, Theodore B. (Salutatorian; oration)
FERRELL, L. Minnie (oration)
FRAMBES, J.A. (male)
HATCHER (THATCHER), Nellie
HOFFMAN, Laura (piano duet with C. Spohr)
HOLTON, H.S. (male)
HUGHES, D.F. (male)
JUDGE, James F.
LACEY, Kate M.
LUM, Henry W.
McGUFFEY, Josey/Josephine (oration)
NEIL, D. Birney (male)
PARK, Howard C.
PARSONS, Emma (oration)
PRICE, Mamie B. (oration)
PRICE, S. Ada (oration)
REICHARD, Minnie M. (oration)
ROBINSON, J.F. (male)
SPOHR, Clara (piano duet with L. Hoffman)
THATCHER, see Hatcher
WAGENHALS, Lincoln A. (oration)
WILLIAMS, Allen W. (oration)
* Joanna Harmon Ross, 805 N. 5th St., David City, NEB 68632