COLUMBUS HIGH SCHOOL, CLASS OF 1884 Franklin County Ohio - COLUMBUS HIGH SCHOOL, CLASS OF 1884

Joanna Harmon Ross*

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.

THE GRADUATES

ALEXANDER, Maud (wrote words to class song; oration)

ARTHUR, Jennie

ASTON, Katie

BELT, R.E. (male)

BORTH (BORTLE), Emily

BROWN, Alice L. (soprano solo of "Magic Waltz")

BUCHSEIT, Amelia

BURR, Jessie

CHAMBERLAIN, Jennie (Valedictorian; oration)

CLARK, Hattie

COMSTOCK, S.H. (male)

COMSTOCK, Theodore B. (Salutatorian; oration)

DAY, Rudolph

DENT, Maggie

FANKHOUSE, Lou

FERRELL, L. Minnie (oration)

FRAMBES, J.A. (male)

GARNER, Marian

GARWOOD, Bessie

GATCH, Etta

GLENN, Jessie

GORDON, Addie

HAIG, Kena

HAMMOND, Jennie

HARRISON, Nannie

HATCHER (THATCHER), Nellie

HOFFMAN, Laura (piano duet with C. Spohr)

HOLTON, H.S. (male)

HOPPER, Flora

HUGHES, D.F. (male)

JELLEFF, Jessie

JUDGE, James F.

JUNKER, Louise

LACEY, Kate M.

LUM, Henry W.

McCLOUD, Emma

McCONNEL, Edward

McDONALD, Muiton

McGUFFEY, Josey/Josephine (oration)

McKIM, Jessie

MILLER, Effie

MILLER, Tella

MOLER, Etta

MORIN, Auda

NEIL, D. Birney (male)

OCHS, Wilhelmina

PALMER, Julia

PARK, Howard C.

PARSONS, Emma (oration)

PRICE, Mamie B. (oration)

PRICE, S. Ada (oration)

PRYCE, Lollie

REED, Sadia

REICHARD, Minnie M. (oration)

ROBINSON, J.F. (male)

ROSS, Eudora

SCHILLING, Jennie

SCOTT, Carrie

SPOHR, Clara (piano duet with L. Hoffman)

SULLIVAN, Josie

TALBOT, Ben

THATCHER, see Hatcher

TROTT, Emma

WAGENHALS, Lincoln A. (oration)

WILLIAMS, Allen W. (oration)

WILLIAMS, mea

WILLIAMS, Sarah

* Joanna Harmon Ross, 805 N. 5th St., David City, NEB 68632

Submitted by Don Ort at QAORT@aol.com on 11/03/98.