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1911 County Graduation



The regular graduation exercises for the seventh grades of the various rural schools of Matagorda County were held Friday night, May 7, at the Methodist Church in Bay City. Because recent heavy rains had rendered many of the country roads practically impassable, just half of the number of graduates were able to attend. The Harmony Club of Bay City in their observance of musical week having arranged a musical program for Friday evening co-operated with the county department of education by combining the two programs and so made a varied program and an interesting evening. The first and second grade pupils of Bay City rendered a cantata, "Spring," interspersed with solos and recitative numbers.

The graduation class then marched in formal manner to the platform and sang the class song, "America, the Beautiful." Mr. Wm. Cash, president of the county board, in a few well chosen words, commended the boys and girls who had "held on" and so nobly attained the goal for which they had striven, the county diploma.

The coveted diplomas, tied with the gold ribbons (the county color), were delivered to the following students:


Bay View Consolidated School (Collegeport)--Mamie Murray, Bessie Jenkins, Eloise Frasier, Julian Jenkins, Mae Dickinson

Van Vleck--Mamie Chambless, Ruby Luna, Elsie Rainey, Eva Smith, Horace McCree, Melva Ewing

Clemville--Annie Posey, Lucille Wynn, Doyle Kilpatrick, Ruth Gates, Clyde Hickey, Selma Hiltpold

Wadsworth--Lillian Bowers, Dorothy Moser, Tom Petrucha, Oscar Mangum, Susie Coleman, Leona Waits, Zaddie Waits


Great Northern--Amy Ulland, Jim Kuchar


Pupils from the following named schools were absent but their diplomas will be mailed to them:

Citrus Grove--Dayton Lee Parker

Hasima--Lurline Reeves

Bernard--Ruby Keith, Roy Waldrep

Cedar Lane--Patty Burford, Frances Stevens, Edna Worths, Imogene Worthy

Pledger--Pearl Malone, Lucille Hobbins

Midfields--Willis Micha, Irene Melbourn, Bob Trull


We feel much gratified over the records made by the pupils in the graduating class for the term 1935-26. Perhaps in no preceding year have the papers evidenced as nearly the same standard of work on the part of pupils and of teachers as have those of the term just closing. We fell that we are beginning to realize the ideal before the department of education when the plan for county examination and country graduation was launched four years ago.

The first honor student of the class, judged by the one examination grade, is little Miss Pearl Malone of Pledger. Pearl won first place in the county meet this year in junior girl rural declamation, also won first in the district meet at Houston. Miss Melva Ewing of Van Vleck won second donors, having made one point lower than Pearl. Melva is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Ewing and by the record she has made during the entire year, richly merits the honors she has earned.

We hope to organize our plans for next year's graduation in such a way as to show more distinction to the honor students than we have in the past.

Matagorda County Tribune, May 14, 1926


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