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  • Writer's pictureLawrence Lore

LTHS 1912-13

The Historical Society has an entire collection of yearbooks from the four high schools in the county, and some of the elementary schools as well.

Today we will examine the LTHS Yearbook from 1912-13. It is 7 x 9 1/2". The Board of Education members were Geo. W. Lackey, Pres., John O. Smith, Sec., Chas. F. Eshelman, J.F. Snyder, and Wm. J. Warner. Flemin W. Cox was the Principal, and the teachers included Wm. McAndrew, Nora Ammerman, Roy Buchanan, Ina Rogers, Helen A. Loomis, Maude Helen Marks, and Ella Evelyn Mix. "Doc" Norton was the janitor.

Fifty- two members of the Senior Class started as Freshman but only thirty graduated and received their class rings. Individual photos of the seniors and juniors were included in the yearbook with the freshmen and sophomores having only group photos. (A lot of the freshmen and sophomore boys were shown wearing bloused trousers below the knee.)

Each class had its own colors. The senior class colors were black and gold. The yearbook reports that a party of freshmen stole the extension ladder in the boiler room and painted the flagpole purple and white, their class colors. The next day, being Commencement Day, the Seniors was forced to graduate under the Freshmen colors. Apparently, this was considered justice because at one of the freshmen social functions, two upper class boys barred the door at the Una Building and two brave Freshmen had to "descend from the roof of an adjoining building to the street in order to unbar the door."

In the Class Histories, the writers talk about a hay ride to Seymour School for a pie supper, and another one later to Lower Sand Ridge School, as well as sleigh rides in the winter. The Sophomores had a taffy pull, but noted that it was doubtful whether much taffy was eaten because of the condition of the floor the next day. They also note that a stereopticon lecture was held on April 2.

Below is a picture of the 1912 Baseball team and their form of transportation to their ball field; however, they did take the train to the out-of-town games. There are also pictures of the football and basketball teams. Unfortunately, there is no photo of the girls' basketball team. The yearbook notes that the "rooters for the football team found apples across the road, and used them for good purpose."


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