In This Place: June 25, 2014
“Four”ward Graduation March, Part 1
by Trish Adams
As promised, here are some graduating classes from decades past (on the fours): next week I’ll try to fit in classes from 1944 and more 1954s at least.
In anticipation of next week, here are the Roxbury and Fleischmanns’ Classes of 1954, from the June 25, 1954 edition:
I’ll also attempt to include more Fleischmanns, Andes and Roxbury graduates next week, but — before the 1930s and widespread auto use perhaps — reporting the news of other schools’ graduations did not seem to be a top priority. Perhaps most of those communities were served by their own weeklies that gave those graduates more comprehensive coverage. By 1944, it starts getting easier to find news of all the area graduates.
June 20, 1924
Commencement at Theatre Monday Evening June 23
High School Class of Six Will be Graduated at that Time
This was Regents week at the school, and with the attendant graduation exercises and functions over the weekend, mark the end of the school year. The festivities will open this evening with the Junior Prom at the old opera house. Sunday evening, in the Presbyterian church, the Rev. J. S. Lull, pastor of tho Methodist church, will deliver the Baccalaureate sermon. The choir has prepared special music for the occasion.
The class this year has six members: Frances Glantz, (president), Edward White, Hyman Kaplan, Virgil Braisland, Clyde Suttle and Ralph Sanford. The Rev. Courtland Robinson, D. D., of the First Presbyterian church of Delhi, will give the commencement address. Mr. Robinson is a polished and forceful speaker.
Following is the program for Monday evening:
Overture by Orchestra
Class History—Edward White.
Piano Solo—Hilda Delameter
Class Prophecy— Ralph Sanford
Class Will–Virgil Braisland
Chorus—High School Girls
Advice to Juniors—
Junior Response— Hilda
Presentation of Prizes
Presentation of Diplomas.
Finale by Orchestra
June 27, 1924
Accompanied by the traditional commencement night thunder shower, the graduation exercises of the Margaretville High School were run off smoothly Monday evening in the Galli-Curci Theatre. The inter-class charges and countercharges were timely and full of "pep" to say the least, and the future of the class of 1924 was painted in glowing colors by the class prophet.
Rev. Courtland Robinson, pastor of the First Presbyterian church at Delhi, delivered the address. He layed much stress upon the importance of graduation from high school and his talk was full of suggestions that might well be heeded by the graduates. The prizes awarded by Principal Vetter were as follows: Essay prize in English IV, Frances Glantz; essay prize in English III, Martha Todd; Biology prize, Helen Ives. The award in each case was a five dollar gold piece. The board of education also gives prizes, first and second, to the boys and girls in the academic department who are judged the best all-around students. Mabel Winter and Charles Jenkins were given first and Hilda Delameter and Carlton Gorsch second prizes, which were in the form of $5 and $2.5 gold pieces. Miss Z. R. Travis, superintendent of this supervisory district, presided and presented the diplomas to the graduates. The program included a piano solo by Hilda Delameter.
July 7, 1924 — Youngest Graduate At Fleischmanns
Edgar E. Vermilya, 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Vermilya, is a member of this year's graduating class in the Fleischmanns High School, and is the youngest student ever graduated from that school.
This account of the 1934 graduation exercises includes an interesting breakdown on the various course paths available to students at the time, from those headed for college right through the business-minded to those getting a basic “school” diploma. One astounding footnote here: apparently Miss Wolzok, who in the course of six Regents exams, missed total perfection by a mere five points, was not listed among those bound for college, receiving instead an “academic” diploma. She was the class Valedictorian.
June 29, 1934 —Graduates Largest Class With A 3-Day Program.
Thirty-four Students Received Diplomas Wednesday.
High Regents Record.
The Margaretville High School graduated the largest class in its history on Wednesday, when thirty-four young people received diplomas attesting they had satisfactorily completed one of the various courses which the school offers. Some of the graduates will go to higher institutions of learning. For others the days of "readin' writin' and 'rithmetic" are over and they will go to work.
The exercises of the week began with the baccalaureate sermon on Sunday evening at the Presbyterian church, when Rev. Alonzo Wood delivered an inspiring address and urged the thought of service, no matter what walk in life might be chosen. There was special music for the occasion and the church was crowded to its capacity.
Another large audience greeted the class on Monday night at the high school auditorium on the occasion of class day exercises. Jokes for the various members of the class and faculty furnished the pep for the evening's laughs. The foibles of each were pounced upon. The glee club and school orchestra pleased with excellent music. The following were the speakers for the evening: Welcome by Roberta Scott; Class History by Ralph Burlarley; Class Prophecy by Frieda Schrier; Class Poem by Lucille Poste; Class Will by Roberta Scott and Margaret Odell; Charge to Juniors by Roberta Scott with response by Elizabeth Gregory. Mr. Marsh, Miss Craig and Miss Wilson awarded the letters for the year and Prof. Franklin presented the eighth grade certificates.
The class officers are: President, Roberta Scott; Vice-President, Jack Cure; Secretary-Treasurer, Margaret Odell.
The graduating exercises were held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Galli-Curcl theatre. The school orchestra and glee club again furnished excellent music and Paul H. Sheats, Instructor in Government at the Albany Teachers' College, delivered an inspiring address. The Salutatory was by Roberta Scott. Eleanor Sanford recited "Commencement" and Jack Cure delivered an oration, "A Message to Garcia." Miss Sophie Wolzok made the Valedictory address.
The following prizes were awarded at the close of the afternoon's program: Most outstanding boy, first prize, Edward Dickson; second, Lloyd Kelly. Most outstanding girl, first prize, Eleanor Sanford; second, Esther Addicks. Highest year's average in eighth grade, Margaret Thompson. Senior essay, Sophie Wolzok. Junior essay, Mable Van- Keuren. The prizes in each case were $5.00 in cash and second prizes were $2.50.
Principal Franklin said that Miss Sophie Wolzok had made the most unusual Regents' record this June that he had ever known. She tried six subjects and had a standing of 100 per cent in four and 98 and 97 per cent in the other two.
Mr. Fenton made mention of the services of J. H. Hitt on the Board of Education. Mr. Hitt has served on the Board for forty-one years and has been president for thirty years. During all that time he has been most active in the interests of the school. The audience was hearty in its applause when mention was made of his service.
The following is the list of diplomas awarded:
College Entrance—Frances Atkin, Arnold Cure, Jack Cure, Elizabeth Dickson, Frieda Schrier, Eleanor Sanford, Lucille Poste, Charles Donivan, Roberta Scott.
Academic — Doris Chandler, Virginia Cudney, Marjorie DePuy, Ruth Dickman, Edward Dickson, Robert Etta, Hildreth Franks, Margaret Odell, Sophie Wolzok.
Commercial — William Atkin, Burton Cudney, Sidney Levlne, Floyd Lunn, Kenneth Miller, Curtis Place, Ethel Reed, Francis Tremper, Roland VanBenschoten.
School—Herbert Annin, Dorothy Burlarley, Ralph Burlarley, Laura Palmatier, Evelyn Marks, Thelma Rosa, Clifford Segelken.
About one hundred and twenty-five people attended the Alumni Banquet at the Pakataken Inn at Arkville on Wednesday evening. The graduating class were guests of the Alumni at this banquet. Percy Mead acted as toastmaster for the event. Mrs. James Elliott of New Kingston gave the greetings to the class, to which Roberta Scott gave the response. Miss Katherine Traver spoke for the faculty. Dr. C. Allaben of Binghamton gave a very interesting address. Cards and dancing followed the banquet.
Percy Mead as toastmaster convulsed the gathering. This young man has a very unusual talent and his conduct of the toasts was the talk of the town. The Alumni never held a more successful banquet, the food was excellent and the spirit of the occasion all that could be desired. The evening will be one to remember for a long time to come.
In the personal make up of the class there la a very interesting situation and one which must be rare. There are four pairs of brothers and sisters, and one pair of twins. They are as follows: twins, Arnold and Jack Cure of Pine Hill; brothers and sisters, Elizabeth and Edward Dickson, Frances and William Atkin, Virginia and Burton Cudney, Dorothy and Ralph Burlarley.
One could only wish this reporter had had the savvy — or the inches — to record some of Mr. Mead’s witticisms. And the confluence of brothers and sisters, most of whom had to be at least a year apart in age, begs the question of whether children were allowed to advance as their performance merited back then, as Mr. Vermilya’s early graduation in Fleischmanns suggests. Also a question for Mr. Cure: who the heck was Garcia?