Grand Rapids High School
The Mirror Yearbook, 1896

  1. The Senior and Junior High Classes

  2. The Faculty of Grand Rapids High School and Union High School

  3. Sketches of Four Women Faculty
    Helen C. Christ, Agnes R. Ginn, Alice M. James and Florence Milner

NAME

CLASS

AHNEFELDT, HELEN JOSEPHINE

JUNIOR

ALDRICH, MAURICE ALMY

JUNIOR

ALLEN, CLAUDE SHELDON

JUNIOR

ALLEN, FREDERICK STANLEY

JUNIOR

ALLEN, STANLEY RINDGE

JUNIOR

AMSDEN, CLAUDE

JUNIOR

ANDERSON, CORA GARDNER

SENIOR

APTED, RALPH CLARK

SENIOR

ASHDOWN, EDNA ELLA

JUNIOR

AVERILL, LEAVITT DECAMP

JUNIOR

AYER, FRANK

JUNIOR

BABCOCK, MARY LOUISE

JUNIOR

BALL, HELEN

JUNIOR

BANKS, WILLIAM BARTH

JUNIOR

BARKER, MAE KATHARINE

SENIOR

BARKLEY, PARMELIA ELIZA

JUNIOR

BARSTOW, HELEN HALEY

JUNIOR

BAXTER, FRED LOCKWOOD

JUNIOR CLASS PRESIDENT

BEAMER, MARY KATHARINE

JUNIOR

BEARD, MARSHALL CHARLES

JUNIOR CLASS SERGEANT-AT-ARMS

BELDEN, IVA MAY

JUNIOR

BENEKE, CECILIA REBECCA

JUNIOR

BERTELSON, ANNA MARIE

SENIOR

BETTINGHOUSE, CLYDE HENRY

SENIOR

BEVIER, HELEN DUBOIS

SENIOR

BLACKMER, NINA GODWIN

JUNIOR

BLANDFORD, DAISIE J.

JUNIOR

BLUMRICH, ALMA ORA

JUNIOR CLASS ASST. TREASURER

BODWELL, ADA HARLAND

JUNIOR

BOUMA, MARGARET

SENIOR

BRADY, EMMA MARGARET

JUNIOR

BRADY, FRANCES GERALDINE

JUNIOR

BRENNAN, LILLIAN HAIRE

JUNIOR

BRITTON, KATHERINE ANNA

SENIOR

BROWN, AGNES

JUNIOR

BUELL, CLARA MARJORIE

JUNIOR

BUTTERFIELD, MARY

SENIOR

BUTTERFIELD, ROGER CHAMPLIN

JUNIOR

CAMPAU, ANTOINE BLACKWELL

JUNIOR

CAMPAU, FRANK DONALD

JUNIOR

CHAMBERLAIN, GLENN RAYMOND

SENIOR

CHAMPLIN, GERTRUDE BEVIER

SENIOR

CHASE, WILMA EMILY

JUNIOR

CHICKERING, GEORGE CROFTON

SENIOR

CHILDS, RALPH SUTHERLAND

JUNIOR

CLARK, MINNIE MAE

SENIOR

CLAY, MARTHA ELLIOT

SENIOR

CLOUSE, FRANKLIN AVERY

JUNIOR

COGSHALL, MATTIE ELMIRA

JUNIOR

COLBORN, CLARENCE BURR

JUNIOR

COLE, LEON J.

JUNIOR

COLLINS, ESTHER LOUISE

JUNIOR

COLLINS, KATHRYN ELIZABETH

JUNIOR

CONGER, AMY FLORENCE

JUNIOR

CONKLIN, CARRIE ETHEL

JUNIOR

CRAHEN, HANNORA MARIE

JUNIOR

CRAHEN, KATHERINE GENEVIEVE

JUNIOR

CRAW, EVELYN NOBLE

JUNIOR

CRESS, MYRTLE MAE

JUNIOR

CROSBY, HELEN AMELIA

JUNIOR

CUDDAHY, JAMES

JUNIOR

CURDY, RAYMOND SCOTT

SENIOR

CUTCHEON, MARIE LOUISE

JUNIOR CLASS SECRETARY

CUTLER, LEILA MAUD

JUNIOR

DAVIS, EDITH JULIA

SENIOR

DAVIS, PEARL LEONIA

SENIOR

DAYRELL, HARRY GUY BECKELS

JUNIOR

DEANE, DAISY ADELIA

JUNIOR

DECKER, MYRTLE MAY

JUNIOR

DEGRAAF, WILLIAM THEODORE

SENIOR

DEJONGE, JAMES

JUNIOR

DEKKER, SIETZE

SENIOR

DEWEY, DAISY

SENIOR

DICKINSON, MARTHA ROSS

JUNIOR

DREGGE, CHARLES JOHN

JUNIOR

DREGGE, NELLIE

JUNIOR

DUNHAM, CASSIE CORAL

JUNIOR

DUNHAM, CASSIE CORAL

SENIOR

DUNNEWIND, JOHN

JUNIOR

DYKEMA, JOSEPHINE MAUDE

SENIOR

EATON, MARY NEWELL

JUNIOR

EDDY, SCHUYLER BEAUCLERE

JUNIOR

EDISON, EDNA CHARITY

SENIOR

EMMONS, ANNA ESTELLE

JUNIOR

ESCOTT, LAURA ALICE

JUNIOR

ESCOTT, LAURA ALICE

SENIOR

FAILING, GERTRUDE LOWELLA

SENIOR

FERRAND, HERBERT LOUIS

JUNIOR

FIELD, GRACE

JUNIOR

FINCH, JOSIE NETTIE

SENIOR

FITZGERALD, BLANCHE EUGENIA

JUNIOR

FORD, FRANCES CRAWFORD

SENIOR CLASS PRESIDENT

FORTIER, DIVA

JUNIOR

FOSTER, MYRTLE FRANCES

SENIOR CLASS SERGEANT-AT-ARMS

FOX, CHARLOTTE CLARK

JUNIOR

FOX, PEARL LILLIE

JUNIOR

FRANKLIN, GRACE ESTELLE

JUNIOR

FRENCH, CARRIE

JUNIOR-UNION HIGH SCHOOL

FRIEDRICH, OSCAR

SENIOR CLASS TREASURER

GALE, LULU

JUNIOR-UNION HIGH SCHOOL

GIBSON, PAUL REVERE

SENIOR

GILL, MABEL

JUNIOR-UNION HIGH SCHOOL

GODWIN, GRACE TOUSEY

JUNIOR

GORTON, MYRTLE ALICE

JUNIOR

GOULD, JOHN HUGHES

JUNIOR

GRAHAM, WILSON J.

JUNIOR

GROFF, ARTHUR OTTO

SENIOR

GUEST, MAYNARD A.

JUNIOR CLASS TREASURER

HAIRE, FRANCES FERN

SENIOR

HAIRE, HERBERT JOHN

JUNIOR

HANNAH, WILFRED STEELE

JUNIOR

HARPER, WILLIAM ROBERT

SENIOR

HARRINGTON, ARTHUR FIELD

JUNIOR

HARRIS, SYLVIA

JUNIOR

HARTING, HARRY

SENIOR

HATCH, FRANCES ELIZABETH

SENIOR

HAYNES, MAUDE ERNESTINE

SENIOR

HAZELWOOD, LILLIAN KATHERINE

SENIOR

HENRY, JAMES, JR.

SENIOR

HETHERINGTON, MARION FLORENCE

SENIOR

HEXT, CHARLES FARRAND

SENIOR

HILTON, MAUD HELEN

SENIOR

HOEBEKE, JULIA MARTHA

JUNIOR

HOLCOMB, JOHN NEWELL

SENIOR

HOSKINS, FRANK C.

JUNIOR

HOSKINS, HARRIET AUSTIN

SENIOR

HOVEY, RALPH MELVIN

SENIOR

HOWELL, BLANCHE KATHLEEN

JUNIOR

HUNER, ANNA KATHARINE CHRISTINA

JUNIOR

HUNT, WOOLSEY WELLES

JUNIOR

IDEMA, HENRY JOHN

SENIOR

JACKSON, EMERY BRIGHAM

JUNIOR

JACKSON, JAY STANLEY

SENIOR

JENKS, CAROLINE LOUISE

SENIOR

JESSUP, LUELLA NEWTON

JUNIOR

JESSUP, MAUDE MARIE

SENIOR

JOHNSTON, GUY

SENIOR

JOSLIN, JESSIE

JUNIOR-UNION HIGH SCHOOL

JOSLIN, LUCY

JUNIOR-UNION HIGH SCHOOL

JUDKINS, LAVERNE MARGARET

SENIOR CLASS PROPHET

KATER, CARENA JEANNETTE

JUNIOR

KEELER, ANNA JEANETTE

JUNIOR

KEELER, DAVID ARTHUR

JUNIOR

KENDALL, EUGENE LURELL

JUNIOR

KENT, MARIE LIZZIE

SENIOR

KERR, MAE VIOLET

JUNIOR

KINSEY, FRANK CAMERON

SENIOR

KLINE, GEORGE MILTON

SENIOR

KNOX, EDITH CATHERINE

JUNIOR

KOHLHEPP, CAROLINE EMMA L.

JUNIOR

KOHLHEPP, GRACE ELIZABETH R.

JUNIOR

KOTVIS, MINNIE JOANNA

SENIOR

KRAUSE, DOROTHEA KATHERINE

SENIOR

LABOURSLIER, GENEVIEVE

JUNIOR

LANFEAR, FLORA LOUISE

SENIOR

LANGLER, BERT MARINUS

JUNIOR

LAWSON, CLAYTON WALLACE

JUNIOR

LEHNARTZ, WILLIE

SENIOR

LEONARD, FRED JAMES

SENIOR

LEROY, ABBIE LOUISE

JUNIOR

LEWIS, ELBERT FRANK

JUNIOR CLASS VICE-PRESIDENT

LINCOLN, MARY

SENIOR

LIVINGSTON, RUBY ALEXANDRIA

SENIOR

LOCKWOOD, CLAUDE LYMAN

JUNIOR

LOGG, EDNA GILBERTA

JUNIOR

LOUCKS, JOHN CHRISTOPHER

JUNIOR

LOUWERSE, MARY SENTINA

JUNIOR

LOWRIE, CORA ANNE

JUNIOR

MACKENDRY, JANE FRANCES

JUNIOR

MACOMBER, LOTTIE L.

SENIOR

MANKEL, MARIE HELEN

JUNIOR

MARCKWARDT, OTTO CHARLES

JUNIOR

MASON, MARIANA VINE

JUNIOR

MATHESON, MARY LOUISE

JUNIOR

MATHEWS, EVALINA

SENIOR

MCCORMICK, JASPER WILBUR

JUNIOR

MCCRATH, GEORGE FREDERICK

JUNIOR

MCDONELL, STANLEY KANE

JUNIOR

MCKENNA, WILLIAM

SENIOR

MCKENNON, ALICE MARY

JUNIOR

MCLAREN, THAYER

JUNIOR

MCNAB, CORA ELIZABETH

JUNIOR

METHEANY, RICHARD ROLLISTON

JUNIOR

MEYERL, ELIZABETHA

SENIOR

MILLER, ANNA WYKES

SENIOR

MILLER, JENNIE MAE

SENIOR

MILLS, EDWARD PAYSON

SENIOR

MILLS, EVA MAE

JUNIOR

MOORE, HAROLD BRUCE

SENIOR

MOORMAN, H. EVERETT

JUNIOR

MOSHER, RALPH ALONZO

SENIOR

MUIR, ARCHIBALD LINDSLEY

JUNIOR

MUNSON, RAY WINCHESTER

SENIOR

MYERS, MYRTLE MAY

JUNIOR

NEBEL, WALTER OTTO

JUNIOR

NICHOLS, GEORGE WILLIAM

SENIOR

NOORDEWIER, TONEY

JUNIOR

NORRIS, CLARA

JUNIOR

O'NEILL, MATHILDE GUNNISON

JUNIOR

ORR, FRANK

JUNIOR

ORTH, GRETCHEN MARGARET

SENIOR

OSBUN, JESSIE CAMILLE

JUNIOR

PEARL, EDITH MAE

JUNIOR

PECK, THOMAS E. MILLARD

JUNIOR

PERKINS, MABEL HELEN

JUNIOR

PETERS, EFFIE DEANE

JUNIOR

PHILLIPS, EVERETT ALLAN

SENIOR

PHILLIPS, PLEASANT IRVING

SENIOR

PIERCE, ANNA LOUISE

JUNIOR

PIERCE, MABEL

SENIOR

POOLE, GRACE EDNA

JUNIOR

POST, ERNEST ROY

JUNIOR

POTTER, UNA

JUNIOR

PROSSER, MAUD ISABEL

SENIOR

PUTNAM, BERTHA MAY

JUNIOR

RAIGUEL, SARAH DARLING

JUNIOR

RAYMOND, ARTHUR MAURICE

SENIOR

REYNOLDS, CHARLES HENRY

SENIOR

RINDGE, ANNAH ANDERSON

JUNIOR

ROBINSON, ADDISON BAKER

JUNIOR

ROBINSON, ALBERT MELVILLE

JUNIOR

ROBINSON, DELIA MAE

SENIOR

RODGERS, HARRY EDWARD

JUNIOR

ROUSE, ROSAMOND REBECCA

SENIOR

RUTKA, JOHN HOWARD

JUNIOR

SAVAGE, BESSIE INEZ

SENIOR

SCHULER, BESSIE MERSHON

SENIOR

SEEKELL, BERTHA LOUISE

SENIOR CLASS VICE-PRESIDENT

SEEKELL, GRACE EDITH

SENIOR

SHAW, FLORENCE RACHEL

SENIOR

SHOEMAKER, FANNIE

JUNIOR-UNION HIGH SCHOOL

SHRIVER, CHARLES FRIEDRICH

SENIOR

SLIGH, ADELINE

SENIOR

SMALLEY, MINNIE

JUNIOR

SMITH, CARL H.

JUNIOR

SMITH, CLARA BELLE

JUNIOR

SMITH, HAZEL ANNIE

JUNIOR

SMITH, JENNIE JANE

JUNIOR

SMITH, MABEL RUTH

JUNIOR

SMITH, NELLIE ROWLEY

SENIOR

SOUTIER, MABEL EDITH

SENIOR

SPEED, GEORGIANA

JUNIOR

SPROAT, HARRY J.

JUNIOR

SPROUL, HELEN LILLIE

SENIOR

STEIN, BERTHA CHRISTINA

JUNIOR

STEIN, THEODORE EDWARD

JUNIOR

STEVENS, FORRIS DE AYRE

JUNIOR

STICKNEY, CARRIE ADELE

SENIOR

STICKNEY, GEORGE EDMUND

JUNIOR

STUART, ETHEL C.

SENIOR

SULLIVAN, FLORENCE EMMA

SENIOR CLASS SECRETARY

SWAIN, MARION BEMENT

SENIOR

TAGGART, JAMES MOSES

JUNIOR

THOMASMA, GRACE HARRIET ROSE

JUNIOR

THOMASMA, HARRIET GRACE

SENIOR

THOMPSON, JOHN ROY

JUNIOR

THOMPSON, MARY ELLEN

SENIOR

THOMSON, JOHN RUSSELL

SENIOR

TRACY, HOWARD GAGER

JUNIOR

TROUTMAN, ELIZABETH WELLS

SENIOR

TURNER, MYRTLE ETHELYN

SENIOR

ULRICH, NINA BELLE

SENIOR

VANAALDEREN, HENRY

JUNIOR

VANASMUS, CHRISTOBELLE

JUNIOR

VANBREE, WILLIAM RICHARD

SENIOR

VANDAM, HARRIET MINNIE

SENIOR

VANDERVEEN, THEODORE F.

JUNIOR

VANDEUSEN, GLADYS LUNETTE

JUNIOR

VANHOVEN, SARAH ADRIANA

JUNIOR

VANLEEUWEN, ANNETTE IDA

JUNIOR

VANVLIET, FRANK

SENIOR

VANWICKLIN, EDITH MARGARET

JUNIOR

VEENBOER, WILLIAM HENRY

JUNIOR

VERKERKE, FRED JOHN

SENIOR

VIRGIL, EDITH MAY

JUNIOR

VOORHEIS, LEROY WOODWARD

JUNIOR

WADDELL, LOTTIE ANTOINETTE

SENIOR

WARNER, JOSIAH WILBUR

JUNIOR

WATERSON, MABEL MARTHA

JUNIOR

WEATHERWAX, HARRY CLAY

SENIOR

WEIGHTMAN, PEARL MAUD

SENIOR

WESTERHOFF, MINNIE

JUNIOR

WHITE, LUCY LOUISE

JUNIOR

WHITE, THOMAS GILBERT

SENIOR

WILCOX, JENNIE MAE

JUNIOR

WILLIAMS, ETHEL MAY

SENIOR

WILLIAMSON, ANNA

JUNIOR

WOOD, MARY ETHEL

JUNIOR

WOODMAN, ISABELLE BEATRICE

JUNIOR

WURZBURG, MARY MARGARET

SENIOR

The Faculty of Grand Rapids High School and Union High School, 1896

 

POSITION

SCHOOL

BACON, HELEN E.

ENGLISH, BOTANY

GRAND RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL

BAILEY, HATTIE M.

BIOLOGY, ZOOLOGY

GRAND RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL

CHALMERS, BELLE

BOOKKEEPING

GRAND RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL

CHRIST, HELEN C.

GERMAN

GRAND RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL

CLARK, ANNA M.

PRECEPTRESS

GRAND RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL

COLE, EMMA J.

BOTANY

GRAND RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL

CRITTENDEN, CLIFFORD D.

LATIN

GRAND RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL

CRITTENDEN, ELIZABETH

DRAWING

GRAND RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL

DANIELS, EVA J.

LATIN, MATHEMATICS

GRAND RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL

DEAN, ELLEN

HISTORY, CIVICS

GRAND RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL

DEMMON, ELWOOD F.

ENGLISH

UNION HIGH SCHOOL

DICKINSON, CARRIE L.

ENGLISH

GRAND RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL

DILLINGHAM, GURNEY O.*

BOOKKEEPING, COMMERCIAL LAW

UNION HIGH SCHOOL

DILLINGHAM, GURNEY O.*

ARITHMETIC, ALGEBRA, AND..

UNION HIGH SCHOOL

DUBRIDGE, MARGARET A.

ENGLISH

GRAND RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL

EAGAN, WM W.

BOTANY, CIVICS

UNION HIGH SCHOOL

FRANCK, AUGUSTA L.

GERMAN, FRENCH

UNION HIGH SCHOOL

GINN, AGNES R.

FRENCH, ENGLISH

GRAND RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL

GOODRICH, ERNEST P.

PHYSICS

GRAND RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL

GREESON, WM ALBERT

PRINCIPAL

GRAND RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL

HALL, A. SAGER

CHEMISTRY, MATHEMATICS

GRAND RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL

HOLMES, ARTHUR H.*

BOOKKEEPING, COMMERICAL LAW AND

GRAND RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL

HOLMES, ARTHUR H.*

POLITICAL ECONOMY, GERMAN

GRAND RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL

HOSKINS, M. ADELE

MATHEMATICS

GRAND RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL

HULST, CORNELIA

ENGLISH

GRAND RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL

JAMES, ALICE M.

MATHEMATICS

GRAND RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL

JENNINGS, MARION L.

LATIN, GREEK

UNION HIGH SCHOOL

JONES, ANNA S.

LATIN, GREEK ENGLISH

GRAND RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL

MCSWEENEY, AMELIA E.

MATHEMATICS

UNION HIGH SCHOOL

MILNER, FLORENCE

MATHEMATICS

GRAND RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL

MORHART, CATHERINE

HISTORY, CIVICS

UNION HIGH SCHOOL

OWEN, MARY N.

ENGLISH, MATHEMATICS

GRAND RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL

PEET, BERT W.

BIOLOGY, ZOOLOGY, CHEMISTRY

UNION HIGH SCHOOL

SCHURTZ, ORR

PRINCIPAL

UNION HIGH SCHOOL

SMITH, BURTON E.

PHYSICS, ASTRONOMY, MATHEMATICS

GRAND RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL

SNELL, EDWIN F.

MATHEMATICS

GRAND RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL

SPAIN, CHARLES L.

HISTORY, CIVICS, LATIN

GRAND RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL

TABOR, FLORENCE M.

BOOKKEEPING, CIVICS, GEOGRAPHY

GRAND RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL

VANDERVEEN, CHARLOTTE

MATHEMATICS

GRAND RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL

WHITTEMORE, CHARLES A.

GEOLOGY, CURATOR OF MUSEUM

GRAND RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL

Sketches of Four Women Faculty

Grand Rapids Mirror Yearbook 1896

Miss Helen C. Christ

Miss Helen C. Christ was born of German parents in the little town of Waterloo, in Ontario, Canada. Here she spent the first years of her life. In 1863 she came, with her parents, to reside in Michigan. From this time until 1882 she lived part of the time in Michigan, part of the time in Canada. In this State her home was successively in the cities of Lansing, Saginaw and Grand Rapids. Her only education was received at the High Schools of the different cities in which she lived. As her schooling was much interrupted by the numerous changes, she obtained the larger part of her knowledge by individual study, after she left school.

Miss Christ began her career as a teacher in 1872, when she first started to teach German, the language of her parents, to the High School pupils of Saginaw, Michigan. After having taught here successfully for ten years, she removed, in 1882, to Indianapolis, where she received positions in both the German Annex and High School.

Leaving Indianapolis in 1888, Miss Christ came to Grand Rapids, where she has ever since resided. In this city, she first taught for some time at the Center Street School. Afterwards she received the position she now occupies, a teacher of German at our High School.

In the summer of 1889, Miss Christ made a long visit abroad. She spent a week at the Exposition in Paris, and the remainder of the time was passed in her Fatherland, visiting the many spots celebrated in the stories and fables which so abound in Germany.

Although she was born and has lived so much in Canada, Miss Christ says she is a thorough American, and has the strongest affection for the country of her adoption and its institutions. She hopes, however, that no trouble will ever arise between the United States and Germany, for if there should, it would be hard for her to tell which side to favor, as both countries are so dear to her heart.

Miss Christ is now finishing her eighth year in the High School, and during all this time she has taught so faithfully and conscientiously that she has won the respect of all who know her.

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Grand Rapids Mirror Yearbook 1896

Miss Agnes R. Ginn

Miss Agnes R. Ginn was born in Hartford, Connecticut, where her father held the life principalship of the High School; but resigned his position to go into business.

On his return the family moved to Stanford, Connecticut, where Miss Ginn commenced her education under her parentsí tuition and spent the next five years.

In 1879, Miss Ginn graduated from the Classical School of Syracuse, also there taking the Freshman year of Vassar, intending to complete her education at that college.

She gave particular attention to the study of the languages, French, Latin and German.

In the study of French she was particularly fortunate in having as instructor the celebrated diplomat and linguist, Mr. Charles A. Perkins, who had been United States Minister to Sweden and Portugal; but was best known because he was the only American citizen who ever married a person of royal blood. His wife was Isabella Francoise Guromski, Princess of the House of Bourbon and niece of Queen Isabella of Spain.

Before graduating, Miss Ginn began teaching in the Classical School and taught several years, but resigned her position to go as governess with Mrs. Josiah Caldwell, to her summer home in Bristol, Rhode Island, also spending two years on her plantation in Cuba.

They then returned to America and spent one year in the Adirondacks, when Miss Ginnís health gave out and she joined her parents, who were then in Hillsdale, Michigan.

Thence she came to Grand Rapids, and here she taught French and rhetoricals for the past nine years.

Miss Ginn usually spends her vacations with her parents in Delaware, Ohio, but several years ago she spent the summer at the home of the Parisian family at Montreal, and four years ago spent her vacation abroad.

Besides the usual pleasures of foreign travel, through the kindness of friends she saw something of English and French home life, and visited many of the places mentioned in Dickensí works unknown to the ordinary tourist.

Miss Ginn is the possessor of that charm of manner and graciousness which makes all those with whom she comes in contact love and respect her, and would be dull scholars indeed if we did not learn something from her.

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Grand Rapids Mirror Yearbook 1896

Miss Alice M. James

Miss Alice M. James was born in Manchester, New Hampshire. When she was quite small, her parents moved to Wisconsin, and after living in that State for some time, they settled in Minnesota. In April, 1874, Miss James came to Grand Rapids on a visit to her aunt. While here, she entered for High School for the purpose of taking some special studies, but Mr. Strong advised her to stay and graduate. Finding she could do this in one year, she decided to remain, and graduated in 1875.

Miss James continued her studies in the classical course in the Carlton College, at Northfield, Minnesota. She passed through this successfully and received the degree of A. B. She remained some time in Minnesota with her parents, returning to Grand Rapids in 1880, when she commenced teaching.

During the first year after her return, Miss James taught the fourth primary grade in the Wealthy Avenue School. The next year she advanced to the position of teacher of the sixth grade in the Union School, of which Dr. Milner was then the principal.

But Miss Jamesí ability as a successful teach met with prompt recognition, and the third year she was promoted to the Central Grammar School, to teach there Grammar, Arithmetic, Algebra and Civil Government. Here she succeeded Mr. Thompson, as principal of the grammar department. After this she received the position she now occupies as the teacher in charge of the Junior Session Room in the Central High School.

Miss James has now taught for thirteen years in the High School, and she has probably never had a pupil who was not fond of her. Her quiet and gentle, though firm manner, and her sweet character, endears her to everyone whom she meets.

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Grand Rapids Mirror Yearbook 1896

Florence Milner

In the hills of Northern Vermont is a tiny village called Greensboro. There I was born, October 6, 1855. If there is anything in the unconscious influence of environments, the beauty of my birthplace should have counted for something, and I have always had a feeling, perhaps a sentimental one, that whatever of integrity and sturdiness of nature is mine is due to my Puritan ancestry and to the subtle effect of the Vermont hills.

When I was three years old, my parents moved Concord, New Hampshire, where early began the definite influences that made me a teacher. When my little playmate was sent to school at six years of age, I, too, must go, although only four and a half.

The impression of that first day is still strong upon me. At the dinner table, I announced that when I grew up I was going to be a teacher. That purpose never wavered, and the whole direction of my school days thereafter was toward that end.

Looking back upon it now through long years of experience, my early training seems most fortunate. Up to the eight grade, I had but two teachers. These were both of the best type of New England women, and they both demanded, from their pupils, thorough conscientious work.

Behind these teachers was my mother, who never allowed me to go from her in the morning until she knew that I was the master of my lessons for the day. I cannot remember that this insistence upon duty was the least irksome; it seemed rather a matter of course.

When I was eleven years old, my parents moved to Dowagiac in this State, and in that little High School, my school days were practically ended. The course of study was very simple there, and graduation did not mean any such education as falls to the lot of High School students today. For instance, I do not remember that we had different courses, although some took Latin and some did not. The Latin was poor, and there was little of it, one book of Caesar and three orations of Cicero. I graduated from this School at sixteen, and in September went back as a teacher in the lowest grade. Nothing but the courage of youth and the audacity of inexperience could have made me venture into that room with eighty-four little children, half of whom had never been in school before. But some guardian angel must have stood over me through the year, for at its close, the board instead of turning me out promoted me with my highest class into the next room.

By the following spring I had saved enough money to go to school for a few months. I went, in April, to Smithson College, a small Universalist school at Logansport, Indiana. No words can express the happiness of those days! Nothing to do but study and wander through the beautiful woods that surrounded the college building. But one shadow rested upon me Ė the knowledge that my money would soon be gone and that my days there were numbered.

Early in November of 1874, after five months in the school, and just as my finances were running very low, a position to teach algebra in the Niles High School was offered me. I was summoned by telegram, and was given one day to visit the school. I tremble when I think of that day. I sat hours out in consternation, for had my live depended on it I could not have done the work that those young people were doing. Can you imagine my feelings? Alone in a strange place, with neither friend nor acquaintance to consult, confronted with work that I was totally unprepared to perform, with no money, and the knowledge that failure would be fatal. When school closed that night I bought an algebra, and shut myself into my room. That night I learned what it meant to study. This was a crisis in my life. I toiled far into the night, with no sense of weariness, and with no thought other than that of conquering the situation. In fact, there was no alternative. I must succeed, and I must with that success alone.

In the morning I walked into that school room master of myself, and master of the algebra, for that day, at least. The way was clear thereafter, but it was a toilsome one. That first night of study was followed by others all through the year, for the school was a strong one, and they drove me hard to keep even with them. But I succeeded well enough to be allowed to stay there five years. During that period I taught almost every subject in the High School curriculum, working as I did in the algebra, to keep ahead of my classes. Those were years of hard and faithful study and during those years I gained power of concentration, which, added to a natural love for study, has kept me always more or less a student.

After teaching one year at Marshall, in the fall of 1880 I came here as first assistant in the Union High School. Five years there was followed by three yearsí teaching of mathematics in the Ann Arbor High School. In the fall of 1888, I returned to Grand Rapids, entering the Central High School. When in February 1893, we moved into the new building, the charge of the Senior Session room fell to my lot, and from that time you who read can doubtless tell more about me as a teacher than I even know.

The coming June closes my twenty-fourth year of teaching. They have been happy years, and there has never been a momentís regret of the decision formed on that first day at school.

Florence Milner
Central High School
Grand Rapids, Mich.
May 14, 1896


These four sketches were transcribed by Nancy Phillips
Created: 19 August 2003

Grand Rapids High School, The Mirror yearbook, 1896
Location: Grand Rapids Public Library

Transcribed: Evelyn Sawyer
Created: 14 March 2002
URL: http://kent.migenweb.net/schools/grhs/1896.html