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A Day Spent in the Emmitsburg High School

(Supposing Myself to Have Graduated in 1900.)

Originally published, March 3, 1910 In the Emmitsburg Chronicle

After these ten long years that I have been away from the E. H. S., I now recall vividly, certain happy days which I spent there. One day in particular I will try to describe to you.

The welcome old bell that hangs In the lofty tower was rung and all the scholars took their places. The boys and girls of the infant room seated themselves in the High School and Miss Ruth Hoke's room. School was opened with music and devotional exercises. Then all the scholars went to their respective rooms, the doors were closed and work began.

First the C class in History came up to recite and all did very well with the exception of one boy who, when he got to the blackboard to discuss his topic, discovered he had forgotten everything he knew about this particular subject, but suddenly recalled something from a previous lesson, that had been drilled and hammered in by the Professor. And so he roamed across seas, deserts and mountains into Egypt and commenced his discourse on sphinx and pyramids, in which he partially succeeded, only. After some ten minutes of pumping the Professor got about 62 percent out of him. His subject was something about Babylonia and he said "Baby-lonians" for Babylonians.

Next was the A and B classes in Latin Grammar and nouns and verbs are alike to one boy, so the Professor told he and another boy, who was equally efficient., to write a new Latin Grammar with his compliments. Next came recess and when the good old bell had tolled again, work began once more. The C class now came up to recite in Latin. It was a Latin Introductory and had some short sentences to translate. Each pupil had two sentences and one of the scholar's sentences contained the word 'baggage.' He spelled it b-a-g-g-e-s. Professor asked him what kind of a specimen that was and in his hurry to correct it nearly knocked a board out of Professor's desk. He gave another scholar the word 'impedimentum' to decline and he promptly and decidedly "got stuck."

In the Geometry classes a girl said per-i-meter for perimeter and another, said par-I for parallel.

In Composition and Rhetoric he gave one of the boys, "Washington at Valley Forge" to discourse on. This is his version—"Valley Forge was a small village and George Washington marched in there one bright winter morning and captured the village. The consequence was the school became uproarious with laughter and it took ten minutes to get everybody settled to work. I think, if I am not mistaken, that is the standard time to quiet a school full of laughter, especially when the teacher laughs himself.

In Commercial Geography a girl pronounced 'steppes,' a plain in Europe, step-peas.

In the A class in English History, one of the girls was going to "treason" somebody, but I don't think she succeeded.

I could recall many more of the happy days I spent there and also some not so pleasantly spent, but these were few and far between, and taken as a whole, my school life in the E. H. S., which dated from 1896 to 1900, was a pleasant if not a most fruitful one, and one I will never forget.

When I meet an old schoolmate we always have pleasant remembrances of the days spent in the EHS and think how much higher in the eyes of the world we would be now if we had sown the seeds of all our studies a little deeper and then have reaped a more golden harvest.

Prominent Emmitsburg High School Alumni

Miss Sara Miller was the first graduate of the Emmitsburg High School. She graduated in the year 1898, and at preset she is teaching the primary department of the Public School.

In the year 1899 there Were four graduates, namely, Kremer Hoke, George Gillelan, Anna Adeisberger and Maud Derr.

Kremer Hoke, after leaving High School took a four year course at Mt. St. Mary's College and later attended the University of Virginia, in which state he is. now teaching.

The class of 1900 consisted of the following: Joseph Rowe, Annabel Hartman, Amelia Annan, Rhoda Gillelan.

Joseph E. Rowe is a graduate of Gettysburg College. After this graduation he took a course at the University of Virginia. The next year he taught at Mercersburg Academy then he went to John Hopkins University, where he will, this Year finish a four year course. He. taught the first three years of this course at The Jefferson. School for Boys. When he finishes this year he expects to come up for a Ph.D. degree.

Annabel Hartman taught for a few. years, public school, but at the present she s teaching High School in Baltimore, having taken in the mean time a course at Woman’ College, Baltimore.

Rhoda Gillelan taught public School for a few years also, but at the present time she is studying for a trained nurse.

In the year 1901, Elizabeth Annan, Eva Rowe, Florence Miller, Luella Annan, Robert Horner, and Nellie Eyster were graduated. Eva Rowe took a post graduate course and is now teaching public school. Robert Horner took a law course at the University of Maryland.

The class of 1902 consisted of Mary Weigand, Winfield Harman, Madeline Frailey and Elizabeth Horner. At the present Mr. Harman is a minister, having taken a theological course at Ursinus College. Mary Weigand is teaching public school and Madeline Frailey is taking a course at Woman’s College, Frederick City.

The members of the class of 1903 were Ada Hollinger, Lulu Fitez, Mary Shuff,. and Newton Sharrer. Miss Hollinger having taught a few years, is at present taking a course at Woman's College, Baltimore making mathematics a specialty.

Bessie Agnew, Clarence Hoke, Roger Annan, Lulu Bishop and Carrie Englar, represent the class of 1904. Mr. Hoke. is expected to graduate from Mt. St. Mary’s College this year.

The next class comprised of Carson Frailey, Joseph Shuff, and Lucy Adelsberger Carson Frailey graduated from University of Maryland and at the press ent time is practicing in Baltimore as a druggist. Joseph Shuff attended Mt. St. Mary's College and this year he expects to graduate from Gettysburg College.

The class of 1906 was Ruth Adelsberger, Luella Annan, Clara Rowe and Helen Shuff. Miss Annan took a course at Wilson College. Miss Rowe, took a post-graduate course and is now teaching public school.

The class of 1907 was the largest ever graduated so far its members were Oliver A Horner, Robert Sellers, Mabel Whitmore, Rose Jackson, Grace Rowe, Emma Ohler, Carrie McNair, Joanna White and Lulu Patterson.

Mr. Horner is attending Lafayette College, Mr. Sellers is attending Bucknell University and Lulu Patterson took a course at Irving.

The class of 1908 consisted of Luther Valentine, Charles Stokes, Lottie Hoke, Hazel Patterson, Dunn Black, Lottie & Lillie Hoke and Anna Rowe. Charles Stokes took a business course at Washington, and Luther Valentine is now attending Gettysburg Lottie and Lillie Hoke are attending St Joseph's Academy and Hazel Patterson is attending normal school at Baltimore.

The class of 1909 were Frances Rowe, George Eyster, Keilholtz Hoke and Robert Gillelan. Mr. Gillelan is now taking: a commercial course at Mt. St. Mary's College, Miss Rowe is now preparing to be a teacher by taking a post graduate course at this school. Mr. Hoke is now working for an electrical company.

Therefore we can see that a large number of pupils have been graduated, fifty-six in all, during the years this High School has been: in existence, many of these filling the higher callings of life. Hence there are nine teachers, seven graduates of colleges, one in the ministry, thirteen attending colleges, two attending university and five in business.

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