June 19 1907 – Commencement Exercises to be held at Kelley’s Hall Friday evening, June 21 – The following is the program of the commencement exercises to be held at Kelley’s Hall, Friday evening, June 21st:
Music – Orchestra; Oration – Our Country, Stewart Ward; Music – Choral; Oration – Lost, Two Golden Hours, Mildred Smith; Oration – To do or Not to Do, Laura Whitney. Music – Mixed quartet; Oration – Case down your buckets where you are, Flora Brown; Oration – Penny Wise and Pound Foolish, William Becker. Music; Oration – Opportunity, Florence Pellet; Music – Choral; Class Address – F. B. Willis; Music – Orchestra; Presentation of diplomas by Mr. Houser, president of school board. S. Sm. Archer, Superintendent of Schools.
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June 26, 1900 – From the Sandusky Register - Giving due credit to Prof. Overmeyer and his associate teachers, the citizens of Kelley’s Island witnessed one of the best commencements ever given on the island. Notwithstanding the fact that the novice orators, both male and female, displayed a great amount of reserve, tameness and monotony in reciting their pieces, they are given credit for having memorized them well. The boat song was charming, Mr. Henry Kelley, the violin artist, touched the chord of patriotism by his violin solo, ‘Hail Columbia Fantasia.’ Mr. Kelley has a keen sense of harmony and the beautiful in music.
Prof. J. C. Park of Ada gave the class address in which he insisted on the threefold elements that make education perfect: The physical, intellectual and divine symmetry, stating with Emerson it takes six generations to make a gentleman.
Mr. Elfers as president of the board of education presented the graduates with the diplomas. Messrs. John and William Moysey, Misses Ward, and Petette rendered a gentle quartet in conclusion. Masters Carl Lange and John McGurn, Birdie Toley and Ella Lynch from St. Michael’s parish school passed successfully the examination for admission to the A class. The success reflects credit on said school.
The board of education is composed of the following gentlemen: Messrs. F. Elfers, Chas. Seeholzer, Wm. Burger, W. Beatty, Francis Houser and John Miller, clerk J. T. Breman. An imposing solid edifice put up in stone is in contemplation. Said school house built from the estate of the late J. Estes.
June 26 1900 (as reported by the Star) – KI High School holds successful commencement exercises – June 22 – The KI High School had one of the most successful commencements ever known in the history of the institution. A class of six young ladies and one young gentleman were graduated. Prof. J. G. Park, of the Ohio Normal University at Ada, delivered an interesting address to the class, and his remarks were appreciated by the large audience present.
Perhaps the most interesting of the class productions were ‘The Class Prophecy’ by Miss Gussie Hamilton and an oration, ‘England’s Injustice to the Boers’ by Mr. Gus Ott, both of which brought down the house.
Mr. Henry Kelley, always popular as a musician, rendered an excellent violin solo. Everyone says that much credit is due to the principal of schools. Mr. W. W. Overmyer and the corps of teachers under him for the general excellence of the program and for the beautiful decorations in Kelley’s Hall where the exercises were held. The members of the graduating class were: Clara Van Nostrand, Sarah Myers, Gus Ott, Freddie Lewwe, Gussie Hamilton, and Hazel Hamilton.
June 17 1908 – The Junior class of the Estes school entertained the Seniors a few evenings ago by giving a dance in their honor at the town hall. Every body had a delightful time. Commencement exercises will take place on June 23rd. The whole affair promises to be very interesting. The class is making every effort to have the decorations very artistic. The graduates are: Miss Ruth Rosswurm, William Fedderson, Helen Seeholzer, Ada Himmelein, Alfred Moysey and Irving Elfers.