Ilion High School - Class of 1893

Ilion Citizen - June 13, 1893

The Banner Class

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Ilion Citizen Ilion High School - Class of 1893


The Banner Class

Graduated from the union school and academy last week

Twenty-six Young men and maidens Receive Diplomas - Large Audiences and Interesting Exercises - Something About the Program

Not often in a town no larger than ours does a union school graduate a class of twenty-six, and that so large a number received their diplomas in Thomas opera house last week is a fact speaking more forcibly than can verbal or written tribute, the existence of a soundly practical curriculum, and of faithful, intelligent instruction. Principal Wood has reason to be proud of the class of '93, and our citizens have equal reason for pride in our Union school and academy under his management.

It was necessary on account of the number of graduates, to devote two evenings to the exercises. Long before the opera house was opened on Thursday evening a surging mass of humanity thronged First Street, eager for admission.

The stage and orchestra were lavishly and beautifully decorated with flowers and potted plans and across the stage an arch was constructed bearing in the class colors, royal blue on a white ground, the class motto: "Thought, Action, Victory."

Prof. Franz Rath, of Utica, was present with his admirable orchestra. Musical numbers were plentiful on the program and thoroughly enjoyed. A violin solo by Mrs. Rath and a zither solo by the professor were heartily encored. Miss Bessie Jones' sweet soprano was heard to advantage on Friday evening in a pretty little "Spring Song," by Lyne, with violin obligato by Mrs. Rath.

Thursday Evening

The exercises were opened with prayer by Prof. Wood.

Miss Julia C. Sloan was the salutatorian and after well expressed words of welcome took up the subject of "Woman's influence through her works." She alluded to the recorded history of the influence of woman from the time of Eve, the influence exerted by Pope's mother on the character of the poet. Queen Philippa's influence on King Edward at the siege of Calais, the wives of Carlisle and Gladstone and dwelt on the recent opening of many new fields of labor to women.

In a well-written and well-rendered oration Charles B. Luke considered the arguments for and against Canadian annexation and thought that the United States had everything to gain and little to lose by immediate annexation.

"Clocks" was the subject of Miss Inez Trowbridge's interesting essay and she drew and instructive and pleasing parallel between them and the hypocritical assumption of honesty, candor, friendship, courtesy, piety and "social hypocrisy." She concluded by describing a clock a such would become all --- Charity.

In the oration next on the program William T. Merry traced the recent progress of electricity and drew valuable lessons from the self-made, self-cultured career of its ablest exponent, Thomas Edison.

Miss Ida M. Saxon's subject was the "Educational value of the World's Fair". She pictured some of the wonders wrought during the existing century, their exhibit at Chicago, the educational exhibit, the bringing of bits of foreign scenery to the Midway Plai-ance, and the inspiration to the broader views resulting from a visit to the fair --- such a practical inspiration as years of study cannot give.

Miss Elsie F. Ray can not only write a pretty and witty poem, but, unlike too many authors, can deliver it in a captivating style. We are glad to be able to publish it below.


Gradituri Salutamus

We who are about to graduate salute you all today,
For our lessons are all ended and our books put away;
We're going soon to leave this school and start in another one,
From which well never pass until our life on earth is done.

We have pulled along together from September until June,
We have watched the dawn of morning brighten into golden noon,
And this day has gleamed before us s our lodestar of ambition,
For we thought that graduation ripens all hopes to fruition.

But we've not yet gained the summit, nor the boundary of the earth;
Here new scenes stretch out before us and new hopes of equal worthy,
And instead of all life's mission being now completely done,
We've only learned the A. B. C's of the work that we've begun.

Bit if ever, (people tell us) if perchance we ever grow
Wise enough so that we shall know all that now we think we know,
Our name will go down the ages, told in story, sung in song,
And ‘twill take a team of oxen just to draw our brains along.

Still we are quite a learned tribe, this World's Fair class of ‘93
And I guess that we are just about as smart as we're cracked up to be.
Oh shade of great Columbus, wherever you are "at,"
Look down upon our class to-night and see what you think of that.

But still we feel a little blue to think we all so soon must go
And leave this school forever, when we loved the Regents so.
We have had some merry times here, and we've learned a thing or two.
Well, we won't forget, the old school soon, what ever else we do.

And Prof., we have to leave him now, we've loved him all along,
Though we've tried his patience times enough, and often we've done wrong.
Yet we hope that he'll forgive us now that we're about to part,
For we know there's not one of us who is really bat at heart.

And our teachers, can we thank them, they have helped us every one,
Thanks can ill repay their trouble and the hard work they have done,
Yet we trust they've not worked vainly though no harvest yet appear,
Time may bring rich fruits of knowledge whose seed have planted here.

Yes, it's really very hard for us to tear ourselves away
Form those teachers who, alternate, praised and squelched us every day;
Well, we always were magnanimous, we'll forgive them all they've done.
For at last they have relented, and they've passed our papers on.

Though the 94's, of course, are sorry that we're now to go,
They would be more sorry if our brightness did not blind them so,
Fore even now they're plotting, oh! It's very sad to say,
How they will surely run things when they know we're miles away.

Indeed, they think they'll own the earth next year, and have it all fenced in,
And hold first mortgage on the moon, as though our class had never been,
And then you'll see them much serenely on when we're out of sight,
And they will innocently wonder why their hats all sit so tight.

Oh! I could tell you volumes more about our worth and glory,
But, as M. Rudyard Kipling says: "That is another story,"
And I think I will keep silent on the awful fights we've had,
But all of you alumni know class meetings, they are bad,

So, instead of farewell to-night, gradituri salutamus,
Because in the word's great future, you may hear much more of us.
For with ‘Thought and Action, and Victory" we're sure to win our way;
God grand us all diplomas on the Great Commencement Day.


"They also serve who only stand and wait" was Miss Mary Daly's subject and she treated it most effectively. The influence of the waiting mother, nerving her absent son to better effort, and the development by waiting of the grandest lives of authors, discoverers and inventors were carefully considered.

"The uses of History" were shown by Miss May Marhaver to be many and varied; its study tending to make us appreciative of our advantages, warn us against the mistakes of the past, and to make us emulous of whatever of good exists in the chronicles of other nations and times.

Miss Alice G. Moran was next with an excellent essay in which she conclusively showed that "Wisdom is Wealth," and that, too, of the truest, best, most imperishable kind. "A fool cannot win honor, True, he may be courted for what he possesses, but never for what he is." "Let us rather emulate Socrates than Crosesus."

The finest oratorical effort of the evening was miss Marie J. Morgan's rendition of "The Fall of the Bestile." Her voice and gestures were admirably adapted to her subject and she held the rapt attention of the audience, and won its hearty applause.

"Language as an Expression of Character" was considered by Miss Bessie E. Jones. She showed the correct impression conveyed by the languages of different nations as to their geographical and climatic influences and national characteristics, and still further considered her theme in its relation to the individual. Hers is a most pleasing stage presence and she held the closest sympathy of her hearers.

Then the curtains fell and being raised after a brief interval disclosed several of the members o the class posed behind large picture frames arranged on the top of a low, flower and plant-ornamented screen at the back of the stage, forming a pretty picture gallery, while Prophet, Frank A. Schmidt forecast their future, in amusing style.

With music by the orchestra and the benediction, pronounced by Rev. Mr. Cook, the evening's program was concluded.

Friday Evening

The crowd which besieged the doors on Friday evening and filled the opera house as soon as they were opened was, if possible, larger than that of the evening before. The exercises were opened with prayer by Rev. Mr. Cady, and an overture by the orchestra.

"Sermons in Stones" was the subject discussed by miss Thresa E. Jochmus. She spoke of the story told to the geologist by the simple pebble or the boulder, and the lessons inspired by the cathedrals, monasteries and abbeys of Europe. Every monument in this country teaches independence and equal rights. Miss Jochmus' deliver was very pleasing.

Miss Catherine Olney chose for her subject "Behind the Scenes," and spoke of the unreality of appearances in social life. She also made a happy application of her subject to the meetings held by the class of '93.

In "Crossing the Rubicon," George A. Kinne spoke of the different Rubicons in life and how they should be met. The trouble with woo many who have failed has been that they "had no oars of grand purposes to help them reach the harbor of success." He spoke also of the influence of ambition upon such lives as those of Franklin, Lincoln and Garfield.

Miss Carrie S. Diss answered very satisfactorily the question: "What is Fate?" She defined it as a combination of circumstances beyond human control, spoke of its aspects as slave or master and said that "To the coward fate is everything that hinders him on the road to fortune; to the brave, an order from heaven which he is to cheerfully obey."

"When Candor Ceases to be a Virtue," was told by Miss Flora J. Daly. When candor descends to rudeness it loses its value, even if it does not become a vice. Soften candor by consideration, courtesy and sympathy. Miss Dally's success was aided by an excellent voice and clear, distinct enunciation.

Frank C. Mauser discussed "What is a Liberal Education?" and said that on no subject except religion have men differed so widely. A liberal education teaches men to be tolerant, and there is no truer sign of intelligence than the ability to appreciate diversity of opinion.

Miss Bessie M. LaVeck gave a terse discussion of the question: "Is Poverty a Curse?" It was excellently constructed and full of crisp, bright epigram. She cited Franklin as a fine example of his own saying that "Necessity is the Mother of Invention."

In a clear, resonant voice Miss Alice F. Tobin spoke of "Anticipations." She said that imagination rather than memory forms the principal element in the thoughts of the youth. Her essay was one of the best of the evening, both in matter and manner.

Early gestures and excellent voice characterized Alfred S. Clayton's oration, "Adversity the Road to Success." He showed us its strengthening effect on resolution and determination and told shy, though many paths in life offer alluring prospects, but few lead to true success as does adversity.

Miss Anna M. Hoefler wrote of "The Power of Superstition," citing such historical examples as the belief in witches, and alluding to the relics of barbarism which even now drop out in the best society, such as superstitions concerning Friday and the number thirteen.

After alluding to the supposed desire of the audience to be at home, and admitting that history is a dry subject, Miss Nellie E. Tefft proceeded to give that of her class in a manner which relieved it from anything like dryness and was quite amusing.

In her essay on "The Value of Praise," Miss Bertha Ackler drew the distinction between praise and flattery, spoke of its stimulation to ambition, and said that praise of one's good qualities lends more effect to reproof of one's faults. Miss Ackler's effort was excellently delivered.

Those members of the class who had been left in uncertainty on the previous evening then had their anxieties set at rest by the predictions of the prophetess, Miss Catherine M. Hartford.

Adelbert C. Douglass' oration with the valedictory addresses was on "True Loyalty." The people who are most loyal have the strongest government. He compared Caesar and Napoleon with Nathan Hale. The valedictory addresses, though brief, were good and effectively delivered.

The class then sang the class ode, which was also composed by Miss Fay, after which Prof. Wood made a terse, vigorous address to the class, full of good advice and sound sense. Then followed the presentation of diplomas.

The most enjoyable commencement exercises in the history of the school then closed with a selection by the orchestra, and the benediction pronounces by Rev. R. E. King.

After the exercises the class was presented with a beautiful cup, by O. B. Rudd, in acknowledgment of its numbers. The floral tributes were also many and beautiful.


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