Sumter High School, Class of 1898
Dave Pettigrew, SHS class of 1971, has developed an outstanding website in which yearbooks are being scanned onto his free website (HERE..click on a yearbook image) with many class photos, lists of graduates, and an outstanding graphics and text page of the school's history (HERE).
On this page you are now viewing, the memorial #s are memorials on the free Find a Grave (separate but owned by the subscription genealogy website, Ancestry.com).
I want to directly link to some old, online newspaper sources (Sumter's The Watchman & Southron via Library of Congress' Chronicling America, which detail some history and the senior class graduates.
- S. C. petition of Legislature, May 1888, HERE.
- Commisioner J. T. Green's 1890 letter about the schools, HERE.
- Sumter public school system opens 2 Sept 1889, young John B. Duffie, superintendent.
- First year (9 months) ends (students: 310 whites & 294 blacks), HERE (Watchman & Southron issue of 4 June 1890, vol. IX #43, page [image] 3, 2nd column from viewer's left near page top).
Links to classes 1889-1912, HERE . W & S of 1910 has 1891-1910 lists HERE and W & S of 1912 lists 1891-1911 HERE.
***(1889-1913, only 10 grades; 1914-1944, only 11 grades)***
***(Student names: before maybe 1915, names by which people were baptized were frequently & without legal process, changed before, say, age 12. Grade school nicknames often changed as the person became older (HERE). In cases of those with 1 or 2 middle names, either or both of those might be deleted as they became older or married. Old printed source material was printed by a more tedious process than today & typos were not uncommon. Females are especially hard to track down from names on graduate lists; so, the birth year range of a graduation group becomes helpful.)***
Sumter HS Class of 1898 (W&S 8 June 1898, page 3, column 3, "The Graded School Commencement", HERE):
(the name they apparently "went by" in italics)
Boys (3 vs 5):
- "Sam" Samuel Benjamin Mitchell, (born 1878), FaG mem. # 135853801
- "L. C." Lucius Clifton Moise, (born 1881); FaG mem. # 51458659
- John Sinkler Richardson [Jonathan ?], (born 1874); FaG mem. # 77172744
- ? [unidentified in class picture, above]
- "Ollie" Oliver Lawrence Yates, (born 1880), (in the above fall of 1897 class picture but not listed in commencement; became a Sumter banker),
FaG mem. # 109592720
- Maggie Bradford, (born 1878), FaG mem. # 104411627.
- Jessie Russell Folsom, (born 1878), FaG mem. # 130594127.
- "Nita" Anita Harby, (born 1881), FaG mem. # 33941230.
- Theresa James [or ? Teresa James], (born 18),
FaG mem. # (not found yet).
- Maude Jones, (born 1877), FaG mem. # 132146671.
- Isabelle McLaurin, (born 18), FaG mem. # (not found yet).
- Rosa Clarendon Mood, (born 18820, FaG mem. # 50006158.
- Flora Levy Moses, (born 1880), FaG mem. # 19451601.
- Louise Moses, (born 18), FaG mem. # (not found yet).
- Moneta Osteen, (born 1886), (dau. of Sumter newspaperman, Noah G. & Esther A. Doar Osteen in 1910 census),
FaG mem. # 186290889.
- Stella Phillips, (born 1879), FaG mem. # 132145347.
- Irma Smith, FaG mem. # (not found yet).
- Lizzie Stuckey [or ? Lizzy Stuckey], (not found yet), FaG mem. #
- Daisy Scott, FaG mem. # (not found yet).
- Maude Wallace, FaG mem. # (not found yet).
- Daisy Yeadon, (born 1881), FaG mem. # 132052806.
Lincoln HS Class of 1898:
(it is hard to be sure of gender & student vs. adult & may be ALL grades [no graduate list]...see above W&S, 8 June 1898, p3, col. 4, "Lincoln School Commencement", HERE)
Names that appear to be students vs program participants: Della Dimery, Florence Dicks, Lillian Spears, Julia Jayroe, Helen Owens, Mary Sanders, D. Lewis, Nonie Edwards ("& others"), Rosa Harrlson (? Rosa Harrelson ?), Annie Thomas, Marie Thomas ("& others"), Marie Hunter and Moses Dennis.
Years 1892-1912, LINKS:
1893 (no graduates, HERE)
1920 through at least 1972
(then click on any yearbook image)
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8 December 2017; updated 1 Jan. 2018)