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  Sumter High School, Class of 1903

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 1903 (W&S 3 June 1903, page 6, column 4, "Commencement of The Graded School", HERE):
(the name they apparently "went by" in italics)

Boys (5):

  • Richard Dozier Lee, Jr., (born 1885); FaG mem. # 129727000
  • Bentley Gordon Gibson, Jr., (born 1886); FaG mem. # 108272398
  • Leon Myer Green, (born 18); FaG mem. # (nothing found yet).
  • Guignard Richardson Jones, (born 1886); FaG mem. # 21227565
  • Edward Douglas McCutchan, (born 1884), (surname via grave marker), FaG mem. # 23894574

Girls (7):

  • Elizabeth Sinkler Boykin, (born 1886), FaG mem. # 39868463.
  • Emma Adella Boyle, (born 1886), FaG mem. # 130867596.
  • Celeste Hughson, (born 18), FaG mem. # (nothing found yet).
  • Edna Earle Broughton, (born 18), (could this [?] be her, FaG mem. # 108361792),
    FaG mem. #
  • Mary Evelyn Cunningham, (born 18), FaG mem. # (nothing found yet).
  • Mary Eliza Gaillard, (born 18), FaG mem. # (nothing found yet).
  • Elizabeth Louise Satterwhite, (born 18), FaG mem. # (nothing found yet).

Lincoln HS Class of 1903:
(it is hard to be sure of gender (W&S, 3 June 1903, p6, column 4, "Lincoln School Commencement", HERE)

Names that appear to be students vs program participants: John McKenzie Harrison, Harrison Morton Waities, Sarah Blonnie Ericker Davis, Delia Antonia Davis, Ella Nathaniel Stokes, Oliver Alexander Parker, James Dewey Anderson, and Hazel William Davis.

Years 1892-1912, LINKS:

1891

1892

1893 (no graduates, HERE)

1894

1895

1896

1897

1898

1899

1900

1901

1902

1903

1904

1905

1906

1907

1908

1909

1910

1911

1912

1913

1914

1915

1916

1917

1918

1919

1920

1921

1922

1920 through at least 1972
(then click on any yearbook image)

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(posted 10 December 2017)

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