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  Sumter High School, Class of 1909

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 Brawner Duffie, Sr., 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 1909 (W&S 2 June 1909, page 4, column 5&6, "High School Commencement", HERE):
(the name they apparently "went by" in italics)

Boys (20): [class photo of males in fall of 1905/7 & HERE; football team 1908,
and girls (1) & (2) of 1909]

  • "Willie" William Nettles Bradford, Jr., (born 1891), FaG mem. # 131554979
  • ***Wes Collins, (? born 1891 ?), played on the 1908 football team but not on graduation list,
    FaG mem. # (not found yet).
  • Benjamin Fraser Dick, (born 1892); FaG mem. # 129244081
  • Alfred China DeLorme , (born 1892); FaG mem. # 132065716
  • John Brawner Duffie, Jr., (born 1892), his father is/was the above original superintendent;
    FaG mem. # 132097256
  • Lawrence Woodward Folsom, Jr, (born 1891) FaG mem. # 132101217
  • Alva I. Green, (born 18), FaG mem. # (not found yet).
  • "Alex" Alexander T. Haynsworth, (born 1891); FaG mem. # 128481162
  • James Arthur Haynsworth , (born 1892); FaG mem. # 130597026
  • "Don" Donald Graham Hinson, (born 18), FaG mem. # (not found yet).
  • ***Brandon Jones, (? born 1891 ?), played on the 1908 football team but not on graduation list, FaG mem. # (not found yet).
  • Ray Jones, (born 18), FaG mem. # (not found yet).
  • Walter Herbert Jones, (born 18),(could this be him, FaG mem. # 125982849),
    FaG mem. #
  • Edgar Loyns, (born 1893); FaG mem. # 66970785
  • ***Herbert Morris, (born 1891), (played on the 1908 football team but not on graduation list),
    FaG mem. # 79998700.
  • "Jack" John Alfred Owen, (born 1892); FaG mem. # 128536018
  • Ernest Harrison Rhame, Jr., (born 1892), FaG mem. # 62953528
  • Julian Schwartz, (born 1893) FaG mem. # 33924495.
  • "Will" William Judson Shaw, Sr., (born 1891), (many online photos), FaG mem. # 91747303
  • Julius Sinclair Smith, (born 1892); FaG mem. # 66727729.
  • Harry Danner Walsh, Jr. , (born 1892); FaG mem. # 136451035
  • Duane Lattimer Wannamaker, (born 18), FaG mem. # (not found yet).
  • Wade Hampton Williford, Jr., (born 1891) FaG mem. # 126190612

Girls (28):

  • Lucille Baker, (born 18), FaG mem. # (not found yet).
  • Alice Beck Balaguer, (born 18), FaG mem. # (not found yet).
  • Lois Warren Ballough, (born 1891), The 1900 census indicates that she was born in 1891 & lived with her uncle (William C. Costin, born 1860) & his sister (Annie Ballough, born 1871) & her uncle's mother (Jane E. Costin, born 1831) and his aunt (Susan Redding, born 1819). In Sumter Cemetery is a Jennie Costin Ballough (died 12 Oct. 1908). FaG mem. # 130526518.
  • Mabel Clair Bowman, (born 1891). FaG mem. # 129837892
  • Martie Boyle, (born 1892), FaG mem. # 132155307.
  • Jessie Juanita Bradford, (born 1891), FaG mem. # 132155484.
  • Carrie Bee Breeden, (born 1896), FaG mem. # 53821655.
  • "Winnie" & "Etta" Henrietta Winifred Brunson, (born 1893), FaG mem. # 130600262.
  • Alice Childs, (born 1891), FaG mem. # 116526111.
  • Clara Annie Childs, (born 1892), FaG mem. # 33413120.
  • Ida Chandler, (born 1891), FaG mem. # 132149320.
  • Marie DuPre, (born 1891), (married son of founder of B. L. Montague Co.),
    FaG mem. # 120667959.
  • Mildred Lee Hall, (born 1891), FaG mem. # 91743640
  • Agnes Stewart Haynsworth, (born 1892), FaG mem. # 128535182.
  • "Gussie" Margaret Augusta Hood, (born 1891), FaG mem. # 132147180
  • Eleanor Beverly Hughson, (born 1891), FaG mem. # 112816116.
  • Eileen McDonald Hurst, (born 1892), FaG mem. # 124266632
  • Camilla Holmes Kilgore, (born 18), FaG mem. # (not found yet).
  • "Katie" Katherine Loretta McKiever, (born 1892), FaG mem. # 101850804
  • Sarah Richardson, (born 18), FaG mem. # (not found yet).
  • Leola Kate Rose, (born 1891), FaG mem. # 59783487.
  • Elizabeth McLaurin Ryan, (born 1892), FaG mem. # 65570978.
  • Lucille Rose Ryttenberg, (born 1893), FaG mem. # 80044301
  • "Sudie" Susan Ida Stukes, (born 1891), FaG mem. # 71639790.
  • Sophie Tisdale, (born 18), FaG mem. # (not found yet).
  • "Fannie" Frances Cornelia White, (born 1893), FaG mem. # 77559852.
  • Lucia Rogers Williamson, (born 1892), FaG mem. # 91747252
  • Sallie Brown Wright, (born 1891), FaG mem. # 77561062,

Lincoln HS Class of 1909:
(nothing found in W&S 1909)

Names that appear to be students vs program participants: none found

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 12 December 2017; updated 30 Dec. 2017)

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