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  Sumter High School, Class of 1911

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 1911 (for the ***FIRST TIME*** ...only time?...with class photos [the pictures were shared as being originally published in the prior Sunday...May 28...issue of the News & Courier, Charleston, S. C.], W&S 3 June 1911, page 2, columns 2-5, "Sumter High School", HERE):
(the name they apparently "went by" in italics)

***The following are the fifty-three graduates (setting a state of S. C. record & also the first ceremony in maybe 15 years to be heavily rained on) of Sumter High School "graded school" class of 1911: ***

Boys (31): [RIP PHOTOS]...[Class Photo]...[1910 Football season team]

  • "Reb" John Kemper Bradford, Jr., (born 1893), FaG mem. # 25390514
  • "Harry" Harrington Cooper Brearley, (born 1893), FaG mem. # 178337325
  • Deuward G. F. Bultman, (born 1894), FaG mem. # 84806416
  • Charlton Levy Burkette, (born 1892), FaG mem. # 110524378
  • Virgil Payne Corbett, (born 1894), FaG mem. # 126164765
  • Gaither Pierson Dick, (born 1894), FaG mem. # 92472016
  • "Ben" John Benjamin Folsom, Sr., (born 1893), FaG mem. # 81010807
  • Francis Ewing Gibson, (born 1884), FaG mem. # 112798121
  • Robert F. Haynsworth, Jr., (born 1892), FaG mem. # 95719608
  • John Craig Hurst, Sr., (born 1894), FaG mem. # 128000726
  • Edward Eugene Jones; ?possibly? the following = (born 1894)...FaG mem. # 31473925
  • John Dargan Jones; (born 1894), FaG mem. # 77455997
  • Julius Motte Lawrence, (born 1893), FaG mem. # 116073450
    his mother (77899861) & father (77899742).
  • Archie Marcellus LeGrand, (born 1893), FaG mem. # 132142971
  • Leon LeGrand, (born 1894), FaG mem. #176295652
  • Harold McFaddin, (born 1894), FaG mem. # 33924419
  • Walter W. Moore, Jr., (born 1892), FaG mem. # 133766070
  • "Shep" Shepard Kollock Nash, (born 1893), (pic HERE), FaG mem. # 60441874
  • Marion Pate, (born 1894), FaG mem. # 99879072
  • Peter Mellette Pitts, Jr., (born 1893), FaG mem. # 136169217
  • Allen Raymond Richardson, (born 1894), FaG mem. # 88065660
  • Irvine Manning Richardson, (born 1893), FaG mem. # 57694360
  • ***John Jacob Riley, (born 1895); he actually grade-schooled in Orangeburg, graduated Wofford in class of 1915 & was Congressman from Sumter & for whom Riley Ball Park is named (he started American Legion Post #15 as one of the very earliest tAmerican Legion teams in the USA), Wikipedia, Fag mem. # 8067161.
  • Earle Rowland, (born 1894), (pic HERE), FaG mem. # 83901014
  • Alfred Scarborough, (born 1893), FaG mem. # 109589948
  • Raymon Schwartz, (born 1894), FaG mem. # 80052931
  • "Molly" Ervin David Shaw, (born 1894), (for whom Shaw AFB is named), HERE),
    FaG mem. # 94362664
  • Wilfed McLaurin Shaw, (born 1893), FaG mem. # 46344510
  • George Decatur Shore, Jr., (born 1893), FaG mem. # 43959448
  • Thomas Henry Siddall, Jr., (born 1893), FaG mem. # 132050038
  • William Brooks Stuckey, (born 1891), FaG mem. # 141206525
  • Braxton Craven Wallace, Jr., (born 1894), FaG mem. # 129838387

Girls (22): [Class Photo]

  • "Annie" Anna Jane Barnes, (born 18), FaG mem. # (nothing found yet).
  • Ella Pauline Blanding, (born 1894), FaG mem. # 51360322.
  • Adele Kennedy Bowman, (born 18), FaG mem. # (nothing found yet).
  • Anna Louise Brown, (born 1894), (her Winthrop yearbook pick), FaG mem. # 130897735.
  • Agnes Bryan, (born 18), FaG mem. # (nothing found yet).
  • Margaret Dundas Cheyne, (born 18), FaG mem. #
  • Rosa Isabelle Cheyne, (born 18), FaG mem. # (nothing found yet).
  • Innis McKewn Cuttino, (born 1894), FaG mem. # 67268406.
  • Susie Dunlop Dick, (born 1893), FaG mem. # 148216268.
  • Sue Duffie, (born 1894), FaG mem. # 132051582.
  • Evelyn Fraser, (born 18), FaG mem. # (nothing found yet).
  • Gertrude Elizabeth Kohn, (born 18), FaG mem. # (nothing found yet).
  • Nancy Witherspoon McKay, (born 1894), FaG mem. # 60441875.
  • "Fanny" Frances James Mellette, (born 1893), FaG mem. #84618702
  • Mary Louise Mellette, (born 1895), FaG mem. # 84622330
  • Adele Pitts, (born 1894), FaG mem. # 101853375.
  • Vermelle Plowden, (born 1890), FaG mem. # 9177017.
  • Susie May Raffield, (born 1895), FaG mem. # 122467645.
  • Mary Louise Ramsey, (born 18), (could this [?] be her, FaG mem. # 172736851),
    FaG mem. #
  • Eugenia Anna Sanders, (born 1894), FaG mem. # 132146135.
  • Mary Anna Strother, (born 1891), FaG mem. # 7781412.
  • Elizabeth White, (born 1893), FaG mem. # 94342972.

Lincoln HS Class of 1911:
(it is hard to be sure of gender & student vs. adult & may be ALL grades [no graduate list]...see above W&S, 7 June 1911, p4, col 4&5, "Lincoln School Closes", HERE)

Names of graduates (23):

Boy graduates (7): Edwin Willis Baker, William Francis Bultman,Thomas Jefferson Cain, Robrt Lee Davis, Irvine Hunter Gary, Sylvester Elliott Jefferson, Henry Wilder, Jr.

Girl graduates (16): Arabella Louisa Chichester, Zelia Maxey Counts, Roberta Louise Davis, "Ethel" Ethelyn Sadie DeLorme, Elizabeth Hunter, Mattie Ellen James, Blanche V. Sampson, Susan Viola Sampson, Laura Rachel Shaw, Edith Selena Smith, Elrina Edison Taylor, Rosa Jane Thompson, Bessie Evelyn Wactor, Angeline Blanche Whittaker, Eunice Cornelia Wilson, Amy E. Young.

Others on program (graduates, too?): none.

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 15 December 2017; updated 28 dec. 2017)

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