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  Sumter High School, Class of 1913

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 1913 (W&S 31 May 1913, page 5, column 4, "Many Hear Boy Orators", HERE; and W&S 4 June 1913, page 8, columns 1&2 and bottom of 3, "Forty-four Graduates Receive Diplomas", HERE):
(the name they apparently "went by" in italics)

Boys (27):

  • David L. Alexander, (born 1896), FaG mem. # 61441106.
  • ***Robert Henry Best, (born 1896), Son of Methodist minister & born in Sumter (Sumter native) & graduate of Wofford class of 1916; likely in grade school with SHS class of 1913 but graduated in upstate S. C. & became broadcaster & then a Nazi sympathizer who went to jail for treason, HERE; Fag mem. # 41137032 (two photos by Robin are his Wofford senior class annual, 1916; "Ruck" B. A. Siddal, Jr. recalls that one of Best's brother's lived in Folsom Street and one of Ruck's sister's friends was a Nancy Best).
  • William Aiken Bowman, (born 1896); FaG mem. # 101850620.
  • Cecil DuBose Brearley, (born 1896); FaG mem. # 34030988.
  • James Graham Brower, (born 1896) FaG mem. # 121626250.
  • John James Burkett, (born 1897), FaG mem. # 44141273.
  • David William Cuttino, (born 1895), FaG mem. # 66136504.
  • Edward Howard Cuttino, (born 1896), FaG mem. # 141157789.
  • William Henry Cuttino, (born 1895), FaG mem. # 129491444.
  • Samuel Young Dinkins, (born 1896), FaG mem. # 53113599.
  • Thomas Alexander DuBose, (born 1896), FaG mem. # 41524745.
  • Hugh Clarence Haynsworth, (born 1896), FaG mem. # 127857319.
  • James Furman Herbert, (born 1895), FaG mem. # 43218469.
  • James Corbett Hood, (born 1895), FaG mem. # 15029244.
  • George Henry Hurst, Jr., (born 1896), FaG mem. # 123533476.
  • Robert Bradford Jennings, (born 18), FaG mem. # (not found yet).
  • Arnold Stanley Klein, (born 18), (might this [?] be him, FaG mem. # 156085768),
    FaG mem. # .
  • Clinton Brown Lawrence, (born 1895), FaG mem. # 80815518.
  • Robert Witherspoon McKay, (born 1896), FaG mem. # 60441878.
  • Robert Heriot Rembert, (born 1896), FaG mem. # 157152851.
  • George Rhame, (born 18), FaG mem. # (not found yet).
  • Porter Rivers, (born 1895), FaG mem. # 126067816.
  • Cyril Schwartz, (born 1896), FaG mem. # 90864155.
  • Stephen Doar Shore, (born 1896), FaG mem. # 127634487.
  • Bernard Andrew Siddall, Sr., (born 1896), (Sumter Machinery Company), FaG mem. # 100251707
  • Carroll Simpson, (born 1897), FaG mem. # 142152660
  • Thomas Vardelle Walsh, Jr., (born 1895), FaG mem. # 132160934
  • Marion Archer Wilder, Sr., (born 1893), FaG mem. # 82433857

Girls (17):

  • Mary Frances Blanding, (born 1895), FaG mem. # 94237906.
  • Minnie Moore Blanding, (born 18), FaG mem. # 132133008.
  • Adelle Barnes Boyle, (born 18), FaG mem. # (not found yet).
  • Corinne Miller DeLorme, (born 18), (her sister appears to be FaG mem. # 42144339),
    FaG mem. # (not found yet).
  • Margaret Whitney DeLorme, (born 18), FaG mem. # (not found yet).
  • Leila James Dinkins, (born 18), FaG mem. # (not found yet).
  • Mamie Yates Edmunds, (born 1895), FaG mem. # 46298753.
  • Lily Ellison Gregg, FaG mem. # (not found yet).
  • Ethel Lucile Green, (born 18), FaG mem. # (not found yet).
  • Mattie Earle Hill, (born 18), FaG mem. # (not found yet).
  • Gladys Vernon Hurst, (born 1896), FaG mem. # 124265887.
  • Carrie Lee Jones, (born 18), (could this be [?] her, FaG mem. # 5848817),
    FaG mem. # .
  • Minnie Ruth Jones, (born?), FaG mem. # (not found yet).
  • Rita Helen Schwartz, (born?),FaG mem. # (not found yet).
  • Caroline Eucebia Shuler, (born 1895), FaG mem. # 40311442.
  • Mattie Irene Team, (born 1894), FaG mem. # 71629196.
  • Bessie Bryan Walsh, (born 1896), FaG mem. # 123954592.

Lincoln HS Class of 1913:
(Lengthy write-up, W&S, 4 June 1913, p3, columns 3&4, "Colored School Closes"; sub-headline, "Commencement Exercises of Lincoln Prove Very Interesting--Large Attendance", HERE)

Names that appear to be students vs program participants:

Boys (4): Roland Francis Baker, William Francis Bultman, James Daniel Diggs, and Charles Sumner Douglas.

Girls (8): Amelia Louise Davis, Matie Mae Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Grantham, Elouise Barton Levan, Carrie Vermel McLain, Iola Elizabeth Peterson, Edith Mae Louis Stewart, and Eliza Ellen White.

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 19 December 2017; updated 29 Dec. 2017)

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