Sumter High School Class of 1918
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 1918 (W & S 8 June 1918, p. 5, columns 3&4, "High School Commencement", HERE):
(the name they apparently "went by" in italics)
- John Ingram Blanding, (born1900), FaG mem. # 132142195.
- Robert Marion Cothran, (born1900), FaG mem. # 144955853.
- Robert Witherspoon DuRant, (born 1899), FaG mem. # 67414733.
- Leland Nicholas Edmunds, (born 1889), FaG mem. # 128450873.
- William Palmer Gourdin, (born 1900), FaG mem. # 16682403.
- Aaron H. Green, (born ?), FaG mem. # (nothing found yet).
- Francis Marion Hurst, Sr., (born 1900), FaG mem. # 132247681.
- Albert Carroll Phelps, Sr., (born 1903), FaG mem. # 19451590.
- Walter William Rowland, Jr., (born 1901), FaG mem. # 131657117.
- "Katie" Kathryn Louise Baker, (born 1898), FaG mem. # 104010465.
- Lllian James Blackwell, (born 1900), FaG mem. # 34075207.
- Mary Bland, (born 1901), FaG mem. # 116730514.
- Lila Constance Brown, (born 1899), FaG mem. # 112764327.
- Pearl Brunson, (born 1899), FaG mem. # 78560568.
- Constance Ernestine Bultman, (born 1901), FaG mem. # 38930185.
- Mary Belle Burgess, (born 1900), FaG mem. # 119641847.
- Marian S. Bynum, (born ?), FaG mem. # (nothing found yet).
- Mary Elizabeth China, (born ?), FaG mem. # (nothing found yet).
- Marguerite L. Jones, (born ?), (I wonder if there is any way this [?] could be her,
FaG mem. # 178744842), FaG mem. # .
- Elizabeth LaMotte Lesesne, (born ?), FaG mem. # (nothing found yet).
- Susan Janie McKnight, (born 1899), FaG mem. # 46624498.
- Elizabeth Osteen, (born ?), FaG mem. # (nothing found yet).
- Kathleen Parham, (born ?), FaG mem. # (nothing found yet).
- Antonia Gibson Pitts, (born 1902), FaG mem. # 103845101.
- Vermelle E. Pitts, (born 1900), FaG mem. # 132243227.
- Maggie Lois Seymour, (born ?), (I wonder if there is any way this [?] could be her,
Fag mem. # 92577119), FaG mem. # .
- Thelma E. Turner, (born ?), FaG mem. # (several found in other distant states using birth years 1898-1903 but doubtful any are her).
- Alice Mellichamp Wells, (born ?), (nothing found yet), FaG mem. # .
- Jeanette Lee White, (born 1901), FaG mem. # 67836349.
Lincoln HS Class of 1918:
(W&S 15 June 1918, p. 3, column 4, "Lincoln School Notes", HERE)
Boys (4): Bauregard Brock, Lloyd Gary, Mahurley Miller, and Samuel L. Sumpter.
Girl (10): Alethia Anderson, Bessie Alma Buckner, Rachel J. Davis, Mamie Ethelyn Dines, Orilla Durant, Bertha T. Moore, Caroline Lee Richardson, Martha Rivers, Helen E. Roberts, and Minnie B. Spears.
Years 1892-1912, LINKS:
1893 (no graduates, W&S 7 June 1893, p5, col. #3, HERE)
1920 through at least 1972
(then click on any yearbook image)
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