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Eastern High School Monthly
1896 Student Newletter
  • By Marvin Kusmierz (May 2003)
  • Documents are courtesy of Dan MacMeekin of Washington, DC area.
  • This is a fascinating piece of history written by the students of Eastern High School in 1896. We are very grateful to Dan MacMeekin for caring enough to scan all of these images so they could be shared on Bay-Journal with you. Dan's grandmother, Bertha Deland was a member of the graduating class of 1896 and author of the "Class Poem" appearing on Page 7. She was one of five daughters born to Captain Virgil Marion and Julia (Grant) Deland. Bertha married Robert Jeffery MacMeekin, a doctor practicing at the hospital in Saginaw. Robert and Bertha lived in Tucson, for several years during the depression and later in Philadelphia, PA.

    Eastern High School

    Prior to the opening of Eastern High School on Madison street (where the YMCA is located today), high school students shared a school building on Farragut street with lower class members. This building was demolished in 1938 and replaced with a modern school building that is still standing today.

    To appreciate the time period of this writing it helps to understand the brief history that these students inherited. Sixty years early, only a few hardy settlers lived in the wilderness along the banks of the Saginaw river. Many of the students of 1896 may have had grand parents living who would be able to recall the pioneering days. Back then, Bay City was known as Lower Saginaw -- still a part of Saginaw County. The native Indian population easily outnumbered the white settlers. A decade later, James G. Birney, a prominent national political figure, decided to settle here. He was a part of the group that formed the Saginaw Bay Company which plotted the area for development. After a successful petition to the state, Bay County was organized in 1857 and Lower Saginaw became known as Bay City. A decade later, a lumber boom was fueling a rapid growth of the community, creating thousands of jobs and new businesses to supply the daily needs. A meager school system labored to meet the need of large student population. In 1866, plans went forward to build a new school on Farragut street which at the time raise some discontent within the community because it was consider too far from the population of the time. The school service the combined need of lower and high school students. Less than twenty years later, in 1882, the new Eastern High School giving much relief to the over crowded Farragut school. Fourteen years later, the Eastern High School class of 1896 is publishing their version of the High School Monthly -- over one hundred years later, we are grateful to have this opportunity to read what they had to say.

    A few interesting points about this document:

    - You will undoubtedly notice that the religious orientation of the students is openly expressed during this time period.

    - While the document is primarily text, there are a few photos of class members and a photo of the graduating group but without associated names.

    - The newsletter was supported by a number of local businesses and their advertisements were a part of it. The Herman Hiss company is one of them and they are still in active today.




    Sources:

  • Bay County Story - Footpaths to Freeways, book, Leslie Arndt.

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  • Name to Page Index
    - Alphabetical list of all names found in these pages.
  • Page 1 - missing
  • Page 2 - missing
  • Page 3 (82.1 kb)
    - Board of Education
    - High School Faculty
    - Senior Class
    - Commencement Appointments
    - Class Day Program
  • Page 4 (76.2 kb)
    - Class Day
    - Class Oration--"Mission of Service" by Arthur Moore
  • Page 5 (91.6 kb)
    - "Class Oration", continued
    - "The High School Monthly" by A.E.H.
    - "President's Farewell Address" by H. Richardson
  • Page 6 (91.9 kb)
    - "President's Farewell Address", continued
  • Page 7 (80.3 kb)
    - "President's Farewell Address", continued
    - "Anedotes on Slang"
    - "Photo of Arthur Collins", Editor
    - "Class Poem. 1896" by Bertha De Land
  • Page 8 (72.3 kb)
    - "Class Poem" continued
    - "Looking Backward" by A.C. Frost
  • Page 9 (86.0 kb)
    - Particulars on High School Monthly
    - Our Second Volume
    - The Special Teachers
    - Commencement Programs
  • Page 10 (69.0 kb)
    - "Looking Backward" continued
    - "Class Will" by Adam Charters
  • Page 11 (54.9 kb)
    - "Class of 96 Group Photo"
  • Page 12 (88.6 kb)
    - "Class Will", continued
  • Page 13 (83.5 kb)
    - Photo of Thomas McHugh
    - "Class Will", continued
    - "Class Prophecy", by Edith Clements
  • Page 14 (76.7 kb)
    - Photo of Harry Richardson
    - "Class Prophecy", continued
    - Photo of Arthur Moore.
  • Page 15 (70.8 kb)
    - "Class Prophecy", continued
    - Photo of Mr. Bishop
    - Class Chronicles by G.M. Bradford
  • Page 16 (49.3 kb)
    - Class Chronicles, continued
    - Photo of Senior Class Officers
    - Ad, W.E. Beardsley
    - Ad, H. Hiss & Co., Jewelers & Opticians
  • Page 17 (84.0 kb)
    - Class Chronicles, continued
    - "Nikola Tesla" by Frank K. Brainard, Flint
  • Page 18 (57.3 kb)
    - "Nikola Tesla", continued
    - Ad, Beck's Barber Shop on Saginaw St.
  • Page 19 (48.9 kb)
    - Ad, E. Von Hermann & Co.
    - Ad, Daunt & Sharp on Washington Av.
    - Ad, The Savings Building & Loan Assoc.
    - Ad, Crow Bros. on Washington Av.
    - Ad, Porter & Moore Dental Surgeons
    - Ad, John Hesse Painting
  • Page 20 (46.3 kb)
    - Ad, Rose's Jewelry Store on Center av.
    - High School Monthly tid-bits
    - Ad, Fred Burn & Co. on Center av.
    - Ad, John Irvine Greenhouse Co. on N.Sherman
    - Ad, G.A. Gordon Repairs on Third st.
    - Ad, John P. Lambert Printer on Water st.
  • Page 21 (84.1 kb)
    - Ad, Royal Oak Mineral Water Co., M. Ecker agent
    - Ad, Plessner Plat - n. of Euclid w. of Midland rd.
  • Page 22 (53.8 kb)
    - Ad, Crystal Water
    - Ad, Jennison Hardware Co.
    - Ad, Shore Line, 5th st. dock
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