In step to music by Miss J. Maude Hill, the fifteen members of the class of 1901 marched up the aisle and took their places on the rostrum.
After the innovation by Rev. F.W. Thomas and a duet by Miss Ida Hoshaw and Mrs. J.W. Belshaw, Miss Abby Hathaway gave the salutatory, which was written and well rendered. She endeavored to show her classmates and hearers that it is the associations and actions of our youth that form the foundation on which our character is builded [sic] , or in the words of the class motto " The rope of the present swings the bell of the future."
The recitations by Mary Stark and Vira Graves showed careful training by the teacher and diligent study by the pupil, and the oration by Leon Minninger on "Getting the right start in life" was a piece of excellent advice, inciting all the boys to set for themselves a high standard in life and, by carefully keeping to the right, with diligence, attain it.
Following a song by the Lowell Ladies' Quartette, were essays by Buelah Plummer and Hanna Schilling and recitations by Iona Chapman, Jessie Pulver and Logie Scritchfield, all of which were pleasingly rendered and attentively received by the audience.
After [a] solo by Miss Louise Elliot the hearers were carried back to "Ye olden time" as pictured in an oration by Fred Dahl and, immediately following, shown a scene of poverty, want and suffering by Mae Minninger, in "Bijah's Story."
Edna Taylor, in an essay on "Hero Worship," and Charlie Dickinson, by his well-learned, well-spoken recitation, did credit both to their instructors, which may well be said of all who helped to make up the program for the evening.
Claude Bowlus, in a well worded oration, paid a "Tribute to our honored dead," after which Edith Burhans briefly recounted some of the chief "Red-Letter Days of America," before making her valedictory address to the class.
Prof. Sheets in a few well chosen words presented to the audience the class of 1901 and Trustee Hayden then presented to the class the reward of their labors, the well-earned diplomas.
Another song by the Ladies' Quartette and the benediction by Rev. Thomas closed one of the most successful programs ever rendered at a township commencement.
See also Cedar Creek Twp. 1901 Commencement Program.
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