The location of the Model School was not given anywhere on the program, but it did say the Commencement was held in the Normal Chapel.
Milton E. Kerr, my grandfather's older brother, was one of the graduates. He had just turned 15 a month before graduation. At the Commencement, he delivered a recitation on Christian citizenship.
The thirteen members of the Model High School Class of 1906 were:
- Harriet Mae McQuistion
- Helen Griffith
- Sylvia Eleanor Cooper
- Martha Eva McCoy
- Frank Dickson Campbell
- John Henry Bingham
- Milton Efner Kerr
- Jessie Elizabeth Kissick
- Gertrude Maude Lindsey
- Jean Irene Moorhead
- Thomas Dewitt Reed
- Mary Jane Rodgers
- Bessie Ida Clark
Milton Efner Kerr was the son of Kate (Katharine) Pettis Kerr. His father, also named Milton E. Kerr, had died in 1895 when Milton was four years old. In 1902 Kate went to work as a teacher at Slippery Rock Normal School in Butler County, Pennsylvania.
I believe the Model School pictured above, located in Slippery Rock, is the one from which Milton graduated.
Prior to rediscovering this commencement program, I had thought Milton and Rosmer attended school in Mercer. For some time after their father's death, they lived in Mercer with their mother and maternal grandmother, in a home adjacent to that of their paternal grandparents. I didn't know whether Kate was commuting to work in Slippery Rock every day or whether she had moved there, and I don't recall ever hearing that Milton and Rosmer had lived in Slippery Rock. Consideration of the new information on this commencement program led me to take another look at the unidentified photo below.
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The only thing written on the back of the photo is "This is where we live, upstairs." There's not a clue as to the location of this house, but I've always thought it was from Rosmer's side of the family. Now I am convinced of that. I compared the handwriting with the few samples I have of Kate Pettis Kerr's handwriting. The letters s and t are particularly telling. Kate tended to high-cross the letter t, and she often finished the letter s with a tail similar to that of a Q. I feel certain the handwriting on this photo is hers.
I suspect this house stood in Slippery Rock a hundred years ago. Maybe it's still standing. My hope is that someone from Slippery Rock will recognize the house and let me know so I can rule out these other possibilities:
- Winona MN
- Chicago IL
- Omaha NE
- Mercer PA
- Detroit MI
I plan to post the most interesting items from my sorting project each week on Sunday for the duration of the sorting project.
What about you? Have you rediscovered anything interesting while sorting?