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Thursday, 29 June 2017 19:55

Class of 1900

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As June comes to an end, graduation season is winding down.  I thought this photograph of Norriton's Township's graduating class of 1900 was an appropriate one for this week.  The photo was donated by Irma Schultz in 1978, and that's her brother Raymond (he's easy to spot).  Lidie Cassel is on his right, but the girl on the left is unidentified.  The bottom row is Mary Allebach Markley Lesher, Samantha K. Hoover, and the final girl is also unidentified.

The back of the photograph has the stamp of S. H. Cope, a photographer with a studio in Norristown.  Many of Cope's photos have made it into our collection.  The photo doesn't give an indication of what school the teens attended.  Dr. David Schrack's 1895 article on the history of then Norriton Township (published in our own Sketches) notes that the township had 5 public schools at that time, but doesn't list them.

So, it is possible that they attended this school - the Jeffersonville School.  This two room schoolhouse was built in 1898, and this photo is from around that time.  It stood on School Lane and West Main Street.  It was later expanded and remained in use until 1926, according to The History of West Norriton Township (2009).

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