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1906 Troy High School, Troy
|School: Troy PA Schools
|Township: Troy Township, Bradford County PA
|1932 Trojan - Troy Yearbook owned by Janet
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Standing, left to right: Hugh Cameron, Adele Rockwell, Harold Bohlayer,
Theodora Bothwell, Julia Price.
Seated: Alice Colony, Virginia Holland, George Case, Louise Williams,
High School Commencement (Troy-1906) [Article sent in by
The thirty-sixth Commencement of the Troy High School was held Friday
evening, June 1st, in the First Presbyterian church. After the organ
voluntary by the church organist, Miss Amelia Lamkin, the board of directors
entered by the left aisle and the faculty by the right aisle and took their
places in the front seats reserved for them. The Junior Class then
entered by the right aisle and proceeded to their block of seats, over
which had been draped the Junior colors, blue and white. Then came
the Senior class, the girls down the right aisle and the boys, with Prof.
Denison at their head, down the left, and took their places on the platform.
Over their heads were draped their colors, orange and white, with “06”
in yellow and white over the centre. The sides, front and back of
the platform were filled in with greens, large branches of white blossoms,
and potted plants.
After the graduates were seated, the invocation was offered by Rev.
Edward P. Morse, pastor of the church, which was followed by a soprano
solo, “Butterfly Waltz,” by Miss Jean Pearson. Prof. Denison then
introduced the speaker of the evening, Dr. I. J. Lansing, of the Greenridge
Church, Scranton, whose subject was, “The Culture of the Spiritual Life.”
Dr. Lansing declared that the majority of us live almost entirely in the
grosser material world. That our life is like a three story building.
To the first story, the physical, we pay great attention, to the second
story, the intellectual, we give some care, but the top story, the spiritual,
is generally wholly neglected, He cited examples to show that our
material existence claims nearly all our attention. The intellectual
life does come next in attention, in such institutions as the one before
which he was speaking and in universities and colleges, but that that is
not enough. That we have a distinctly spiritual life and that it
needs careful and distinctive culture. He also affirmed that the
hope of the maintenance of this republic lies in such spiritual culture.
That to cultivate a man’s physical and mental faculties to a high degree
of perfection, and then not train his spiritual faculties so that the other
two may be applied to right and noble uses, makes him only a menace to
his country. Many anarchists and leaders in great national crimes,
said he, have been men of unusual mental training, but utterly lacking
in any spiritual development. Dr. Lansing then insisted that for
the safety and well fare of our country as well as for the individuals,
this spiritual culture should be an important part of every institution
of learning, whether day school, college, or university. The spiritual
life he differentiated from the religious life, in so far as the latter
is composed of outward forms, but by the spiritual life he meant the inward,
the real life of a man or woman. Then he raised the question of how
we are to receive this spiritual culture. Simply by placing ourselves
in a position to receive it. And as true spiritual culture comes
only from the Divine Influence, by putting ourselves in harmony with this
Divine Influence, that it may direct our innermost thoughts and outward
After Dr. Lansing’s address, a chorus “Summer Fancies,” by the High
School girls completed the first part of the program.
The Salutatory, “Successus est Praemium Laboris,” was then given
by Phebe Theodora Bothwell. After welcoming her hearers to the Commencement
exercises, Miss Bothwell told with emphasis and clearness, of the foundation
of success, which is work, hard persevering work. Her essay was full
of good thoughts, and was well written and well read.
The Mantle Presentation was then made by George Frank Case, who
presented the red and white mantle of the High School to the Class of ’07.
In his bright and well delivered speech he sympathized with them because
of the “mass of raw, green material” with which they had to work, but expressed
the hope that the brilliant example of the Class of ’06 might illumine
the path of the Class of ’07 and enable them in some measure to fill the
places of the ones who had gone before. Mr. Case then placed the
mantle on the shoulders of Eva Cornell, who represented the Class of ’07
and made the response, thanking the Seniors for their gift and good wishes,
and promising that her class would fill with honor the exalted Senior position.
The chorus, “Merry June,” was then sung by the High School girls.
Next came the Awarding of Prizes: The Hon. B. B. Mitchell Spelling
Medal was presented by Rev. A. E. Hall, chairman of the Spelling Committee,
to Neil Cameron of Sylvania, who missed only seven words out of the 110.
The two who stood next to him were Theodora Bothwell, missing eleven, and
Joseph Barker, who missed thirteen.
The Prize Speaking awards were then made by Mr. James Willour in
place of Rev. R. E. Roe, who was out of town, and were given to Frances
Hughes and Sam Parsons, with honorable mention of Agnese Hooley and Henry
The Valedictory, “The Awakening of China,” was given by Hugh Albert
Cameron, who last year received both the spelling medal and speaking contest
prize. The oration was an intelligent and comprehensive view of the
situation in China, both in the past and present, and spoke much for the
studiousness and mental grasp of the young valedictorian.
Principal Denison, after a short address to the class, which was
filled with good common sense and sound advice for their future, whatever
it might be, presented to them their well earned………………..(Continued on page
four.) Which I cannot find!
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