Churchyard/Orr Family Museum (Genealogy) -- E: Miriam Florence Best, Doings Diary 1911-1913 -- Part 3

Miriam Florence Best, Doings Diary 1911-1913, Part 3

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Tuesday, April 15

I was called out of sociology this noon to talk with the superintendent from Jackson. In the afternoon I sang for him and he offered me the kindergarten in his school at $50. I gladly accepted and thereby ended this part of my perplexities. (A secret for you, dear book. Roscoe Raub lives there and maybe I will meet him again. I have been daydreaming about such possibilities ever since I accepted. I know it is foolish, but the very happiness of last spring spent in his company impels me to it. My reason says one thing and my heart another.

Wednesday, April 16

The C.E. had a business meeting and party at Mattie Nelson's home. We played old fashioned running games out on the lawn and had a splendid time.

Friday, April 18

Carter, the cartoonist of the Minneapolis Tribune gave one of his lectures at the Congregational Church. He pictures were interesting and many of them done in the colored crayons were beautiful. He joked and told funny stories all the time he worked and kept his audience laughing all the while. He was especially good in drawing one thing and changing it into something as he talked, and was wonderfully quite and sure in his work.

A number of we girls went as Miss Thomas guests and afterward she brought us back to the house and served us choclate and cake. It was delightfully refreshing evening from start to finish.

Sunday, April 20

Ruth, Edith and I started out late in the afternoon and walked out Broad St. past the fair grounds and end of the street car line. It was chilly and we weren't very warmly dressed so we had to walk very fast. We walked out & back, a distance of about five miles in less than an hour and a half. We have always wanted to go out there and we felt good to think that we had at last accomplished it.

Tuesday, April 22

Juniors and Seniors Enjoy Banquet

The juniors and seniors of the kindergarten course of the Normal school enjoyed a banquet at Hotel Heinrich Tuesday evening at which there were fifty-two people present. Besides the members of the two classes, Miss Collins, Miss Alice Williams, Miss Helen M. Reynolds and Miss Flora Wise, of the Normal faculty and the following alumnae of the department were present, Miss Lillian Coughlan, 1910; Miss Mary Janda, 1908; Miss Bessie Aldrich, 1912 and Mrs. E. W. Benham, 1906.

The kindergarten department has a society in the school which is called the K. K. X. taken from the Greek words meaning head, heart and hands. The society is continuous through the school years and every graduate of the department is entitled to membership.

A program of toasts was given. Miss Alice Williams, acting as toastmistress. Miss Collins gave a toast from the faculty. Miss Ruth Jewett, president of the junior class, toasted the seniors and the response was made by Miss Marion Best, president of the senior class. Miss Helen Laurie and Miss Ida Gensmer also gave toasts.

Our banquet was a success and every one seemed to enjoy themselves.

As senior president I almost was obliged to act as hostess. The very force of my seem to make me prominent. It made me smile to myself to think of me dressed in my green gown, acting so dignified and grown up. It made me feel as if I ought to create some sort of sensation instead, but I refrained.

I was complemented on my toast.

Friday, April 25

Ruth went home to Mildred's wedding and Winniefred went up with her. On her way up she stopped here for a few hours and oh my how good it seemed to see her.

The next morning after the girls had gone, when I was cleaning up the table I found this verse written in Ruth's handwriting.

"When this you see, remember me,
'cause I'm off having a grand old spree,
thru with my lessons & my books
you can look in the corners &
look in the nooks,
but me, be jabers, you cannot find
when I come back, I'll be a green rind.
Hee haw.

Underneath were a few of her characteristic sketches as usual.

Saturday, April 26

I played the part of Kate in the Second Act, Part One Wesley Wachtler was my lover, but no time did he have to become affectionate for our part was sort of a mild flirtation. We practicised a whole lot and when we played it before the club it was better than any of our practices. Miss Woodbury told us both that we had acted much better than ever before.

Thru these practices I learned to know Wesley and jolly, but I liked him. He is such a perfect gentleman, so courteous and interesting. He is one of the few of the schoolboys that it is a treat to have to work with.

George Clark brought me home and gracious how he talked. I tried to beat him at his own game but I didn't succeed very well. My jaws sort of tired out, and got limp. He is worse than a steam engine.

Monday, April 28

Ruth came back & treated us all to wedding cake.

Friday, May 2

Winniefred came back and brought me some dresses & candy from home. She had been staying there for a few days. My but it seemed good to see some one who had come directly from home.

Thursday, May 8

Miss Yache of Mankato gave a recital under the auspices of the Y.W.C.A. She is an excellent pianist and has spent three years aboard under direction of Herr Ganz. In personality she is most charming, being pleasant, graceful and sweet. When she speaks her voice is low, even and well modulated. Her selections were from the best of classical and world wide composers, and each one was prefaced by a bit of musical history. Miss Yache is the first professionally trained pianist I have ever heard and the whole recital was a revelation to me. Every bit of good music I have heard lately impresses upon me the wondrous beauty of this art and its vast power for the expression of human thought and emotion.

Friday, May 8

The members of the Y.W.C.A. had a picnic out at Highland Park this evening. About 50 of the girls went as well as Miss Williams, Fischer, Janney, Bowden, and Miss Marshall the State Secretary for Normal Schools. We roasted wieners, toasted marshmallows, had loads to eat and had a general good time besides. We ate lots, laughed, talked, ran races, swung and did numerous other stunts.

After supper Miss Marshall talked to the girls and they sat around on tables and benches. We sat facing the kitchen and Miss M. stood with her back to it. During her talk a little lad of about 10 yrs. was out the other side of the kitchen play "Annie, Annie, Over" with a small rubber ball. Of course one it lodged somewhere on the roof, so he promptly came around to our side of the kitchen, shinned up a nearby tree and jumped over onto the roof. Miss M. talked on, unaware of the acrobatic stunts that were being performed. The boy secured the ball and made preparations to come down. To his dismay he couldn't reach the tree so he hung hesitatingly on the corner. By this time we were convulsed with laughter and so was Miss M. when she saw him. One of the women caught him as he came down and just saved him. It was a case of proper setting alright, all persons acting their part etc. The youngster continued his playing at some distance from the Y.W. girls.

Saturday, May 9

May 10, 1913
Visiting Nurse

Saturday morning was Tag Day in Mankato and of course all four of we girls were pressed into service on the field. I worked on Doxey's corner from about 6:15 to about 9:45 p.m. I never found out how much money I took in but I know I sold a great many tags, over fifty. Everyone was so good natured and jolly that it was loads of fun. The men in Doxey's drug store, as well as the proprietor of the Minneopa Confectionary store across the street were both very anxious to see me succeed. They would urge all their customers to buy tags and also see to it that they put a sufficient amount in my box. One smarty fellow hung around the drug store from the time I came until about nine o'clock a.m. and positively refused to buy a tag. He wanted to be coaxed and so myself and four of Doxey's employees proceeded to administer the coaxing. At last just a little while before I left he gave me fourteen cents. Many pathetic as well as funny incidents happened during the morning that gave me quite an insight into life. One little newsboy had only two dimes and after only a moments hesitation put in one. One poor little woman gave me four pennies and told me a sad story about the sick husband at home. Factory girls bought tags with the money they had planned for carfare saying they could walk home. Some old soldiers contributed generously although their clothing was ragged and thread bare. Drunken wretches bought tags sometimes with what they said was their last cent. One drunken, besotted specimen of humanity cursed me and one fresh young man tried to flatter me on my good looks but otherwise my experiences were interesting and typical of life, everywhere. I think it was among the best and most profitably spent hours of my life.

In the evening the Dramatic Club had it last meeting and presented the last act of Cousin Kate. After the business session of the club was over Miss Woodbury read, in her inimitable way "The Thing That Couldn't" in Margaret Cameron's new book of storys "Tangles". No words that I can write could adequately describe the fun in that one story. Miss W. continued to play hostess and serve the club with ice cream and little cakes. Then they danced quite a little while but Wesley Wachtler and I sat it out (good reason why too). Then they stopped and sang the old songs for a while and then continued dancing. Pat Farisy undertook to tutor me thru two dances and he said I was an apt pupil. He is was so big that he could do it so easily. Bless his heart? I had felt so stiff just sitting it out all the time but I couldn't get my wraps to go home without attracting a great deal of attention so I had to stay I suppose I committed an unforgivable sin in dancing but really I didn't feel so badly about it. We seniors almost wept to think that Dramatic Club was over for it was the source of the most of our good times for the past year and a half.

Friday, May 16

The Y.W.C.A. had another concert, an instrumental trio, a violin, cello and piano. They played music by the masters written exclusively for these instruments. The violinst and cellist played several solos and were accompanied by the harp. The whole programme was very good indeed.

Saturday, May 17

Twenty of the seniors went to Minneopa for our class day picnic. We walked down and then came down on the 1:05 train. While there I picked a big bunch of purple and yellow violets which I sent home to mother by special delivery that afternoon. We had a dandy good dinner and a dandy good time beside. Every one was decked out in yellow ribbons and flowers in honor of the occassion. Our names were written on the outside of the kitchen and these are the ones that were there.

Martha Kole - Gracia Loehl - Dela Gilkey - George Clark - Earl Vinton - Blowdwen Evans - Olwen Evans - Martha Wachtler - Catharine Elsworth - Evelyn Inglelritsen - Ruth Whitmore - Gladys Bailer - Edith Wilson - Miriam Best - Huldeir Anderson - Ruby Coon - Luella Olsen - Mabel Henderson - Gertrude Hunter -

Saturday, May 25

On this notable date I distinquished myself for my unequaled grace -- in other words I fell down six steps at Thomas's and hit my head against the window box. On the top step I got my feet mixed up with my umbrella and presto -- down I went. Ruth was so frightened and so was every one else in the house because I came down like a ton of brick. I was dazed for a moment and then the humor of the situation began to dawn on me and I laughed. The others thought I was really hurt and had become hysterical and they were frightened more than ever. They could scarcely believe that I was injured in some way. This incident made me the laughing stock of the crowd.

In the evening the juniors entertained the seniors at an official burying of the junior-senior hatchet. It was a dress affair and was on the whole one of the best student functions I ever attended. The decorations were all carried out in the different class colors. The room was darkened and the junior and senior Indian tribes with their warriors and squaws appeared appropriately dressed. In turn each class told all the mean things about the other that could be conjured up. This was all carried out in the characteristic broken English of the English and with this peculiar style. It was highly interesting and amusing was full of good hard knocks. Pow-wows and war crys followed and the seniors paraded in with the banner of the juniors which had been stolen some time before. Then they had a solemn ceremony between the tribes and the junior-senior hatchet was buried in an official manner. Next every one was provided with a candy pipe in order that he might smoke the pipe of peace. Miss Reynolds told an Indian story. The refreshments served were delicious and they too were carried out in the school colors.

During the evening, every time he had a chance Mr. Trafton jollied the kindergartners about their abnormal appetite (because every one was eating a candy pipe). We managed to get him upstairs under false pretenses after lunch was served and made him eat a lot more cake and ice cream. He finally agreed that the kindergartners were a pretty good bunch because "they knew what a fellow liked to eat". We won the day with him anyway and he is more careful about how he hands out his remarks.

I enjoyed myself immensely but all evening long I had a picture of myself lying in a ridiculous on the stair landing, laughing hysterically. Ha Ha Ha.

Wednesday, May 28

Mrs. C. Stuhlfeier and Miss Susie Gould gave a parcel shower Friday evening at the home of Mrs. Stuhlfeier, 2008 Milwaukee avenue, for Miss Freda Olsen, a June bride, who will be married to Rev. I. E. Nolte of St. Francis, Minn. A mock wedding was a feature of the evening's entertainment. Japanese lanterns were the decorations. Refreshments were served.

My twenty first birthday! Not a very happy one in some ways. This newspaper clipping brought anything but a bit of birthday happiness. Mother sent it for a joke but it was anything but one for me. Oh. God -- how it hurt. My life is changed, my ideals broken. Heavens Another is take place as my bride. For years I lived loved and worked for this. Not the man of today but the man I loved with all the strength of my young life a few years ago. Thus my 21st birthday closes the door of past hopes but opens no door for new ones. If he is happy perhaps it is best than I am the one to be single and not Miss Olsen. She seems to be a dear, sweet girl, well suited to him and deeply in love with him.

Presto! No more sadness but it seems as if I must express it in some way. At suppertime Gertrude and Edith had a birthday cake for me with four candles on it. When I cut the cake, I put the candles on a plate and each of the girls named one for some man. The one which burned down the quickest was to be the man. Then the number of puffs it took to blow them out would be the number of years before the event. The candle named was Percy Viesselman and it only took one puff to blow the four candles out. Aha! Outwardly I laughed and joke but I doubt if any one knew how I really felt.

In the evening Ruth entertained me at the senior class of the high school. The play was "Nathan Hale" and involved 24 students and was very put on. After the play Ruth entertained me at the candy kitchen.

In all it was a queer, I played a part and apparently played it successfully and few knew of the changed course of my life. I had given up the real man of now but I still love the ideal of yesterday.

Tuesday, May 24

Miss Collins and Miss Alice Williams entertained the senior kindergarteners at a picnic supper out at Highland Park.

Thursday, May 29

Ruth and I went down to the high school graduation exercises at the opera house. Robert cooper graduated and "see'in as how he has been sweet on Ruth" he gave us tickets and reserved seats. Thanks be, his mother and father did not sit next us. We sat on needles and pins for a while for fear they would.

Bob took us down to the candy kitchen and then accompanied us home. (Nice to have a popular roommate, isn't it?)

State Normal School at Mankato
Commencement Sermon
at Normal Hall
Sunday, June the First
Nineteen Hundred Thirteen
Three O'clock

Forty-Fourth Commencement
Order of Exercises

Mixed Chorus--"I will magnify Thee" . . . . . . Shackley


Hymn Number 134

Lord of every land and nation,
"Ancient of eternal days,"
Sounded through the wide creation
Be Thy just and lawful praise. Alleluia. Amen.
"Brightness of the Father's Glory,"
Shall Thy praise unuttered lie?
Shun, my tongue, such guilty silence,
Sing the Lord who came to die. Alleluia. Amen.
From the highest throne in glory,
To the Cross of deepest woe,
All to ransom guilty captives-
Flow, my praise, forever flow. Alleluia. Amen.
Come, return, immortal Saviour;
Come, Lord Jesus, take Thy throne;
Quickly come, and reign forever;
Be Thy Kingdom all Thine own. Alleluia. Amen.

Responsive reading-Selection 31

Duet--"Breathe on us from on high". . . . . . .Galbraith

The Misses Oleson and Williams

Scripture Reading

Response by the Choir--"O Love Divine
that stooped to share . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Franz

Address-"The Responsibility of Personality"

Professor Margaret J. Evans, L.H.D.,
Carleton College

Glee Club--"God is Love". . . . . . . . . . . . .Berwald

Hymn Number 174

Immortal Love, forever full,
Forever flowing free,
Forever shared, forever whole,
A never-ebbing sea.
Our outward lips confess the name
All other names above;
Love only knoweth whence it came,
And comprehendeth love.
We may not climb the heavenly steeps
To bring the Lord Christ down;
In vain we search the lowest deeps,
For Him no depths can drown.
But warm, sweet, tender, even yet
A present help is He;
And faith has still its Olivet,
And love its Galilee.
Our Lord and Master of us all,
Whate'er our name or sign,
We own Thy sway, we hear Thy call,
We test our lives by Thine. Amen.


Everyone is responsible for his or her personality. Each one fashions himself and heredity and environment have only a microscopic part.

Monday, June 2

Ada came down on the evening train.

Tuesday, June 3

Ada and decided the last minute to go to Minneopa for our lunch. We picked up a few things, stopped downtown for more, and got down to the depot 3 minutes before the train pulled out. We were rather breathless and excited but we arrived all the same. We rambled around Minneopa a little bit, ate our lunch, and came back on the 1:05. The girls would hardly believe we had done it but we finally convinced them.

In the afternoon I had to go up to school on business and so Edith and I took Ada around on an inspecting tour all over the building. She seemed to enjoy it quite a little bit.

Class play was in the evening and of course we attended. Our seats were in the second row of the balcony and well toward the center of the house. The play, staging and acting was simply wonderful. Many said it was better than any play given by professionals in Mankato. Everyone carried their part extraordinarily well. Really to comment on it adequately is beyond my vocabulary. It made me proud all over to think that I had even been identified with those people in that sort of work for the past year and a half.

(Ada was at the play and made quite a hit with a bunch of my friends. They raved over her good looks, her appearance, etc. I darenot tell her for fear it will make her vain but nevertheless I am glad to know that we have one conspicuously good looking member in our family.

Little Lord
A Drama in Three Acts by Frances Hodgson Burnett
presented by the Senior Class of the State Normal
School at Mankato


Cedric Errol (Lord Fontleroy). . . . . . . . . . . .Blodwer Evans
Earl of Dorincourt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Earl Vinton
Mr. Harisham, a solicitor. . . . . . . . . . . . .George Lundberg
Mr. Hobbs, a grocer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Reuben Nostdahl
Dick, a bootblack. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Timothy O'Keefe
Higgons, a farmer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ellis Schweickard
Wilkins, a grocer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . George Clark
Thomas, a footman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Westley Wachtler
Mrs. Errol (Dearest) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oliver Evans
Minna. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Katherine Ellsworth
Mary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Marinda Cantine
Jane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Martha Wachtler
Act I.-
Mrs. Errol's sitting room in a New York house.
Acts II. and III.-
The library in Dorincourt Castle, England.
There is an interval of six weeks between Acts II. and III.

Wednesday, June 4

Took a walk around the north end of Mankato and had dinner at the Elk's Cafe. Visited the Daniel Buck Hall in the afternoon.

Senior-Alumnae reception was held as usual up in library. Mrs. Schwarz and Mrs. Swann as well as our class president and secretary were in the receiving line beside Pres. Cooper and his wife. On the whole this reception was the most pleasant I have attended since I was in school. One feature of the evening was three speeches by some the alumnae in praise of Mrs. Swann and her forty years service at the school. She was present a gift of money as a token of their appreciation. In many respects it was a pathetic occassion on this account.

I found out latter that this was Mr. N. wedding day. How much this date means for each and yet how differently.

Thursday, June 5

Final chapel exercises were held in the morning at the usual time and in the usual way. Mr. Vinton gave his final address and then in behalf of our class he thanked the members of the faculty for their interest in and endeavors for our class. He also presented Miss Woodbury a bunch of about 3 doz deep red roses with a $20 bill tied on the end. Afterward, she cried over the gift and after chapel when she thanked us for it she broke down.

Catharine Ellsworth, class secretary presented our memorial, i.e. two stained glass windows for the back of the chapel stage. Miss Wise of the Normal Board in his kindly way accepted it and gave us a word of encouragement and assured us of the Normal faculty in welfare.

Pres. Cooper gave us a final message and it was this "Grow".

Catharine Jones sang a solo. The choir had special music and the Glee Club as well.

The Faculty and the Graduating Class
of the
State Normal School
Mankato, Minnesota
request the honor of your presence
at the
Exercises of Commencement Week
June first to fifth
nineteen hundred and thirteen
Commencement Exercises
at Normal Hall
Thursday, June the fifth
nineteen hundred thirteen
eight o'clock



"Will-o'the-Wisp". . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spross

Girls Glee Club

Address--"The Use of Leisure"
Professor J. Paul Goode, Ph.D.
University of Chicago

Trio--"Greetings". . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brahms

The Misses Oleson, Jones, and Lloyd
Harp Accompaniment--Mrs. H. O. Iverson

Solo--"April Morn" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Batten

Miss Mildred Oleson

Presentation of Diplomas
Mr. S. H. Somsen
Member of the State Normal Board

"Fly, Singing Bird". . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Elgar

Girl's Glee Club
Violin Obligato--Miss Julia Hub
and Mr. Charles Schwanenberg


Spring Class

Advanced Course for High School Graduates

  Olga Augusta Altnow                  Ida M. Jones
  Gladys Pauline Bailer                Katherine Mae Jones
  Bessie Benjamin                      Florance Anna Jordan
  Helen Georgiana Bornemann            Mary Catherine Keeley
  Ida Dorothy Busse                    Elsie Margaret Langfeldt
  Julia Devlin                         Gracia Loehl
  Lucile Lois Dillman                  Nellie Hazel Madson
  Esther Eddy                          Luella Henrietta Olson
  Zoe Eddy                             Freda Evelyn Orth
  Katherine Laura Ellsworth            Elsa Christine Radde
  Josephine Mabel Erickson             Evon Ryan
  Anne Eudora Finnegan                 Anna Beatrice Ryberg
  Della Susie Gilkey                   Frances Grace Shepley
  Mable Elizabeth Hayes                Frances Marion Standish
  Foy Headley                          Earl Hugh Vinton
  Gertrude Spang Hunter                Martha Emelia Wachtler
  Eleanor Ingebretsen                  Emma Lillian Watters
  Elsa Rose Jentz                      Fern Ethelyn Wise
  Bessie Lavina Johnson

Kindergarten Advanced Course for High School Graduates

  Eva Alvetta Besondy                  Veta Irene Johnson
  Ida Dorothea Gensmer                 Lucy Caroline Kruse
  Ruth Isabelle Gleason                Vennie Mable Lee
  Luela Hodgson                        Lillian Lucile May
  Ethel Gosslee                        Anna Ida Severance
  Bernice Holley                       Ada Libbie Simon
  Edna Idelia Holley                   Lyle Turner

Five Year Advanced Course

  Alice Marion Bohan                   Arthur Farisy
  George Buchanan Clarke               Olive Luella Harriman
  Ruby Luella May Coon                 Cesiah Hughes
  Catherine Blodwen Evans              Ray Clifton Weech
  Olwen Passavant Evans

One-Year Elementary Course for High School Graduates

  Irene Luella Berge                   Hazel Lockwood
  Alice Columbia Bergman               Emma McNeil
  Florence Carlson                     Iva Ruth Mahoney
  Nellie Cathryn Collins               Olga Antoinette Markson
  Stella Helen Dean                    Mabelle Rose Meehan
  Clara Erickson                       Martha Marie Meister
  Bertha Greep                         Viola Ernestina Moll
  Grace Gertrude Hale                  Mabel Florence Olson
  Bonnie Naomi Hamm                    Ethel Clare Scott
  Lillian Constance Harker             Edna May Termath
  Mabelle Irene Johnson                Gertrude Louisa Towler
  Ollie Emma Little

Three Year Elementary Course

  Gerhard Julius Frandle               Stella Marie Roy
  Marie Rose Hughes                    Edith Wilson

Received Diplomas during the Year

Advanced Courses

  Grace la Verne Brazier               Mabel Clara Peterson
  Carolyn Detert                       Isabella Price
  Anna Bertha Ekle                     Orma Anna Rohrer
  Myrtle Evelyn Hedberg                Kathryn Florence Sheehan
  Bernard Heppner                      Lewis Leonard Shimota
  Creetie Lillian Gilmore              Edna Irene Sleeper
  Frederick John Grupe                 Mabel Myra Smith
  Lulu Hazel Gardiner                  Mary Angela Weibeler
  Alice Hargraves                      Louise Crestine Wiberg
  Gladys Maria Iltis                   Lois Elizabeth Yeaple
  Cora May Odjard

Elementary Courses

  Lottie Maybelle Amundson             Lurline Lenora Gutzler
  Gladys Irva Caldwell                 Esther Amelia Lundquist
  Mabel Olive Caldwell                 Katherine McCarty
  Margaret Victoria Feeley             Merle Richardson
  Blanche Fern Fletcher                Claretta Marie Roe
  Ella Fern Follett                    Jennie Marie Rud

Graduates for the Year: Advanced, 81; Elementary, 40.

Candidates for Diplomas
at the end of the Summer Term

Advanced Courses

  Eunice Ruth Ash                      Apolonia Jones
  William Adolph Brazier               Edna Mable Jones
  Grace Maude Brown                    Luella Leemhuis
  Miriam Florence Best                 Xenia Katherine Mellgren
  Selma Eugenia Heglund                Fern Ellen Sheldon
  Mabelle June Henderson               Clara K. Wentker
  Mathilda Nicoline Huseth             Ruth Whitmore

Elementary Courses

  Blanche Harriet Anderson             Cora Anette Larson
  Mary Olive Ascham                    Agnes Marion Martinson
  Nina Bonnell                         Lilley Rande Rotegard
  Gertrude Addreana Davis              Irene Catherine Smith
  Blanche Irene Gilmore                Mary Stenborg
  Laura Josephine Johnson              Ida Sundahl
  Martha Theodora Kohl                 Lulu Annis Townsend

Graduation was a very enjoyable stunt I must assure you because we sat in the back row and fought mosquitos nearly all the time. Really though the program seemed very good. One thing I remembered above all else was Mr. Somson's talk to the class before he presented the diplomas. The gist of it, was, "Don't take life too serious" and "laugh a lot".

I received quite a number of graduation presents but I didn't expect any. I received the following:

2 doz pink roses & 3 lb box of candy from Duane G.
white-ribbon sash -- Winiefred.
2 pair black silk stockings -- from Uncle Ac and Aunt Alice.
1 pair of black silk stockings from Han.
brown dress from Grandma.
pearl necklace -- Mrs. Britts.
"Sonnets from the Portugeese" -- Miss Farr.
"What is Worth While" -- Miss Thomas.
Bunch of white iris from Aunt Ella.

Friday, June 6

Returned home. Up at 5:30, breakfasted with Miss Thomas at 6:30 -- train left at 7:25 and home at 11:45 -- hurrah!!!!

Went over to ice cream social at the church but didn't see hardly any of the young people.

Sunday, June 8

Hannah and Grandma came home and Oh, how good it seemed. George Nason nearly upset the house by unexpectedly calling on us. No one even knew he was here. It really took me about five minutes to make sure that I had not made any mistake.

Went down to the Baptist Church with Percy. He insisted & was as courteous and attentive as ever. We went for a stroll after church and just talked nonsense. I like him cause he goes with so many girls that I know he is not in any danger of becoming serious. We are jolly friends and can have good times which isn't always possible with some men.

Friday, June 13

Catharine Hervey came over and spent the afternoon and sewed and chatted all the time.

Saturday, June 14

Went with the Como Church folks out to Lake Johanna to a picnic. Every one was conveyed to and from the lake in big autos. There was over a hundred there and a great many of the C.E. girls beside. There was loads and loads of good things to eat and the lunch was served buffet style by the Camp Fire Girls. I was out on the lake twice, and once it rained very hard when we were out and so naturally we became a little wet. This was the first Como picnic I ever attended and I certainly enjoyed myself.

Wednesday, July 31

Mankato Summer School
Graduates Twenty-eight
Brief Graduation Exercises Held Yesterday at
State Institution.

Mankato, Minn., July 31. -- (Special) -- The Summer term of the State Normal School closed yesterday, and brief graduating exercises were held. The following graduated:
Advanced Courses -- Eunice Ruth Ash, William Adolph Brazier, Mankato; Grace Maude Brown, Park Rapids; Miriam Florence Best, Minneapolis; Selma Eugenia Heglund, Mankato; Mabelle June Henderson, Redwood Falls; Mathilda Nicoline Huseth, Kenyon; Apolonia Jones, Ottawa; Edna Mabel Jones, New Ulm; Luella Leemhuis, Blue Earth; Xenia Katherine Mellgren, Mankato; Isabel Octavia Potter, Tracy; Fern Ellen Sheldon, Waterville; Ora Katherine Smith, Blue Earth; Mabel Etta Walker, Yorkville, Ill.; Clara K. Wentker, Henderson; Ruth Whitmore, Excelsior.

Elementary Courses -- Blanche Harriet Anderson, Mankato; Mary Olive Asch, Canby; Gertrude Addreana Davis, St. Paul; Blanche Irene Gilmore, Pipestone; Cora Annette Larson, Ulen; Agnes Marion Martinson, New Richland; Ina Blanche Pettis, St. Pater; Lilley Rande Rotegard, New Richland; Irene Catherine Smith, Le Seuer; Mary Stenborg, Sacred Heart; Lulu Annis Townsend, Ivanhoe.

I was unaware of this graduation until I read of it in the paper. I was sweeping and dusting here at home at the time. Strange coincidence. I am glad to be thru.

August 2

The mailman delivered my diploma and I really graduated. Three graduations and out, you, know. They surely have had a hard time to rid the institution of me.

Friday, June 12, 1914

This has been one of the saddest days of my life but nevertheless I feel that I did the right thing. I refused Duane Goodners offer of marriage because I did not love him and did not believe that I ever could. I felt I could not keep him hoping any longer but Oh it was so hard to see him suffer and to feel that I had unwittingly been the cause of it all.

I never realized before the power of a man's love and Oh how I wanted it for myself but could not honestly accept it. How he had planned for our future, and our happiness and how dissappointed he was. Oh God I would have suffered anything to have spared him but it was impossible. He is a heartbroken man and I can have small share in his suffering. He said it was his fault for I had been square. He has idealized me far beyond my worth and does not see what a meager actuality I am. How his love would have protected and cared for me! And how much I need that very thing.

He was braver than I for I nearly broke down twice. Each his protecting arm was around me and I had no right to it. Oh it was so hard. When he said good-night we both cried and he kissed my hand. He is so gentle and courteous but at the same time so ignorant and crude, not a man to whom I look up because in many ways I feel that my nature is superior to his. Our natures are so radically different that we never could have been happy.

It makes my heart ache to think that it was I who had to disappoint him so. For he loved me more than I shall ever know, or ever deserve. I pray that he may soon forget me and find some one else with whom he could be happy.

If it had not been for my true companionship and esteem for John I fear I should have yielded to his pleading. However those few months of happiness & friendship have given me higher ideals of love and marriage. Yes, Dear Diary, I love John, and am not loved in turn so I can sympathize with Duane in his heart broken yearnings & longings for a home & happiness.

Dear Diary;

Just one more entry and the last page will be filled. Among various and numerous men, and affairs more or less has come the one man, now my Harry. Straight and pure and clean and I am sure he loves me. I did not know it for a long time nor did I realize how much he meant to me. His companionship and friendship had come so slowly and yet so steadily that I did not realize that it filled every nook and cranny of my life. Mine all mine and Oh the infinite joy of living, not a wild hilarious joy as I imagined it would be but the quiet kind that sustains one thru life.

That he loved me was a surprise to me for I at times judged him wrongly and that he was enjoying himself perhaps. However my sudden call to Oakland California called for decisive action and he did not fail. Even then I could not believe my ears nor my heart when he first suggested it. He inferred rather than told me he loved me.

At last he asked for his definite answer and it was a strenuous nights battle which ended deciding not. The following morning he did not seem in a hurry for my answer and I supposed he had changed his mind. As we were preparing to return to Jackson and leaving his home in Fairmont I changed my mind. I couldn't let any other woman be his companion and then I realized how I loved him. Again I was in doubt for he expressed no joy when he finally asked me for my decision. After we reached Jackson and he held me in his arms. Then I felt sure of his love. After he left me I knelt by my bed and prayed that God would guide us and give us the happiness we both were so eager for.

After I went to my home I was in doubt because the very tremendous of the decision weighed on me. When he came I knew that I had made the right decision and would some day have a home and babies of my very own.

Since that time a year has passed and we are happier than ever before even though we are so far apart. We belong to each other and always will no matter what happens. Some happy day we hope to be married and all our dreams will come true. We will be married and will live happily ever after I'm sure. Salary or position will not compare with it, if our love remains steadfast. His love will compensate me for all my pain and suffering, and be the guiding star in a life that is by far better than a career.

Newspaper clippings glued in back cover

John and Mike Jonasko and Misses Ruth Tibbets and Miriam Best, two of Jackson's most popular young teachers, were in Lakefield last Friday night. We will venture that very few in the vicinity failed to hear them. We did not learn the cause of the uproar, but are of the impression that some of the party were badly hurt, or perhaps the Jackson liquor doesn't act as it should in our atmosphere. Oh! - Oh! Your head ache in the morning.

The Leap Year Season

This is a little early for spring poets, however the season is now open for leap year effusions, so without apologies we print the following from the pen of one of Jackson's youngest and fairest eligibles:

Leap year is here,
Now, girlies dear
Here is a poem
To make the way clear.
There is Charlie Buckle
Living all alone --
Some girl, I know
Could find a happy home.
Little Giles Anderson
Looking for a frau --
Wants a girl, just his size,
Who can milk and plow.
And Bradford Strom is out of luck,
So, girls, don't turn him down;
His smile is sweet, he's full of pluck,
A pillar of the town.
Next comes Ken Dunn
The classiest one of all (?) --
He chases all the school mums
From early Spring to Fall.
Oh, the "Maxie", the "Grape Vine"
And the "Kangaroo Hop"!
But go a little slow, Ken
Or none of them, you'll cop.
Now comes Homer Nelson,
He's not quite a man --
But he's right there, girls
So offer him your hand.
And Jack, the Jackson land man,
With the broad and winning smile --
Girls, stop and think
For he is worth your while.
Then there's Charlie Mallahan,
He is some d-r-e-a-m --
A life with him
Would be peaches and cream.
Bovay, the County Agent
Altho' young, we think --
Girls, when you are passing
Just give him the wink.
And next comes Harrison
The cutest one of all --
He is looking and longing
For a beautiful doll.
Now here's a chance to get rich quick,
If you've a business eye;
With interest, two percent--just think!
Don't let the chance slip by.
Start Knox is on the market,
But a belle can't even buy;
You would waste your strength,
And break your heart to even try.
Next comes Roscoe Raub
Who is engaged, you know;
But don't let this stop you, girls
You may all have a show.
And there is Scotty Thompson
He sure does want a mate;
He says he'd like a fat one,
Who can both cook and bake.
Last but not least is John Fiddes,
He'd make a loving mate;
And of all the boys that's in this list,
We think he'd take the cake.

Miss Miriam Best of Minneapolis, kindergarten teacher in the local grade school for the past two years, resigned her position last week and will leave the first of the year for Oakland, Calif., where she has accepted a similar position in one of the schools of that city. Miss Best has made many friends in Jackson who regret her departure but will wish her success in her new field.

Miss Bryan, who is a kindergarten course graduate of the Winona Normal School, has taken Miss Best's place in the kindergarten; and Miss Bertha Noble of Windom, Minn., has charge of the first grade.

Harry Churchyard, a former mechanic of the Muir & Fuglesteen Garage, is now located at Raymondville, Texas, where he holds an equally as good a position with a large auto firm. Raymondville is located only a short distance from Laredo, where the Mexican greasers have lately been terrorizing the Americans living near the border. Harry's many Jackson friends would feel more assured of his safety if they knew he possessed a Ford in which to make his escape from the Mexican guntotters, should it become necessary.

From a KKX Invitation

An imp of Satan will
call for you at 7:30,
Friday evening, Nov. 24, 1911,
With the purpose due, of
conducting you through
the infernal regions.
Be ye prepared!!!

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