Wednesday, April 9, 2014

1860s/1870s Autograph Album of Students at Worcester High School, Worcester, Massachusetts


1860s/1870s autograph album containing many pages signed by students at Worcester High School at Worcester, Massachusetts.

Sadly, the first few pages of the album are missing, including the title page and any presentation or ownership page that might have existed.  The first page in the album was signed by C. A. Huse of Worcester, Massachusetts, on January 26, 1870 at Worcester High School, Class of 1874, but I don't think he was the album owner.

Three people from Oppenheim, New York, signed pages in the album.  Could they have been relatives of the owner?  L. H. Barker; Melvin E. Barker; and Sarah E. Brown.


The album is approximately 7" x 4-1/4" and is rather thick, with a metal clasp.  It contains 83 signed pages, many of them signed by students at Worcester High School.  An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post, with school/class affiliation noted.

I noticed online that Brown University has a copy of the graduation exercises for the Class of 1874 at Worcester High School.  If you have information on any of the signers listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

A few representative pages:

Reverend Hiram K. Pervear and his wife Almira H. Pervear signed a page together on April 29, 1869 at Worcester, Massachusetts.


James S. S. Tidd of Westboro, Massachusetts, signed two pages on the same date, November 11, 1870, but in different places in the album.  Perhaps he was a special friend of the album owner.



Latham Fitch of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed a page on April 25, 1872.


Augusteen A. Buxton of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed a page on November 13, 1870.  Records, even his passport application in his own hand, later show his name as Augustine A. Buxton.


Surnames in the album

?
Aldrich
Allen    [2]
Bardwell
Barker    [2]
Barton
Beaman
Beane
Blake
Brown
Buxton
Carroll
Chamberlin
Chase
Cheney
Chollar
Colton
Crosby
Davis
Dayton
Dickinson
Dudley
Ellsworth
Fitch
Fitz
Foley
Gage
Gale
Gates
Hall
Hapgood
Harwood
Hewett
Houghton
Huse
Jackson
Jewett
Johnson
Jones
Keyes
Ladd
Leland
Mawhinney                                        
Maynard
McFarland    [2]
Merrifield
Moore
Murray
O'Neill
Painter
Parkhurst
Pervear    [2]                                                  
Phillips
Pierce
Purcell
Putnam
Reed
Richardson
Sawin
Smith
Stewart
Stone    [3]
Sullivan
Taylor
Thayer
Tidd                                                              
Torrey
Tucker    [2]
Walker
Whipple
Wilder    [2]
Williams    [2]
Wood
Woodward

Signers in the album         [Note: Given names within a specific surname may not be in alphabetical order.]

?
  • Not sure of name, but possibly J. Lockwood
A
  • Charles F. Aldrich of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on November 2, 1870
  • Frank D. Allen of Worcester, Massachusetts; Yale Class of 1873
  • Edward E. Allen of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on April 29, 1871
B
  • Alice R. Bardwell of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed at Worcester High School
  • L. H. Barker of Oppenheim, New York, signed on August 18, 1872
  • Melvin E. Barker of Oppenheim, New York, signed on August 19, 1872
  • Lucy Barton of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on April 15, 1870
  • Arthur M. Beaman of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on February 15, 1870
  • Florence V. Beane, signed on January 17, 1871
  • Henry A. Blake of Andover, Massachusetts
  • Sarah E. Brown of Oppenheim, New York, signed on August 20, 1872
  • Augusteen A. Buxton of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on November 13, 1870. He signed a passport application as Augustine A. Buxton.
C
  • James B. Carroll of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on April 17, 1872. Class of 1874
  • J. L. Chamberlin, or J. S. Chamberlin, of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on February 15, 1870
  • Emily G. Chase, signed on April 19, 1872 at Worcester High School, Worcester, Massachusetts. Class of 1874
  • Florence Lilla Cheney of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on January 20, 1871
  • George Chollar of East Douglas, Massachusetts, signed on August 1, 1870
  • Reuben Colton of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on April 13, 1872
  • George O. Crosby of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on July 19, 1870
D
  • ? H. Davis, signed at Worcester, Massachusetts, on January 18, 1871; first initial might be A or F or ?
  • Nellie Dayton of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on April 17, 1870
  • S. F. Dickinson of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on November 13, 1870; possibly Samuel F. Dickinson, born about 1857, son of William and Mary Dickinson
  • F. A. Dudley of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on March 14, 1870
E
  • Albert Ellsworth of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on March 10, 1870
F
  • Latham Fitch of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on April 25, 1872
  • Samuel E. Fitz, signed at Worcester, Massachusetts, on March 7, 1870
  • John T. Foley of Worcester, Massachusetts. Class of 1874
G
  • S. F. Gage of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on March 15, 1870
  • Henry G. Gale of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on November 2, 1870. Class of 1874
  • Emma Gates of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on March 2, 1870
H
  • Abbie S. Hall of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on April 27, 1870
  • V. E. Hapgood, signed at Worcester, Massachusetts, on March 7, 1870
  • Ella L. Harwood of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on March 5, 1874. Class of 1874
  • Carrie Hewett, signed on April 28, 1869
  • Edith F. Houghton of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on February 22, 1876.
  • C. A. Huse of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on January 26, 1870. Worcester High School, Class of 1874
J
  • Ida F. Jackson of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on April 29, 1872
  • Warren C. Jewett of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on March 8, 1870
  • Alice E. Johnson, signed at Worcester High School at Worcester, Massachusetts, on June 15, 1872. Class of 1874
  • E. D. Jones of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on November 3, 1870
K
  • Juliet A. Keyes, signed at Hyde Park, Massachusetts, on July 23, 1869
L
  • B. S. Ladd, signed at Worcester, Massachusetts, on May 15, 1872
  • Harry W. Leland of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on March 14, 1870
M
  • Ed Mawhinney of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on April 27, 1872
  • Amelia C. Maynard of Williston, Vermont, signed on June 24, 1871
  • Orilla McFarland of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on June 20, 1872
  • Myra E. McFarland of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed in 1870
  • Julia W. Merrifield of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on April 1, 1870
  • Nettie E. Moore of Centralia, Illinois, signed June 24, 1871
  • Henry P. Murray of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on November 2, 1870
O
  • Edward J. O'Neill of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on March 4, 1874. Class of 1874
P
  • Edwin T. Painter of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on November 3, 1870
  • Mary A. Parkhurst, signed at Worcester, Massachusetts, on April 22, 1872
  • H. K. Pervear of Worcester, Massachusetts, on April 29, 1869. He was Rev. Hiram K. Pervear, whose wife Almira H. Pervear shared the page.
  • Mira H. Pervear of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on April 29, 1869.  She was Almira H. Pervear, wife of Rev. Hiram K. Pervear who shared the page.
  • Ina Phillips of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed in November 1870
  • Arba F. Pierce of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on March 14, 1870
  • Mary E. Purcell of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on May 19, 1871
  • W. S. Putnam of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed in 1871
R
  • M. Emma Reed of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on March 2, 1870
  • Hattie C. Richardson of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on March 9, 1870
S
  • L. Ida Sawin of Worcester, Massachusetts; "19.70.3.10."
  • Charlie B. Smith of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on March 11, 1870. Charles B. Smith was a member of the Class of 1874
  • A. C. Stewart of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on November 2, 1870
  • Carrie A. Stone of East Cleveland, Ohio, signed on July 19, 1872
  • Agnes E. Stone of Worcester, Massachusetts; Class of 1874
  • Dora Carleton Stone of Linwood, Massachusetts, signed on December 18, 1871
  • John E. Sullivan of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on June 5, 1872
T
  • Emma F. Taylor of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on May 24, 1871
  • George A. Thayer of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on February 27, 1870
  • James S. S. Tidd of Westboro, Massachusetts, signed on November 4, 1870; he signed another page as well.
  • Lewis H. Torrey of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on May 10, 1872. Worcester High School Class of 1874
  • Charlie J. Tucker of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on April 17, 1872. Charles J. Tucker; wrote M.B.S.
  • Fanny S. Tucker, signed at Worcester, Massachusetts, on March 9, 1874
W
  • Lucie E. Walker of Worcester, Massachusetts; Class of 1874 at Worcester High School
  • Mella Whipple, Class of 1874 at Worcester High School, Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Mary E. Wilder of Holliston, Massachusetts, signed at Worcester, Massachusetts, on January 28, 1871
  • Florence L. Wilder of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on March 3, 1874
  • Fannie A. Williams of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on January 25, 1871
  • Hattie E. Williams of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on March 31, 1870
  • Adee A. Wood, signed on February 6, 1874
  • William Woodward of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on May 5, 1872. Class of 1874

Worcester, Massachusetts



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