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Independence, MO, Central High School
Independence, MO, Central High School
TitleIndependence, MO, Central High School
DescriptionPostcard of Central High School in Independence, MO
Historical ArticleCentral High School in Independence was located at the corner of Pleasant and Maple, across the street from the Presbyterian church where Bess Wallace and Harry Truman attended Sunday school as children. Both attended the high school pictured and both were graduates in the class of 1901.

The Jackson County Examiner of May 31, 1901, tells of commencement exercises which were held in the high school auditorium:

There were 30 girls and 11 boys and a finer looking set of boys and girls was never gathered upon a single platform. The class was the banner class of the high school and the Board of Education and faculty are entirely justified in their special feeling of pride. Twelve hours before the opening of the program every seat in the house was reserved. Standing room was allowed at the sides and the rear of the auditorium and two rows of chairs were placed in the aisles while many were disappointed in being unable to get admittance. The background setting of the stage was of white and blue bunting, those being the class colors. The motto of the class, 'Follow the Gleam,' was suspended across the front of the stage and the whole set with cut flowers.

A long description of the program, awards, music and speakers follows, with this comment on one of the graduates: Charles G. Ross has a wonderful record in 11 years in ward and high school. He has in that time never missed a roll call. Ross also was mentioned as first in his class in scholarship. (Ross became press secretary for President Truman in 1945.)

The class of 1901 was composed of the following:

Mary B. Anderson, Atiska B. Atkinson, Etta Lee Buchanan, Nellie Edith Caldwell, Minnie R. Carpenter, Mary Blackwell Chinn, Grace M. Crandall, Myrtle M. C. Cronkhite, Erle L. Devin, Celesta Gertrude Dixon, Laura Eunice Ford, Elizabeth Gossett, Mary Hill, Laura M. Kingsbury, Katie Pearl Krey, Ruth Devere Knapp, Louretta Meador, Gertrude Reyner, Julia Maude Rice, Agnes L. Roberts, Bertha M. Roberts, Minnie Josephine Robinson, Cordie C. Short, Faith G. Slichter, Mary C. Taylor, Bessie V. Wallace, Eva Leura Walters, Velma Wherritt, Emily A. Witchie and Mary Bonneau Womack, Messrs. James Terrell Brown, Henry P. Chiles, J. Crawford Compton, William Lloyd Garrett, Ross E. Hill, Willie B. Long, Charles Griffith Ross, Tasker P. Taylor, Harry S. Truman, Elmer Davis Twyman and Gilbert Oscar Twyman.

On Feb. 27, 1939, Central High School burned and was replaced with the Independence Junior High School, which is still in use today.

The junior high school later was renamed Palmer Junior High School, honoring W. L. C. Palmer, superintendent of schools when the Trumans were students at Central High, and for his wife, Mrs. Ardelia Palmer, a Latin and mathematics teacher of the Trumans.

The old post card in black and white was published by the Oriental Novelty & Souvenir Co., Wichita, about 1910.

Kansas City Times
February 3, 1978

AuthorRay, Mrs. Sam (Mildred)
Item TypePostcard
CollectionMrs. Sam Ray Postcard Collection (SC58)
See finding aid: http://localhistory.kclibrary.org/u?/Local,36981
Local SubjectTruman, Harry S.
Truman, Bess W.
Public Schools
Digital FormatJPEG
RepositoryMissouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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