Saturday, January 14, 2006

Members of the Class of 1900: Part 2 (Surnames J - W)

Listed below are members of the Madison High School Class of 1900 (surnames J-W)* whose names are listed in the very first Tychoberahn, which, alas, has no photographs. According to the Tychoberahn, there were 91 members of the Class of 1900. However, it's a good idea to keep in mind that a yearbook is not an official listing of graduates. Yearbooks are also not always entirely accurate. Sometimes they contain typographical errors; sometimes they contain inside jokes that affect their "accuracy" as far as outsiders are concerned.

In order to avoid creating a long, visually annoying list, I've listed the surnames from A through H in a previous post. I hope that posting their names will draw some responses from relatives or others who know something about these Madison High School graduates.

Longtime Madisonians may find some familiar surnames in the list. I have also included some comments with tentative biographic information for a few of the graduates (shown in italics). Each entry in the yearbook includes school activities (if any) and a brief description (shown in quotes) that presumably says sometime about the person's physical appearance, background, or personality. I'm including some of these as well.

Again, I hope this will help jog memories and elicit reponses, comments, and corrections.

Fred L. Joachim
Gwen Jones
Frances Kayser
Jennie Irene Kelley
James Kennedy
Possibly the James Eugene Kennedy who graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1905; City Clerk of Platteville for many years
Elizabeth Frances Kessenich
Perhaps a sister of Harry Kessenich the retailer?
Hattie Kuhns
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1904; In 1906 she was teaching school in Lodi, Wisconsn
Clara A. Lea
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1905; married Walter J. Gallon
Stephen J. Leahy
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1905 (LL.B. degree); in 1921 an attorney in Wibaux, Montana; middle name James
Norman Lockwood
Bertha Lewiston
In 1902 was a stenographer in Madison
Daisy Eliza Lorigan
Mary Jane Lucas
Charles Adalbert Lyman
Salutatorian, Junior Class President; Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1904; in 1921 was Secretary of the National Board of Farm Organizations in Washington, D.C.
John Lynch
Fannie Malec
Thomas McNamara
Sara Roxey McKay
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1905; in 1921 she was a stenographer in Hollywood, California
Zadoc Merril
Probably some typos here. This is probably the Zadok Musser Merrill who graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1904 with a degree in engineering
Marie Grace Miller
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1904; married F.J. Petura
James G. Milward - "Who whiles the time with baseball and debate."
Literary Society President, Baseball Team; probably James Garfield Milward, who earned an M.S.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1909, subsequently joining the faculty as an assistant professor of horticulture
Roy Murray - "Stirring the air with heavenly harmonies."
High School Orchestra; The October 1903 issue of The Wisconsin alumni magazine reported that, "Roy Murray, ex-'04,has gone to Genevea, N.Y., where he will attend Hobart College."
Kate Mutchler
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1904; in 1910 she was teaching in De Forest, by 1921 she had married Stephen Nordon
Olaf Molvin Nelson - "He is a quiet youth."
In 1902 was attending Milwaukee Dental College
Gertrude Amelia Parr
George Post
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1904; in 1930 was vice-president in charge of power for Milwaukee Electric
Ida Paunauk
Probably Ida Alvina Paunack, the sister of August Oscar Paunack, Jr., president of the Commercial National Bank and founder of radio station WIBA. He also built the Capital Theater.
Ruby Ethel Peck -"A gem."
Senior Class Vice President; Attended the University of Wisconsin
Helen Pierce
Her name appears on the 1901 Graduating Exercises program, so perhaps she graduated late
Elizabeth Malinda Pyre
Otto Louis Prien
Arthur Winfred Quan (1880-1964) - "May pass for a wise man."
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1904; Quan is mentioned in a recent City of Madison Landmarks and Landmarks Sites Nomination Form submitted by Madison Trust for Historic Preservation, seeking Landmark status for the building on the corner of University and Randall (across from where Wisconsin High School used to be) that once housed the very first Rennebohm's Drug Store. Citing a book by Russell Archer, the nomination form notes that in 1912, Oscar Rennebohm "purchased the bankrupt Badger Pharmacy, near the corner of University and Randall Avenues, from Herbert Bird and the eccentric pharmacist/archaeologist Arthur W. Quan." It adds, "The two men had started in the business in 1908."
Leslie W. Quirke (1882-1960)- "Appearances are so deceiving."
Possibly a deliberate mis-spelling of Quirk to make it sound like quirky. Leslie W. Quirk attended the University of Wisconsin, but did not graduate; He became a writer. Died in Los Angelese on November 28, 1960.
John Regan
In 1902 was attending Milwaukee Dental College
Elsie Alada Reid
Ina Josephine Reid
Minnie May Rimsnider
Alma Matilda Runge (1883-1985)
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1906; As part of its oral history project, Historic Madison, Inc. interviewed her in 1983: "Alma speaks in her 100th year. She was a Wisconsin librarian with the State Library Commission and was then on the faculty at the UW Law School." Although she is listed as a senior in the 1900 Tychoberahn, the official graduation records of the Madison School Board indicate she graduated in 1902.
Lone Willa Samuels
Arthur Stack - "Our own Dewey."
James Raymond Stack
Earle Stocking
Sarah Canette Leveen
Listed here, out of alphabetical order, in the Tychoberahn
Elsie Thom
Walter H. Thom (1882-1967)
"After his graduation from the University of Wisconsin in 1903, Walter Thom went to South Dakota, where he became an employee of the First National Bank of Tyndall, and was promoted to cashier for a two-year period. Mr. Thom came to Wausau in 1904 and founded Wausau Furniture and Fixture Company, for which he served as president for seven years. He later served as president of Builders Lumber and Supply Company. He was president of Marathon Battery Company from its founding in 1923 until his retirement in 1952." (from the Marathon Historical Society's People in Marathon County website pages)
Ethel Caroline Upham
William Albert Van Deusen
Ada Mary Welsh
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1904; Married George T. Bigelow
Harry Garfield Wilber
Horatio Van Outte Winslow (1882-1972)
Senior Class Historian; Horatio Gates Winslow, a son of Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice John B. Winslow;. The "middle name" shown in the Tychoberahn may be an inside joke; Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1904; Became a writer
Florence Woodward - "A nut brown maid."
John Woodward
Sybil McBride Woodward

*No surnames end in X, Y, or Z

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