Vol. 1, No. 7
June 1899

The ECHO is published every month during the school year by the students of the New Whatcom High School. Terms of subscription, twenty-five cents a year in advance. Single copies, five cents.

Editor-in-Chief  -  -  -  NELLIE J. McBRIDE
Business Manager  -  OZRO H. WOODY




Miss Gertrude RYAN has recently closed a seven-month's term of school at Excelsior.

Burrill ATKINS, of Anaconda, Montana, has been visiting old friends and schoolmates in Whatcom.

Miss Hattie PRATT and Miss Ellnora OERTLI have each just closed a term of school, at Sunnyside and Goshen, respectively.

Miss Edith FOUTS visited friends in Seattle for a few weeks. While there, she attended the commencement exercises at the University of Washington.

Miss Nettie WATKINS is at Fort Wrangel, Alaska, where she is doing missionary work among the Indians. Nettie's devotion to her sense of duty proves her to be a Christian in the truest sense of the word; and, with one accord, we bid her God-speed!

Elsie Dakin

James Menzies Ambrose was born in Portland, Oregon, May 2nd, 1881. Later they moved to the country, where he lived for five years, a period too short in which to acquire that grace and polish of manner so characteristic of the country-bred youth, for, alas, when he was about 5 years old, his parents, seemingly regardless of the many advantages to be found in the country, again moved to Portland, where he attended school for two years. In 1890 they came to New Whatcom, where before entering High School he attended the Washington building. James, the Salutatorian of the class, and at all times a strong and steady student, expects to go to Portland, where a position in a bank awaits him. He can be expected to succeed in whatever he undertakes.

Helen Gertrude Graham was born in Nevada City, California, June 6th, 1882. She attended the city schools there from the primary department, through the eight grades of the grammar school, graduating from the High School June 30, 1898. In the fall of '98 she came to New Whatcom and entered the Senior class. There she has won the respect and esteem of her classmates and teachers, and our "wee bit bonny lass" will be greatly missed when she returns to her home in the land of perpetual summer.

Maude Elizabeth Wallace was born in Pocahontas, Iowa, October 8th, 1879. Thirteen years ago there were very few roads in Whatcom county and fewer wagons. The chief mode of transportation was by means of water. The family were [sic] rowed up the Nooksack in a large Indian canoe propelled by one of the noble sons of the forest. Maude's education preparatory to entering High School was received in the country schools of Enterprise, where her home is at the present time. Lovely in character and disposition and conscientious in the discharge of her duty is our sweet girl graduate.

Marie Matea Barbo was born in Baldwin, Wisconsin, August 16, 1880. There she attended school for four years until her parents moved to Fairhaven in 1890. From Fairhaven they moved to New Whatcom the next year. Before entering High School she attended the Lincoln building. Upon leaving school May announces her intention of joining the "Old Maid's Convention." Her reason for so doing is not known, but it is presumable that it is entirely satisfactory to herself.

Alice Maude Edens was born on Guemmes Island, Skagit County, Washington, April 18, 1881. She attended school there for six years. Her parents moved to New Whatcom in '93, where she attended the Columbia school before entering High School. Maude is the only member of this class whose birthplace is in the State of Washington, and many interesting incidents of pioneer days has she heard from the lips of her parents and grand-parents, who were among the first settlers of the State. Her ambition is to be an artist, for which calling she has already shown marked talent.

Matoon, Illinois, was the birthplace of our renowned football hero, Hugh W. Diehl. There he made his advent upon this troublous world, September 19, 1880. While he was yet a child his parents moved to Willow Lakes, Dakota, where, for several years, he attended the city schools. When he reached the age of 10 his parents moved to New Whatcom. He attended the Columbia school, and upon completing the eighth grade work there entered High School. Strange as it may seem to one who knows him, Hugh will probably never marry. Perhaps, like Mary Anderson, he is "wedded to his art," or it may be that he is one of those young men who are too bashful to propose. For further information concerning his achievements consult any standard work on football.

Amy Louise Hobart was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, August 25, 1880. She attended the city schools of that place until her parents moved to New Whatcom in 1890. Here she attended the Washington school before entering upon her studies at the High School. After graduating Amy declares that she purposes attending a Business College or an Art school. No doubt is entertained in the minds of her schoolmates but that her project will be carried out to the letter (?).

Marguerite Genevieve Ryan, more familiarly known as Mae, was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, February 22nd, 1881. She attended a convent school in St. Paul until she was 9 years old, when the family moved to Milwaukee, thence to Seattle, where she attended the public schools. From Seattle they moved to Fairhaven. They then moved to New Whatcom, where Mae entered High School from the Sehome building. Mae's ambition seems to be to have a good time. We feel sanguine of her success in her chosen profession.

Hattie Elva Pierce was born in Madison, Wisconsin, February 1st, 1881. From Wisconsin her parents moved to Santa Rosa, California, where she attended the grammar schools of that city for two years. In 1896 they moved to Lynden and from there the same year, to New Whatcom, where Hattie entered the sixth grade of the Washington school. It was feared for some time that ill-health would prevent her graduating with the class, but we are very glad to say that our fears were not realized.

Fred O. Peters was born in Hersey, Michigan, on New Year's Day, in the year 1880. While he was quite young his parents moved to Sheridan, where they remained for about nine years. In 1889 they moved to this city, where Fred attended the Columbia building before entering High School. Fred's distinguishing characteristic seems to be his power of becoming extremely popular with the fairer sex. We prophesy marvelous success for him in winning susceptible hearts.

Jay Waters Fancey was born at The Dalles, Oregon, April 16, 1881. When he was 9 years old his parents moved to New Whatcom, where he has attended both the Washington and Columbia schools. Jay, very early in life, showed great linguistic ability. In fact his talent in this line amounts almost to genius. No doubt he is destined to be a priest, as his great efficiency in Latin translations would lead one to believe that nothing short of priesthood would satisfy his aspirations. He fame has as yet extended no futher that the school-room, but time will work wonders. The great men of the nation may yet bow down before his shrine.

Sadie F. Lewellen was born in Connelsville, Pennsylvania, November 15th, 1882. In 1893 her parents moved to Washington, where they lived in the school district of Haynie for a short time. From Haynie they next moved to New Whatcom, where her education was begun and has been continued to the present time. She attended the Washington building before entering High School, beginning the first year that it was built. Sadie is the youngest member of the class of '99 and the only member whose entire education, from the primary department to the Senior class of the High School, has been received in New Whatcom.

Bessie Olive Griggs was born in Kansas, December 8th, 1880. Her parents moved to the coast in 1884, first to Seattle and thence to Portland in 1889. In 1894 they moved to New Whatcom, and three years later to Lynden, where she received her education preparatory to entering the Junior class of the High School. Bessie began teaching when she was sixteen years old and has since taught fifteen months in the country schools. She, at present, holds a teacher's certificate and expects to teach after graduation.

Katherine Lanhardt was born in Hastings, Nebraska, June 23rd, 1881. From Nebraska her parents moved to Kansas, in '88, and from there to Washington for same year, where, before entering High School, she attended the Columbia building. Quiet and studious, Kate resembles those of whom Gray said:

    Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife
         Their sober wishes never learned to stray;
  Along  the  cool  sequestered  vale  of  life,
          They kept the noiseless tenor of their way.

Ada Baxter Caldwell, a close contestant for the honors of the class, was born at Evanston, Wyoming, on the 29th of April, in the year 1880. The family moved to Idaho in 1885, where her education was begun. From Idaho they moved to Washington, D. C., and thence to New Whatcom in 1889. Before she entered High School she attended school at the Columbian building. Ada is the possessor of a very sweet voice, charming by her singing all who are fortunate enough to hear her.

Carl Edwin Bell was born in Benton county, Iowa, February 27th, 1878. The first twelve years of his life were spent on a large farm, where were laid the foundations for those noble traits of mind and character which are destined to make his name famous. His early education was received in a country school. In 1889 he came to Marietta, and five years later moved to Hollingsworth, where his home is at present. Since coming to New Whatcom he has been a member of the First M. E. church choir, served a term as private in our illustrious football team, and at present is a teacher of class No. 9, in the Methodist Sunday school.

Ellen Gertrude Jones was born in Wellington, B. C., July 15, 1880. In 1882 her parents moved to Seattle, then to Ferndale in 1884, and thence to Marietta, where she began her education in the country schools. In the year 1891 her parents moved to Monterey, California, returning to Marietta a year or so later. After graduating Nellie expects to fit herself, at the Normal, for a teacher.

The land of fine horses, famous statesmen and beautiful maidens, has a worthy representative in Effie Belvadore Wheeler, who first saw the light June 16th, 1881, at the city of Blaine, Kentucky. When she was about 2 years old her parents moved from Kentucky to Minnesota, and there, a few years later, her education was begun. In 1890 her parents moved to New Whatcom, and Sehome modestly bears the honor of being the school where her education, preparatory to entering the High School, was received. Effie's bright head has always been a source of light and inspiration to the Senior class - ever shedding a radiant glory around her pathway.

Sady Reid McAllister was born at Patterson [sic], New Jersey, January 18th, 1880. From New Jersey her parents moved to Troy, New York. After living there for six years they next moved to the beautiful little city of Mechanicsville, N. Y., where she began her education. In 1888 they moved to New Whatcom, where they have since lived. Sady's recollection of her early life are chiefly concerned with memories of Fourths of Julys at Mechanicsville. Mechanicsville was the home of the martyred Colonel Ellsworth, and the memory of that illustrious soldier is kept ever green in the minds of the townspeople.

Nellie Jeanette McBride was born in Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, April 15, 1882. When she was 4 years of age her parents moved to Kansas, where she, unfortunately, contracted - freckles. Alarmed at the amazing headway which the malady had made, her parents moved to Washington in 1890 with the fond hope that the balmy breezes of the Pacific might prove beneficial - but, alas, it was all in vain. Before entering High School she attended the Sehome building. There is no need of speaking praises in her honor. Editor-in-chief of The Echo, and Valedictorian of the class of '99, her record speaks for itself. After a year spent at home Nellie expects to attend the State University, where we feel confident that she will achieve a brilliant success.


The New Whatcom High School was organized in *1891, just after the consolidation of School Districts Number One and Two, which naturally followed the consolidation of the towns of Whatcom and Sehome. **Prof. PATTISON, who had formerly been principal of the Sehome School, was chosen principal of the new High School, with Miss Anna GRAHAM as a regular assistant, and Miss MUSGRAVE as half-day assistant. In 1892 the school has increased sufficiently to demand three regular teachers, and Miss BOWERS, now Mrs. Hugh EDLRIDGE, was appointed to fill the place. In February of '93 Miss BOWERS resigned, and Prof. E. E. WHITE was chosen to fill the vacancy. The death of City Superintendent G. B. JOHNSON in 1894 necessitated some changes. Prof. PATTISON was now made city superintendent, and Prof. WHITE placed in charge of the High School. For over three years he held this position, during which time the school grew in numbers rapidly, and constantly improved in every way. In 1897 an extra teacher became necessary, making a regular force of four - Prof. WHITE, Prof. SELBY, Prof. PERINGER,  and Miss Anna GRAHAM.

The sad loss, last year, of a second city superintendent, Prof. PATTISON, brought still another change to the High School. Prof. WHITE was chosen to fill the city superintendency, and Prof. John A. LEE was made principal of the High School. Mrs. A. M. BIGGS was given the position of Prof. SELBY, who resigned.

Thus eight years have elapsed since the organization of the New Whatcom School, and seven classes have successively left its halls, going bravely forth to face the future.

The first class to leave was the Class of '92, with only three members, Josie GAWLEY, George AUSTIN, and Ray PACKER. Miss Josie GAWLEY was the first valedictorian. After several years of successful teaching, she was married, and is now known to her friends as Mrs. PATCH. George AUSTIN and Ray PACKER have both developed into excellent pedagogues, the former wielding the paddle in our city schools; the latter, in a prosperous country school.

The Class of '93 was an improvement in numbers only, there being nine of them to receive diplomas. Of these nine, Hattie UNDERWOOD, and Nettie and Pearl COLEMAN are teaching in the city; two, May ATKINS MASON and Jennie STRAND ROBIN, have given up their successful work in the public schools to take private schools of one each; Kate DUFFNER is a stenographer in Tacoma; Ross CHESTNUT, after four years' work, graduated this year from the state univeristy; Richard BURROWS, something of a wanderer, is at home at present; and Burwell ATKINS, though making his home in Butte, Montana, is at present visiting in the city.

Of the succeeding Class of '94, Rose ROGERS is a teacher in the city schools; Mamie HOWE is teaching in the country; Stella CAULKINS is her father's partner in the Caulkins book and stationery store; Anna McBRIDE is in San Jose, where she is taking a two years' normal course; Harry RICHARDSON, after several years' work, graduated this year from the state university.

The Class of '95, like the first class, numbered only three members - Thomas MITCHELL, at present a Junior at the state university, where he is covering himself with glory; Carrie O. WILMORE, a well-known city teacher; and Phoebe STRAND, who is now at home.

The Class of '96, with an even dozen members, was the first and last class in which the boys equaled the girls, in numbers even. Of the girls, two are married - Mamie COLEMAN (now McLEAN) and Nellie WHITING (now SHARPE). When members of the class consider that they were the fifth class to graduate, they think this an excellent record. Narcia CALLVERT is employed in Stocklein Bros.' store; and Bertha PENFIELD, Myrtie HOWE, and Mabel DONOVAN are among the long list of Alumni pedagogues. Of the boys, Roy HADLEY is a Stanford student, where next year he will be a Junior; Charley LINDBERY is attending the state university, where he is expecially well known in cadet circles; Emmet McMILLEN is with his parents at Coupeville; Will PRATT is deputy postmaster; Frank CHILDS is employed in the city; and Harvey McRAE is teaching at Everson.

The Class of '97, also, numbered a dozen members. Of these twelve, Genevra PIERCE, Lillie JOHNSON, and Hattie PRATT are teachers; Jennie McLEOD is a stenographer in a prominent law office of this city; likewise, Pearlita STADLEMANN; Gussie LOBE is employed in the Golden Rule Bazaar; Florence GRIFFITH and Glenn CAULKINS are students at the state university; Edith FOUTS is at home in the city; Nettie WATKINS is a missionary in Alaska; Frank REASONER is an engineer on one of the lake steamers; and Conrad LANHARDT is employed near Ferndale.

Only one more class adds it names to our roll - the class of '98. Larger than the first four classes together, its twenty-two members swelled our lists to a grand total of sixty-six graduates. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about this class is the large number of teachers it has furnished. Six - Pearl LEE, Jessie KNIGHT, Gyneth KNIGHT, Cecil DUNBAR, Mary McBRIDE, Ellnora OERTLI, and Urban GRIGGS are teaching at the present time, while Gertie RYAN, Bertha GARNESS, and Miriam DARWIN have finished terms during the year, and are now at home. Of the remaining girls, Arvilla CISSNA is employed in The Fair Store; Hattie DELLINGER is attending business college in Seattle; and Lina SIEMONS is at home. Five of the boys - Will LAUBE, Garfield FADDEN, Herbert BERKMAN, and Urban and Stephen GRIGGS have been, for a year, students at the state university, though all are variously employed for the vacation. John REID is attending the business college in Seattle; Walter LUTZ is employed in Nicholson's drug store; Fred LIKINS, in the B. B. Grocery; Ed. GILLIGAN and Roy ROGERS, in the Whatcom Falls mill.

All of these graduates, members of our Alumni, though scattered all over the United States they may be, will always have a tender memory for the old school; and, as each year, with its Commencement, draws near, their thoughts will go back to the happy days when they were students there, and, with a tone of pride in their voices, they may be heard to say, "I, too, am a graduate of the New Whatcom High School."

Printed by CALDWELL & CALVERT  Holly & R. R. Ave.  New Whatcom, Wash.

*Penciled note says 1890
** Penciled note says J. M. HITT was principal of the Sehome school in 1890.
Original owner of this copy was Lelah Jackson EDSON.   

Extraction by Susan Nahas.  Many thanks to Walter Robinson of Aladdin's Antique Mall for making this booklet available.

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