From the O'Brien County Bell, May 25, 1905
A CLASS OF THIRTEEN RECEIVED THEIR DIPLOMAS LAST EVENING
Last night at Williams' Opera House, amid flowers and bright decorations, surrounded by parents, school mates and friends, the Class ol 1905 of the Primghar High School "said their pieces", and receiving their diplomas, bid farewell to school work, at least as students, in Primghar. For months and years they had labored towards this goal and at last it was reached. School work had often seemed irksome and they would rather have lingered along the way to pluck the flowers of pleasure instead of gleaning in the fields of learning the less beautiful, but more precious, seeds of knowledge, but NOW all that is passed. They had earned the laurel crown of victory and now might wear it. The weather was splendid, but not even that could add to, or detract from, the pleasures of the evening, and the program was carried out as announced in The Bell last week with scarcely a hitch, and a better or more worthy class of young people were never sent cut from the portals ot an O'Brien county school.
The class was thirteen in number— by some held to be an unlucky omen— but we hope the sterling quantities of those composing it may well and fully offset the "hoodoo" of that mystic number. The members are Rex S. Meade, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. Meade, of Highland township; Mary Long, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Long, also of Highland township; Howard Eddington, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Eddington, of Highland township; Ella Peck, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Peck, of Highland; Esta Wright, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Wright; H. Burdette Bossert, eldest son of Auditor and Mra. J. P. Bossert; Almyra Eaton, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Eaton; Myrtle Stanley, second daughter of Mr, and Mrs. Stanley, (both deceased); Francis A. Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Johnson; Charles A. Beers, only son of recorder and Mrs. James Beers; Belle N. Morgan, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Horace Morgan, of Highland township; Pearl Potter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Potter, of Summit township; Forrest Murphy, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Mrs. H. S. Murphy. All were handsomely dressed, the girls in white and the boys in black, and true to tbe old saying, all looked handsome on this occasion, if never before.
From the O'Brien County Bell, May 24, 1906
The Last Week of School
This is commencement week In Primghar and the members of the school are making the most of it. The festivities commenced last Saturday night with the Junior banquet and reception which was given in honor of the Senior class. Tbe reception was held at the C. H. Winterble home, which was nicely decorated in the Junior colors, green and white, and where a pleasing literary and musical program was given.— About 10:00 o'clock the company repaired to the Odd Fellows' ball and partook of a splendid banquet served by the ladies of the Congregational Church and which was pronounced one of the best ever served in the town. A short program of toasts followed the repast. Dell Murphy acting as toastmaster.
Tonight at the Opera House will occur the Commencement program proper. Ex-State Supt. Barret, who will speak, is one of the state's leading educators and a man richly endowed with those qualifications that go to make a successful teacher and his talk should be of great value.
The 1906 class is composed of Pearl Arnold , salutatorian; Lulu M. Christopher; Vivian L. Harris, valedictorian; Mabel L. Herrick, Lela O. McClary; Bertha Peck; Ida M. Sayles; Guy Scace; Hallye M. Thayer; Nettie Wood; Ruby E. Young; William R. Brown and John R. Yeager.