I was going through some of my mom’s things and came across a large book (11 X 17) called “The Passing Show” I could tell it was old but I didn’t know why she had it. As I started to look at it, inside the front cover were the following two certificates.
Then on the first inside page my Aunt Ethel Fowler wrote down an index of family names with pages listed. On those pages were listed Births, Deaths and Marriages for the listed families. This work of gathering this information was started in 1954 and it looks like it wasn’t updated after the beginning of 1956 since my cousin was listed but I was not. I will need to compare this information with the information I already have in my files.
It is interesting to see that in the early 1900’s you were by law required to serve in the Fire Department. Unfortunately for my Great Grandfather, he only lived 9 months after he became exempt. He died at age 32 and left my Great Grandmother a widow with 3 small children to raise. She did it by herself with the help of her parents and younger siblings.
From Aunt Ethel’s Certificate, it looks like not all students made it into High School. It required an examination, good scholarship and correct deportment. How many students today would meet these requirements?