Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Geneseo Collegiate Institute Girls Basketball Team


This picture is of the Geneseo Collegiate Institute Girls basketball team of 1901-1902. Members are back row: Gertrude Sargent Jones, Bernice Luther Gee, Jessie Andrews. Middle row: Stella Chapman, Kate Dickson, Louise Taylor White, Mrs. Hope Thompson, and Mabel Parker. Front row: Jessie Luther Williams, May Canfield Wells, Katharine Antes Bradley, and Grace Miller Young.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Geneseo Collegiate Institute



This is a picture of the Geneseo Collegiate Institute which was chartered on November 21, 1883 by the state. September 16, 1884 was the formal opening of the institute. It was located on the corner of State and Main Street in Geneseo, which had once belong to and had been occupied by the First National Bank. The Board of Aid for Colleges and Academies of the Presbyterian Church made annual contributions to maintain the school. It faced the present day city park. The first principle was the Rev. Norbury W. Thorton of Millersburg, IL. The building was capable of accommodating 300 pupils. The school closed in 1922.

Friday, June 2, 2017

High School Annual Staff 1927


This is a picture of the staff who put together the High School Sphinx in 1927.  Back row standing: Alice Dodge (calendar), Ralph Sieben (Associate Editor), Robert Murphy (Editor), Miss Helen Griggs (Advisor), Herbert Johnson (Athletics), Oscar Hamlink (Asst. Business Manager), Elsie McAvoy (Jokes). Front row seated: Elsie Williams (Organizations), Ronald Brown (Business Manager), Irene Armstrong (Typist), Doris Morrow (Art), and Phyllis Ford Snaps).

Friday, May 19, 2017

Geneseo High School


This is a picture in 1916 of the front of the Geneseo Township High School. The building faced south and was located west of The First Congregational Church. It was built in the same location where the old Geneseo Seminary once stood.


This picture of the Geneseo Township High School is seen from the northeast corner of the property. This north section of the building was a new annex to the original building, and was constructed around 1936-1937.  The building later became the Junior High School.  It has been torn down and is now the green space north of the city park.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

North Western Normal Graduating Class of 1891


This is a picture of local students who graduated from North Western Normal, Geneseo, Illinois in 1891. Back row: Leah Schnabele Benedict, ?, Ben Ott, Dr. J. Edward West, Cora Woodruff Rea, Sue Williams Bradley, Elvin F. Dilenbeck, Ellen Ford. Front row: Emma Hines Young, the next four unknown, and B. B. Joslin.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Central School students


These pictures are of local students who attended Central School. No date was give but the top picture listed the children.  Listed are: Charlie Farber, Elinan Patten, Vance Hjllm, May Graves, Essie Barns, Carry Ernst, Jessie Freeman, Emma Johnson, Hilma Lazar, Eda Lidtkee, Era Cole, Bessie Thorton, Mammie Downs, Ester Lynn, Callie Luther, Alice Rubeck, ? Luther, Edna Gimbel, B Lieberknecht, Kittie Antis, Jessie Canfield, Myrtle Angel, Annie Anderson, Ellen Henson, Loisa Angel, Roy VanHousen, Martin Lazar, Martin Henson, Johnie Stine, Theodore Johnson, ? Skinner, Fred Lumburg, Budgr ?, Paul Fisher, Roy Inively, Frank Ruback, George Alger, Joe Sickler, Daniel Rovitz, and Fred Murray. As you can read, many names are still recognizable as Geneseo natives. The writing on here was not the best so if you spot a name that you recognize please respond with corrections.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Central School invite



This is a picture of a 3 inch by 4 inch card that was given to students who were invited to attend a Central School exercise in 1885. This card belonged to Lillie E. Anderson and was donated to the library years ago. On the inside of the card other students are listed. The list inside may be a list of all the children in each grade that attended the school in 1885, there is no other information available for this card. Central School was erected in 1856. First through fourth grade were taught at this public school.

Geneseo Collegiate Institute Girls Basketball Team

This picture is of the Geneseo Collegiate Institute Girls basketball team of 1901-1902. Members are back row: Gertrude Sargent Jones, Bern...