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Eight graduated from class of 1905

Willa SoncartyRegistrar, Frontier Historical Society and Museum

The future held promise for the graduates of the Glenwood Springs High School class of 1905. On the evening of May 26, the eight graduates took the stage at the Glenwood Springs Opera House, located on Seventh Street, to receive their hard-earned diplomas. Proud parents and interested community members came to celebrate their accomplishments. Choirs led by music instructor Miss Shepard opened the ceremony. A benediction followed. The boys of the Glenwood Springs Mandolin Club then joined the choirs in further musical renditions. The graduating class was fortunate to have as guest speaker Dr. Sanford Bell, of Boulder’s University of Colorado. Dr. Bell was a leading force in Colorado education. His eloquent speeches were always well-received. Bell used the 1905 graduating class motto “Nothing Is Excellent Without Labor” as a starting point for his speech “It Pays to Know.” His speech cited examples of great achievements made by such people as Louis Pasteur, Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Harrison, none of whom would have contributed to social betterment without education. He instructed the graduates as to their future responsibilities to the community. He encouraged them to live by high standards throughout their lives. He also reminded the graduates that “they owed something to their parents and good citizens of Glenwood Springs who had made it possible for them to attain the honor that was bestowed upon them.” With the choir providing background music, the class of 1905 received their diplomas from Bell. With diplomas in hand, the class then expressed their appreciation to teachers, parents and community through song. The Rev. Bullis, of the Episcopal Church, then pronounced the benediction, after which the class expressed their enthusiasm in a celebratory yell. The class of 1905, bestowed with great responsibility, was now part of the greater community. “Frontier Diary” is provided to the Post Independent by the Frontier Historical Society and Museum, 1001 Colorado Ave., Glenwood Springs. Summer hours are 1-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. “Frontier Diary” is provided to the Post Independent by the Frontier Historical Society and Museum, 1001 Colorado Ave., Glenwood Springs. Summer hours are 1-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.


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