Monday, June 20, 2011

School's Out for Summer

My great-uncle Earl Williams was twelve years old when he brought home this report card to his parents in 1905. Apparently he had a bit of trouble getting back to school after the Christmas holiday, but I suspect his parents were quite pleased with his work that year.

Earl was born 15 March 1892 to Flora McAdams and R.J. Williams. He drowned in 1915. His younger sister, Iva, kept his portrait over her dresser for the rest of her life.


  1. Oh wow...Iva must have been devastated by Earl's death.

    How did you come to have the report card?

  2. That's when an "A" was really an "A", too. I was really enjoying this post until I read what happened to him. How sad.

  3. Great Find. Looks like Earl was well-behaved as well -- not so easy for boys in boring rote-learning classrooms of that era. Most kids left school by 6th grade -- could get a job in a factory or some such. Such a tragic untimely death.


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