Saturday, February 11, 2017

American Legion Auxiliary Presentation

The Cambridge, Iowa Mathis-Wire American Legion Auxiliary meets the first Tuesday of most months.  They had invited us to speak about the Cambridge Historical Association at their February 2017 meeting.  I gave them a short history of our group, shared the two books we have published, and showed photos of the Cambridge school and the train depots.  This lead to a lively discussion of Cambridge and their memories of life in Cambridge.

They also identified one of the unknown 1915 Cambridge graduates!  In the bottom row, the second from the right is Meda Thomas.  Thank you Wilma Jean Longnecker.

Thank you to the Auxiliary for the invitation and for the great audience participation.  We have invited them to visit our museum, which they hope to do this fall.

If you would like us to speak to your group, please let us know.  Also, the museum is open by appointment.  Our phone is 515-220-HIST.  That is an answering machine.  For a faster answer, either email cha@huxcomm.net or phone 515-231-8494.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Last of This Summer's Open Houses - August 20, 2016

There is one more open house at the Cambridge Historical Association this Summer.  We will be open this Saturday, August 20th, from 9 to noon.  Stop by to see our exhibits and let us help you with your research.  Whether you are seeking ancestors or recent Cambridge history, come in and see us.

Just a reminder, you can also get your Passport to Story County signed.  In case you do not already have one, we still have some available.  Visit all the Story County Historical Alliance members and enter for a chance to win.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Open House Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Cambridge Historical Association has been open for research from 9 to noon on selected Saturdays this summer.  The final Open House Saturday is August 22nd.  Find us at 504 3rd Street in Cambridge, Iowa.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Open House - Saturday July 11, 2015

The Cambridge Historical Association will be open for research from 9 to noon on selected Saturdays this summer.  The next Open House Saturday is July 11th.  Find us at 504 3rd Street in Cambridge, Iowa. 

And in August see us Saturday, August 22nd.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Skunk River Valley Days - June 12 - 14, 2015

The annual Skunk River Valley Days kicks off Friday evening, June 12th, with food and a teen dance.  It continues Saturday with a variety of events before concluding Sunday with Worship in the Park and a potluck.  The parade kicks off Saturday at 10 a.m.  See all the details on the Cambridge Iowa Events Committee Facebook page (anyone can see it - no Facebook account required).  And the complete schedule can be viewed here.

The Cambridge Historical Association will be open following the parade.  Stop in to see our displays and learn more about the history of Cambridge.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Unknowns in the Cambridge High School Graduates

In our list of graduates from the Cambridge High School in Cambridge, Iowa, we have names with an unknown year of graduation and years with unknown graduates.  Maybe by listing them here, someone can help sort parts of them out or fill in some blanks.

The years for which we list graduates unknown are 1894 and 1897.  The earliest year for which we list graduates is 1892.  The "Biographical and Historic Memoirs of Story County, Iowa" (1890) cited in our book states "but as yet no graduation has been had." so around 1892 for the first graduates would be consistent.
 
The unknown year of graduation graduates list (converted to alphabetical order) is:

BeckSmith
BenferCharles
BenferEva
BossoutSylvia
ClawsonElizabeth
ClawsonRuth
CronkFanny
ErslandKnute
GuthrieBess
LivingstonGrafton
MaxwellAddie
MaxwellFanny
MaxwellGeorge
NellisJennie
PresnallSarah
SeversonGeorge
SnyderCharles
TesdahlMartha
ThompsonMinnie
WhiteCharles
WhiteLara

And in looking at the list I noticed a Fanny Cronk listed as graduating in 1898, presumably the same person as on our list of unknown year of graduation.  As we do our electronic version of this list, we may be able to find others that do not belong on the unknown year of graduation list.

If you can help us with any of these names, please let us know.  Or if they may be relatives you are searching, let us know that; it is possible we have other information about them.

To learn much more about the history of Cambridge education, see our second book and its expanded table of contents.  Which is still for sale.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Help Us Identify These Cambridge High School Graduates


We have a collection of class photos showing graduates of the Cambridge High School.  The earliest we have is 1911 and the final one is the last class, which graduated in 1958, before Cambridge became part of the Ballard School District.  You can see these framed at our museum in Cambridge, Iowa.  They also are part of our second book:  Cambridge, Iowa 150 Years of Education in Cambridge and Union Township, Story County, Iowa.

Of those photos we have (especially early on there are gaps), one which does not identify who is who is the 1915 photo above which only has one name associated with a picture. Can you help us identify them?

Here is what we know:
  • One individual photo has a hand-written name above it; the top row fourth from left says Ava Irene Cook.  Not known what the source of identification for it is. 
  • Our list of 1915 graduates, again in the second book, has 11 names.  The 12th photo would presumably be the Superintendent, Harry Washburn Dana. if our list of graduates is complete.

The 11 names on our list of 1915 graduates are:
  1. Mable Abraham
  2. B. Dewey Angstrom
  3. Ava Cook
  4. Effie Erickson
  5. Helen Haun
  6.  Althea Johnson
  7. Raymond Langland
  8. Joe Larson
  9.  Florence Maywald
  10.  Robert Maywald
  11.  Meda Thomas
 This list has been alphabetized rather than being in the order shown in our list.

Can you help us identify any of the graduates?  How else might we sort out who is who?  You can leave comments, suggestions and questions below in the comments.  Or email us at cha@huxcomm.net   Thank you for your assistance.

Note:  To see a larger version of the photo, click on it.