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The first record of any class day exercises was for the class of 1900. These exercises were held in the old Opera House, at the corner of Fifth and Bridge on May 24, and the graduating exercises were held the next evening in the Presbyterian Church, when Edgar B. Merrill, Kirtlye, Rena M. Wilson, Joseph Bateman, Allan C. Ireland and Louis Gaylord graduated. As far as we know, Kirtlye Hill, who is now the wife of Judge Sydney Sanner, is the only one of this class living. She lives in Los Angeles. Louise Gaylord afterwards married Fred W. Woolsey and was one of the victims in the train wreck on the Milwaukee when the Custer Creek bridge gave away in a flash flood some years ago.
1901 boasted of the largest class from High School comprising ten members: Oscar Lindeberg, Sadie B. Lindeberg, Myrtle Johnson, Tommy Thompson, Carter Snell, Louise Lower, William Clarke, Ray McAllister, Io Remington, and Ernest Sorenson. The graduating exercises were held in the Opera House on May 24th. Three members of this class still reside in Miles City. Louise Lower resides in Bozeman, Io Remington in Salt Lake City, and Ray McAllister in California. Oscar Lindeberg, Myrtle Johnson, Tommy Thompson and Ernest Sorenson have passed on to their reward.
The final graduating class was that in 1902, when Julia Dunnigan, J. W. Evans, Anna Hurley, Mary Carter, May Myers, Emily Clarke and Nettie Kimes graduated on May 23rd, 1902. Two of this class still reside in Miles City. Nettie Kimes and Anna Hurley have passed on, and May Myers was a teacher in this vicinity recently and was a candidate in the primaries last July.
This completes the roster of the graduates from the High School before Custer High took over. Somewhere, in one of those graduating classes, is "Shade Tree Bill", the authority for most of the stories published by us for your edification and pleasure. There was no graduating class in 1903, as that was the year in which the switch was made from eleven to twelve grades and from the old Miles City High School to Custer County High.