At Play In The Archive
My great-grandfather Leo was seven years old when he began school in April of 1897. I feel so fortunate to have a few pictures of him as a schoolboy, even if one of them is badly damaged. I don’t know if Leo’s school was a day school or a boarding school. The paperwork says Hamburgilche Schulverwaftung, but unfortunately, Google Translate was zero help with that one.
Here’s another shot of a school yard that I found among Leo’s papers, but I haven’t been able to locate Leo himself in this image.
I just had to pull out this detail of the two boys in front. What on earth were those guys up to?
My daughter Anna thinks it’s a turn-of-the-century version of the “get-along” shirt. Who knows.
On December 23, 1904, Leo graduated from what appears to be the equivalent of the 8th grade. According to his diploma, which I found among his papers, Leo was graded in the following subjects:
Unfortunately, I’m not able to make out the handwriting, so I’m not sure exactly what marks he earned in those subjects. I can make out gut (good) in many places, but not much more than that. If there are any German speakers out there who are willing to help, please leave a comment and you will have my undying gratitude. Google Translate can only take a girl so far.
Years later, when Leo and Margaret settled in New Jersey and and were answering questions for the 1940 US census, they both indicated 8th grade as the highest level of education obtained. Given the magnificent career that great-grandpa Leo later had with the Hamburg-Amerika line, I found that information to be a real tribute to his natural intelligence and industry.
Notice that my Grandpa Bob’s education level is listed as “C2”, which I assume means he was in his second year of college at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania at the time of the census. Gosh, his mom and dad must have been so proud.
PS: This is my 50th post. Wow. I had no idea how this blog would go when I started. I’ve learned so much, met such wonderful folks, and feel so good about doing my small part to preserve my family’s history. Thanks for reading, People!