Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Class of 1917 Concord HS, Concord, New Hamphire: Graduation Photographs of Three Students

Three photographs of 1917 graduates of Concord High School, Concord, New Hampshire.  They are all in protective covers, two produced by the Kimball studio and one by the Harvey studio, both of Concord, New Hampshire.

In alphabetical order, the graduates are:
Russell Cushing
Lucy Donovan
Charlotte Seaver

If you have family history to share on any of the three graduates below, please leave a comment for the benefit of other researchers.  

Russell Cushing [the handwriting is very faint, but I believe I have the name correct]

The ID image above was tweaked but it's still very hard to decipher. What looks like the cross of a "t" after the "h" is disconcerting, but it may be an irrelevant mark - or not...

I found birth records for a Russell Emery Cushing, born 18 April 1899 at Concord, New Hampshire, the son of George R. and Hattie S. (Emery) Cushing, and Russell Cushing born at Lochmere, New Hampshire about 1899, the son of George and Alice (Baker) Cushing. 

If you have knowledge of another Russell Cushing or another student in the Class of 1917 at Concord High School with a name that could be deciphered from the ID above, please weigh in. 

Lucy Donovan

Could this Lucy Donovan be the daughter of Michael and Elizabeth (Bland) Donovan?  If so, she was born Lucy Bland Donovan on 22 August 1900 at Concord, New Hampshire.  She married Harry G. Owen in 1933, also at Concord, New Hampshire.

Charlotte Seaver

There's a Charlotte Seaver of about the right age living at Keene, New Hampshire, in the 1900-1920 Censuses, daughter of Eugene and Margaret.  It's possible she was not a graduate of Concord High School, but rather of Keene, High School, and traveled to Concord to have her graduation portrait done.  Or perhaps the family, or just Charlotte, lived at Concord for a year or more.

The photograph was found with in a collection of Concord High School graduation photographs, but I can't assume that Charlotte Seaver graduated from there.


  1. There were some Cushings in Newburyport, a rather famous family. I don't know if there is any relation. I love those rounded collars of the day. Handsome young men. Great post!

  2. Thanks for taking the time to leave your comment! Lemuel Cushing wrote a book (on Google books) about the Genealogy of the Cushing family - up to 1877 anyway. http://books.google.com/books?id=0XTlb5pBsXsC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false. This was before Russell's time, but his grandfather is probably in there.