Sunday, February 7, 2016

1890 Commencement and History of Lansley Business College of Elizabeth, New Jersey

1890 Commencement program and advertisement for Lansley Business College and Academy of Elizabeth, New Jersey.  This particular copy of the commencement was designed as a supplement to The Educationist, which may have been the periodical published at Topeka, Kansas.

See the pages in order at the end of this post.  Among the pages are a two page salutatory by Margaret M. Tillou of Lyons Farms, New Jersey, and a four page valedictory by Lotta M. Gates of Woodbridge, New Jersey.

The booklet, which measures approximately 7-3/4" by 5-1/4", contains 14 pages of text, plus two pages with engravings of the founder, James H. Lansley, Ph.D., and the "New Building" located at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Magnolia Avenue in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

James H. Lansley, Ph.D., Principal of Lansley Business College

A history of the college, founded in 1872, and engraving of the new building:

The commencement program for the Class of 1890

18th Annual Commencement, June 25, 1890
Names on the page above: [two appear twice]
Rev. M. L. Gates
Margaret M. Tillou of Lyons Farms, New Jersey; Salatutory Address
Prof. George Schmidt, Master George Schmidt, Jr.; piano 4 hand
Rev. F. M. McAllister
Rev. Ed. Ransford
Lotta M. Gates of Woodbridge, New Jersey - Valedictory Address
Margaret Graham, piano selection
Mary M. Waters, piano selection "Ripples of the Alabama"
The Principal, presumably James H. Lansley, Ph.D.
Rev. Lewis R. Dunn, D.D.; address to the graduates

Graduates, Class of 1890, Shorthand and Typewriting

Elmar F. DalandHenry Gebhardt *Jeremiah D. Leary
Edward DannebergerJames T. KennedyCharles A. Reilly **

Carrie BarnardNellie R. GreenDora L. Reynolds **
Catherine C. Burns **Lillian F. HoagLizzie Schanze
Annie M. BurnsSarah I. KennedyMarie C. E. Schmidt
Carrie A. ClarkIda KnoxHarriet L. Thompson
May B. ClarkKatie B. McCarthyMargaret M. Tillou
Cassie B. FisherLizzie T. MahoneyMary M. Waters **
Katie R. FlanaganCarrie D. MeddaughAnnie V. White
Lotta M. GatesLouise MetzgerDora H. Whitehead
Margaret A. GrahamMaggie MoranAlice G. Woodland **

* Business Branches Only       **  Business Branches added

Young Ladies
Carrie BarnardLouise HinteAbbie E. Richart
Clara H. BurgesLillian F. HoagSusie R. Richards
Catherine C. BurnsAnnie HopwoodLizzie Schanze
Annie M. BurnsSarah I. KennedyMarie C. E. Schmidt
Carrie A. ClarkIda KnoxBella Skinner
May B. ClarkKatie B. McCarthyClara L. Steiner
Florence ClarkLizzie T. MahoneyHarriet L. Thompson
Cassie B. FisherCarrie D. MeddaughMargaret M. Tillou
Katie R. FlanaganLouise MetzgerMary M. Waters
Louise FritscheMaggie MoranAnnie V. White
Lotta M. GatesGeraldine H. NorrisDora H. Whitehead
Margaret A. GrahamMaggie K. ReidAlice G. Woodland
Nellie R. GreenDora L. Reynolds
Young Gentlemen
William F. BarryHenry GebhardtGardner H. Marsh
Samuel P. CaseJames W. HopwoodCharles A. Reilly
Richard CavanaghJames T. KennedyEdward B. Wall
Elmar F. DalandAlexander KerrRoscoe Wyckoff
Edward DannebergerJeremiah D. Leary

If you have stories to share about any of the people listed above, please leave a comment for the benefit of other researchers.

Click on an image to enlarge it.


  1. Thank you for the post with this program! Also, I appreciate all the time you've invested setting up your site and the creative integration of Google+ communities!!