Eighth Grade Graduation – 1914

8th Grade Graduating Class of 1914
8th Grade Graduating Class of 1914

In 1914 — the same year Mother’s Day was officially recognized and Babe Ruth made his debut —  this group of kids was graduating from eighth grade.

Frances Mensik, Herman Heckel and Alfred Breuer are three of the graduates. Unfortunately, I’m unsure which ones.

For more information on some of these grads, please read some of the comments below.

Photo courtesy of Martha Parrish and Pat Van Eaton.

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6 responses to “Eighth Grade Graduation – 1914”

  1. I am assuming the gal holding the flowers is the teacher. That would make the ratio of boys to girls 3 to 1. I bet those girls were VERY popular at school dances !! I remember having to take square dance lessons at school when I was in grade school at Eatonville. We would practice in the basement room next to the grade school cafeteria. “doe-see-doe” !! PS the girl on the right has SOME bow in her hair !!


    • By the time I got old enough for school dances, the only way you could get guys there is have a tolo and invite them yourself. We had quite a few tolos. 🙂 And yeah, i love the bow. Hope that style comes back. 🙂


      • What is a tolo? I know that the girls always liked “girls choice” and the guys hated it. Us guys would not dance when it was “boys choice”


      • It’s when the gals ask the guys to the dance. Except for a senior prom, if there were no tolos, I don’t know that I would have ever seen a formal dance in my high school life. 🙂


  2. Frances Mensik is the girl standing on the far left side. She went on to marry Charles A. Haberland and have two children, Beverly Lois (always called Lois by family) and Glen Edward. She and Charles moved to Tacoma where Frances died in 1963. Lois married Iven Von Clasen and moved to Sitka, Alaska. Glen died of meningitis when he was 15 and is buried alongside his parents in Eatonville Cemetery.
    The correct spelling for Heckel (see Herman above) is HEKEL. Herman’s father, Adolph Hekel, “met his death by the accidental discharge of a rifle which he was carrying”–from an article in the Tacoma Times on May 23, 1904. There were four Hekel children that survived–Herman, Adolf, Frank and Louise. Three years later, their mother died from goiter. After the death of her first husband, she married Charles Mensik, brother of Frank Mensik, Frances’ father. Although I don’t believe there was a legal adoption, the Hekel children were raised by Frank and Mary Mensik and mentioned in their wills.


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