On Top of Con. 8 about 1917 -- A View of
The full story behind this picture is lost in the fog of time. The
two students are Herman McClure on the left and Cecil Sims on the right. We
can surmise that because of the ties and jackets it is a special occasion,
perhaps a recognition day for students who have completed the courses available
at Con. 8 , probably 11 grades. They are perched at the intersection
of the roof ridges of the north wing and that of the east west wings and the
photographer is astraddle the east west roof ridge with camera directed a
little north of due east. The cupola atop the building is to Herman's
right along the north roof ridge line.
Several features of ordinary life are visible. Just to the left
of Herman's elbow is what magnification indicates is a one horse light wagon
or surrey. The to the right is one of the school privies. Just
behind it is the fence at the east boundary of the school grounds. In
the distance can be seen two home places.
To the south east is a house and at least two out buildings which
is the residence of Herman Baden about this time. Also to the north
east near the skyline is a house probably that of R. W. Howard or a
son at this time. These are shown as small black squares on the 1913
plat reproduced to the right. The stream shown on the map is Owl Creek
which enters North Fork of Red River about six miles to the south.
Herman McClure is the father of seven Con. 8 high school graduates,
Major, Rex, C. H., Truman, Dwight, Marlene, and Carol. Cecil Sims
is the father of two, Jack and Zoe.