Belle’s Box – 2-25

This entry is part 179 of 342 in the series Belle's Box

Read about this series of posts, regarding items in a box originally owned by Belle (Lamunion) Fellows Tinker here. The cast of characters is located here. And, there is an accounting of people about whom I have little information here.

The numbering of these posts had been modified to signify that I am posting items from my archival book two, hence the 2-xx numbering. The posts from this book will contain more thumbnails, you will find that the pages with signatures, text and other important details will enlarge upon clicking.

Item 25 is a High School Graduation Program, from Newaygo, Michigan High School, 1904. I felt funny looking at it and realizing that it is 105 years old!


Opening the program reveals a logo or drawing. You can see some of the color when vie ring the cover.


The Class of Nineteen Hundred Four
request the honor of your presence
at the
Sixteenth Annual Commencement
of the
Newaygo High School
Thursday, June sixteenth,
Utley’s Opera House
Baccalaureate Address, Rev. J.E. Maunders
Methodist Episcopal Church,
Sunday Evening June twelfth, 7:30 o’clock


You can see the program better by enlarging the thumbnail


Listing of the graduates and other information about the class.


The name that jumped out at me which seemed to have a possible connection to Belle was M. Lovina Bisard. Elizabeth, Belle’s sister, married Franklin Bisard. My records show that Franklin Bisard was born in 1847, in Ohio, to Asahel and Emily Salisbury Bisard. He had several siblings, perhaps one of them was the parent of Lovina.

I found listed in the 1900 census of Newaygo, Newaygo County, Michigan, district 9:84 sheet 14, “Vina” Bisard, age 15, born June, 1885 in Michigan of a father born in Ohio and a Wisconsin-born mother. Vina was “at school” for nine months, and was listed as a sister-in-law of George Sturdifant. George’s wife was Margaret, born July 1872 in Michigan; her parent’s birthplaces are identical to those given for Vina. It would take substantial research to discover if there was a relationship between Franklin Bisard and Lovina Bisard.

There were several Bisard families in Newaygo County, maybe among them was a friend of Belle whose child Lovina, graduated in the class of 1904 of Newaygo High School. Or perhaps another of the graduates families was among Belle’s friends.

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    • NANCY JOHNSON on July 21, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Salisbury family related to Alwood/Ayers families in Ohio, Ayers/Riley family of Kalkaska/Nashville, MI.

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