Postcard from Central High School in 1910

This postcard of Duluth Central High School is postmarked Aug. 29, 1910 — 110 years ago today.
The message on the back is to Miss Nevada Simpson of Crookston, Minn.

Dear Nevada,

I wish you were here. Like it fine. Ride all the time.

Yours, Hen.


Paul Lundgren

about 3 years ago

Some info on these pen pals via research by Mike Creger:

Henrietta Simpson was apparently writing home to her sister Nevada. They grew up in a family of five sisters and three brothers in Crookston. No telling what Henrietta was doing presumably in Duluth in 1910, but by 1911 she was an English major at River Falls Normal School in Wisconsin. She is pictured above, second from left, as part of the sophomore girls basketball team and Young Women’s Christian Association. Both pictures are from the 1912 yearbook. There was at least one sister in River Falls at the time.

Henrietta became an elementary teacher in River Falls and then in Minneapolis, at Hawthorne. She retired in 1959 and at some point returned to River Falls.

In 1914, a 17- or 18-year-old Nevada married Sydney Clifford Morris in Crookston. They lived in his home state of Illinois for a time and then settled in Clinton, Iowa. She was a furrier for the Skinner Furrier Company. She died in 1979 at age 82. In her obit, surviving Henrietta is mentioned as living in Clinton as well.

In the in-between years, the Simpson parents and many of the siblings ended up in Washington State. Some of the brothers spent time on the Iron Range and one, James, in Duluth up to the 1950s. The last of the children died in 1993, at age 91, Hope Ferguson. It isn’t clear when Henrietta died. Sometime between 1979 and 1988.

Gina Temple-Rhodes

about 3 years ago

Note also that this photo is from before the gymnasium addition was added, up the hill, which was likely in about 1928. It's not well documented in most places I've looked.

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