1879 Classical High School, Providence RI
1879 Classical High School, Providence RI

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Group Picture
of Classical High School
Take 1879
Left to right - beginning front row
  1. H.B. Hagan; Daniel Fuller; Frank Mauran; - McElroy; Harry Lancaster; Arthur P. Sumner; Geo. Mathews; Frank Titcomb; W.M.P. Bowen
  2. Harry Colwell; Nat Blaisdell; G.A. Sayles; L. Rovelto; George Jepherson; - Richardson
  3. John C. Budlong; Ralph Potter; Arthur Rogers
  4. Ed. Godding; W.B. Frankleton; Alex. Brough; Louis O'Brian; Arthur Grout; W.H. Frost; Frank McLane; W.E. Colley
  5. Fred Richards; Ed. Sanford; F.H. Towsend; H.I. Gardner; Dick Aldrich; Jim Mumford
  6. Will Newman; James Taylor; Henry Battey
  7. - Camp; John Dabol; Ferdinand French; T. P. Bogert
  8. Miss Paine; Annie Greene; May Bowen; Ed. Peckham; - Shedd; George Gross; - Birtwell; Walter Hayward; Joseph Vose; Fred. Luther; Henry Johnson
  9. Bessie Merriman; Grace Greenough; Walter Hawkins; Willard Viall; Frank Andrews; Joseph Bucklin
  10. Will Mudge; Frank S. Pierce; Fred Tenney; Robert Greene; Chas. Sawyer; Albert A. Baker; Walter Aldrich; Amos Bradley; Al. Manchester; - Medtalf; Jamest Williams

  11. W.M.B. Stockbridge and Benj.I. Wheeler - Teachers

The handwritting on the back is by Judy Anthony's great-grandfather Henry Battey Hagan (first row left). His obituary provides more details about his writing skills and life in Providence.

From the Providence Journal, 17 Oct 1940

Engrossed Diplomas for Brown Graduates for 50 Years.
Was Skilled Penman
Served R. I. Hospital Trust Co. 34 Years, Retiring in 1924 as Assistant Secretary

Henry Battey Hagan, who for 50 years engrossed the diplomas for graduates of Brown University, died at his home, 214 Cypress street, last night in his 77th year.

Mr. Hagan served the Rhode Island Hospital Trust Company for 34 years and was assistant secretary at the time of his retirement in 1924.

The diplomas and testimonials which he engrossed were the result of the development of a hobby. Mr. Hagan was a skilled penman and also turned his hand to drawing and sketching.

He engrossed Brown and St. George's School diplomas until the time of his death. For many years he also did the diplomas for a number of the Providence public schools but in recent years had ceased to do that work. His penmanship also was applied to numerous testimonials for prominent personages in industrial fields and churches.

Mr. Hagan was a member of the Beneficent Congregational Church and served for several years as its treasurer.  He was a member of a number of church committees at the time of his death.

Mr. Hagan was born in Providence, Feb. 24, 1864, the son of John Hagan of Paterson, N.J., and Abby Townsend Battey of this city.

His wife, Lucy Pease Phillips Hagan; one daughter, Mrs. Ernest Anthony of Swampscott, Mass., and two grandchildren survive him.

The funeral will be conducted Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Irving H. Drabble funeral home, 309 Benefit Street. Rev. Arthur E. Wilson, pastor of Beneficent Congregational Church, will officiate. Interment will be at the North Burial Ground.

 Images, information & transcription by Judy Anthony, 2004

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