1902: Zillah Trewin high school graduation photo

A couple of weeks ago, I posted my grandmother’s grammar school graduation photo (left), and then later discovered her high school graduation photo (right). She looks so elegant and beautiful in her frilly white dress and long sash, set against the painting in the background, which I presume was meant to symbolize the path to the future upon which she and her fellow graduates were about to embark. I wonder what she was thinking at the time. All were happy, I’m sure, to be leaving school behind. The future awaited. It was 1902—a new century full of new possibilities and new inventions. The Wright Brothers were to take flight at Kitty Hawk eighteen months later, and Ford’s Model-T was to come out five years after that. Grandmother was a working girl after high school and was one of the first women in Elizabeth, NJ, to have her own Model-T. She was very independent and quite the trailblazer. It was nearly two decades after this photo was taken that she finally found her soul mate William Boles, a dashing young Irishman, and settled into married life. And it’s a good thing she did because otherwise I would definitely not be here!

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15 thoughts on “1902: Zillah Trewin high school graduation photo

  1. Could you just imagine kids today actually ‘dressing up’ to this extent for picture day?

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  2. Barbara Brodhead

    I love this post! A fun look back into the past! And we are glad you are here to share all of this history with us! 😊

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  3. Strikes me as an independent young woman with considerable poise. –Curt

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    • Wish I could have known her. I always envy folks who had/have the opportunity to grow up with grandparents in their lives. Hope they know how lucky they are!

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      • It is so much easier for kids growing up today, given how easy it is to travel and all of the modern communication tools available to us. But I am with you, wishing I had known my grandparents, and other relatives better. –Curt

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      • That’s definitely true—technology can really bring extended family together today in ways we’d never have imagined years ago. That’s a definite plus.

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      • I can remember when it used to be a big deal to make a 30 minute long distance phone call because of the cost. And driving 300 miles to visit relatives… that was a once a year proposition. –Curt

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  4. Great photos, and an inspiring story to go with them.

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  5. You are so blessed to have these wonderful pictures! Could I have this one too? On another subject……….Did you have a townland name to find records in Ireland?

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  6. Lovely photos.

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