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Hadley and Waters family school records


Held at: Historical Society of Tacony [Contact Us]4819 Longshore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19135

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Richard Hadley Waters was born circa 1907-1908 and attended Mary Disston School (opened in 1900 to relieve overcrowding at the Henry Disston School) before graduating from Frankford High School. Frankford High School, one of the oldest high schools in the city, has a history dating back to 1910 when it met in a farmhouse as an annex of Central High School. The early students called themselves the "Pioneers," a name still used today. The current building opened in 1916, with the addition of the stadium in 1922.

As a student, Waters won the Stehle Prize and the Father's Prize. He was a member of the Latin Club, Radio Club, Glee Club, and Record Committee. He also served on the Pioneer Staff.

Richard Hadley Waters was probably the son of J. Rae Waters and Mabel Hadley. He lived in Tacony during his early education and Frankford at the time of his high school education.

This collection consists of homework and class work of J. Rae Waters, Mabel Hadley (later Waters), and Richard Hadley Waters. The bulk of the collection was created by Richard Hadley Waters--only two volumes were created by J. Rae Waters and six were created by Mabel Hadley.

Richard Hadley Water's materials are largely composed of homework; but some of this artwork and a yearbook from 1924 (the year he graduated from Frankford High School) are included. Subjects of homework include math, geography, spelling, handwriting, and English.

This collection will be of interest to researchers studying the history of education, generally, as well as in Philadelphia. Researchers interested in the neighborhoods of Tacony and Frankford will also find this collection to be of value.

Indefinite loan from Don Van Creveld, October 23, 2008.

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Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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