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Title: Governor Hanly Visited by the Williamsport High School
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Early in last September while visiting Williamsport, the home of his earlier years, Governor Hanly was invited by Superintendent Hanson to address the high school. Many of the pupils were children of his former neighbors. This fact gave added interest to his visit. The address was one of the finest ever given to our high school.

That he takes a special interest in our high school was shown by the invitation he gave not only to the pupils but to the teachers of the high school and lower grades, to visit him at Indianapolis at his own expense on some day to be arranged later. Early in March he decided that we should make the visit on St. Patrick's Day.

Among those invited to join the party were Senator and Mrs. Goodwine, Edgar Webb, editor of the Attica Ledger, and former principal of our high school, Mrs. Ella Smith and Mrs. S.C. Hanson.

Early that morning all were in time for the early fast train. At Lafayette the finest car of the Indianapolis & Northwestern Traction Co. was in waiting for us. The ride to Indianapolis was delightful. Thinking that our car was the regular one, hosts of people were ready to board it at the various stations, but they were compelled to be content with gazing at us after we darted by.

On our arrival at Indianapolis we were met by Col. Fred Gemmer, Gov. Hanly's private secretary, who was a former member of the Board of Education of Williamsport, and by the "Williamport colony" of Indianapolis. Among these were Mrs. Hanly, Mr. and Mrs. C.V. McAdams, Master Fred McAdams and Irene, Mrs. Fred Gemmer, Master Earl and little Lorenz Gemmer, Miss May Nichol and Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Hanson.

We were escorted to the governor's office in the Capitol where we were warmly greeted by Governor and Mrs. Hanly. Gov. Hanly, aided by the member os the "Williamsport Colony" State Librarian Henry and several others, then took personal charge of the party, and showed us the interesting features of the Capitol.

At 11:00 a.m. the Governor conducted the party to the Commercial Club for luncheon. Here we surrounded a long table especially arranged for us. When lucheon was over Governor Hanly distributed tickets of admission to Shakespear's great comedy the Merchant of Venice, to be given by Louis James' company at 2:30 p.m., at English's opera house. When the curtain fell comedy gave the school a greater appreciation of it than possibly could have been given in any other way. We at once boarded our special car, Governor Hanly standing at the steps and personally bidding each member of the party good-bye.

At 8:20 p.m. we reached home very tired but happy. For the enjoyment of the trip splendid in all its details, the pupils of the high school and all the teachers and other members of the party were profoundly thankful to Governor and Mrs. Hanly.

He is the first Governor in the history of the country to invite a high school and its teachers thus to visit him.

Though should we become centenarians we can never forget St. Patrick's Day of 1906. All hail to Governor Hanly.

Date: 5/30/1906
Origin: The Goldenrod
Record ID: 00000099
Type: Yearbook
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Entered By: Amber M Knipe

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