I purchased two RPPC (Real Photo Postcards) depicting 4 adults, presumably teachers, and approximately 60 teenagers, presumably high school students.Unfortunately, none of these individuals are specifically identified.Both postcards are addressed to:
"Harlan Webster 838 S. Wilson Ave. Columbus Ohio"
One postcard, postmarked from Barnesville, OH, on ? Nov 1909, bears the following correspondence:
"Dear cousin,- I have been very slow to answer you card have been very busy. What has become of Avice suppose you are busy. Wish you were here to take pictures have not had any taken of the school yet. Thanksgiving is not far off Wish it was so we could go home Write soon M Eva Hall."
The other postcard, not postmarked, bears the following correspondence:
"Hello Webster. I received your card some time ago was glad to get it. I wanted to write a letter to you it is hdd for me to get all the letters written that I have too. I am getting along fine. I am not studying as hard as I ought too. wish you were back here to run the lantern I am up stair in the teachers room with Stanton we have big lines write when you have time. as ever L. E. S."
Harlan Stanton Webster, born 6 Sep 1889 in Barnesville, Belmont Co., OH, died 15 Dec 1945 in Canton, OH, was the son of Willis Vail Webster (1861-1945) and Emma Clare Stanton (1864-1958). A cousin of Harlan's on his mother's side, the one who sent the postcard, Mary Eva Hall, born 26 Sep 1891 in Warren, Belmont Co., OH, died 26 Feb 1919, was the daughter of Wilford T. Hall (1869-1958) and Sarah B. (Sadie) Stanton (1861-1948).
The Columbus City directories for 1909 -1912 list Harlan Webster as residing at the street address written on the postcards.He is shown as a student in the 1909-1910 directories and a chemist in the 1911-1912 directories.
I am guessing that the photo shows a school class(es) somewhere in Belmont County and that Mary Eva Hall appears among the group of teenagers (she was between 17 and 18 years old at the time).