|Jessie Luetta Halstead|
I was most excited, however, that Ann had Great Grandma Brittain's Common School Diploma. I eagerly took Ann up on her offer to send it to me, and this is what showed up at my office a few days ago:
The document reads:
THIS CERTIFIES THAT
has completed the regular course of study prescribed by the State
Board of Education of the State of Oklahoma and has passed
a satisfactory examination in all subjects of the Common School
Course and is, therefore, entitled to this Diploma which admits
the holder to any High School, State Normal School, the
A&M college and all secondary colleges in
the State of Oklahoma.
Given at Oklahoma City this 5th day of May 1915
|Grandma Brittain's test scores (pardon my obtrusive camera work...)|
Grandma Jessie was 16 years old when she passed her exams and received her diploma. I'm guessing that she and her family were very proud, especially since a lot of rural kids, especially girls, didn't complete their education back in those days. I don't know if she went on to high school, but she didn't marry my Great Grandfather, Andrew Lee Brittain, until after another four years, so it's entirely possible that she did continue her studies.
Grandma's diploma now hangs in my bedroom. I'm quite proud of her for her scholarly achievement -- mediocre math grade, and all!
Thanks again to Cousin Ann for sharing this treasure with me!