Old School Photographs:
Students and teachers in
Carroll County Schools circa 1890 to 1930
Compiled by Jeff Duvall and Mimi Ashcraft
Updated July 2016
Introduction to Old School Photographs
This unique resource is based on photographs of children and teachers in Carroll County schools from the 1890s through the early 1900s and is presented in four sections:
1) Alphabetical listing of all students, teachers, and other persons in this collection of photographs together with the school and year they attended
2) School classes – all students, teachers, and other persons associated with an individual school at a certain date – listed alphabetically by school/date
3) Photographs with student and teacher names
4) List of schools – includes school location and current status (whether demolished, abandoned, converted for other use, etc.)
Many of the photos were selected from the “Good Ole Days” – a series of very old class photographs published by the Carroll County Times in the early 1960s, although this project does not include every school photograph in that series. Other school photographs came from private collections or from other newspapers which also covered Carroll County such as The Carroll Record (a Taneytown and Hampstead paper no longer published), the Union Bridge Pilot, and the Hanover (PA) Evening Sun or the Hanover Sun.
The photo quality ranges from excellent to very poor and the images are the best currently available. Some photos do not have names attached. Photos extracted from the Carroll County Times Archive (available on the Carroll County Public Library website) tend to be of poor quality because of the processes involved in creating the Archive. Scans of old newspaper clippings from the school files at the Historical Society of Carroll County are generally better, but still suffer from reproduction. The best images are usually those from private collections where there was access to an original photo or a good copy.
Example of Variations in Photo Quality
Please keep in mind that the persons listed in the captions might be incorrect since many years may have elapsed between the time the photo was taken and identifications were made. Occasionally, a name appears twice in the same photo.
I wish better copies of the photos were available, but this is all that are currently available. Thanks to Mimi Ashcraft for tracking down newspaper clippings in the school files at the Historical Society of Carroll County and providing the location and current status of the school buildings where possible. It is hoped this project, as it grows with input of additional photos and names, will provide another piece of the history of Carroll County and allow you to see your ancestors, their friends, and classmates from earlier times. If you wish to check for possible coverage of additional schools and their students, contact the Carroll County Genealogical Society or the Historical Society of Carroll County. If you possess good quality old school photos and want to contribute them to this resource, you can also contact CCGS at: firstname.lastname@example.org . You can access the Carroll County Times Archive covering newspapers from the years 1911-2015 on the Carroll County Public Library website to see more photos.
Photographs & Lists
Contributors to This Project
The Carroll County Genealogical Society is grateful to the following who have contributed photographs and/or newspaper clippings to this project as of July 2016:
Miriam F. Beck
Sue Ruddick Bloom
Shirley B. Brown
Historical Society of Carroll County
George and Ann Parry Horvath
Manchester History Center
Dr. R. Gary Roop
Dorinda Shepley and Mid-Maryland Roots
Helen Tracy Totura