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School: Blossburg Brick School
Blossburg, Tioga County PA
Year: 1909
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Historic Blossburg High School Burns; Loss About $30,000

Blossburg - Blossburg’s 61-year-old high school was destroyed in a $30,000 fire Sunday night.  The fire was believed to have started in the boiler room.  Before it was discovered to the basement was doomed and the fire had begun its march to the upper stories of the old brick structure.  Supervising Principal M.F. Jones told The Star-Gazette Monday that the loss was about $25,000mon the building and approximately $3,000 on equipment. 

Postmark 1909
 There is partial insurance.  Sought New Building  Loss of the building further  complicates Blossburg’s pressing school problem.  Since the fall of 1933 agitation for a new building to relieve conditions here has been under way.  With the “Brick School” in ruins, arrangements must be made to house 400 grade and high school students.  There are two other grade buildings in Blossburg, the Central and Tannery schools.  In addition it is possible that the building in mid-town, will be used for classes.  The fire was discovered by Mrs. Bradford Connolly who resides in the eastern part of Blossburg.  The Brick School is located  a the top of a hill in the western section.  Firemen found the flames beyond control as the oiled floors and old timbers quickly  caught from the seething basement.  In addition there was a stiff breeze.  Held 400 Students  On the first floor were four rooms for third and fourth grade pupils.  The second floor was devoted to high school class rooms in addition to a large auditorium.  In the basement, besides the boiler room, were science laboratories and other equipment.  The Brick School had been  repaired and renovated many times during its long service.  This season it had 400 students and eight teachers.  What arrangements would be made to provide for the students were incomplete Monday.  The School Board was to meet during the day to study plans for classes.
Valedictory Speech Blossburg High Class of 1936
by Pauline Schultz

 We, the graduating class of 1936, have come to the end of our high school career.  This night marks the completion of our twelve years of planning, studying, and hoping.  The time has passed away so quickly that it is with regret that we leave our school and go into the world of experience to face a future so uncertain.
 Up to this time we have had wise care and direction in our homes and school, but from now on our lives will be more or less in our own hands and it concerns us to know what we should do to make them  successful.
 Living is like traveling.  Life is a journey.  It is a trip through a strange land which we have never seen before, and we never know a moment ahead where we are going next.  We hear strange languages, see strange scenes, meet strange dilemmas, new tangles, new experiences.  Everywhere are confusion, discouragement, and conflict.  How shall we make the journey pleasant?
 What shall our lives be?  Shall we worry them away in idleness and complaint, or shall we, by our deeds, leave footprints along the way?  What ever they will be depends upon ourselves.
 To start our future well we should consider our circumstances, our home, our financial condition, our education, our limitations and upon these determine to build a life worthy of the best that is in us.  To do this it will need ability on our part to rise above our shortcomings, accept our handicaps, and make the best of what we possess.
 We have observed how people sacrifice, labor  and rejoice  together because they love one another.  We have seen this in our family   circles, in our school, and in the community in which we live.  So it is important for us to cultivate friendships -- wide friendships with people in many  walks of life, these older and wiser than we, those younger and happier.  Without friends we  become narrow-minded and self-centered.  We have little thought for others.
 Friends are our inspiration.  We cannot succeed without them.  We share their happiness and seek to be worthy of their esteem.  They make life richer and more significant.  Our friends should be as close to us as D was to Jonathan.
 As soon as these two met, the one a king’s son,,, the other a shepherd boy, they forget their differences and felt that they were  nearer than kindred.  Out of the chaos of the time and the disorder of their own lives they built a new and beautiful world where peace, love and sweet contentment ruled.  Jonathan forgot his pride: David, his ambition.  It was like a smile from God, changing their world for them.  The one was saved from the temptations of a squalid court, and the other from the bitterness of an exile’s life.  The princely soul of Jonathan held no room for jealousy.  David’s frank nature rose to meet the nobility of his friend.  Jonathan withstood his father’s anger to shield his friend.  David was patient with Saul for his son’s sake.  They agreed to be true to each other in their difficult positions.  This bend of friendship  certainly must have been close and tender to have such results in princely generosity and mutual loyalty of soul.
 If we are to get the best out of life, we must put our best into it, for the Bible says,  “As a man soweth, so shall he reap.”  There is a law of exchange that rules in every sphere of life.  If a person wishes a new hat, a suit, or anything he must give something in return for it.  If he wants a well-trained mind, he must study to acquire knowledge.  The same thing holds true in the spiritual world.  To have power over sin and selfishness, ever tongue and temper, and the other evils, or to enjoy to the utmost, one must pay the price - give something in exchange.
 We must choose a vocation.  What each one of  us will do is uncertain.  Of course we have our minds on a certain kind of work, but we enter a world of unemployment and crowded professions,  so we have to take up work other than that which we planned, but what concern should it be to us if we can do the work well  and be happy in the performance of duty?
 Again , we may be among those unable to find employment immediately.  If so, our opportunities for self-improvement will be greater.  We can prepare, in a better way, for life, and we need not be idle, for we can find activities in home, school, church, or community that will help us better ourselves.
 At the beginning of our new life we should make up or minds to be happy.  Start each day with a beautiful thought, a word of praise, or a kind deed.  Observe the beauties of nature - the flowers, the birds, the sky, and the stars.  Se good in those around us and each day of our lives will grow brighter.
 No life is complete unless inspired by great ideals.  We should have before us constantly something great to strive for.  Woodrow Wilson once said, “No man that does not see visions will ever realize any high hope, or undertake any high purpose.”  If a definite aim exists in our minds, our thoughts and plans are all directed toward the making of that dream a reality.
 Perhaps o man, except Washington, did so much to win the Revolutionary War as did Benedict Arnold, but he forgot his ideals and became a much despised person.  Not so with Washington.  He declined to make use of his influence for his own purposes.  He refused bribes and gifts, and disciplined his soldiers who forgot patriotism;  and today he is praised and his name dishonored as one of the greatest in history.
 Because of what we do or say or the way we act the life of someone will be different.  Our influence may build up or tear down.  It may spread cheer or gloom, create good will for discord, encourage evil or good, elevate or degrade.  Hence our community will, to a great extent, be made by the force which we exert on those about us.
 As we proceed on this journey of life, we notice that there are two roads which we may follow.  One has a gradual upward slant.  Everything at its beginning looks sunny and happy, but a little farther on it slopes downward and is full of sorrows, disappointments, and evils, and finally ends in tragedy.  The other road leads upward and is every hard to climb.  It is full of difficulties, but its end is beautiful.  It is sunny, happy and cheerful, and it leads to complete enjoyment.
 The first is traveled by those who would enjoy life without sharing its burdens.  The second is for those willing to undergo a few hardships, those who are willing to pay for what they get.  Therefor let us take the latter and go forward remembering that the outcome depends upon ourselves, and if we are not so  successful as we would wish to be, let us practice that grand virtue of patience and stand firm at the post of duty where God places us and give to life the best that we have and we may be assured that the best will come back to us.

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