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Posted June 7, 2015

Graduation Certificate

Children across Fort Worth are celebrating their freedom this week as they start their summer breaks from school. The scene was not much different in the 1880s.

This certificate of promotion from Fort Worth’s City Public Schools certifies that Susie Gambrell completed the ninth grade during the 1884-1885 school year.

The certificate was signed by her teacher, Belle Cook, and principal, Walter D. Gerard.

Susie Gambrell lived with her mother at 218 Belknap St., at the north end of Throckmorton Street. She was a student at the high school, which was on the west side of Burnett Street, between Fifth and Sixth streets.

The Fort Worth Library has approximately 10,000 items pertaining to the history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. These items include city and county government documents, newspapers, directories, cemetery association records, maps as well as popular and scholarly books written by local authors or about local subjects. To learn more, call 817-392-7740 or email the Genealogy, History and Archives Section.

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