I'm always amazed when a paper item like this commencement program for the Derby High School Class of 1910, now 107 years old and in the Lucas County Historical Society collection, turns up in pristine condition.
It came to the society more than 20 years ago from the late Virginia Mart (1920-2000), of Derby, so she's the person responsible for taking such good care of it. Her father was Loy Henry George, one of the four members of the graduating class.
The covers are stock, probably provided by the printer who handled the beautifully done interior pages, punched and bound with pink ribbon.
A class photograph accompanies the program and shows (from left) Principal J. H. Riggle and graduates Ethel R. Johnston, Frank T. Spencer, LaVede F. Bremer and Loy H. George.
Loy married Claire M. Fulton at Russell during 1917 and was a rural mail carrier in the Derby area by trade. His health was fragile after a 1918 attack of influenza, however, and by the time their only child, Virginia, was born during 1920 he already had begun a five-year battle with tuberculosis that would claim his life during 1925.
Many members of this family, including Virginia and her father, are buried in the Derby Cemetery.