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Esther Eloise McGilvra, as a Swimmer

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Esther Eloise McGilvra, member of the Menomonie High School class of 1905, depicted as a swimmer, next to a wooden diving board. Part of a yearbook created by classmate Albert Hansen, based on a class prophecy theme.


Image ID: 7948

Creation Date: 1905 

Creator Name: Hansen, Albert

City: Menomonie

County: Dunn

State: Wisconsin

Collection Name: Hansen, Albert, 1886-1979 : Papers, 1899-1980

Genre: Photograph

Original Format Type: photographic print, b&w

Original Format Number: M82-255

Original Dimensions: 5 x 7 inches


Page 52 of 70. Prophecy on page 51 reads, "Esther McGilvra realizing that swimming is one of the few perfect physical exercises has decided to impart her knowledge of the fine art in which she is so well accomplished to the younger generation, in order that they might receive benefits that would enable them to have a perfect physique. She has taken advantage of that beautiful stream Mud Creek in which to expound to her pupils the necessity of being able to swim. For during her career she has saved two cats and a dog from the horrors of the boundless deep." Esther Eloise McGilvra married class mate Louis G. Seely in May 1909. The couple moved to Washington State, but later came back to the Midwest, settling in Minnesota. Information about Esther Eloise McGilvra has been researched through contemporary newspaper articles and U.S. census data.


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