|BFS Commencement and Important Announcements
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, June 6, 1914
This week, your friendly historian decided to time-travel back one hundred years to the 1913-1914 school year at BFS. Turning once again to The Brooklyn Daily Eagle at one of my favorite sites, fultonhistory.com, I found this page containing the article, “Friends School to Have Annex,“ which gave an overview of our school’s Commencement exercises of June 5, 1914. The article also included two special announcements from Chairman of the School’s Board of Trustees Will Walter Jackson: Ella Woodward’s appointment as Head of our school’s Lower Division and, more importantly, the school’s September, 1914 expansion into the adjacent brownstone at 116 Schermerhorn, what would later be known at BFS as the Phebe Anna Thorne High School building, named after the noted Quaker philanthropist whose estate purchased 116 Schermerhorn for BFS. Mr. Jackson also mentioned that “plans have been drawn for a new gymnasium building, and that through the generosity of some friends of the school we may soon have that much-needed addition to our plant.” Despite those plans and ready donors, the gymnasium would not materialize until 1917 (I understand that is a heated story, so we’ll save it for another day).
|Excerpted from the transcript of Ernest R. Palmer, BFS Class of 1914
Mr. Palmer died in 1949 at the age of 52, see page 4 of The Millburn and Short Hills Item, Dec. 8, 1949
|Look closely and one can see the stoop of the brownstone at 116 Schermerhorn,
mentioned by Will Walter Jackson at the 1914 Commencement.
BFS was gifted that brownstone by the estate of Phebe Anna Thorne.