This report card issued to John
Abbott's father, Roy Abbott, in 1912. John's father wrote the
following in a "journal" he kept:
"Only country school I went to, High Hill School about
10 or 12 miles east of Howard, Kansas, 13 years old, Mabel Flory,
teacher, 7th grade".
This was written during the 1911/1912
school year. John observes, "His parents were divorced in 1911
and he was living with his maternal grandparents in Elk Falls.
His grandmother signed the card as his 'parent.' It appears he
didn't complete the school year, since there is no grade for the
last two months, which would have been April and May. His mother
was living in Independence and remarried in June 1912. He apparently
moved to Independence in April to live with her."
John adds, "My wife and I tried
to find High Hill School a few years ago. It appeared from my
father's description that it was in or near Busby, Kansas. We
stopped at a farmhouse near Busby and asked the owner if he knew
were it was located, and he did, but said that it had been torn
down a few years prior to our visit. He took us to the former
location of the school, but indicated that all that was left were
a few stones that had been used for the foundation."
NOTE: The quotations printed on the report card are: "Kind
words are the music of the world" (Faber) and "The first step
to greatness is to be honest" (Johnson).