Looking back in Springfield: 1902 kindergarten class

The first kindergarten class in Springfield was held at the East Side Chapel at the northeast corner of Main and Water streets.

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The class was established under the sponsorship of Mrs. Bessie Black Martin, wife of local lawyer Paul C. Martin and one of the founders of the East Side Chapel, a mission church of Covenant Presbyterian.

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This photo, taken in April 1902 shows teacher Mrs. Gertrude Boughier with her students, some of whom are identified: Margaret Kennedy, Edith Enisman, John Dolan, Mabel Steinkamp, Robert Scanlan, John Groeber, Mae Lauer, Myer Gross, and Paul Scanlan.