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JPS Discovers Rare Photograph Of Theodore Roosevelt

President Theodore Roosevelt is pictured with Jamestown High School staff and students with a tree that had been dedicated in his honor in front of the school building.
This photo of President Theodore Roosevelt speaking outside the former Jamestown High School building was recently unearthed from the Jamestown Public Schools District’s archive.

The Jamestown Public Schools District recently discovered a rare photograph of Theodore Roosevelt speaking outside the former Jamestown High School building that was demolished in the mid-1930s.

According to a post on the district’s Facebook page, with help from the Fenton History Center and the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University, JPS discovered that the photo dates back to a visit to Western New York by then-former President Roosevelt in 1910 ahead of that year’s election. Roosevelt delivered an address to a capacity crowd in the courtyard of JHS before paying a visit to a tree that was dedicated in his honor in front of the school building — a moment documented in the 1911 edition of the JHS Red & Green annual yearbook.

The old Jamestown High School was demolished in 1934 before the new, current building opened to students in 1935. The 1910 elm tree ended up being cut down, but another elm was planted in front of the current Jamestown High School building on Second Street to commemorate the 100 anniversary of Roosevelt’s visit. That tree was a gift from the Jamestown High School Class of 2011.

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