(Kendrick & Hoff collections, TESHS)
A Whole-House Exhibit at the Trail End State Historic Site
March 2014 - December 2015
Trail End overlooking Sheridan, circa 1912 (Gwinn Collection, SCHS)
State Historic Site
ALONG WITH HER brother, Rosa-Maye (1897-1979) was home-schooled until 1908 when the family moved into town and the kids began attending classes at local grammar schools
Rosa-Maye attended her first classes at Taylor and later Hill School, from which she graduated in 1911. She began classes at Sheridan High School in 1912, where she maintained a solid B average and served as president of the Girls Glee Club. In those days, Sheridan High School was located on Lewis Street – just down the hill from Trail End – where Sheridan Junior High School stands today.
After her father’s successful entry into the world of politics in 1914, the family moved to Cheyenne. Instead of attending public school there, Rosa-Maye was sent to Ely Court, a girls’ boarding school in Greenwich, Connecticut. In the spring of 1915, after much negotiation between Ely Court and Sheridan High, Rosa-Maye was allowed to return to Sheridan to graduate with her class:
On the day of June second the class of ’15 made great preparations for graduating. We wore grey caps and gowns and carried white roses tied with the class colors, rose and green. We were seated at the Orpheum [theater] in a circle and thirty-five came forward to receive diplomas.
After graduating from Sheridan High School and completing a much-needed college preparatory course at Ely Court (her homeschooling left her lacking in the areas of math and science), Rosa-Maye attended Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, from which she graduated in 1920.
In 1927, Rosa-Maye married Hubert Harmon (1892-1957) at All Souls Church in Washington D.C. A West Point graduate and Army pilot, Hubert had a successful military career. When he met Rosa-Maye, he was a White House aide. He was later the military attaché at the Court of St. James in London and an instructor at West Point.
Like Rosa-Maye, Manville attended Taylor and Hill schools. By the time he was old enough for high school, however, he did not go to Sheridan High. Instead, he had to transfer Cheyenne High School because his father was the governor of Wyoming and had to live in the capital city. While at CHS, Manville was an active member of the high school cadet corps (a sort of forerunner of ROTC) and participated in several statewide competitions of military preparedness.
After just a few months, John Kendrick sent his son off to Phillips-Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire. While there, Manville did not excel in his academic pursuits. Like his sister, some of Manville's preparatory work had been less than adequate; throughout his academic career, for example, he failed miserably in mathematics. Nevertheless, by the summer of 1918, Manville had graduated from PEA and was bound for Harvard.
Despite mediocre grades, a serious bout with the Spanish Influenza, and the distractions of Boston's night life, Manville graduated from Harvard in 1922 with a bachelor's degree in government. He then went on to attend Ames Agricultural College in Iowa, where he mastered many of the skills that would later help him when he began management of the Kendrick Cattle Company.
Following Ames, Manville returned to Sheridan to live and work. He ended his bachelor days in 1929 when he married Clara Diana Cumming (1901-1987), the daughter of U. S. Surgeon General Hugh Smith Cumming, at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. Diana was a popular Washington debutante who surprised all her friends by forsaking city life for the wilds of Wyoming. Manville and Diana moved into Trail End, where they raised their two children.
Typical boys, John and Hugh (named for their grandfathers) often drove their mother to distraction with their rowdiness and collective untidiness. Diana good-naturedly looked forward to their trips to the ranches or to visit family in Texas and Virginia:
The house seems deserted without our noisy brats. I hope they calm down away from home, but much as we will miss them, this will be a nice trip for them, and give me a chance to go over their room and do some much needed eliminating.
Before they went away to their father’s old boarding school (Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire), John and Hugh attended Sheridan’s Hill School, located near the present junior high school. It was at Phillips Exeter that Hugh passed away in 1952, the victim of a pulmonary embolism (blood clot) caused by hitting his leg on the side of the pool during swim team practice. He was eighteen years old.
Because of Hubert’s demanding career, the Harmons didn’t visit often. When they did, they spent much of their time at the family’s OW Ranch in southeastern Montana. There the four cousins played and rode together under their grandmother’s watchful eye.