[C.1880s Albumen Photograph of Cadets at Cayuga Lake Military Academy, Aurora, New York].
Photograph of a group of eight military cadets in uniform at Cayuga Lake Military Academy in Aurora, New York. A shield hanging above crossed swords, identifies the academy.
Two large American flags, Japanese lanterns, and a chandelier decorated with greenery hang from the ceiling. A martial panoply including drums, swords, and military caps and a rack of rifles with bayonets and dumbbells are displayed on the back wall.
One cadet is identified as Walter Douglas Young, Cornell University Class of 1892. Young was born in 1870 in Aurora, New York. After graduating from Cornell, he worked as an electrical engineer for the B&O Railroad and was president of The Electromechanical Company in Baltimore. His was in the Maryland National Guard signal corps and coast artillery. In the First World War he was a major in the Engineer Corps, US Army. Young died in Maryland in 1945.
“The original Cayuga Lake Academy (CLA) was founded in 1798 as a public school. The building was converted into a military academy following the proposition of Colonel J.C. Wright in 1882. The school existed for 18 years with Colonel Wright as principal of the Academy. ... Eight professors taught classes, which included Greek Science, Latin Elocution, and Military Tactics. Students attended the Academy from as far north as Canada and as far south as Mexico and Cuba.”¹
Description: [C.1880s Albumen Photograph of Cadets at Cayuga Lake Military Academy, Aurora, New York].
[Aurora, New York, ca. 1880s]. Albumen Photograph on mount. Image 6 x 8¼ inches; overall, 8 x 10 inches. Wear to corners of mount; some staining not affecting image; good.
Note. 1. Cayuga Lake Military Academy 1892 - Village of Aurora accessed online.