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28 Acknowledgements and a Request I would like to thank many people who helped me with this project. Here are some of them: Mr. Karl Hauck, a retired Social Studies teacher (1963 to 2000) at St. X., is currently school Archivist. He constantly gave me encouragement and good advice; shared his knowledge with me often and led me to a valuable primary source: The Registry of St. Xavier College: 1840-1869 . In 1981, he, along with a group of students, assembled and wrote: A Century and a Half: St. Xavier High School: 1831-1981. Mr. Karl Hauck’s mother Mrs. Florence Hauck, gathered and assembled: St. Xavier High School Student Roster 1841-1981 (Incomplete), from Index cards and a huge circular Rolodex file that was kept in the Alumni Office. Some Index cards still remain today, but the big Rolodex itself along with all its valuable information has now been thrown out. Fr. Tom Kennealy, S.J., Archivist at Xavier University and his assistant, Mr. Tim McCabe, provided access to valuable resources and information in the Xavier University Archives. They also pursued and completed a project to digitalize the The Registry of St. Xavier College: 1840-1869. Future researchers will now be able to utilize this Registry in their research. St. Xavier High School, Xavier University and the Midwest Jesuit Archives will in the near future have copies of this treasured document. Mr. David P. Miros and Ms. Mary Struckel of the Midwest Jesuit Archives in St. Louis gave me access to their Archival collection, and helped me sort through their treasured documents, articles and pictures. Ms. Emily Geisel and Mr. Justin Wilson of the IT department, Mr. Isaac Watras, Ms. Jynefir Slusher, Ms. Colleen King, along with Mr. Tony Schad and the many members of Alumni-Development Team helped me with numerous computer issues. Mr. Mark Motz provided proofreading of the document. Ms. Jennifer Donahue obtained books for me through Interlibrary Loan; Fr. Fran Daly S.J. let me borrow his copies of Garraghan’s, The Jesuits of the Middle United States; Mr. Jim Sicking (’56) lent me his copy of Lamott’s, History of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. And last but not least, Mr. John R. O’Leary, a faculty member who taught me Geometry when I was a student downtown at St. X. He was a true gentleman and a scholar, an excellent teacher who made me think clearly and work hard. At the end of each school year, he asked students to keep in touch by sending him letters addressed to the school. He promised to write back. I feel bad now that I never wrote him. Recently, while organizing and putting up the Living Walls project, working on the “In the Line of Duty” segment, I came across clippings from local newspapers in our Archives, which he had originally cut out and saved. When he died, the O’Leary family offered the clippings (and some of the correspondence) to the school. The clippings were of St. Xavier grads serving in the Armed Forces during the Second World War; they gave details of promotions, heroic actions, injuries or death. Having these records made my research of WWII events so much easier. When I began this article on the early history of the school, I found his 1947 M.Ed. paper written for the University of Cincinnati, while he was already teaching at St. Xavier. The paper was entitled: “The Historical Development of St. Xavier High School, Cincinnati, Ohio.” I knew then that my work would be clear, well thought out, and historically accurate. May he rest in peace. To the people above and to all who helped me, I sincerely give thanks.

History of St. Xavier (The Early Years)  
History of St. Xavier (The Early Years)  

Early history of St. Xavier High School researched and written by Fr. Dennis Ahern, S.J.