From 1893 until a 1970 merger with Ladywood, the St. Agnes Academy was an all-girls college preparatory high school operated by the Sisters of Providence. Six years later, the Sisters sold the Ladywood-St. Agnes property to Cathedral High School under the condition that the new school would be co-ed.

How did this week’s Penny Post early-1900 image of this prominent Indianapolis Catholic girl’s school find its way from Missouri to West Virginia?

Postmarked: MAR 6, 1911, Flaxton, W. VA., 6-AM

Message on Front:
Elizabeth got the hare barrets (or bands), likes it well
From dad

Message on Back:
Pleasant Hill, MO 3-4-1911 [why do you not write]

Dear Children, well this is Saturday afternoon. Just finished the Washington and got a letter form Greg Stevens and he wants the swing bad but not at his price will I sell. Offered be $1150.00 and I not sell at that price after carring it through the winter. I have a chance now to buy 200 acres of land. All heavy good saw timber. 7000 feet per acre, half Pine 30 in. in diamiter, 3-16 feet logs, same size in Dent County MO., land is all good & level. 100 acres free of stone. Price $1600 cash

Addressed to:
Mrs. Goldie Stone
Flaxton, West VA
(Mason Co.)

A penny for your thoughts … Do you know anyone who attended the St. Agnes Academy? Did they share any more about it?

Check out Friday Favorite: Laurel Hall, Hidden Treasure to learn more about Indianapolis’ all-girl Catholic school history.