Birdie Cherico Scheid Scrapbook
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Birdie Marie Cherico grew up in Austin with her parents John and Ida (Frey) Cherico and 3 siblings. Birdie was born on August 26, 1907, graduated from John T. Allan junior high school on June 1, 1922 and from Austin Public High School in January of 1925. Upon her high school graduation she was awarded a Board of Regents scholarship in 1925 that entitled her to an exemption from the matriculation fee at the University of Texas. The scholarship was offered to only the student of the highest standing among their gender in the graduation class of each high school. She then graduated from The University of Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in 1929. Phi Beta Kappa honors for scholastic excellence were bestowed upon her in 1929. After college she taught physical education at Orange High School and it is in Orange, Texas that she met Mr. Morris Scheid. The two married on September 9, 1933 in Dallas, Texas.
Birdie returned to Austin with her husband in 1939, and they built their home in Brykerwoods. When Birdie was 40, the Scheids adopted two children, a boy and a girl, ages 1 and 2, that were natural brother and sister. Birdie taught school in Austin Independent School District for 25 years at schools such as Pease, O'Henry and Brykerwood. Birdie died October 29, 1996 in Austin, Texas.
This scrapbook contains a collection of various items related to the early life of Birdie Cherico Scheid and spans the years from 1922 to 1934 with the majority of items pertaining to her academic life from junior high school through college. Included are letters of congratulations for her various scholastic achievements, event programs including her high school and college graduation programs, invitations, cards, mementos, newspaper clippings of her wedding and scholastic accomplishments, dance cards, certificates of achievements and photographs. Of interest are notes that Birdie wrote next to some of the items providing insight into the thoughts of an Austin student in the 1920s. In addition there are letters from 1934 forwarded to Birdie from 706 Trinity Street (Birdie's childhood home) from her sister Mrs. Herbert Beeson that offer insight into the hardship of finding work during this time period.
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Scrapbook was purchased by donor at an estate sale.
Birdie Cherico Scheid Scrapbook (AR.2010.013). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/2010/024
Donation Date: 2010
Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2010.
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