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2006 Graduate – Jamie Lothamer


Jamie LothamerMarshall, located the Kalamazoo River, is the county seat of Calhoun County and is in the center of the county. Marshall is best known for its historic preservation of Victorian homes and turn-of-the-century architecture in the downtown area. Established in1830, town founders Sidney and George Ketchum named the community for Chief Justice John Marshall of Virginia whom they greatly admired. This occurred five years before Marshall’s death and was the first of dozens of communities and counties named for him. John Marshall was an American statesman and jurist who greatly influenced American constitutional law. Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice of the United States, serving from February 4, 1801 until his death on July 6, 1835.

The early settlers expected the town to become Michigan’s state capital. Marshall was nominated in 1839 but lost to Lansing, then a village of eight registered voters in 1847. However, at this point, Marshall had become the switching center for the Michigan Central Railroad which kept it booming and growing during the Civil war era. In 1872 the rail yards were moved to Jackson and Marshall seemed to slumber.

During the 19th century the small city was touched lightly by U.S. history in three areas: education, abolition and unionism.
Two Marshall Citizens, Rev. John D. Pierce and lawyer Isaac E. Crary, innovated the Michigan school system and established it as part of the state constitution.

Marshall was a station on the Underground Railroad and a strong anti-slavery town.

The third touch of U.S. history was the founding of a union called the Brotherhood of the Footboard in 1863. A few months later members realized that most people didn’t know what a footboard was, so they changed the union to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, still on e of the country’s strongest railroad unions.

30% of Marshall Residents age 25 and older have a bachelor’s or advanced college degree.

Please meet a Marshal Citizen that will someday soon join the ranks of the 30%.

This is Citizens’ High School Graduate Jamie Lothamer. Jamie completed all the requirements for a high school diploma in December of 2005. Jamie’s family moved to Marshal from Texas at the end of her junior year.

Jamie loved the Texas School system. The love affair died when she reached Marshall. She was so disappointed in difference she made a poor decision and dropped out. Her family was very concerned and supportive. The lovingly encouraged her to finish somehow. Jamie researched her options and discovered that Citizens’ High School was her best option to finish her diploma requirements.

After earning her diploma, Jamie told us how excited she was to be entering college. She plans to attend Kellogg Community College for her Associates’ Degree and then head back to Northern Texas for a bachelors’ in Business Administration.

We here at Citizens’ High School have every confidence in Jamie’s talents and we know she will succeed. She already has……

Miss Jamie Lothamer is Citizens’ High School
“Graduate of the Month” for April 2006.