This full-size (14″ x 17″) certificate dates back to just before the Great Depression, when, apparently, the city of San Francisco was in good enough financial shape to issue official paperwork to even the student body vice presidents of a local junior high school.
Perhaps the gesture was meant to spur interest in politics, or was simply thanks to someone child-friendly over at city hall. Regardless, my grandmother kept this certificate, awarded to her at age 14, for the rest of her life. (Click here to see a larger version of this document.)
City & County of San Francisco Department of Elections
I, JH Zemansky, Registrar of Voters in and for the City and County of San Francisco, State of California, do hereby certify that an election held in said City and County on the 1st day of June, AD, Nineteen Hundred and Twenty Eight, Magdalene Gersitz was elected to the office of Third Vice-President, Student Body, John Swett Junior High School, as appears by the Official Returns of said election and the Statement of Votes cast, on file in the Office of the Registrar of Voters.
Witness my hand and Seal as Registrar of Voters in and for the City and County of San Francisco this 1st day of June, AD, One Thousand Nine Hundred and 28.
State of California, City and County of San Francisco
I do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California, and that I will faithfully discharged the duties of the office of Third Vice-President, Student Body, John Swett Junior High School to the best of my ability.
Subscribed and sworn before me this 6th day of June, 1928