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that this record will help them later in life to recall and, for the moment, to relive those happy days. If, perchance, it also helps to keep alive their love for Abington and the spirit of the class of 1921, it will have accomplished what its editors have dared hope for only in their wildest dreams. The second aim has been to record the activities of each class, club, and team of the school during the year, knowing that these reports will inspire each organization to better next year the excellent achievements of the past term.
Such an issue could not possibly be a “Senior Issue” in the usual sense of the expression, nor could it be a typical “Year Book.” The staff has, in every case, printed the best and most appropriate material obtainable and therefore offers no apology for what has or has not been published.
In order to issue the ‘1 Oracle’’ ’ before the close of school the work must be done during the busiest part of the year, before the term is actually over. Only unsatisfactory, incomplete material can be obtained under these conditions. By leaving the work of preparing and publishing the “Oracle” until after the athletic seasons, the final rush of examinations, and graduation exercises are over, material of a much better grade and of a more complete nature can be secured. For these reasons the staff has delayed the publishing of the June Issue until this time.
N publishing this issue of the “Oracle” the staff has had two purposes in view. The first was to furnish the graduating class with a record of
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Foreword - - - -
Senior Biographies -
Class History -
President’s Address -
Class Roll Call -
Class Poem -
Class Song -
Competition—W. S. Louchheim
Alma Mater -
Journalism in High School—W. R. Sassaman
Athletics and the Youth—O. W. Brock
The Class of 1922 -
The Class of 1923
The Class of 1924 -
The Glee Clubs -
The Senior Play - - -
The Debating Team -
The Oracle Staff -
The Librarians -
The Orchestra -
The Art Club -
The Girl’s Basketball Club ...
The Athletic Association -
The Football Team -
The Girl’s Basketball Team -
The Boy’s Basketball Team -
The Interclass Basketball Championship
Teams The Baseball Team The Track Team The Swimming Team Advertisements
WALTER SASSAMAN. Editor-in-chief JOSEPH HUNTER, Assistant
WILLIAM LOUCHHEIM, Business Manager. KENNARD GREGORY, Circulation Manager.
MAUD STEVENSON, Literary Editor.
ELEANOR BEICKER KATHLEEN SERCOMBE EDNA DONBAVAND
ANNA SJOSTROM CAROLINE CHUBB
PAUL SASSAMAN, Athletic Editor.
MARTIN EVOY DOROTHY REEVES
GRACE ANGLADA HELEN PEIRSON
Entered as second class matter October 6. 1914 at the Post Office at Abington. Pa., under theAct of March 3, 1879.
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ANDERSON, JOSEPHINE GIJERNESY Born, January 23, 1904.
Entered from Jenkintown High School; Glee Club.
Glee Club; Chorus, “Bulbul”; G. B. C.; Athletic Association.
Art Club; Athletic Association; G. B. C.; Class Artist.
ANGLADA, GRACE BERTHA Born, July 26, 1903.
Entered from Erasmus Hall, Brooklyn, New York City; Glee Club.
Adriana, “Comedy of Errors”; Exchange Editor, “The Oracle”; Art Club; Class Artist.
ANGLADA, JEANETTE SOFIA
Born, August 9, 1902.
Entered from Erasmus Hall, Brooklyn, New York City. Glee Club; Dramatic Club; Basketball Team.
G. B. C.; Athletic Association.
Nun, “Comedy of Errors”; Wardrobe Mistress, “Comedy of Errors”; G. B. C.; Basketball Team; Class Basketball Team; Class Presentations.
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BIECKER, ELEANOR MARIE Born, April 8, 1903.
Entered from Abington Grammar School.
Vice-president Glee Club; Chorus, “Bulbul”; G. B. C.; Class Reporter, “The Oracle.”
Glee Club; Chorus, “The Gypsy Rover”; G. B. C.; Literary Editor, “The Oracle”; Aemilia, “Comedy of Errors”; Class Song, Words.
BROCK. OLIVER WOLCOTT Born, November 20, 1901 .
Entered from Abington Grammar School; Class Treasurer; Class Baseball Team.
Dramatic Club; Assistant Librarian; Class Football Team; Class Baseball Team.
Athletic Editor, “The Oracle”; Class Football Team; Class Track Team; Class Basketball Team; Tennis Team.
Executive Committee of Athletic Association; Anti-pholus of Ephesus, “Comedy of Errors”; Debating Team; Football Team; Class Track Team; Class Basketball Team.
BROCK, JOSEPH SPENCER, JR.
Born, September 20,1903.
Entered from Abington Grammar School.
Glee Club; Literary Editor, Junior Oracle.
Chief Librarian; Luce, “Comedy of Errors.”
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CARTER, JENNIE HARRIS
Born, December 13,1903.
Entered from Abington Grammar School.
Glee Club; Chorus, “Bulbul”; Athletic Association.
Luciana, “Comedy of Errors”; Glee Club; Chorus, “The Gypsy Rover”; G. B. C.; Athletic Association.
CHRIST, JOHN EDWIN, JR.
Born, January 6, 1904.
Entered from Weldon Grammar School.
Class Basketball; Class Track.
Soldier, ‘ Comedy of Errors”; Class Basketball Team.
CONWAY, ELEANOR MARY Born, June 14, 1903.
Entered from Abington Grammar School.
Dramatic Club; Glee Club; Class Basketball Team.
Glee Club; Chorus, “Bulbul”; Class Basketball Team; G. B. C.
Glee Club; Chorus, “The Gypsy Rover”; Basketball Team; Class Basketball Team; G. B. C.; Nun, “Comedy of Errors”; Wardrobe Mistress, “Comedy of Errors.”
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CROASDALE, JESSE BENJAMIN Horn, May 19, 1904.
Entered from Feasterville High Scliool; Soldier, Comedy of Errors”; Class Basketball Team; Baseball Team; Class Track Team.
DABNEY, RUSSELL WELLINGTON
Horn, January 30, 1904.
Entered from Abington Grammar School.
Hobo Dance, Variety Program; Class Basketball Team.
DOLTON, FLORENCE MABEL
Born, April 20,1904.
Entered from Feasterville High School; Athletic Association.
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DOOLITTLE, MARTHA HARRIET Born, July 4, 1903.
Entered from Weldon Grammar School; Glee Club.
Minor part, “Engaged by Wednesday.” 1920—1921.
Athletic Association; Class Prophecy.
FOSTER, DORIS AMANDA Born. May 5, 1904.
Entered from Weldon Grammar School; Class Basketball Team.
Class' Basketball Team.
Glee Club; Athletic Association; Class Basketball Team.
Glee Club; Chorus, “The Gypsy Rover”; Athletic Association.
FOX, ROBERT SCATTERGOOD Born, May 21, 1902.
Entered from Darby High School.
Junior Oracle Staff; Glee Club; Class Track Team.
Pinch, “Comedy of Errors”; Glee Club; Lord Craven, “The Gypsy Rover”; Debating Team; Class Historian.
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GREGORY, KENNARD WILLIAM
Born, November 11, 1902.
Entered from Weldon Grammar School.
Class Treasurer; Assistant Circulation Manager, “The Oracle"; President, Boys’ Glee Club; Dosay, “Bulbul"; Minstrel Show.
Class Treasurer; Art Club; Debating Team; Glee Club; Librarian; Sir George Martindale, “The Gypsy Rover"; Solinus, “Comedy of Errors"; Circulation Manager, “The Oracle."
HERRMANN, GEORGE RAYMOND Born, December 12. 1902.
Entered from Saw Mill Hill Grammar School.
Class Basketball Team; Track Team.
Class Football Team; Class Basketball Team; Track Team; Class Track Team.
Merchant, “Comedy of Errors;" Athletic Association; Class Football Team; Manager Football; Class Basketball; Class Track; Track Team.
HOPPER, EDWIN WILLIAM
Horn, February 28, 1898.
Entered from West Pikeland High School; Glee Club.
Minstrel Show; Limit, “Bulbul”; Glee Club.
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KESLER, WALTER BERNARD
Born, November 9, 1903.
Entered from North Glenside Grammar School.
Glee Club; Chorus, “Bulbul”; Minstrel Show.
Glee Club; Rob, “The Gypsy Rover”; Balthazar. “Comedy of Errors.”
KRIPS, FLORENCE ALINE Born, September U), 1002.
Entered from Abington Grammar School; Class Reporter, “The Oracle”; Glee Club.
Minor part, “Engaged by Wednesday”; Class Reporter, “The Oracle”; Glee Club; Dramatic Club.
Exchange Editor, “The Oracle”; Glee Club; Athletic Association.
Prompter, “Comedy of Errors”; Athletic Association; Class Prophecy.
LANING, MARY LOUISE
Born, June 11, 1902.
Entered from Abington Grammar School.
Class Reporter, “The Oracle”; Glee Club; Athletic Association; Basketball Team; Class Basketball Team; G. B. C.; Chorus, “Bulbul.”
Athletic Association; Assistant Librarian; Basketball Team; Class Basketball Team; Treasurer, G. B. C.
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LEVER, E. LEONORE
Horn, May 26, 1904.
Entered from Abington Grammar School.
Glee Club; Chorus, “Bulbul”; Athletic Association ; G. B. C.
Phryne, “Comedy of Errors”; Alumni Editor, “The Oracle”; President Glee Club; Chorus, “The Gypsy Rover”; Athletic Association; Assistant Librarian; G. B. C.; Class Presentations.
LOUCHHEIM, WILLIAM SANDEL Dorn, December 23, 190.' .
Entered from Abington Grammar School.
Class Secretary; Dramatic Club; Assistant Librarian; Class Basketball Team.
Assistant Business Manager, Athletic Editor, “The Oracle”; Athletic Association; Football 2d Team; Class Football; Baseball 2d Team; Class Basketball Team.
Class President; Dromio of Ephesus, “Comedy of Errors”; Executive Committee, “Comedy of Errors”; Business Manager, “The Oracle”; Debating Team; Football Team; Class Football Team; Manager of Baseball; Basketball Team.
MARTINDALE, EMILY CORNELL Horn, December 15, 1903.
Entered from Feasterville High School; Athletic Association,
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NEUBER, MABEL B.
Born, December 3, 1901.
Entered from Weldon Grammar School.
Glee Club; Chorus, “Bulbul.”
Glee Club; Chorus, “The Gypsy Rover.”
NOBLE, GEORGE GRAVES Born, August 16, 1903.
Entered from Weldon Grammar School; Football Team; Track Team.
Football Team; Track Team; Basketball Team.
Executive Committee, Athletic Association; Football Team; Track Team; Basketball Team; Manager Tennis; Class Track Team.
Class Vice-president; House Manager, “Comedy of Errors”; Football Team; Track Team; Captain, Basketball Team; Swimming Team; Class Track Team.
ROBERTS, HELEN FREELAND
Bom, J u ne 2, 1902.
Entered from Weldon Grammar School; Class Basketball Team.
Glee Club; Class Basketball Team.
Class Basketball Team.
Publicity Committee, “Comedy of Errors”; Class Will.
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ROBINSON, LUCY BEATRICE Horn, November 24, 1903.
Entered from Germantown High School; Glee Club.
Basketball Team; Class Basketball Team; G. B. C.; Glee Club; Chorus “Bulbul.”
Basketball Team; Class Basketball Team; G. B. C.; Treasurer, “Comedy of Errors.”
Horn, July 2, 1904.
Entered from Weldon Grammar School.
Dromio of Syracuse, “Comedy of Errors”; Class Basketball Team; Class Track Team; Class Football Team.
SASSAMAN, WALTER R.
Born, April 11, 1903.
Entered from Weldon Grammar School; Class Football Team; Class Basketball Team; Class Baseball Team; Tennis Team.
Class Treasurer; Class Football Team; Class Basketball Team; Tennis Team.
Vice-president Class; Assistant Editor-in-chief, “The Oracle”; Class Football Team; Class Basketball Team; Track Team; Class Track Team; Tennis Team.
Aegeon, “Comedy of Errors”; Stage Manager, “Comedy of Errors”; Editor-in-chief, “The Oracle”; Executive Committee, Athletic Association; Debating Team; Football Team; Class Football Team; Class Basketball Team; Manager Track.
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SCOTT, VICTOR DAVIS Born, 'November 25, 1905.
Entered from Abington Grammar School; Class President.
(’lass Vice-president; Football Team; (’lass Track Team; Glee Club.
Class President; Football Team; Glee Club; Vice-president Athletic Association; Class Track Team; Class Basketball Team.
President Athletic Association; Captain Football Team; Class Track Team; Class Basketball Team; Publicity Committee “Comedy of Errors”; Attendant, “Comedy of Errors.”
SIIORDAY, MILDRED VIRGINIA Born, September 12, 1903.
Entered from Abington Grammar School; (Mass Basketball Team; Glee Club.
Glee-Club; Class Basketball Team.
Class Basketball Team.
Publicity Committee, “Comedy of Errors”; Class Basketball Team.
SJOSTROM, ANNA E.
Born, August 1904.
Entered from Weldon Grammar School; Basketball Team; Captain Class Basketball Team.
Class Reporter, “The Oracle”; Accompanist, Glee Club; Dramatic Club; Basketball Team; Captain Class Basketball Team.
Secretary, Glee Club; Assistant Secretary, Athletic Association; G. B. C.; Basketball Team; Manager Basketball Team; Captain Class Basketball Team; Alumni Editor, Junior Oracle.
Class Secretary; Stage Director, Property Master, “Comedy of Errors”; Accompanist, Glee Clubs; Secretary Athletic Association; Captain Basketball Team; Manager Basketball Team; Captain Class Basketball Team; School Orchestra; President G. B. C.; Music, Class Song,
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STANLEY, FRANK EDWARD, JR.
Horn, August 18, 1901.
Entered from Abington Grammar School; Student Council.
Angelo, “Comedy of Errors.’'
STAUFFER, MARGARET Horn, December 25, 1902.
Entered from Weldon Grammar School; Glee Club.
STINSON, MARTHA ELIZABETH Horn, September 25, 1902.
Entered from Weldon Grammar School; Class Secretary.
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STEVENSON, MAUD BARCLAY Horn, February 22, 1.90.3.
Entered from Bceclnvood School; Class Poet: Literary Editor, “The Oracle”; Class Basketball Team; G. B. C.; Glee club: Chorus, “Gypsy Rover;" Publicity Committee, “Comedy of Errors. ’ ’
TULL, FRANCES ANNA Horn, May 4, 1903.
Entered from Abington Grammar School.
Class Basketball Team.
Literary Editor, “The Oracle”; Glee Club; Athletic Association.
Publicity Committee, ‘Comedy of Errors”; Athletic Association.
WILSON, JOHN PERRY Horn, November 7,1903.
Entered from Ilatboro High School.
Football Team; Track Team.
Gaoler, “Comedy of Errors”; Football Team; Track Team.
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Site i tHtnry nf tlj? (EI00H of 1921
Robert Scattergood Fox, Historian
this latter class come the mistakes we have made, which I shall pass over because of the lack of time.
We entered Abington, this class of nineteen twenty-one, forty-five strong, from all the schools in the district, and our hue was such that it did not need spectrum analysis to discern us. This hue soon wore off, however, as we became better acquainted with ourselves, the faculty, and our studies, and as the Sophomores became better acquainted with us. Our Freshman year saw the death of hazing, but the Sophomores were determined that it should have a great funeral, and bent their energies, for the first few months, in that direction. There was the old, time-honored initiation of the “paddles,” several fellows were doused in the locker room, and it is a matter of record that one of our worthy members, Kennard Gregory, could not enter school for the afternoon session, one day, because the Sophs had in their possession, K’s number twelves, afterwards discovered in the rain spout.
During this time we found that Abington was a place for work rather than a good time. As a result of this, students began to show themselves. Eleanor Biecker, Walter Sassaman, Francis Tull, Eleanor Conway, and Kennard Gregory, all made enviable records in their Freshman year, and what is more, have held them all the way through.
Perhaps the biggest event of the year was the first class meeting at which we elected officers. It was in this meeting that Bill, or perhaps I should say, ‘Shorty’ Louchheim first shone as a politician with Vic. Scott co-starring as the favorite son.
The meeting took place early in February. When the smoke of battle had cleared away, and reconstruction work had been started, we found that Vic was the chief executive, with Fred Phipps as his assistant, while Martha Stinson had been chosen Secretary, and Oliver Brock, treasurer.
Sports also received their share of attention with Walter Sassaman, Russell Erb, Curtis H. Iloose, and George Noble showing the athletic ability.
With all these things, the first year passed so rapidly that before we realized it, June, and the bane of all students, the finals, had arrived. One was welcomed with open arms, but the other was left behind with a very low mortality, and then—and then we were Sophomores.
The first thing to do, of course, after becoming Sophomores, was to organize. This time Russell Erb was elected president, and Dorothy Douglas, vice president. Erb, however, left Abington in his Sophomore year, so Dorothy was moved up a step to the presidency, and Victor Scott was elected to fill her place.
S HISTORIAN, I shall try, tonight, to take you back into the oblivion of the years, detailing to you events forgotten and unforgotten, and some, perhaps, which certain members of the class wish to be forgotten. InTHE ORACLE
Walter Sassaman was elected treasurer and enjoyed himself immensely. The first of every month he might have been seen moving rapidly from room to room, accompanied by a small green book and a fountain-pen and with an expression on his face which could have been caused only by his efforts to collect money and to make both ends of the class treasury meet. Louchheim was also elected secretary.
In athletics, the girls’ basketball team defeated the Freshman but lost to the Juniors, while the boys team defeated both the Freshmen and Junior fives.
Inasmuch as we were Sophomores, we were allowed to have the annual class dance which means so much to the treasury. A committee was therefore appointed to arrange matters. The committee had rough water through which to sail, and many and stormy were the scenes in class meetings. When the dance was held, however, in the gym, on St. Patrick’s Day, it proved to be the best attended dance ever held in Abington.
Once again June rolled around and once again the finals were left behind. The casualty list, as before, was small, although a few were killed and two or three seriously wounded.
The following September found us on the third rung in the ladder. Noisy and boisterous Sophomores put on a new dignity and became Juniors.
Once more we organized and Vic. Scott was elected to his second term as president; Walter Sassaman became vice president, at the same time turning over to Kennard Gregory his small green book thankfully; and Martha Stinson, for the second time, was secretary.
The class, almost at once, began to hit its stride in scholarship, with Anna Sjostrom and Eleanor Biecker leading.
We outdid ourselves in sports, though. We supplied five men for football, three for basketball, three for baseball, three found places on the tennis team, not to mention a full quota of track men.
The girls’ basketball team won the Interclass League cup, while the boys’ team finished—oh, we said we would not mention mistakes. Copeland placed on three of the teams, while Noble, Phipps, Scott and Sassaman each placed on two.
And so we went along, backing the “Oracle,” Orchestra and Glee Clubs, and everything else to the limit, when, in June, the unexpected happened. We became Seniors.
Coincident with our return in September, we had sent to the tailors, if such a thing were posible, the mantle of dignity we had donned the year before.
Late in September we held the usual elections. Bill, or, as he is called by the members of the gentler sex, Billy Louchheim, w s elected president. George Noble found himself vice president, Anna Sjostrom was chosen to write the minutes for us, while Kennard Gregory was re-elected treasurer.
In scholarship, the class, this year, has members on the honor roll. As editor of the “Oracle,” Walter Sassaman has brought that paper up to a higher plane than any it has seen in its previous nine years of existence. We supplied
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men for every team which represented the school. George Herrmann, in the meet at Norristown, ran the mile in 4.547.% establishing a record in his class. Walter Sassaman, in the football game at Cheltenham, last Thanksgiving, scored the first touchdown which Abington had scored against Cheltenham in years. The debating team which was first picked, was composed entirely of Seniors. This lineup was afterward changed so that the team consisted of three Seniors and— the class of '22 still points to it with pride,—a Junior as alternate. In the Interclass Track Meet, held in the early part of June we gathered in a total of 44 points, beating out by a three point margin, the Juniors, who had amassed a big lead in the early part of the meet.
Our class dance, this year, was a big success and the Senior play, “The Comedy of Errors,” under the very able direction of Mrs. Wyatt, enjoyed a run unprecedented by any previous production.
And so we have come down to the present. Shortly the Senior Class will be the class of '21. You see before you that class. Some will go on to college, some to the University of the World, all will take courses in experience, but wherever we go, A. H. S., and whatever happens,
“Our hearts, our hopes, our prayers, our tears,
Our faith triumphant o’er our fears,
Are all with thee; are all with thee. ’ ’
An Extract from the Prm rnt’a Ahrens at the (Claus £)ai| Exrrrisrs nf tlir (Class of 1U21
OUR score and four years ago, minus the four score years, we came into Abington High School and formed a new class, conceived in September and dedicated to the proposition that all men should graduate in four years. When, in the course of human events it becomes necessary to dissolve the scholastic bands which have connected us with the high school, a decent respect for the opinions of mankind requires that we should declare the cause which impels us to this separation. We hold this truth to be self-evident: that all of us are about to graduate. Here perhaps I ought to stop. But on second thought I will continue. To continue: we the members of the class of 1921, in order to form a more perfect union, establish friendships, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common mirth, promote the general satisfaction, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves but not to our posterity, do enact and establish this Class Day for the Class of 1921 of Abington High School.
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011)0 Stoll (Eall tl|0 (ttlaafl of 1921
Name Age Nickname Needs
1 Josephine Anderson 12 Joe 100 trip ticket to Wenonah Military Academy.
2 Jeanette Anglada 25 Jean Lard or other shortening.
3 Grace Anglada 14 Grace A perpetual powder puff.
4 Eleanor Biecker 10 El Glasses.
5 Joseph Spencer Brock, Jr. 45 Senator A key to Geometry.
6 Oliver W. Brock 5 4 Brockie A governor and a thrashing.
7 Jennie Carter 16 Jen A permanent wave.
8 John Christ 14 Johnnie To get excited.
9 Eleanor Conway 20 Nor A social secretary.
10 Jesse Croasdale 16 Jess A truck to carry his lunch.
11 Russell Wellington Dabney 12 Dabs Stilts.
12 Martha Doolittle 25 Motts A new coiffure.
13 Florence Dolton 19 Floss A jitney from Feasterville to Abington.
14 Doris Foster 28 Dot An alarm clock.
15 Robert Scattergood Fox 52 Bob Complexion cream.
16 Kennard W. Gregory 18 Kenn Class dues.
17 George Herrmann 18 Herrmann More medals.
18 Edwin Hopper 50 Ed A safe for chocolate.
19 Bernard Kessler 22 Rob Someone to take him home.
20 Florence Krips She won’t tell Kripsie Hairpins.
21 Leonore Lever 16 Lee Business instinct.
22 Mary Laning 18 Mary More goals.
23 William Sandel Louchheim 35 Shorty More cousins.
24 Emily Martindale 8 Em Pep.
25 Mabel Neuber 23 Mabs A telephone exchange.
26 George Graves Noble 16 Noble A swimming pool.
27 Beatrice Robinson 21 Bea A short route to Roxboro.
28 Helen Roberts 25 Helen A new horse.
29 Ralph Roth 10 Rothie Accelerator.
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. TMaud Barclay Stevenson Authors (Kennard William Gregory
Ambition Destiny Appropriate Hi rase
1 To raise an army Cartoonist Arms and the man.
2 Costumer To supplant Cynthia Her Pilgrim stock was pithed with hardihood.
3 Interior decorator A villa at Newport Be gone dull care, I pray begone from me.
4 To be a successful business woman. Movie actress Whence is thy learning, hath thy toil O’er books consumed the midnight oil?
5 Head of the S. P. C. A. To succeed Miss Kidpath. Friends, Romans, Countrymen—lend me your ears.
6 To excel Charlie Chaplin A scientific farmer Wisdom is rare in youth.
7 To have a good time A missionary Our dancing days are never passed.
8 To acquire poise Fliver polisher As idle as a painted ship upon a painted sea.
9 To go to dances at the Bellevue A tutor in French With cheeks that glowed cellestial, rosy, red.
10 To graduate from Drexel Pitcher of the Phillies Have you summoned your wits from wool gathering?
11 A millionaire A business man He speaks, behaves, acts just as he ought.
12 To get thin Wife of a salesman Deep versed in books, shallow in herself.
13 To be a representative in Congress A dressmaker A little shrinking violet, She is so mild and meek. Every time you look at her She does not dare to speak.
14 To be an artist Marry a lifeguard Unthinking, idle, wild and young.
15 To be a pugilist Authority on Virgil Then to the spicy, nut brown ale.
16 His own secret 9 He thought as a sage, though he felt as a man.
17 Olympic champion Walk on the ties We grant that although he had much wit He was very shy in using it.
18 To be Chief Justice Sheriff I am as sober as a judge.
19 Metropolitan tenor Sign painter Implores the passing tribute of a siglv.
20 To meet her ideal Matrimony I laughed, and danced, and talked, and sang.
21 To grow short To live on a farm Her heart was kind and soft.
22 To conquer Allentown The altar Let us have mirth and laughter.
23 To be President Political boss He was a scholar and a l ight good one, exceeding wise, fair spoken and persuading.
24 To be a milliner Saleswoman Behold the child by natures kindly law, Pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw.
25 To change her name Printer’s apprentice I laughed at any mortal thing.
26 To dive into a brown derby An athletic coach He doth nothing but talk of his car.
27 To be a secretary A secretary A woman cited in matters of business.
28 To marry a cowboy. A politician A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse.
29 Caddy captain White wing The world was sad till woman smiled.
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30 Walter Sassaman 18 Sassy Brilliantine.
31 Victor Scott 28 Vic 7 league boots to Glenside.
32 Mildred Shorday 42 Mil A brown Cadillac.
33 Anna Sjostrom 15 Anna A new Ford.
34 Frank Stanley 27 Frank To see the world.
35 Margaret Stauffer 48 Maggie A sea voyage.
36 Maud Barclay Stevenson 11 Maudie More curls.
37 Martha Stinson 25 Mart Stilts.
38 Frances Tull 18 Fan M egaphone.
30 John Perry Wilson 52 Farmer A new Dodge.
Maud Barclay Stevenson, ’21
We have seen four springtimes wax and wane,
The sunshine follow the clouds and rain.
Thy gray stone walls stand firm, strong, and true;
Would we have done so well not knowing you?
Dear old Abington, dear for the things we have done,
For our joys, sorrows, hard work and innocent fun.
Ours is the songbird’s note, sung for the joy of singing
Thy fame, Alma Mater, ideals and true worth to the echo ringing.
Our doings will pass like a breeze on a lake,
Causing few ripples, leaving the water like glass in its wake.
Little immaterial nothings we shall forget;
But friendships, sacrifices, love will live on till life's sunset.
What we have thought and felt and done will count some day; And as you are dear to us, we’ll answer thy call, however far away.
And now as we depart, to travel different ways,
We say, with wistful heart, farewell to high school days.
But the fiare of royal purple, and the glint of precious gold Will recall our senior colors whose motto “I will” uphold.
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30 Editor of The Ledger Job printer He adorned whatever subject he learned.
31 Football Coach To live in Glenside, or any place she says. Silence is the virtue of the wise.
32 Matrimony Financier Sermons and soda water the day after.
33 To rival Paderewski. A jitney driver She is swift and flies with swallows wings.
34 Chemistry Prof. Bachelor Frank by name, Frank by nature.
35 To join the Navy Houseboat Besides tis known, she can speak Greek, as naturally as pigs do speak.
36 Speech making Washington Bring me pen and paper, mother. I have no time to sup.
37 Elkton Art-hur At least a wit.
38 Marry a ball player Social worker Had thou any philosophy?
39 To raise cain A doctor Hound and merry.
Words by Eleanor M. Biecker Music by Anna E. Sjostrom
The time has come to say good-bye, Oh, dear old Twenty-one,
We’ve climbed the ladder up so high. The tricks and pranks we used to play, Oh, dear old Twenty-one,
Will be remembered ever and aye.
Of fame our colors have foretold,
Oh, dear old Twenty-one,
The royal purple and the purest gold. We’ve won and lost with thee as guide, Oh, dear old Twenty-one,
May they be always at our side.
The cherished flower that we chose,
Oh, dear old Twenty-one,
The dear old fashioned sweetheart rose. Now may it lead us thru all toil Oh, dear old Twenty-one,
And make us ever true and loyal.
will,” the motto of our class, Oh, dear old Twenty-one,
Will help us all our troubles pass. Alma Mater, farewell to you Ob, dear old Twenty-one,
Now we must say adieu, adieu.
Hail, Twenty-one; dear Twenty-one, To faculty good-bye.
Hail, Twenty-one; dear Twenty-one, Farewell, Abington High.
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An Address Delivered by William Sandel Louchheim at Commencement
S perhaps you know, Abington is a comparatively small high school.
There are approximately three hundred students enrolled and this is asfiflgl such a small number that the principal knows practically all of them. The number of students has increased rapidly in the past few years and has necessitated the building of the new addition which is on your right. But there has not been a corresponding increase in the number available for school activities, excepting possibly athletics. What has been the cause of this comparative standstill? The cause lies in the lack of regulated competition.
School activities, such as the high school paper, teams, and organizations are the backbone of a good school. Without them we could not have school spirit; the cooperation between the faculty and students would be reduced to a minimum and the lack of something to do after school hours is likely to lead to destructiveness.
Let us take one school activity, “The Oracle,” our high school paper, and show how competition would help to improve it. During the past few ears it has been the custom to promote the various assistant editors to editors of the different departments. New assistants are then selected from the junior class by the faculty, their selections being based primarily on records made in the English Department. Some of the weaknesses of this system are—
First; the person selected may not be over anxious to serve and will accept the position for the honor but will not attempt to be progressive while other students can not signify their desire to become members of the staff.
Second; Because he has had no previous experience, the Junior acting as assistant spends about three months as an apprentice, and so is practically valueless to his chief during that period.
Third; No work is required during the first two years to become a member of the staff and consequently very few sophomores or freshmen ever manifest any interest in the paper.
Fourth; The assistants at present are on trial for about the first month and if one proves exceptionally unsatisfactory he is removed. Valuable time may be lost in this manner.
The objections enumerated are enough to advocate a change, but destructive criticism will seldom help the world. Michael Angelo has said: “Let us criticize by creation, not by finding fault.” My constructive plan is—
First; Let all the freshmen and sophomores who desire to help the school by helping the school paper, be invited to give their names to the editor of the department in which they would like to serve; such as editorial, business, literary, athletic, and so forth.
Second; The editors could then instruct the candidates about different
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methods and requirements connected with their departments and then tell them to get to work. Thus the literary candidates write stories, the athletic write sporting news, the advertising obtain advertisements, and in general do some of the work that the present staff does. The candidates would always be under the control of the chief and would be assigned duties by him.
Third; At the end of the year new assistants could be appointed by the faculty, the selections being based on the work done and the spirit in which it was done.
Fourth; Pins, keys, or rings might be awarded to members of the staff as a token of appreciation for the work done.
The principle of competition should be carried into the dramatic clubs. Athletics are already run on a competitive basis. However, student managers should obtain their positions through competition. There should be a senior manager and a junior assistant manager and then some sophomores trying for the positions. At the end of the season the Athletic Association could then elect the new managers intelligently.
I do not advocate the sudden adoption of these plans but rather their gradual adoption, taking one department at a time and insuring the success of the system in that place. Competition in these various organizations and activities should be encouraged by hearty, wholesome enthusiasm on the part of faculty and board of education for the further introduction of competition in Abington High School will be a big step forward in the improvement of the school and in the creation of a stronger school spirit.
Rise up one and stand ye all,
For our dear old Abington,
Fail not ye, but heed the call To the White and Crimson.
We will ever cherish thee,
Victory or defeat it be,
Staunch and true our schoolmates all,
To our dear old Abington.
Many days may come and go,
To thee, dear old Abington,
Storms may rise, and winds may blow,
Firm and true our Crimson.
Let not memories faded be,
As we go o’er land and sea,
Alma Mater, hail to thee,
To our dear old Abington.
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An Address Delivered by Walter R. Sassaman at Commencement Exercises
THE importance of journalism in our modern social system is beyond es-_____ timate. The influence wielded by our two penny sheets over the daily lives of their millions of readers is so great that when this control is misused the results are alarming. A foreign correspondent often has more power than the representative of our government in that country. The editor of a big city paper is as influential as a dozen city fathers. He who determines the policy of the press of a country controls that country’s destiny. Unfortunately, the daily paper constitutes the only reading matter of most families of the poorly educated classes in the United States. Our domestic tranquility and prosperity depends to a great extent on the character of our journals, for they are the only means of educating and elevating these people to the point where they are no longer a danger to our American institutions. To those whose financial or geographical position makes an education of a specialized nature impossible, trade journals may render invaluable service. As an opportunity to serve mankind, journalism has few equals.
Journalists of the right calibre can only be supplied by the high schools and colleges of the country. Work on the school paper offers an excellent elementary training in journalism. Besides this it offers the only practical schooling in business, and in a larger sense in life that can be gained in most schools. Only by the actual handling of money is any real idea of its value gained. The students on the staff of a high school paper must rely on their own initiative to supply the money needed. They must see that it is expended wisely and that an accurate account is kept of all finances. Salesmanship and all that it implies in tact, courtesy, alertness, willingness to work and serve, and persistency must be learned by the energetic high school journalist. The combination of clear-headedness, decision, foresight, diplomacy and earnestness constituting executive ability is as essential to the successful high school editor as it is to the head of any business. The opportunity as a training ground and experimental station offered by the school periodical to literary and art students is becoming more and more apparent every year. As the newer methods of teaching gain ground, the school paper daily becomes more important.
The fascination of journalism is such that given two things, the high school paper is certain to thrive. These are opportunity and appreciation—that is, the time, equipment, and aid necessary to produce a worthwhile publication, and the publicity and reward for faithful services needed to attract and retain those in whom the call of the pen has not been aroused.
Add to the length of the school-day, the time required for outside study, and the time for other necessary work, and it will be seen that the few hours between the close of school and dinner is the only time at the disposal of the high school journalist. No one will dispute the statement that for the growing boy and girl
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these hours should be devoted to exercise. The student whose school spirit is so strong that he feels that his school must have a creditable paper must sacrifice either his studies, his exercise, or his sleep in order to find the time in which to produce that paper.
This condition need not exist. A very large part of the work can be done in the class-room, during school hours, without crowding out anything of importance. Whenever and wherever this plan has been put into operation, and yet the actual management of the paper allowed to remain in the hands of the students, it has met with unqualified success. When the true value and importance of high school journalism becomes evident, prejudice against this scheme will vanish.
No one, if the truth were admitted, will work without reward. The members of the staff of a school paper, who, after having worked hours indoors writing, correcting, proof-reading, and pasting dummies, while cl.ssmates outside were engaged in some sport, naturally feel discouraged when they see those same classmates publicly rewarded for athletic services to the school, while their own efforts received scarcely a word of recognition.
Present conditions produce three types of graduates: those who have sacrificed journalism for athletics, those who have sacrificed athletics for journalism, and, sad to say, those who have taken an interest in neither. Since journalism is the best method of gaining a practical education in high school, and since athletics is the best means of securing sound and lasting health, none of these types is desirable, though they cannot be avoided under present conditions. If the purpose of a high school is to produce healthy, intelligent citizens, with an elementary training in business and in life, let us place the school paper, one of the best methods of training such citizens, in the position which it deserves to occupy.
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An Address Delivered by Oliver Wolcott Brock at Commencement Exercises TtT HE tenth commandment says, “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house; thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife; nor his man-servant,
mm nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy
neighbor’s.” But this does not say anything against desiring a house or a servant or an ox just as good as your neighbor’s, if his is better than yours. This desire is one of the most useful human instincts.
Many of the greatest philosophers say that the world exists for progress. Progress, to be beneficial, must be progress of the whole world. The thing that spreads the use of a progressive invention or method is nothing more than the desire, which I mentioned before, to have all the advantages that your neighbor has. If your neighbor has brilliant electric lights in his house, and you have dim gas ones, it is perfectly natural for you to desire electric lights in your own house, even though you were satisfied with gas before. This desire is so strong that you are not happy without electric lights, and so, in time, you have them installed. And that is the way the world progresses.
Now, when a young human being submits to the immense bother of acquiring enough education for a high school diploma, there must be a reason for it. The reason is not hard to see. It’s the same instinct that caused the installation of the electric lights. No one wishes to enter his son or daughter in the marathon of life with equipment inferior to that of the other entrants. The right equipment will bring success.
In seeking a definition of success, if you will examine the work of any successful man, you will find that his success lies in his control over other men— control over their thoughts or action. The “equipment ” of which I spoke before, then consists of vigorous physical and mental health, a small amount of knowledge, which may be obtained from high school studies, and the power of controlling other people. The key to this power is self-confidence. When an important move is to be made by a group of men, the plan of the most self-confident man is the one adopted. If things follow a natural course, this man is later elevated over the others and becomes their executive. Self-confidence is gained by constant proof of superiority over others. When you have won a dozen arguments from a man, you thereafter value your own opinion much more highly than his.
Therefore, it is highly desirable to give each student in high school an opportunity to exhibit superiority over others. It is unfortunate that the struggle for marks does not afford this opportunity. A pupil of average ability may study four hours a day and at the end of a month receive good marks, and yet feel no self-confident thrill, because there has been very little original work done. Nobody has been overcome. It has merely been a mental endurance test. Speed and accuracy tests in the classroom are fine builders of self-confidence, for those who are successful; but here there are always a gifted few who can easily win, causing the average pupil to lose confidence in himself.
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Now let us consider the effect of school athletics. Take the case of a boy in high school who is average, physically and mentally, who in the past has refrained from athletics to such an extent that he is now a bit shy of rough physical contacts. If he spares any time from his studies, he joins a glee club, or an art club, or a dramatic club, or becomes a school librarian, or an editor of the school paper, or something of the sort. lie has very few friends, and they are of his own kind. So he is lonely, whether he admits it to himself or not. He eats his lunch alone each day and hurries back to work. If another boy speaks roughly to him, he shrinks and steps rapidly out of the way. His life is dull and dreary. He has no influence with anyone, not even with small boys. But he works hard, and his parents rather encourage him in the idea that he is really getting out of school what there is in it.
And then, if Almighty Providence intervenes, he goes out for some sport— for instance, track. The first day he feels foolish. The effort of running is unpleasant; he is beaten badly by the others; he has trouble with his digestive apparatus; and, altogether, he is discouraged.
After his shower, however, he feels a slight exhilaration which is enough to send him out the next day. The second day goes better. He has wisely eaten less for lunch, so he does not suffer any ill effects from running. After a week, he really enjoys it. After about two weeks, he races somebody who has not trained as carefully as he. On approaching the finish he starts to sprint and, to his surprise, leaves the other boy behind. He wins, and he feels a thrill that he never knew before. He later beats a few others, and after that he appreciates athletics for life.
He tries football. After practicing a few days, he is put on the second team. He is rather scared and unfamiliar. He gets bumped and bruised. Then there comes a moment when he is the only player in the way of one of the varsity backfield. He forgets himself, and his dignity, shuts his eyes, and dives clumsily at the runner’s knees. There is an impact worse than anything he ever felt before, but down comes the runner, in a cloud of dust. The tackier is swept with a feeling of strength, and tries harder next time. After a few weeks of this, he begins to really glory in himself. He looks everybody and everything straight in the eye. If another boy speaks roughly to him now, he answers in the same way. Small boys respect him and copy him a bit. He has many companions now, and enjoys their companionship. He acquires the glow of physical health. He gets so used to overcoming opposition that it becomes easy for him. He is sound, all through. When he leaves school he looks at things boldly, he feels confidence. He gazes upon the world with the feeling of a proprietor. If he were to express his instinctive attitude he would say, “The world is my oyster, and since it’s no good in the shell, I intend to shell it.”
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Doubtless, several questons have arisen in your minds. How about the allround athlete who fails in his studies? This failure might have been caused by laziness and neglect of work, or by a less-than-average mental ability. In the first case you will find that the athlete already does some mighty clever bluffing in the classroom, and that a little prodding would produce satisfactory results. In the second case, of course, all the self-confidence in the world will not counteract a sub-average brain. But the things that self-confidence will do for the average brain are nothing short of wonderful.
Then, you say the other school activities, such as the school paper, the dramatic enterprises, must be taken care of. Of course they must, but never by students who are forced to sacrifice athletics to do it. School work is mental. To develop a well-rounded man, the body must be taken care of, outside of school hours. This is what athletics are for, and for a normal, growing boy to be deprived of athletics, is unpardonable.
Now the time has come when the Class of 1921 must leave the halls which it has congested for these four strenuous years. We have lived here, learned here, fought here, wasted time here, and have been happy here, and now we shall pack up our troubles and joys in kit bags or something, and move them somewhere else.
The Class of 1921 has been unusually active in athletics. I think I may say in behalf of such a class that it feels it could do no greater service than to cause the fathers and mothers and sons and daughters here tonight, to remember, believe, and live the great words of Robert Browning:
“Let us not always say:
‘Spite of this flesh today I strove, made head, gained ground upon the whole.’
As the bird wings and sings Let us cry, ‘All good things Are ours, nor soul helps flesh more, now, than flesh helps sold.”
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WE, the class of 1922 of Abington High School, are no longer Juniors, but
_____have come, by three years of effort and toil to be that which is desired
by all who matriculate in high school—Seniors! Into our shoes step the Sophomores. Our best wishes go with them. As the new Senior class, we ourselves must endeavor to reach the high standard set by the class of ’21 and to better it to the fullest extent of our abilities.
In September, 1920, forty-five members of the Junior Class presented themselves. Four of our former group were absent but there were several new ones to fill their places. The end of the year was saddened by the death of Mary C. Kenny of McKinley, Pa., a member of the Commercial Department, whose cheerful presence was missed by all her schoolmates and friends.
The class of ’22 has been well represented in all the activities of A. H. S. In athletics Fred Fowles, John Kellogg, Archie McVicker, Henry Pierson, Carl Reichert, Paid Sassaman, Wayne Stinson, Mercer Walton, and Lewis Wilson have championed the cause for ’22. Helen Ulrich, Dorothy Reeves, Dorothy Fincke, and Helen Scott have shown that we shall have cause to be proud of them next year. We can depend on both girls and boys to better the athletic standards of our school. The morning that letters were awarded to the various members of the teams, the Juniors that received an “A” for football were: McVicker, Wilson, Stinson, Reichert, and Sassaman, (who will be captain next year). For basketball, McVicker and Sassaman were given letters. McVicker also won an “A” in swimming. Sassaman, who was captain of the track team, received his letter for that sport. In baseball the ones honored were Wilson, Stinson, and Reichert. In girls’ basketball Helen Ulrich and Dorothy Fincke succeeded in winning an “A.”
Do you remember the Junior Dance and the Junior-Senior Reception? We hope so—for the whole-hearted interest of the class was put forth to make these two social functions a success in every way.
As president, Fred Fowles has led us through much turmoil in class meetings. John Williams has been our secretary and Robert Martin, treasurer. Helen Ulrich has acted for the class on the executive committee of the Athletic Association. Edna Donbavand was our vice-president.
During the months of April and May, the Junior Oracle Staff was busy preparing one of the best editions of the Oracle. Joseph Hunter, Kathleen Ser-eombe, Edna Donbavand, Dorothy Fincke and Carolyn Chubb and several other members of the class did commendable work in order to make the Junior paper successful.
We must remember that it is our duty to carry on the excellent work of the class of ’21 who have left us such a responsible yet inviting position. We have only one short year to complete the work and realize our ambitions aroused as freshmen.
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AFTER the dreaded final examinations are over, the next task is writing the class notes. The writer of these is greatly to be pitied. There is an advantage, however, for one finds that his class has been doing a great deal more than lie thought.
Looking back over our sophomore year we find that our class has been active in most of the doings of the school. With the aid of Henry Ambler as president, Marion Hepler as vice-president, Helen Stinson as secretary, and George Fox as treasurer, we began to make a name for ourselves.
In athletics, during the football season, Ambler, Leibriek, Cottom, Chester-inan, Gitlin, and Florey represented the Class of ’23.
In basketball, the best players among the boys were Leibriek, Myers, Fox, Adee, Ambler, Chesterman, Krewson, and Rapp. Rapp did some fine work in the interclass games. These boys won the championship and we hope they will keep it for us. We were very proud of having our numeral carved on the beautiful cup.
Geraldine Mast and Margaret Green were the class stars in girls’ basketball. Both girls are very good forwards, and we hope they will make the team next
In track, Ambler, Rombach, Woolley, Cottom, and Loughead did splendid work. Loughead had the good fortune to receive the much coveted track letter.
Then there is baseball. What would our team be without Myers and Leibriek for the battery, and Rapp’s timely hits?
The last thing concerning athletics at the end of the school year, was the election of Charles Leibriek as vice-president of the Athletic Association and Joseph Conway as baseball manager. We are quite proud of these boys, and have reason to be, because the officers are usually seniors. We feel sure that they will work as hard in the future as they have in the past.
Our class is well represented in the Orchestra by Elsie Leusch and Margaret Kervin ,and also in the Glee Clubs. We were glad to have a hand in the production of ‘The Gypsy Rover.”
The vocational boys have been putting themselves on the map this year. Some of them dramatized three scenes from Dickens’ ‘‘A Tale of Two Cities.” This was enacted in chapel one morning by sophomores. The vocational boys have distinguished themselves in many other kinds of work.
In spite of our misgivings we came out on top with our first class dance. The hall was crowded and the decorations and orchestra were admired.
In the recent book drive the sophomore class came out ahead giving more than half the number of books received.
We are also glad to say that the sophomores led the school in punctuality. The sophomores must all possess good alarm clocks. Our attendance record measured up almost as well. We are proud of our scholastic standing, although we think that there ought to be more on the honor roll.
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WE are Sophomores! A review of our year’s work will bring recollections of Freshman days which have shown to us what it means to be a mem-3528 her of Abington High School.
The class was rather late in organizing. We chose George Detwiler for president; Matthew Ilutmaker, vice-president; Edith McClellan, secretary and Gregory Egner, our representative on the executive committee of the Athletic Association. Two class meetings were held during the year, one for the purpose of electing officers and the other to decide on the question of giving a streamer to the school. The class voted unanimously in favor of the banner. A few days after this, in Assembly, the pennant was presented to the school. It is made of a white, waterproof material. The length is twenty feet; the width, two and a half feet. On it is painted in large red letteers “Abington High School.’’ This streamer will be used, for the most part, on trips to other schools.
The large membership of our class enabled us to find someone for every activity that a Freshman can enter. Because of the inexperience of our teams none of the residts of the inter-class games were in our favor but some were very close games. The only outside game played was a baseball game with the Cheltenham Freshmen. This we won. The score was 6-0. Some of our athletes are: Gregory Egner, Roland Scherbaum, Richard Spering, Ralph Garvin, Raymond Myers, Matthew Ilutmaker, Thomas Gallagher, John Bierlin, Edward Foehl and John Clark.
Athletics for girls are as important as athletics for boys. Unfortunately basketball is the only sport for girls at Abington High School. When the significance of this fact is realized, changes will be made. The class basketball team received the training necessary to keep up the standard of girls’ basketball established by the varsity team of ’20. The members of the Freshman team were: Frances Flavell, Dagmar Sjostrom, Anna Reeves, Catherine Florey, Helen Clark, and Arlene Schneider.
Not only in athletics did the Freshmen attain success. The girls kept up our reputation by being on the Honor Roll. Several times a Freshman girl received better marks than anyone else in the, school.
Good music is something a high school cannot dispense with. There are too many entertainments that would be a failure without music. The Freshman class was proud of its two violinists in the Orchestra, Dagmar Sjostrom and Wal-
The Art club had quite a number of Freshman artists who soon proved that they would be of great value to the school. The Boys and Girls’ Glee Clubs had many freshmen on their rolls. These took an active part in Glee Club work. The Tardy Mark Campaign and the Book Drive were faithfully supported by everybody. Our class could do very little for the “Oracle” but we helped it financially by subscriptions and advertisements. This year seemed successful. We hope that before another year is ended we shall have done more for Abington High School.
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HE Boys’ and Girls’ Glee Clubs, under the able direction of Miss Gill have completed a decidedly successful year. At the beginning of the school term both clubs organized and immediately began work on the
In November, the Boys’ Glee Club invited the Girls’ to a party and dance. Both enjoyed a splendid time.
Late in the year of 1920 the “Gypsy Rover,” a romantic musical comedy, was selected for presentation in the spring. After two months of hard work and practice it was given and in spite of the fact that it was presented on Friday the thirteenth, was truly a success. Sir Gilbert Howe, or Rob, the Gypsy lover of Lady Constance, made a striking sensation with his attentions to the pretty daughter of an English lord. Helen and Henry were there, too, as Zara and Sinfo this time.
In the order of their first appearance, we found the following .list of char-
Meg—Rob's foster mother ......................................Dokotiiy Krewson
Zara—The belle of the gypsy camp ................................Helen Peirron
Marto—Meg’s husband ............................................Gregory Eqner
Sinfo—Gypsy lad in love with Zara ...............................Henry Pierson
Rob—Later Sir Gilbert Howe ....................................Bernard Kesi.er
Lady Constance.._Daughter of Sir George...................... .Edna Donuavand
Lord Craven—Fiance of Lady Constance ............................, .Robert Fox
Sir. Geo. Martendale—Father of Lady Constance .................Kennard Gregory
Nina—Sir George's second daughter ..............................Hei.en Peirson
Capt. Jerome—Capt. in the British Army ...........................Fred Fowi.es
Sir Toby Lyon—A social butterfly ...............................Joseph Conway
Sir Francis McCorkle—A song publisher ..........................Gregory Egner
Mile. Metrasinger—A London artist .............................. Mamie Bcuech
gutjer ........................................................ Thomas Oder
Chorus of Gypsies, girls, etc. Fairy and Gypsy dancers Music by the High School Orchestra
Madeline Mi llin' Ruth Johnston Sara Stevens Thomas Oder Ralph Vozzy Charles Leidy
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IIE “Comedy of Errors” given by the Senior class was the first Shakespearean play ever presented by students of this school. At first the
______ class was rather skeptical as to the outcome of such an undertaking, but
after the parts had been assigned and the staffs appointed, they entered into it with a will and made the play such a splendid success that it was repeated the following week.
Shakespearean plays have usually been given in five acts, but this time it was presented in only three and the continuity of the play was kept thruout. There were only a few minutes intermission between each act, to denote lapse of time.
The scenery was painted especially for the play by Keith's scenery painters. Walter Sassaman, as JEgeon the merchant of Syracuse, played his part very well. The twin Dromios, William Louchheim and Ralph Roth, were exceptionally clever as clowns. The twin sons of the merchant Egeon, played by Oliver Brock and Arthur Bready, kept the plot moving, as the muddle of identities grew more perplexing. Grace Anglada, as wife to Antipholus of Ephesus, one of the twin sons, was constantly mistaking the identity of her husband.
A very attractive feature of the play was a “Morris Dance,” given between the first and second acts.
The cast was as follows:
SOLINUS, duke of Ephesus ......................................Kennard Gregory
iEGEON, a merchant of Syracuse ..............................Walter Sassaman
ANTIPHOLUS of Ephesus .............................................Oliver Brock
ANTIPHOLUS of Syracuse .........................................Arthur Bready
Twin brothers and sons to Egeon and Emilia DROMIO of Ephesus ...........................................William Louchheim
DROMIO of Syracuse .................................................Ralph Roth
Twin brothers, and attendants on the two Antipholuses
BALTHAZAR, a merchant .........................................Bernard Kessler
ANGELO, a goldsmith ............................................ F™nk Stanley
First and Second Merchant ...................................George Herrmann
PINCH, a magician ................................................ Robert Fox
EMILIA, wife to Egeon .....................................Eleanor Biecker
ADRIANA, wife to Antipholus of Ephesus...........................Grace Anglada
LUCIANA, her sister ............................................Jennie Carter
LUCE, servant to Adriana ........................................Spencer Brock
PHRYNE ....................................................... Leonore Lever
Gaoler .................................................Jesse Croasdale
Officer ..........................................................John wilson
Attendant for Abbess .........................................Jeanette Anglada
Attendant for Abbess .........................................Eleanor Conway
Soldier .......................................................Haseltine Lever
Soldier ..........................................................John Christ
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i FOR the first time in the history of the school, a team was formed to represent Abington High School in a debating league. The league, or-% ganized by Ursinus College, was composed of ten schools, namely: Col-legeville, Conshohocken, East Greenville, Lansdale, Lower Merion, Norristown, Pottstown, Sellersville, Spring City, and Abington. The question debated in all matches was: “Resolved: That the federal government should own and operate the coal mines of the United States.” Abington proved her ability in this sport by progressing to the final round before being defeated.
In the first round, Abington met Lansdale. The debate was held in the Abington High School Auditorium on the evening of March !), Abington advocating tbe affirmative and Lansdale the negative.
This debate was the most spectacular of the season. In the first five speeches Lansdale proved superior. The last Abington speaker, however, rallied and won from the judges a unanimous decision in his favor. The team, for this de bate was composed of Kennard Gregory, Oliver Brock, Walter Sassaman and William Louehlieim, alternative.
For a while after this debate it seemed as if Abington would be dropped from the league because of a tangle in the schedule arranged by Ursinus. Abington objected so strenuously, however, that we were finally allowed to retain our membership.
In the second round Abington drew a bye. Three teams, Collegeville, Pottstown and Abington were left in the third round. By a toss of a coin it was decided that Pottstown should meet Abington, Collegeville being given a bye. Pottstown chose the affirmative side, affording us the chance to choose Abington as the place for the debate.
From Abington’s viewpoint this was the best of the year's debates for although the contest was close and interesting, Abington in the end won the decision. A changed team, consisting of Robert Fox, William Louehlieim, Walter Sassaman, with Joseph Hunter as alternative, represented the school in this debate.
Our victory in this contest advanced us to the final round with Collegeville as our opponent. The result of this debate, held April 28, in Bomberger Hall, Ursinus College, at Collegeville, was a hard blow to both the team and the large crowd of supporters who accompanied them, for although it seemed that the Abington team was leading throughout the contest, the judges, by a two to one vote, awarded the championship to Collegeville.
Ursinus College intends to continue the league next year. Considering both the showing made by the team this season and the support accorded it by both students and outsiders, it is to be hoped that Abington will enter this league and make debating one of its major activities.
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HE first Oracle, a twelve page, six by nine inch paper, was published in November, 1913. Right then the motto of every staff, “Make the next issue better and bigger,” was put into operation and by the end of 1915 the magazine had grown to thirty-two pages. The staff for 1915-16 enlarged the book to its present size of seven-and-a-half by ten inches. In 1916-17 the present custom of publishing the “Oracle” bi-monthly was established in place of the monthly publication system used before that time. The good results of this change were at once apparent. It was during this term that the first year book was published. In 1919-20 however, the biggest improvements were made. During this year the material published was of a better grade, of a wider scope, and printed in a more attractive manner, the magazine averaging forty-six pages in comparison to the twenty-four pages published in preceding years.
The past year was marked by a most noticeable improvement in high school publications of all parts of the country. The Oracle took an active part in this progress. The average number of pages published increased to fifty-one. A better grade of paper was used. Cuts were freely used and helped to make the paper interesting. The Exchange Department received universal recognition as the best in the country. The Business Department, working in conjunction with the Commercial Department, secured an unprecedented amount of advertising. A very large percentage of the school subscribed. Many of the departments were put on a business-like basis. A deficit of over ninety dollars was met at the start, yet at the close of the term the books were clear. The staff, for the most part, worked harmoniously and energetically. On the whole the “Oracle” had a very successful year, due mainly to the support of students and faculty.
Much remains for future staffs to accomplish. It will always be possible to improve the material published, and to secure more advertisements and subscriptions. The active cooperation of the Alumni Association should be obtained. If financial conditions permit, more cuts, preferably photographs, should be printed. The systems employed in the various departments ought to be improved and more strictly adhered to. As the use of an Oracle Room has been an inestimable help, it is to be hoped that the staff will always be allowed the use of one. A very important event in the life of the “Oracle” has been scheduled for next year. Beginning at this time, a reward for Oracle work will be granted each year. This reward will take the form of a pin, somewhat similar to a class pin. This will place the “Oracle” on a par with athletics and will do much to help future staffs “Make the next issue better and bigger.”
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Below—The Orchestra•TUNE ISSUE
HE growth of the library this year is astounding. During the recent book drive more than two hundred books were added to the library. The Alumni Association gave fifteen books. The School Board purchased seventy collateral reading books that the usual mad rush for “book reports" might be abated. Mrs. George Horace Lorimer gave two books.
Spencer Brock expended the money received in an S. P. C. A. prize contest for a twelve volume set of Mark Twain. These books are called the “ Belle Lorimer Memorial."
Some new bookcases were also added by the school board.
Late in the year Spencer Brock, Chief Librarian, resigned and Haseltine Lever was put in his place.
New covers were purchased for all the different files of magazines. The library subscribed to many of the leading magazines. These fit the requirements of all departments.
It is the hope of all the librarians and those interested in the library that we will have a larger room next year. For the size of the school we have and the number of pupils, the present library room is an apology for a place to read. Now that we have procured more books the next thing is a suitable home for them. Then we can surely say that we have a good school library.
HE orchestra is one of the school organizations which does not receive support, either musical or otherwise. This year, however, rehearsals have been fairly well attended, and the prospects for next season seem very favorable, as most of the players are underclassmen who will return to the orchestra next year.
Although there have not been very many calls for performances throughout the past season, practice has been kept up regularly. A few requests for the orchestra have also come from outside the school, and with the aid of money appropriated by the School Board for music, several more selections have been added to its already somewhat extensive repertoire.
The best performance of the year was the accompaniment to “The Gypsy Rover," the musical comedy given by the Glee Clubs. At this production, the orchestra showed the result of the careful training and steady practice it had had under the capable direction of the musical director, Miss Gill.
The past season has been very successful and progressive, and the coming year will give the orchestra an even greater opportunity to show what it can do.
Page Forty-nineAbove—The Art Club Below—The Girl’s Basketball Club
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1NE morning last fall Mr. Weirick announced that all those interested in art who would like to he a member of a new organization, the Art Club, were to report to Mrs. Noble’s room at three o’clock. The purpose of the Art Club was to be to furnish good cuts and covers for the “Oracle.”
Accordingly, the people you see on the opposite page, reported to the drawing room. The first thing they did was to elect officers. Ella Ober was chosen as president and John Chesterman, secretary-treasurer. The list of members follows: Kennard Gregory, Eduardo Segaro, Charles Leidy, Leavenworth Smith, Edna Donbavand, Josephine Anderson, Kathleen Sercombe, Grace Anglada, Mamie Bubeck, Margery Holmes and Gratia Kendall.
Mrs. Noble supervised all work and gave her valuable instructions and criticisms. She did not allow any drawing to pass unless it was a production worthy of tin1 Art Club.
Now, on many an afternoon you will find in the drawing room some enthusiastic person laboring over a desk. Pens, erasers and India ink spots seem to be scattered everywhere. If you were to glance with pity at him in his inky reveling, he would probably hold his dripping pen aloft and say, “The pen is mightier than the sword.”
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HE Girls’ Basketball Club is now celebrating its second birthday. It is really surprising how much progress it has made this last year. Of course good officers were necessary to make this success. The girls selected as President, Anna Sjostrom, who was always willing and eager to do any amount of work or play; as vice-president, Dorothy Fincke; as secretary, Dorothy Reeves; and Mary Laning, the never-tiring, as treasurer, who will always be remembered with a little black note book and an outstretched hand.
There was also a standing committee of six girls, appointed by the president, to feed and entertain the visiting basketball teams. This committee consisted of Leonore Lever, chairman, and Eleanor Biecker, Jennie Carter, Helen Peirson, Ella Ober, and Elizabeth Williams. These girls did much toward making the visiting teams comfortable, both before and after the games.
Although the name of the club may seem to signify that only the girls of the basketball teams arc qualified to be members, any girl in the school who is interested in girl’s sports is urged to join.
This year is over. The Senior girls who are leaving wish the Club the best advancement and success for the coming year.
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other students, who felt that the record made and kept in the last two years, a hundred per cent membership, should not be broken.
A meeting was held in September to elect a football manager. George Herrmann was chosen to scatter the lime.
After the first football game, Lud Wray came to coach the team. The School Board bore part of the expense, while the Athletic Association had to pay the rest. This made a big hole in the treasury, which was partly filled by the gate receipts of the different games.
Fudge made by the Home Economics Department was sold for the benefit of the Association. A large profit was also obtained through the sale of chocolate.
The regular meetings were held at the close of the football and basket!) ill seasons. And then, lo and behold, on the thirtieth of March there was a meeting of the executive committee.
At the annual meeting these officers were elected for the ensuing school year: Paul Sassaman, president; Charles Leibrick, vice-president; Helen Peirson, secretary. Amendments authorizing the awarding of letters to members of the swimming team and of certificates to all athletes were passed.
Letters were awarded to the baseball and track men at a special meeting on the sixteenth of June.
The constitution of the Athletic Association was formed in the spring of 191!) by a special committee consisting of a boy and a girl from each class, and about eight members of the faculty. All decisions reached were unanimous, and the constitution was approved and adopted by the school.
One reading of this constitution will assure a member that the Athletic Association is not run according to it. Who ever heard the secretary read the minutes? When did the secretary ever draw and sign any order or countersign any check paid by the treasurer? Did the executive committee ever designate a bank for the deposit of the money of the Association? Was an assistant treasurer ever elected? Did the president ever call a regular meeting or know when one was to be held? Did the executive committee award all of the monograms? Did the Athletic Association elect any assistant cheer leaders this year? Ask someone who knows the answers to these questions and find out if your Association is being run according to the letter of the spirit of the laws. And if it is true, how are we going to change the situation? Manifest interest and desire to take charge of your own organization and the power will probably be granted.
Next year is another year. Let’s do things right!
1IIE Athletic Association had a bad start this year because a few under-1 classmen refused to allow the school to support it with a hundred per
S ciS cent membership. The reasons for this refusal were not known to the
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Til IE prospects for a very successful football season this year were very bright. Three regulars of the preceding year’s team were lost due to graduation but there were willing subs, who were well grounded in the fundamentals of the game, to take their places.
The first game of the season, that with Lower Merion, tho a defeat did not lessen our morale in the least. Lower Merion had played two games previous to ours and was rated as a first class team, so we felt no disgrace at the 10-12 score.
During tin' week following the Lower Merion game, Mr. Krueger obtained the relief he had long desired, and the team secured a man who could devote all his time to football, in the person of Mr. Lud Wray. Mr. Krueger had giveb us his best and all of the football men appreciate his efforts.
The second game with Haverford High depicted the increased interest. The visitors, whose grit and fight we sincerely respect, were outclassed, 63-0.
After the Haverford game the players were very confident and so when we met the heavy, experienced Wenonah M. A. team, we expected to win. In this game every inch of territory was disputed and here we gained our first concrete evidence that a fighting spirit wins. After a hotly contested half in which both teams were fresh and full of life we pulled out from under a twelve point lead, pushed the visitors so hard that one man asked for a sub, and finally lost by one point, due only to faulty goal kicking.
At this stage of our would-be successful season we were rudely interrupted by a raw team from Lansdale High, who tied us, 20-20.
The varsity met its first and only real set-back at the hands of Narberth High, score 13-0. This was the “slump” game of the season.
The Cheltenham game on Thanksgiving morning was the biggest game of the year. Cheltenham took advantage of Scott’s injury and scored a touchdown around the end on one of the first plays. Later Blessing scored on a reverse play. A third touchdown seemed inevitable when Cheltenham gained a first down on our first yard line. But here our boys showed what they were made of and held our opponents for four downs. Later, a pass by Lowry was intercepted by Walt Sassaman and he carried the ball down the field for a touchdown.
In the second half Abington carried the ball to Cheltenham’s three yard line and there lost the ball and the game, score 13-7.
Possibly in an effort to forget or to make others forget the Thanksgiving game, an extra game was played with the Alumni. The final score 21-0, was due chiefly to the holes opened in the weak Alumni line by the stronger high school linesmen.
In total number of points scored, Abington tops opponents by a large margin. In spirit shown, with two exceptions, Abington always led. The loss of six regular men thru graduation, Scott, J. Wilson, W. Sassaman, Noble, Brock and Evoy will be made up by the crowd of experienced subs.
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TlIIE Girls’ Basketball Team has ended a successful year. Though the for-_____ wards, Laning and Fincke had many hardships, the substitutes did their best, and the team came out on the right side. The schedule of the season was long and difficult.
We are proud to state that the girls defeated the Lansdowne team, which had held the championship of this section for three years.
One of the exciting games of the season was played at Beechwood. Every girl on both teams did her best. With five extra minutes of playing, the score was 30-27 in favor of Abington.
One of the important games was that with Allentown on the home floor. The girls had played on Allentown’s floor and lost, but this time they surprised everyone by winning by the score of 38-14.
Our girls played an easy game on the Jenkintown floor. Laning stood under the basket and practically dropped the ball into it. In the second half the substitutes were put in. They brought the score up to 69-18. Mr. Krueger was present with his market basket, intending to carry the score home for the girls, but when the score kept going up he decided that the basket was too small.
The Ambler game staged on our floor was merely a practice game for our championship basketball girls. Score 52-11.
Anna Sjostrom proved herself to be a worthy captain as well as manager. Jeanette Anglada was the best center Abington ever had. Beatrice Robinson played fast as side-center. Almost every time the ball came to her Mary Laning dropped it into the basket. Dorothy Fincke was good at long shots. Laning and Fincke played well together. The guards, Anna Sjostrom and Helen Ulrich were so fast and their passing was so well worked out that they often bewildered the forwards of the opposing team.
The substitutes showed their skill when the first team was in need. Dorothy Reeves was very quick and made good passes. Eleanor Conway played center and often out-jumped the opponent. The forwards, Geraldine Mast and Margaret Green, were ready to support the team at all times. They made good shots. As a reward for their efforts, Miss Custer entertained the team and Mr.
Smiley at her home in Abington.
Next year we expect to have a team even better than the one of this year, although we shall miss the help of the Seniors.
THE SEASON'S RECORD
Opp. A. H. S. Opp. A. H
Chester Home 13 35 Upper Darby Away 21 23
Radnor Home 19 37 Jenkintown Home 2 52
Upper Darby Home 10 53 Narberth Away 11 15
Jenkintown Away 18 69 Berwyn Home 21 20
Allentown Away 15 11 Beechwood Away 27 30
Ambler Home 11 52 Narberth Home 24 38
Radnor Away 24 7 Ambler Away 18 47
Lansdowne Home 28 43 Berwyn Away 42 29
Allentown Home 14 38 Chester Away 42 16
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FTER losing several games in the early part of the season, the boys tightened up and made the season one of the best Abington has had. Despite the fact that we lost about half of the games played, a greater interest was taken in basketball than in any other sport, as was shown by the numbers that reported for practice.
Abington got off with a bad start by losing to the Alumni to the score, 32-12. We failed to score from the floor and the whole twelve points were made by Pugh from the foul line. We also lost the next three games, to Upper Darby, Radnor, and Lower Merion, on their respective floors.
The next game, with Ilatboro, was an easy victory for Abington. Hatboro’s star forward, Addis, was held to three goals from the floor and a few fouls. 11 is teammates failed to score a point. McVicker was Abington’s high scorer with five two-pointers and Phipps a close second with four goals from the floor.
The next game was played with the Spring Garden Institute, at home. After forty minutes of indoor football, with several snappy discussions, Abington came out on the top side of a 29-19 score.
Then followed more disasters for Abington. We were beaten successively by Upper Darby, Germantown Friends and Lower Merion. All three games were played on strange floors.
After beating a patched-up team from Radnor 33-14, we were defeated by our local rivals, Jenkintown, on their floor. Abington, with the exception of Noble, could not do anything but foul and this they did quite frequently. Noble played a great game, though with little assistance from his teammates, be scored five of the eight field goals made. Helmick was Jenkintown’s chief scorer, with three field goals and sixteen fouls. The second team won in a close game, 17-12. Neely at forward and Myers at guard scored most of Abington’s points.
Friends’ Select was Abington’s next victim. Haviland made their total score of eight points. Noble and his running mate, Bready, scored sixteen of Abington’s twenty points.
The second game with Jenkintown, played at home, was close and very exciting. Each team had a large crowd of followers, which put more pep in the game. Again Ilelmick was Jenkintown's chief scorer. But Abington had awakened since the game at Jenkintown. Bready headed the list with four field goals and ten single-pointers, with Sassaman second, with three field goals.
Last but not least is the Ilatboro game. The second squad won a close game 12-11, but the regulars won easily, 26-21. McVicker and Bready were in the best condition ever and tied honors for highest scoring, each getting 12 points. As before, Addis was Ilatboro’s chief scorer, getting seventeen of Hatboro’s twenty-one points.
The prospects for a successful team next year are very good. Of the seven letter men, Noble, Bready, McVicker, Pugh, Phipps, Sassaman, and Louchheim, five will return next year. With five veterans in the line-up, next year’s team should set a record for Abington High.
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Hiuib’ Jtttpr-dHass HaakrthaU
eligible to play on the boys’ class team. More interest was shown this year, clue to the fact that a team representing the faculty played a game with each of the class teams, thus giving the classes a chance for revenge.
The freshmen played the faculty the first game of the series. This was very one-sided, the faculty winning 55-5. The next game was quite the opposite, as the seniors outpointed the juniors 15-11.
The next faculty game was with the sophomores. This game was closer than the previous one. The sophomores succeeded in getting four points to twenty-four scored by the faculty.
Then the sophomores defeated the juniors in a close game, 20-17. The senior team succeeded in holding the faculty to twenty-three points against sixteen. In the freshman-senior game, which the seniors won, 18-7, Roth was the largest scorer. The sophomores had an easy game with the freshmen, 12-9, but met much harder competition from the seniors, whom they defeated by only one point, 16-15. This point won them the championship. The juniors won the last game of the series from the freshmen, 18-14.
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HE cup designating the champion boys’ class team, held by the class of ’22, was won this year by the class of ’23.
From this it will be seen that the sophomore class had the best material
|IRLS’ interclass basketball was looked forward to this year with great enthusiasm. The seniors, of course, were expected to carry off all the honors, having made such a splendid record last year on the school team. No one was disappointed when Captain Sjostrom put Mary Laning in as forward instead of center. She made the largest number of goals ever scored by an Abington girl.
The first game was between the seniors and the juniors. The seniors had no idea of letting them romp away with the score, even though they were indebted to them for much practice, nevertheless, at the end of the game, the final
score stood 22-10 in favor of the seniors.
The juniors put up a good fight for the championship and much material was found from which to organize the school team. The sophomores also had a good team, with heavyweights iis centers and midgets as forwards. The aforesaid midgets made the first team squad, however.
We wish we could say something more about the freshman team as to scores, but despite their courageous efforts they were outclassed by the weight and experience of the other teams.
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ing batting practices bore fruit and every player was more or less of a hitter. Stinson, the left fielder, drove out four home runs during the season. Pugh and Rapp each hit two and Croasdale one.
Rapp and Myers have pitched winning ball in all the games and it was the fault of the infield that most of our games were lost.
The Cheltenham game was played on their grounds, June 7. It was the last and main game of the season. Myers, pitching for Abington, started poorly, allowing four runs in the first inning. They scored once more in the fourth but thereafter were helpless before Myers’ slants. Abington tallied one run in the first. Wilson, after singling scored on Rapp’s hot grounder past Cheltenham’s shortstop. In the fourth Stinson connected for his fourth circuit hit. In the ninth Abington rallied but fell short by two runs. Myers got on base by an error and stole third. Garvin, batting for Reichert, was safe because of an error of the first baseman. Myers scored on the muff. The following batter failed to come through, and the game ended with Abington on the short end of 5-3.
The day after the defeat at Cheltenham the faculty of the school played the varsity. Many years have passed since the faculty was defeated; but the varsity, seeking revenge for the preceding day’s loss, crushed the champions. Rapp, with fine support, mowed down the fast (?) and terrific-hitting (?) teachers.
The future of baseball appears very bright. Rapp and Myers with their great pitching arms will be twirling for the Crimson and White two more years. Captain Phipps, the first baseman, with his bat full of hits, will be back. The old combination of Wilson, Pugh, and Reichert will return. Garvin and Leibrick will be back to catch. In fact Croasdale is the only man who will be lost to the team by graduation. Thus, much may be expected of Coach Krueger’s future team.
The results of the season :
April 15 Away Abington 10 Ridley Park 4
April 1 ) Home ( 3 Upper Darby 1
April 2!) Home i I 11 Bryn Athyn 7
May fi Home I I 10 Germantown Friends 11
May 11 Away i i 17 Narberth 5
May 13 Home i 15 Ridley Park 14
May 17 Home I I 5 Jenkintown 7
May 20 Away i I 7 Lower Merion 0
May 31 Away C 4 Upper Darby 5
June 3 Home 7 Lower Merion 2
June 7 Away 3 Cheltenham 5
June 8 Home Varsity 7 Faculty 6
ASEBALL has been a fairly successful sport this year. Eight games were won and four lost.
It was not due to the lack of hits that these games were lost, for morn-
Page Sixty-threeThe Track Team
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TlHE track squad has just finished a successful season. Taking into consideration the fact that it was built around two lettermen and that EH three new men had to be found for the relay team, the results were decidedly to the credit of Abington. Although great progress was made this year much more must be accomplished to equal the great team which represented A. H. S. in ’16. In two years, however, Abington should be able to produce a team equal to that one. This is evident from the achievements of the sophomores and freshmen this year.
Herrmann was the star of the season, winning five places for a total of eighteen points. Captain Sassaman was next with seven places and sixteen points. Egner and Rombach followed with six points, earned by running on the relay team. These four were the oidy ones to win their letters in track. Pierson received three points and Rombach one, falling short of the five required for a letter. Luckily, both these boys will have another chance next year.
One of the things in which the season was not a success was the 100 yard dash. Coach Smiley changed his entries for the events frequently, running Longhead, Hunter, Ambler, Rombach, and Sassaman at different meets. In spite of this, no points were scored.
In the 220 yard dash our luck was better. Sassaman, by winning second place at Glen Mills and third at Lower Merion, earned four points for the school. Rombach, Loughead, Woolley, and Egner also ran in this distance during the season.
In the 220 low hurdles, Sassaman scored a first place at Cheltenham, and a third at Lower Merion. Pierson was second in this event at Cheltenham. The other members of the team to compete in the hurdles were Noble and Brock.
The team did about as well in the half mile as it did in th 100 yard dash. The ones who endeavored to score in this event were Herrmann, Egner, Rombach, and Spering. A great deal may be expected of Egner in this race next year.
Herrmann won the mile at Cheltenham and Norristown. At Lower Merion, he placed second. Spering was the other Abington man to run the mile. Although only a freshman, Spering showed promising qualities as a miler.
The relay team ran sixth at the Penn Relays. At this race Noble, Egner, Herrmann, and Sassaman composed the team. At Glen Mills, Loughead, Rombach, Egner, and Sassaman came in third. At Perkiomen, Herrmann ran instead of Rombach. The change proved beneficial and the, team pulled in second. The best that the same group could do at Norristown was third.
An unusually large percentage of this year’s track squad will return next year. With G. Egner, Longhead, Rombach, Woolley, Spering, and Sassaman as veterans, and a real, honest-to-goodness track to practice on, the use of the school busses will be absolutely necessary to next year’s track team—to carry home the medals.
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tUir Swimming ulram
WIMMING is exceedingly useful, not only as a bracing summer exercise, but as a means of self preservation. When we consider the many deaths reported by accidental drowning it is surprising that the art of swimming does not form an essential element in the education of all classes.
This year, for the first time, Abington put out a swimming team. Only two meets were held; the first of which was lost to George School, the second won from Northeast High.
The team was composed of five boys: Noble, Kellogg, R. Ambler, McVicker and H. Ambler.
Noble proved to be an aquatic thriller in diving and was a large asset to the team. He won the twenty yard dash at Northeast, time 10'L seconds. The hundred yard dash was won by II. Ambler at both meets, his best time being 1 minute 9% seconds. He also won the forty yard dash in 21 seconds.
The following swam on the relay team: Kellogg, McVicker, Noble and H. Ambler. They won at Northweast, time 1.37.
Considering that this was the first season for this sport in Abington, the team made a very fair showing. With this year’s experience they will doubtless make a much better record next year.
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FRANKLIN BANK BUILDING PHILADELPHIA
We have for sale at all times selected bonds of merit yielding an annual income ranging from six per cent, to over nine per cent, and in denominations of one hundred dollars and upward.
ABINGTON HOME AND SCHOOL ASSOCIATION
Organized for the benefit of the High and and Elementary Schools. Regular meeting, third Monday of each month, 8 P. M., High School Building
THE UNIVERSITY EXTENSION COURSE
Has met with appreciation But needs financial support Do you want such a course next year?
If so, join the Home and School Association and boost
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J nearly thirty years we have been satisfying the needs of the young and old of Philadelphia families—giving the st in satisfaction for the least cost.
vyTHETHER it’s hats or shoes, necklaces or stockings, neckties or ice skates, girls’ dresses or boys’ clothing, we always have made it a point to sell only the kinds that young women and young men are eager to possess and wear—and selling them at the lowest prices in Philadelphia.
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Manufacturers of BUILDING BRICKS Presented by William Florey Roslyn, Pa.
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A. C. KREWSON Authorized Ford Dealer Hatboro and Jenkintown, Pa. Specht Sperry CARPENTER and BUILDER Heed Building, Phila. Willow Grove and Abington, Pa. Locust 6753
GRACEY AND STREEPER Tin, Slate, and Slag Roofing Heaters and Ranges Glenside, Pa. JOSEPH L. SHOEMAKER CO. Bank, Office, Library and School Furniture in Wood or Steel 920 arcii ST.. Philadelphia, since 1884
Vacation Days Bell Phone Ogontz 1288 C. C. MacLAUCHLAN LOCKSMITH Scissors, Shears, Butcher Knives and Household Cutlery, Ground and Sharpened, Saws Filed 300 Cedar Street, Jenkintown, Pa.
Spring is the fore-runner of the summer vacation. Begin to save now for the happy days ahead. Our savings department welcomes small accounts as well as those of larger amounts. Come in and see us.
GLENSIDE GARAGE THREE BALL BROS. KRITLER, Props. Scripps-Booth and Velie Cars Beauty Sensations of 1921
The Glenside National Bank
Frank Engle Melrose 679 A. J. ENGLE’S SON OGONTZ, PA. Dealer in Groceries, Flour, Feed, Fresh Vegetables in season and all kinds of Fancy Fruit.
Try the GLENSIDE SANITARY TONSOEIAL PARLOR NICK BEISER, Prop. FOR GOOD SERVICE Children’s Hair Cutting a Specialty 3 Roberts Block, Glenside, Pa. Compliments of JENKINTOWN GARAGE
MODEL PRINTING CO. “Printers tc the More Particular” GLENSIDE, PA. Dance Tickets, Programs, Commencement Invitations, Class Day Programs, Visiting Cards. You can buy your favorite make of TIRE CHEAPER AT YORK ROAD TIRE CO. JENKINTOWN, PA.
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G. D. Heist Son, WM. T. MULDREW
Coal Civil Engineer
Ogontz 985-W GLENSIDE, PA. Jenkintown, Pa.
FOY’S THE RAISER STORES
Jewelry and Gift Store
Gifts for all occasions North Glenside Glenside
Cut Glass Silverware Jenkintown Oak Lane
Intricate repairing of high grade watches and clocks a specialty ARE WE SERVING YOU?
Geo. J. Smith Co. JENKINTOWN, PA. Fine Furniture and Upholstry Insist on having ABSOLUTE HAIR CLOTH in the coat front. Front held in shape permanently and HAIR DOES HOT WOBX OUT GEO. S. COX BRO. INC., Cambria and Ormes Sts., Phlla.
Bell Phone, Ogontz 563-J
“Our success is founded on satisfactory service.” Washington Lane Garage
and Machine Shop
Wm. T. B. Roberts Son WM. E. FRANK, Manager
Suburban Realty York Road and Washington Lane
Country Estates General Repairing and Overhauling All Work Guaranteed
Insurance PREST-O-LITE STARTERS
STORAGE BATTERIES GENERATORS
GLENSIDE, PA. Both Phones Cylinder Reboring
Electrical Work a Specialty
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The Rosenhach Galleries 1320 Walnut St.
WEST AVENUE GARAGE
General Automobile Repairing and Overhauling Cadillac and Standard Eight A Specialty Bell Phone 977-J
TOM LEWIS, Prop.
Cheltenham and Jenkintown Ice Manufacturing Company
Telephones—Ogontz 226-50 J 1432 Melrose.
Plants: Ogontz and Wyncote, Pa. Highest Grade Coal Faultless Ice.
JOHN L. CRIDLAND
WALL DECORATIONS Forrest Ave. and Township Line P. O. Box 91, Ogontz McKinley, Pa.
L. S. HAGERMAN
Harry C. E. Helweg
Successor to Geo. T. Nice
YERKES HARDWARE STORE
Builders Hardware Electrical and Automobile Supplies HATBORO, PA.
Get Your Coal Out of a Coal Pocket S. L. SCHIVELY
LUMBER COAL CO. Jenkintown, Pa.
615 West Ave., Jenkintown, Pa. Next to Raiser’s Butcher Shop SHOE REPAIRING All hand work. No machine work. Prices not higher than machine work.
is printed by the
Robinson Publishing Co.
Cylinder presses, job presses, typesetting machines, with experienced hands, are awaiting your orders.
Let us quote prices.
Bell Phone Hatboro 17
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0. E. MILLER
Diamonds, Watches, and Jewelry Silverware, Fountain Pens
Visit “The City Store in the Suburbs” 209 YORK ROAD Jenkintown, Pa.
PUREBRED HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN CATTLE
Abington, Montgomery Co., Wm. G. Davidson Pennsylvania.
CHERRY CHEMICAL COMPANY Manufacturers of RED SEAL BOILER COMPOUNDS and dealers in Lubricating Oils and Greases 1018 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia, Pa. fid ward C. Braden O. C. Braden
Students and Schools
Charles H. Robbins
1209 Arch St., Phila.
Phone Ogontz 747-J ROSLYN, PA.
F. G. JUSTICE
Coal, Lumber, Building Supplies Park Pollard Poultry Feeds GLENSIDE, PA.
Compliments of the CLASS OF 1923
PURE FRESH PAINT Believe Me
EXPERIENCE Our painting ability is the result of years of experience which has taught us what paints are best for each purpose and how best to properly apply them.
€ 6 S ave-the-Surface 99
Vine 17th. Sts
SPRUCE 474 RACe 2893
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Abington Y. M. C. A.
York and Susquehanna Rds. Abington, Pa.
AMBLER DA™ CO. Harrison Building Philadelphia
Always the Best
CLOTHING, SHOES HATS
FURNISHINGS FOR THE FAMILY
603-05-07 West Ave. JENKINTOWN, PENNA. Both Phones
MUSIC FOK ALL OCCASIONS
Bell Phone, Tioga 34-32
Victory String Orchestra
R. BAUER, Secretary
3862 NORTH SEVENTH STREET Philadelphia, Pa.
Compliments of a FRIEND
Ogontz 797 We deliver.
Kamen’s Quality Meat Market
Butter, Eggs, Poultry
Glenside Electrical Shoe Repairing
Willow Grove Pike,
SAM EDELSTEIN, Prop.
Clothing Haberdashery and Hats For Men and Young Men
1334-1336 Chestnut St.
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FRED W. NEUBER
INSURANCE 235 Oakdale Ave., Glenside, Pa. Keystone phone Glenside 35-Y.
W. LeRoy Fraim
Director of the PliUadelpliia Institute of Music and Allied Arts 1716 Chestnut Street
Our plan of supervised instruction is producing highly successful results. Representatives in Glenside. PEARL M. HEEBNER PIANO MARGUERITE MERVINE VIOLIN References given if requested.
Walter R. Garvin
PLUMBING AND HEATING Glenside, Pa.
Phone Ogontz 1050
Glenside Electrical Construction Co.
MOUNT CARMEL AVE. Next to Post Office
Inspect our stock of Lamps.
DR. F. ROLAND WESSELS Dentist
Bell Phone 15 Willow Grove Pike Office hours: 9 to 5 daily.
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday even ings 7 to 9.
J. F. McDonnell, P. D.
Pharmacist Chemist 407 York Road, Jenkintown, Pa. Complete line of Drugs, Chemicals, Stationery, Candy and Cigars Prescriptions a Specialty
HARRY S. AMBLER, Lawyer 1318 Stephen Girard Bldg.
21 S. 12th St.,
B. 0. and 0. E. TEGGE
After School visit our Fountain
Complete Line of Eastman Kodaks and Supplies
Apollo Chocolates always on hand
WILLOW GROVE PIKE and GLENSIDE AVENUE Glenside, Pa.
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TWINES MOPS ROPES
H. G. Kleinfelder Son
323 Vine Street, Philadelphia Both Phones OAKUM SASH CORD WASTE
Bell Phone, Ogontz 342-M
Grover C. Krewson
Carpenter and Builder
JOBBING ATTENDED TO PROMPTLY
230 Oakdale Avenue, Glenside, Pa.
The Leathersmith Shops
Makers of Useful Leather Gifts
210-12 North Thirteenth St. Philadelphia
NISSLY CHOCOLATE BARS Something New
Bell Phone, Ogontz 686-W
“Under New Management”
Dinners—Noon and Evening Ice Cream and Oysters in Season. We desire to give prompt service.
ALBRIGHT 8c MEBTJS
Municipal Engineers Town Planning, Street Paving, Sewerage and Sewage Treatment. Investigations, Reports Valuations. 908 Land Title Bldg., Philadelphia, Pa. 204 Trust Co. Bldg., Jenkintown.
N. Snellenburg Co.
Market—11th to 12th Streets PHILADELPHIA, PENN A.
Anything in School Furnishings
ALWAYS A LARGE STOCK ON HAND
Eastern Representatives of the American Seating Co.
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Seven Eighteen Locust Street Philadelphia
Made the photographs used in this issue of the Oracle.
W. C. FLECK BRO.
HARDWARE Jenkintown, Pa.
Opposite P. R. Station
EASTMAN FILMS DEVELOPING PRINTING FACE POWDERS ROUGES TOILET ARTICLES
REXALL DRUG STORE
MISS X. T. McGOLDRICK
SCALP TREATMENTS A SPECIALTY With Violet Ray Shampooing Dyeing Marcel Waving
Bleaching Hair Blocking
Orders taken for Hair Goods
WILLIAM D. BUBECK
Carpenter and Builder Somerton, Philadelphia Bell ’Phone Somerton 8041-J.
BIDE-A-WEE TEA ROOM and GIFT SHOP
York Road opp. Post Office Jenkintown. Pa.
Open from 8.30 A. M. to 7 P. M. Hot Lunches daily, Dinners on Order.
The Glensidc Furnisher
Willow Grove Pike, Glenside, Pa.
Clothing J Haberdashery fj Headwear
Our Popularity with Young Men has been wony and is held by intelligent and careful catering to their requirements
JACOB REED’S SONS
1424-26 CHESTNUT ST. PHILADELPHIA
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