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Page 17 text:
CG,1'd7J6l0g'Ll6 of Seniors
As we were awakened bright and early on a
September morning of 1946, few of us realized that
we were about to experience one of the most sig-
nificant days of our lives. Fifty-six of us were intro-
duced to the process of education by Mrs. lrelan
and Miss Bollinger.
After our adventures with Dick and jane, we were
greeted in the second grade by Mrs. Mathieson and
Mrs. Becklehimer, formerly Miss Bollinger.
We were ushered through our geography and
science by our third grade teachers, Mrs. Kuhn and
Mrs. Hodson. During this year, the construction of
the new grade school building was completed. lt
was here that we finished our elementary education.
Having absorbed, adequately, the three R's we
were welcomed into the fourth grade. We were di-
rected through our multiplication and division
fundamentals by Mrs. Merley and Miss Bevington.
Miss Rose and Miss Bevington aided us through
our fifth grade learning.
As big shots of the grade school, we were the
power of the safety patrol and got our first taste of
inter-scholastic basketball. We were helped through
our new experiences by Mrs. Kinder and Mr. Parker.
Now we're in the seventh grade. Boy, are we
scared! The idea of finding a different room every
hour seemed impossible until Miss Keyes and Mr.
Parker, our sponsors, explained to us that the first
digit of the room number corresponded to the floor.
After learning the ropes, we sailed smoothly to
our eighth grade graduation.
Among those who passed through our class dur-
ing our first eight years were: Nancy McHatton,
Laniese Myers, Ann Friend, Sandra Stewart, Toe
Dale Miller, janet Moore, Tom Floor, Susie Barnes,
Merl McGee, Iudy Walters, David Floor, George
Mollencup, jacob Darling, Gary Parker, joe Made-
ford, Don Wallis, Ieannette Lynn, Donnetta Chap-
man, Ianie Willard, and Rhoda Gates.
We started a new era in our education with new
sponsors, Mrs. Dyer and Mr. Heltze-lg new subjects,
and a new name - FRESHMEN!
We elected our officers as follows: President, Gary
Sicksg Vice-President, Bob Burkett, and Secretary-
Treasurer, Catherine Byrd.
Our graduation day seemed much closer as we
took our places in high school.
During this year we lost Paul A. Shoemaker, Mary
Worden, and Le Roy Martin.
With the coming of our Sophomore year and
gaining Larry Stiver, we began our long climb to-
ward financing our Senior trip. Our first step in this
climb was the traditional all-school skating party.
Mrs. Dyer and Mr. Wilcox were our sponsors this
year. Our officers were: President, Bob Burkettg
Vice-President, Bob Kirk, and Secretary-Treasurer,
Finally we entered our junior year. Our sponsors
were Mrs. Waechter and Mr. Yager. Things really
started to boom! The boys in our class were promi-
nent on the basketball team.
Many of us spent our nights for several weeks
knocking on doors, selling magazines, but our star
salesman, Bob Burkett, did his selling while lying in
bed with a broken leg. During the second semester
we could be seen at ballgames calling our wares of
popcorn, ice cream, and cokes. When our sales
began to lag, Larry Sheetz, our canteen manager,
gave us a pep talk to encourage us to greater sales
On March l9 we started our preparation for our
play, "The Little Dog Laughed," under the direction
of Mr. Yager. During the three weeks of play prac-
tice we learned many things about some of the kids
in our class. One of which was that Bev Powell,
Merlee Smoker, and Bill Burkett seemed to be
ln the spring of the year we decorated the Steer-
Inn and invited the Seniors to an evening of dining
All of these events might have been more difficult
for us without the help of our sponsors, Mrs. Waech-
ter and Mr. Yager, who walked along with our offi-
cers, Kent Groninger, President, Bob, Kirk, Vice-
President, Karna Hoffman, Secretary, and Eldon
We ended our junior year by giving the Seniors
a semi-formal farewell dance immediately following
Eleanor Hopkins, Catherine Byrd, Wilma Sterk,
Bill Iunkin, Gary Sicks, Gale Cox, and Dale Cox left
us during this year and Frank Urbahns, Paul S.
Shoemaker and Cecil Kelley joined us.
SENIORS, the goal which we had set as under-
classmen, having been reached, we caught sight of
a new goal - Graduation!
Mrs. Waechter and Mr. Yager helped us to pre-
pare for this goal. At our first class meeting we
elected our class officers: President, Kent Groningerg
Vice-President, jack Boyer, secretary, Karna Hoff-
man, and Treasurer, Eldon Rager.
Realizing that we still needed money for our
Senior trip, we continued to w-ork in the can-teen. We
supplemented our income by sponsoring a sock hop
and selling ads for our yearbook. One of our most
enjoyable money-making projects was our Senior
play, directed by Mrs. Striggle.
ln April many of us attended our last Sunshine-
Hi-Y Banquet, and in May, instead of hosts, we were
guests at the junior-Senior Reception.
Sunday, April 25, we gathered at the Akron depot
with families and friends. Amid the last minute
goodbyes, we boarded the train and began our
Senior trip, which took us through Washington and
New York. ln one short week we spent all of the
money which we had been earning for the past six
On the night of May 22, as thirty-six of us, having
gained Mary Ellen Maxwell and lost lack Shoe-
maker, received diplomas, we realized that even
our goal of graduation was not as significant as it
had seemed. We understood that a goal is not a
place to stop and put ambition aside, it is only a
stepping stone in the path to higher goals.
Only as we realized this did we capture the ful-l,
meaning of our class motto: "SO LITTLE DONE, SO
MUCH TO DO."
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Glass of 1 959
Marla Hammond I h rm
Play cast 3 Aero s att 4 0 n 1 e I
Haze Staff Wills 4 Cho us Rocheser 1' 25 Akron' Fay
3 4 Play Usb 4 Usher 3, 45 Haze Stat. 4.
Paul Scott Shoemaker girly Sliver
H Y 2 4 T k 1 3 FFA a arusai Class President
1 Haze gffff 4 Sm e 1, Bqsfketbqii i, Track lg
Manage 4 Tennis, Captain l5 Akron:
Haze Staff 45 Play Usher 3.
Hi-Y 45 Basketball l, 25
Play Cast 45 Haze Statt 45
Canteen Manager 3, 45
Stage Manager 3.
Sunsfhine 2, 3, 45 Aero Staff
45 Chorus 45 Play Usher 3,
45 Haze Staff 4.
Hi-Y 3, 45 Hi-Y Vice-Presi
dent 45 Class Officer, Stu-
dent Council 35 Basketball
l, 2, 3, 45 Track 35 Baseball
2, 3, 45 Basketball King
Candidate 35 l7'.F.A. l5 Play
Cast 35 Haze Staff 45 Cho-
rus l5 Mixed Chorus 15
Master ct Ceremonies at
Bushville: Hi-Y l, 2, 35 Bas-
ketball 3, Track l, 25 Base-
ball l5 Play Cast 35 Corn-
rnencement Usher 35 Cho-
rus 35 Mixed Chorus l, 2,
35 Student Manager 15
Cross Country 15 Football
l5 Akrori Hi-Y 45 Class
Officer, Student Council 45
Baseball 45 Play Cast 45
Aero Staff 45 Haze S-tall,
Prophecy 45 Mixed Chorus
Page 18 text:
.Beyond 'Ghe .Worizon
I have just returned from a world tour and have had the
most rewarding experiences, but 'lei me tell you how it all
First, I saw lim Swick who is in charge of the depot at
Akron. Akron is a thriving metropolis now and Iim has many
res-ponsilbilities, "There have been only two wrecks a year,
since I started here," 'he said. lust then the train pulled in
and I 'had to hurry to get on it.
My baggage all stowed away, I sat down and began tc
read a magazine. Soon I heard the familiar, "Ticket-s?
Tickets?" as the conductor passed down the aisle. I opened
my purse -- no ticket! I looked on my lap - no ticket! The
conductor was beside my seat.
"I just can't seem to find - wthy, Iohn Stanley! What on
earth are you doing?" I exclaimed.
"I-t looks like .I'm collecting tickets," he laughed then went
on to exipllain, "My father-in-law owns this railroad line and
I'm getting my start by working from the 'bottom up'."
Having seen two of my former schoolmates, I began to
wonder wthere the rest were living and what they were
doing. T-he nextt time Iohn came past my seat, I asked if he
knew anything concerning our 1959 Akron High School
"Well," he said, "now let me see. Cecil Kelley tis a leading
fashion designer for a prominent New York firm, and Ienny
Barnes - Oh, yes! Ienny is the ed-itor-in-chief of the New
"Wonderful! Have you heard how lohn Little is getting
"Io!hn? Let me see. I remember hearing his name spoken
just the other day. Oh, yes! He is in partnership with an
lt1ali'ian and together they own a chain of ,pizzadpie drive-ins.
It seems that they had a pizzta-rpie eating contest a few days
ago and Phyllis Murphy won by eating 77 pies."
Before I could ask if she became sick, the train pulled into
tthe New York depot, I bid Iohn farewell. I found a taxi to
take me to tthe Slkyiway Hotel, the best in ,the city. But why
not? It is owned and operated by those two little old maicls
Shelby and Merlee Smoker. I would have liked to talk to
'them but they had gone to ,San Francisco for a vacation.
That afternoon in ltlhe lobby I recognized Iohn Hartman and
Bob Kirk. It seemed that they had come to New York to be
on the newest quiz show, "What Can You Lose?" and had
won several million dollars. Close behind them was Eldon
Ruger who worked for Uncle Sam in the Internal Revenue
Alter going through tthe necessary red tape and cus-toms,
I finally got my passport and was on board the ship that
was to take me to Europe. It was a spacious, luxury liner
chri-stened the S. S. Frances after our former classmate Fran-
ces Lewis whose husband was its multi-millioniaire owner.
On -board I was in for another pleasant surprise, for one
of the passengers, famed for sculpturing, was none other
than Kent Groninger. We had a long talk one afternoon and
he said that he had seen Gloria McCloughan. a fellow artist,
at an annual Art Convention held in Paris several months
ago. He said she was a wonderful portrait pa-inter and had
a very wealthy clientele.
Finally alter what seemed a long time, but in reality was
relatively short, I reached England. I had always wanted to
exiplore a castle, so I 'hired a car and chauffeur and went
castle-thiuntiing. Some of the castles were crumlbling and run-
down, but one was in excellenlt condiition, the furniture in
place and the anoienit but well-'preserved tapestries were on
the walls. A man stood guard at the entrance so that
vandals would not destroy this work of art. When I inquired
who owned the property I was told that it belonged to Paul
Scott Shoemaker who at the present was in ndtia hunting for
a temple or monument to resurrect.
Also, while I was in England, I visited Oxford University
and found that Dan Floor was one of the best science teach-
ers in England. At a large city hospital I found the world-
famed surgeon, lack Shoemaker.
I Paris came next on my itinery and I discovered Linda
Nelson modeling for a large clothing concern. Sthe informed
me that Pat Overlander was also in the city and that she
was one of the most popular beauticzians in all France.
Italy, at last! This was a favorite ccuntry of mine. I hurried
to a restaurant whose advertisements read "Roberts, the
Spaghetti King." I expected to find a small, dlark Italian pro-
prietor, but instead, the owner and manager turned out to
be a tall, blonde, American, known to AHS Class of '59 as
Bob Burkett. While I late he told me ot several other people
including his cousin Bill Burkett. Bill had a large cattle ranch
in Argentina and was a skilled bolo zhrower. Kama Hoffman
had gone on the stage and was on cr world tour, and Karen
Kreiglhbaum was a famous opera singer, now playing in
Having finished my lunch, I toured Italy to my satisfaction
and a few weeks later found myself on a ship crossing the
Mediterranean to Egypt. In Cairo, as l was sigth-teseeing and
trying to find some ivory souvenirs I was directed to an
ivory collector who had a shop on the m-ain drag. This man
was dressed in Eastern fashion, but it seemed to me that I
recognized him, All of a sudden it came to me.
"Why, Max Helvey. of all people!" And sure enough it was
Max. He had tired of t-he rat race of American Civ-ilization
and had come to Cairo to relax.
As with every tourist, I wanted to ride on a camel so I set
off with the next group going for a week's journey on the
desert ship. I found the camel a very unpleasant creature
who was very lousy and who kicked, bi-t, and spat at me
constantly. On our journey we were to rest and relax for a
day at an oasis and also we were to visit Sliiek Fer Anck
and his harem. You can imtagine my surprise when I dis-
covered Fer An-ok was our guides mispronounoiiation of
Frank, for our host was Frank Urbahns.
Soon I was traveling again, this time my destination was
somewhere in darkest Africa. I met :ny guide and collected
supplies and started. My first stop was a diamond mine
owned by Larry and Ierry Kuhn and managed by their cap-
able friend Larry Stiver.
After Larry Stiver had taken me or a very interesting tour
of the mine and had given me a couple of souvenirs I con-
tinued my canoe trip dtown river. One night we happened
ulpon the cam-p of a ,pair of ibrig game hunter-s. At first I didnlt
recognize them in their Bermuda shouts and jungle hats, but
they soon gave themselves away and I realized that they
were Iohn McCloughan and Bill Whittenburger.
'Iliring of the African jungles I struck off in the direction of
China and India. Here I had heard about a giant agriculture
experiment operated by an American farmer to see if
Chinese soil could not support the Clhinese population. Of
course, it was Larry Sheet: and he was being helped by the
Secretary of Foreign Aid of the U. S., lack Boyer who gave
him many bushels of surplus grain.
Striking off again, this time in the direction of Australia, I
wondered which of my classmates I would find in this coun-
try. On a wild hunch I tpicked up o newspaper -to see if I
would find anyone I knew in the Australifa News. Sure
enough, before I had hunted long I fcund the article entitled:
"Hamimond's jumper Wins First Prize." Reading further I
found out that Marla Hammond had been experimenting in
crossing Australian lack Rabbits with Kangaroos ftthis
animal is called a Kangarabbitj ianid had won first prize in
n animal show.
By now I was tired of traveling for a while so I struck out
west and nort-h aiming rto lfand on the southern coast of the
United States. As luck would have it, a hurricane blew up
and we put in at Rio de Ivanerio for supplies. v
As I was walking through the city I saw two women,
obviously very wealthy, walking French poodles in a park.
I beaan to get that old feeling of believing the ladies were
familiar and this time, too, I was right, For these were Pat
Kuhn and Beverly Powell whose husoandts were partners in
a giant Brazil nut pltanftation. Loiokfinig at my list I found only
two classmate-s wthose wthereatbouts were unknown to me.
but Pat and Bev soon supplied the information Esther Landis
was the proud owner of seven oil wells in Texas and Mary
Ellen Maxwell was a nurse in a mental institution and a
With a sigth, I boarded the boat and started for home.
MARY ELLEN MAXWELL
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