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Page 37 text:
Well, well, here we are all ready to start one of the biggest climbs of
our lives. That first day eight boys and eight girls were met at the first
grade door by Miss Gladys Jenson. Those sixteen pupils were: Martin Dylla,
Dennis Jacobs, Jerry Allen, Barbara Ramsdell, Judy Casebolt, LaJune Payne,
Orville Simonsen, Harlan Schewe, Charlotte Smith, Alan Peterson, Larry Young,
Janice Hanson, Sylvia Van Gortz, William Johannsen, Virginia Conn and Anita
Teufert. This year one of our biggest activities was playing in the Rhythm
Band. We all wore red capes and little round red caps and played wooden blocks
we are now standing on the second step. Jerry Allen, LaJune Payne,
Harlan Schewe, Larry Young, Sylvia Van Gortz left us and John Rasmussen,
Marilyn Wacholz and Sharon Kleven Joined us. Our most outstanding memory of
the second grade was our finger-painting. Miss Balch was our teacher.
we are climbing fast, we now are in the third grade. Miss Johnson
is now our teacher. Sne was usually making some of us stay in during noon-
hour for not getting one hundred in our spelling tests. This year Marilyn
Wacholz left us and Roger Jasperson Joined us.
In fourth grade we changed neither room nor teacher. This year we got
our spelling fine fwe didn't dare tofmissl but we couldn't get those
multiplication tables. We were all frightened into angelic behavior by
the misfortune of Jerry Gaffey when Miss Johnson broke a yardstick administer-
ing the lesson of the day. During the year everyone at one time or another
became very itchy and covered with little red spots and the doctor called it
In fifth grade Mrs. Viva Matyas was our teacher. Margaret Combs left
us and Sandra Hansen, Anne Jenson, and Marlene Gabel Joined us. As we think
back, we recall one very memorable Jobg filling Junior Red Cross boxes.
In sixth grade we still had Mrs. Matyas as our teacher. Janice Hansen
left and Roselyn Lembke Joined us. This year John had an uncanny way of
causing fights Cover him!! between the girls.
We finally reached the seventh grade, we thought we were grown up since
we went from room to room for our classes, but although we were older we
still became frightened when we had to write out passes and go in front of
the Senior High Assembly. This year Billy Anderson found long hair a
definite disadvantage when he misbehaved within reach of Mr. Morgan, our
beloved--history teacher and coach. Miss Hestad was our class advisor.
Jerry Gaffey and Sandra Hansen left us and Marilyn Wacholz and Beverly Nash
what little demons we were in eighth grade! The teachers all seemed
to be disgusted with us. This year all the girls had crushes on Mr. Darg
and Mr. Papke and they all took home their history and English books to sleep
with. Harlan Opdahl, Norman Emerson, Jerry Gaffey, and Richard Dohmeier
joined us and William Anderson and Marilyn Wacholz left us.
The freshman year was a very big one. The biggest event we remember
was getting initiated by the sophomores. We all were peculiar looking
characters, it's one day I'm sure none of us will forget. This year four
new members were added to our class roll. They were: Catherine Troska,
Douglas Guenther, Daryl Johnson and Harlyn Schewe. Roselyn Lembke left us
to go to school in Albert Lea. This spring Tom Connly was with us for three
memorable months this spring.
At last we were sophomores and now we were in Senior High. Finally,
we had our revenge on the poor freshman. We got our first taste of the Prom
when five girls-Beverly Nash, Anita Teufert, Catherine Troska, Virginia Conn,
and Judy Casebolt-and five boys-Alan Peterson, Daryl Johnson, Orville
Simonsen, John Rasmussen, and Harlan Opdahl-were waitresses and waiters.
By now the boys were playing on the "A' team in basketball, football, and
baseball. This year Richard Dohmeier left us.
In our junior year we showed our talents in acting and presenting the
class play "The Inner willy." This year we all received our "Bands of Gold"
fclass rings! and we still think that they are the best ever. Our biggest
event this year was putting on the Spring Banquet and Prom. We chose
nCarouseln as our theme and Bobby Thompson furnished appropriate music. It
was truly a grand evening. Roger Jasperson and Delores Jacobs left and
JoAnne Kleven and Dorothy Streyle Joined us.
Ah! at last we have reached the top and one final name was added to
the class roll. we had a lot of fun preparing for homecoming, Barbara
Ramsdell was our queen. Sharon Kleven, Anita Teufert, Charlotte Smith,
and JoAnne Kleven were her attendents. The six men who escorted the royal
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party were: Harlan Opdahl, Orville Simonsen, John Rasmussen, Harlyn Schewe
and Co-Captains Norman Emerson and Daryl Johnson. The biggest event of the
year was being the Border League Football Champions.
We have been rushed taking senior pictures, going on our trips and
presenting our class play in the spring under the direction of Mrs. Guenther.
We were honored by a beautiful banquet and prom sponsored by the Junior
class. It's almost over, and it seems wonderful, but I wonder how many of
us would like to go back and start over again.
Now only Baccalaureate and Graduation lay before us. It seems a little
strange when we think that this is the last time the Class of 56 will be
together as a class and a part of A.H.S. But we've finished our work in high
school and are now ready for the next step--to find our place in the world.
And now we've got to start our climb all over again--reaching for success!
We, the Senior Class of 1956, of the Alden High School, Alden, Minnesota,
do hereby proclaim this to be our last Will and Testament.
To the faculty, we leave the faces of a new senior class, who are striving
for the same goal we tried to attain.
To the Juniors, we leave our seats in Social class, in hopes that they'll
make better use of them.
To the Sophomores, we leave our ability to obey and abide by the rules of
this institution. '
To the Freshmen, we leave everything the Juniors and Sophomores do not want.
To each of the Juniors, each of us leave the following:
I, Judy Casebolt, leave my safe driving lin the ditchl to Larry Young.
I, Virginia Conn, leave my angelic character to Jean Brayland, in hopes
that she will keep out of mischief.
I, Norman Emerson, leave my ability of getting athletic awards to Robert
Eastvold, in hopes that he'll make good use of them.
I, Marlene Gabel, leave my ability to cast eyes at the boys to Reta
I, Douglas Guenther, leave my excellent posture to Barbara Jean Butenhoff.
I, Dennis Jacobs, leave my Saturday nights to Joyce Peterson.
I, Anne Jenson, leave my soprano position in Senior Sextet to Janice Steele.
I, Joanne Kleven, leave my marital status to Geraldine Pedersen.
I, Sharon Kleven, leave all of my giggles to Wayne Jahnke.
I, Daryl Johnson, leave my ability to sleep during classesfwithout getting
caughtl to Roger Dopplehammer.
I, Beverly Nash, leave Helen Truelson her pick of anything I have left.
I, Harlan Opdahl, leave my ability to grow a beard to Ronnie Jenson.
I, Alan Peterson, leave my witty remarks to Yvonne Teufert.
I, Barbara Ramsdell, leave my turtle-neck sweaters and neckscarves to Kay
I, John Rasmussen, leave my position of captain of the basketball team
to Wayne Jahnke.
I, Harlyn Schewe, leave my quietness Cin class, that isl to LeAnn Hensche.
I, Orville Simonsen, leave my choice of Chevrolet as a good car to Elnora
I, Charlotte Smith, leave my ability of going steady to Virginia Marsh.
I, Russell Sorenson, leave my ability to stay calm on the basketball
floor to Larry Young.
I, Dorothy Streyle, leave my pleasant personality to Roberta Schroeder.
I, Anita Teufert, leave my artistic ability to Larry Schneider.
I, Catherine Troska, leave my blind dates to Carole Van Deer.
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