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Page 38 text:
I, George Sheats, will my perfect set of training rules,
fno smoking, no drinking, and no running around with wild
women, to Coach Millikin in hopes he will make the boys
toe the mark next year,
I, Sam Sloan, will my ability to keep sober in Matherville
to Jim McFarland.
I, Mildred Taylor, bequeath my sudden interest in the
Angus cattle business to Jo Thompson.
I, Betty Bogguss, do hereby will and bequeath my ability
to get along with Miss Vanatta this last year for the first
two periods every day to Mary Eastman.
I, Gonna Matkovic, will my place in the Student Council
to Patsy Blazer who we understand is bound to make it
Qquoting the great K'rmaD.
I, Maurice Hood, do hereby will my Reynolds corre-
spondent or likewise known as Eula Jean Boyles to Dick
I, Mary Lee, will my former Aledo basketball star to
anyone who has a car to go to Monmouth to see him..
I, Ward Warnock, will my cooking and baking ability to
I, John Kimball, bequeath my ability to keep my private
life private to Alice Mae Lewis.
I, Helen Baer, bestow my ability to argue and bluff to
Richard Taylor knowing he will make good use of it.
We, Clifford Stevens, Lyle Tschappat, Garland Ruggles,
Richard Armstrong, and Perry Eckhardt do willingly render
our services as escorts for the South End Gang so that the
girls will have one man apiece and one .to fight over.
And finally, to our worthy principal Mr. Arford, the
Senior Class bequeaths its caresiand responsibilities, feel-
ing that he, better than any other, will be able to bear these
additional burdens to his already enormous store, with less
annoyance to his busy person. .
We, scribes of this illustrious class will, having given
away our class' choicest possessions, take what is left of our
gray matter and hasten our departing steps.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF: We hereby set our hand and
seal this twenty-first day of May in the year of our Lord,
one thousand nine hundred and forty.
fSignedJ CLASS OF MAY, 1940
May 20, 1960 young man who'll come to like Lena as Margaret and I do.
My dear Helen,
As I was sitting here bes'de the television set thinking
of you, a few m'nutes ago, my little Kathryn climbed on my
lap and nestled her bright little head on my shoulder. She
is such a dear child, and has taken so enthusiastically to the
attentions of Kenneth, Jr., that I sometimes wonder if, at
her tender age of five, she has fallen in love. How little
Kenneth Brown, Jr., has grown since you enjoyed the oppor-
tunity of seeing him. He is looking more like his father
every day, and has even inherited the tendency to be slightly
on the pTumpish side. He is a good child, for Mary has
taught him to play with an attitude of sharing with his play-
mates. Who would ever have believed that Mary Lewis
would finally abandon her career as a Home Bureau advisor,
and as she says, 'iStop giving advice, and apply some of it."
She has certainly accomplished a beautiful job of home
Kenneth's job of District Farm Advisor keeps him away
from home a great deal of the time, so lVIary occupies her spare
time by entertaining some of the old classmates in her
bridge club. Betty Bogguss Kendall is a varitable golf
widow since Blaine became a golf enthusiast after being
ordered by the doctor to get out into the air and exercise
while he wasn't in the courtroom. His health was damaged
a great deal in college when he worked after school and
then burned the midnight oil until all hours of the night.
Betty's twins, Elizabeth and Grover, and her adopted child,
Archer, are ten this year. My, time goes around so quickly.
You should see Arthur now. Lena gets him off to school
on time every morning, which is really an athletic feat, as
he takes so much after Margaret, his mother. Lena makes
a good combination secretary-right-hand-woman, She is so
good-natured. I'm almost afraid to get that governorship,
for that would make us hire a chauffeur, or a valet, or some
Who would ever have thought that I should win the fair
hand of Margaret Willits? Of course, when she is working,
she still goes under her maiden name because she made her
reputation under that name and is afraid that if she uses
my narne, people wonit recognize her. She and Maxine
are in New York now, and Lena has all the responsibility
of the home. I just hate to leave her with all the worry,
but I guess I must help Doris through her pre-nuptial par-
ties. Dorfs says that she has been a career woman for so
long that she must have someone who is experienced in
these things. As I have been married five times now, I con-
sider myself an expert. She regrets having waited so long
to marry George. I do not blame the dear girl for regret-
ting, for George has set himself up in a splendid doctor's
practice and I understand, has made a great deal of money
from his profession. Doris has enjoyed her radio work and
her mother and father Witt encourage her to continue it in
a program in which her sister stars as a comedian and she
plays as the dramatic star. Mr. and Mrs. Sheats have retired
from their farm and are living in town now. Mrs. Sheats,
who has always been interested in dramatic work, urges
Dcris to continue. George has left the decision up to her,
and has raised no objection as he feels it would be a good
spare time life saver. Oh, did I tell you? John Harbour
has finally gotten through medical school and gone into part-
nership with George, which lifts some of the responsibility
from Georges' shoulders.
John has been writing to Myrtis Greer, who is a full-time
star on the WLS Barn Dance Show. She is living in Chi-
cago and broadcasting from the main station there.. I un-
derstand she is wearing John's diamond, but of course that
is only bridge club rumor, and as our old friend, Miss Hart-
ley, always said, "Don't believe statements unless you know
they are based on facts." I
Page 37 text:
YVe, the Senior Class of May, 1940, wish, because we feel
that we are about to-breathe our last in this beloved high
school, to leave the remnants of those th'nf3s which we hold
most dear, to those who in their dire need can make the best
use of them. Having passed the severe test as to our sound-
ness of mind, memory, and understanding, we do make, pub-
lish, and declare this our last will and testament, and do here-
by will and bequeath the following items.
To the class of 1941, we leave our dearly loved class ad-
visors, Glen Stancliff, E. H. Arford, May Hartley and Hazel
Vanatta, who will safely guide them thru the difficult chan-
nels to success, as they have so faithfully guided us.
To the class of 1942, we leave our much-sought-after
seats in the gym, only hopfng that they will fill them with
as much dignity as we have done.
To the class of 1943, we do give and bequeath our dig-
nity, our knowledge, and our predominance, hoping that with
these accomplishments they may yet be able to show their
true worth, which has so far lain quite dormant.
Our knowledge of English, being so great, due to the
conscientious effort of Miss Vanatta, we feel that to bestow
it all upon one class would be impossible, so we do hereby
order it to be divided among the succeedfng classes.
To our successful glee clubs, we leave a microphone sys-
tem so that their sweet chirpings may be heard by all the
For the benefit of the student body at large, we leave
the following "Don't."
1. Don't try to kid the Freshies, they really are too
young to understand you.
2. Don't mistake Mr. Olsen for a studentg he really
is over twenty-one.
3. Don't go to Miss Hartley's classes without your les-
son, the inevitable always happens.
4. Don't neck in the hall, it makes Mr, Flom jealous.
5. Don't object to anything the Student Council does
unless you don't agree with them.
6. Don't be flattered, girls, if Mr. Pratt sits with you
in the study hall, he usually has a reason.
Then to a few certain individuals:
I, Jack Fraser, do will and bequeath my modest Personal-
ity to Donald Vance, who needs a push in this world of ath-
I, Lena Marie Newswander, will my Monmouth High
School class ring to Frances Hudscn.
I, Evy McCreight, bequeath my auburn hair and freckles
to Blaine Rooth.
I, Frances Jean Smith, will my place in sextetteg my good
nature, and perfect control of temper to Dora Reedy,
I, Kenny Brown, do will and bequeath my "way with the
women" to Merle Brown.
I, Margaret Willits, bequeath my second soprano voice
as well as my Chicago boy friend to Vivian Lou Nichols.
I, David Lawson, do hereby will and bequeath my pig-
and-girl trouble to Junior Anderson.
I, Rose Pattison, bequeath my "night lifen to that little
home-girl, Phyllis Witt.
I, John Harbour, will my Marshalltown, Iowa, correspond-
ent to Kenny Berg.
I, Fred Brown, bequeath my tall manly figure and my
white letter sweater to Bill Marston.
I, Betty Wakeland, will my athletic ability to Dorothy
I, J. C. McCaw, will my long, dark, curly eye lashes to
I, Betty Curtis, bequeath my Matherville man to Eula
I, Kenneth Patterson, will my sweet little brother to Bob
Brokaw whom we hear is sadly in need of one.
I, Donald Pattison, will secretly give out the lowdown on
how I always manage to get the car and "get around" to
Bobby Bjorkman any time Bobby wishes to come around.
I, Fern Riddell, do hereby will and bequeath my job at the
College Inn and the boy friend that goes with it to Emma
I, Robert Sponsler, give my driving ability, drivers license,
and car to Darwin Jackson.
I, Blaine Kendall, will my hogs and sweet little sister,
who is a great help-at times, to Ivyl Anderson.
I, Martha Jean Davis, bequeath my hair and friendly
attitude to Maryln Johnson,
I, Edwin Thornton, will my Dolly to Bob Fraser so he can
I, Frank Boultfnghouse, do willingly bestow my ability
to get along with five girls of a certain clique to Lee Gray.
I, Annie Peterson, do hereby will and bequeath my jitter-
bug dancing feet to Doris McCaw.
We, the Ruggles girls, will our musical ability to Everett
Parkinson and Marvin Benson.
I, Pauline Andress, will my knowledge of American his-
tory and Modern Problems to Tom Bonynge in case he has
to take history next year.
I, Maxine Warnock, will "my Hammie" to Mary Lawson,
in hopes that she wfll leave other people's boy friends alone.
I, Chares Gunnell, bequeath my tall stories about my
neighborhood to Benjamin Burrows, providing he takes So-
I, .Ioan Essley, do hereby will and bequeath my baby
talk and cute little ways to Ruth Hofer.
I, Earl Kistler, do hereby will and bequeath my shy, bash-
ful, actions around the girls to Elmer Sedig,
I, Doris Witt, bequeath my ability to get along with the
teachers, especially the third floor teachers, to Billye Hamp-
I, Maynard Minteer, will my colorful combinations in
clothes to Jimmy Kimball.
I, Myrtis Greer, bequeath my guitar and my cowgirl out-
fit to Ella Mae Boyles wishing her the best of success..
I, Dean Robison, wfll my ability to collect the names,
addresses, telephone numbers, ages, and what-have-you of
all the waitresses I come in contact with while on a trip to
Louis Lloyd. i
I, Mary Catherine Lewis, do hereby will and bequeath my
interesting letters from males to Mary Helen Rose.
I, Frank Seefeld, bequeath my interest in the Perryton
Softball diamond to Bill Butcher.
I, Dorothy MCC1-eight, will my little Freddie to Jean Tucker
in case she ever decides to settle down and get a man.
I, Verna French, will my scholastic ability to Bob Rose
so he won't have to burn the midnight oil with his studies
or worry the teachers to death. .
Page 39 text:
Mary's bridge party was very successful the other day,
and I was glad to be here for it. Betty Curtis Sloan, Mary
Lee Boultinghouse, Betty Wakeland Hood, Frances Smith,
Verna Lawson, Pauline Andress Gunnell, Mrs. Fred Brown,
nee Dorothy McCrefght, Ganna Fraser, Fern Riddell Spons-
ler, Marjorie Robison, and Rose Pattison Kimball were all
present and dragged their present husbands along. Betty
and Sam Sloan are so happy. They are living on a huge
farm not far from here. They have three of the sweetest
children, all girls. One ten, another eight, and the other
five. Sam inherited a great deal of money a few years ago
and he is using some of that capital in his experimental
farming work. I understand that he is worth a great deal
of money, and indications are that this is true. Their home
is a real mansion with all the latest "non-electricl' gadgets.
Bib and Frank were married just ten years ago yesterday.
Frank is sheriff of Mercer County and has a remarkable
record for the swift solution of crimes. He, Earl Kistler, and
Jack Fraser, his deputies, are kept busy both night and day
these times, what with the coming election, and Ganna and
Bib are quite lonesome, mainly in the evening, for their
children are getting to the point that they enjoy going to
the Boy Scout meeting and also the Campfire Girls. John
and Rose Kimball run an exclusive dairy farm two miles
east of Aledo, and Helen, if you could only see their fine
cattle! Marjorie and Dean Robison are two lovely people.
ll.Iarjorie used to be a Peterson, you know. She fits in
beautifully with Dean's sense of humor. Dean 'is county
recorder, and is one of the leaders of the Republican party
in Mercer County. I haVen't seen their little girl, Marjorie,
who is seven, but I hear that she is quite lively and full of
fun like her father, and just as sweet as her mother. Mar-
jor'e worked as Dean's deputy recorder for some time before
their marriage in 1952, so they understand each other's
whims and fancies. You remember Fern Riddell, of course.
She was always so well dressed and immaculate looking.
Well, she is now Mrs. Robert Sponsler. They make a strik-
ing pair, and I am so glad for both of them in their happi-
ness. The Fred Browns and the Charles Gunnells live on
farms near here. Pauline Andress Gunnell is still a tireless
worker. She has launched a dude farm and is making it
psy well. She is happy in her work as she and her old
fr'ond, Betty Wakeland Hood, are working together. Betty
and Pauline together think up the most original ideas for
their farm, and are attracting guests from the Chicago
area. They usually can contact them through the military
sohool. The two husbands manage the riding lessons and
the stables. Their guests are given an opportunity of going
into the fields and working when the grain is harvested and
everything. It pays to have novel ideas. The men also have
to manage all the men who are the manual laborers and they
have undertaken quite a task, but they are proud and happy
in their work and what more can one ask. Mrs. Fred Brown,
nee Dorothy McCreight, loves her farm home and her six
children as well as she adores the ground Fred walks on.
The beautiful result of this is a perfect home.
David Lawson has g'ven up his efforts to be a farmer and
is now making a most competent mayor of Aledo. Verna
Lawson plays her role as the mayors' wife in a very gracious
manner, and bears the brunt of David's jokes with a loving
smile and a warm heart. Dave is still as popular as ever,
and has continued the good record with his three boys. They
are always going hiking, camping, or fishing together, and
Verna goes right along with them. Frances Smith, Vern's
old buddy is as gay as ever and happy in her school teacher's
role. She 'vows she will never marry, but we laugh at her
and the girls continue trying to find her a man.
Martha Jean Davis is in California working as a woman
director. She makes a marvelous director because she has
such a winning way with people. I have read in the movie
magaz'nes that she is seen at different places with Donald
Ohlsen, who is playing character bits as an old man in the
movies, but their friendship is only rumor. Joan Essley is
in Holywood, living with Martha Jean, and teaching the
younger movie set their A.B.C.'s along wth Physical Edu-
cation courses which she holds for office-tired movie execu-
tives and screen-tired movie stars.
The girls at the bridge club were telling me that both-
Oralee and Tyra Ruggles are doing social work among the
tenant farmers of the South. The girls are real workers
and have such pleasing personalities that I know they must
be dofng a fine piece of work. V
Mildred Taylor McCreight, Maxine VVarnock fwho is rest-
ing between matrimonial ventures at presentb, and my own
dear wife, Margaret Thornton walked in just as I finished
wrfting the last sentence. The two girls, Margaret and Max
were anxious to hear about you and my coming election as
they have been in New York collaborating on popular songs
for a musical comedy to be staged there soon, and knew little
about your work until Everette mentioned it last night at the
Everette is quite interesting lately, because he is taking
a great interest in boy scouts and can tell you how to start
a fire with a couple of damp leaves or, if necessary, a
kitchen match. He is still as fine and clean cut as ever,
and he and Mildred are very comfortable in their new
bungalow. Their oldest daughter starts to high school next
fall and Mildred says that the little girl is thrilled over the
fact. Her other daughters, Joan and Jean, are in the fifth
grade. They are in the same grade because Joan Hunked
one year. She certainly takes after her mother. Everette
is working at the light company now. Did I tell you? He
was promoted to manager a year ago when Earl Kistler
transferred to another town where he is sectional manager.
I understand that his five children were quite sad when
they had to leave. They all love grandfather Blazer so much.
Mildred was telling me that all of the boys down at the
light company are bachelors, and they have great fun enter-
ta'ning her three children, J. C. McCaw, Maynard Minteer,
Donald Pattison, Kenneth Patterson, Clifford Stevens, Frank
Seefeld, and Richard Armstrong, are all on the force down
there. J. C. M':Caw has quite an interest in Garland Ruggles'
stock breeding farm, but Garland does most of the manual
labor while J. C. comes into town every day to work. Those
two claim that they wouldn't get married for anything now
because t'1ev'd miss each other too much. They are just
regular old bachelors at heart,
Lyle Tschappat and Perry Eckhardt both used to work
at the light company, but when Ward Warnock came to
town with his play, he pleaded with the boys to go with
him as electrician for the show. Ward's humor is winning
him a great deal of fame, and someday, Helen, I expect we
will be see'ng him play on Broadway. He has been getting
some real "breaks" fas he calls theml. Last week he fin-
ished his run at the Selwyn Theatre in Chicago. Remem-
ber when we saw John Barrymore there? Let me see, you
were my third wife, weren't you? I lose track every once
Oh, Helen, the telephone just rang. It was Doris asking
me to meet her down town, I must go and dress now. I
will be down to see you and your family as soon as possible.
Give them all my regard.
Your former husband,
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