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Page 40 text:
The class of 1940 always seemed to do the unexpected. As soon as they landed
in high school, the school was more spicy, almost as if some pepper had been sprinkled
in the Student Body. Although the class was not net officially organized, they decided
to have a minstrel Show. It was a huge success and with the proceeds they bought
books for the school library. It was then that the boys' ballet was started, Also, that
freshman year Doris Witt made a name for herself in speech contests. Maxine War-
nock won the G. A. A. Amateur Contest that year.
Their sophomore year was rather uneventful. Later events seem to indicate
that they were just taking a breath'ng spell before they started on the flurry of their
Junior and Senior years. Once again Doris entered the speech contests and once again
she did very well, The class also gave an assembly program that year, but on the
whole, it was a rather quiet year.
When the school doors opened in the fall of 1938, the class of 1940 entered its
Junior year. That fall the class was organized officially for the first time. Once
again, Maxine Warnock won the G. A. A. Amateur Contest. Early in the January of
1939 they gave a Variety Show. It had several acts in it and it was at that show that
Ward Warnock made his acting ability known. He was the matador in the presenta-
tion of "Ferdinand, the Bull." The boys' ballet also performed again that year in the
For the first time in its history, the class of 1940 gave a three-act play, "The
Whole Town's Talking." Ward Warnock carried on the reputation that he had made
earlier in the year. A few days after the class play, the Juniors gave a "prom" for the
Senior Class of 1939. It was the most elaborate f'prom" ever given in the gym. They
stretched a star-spangled sky across the gym, placed ten foot Hawaiian scenes around
the gym, and used silver paper to complete the color scheme of blue and silver.
That year Doris Witt again represented the school in serious readings at contests,
It was that year that the voice of Margaret Willits was noticed. She represented the
school in girls' voice and nelped us win the Military Tract cup. The girls' sextette was
organized that year under the direction of Mr. Ohlsen and three of its members were
from the class of 1940. 1939 made history in the football annals of Aledo High School
because our football team had an undefeated season. Several Juniors were on the
team and many were on the squad.
In their Senior year, another three-act play was given, HNew Brooms." Once
again, Ward made his part outstanding.
It was that year that the Student Council was organized, largely through the
efforts of the Senior Class and the united support of the student body.
When the contests started in the spring of 1940, the Senior Class sent as repre-
sentatives of the school, Doris Witt, Verna French, and Charles Gunnell in speech
and Margaret Willits in music. Margaret went to the national music contest and so
did the girls' sextette which had five senior girls in it.
Verna French and Kenneth Brown were named as the valedictorian and saluta-
torian of the class, as they had the highest scholastic standing for the four years of
Altogether, the class of 1940 made its mark in the Aledo High School, and will
not be soon forgotten.
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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