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I-IISTCDRY QF CLASS
. In the fall of 1939 a group of frightened freshmen became part of the stream
of life flowing through the corridors of A. C. H. S. Like all groups of freshmen some
were in awe of this new life, some were bored, some thrilled, and all were more or
less proud that they had succeeded in getting there.
There were twenty-five pupils from the country and fourteen from the city
of Alexis. When they met and elected leaders for this new class, officers were as
gmlmws: President, Lenard Kenney, Vica-Pres., Alice Hanna, Sec'y-Treas., Dorothy
' Elleven of our class were among the original members of the Band, which had
its beginning under the direction of Mr. Howard Nelson.
During our Freshman year, according to the customs of the school, wel had a
party--in the cafternoon. Though, of course, looking back on it now, it sounds
rather dull, this party was the beginning of our social life in high school.
1 .Those of us in the Music Department went with the chorus to Peoria for the
District Contest and on to Urbana for the State Contest.
Our Sophomore year the officers were: President, Mildred Koch, Vice-Pres.,
Alice Hanna, Sec'y-Treas., Lois Patterson.
We were hosts at the Freshman-Sophomore Banquet. On the program were
Betty Jayne Brunkow, Alice Hanna, and Ross Moore. Dorothy McKeague, the toast-
mistress, introduced Professor G. W. Smith, who talked on "Charting the Course",
which corresponded with our theme.
Our Junior year officers were: President, Lois Patterson, Vicei-Pres., Jane
Edwards, Sec'y-Treas., Paul Hanna.
There were two big events during this yearwour Junior Class Play and the
In the cast of the play, "Cross My Heart", were Ray Baker, Alice Hanna.
Dean Anderson, Dorothy McKeague, Lenard Kenney, Harold Powell, Dorothy
Baker, Norma Flood, Mildred Koch, Lois Patterson, Betty Jayne Brunkow, Archie
McKelvie and Loyal Kemper. To quote Miss Gillharn, the director, "This cast has
been the most cooperative of any in my experience." Well, maybe not quite that
cooperative. We learned something entirely new to us and had a lot of fun, too.
In April of 1942 we again were hosts at a banquet4this time to the Seniors
It was held at Hotel Custer in Galesburg. The setting and theme was Hawaiian, with
Hawaiian music playing during the dinner. Lois Patterson, the toast-mistress.
introduced Betty Jayne Brunkow, Louise Bruington, Dorothy Mclieague and Ke'ith
Mann. Janice Johnson, the senior sextet and Maude Alma Main furnished the
To start off our Senior year with a bang, we had the privilege handed down to
all Seniors-that of initiating the Freshman.
Our officers this year wore: President, Alice Hanna, Vice-Pres., Paul Hanna,
Secretary, Elsie Phillips, Treasurer, Dean Anderson.
The two big undertakings of the Senior Class were the class play, "Letters to
Lucerne", and the publishing of this Annual.
In the cast of "Letters to Lucerne" were Dorothy McKeague, Harold Powell.
Lois Patterson, Elsie Phillips, Paul Hanna, Alice Hanna, Dorothy Dahl, Norma
Flood, Maxine Ryner, Dorothy Baker, Gilda Fields, Dean Anderson and Ralph
Simonson. It was the story of a girls' school in Switzerland and of all the trouble
the war caused between these good friends of different nationalities. The play was
presented two nights on April 15 and 16. There was a well-filed house both nights.
"Letters to Lucerne' was presented under the direction of Miss Mary Gillham.
In the publishing of this Annual the class of '43 feels that it has really
accomplished something big. The hardest part of it was the selling of advertise-
ments but with the able direction of our leaders we were quite successful and
enjoyed it all.
Our sponsors this year were Miss Gillham and Coach Reed. We may not have
given them the impression that we appre-ciate all the work they have done for us
but we are very grateful to them.
As the year draws to an end and we see our uncertain futures looming before
us, we admit that we are a little frightened and confused. We begin to realize that
there is so little time and so much to do. Like all Senior classes, at times we were
probably almost unbearable to our fellow students. We hope that our shortcomings
will be glanced over hastily and that any nice thing we have done, as a class or as
an individual, will be remembered long after the graduation of this Class of 1943.
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