Alma High School - Panther Tales Yearbook (Alma, MI)
- Class of 1911
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most instructive and enjoyable course possible and also
to those merchants who have made possible the publish-
ing of this boolc, "The Spiderwebf'
Our appreciation first extends to our parents and
every taxpayer in our school district, who by their votes and generosity
have made possible the maintenance of the Alma Public Schools and
who have stood behind the School Board in every way, broadening our
courses and beautifying our grounds.
Alma High School is second to none in the state. It has been on the
University list for many years and will remain there as long, at least,
as the present School Board has the management of its affairs. Every
member of the board is a live citizen and is able to see that progressive-
ness is the only policy. People in the vicinity of Alma have come to
appreciate the high standing of its schools and have sent their children to
them, until at present, although with an enlarged assembly room, many
students are forced to sit in other rooms. This growth will make
it necessary to have a new High School building in the near future. We
are grateful to the School Board for our most worthy superintendent,
F. E.. Ellsworth, and the able staff of teachers under him, who realize
the fact that they were in school once and try to do the right thing.
The pleasant hours which we have spent with our instructors, although
at times seemingly long and dull, will never be forgotten by a single
member of the Class of l9ll. We do not appear mournful and certainly
act far from grieved in the class rooms, but we all regret the time when
we cannot meet together with them. Miss Smith and Messrs. Ward and
Currier by their able coaching have built up clean and strong athletics
and have placed Alma High on the map in that department.
The merchants and professional men of Alma deserve our most hearty
thanks. They have stood behind athletics and entertainments but they
have done more than that for us-they made possible the publishing of
this book by paying a liberal price for advertising spaces in the back of
the copy. Without this money we could not have made it a financial
success and therefore it would never have appeared.
Last, but not least, we are grateful to that assemblage lcnown as the
Class of l9l2, who for three years have tried to rival us and thereby
furnished us with a great deal of amusement. Of course, they will not
admit but that they were our equals, but let us simply remind them of
basket ball and baseball games between the classes in which we "put it
all over them," and again when our lone representative, Marjorie Delavan,
put five Junior men down to defeat in the oratorical contest. Their
social functions were a joke beside those which the Seniors gave, but we
are looking for our friends to outdo themselves in the annual Junior
We, the members of the Class of t9lt, appreciate the kindness of
those who have made our school life so instructive and enjoyable, and
aside from expressing it in words, we will endeavor in the future to do
as much for others.
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MEMBERS OF S-,-A
FF, CLASS OF 1911
r- 1 THE SCHOOL BOARD
1 HAT would Alma l-ligh School do without the
efficient School Board? Who would hire the
excellent school teachers? And who would
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give their aid to everything that would benefit
The present School Board is composed of
some of the prominent men of Alma: E. L. Smith, P, M.
Smith, D. L. Johnson, C. H. Rhodes and Francis King, all
of whom have had experience in the business world, and know
how to run a school in a business-like manner. These are the
men who have kept Superintendent 'Ellsworth at the head of
affairs for six years past and for at least three years to come.
These are the men who have secured the coaches for our win-
ning athletic teams. It is these men also who have managed our
school as economically as possible and have at the same time
improved the conditions of the grounds, planted shrubbery, and
kept things in such fine shape that at present we have two of
the best kept grounds and school houses of any of the smaller
cities of the state.
The course of study prescribed by the board has also been
of such an excellent nature that the school has been on the
university list for some time and will surely continue to be
under the present management.
One of the best things that has been done by the board is
the establishing of a manual training department which is super-
vised by one of the best teachers of this line in the state, and
in such a manner that not even any of the larger cities, have a
department that can surpass ours.
The school savings bank has also been established by the
present board. It has been in operation for about a year and
has been pronounced by men who know as the best in Michi-
Among the many things which the school board will be
considering before long is the erection of a new school building.
This will soon become a necessity, as the people living in this
section of the state, attracted by the efficiency of the Alma
l-ligh School are sending their children here in preference to
other schools, until now the school is greatly overcrowded, and
it will probably not be long before the citizens of Alma will
have another school building, which they can look upon with
pride, all brought about by the efficiency and business-like man-
agement of the board.
The Alma School, under the present management, can not
help but prosper and the citizens of Alma can rely on the pres-
ent school board, to keep our school, second to none in the
State. C. C.
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55-1 HE SUCCESS of every high school depends
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very largely upon the teachers. A good faculty
combined with a capable superintendent will
invariably make a well regulated and orderly
high school at least so- it has worked out in
Alma. We have always had good teachers, but
never have we been more fortunate than we have this year.
We challenge any high school to produce a more competent
and harmonious faculty than the one which now reigns supreme
in Alma l-ligh.
Mr. Ellsworth, the Superintendent of our schools, is so
well known that any eulogy at our hands is unnecessary. Suf-
fice it to say that he has always had the hearty co-operation
of both teachers and pupils in all his undertakings and that he
has met with deserved success.
For the last two years we have had with us as principal,
Mr. Ward, a graduate of Mt. Pleasant Normal and at present
a Junior in the University of Chicago. Mr, Ward is an able
teacher and an enthusiastic football coach.
ln the literary department Miss Smith is the guiding power.
She graduated from Alma College with a Ph.B. degree and
has had four years, experience in teaching. Miss Smith's in-
terest and enthusiasm are contagious and it was due largely to
her efforts that the Clirls' Literary Society was organized.
Next to the literary department comes that of languages
with Miss Gould at its head. After graduating from the Uni-
versity of Michigan, Miss Gould came to Alma and the fact
that she has been with us for three years is proof of her ability.
Miss Potter, the teacher of Science, is a graduate of Ypsi-
lanti. She is at the same time a good teacher and a popular
This year, increased attendance made necessary the addi-
tion of a new teacher and Miss Cameron a graduate of Mt.
Pleasant Normal with three years' experience, joined us. She
has charge of the l-listory department and already her popu-
larity is well established.
Mr. Currier is the teacher of Mathematics. l-le graduat-
ed from Ypsilanti, and in behalf of baseball and basket ball
we want to thank Ypsilanti. Mr. Currier is a good teacher as
,well as a good coach.
Miss l-learn has charge of music and drawing, and the fact
that we have a chorus of over a hundred voices, two glee clubs
and a l-ligh School orchestra shows that she is far from idle.
In such a brief survey we cannot do justice to any subject,
much less to one as deep as this. But we, as Seniors, know
what it means to have an efficient teaching force and it is our
earnest wish that all our successors may have as good a faculty
SENIOR CLASS HISTORY
AIL! All hail the class of 191 I I
5 Wlio would ever think that only four short
gi years ago we entered upon the arduous duties
of high school life! And yet we were quite like
'ggmxv other Freshmen classes though perhaps a little
more ambitious. It was our boys who first
started basket ball in the High School, and it was our class
that was nearly exterminated by an upset into the ditch, while
enjoying one of our many sleigh-rides. Luckily we all sur-
vived to enter upon our Sophomore year, a period of dorment
activity that might be likened to the coccoon stage of the but-
terfly. We studied, observed, and drew conclusions so that
when the next mile-stone was reached and we became Juniors
we were well prepared to sustain the duties of our position.
Who can forget the time we robbed the mighty Seniors of their
cherished banner and marched the ringleader blindfolded down
the road? But they entertained us royally nevertheless and we
returned the compliment in like manner so the hatchet was se-
In due course of time we emerged from the raw state into
finished and dignified Seniors. The task that then awaited us
might well have daunted braver hearts than oursg to sustain our
reputation and to outdo everything that any other class ever had
done. To say that we have accomplished this would be boast-
ing and far be it from the class of I9I I to indulge in thatg but
to say that we have tried is only fair. In numbers we exceed
the limit hitherto reached by any Senior class. In scholarship
we rank among the highest. In ingenuity we stand supreme.
We gave the first Senior fair ever held in Alma I-Iigh School
and it was a remarkable success. Along athletic and literary
lines we have done our part in raising the standard of the
school. There have been representatives from the Senior Class
on every team, both athletic and debating. Five of the seven
men on the I9I I basket ball team were Seniors and in baseball
and foot-ball we have been equally active. To tell of our
social achievements would take too long and might create the
impression that we are conceited. So we will leave the greater
part unsaid and in closing we ask you, oh worthy Alumni, and
you, oh Seniors yet to be, to think kindly of the class of I9l I.
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SENIOR CLASS, 1911.
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Rearrangecl by F. D. Oswald.
Tune, "Grange and Black."
Although other schools may favor their emblems fond and true,
The maroon, the cream the crimson or gray and navy blue.
We will flght for black so noble, for orange We would die,
As we won: for dear old Alma and the folks at Alma high.
As our school days fast are fleeting, with joy we can look back,
We see the base hall victories, just so foot ball and track.
We love athletics dearly, on high we hold our pride,
As our boys push on through battle, winning victories side by side.
When through the years to come, friends, through life's crook,cl way we roam
We like our friends are gray now, our only hope is home.
But as we sit and ponder, our memories soon turn hack,
We see ourselves together 'neath the orange and the black,
HISTORY OF THE CLASS OF 1912
lfgg N a dark, dreary, rain da in the early art of Septem-
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f ber, l908, the casual observer might have noticed about
5 l forty young people Wending their way to school against
the driving rain. He might also have observed the re-
signed expression upon the faces of these students, tor
they well knew the prejudice often entertained against
freshmeng but hardly had they become accustomed to
their new environment before the Junior class, detecting evidences of un-
usual good taste in them, sent a delegation to ask their opinion as to what
class colors they should choose. The Seniors soon presented themselves,
asking for information in regard to the selection of their class pin. In
fact, during the entire first year, all their spare time was occupied giving
advice to the upper classes. The Sophomores, to be sure, did not con-
sult them concerning matters of class interest, but rather as individuals in
regard to studies.
The second year was in many ways similar to the first, except that
more of their time was taken up giving counsel.
The idea of an organization was scorned by the members of this
class the first two years, as they well knew from their daily intercourse
that all of the members could never agree on any one thing.
But at the beginning of the Junior year, Paul Kress suggested a class
organization, and was promptly rebuked by being elected president.
However, now being started in the right direction, some social gathering
was suggested. After considerable discussion, it was decided that they
should go on a sleigh-ride to the St. Louis skating rink, and from there
to the home of Grace DuBois. The plan was successfully carried out,
and after leaving the rinlc they started on their journey for the DuBois
home. On arrival, a supper was served, after which a few toasts were
sleepily responded to, and the idea that "Brevity was the soul of wit"
seemed quite prevalent, '
The next event of class importance was held one Saturday night at
the home of Queen Strong. Following this was a party at Mabel
Wynne's. At this time a supper was served of somewhere between Fifteen
and nineteen courses. .After the guests had recovered a little from the
repast, they listened to a few vocal solos by Edward Bahlke, which
were greatly appreciated.
Next came the memorable party at john Gatfney's, at which Calvin
Race made his bow to society, and although rather timid with the girls,
he ,made quite an agreeable impression.
Then came the crowning event of the year, when the boys, realizing
that they were rather indebted to the girls, decided to give them a
banquet, which was to be held at the Kress home. The arrangements
went along smoothly and on the appointed evening nearly the whole
class was present. After a live-course supper, the real business of the
occasion, namely, the toasts, began- These were in striking contract to
those at the previous parties, nearly all being model discourses on the
alloled subjects. Perhaps an exception to this was the talk of Milton
Jackson, who quite forgot his subject in unwinding a fairy tale. Edward
Bahlke talked about half an hour on "Cnr Pastf' Mabel Wynne de-
voted some time in exploiting the sweetness of her disposition. Along
towards the last came the talk, however, which all waited for in breath-
less suspense. This was the toast given by Hugh Bartley, who told how
grand it was to have a class conscience, and further stated that "a good
name is rather to be chosen than great richesf, After a few other toasts
the members of the class left for home, again to resume uninterrupted
their duties in school.
"This for the past, of the future no man can tell."
JUNIOR CLASS, 1911
SOPHUMORE CLASS HISTORY' ti--..-I
R HE year H599 found Grace I-laner, Winnie
if Cooper, Helen Willard, Reginald ixicciinton,
I Alonzo Lutz, and others attending kindergarten.
Many of their comrades have been lost, but oth-
ers are seen in their places. After mastering
those difficult subjects they passed on and on till
in the spring of l909 they with thirty-seven others were pre-
sented with eighth grade diplomas. E
ln the fall they were joined by many rural students with
whom they began their high school career. That first year was
very successful. Reg lVlcClinton learned how to keep his face
straight, and Dick Rockwell, the midget, developed his wits
and starred as the man that didn't know, Don Smith and Clif-
ford Cummings had commenced their household furnitureg Paul
Clark, Crib Barry, and Dean Cowdry learned to play foot-ballg
Crib became our baseball star and Dean our all-round athlete.
So far Deanis industry has been such that a "Fair Grecian
Goddess" bestowed upon him the name of "Fatty Grub."
Edna Campbell took up domestic science and made a specialty
of "Johnny Cake."
This year we were joined by the Gossets, and the Cash
which we received Cbeing appreciated by allj, was given the
most prominent position in the class, that of president. Reginald
lVlcClinton is now learning to pronounce Latin words. l-le is
becoming quite an expert at it.
We are an exceptional class. The girls in basket ball Cle-
feated even those wise and learned Seniors. And, wonder of
wonders, some of the Sophomore boys are becoming very pop-
ular among the Senior and Junior girlsn Also some of the
Junior boys will tellyou that the company of at least some of
the Sophomore girls is a thing greatly to be desired.
By the time we reach the year 1913, we will be the most
irrportant and the best class Alma l-ligh has ever produced.
SW Hiott SCHOOL ORCHESTRA
S A HE School Orchestra, one of the many prosperous or-
E, Hi ganizations of Alma High,-is to be complimented on their
bw extreme success and good management. 4 Through the un-
tiring efforts of Miss Cora Hearn and under the able
direction of Prof. Schroeder, the orchestra at once
:lx proved their musical ability. Although only in its first
year, much can be expected of the musicians in the
future, as most of the members remain in school and under the same cli-
rection should make a good stand among the leading High School musical
organizations of the slate.
F. D. D., 'll.
SOPHONIORE CLASS, 1911
HISTORY OF THE CLASS OF 1914
EVER did a class enter the Alma High School with as
6 N much ambition as did the Freshman Class of the present
X' school year.
tuna.: In numbers we are three score, and in school spirit
there never was anything like it.
When we entered the ninth grade we were anxious
lo do something original- So after a few hasty brain-
raclfing consultations, we decided to have a class organization. As a
result of our first meeting we found in the chair lVlerritt Miller, the
widely-known electrician, ably assisted by our poetic vice-president,
Frank Bittner, sitting at the desk, keeping track of our weighty decisions,
was Robert Notestein, while our country lassie, lVlary Nlallory,
looked after the cash. Another very important thing that happened at this
first meeting was our choice of class colors. This, of course, was a
very difficult task, but since we are all true Americans we decided to be
true blue and pure white.
To say that this class is industrious is stating it very mildly, but we
are not all work, because we believe that "All work and no play, makes
Jack a dull boy."
One line evening, the twenty-ninth of November, found us loaded on
a sleigh started for Porterheld's, although most of the trip was made on
foot. We were given a fine time, as is usually the case where Ruth is
concerned. With Miss Smith and Miss Hearn to watch over us, our
parents were not uneasy because we were home so late.
The second social even was our acceptance of Ethel lVliller's kind
invitation to an oyster supper. This took a great deal of skillful plan-
ning on the part of our financier, but after much difficulty we started.
This being on Friday, the thirteenth of January, of course it rained, and
that also added to the pleasure, The Freshman Class certainly thought
the Millers great entertainers- As we didn't return until the wee small
hours of the morning, our fathers and mothers also thought we must have
had a grand time.
The lastf but by far not the least, was our skating party on January
twentieth. Seven o'clock found all on the ice having the best of times,
until a mishap occurred which proved very disastrous to one of our girls.
We then went to Marion l-lood's, where she proved to be a very agree-
Since this last party we have been very busy with our school work
and have had very little time for pleasure.
But there is one other thing that ought to be spoken of-that is our
charter members-Robert Notestein, Frank Bittner, Russell Gaffney,
Ruth Hooper, Ruth Dunham and Helen and Nlarie Doane, who have gone
through the nine grades together. We have kept increasing in number and
hope when we finish the High School to leave a record behind us saying
we were the largest class, and put out the best Senior Annual, and were
all around the best class that ever went through the High.
"Now ths 'is the history of our class,
Forever let it stanclg
And when you want this lively bunch,
They'll surely be on hand."
FRESHMEN CLASS, 1911
1 LAMBDA SIGMA Z 1
I, EVER before in the history of the Alma
l-ligh School have the girls had a literary
kw a society. This year such a society, which
A is an important factor in student life as
it affords opportunities for literary and
social development, was organized, and by the com-
mon consent of its members called the Hl..ambda
The primary object of this society is of course "to
develop an appreciation and love for good literature
among its members, and to increase their respect for
and power to use correct English." With this in
view on the first and third Tuesdays of every school
month meetings are held, alternately devoted to de-
bates and literary subjects. The work has been very
successful in many respects, and in spite of the fact
that this is the first attempt of the girls to form such
an organization, great progress has been made.
But the society does not believe in the maxim, "All
work and no play," for it has its social as Well as
literary aspect. ln fact, already many good times of
every description have been enjoyed among the mem-
The members of the society are sure that although
this is a new field of work, a good beginning has been
madeg and they trust that those who are left to carry
on the work will go forward with a greater success.
And so the "Lambda Sigma," composed of its thirty-
five members, feels that the society will be in a good
condition for the work of next year, and look gladly
on the past and hopefully expectant of the future.
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l School has developed rapidly in athletics.
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l were not ranked very high, and lack of
interest made winning teams impossible.
Four years ago basket ball was first organized in
the l-ligh Schoolg and now winning teams in this sport
are developed every year, owing to good coaching by
Mr. Currier, and the great interest taken in it.
ln football and baseball, the same thing has been
true. This being due to the good coaching of both
Ward and Currier, and the great interest in these
sports by the student body.
Cne of the organizations that is greatly responsible
for the increase of interest in athletics is the Athletic
Association, which has put athletics directly in the
hands of the student body, and they feel a greater
interest in it, since they have something to do with the
management of it.
With at least one of the present coaches back and
under the 'supervision of Superintendent Ellsworth,
the athletic teams of the future will certainly be as
successful as those of the past few years.
A -Q 9-.L I-IE football season of l9l0 was very successful. Many
men signified their intentions of trying for the team, and
Y at a very early date a squad of about twenty-hve husky
4 Q men appeared on the field dressed in football togs. Most
li blfl ' of the interest shown by the men was brought about by
Mr. Ward, our efficient coach, who started early hnding
candidates and getting them to pledge their help in
building up a good machine. Great enthusiasm was shown by both candi-
dates and the school over football prospects. A very good team had
been put out the year before, and with most of the old men back, and
many more new ones, an excellent team seemed quite apparent- A very
stiff but very efficient schedule was arranged by Manager Kress, in-
cluding many of the best teams of the state. With this facing 'the team,
under the leadership of their excellent captain, "Gila" Barry, and the di-
rection of Mr. Ward, they went to work with a vim. Everyone began
early to take an interest in the team, and large crowds greeted the players
with a profusion of yells and banners at every home game, many at-
tending even the out-of-town games. The veterans of last year's squad,
who made up a good part of this year's team, were Gargett, Kress, Wood,
Spinney, Dunham, Barry fcaptainj, P. Clark and Austin. The new men
who made good were Robinson, Raleigh, Fishbeck, I-lulse, Vought, and
Nl. Jackson. Of the whole schedule of ten games played, six were vic-
tories, three tie games with O-0 scores, and one game lost.
Certainly with such a record, playing with the best teams in the state,
no little praise can be given the men and Coach Ward. The team's
uroasteru is as follows:
"Gila" Barry, captain of the team, played only part of the year, but
his exceptionally fast work at end was the feature of all the games in
which he played. He was a good ground gainer and a sure tackler.
Gargett, at full back, played a very good game in that position, his
wonderful line plunging and also his great defensive playing, were grea!
factors in many of the victories-
Kress and Jackson, as half backs, played great games, both could be
depended upon to stop line smashes and also to make good runs when
needed. Kress also did the punting for the team and was especially good
in this line.
Wood, at quarter, was the star of the team, his long runs and his
sfeady playing were characteristic of all the games that he played.
Fishbeck and Austin, at ends, played very steady games, and their
good playing could be depended upon to siop a great many end runs.
They could also be depended upon to make good runs when given the
Spinney and Clarke played the tackle positions. Both played great
games. Clarke was exceptionally good on defensive work, his great
tackles being the feature of every game. Spinney was also good in
Hulse, Vought and Bahlke, at guard, played consistent games, and
although they had no chance to make any brilliant plays, it was their
steady playing that won many games. Vought also showed up good
when playing end or half back, and in one game played very good at
Dunham and Robinson played many fine games at center. Dunham.
during the hrst of the season, played a very consistent game, his specialty
being recovering fumbled balls. Robinson, during the la'ter part of the
season, played a brilliant game, his very accurate passing being the cause
of many good plays. I-le also played a good defensive game.
Cowdery and Smith, the subs., were there with the goods when called
Sept.23-St. Louis at Alma... .23 0
Sept. 28-St. Louis at St. Louis. .. .I6 O
Oct. l-Shepherd at Alma ......... ..,. 7 5 0
Oct. 8-Saginaw W. S. at Alma ...... .... 0 6
Oct. I5-Mt. Pleasant Indians at Alma. .. . . . . I2 8
Oct. lg-Ithaca at Ithaca ............. .. 0 0
Oct. 22-Mt. Pleasant at Alma .......... .... l 6 0
Nov. 5-Mt. Pleasant at Mt. Pleasant .... .... l l 5
Nov. ll-Ithaca at Alma ............. . . 0 0
Nov.25-Fenton at Fenton ..... . 0 O
Total ................ l53 I9
FOOTBALL TEAM, 1911
,gn -X'f INCE the installation of basket ball among the sports of
33 Alma High School four years ago, the game
A vanced steadily into the favor of everyone, and this year,
after such a short space of time in our annals of sport,
a team was developed that bid fair to Ucopn the state
championship. l-lowever, the game's steady
ment and the excellent teams that we have turned out
during that time are largely due to the efficient coaching they have had
under Mr. Currier. Certainly no one has been more enthusiastic over
their welfare and the success of basket ball than he. Likewise, the
etliciencies of the different managers that we have had, and their ability
to schedule games with the best teams of the state, has added much to its
success. Of course, the real. success of the game is more directly due to
the players themselves, the fellows who have gotten out and worked and
made possible such good teams. These together with the enthusiasm and
encouragement given it by the entire student body and faculty, has been
the means primarily of placing Alma I-Iigh School on the so-called
basket ball map. I
The team that represented our school this year was by far the best
ever developed. With every man returned from last year's team, and
Currier on deck to "show 'emi' how, this, as can be seen, was no acci-
dent. With such good prospects in view every effort was put forward by
our excellent manager, lVlr. Robinson, to schedule games with the largest
schools and best teams in the state- The success of his efforts are well
shown by the schedule as given below. At the beginning of the season
many new candidates were on the floor and bid fair to "beat out" some
of the old men, but of course inexperience proved their downfall, and
the old men held their berths. l-lowever, theirs will be the teams of
Speaking personally of the members of this year's squad, it would be
well to commence with their hard-working captain, Hike" Montigel. An
experienced guard and conservative basket ball player, he made an ex-
cellent captain. He has held down the position of guard for three
years and was a very consistent player. Spinney and Austin, likewise
playing guard positions, were veterans and certainly upheld their repu-V
tations, starring in many games. Kress and Hood played the center
positions. They, too, were old men and played their positions in a
commendable manner, outjumping many taller men who played against
them, and securing many needed baskets. Wood and Fishbeck occupied
the forward positions the entire season and 'a large number of baskets
gained were due to their efforts, they "pulling" off many good plays.
Thesquad as a whole played together excellently and "teamwork" was
always their watchword, no man on the team trying for individual glory,
but all co-operating to the best advantage of the whole squad. The
schedule is as follows: A. 0'
Jan. 5-Grand Rapids at Grand Rapids: .. .... I8 36
jan. l3-Ithaca at Alma ............. .... 6 5 I5
vlan. 30-Alma College Second Team .... .... 2 2 8
Jan. 27-Mt. Pleasant at Alma ......... .... 2 9 I5
Feb. 3-Saginaw E. S. at Alma... .... I9 29
Feb. l0-Bay City at Alma .... .... 2 8 I3
Feb.2l-Alpena at Alpena ..... .... l 8 26
l7eb.24-Saginaw at Saginaw ...... .... l 5 49
lVlar. 9-Grand Rapids at Alma... .... I9 23
GIRLS' BASKET BALL
ASKET BALL with the girls is comparatively a newly
5, 'E taken-up line of athletics in our High School, and of
C ffi-Q QC course we have not advanced to such an extent in it as
.. we have in other lines. However, we have girls' basket
3 ball and this Winter a team was organized and coached
by Miss Smith that proved only too well that the
i H reputation of this branch of sport is rapidly advancing,
and in another season will be among the leading and best liked pastimes
of the girls of Alma High School. Mostly practice and inter-class games
were played this year, but the ability and spirit that they manifested in
these was sufficient proof that we have the material for stellar work in
girls' basket ball. The names of the players and the positions they held
were as follows:
Adams, forwardg Soper, forward, Willard fcaptainj, centerg Gos-
sett, guardg Day, side center: Brainard, sub. guardg l-laner, guard.
BASKETBALL TEAM, 1911
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' NDER the excellent supervision of Coach
lib Currier, the baseball team began practice
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,gs shape for tne first game with St. Louis
l-ligh. This game was won after ll
innings of good and poor playing, which is generally
characteristic of the early games. The second game
was also with St. Louisg and although all the regular
team was not there, a good game was played. The
game was lost by the close score of 3-2. The next
game was with the old rivals, Ithaca, and the team
played such excellent ball that they easily won by a
score 64. The game with lVlt. Pleasant was some-
what of a disappointment, it being an oft day for
most of the men, and being handicapped by playing on
strange grounds they lost bya score of IZ-l. Bay
City Eastern played next at Alma, and although
several men were at a track meet that day, the team
gave Bay City a hard game and lost only by 5-7.
Mt. Pleasant High next played their second game
with A-Ima. Alma would have easily won the game
had it not been called in the sixth inning on account
of rain, with the score l-l. The last game that we
can record was with Ithaca at Ithaca. The team
played the best ball of any time during the season,
and it was only through a little baseball luck and
good playing by Ithaca that compelled them to ac-
cept the small end of the score. Ithaca Won this
game in twelve innings with the score 2-l. The
April l8-St. Louis at Alma ...... ..... 5 4
April 22-St. Louis at St. Louis.. ..... Z 3
April Z6-Ithaca at Alma ............. 6 l
lVlay 6-Mr. Pleasant at lVlt. Pleasant .... I IZ
May I3-Bay City at Alma ............ 5 7
May 20-lVlt. Pleasant at Alma ........ 5 7
May Z4-Ithaca at Ithaca UZ innings? . .l 2
BASEBALL TEAM, 1911
3 -,E ROBABLY no greater success has been attained in any
if one branch of high school athletics during the last year
' than in track. With three big meets already hnished, a
Q close approximation of the strength of the team and the
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events we are strongest in can be had. Much of the
sport, and who has faithfully trained the men and kept them in good
success attained is due lVlr. Ward, our track coach, who
has greatly aided in arousing interest in this line of
condition. With nearly every member of last yearis track team re-
turned, Kress again reinstated, and many new men out, an excellent team
has been developed.
First, to consider the team itself, and the events in which each indi-
vidual is strongest- Ctulick is track manager andg to say the least, no
better choice could have been made. A more persistent, harder working
man is not on our track team. He is a good half and quarter miler.
Cooper, Gulick, lVliller and Beverly are our distance runners, and of the
first it can be said without bragging that he has no peer in any of the
schools of the state. Ciulick is also a very good miter. lVliller and
Beverly are good and with a couple of years' experience will make ex-
cellent men in these events. Kress, Hood, Race, lVl. Jackson, H.Jackson,
Barry and Vought are our sprinters and a better lot of ufast ones" could not
have been collected together. Hood, lVl. Jackson, and H. Jackson are our
liurdle men and have done excellent work- ln held events we are like-
wise very strong. Wood, lVlcClinton, Kress, Ciargett, Vought and lVlcln-
tyre are our weightmen and are pointwinners, while Kress, Hood, Spinney,
Wood, H. Jackson and IVI. Jackson take care of the jumps and vaults
in a very commendable manner. Hood is track captain. The first track
meet was a dual meet with Bay City Eastern and resulted in a walkaway
for Alma, we scoring 76 points to their 46. Kress and Cooper starred
in this meet. The next meet of decided interest was the State lnterscholastic
held at Lansing, May l3. Because of the good showing at this
meet last year with but two men entered, it was decided to send down a
larger team this year. Accordingly eight of our best men were sent, in-
cluding the relay team. They were Race, Hood, lVl. Jackson, Kress,
Crelay teamj, H. Jackson, Wood, Cooper, Gulick. Of course we intended
to make a good showing but did not expect to win the meet. However,
when the time of the end of the meet arrived, it was found that Alma
was tie with Detroit Central for first place with 26M points. Of course
our joy at the team's excellent success was inexpressible. However, our
luck, if luck it may be called, was suddenly changed, for upon the toss
of a coin the big T. B. Rayl cup, which we had wished to bring back
with us, was won by the Detroit Central team for the first six months,
but after that we will have it.
The next and last track meet we can record here was the second big
state track meet at Ann Arbor. This was a little different meet than
the other in that schools from without the state could compete. Although,
being slightly handicapped for funds with which to send a team down,
we managed by the excellent help of the business men to send Five. Coop-
er, Kress, H. Jackson, Wood and Hood were the lucky ones. Widm the
winning of the other meet at Lansing, it was thought that perhaps we
could repeat, but because of the teams outside of the state we came out
of the fray well satisfied with fourth place and nine well-earned points.
Even at this we had Detroit Central well beaten, who tied us at Lansing,
they getting but eighth place. Then should not we, as worthy members
of Alma High School, be well proud of our track team, and our track
coach, Mr. Ward, who has so ably aided? Of course we expect to
win the rest of our track meets by large margins.
THE ALMA HIGH SCHOOL DEBATING CLUB
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HE present Debating Club of Alma High School
was organized about three years ago. lts or-
ganization was affected chiefly through the ef-
forts of Superintendent Ellsworth, who has
taken a great interest in it, and has helped es-
tablish it in its present flourishing condition.
The purpose of the society is to give practice in public
speaking and debating, and to help those who are weak along
these lines. The great benefit derived from the Club is shown
by the improvement in speaking and debating of its members,
some of whom were natural speakers, others who were not, but
in every case great improvement has been shown.
The society consists of twenty-four young men of the high
school, who are active members of the club, and the gentle-
men teachers of the high school, who are honorary members.
Une of the honorary members acts as a critic, and one of the
other two is chosen as one of the judges of the debates.
The usual method of debating is by dividing the club into
two divisions of twelve members each, and each division is
sub-divided into four teams. The four teams of the one side
debate with four respective teams of the other side, in four
different debates. The side losing the greater number of de-
bates furnishes a "feed" to the winning side. After this ufeedu
toasts are responded to by different members of the club, one
of the honorary members acting as toastmaster. This not only
makes an enjoyable evening but also benefits the members in
social speaking. The society is then again divided and the
same proceedings carried out in another series of debates. In
this way each member debates at least three times a year be-
sides deriving the benefit of the other debates.
Besides the weekly debates in the club there is usually one
public debate each year, either among the members of the club
or with the debating team of sopxe other high school. This
year two debates have been arranged with Greenville, one in
that city and the other in Alma, to take place on the same
night. These debates promise to be very interesting and ex-
citing, as both schools are desirous of winning.
The social part of the society is not entirely neglected, and
each year the members of the club give a banquet ,totheir
young lady friends, which always proves to be "the event of
the school year."' It is becoming more successful every year,
and is enjoyed by everyone attending it. This banquet usually
closes the debating season, as during the spring the members
have other work to take up their attention. But all the mem-
bers agree that the winter evenings could not be spent more
profitably and enjoyably than in "The Alma High School De-
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HE. brightest spot in the city, uAlma High Schoolf, is located on a small
hill on the bank of the Pine River. The building is of red brick and
stands out majestically in the center of a beautiful school yard. Clean
walks lead up to it and upon each side a well-kept row of shrubs beautify
the passage to the school. Around the building are several artistic beds
of shrubs, evenly trimmed and always free from weeds, which bloom in
all their splendor towards the close of the school year. Farther from the
school, along the front walk and river bank are lilac bushes and dwarf trees which form
a beautiful hedge. All of the beds and shrubbery stand out more neatly and clearly be-
cause the grassy slopes are always closely trimmed.
This handsome yard is kept in its almost perfect condition by our genial janitor, the
friend of every student, Mr. Wells. On the Warm spring days the busy hum of the lawn-
mower or the steady, clip, clip of his trimming knives may be heard.
Inside the building is spotlessly clean, the floors well oiled, the blackboards black,
and the dust out of the corners as well as oft the desks. If a little fun is going on Mr.
Wells is ready to lend a helping hand, although not to an extent that would endanger his
position. If a party is being given at the school he is there with his business air but also
his pleasant smile, and will go from the top to the bottom of the building as many times
as necessary with only "all right, come along." And afterwards he is willing to help clean
To say the least, Mr. Wells is greatly appreciated by every student of Alma High
School, and every Senior in the coming years will feel something lacking when they
cannot see our "YensH' happy smile.
A. B. I-I., 'Il.
Mr. O.: What are you going to get your picture taken for?
Mr. Dailey: For the Senior Manual.
Ward, 'announcing track practice at beginning of season, when the
weather was cold and disagreeable: "There will be no need of wearing
track suits tonight. Just be out with your shoes on."
Mr. O.: Oh! ls that so, I thought that they were going to print an
Ever hear that Devil story? If not, ask Mr. Ellsworth.
See "Barney" for automobile rides. This applies to pretty girls only.
Matty Mc-, introducing a debate: "Gentlemen, three moves are
as bad as a burn-out."
Another maxim by Mattie: "The proof of the pudding is in the
eating of it."
Prof. Ellsworth fin I-listj: How does Congress raise money to pay
Miss Delavan: I don't know. '
Prof- E. ftrying to give her a hintjz lt's a method l often use.
Miss Delavan: Oh! Borrow it.
Prof. Ell. in Sen. Rev., being unsuccessful in obtaining the length of
a league, says: 'Al-lalf a league onward into the valley of death, rode
the six hundred." Now, Miss Palmer, tell me how long a league is.
Ernestine: Three feet! ! !
Mr. Ellsworth: Mr. Oswald, is this your writing?
Mr. Oswald: Yes.
Mr. Ellsworth: Then, Mr. Oswald, you ought to
Mr. Titus fgiving a toast at the Senior banquetjz
Cameron here flaughs from banquetersj. Er-I mean
Miss Potter fin Zoology classy: Dick, how many
Dick: Two, male and female.
Ward fin physics classy: UNO human being can
over 24 hours per day."
Vvantede-"Another man's wife."-Harold Miller.
be a doctor.
Teacher: Can you take a greater from a lesser quantity?
Student: Yes, when you take the conceit from a freshman.
Miss Gould: "What are the beauties of education?"
"Tarn: "School ma'ams."
Ne!!! I have M!55 "A toy to play with in the library."-Miss Soper-
I Wlsh I had her "Three feet more growthf'-Donald Smith.
'AA girl."-Lester Fishbeck.
Varielies of birds "Several scores to even up with Saginaw."-A. H. S.
stand it to wor
If three cats can eat three pounds of mutton in three minutes, how
long will it take Dean Cowdry to spit on the ball with three men on
If it talces Ford Ctargett five minutes to crank his automobile, how
long will it take Wlabel Page to Guy Gonger?
Found---A White man'S hopej,-H. Miller. Now l lay me down to sleep in my little bed,
For tomorrow exams begin,
Prof. Ell fin Senior Revjz Hood, do you know how peanuts So the teacher said.
grow? Now l lay me down to sleep in my little bunk.
Hood: l don't know. I pray the Lord my soul to tal-ie
Cooper: I know, they grow on trees- And thus escape a flunk.
Adams, Marcella .....
Austin, Paul ......
Bower, Ethel ....
Brock, Dallas ....
Cleaser, Clyde. . .
Day, Rua .....
Fishbeclq, Lester. . .
Gerard Sadie ....
Gulick, Royw. . ..
I-Iood, Bristow ...,.
Jackson, I-larry ....
McCarty, Lola. ..
Miller, Ella .....
Oswald, Floyd .....
Parr, Beulah ....
Robinson, Arnold ....
Soper, Letta .......
Welch, Laurel .....
Wood, Alger .,..
Wyant, Mabel ....
Always cheerful, always happy, always in for fun ....
"Geal I wish I had a girl!" ....,..........,.... ..
"Calm's not life's crown, though calm is well. ...... ..
I-le earns his bread by the sweat of his jaw ....,.,...
"Trust not him who seems a saint." ....,....
An ardent latin student ,.............. .....
"She talks an inhnite deal of nothing."..
A wee bit bonnie lassie ........,.... .....
'KA thing of beauty is a joy forever .... .
"Give thy tho'ts no tongue." ..... .... .
Persistency ............. , ..... , .......... . . . ..
An ardent enthusiast .......,......,..........
UNO one would l-mow it, but lim a bashful lad. .... ..
'ilust a little louder, please!" .......,....,..,...,. ..
You would know her by her laugh ..................
A good old scout .................................
You might say, "He was a dapper, pert little youth.". . .
Longing for the time when women will vote .......,..
In arguing, too, opponents owned her skill,
For elen though vanquished, she could argue still ......
Ye Gods! I am a man after my own heart fstomachj
Deliberate in tho't and action .......................
"She smiles on many just for fun." ........., ..
"And just enough of learning to misquote.". .. . . , ..
A good athlete, .. .....,.............. . .
A maiden divinely tall., . . .
I-Ier mottozf "Laugh and grow fat."
"Home, Sweet Home."
A placid mien.
An angelic expression.
A home for stray cats thou'll endow,
And live together then as now."
A cute little voice.
That cute little curl in the middle of his forehead
If she should smile!
That awful sneeze!
"To Hunk or not to Hunk, that is the question."
Her box of fudge.
Always working. N
And he whistled as he went for laclc of tho't.
The way she clips along.
She believes that a hammock was built for two.
A lean and hungry loolcf?J
Her quiet way.
A fondness for green
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The habit of saving, formed in early life, is the
foundation of many a fortune.
Thrifty people patronize the savings bank and
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Alma State Savings Bank
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High School Trade Solicited.
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