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Page 16 text:
We, the class of 54, of Alton High School, beingpretty sure of soundminds
and bodies do, while leaving confinement to enter the world, proclaim our last
will and testament and hereby leave all our scholarly possessions to our suc-
cessors in the following manner:
To Mr. Lovejoy we leave all our contemporary problems, hoping he will
do better with them than we did.
To Mr. Bucher we leave a somewhat worked over book of Shakespeare's
To Mrs. Hayes we leave our thanks for the good advice we received in class.
To Miss.McDonough we leave our old typewriter ribbons and a thank you
for the hints she has passed on to us.
To Mr. Floros we leave all our broken test tubes and worn out Chemistry
To Mr. Twombly the girls leave a beaten-up basketball and big hopes of a
winning team next year.
Doug Dodge leaves his dark, wavy hair to Edgar Hoyt.
Lewis Dow leaves his ability to dance to Nancy Leonard.
Loretta Emerson leaves her love of farmwork to Flossie Roberts so she
can help her father out.
Robert Hillsgrove leaves his ability to get along with everyone to Jimmy
Helen LaCroix leaves her shyness to Jean Powers.
Roger Leighton leaves his baby ways to Freda Davis.
Ann Leonard leaves her ability for sports to Connie Varney.
Kent Locke leaves his polite way of speaking without being spoken to, to
Libby Manley leaves her ladylike manner to Myra Buchanan.
Nancy Nickerson leaves her ability to lose an argument to Bill Kneeland.
Claire O'Brien leaves her calm, almost pleasing manner to Lula Varney.
Joe O'Brien leaves his Mr. America. appearance to Edgar Hoyt.
Pat Shields leaves her charming personality and her typing ability to Glo-
Walter Skantze leaves his savoir-faire to George Rines.
Robert Young leaves his quiet, pleasing ways to Jimmy Locke.
We bid farewell, with little emotion, to our faithful teachers and friends
of the past years at A. H. S. and wish them the best of future happiness and
In witness thereof, I have subscribed my signature, signed, sealed and de-
clared this eighteenth day of June, One Thousand, Nine Hundred and Fifty-four.
NANC Y NIC KERSON
Page 15 text:
19 Class History 54
As we the class of 1954 look back over the preceding four years, a cara-
van of memories unfolds before us.
We started our high school days on September 8, 1950. At that time there
were twenty-three of us--Patricia Shields, Helen LaCroix, Claire O'Brien,
Nancy Nickerson, Kent Locke, Loretta Emerson, Gwen Minor, Douglas Dodge,
Joe O'Brien, Roger Leighton, Robert Young, Lewis Dow, Robert Hillsgrove,
Elizabeth Manley, Norma Glidden, Trenna Bartlett, Dorothea Eaton, Edmund
Miles, Donald Joy, George Thoroughood, Walter Rollins, William Messier, and
Ernestine Nockles. Later that fall George Thoroughood and William Messier
left us. Soon came the dreaded initiation, a magazine sale of which we were
champions, a dance, and then we were sophomores.
In our second year, counting noses, we discovered that we had losttwo
classmates and gained one. Claire O'Brien and Justine DeYoung were the
missing members and Ann Leonard our newmember. During the fall two more
joined us--Walter Skantze from New Jersey, and David McGrath. Ernestine
Nockles moved to Wolfeboro that fall. Our home room teacher was Miss Do-
bens. We started the year by winning the magazine sale once again. This
year we were denied the privilege of initiating the freshmen and instead were
asked to give a party in their honor - imagine! Ann Leonard and Kent Locke
were our Carnival Queen and King contestants that year. Who won? Oh, why
we did of course! We proceeded merrily with a St. Patrick's Day party and
the Junior Prom and before we knew it we were juniors.
As juniors we soon forgot inferiority complexes harbored from previous
years. We were extremely proud of ourselves and our accomplishments. To
our surprise and delight we regained a member, Claire O'Brien. Our home
room teacher was Miss McDonough. In the fall Walter Rollins and David Mc-
Grath left us, Trenna Bartlett and Dorothea Eaton left the following spring.
By this time our class had dwindled to sixteen. We were once more the mag-
azine campaign champions. That fall saw us busily preparing a food sale, a
sample fair and selling autograph books. In the spring we held another suc-
cessful food sale and then came the Senior Reception. We were seniors, at last.
Since the first day of school on September 8, 1953, we have stopped hardly
long enough to catch our breath. First came the magazine campaign and this
year, as champs, we rated a party with all the ice cream we could eat. Oh,
what a lot of tummy-aches that night! The annual Senior Play proved an over-
whelming success and our Turkey Raffle was profitable, too.
As sixteen busy seniors, we have spent our happiest and most carefree
days at Alton High. Now we look forward to greater happiness and greater
accomplishments in the world beyond high school.
Page 17 text:
As the mist clears, the sound of harps is heard. Clouds are floating languidly by and a large
stern-faced man in long white robe opens the gate as a young man rushes up to it.
"Hi, St. Peter, glad to make your acquaintance. Sorry Ican't stay long, gotta get the old
hot-rod grinding its gears pretty soon for the take -off.
"Young man," snaps St. Peter, "l strongly suggest that you park that contaminated contraption
and adjust yourself to what is fondly referred to as the Wild Blue Yonder. Miss Shields, please
bring out the records on Roger's life."
"Excuse me for a minute, Pete old boy, I think l'll take a strol1."
"I wouldn't do that if Iwere you, boy. lt's a long drop--a mighty long drop. Now let's see
what the "Good Book" has to say about little "Baby Face Leighton." Hm, it says here that you
tortured the professors at U.N. H. for four unmerciful years while you studied to become a mech-
anicalengineer. You unselfishly dedicated your life to protect man from such evils as gambling,
murder, and Chevrolets. Stop blowing cigar smoke in my face and wait your turn in the next
St. Peter's eyes fell upon the next customer. "Welcome, welcome, young lady, I sincerely
hope you have a pleasant stay."
"Hel-lo," Ann replies in a warm, vibrant voice.
"Miss Leonard, I see by my record book that you are guilty of disrupting many chemistry
classes while in high-school. And can you explain why, Miss Leonard, you deliberately threw
your roommate at U. N. H. into the swimming pool when you knew that it had been frozen over
for ice skating?"
"No sir, I haven't an answer right now, but if you will give me a few minutes, l'll think of a
"Don't worry, you'l1 have plenty of time. Now follow those other people to the next c1oud."
"No, don't bother, I'l1 answer the gate, Miss Shields. A warm welcome from one's host makes
one's stay just that much more pleasant."
"Suh, Iwas just passin' by and thought ah'd drop in for a minute."
"Wall, bless ma soul, isn't yo'all named Lewis Dow?,"
"Thas right, and ah'm a real good singer too. Ah'd be glad to sing something fo' you now.
Any special song yo'd like to request?"
"No, thank you, I've already served my time. Now, I find you guilty of unofficial dribbling
while playing on the Alton basketball team. And what prompted you to open the porthole in that
submarine when you were stationed in the Pacific?"
"Ah, think l'll continue my walk now, suh, if you don't mind."
"Just follow the girl who was ahead of you, if you please."
"We1l, well, look whom we have here. What brings you here, Nancy?"
"A high basketball pass, m'boy. Now, how much red tape do Ihave to go through beforel can
establish myself in my new surroundings?"
"Just answer my questions please,Miss Nickerson. Why did you defend Slippery Sam and get
him his freedom when you knew he was guilty of embezzlement?"
"I-le very generously gave me a nice fat slice of the cabbage."
"Hm, l'll see to it that you have a nice,warm suite for the winter. Please excuse me while I
answer the gate."
"My word, this chap sounds impatient."
"I-lello, the name's Kent to you. Attended U. N. H. and then became a dentist. Fillings,
55.005 extractions fnovocain not includedj, 37.00.
"Mister Locke, ifImay,would you please explain the mysterious deaths of five ofyour clients
who died in the chair?"
"Well, it's like this--my hand slipped when Iwas drilling and l somehow caught the drill in
their throats. Heh, heh, heh! "
"Ah, yes, well float away for just a minute, will you?"
"My,this is a busy morning,I'll never finish placing all these nice people. Answer the gate,
will you Miss Shields?"
"My word, it's Helen. Oh, but this is a fetching case. The "Good Book" says that before you
married Gooky Glenwall,Miss LaCroix, you ran a fur salon in cahoots with Miss Shields, who has
long since become one of our big,happy family. Now, my question,Miss LaCroix: Why did you
sell dyed rats for genuine mink? By the way, how much did you two make on the deal? Enough
to buy good furs in a nice legal salon, hm'm? Dismissed."
"Ah, here comes a pair of knotty looking lads."
"By golly, it's St. Peter. I'm Robert."
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