Alton High School - Altonian Yearbook (Alton, NH)

 - Class of 1954

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Class Will 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 plays. 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 books. 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 Locke. 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 Martin Sullivan. 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- ria Lamper. 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 success. 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 14

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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. Gwen Minor 13

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Class Prophecy 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 room." 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 good one." "Don't worry, you'l1 have plenty of time. Now follow those other people to the next c1oud." "Gladly." "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." "I'm Joe." 15 .Xxx

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