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It :ls with grateful recognition that the Class
of 1951+ dedicetes the BUCLE to Dr. H. G. lloershel,
former Amana Township School Board member. With his
resignation from the board on December 31, 1953,
Dr. Moershel brought to a close 31 years ot service
to the community.
Since he first became affiliated with the
schools in 1922, this well-known Amana Society doc-
tor helped plan and saw the organization of the
Amana High School and two other building projects,
the auditorium in 1935 and me elementary school and
gymnasium in 195h,.
Through the dedication 01' this annual the seni-
ors wish to express sincere appreciation to Dr.
Moerehel for the time and effort he rendered during
August School begins January g
September 9 PTA Meeting 13
lb Junior Rings Come lb-15
18 Joe Maundere Shows 29
19 Baseball Sectional 30
October 1-5 World Series on Tele- February l
vision at AHS
3 PTA Bake Sale at 2
L Y-Teen Carnival
6 No School, Tri-County
Meeting at Tipton 5
7 Amana Teachers' Picnic
9 Bill Nelson speaks 12
10 High School Trip to 22
Prairie du Chien 2b
23 Senior Class Pictures
taken at Lasswells 26
History Class sees
2b Y-Teen Conference at
Clinton March 5
27 Father-Daughter Banquet
28 Dr. Bryan speaks 8
30 Halloween Party ig
November 3 Aus ana Junior sign 26
attend Trial at
5-6 No School, ISEA Con-
vention in Des Moines
10 Marjorie Norrgard speaks APT11 2
Y-Teen Roller Skating
12 PTA Meeting
19 School Board Banquet
26-27 Thanksgiving Vacation 12
December A Student Council Feature lk
Senior Dinner 15
7 Speech and Hearing
Clinic in Merengo 17
8 Y-Teen Roller Skating 30
11 Intermediate Grades
12 Faculty Christmas Party May 2
in Cedar Rapids
17 Y-Teen Mother-Daughter 6
Christmas Party 12
18 High School and Junior 1
High Christmas. Party 21
19 Christmas Vacation
22 AHS Christmas Cerrolling
Y-Teen Roller Skating
Amana Grades moved to
South Grades moved to
Official Opening of
Lasswells takes Group
Y-Teen Roller Skating
Paul Schmidt shows
Dick Cheverton speaks
Belle Plains Band
Y-Teen Sock Hop in
Student Council Film
School Board Election
Y-Teen Sock Hop
Student Council Feature
Y-Teen Roller Skating
National Honor Society
Concert at Cedar
Women's Council Party
Y-Teen Easter Egg
Jim Msagnan shows
World Series Movies
Y-Teen Bake Sale
Seniors Leave for
Seniors return from
1' I' ,
Board of Education
1. to r.--Mr. Rudolph Blechschmidt, president, East, Mr.
Walter Wendler, Highg Mr. Rudolph Leichsenring Westg Dr.
H. G. Moershel, Homestead, Mr. Herman Shoup, gouth Amana,
Dr. Louis Unglenk, Amana
After Dr. Moershe1's resignation in December the board
chose Mr. Martin Dickel to replace him. However, his pic-
ture was not available.
Absent when the picture was taken--Mr. George Foersgner
Mrs. Carl Moershel
er V Homestead
Mr. George Foerstner Mr. Peter Stuck, Amana
Bottom row, l. to r.--Miss Ferne Halverson, Mrs.Mildred
Franey, Miss Marie Zimmerman,Supt. Charles L. Selzer, Mrs.
Augusta Disterhoft,Mrs. Henrietta Ruff,Mrs. Bonnie Staples
Second row--Mr. Donald Elick, Mrs. Edna Randall, Mr.
William Setzer, Mr. Elden Moon, Mrs. Clara Hall, Mr.
William Heinze Mr. Delbert Jebousek
Absent at the time the picture WHS taken--Mrs. Joan
Skipton, music teacher during the first semester. Mr. Edck
taught this subject during the second semester.
At the first meeting of the current school year, Mrs. Franey was elected
president of the Amana teachers' organization and Mr. Jebousek secretary.
Mrs. Hall and Mrs. Ruff represented the local teachers' group in the Iowa Coun-
ty Council. Mrs. Hall was also one of the two county teachers who attended the
delegate assembly in Des Moines in February.
The Amana teachers held regular meetings on the second Tuesday of each
month usually after school.
In October they enjoyed a picnic followed by a business meeting at the
Stone Dam near Homestead.
On December 12 the faculty held their annual Christmas party. Husbands
and wives were guests. After a turkey dinner at the Roosevelt Hotel in Cedar
Rapids, they adjourned to the home of Mrs. Franey for a grab-bag gift exchange
and cards and other entertainment.
Twice during the year school was dismissed to allow the Amana School
faculty to attend teachers' meetings. The Tri-County Convention was held at
the high school in-Tipton and featured as its speaker Dr. Paul Kelso of Iowa
State Teachers College. The other meeting was the State Teachers' Convention
in Des Moines on November 5 and 6. Here the teachers met at the KRNT Theater,
hotels, and schools for lectures and also saw exhibitions at the State Fair
Grounds. The grade teachers also attended a teachers' workshop at the Univer-
sity Elementary School at Iowa City.
The PTA invited the teachers to a dinner which took place in the AHS
Auditorium on November 12. Group singing and a short PTA business meeting
preceeded the program which featured Mr. Moon as emcee. Mrs. Skipton, accom-
panied by Carol Ann Zuber, began the evening's entertainment with a song,
'Give Thanks and Sing.W Following this several teachers gave short talks aumm
American Education Week, which was being observed at the time.
The construction of the Amana Elementary School at the lake side addition
of Middle was officially begun on July 8 1953. At this time the board mem-
bers contractors and a small gathering of visitors were present to watch Mr.
Rudolph Blechschmldt, president of the school board, and nr. H. c. Moershel
perform the ground-breaking by spading the first shovelso dirt.
On February 1, seven months after work was begun, the building was opened
by Hr. Blechschmidt at a brief ceremony in the gymnasium. Here all invited
guests, teachers, and Amana Township School students had assembled foriie
occasion. Dr. Moershel president or DDB Amana Church Society gave the invoca-
tion which was followed by the pledge of allegiance to the flag. Superintend-
ent Selzer also introduced the various individuals who had planned and helped
in the construction of the school.
The 'L' shaped building on highway 220 is brick with Waylite interiors--
30,000 bricks were used and 26,300 Waylite blocks. It consists of seven class
rooms and rooms for storage, the furnace, and a kitchen, aside from the gym
and shower rooms. No basement was provided for the school, but a tunnel around
and under the structure takes care of plumbing facilities. All the floors
except the gymnasiu are made of concrete, and the -finish work is all oak.
Some of the attractions that help to form a cheerful atmosphere for the
teachers and younger pupils attending school here are the many pleasantcomb-
inations of colors in the big rooms and halls, large, numerous windows with
venetian blindsg new green chalk boardsg and modern room conditioning systems
which provide proper ventilation.
The number of students at the school is l6l., 89 of whom are girls, 75,
boys. Grades taught here range from kindergarten through sixth.
Contractors who took charge of the construction were Mr. David Toenjes,
architect from Waterloog Gethman Construction Company, Gladbrookg Boyd and
Runmelhardt Heating Co. Iowa Cityg Young Plumbing Co., Waterloog Olson Elec--
trlc Co. Harengog Model Paint and Wallpaper Con Cedar Rapidsg Homestead Deco-
ratinga iarshalltown. Various other businesses took charge of other details.
addition, the school appreciated the contributions of various local
businesses and organizations. These helped to bring about the completion of
the building's facilities.
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Harvey Oehler Laugh Iup skating school Liberace Studying
Delores ey Fidgetiness Cut it out! I+-H Club spering Dai aid Show-offs
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Jackie Zuber Lankiness Hchin' back! Rad os Fixing junk to the Moon Spinach
FLORENCE OEHL RAYMOND ROTTER GLADYS SHOUP
JOAN STUMPFF RODNEY OCI-IS
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ROGER GADDIS ARLENE GRAESSER
PATRICIA SELZER I HARVEY OEHLEB DELORES RAMSEY
PAULINE FINK JACKIE ZUBER
It all began
in l9h2 when this
class started first
grade at the Home-
stead and Middle
Schools. Since no
been organized. the
six original class
members started their
schooling a year later.
The first graders in Homestead,
Roger Gaddis, Florence Oehl, Gladys
Shoup, and Jackie Zuber, were taught
by M ss Roberta Elder. Later in the
year these four were transferred to
Middle and Joined their other two
classmates Arlene Graesser and Joan
Stumpff. here they were taught by
Miss Muriel Wood.
An important event at Homestead
that year was a weiner roast in the
fall. The dry leaves in the school
yard were raked in a pile and set
aflame. Soon afterwards hungry appet-
ites were curbed with hot dogs.
Second grade found Amana and East
class members attending school at
Homestead, and third and fourth
grade at Middle. At this time they
were taught by Miss Wood,
Miss Marie Zimmerman, and
Mr. William Heinze.
During this time thestu-
dents from South, High, and
West wmm to the South Amana
School, where they ere
Joined in second grade by
Harvey Oehler. Their instructors
were Mrs. Morris Miller, second
grade, Miss Marie, Zimmerman, Mrs.
Wilkinson, third gradeg and Mary Jo
McCune, fourth grade.
The entire class including a new
member, Patricia Selzer, went to
school at Middle during their fifth
grade Year. Most of their classes
at that time were taught by Mr.
Heinze. But the thrill came at the
time of day when they had classes on
the high school side of the building
by Mrs. Henrietta Moershel Ruff and
Mrs. Marabelle Eye.
The most important activity ofthe
sixth grade year was the presentation
of the operetta,'Hansel and Gretel.'
None of the students at the Amana
School in 191.7-1.8 will ever forget
the practices of songs and dances
the colorful candy house, the huge
gingerbread men, and other fascina-
ting costumes. Another pleasant
sixth grade remembrance was theflute
chorus directedby Mrs.Jerelyn Beck,
who taught that year along with Miss
Marie Zimmerman and Mr. Heinze.
Junior high was a big step v an
by the class of '5L. Mrs. Mildred
Franey and Mrs. Emma Zimmerman had
charge of themineeventh grade, along
with Miss Evelyn Rouner in eighth
grade. Three mu members were added to
the class at this time--Lester Davh
Rodney Ochs, and Raymond Rotter.
To top off thejunior high experk
ences a picnic tookplace at Lake Mc-
Bride. Boat-riding, fishing, sun-
tanning, and eating were the features
of this happy day.
At the beginning of their high
school years many new adjustments had
to be made to class meetingss and spon-
sors,new class rooms, more teachers
etc. Freshman instructors included
Mn Elden Moon, Mr. Delbert Jebousek,
Mrs. Henrietta Kolb Lastuvka, Mrs.
Ruff, and Mrs. Emma Denham.
Also- at the beginning of this year
Dolores Ramsey joined the freshman
The faculty during their sophomore
year remained the same except for
Mrs Bonnie Vander Linden Staples who
took the place of Mrs. Denham.
Finally in theeleventh grade came
two events which the class had long
anticipated, the junior play and the
junior-senior banquet. Both took
many hours of practice and planning.
New teachers during the last two
years were Mrs. Beck, Mrs. Joan Skip-
ton, and Mr. Donald Elick for music
instructors. Mre.Rose Wendler taught
commercial subjects in 1952-53, but
Mr. Jebousek resumed this teaching
position during their senior year.
The beginning of their last year
of school brought the last member to
join the class, Pauline Fink.
Various occurences played major
roles during this year of school.
Among them was the
the senior play and
banquet. B tperhaps
the most important
event of all for
these 13 seniors is
May ZL commencement
which will bring to
a close their days
in the Amana Sdxnls
The class of 1954 consists of thirteen members, sev-
en girls and six boys. They are Pauline Fink, Arlene
Graesser, Florence Oehl, Delores Ramsey, Patricia
Selzer, Gladys Shoup, Joan Stumpff, Lester Davis,
Roger Gaddis, Rodney Ochs, Harvey Oehler, Raymond
Rotter, and Jackie Zuber. ,
These students chose blue and gold for their class
colors, and they will make use of these colors at com-
mencement when they will wear navy caps and gowns.
The caps will be adorned with gold and blue tassels.
For their motto the class chose "Out of the harbor,
into deep channels," and their flower is the gardenia.
All of the girls were Y-Teens, and Florence Oehl,
Patricia Selzer, Delores Ramsey, Arlene Graesser,
Pauline Fink, Joan Stumpff, Roger Gaddis, and Har-
vey Oehler were members of the glee club.
During the year five seniors took cooperative edu-
cation outside of school. Arlene Graesser was em-
ployed part time at the Main Office, Lester Davis, at
the Amana Society Bakery, Rodney Ochs and Harvey
Oehler, at the West Farm Department: and Raymond
Rotter, at the Middle Farm Department.
Raymond Rotter and Roger Gaddis were out for
baseball. Lester Davis, Rsoger Gaddis, Pauline Fink,
Delores Ramsey, and Joan Stumpff, were the members
of the class out for basketball. '
Class officers for their senior year were Lester
Davis, presidentg Jackie Zuber, vice president: Flor-
ence Oehl, secretary-treasurerg and Harvey Oehler,
student council representative.
An important day for these students was October
23. On that day they went to Lasswell Studio in Cedar
Rapids to have their pictures taken.
SENIOR TRIP TO CHICAGO
The 13 members of the senior class, and Mr. Selzer
spent the weekend of April 29 to May 2 in Chicago.
They left on the Rock Island Railroad from Iowa City
late 'Thursday afternoon and returned by the same
route Sunday evening.
As in former years Amana Refrigeration, Inc. paid
the hotel bill at the Conrad Hilton and several other
expenses for all members of the class and chaperones.
Some of the high points of the trip were a dinner
and ice show in the Boulevard Room at the Conrad
Hilton, a Grayline Tour of a part of the city, and see-
ing the Cinerama Producti-on at the Palace Theater.
The group also visited the Board of Trade Build-
ing, the Merchandise Mart, the Art Institute, the
Shedd Acquarium, the Planetarium, the Museum of
Science and Industry, and saw a production of a tel-
SENIOR CLASS DINNER
The seni-or class and Mrs. Ruff, their sponsor, were
treated to a dinner in the home ec. room on the even-
ing of December 4. It was prepared by the senior home
ec. class, under the supervision of Mrs. Bonnie Staples.
The home ec. girls chose Christmas as their theme.
A miniature snow-covered Christmas tree in the cen-
ter of the long table and two Christmas candles pro-
vided the proper holiday atmosphere.
On the menu for the evening were tomato juice,
apple salad, french fried chicken, home made hot rolls,
mashed potatoes, lima beans, candied sweet potatoes,
peach sundaes made with nome-made ice cream,
cookies, and milk for coffee.
Most of the foods served had been previously frozen
by the home ec. girls in their unit on freezing.
After dinner the entire class helped with the dishes.
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY AWARDS
Membership in the Ebenezer Chapter of the Na-
tional Honor Society was awarded to three seniors
at an assembly program on April 3. The students
were Gladys Shoup, Florence Oehl, and Jackie Zuber.
Mr. Marvin Bendforf, president of the AYMB, who
sponsors the chapter, made the presentations which
were given for a probationary period. The awards
were made final at an assembly program in May.
Mr. Selzer gave a brief welcome and then intro-
duced the main speaker of the afternoon, Dr. John
Haefner, head of social studies at University High
Sch-ool in Iowa City. He talked on the four attributes
required of honor society members. They are charac-
ter, scholarship, leadership, and service.
Also at the program were four alumni members of
the society. They were Jo Ann Foerstner and Janet
Wendler, who are attending Stephens College in
Columbia, Missouri, Jim Graichen, attending Coe
Collegeg and Lorraine Leichsenring, at the Univer-
sity of Iowa. These students gave short talks dealing
with their experiences in college.
- -Pauline Fink
Commencement exercises for the senior class took
place atthe high school auditorium on May 21, 8:00
p.m. The processional was played by Mr. Don Elick,
and the invocation was given by Elder Rudolph Pitz.
The salutatory speech by Florence Oehl followed.
The girls' sextette, consisting of Doris Dickel, Pat
Gaddis, Dolores Hess, Rosalie Trumpold, Carol Ann
Zuber, and Mary Ainn Zuber, sang "Peace In Our
Time, O Lord."
The main speaker for the evening was Dr. Ray
Bryan, head of the Department of Vocational Educa-
tion at Iowa State College. His commencement ad-
dress dealt with "The Road Ahead."
Supt. Charles L. Selzer introduced the class of '54,
and Mr. R. C. Blechschmidt, President of the Amana
Board of Education, presented the diplomas to the
"The Lord's Prayer" was then sung by Florence
Oehl, after which Gladys Shoup, valedictorian of the
class, delivered her speech.
Elenediction by Elder Rudolph Pitz closed the ex-
Baccalaureate services for the class of 1954 were
conducted at the Amana Church on May 16 at 7:00
p.m. The English sermon was given by Elder H. G.
Moershel, and the German one by Elder Peter Stuck.
The congregation sang several German hymns, and
the AYMB Chorus also sang two selections.
Eight -o'clock in the morning on September 21 found
most of the seniors assembled in the home ec. room,
vsihere breakfast was prepared by three boys in the
'The menu at this informal affair consisted of gener-
ous amounts of bacon, eggs prepared to suit each in-
ditiidual taste, orange juice, toast and jelly, coffee or
Chefs were Lester Davis, Roger Gaddis, and Ray-
mond Rotter. Afterwards everyone helped with the
1. This was the first senior class to use the new
2. They were the first students to elect the same
person class persident for three consecutive years.
3. It was the first graduating class to claim a student
from a foreign country.
4. The class is the first to have a Logravure type
cover on the BUGLE.
5. They were first to receive their class rings on the
second day of school in their junior year.
6. This was the first class to present an operetta
while elementary students.
7. These students make up the smallest class to grad-
uate from AHS since 1940.
8. It was the third class to spend a weekend in
9. All the Amanas are represented.
10. With the Class of 1953 they bought a canvas for
11. The class presented their senior play on a Tuesday
night instead of the traditional Friday night.
12. These students constructed a recreation room in
the junior high basement during their eighth grade
13. No kindergarten was offered to this class.
1954 BUGLE STAFF
Editor ............................................................ Gladys Shoup
Advertising ............ L ................... .... L ester Davis, Harvey
Oehler, Jackie Zuber
Senior News .................... Florence Oehl, Rodney Ochs
Y-Teens .............................. Joan Stumpff, Pauline Fink
Music and Dramatics ............................ Arlene Graesser
Faculty ...................................................... Delores Ramsey
Sports .......................... Roger Gaddis, Raymond Rotter
Jimior High and Grade News ................ Patricia Selzer
Sponsor ................................,....... Mrs. Henrietta M. Ruff
The senior Class wishes to express its appreciation
to the following persons who donated pictures for
use in the 1954 BUGLE:
Lasswell Studios who took the class pictures and
the photograph ofALakeside School.
Mr. Clifford Trumpold who took the snapshots of
the basketball players.
Lester Davis, Rosalie Eichacker, Arlene Graesser,
Dolaores Hess, Delores Ramsey, Gladys Shoup, and
Carol Ann Zuber whose snapshots appear on the
Special gratitude is extended to Mrs. Henrietta
Ruff, BUGLE sponsor, for the time and effort she
has given to make this project possible.
Bottom row 1. to r.--Joan Shoup, Judy Phillips, Shirley
garville, Pat Gaddis, Doris Dickel, Hazel Hoppe, Helen -
Second row--Helen Smith George Ruedy, Bill Van Haecke,
Irwin Votroubek, Harlan Geiger, Janet Hollrah, Sandra
Third row--Dale Metz, Levi Williams, Harvey Jeck, Dick
Foerstner, Dean Berger, John Shoup
Absent at the time the picture was taken--John Dickel
The Junior class consists of ll boys and 10 girls. John Dickel is presi-
dent of the classg George Ruedg vice-presidentg Doris Dickel, secretary-treas-
urerg and Dick Foerstner, student council representative. Mrs. Staples is
The girls in basketball are Shirley Carville, Doris Dickel, Patricia
Gaddis Sandra and Janet Hollrah, Hazel Hoppe, Judy Phillips, Helen Smith, and
Helen Sontag. The Y-Teen members are Shirley Carville, Doris Dickel,treasurerg
gatricia Gaddis, Hazel Hoppe, secretary, Judy Phillips, Joan Shoup, and Helen
Boys in basketball and baseball are John Dickel, Dick Foerstner, Harvey
Jeck, George Ruedy, Bill Van Haecke, and Levi Williams. Bill Van Haecke is in
the glee club.
Two boys are taking cooperative education. They are Dean Berger, who is
employed at the Amana Cabinet Shop, and George Ruedy, who works at the Middle
In the junior class, eight people write for HI-LITES. They are Shirley
Carville, Doris Dickel, Patricia Gaddis, Janet Hollrah, Hazel Hoppe, Judy
Phillips, Helen Sontag, and John Dickel.
One of the most important activities the juniors planned was the Junior-
Senior Banquet, which was held May lb. Another important event was presenting
their class play, 'Susie The Siren,' March 18 and 19.
Among other things, they planned and prepared the food for the Halloween
party, and during the same month had a hayride which took them north of Middle
where they had planned to have a weiner roast. However, the weiners were lost
along the way.
An important occurence during the junior year is the receiving of class
rings. The class received theirs in September.
Bottom row, l. to r.--Glenda Agnew, Rose Marie Parson,
gogalie Eichacker, Violet Neumann, Elsie Hahn, Mary Ann
Second row--Richard Wille, Loren Neubauer, Richard
Hergert, Wayne Hopp, Jean Bahndorf, Larry Ochs
Third row--Annette Seifert Rosalie Trumpold,L0I'I'8i-U9
Votroubek, Joyce Fels, Mable Mouchka, Judy Hinzman
The sophomores are the only class in high school in which the girls out-
number the boys, 13 to 5. The class officers are Rosalie Trumpold, president
and student council representative, Elsie Hahn, vice-president, and Rosalie
Eichacker, secretary-treasurer. Sponsor for the class is Mr. Jebousek.
Most of the girls in the class belong to Y-Teens. Members are Jean
Bahndorfg Rosalie Eichacker, social chairmang Joyce Felsg Elsie Hahn, presi-
dent, Judy Hinzmang Mable Mouchkag Rose Marie Parson, Annette Seifert, Rosalie
Trumpold, vice-president, Lorraine Votroubekg and Mary Ann Zuber.
Many of the sophomores are sports enthusiasts as can be shown by the num-
ber out for basketball. They are Glenda Agnew, Rosalie Eichacker, Joyce Fels,
Elsie Hahn, Judy Hinzman, Mable Mouchka, Rose Marie Parson, Rosalie Trumpold,
Lorraine Votroubek, Richard Hergert, Wayne Hopp, Loren Neubauer, and Larry
Ochs. The boys mentioned are on the baseball team, also.
Girls taking music are Glenda Agnew, Rosalie Eichacker, Joyce Fels, Elsie
Hahn, Mable Mouchka, Violet Neumann, Rose Marie Parson, Annette Seifert,
Rosalie Trumpold, Lorraine Votroubek, and Mary Ann Zuber. The boys in the glee
club are Wayne Hopp and Loren Neubauer.
Several members of the class are also on the HI-LITES staff. They are
Glenda Agnew Jean Bahndorf Rosalie Eichacker,Elsie Hahn,and Rosalie Trumpold.
A school project de class undertook was decorating the auditorium for the
On the evening of October 22
from East to a near-by site where
In order to build up a class
beginning of the year to donate a
have been quite satisfactory.
the class accompanied by Mr. Jebousek hiked
they had a weiner roast.
treasury UBILS boys and girls decided at the
dime each week to a class fund. The results
Bottom row, l. to r.--Patsy Koch, Dolores Hess,Patricia
Brown, Carol Ann Zuber, Shirley Reihman
Second row--Bobby Ackerman, Fred Ruedy, Alan Roemig,
Third row--Arnold Baumgartner, JoAnn Gideon, Marilyn
Williams, Henry Allen Bendorf
Absent at the time'the picture was taken--Tommy Reihman,
Charles Hoehnle, Roland Williams
The freshman class consists of 16 members. Class officers are Carol Ann
Zuber, president and student council representative, Bobby Ackerman, vice-
presidentg Shirley Reihman, secretary-treasurer. Their sponsor is Mr. Moon.
All the freshmen girls belong to the glee club, and Patricia Brown, JoAnn
Gideon, Dolores Hess,Patsy Koch, Shirley Reihman, and Carol Ann Zuber are mem-
bers of the I-Teens. Carol Ann is worship chairman and Dolores, newsreporter.
Arnold Baumgartner, Fred Ruedy, and Alan Roemig are out for baseball.
Arnold Baumgartner, Henry Allen BendorL Fred Ruedy,Alan Roemig, Tommy Reihman,
and Roland Williams are out for basketball. Of the girls, Pat Brown, JoAnn
Gideon, Dolores Hess, and Carol Ann Zuber are out for basketball.
On the HI-LITES staff are Dolores Hess and Carol Ann Zuber.
On October 13 the freshmen had a hayride in the High-West vicinity.
On December 7 they were one of the three classes in the Amana Tbwnship
Schools to go to Marengo to have a speech and hearing test.
The day before Halloween was another important one for this class. No
initiations took place but the freshmerm were required to come to school drea d
up. The girls' unique costumes consisted of boots, overalls stuffed with pil-
lows, a sweater, and a flannel shirt. The boys, on the other hand, wore hip
boots, swimming trunks, and vests. All of them wore transparent raincoats,
carried umbrellas, and had a bell around their neck. Polishing seniors' shoes,
and carrying buckets filled with treats for the benefit of other AHS students,
were other tasks these boys and girls performed.
--Dolores Hess and Carol Ann Zuber
AHS FALL BASEBALL
The AHS fall baseball season was opened on Fri-
day, September 4. with a game played at COI1I'0y-
Amana took the loss 18-3. The Rockets led during the
first inning 3-1 but in the second Conroy scored seven,
and in the third inning, 10. Amana failed to score
during the rest of the game. G. Ruedy took the loss,
and Jeck did the catching.
The next game was against Victor and was another
loss for Amana, 23-4. Many costly mistakes were made
by the Rockets during the game. They made rnne er-
rors and hit rather poorly. Gaddis was the losing
pitcher. Trumpold was the catcher for Amana.
The follnowing game was played with Immaculate
Conception of Cedar Rapids, who also broke Amana
for a 14-4 victory. The losing pitcher was G. Ruedy
with Trumpold handling the chores behind the plate.
However, luck was with Amana at the tournament
played in Blairstown on September 15. Here the
Rockets outslugged Tiffin in a wild game, 26-18. Her-
gert led the field by getting three hits, one of which
was a home run. Foerstner was the winning pitcher
while Trumpold caught.
The second round of the tournament was played
with Oxford with Amana losing 10-0. The winners
scored their 10 runs in the last half of the third in-
ning on some good hitting and Amana fielding mis-
takes. Gaddis took the loss for the Rnockets with
Conroy took the next game away from Amana 14-
11 on the home diamond. Trailing 14-5 going into the
seventh the Amana boys scored 6 runs before the Con-
roy pitcher bore down and struck out the last two
hitters. George Ruedy was the losing pitcher.
With some heavy hitting Ladfora threw Amana over
20-11 at the former's diamond. During the game Rot-
ter got three hits, including a home run, and Foerst-
ner got three, including two doubles, to lead the
Amana team in hitting. As pitcher Foerstner took the
loss for the game. 'Trumpold did the catching.
The last game of the season was played at Tiffin
on October 2 when Amana won from Tiffin 8-7. It
was a game marked by many errors on the part of
both teams. Gaddis took credit for the win with
The Amana spring baseball season was :opened on
April 9 in a game with the Immaculate Conception
Greyhounds of Cedar Rapids. The Greyhounds beat
Amana 17-0. The battery for the Rockets was Roemig,
Dickel, Hergert, and Jeck.
Amana took another loss against Ladora, 4-2, in a
well-played game. Although Laduora got only one hit,
there were errors and walks on the part of the
Rockets that enabled Ladora to win. F. Ruedy was
Amana won its first game of the season against
Tiffin by a score of 5-2. Tiffin got only twvo hits,
The last game played by Amana was at Oxford
with the Rockets losing 27-7. This was the first game
of the sectional tournament and took place on May 3.
AHS JOINS THE PIOWA
On January 13 at a meeting at Zuber's Dugout
Amana and Chelsea High Schools were voted into
the PIOWA Athletic Conference. This league at pre-
sent, schedules only basketball games,-and tourna-
ments. However, next fall baseball will also be in-
The league is made up of schools from three dif-
ferent counties in Iwowa. The schools are Amana, Con-
roy, Ladora, Millersburg, Parnell, and Victor from
Iowa Coutntyg Chelsea from Tama Countyg and Hart-
wick fnom Poweshiek County. All of these have new
or almost new gymnasiums.
Every year the conference awards several trophies.
They consist of a boys' first place trophy, a girls'
first place trophy, and a sportsmanship trophy.
Because the Amana Schools now have a gymnasi-
um, the junior high and high school curriculum for
the first time included physical education courses. All
the students that passed a physical examination by
their family doctors were required to participate in
in the class. The course is offered twice a week, and
one-fourth credit a year is given to all high schoolers
that take phys. ed.
During the fall and before the completion of the
gym the activities in this class were softball, archery,
and playing various games with the vnolley ball. The
boys also participated in f-ootball and calisthenics.
These classes took place outside, -on the north side
of the high school building. No phys. ed. took place
fnom November to February bef-ore the completion of
After February 1 the class was held in the gym.
Calisthenies, games with the basketball, and foot
races were the activities engaged in here. The boys
also enjoyed relay races.
-Roger Gaddis and Raymond Blotter
hits B.B. O.A.B. Ave.
0 2 ooo
Metz ......... ....... 0 .
Roemig ..... ..... 0 4 6 .000
Dickel .......... ........ 1 3 8 .125
Foerstner ........ ...... 1 0 2 25 .400
Jeck .............. ..... 7 8 16 .437
Hergert ........ ...... 1 0 2 27 .370
Hopp ................ .... 3 2 15 .200
Ruedy, Fred ....... ..... 3 1 18 .160
Ruedy, George ...... ..... 1 4 10 .100
Neubauer ........ .... 1 5 9 ,111
Gaddis ............. ........ 3 3 11 .272
Trumpold ........ .. ...... 2 6 15 .133
Rotter .......... ........ 4 8 16 .250
Williams ...... .... 1 3 5 .200
H-oehnle ........... ..... 0 0 0 .000
Baumgartner .............................. 0 0 0 .000
Ruedy, Fred ...... ,,,,,,, 0 2
Gaddis ............. ,,,,,, 1 2
Roemig ......... .................. ...... ........... .......... - -
Foerstner ..... ......................................... . .................... 1 1
Hergert ..... ................................................................ . 0 1
-Roger Gaddis and Raymond Rotter
The Amana Elementary School and Gymnasium were
officially opened February 1, and shortly thereafter
the first basketball practice and physical education
class took place in the gym.
Tuesdays and Thursdays were the days chosen for
the girls' practice sessions while the boys met Mon-
days and Wednesdays. These hour-long periods took
place after school and followed phye. ed. classes
which were held in the last period of the day, Mr.
Moon is coach and supervises these sessions.
During practice the teams engaged in scrimmages
and learned to handle the ball, dribble, and shoot
baskets. The boys dun set up defenses and learned to
determine which offensive type of playing is been
Aside from this the fellows practiced the warm-up
drill Wnivh 00nSiBtB of throwing the ball at theback-
head over the basket.,
Basketball uniforms have already been purchased
for use in the future. They are purple and white,
the school colors, and the boys' shorts are adorned
with the rocket emblem that represents the Amana
teams. Sweat-jackets for the girls, and sweat-pants
and warm-up jerseys for the boys were also purchased.
A Fairplay scoreboard was also obtained and in-
stalled in the gym, in addition to roll-away bleach-
ers which are now in use.
Freshmen students out for basketball were Pat
Brown. Jo Ann Gideon, Dolores Hess, Carol Ann Zuber,
Henry Allen Bendorf, Tommy Reihman, Alan Roemig,
Fred Ruedy, and Roland Williams.
Glenda Agnew, Rosalie Eichaoker, Joyce Fels,
Elsie Hahn, Judy Hinzman, Rose Marie Parson, Rosalie
Trumpold, Richard Hergert, Wayne Hopp, Larry Ochs,
and Loren Neubauer were the sophomores who partici-
pated in this sport.
The juniors have the largest number of students
out for basketball. They are Shirley Carville, Doris
Diekel, Pat Gaddis, Janet Hollrah, Sandra Hollrah,
Hazel Hoppe, Belen Sm1th,Helen Sontag,Judy Phillips,
John Dickel, Dick roerstner, Harvey Jeck, Dale Metz,
George Ruedy, Bill Van Haecke, and Levi Williams.
Pauline Fink, Joan Stumpff, Delores Ramsey, and
Roger Gaddis are the seniors interested in he spmrt.
Students on the pictures are top row,l. to r.--
Roger Gaddis and Joan Stumpff. The center-right
snapshot shows Bill Van Raecke and Dale letz: and
the bottom-right, Roger Gaddis.
AMANA COMMUNITY CARNIVAL
Approximately 1,800 attended the Amana Commu-
nity Carnival on March 28 at the new .elementary
school in Middle. The purpose of the carnival was -to
help pay for basketball equipment and other supplies
for the school.
Different rooms in the school had various booths
among which were a fish pond, ring the ducks, chil-
dren's rides, basketball throw, a cake-walk, weight
guessing, and other contests and games. High school-
ers, PTA members, and :other volunteer workers op-
erated these booths. Souvenir programs, popcorn,
candy, peanuts, ice cheam, hamburgers, hot dogs,
coffee, cake, and pie were also on sale during the day.
A pnogram, of which Superintendent Charles Selzer
was master of cerem-onies, was held at 3 p.m. in the
afternoon and another one at 7:30 in the evening. In
the afternoon there was a rope jumping exhibition by
the junior high girls, the YMB Chorus sang several
numbers, and Roberta and Donna Meaghan enter-
tained with a number of songs. After this two alumni
teams entertained the crowd with a basketball game.
The evening program consisted of singing by the high
school and junior high girls' choruses, an intermural
basketball game by the AHS boys, a basketball ex-
hibition by the AHS girls and the presentati-on of a
square dance by several high schoolers. .
Ain important attraction of the day was the giving
away :of a 15-cubic-foot Stor-Mor Door Freezer, do-
nated by Amana Refrigeration, Inc. The drawing took
place after the evening program. The lucky winner
was Mr. George Berger of Norway, Iowa.
Many different prizes donated by the Amana busi-
ness places were also given away during the day.
On the planning committee for the carnival were
Mr. Moon, chairmang Mr. Jebousekg Miss Halversong
and Miss Zimmerman. These faculty members work-
ed in conjunction with community organizations such
as the Homestead Welfare Club and the Ladies Aux-
iliary, Amana Welfare Association, Middle Common-
wealth Club, Amana Young Men's Bureau, Parent-
Teachers Association, Amana School Board, Wfomen's
Council, Y-Teens, and other faculty members.
AMANA STUDENTS RECEIVE BIBLES
Dr. L. Sims, past president of the Iowa Gideon So-
ciety of Cedar Rapids, visited the Amana Schools on
March 18 to give Bibles to the students. He presented
the St. James version of the book, which contained
the Psalms, Proverbs, and New Testament, to every-
one from fourth grade through high school.
One large class Bible was handed out for each
school room, and each teacher received a "gold" edi-
tion, one with gold-etched leaves.
The Gideon Society has drives every year for col-
lecting money to distribute more of these Bibles- free
to schools, hotels, the armed services, and to various
other organizations and places. '
The total number of students enrolled at AHS dur-
ing the 1953-54 school term was 68. Of these pupils
36 were girls and 32, boys.
Thirteen students made up the senior class, the
smallest in AHS, of whom 7 were girls and 6, boys.
The largest class were the juniors who numbered
21 students. Eleven were boys and 10 girls.
A total of 18 pupils, 13 girls and 5 boys were sopho-
The freshmen numbered 16, of. which 10 were boys
and 6 girls.
AHS FALL TRIP
Pikes Peak at McGregor, Pairie du Chien, Wiscon-
sin, and Dubuque were the destinations of the AHS
fall trip. The excursion took place on Saturday, Oc-
tober 10, with two school busses driven by Mr. Ralph
Moessner and Lester Davis. U l
The group left Amana at 6:30 a.m. Their first stop
was at Manchester, where they had breakfast and
saw the glass schoolhouse. This construction is the
first of its kind to be erected in Iowa and is built pri-
marily of glass blocks.
Ome of the most interesting parts of the trip was
visiting the Villa Louis in Parie du Chien. This is
one of the most famous historic homes in Wisconsin,
built by Colonel Hercules Dousman in 1843.
' The tourists saw many beautiful views of the Mis-
sissippi during the day from state parks located on
high cliffs overlooking the great river.
After a visit to the Grotto in Dickeyville, Wiscon-
sin, the students went to Dubuque and saw the Old
Shot Tower of 1855. Here, also they rode in the 4th
Street Elevator' to the top of a 300-foot bluff. On a
platform at the top -of this cliff they got a night view
of the Mississippi and Dubuque. The rest of the even-
ing until 10:00 p.m. the travelers were free to go to
dinner and see a movie.
Before they got back to Amana, a quick after-mid-
night snack was enjoyed at Twin Towers in Cedar
NEW SCHOOL LS OPENED
The new Amana Lakeside School was officially
opened by Mr. Rudolph Blechschmidt, president of
the school board, in a ceremony on February 1. The
invited guests, teachers, and Amana School Township
pupils were assembled in the gymnasium for the oc-
Dr. H. G. Moershel, president of the Amana Church
Board, gave the invocation. This was followed by the
Pledge to the Flag led by the students. -
Superintendent Charles Selzer intnoduced some of
the individuals who were present and had helped in
the planning and construction of the building.
After the ceremony coffee and doughnuts were
served to the guests by members of the PTA, and
tours of the school were taken. '
' -Arlene Graesser
SCHOOL BOARD BANQUET '
The annual Amana School Board Banquet was held
in the home economics room on the evening of No-
vember 19. I
The following school board members and guests
were present: Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Blechschmidt,
Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Leichsenring, Dr. and Mrs.
H. G. Moershel, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Shoup, Supt.
and Mrs. Charles Selzer, Mr. Peter Stuck, Dr. and
Mrs. Louis Unglenk and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wendler.
A horn of plenty was the centerpiece.'The menu
consisted of fruit cocktail, turkey, dressing, mashed
potatoes, candied carrots, creamed cauliflower, tossed
salad, rolls, coffee, cookies and home-made ice cream
with chocolate sauce. '
The dinner was prepared by the five senior home
ec. girls "under the direction of Mrs. Bonnie Staples,
home economics instructor. The girls are Pauline Fink,
Arlene Graesser, Delores Ramsey, Patricia Selzer and
' -Arlene Graesser
AHS STUDENT COUNCIL
This year's AHS Student Council, as in past years,
was composed of six members. They were? seniors,
Lester Davis, presidentg Harvey Oehler, v1ce-pres1-
ni rs John Dickel and Dick Foerstner so h
dent: Ju o , 5 D '
-omore, Rosalie Trumpold, secretary-treasurer, fresh-
man, Carol Ann Zuber, amd Mr. Delbert Jebousek,
advisor. At the beginning of the year the council de-
cided bo meet every Tuesday noon.
The main function of the organization was to pro-
vide entertainment for the students and to help iron
out small difficulties that arose in the student body.
Some -of the assembly programs this group provided
included various movies and the feature films, "Cap-
tain Kidd's Return" and "The Sands of Iwo Jima."
At another occasion Mr. Bill Nelson from Iowa State
College gave a talk -on fire prevention while later in
the school year the council asked Mr. Dick Cheverton
from WMT Radio and TV to speak. His subject dealt
with the dangers of censorship. On February 5 Mr.
Paul Schmidt of Amana showed slides that he had
taken while in Korea and Hawaii. Another student
council arrangement brought Dr. Ray Bryan from ISC
to AI-LS. He gave an interesting talk on "Choosing
your Life's Work."
'The first program in the new gym was a band con-
cert presented by the Belle Plaine High School Band
-on February 24. The group was also fin charge of it.
During a week in March the student council spon-
sored a crusade drive for clothes. The articles collect-
ed went to needy children here and abroad.
I --Lester Davis
Amana PTA officers for the '53-54 school term
were Mrs. Herb Zuber, president, Mrs. Walter Sei-
fert, first vice-president: Mrs. Frank Parvin, second
vice-presidentg Mrs. Lester Taylor, secretaryg Mrs.
Arthur Selzer, treasurer, Mrs. Elmer Dittrich, mem-
bership and publicity chairman, and Mr. Henry
Stumpff, pnogram chairman. A
The first meeting this cabinet presided over took
place on September 9. It was then that the organiza-
tion added an amendment to the constitution chang-
ing the meeting dates from once 'a month to the sec-
ond Wednesday every other month. All of the meet-
ings are held in the high school.
A food sale at Newman's in Cedar Rapids on Oc-
tober 3 was the biggest money raising project this
organization had during the year. They netted S140
after selling the cakes, cookies, and canned goods do-
nated by the Amana people.
On November 12 the PTA sponsored a free dinner
for the Amana teachers and their guests while the
other members paid a dollar a plate. A business meet-
ing amd program followed the dinner. Part of the
program featured short talks about American Educa-
tion Week which was being observed at the time.
The first meeting of 1954 was held January 13. Mr.
Stumpff divided the people present into smaller
groups each with similar ' problems dealing with
teacher-child relationship. A teacher was assigned to
each different group.-
A program open to the public was featured in
March. Dr. George W. Bedell, Dr. John Wild, and Dr.
John W. Eckstein were present at that time and gave
talks on rheumatic fever to the group. All of the men
who spoke were from Iowa City.
The final meeting of the year was held in May
when officers for the next school year were elected.
' AMAN A 'HI-LITES I '
The AI-IS paper, AMANA HI-LITES, is a monthly
publication during the school year featuring school
news. Mrs. Ruff serves as sponsor of the paper. Re-
cently HI-LITES became a member of the Iowa High
School Press Association.
During the first part of the school year the journal-
ism class took charge of HI-LITES with Helen Sontag
serving as editor. However, since senior English re-
placed thisclass during the second semester, the pa-
per was under different management at that time.
Florence Oehl and Gladys Shoup served as oo-editors
during the first part of the semester, and Elsie Hahn
and Rosalie Trumpold, the last part.
At the head of different departments on the staff
during the first semester were Patricia Selzer, busi-
ness managerg Arlene Graesser, facultyg John Dickel,
sports, Florence Oehl, general school activities and
production managerg Gladys Shoup, humorg Jackie
Hahn and Harold Pitz, junior high news. The duties
of most of these students dealt with writing the news
stories their department required or assigning them
to one :of the reporters, volunteers from the high
During the second semester Patricia Selzer remain-
ed as business manager, but the students mentioned
in the preceeding paragraph served as reporters along
with the following: Shirley Carville, Doris Dickel,
Rosalie Eichacker, Patricia Gaddis, Elsie Hahn, Do-
lores Hess, Janet Hollrah, Hazel Hoppe, Judy Phillips,
Helen Sontag, Joan Stumpff, and Carol Ann Zuber,
These students were on the staff all of the '53-'54
Kathy Fry and Barbara Zuber were reporters for
the junior high during the second semester.
Any AHS student can volunteer to serve as a re-
porter. No one is required to do so.
H -Harvey Oehler
. BOYS' POEMS ARE PUBLISHED
As in former years, Mrs. Ruff, English teacher,
again submitted poetry written by AHS students to
the contest sponsored by the National High School
Poetry Association for publication in its annual an-
thology of high school poetry. The organization ac-
cepted poems by Dale Metz and Dick Foerstner.
Dale's poem is entitled "The Bee,", and Dick's,
"Pretzel Sticks." This book of poetry will appear in
the spring. ' '
STUDENTS WITNESS TRIAL
On November 3 the high school and junior high
students witnessed the trial of State versus Carl Nie-
beck at the Marengo Courthouse. In this state crimi-
nal case Mr. Niebeck was accused of having forged
State prosecuting attorney was Dave Evans and de-
fense attorney was Ed Von Hoehne. Judge Harold
Evans presided over the trial.
Shortly before 12 o'c1ock a 15-minute intermission
was called. During this break Mr. Earl Lindenmayer
Iowa County Assessor, explained to the students on
what and hiow taxes are levied and collected. After
the brief talk by Mr. Lindenmayer, the students re-
turned to the trial until court dismissed at 12:30.
Mr. Niebeck was declared guilty as charged and
sentenced to eight years in the Iowa State Peniten-
tiary at Fort Madison.
. -Arlene Graesser.
AHS CHRISTMAS PARTY
The AHS Christmas party was held on December
18. the afternoon's program was planned by the stu-
dent oouncil and began after a long noon hour.
An especially enjoyable feature of the afternoon
was a short skit by members of the junior high and
high school faculty. In their performance they acted
the parts of students in a small country school.
This was followed by several musical selections by
Doris Dickel, Carol Ann Zuber, Judy Phillips, Rosalie
Eichacker, Rosalie Trumpold, Shirley Carville, Har-
vey Oehler, and Loren Neubauer. Mary Ann Zuber
than sang a solo, "O Holy Night."
More music -on the program featured instrumental
numbers by Jean Bahndorf and Rosalie Trumpold
with their accordions and Harvey Oehler accompany-
ing them on the piano.
Finally all of the students joined in singing Christ-
As in previous years grab bag gifts were exchanged
among the students, and the teachers received gifts
also. Then each student got an ice cream pie as a
WORLD SERIES ON TV AT AHS
The 1953 World Series were viewed .on television
by the high school and junior high students this year.
The games were watched October 1 through 5 with
the Dodger fans suffering most of the defeats. Stu-
dents were permitted to watch as long as they had no
particular classes. -
'The set was furnished for the students through the
cooperation of the Homestead Store. A
CAREER DAY IN MARENGO '
The third annual Lowa County Career Day was at-
tended by the Amana juiors and seniors on February
22 in the Marengo High School.
Dr. Ray Bryan, of Iowa State College, was the
opening speaker. His topic was "Choosing Your Life's
After the first session the students and counselors
had one hour for lunch. The -other three sessions were
held in the afternoon after which the students were
The purpose of career day is to bring occupational
information to the juniors and seniors of Iowa Coun-
ty high sch-ools and to help them in making wise oc-
ROLLER SKATING PARTIES
This year AHS students enjoyed many after-schrool
activities, and one of the favorites was rollar skating.
Because this activity was enjoyed by the students,
and since it attracted large crowds, five skating parties
were held during the school year. All were sponsored
by the Y-Teens. Some were for the benefit of all the
Amanas while others were only for the high school
and junior high students.
A variety of good and bad skaters were usually
present. Some just learned, while others were already
whizzing around corners or banging into walls.
Couple bell, couple waltz, flashlight tag, and broom
tag were some of the games played at these parties.
' -Pauline Fink
JOE MAUNDERS AT AHS
On Friday, September 18 the student council in-
vited Mr. Joe Maunders to show some -of the films he
had taken. Mr. Maunders is from Newport, Kentucky,
but he was spending a few days in the Amanas at the
His films concerned his trip to Central America,
the Inaugural Parade of President Eisenhower, and
two commercial films about animals.
HISTORY CLASS SEESO "M'ARTIN LUTHER"
On the afternoon of Friday, October 23 the mem-
bers of the United States history class were excused
from school to see the movie, "Martin Luther." The
school bus provided transportation to and from the
Iowa Theatre in Cedar Rapids where the movie was
FIRE PREVENTION SPEAKER
On October 9, during Fire Prevention Week, Mr.
Bill Nelson of the Iowa State College Engineering Ex-
tension Service gave a short talk at AHS. He also
showed two films on fire prevention to the students.
' -Rodney Ochs
THE LOST DOLL ,
On the afternoon of Thursday, December 10, the
intermediate grades presented a one-act operetta,
"The Lost Doll" by Eleanor Allen Schroll and Wil-
liarn M. Schmitt. 'The operetta was again presented
the foll-owing evening, Friday, December 11.
The entire action took place in the interior of the
Gift Shop where a modern young mother iSally Felsj
and Doris, her daughter CTerry Schmiederii went to
do some of their Christmas shopping. With the aid of
the Floorman QTommy Zuberj and the Personal Shop-
per lQAnna Marie Baumgartnerj, both employees of
the store, many gifts were brought to the display
room. These "gifts" were pupils in the chorus acting
the parts of costumed dolls, candles, and other ob-
jects aind toys.
After a doll parade a very expensive doll was
found missing, and an exciting situation followed.
However, the story ended happily when the lost doll
CBarbara Schrniederj was found again.
The operetta was directed by Mrs. Joan Skipton,
Miss Zimmerman, Mr. Setzer, and Mr.-Heiinze. Carol
Ann Zuber served as accompanist, and Jackie Zuber
was the electrician.
-P -Patricia Selzer
HIGHSHCHOOLERS GO C-AROLING
As during the past two years the students of the
AHS again went Christmas canoliing in the Amanas.
gm night they chose for the occasion was December
The -school bus picked up all of the students of the
were interested in going and transported everyone
from village to village. After the singing all of the
highschoolers stopped at the Rfonneburg for a bowl
-of chili. Crackers and cheese along with coffee, milk,
or pop were also served.
The student council sponsored the event and or-
ganized the evcning's activities.
HALLOWEEN AT AHS
On the morning of October 31 the AHS assembly
was awakened to the clang of cowbells and a chorus
of freshmen singing a new version of "April Showers."
This day was initiation day for the sixteen fresh-
men, who were passing out free "goodies" and shoe
shines for the seniors.
The freshmen girls came to school wearing stuff-
ed bib overalls, 9-inch high boots, wool shirts and
sweaters, and transparent raincoats.
The boys wvore hip boots, shorts, tee-shirts, vests,
and transparent raincoats. Both boys and girls wore
a lot of make up and an "oozy" mixture of starch
and syrup on their hair. They carried books to classes
for the seniors, and also carried umbrellas and sat on
the floor all day.
The student council and a volunteer entertainment
committee aided by Mr. Jebousek planned the party
which took place in the auditorium that evening.
The program was opened with an eery welcome by
a witch whose silhouette was visible thnough a sheet
suspended on the stage. A short act by Florence Oehl
and Gladys Shoup was next on the program. The
girls performed a pantomime singing number to the
recording of "Bermuda" and "June Night" by the
Bell Sisters. After this, freshman baby pictures were
shown to the gnoup by the way of an opaque pro-
jector. Finally the students played several games.
Refreshments were prepared by the juniors and
consisted of tenderloin sandwiches, French-fried po-
tatoes, pop, apples and pop conn balls on a stick, and
The last event of the eveningwas a movie, "The
Ape Man." '
DR. BRYAN SPEAKS T0 AHS STUDENTS
On October 28 Dr. Ray Bryan, head of Vocational
Education at I-owa State College in Ames, spoke to
the AHS and junior high students. His topic was
"Choosing Your Life's Work."
The points he stressed in his talk were: Q11 know
yiourselfg C25 how well do you like to go to schoolg
C33 knowing the work of the world, and 145 knowing
the kind of life 'you want to lead.
DICK CHEVERTON AT AHS
Dick Cheverton, director of .news and president of
the Iowa Radio News Association, spoke to the junior
high and high school students on the afternoon of
February 12. Mr. Cheverton's main topic dealt with
the censorship of news. After the interesting speech
he answered questions the students asked him.
A Thanksgiving program for the junior and senior
high was presented on November 26. A skit "Father
Talks Turkey," was presented by seven members of
the senior class-Lester Davis, Arlene Graesser, Har-
vey Oehler, Raymond Rotter, Patricia Selzer, Gladys
Shxoup, and Joan Sturnpff.
After this two poems were read by Florence Oehl
and Gladys Shoup.
After a short talk given by Mr. Selzer, group sing-
ing of Thanksgiving songs was led by Mrs. Joan Skip-
ton. The students were then dismissed for a four-day
Two sock hops were sponsored by the Y-Teens in
the gymnasium during the second semester. One was
on the evening of Feb. 26, and the other on March 24.
The reason the dance is called that is because every-
one is asked to remove his shoes so the gym floor will
not be marred.
The club arranged for Mr. Robert A. Lee, -director
of the Lowa City Recreation Center, to be present
and teach everyone to square dance.
To start off the evening's activities at the first ses-
sion everyone did some social dancing until the in-
structor arrived. Then they got into a circle and learn-
ed the basic steps such as "prominade," "swing your
partner," and "grand right, grand left."
Finally everyone was divided into four groups and
they did some square dances. Among the ones per-
formed were the "grapevine" and "Texas star."
Afterwards everyone was invited to refreshments
'of pretzels and pop.
The dance in March was much the same except that
the refreshments were .not free. The students were
asked to buy them.
- -Pauline Fink
MARJORIE NORRGARD AT AHS
Mrs. Marjorie Norrgard from Sanford's in Cedar
Rapids gave an interesting talk to junior high and
high school students at an assembly program on No-
Her talk dealt with books and for her topic she
chose, "Reading is Fun," the 1953 National Book Week
theme. She gave each student a sheet of paper listing
tlge variety of books she had brought along to tell
a ou .
After the informative speech the students were in-
gted to look over any of the books that interested
PAUL SCHMIDT SHOWS SLIDES
On February 5, Paul Schmidt, veteran of the Kor-
ean War, showed colored slides to the high school and
junior high students. He took the slides while he was
in service. Most 'of them were scenic views concerning
Hawaii and Korea. However, he also showed a few
pictures of a truck accident that had -occurred near
Paul helped to transport North Korean POW's to
Freedom Village, and many of the slides were -of this
trip. Others were of various battlefields such as
. -Patricia Selzer
JIM MEAGHAN EN TERTAINS
Jim Meaghan, general manager of the Cedar Rapids
Indians, and his two daughters, Roberta and Joan,
entertained the senior and junior high students on
Mr. Meaghan shiowed a colored film of last year's
Indians training in Oklahoma, as well as showing the
1953 World Series, and various games
Rapids team played last season.
Joan and Roberta sang several songs
the piano. Each of them played a semi-classical se-
lection and then they sang "April Showers," "Easter
Parade," and "Singing in the Rain."
Windblown All Aboard
Sitting Pretty Come and Get It!
New teacher--New School
.P Y YV .. -
Kindergartners in New Room
us1e the Siren'
Cruising Down the Highway
A Famillar AHS Grin
Music and Dramatics
The senior play, "Whoa Auntie!," written by Karin
Asbrand, was presented on Tuesday, November 3 in
the AHS auditorium. Both a matinee and evening per-
formance took place on the same day. u .
Mystery, romance, and comedy, were included in
this hilarious episode of the Fay family.
The story dealt with Aunt Jessie fFlorence Oehllj,
the tyrant who ruled with an iron hand and stood in
the way when Jeremiah Fay, better known as Pbop
CRaymond Rotterj, decided to run for mayor. Aunt
Jessie didn't want Pop to be a candidate, even though
it looked like a walk-in for him.
Pop's children, Jerry, Junior tl-'toger Gaddisj and
Marcia tGladys Shoupj decided the only way to get
Pop elected mayor was to kidnap Aunt Jessie. So with
the help of their friends, Lorraine Grayson CArlene
Graesserj, Gail Hendricks CJoan Stumpffj, and Ted
Carter fJackie Zuberj, they got Clarence Melbourne
KI-Iarvey Oehlerj, the town hermit to do the kidnap-
p Claire Tyler CPauline Finkb, a young girl working
her way through college was employed as cook dur-
ing Aunt Jessie's absence. Having had no experience
at this type of j-ob the concoctions she issued f-orth
from the kitchen were deadly.
More confusion was added to the story upon the
arrival of Sally fPatricia Selzerl, her husband, Gard-
ner Farrell CRiodney Ochsyg and her mother-in-law,
Martie Farrell CDelores Ramseyl.
There were plenty of jitters for everyone when
Aunt Jessie's blood-stained clothing was found in an
ash barrel by the police. This caused the arrival of
Officer Brady fLester Davisj, a plain clothes mam.
However, the plot finally unf-olded to reveal Clar-
ence actually was a count who had inherited property
in England as well as his taking Aunt Jessie for a
wife. On top of that, Pop became the next mayor of
A delightful comedy, "Susie the Siren," was pre-
sented by members of the junior class in the AHS
auditorium on the evening of March 19 and the after-
noon of March 18.
Susie tDoris Dickelj was a typical young high
school girl who forever lived the lives of characters
frlom her English literature book.
Mr. Reynolds, Susie's father fGeorge Ruedyhg Mrs.
Reynolds CPat Gaddisjg Petey, her younger brother
CDale Metzlg Midge, her best girl friend fShirley
Carvillebg and Gussie, a young neighbor CJudy Phil-
lipsj were all so used to Susie's dramatizations they
tried not to pay any attention to her.
During most of the st-ory Susie played Lorelei, a
legendary siren who lured mariners to destructions
on the rocks. Susie turned on her charm, hoping she
could make boyfriend Jim KHarvey Jeckb do what-
ever she wished him to do. Her wishes included steal-
ing a chrysanthemum from her English teacher Miss
Oakey's tHazel Hoppe! famous flower garden and
painting a red sign, "Beat Harristown," -on the school
door of Weston's football opponents.
Blimp fwilliam Van Haeckel, Agnes fSandra Holl-
rahj, Annabel CJanet Hollrahj, Beverly QI-Ielen
Smithl, amd Nona tHelen Mae Sontagj were school
friends of Susie and Jim.
Jumbo, the menace from Harristown High, flevi
Williamsjg Mr. Foley, Harristown I-Iigh's principal
tJohn Dickellg Mrs. Comstalk, a wealthy visitor fJoan
Shoupig and Dugan, a policeman CDick Foerstnerj,
were the other characters involved in this three-act
comedy written by Anne Coulter Martens.
AHS GLEE CLUBS
Two teachers taught music at AHS this year. Mrs.
Joan Skipton directed the glee clubs during the first
semester and Mr. Don Elick, second semester. .
Sopranos in the glee club are Glenda Agnew, Shir-
ley Carville, Joyce Fels, Sandra Hollrah, Violet Neu-
mann, Shirley Reihman, Annette Seifert, Patricia
Selzer, Helen S-ontag, Rosalie Trumpold, Marilyn
Williams, and Mary Ann Zuber. ' -
Second sopranos are Pat Brown, Pauline Fink, Ros-
alie Eichacker, Jo Anne Gideon, Elsie Hahn, Mable
Mouchka, Rose Marie Parson, Judy Phillips, Helen
Smith, and Delores Ramsey.
Doris Dickel, Pat Gaddis, Dolores Hess, Patsy Koch,
Florence Oehl, Lorraine Votroubek, and Carol Ann
Zuber are the girls who sing alto in music.
Boys in the glee club are Bill Van Haecke and Lor-
en Neubauer, who sang tenor, and Ringer Gaddis and
Wayne Hopp who sang bass.
A trio consisting of Mary Ann Zuber, Elsie Hahn,
and Florence Oehl sang between acts I and II of the
senior play. They sang "Come to the Fair" and "De-
licious Snuff." Canol Ann Zuber was accompanist.
"California" and "I Passed by Your Window" were
sung by Rosalie Trumpold, Shirley Carville, Judy
Phillips, Rosalie Eichacker, Doris Dickel, and Carol
Ann Zuber between acts II and III. Elsie Hahn was
accompanist, and the music was directed by Mrs.
Between acts I and II of the junior play the girls'
chorus sang "By the Bend of the River," and between
acts II and .III they sang "Whispering," Elaine Van
Haecke was accompanist at this time.
At the Amana Community Carnival the chorus was
again called upon to sing. Their selections this time
were "Will You Remember" and "Whispering"
The music at the junior play and the carnival was
directed by Mr. Elick.
BELLE PLAINE BAND AT AHS
The Belle Plaine Band, accompanied by their di-
rector Mr. Paul Nielson, visited the Amanas on Feb-
ruary 24 to give a concert in the gymnasium. This was
the first program given in the new building.
Before the concert the group had dinner at the Ox
Yoke Inn after which they toured the Woolen Mill and
the Amana Refrigeration. Student council members
Lester Davis, John Dickel, Dick Foerstner, Rosalie
Trumpold, Carol Ann Zuber, their sponsor, Mr. Jebou-
sek, and Florence Oehl and Gladys Shoup served as
hosts for the group during the afternoon's activities.
The band which has over 70 members played a
number of selections including "Hail Miami" and dif-
ferent versions of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star."
All the Amana Township School students and facul-
ty members were invited to the concert.
STUDENTS ATPEN D SYMPHONY
Members -of the Amana schools attended a concert
presented by the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
in the Cedar Rapids Colliseum on April 2. The or-
chestra was conducted by Antal Dorati.
The afternoon's program was opened with the sing-
ing of the "Star Spangled Banner." Mendelssohn's
Overature to Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's
Dream" was the gnoup's next presentation. When
Tchaik-ovsky's ballet, "The Nutcracker Suite" was
played Mr. Dorati explained the different incidents
to which the ballet had reference. Also on the pro-
gram were Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries," from
"Die Walkure" and a Strauss waltz, "The Beautiful
For the first semester of the school year the Y-Teen
cabinet was as follows:
President ....................... ..............,................ H elen Sontag
Vice-Pres. and Pnogram Chairman ...... Delores Ramsey
Secretary ............................................................ Joyce Fels
Treasurer ................................................ Shirley Carville
Newsreporter .................................................. Joan Shoup
Social Committee ................ Patricia Gaddis, chairmang
Rosalie Trumpoldg Rosalie Eichackerg Elsie Hahn
Worship Committee ................ Doris Dickel, chairman:
Judy Phillips, Jean Bahindorfg Hazel Hoppe
Pnogram Committee .......... Delores Ramsey, chairman:
Mary Ann Zuber: Patricia Selzerg Rose Marie Parson
For the second semester the officers were:
President .......................................................... Elsie Hahn
Vice-Pres. and Program Chairman .... Rosalie Trumpold
Secretary ........................................................ Hazel Hoppe
Treasurer ........................................................ Doris Dickel
Newsreporter ................................................ Dolores Hess
Social Committee ............ Rosalie Eichacker, chairman:
Helen Sontag: Shirley Carvilleg Ainnette Seifert
Worship Committee ........ Carol Ann Zuber, chairmang
Lorraine Votroubekg Mary Ann Zuber
Program Committee ...... Rosalie Trumpold, chairman,
Patricia Gaddisg Judy Phillips: Jean Bahndorf
The Y-Teen Summer Conference of 1953 was held
June 6-13. To this annual
at Lake Okoboji from
meeting clubs from all parts'-of the state send dele-
Shirley Carville, Doris Dickel, Patricia Gaddis,
Elsie Hahn, Helen Sontag, Rosalie Trumpold, and
Mary Ann Zuber were the girls representing the
The theme of the conference was i'We the Younger
Generation." During the day the girls attended tech-
nique workshops, discussion groups, worship meet-
ings, and heard addresses by different leaders. Dr.
Frank Coburn, associate pnofessor of psychiatry at
the University of Iowa, was the main speaker at the
Recreation the Y-Teens enjoyed during their time
at Lake Okoboji was tennis and sunbathing as well
as swimming in- the lake.
Another big event was a picnic and bonfire out-
ing that took place one night during the week.
The Y-Teens had a breakfast hike on September 3
at the Amana Lily Lake. At 6:30 a.m. the girls from
Homestead, Amana, and East met at the store in
Amanag and the girls from High, West, South, and
Middle met at the Middle store and walked to the
The girls brought with them whatever food they
wanted to eat. After breakfast the group hiked to
Middle for school.
-GIFTS FOR ORPHANS '
A service project the Y-'Teens performed shortly
before Christmas was gathering old cards, picture
books, toys and clothes, for an orphanage in Cedar
Rapids. All the contributions were assembled at the
meeting -on December ll.
Shortly afterwards Mrs. Staples delivered them to
the children's home.
' -Pauline Fink
The Women's Council is an organization estab-
lished to help the Y-Teens with some -of their pro-
jects. Each year the club has a money raising project.
The council meets every other month at one :of the
Its members are Mrs. Elden Moon, president, Mrs.
A. C. Schrnieder, secretary, Mrs. Helen Schuerer,
treasurerg Mrs. George F-oerstnerg Mrs. Leonard Hal-
dyg Mrs. Louise Moser: Mrs. Paul Oehlg Mrs. George
Schuererg Mrs. Herman Shoup: Mrs. Jenny Shoup:
Mrs. Richard Staples: and Mrs. Otto Zuber.
Y-TEEN CARNIVAL ,
Om Sunday, October 14 the Y-Teens persented a
carnival on the Amana High School grounds.
The carnival started at 2:30 p.m. with Y-Teens in
charge of the concessions stands. The booths featured
dart throwing, pony rides, bingo for cakes, horseshoe,
fishing, ringing ducks, the selling of comics, and pin-
ning the tail on the donkey. Refreshments consisting
of hamburgers, h-ot dogs, potato chips, pickles, pop
and coffee were on sale throughout the day.
- Door prizes were important attractions of the day.
At 5:00 and 9:00 p.m. the drawings' for the sand-
wich grill and the French fryer were held. Kenneth
Neuman of West and Carl Seifert -of Homestead, re-
spectively, were the lucky winners.
A program was held at 7:30. It oonsisted of three
skits about hill-billy life, a dialogue between a mother
and her son, a shotgun wedding, and one about a car
which always broke down.
Y-TEEN FALL CONFERENCE
Y-Teen clubs from the Southeast area met in Clin-
ton October 24 for the annual fall conference.
The theme of the conference was "Y-Teens Now-
What Next." Fred Johnson, former principal of the
Clinton High School and Superintendent of Beloit
School, was the main speaker of the day.
Registerati-an took place at 9:30 a.m., followed by
a snack and mixer. The opening sessions began at
10:30. At 11:15 there was a worship meeting followed
at noon with a lunch served at the YWCA. '
The meeting was resumed at 2:00 p.m. with a speech
by Mr. Johnson, and a business meeting was held at
3:00. The installation of officers -of the Southeast area
concluded the conference program. K 1
Jean Bahndorf, Mary Ann Zuber, and Mrs. Bonnie
Staples, Y-Teen advisor, were the Amana delegates
who attended the conference.
Y-TEEN GENERAL SUMMARY
'The first Y-Teen meeting of the year was held
Thursday, Sept. 10. However, because after the com-
pletion of the gym basketball practice took place after
school on Thursdays, meetings were held every Wed-
raeslglay. Mrs. Bonnie Staples served as advisor of the
c u .
Almost .every week various activities were planned
for after the meetings by the vice president who is al-
so program chairman. Among these were ,playing
games, seeing films, group singing, -or worship meet-
ings lplangied byhthoig worship committee. At one time a
spea er rom e istrict YWCA Mi ' '
talked to the girls. ' SS Dons Flew'
In addition, the club engaged in several service
and money-raising projects. A father-daughter and
ahgnobtlgg-daughter banquet were also enjoyed during
On October 27 the Y-Teens had their annual father-
daughter banquet which took place at the Ox Yoke
Inn in Amana. Pumpkin and mask decorations were
used in carrying out the Halloween theme.
Helen Mae Sontag, president, gave a welcome
speech followed with grace by Patricia Gaddis.
The girls and their fathers enjoyed the dinner which
consisted of steak, corn, salad, American fried pota-
toes, pickled ham, cottage cheese, and strawberry
After dinner the guest speaker, Tait Cummins,
WMT sports commentator from Cedar Rapids, enter-
tained the fathers and daughters with a talk.
Y-TEEN CHRISTMAS PARTY
A Christmas Party iior mothers and Women's Coun-
cil members was held on the evening of December ll.
The program began with a welcome to all the moth-
ers, guests, and Y-Teens. Following that, the freshman
recognition service was performed.
A nativity play was then presented by a group of
the Y-Teen girls. At various times during this panto-
mine act appropriate Christmas carols were sung by
soloists or a small chorus of girls.
A special feature -of the evening were the singing
of two Christmas carols by the YMB Chorus. They
sang "Silent Night'? and "Oh Come All Ye Faithful."
Santa Claus also made his annual stop at the party.
I-llowever, aside from handing- out the usual gift ex-
change presents, he gave each Y-Teen a gift from the
Women's Council, a manicure set.
Refreshments of strawberry shortcake, milk and
coffee topped off the events of the evening.
BROTHERHOOD WEEK PROGRAM
The Y-Teens invited the junior high girls to a
Brotherhood Week program held on February 17 in
The business meeting was followed by a worship
program. Two songs, "Onward Christian Soldiers"
and "Our Song," were sung, and then the girls heard
several short readings. A Bible reading closed the
For entertainment the Y-Teens were divided into
five groups. Each group was then presented with a
paper sack which contained numerous small items
such as hairpins, sunglasses, figurines, etc. The girls
were asked to think up and perform a skit centered
on these objects and concerning the brotherhood
theme as well. The winning group received apples as
Refreshments of cookies and milk were the last
thing on the program.
NAVAJO INDIAN PROJECT
Several years ago the Y-Teens began supporting
Billy Benally, a Navajo Indian boy from New Mexico.
This year the girls again decided to continue this
The club sent 560 for sponsoring the boy to the
Save the Children Federation. This organization helps
poor, unfortunate children in the United States and
Europe. The money will go towards the buying of
clothes, food, and other necessities for Billy.
WOMEN'S COUNCIL PARTY
The Y-Teens gave a party for the Women's Coun-
cil in the auditorium on the evening -of April 12.
Elsie Hahn welcomed the guests and Y-Teens pre-
sent and then Helen Sontag read the poem "An
Easter Lily." A style show was next on the program
during which several Y-Teens and Mrs. Staples mod-
eled different spring and summer clothing.
This was followed by a skit called "Penny Parade."
It dealt with the Y-Teen Centennial Fund Tribute.
The YWCA will celebrate its centennial next year
and in order to strengthen its services the world over,
the organization has asked each Y-Teen to donate a
penny a day for the YWCA.
After the skit the group played a game. Last on
the program was a poem., "Atop Bunny Hill," read
by Annette Seifert.
Refreshments consisting of tuna fish sandwiches,
carrots, stuffed celery, pickles, radishes, ice cream,
and coffee were served after the entertainment.
The Rsonneburg was the site of the annual Mother-
Daughter Banquet held this year on May 6. Instead of
entertainment by the Y-Teens, as.is usually done, a
speaker, Mrs. Frederick Murray of Cedar Rapids gave
a talk. She chose for her subject, "Mothers and
Daughters of Tomorrow." Mrs. Murray was American
Mother of the Year in 1947.
The social committee, headed by Rosalie Eichacker,
did the planning for this occasion and chose as their
theme "story book castle." For carrying out this
theme the girls placed story book dolls on the "U"
shaped tables as well as candles and bowls of flowers.
On the evening's menu were tomato soup, a jello
salad, ham, chicken, baked beans, sauerkraut, mash-
ed potatoes and gravy, and apple torte for dessert.
The Y-Teens sponsored a bake sale April 17 at
Newman's Department Store in Cedar Rapids. Cook-
ies, cakes, cup cakes, and canned goods such as
pickles, beets, relish, and sauerkraut were some of
the items for sale.
The food was taken to Cedar Rapids with the
Amana -Society Bakery truck.
The proceeds of the bake sale amounted to 578,
Ezvhich will be used for sending girls to summer con-
' -Joan Stumpff
Y-TEEN EASTER EGG HUNT
The Y-Teens invited children between the ages of
one and five to their annual Easter egg hunt which
to-ok place on April 14. Each girl was allowed to
bring as many as three children.
Because the weather was nice it was possible for
the hunt to take place outside on the school grounds
as well as inside AHS.
After the children, had their baskets full of eggs
and candy, they were taken home on the school bus
which had also transported most of them to Middle.
JUNIOR HIGH H H
The enrollment of the Amana Junior High this
year is a t-otal of 44 pupils, 21 in the seventh grade
and 23 in the eighth grade. Three teachers instruct
these students. They are Mrs. Franey,. who teaches
junior high arithmetic and spelling, eighth history,
seventh social studies, and seventh scienceg Mrs.
Staples, in charge of eighth science and governmentg
and Mr. Elick, who took the place of Mrs. Skipton
during the second semester and teaches music and
junior high English. 1
A school trip these students and the intermediate
pupils enjoyed took them to Stone City near Anamosa
where they saw a stone quarry. The same day they
also saw the Reformatory at Anamosa, after which
the students went back to Cedar Rapids to see the
WMT television tower. They ate in Bever Park and
then journeyed homeward.
The next month, in November, the junior high with
the high school attended a trial at the courthouse in
A money-raising project these grades sponsored
was a magazine drive in December, which added
5213.62 to the junior high fund. Bobby Berger was
the highest salesman with Dennis Zuber second. Some
of this money was donated for shrubbery on the Lake-
side School grounds.
During another field trip in May the junior high
toured Quaker Oats and the Wilson Packing Plant.
Dinner was eaten at Bishop's and the pupils saw a
movie in the afternoon.
The junior high attended the Children's Theater
at Coe College on May 14 to see the production "Alice
In Wonderland" sponsored by the Junior League of
The eighth grade had their annual picnic at Lake
McBride in May.
Perhaps what this group is most .noted for is its
rope jumpers. All of the girls take part in this activi-
ty and performed for various gnoups during the year.
They were on the program at the Amana Community
Carnival on March 28, and jumped rope at the Colis-
eum in Cedar Rapids for the Town and Family An-
niversary Party sponsored by Happel and Sons, Inc,
In addition they also traveled to Kinross, Norway,
and Wellman for exhibitions. Several members of the
group were also on "Tait's TV Talent Show," a WMT
show in Cedar Rapids. They appeared here on March
26 and April 23 and took first place with their per-
formances both times.
The intermediate grades, four, five, and six, are
taught by Miss Marie Zimmerman, Mr. Don Elick,
Mr. William Heinze, and Mr. William Setzer. Miss
Zimmerman teaches intermediate reading, art, Eng-
lish, spelling, girls phy. ed., and sixth arithmetic. Mr.
Elick teaches musicg Mr. Heinze, health and German
for all three gradesg and Mr. -Setzer, social studies
and boys phys. ed. for all three grades, and fourth
and fifth arithmetic.
All of the three grades enjoyed taking field trips
in conjunction with their studies. The sixth grade so-
cial studies students toured the Print Shop and Woolen
Mill. The fourth graders also took a trip through the
Woolen Mill as well as the Amana Meat Market.
The intermediate students and junior high spent
their annual school trip together this year. They start-
ed the day out by traveling into Stone City where
they saw a stone quarry. Next the group saw the
WMT-TV tofwer in Cedar Rapids, and finally they
had a picnic dinner at Bever Park.
These boys and girls enjoyed many different parties
during the year. The high lights of these attractions
were the costume parade through Amana at Hallo-
ween: decorating paper sacks for mail sacks at Yal-
entine's Dayg and an assembly program by the sixth
grade for Thanksgiving. For their Christmas party
these students made gifts for their mothers. The fourth
graders made papier mache plates, the fifth graders
wove baskets, and crepe-paper jars were made by the
Art was one of the favorite subjects of these grades.
The projects the sixth graders engaged in were the
making of hand puppets as well as learning to con-
struct papier mache masks. The fifth graders also
made masks. Aside fnom this the latter class and the
fourth grade also learned how to make piggy banks
out of modeling clay. All the grades had tempera
Another project the fourth reading class participated
in was making butter, and eating it afterwards.
On January 20 these boys and girls had no school
because the school equipment was moved to the new
elementary school at Middle on that day. The first
day of school in the new building was on February 1.
New equipment that was added at this time were all
new desks for the sixth grade room, and a table con-
structed from a sand table. A hinged lid was added,
and the part that had been formerly used for sand
.now serves as storage space. Some of the furniture,
especially pianos and bookcases, were refinished at
Enrollment in these grades consists of 24 pupils in
grade six, 15 girls and 9 boysg 22 students in fifth
grade, 9 girls and 13 boysg and 16 in fourth grade, 6
girls and 10 boys, making a grand total of 62.
A total of 102 boys and girls compose the primary
grades. Twenty-five students are in kindergarten, 12
boys and 13 girlsg 33 in first grade, 12 boys and 21
girls, 20 in second grade, 10 boys and 10 girlsg and 9
boys and 15 girls, a total of 24, are i.n third grade.
Mrs. Clara Hall teaches kindergarten and Mrs. Ed-
na Randall, first grade. Second grade is taught by
Mrs. Augusta Disterhoft, and Miss Ferne Halverson
is in charge of the third grade pupils. Substitute
teachers for the primary grades are Mrs. Viola Nie-
land and Mrs. Grace Adams, both of Marengio.
Almost all of the primary students as well as 11
mothers attended a presentation of "The Wizard of
Oz" at Sinclair Memorial Chapel at Coe College at
Cedar Rapids in January. Mrs. Franey made the nec-
essary arrangements for the group.
January 30 was moving day to the new building at
Middle fnom the South school. M-others, fathers, and
high schoolers helped pack and move equipment to
the other building in a very efficient manner.
These grades had several parties during the school
year. Features of these occasions were the Halloween
parade in which all of the costumed boys and girls
marched around South Amana: and the gift exchange
at Christmas, high-lighted by a visit from Santa
Claus. The second graders especially enjoyed a pop-
corn party at Halloween, and all of the grades had
fun with an Easter egg hunt in April. Since these
teachers were kept busy with their large groups of
pupils, they especially appreciated the help various
mothers donated at the different parties. Sometimes
they helped with the entertainment and other times
with the preparation of the refreshments.
Primary students with perfect attendance records
during the first part of the school year were: first
grade, Ronnie Sees, Gayle Baurngartel, Patsy Zuber:
second grade, Allen Fels, Diane Schuhmacher, Bonnie
Sebolg third grade, Don Byrns.
As be We See lt
I GET SHOT A THOUSAND TIMES
I am a repeating rifle, model 61, and made by the
Winchester Arms Corporation. I was bought about
four years ago in the Amana Store and was given as
a present at Christmas. I looked new and shiny then
but that was a long time ago. You should see me now!
My stock is scratched and my barrel is getting dull.
During these years I was taken out in the rain,
dropped in the mud, and even taken into a snow
storm. One time I was left standing after it had rain-
ed on me. I was just getting a fine coat of rust when
I was quickly rubbed with oil. My stock was varnish-
ed once and I was all sticky and didn't look any bet-
ter than before. Most of the time my bore is full of
powder and my whole outside is covered with dust.
I have also had a lot of fun. Once I was on a
squirrel hunt and shot three squirrels. Another time
I was on a coon hunt and had to shoot twenty shots
into one coon before it finally dropped dead. I have
shot a lot of game already and have had a lot of use.
I only hope that I will be cleaned soon because I
am full of powder and dust. With. good care I should
be able to go a few more years.
, -Alan l Roemig
' TOUGH BREAK
The score was ten to two in favor of my brother's
team over mine. Orne player on my brother's team
had the ball. He dribbled within seven feet of the
basket and then took a shot. The shot was too high
and the ball bounced off the back of the basket. It
went over another player's head and I just barely
managed to reach it.
As I got the ball I lost my balance and fell down
with a crash and broke my arm.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH A FOX
It was a sunny day with about half a foot of snow
on the ground when I went fox hunting. The snow
was thawing, and as I was walking along there was
about a five to ten mile an hour wind facing me.
I have heard of many different ways of hunting
fox, but this is the one I found out to be true. I did
exactly what a friend of mine had told me to do:
"When you hunt a fox you have to be able to fool
him or he will outwit you. A fox on a warm day likes
to sun itself, and the only place you will find him
doing it is on the south side of a hill where the sun
is especially warm. He will lie down and about every
five minutes jump up and look around. When you
want to get close to the animal you have to have the
wind behind y-ou and take a step or so forward when-
ever he is lying down. That means when the fox
jumps up you will need to be standing motionless."
He told me that a fox can't see very well but that he
has a very keen sense of smell. He will never see you
if you don't move. U
I did what this friend had told me and on the
south side of a hill I finally saw a fox. He jumped
up, then he lay down again. I took a few steps for-
ward, but the fox jumped up while I was still walk-
ing. I didn't even get a shot at him before he was
over the hill. '
THE LAST SNOWFALL
There was a snowfall the other day,
A most entrancing sight, I must say,
Tuo see the flakes come drifting down,
And light so gently on the ground.
The flakes glittered like stars at night,
Or diamonds under a colored light.
They were shaped so rare, yet so nice,
Even though they were mere crystals of ice.
The ground is now covered with a blanket of white,
Which glistens so brightly in the moonlight,
And I think if you try, that you will see,
What this last snowfall meant to me.
THE BEE A
Like the airplane flies the bee,
It dives and spins alone.
It flies around and gathers things,
And then it takes it back home.
WATCH OUT' IT "
.One day last fall my mother, sister, and I were
picking beans to bring in to dry. Suddenly I noticed
Mother was acting strange, but I didn't give it much
thought. After a while she started shouting at us and
telling us to get out of the bean patch, that there was
something in it. "It sounds like a rattlesnake, but it
stays in the same place and keeps up a continuous
rattle," she said.
My sister and I hurried out of that patch so fast
we knocked :over our beans. When my father came
home at noon we told him about it, and so he went
out to see what it was. '
After about five minutes he came back with a grin
from one ear to the other. He told us that someone
hadn't turmed the hose completely off and that it was
squirting the side of a cabbage plant.
A CHRISTMAS CANDLE
A -Harvey Jeck I -Florence Oehl, Gladys Shoup
As- We See It
THE YEAR'S AT THE FALL
The year's at the Fallg
And day's at the eve.
Evening's at nine.
The full moon is high
Over spooky trees tall.
I walk along, rust'ling leaf on leaf,
Knowing everything is fine-
God's watching from his sky.
One night last summer we were out plowing. It
was about nine o'clock and one of the other persons
who had been plowing went home. I was. coming. to
the end of the field when I saw something shining
about two hundred yards away. .
As I drew closer it looked like two shining eyes. I
thought it might be a wolf or some other large ani-
mal. I came closer but this :object didn't even move.
I was imagining all sorts of things and got a little
scared. I was ready to grab a wrench that was on the
tractor when I tunned around and my lights shone
directly on it. What do you think it was? It was just
the plow that the other person had left there. The
blades on it were shining and they looked like eyes.
-Henry Allen Bendorf
A VISIT TO FAIRYLAND
Going to the woods during the wintertime and see-
ing every bush and bough covered with fresh white
snow is a sight indeed. The Dutch Lake is Just the
place to see all this beauty.
After a few minutes of driving along the narrow
black strip of pavement you turn left onto a dirt
road leading through the woods. You step out of the
car onto the hard frozen ground, and the tiny white
flakes covering it crunch every time you take a step
Appearing very faintly, the sun adds the spark
which turns the w-oods into a fairyland. Everytime
you come to a bend in the path you expect the Snow
King and Queen in their flowing white ermine robes
to greet you and in their sleigh, drawn by two fleet-
ing deer, take you for a ride in their wonderland
Approaching a depression in the ground which you
suppose is the .north end of Dutch Lake, you see a
trail of cloven hoofs, some large, others small. Prob-
ably mother deer and her fawn have left these tracks
in their search for food. Other smaller tracks cross
the lake and lead further into the dense forest, a sign
that the coon has also visited this spot.
You wend your way across the depression and as-
cent a steep, snow-covered slope, making little head-
way. Once up, you are surrounded by tall, dark
giants hovering above you up into the sky about 30
to 50 feet. Little breezes cause the heavily snow-laden
tops of the giants to sway slowly back and forth,
making you feel dizzy and light-headed.
However, no one can stay forever in such a fairy-
landg and since it's getting dark you decide to get on
the main path and start for home. The Snow King
and Queen again come towards you out of nowhere
amd usher you -out, away from their sparkling, lively
Quite some time ago, my mother went to Cedar
Rapids for a day. I was to take care of the house.
M-other had already prepared some of our dinner be-
fore she left, and I was supposed to heat it. However,
I planned to have something special by baking a cake
Since there wasn't too much time left I hurried
about to get the ingredients together. I put in sugar,
flour, eggs, salt, and all the other things the recipe
called for. When the cake came out of the oven it
looked very delicious and I just had time to put some
frosting on it.
After the family was done eating, they said they
were very full but would have room for a piece of
cake. After their first bite I .noticed that they were
all looking at each other and making rather queer
faces. When I took my first bite I found out that I
had put in one cup of salt and one teaspoon sugar.
Last winter when the lake was frozen and we still
had the old car, several :of the fellows and I set out
in search of adventure. We drove down to the lake.
We had a good time but it got dull after a while, and
we then decided to go to the gas station where we
fooled around with some other kids.
Then we were off again for the lake. We drove
onto the ice, skidded around a bit and then drove out
to our duck blind.
As we drove back to the Middle side of the lake I
saw a dead fish and told the others there was a great
big fish back there. The driver took his eyes off of
the lake for an instant and the next thing we knew
we had crashed through the ice and were in the lake
with the car.
- PRETZEL STICKS
Here I sit a eating them,
But never giving a thought
Of where they come from or where they've been-
But I do know where they're going.
. AND DOWN IT CAME
My father told me this about his early, days in
school when they used to take walks in spring and
fall when it was warm out.
My dad was in about the first or second grade when
one day the class went for a walk north of Middle.
Mr. Heinze, their teacher, had them all under control
and they were walking along a creek north of Middle,
through a green meadow, and to the pine grove.
They were walking along under the pine trees,
when down it came. A groundhog dropped out of a
tree right von the head of one of the boys. He went
down with the blow, but was not hurt. The boys kill-
ed the animal before it had a chance to get away.
At that time there was a ten-cent bounty on
groundhogs. The class took the animal to the store
anddthe storekeeper treated them each to a stick of
Out Of The Past
THE OLD ROW BOAT
This story was related to me many timesuby the
speaker, Josephine. It occurred 52 years ago, in 1002.
"We lived 'on a farm beside the Des Moines River
in Webster County. I, Josephine, was only fourg my
sister Sarah, eightg my brother Jess, twog and my
cousin J-oe was twelve. It all happened one spring af-
ter heavy rains that had filled the river to the banks.
"When we four children were down by the river,
we saw an old row boat come floating along close to
the bank. Joe, the oldest of the bunch managed to
get the boat ashore. It was leaky, but he plugged most
of the holes with rags and then got gallon buckets
from the house and began to dip water out of the
boat. Joe then made some paddles out of 'old tree
"After all was finished we decided we would' cross
the river. However, while crossing water kept seeping
into the boat, and we smaller kids were dipping it
out as fast as we could.
"By the time we were nearly on the far side the
boat became so full of water that it began to sink.
Joe kept telling us to keep dipping, but we just
couldn't keep up with the water and the boat con-
tinued to sink.
"Joe could swim, so finally he jumped into the
water and pulled us to shore. He then got the boat
ashore and we dipped the water out and fixed it just
enough so we could go back to the other side.
"The next day we walked down to the river to 'see
if the boat was still where we had left it, but during
the night it had broken loose and drifted away.
"We never t-old -our folks until years later of what
we had done for fear of the punishment we would
HICKORY NUTS AND SKUNKS
My grandfather's "good old days" took place near
the small town of Swisher in 1889. The dear old school
days which he disliked very much were there to stay.
About 60 or 70 years ago the schooling was very
slim and the boys would go to school only in the cold-
er season of the year. When it got warm they would
help their fathers on the farm.
Like most boys, Grandfather disliked school and
would have rather helped his father. One morning
he was running along to school with his dog follow-
ing behind him. He neared the log cabin school when
his dog started to bark at something close to the
road on which he was walking. The dog had spotted
a skunk and was fighting it. Grandfather said, "I got
so interested that I forgrot about school and helped
my dog with the skunk."
"After about 30 minutes the skunk had lived its
last hour of life," he continued. "Just then I realized
that the time must be about 9:30 or 10:00 oiclock so
I decided to head for home. I took a bath and got
clean duds on and started for school again."
About 11:00 o'clock Grandfather arrived in school
and the schoolmaster asked "Johnnie, where have
Grandfather, not knowing what to say, answered,
"I forgot my lunch at home."
As the schoolmaster didn't believe that story poor
Grandfather had to kneel on hickory nuts in the af-
ternoon and had to stay after school to do his work.
From that day on Grandfather was determined to let
skunks live and save his knees.
-Irwin Votroubek '
MISHAP WITH A .SLEIGH
When Dad was about six years old he accompanied
his mother, aunt, and two -other ladies from Amana
on a trip to Norway. Since it was during the winter
time they took a two-seated box sled drawn by two
To keep the passengers' feet warm plenty of straw
was piled in the bottom of the sled and everyone was
bundled up in heavy buffalo rvobes. One of the pas-
sengers knew how to drive a team of horses, and was
put in charge of guiding the sleigh over the very icy
and sometimes deep-snow-covered roads.
When the driver crossed the bridge spanning
Prairie Creek she made the mistake of coming tfoo
close to the railing. The sleigh hit the railing, bounced
over to the other side of the road, and scattered all
the women and the little boy in the deep snow. The
horses had become unharnessed in the upset and kept
running till they finally came to the Northwestern
At first Dad cou1dn't be found anywhere, but they
finally did see him, a large wriggling bundle of buf-
falo robes buried deep in the snow. Dad didn't like
this situation at all and one of the ladies gave him
some paraffin candy hearts so he'd quiet down.
A farmer from nearby recovered the horses and
the party, shaken up and snow-covered, once more
made its way to Norway.
. -Helen Sontag
It all happened in the horse and buggy days to my
uncle and his horse. One might as he was driving
home to Norway from courting his girl he accidently
fell asleep. As was the custom in those days he had
the reins tied around his wrist and the horse kept on
going apparently with-out anyone guiding him.
When my uncle finally awoke he found himself
parked in front of a farm house he had never seen
before. It was then that he started to investigate amd
found out he was on a farm near Fairfax where the
liofsre had originally come from. This was -one faith-
If my Uncle Dave Evans were still alive I imagine
he could have told me a better story than this. I can
still remember the time he hold me about this inci-
dent, and I thought it was pretty humorous so I will
He began the story by saying, "I was a young man
in Wales at the time it happened. '
"I thought to myself, 'By golly, I think I'll go over
to the ne1ghbor's house and see the girls before it gets
dark.' Sao I hurried and got my chores done and left.
i "It was late at night when I came home, so dark,
in fact, you couldn't see your hand in front of your
face. In order to find my way home I had to follow
, "I Came f-0 H sate and th-ought I would jump across
it to save time. Not thinking what could be on the
other side I jumped over and lit astride something.
What was it?
"At first I couldn't figure out or imagine what it
was and d1d.n't find out until the burro let loose with
the,m'95'C SCHIIY s-ounding bray. Then I thought the
devil had me for sure.
'fThat was the last. time I went out at night for
guite awhile. Any visiting I wanted to do I did dur-
ing the daytime."
AHS PERFECT BOY AND GIRL
The following selections were made by the student
body of the AHS.
Best Dressed ......
Personality ..... .................
Best Dressed .,...
Posture ..... .......
Eyes : ..........
Teeth ............. ......
Pauline Fink Hazel Hoppe
Henry Allen Bendorf,
Williams, George Ruedy
. ..... Bill Van I-Iaecke
Getting her fingers blue while typing carbons ........
Coming to school late ............................ Alan Roeinig
Whispering out loud ..... ..... A rnold Baumgartner
Having paper drives ...........
Coming to school early
Working on. the fire .... '
Driving on ice .......................,.....
"Knowing about the railroad"
Giggling ......................................... ..... Sophomore girls
..........Caro1 Ann Zuber
Going to East .... . .................................. Richard Hergert
CAN YOU IMAGINE .....
Jackie Zuber studying.
Glenda Agnew without a belt?
Roger Gaddis and Pauline Fink not together in a study
Delores Ramsey not dreaming?
Study hall without food?
Mary Ann Zuber with dirty hands?
Harvey Oehler not crazy about Mercurys?
Rosalie Eichacker without dimples?
Joan Stumpff with an Italian hair cut?
Arlene Graesser withiout her
Patricia Selzer as a farmer's w
John Dickel being a perfectionist?
Henry A. Bendorf acting shy?
The seniors wanting to stay in school aniothr year?
The junior girls keeping quiet in home ec. class?
A TYPICAL AHS REPORT CARD
Thinking up excuses for getting out of schaool. A
Making noise when the teacher leaves the room. A
Thinking up an excuse for being late to class. C
Finding a reason for missing the school bus
when you over-slept. B
Marking up new desks. B
Throwing .old gum wrappers into the ink well
of the desk next to yours. A
Losing textbooks. B
Finding an excuse for looking s-o-o-o tired. B
AHS HIT PARADE
"So-Long" ........................................................ the seniors
"Charlie, My Boy" ............... A ............. Shirley Reihman
"There's Music in the Air" .... ................. M r. Elick
"The Typewriter Song" ..... ...... M r. Jebousek
"Wanted" ............................ ..................... G lenda
"Shanty Boys" ..................... ............. Middle boys
"Cross Over the Bridge" ............................ Rodney Ochs
"It is Better to Laugh" .................... Rosemarie Parson,
I Mable Mouchka, Lorraine Votroubek
"Shortn1n' Bread" .... ..............................,. Le ster Davis
"Sleepy Time Gal" ................................ Shirley Carville
REMEMBER WHEN ....
School started at 9:30 a.m. and ended at 3:15 p.m.?
There used to be a boys' glee club?
The AHS baseball team won the sectional tournament?
The girls all wore cinch belts?
Everything was "gassy"?
The boys used to wear ties to school?
Everyone used to sing the same song on the bus?
The assembly was painted ivory instead of pine frost
There was a girls' softball team?
, FRESHMAN LIMERICKS
There was a yuoung fellow named Moulder
Whose hobby was throwing a boulder.
One day he let fly,
As Billy passed by-
Bill's suffering from one broken shoulder.
There was a boy named Spike
Who liked to ride a bike.
When the pedal broke
Poor Spike spoke,
And said, "This I don't like."
There was a young man from High,
Who one day decided to fly.
His fall was rough,
And he wasn't tough,
So he told the cruel world, "good bye."
There was a young lady from Kent,
Who liked a fellow named Trent.
One day they got married,
But no money they carried,
So now they live in a tent.
-Henry A. Bendorf
There 'once was a fellow named Hound
Who tried to drive faster than sound.
He gave it his all,
But rammed through a wall,
So now he's six feet underground.
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