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8 THE ARSENAL CANNON
THE GERMAN CLUB'S FIRST
On the Friday before Christmas, 1912,
the thirty members of the German Club
and their friends gathered in the gym for
their first party. The faculty, too, shared
in the fun. After a grand march the real
good times began. From a large, bril-
liantly lighted Christmas tree the teachers
received their Christmas gifts, a tin horn,
a kit of toy tools, a box of candy, a
chorus-girl doll, a broom, a small toy
cupboard, a pair of moccasins, a tin
wagon, and a red leather purse.
As much as he desired to be present
oftener, h'Ir. Stuart, our principal, never
succeeded ffor at that time he was with-
out his own autol. Therefore, he was
the proud recipient of a well known make
of auto ften-cent store brandj guaranteed
to run two feet without winding. He
appreciated the spirit in which it was
given despite the faults of the machine.
Games, in which everyone joined, then
followed, along with another decided fea-
ture of the afternoon-refreshments.
Plenty of ice cream and cake decorated
with holly proved to be a graciously
accepted part of the program. This first
Christmas party of the German Club
stands out clearly as one of the many
to-be-remembered good times of the first
semester. BERTHA GELLIAN.
Not lack of enthusiasm but time has
prevented club meetings this year. From
September through November Technical
was in continuous session from 7:30 to
5:00. Since December our hours have
been 8:00 to 4:00. Students have been
on half day programs because they could
not all be accomodated during regular
hours. Pupils having early programs
could not wait till the close of school
for other club members who had after-
noon schedules. For the same reason we
have had no PQFCIIL-TC3Cl1CfI1Xf1CCI1I1gS
this year. These are beginnings which,
we hope, will soon resume their activities.
THE GROWTH OF TECHNICAL
In the Spring of 1912, when study slips
began coming to Shortridge and hfanual
Training High Schools, their numbers
showed that their owners could not be
accomodated in the city high schools.
lvlr. Stuart undertook to induce enough
prospective Freshmen who lived within
walking distance of the Arsenal Grounds
to enroll in 'Lan overflow division" of
Manual. Of these Pioneers and their
first termls experiences you have already
read. In the meantime, the Board of
School Commissioners leased privileges
for a part of the Kfain Building and
Shops from hflr. Charles A. Bookwalter,
Receiver of The lvinona Technical Insti-
tute. Evidently no one knew the un-
usual strength and the power of rapid
growth of the 'cTech Acorn. l' The lease
was drawn up so that it could be ter-
minated by either party on five days
notice. So, legally, the school has lived
"from week to weekl' and thrived on
such meagre provisions. llfhen school
opened, September eleventh, it hoped
that The Supreme Court would decide
the case 80186, filed in Room 3, and that
by November of 1912 it might begin to
make, permanent plans. Four school
years have almost passed. Short leases
and privilege of occupying these seventy-
six acres, have, in spite of long waiting,
made our hopes grow faster and stronger
than our school. lXIay 22, 1916 has
brought a favorable decision and will en'
able the Board of School Commissioners
to carry out their plans concerning Tech-
nical High School.
One hundred and eighty-two pupils
were enrolled with Techis first term,
September 1912 to January 1913. The
first program, reproduced on page five,
offered eleven subjects and required all
the time of eight, and part of the time of
four teachers. Sometimes hfr. Stuart
came out to see us as often as twice a
Week, but he was always ready to answer
Tech's phone calls. This was the begin-
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THE ARSENAL CANNON 7
cows. Later the tired crowd found its
way to the Pendleton pike and home.
This term, lX1iss Sylvia Leonard's group
of students who have been studying birds
on our campus has continued the work
of the Nature Study Club.
How well do 1 remember the first
chorus of Technical High School. The
entire class occupied the first five rows
in room 20, and was under the direction
of hfr. hfontana. The pianist was Dor-
othy New who played the accompani-
ments and also played popular music
while the constituents of the class rested
their melodious voices. The chorus is
now composed of 300 regular pupils, 119
boys, Latin 60, German 60, and for the
past two years has been under the leader-
ship of bliss Kaltz.
'TEC1-1'S ORCHESTRA AND BAND
During the first term Tech tried to
organize a band under hfr. h1ontani's
direction. The "Hear Yew mentions the
names of eighteen members. The prac-
tice, however, was never sufficiently good
to warrant public playing.
A second and somewhat similar at-
tempt marks the effort during the second
1n the fall of 191-1, hliss Elizabeth
Kaltz, proving the adage that third time
was charm, organized our present orches-
tra of twenty and our band of twenty-
four. These and the choruses have al-
ways most willingly assisted in Tech's
THE DEBATING LEAGUE
The Debating League of Technical
High School, organized in November,
1915, with hfr. Claude H. Anderson as
censor elected the following officers at
the second meeting: president, James
Scott, vice-president, Lehman Holliday,
and secretary-treasurer, Lois E. Stone.
Wiith the aid of 1Vlr. Anderson the mem-
bers prepared several good programs con-
sisting of debates on important current
questions and of speeches, memorized or
extemporaneous. The meetings of the
club were discontinued at the beginning
of the Spring term, 1916.
THE POULTRY CLUB
The Poultry Club was organized the
Spring of 1915 by Kfr. Stair. A notice
was posted on the bulletin board to the
effect that all wishing to join would meet
in the House. The club was organized
in order that we might learn all about
poultry. At one meeting we had at
program on the care and feeding of chicks
up until they were twelve weeks old.
After the meeting we went upstairs to
where we had an incubator, and watched
the chicks hatch. The only trouble was
that the girls wished to handle the little
fiuffy balls. All who belonged to the
club were enthusiastic and deeply inter-
THE VVIRELESS CLUB
The Tech Wireless Club was started
the third year of Tech. Yery interesting
talks were given by hlr. Ackley, hlr.
Harris, and hlr. Yenneg and the con-
struction ofthe receiving instruments was
started. This year the set was finished
and an aerial was stretched between the
water tower and the barracks, the length
and the height makes it one of the largest
aerials in the state. 1t is planned to
have a first class receiving station some-
where in the Physics Laboratory next
winter. Not much work can be done
in the summer on account of static
electricity in the air. ROBERT VEHLING.
Graduating exercises for the vocational
electrical students who have completed
the two year course will be held in room
B-5 Tuesday afternoon, June 6, at which
time certificates will be presented to
eleven boys who are the first to finish the
At a recent meeting of the class a
standard design was chosen for a pin,
which shall be used by all graduating
classes of the School of Electrical Con-
The oflicers of the class are: President,
Ralph Reidy, Vice-President, Eugene
Saltmarshg Secretary, Oscar YanCleaveg
Treasurer, Jack Thurston.
The other members of the class are
Fred Finehout, VVilliam Dickert, Ray-
mond Ping, Clarence Brown, Harold Bar-
ton, Lyman Baker, and Fred Griggs.
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