Brattleboro Union High School - Colonel Yearbook (Brattleboro, VT)

 - Class of 1949

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CLASS HISTORY , Freshman Year N one sunny September afternoon in 1945, we, the 0 class of '49, jubilantly rushed into this ivy-covered building, which we affectionately called "The Shoebox." As we stepped into the fog and mist of the first floor, we sent DAVID GENERO and BOB HAUS ahead to make sure that the place was safe. Later we heard screams of agony coming from the far end of the cor- ridor. Some of us had run afoul of one of the patrol boys. Then we mad, mighty, and mischievous freshmen danced merrily into Rooms 15, 17, 18, and 35, where Miss Lord, Mr. and Mrs. Chaffey, and Mrs. Baldwin held sawed-off shotguns in our faces just to keep us quiet. With the help of tear gas and the State Guard, Mr. Wiggin crammed us all into Room 20, where he patiently and lovingly told us the rules and regulations of "Good Old B. H. Sf' Next, Wilt0n's fMaineJ favorite son, Uncle Carl Miller, announced that we were each to hand him 352.50 so that he could keep the faculty sup- plied with funny books. We didn't want to give in at first, but it was surprising how the use of the old Water Torture changed our minds! Mr. Millerfs Secret Service, who were armed with bullwhips, were JEAN URKO, NANCY FITZGERALD, JOHN MCKEE, and AN- TON CAMPANELLA. After encouraging words from our teachers, and nu- merous pats on the back, we went home to await the next day, when we were to meet the rest of the students and the traffic officers, who would definitely show us to the wrong rooms. Soon we recovered from our initiations by the upper- classmen, so we returned to face the next four years in our new home. We faithfully attended the Freshman Blowout. Here the seniors had more fun than we did, and some of us stayed out till 11:30 that night. Gwacious! HE students who wandered into the dark nooks and -I-crannies of the Annex to beat, blat, and, in general, blow their brains out in the band were RIP BROWN, POLLY IRISH, HERMON JOHNSON, STACIA JUS- CEN, DEMETRIUS LATCHIS, TOMMY NASH, HERBERT SANDERSON, DONNY TYLER, RICH- ARD NORTHRUP, and MARION WHITAKER. No- body cared how anyone played, for, with MARLENE SEMERARO as majorette, who noticed the band? KEITH ABBOTT, JEANNETTE BROWN, STACIA JUSCEN, CHARLOTTE NEAL, RICHARD NORTH- RUP, MARION WHITAKER, DON TYLER, and HERBERT SANDERSON made music and other strange noises in the orchestra. Bouncing into that Bevy of Beautiful Babes who are known as cheerleaders were JEAN URKO and BAR- BARA LUNDEN. They thought they were helping the boys along by shouting things nobody could understand. The call went up for football players, so KEN HOWE, RIP BROWN, BOB WILSON, ART YEAVU, and BRYAN GRAVES took the Charles Atlas Course and joined "Boobie,s Big Boysf' ARDITH MORRISSEAU and ANTON CAMPA- NELLA were the Spotlight snoopers that year. If they couldnft find any dirt or scandal in our personal lives, they weren't happy. In that case, they just made some- thing up and Miss Lord promptly cut it out. IINCE there were no midyears, and Coach wanted to win a few basketball games, he recruited KEN HOWE, WILBUR GAUTHIER, STAN ANDERSON, BOB GIBSON, NORMAN HARRIS, BRYAN GRAVES, and HERMON JOHNSON-whenever "Herm', could get away from the pool hall! A freshman team played and beat the Red Raiders. You remember the Red Raiders, of course. They were the only team wearing football equipment and carrying black-jacks. At last it was spring and time when a young man's heart turns to thought of-er-well-ah-baseball. So STAN ANDERSON, BOB GIBSON, BRYAN GRAVES, KEN HOWE, and CLARENCE LEONARD went up to Stolte Field to sleep in the sun. In April we elected our class officers. By passing out four-cent cigars to the boys and by promising all the girls dates, BOB GIBSON maneuvered himself into the presidentis seat. Just in case he was assassinated or im- peached, FRANNY LA ROSA was ready to take over. JEAN STOCKWELL took notes, BRYAN GRAVES claimed he was treasurer and tried to get all our hard- earned pennies for candy. Finally, after nine long months, June rolled around and so did we, Mr. Wiggin and Mr. Eames unlocked our cell doors and put us on parole for the summer. As we tumbled out into the sunshine and romped on the lawn, we knew that the tender memories of our first year in high school would linger long in our hearts- well, for a couple of days, anyhow. -Paul Raymond Robimon Sophomore Yeour N a bright fall morning in September, we returned Ute that antiquated museum on Linden Street. Every- one looked splendid in his new clothes, for this year we had no worries of being stepped on by those "beasts"- otherwise known as upperclassmen. As we cut our way through the jungle of ivy we peered through those big holes on the side of the build- ing in search of-aha-the smiling, tender face of "Uncle,' Carl Miller requesting our annual class dues. But we were smart! Mr. Miller wouldn't catch us! We

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THE DIAL had a whole year of experience behind us now! POLLY IRISH, JEAN URKO, ELEANOR BROWN, and YON- NIE BALLAS, our home room treasurers, were swamped with money during those first few weeks! I told you we were smart! Wait! Where were those blinding lights coming from? Not from B. H. S.! We used only candles here! Slowly. we made our way up the sturdy UQ-beg pardon, Mr. Wiggin-sturdy CJ stairs to the second floor in order to satisfy our curiosity. There we beheld new flourescent lights in "Uncle" Carl's sanctuary. It was rumored that these fixtures were installed in order to make the tro- phies shine without polishing. Time is so valuable in B. H. S.! Days began whizzing by, and soon the Freshman Blowout was held at the Community Building in honor of the freshmen. There we swung and swayed with the perfume of "An Evening in Brattleboro!" It was great to be a sophomore, but the freshmen were admitted into the dance free! Ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-taaaaaaaa and there they go! Coach Andy's boys leading in the str-e--tch! Football season was here! Our fellows showed the upperclassmen that we weren't such "softies" after all. STAN ANDER- SON, HERM JOHNSON, DUD BAKER, BRYAN GRAVES, BOB GIBSON, NORMAN HARRIS, RIP BROWN, KENNY HOWE, and DON TYLER made us very proud! PERSIS LUKE, STACIA JUSCEN, and GEE-GEE URKO found football season an excellent time for ex- ercising. Thus, they lead our team on with energetic cheers at the games! CP. S. The stretchers were always at hand-just in case!j THE Student Council was revived after a few years of inexistence. There was no hesitation in selecting our representatives. We knew we wanted FRANNY LA- ROSA, BOB GIBSON, and BRYAN GRAVES. Adding to the hurly-burly of the band in the Annex were JEAN STOCKWELL, POLLY IRISH, MARILYN COOKE, BARBARA BURRINGTON, MARION WHITAKER, ALICE THAYER, RICHARD NORTH- RUP, HERBERT SANDERSON, JR., PAUL ROBIN- SON, BRYAN GRAVES, DONNY TYLER, and DE- METRIUS LATCHIS. I shall kindly refrain from com- menting on the results of this combination! Of course, the orchestra couldn't be complete without the horrible-sorry, misprint-"honorable" squeaks of the sophomores. The only people who ever did enjoy that noise were the parents of those geniuses! Represented by the '49ers were STACIA JUSCEN, MARILYN COOKE, CHARLOTTE NEAL, PAUL ROBINSON, HERBERT SANDERSON, MARION WHITAKER, DONALD TYLER, and RICHARD NORTHRUP. Sh! Be quiet! Tiptoeing around the library fourth I5 period was PHYLLIS AUSTIN, the Library Monitor. If you had peeked into Room 17 before school and at recess, you would have found four sophomores busy at work cataloguing books. It was pathetic to see those girls slaving away, when the others could enjoy the spacious green lawns of Brattleboro Highg but when you had to get 100 hours in order to earn one little Silver B credit, every second counted! Those poor librarians were FRANCES LAROSA, POLLY IRISH, MARILYN COOKE, and YONNIE BALLAS. Soon cold weather came to us, and limping closely behind was basketball season! Our gr-r-r-eat hunks of men ran out onto the court to show their music-well, anyway, HERM JOHNSON, BRYAN GRAVES, STANLEY ANDERSON, NORMY 'HARRIS, DON TYLER, BOB GIBSON, and KENNY HOWE-ahem- did a magnificent job! What a talented class we had! When Solo Contest time came around ELLIE BROWN, YONNIE BAL- LAS, BOB BURNS, and ANTON CAMPANELLA were chosen to lend their beautiful voices to make it a success. AT last we were to be allowed to breathe again-for a while. It was Christmas, consequently, the faculty had to bid us goodbye, even if it did hurt them to see us leave! Before we were given our freedom, we were crammed into the Community Building to sing carols and to see a play in which YONNIE BALLAS and STAN ANDERSON participated. So, we parted- not to return until the following year of our Lord, nine- teen-hundred-forty-seven. All was going well until one bleak and dreary day when Principal Joseph A. Wiggin's voice came sadly over the public address system. Silence prevailed! With bowed heads we heard Mr. Wiggin inform us that mid- years would be resumed after a long absence! Couldn't the faculty have waited until 1950? Therefore, many of us were forced to hard labor by carrying home every night the minimum of one book! We began to wonder whether class elections would be held this year. Finally, STAN ANDERSON was given the honor of being the "big boss." This did not mean that he could continue to carve hearts and initials in the desks! JEAN STOCKWELL was chosen vice- president, just in case STAN disappeared in the dark house, alias for the high school. FRANCES LAROSA became our secretary. "Girls, this is usually the most coveted position, because .... !" How a Detroit Tiger fan could be trusted with our funds, no one knew, but BOB GIBSON was our treasurer. Yes, BOB would give anything to those Tigers! IPRING, spring was in the air at last! From Room 11 happy voices issued forth in gay music. It was festi- val time, and our group was well-represented in the

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