Central High School - Optimist Yearbook (Crookston, MN)

 - Class of 1914

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'lf I Class History FIT oNE. , , And' in the beginning there were ninety-three of us. Nine-three bashful but'blooming young- sters. 'Where we all came from we do not know, but, like "the ilowersthalt bloom in the spring," it has nothing. to-do with the case. ,The fact remains we were there, all there, primed with direful tales of woe befalling the newest arrivals on the scene of scholastic action. We found! it as we feared. Boys and girls were- torn apart, and 'thrust into separate rooms under the baleful eye of a-pedagogixe. ' Then came a trying time, during which we endeavored to distinguish our respective class rooms and the various members of the faculty from each other. This we accomplished with unusiialigpidiiy, due to our superior intelligence. Likewise we "got wise" to the follies and foibles of upper classnien and the ins-and-outs of school life for Freshmen. In due course of time we discovered, to our surprise, that there were others besides ourselves new to the ways of the Crookston High School. Five new teachers, not "new" in the sense of "green" as applied to ourselves and vegetables, but recent acquisitions in the way of brains, came, like us, from parts unknown to instill knowledge in our youthful brains. They were Miss Holkesvig, Miss Shuttleworth, Miss Sherling, Mr. Miles and Mr. Armstrongg later re-enforced by Mr. Hellburg who was to assist Supt. Mclntire in squelching us, and by Miss Marshall who took the place of Miss Goodrich. At length it dawned upon us there were among the upper classes certain superior beings known as class officers. Not wishing to be thought backward, we held a class meeting of our own, and raised to prominence four of our membersg Culver Page, Pres.g Dorothy johnson, Vice Pres., Jeannette Page, Sec'y, and Hugh Rosaaen, Treas., with Mr. 'Miles hovering near in the capacity of class guardian. These feeble-minded and able-bodied spirits piloted us through the mazes of our Freshmen year, headed our sports, played "go-between" for us and the ruling potentate, and put us henceforth and forever on the list of prominentcitizens. Fir Two. Three months passed, and we were again darkening the doors of the old High School, this time di- minished by nearly half ogpfnumber and wondering what the new year"'had'inh store for usa 'Again we had to acciustom ourselveiito many changes. Headed by our new general, Supt. Hess, and hisrable lieu- tenant, Mr. Smith, we learned to find our seats by a new plan, thus indelibly- fixing in our memories the heretofore imperfectly learned alphabet, and from the numerous courses offered to choose one suitable to our various and sundry temperaments. Some decided to become cooks, some to push the machine. some to bottle gas, some to conjugate "amo," and others to saw wood. Of these various alluring fields of folly, typewriting seemed to appeal most strongly because of its newness and the fascination which machines and red ink have upon the youthful mind. Some, perhaps, thought typewriters related to auto- mobiles or pianos, and'expe'c1ted,ilike Hugh Rosaaen, to achieve fame in the motor world, or'like :Arline Price to do great things in "dramatic aht." The promoter and conductor of this practical course of study was the Honorable Mr. Clark. To him we owe grateful thanks for thus providing certain of dur class with a chancerto fulfill their ambitious desires. A ' ' f " ' . 'Y An opportunity also for exercising their lungs was tendered by Mrs. -'Gray toisomeienthusiastic girls by the organization of a class in Public Speaking. Our debating team proved the worth of this new- ly instituted course by winning the State Championship in debate, and brought the championship cup to Crookston for that year. This year we elected motor-mad Hugh Rosaaen president, Howard Lytle's understudy, Ed. Syl- vestre, vice president, Duchess Weigh-a-Ton, commonly called Irene Dow, as secretary, and Helen Siv- ertson, our one Scottish lassie, as treasurer. With this mighty quartette .we weathered the storms aris- ing over tritles like class colors, motto and flower. ' I

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P' 'P FIT THREE. With advancing years, members of our class became decrepit with age or for some reason dropped out of the class, leaving but forty sturdy veterans to fight the good fight in the old Lincoln building. No doubt the antiquity of the place afifordcd a suitable setting for a fast aging class,.but if there were any hopes of preserving this once magnificent pile which left nothing to be desired archi- tecturally bythe most critical, they were soon routed by the vigorous onslaught of the indignant occu- pants. It was feared by some of the more timid ones that the building might tumble down some fine day when Irene Dow ascended the shaky stairs or laid hold of the bannisters with more than her usual vigor. Our removal from the old High School was due to the necessity of making room for the new High School building soon to be built. Our more or less graceful acceptance of the change was based on the diminishing hope that we might perchance see the inside of the new place of learning while still in the role of students. . With our little kingdom thus enclosed in walls in imminent danger of collapse, it was necessary to have at the helm strong and sturdy leaders. To this end we elected Alvin Gronvold as president, he who had proved his worth as a leader on the athletic fieldg Irene Dow as vice president, Leah Hartman, sec- retary, and Florence Hughes, treasurer, aided and abetted by Miss Johnson as class monitor. Our year passed successfully in anticipation of and recovering from the Junior 'fProm" with the operetta "Sylvia" by way of variety to close the festivitiesof the year. FIT FOUR. Our Senior year-and last for most of us-opened with great enthusiasm on the part of all. No longer backward in taking up the affairs of school, we elected class officers during the first month. Having by this time learned the gentle art of judging the character of a person by the outward manifestations of his inward worth, we chose Leonard Erickson as class president, Irene Dow, the undaunted "booster" of the class, as vice president, for secretary, Florence Levins, who, with her skill in debate, would make of our minutes miniature masterpieces, and for treasurer, Blanche Spodner, a stranger in our midst, but no less appreciated. Since we now numbered only twenty-five, we felt that this assemblage of brains and talent ought to 'guarantee us a safe passage through the year and to our diplomas at the end. Eight of the thirty-three enrolling as Seniors had withdrawn and entered the Normal Training Department. This year seven new teachers joined forces with the ones remaining from the preceding year to give us a final lift on the up-hill road to fame. They are Mr. Byrn, Miss Newell, Miss Carmody, Miss Turner, Miss Hudson, Mrs. Armstrong, Miss Ramsdell and Mr. Evans. The class has nobly upheld the constitution adopted in our Sophomore year, and stood by our colors, Maroon and Gold and tried CPD to live up to the "motto." Our class was well represented in the performance of the "Mikado" given under the direction of Miss Ramsdell in March. Two of our number had leading parts, Alvin Gronvold in the title role, and Agnes Gunderson as "Yum-Yum." In the field of debate, too, we led off, with Florence Levins and Blanche Spooner upholding the honor of the class. Much of the success and harmony of our last two years of High School life we owe to the sympa- thy, firmness, systematic management and hearty spirit of our beloved principal, Mr. Borchardt. 1 v a , ' - ' . l 1 'C

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