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. me -ree Magee
Ever since I moved to my far Western home ten years ago, it seems, for some
reason or other, that I am no longer connected with what was once my old home
town. Excepting a few letters from my old friends, I never hear from anyone. There
are no neighbors within many miles of me, and at first my days were rather lonely,
but one can get used to anything in ten years.
About a month ago, as I was lazily stretched out under a shade tree, trying to
decide whether to go to sleep, or listen to the cowboys talk politics, I was startled by
a voice saying, "Say, did you ever go to High School?"
I rolled over and looked at the speaker, a tall, lanky cowboy, who had never gone
beyond the eighth grade.
"High School?" I smiled. "Indeed I did, four years of it." '
"Four years," he repeated thoughtfully, "What's it like, anyway? Why not tell
us boys the whole story?"
"Mercy," I exclaimed, "Its been ten years since I graduated, but I'll do my best.
"It was in September 1927, when fortyfone widefeyed students started to climb
the ladder of success. The ladder was too steep to climb, I guess, for by the end of
the term, five had dropped out. We elected officers: Earl Hoisington as President,
Edward Jesser, Vicefpresidentg Welcome Plough, Secretary, and Ellen Carpenter,
Treasurer. We chose crimson and gold as our class colors, Miss Brillhart was our class
advisor. The first year went amazingly well, and all began to look forward to our
"There were only twentyfeight members that year. The first thing we did was
to change our class colors to green and white. Our officers were: Earl, refelected as
Presidentg Welcome, Vicefpresidentg Lucille Irvin, Secretary, Ellen, Treasurer. Miss
Park was chosen for advisor." Here I paused. What else had we done? It was a shame
I'd forgotten so much.
"Didn't you do anything except study and recite?" asked the cowboy, Ken.
"Oh, yes! We had a baseball and a basketball team. We Sophomores were rep'
resented in basketball by Bertha Bartholomay, Ruth Sykes, Margery Fetzer, Edythe
Guthrie, Hugh Buchanan, and Earl Hoisington. Hugh was also on the baseball team.
This year was not as interesting as our Junior year.
"We had lost some of our old members, but Annabelle Winkler and Paul Beaver
were gained. Paul had left us when a Freshman, but decided Creston was the best
place after all. Later, in the spring, Luella Franks came. Our officers this year were:
Glenn Amstutz, President, Bertha, Vicefpresidentg Lucille, secretary, Doris Gatt-
shall, Treasurer. Many enjoyable parties were held this year. We were represented
in baseball and basketball again this year. Annabelle was added to the girls, and Paul
to the boys. Our girls won the county championship and were the proud owners of
the silver basketball. Annabelle won second place in foul shooting. We elected three
members to the Athletic Association: Edythe, Margery, and Hugh. Bertha was apf
pointed High School Treasurer, and Earl won third place in the County Declamation
Contest. Glenn, Earl, Welcome, Virginia Stebbins, and George Showalter were our
enthusiastic debaters. Our team won third place in the County. The orchestra was
represented by Glenn and Welcome. So you see there wasn't much we weren't in.
"This year we had the responsibility of publishing the High School paperf'The
Monday Bluz'. We tried to do our best, and I hope we succeeded.
"But the best is yet to come. On April 11 and 12 we presented "Fingerprints,"
a delightful comedy, and made all the more so by the excellent coaching of our ad'
visor, Mr. Metz, and Miss Alsdorf. The play was a real success."
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Hugh Buchanan will go to India to tame elephants, will be carried away on the back of
the tamest one to parts unknown and when next seen will be ringing the church bell in Canaan.
Annabelle Winkler is about to publish a book on her "Adventures In the Core of the
Earth." This is certain to be an intensely interesting book, as this is the first successful trip ever
made into those subterranean regions.
Welcome Plough, whose well known musical talent is expected to send her to the top round
of the ladder of fame, will become the instructor of music in the Elementary Schools in Wayne
Ruth Hookway will be the Hrst woman to make a nonfstop solo flight to Jupiter and back
in the newly invented rocketfship.
Ruth Sykes will achieve world fame as a Nurse and after discovering a sure cure for "Spring
Fever," a very contagious disease and prominent in this locality in the Spring Time, will travel
to the prominent hospitals of the world to administer her famous formula to its victims.
Ellsworth Kime will go to California and make a fortune while there, gathering snails and
selling them to French restaurants.
Doris Gattshall, who has a welleknown love for sweets, will accept the position of forelady
in the "Sweets for the Sweet" candy factory at New York City.
Iola Bowman will receive worldfwide recognition of being a very active 4fH Club leader.
She leaves soon for Madagascar where she will attempt to organize a 4fH Club among the natives.
Ruth Fouch, whose marvelous voice has claimed worldfwide attention, will make her debut
over radio station BfU'NfK at Creston tomorrow evening. This will be the first broadcast by
Here's a big surprise for all of us! Gladys Vanzile has the distinction of being the thinnest
woman alive. She has made a huge fortune appearing with the BarnumfBailey Circus.
Wayne Stoll has revolutionized the world of Science by constructing a machine which has
perpetual motion. Professor Stoll was tinkering around in his laboratory at Hermanville when
he accidentally conceived his idea, and upon putting it into action he had accomplished a feat
which has perplexed our great thinkers for ages. '
Bertha Bartholomay, who has had the task of dipping into the future to reveal the fate of
ber classmates will accept a position as Star Gazer at Harvard University and will discover a new
After I hnished translating this supernatural scroll I glanced out of the window and noticed
that the storm had passed and the sun was shining brightly once more.
I was just about to leave the cabin when I heard a peculiar noise which seemed to be coming
from beneath the floor of the cabin. I looked down and to my horror saw a trap'door, heretofore
unnoticed, slowly opening. A large, scarred, yellow hand protrudedg the floor gave away beneath
me-just at that moment I awoke-I had fallen out of bed.
"VJhen .sometimes our feet grow weary,
On the rugged hills of life,
The path stretching long and dreary
With trial and labor rife,
We pause on the upward journey.
Glancing backward oier valley and glen
And sigh with an injinite longing,
To return and begin again.
'KAh, futile and vain is the pleading!
Life's duties press all of us on,
And who may refuse the calling,
Or sigh for the sunshine that's gone?
Yea, euermore upward and onward
Be our steps on the hills of life!
And some day a golden dawning
Shall glorify trial and strife."
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"Isn't that about all?" asked Ken. "I never supposed they did so much in High
"Yes," I replied, "about all, just one more thing. The JuniorfSenior banquet was
held May 14 at the Wooster Country Club. We enjoyed every minute of it, es-
pecially the speeches made by our beloved teachers.
"The following September, we entered the study hall, and found ourselves the
proud possessors of the back seats. Mr. Metz was chosen advisor again this year. The
officers were: Earl, President, Glenn, Vicefpresidentg Bertha, Secretary, and Doris,
Treasurer. Our delegates to basketball were the same. Our girls won the tournament.
Earl won second in the County Declamation Contest with his lawyer's plea from
'Madame X.' V
L'On November 21 and 22 we gave our Senior Class play, "Who Wouldn't Be
"Was it a success?" asked another cowboy. They were all excited by this time.
"A success? You do not know Mr. Metz' coaching! The auditorium was full both
"And then there was the Annual to be published. Our capable editor of the
'Monday Bluzf Glenn Amstutz, was Editorfinfchief. It is no wonder that our Annual
was a success, with Mrs. Mcllvaine as advisor.
"Earl was chosen as our Orator, too. His oration was called "The Two Roads,"
and was a cry for peace.
He won third place in the County Contest.
"In January Ellsworth Kime joined our class.
"Glenn, Earl, Welcome, Virginia, Lucille, Luella, Hugh, and I went out 'for
debate, but only Earl, George, Glenn, Lucille, Hugh, Welcome, and Virgina were
Then there was the juniorfSenior Banquet, Baccalaureate, and Commencement,
and it was here that my high school career came to an end. Twentyfsix members had
reached the top of the ladder, proud and happy,"
"Thanks," said Ken, "Oh, ever so much. Why I feel as if I'd gone to High School
As I glanced at the flushed, happy faces of those cowboys, tears came to my eyes.
How happy I would be if I could only give them the advantages I had. Now I was
realizing what a wonderful thing an education is.
A week passed. Things had been going wrong at the ranch. My father was
away, and the burden of taking care of the ranch fell on my shoulders. Half angry
and discouraged, I rushed from the corral. I heard a step behind me. It was Ken.
"Discouraged?" he smiled. "I know the battle's' going against you, but stand and
fight." He was gone.
I stood stupefied. Where had I heard those words before? As I stood there, watch'
ing the last rays of the setting sun play on the sand that lay around me, I vowed that
I'd fight to the finish, and win. Then, out of nowhere, came the tune of a song I had
not sung for ten years. lt was the Creston High School Song. Ah! now I knew where
those words came from. Unconsciously, I threw myself under the tree, where a week
before I had told the boys the story of my High School days. I was living again those
happy days, and wishing I were there. As I lay there, across my mind flashed the
words of part of the song I shall never forget:
"A-nd though the battle goes against you,
'You must stand and fight,
So tL'l'lLlf6,CT the contest
Win for Creston Highf'
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