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"Oh, heavens! That one might read the book of fate!"
June 25, 1950
My but I'm tired this evening. It's been such a strenuous day and so much has
happened. I have neglected answering your letter for some time but as I have been
meeting so many of our old classmates of '35 the last few weeks I thought perhaps
you would enjoy hearing about them.
First, perhaps, I had better tell you of myself. You know Elsie Bartholomay and
I were in a onefact show for a long time. Well, now we have joined Ringling Brothers
Circus. It is in our visits to the various cities throughout the country that I find all
our old friends.
Elsie is a huge success as a trapeze performer. As I see her go through her daring
stunts I always think of the theme song at our Tuesday morning chapels, "The Man
on the Flying Trapeze." I am very much interested in my work and am gaining fame
rapidly. I am a barefback rider and have a snow white horse to perform with. It cer'
tainly is a great life and Elsie and I both are having a wonderful time.
We are in Chicago now, and guess whom we should see the first night of our
performance. None other than Gerald Campbell, now the president of Sears and Roe'
buck. We met his charming wife and two sons. He invited us to go through the plant
and also warned us that we would find one of our school chums working there. We
found Hazel Metz as a nut-dipper in the candy department. What a surprise!
One afternoon during our stay in Milwaukee we were up town doing some shop'
ping. We found Clyde Bricker running an outfdoor market and specializing in lim'
burger cheese. I always knew he would be a high pressure salesman some day. In this
same city Helen Herman, Ruth Haskins, and Anna Belle Hoffman run a restaurant
called the 3-H's, for they specialize in a students' luncheon of hash, hamburgers and
huckleherry pie all for 12c.
We discovered Ira and Margaret in Montana on a sheep ranch. They live miles
from any town but seem to be very happy in a cozy home with their large family.
We inquired about Melvin Rhoads and were told that he is in Canada homesteading.
Eileen is planning on going out in 5 years when she is sure the homestead will be theirs.
Out in Salt Lake City Lloyd Beal preaches in a great Mormon temple and has a
large following. Many of his burdens are lightened by his lovely little wife fnee Eve-
lyn Foltzj. Evelyn is also a great singer and directs the music in their temple meetings.
Good old Hollywood next! Way down in this merry city is Verda Metz busily
working on her latest production, "Advice to the Lovelornf' We inquired in a rather
roundfabout way of Roy Amstutz and were really dumfounded when Verda informed
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"I long to hear the story of your life,
Which must take the ear strangely."
In May 1931 we graduated from the "greaseball" class and were pronounced
ready to try our hand at running a ship.
In September of the same year we took off in the dirigible, "High School." We
elected Ira Kissinger our Commanderfinfchief, Roy Amstutz our Assistant Commander,
and appointed Dorothy Strong to keep the "log" and also to act as treasurer. We
took Miss Alsdorf along as she knew all the airways and would be able to assist us
in holding our course.
Our Hrst flight went very well, considering the fact that we were pretty "green"
at the business. Our first really serious encounter with danger came in january when
we were crossing the Mountain of Exams, but we flew safely across and continued
our journey which terminated in May, when we docked the ship at the hangar and
took a much needed vacation.
In September we again took off, Ira Kissinger and Roy Amstutz retaining their
positions, but Margaret Ries being appointed to keep the "log" and to act as treasurer.
We again took Miss Alsdorf along to keep us on our course.
This flight we were more experiencedg so it went more smoothly, and we crossed
the Mountain of Exams more confidently than we had the previous trip. However,
we still had a lot to learn and we docked in May with much rejoicing, being rather
fatigued from our journey.
We started our third flight feeling very cocky and ready to tackle anything. We
elected Harvey Linder Commanderfinfchief, Roy Amstutz retained his position as
Assistant Commander, Margaret Sykes was elected treasurer and Verda Metz was
appointed to keep our "log," We took Miss Cahill along more to keep us from becomf
ing too cocky, rather than to help us hold our course, although we needed her for both.
On this trip we hardly noticed the Mountain of Exams because we were too busy
raising money to keep our ship in the air and for the purpose of banqueting the Seniors
on our sister ship. The first moneyfraising idea we had was to sponsor a Box Social
which netted us a small gain. Our second idea was to throw a party for all three of
our sister ships, which was plenty of work, but added a little more to our treasury. Our
third and last idea was to give a play, and the returns fortunately were enough to
banquet the Seniors royally feven if we do say so ourselvesj.
When we docked in May we were looking forward to our next flight, after which
we would have to fly along with no guiding hand to help us keep our course.
Our fourth flight was started very enthusiastically, and we all tried our best to
show we had learned something from our previous flights. This time we elected Roy
Amstutz Commanderfinfchief, Ira Kissinger, Assistant Commander, Evelyn Foltz
treasurer, Elsie Bartholomay to keep the "log," and we took Miss Mcllvaine along to
advise and guide us. We decided to publish a book to tell of our experiences, and in
order to do this we had to raise more money. We gave another play, fwhich, by the
way, was more successful than the first onej, and we also gave a party which was
also considered a success.
On this flight we had lost some of our cockiness, as we were thinking of the time
when we would have to fly alone. So when we reached the Mountain of Exams this time
we weren't quite so confident, but we got safely across and continued on our flight.
We were banqueted by the Juniors, on our sister ship, and were duly appreciative.
We continued on our journey, and approached the time when we would receive our
diplomas with a mixture of sorrow and pleasure in accomplishment.
Finally the day arrived when we docked the ship "High School" for the last time,
and were forced to part and go on our separate ways, but I am sure we shall all
treasure our memories of our happy days in the "High School."
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us that he is down in Texas busting broncos. He plans on entering a big rodeo and if
success comes his way Qas I am sure it willj he intends to head straight for California
and make Verda his blushing bride.
On our way back East again we stopped for a week's showing at Akron. While
there we were very glad to see Wade Rennecker as he took us for a ride in his new
Zeppelin. He is employed at the airport there and soon hopes to break all records in
a nonfstop flight around the world.
While we were so near Creston, Elsie and I decided to run down to the old home
town. When we arrived we found Darrell Bowman doing a little hard work at last.
He is running for mayor and busy making campaign speeches. Margaret Ries has
achieved her muchftalkedfof ambition too. She is at the head of the ladies' dress def
partment in Sellers and Obers. The city of Creston is prospering rapidly. It now boasts
of a public library, city park, waterworks, and a town hall.
Back East, in good old New York, Zella Jackson, at the Melting Moonlight Garf
dens, is stepping it off in the Follies. While Elsie and I were spending an evening at
Coney Island we were startled by hearing, above the din of the crowd, a voice sound'
ing very familiar.
"Three shots at the nigger baby! Right this way-three shots for a dime-ten
cents. It won't make ya, nor break ya!" And lo and behold there was Lee Dicus surf
rounded by a large crowd and drawing a great deal of attention.
Down at Palm Beach, Selma Jeffers is a deepfsea diver and doing very nicely in
her scientific work. But best news of all, Lowell Irvin has accumulated a vast fortune
raising oranges and grapefruit in Florida.
This is a resume of my summer tour. By my good luck in renewing all these
acquaintances you can readily see that life in a circus is packed full of excitement and
How are you getting along, Mary, with your missionary work out there in China?
We all know of the good work you are doing up in Tibet and I am sure it must be
Now I must hurry and dress for my next act. I hope you will enjoy this letter
about the dear old class of '35. It certainly turned out to be a class of which our good
old Alma Mater, C. H. S., should be proud.
Your school chum,
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