Emerson High School - Emersonian Yearbook (Gary, IN)
- Class of 1945
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Text from Pages 1 - 120 of the 1945 volume:
3 . ' G ray ¥0 M 4 f0 00M v (L— 1 ■ " a Thousands Have Entered These Hours 1 9 4 5 EMERSONIAN 3 3113 03137 3121 . Man He Seems of Cheerful s and Confident Tomorrows” —Wordsworth ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ E. A. Hpaulding V K 1 jobs inlthe world, whatever they might be :er h. In r. Spauldmg’s 35 years at Emersorf thousands of boys and girls haye entered these abors, that stand today like silent watching sentinels iey haye stood the days gone by. Thowands have lived their days in both work Jnd play, ( ijWe gradua “cT ith many happy memories have bne out tb do tl ;n 4- 4 Thbft oices aryd their laughterlhave through these halls; the -y .s vibrant wiyh their presence. Their fofcdfalls have been heard here. The echo of a phssio jlay leave their marks as each has left his im¬ pression the life here and carrieck away nuch to mold his future. Hundreds ' of these footfalls will not he heard again. They will be heard instead, wi h the passage of time, in -tlie heart ' s and minds of those they knew and fcved. Emerson shall remember them forever because of all .the memories we have in common,jlnd ikwas here that their lives were Abided cNfiractlttSv „ — Through all of these years as he watched each class come and go, Mr. Spaulding hasjbeen tjhe Staundfi ' believer in American youth, an in¬ spiring leader, nd an outstanding educator, and has helped to further phpgress at Emerson High School. Therefore, fidr his loyalty anc of 1945, gratefully dedicate this b ' Thank you, Mr. 3paulding Thanl n .devotion to Emerson, we, the Class ok to him as another way of saying, Svfor everything.” Thruiii h Thirty-five Years The oldsters of us have learned that time is an essential part of all changes. Many things that were dreamed of in 1909 when the Emerson School made its beginning have become realities as the decades have passed into history. Other things dreamed of are still in the process of maturing, and still others have been abandoned as time have given us more light. In the beginning, Emerson School had the only school auditorium in the world with a stage equipped with a gridiron for handling of scenery (it also had the only swimming pool in a school building in the world.) In the beginning, there were two gymnas¬ iums each 32 feet by 64 feet. There was no shop building. The only manual activity was in room 123. Room 107 was the school system’s supply headquar¬ ters. A little later, room 107 housed the school print shop, and room 106 housed the school cabinet shop. This room was later changed to the school Machine Shop. The present typewriting room was at one time the school forge shop, while room 124 was the school foundry. Near the center of the school garden, along the south side of Sixth Avenue we used to have a small barn in which was kept the team of horses, used to deliver coal to the school bins. A little later the Board of Education purchased some lots along the north side of Sixth Avenue between Carolina Street and the alley west of it. Heere a large brick barn was built to house the team and wagons. In 1924 this barn was enlarged to house the school’s forge, foundry, print shop, and auto shop. In 1912, our two small gymnasiums were built out to the north giving us our present two lower gym¬ nasiums. In 1920 the gymnasiums were built up an¬ other story and the rooms now housing the band and orchestra classes were built above the engine room. In 1926, the Primary Building was added to the Emerson unit. Besides the changes in physical equipment, manv changes have occurred in the student body and in the community it serves. Present day students enjoy social activities that are supervised by the Board of Control through its Social Committee. Throughout the school year, we average two or three social committee parties each month of the year. In the early days the community was so opposed to dances that the school dared to have only one or two parties each year. Only sopho¬ mores, juniors and seniors could attend parties. The faculty and the community were certain that fresh¬ men were too young to be exposed to the dangers of a school party. The 1911 graduating class presented the Emerson School with its first good picture. It was a copy of " Mother” by Rembrandt. In 1919 the Emerson School had its first Art Exhibition and made its first considerable addition to its art collection. Fourteen of our oil paintings were purchased in 1921 at a cost of $3,750.00. Through the years, the school has made additions to its art collection until we now have spent $18,775.51 for pictures. In the early days we played our football games on a field out at the American Bridge Company’s Plant. We remember well the Saturday afternoon when we played Hammond and had what to us then was an enormous sum taken in at the gate. No tickets were sold in advance; all students and adults paid the same admission charge at the gate—namely, twenty- five cents. We took in eighty two dollars on this record breaking game. Later the City Park Board purchased the block just east of Emerson School, and we used it as our football field. In due time, the Board of Education purchased this block from the City Park Board, and it became a part of Emerson School. When night football became the usual thing, the Carnegie Illinois Steel Company made available to us the Gleason Field. Studen ts should appreciate that this field is kept in condition and lighted by the Steel Company, and that schools are permitted to use it at no cost to them. Our early basketball games were played in the boys’ lower gymnasium. At a Whiting game we packed over fourteen hundred spectators into this gymnasium. Then our home games moved to the Armory and were played there until the Memorial Auditorium became available in 1928. Following World War I in September of 1920, units of the R.O.T.C. were formed in Emerson School with Major W. W. Edwards in charge. At this time began the practice of having the bugle call sounded when the school flag is hoisted each morning and again when the flag is lowered at the end of the day. The practice of all students standing at " atten¬ tion” twice each day is of twenty-four years’ stand¬ ing. In 1913, Froebel School was built to become Gary’s second full sized school unit. For a year or two the students of both schools played on the Gary High School teams, since both were too small to support separate teams. In 1915 each school began supporting its own team, and the competition between the two schools started. The Emerson Teams began to go by the name, Emerson, instead of the Gary High School. With the hope that this tale of the Emerson School will stir happy memories in some of its readers, we return to the task of helping the school make more history. HOSTILITIES HAVE CEASED hing ' on D.C, Nov. II-The «« » he, been signed, state department announced officially at 2:46 a.m. today c , . 1 lc,u -“ ume, Hostilities to ceases rrench time-6 a.m. Washington time. Terms of the were not a nr Top Row, left to right: Glen Gunther, Art Steen, Jim Gram, Charles Rubis, Bob Well¬ man, Howard Reily. Eugene Babilla, Willie Ferhat, Gordon Churchia, Richard Ayd- elotte, Dan Ciarfaglia, Lloyd Johnson. r ir$t Row : Bill Jacoby, Bill Levack, Jim Ludington, Bob Johnson, Joe Boswell. Page Eight Long Me ly Their Valor Last Members of (Ilnss of ' 45 In Service TOMMY THOMPSON BOB CARVER RICHARD AYDELOTTE GEORGE COSTLEY MERRIT LESCH JULIAN KAPLAN RUDOLPH ROMISCHER HERMAN RHODES DANNY BARRICK BILL COSTLEY GENE REIGLER EDWARD COOPER GORDON JANNEY CHARLES FLETCHER STOCKTON COWEN JIMMY LUDINGTON NED PIESKI DON HAMILTON BOB WELLMAN JAMES NONUS TED MOHR LAWRENCE GRESH JOHN BUCKO HENRY ANTCZAK RICHARD OLJACE GLENN GUNTHER BILL LIERMAN MIKE COROS BOB KEMP CHESTER BOKICH PETER SOPKO JOHN CHONTOS JOHN SHEPARD BILL JACOBY JIMMY HILTON JOHN WELSH BOB BLATZ NICK MILLER JACK PALMER RICHARD KASPER BILL SULLIVAN Assistant I ' rim ip.il Our assistant principal, Mr. Bohn, came to Emerson in 1941, and in the time he has been here, he has achieved a great deal in school accom¬ plishments and in friendship. Mr. Bohn has given both his time and energy so that Emerson can keep its name of a " truly outstanding school.” Office Stall Standing, left to right : Mildred Biller, Florence Caulk, Marian Fickes, Dor¬ othy Palasz. Seated : Maurinc Link. The sale of football and basketball tickets, the issuing of lockers, and collecting of book rental would be im¬ possible without the help of the members of our office staff. They also are in charge of the big headache of those blue slips, issuing text books to teachers, and checking that seniors have enough credits to graduate in June. Teamwork is not found just on the football squad or the basketball team; it is definitely displayed by our office staff. Mrs. Biller handles her job with quiet patience, issuing of lockers, and keys. Florence Caulk, who graduated recently, does her share by collecting book rental and taking care of matters in Mr. Bohn’s office. Marion Fickes, a ’44 graduate, lists the absentees, also types, and takes care of the eternal books. Dorothy Palasz, the financial wizard, guards the mas¬ sive cash register, where she col¬ lects lab fees and sells football and basketball tickets. Last, but not not least, we have Maurine Link whose quiet efficiency conceals her real importance to all of us. Page Ten Parents ' Oomniittee Back row: Mr. Bohn, Mrs. Herold Herod, Mrs. Andrew Kaplar, Mrs. Regina Hall, guest, Mrs. Nettie Clements, Mr. E. A. Spaulding. Front row: Mrs. Peter Orr, Mrs. Steve Churchia, Mrs. Mrvichin, Mrs. Stephen Rashevich, Mrs. Wood. In 1932 when Dr. Wirt was superintendent of our public schools, he suggested a committee of parents to meet and discuss the problems of students and teachers. This committee proved to be a great success and has become well known as the Parents’ Committee. At the meetings, which are held every month, the parents become better acquainted with social and academic problems which are facing their own children, and they are better able to meet these problems at home. Our Parents’ Committee has come out on top of all their problems, and we are very grateful to them and their sponsor, Mr. Spaulding, for the fine work they have done. The Emerson Community club is a new organization which meets once a month in the Emerson primary auditorium. The aim of the club is to bring the school and com¬ munity, which it serves closer together. The club has about 150 members. Mrs. John A. Auld is president, Mrs. W. L. Plunkett, secretary-treasurer, and Mrs. Herold Herod, program chairman. Page Elereu »L‘ i ates " Blessed is the man who is happy in his occupation” When we think of the spirit of Emerson, in the present and in the past, we always emphasize the warm friendliness which permeates the atmosphere of the building. When we asked the graduates and the men in service what they re¬ member as its finest attribute and why they like to come back to visit at Emerson, they invariably said that everyone is cordial here, that it is homelike and has become so much a part of their lives that they cannot forget. It pleases us to hear these tributes; we are justly proud of that reputation. When we asked the faculty what had contributed most toward this good feeling, they agreed that it was the har¬ mony and close cooperation with which the teachers worked on projects and activities necessary to the social life and pro¬ gress of the school; also to the pleasant association of work¬ ing with a principal who gives few orders but believes so sincerely in the loyalty of his teaching staff, their high prin¬ ciples, and integrity that he inspires them to do thier best. Any room or corridor in the building is a likely place for informal conferences between members of the facility and their principal, Mr. Spaulding. On the opposite page, he is telling some of the " old timers” about one of our war honor roll list who had been cited for gallantry in action. FAC II L T Y SCIENCE Between bugs, smelly gases, and Archimedes theory, our science classes are kept pretty much in an uproar with fun and excitement learning new and valuable facts. LANGUAGE ARTS Letter writing is the order of the day! Never have composition courses been more important. Write that V-Mail! This year the language arts department has also em¬ phasized South America and the " Good Neighbor policy. LANGUAGE ARTS Miss Doyle. SOCIAL SCIENCE The discussion of world problems and of politics be¬ came more important than before during this election and war year. Our minds sail from the Social Science classes out toward India, France, and the Pacific where many of our own Emerson boys are fighting. F A V, II L T V MATH AND COMMERCE After all these years, the Mathematics department is still trying to find out what the well known Mr. X represents, while the Commercial department is keot busy producing more blossoming young stenographers. The Commerce department has been generous in helping both the Emer-Sun and the Emersonian to pro¬ duce. We could not do without them! Mrs. Vt ' ake. AUDITORIUM Auditorium is the hour that is packed full of both dread and entertainment. We dread the thought of giving a speech and yet we are surrounded by music, laughter, drama, and variety of knowledge. This year we were overjoyed to see results of Audi¬ torium training when the movie, " Christmas Holiday” came to Gary, starring our own Dean Harens. INDUSTRIAL ARTS Emerson is the first school in Gary where a student was given the opportunity of studying and training in so many fields of vocational value thus giving us a foundation for the future. Page Fifteen He Is Activity Minded In Mr. Spauldings office there hangs a large calendar on which all school activities are tabulated chronologically. Whenever a teacher or student seeks an open date for an event, that calendar is consulted. For anyone coming into Emerson, no matter ivhat tal¬ ent he has, or lack of talent, there is some activity in which he can take part. There are different kinds of activities for all types of students. In each social group in which he finds himself, he has an opportunity to make friends and to develop a new and different side of his character, thereby gaining self-confi¬ dence. His knowledge and his outlook on life are broadened by participating in all sorts of events and by assuming the responsibilities that come with taking an active part in extra¬ curricular subjects. Everyone cannot play a trombone; everyone cannot dance a rumba; everyone cannot win an oratory contest; everyone cannot play with the " Melody Makers.” Everyone cannot lift his silver toned tenor in A Cappella Choir, nor can everyone act like Bette Davis. One must develop his character and enrich his life by participating in many activi¬ ties until he finds one in which he is happy and at ease. No matter what type of talent the student possesses, he should find the place where he belongs, and where he can give some service to the school body. Page Sixteen ACTIVITIES Hoard of Control Standing: Mr. Carlbcrg Back row, left to right: John Barrick, Ed Steen, John Charlebois. Middle row: Adrianne Bocskay, Irene Shotts, Chester Bokich, Sadie Fairley, Helen Donahoe, Richard Swan, George Colley. First row: Gene Miller, Bob Crane, Dan Barrick, Mary Thanos. The Board of Control was organized in 1912 to establish more effective coopera¬ tion in our school. It was suggested by Mr. R. D. Chadwick, a teacher at Emerson at that time. This organization was to be as closely connected as possible with city and state organizations in order that students might get first hand information on community problems. The election of the board each year follows the Indiana election laws and has a constitution defining its power and authority. They meet once each month and have definite assignments of work to keep them more than busy. The Board of Control does its work mainly through four standing committees: Booster Committee, Scholarship Committee, Social Committee, and the Building and Grounds Committee. The success of the Board of Control has been due to the fact they have been given a reasonable amount of authority and allowed to use it with out interference. Chester Bokich acted as president of the board until he left for the Coast Guard in December. The duties since then have been carried on by the Vice President, Eugene Miller. This student organization has for the past twenty-one years been under the efficient guidance of Mr. A. B. Carlberg, their sponsor. The other committees which work with the Board of Control are the Building and Grounds Committee, the Booster Committee, and Scholarship Committee. The Building and Grounds Committee, our so called Police Department, was really on the job this year. They introduced a new plan for hall order, which the students accepted and followed. They were led under the capable leadership of Robert Kaplar, President, and sponsored by Miss Ban. The Booster Committee, which is composed of all the cheerleaders, and representatives from each class, is in charge of boosting all of the school’s activities. Our Scholarship Committee, under the direction of Miss Talbot, makes out the honor roll. This committee is composed of a representative from each register, who in¬ forms his register as to its good standing, and issues the eligibility list. Page Eighteen First row- Rosemary Felts, Mary Kampouris, Leah Allison, Alfred Smith, Warren Johnson, James Halvatgis, Clarence Fish¬ er, Ned Miller. Second rour. Joan Lincoln, Rondinelli, R. Dorothy Roberta Polen, Miss Talbot, Adrianne Bocskay, Mitchell Mun- yas, Robert Dawson, Jerry Gcrasimo, Rudy omiiiittee Booster Committee oiid Building and Broumls BOOSTER COMMITTEE Buck row, left to right: Sadie Fairley, Flelen Donahoe, Robert Cooper, Kenneth Wallace. Middle row: Calleroy Coutouzis, Evelyn Halvatgis, Adeline Kuchta, Evelyn Bicrnat, Betty Keever, Robert Petrovich. First row: Jack Charlebois, Dan Barrick, Robert Holt, Edward Steen. BUILDING AND GROUNDS Back row: Roma Evans (Secy.), Dan Barrick (Chairman). Third row: George McKinney, Julian Kaplan, Bob Kaplar. Second row: Bertha Ward, Marilyn Kellstrom, John Bizanes First row: Jim Carson, Bernice Grakey, Charles Bewick.. Page Nineteen YEA HIILI) YEA HUEY As this year’s teams went out to victory — or some¬ times to defeat, they were never without the support of our cheerleaders. Let’s give a cheer for our cheerleaders. Adeline Kuchta, Ed Steen, Helen Donahoe, Barbara Smith, Callerov Coutouzis, and George Calhoun. Page Twcnty BANKING IN THE IJARK " Upper row: Alice Condo, Bob Crane, Helen Donahoe, Dick Colley. Lower row: Jeanne Reece, Bill Kane, Margaret Apathy, Dick Swan. So much of the work of the social committee devolves around the chairman that we are indeed fortunate to have one who handles her responsibilities as well as Alice Condo has done this year. The work of this group is to supervise the sponsoring of all social functions and to see that all activities are carried on according to the rules of the school. Miss Reynolds is the head of this committee which is composed of two representatives from each class. Page Twenty-one Boys ' BOYS’ BAND OFFICERS Seated : Arthur Benjamin. Standing,, left to right-. George Alexander, Ned Miller, Leland Pen- rod, Eugene Griffith, Jack Wilczy- nski, Rudolph Romischer, Marlin Landis. SOLO CORNETS Ned Miller Keith Fink Jack Wilczynski Eugene Griffith 1ST CORNETS Ronald Brown Rudolf Romischer Duane Smeltzer Allan Fink 2ND AND 3RD CORNETS Andrew Galka Tom Josivoff Russell Frame Mitchell Munyas FRENCH HORNS Boris Apostoloff Tom Motto Jack Williams HASSES Ricahrd Sappcnfield Volney Poe Warren Johnson Wilbur Holden BARITONES Stanley Strissell Bob Sheslcr SOLO CLARINETS Leland Penrod Robert Dawson Martin Landis Robert Boone Joe Urban Bill Platis Paul Walker 1ST CLARINETS James Ronchi Helen Fidler Bill Wood John Dematrakis Arthur Roy Don Wallace Donnie Taylor fege Twenty-two Jd. 2ND AND 3RD CLARINETS Harold Anderson Connie Kennedy Vincent Mrzlack Leonard Barter John Castrinos Philip Turner Anna Mae Chervenak Maudie Johnson DRUMS George Alexander Richard Sunderland Melvin Lierman Robert Williamson TYMPANY George Alexander OBOE ALTO SAXAPHONE Bill Kemp Bernice Muczynkowski TENOR SAXAPHONE Arthur Benjamin FLUTE AND PICCOLO Charles Vargo Tom Brown John Kish Rudy Mohr TROMBONES Bob Burger Ed Steen Bob Shesler Gerry Goldman Kenneth Kirksey Kenneth Moiser Bill Lautenback Stanley Rzepka George Muras ALTO CLARINET Pat Fisch Norman Robinson The Emerson Boys’ Concert Band, led by drum major Charles Vargo, made its first appearance playing for the Golden Tornado football games. Other events included play¬ ing for the Teachers’ Convention on October 27, and playing several patriotic selections on Armistice Day at the Legion Hut. Also, the band performed on January 19, when the R.O.T.C. awards were presented by Mr. Harold Maxwell of the Chicago Tribune, and Lt. Col. Chauncey H. Hayden, Professor of Military Tactics for the Gary Regiment. The annual Boys’ Band Concert was given April 13, in Memorial Auditorium. Under the brilliant and skillful leadership of director Hubert S. Warren the band has won many national, state, and county awards and contests. Page Twenty-three Girls ' Hand Emerson is one of the few schools in the county having an all girls’ band. Tne Girls’ Band was first organized in 1923 by Mr. Warren with about 20 mem¬ bers, and has continued througth these past 22 years with pride and of course has grown in size. The war has prevented much of the band’s activities, but in postwar days they will be out on top again, making tours and winning contests. The band in its many years of success has played for patients at Hines Hospital, Lake County Tuberculosis Sanitarium, given concerts at the Palace Theatre, the Y.M.C.A., Ross and Portage High Schools, and of course many many other places. The Girls’ Band has participated in various High School contests ranging from city contests through county, sectional, and state to national contests. The band has had the honor of winning the Lake County Band Contest 5 times and has lost once. For a few years they had a twenty minute broadcast concert weekly over the local station WJKS. The officers of the 1944-1945 girls’ band are Adeline Kuchta, President; Angie Cappony, Vice President; Ruth Ann Waitt, Secretary; Norma Rodgerson, Propertv Manager; Betty Babilla, Manager; Pat Fisch, Librarian; Rosemary Felts, Assistant Librar¬ ian; Dolly Burton, Assistant Manager; Dorothy Flanders, Assistant Property Manager. Page Twenty-four GIRLS ' BAND OFFICERS Standing: Dorothy Flanders, Nor¬ ma Rodgerson; Ruth Ann Waitt, Pat Fisch, Betty Babilla. Seated: Angeline Cappony, Adeline Kuchta, Dolly Burton. Their social event of the year was their annual concert held at the Memorial Audi¬ torium, April 13. The band is directed under the masterly baton of Mr. Warren and his assistant director, Mrs. Mistrovich. In spite of the fact their social calendar is reduced in size, the girls still have loads of fun and can really give a wonderful concert. Top row: Alora Wagner, Fay Manos, Rodmillo Pujo, Helen Fidler, Alice Pavlovich, Joan. Pilcarsz, Anita Di Re. fourth row: Ruby Kottardis, Jeanette Genduso, Owens, Elizabeth Cifalia, Delores Previce, Norma gerson, Calleroy Coutouzis, Betty Babilla, Frances Vil- Third row: Leonora Taylor, Shirley Hamer, Barbara Cato, Alice Butts, Stella Yaksich, Emma Marmalejo. Eunice Eddy, Christine Angelos, Shirley Strissel, Lavine Piver, Alice Piasecki, Angeline Cappony. Second row: Pat Boone, Barbara Bach, Delores Spann, Betty Keever, Rosemary Felts, Patricia Fisch, Mary Poole, Doris Coffman, Darlene Taylor, Mary Angelos. Bottom row: Georgianna Corliss, Alice Lo ;an, Patricia Potts, Greta Isenberg, Barbara Rynerson, Mary Katchis, Maudie Johnson, Helen Hodges, Blanche Bartley, Pat Rhoades, Donna Delaney, Mrs. Mistrovich. Concert The Concert Orchestra was actually begun in 1915-20 under the direction of Mr. Snyder. It consisted of about thirty pupils and the only time they had for rehearsal was in their lunch hours. It was intended to acquaint students with good orchestral litera¬ ture; to give each student a chance to learn an orchestral instrument; if he so desired; to furnish appropriate music for school and community gatherings; and to provide ensemble experience for advanced instrumentalists. In March of 1920 Mr. Warren came to Emerson, but he taught our band in the morning and went to Froebel in the afternoon. In 1928 Mr. Warren took over the band and orchestra completely. During that time it was growing larger; and Mrs. Mistrovich came to Emerson in 1935. BAND AND ORCHESTRA INSTRUCTORS Left to right: Mr. Warren, Mr. Bobele, Mrs. Mistrovich. Fisher, Adrianna Bocskay, Marceil Haviland, Steve Milick, Helen Lei- ber, Ray Flannagan, Jack Davis. Second rote from the bottom: Bob Combs, Tony Bokich, Nick Lem- ' akis, Walter Landis, Milton Fried¬ man, Joan Lincoln, Mary Thanos. Bottom row- Oscar Alterwitz, Don¬ ald Oljace, Louisa Di Re, Frank Brudnowski, Robert Friedman, George Alexander, Mrs. Mistrovich, Mr. Warren. Orchestra The Concert Orchestra has given many successful concerts. Many of the students who have played in the orchestras of past years are well known musicians now. There are now about eighty members in the orchestra. Two concerts were given this year, one on February 2, and one on May twenty-fifth; Bob Kaplar was the student director as well as the violin soloist at the concert; Keith Fink was the trumpet soloist. On September 9, 1944, the members of the Emerson Concert Band elected officers to leid them proving that democracy rules even in the band room. Each officer is allowed one day in the week to direct a few selections in order of his rank. On December 17, 1944, the officers planned a Christmas party for the band and 22 dozens of doughnuts and 12 gallons of chocolate milk were devoured in the six hours. The 1945 crop of officers proved to be as efficient as ever for the work their respective offices demand. ORCHESTRA OFFICERS (Left) Third row: Adriannc Bosckay, Ruth Ann Waitt, Dorothy Lewandowski, Alice Fisher. Second row: Paul Stropkc, Enid Moise, Dorothy Davis. First row- Robert Kaplar, Pat Kuz- TW1RLER PICTURE (Right) Second row: Evelyn Halvatgis, Anna Mae Chervenak, Alice Pavlo¬ vich. First row: Radmillo Pujo, Donna Richards. IV 0. T. C. FACULTY The Emerson R.O.T.C. unit of ' ' 45” was one of the largest ever formed at Emer¬ son. It had an enrollment of 234. A new hour at 10:30 was formed for the incoming cadets. On January 19, in an assembly in the auditorium, Lt. Col. Chauncey H. Hayden, Professor of Military Science and Tactics announced the cadet officers and winners of the Chicago Tribune medals. Lt. Col. Leland Meade Penrod received the third year medal, and 1st Sgt. Robert James El wood received the second year medal. Expert and sharpshooter ratings were given to c ets who qualified for them on the range. The annual Military Baljfc ts held at the Gary Armory on the night of April 7. The awarding of officers’ coj missions and non-coms’ warrants preceded the evening of dancing to the musAoftjHFfrlly Humphrey and his orchestra. Major George Alexander and 1st Sgt. JohnJCrorge received the Chicago Tribune awards for Military efficiency and Scholastic standing while Lt. Col. Leland Penrod and Tech. Sgt. Mike Maragos received the Rotary ' Club’s award. Tech. Sgt. Carl Carnahan was the winner of the American Legion Auxiliary award for neatness. Rifle team presentations were given to Lt. Col. Keith Fink, Lt. Col. Leland Penrod, Capt. Ned Miller, H Sgt. Milan Uzelac, S Sgt. James Halvatgis, Pvt. James Carson, and Sgt. Pat Foster. Fink and Penrod also received awards for firing in the midwest matches at Culver. (Is their anyone of the fairer sex who would volunteer to help Leland Penrod carry all those medals?) Emerson has had quite a few replacements of officers who were in charge of the unit. The year started out with Sgt. Basil Lee and Cpl. Joseph Levy. The Corporal was transferred to Louisville, Kentucky, and Sgt. Lee was taken to a hospital to recuperate from an illness. Sgt. Lee is now back and in the best of health. Sgt. Baxter, Sgt. Holland, adn Sgt. Davidson are now in charge of the Emerson unit. They receive their orders from Lt. Col. Chauncey H. Hayden, Professor of Military Science and Tactics, who is Gary’s R.O.T.C. commander. Emerson has twenty-five commissioned officers this year with one regimental Lieutenant Colonel, Leland M. Penrod, and one battalion Lt. Col. Keith I. Fink. The officers have a great responsibility in setting a good example for the cadets who aspire to be officers some day. Page Thirty HOME ON THE RANGE—R.O.T.C. STYLE That grizzled old army veteran you students see walking around our halls with so many stripes on his sleeve that he looks like a walking barber pole is Master Sgt. Davidson seated to the left in the picture. The army has been his life since 1913 and he has overseas stripes from both World I and II. He has been retired from an active Captains’ commission in this war, but like all real army men, he couldn’t quite retire from the army yet. The gentleman to the right is Sgt. Hol¬ land, an ex M.P.; he does the book work for our battalion and spends his time after school teaching the first year cadets rifle marksmanship on our range. Sgt. Davidson instructed and managed our rifle team at the armory each night. Page Thirty-one There ' s Something Pax, Thirty-two The GIRL and The KNIGHT Another year of war brought the combining of the Junior Prom and the Senior Farewell, usually held separately. More than 200 " Ladies and their Knights” danced under white-and-gold colored, rose-covered arbors, to the sweet music of a former Emersonian, Mickey Isley. The traditional Grand March was led by the Senior President, George Alexander, and his partner; Joan Schafer, second came the Junior President, Dick Colley, and his partner, Agnes McConnell. Following the presidents came the officers of the Junior and Senior classes in order of the March. The elaborate programs, which carried out the theme, had the Emerson School crest in gold on a red felt background. : Jean Kuck, Karras. left: Gene Mil- " THANK YOU SO MUCH ' CANDY SELLERS Left to right: Marianne Petrakos, Gwendolyn Timmerman, Marccil Haviland, Anne Yaselsky, Georgi¬ an ne Corliss, Bernice Brummer, Betty Fedorchak, Betty Aton, Mary Thanos, Lcda Andasen, Milly Chur- chia. Page Thirty-five Teaching history isn’t the only thing that Miss Ban does at Emerson; in fact, she is responsible for those in-between candy snacks that we all enjoy each day. Getting candy wasn’t an easy matter, but Miss Ban and her able assistants, Marianne Petrakos and Irene Pawlowski, certainly came thorugh with flying colors. Also helping with the sales were Betty Aton, Gwendolyn Timmerman, Betty Fedorchak, Pauline Hicks, Mary Thanos, Millie Churchia, Marceil Havi¬ land, Bernie Brummer, Ann Yaselsky, Georgiann Cor¬ liss, I.eda Andersen, and Adriann Bocskay, who gave their study hall hours each day to assist us. Each year the candy sellers work for the benefit of the Emersonian, and we want to extend a well earned " thank you” to each and every one of them. Not only do we owe a " thanks” to the candy sell¬ ers, but also to the Annual Sales Staff, whose un¬ tiring effort sold about 75% of the annuals this year. Miss Beeler heads this staff, whose star sellers are: Mary Scorich, Helen Pany, and Alice Pinkowski. ANNUAL SALES STAFF Standing: Bob Apathy, Bob Crane, Josephine Rondinelli, Dan Barrick, Madeline Parthun, Mona Fenton, Leda Andasen, Edythe Goldman, Mary Churchia, Mavis Copley. Seated: Mary Skorich, Marianne Petrakos, Helen Pany. Top row , left to right: Betty Ferguson, George Alexander, Rudolph Rom- ischer, Shirley Groves, Donna Little. Right hand side , vertical top to bottom: Anna Belle Reily, Keith Fink, Esther Shabaz, Bessie Bottom row Jeff to right: Sam Sargis, Barbara Smith, Consuela Garcia, Robert Rottenberg, Jose¬ phine Fernandez. Left side, vertical, top to bottom-. Warren John¬ son, Rosemary Cummer, Judith Miller, Mary Angotti. Inset: Adcle S. Tappan. Grey hairs, headaches, and more grey hairs!! These are the rewards for a hard working yearbook staff. Just take a look around you at all the " Yours truly’s,” and you’ll see what we mean when we say that publishing a year book in wartime is no bed of roses. Hard work was plentiful, but supplies were sometimes lacking. At times we had a camera; at times we had the boy to take the pictures. It was a miracle if the two ever met at one time, at one place, and for the same purpose. The staff was a little behind on its work because of our belated start; but it didn’t prevent us from plung¬ ing head on into the pile of work that was waiting for us. At first, we worried for fear we couldn’t have padded covers or the beautiful color scheme we had " rigged up.” Flash bulbs were as scarce as hen’s teeth. When half of our problems were finally straightened out, we discovered that the majority of our staff members decided to take a week’s vacation by punching the dime store clocks during the Christmas rush week. When we hoped we had some left in our clutches, someone would be found up in the rifle range trying to add a few more medals to his collection, or he was on his way to Hammond to rent a tuxedo for the prom. It seems that the annual staff does everything else in the building besides the year book But, as someone must have surely said at one time or another, " It’s all in a day’s work.” On October 9th, while we were still in our toddling stage, we ventured out on a cold winter’s night to the Annual Publication Conference at Horace Mann School, at which Editor H. B. Snyder of the Post Tribune spoke on " Racial Relationship.” We were proud of our representative speaker, Anna Belle Reily, who spoke on " Sidelines.” Similar to previous years, the Booster Committee gave a pep session for us, and on March 20, the staff held a benefit dance for the purpose of choosing the ten senior personalities. After the dance the staff enjoyed an informal party at the home of Warren Johnson, where his parents served refreshments. Our greatest hour of disappointment came near the end of the year with the book already in the hands of the printer. We found ourselves with no covers. After the first moment of shock had passed, we began a wild scout about the countryside for a cover, and at such a late date, we could not get the colors which we wanted. If you are anxious to know the colors we had planned, get a staff member in a corner someday and ask him, but we doubt if he’ll tell you. In the first week of April our boys’ editor, Rudy Romisher, left us to join the Navy. Connie kept on going with her share of the responsibility; and we know that the staff was minus a wonderful worker and we missed him every minute. Good luck to you, Rudy! Page Thirty-set SENIOR HONOR SOCIETY First row, left to rig£ :Bill Batalis, Connie Garcia, Bob Crane, Ruth Ann Waitt. Second row: Mike Coutou .is, Dorothy Shinncrs, Rose Toth, Anna Belle Rcily, Bessie Pantinas. Third row: Edward Oljacc, Bob Elwood, Dick Colley, Alice Syler, Rosemary Felts, Enid Moise, Fredia Bando, Irene Pawlowski, Mary Lewandowski. Fourth row: Keith Fink, Leland Penrod, Mary Sperl, Dorothy Davis, Henry Cieslak. SENIOR HONOR SOCIETY OFFICERS Left to right: Connie Garcia, Will¬ iam Batalis, Robert Crane, Ruth Ann Waitt. " To you we throw the torch, Be yours to hold it high Symbol of Wisdom’s search Where truth’s deep secrets lie, Lighting the learner’s path In darkest parts of earth The sign of scholar’s faith In man’s eternal worth.” These are the inspiring words of the song " To You We Throw the Torch”; a song which typifies one of the aims of the Senior Honor Society. The induction was the same impressive ceremony of past years. Many parents, stu¬ dents, and members of the faculty were witnesses to the candle-lit services. After¬ wards visitors were invited to a tea held in the Home Economics room. At its annual induction on April fourth, eighteen students chosen by the faculty committee, Mrs. Greenwald, Miss Tappan, Miss Newton, Mr. Carlberg, Mr. Warrum, Mr. Flinn, Miss Talbot, and Mr. Spaulding, were inducted on the basis of leadership, scholarship, character, and service. Dr. Paul Weinandy, the guest speaker, gave an inspir¬ ational talk on Tolerance. Under the supervision of Miss Tappan and Mr. Harrison, the society has sent the Emer- Sntt Nents to each of Emerson’s men in service from the classes of ’44 and ’45. It was a hard task, but because the thought behind the work was so worthwhile, it was always done. The social committee has gen¬ erously paid the postage for this project. JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY First row: Jo Ann Lincoln, Toula Veikos, Mary Thanos, Edythc Goldman, Dolores Ryan, Renee Friedman, Sally Short, Mildred Zigich. Second row: Greta Iscnberg, Helen Lieber, Emma Mar- maly, Marion Zigich, Shirley Hamer, Barbara Cato. Third Row: Mary Ann Reid, Barbara Rhynearson, Jane Auld, Milly Churchia, Mary Kampouris, Virginia Hamp¬ ton, Leonora Taylor. Four row: James Samis, Donald Levy, Richard Elson, Norman Yarvice, Bill Wood, Gordon Bryan, Louis Kam¬ pouris, Bob Swank. Don Oljace, Constantine Theoh- aris, James Platis. JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY OFFICERS Left to right: Leslie Glenn, Greta Isenburg, Lenora Taylor, William Wood. " Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character” are all important in our life. Those who have achieved even a part of these in junior high school, are given the honor of being made members of the Junior Honor Society. This group includes at present 65 mem¬ bers, sponsored by Miss Lortz. The officers this year are: president, Greta Isenberg; vice president, Leslie Glenn; secretary, Leonora Taylor; and treasurer, Billy Wood. Once a year new members are inducted; this year the induction was held on May 22, when 28 new members were admitted. The Junior Honor Society members en¬ joyed a Christmas Party on December 2 in the girls’ gym; games were played; carols were sung; and refreshments were served. The symbol of the Junior Honor Society is the burning, golden torch. All who wear this symbol have tried to achieve the im¬ portant fundamentals of junior high school Page Thirty-nine SI’ICE AND VARIETY SPICE AND VARIETY Flag Carriers, left to right: Carl Carnahan, Frank Mihal, Bill Bata- lis, Clifford Thras¬ her, Bob Brown. FINALE MEXICAN FIESTA Dancing: Betty Jones, Wanda Chaja, Adrianne Bocskay, Dolores Irzyk. MEXICAN FIESTA Page Forty SI ' ICE AINU VARIETY TROLLEY SONG Jean Anderson, Betty Babilla, Betty Jones, Kath¬ leen McGuire, Catina Coutouzis, Dorothy Lcwan- dowski, Wanda Chaja, Bessie Pan- tinas, Pat Fiscli. Anne Belle Reily, Roma Evans, Mar¬ ilyn Kellstrom. TROLLEY SONG BOYS’ FASHION SHOW Kneeling: Jim Fin- ncrty, John Biz- anes, Lester Mayes, Robert Yesh. Standing: Jack Schaff, Bob Apa¬ thy, Bill Sullivan, Merritt Lesch, Mike Coutouzis, Bill Costley, Bill Oliver, Joe Jan- carich, Emmett Bosak. FOOTBALL REALITIES Page Forty-one DRAMATIC CLASS Graduation may close the dramatic careers of many students. For others, the drama¬ tic work of high school may serve as a background for the further study in this field. All, however, have profited richly from their experiences, since every-day speech plays a vital role in life. The Senior Dramatic Class puts variety into daily studies it is beneficial in build- ing up personalities, and it is pleasant and entertaining to the participants as well as the studenty body. The members, ranging from each grade level, are chosen by holding tryouts at the beginning of the semester. The students form committees in which they took actual part in the arrangements of the stage lighting, stage props, costumes, and make-up, in the production of a play. Each person is given the opportunity to direct and make all arrangements for one play each year. Some of the class’ outstanding presentations of the year were their one-act plays: The Boor ; " Thanks Awfully,” and the " Jeweled Hand.” " Forbidden” was their Christmas play. They also took their part in " Spice and Variety” where they gave a brief review of " Drama in the Making.” Their traditional big production, " Everyman,” was given once again at Easter time and was repeated Monday night April 9, for the benefit of other dramatic classes of the city. Since the retirement of Miss Paul, Mrs. Palmer has taken the part of the Dramatic instructor. DRAMATIC CLASS Upper picture: Duane Smelc- zer, Bob Gallagher, Enid Moise, Alice Pinkowski, Pat Fisch. Lower picture: Bob Gallag¬ her, Alice Pinkowski, Pat Fisch. Christmas 1’ageant Another wartime Christmas found our tradi¬ tional Pageant as lovely as in the past years; for many of us it represents the real spirit of Christ- The angelic faces of Miss Cromer’s Junior Choir, carrying candles down the center aisle, will long be remember, as will the lovely Christmas carols sung by Miss Sayers’ A Capella Choir and the Girls’ Glee Club. The readers, Alice Pinkowski and Warren John¬ son, created a mood of reverence. The part of the Virgin Mary was portrayed by Enid Moise and the part of Joseph by James Fox. SENIOR CLASS OF EMERSON Presents LETTEI S Tl) LUCE1WE SENIOR TRYOUTS first row: Anna Belle Rcily, Alice Pinkowski, Dolores Hile, Enid Moisc, Betty Babila, Betty Jones, Adeline Kuchta, Kathleen McGuire, Marilyn Kcllstrom, Mrs. Palmer, Frank Guemple. Second row: Warren Johnson, Dorothy Davis, Adriann Bocskay, Dolores Gile, Connie Garcia, Mary Angotti, Theresa Motto. The Seniors chose Letters to Lucerne for their play this year. The play opens near Lucerne, late in the summer of 1939, in Madame Rameau’s American school for girls. Attending the school are girls from England, Germany, France, Poland, and America. The war with Germany has already begun, but under the protection of a wise and pleasant school-mistress, the girls are living an idyllic life, apart from the hatred of the rest of the world. As the play progresses, the conflict be¬ tween Erna, the German girl, and the other girls gets deeper and deeper, but like many good plays it has a happy ending. Pjge forty-four Mrs. Gertrude Palmer directed the play, which was given in the afternoon and evening of May 11. After the play many alumni attended the Senior Home¬ coming Dance which was held in the girls’ lower gym. The cast was as follows: Anna Belle Reily Enid Moise . Mrs. Hunter Miss Linder Frank Guemple .. Francois Betty Babilla Margrathe Warren Johnson . .. Gustave Adriann Bocskay . Marion Curwood Marilyn Kellstrom . ... Olga Connie Garcia ... . Felice Adeline Kuchta . Bingo Hill Fsqueline Burton . Sally ... Koppler Larry Bleicher . . Hans Schmidt Dolores Gile ... .... Publicity Dolores Hile . Student Director Terry Motto .... .. Student Director Betty Lee Jones ... Property ILINIOli CLASS OF EMEKSON Presents Ml MAMH LAND first picture, left to right: Jo Fernandez, Jackie Smith. Upper right hand picture: Julia Motto, Nell Burn,. Katherine George, Barbara Smith. Lower right hand picture: Anna Mae Chervenak, Marcia Barrett, Dolores Barrick, Jackie Smith. The war has changed us in many ways, but I think the most important change is the lack of men. The juniors solved the male problem of a leading man, however. They didn’t have one. Yes! The cast was wholly feminine. The cause of all the trouble was a man, though. (As usual). And believe me there was plenty of trouble! Under Nydia Marbles’ (Anna Mae Chervenak) expert and practiced hands the incidents soon involved everyone in plenty of, shall we say,, " hot water”? The other characters were played by Marcia Barrett, Dolores Barrick, Barbara Smith, Julia Motta, Carol Miller, Alice Weiss, Kathryn George, Jackie Smith, Nelle Burns, Agnes McConnell, and Josephine Fernandez. We’ll certainly have to hand it to these girls for the wonderful job they did. Also, we hand orchids to Miss Ekeberg, the new speech instructor, who directed the play. With a background like this play we are looking forward to many more triumphs. SOPHOMORE CLASS OF EMERSON PRESENTS SEVEN LITTLE REBELS ' Upper left : Beverly Lane, Mildred Zigich, Gerry Leven- berg, James Roberts. Upper right, top row: Roger Symes, Cushman Lineback, Paul Kutch, William Hurdlow. Third row: Mrs. Palmer, Robert Shesler, Verona Biller, Mary Holmes. Second row: Dolores Ryan, Mary Kapnas. Fi ' st row: Helen Wellman, Mary Kehaya, Mary Stanko. Lower left: Beverly Lane, Gerry Levcnberg, Mildred Zigich. Lower right: Sally Short, Betty Balslcy, Beverly Lan,e Esther Johnson, Jeanette Nicpokoj, James Roberts. The show’s the thing! Hundreds of Gary people crowded the Emerson High School audi torium to see " Seven Little Rebels,” presented on November 1, 1944. It was directed by Ger¬ trude Palmer and written by Rosemary Gab- bert Musil. The play was presented for the Children’s Theatre. The Children’s Theatre was established to bring quality entertainment at reduced prices. Mildred Harter Wirt heads the organi¬ zation; Stephanie Rashevich and Alice Pavlo¬ vich represent Emerson at the meetings. THE CAST Lizctta, the colored cook Mildred Zigich Jimmy, a regular boy Richard Greeen Mike, bis pal Gerry Levcnberg Letta, the cook ' s little girl ..Beverly Lane Penny, a little girl Renee Friedman Billy, her crippled brother . . James Roberts Miss Thelma, the children’s nurse ..Edythe Goldman Dr. Tony, the settlement doctor .. . James Carew Janet, a settlement child . Jeanette Niepokj Lizabth, her friend . . Esther Johnson Miss Proudfoot, president of the board . Sally Short Miss Dorothy, a graduate ... Rose Scdita Rosemary, another settlement child . Betty Balsley Policeman ..... Roris Apostoloff Dr. Grayson, a distinguished psychiatrist . George Neagu Miss Baker, uell loved director of the settlement house Joyce Banker PRODUCTION Student Director Mary Kapnas House Manager Hazel E. Harrison Properties: Dolores Ryan, Mary Helen Stanko, Helen Wellman, Mary Holmes and Verona Biller. Program: Lillian Abraham, Office Practice Class Stage: John Alley, Roger Symes, Robert Shesler and Cushman Lineback. Page Forty-six OUR INVESTMENT IN VICTORY We students at Emerson have tried to back up those who are serving our country on the war front by doing our bit on the home front. Our achievements include the many projects of All Out Americans, a junior civilian defense organi¬ zation, organized in Gary and accorded national recognition for its war activities. This group was organized in 1942 to help conduct the scrap-metal salvage drive. We at Emerson with the aid of the high school students collected 35,400 pounds of scrap in this drive. Since that time we have collect¬ ed about 175,000 pounds of waste paper and addi¬ tional scrap. Our war stamp booth has been open every day from eight to four since Pearl Harbor. WAR BOND First row, left to right: Miss Harrison, Alice Pinkowski, Miss Cromer. Second row: Richard Jackson, Doris Pic- hitino, Marion Zigich. ALL OUT AMERICANS General Chairman ...... Alice Pinkowski AOA Chairman . Marion Zigich AOA Major Richard Jackson AOA Adjutant . Doris Picchitino Faculty Hazel Harrison, Melba Cromer Our total record of stamps and bonds sold until March amounts to over $190,000.00. Last year we earned enough to buy nineteen jeeps, although our aim was only five. This year we made our goal the purchase of five field ambulances.. We sold enough bonds and stamps to buy nine of them and had $795.00 left over. We are now trying to buy at least six weasels dur¬ ing the seventh War Loan Drive. The cost of these is $4,815.00 each. This report does not include our Red Cross activi¬ ties, victory gardens, child care program, junior policemen and fireman activities, model airplane building, and several hundred garments made for Russian children this year. We feel that we have told you enough to make you realize that Emerson Stu¬ dents are really trving to be " ALL OUT AMER¬ ICANS.” Page Forty-sele T. i 11 ll ' ' 7 1 Ml % Av i (l L V TV ' 11 Second row, left to right: Milton Friedman, Bob Reed, Leo Settle, Sue Umpleby, Dick Colley,Gerald Mulloy, Rosemary Komlenich, Betty Aton, Florence Caulk, Etta Mae Heller, Lester Mayes. First row: Harold Rickard, Dick Hall, Mr. Harrison, John Frame, Dolores Ryan. Sponsor: John Harrison We are happy to report that the year of 1944 brought back to Emerson a bi-weekly school newspaper. The first edition of The Emer-Sutt News was on sale on October 2, 1944. Mr. Harri¬ son is the sponsor of the news staff which repre¬ sented each class and the Emerson School Art Club. The typing class worked had with the typ¬ ing. The newspaper consists of a Giddy Gossip page, school news, and a sports section. Upon the graduation of Florence Caulk in February, Rose¬ mary Komlenich became editor. NEWSPAPER SALE IN THE HALL Second row: John Plunkett, Helen Cunningham, Nick Roytan. First row: Audrey Sides, Dorothy Shinners. STAFF MEMBERS: High School Editor Rosemary Komlenich Junior High School Editor Donald Levy Editorial Board: Business and Lay-outs Lester Mayes Circulation Bob Crane Alumni News Helen Brickley Virginia Dwyer Sports Gerald Mulloy, John Frame Society and Gossip Etta Mae Heller Dolores Ryan Typists Donna Little, Freida Bando, Betty Aton Art Dick Hall, Bob Reid Reporters Leo Settle, Bob Elliott, Harold Rickard, Adeline Kuchta Copyreader Calleroy Coutouzis, Mary Wisely Sponsors John D. Harrison, Daisy Rowe " GLAD TO SEE YA” Fred Shieb,, Bob Kemp, Hubert Lazar, Bob Umpelby. " PUPPETEERS” Doris Blake, Ruth Wolf, Mrs. Cother, Marjorie Crowel, Patsy Little. " I BIN’ WORKIN’ ON THE RAILROAD” Bob Yesh, Bob Iatrola, Bob Apathy. " WE ' RE PROUD OF YOU” Service List. " JIGGERS, MISS BAN’S COMING” Lester Mayes, Harold Rickard, Rosemary Cummer, Tom Fernandez, Mary Angotti, Jack Schaff, Bob Rottcnberg, Connie Augustine, Julia Motto, Wanda Nowicki. Page Fifty He Is A Hinirtsnwn Mr. Spaulding, principal of Emerson School, has never lost his enthusiasm for athletics. As a student in both high school and college, he was always active in many branches of sports. He still plays a mighty good game of tennis as many of the students will testify. He is a firm believer that a strong body is as necessary as an active mind. In fact, he sincerely believes that both are necessary for a happy life. We know of no principal who is more interested or fairer in his attitude towards school activities. He believes that athletics is both for the individual who participates and also for the student body, if properly regulated. It should be a part of the school program and an outgrowth of school loyalty. He enjoys making a trip with the team and does go on many of them. He attends practically every home game. He loves to see his students develop into a well organized team. Being an athlete himself, he knows the value of good equipment and always wants his teams adequately dressed and protected. He has always encouraged the coaches to de¬ velop the best team possible with available material, but he has never said " you must have a minner.” With such a fine spirit existing, our teams are seldom at the bottom, and they usually are rugged competition. The student body and coaches appreciate his enthusi¬ astic attitude toward their school athletics program. ATHLET ICS THE NORSEMEN DISH IT OUT Seventeen years ago Emerson received one of its greatest benefits. This was the coming of a man from Carleton College, Class of 1918, to become the ball coach here at Emerson. His coaching idea was not only to make an athlete of each of the boys, but to make a man of each one. Of course, that man is our football mentor, Arthur J. Rolfe. At the annual football banquet on November twenty-ninth, in apprecia¬ tion of his enthusiastic and loyal service to the team and to Emerson, the members of the football team presented him with a fur lined leather jacket. Gene Miller and Louis Karras were chosen co-captains for the 1945-46 grid season. Louis Karras was again Emerson’s lone representative of the first All Conference Team. Emmett Bosak, John Chontos, Gene Miller, and Bill Costlev represented Emerson on the second All Conference Team. Firs row, left to right: Alger, Vidal, Ortosky, Corn Carnahan, Chontos, Elwood, Pangeotis, Finnerty, McKinney, Bewick ' Dotlich, Yesk, Colley, Antczak, Kane. Second row: Sewell, Costley, Karras, Adams, Mihal, Gant, Schaff; Elliott, Bizanes, Hansen, Bosak, Oliver, Kokos, Apathy, Palmer, Mayes, Miller. Third row: Dimitroff, Sopko, Pasiut, Bilski, Boone, Brennan, Kaplan, Booher, McLead, Chirby, Bokich, fourth row: Cross, Finnerty, Levy, Theoharis, Wolf, Kuckuck, Valenti, Kepshire, Minniti. Demonja, Shaney, McGuire, Bleicher, Angotti, Wozchekowski, Guelinas, Bocca, Wallace, Koses, Sposato. left: Mike C Kneeling: Steve Kokos, Carl Page Fifty-six Lower picture, left to right : Louis Karras, Jack Schaff, Carl Carna¬ han, William Costley. " The man who can hght tn heaven ' s own height is the man vrl w can tight when he ' s losing ' ' Top picture, left to right—First row: Mike Coutouzis, Merritt Lesch, Second row: Rwbert Elliott, John Chontos, John Bizanes. Emmett Bosak, Eugene Miller. ) STEVE “Steffo " PANACIOTIS No. 32 Halfback f f i! BILL " Hooker” OLIVER No. 38 Fullback N ' MIKE “Gallopin’ Greek” COUTOUZIS No. 34 Halfback aS ' k|r i3 il LI v i I ' VJM CHARLES “Chuck " BEWICK No. 39 Halfback MERRITT “Baby Face” LESCH No. 35 Quarterback STEVE “Steff " KOKOS No 42 Tackle DICK “Blackie " COLLEY No. 36 Quarterback P f? V . lqc M3 wi HENRY “Hank " ANTCZAK No. 43 End NICK “Fox " MILLER . t M vEA No. 38 End Page fifty-eight GENE “Diz” MILLER No. 44 Halfback FOR YOU, O DEMOCRACY Come, I will make the continent indissoluble, I will make the most splendid race the sun ever shone upon, I will make divine magnetic lands, With the love of comrades, With the life-long love of comrades. I will plant companionship thick as trees along all the rivers of America, and along the shores of the great lakes, and all over the prairies, I will make inseparable cities with their arms about each other’s necks, By the love of comrades, By the manly love of comrades. —Walt Whitman Page Sixty RESERVE FOOTBALL We They Freshmen 18 0 Horace Mann .. 27 13 Wm. A. Wirt 18 Roosevelt (Gary) - 13 Wallace -13 6 Morton High —13 0 Totals 102 33 The Reserves, using the Freshmen as their appetizer, went on undefeated and untied to win five consecutive games and also the City Championship. Quarterback, George Hansen, sparked the scoring parade with a total of 43 points. A rugged line paced by the play of center, Bob Apathy, cleared the road for a " team total” of 102 points while yielding only 33. The 1944 Reserve Rolfemen showed great promise of developing into a championship team in 1945. FKESHMAN footiiaU u The 1944 Freshmen lost their first game of the season to the fighting Blue Devils of Froebel. The game was played in the mud on Froebel field. The ever fighting " Junior Tornado” fought to the end, but were defeated by score of 13 to 7. The Tornado rolled over the remaining foes by decisive scores. Ben Wolfe contributed major ground gains and let the scoring with 30points, Bill Kuckuck proved to be a triple threat and was second in scoring with 27 points. We They Froebel 7 13 Tolleston 21 13 Roosevelt 21 6 Lew Wallace . 14 6 Horace Mann 24 0 Totals 87 43 Emerson Football Highlights Horace Mann was the first to feel the whirl of the Golden Tornado as Bill Costley sparked the backfield with his collections of first downs for the team. Emerson spotted the Horsemen 13 points in the first 5 minutes and with Gene Miller’s brilliant run of 65 yards to pay dirt, won once more the opening game by a score of 39-19. Tolleston retreated to the cellar when " Heap Big” Louis Karras stopped the Raiders and " Jolting Joe” cold. Bill Costley and " The Galloping Greek,” Mike Coutouzis, shared the backfield honors with a touchdown each; Score, 20-6. The Tornado proved its mechanism wasn’t rusty when it handed a 41-7 beating to the Oilers of Whiting. Coutouzis rambled 80 yards for one of his three touchdowns, and Bob Yesh, proved his worth in the left guard berth in the place of Carl Carnahan, who, although injured previously, came in to kick 6 of 7 conversions. The next victims of the Tornado powerhouse were the already known Bears of South Bend Central. " Bulldozer” Bosak paced the Emerson drive with his potent plung¬ ing while on the line, " Fox” Nick Miller stopped the Bears’ backfield at the expense of a broken ankle. The Wildcats of Hammond were teamed into meek little Persian kittens by the Emersons by a score of 27-0. End, Bob Elliott, scored on a beautiful pass from Gene Miller to provide a safe margin. The term of the Senators from Washington E. C. expired as our boys took the thriller 26-15. Bosak’s two touchdowns and Gene Miller’s 30 yard sprint copped the backfield honors while center, Jack Schaff, showed hidden track talent by pulling down the fastest man on the Washington squad from behind. " Who’s next, please?” The Emersonians grabbed the Benton Harbor Tigers by their tails and threw them for a 40-6 loss. Again Bosak scored 3 more touchdowns and Gene Miller’s 58 and 40 yard runs featured Emerson’s strive for a perfect season. " The Golden Greek,” John Bizanes, and Bill Costley sparked the forward wall. The Rolfemen waded to a 13-0 victory over Froebel in the sloshing mud of Gleason Field. Louie Karras proved to be a good " Mudder” at his right tackle spot. " Emmett” Bosak once more led the offense. The largest crowd of the 1944 grid season witnessed the most crucial game of the year. The Tornado powerhouse was at last (alas!) slowed down, and the Hornets of Lew Wallace slid past the Norsemen to a 7-0 decision, thus ending Tornado hopes for a perfect season, the N. I. H. S. C. Western Division title, and possibly for the State Championship. Although the team won no state championship or great honors as a gridiron eleven, all Emerson is proud of one of its greatest teams. We appreciate how hard the fellows and Coach Rolfe have worked and fought to make a successful season. I1ASKETBALL VARSITY BASKETBALL TEAM Second row, left to right: Bob Crane, Jack Schaff, Coach Klug, Lester Mayes, Dick Colley. First row: George Zayats, Sam Ranzino, Bob Elliott, Frank Mihal, Tom Wilson. RESERVES Second row: Richard Swan, Adam Sposato, Mike Coutouzis, Gene Mil¬ ler, Ralph Olis. First row: Bill Kane, Jim Finnerty, John Depanion, Bill Kuck, George Hansen, Joe Minniti. FRESHMEN Second row: Charles Bocca, Don Kepshire, Ray Komlenich, Don McGuire, Bob Urban. First row: Joe Pavicic, Bob Hy- barger. Bob Bachich, Allen John¬ ston, Dick Elson. BASKETBALL WILLIAM " BILL” KLUG Coach Klug has been producing winning teams since he came to Emerson in 1942. His genial smile and winning ways have won the hearts of all the boys (and girls!). A product of our old rival, Horace Mann, he has now con¬ centrated his talents on producing backetball teams that whipped all comers, including his alma mater, Mann. Here is an account of the scores that " Bill” and the Norse have cooked up: We Team They 29 .. Hobart ... 31 50 . .. Whiting . 31 31 Wallace .. 32 31 Tolleston .... 22 27 .. Froebel . 19 41 . Hammond T. 23 31 Horace Mann . .... 32 30 Froebel ... . 32 52 .. Roosevelt (G) . . 35 30 Tolleston . . 22 47 .. Valparaiso ... . 29 30 . Washington E. C. . 33 31 . Hammond . 38 20 . .. Horace Mann . 29 46 Hammond Clark ... . .. 48 39 .... Roosevelt E. C. . . 17 39 .... S. B. Central 42 40 . . Wallace 34 HOLIDAY TOURNEY We Team They 48 ... Wirt ... 21 33 - Horace Mann.. 29 38 Wallace 40 SECTIONAL TOURNAMENT 50 Valparaiso . 27 40 Wallace ... 39 37 Horace Mann . 3 5 60 Kouts ... 16 REGION ALS 26 Michigan City .. 47 TOTALS: We—976 They—783 BASKETBALL MANAGERS Left to right: Robert Elwood, Louis Vidal, Lester Weiss. Frank Mihal, Bob Elliott. George Zayats. Basketball practice at the Memorial Auditorium. Page Sixty-five TOM WILSON " Tearin ' Tom” Forward ROBERT CRANE " Bangin ' Birdie” Forward GEORGE ZAYATS " Zippin’ Z ay” Forward ROBERT ELLIOTT " Battlin’ Bob” FRANK MIHAL " Sightin’ Frank” Guard Sixty-six I T V . . DICK COLLEY " Boomin’ Blackie” Forward FRANCIS GANT " Shootin’ Shadow” Forward SAM RANZINO " Slhtgin’ Sam” Guard JACK SCHAFF " Jumpin’ Jack” Center WILLIAM KLUG " Big-Gun Bill” Coach Page Sixty-seven SENIORS Top row: Bronco Samardzia, Sam Sargis, Ernest Koenig, Bob Kaplar, Ned Miller. Bolton, row: Bob Elwood, Bill Bacalis, Chuck Bewick, Mike Adams, Dick Hall. JUNIORS Top row: Joe Sewell, Henry Cieslak, Tony Paskewicz, Al¬ bert Gasper, John Frame. Third Row: Robert Petrovich, Steve Kokos, Bob Yesh, John Donley, Robert Kutch Second row: Dominic Cefali, Ed Carija, Vclmir Gurgevich, Bob Holt, John Plunkett, Leo Settle. First row: Bob Alger, John King. Class Basketball In early December the Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen met to select teams. Each class was divided into three teams; the A, B, and C teams. In January the league games were played to determine the winner of each division. The Senior A, Junior B, and Junior C proved to be " tops” in their respective divisions. The tournament was played in early March, and in the final game the Junior A eased by the Senior A by a score of 27 to 26. The champions received medals for their efforts. SOPHOMORES Top row: Bob Rccd, Tom Fernandez, Nick Karas, Henry Wegrzyn, Jim King. Third row: Chester Pasuit, John Olejnik, Bob Boone, Eddie Orgon, Ralph Settle. Second row: John Barrick, Jack Egan, “Pop Kutch, Jerome Muras. First row: Paul Ortosky, Don Nikchevich, Bob Doyle. FRESHMEN Top row: Demonja, McGuire, Hybarger, Wolf, Komlenich, Everett, Harkness. Third row: Kepshire, Martinez, Urban, Josephoff, Kusma, Pavicic, McGuire, Wajckowski. Second row: Davis, Levy, Yarvis, Bocca, Johnston, Evans, Oljace. First row: Valenti, Bachnich, Elson, Glenn, Coss, Kattardis, Gill. Page Sixty-eight C R 0 S S (I 0 II IN T R Y One of Emerson’s most genial teachers is our cross¬ country coach, safety teacher, and head of the Safety Patrol. This, of course, is the wonderful white- haired Mr. Werner, fondly known to the pupils as ’ ' Pop.” The Emerson Cross Country Harriers of their captain, Joe Aydelotte, who is no „ s ivere all new to the sports, with the exception wearing the blues of the Navy. The men who received major letters were Robert Shesler, manager; Joe Aydelotte, captian; John Donley, Edward Orgon, John Frame, and Ralph Olis. Miner letters were awarded to James King, Bob Kaplar, Dick Swan, Norman Kaplan, Bob Crane, John King, Ray Komlenich, and Leo Settle. Although these boys were new, they ran a good tough race, and closed their season with a challenge that promises victory for next year. Top row, left to right: Bob Crane, John Frame, Ralph Olis, Leo Settle, Joe adeylotte, John Donley. Middle row: Norman Kaplan, Bob Shesler, James King, Donald Nikche- vich. Jack Egan, Eddie Organ. Bottom row: Bob Kutch, John King, Leo Finnerty, George Gram, Ray Komlenich. Joe Aydelotte Page Sixty-nine T K A C F. The Norse thinclads are putting forth a strong well balanced team upon the cinders this season. Led by Captain Gene Miller in the hurdles, Mike Maragos and Dick Colley in the dashes, and Ed Carija in the 440 and 880 yd. runs, present a formidable array of point collectors. Other pctent point collectors are Bob Elliott and Joe Jancarich, shot put; Joe Minnitti, pole vault: Don McGuire, hurdles; John Donley and John Frame, mile run. Much is to be expected of the half mile relay team of Maragos, Colley, Carija, and Miller. April 6th at Edison April 11th at Wallace Miragos - 00 yard dash 1st ... 3rd Colley .2nd Miller .. .220 vard dash no. 1 ......1st Maragos ..... 220 yard dash 1st Colley .. 2nd Colley ..2nd Maragos -... . .220 yard dash no. 2 Miller . ... .120 yd. high hurdles no. 1 1st Miller .Board Jump... 2nd 3rd Carija .440 yard run .1st Miller .?00 vard low hurdles no. 1 1st Kaplar .. .... ..2nd McGuire 120 yd. high hurdles no. 2. 1st Sposata .. 3rd Scheelar Ini Miller. Gant .High Jump ...Tie 3rd Elliott . ..Shot Put 1st Jancarich shot Put 1st Jancarich 2nd Maragos, Colley, Minnitti .... Pole Vault . 2nd Carija, Miller .Half Mile Relay .1st Oljacc 3rd Minnitti, Kaplar, Miller . ...High Jump . 2nd Levey, Sposata Mile Relay .. .. 1st Bizanes, Elliott .Tie 3rd Carija Half Mile .. .2nd Frame . Mile .... 3rd Sposata .. HO yard run ... 3rd Maragos, Colley, Carija, Miller .Half Mile Relay .1st In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of track. (Anyway, it says so here.) The quotation mav not be stated entirely correctly, but when the birds and the bees herald signs of spring, a young man’s fancy iiterally does yearn for the trackfield, where he can let off all of his loose energy saved up through the bitter winter, and gallop around to his heart’s content. Don’t get us wrong, boys; we don’t expect you to turn into human greyhounds, but bring home the points for Emerson. Page Seventy-one Running : Bob Hybargcr, George Gram, James Gibbons. Running: Bob Elliott, Mike Adams, Dick Colley, Mike Maragos. G. A. A. has long been a part of the school life of Emerson. It was organized to promote among the girls a keener interest in sports, but it has done more than that. Along with friendly rivalry and good sportsmanship, it has done much to promote sociability among the girls of every class. It is the most democratic organization to which girls in high school can belong. It’s not a select group; on the contrary, it’s for all who are willing to work for the athletic points which give the privilege of belonging. Page Seventy-three G. A. A. FACULTY Miss Hodge, Miss Reynolds, Miss Heimbcrg. G. A. A. BOARD Top rour. Betty Aton, Dolores Gile, Dolores Hile, Jeanne Anderson, Lillian Abraham, Theresa Motto. Bottom row : Donna Little, Alice Condo, Roma Evans, Kathleen Mc¬ Guire, Angeline Cappony, Catina Coutouzis, Adeline Kucbta. TOPS IN OUR FOUR MAJOR SPORTS Top: Angeline Cappony, Lillian Abraham. Bottom: Dolores Gile, Alice Condo. Page Seventy-five G. A. A. OFFICERS Standing: Alice Condo, Dolores Gile, Theresa Motto. Seated: Adeline Kuchta. When cold weather sets in, not only with the boys, but also with the girls, the center of attraction is basketball, another major sport which is really played in earnest. Girls’ basketball is played on different bases than the boys’ basketball, because boys’ basketball is too strenuous for girls. Instead of the guards and forwards using all the floor as the boys do in their basketball games, the forwards and guards on the girls’ teams can not go over the middle line. There are three guards and three forwards on a team, instead of two guards and two forwards, and center as the boys have on their teams. This year the girls swarmed in bee hives as usual to sign up for active duty in class teams. One of Emerson’s " as-bestest” athletes, Angie Cappony, acted as basketball head for the second year. The seniors came forth in basketball by winning over their opponents, the under¬ classmen. Interschool basketball was discontinued this year which was very disappointing to the girls, but again they competed with the boys and gave them exciting competition. Sad but true, each class team was defeated by them. Page Seventy-six SENIOR BASKETBALL Left to right: Kathleen McGuire, Jean Anderson, Theresa Motto, Lil¬ lian Abraham, Alice Condo, Irene Pawlowski, Roma Evans, Adeline Kuchta. JUNIOR BASKETBALL Left to right: Josephine Rondinelli, Marjorie Mulloy, Wanda Nowicki, Helen Hodges, Martha Svantner, Calleroy Coutouzis, Barbara Smith Bernice Brummy, Helen Donahoe. first row: Mary Ann Reid, Batty Zimmerly, Anna Vrtikapa, Olga Dotlich, Sherry Beauchamp, Bar¬ bara Rhynearson, Greta Isenberg, Margaret Apathy. Second row: Jerre Richards, Saddie Fairley, Vcrnice Mayes, Betty Reth- oric, Niki Kypreos, Betty Carew, Edythe Goldman. (i I L S ' SI EE I) BALL First row. Lincoln, Beau- Second row. Apathy, Biz- Third row. Reid, Ciarfag- lia, Virtikapa, Dotlich. SENIORS: Bottom row. Hilc, Kuchta, Coutouzis, Motto, Evans. Top row. Babilla, McGuire, Anderson, Abraham, Con¬ do, Pawlowski. JUNIORS Standing: Rondinelli, No- wicki. Smith, Hodges. On bench: Motta, Brum- mer, Coutouzis, Donahoe, Serratta. On floor: Stachura, Galka, Christ. Speedball started the girls’ sport season with Do Do Hile as a very efficient speedball head! Speedball is related to soccer, basketball, football, and hockey. It’s played on the same field as hockey. It has five forwards, three half-backs, two fullbacks, and a goaly, which guards the goal. Each point scored consists of two points, and the free kick consists of one. Those girls who are in the G. A. A. and the girls who want to join the G. A. A. play this game at the beginning of the year for points. After they play eight games, they earn one hun- red points. Then varsity is chosen. This year the captains of the four varsity teams were Delores Gile, senior; Martha Svantner, junior; Angeline Muniz, sophomore; and Estelle Bizanes, freshman. The weather provided a fine turn out, and the season ran smoothly, and was over too soon for the ontdoors sport lovers. There was a tough fight between the seniors and juniors for for the Championship, but the juniors proved themselves " kings,” and the senior hopes were dimmed by the junior victory. The trumphant season was ended with a speedball " spread” where Mrs. Benfield gave all concerned more than enough to eat. He Counsels His Classes A Emerson there is considerable rivalry between the four classes in their social activities, plus honor roll, and extra curricular projects. For several years each class has had a committee of sponsors which elects a chairman. Each class has its own dance and except for the freshmen each class invites members of the other classes as their guests. Each class has two class meetings during the year in the auditorium. Mr. Spaulding always takes time to talk at these class meet¬ ings. This year Mrs. Reyher has been the chairman of spon¬ sors for the freshmen; Mr. Flinn, for the sophomores; Miss Ban for the Juniors and Miss Grieger for the Seniors. They have spent many extra hours on outside activities for which the classes wish to express their sincere appreciation. In the class rooms it has been a turbulent year. Many of the older students left for the service; due to the war, there is constant tension ; changes in curriculum are in the air. One definite change will be the teaching of American Literature in the third year instead of the fourth. There will be more emphasis on American History and institutions. In social science classes, the trend is toward analysis of current events, and economic as well as place geography; more students are showing an interest in science and mathematics. This is a changing and expanding world in ivhich we live; the high school must keep pace with it. On the right, in her World History class, Miss Ban is explaining to Jackie Reside, Bob Friedman, Marianne Kom- insky, Delores Previs, and Deno Kottardis the importance of realization that ice are only one member of the world of nations. Page Seventy-eight CLASSES The Freshman class held its Freshman Frolic on March 16, 1945. In good Irish custom, the gym was decorated in green and white with shamrocks scattered along the wall, in keeping with the St. Patrick’s day theme. The class officers are Richard Swan, President; Robert Urban, Vice President; Ricahrd Elson, Secretary; Don¬ ald Dimonja, Boys’ Treasurer; and Dolores Molna, Girls’ Treasurer. The class colors are red and white; their flower, the rose; and their motto is " Always Higher.” The Freshman sponsors are Mrs. Reyhner, Miss Smith, Miss Rowe, Mrs. Pierce, Miss Ekeberg, and Mr. Warrum. The frolic committee was headed by Paul Angotti, chairman; in the decorations committee were Margaret Apathy, Robert Cross, Jean Hampton, Robert Hybar ‘ ger, Olga Dotlich, Ben Wolff, Don McGuire, and Do Kepshire. On the entertainment, were Greta Isenberg, Jerry Levenberg, Beatrice McLeod, Richard Green, Bar¬ bara Rhvnearson, James Sisamis, Nick Roytan, and Leslie Glenn. The Freshman class held a reception in the cafeteria for parents and teachers on December 14th. The object was to discuss school problems and make teachers and parents better acquainted. The Constitution Committee consisted of Maryanne Reid, chairman; Dolores Klimazewski, Nick Roytan, Gerald Levenberg, Jeanne Charlebois, and Boris Apos- toloff. The flower and color committee consisted of Leanora Taylor, chairman, Paul Walker, Wanda Claude, Mary Thanos, Bill Platis, and Jerry Jerasimo. On the motto committee were Donald Levy, chairman, Isabel Espinoza, Lorretta Martinez, Robert Combs, Patsy Little, and Bill Kuckuck. OFFICERS, left to right: RICHARD ELSON, (ROBERT URBAN,) Vice President DOLORES MOLNAR, Girls’ Treasurer DONALD DEMONJA, Boys’ Treasurer RICHARD SWAN, President Page Eighty Pa?c Ei hty-two S 0 I H 0 M n E H SPONSORS Miss Tappan, Mr. Flinn, Miss Talbot, Miss Gwinn, Mrs. Greenwald, Miss Tinsman. After a full year of being cal led " greenies,” the Sophomores started out their second year of high school with the grand feeling of finally " belonging” to the high school set. Their first major task of the year was selecting capable officers to head their class. They chose the following students: Irene Shotts, president; William Kane, vice president; Edward Orgon, secretary; Henry Wegerzyn, boys’ treasurer; and Angeline Muniz, girls’ treasurer. In early November Mrs. Palmer directed their class play, " Seven Little Rebels,” which turned out to be a great success. Their big night was March 23, when the Sopho¬ more Hop was held in the girls’ lower gym. The decorations were all in the palest Easter colors and the theme of the dance was The Easter Parade. Co- chairmen for the Hop were Vernice Mayes and James King. Those assisting them were Darlene Taylor, Paul Sopko, John Olenik, Jack Egan, Sadie Fairley, Florence Jancarich, Joyce Banker, and Dorothy De Shazo. The Sophomore sponsors, who were interested in making the Hop a success were led by Mr. Flinn; the others were Miss Tappan, Mrs. Greenwald, Miss Talbot, Miss Gwinn, and Miss Tinsman. OFFICERS, left to right: HENRY WEGRZYN, Boys’ Treasurer ANGELINA MUNIZ, Girls’ Treasurer BILL KANE, Vice President IRENE SHOTTS, President EDWARD ORGON, P ge Eighty-three SOI’HO MISS CWINN Reg. 103 Top row: Wegrzyn, My- natt, Me r sen ski, Muras, White, Riley, Martin, Tbird row: Shesler, Sop- ko, Wroblewski, Pasiut, Wydrzycki, Rzepka. Second row: McLeod, Mohr, Nikchevich, Scheerer, Settle, Orgon, Lewandowski. First row: Weissbuch, Mihal, Schaff, Olejnik, Ortosky. MR. FLINN Reg. 304 Top row: Robinson, Kutch, Castrinos, Weiss, Mr. Flinn, Grand, Ice- nogle, Ranzino, Flanagan, Gant, Reid, Kozar. Third row: Halvatgis, Lincback, Schoonover, Parker, Marogos, Doneff. Second row: George, Bru- dnackowski, Fernandez, Steen, Raysses, Bonick, First row: Goldman, Guemplc, Calhoun, Jcn- MISS TALBOT Reg. 206 Top row: Frame, Doyle, Fox, Boone, Carson. Second row: Burger, Chirby, Erlcr, Alterwitz, King. First row: Kenealy, Daw¬ son, Ilinkovich, Kutch, Kgan, Cicsielski. .1II N I 0 S Ordering classrings is always a big moment in the high school careers of juniors, and this year was no exception. This procedure occurred in early October, but we had to wait patiently until their arrival in February. Next came the most thrilling and looked forward to occasion of the year. That, of course, was the Junior Prom which was held at the Masonic Temple on February 3rd. One part of the decorations for the prom was an impressive honor roll with the names of the fellows in the service from the gradu- . ating class of " 45.” The first " get together” that the juniors had was on Febraury 28 th in the auditorium. The president, Dick Colley, presided over the meeting and intro¬ duced the class officers. The financial report of the Prom was given with the auditorium department offering to pay a share of the expenses. Humorous reviews of the Junior Play " No Man’s Land” were given as a conclusion to the meeting. The play, which was sponsored by Miss Ekeberg and given on March 2nd, turned out to be a great success. OFFICERS, left to right : GEORGE HANSEN, Vice President BARBARA SMITH, Secretary DICK COLLEY, JOSEPHINE FERNANDEZ, Girls’ Treasurer ROBERT PETROVICH, Pagr Eighty-six I (14 5 HE IS IIIII S OFFICERS, left to right : BOB ELLIOTT, Boys’ Treasurer It’s a tough assignment to pack into a few words all the glorious memories of our Senior year, to tell all of the gay unforgettable moments, the disappoint¬ ment, poignant and tragic too, that will never come again as they used to be. In t ' .:e years to come we’ll look back and say, " Remember?” and the rush of past scenes will be there, such as, the Prom in January so that all the fellows would still be here to go, of uniforms and dress suits at the Prom, of " Spice,” the Senior play, the silly jokes, the arguments on the footwarmers. the Christmas pageant, the basketball tournament, and so many other things we shared. All of us changed this year even though it was hardly noticeable. Each time one of our classmates left for the Service, we felt a little sad and a little lost without the friends who had become so much a part of our life here together. And now, with Commencement and Baccalaureate looming ahead, we realize we have many of our happiest days left behind at Emerson. Page Eighty-nine LILLIAN ABRAHAM . . . " Abe”— G.A.A.; G.A.A. Board Member. BETTY JEAN BABILLA . . . " Jelly Bean”— President of Girls’ Glee Club; Girls’ Band Officer; A-Cappella Choir. GEORGE ALEXANDER . . . " Axle”— President of Senior Class; Vice-president of Boys’ Band and Concert Orchestra; 1945 Yearbook Staff. FREIDA BANDO . . . Senior Honor Society. LEDA ANDASEN . . . " Lee”— G.A.A.; Spanish Club. DANIEL BARRICK . . . " Seri”— Football; Building and Grounds Chairman; Junior Play. JEANNE ANDERSON . . . " Andy”— Girls’ Glee Club President; Vice-president of A-Cappella Choir; G.A.A. Board Member. TERESA BARTEZAK . . . " Terry”— Spice and Variety. ROBERT APATHY . . . " App " — Football; Annual Sales Staff; Spice and Variety. CHARLES BEWICK . . . " Chuck " — Football; Class Basket¬ ball; R.O.T.C. Officer. BETTY ATON . . . " Tag”— G.A.A. Board. EVELYN B1ERNAT . ; Booster Com- JOHN BIZANES . . . " Golden Greek " — Football; Basket- CONSTANCE AUGUSTINE . . . " Connie " — Basketball. ball; Baseball. SAMUEL AULD . . . " Sam”—Spanish Club. JUNE BLAKERZYK . . . Dramatic Club; Constitution Page Ninety We did have fun with no harm done while we were passing through! How lovely it was! LILLIAN ABRAHAM GEORGE ALEXANDER LEDA ANDASEN JEANNE ANDERSON MARY ANGOTTI HENRY ANTCZAK ROBERT APATHY BETTY ATON CONSTANCE AUGUSTINE SAMUEL AULD BETTY JEAN BABILLA FRIEDA BANDO DANIEL BARRICK THERESA BARTEZAK WILLIAM BATALIS ARTHUR BENJAMIN CHARLES BEWICK EVELYN BIERNAT JOHN BIZANES JUNE BLAKERZYK Page Ninety-one JOAN BLUMENSTEIN . . . " Jo” JOHN CHARLF.BOIS . . . " Jack " —Treasurer of Junior Class; Senior Representative of Board of Control; Booster Committee. ADRIANN BOCSKAY . . . " Bosco ”—Board of Control; Secretary of Concert Orchestra; Scholarship Committee. JOHN CHONTOS . . . Football; Softball; Class Basketball. EMMETT BOSAK . . . " Putrky " — Football; Track; Class Basketball. MARY CHURCHIA . . . " Mar”—Junior Honor Society; G.A.A.; Spanish Club. EDWARD CAR1JA . . . " Shanks”— Track; Class Basketball. ALICE CONDO . . . " Jamie ”—Chairman of Social Com¬ mittee; Vice-president of G.A.A; Board of Control. ROBERT CARVER . . . " Boh”— R.O.T.C. Officer. MAVIS COPLEY . . . " Mace ”—Roselette Club; G.A.A.; Girls’ Glee Club. FLORENCE CAULK . . " Flo-Flo”— G.A.A.; Editor of Emer-Sun Netvs ; Office Clerk. CATINA COUTOUZIS . . . " Kiki " — G.A.A. Board; Girls’ Glee Club; Junior Honor Society. nttone” —G.A.A.; Spice and BOB CRANE . . . " Birdie " — Basketball; Baseball; President of Senior Honor Society. WANDA CHAJA . . . " Bi, Variety; Girls’ Glee Club. Oh thanks for the memory of seniors on review, Tears and laughter too! DAN BLUMENSTEIN ADRIANN BOCSKAY EMMETT BOSAK JANICE BRINK SQUELINE BURTON ANGELINE CAPPONY EDWARD CARIJA ROBERT CARVER LORENCE CAULK WANDA CHAJA JOHN CHARLEBOIS JOHN CHONTOS Page ’Ninety-three ROSEMARY CUMMER . . . " Rosie ”—1945 Yearbook Staff; A-Cappella. tic Class; PATRICIA FISCH . . . " Pal " —Senior Dramat Officer in Concert Band; Prom Committee. DOROTHY DAVIS . . . Senior Honor Society; A-Cappella; ALICE FISHER . . . Orchestra; Spanish Club. Girls’ Glee Club. JAMES DIM1TROFF . . . " Jimmy”— Football; Spanish DOROTHY FLANDERS . . . " Dot ”—Publicity Manager Club; Class Basketball. of Girls’ Band. MARY DOTLICH . . . " Squeezy”— G.A.A.; Spanish Club; JACQUELINE FLEMMING . . . " Jackie” Senior Class Day Committee. BETTY FERGUSON . . " Ferg ”—Roselette Club; 1945 LEON GALKA . . . " Clown ”—Calss Basketball. Yearbook Staff; Latin Club. KEITH FINK . " lean " —Senior Honor Society; Bugler; ROBERT GALLAGHER . . . " Bob " — A-Cappella Choir; Band Officer. Latin Club; R.O.T.C. Page Ninety-four ROSEMARY CUMMER DOROTHY DAVIS JAMES DIMITROFF MARY DOTLICH ROBERT ELLIOTT ROBERT ELWOOD ROMA EVANS BEVERLY FENTON BETTY FERGUSON KEITH FINK PATRICIA FISCH ALICE FISHER DOROTHY FLANDERS JACQUELINE FLEMMING PATRICIA FREANT RAE FRIEDMAN PHYLLIS FUHRMAN RALPH GAGLIARDI LEON GALKA ROBERT GALLAGHER Page Ninety-five CONSUELA GARCIA . . . " Connie”— Girls’ Editor of 1945 Yearbook; Treasurer of Senior Honor Society; Class Plays. GEORGIA HUMMER . . . Spanish Club. DELORES GILE . . . " Dede " —G.A.A. Board; Head of Swimming. EUGENE GRIFFITH . . . " Grift” — Melody Makers; Boys ' Band Officer; Spanish Club. DOLORES IRZYK . . . " Dee”—Spice and Variety; Girls ' Glee Club; A-Cappclla Choir. LOIS JANNASCH . . . " Jay ”—Roselette Club; Spice and MARY LOU HELLER . . . " Putcb ”—Christmas Pageant. BETTY LEE JONES . . . " Be ”—Class Plays; Girls’ Glee Club; G.A.A. FRANCES JUAREZ . . . " Fran " — G.A.A.; Orchestra; DOLORES HILE . . . " Do-Do”— G.A.A. Board; Head of Girls ' Glee Club. Speedball; Sophomore and Senior Plays. DOROTHY HINCHEY . . . " Dot ”—Spanish Club. JULIAN KAPLAN . . . " Jolting Julie ”—Class Basketball; R.O.T.C.; Spanish Club. AUDREY HINES . . . " And”— G.A.A. ROBERT KAPLAR . . . " Bugs ”—President of Orchestra; Spice and Variety; Building and Grounds Committee. Page Ninety-six Remember the register classes, announcements, admits, and passes. Good luck to you all, lads and lassies. CONSUELO GARCIA DELORES GILE EUGENE GRIFFITH REGINA HAJ RICHARD HALL EVELYN HALVATGIS MARY LOU HELLER DOLORES HILE DOROTHY HINCHEY AUDREY HINES GEORGIA HUMMER DOLORES IRZYK LOIS JANNASCH DON JANNEY ARTHUR JASCOVIAK WARREN JOHNSON BETTY LEE JONES FRANCES JUAREZ JULIAN KAPLAN ROBERT KAPLAN Page ' Ninety-seven MARILYN KELLSTROM . . . " Mernie” —A-Cappella Choir; ROMA LEADY . . . " Shorty” Junior and Senior Play; Building and Grounds Committee. DOROTHY KEPSHIRE . . . " Kr .”—Treasurer of Senior MERRIT LESCH . . . " Slug " — Football; Basketball; Soph- Class; Majorette. omore Class Treasurer. ERNEST KOENIG . . . " Ernie ”—Spanish Club; R.O.T.C.; Sophomore Play. DOROTHY LEWANDOWSKI . . . " Dorth " — Girls’ Glee Club; Orchestra; A-Cappella Choir. FRANK KOKOS . . . Football; R.O.T.C. DONNA LITTLE . . . " Donnie” —Vice-president of Senic Class; Annual Staff; G.A.A. Board. ADELINE KUCHTA . . . " Adi” —G.A.A. President; Head of Booster Committee; Head Cheerleader. MARY DAWN McLEOD . . . " Myrt " —G.A.A. ELLEN JEAN KUCK . . . " ftannic " —Prom Committee; Spice and Variety; A-Cappella Choir. PATRICIA KUZMA . . . " Pat " —Orchestra; Girls’ Glee Club; Melody Makers. MARTIN LANDIS . . . " Marty” — Bafid; Scholarship BERNICE MICIKOWSKI . . . " Babs”— Band. MIKE MIHAL . . . " Mickey " —R.O.T.C. GENE MILLER . . . " D a”—Football; Vice-president of the Board of Control; Captain of 1944 Track Team. Page Ninety-eight We ' ve worked and played and now have made our passing grades; You see we ' re not so dumb, oh, thank you so much. MARILYN KELLSTROM DOROTHY KEPSHIRE ERNEST KOENIG FRANK KOKOS FRANCES KOLAKOWSKI ROSEMARY KOMLENICH ADELINE KUCHTA ELLEN JEAN KUCK PATRICIA KUZMA MARTIN LANDIS ROMA LEADY MERRIT LESCH DOROTHY LEWANDOWSKI DONNA LITTLE KATHLEEN McGUIRE george McKinney Page Ninety-nine JUDITH MILLER . . . " Judy " —1945 NED MILLER . . . " Mil ”—Senior Class Rifle Team. NICK MILLER . . . ' Toy”— Football; Ti ALFRED MOHR . . . " Ted ”—Property chestra; Member of the Little Symphony; ENID MOISF. . . . " Inky ”—Class Plays; O Senior Honor Society. THERESA MOTTO . . . " Terry ”— ' Treasi Spice and Variety; Girls’ Conference Chain JIM MULZON . . . " Cooker ”—Track Tea. RICHARD OLJACE . . . " Spide , " —Assist Orchestra; R.O.T.C.; Member of the Litt BENJAMIN O’MELIA . . . " Ben ”—Ba R.O.T.C. JACK PALMER . . . Football; Track. Yearbook Staff. BESSIE PANTINAS . . . " Bess " —Senior Honor Society; 1945 Yearbook Staff; A-Cappella Choir. HELEN PANY . . . G.A.A.; Spanish Club; Girls’ Glee Club. rack; Basketball. IRENE PAWLOWSKI . . . G.A.A.; Senior Honor Society. Senior Honor Society. Manager of Or- LELAND MEADE PENROD . . . " Penny ”—Senior Honor R.O.T.C. Society; President of Boys’ Band; R.O.T.C. Rifle Team. ant Manager of ANNA BELLE REILY . . . " Reily”- Business Manager of le Symphony. 1 945 Yearbook Staff; Junior Class Secretary; Class Plays; Senior Honor Society. ,nd; Orchestra; HAROLD RICKARD . . . " Rick " —R.O.T.C Rifle Team NORMAN ROBINSON . . . " Robin ”—Cross Country; Track; Sophomore Play. One Hundred The an, ful tests? Those Junior pests! The ribbing in the hall. How lovely it was! JUDITH MILLER NED MILLER NICK MILLER ALFRED MOHR ENID MOISE THERESA MOTTO JIM MULZON RICHARD OLJACE BENJAMIN O’MELIA JACK PALMER BESSIE PANTINAS HELEN PANY IRENE PAWLOWSKI LELAND PENROD MARIANNE PF.TRAKOS ALICE PINKOWSKI BETTY JANE RANDLE ANNA BELLE REILY HAROLD RICKARD NORMAN ROBINSON Page One Hundred One GLORIA ROBOIN . . . G.A.A. RUTH SIMMONS . . . NORMA RODGERSON . . . Prom Committee; Band Officer. RUDY ROMISCHER . . . - ' Red”—Boys ' Editor of 1945 Yearbook; Band Officer; R.O.T.C. Officer. MARY SKORICH . . . Girls’ Glee Club; Spice and Variety; Scholarship Committee. DANIEL SMATANA . . . " Smuts " JAMES RONCHI . . . " Dugo”—Band; Christmas Pageant; Spice and Variety Committee. DUANE SMELTZER . . . Boys’ Band; A-Cappella Choir; Senior Dramatic Club. Roselette BRONCO SAMARZIA . . . " Bronc " — Class Basketball. l.OIS SVENDSEN . . . " Red " — Christmas Pageant; Spice and Variety; Majorette. SAM SARGIS . . . " Persian " —1945 Yearbook Staff; Spanish Club; Class Basketball. ROBERT SWANSON . . . " Scotty " —Junior Honor Society; Band; Picture Projector Operator. DOROTHY SHINNERS . . . " Dorse”— F.A.B.; Roselette Club; G.A.A. ALICE SYLER . . . " Silo” —Senior Honor Society; G.A.A. Spanish Club. AUDREY SIDES . . . " Aud”— F.A.B.; Roselette Club; Senior Play and Homecoming Dance Committee. GWENDOLYN TIMMERMAN . . . " Gwen " —Spanish Club. P age One Hundred Ti DANIEL SMATANA DUANE SMELTZER NORMA JEAN SMITH PETER SOPKO Page One Hundred Three Thanks for the memory of the morning bugle call, Spring fever in the fall. We extend our appreciation to DELANEY PRINTING COMPANY M. MILLER STUDIO HARDESTY STUDIO INDIANAPOLIS ENGRAVING COMPANY KINGSPORT PRESS, INC. also Gordon ' s Studio Gary-Post Tribune Mr. T. Connor, Chicago Tribune Anshell Rachoff and Alfred Cohen Student Photographers. MILAN UZELAC LOUIS VIDAL DELORES VILLANUEVA RICHARD VRTIKAPA GEORGE WAHLSMITH RUTH ANN WAITT KENNETH WALLACE LESTER WEISS ROBERT WELLMAN JOHN WELSH JACK WILCZYNSKI EDITH WOTHERSPOON THEODORE YOUNG CHESTER BOKICH EDWARD COOPER Page One Hundred Fire ★ SEIM I INI HALL ★ NORMA SMITH “Sweet and Mellow " CHARLES BEWICK “Hep to the Jive” ROSEMARY KOMLENICH “Priority Plus " Here they are! Seniors of outstanding quality and per¬ sonality, chosen by you from the senior class of ’45. We hope that you too are " hep to the jive jargon” as they are, for you won’t find any satisfactory word explanations in Daniel Webster. This is the talk of the " Bobby Sox” Parade, so if you don’t understand what we’re talking about, jump on the band wagon with us and get " hep.” Page One Hundred Six UF FAME DAN BARRICK “Coke Crowd Casanova " ANNA BELLE REILY “Sunshine Sal " WARREN JOHNSON “A Clad Lad- Taking it for granted that these Jolly Jills and Joes represent the different phases of the ultra-modern coke crowd, let’s assume, Watson, that all of them dote on Harry James’ records, french fries, cokes and VAN JOHNSON. To say nothing about the other things the. ' manage to squeese into their spare time. Yes sir, we’re " cooking with gas” when we say that these fellows are all around characters. PdVe One HnnJreJ Xei.en CONNIE CARCIA “Sleek and all Reef” a NNA LIJTLE IN KEVIEW SEPTEMBER — School begins . . . lots of new faces . . . whole school on warpath with wild cry of " NO ANNUAL.” (We finally won, Heh!) Miss Tappan sponsors the 1945 Emersonian. Irene Kuchta, who was chosen " Miss Gary Cigarette,” turns down offer from John Powers. (Easy girls). First senior class meeting with Presi¬ dent George Alexander introducing the class officers and making plans for a mid-winter prom. OCTOBER — " D-Day” (Diploma Day) ain’t far away, so we start ordering our announcements and calling cards. A committee headed by chairman Sam Sargis and Miss Grieger, Senior sponsor, selected the style for the class of " 45.” Emerson becomes photogenic . . . everybody taking class pictures (aw nertz!) First edition of The Emer-Sun News goes on sale October 2, 1944. NOVEMBER — Sophomores started off the 11th month by giving " Seven Little Rebels” as their class play . . . Booster Committee sponsors Apple Day . . . statistics . . . 426 apples sold at 10c each. (Hmm, a thriving business!) Yearbook pep session says, " Get hep to the jive, buy an annual in " 45.” Armistice day ... we face the east with a solemn prayer as the bugle sounds taps. Roosevelt re-elected to a 4th term. Seniors discussing and exchanging politicans’ views in halls and classes. (Okay, so Dewey lost—here ' s your money). Mr. W. W. Wright, Dean of Indiana University Freshman Division, speaks to graduating seniors in the auditorium. (Typical question— " are you going to college??) Annual football banquet—27 receive major letters. (Oliver even got one!) Gene Miller and Louis Karras elected co-captains. Donna Little voted football queen. DECEMBER — Emerson students swarm Gary stores for Christmas work. Hey! Where are all the seniors? (War effort, you know!) Invitations given to Alice Syler, Bob Elwood, Dorothy Davis, Anna Belle Reily, Mike Coutouzis, Irene Pawlowski, Frieda Bando, and Enid Moise by Senior Honor Society. Honor Society sees " Winged Victory” in Chicago with Miss Tappan. (Talking about snow, whew!) Traditional Christmas Pageant, " The Birthday of a King.” Annual holiday tournament—Emerson nosed out in finals, 40 to 38. (Grrr!) Prom Committee headed by Chairman Charles Bewick, sponsors, Miss Harrison and Miss Benscoter, meets weekly to plan for the 1945 prom. 1945 called " Puppet Year”—(Everybody’s walking around with dolls.) Social dancing begins . . . (Where’s the R.O.T.C. every Thursday??) JANUARY — Mr. Montgomery keeps busy shoveling snow (P.S. It snowed again today). This makes 45 consecutive days of snow! Emerson’s own " Melody Makers” claimed tops at Y.W.C.A. dance by high schoolers. The Serbs and the Persians missed having another holiday—(New Year’s was on Sunday). Day of mourning and torment—EEEK-O-NOMICS test on second day after vacation. R.O.T.C. com¬ missions given out in auditorium. Leland Penrod and Elwood receive medals from The Chicago Tribune. Tuxedo shortage (The seniors and juniors got their first). This day should go down in History . . . Bob Rottcnberg did something right in annual staff! Or should we say ?????. Anshel Rackoff actually took the pictures he had scheduled. (Miss Tappan is re¬ covering beautifully from the shock). FEBRUARY — Orchestra Concert — Bob Kaplar and Keith Fink, soloists. Junior-Senior Prom held on Feb. 3rd. (Feb. 4th—Uggh). Emerson beats Valpo in the first game of the sectionals, 50 to 27; Wallace 40 to 39; Horace Man, 37 to 35, and wallops Kouts in the climax game 60 to 16, to win the Gary Sectional Page One Hundred Eight Tourney. (Call out the fire dept!—Emerson students build massive bon-fire after sectionals.) Emer-Sun News sponsors " Jack and Jill” elections. Bob Elliott and Dorothy Kepshire voted as most out¬ standing senior boy and girl. Emerson’s servicemen come home again. Bill Levack, Bob Kemp, " Boobie” Lazar, Joe Zeman, John Kolettis, Bob Umpleby, Bob Cannon, Fred Bednar, George McKinney, Bill Sullivan, and Jack Palmer roam the halls of Emerson and warm the foot-warmers again. More Emersonians leave in February. (They either come or go!) They include: Merritt Lesch, Julian Kaplan, Ted Young, and Bob Carver. (You’d think there was a war on!) MARCH — Third month enters " Like a Lamb.” Juniors present " No Man’s Land” on March 2. Oh! Goodie! More Tuesday matinee dances! Warren Johnson speaks before Rotary Club on Peace and the Air Age: Rotary’s Opportunity. Oh! Those wonderful janitors! We get a 5 day vacation because of janitor’s strike. " Play” is re¬ sumed on the 15 th. Annual staff personality dance ... 10 personalities chosen. (Our casualties mounted as the ballots were count¬ ed.) (Motto) Emer-Sun News sponsors " Prince C Mr ming” and " Cinderella” elections. Dick Colley and Helen Don- ahoe chosen as outstanding junior boy and girl. Senior dramatic class presents traditional Everyman. APRIL — April Fool’s Day and Easter share the same day. (It was Easter until about 6:30 p.m.) Awr! Back to school after another one of those vacations. Senior Honor Society inductions: 18 new members inducted. Military Ball held on 7th .. . Emerson’s officers receive commissions and medals. Entire school as well as city stunned by the death of our great president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Students rated Rosevelt as " One of the Greatest.” Director H. S. Warren selects Friday the 13 th for the combined bands concert. Nothing happened . . . yet! (Delayed action) State solo contest at Whiting. Emerson’s instrumentors walk off with the contest earning many medals. MAY — Senior play " Letters to Lucerne” May 11th and homecoming dance. Orchestra concert. Class day and memorial committees meet to plan for our class day. JUNE — Vocal groups present annual Spring Festival. Senior Stunt day. (It’s surprising how many seniors can act.(?) Senior Class Day. Highlights were, the announcing of the Ralph Brasaemle award winner and the trans¬ mission of the seeptor by our president, George Alexander, to the Junior president, George Colley. Convocation—Our last romp down Broadway in caps and gowns. " Pomp and Circumstance” drew tears at commence¬ ment as we march down the aisle of Memorial Audi¬ torium. and gave the valedictory and the salutatory respectively. Thus we ended the last of our years at our beloved school, Emerson, which we shall remember forever. Page One Hundred Nin j 5 -A- C £c v . X v--V -JL i cL l L r y qJ 6 y - -AaxJ2- v ; jp - 1 H - X X j- ' hA - - ' Jil v - 5 - O «- C. MyUn |p . ° 3«-p Cj
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