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THE BOOSTER HISTORY OF THE 1920 CLASS FORREST TALBOTT, Historian In 1916 and 1917 there arrived at our famous school many young and bright boys and girls striving upward on the broad road to knowledge. They were very much like their predecessors, climbing the spiral stairs to find the lunch room, hunting for the elevator, and frequently visiting the office for tardy slips. After a long, hard strug- gle they became seniors. Then they had to have a party to get acquainted, which was held in the gym at roll call, and was very successful except so far as getting acquainted is concerned. Early in the term they held their first meeting, and adopted the constitu- tion of the June 1918 class. From the several famous and handsome nomi- nees, Glenn Kingham, whose blonde hair and silvery tongue won the vote on the south side of the auditorium, was chosen for the office of president. The vice-presidency went to Susie Har- mon, a petite miss with large brown eyes, the effect of which was shown in the vote she received from the north of the auditorium. Then, thinking that it would be appropriate to put brunettes in the other two offices, they elected as secretary Elmer Shakel, he with the beautiful jet locks and serious secretarial expression, and as treas- urer Catherine Carnes, whose reputa- tion for honesty was more widespread than Abraham Lincoln ' s. To end the numerous quarrels and disputes in the halls the class color was next selected — Green!, but a quiet campaign carried on by the girls re- sulted in a real battle at the next meeting, and when those senior boys regained consciousness they found out that blue had been chosen. Many people did not seem to realize the importance of these seniors, some of them even going so far as to pass them without noticing them, where- fore they decided that each one of them wear a pin by which they might be distinguished from the common herd. Wanting something original, they chose the design submitted by Lenore Lorentz. Then they had the privilege of, explaining to some stupid people what the x ' s stood for. Pre- pared thus they attended the Ivy Day evercises of the January, 1920, class, at which President Cleaver presented the silver trowel to President King- ham. Because their pins did not at- tract enough attention the class de- cided to wear some kind of insignia that would, and chose the armband de- signed by Russel Lovelace. To pre- vent anyone ' s thinking they were Shortridgers, they decided that the blue on the armband should be very light. Much talk among the seniors con- cerning dandelions and orchids showed that the important question of select- ing a class flower was coming up, and at their next meeting this question was decided by the selection of the Russel Rose, with the Ophelia and Aaron Ward running close second. After un- dergoing the strain of so much busi- ness, the June ' 20 ' s followed the orders of their physician to take a rest and for amusement during their vacation, had Lauren Stokesberry and Josephine Osborne entertain them. On the day before Thanksgiving they went to a dance given by room 47. When all of them had recovered from the effects of big Thanksgiving dinners, they were called on to sell Red Cross Seals and Health Bonds. When the need of this money was explained the seniors responded willingly, and on the fol- lowing Monday were dismissed to can- vass the city. The prize for selling the most, of course, went to a June senior, Jessie Rybolt. How they had lived for three months without a yell leader is a puzzling question, but then you might expect anything from such a class as the June ' 20 class. Before the election the nominees were allowed to demonstrate their ability. George Hider gave an entertaining exhibition of the proper method of washing clothes, which was well appreciated by everyone, but Lorin Shulz was given the preference in the vote. Seniors are usually very kind and thoughtful, and the members of this class were not exceptions; therefore according to a custom established sometime before, they held a party in the gym to which each one brought a gift — that is almost each one. The rest gave money with which gifts were purchased. Though many a senior, and especially Gerald McGee and
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THE BOOSTER Thomas Seburn, was seen gazing longingly at these toys, they were all sent to the day nursery where they were appreciated. Being well satisfied with the amount of business accom- plished, the class set off the next two weeks for a vacation, but two weeks was a long time to be separated, and December 26, found them in the gym to watch the state team defeated by the alumni and to dance. When these seniors came back after their vacation they found that they must again settle the question of. the class color, for none of the desired shade of velvet ribbon could be found. Fearful lest they might become em- broiled in another dispute, they left the decision in the hands of a com- mittee which chose blue satin ribbon instead of velvet. By several months ' pleading, the motto committee ob- tained five rare and suitable mottos, from which was selected " Today We Launch, Where Shall We Anchor? " At the invitation of the Januaries the class attended a party and played a basket ball game to establish their much disputed superiority, which they didn ' t. As usual music was furnished by Manual ' s famous jazz orchestra, and this orchestra certainly deserves credit for making the parties during the year so successful. After this the Junes bade the Januaries a tearful adieu, but in their four years ' stay the Januaries had come to love the school so much that they decided in favor of remaining until June. With most of the work finished, the second term was commenced with much confidence and " pep. " Since there could be no better officers any- where all of them were re-elected. Looking forward to their departure from school life they chose a will- maker, Frank Smith, and then, of course they wanted to know about their hereafter, and chose Alfred Noll, prophet. This extraordinary young man at the time of his election was found in the guise of act " B " in a local theater. The bill boards outside pro- claimed " To him the past is like an open book — with blank pages, the fu- ture like a crystal globe — with nothing in it. " A last call for banners issued before Ivy Day brought forth several remark- able designs from which Robert Por- terfield ' s was chosen. The idea em- bodied in the motto was well carried out in this design and — wasn ' t our ship going fast? Since they were as fond of their appearance as most seniors they had their pictures taken, and to do this deed selected Bretz- man, a man who had won great fame making people look better than they really are. Having made such a good record, the members of this class wished other classes to remember them, and to keep this class always before them as a model of perfection, and decided that the best means of doing this was by presenting each semester two medals on the basis of scholarship. Following a custom inaugurated in 1909 by Miss Foy they celebrated Ivy Day. Music was furnished by the Es- sex Sisters, the class poem read by Margaret Bishop, songs written by Anna Greenspan and Pauline Ingalls sung. The exercises were closed with a masque written by Charles Millhol- land and the Ivy vine planted on the west side of the building near the ma- chine shop. On May 14, the entire class went to a farewell dance given by the January, ' 21 ' s. The sadness which is supposed to prevail at fare- well parties was certainly lacking here, and — thanks Januaries. On May 19, 20, 21, the people of Indianapolis were given the opportunity of seeing some of the best plays ever produced in this city, namely the June ' 20 class plays. " Beauty and the Jacobin, " and " The Pool of Answers, " were the plays presented. Success always attracts attention and admiration, and in closing the history of the June ' 20 class, I hope that everyone who admires the success of this class will not forget that this success could not have been possible without the untiring efforts of our sponser, Miss Knox, the careful coach- ing of the plays by Miss Perkins, the willing help and encouragement of Miss Brady, Miss Hill, Miss Izor, Mrs. Sayler, Mr. Ammerman, and the edi- tors of. the Booster, Walton Cash and Will Depperman.
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