Forreston High School - Cardinal Yearbook (Forreston, IL)
- Class of 1956
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FORRESTON COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
OPENING DAY OF SCHOOL
August 29, 1955
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A qmet brxck schoolbulldlng can be most artlculate ln brlnglng back meanlngful memorles The bu1ld
lng may be empty and mute yet those who llved and learned there may enter and they wxll hear famxllar
volces and see real people frlends classmates and teachers of bygone years they w1ll recall speclal
affectlons that developed wlthm those four walls they may sadly reconstruct a bltter dxsappoxntment or
re llve joyous trlumphs experlenced ln athletxcs muslc Judglng contests class plays and other act1v1t1es
If present plans materlallze we w1llbe the flnal hlgh school graduatmg class from thls brlck buxldlng
We are graduatlng class number 40 from thls blllldlllg Twenty three of the exerc1ses were held ln the old
study hall w1th the past seventeen 1n the gymnaslum audxtorlum
roll w1th 36 graduates A total of 746 youths have been mcluded 1n those forty graduatlng classes
As we leave th1s old frlend we wxsh her well and we know she w1ll contlnue to be busy and useful as
mcreasmg numbers of small chlldren enter her doors Some lnterlor changes may be made but she wlll
remain as a solld anchor and frlend 1n the mldst of our communlty near a busy hlghway of traff1c and travel
She has been heavlly overloaded for several years but she remalns strong Her sturdy stalrs have carrled
thousands of feet up and down yet there are no cupped places so common 1n other staxrs Her walls are
strong the roof IS tlght andher floors look even better than they dld twenty years ago when o1l appllcatlons
were lxberal Boys and glrls w1ll come and go but our falthful frlend w1ll remam here for many years
quletly and patlently performmg her servlce to our communlty
In grateful acknowledgement of all thls brlck bu1ld1ng has meant to us 1n l1v1ng and learnmg we
the semors of 1956 36 strong do hereby dedlcate thxs seventeenth volume of the Cardlnal to her and to all
she symbollzes IH our makeup and memory May her years of usefulness long contmue and may our l1ves
be as sturdy and as useful and as mfluentlal as has been hers
'The 1916 group--last inthe previous building-:had 12 members. The 1956 class has tripled that class
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History of F C H S
The f1rst school bmldmg ln Forreston was a one story frame structure about 40x60 feet lo
cated ln the center of the or1g1na1 town plat or to be exact on the lots occupled by the Stanley resldence
Just west of the Lutheran church It was erected 1n 1856 and was ln those early days used for every pur
pose of publlc gathermg 1nclud1ng lectures theatre etc On Sundays It was an unusually busy place as
all denomlnatlons used lt for rel1g1ous servlces at varlous hours durmg the day so that rel1g1ous servlces
were almost lf not contmuous through the day In lt the Un1on Sunday School was organlzed by C M Haller
and others ln May 1859 and contxnued to hold 1tS sesslons there untxl the year 1863 when It was remov
ed to the then new Lutheran Church the second new church to be btult 1n Forreston
When the new school was bu1lt ID 1867 thxs old tabernacle was sold for a few hundred dollars to
George W Hewltt who used lt several years for a hay barn When I f1rst attended th1s school It cons1sted
of one large room wlth two front doors one for the boys and one for the gxrls The benches and desks
were so arranged that the boys and glrls faced each other lookmg north and south There was a ralsed plat
form at the west end where the teacher had h1s table and the "dunce block"
As populatlon lncreased we needed two teachers A board part1t1on was run through the room east
and west dlVld1Dg xt mto two long narrow rooms The males and females could no longer be segregated
and toward the end It became very crowded so that the smaller ch1ldren were crowded out and were
taught by a th1rd teacher 1n the basement of U B Church
The above ment1oned 1867 bul1d1ng was erected near the Slte of our present bul1d1ng The present
bu1ld1ng was bullt ln 1916 and 1n 1939 an addxtlon was bullt whlch prov1ded for a gym a commerclal room
an ag room and a stage
The school grounds have been enlarged and lmproved ln many ways the past few years We now
have a very f1ne track and a splend1d softball d1amond In 1946 11 ts were added to xmprove the d1amond
In November 1952 an asphalt tennls court was la1d east of the bul d1ng
The class of 1947 planted two Jumper trees southwest of the bulldmg 1n memo of two F C l-I S
men gave thelr llves for thexr country 1n World War II On the north slde of the school 1S a towermg
gmgko tree planted ln memory of Charles Ruppert a World War I veteran A marker was placed by thxs
tree ln 1949 by Amerlcan Leglon Post 308
In 1879 three students graduated from F C H S to make up the f1rst graduat1ng class There were
no graduates from 1881 to 1885 but since that txme there has been a graduatxon class every year The
largest classes of 34 members each graduated rn 1942 and 1945 unt1l the 1954 group set a new record
w1th 38 graduates
Just now we feel we are enterxng a new era On October 16 1954 the dlstrxct voted S590 000 1n
bonds to purchase a slte and to erect a new school on that s1te The s1te contams 20 acres border1ng the
vxllage l1m1ts on the east and lylng Just south of Route 72 The proposed buxldmg IS to face the north and wxll
be accesslble from Route 72 and v1a a new street to be opened Just south of the Jack Freasman resldence
Thls street lines up wlth the east west street by the Masonlc Temple Hopes had been held for a
new street Jo1n1ng these separated segments but s1x sets of raxlroad tracks would be crossed The estl
mated mxmmum cost for new street work the crossmgs and the flasher slgnals was S30 000 Then too
a permxt must be secured from the Illinols Commerce Comm1ss1on The plan has been dropped for the
The dxrt began to fly Jlme 24 on the new Slte Progress has been steady and the bmldmg IS
scheduled for occupancy by September 1 Costs are too great to purchase all new eqmpment Usable
equipment from the present buildmg w1ll be taken to the new btuldlng The cafeterla k1tchen lxbrary
physlcs and chemlstry equlpment and several other items must be purchased new The school wzll
accommodate 250 students 165 are now enrolled There may be 200 from the combined Forreston Ger
man Valley area w1th1n three years It IS posslble that the 250 mark could be reached ln fxfteen years
If so our heatxng system IS deslgned to take care of SIX add1t1onal rooms whlch would take care of our hxgh
problems for qnute a few more years
It IS slgmfxcant that the flrst school ln Forreston was buxlt 1n 1856 Thus the one hundreth annlver
sary of th1s flrst school can be approprlately celebrated by dedlcatmg one of the fmest h1gh school btuld
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graduates, Pvt: Herman Woolsey, class of 1938, and Ensign Carroll Coffman, class c:ly193.9. These tivo
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History ofthe New School
It has been no secret for several years that a new school bulldmg was needed at Forreston The
hlgh school has never hadaseparate bu1ld1ng When the hlgh school dlstrxct was organlzed ln 1937 the board
rented space from the grade school Two years later the hxgh school erected the gym ag class rooms and
commerclal rooms adJo1n1ng the grade school bulldmg Smce the grade school owns the major part of the
bu1ld1ng and smce there are 50'Z, more students than the bu1ld1ng can safely accomodate xt became apparent
that the renter would have to vacate In fact the grade school board made such a formal request of the hlgh
school 1n a letter dated Aprll 13 1953
Room mother groups and the adv1sory councll became acutely mterested durlng the 1953 54 school
year The guldmg genlus for the advxsory council 1n its early precarious days was the chalrman George
McDonald He was later succeeded by Kermit Mlller who also d1d a f1ne Job leadxng thls lmportant group
Each portlon of the entlre dlstrlct was represented on the large commlttee and smaller commlttees were
chosen to make pertlnent studles The most lmportant of these study commlttees were the currlculum
chlld census s1te hot lunch wut d1str1ct bulldmg and flnance They all turned IH valuable reports
On the questlon of new bu1ld1ng or un1t d1str1ct the entire councll debated the matter serxously for some
tlme and voted 18 6 to recommend a new bu1ld1ng rather than a un1t d1str1ct
The Ill1no1s Bond Servlce was employed June 17 1954 and four weeks later f7!15y Ray Orput Rock
ford was employed as archltect Mr Posorske of Illmols Bond Servlce helped varlous commlttees organ
xze to get necessary mformatlon to the people pr1or to the election The electlon was held October 17 1954
The vote was favorable for both the S590 000 bond ISSUE and the Weegens sxte at the east edge of town
It was 633 375 for the bonds and 536 462 for the Slte A total of 1034 people voted The 20 acre slte was
purchased from Slmon Weegens shortly after the electlon for S20 000
Blue prlnts for the bulldmg were completed early IH May and blds were opened June 3 1955 Con
tracts were awarded to low bldders as follows
General Contractor John Gustafson 8zSon S395 472 00
Plumbmg Rockford Plumblng and Heating 45 000 00
Heatlng Nelson Plplng Co 77 776 00
Electr1c Berg Electr1c Co 40 196 00
S558 444 00
Three weeks after the blds were opened Gustafson had the dlrt flylng June 24 1955 Progress has
been satlsfactory slnce that tlme and lt now appears that the school w1ll be completed and ready to use by
Another unportant development has taken place 1n that the German Valley area has been added to our
hlgh school dlstrlct and the terrltory east and south of Florence Statlon IS petxtlonlng to enter Thus the d1S
trxct w1ll be 4096 larger than It was when the bulldmg program began Many of these students were already
attendm here The board of educatlon has planned well 1n preparing for 250 hlgh school students 1n the
new bu1 d1ng 166 were enrolled thls year The heatlng plant IS ample to care for slx add1t1onal rooms lf
such need to be added
The school IS located at the east edge of Forreston on the south Slde of Route 72 It IS a one story
structure with the mam part extendlng east and west parellel to the hlghway To the east IS the qulet or
academlc sectlon llbrary English hlstory math science and commerclal To the west IS the vocatlonal
wing Home econornlcs vocatlonal agriculture lndustrlal arts and draftlng The admmxstratlve sectlon
IS between these two wmgs at the north entrance
Extending due south beyond the front entrance IS the physlcal educatlon plant and audltorxum Flne
fac1l1t1es w1ll be afforded for regular P E classes For basketball games the floor IS the same SIZC
as any large hlgh school floor m Ill1no1s and there w1ll be seats for 1100 people Just west of the gym
lS a f1ne cafeterla that w1ll handle 200 students at a t1me and a spaclous kltchen adjolns lt on the south
Beyond the kltchen IS a dellghtful muslc room wxth rlsers for better practlce facllltxes practlcc rooms
storage and lxbrary space The muslc room IS just 0pp0Slt8 the large stage that IS located at the south
end of the gym There f1ne musxc programs and class pla s may be antlclpated In short a f1ne bulld
1ng IS about ready to serve the communlty and lt IS a buxldmg o whlch the communlty should well be proud
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The Forreston Community High School, District. No. 219. was organized in the spring of 1937. The
five board members elected at that time were: Onne A. DeWall, Earl J. Link, Herman Frey, Walter Kaney.
and Clarence Rademaker. J. E, Fisher was employed to serve as clerk of the board. Three of the original
five are still members: DeWall, Link. and Frey. Oscar Vietmeier has been a member since August, 1940.
when he was appointed to succeed Clarence Rademaker, who moved to Polo. Warren Kaney was elected
in April, 1948, to succeed his father, Walter. who retired.
J. E, Fisher served as clerk until April, 19-14, when he retired. Mr. Fisher had served on Forreston
School Boards for 44 years, from April, 1900. through April 194-1. During the last seven years of that rc-
markable period he served as secretary to both local school boards. B, H, Unangst then served a ten year
period as secretary. In 1954, Mr. Unangst was succeeded by Gerald R. Duitsman, the present secretary.
In 1954 a state law became effective whereby two members were added to make a seven man
board. At that April election Warren Kaney was re-elected to a three year term and two new members were
elected: Paul Moring and Howard Scott. These seven men. with the help of the Citizens' Committee and a
number of auxiliary committees successsfully guided the work toward a successful election in October,
1954, and the new high school now nearing completion.
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GAA 1,2,3,4g Class Play
35 Choir l,2,3,4g Girls'
Chorus 1,2,3,4g Pep Club
3,4g Class Officer, Vice-
President, 4g Annual Staff
41 Student Council 4, Mixed
Ensemble 3,45 District Mu-
sic Contest 3,4.
Senior Class Adviser.
"Every moment of my life
is a step upward."
Boys' Chorus 1,2,3,4g Mix-
ed Chorus 1,2,3,4g Softball
l,2,3,4, Baseball 4, Bas-
ketball 1,2g Track 1,2,
Boys' State Representative
31 Class Officer, President
4, Rt. 72 Speech Contest
3,4g Freeport Practice
Speech Contest 3, District
Speech Contest 3,41 Sec-
tional Speech Contest 3,
Student Council 4g Annual
Staff 4, Class Play 4,
"The vanity of all things
forms a pleasure."
Class Officer, President
1, Co-treasurer 4, Student
Council lg Annual Staff 4,
Basketball 1,2,3,4g Foot-
ball 3,4, Softball 1,2,3,4g
Track 1,2,3,4Q Baseball 2,
3, 45 Boys Chorus 1,2,3,4g
Choir 1,2,3,4g District Mu-
sic contest 2,3g Class Play
4, FFA 1,2,3,4g FFA Offi-
cer 4g Greenhand Degree lg
Chapter Degree 25 FFA
Poultry Judging 2, FFA
Grain Judging 3, FHA -
FFA King 4, FHA -FFA
King Attendant 1, FFA State
Convention 3, FFA Chapter
Award 33 Boys' State Rep-
resentative 3, Boys' Oc-
tette 3, Quartet 4g
3 it G,
"Honor lies in honest toil."
GAA l,2,3,4g Sauerkraut
Queen Attendant 4, Girls'
Chorus l,2,3,4g Choir 1,
2,3,4, Class Officer, Sec-
retary 4g Student Council
4, Annual Staff 45 District
Music Contest 3,4, Pep
Club 3,4g Reporter 43 Pon-
Pom Girl 4, Mixed Ensem-
"Patience and gentleness
Cardinal Co-editor, 4g An-
nual Staff, 39 Girls'Chorus
1,2,3,49 Choir 1,2,3,49 Pep
Club 3,49 Pon Pom Girl
49 Mixed Ensemble 39
Quartet 49 District Music
Contest 3,49 Class Play
39 Class Officer,Secretary
"I have a heart with lots of
room for joy and happi-
Band, trombone, 1,2,3,49
Girls' Chorus 1,2,3,49
Choir 1,2,3,49 GAA 1,2,3,4Q
Pep Club 3,49 Librarian
3,49 Reporter 39 Student
Council 39 GAA Leader-
ship Camp 29 Annual Staff
49 Band Officer 3,49 Class
Officer Vice President 3,
Co-treasurer 49 Pep Club
Officer 3,49 Cheerleader 2,
3,49 Sauerkraut Queen At-
tendant 49 Trombone Trio
49 District Music Contest
"Kindness is wisdom."
GAA 1,2,3,4Q GAA Sport's
Manager 29 FHA 1,2,3,49
FHA Degrees 1,29 Band,
flute, 1,2,3,49 Band Officer
2g Girls' Chorus 1,2,3,49
Mixed Chorus 1,2,3,49Glee
Club Officer 4g District
Music Contest 1,2,39 FTA
1,2Q Class Play 3,4Q Pep
Club 3,49 Librarian 1,3,4Q
Annual Staff 3,41 Co-Edi-
tor of Junior Journal 49
Reporter 2,39 Rt. 72 Speech
Contest 39 Flute Trio 192,39
School Homemaker of To-
morrow Award 4g DAR
"A pleasant lass with wit
Annual Co-Editor 49 Band,
French horn, 1,2,3,49 Band
Officer 2,4g Brass Sextet
3,49 Horn Trio 39 District
Music Contest 3,49 State
Music Contest 39 Freeport
Practice Speech Contest 3g
Girls' Chorus 1,2.3,4:
Girls' Trio 49 Mixed Chor-
us 1,2,3,49 Camera Club
2,39 Librarian 2,3,49 FTA
2g GAA 1,2,3,4Q Reporter
2,3Q Class Play 3,4Q Pep
"Variety is the spice of
Boys' Chorus 1,2,3,4g Mix-
ed Chorus 1,2,3,4g Band.
cornet, 1,2,3,4g FFA 1,2,3.
4g FFA Officer 4g FFA De-
grees 1,2g Chapter Farm
Mechanics 3g Track 2,3,4g
Basketball 1,25 Football 3.
"Kindness is the fountain
FHA 1,2,3,4g FHA Degrees
1,2g FTA 1,2gClassOfficer,
vice president 2g Student
Council 2g Pep Club 35 Re-
porter 3,4g Librarian 3,4g
Freeport Practice speech
contest 3g Rt. 72 Speech
Contest 3,4g District
Speech Contest 3g Annual
Staff 4g Class Play 3,-1.
Life is full of Joy and
Reporter 3 Librarian 3
District Music Contest 3
4 Band clarinet 1 2 3 4
Band Cllmc Delegate 3
Cheerleader 4 GAA 1 2 3
4- GAA Officer 4- BandOf-
ficer 4- Annual Staff 43 Pep
Club 3 4 Pep Club Officer
3 4 FHA 1,2,3,4g FHA Of-
ficer 4, Sauerkraut Queen
"Swift to hear and slow to
Softball 1g Basketball 1,2g
Track 2,3,4g FFA 1,2,3,4g
Greenhand Degree lg Chap-
ter Degree 2g FFA Judging
2g Boys' Chorus 1,2,3,4g
Annual Staff4g Football 3,4.
'4Patience is a necessary
FFA 1,2,3,45 Softball 3,45
Baseball 3,45 Basketball 2,
35 Track 25 Class Play 45
Annual Staff 4.
"The only way to have a
friend is to be one."
FHA 1,2,3,45 FHA Oficer
3,45 FHA Degrees 1,25GAA
1,2,3,45 GAA Sports Man-
ager 45 Band, marimba, 1,
2,3,45 Girls' Chorus 152,35
45 Mixed Chorus Officer 45
FTA 1,25 Librarian 45 Re-
porter 45 Pep Club 3,45An-
nual Staff 45 Class Play 3,4-
District Music Contest.
GAA 1,2,3,45 Choir 1,2,3,45
Girls' Chorus 1,2,3,45
Girls' Trio 45 Reporter 35
Librairan 2,3,45 District
Music Contest 45 Amiual
"Knowledge is power."
Band, flute, oboe, 1,2,3,45
Boys' Chorus 1,2,3,45 Mix-
ed Chorus 1,2,3,45 Girls'
Chorus Accompanist 2,3,45
Track 1,25 Camera Club
3,45 Class Play 45 Class
Officer, Co-treasurer 3,
Secretary 15 Mixed Chorus
Officer 45 Librairan 45
Freeport Practice Speech
Contest 35 Rt. 72 Speech
Contest 35 Flute Trio 1,25
35 Boys' Quartet 3,45 Dis-
trict Music Contest 1,2,3,45
Annual Staff 4.
"Her smiles have warmed
many a heart. "
Class Officer, Vice Presi-
dent 1, Secretary 25GAA 1,
2,3,45 GAA Oficer 2,35
GAA Camp 35 GAA Work-
shop 25 Girls' Chorus 1,
2,3,45 Mixed Chorus 1,2,3,
45 Boys' Chorus Accom-
panist 2,3545 Band, clari-
net, l,2,3,45 Band Officer
35 Pep Band 45 District
Music Contest 3,45 Clari-
net Quartet 35 Clarinet Trio
45 Girls' Trio 45 Girls State
Representative 35 Band
Clinic 45 Class Play 3,45
Sauerkraut Queen Attend-
ant 45 Rt. 72 Speech Con-
test 3,45 District Speech
Contest 3,45 State Music
Contest 35 Annual Staff 45
Librarian 35 FTA 25Voice-
of Democracy 3.
"The joy of living is life."
Band, trombone, clarinet,
1,2,3,45 FFA 1,2,3,45
Greenhand Degree 15 Chap-
ter Degree 25 Boys' Chorus
1,2,3,45 Choir 1,2,3,45 An-
nual Staff 45 FFA Judging
25 Basketball 1,2,3,45
Trombone Trio 45 District
Music Contest 4.
"Learn to live and live to
FFA 1,2,3,45 Band, bass
45 Track 25 Manager 45
Green Hand Degree 15
Chapter Farmer 25 State
trict Music Contest 2,3,45
State Music Contest 3,45
Brass Sextette 3,45 Ki-
wanis Sheep Plaque 1,2,3.
A 'Pleasure and fun make the
world go 'roundf'
Band, french horn, l,2,3,45
Girls' Chorus 1,2,3,45
Choir 1,2,3,45 FrenchHorn
Trio 3,45 District Music
Contest 1,2,3,45 Pep Band
1,2,3,45 Camera Club 152,
3,45 FTA 1,25 FHA 3,45
FHA Officer 45 GAA 1,2,3,
45 Rt. 72 Speech Contest
3,45 District Speech Con-
test 3,45 Sectional Speech
Contest 35 Reporter 2,35
Annual Staff 45 Class Play
3,45 Pep Club 3,45 Librar-
"La h and the world
laulgls with you."
Basketball 1,25 Track 2,
3,45 FFA 1,2,3,45 FFA Off-
icer 45 Green Hand Degree
25 FFA Poultry Judging 25
Chapter S.H.LA. 35 FHA-
FFA King Attendant 45
Boys' Chorus 35 FFA State
Convention Delegate 35 An-
nual Staff 4.
"Wise to resolve and pa-
tient to perform. "
Football 45 Baseball 45
Class Play 45 Annual Staff
45 Lanark, Clinton 15 Peca-
"A few strong instincts and
a few plain words. "
Boys' Chorus 1,2,3,45 Mix-
ed Chorus 1,2,3,45 FFA 15
Annual Staff 45 Class Play
45 Mixed Chorus Officer 43
Rt, 72 Speech Contest 3,45
Freeport Practice Speech
Contest 35 District Speech
Contest 3,45 Voice of
Democracy Contest 3,4.
"The mildest manners and
kindest heart. "
Basketball 45 Track 45
Baseball 45 German Valley
"Friendship is a shelter-
Boys' Chorus 1,2,3,4,Mix-
ed Chorus 1,2,3,4g District
Music Contest 3,45 Annual
Staff 4g Band, bass drum
1,2,3,4g Class Play 4, Rt.
72 Speech Contest 35 Free-
port Practice Speech Con-
"The man lives twice that
lives the first one well."
Class Officer, treasurer,
2, Mixed Chorus 1,2,3,4g
Boys' Chorus 1,2,3,4gBas-
ketball l,2g Class Play3,4g
Boys State Representative
3, Annual Staff 4, Reporter
3g District Music Contest
3,45 Mixed Ensemble 3,4g
Rt. 72 Speech Contest 3,4g
Freeport Practice Speech
Contest 35 District Speech
Contest 3,4g Sectional
Speech Contest 3.
"Love Hope, and Joy, fair
Girls' Chorus 1,2,3,4g An-
nual staff 4.
"Steady, sure and not so
Band, bass horn,1,2gBoysl
Chorus 1,2,3,4g Annual
Staff 45 Class Play 3,4.
"One good turn deserves
Band, drum, 1,2,35 Boys'
Chorus 2,3,45 Annual Staff
45 FFA 1.
"Great thoughts, great
feelings, came to him."
Band, snare drum, 1,2,3,45
Mixed Chorus 1,2,3,45 Dis-
trict Music Contest 2,3,45
Freeport Practice Speech
Contest 35 Rt. 72 Speech
Contest 2,3,45 District
Speech Contest 2,3,45 Cam-
era Club 1,2,3,45 Camera
Club Officer 2,35 FTA 25
Percussion Quartet 35 Mix-
ed Vocal Ensemb1e35 Class
Play 3,45 Track 15 Basket-
ball 15 Athletic Manager 3,
45 Class Officer, Co-trea-
surer 35 Reporter 25 Co-
Editor of Junior Journal
3,45 Boys' State Represent-
ative 35 Annual Staff 3,45
Midwest Band Clinic 4.
"The treasure of friend-
ship he has found."
Boys' Chorus 1,2,3,45 Ca-
mera club 1.2.35 Track 1,2,
3,45 Baseball 1,2,3,45 Soft-
ball 1,2,3,45 Basketball 1,
2,3,45 Football 3,45 Annual
"Pleasure and action make
the hours seem short."
?oys' Chorus 1,2,3,45 FFA
"The word impossible is
not in my dictionar ."
Class Officer, Presidbent
25 Student Council25 Annual
Staff 45 FFA 15 Baseball
1,2,3,45 Softball 1,2,3,45
Track 1,2,3,45 Basketball
1,2,3,45 Football 3,45 Boys'
Chorus 1,2,3,45 Camera
Club 2,35 Class Play 3,4.
KATHLEEN VAN NESS
"Sincerity and kindness
mean good fortune. "
FHA 1,2,3,45 FHA Officer
35 FHA Section 22 Officer
45 FHA Degrees 1,25 FHA
State Degree 35 GAA 1,2,3,
45 GAA Officer 45 GAA
Camp 45 GAA Sports Man-
ager 25 Librarian 2,3,45
Reporter 1,2,35 Pep Club
3,45 Annual Staff45 Camera
Club 15 FTA 25 Sauerkraut
Queen 45 Class Play 3,45
Band, clarinet, 1,2,3,45
Girls' Chorus 1,2,3,45 Mix-
ed Chorus 1,2,3,45 Mixed
Chorus Officer 45 District
Music Contest3,45 Clarinet
Quartet 35 Clarinet Trio 45
Mixed Ensemble 3,4.
"A man of hope and a for-
ward looking mind. "
Basketball 2,3,45 Baseball
2,3,45 Track 2,3,45 Man-
aqer 15 Camera Club 2,35
C ass Officer, President 35
Band Officer 45 Softball
2,35 Football 45 Band, cor-
net 1,2,3,45 Boys' Chorus
1,2,3,45 Mixed Chorus l,2,
3,45 Class Play 3,45 Dis-
trict Music Contest 2,3,45
"Sincere, honest, and
Girls' Chorus 1,2,3,45 Mix-
ed Chorus 1,2,3,45 Amxual
Staff 45 Pep Club 3,4.
The shades of nlght were fall1ng fast
As though an Alplne vlllage passed
A youth who bore m1d snow and 1ce
A banner w1th the strange devlce
H1s brow was sad h1S eye beneath
Flashed l1ke a falchlon fron 1tS sheath
And 11ke a s1lver clarlon rung
The accents of that unknown tongue
In happy homes he saw the llght
Of household flres gleam warm and brlght
Above the spectral g1ac1ers shone
And from h1S llps escaped a groan
Try not the Pass' the old man saxd
Dark lowers the tempest overhead
The roar1ng torrent IS deep and Wldel
And loud the clarlon vo1ce repl1ed
O stay ' the ma1den sald and rest
Thy weary head upon th1s breast'
But st11l he answered Wlth a s1gn
Beware the pme tree s wlthered branch'
Beware the awful avalanche'
Th1s was the peasant's last Good nlght
A vo1ce repl1ed far up the he1ght
At break of day as heavenward
The p1ous monks of Salnt Bernard
Uttered the oft repeated prayer
A vo1ce crled through the startled a1r
A traveller by the fa1thfu1 hound
Half burled 1n the snow was found
St1l1 grasp1ng IH h1s hand of 1ce
That banner w1th the strange devlce
There 1n the tw111ght cold and gray
L1feless but beaut1ful he lay
And from the sky serene and far
A VOICS fell 11ke a fa111ng star
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Senior Class History
In the fall of 1952 forty energetlc freshmen entered the halls of F C H S These
greenhand students were Ann Beebe Kather1ne Brooks Neal Busker James Daws
John Daws Barbara DeVr1es Leola DeWall Rosalle DeWall Dorothy Drews Robert
F31St Dav1s Folkerts Carolyn Harrenste1n Margaret Harrenstem Carol Janssen
Rlchard Johnson Treva Kelmlng Juan1taKorf Naoml Korf Russell Lestlkow Dav1d
Lohr Leonard Montalbano Robert Palmer Geraldlne Ratmeyer Harlan Ratmeyer
Luther Ratmeyer Roger Ruter Russell Ruter Betty Scudder Dav1d Scudder Harlan
Smlth Ruth Snlder Tom Stoner Ralph Strlcker Marsdon Stukenberg Rlchard
Stukenberg Jon Sw1ft Kathleen VanNess Robert V1etme1er Lorene Wllken and Har
The class offlcers for the year were
Presldent Harlan Smlth
V1ce Presldent Treva Keun1ng
Secretary Dav1s Folkerts
Treasurer Leonard Montalbano
Advlser MISS Cramer
Jun1or Journal Reporters
Kathleen VanN ess and Jon Swlft
Our class took part 1n the annual magazme dr1ve and school carnlval
In the fall of 1953 we started out Wlth forty one members gallllllg Homer
Johnson and Janlce Cooley Whlle loslng Dorothy Drews Durlng the course of the year
we lost Leonard Montalbano wh1ch agaln dropped our membershlp to forty
The class offlcers for the second year were
Presldent Robert V1etme1er
Secretary Treva Keun1ng
Treaurer Luther Ratmeyer
Advxser MISS Cramer
The reporters for the year were Ann Beebe Juan1taKorf Tom Stoner Jon
Swlft and Kathleen VanNess
We agaln took part IH the magazme campalgn and had a number of bake sales
By September 1954 we lost four members These were Margaret Harren
ste1n Russell Lestlkow Dav1d Scudder and Ralph Strlcker
The class offlcers for the year were
Presldent Harold Zager
V1ce Presldent Leola DeWall
Secretary Ruth Smder
Tresurers Dav1s Folkerts and Tom Stoner
Adv1ser MISS Lennartz
The reporters for the year were Leola DeWall Neal Busker Luther Ratmeyer
Carolyn Harrensteln Homer Johnson Barbara DeVr1es Kather1ne Brooks Ann Beebe
Naom1 Korf Kathleen VanNess Juamta Korf Tom Stoner and Dav1s Folkerts
Our class took over the food stand at the basketball games and agam partlclpated
1n the magazlne dr1ve to bulld up the treasury
On Apr1l 22 and 23 we presented our class play Father Knows Best
It was a great success
When we recexved our class rmgs 1n November we were envled by every
Another project of our class was the Banquet and Prom for the Sen1ors Th1s
was held May 13 at the Leg1on Home 1n Freeport and was very successful.
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In the fall of 1955 we galned two new members Whlle loslng two The members
we galned were Wendell Poppen and James McIntosh We lost Carol Jansen and
The class oflcers for our f1nal year were
Presldent Neal Busker
V1ce Presldent Gerry Ratmeyer
Secretary Janlce Coole
Treasurers Leola DeWall and Harlan Smlt
Advlser M1ss Lennartz
The Co Edxtors for the Junlor Journal were Ann Beebe and Tom Stoner
The Annual Co Edltors for th1s year were Ruth Sn1der and Juan1ta Korf
We took part 1n the magazme dr1ve and sold 1ce cream bars at the basket
d Our Town' the class play was a b1g success It was g1ven on November
11 an 12
As we are about to venture forth lnto the world as the leaders of tomorrow
the realxzatlon of no need for a memorandum of Joys heartbreaks temptatlons
and years of hard work at F C H S 1S necessary We shall remember these happy
May our loyalty to our alma mater never be abated as the years come and
grow w1th the steady march of txme
Semor Class Prophecy
How would you l1ke to read a very lnterestlng book? It can hardly be classed
people just people that are content where they are and w1th what they are domg
Well come to the llbrary w1th me andl ll show you the book Here we are Rhapsody
on the Class of 1956 You see th1s book happens to be a muslcal score Would you
l1ke to hear 1tS themes?
For the f1rst theme we must move out to Callfornxa where 1f you l1sten
closely you can hear the v1brant stralns of a chlldren s cho1r 1n the nearby Reformed
Cathedral where DAVIS FOLKERTS IS orgamst and cholrmaster
A few mlles north 1n another c1ty our S1ghtS rest on a large stone bu1ld1ng
surrounded by evergreens In front sets an lllumlnated brass slgn that reads
SWIFT S Funeral Chapel JON S perslstence and steady plugglng pa1d off
The musxc changes to tempo allegro as we head for Chlcago and Wrlgley
Fleld Here you can see BOB VIETMEIER one of the topnotch Natlonal League
ump1res bemg booed 1n a close game
Let's go down the street a couple of blocks In the huge lot on the corner we
see R1ngl1ng Bros Barum and Balley Clrcus set up for the matmee On a blllboard
1n front of the bxg top one can see a Slgll saymg See Bozo the greatest clown '
Bozo IS known to us a RICK STUKENBERG
Leavmg the muslc of the call1ope we move 1nto the last strams of the allegro
theme by taklng the El down to the loop Up 20 storles 1n the Palmer House behlnd
a desk Wlth a mountam of sketches on lt we f1nd RICHARD JOHNSON truck deslgner
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As we leave Chicago and head south the theme of our Rhapsody changes
to a 11ght folk tempo We re now 1n them thar hills of Kentucky Two familiar
faces are those of HAROLD ZAGER and ANNE BEEBE Harold teaches religion
and recreatlon to the h111 folk and Ann directs elementary education
A little farther east in Virginia we see a huge colonial style farm It IS a
home for Juvenile dellnquents ans IS co supervised by KATHERINE BROOKS doctor
of psychology and JUANITA KORF doctor of med1c1ne
We move to New York City at the Remington Rand Company and f1nd RUTH
SNIDER JANICE COOLEY GERRY RATMEYER and LORENE WILKENS demon
strating various business machines BOB PALMER also works for Remington Rand
1n a special capaclty and he also glves special attention to an old classmate there
As we pass the New York Tlmes bulldlng we are reminded that there IS where
KATHLEEN VanNESS works She has taken over DorothyK1lga1len's Vo1ce of Broad
MOV1Dg over to Brooklyn we come to a fairly modern bu1ld1ng on which hangs
a sign 'School for Acting" If you ll peer 1n the window you'l1 see the head mstruc
tors HARLAN RATMEYER and NEAL BUSKER
Heading west now for Forreston we stop IH at MARSDON STUKENBERG S
to see his internationally famous collection of Mercurys at h1S atomic powered farm
Arriving 1n Forreston we stop at the home of REV LUTHER RATMEYER who
l1kes to tinker w1th machinery in his spare time Luther has tried crossing an Oliver
Wlth an Oldsmobile but much to his dismay the result looks much like a Ford
As we drive north on 72 two Jet propelled trucks des1gned by Johnson pass us
The drivers of the trucks are the dalmtless DAWS twins JACK and JIM They have
the most modern fleet of trucks IH the midwest
In Shannon we visit the grade school and see ROSALIE DeWALL the first grade
teacher She IS very happy ln her work and IS dearly loved by her pupils
Skimmmg along southbound we see two well kept farms that are owned by
Entering the c1ty l1m1ts of Port Byron we pass the high school where HARLAN
SMITH coaches basketball His players all have sharp eyes for the basket and one
scored 84 pomts 1n a single game' Port Byron says If you cantbeat em hire
Back north to Freeport we see two nurses walking west on Stephenson Street
They are CAROLYN HARRENSTEIN and BARBARA DeVRIES Both are 'big wheels
at the enlarged Deaconess Hospital
In an Off1C6 1n downtown Freeport we see two girls we know who appear to be
very eff1c1ent They are LEOLA DeWALL and BETTY SCUDDER They are making
good use of training gained at F C H S
By now Carthage has been moved to Freeport On the campus we see TOM
STONER assistant professor of music entering the music hall for classes same
serious minded and industrious Tom
Also in Freeport IS RUSSELL RUTER head mechanic for one of the local
garages No car trouble has ever stumped hlm
In a barber shop down the street we see one of northern Illinois' best barbers
WENDE LL POPPEN He can t decide which hair cut he d rather g1ve a crew cut or
the conventional parted style he 1S equally eff1c1ent at elther
Now moving west to Pella Iowa we hear the Central College chapel cho1r
warming up for heir Sunday mornlng service Dlrectlng them 1S TREVA KEUNING
Movlng way out west to Las Vegas Nevada we see on one of the giant marquees
that NAOMI KORF and Noel Coward are do1ng three one act plays Naomi became
famous ln ' Fumed Oak
Leaving the d1n of the c1ty and lights we take our final trip which 1S up north
a.nd out of the USA We re 1n Canada now The quietness of the snow and pines IS
broken by the exuberant shouts of DAVE LOHR and JIM MacINTOSH They're both
trappers and they ve just had one of their best days 560 peltsl
And so our Rhapsody closes with the cold wind wh1n1ng off 1nto a triple p1an1ss1
mo And then sheer quietness
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Semor Class Wlll
We the Senlor Class of Forreston Communlty H1gh School ln Ogle County
State of Ill1no1s ln the Year 1956 bemg of sound m1nd do ordaln publlsh and declare
thls to be our last Wlll and testament m manner and 1n form as follows
ANN BEEBE bequeath my scholastlc abllxty to Levma Kroeker
KATHERINE BROOKS bequeath my sklll 1n dr1v1ng the Drlver Ed car to Nancy
NEAL BUSKER bequeath my I like Ike pm to Roger Wlchrnan
JANICE COOLEY bequeath my PomPom ab1l1ty to Al1ce Black
We JACK and JIM DAWS bequeath our hopped up plck up to LaVern Buntjer
We BARBARA DeVRIES and LEOLA DeWALL bequeath our mseparable frlendshlp to
Nancy Capps and JoElla Masterson
ROSALIE DeWALL bequeath my ab1l1ty to m1nd my own buslness to Katherme
ROBERT FAIST bequeath my Harley Davldson' to Ivan Haljenga w1th a no acc1
dent guarantee on It
DAVIS FOLKERTS bequeath my musxcal abxllty to Delmar Lohr
CAROLYN HARRENSTEIN bequeath my ablllty to date underclassmen to Geneva
RICHARD JOHNSON bequeath my clty farmlng abullt to Loran Greenfleld
TREVA KEUNING bequeath my muslcal talent to Eve yn Ratmeyer
JUANITA KORF bequeath my ab1l1ty to become a good nurse to Betty Bornemeler
NAOMI KORF bequeath my u1et manner of speakmg to Carolyn Haack
DAVID LOHR bequeath my a 1l1ty to play the bass horn to John Trel
JAMES MCINTOSH bequeath my ab1l1ty to get acquamted fast 1n a new school to
ROBERT PALMER bequeath my excellent class room behavlor to Bllly Toepfer
WENDELL POPPEN bequeath my well known glggle to Jlm Grlgsby not that he
needs lt but that he may have more varlety
ROGER RUTER bequeath my curly halr to Eldon Stukenberg
RUSSELL RUTER bequeath my ab1l1ty to be the town Romeo to my brother Marv
I GERRY RATMEYER bequeath my athletlc ab1l1ty to Shirley Glover
HARLAN RATMEYER bequeath my golden VOICE to Walter Paul
HARLAN SMITH bequeath my ablllty to be the basketball team s top scorer to
BETTY SCUDDER bequeath my worn out roller skates to Carol Heckman
RUTH SNIDER bequeath my typlng and shorthand ab1l1ty to Marlene Weegens
TOMG STOINER bequeath my statesmanl1ke manner and news wrltmg ab1l1ty to Tom
MARSDON STUKENBERG bequeath my ab1l1t to stay away from glrls to Jolm Akms
RICHARD STUKENBERG bequeath my safe r1v1ng record to Kelth Anderson
JON SWIFT bequeath my handsome proflle to Roger DeVr1es
KATHLEEN VAN NESS bequeath my Shannon boys to Dory Kaney handle w1th care
ROBERT VIETMEIER bequeath my heavy beard to Darrell Wmdle
HAROLD ZAGER bequeath my xnferlorlty complex to Marvm Hayenga
LORENE ILKEN bequeath my ab1l1ty to be seen and not heard to Ethel Wubbena
To D1Ck and Marv we leave about 1 333 samples of the gum we ve been chewlng for the
last four years
Mr Masterson we leave the fond memorles of our outstandmg Class
Mr Brmkmexer we leave The Author's" answers to our Un1t Hlstory exams and
cherlshed memorxes of basketball achlevements
Mr Van Ness we leave the absentee sl1ps whlch we forgot to turn 1n
Mr Flnch we leave an alarm clock to keep h1S sleepy 7th hour study hall students
Mr Hendee we leave the red and white Dr1ver's Ed car that never materlallzed
MISS Lennartz and M1ss Esterley we leave a speedway on whlch to test drlve their
Mrs Amsrud we leave our ab1l1ty to do a band show practlce ln 45 mxnutes that
could be done ln 15 mlnutes
Mrs Brmkmeler we leave a 40 ft by 40 ft prlvate offlce
Mr Bartelt we leave the vxsxons of some day havlng a qulet and attentlve class
Mrs Zelgler we leave a very long poem to be memorlzed 1n one day
our enthusxastlc Mrs Zager we leave our fond memorxes of French conjugatlons
Slgned Sealed and Delxvered th1s 22nd day of May one thousand n1ne hundred f1fty slx
Neal Busker Presldent
Janlce Cooley Secretary
Wxtnesses Eleanor Drake John Akms and
Judy Tre1 underclass executxves
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Best All Around 'VIost Rcpresentatlve
Most Lxkely to Succeed W1ii1CSf
Most Xbsent Mmdcd Most Bashful
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Presldent Eleanor Drake
VICE Presldent Carol Tlmmer
Secretary Nancy Capps
Co Treasurer Ethel Wubbena
Co Treasurer Dav1s Kaney
Advxser Mr VanNess
SEATED Mr VanNess Davld Kaney Nancy Capps Eleanor Drake Carol Tlmmer Ethel Wubbena
ROW 1 Levxna Kroeker JoElla Masterson Sue Swlft Donald Engelkens Nancy Buskohl LOIS Vogt
Mlldred Wlchman Eugene LeSt1k0W Shlrley M1ller Roger Wlchman Barbara Greve Sharon Horton
ROW 2 Shlrley Jullus Allen Krum Glenn Schnelderman Carolyn Haack Geneva Thompson John
Tre1 Larry DeVr1es Wayne Haugh Kelth Anderson Eldon Stukenberg Ruth Ann DeWall Sally Plowman
ROW 3 Gordon Poppen D61'1Il1S Wubbena Dale Buskohl MZFVIH Ruter Stephen Wubbena Roger DeVr1es
James Lawson, Dale DeWa,ll Rlchard DCVFIGS, Walter Paul, R1chardCornel1us, Marlene Weegens
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Dale Dale Buskohl
Nancy Nancy Buskohl
Nancy N1n Capps
R1chard R1Ch Cornellus
Larry 'Gook' DeVr1es
R1chard Rlch DeVr1es
Roger Rog DCVFIGS
Dale Dale DeWall
Ruth Ann Ruth1e" DeWall
Eleanor Butch" Drake
Donald Don Engelkens
Barbara Barb Greve
Carolyn Haack1e Haack
Wayne Wayne Haugh
Dave Kan y
Vlna ' Kroeker
'J1m ' Laws n
Jo ' Masterson
' Walt Paul
Marv ' Ruter
Glenn Glenn ' Schnelderman
Eldon Eldon ' Stukenberg
Susan ' Sue Sw1ft
Geneva Gen1e' Thompson
Carol T1m' Tlmmer
John Johnny Tre1
LOIS Lols Vogt
Marlene Marlene Weegens
M1ldred M1ldred W1chman
Roger Rog W1chman
Ethel 'Ethel Wubbena
Stephen Steve ' Wubbena
J oE lla
Greater men than I may be l1v1ng but I haven t met
Not much talk a great sllence
What other people say always fascmates me
Llfe wlthout laughmg IS a dreary blank
Just Walt I may do somethmg sensat1onal
'If 1n need of a ood man let me know '
Good for a ot more than playlng basketball
wonder wh1ch g1rl w1ll look best Wlth my t1e
'I know a lot but I can't thlnk of It
Full of pep and always ready to Smlle out lou
She IS always 1n for fun and afr1end to everyone
The turtle got there flrst the hare was second
What I thmk IS what I do
There are daggers IH men s eyes thats why Im
such a cut up
hlnoqften tell myself there IS more ln me than people
She never troubles trouble t1ll trouble troubles her
S1ncere hosp1table and k1nd
Great th1ngs are poss1ble for one w1th 1dGaS
She IS a talker and needs no quest1on1ng before she
h' 9 A M Can tth1nk of pleasure agaln untll 4 P M
Tlus learnlng IS such a th1ng
A true fr1end and ever loyal to her class and fr1ends
Good nature and good sense must ever Jo1n
The art of l1v1ng IS more l1ke wrestllng than danc1ng
An am1able g1rl w1th fr1ends 1n excess '
No really great man ever thought of hnnself so
Swoon glrls here IS one Wlth what It takes
A man never knows what he can do t1ll he tr1es
'No one knew h1S thoughts not even he
The reclpe for havxng fr1ends IS to be one "
It ISD t what I d l1ke to do but what I do that counts
A good heart IS better then all the heads 1n the world
He speaks 11ttle but th1nks a great deal more
Common sense IS the best sense I know of
She does her work and makes no fuss about lt
A malden fa1r and calm '
Qulet stud1ous and courteous '
A patlent worker and a smcere fr1end,
Be SW1ft to hear but slow to speak
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Allen Allen Krum. He 1S made of everlastlng quletness.
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Presxdent John Akxns
VICG Presldent Carol Schoonhoven
Secretary Evelyn Ratmeyer
Treasurer Kelth Prasse
Advlser Mr Bartelt
SEATED Mr Bartelt Evelyn Ratmeyer John Ak1ns Carol Schoonhoven Kelth Prasse ROW 1 Darrell
Wmdle LaVonne Pattat Llnda Plerce Ione Lynch Betty Bornemeler Eugene Bonebrlght Sh1rley Glover
Judy Taylor James Grlgsby Mary Hartle ROW 2 Wava Fager Verna Gerwlg Jerry Stelnhagen
JoAnn Plerce Barbara Buntjer Luann Hoffman Joyce Buss June Khnger Kenneth Kroeker Carol
Heckman Dorls Kaney ROW 3 Ph11l1p Brooks Donna Janssen Robert Horton Ben3am1nKorf Dorls
DeVr1es Gary Fllckmger Frank Blnkley LaVerne Buntjer Mar1a.n Weegens Lavern Stamm L1ndaHoch
ROW 4 Larry Slmmons R1chard Meyer Paul MSIHGPS Carroll Gllllngham Jerry Daws James Walker
Donald Drake, Leslle Heeren, Ivan Ha1Jenga, Paul Dale, Donald Buttel ABSENTEES Judy M1ller
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Frank "Frank Blnkley
Eugene ' Gene' Bonebrlght
Betty Betty Bornemeler
Ph1ll1p Ph1l Brooks
Barbara Barb Brooks
LaVerne LaVerne ' Buntjer
Joyce Joyce Buss
Donald Don' Buttel
Paul Paul ' Dale
Jerold Jerry" Daws
Dor1s Dory DeVr1es
Donald Butch" Drake
Wava Wava' Fager
Verna Verna Gerwlg
James JIIII ' Grlgsby
Shlrley Shlrley Glover
Carroll G1lly Gllhngham
Ivan 'Ivan Haljenga
Mary Mary Hartle
MHPVID Squeeky Hayenga
Carol Carol Heckman
Leslle 'Les Hereen
L1nda L1nda ' Hoch
Luann 'Loule Hoffman
Robert Bob Horton
Donna 'Donna Janssen
Dorls Dory' Kaney
June Kllnger Kllnger
Ben Benny Korf
Kenneth Ken Kroeker
Ione Ione Lynch
Paul Paul MGIHGTS
Rlchard Rlch Meyer
Jud1th "Judy M1ller
LaVonne Pat Pattat
JoAnn Jo Plerce
L1nda L1nda' Plerce
Kelth Kelth Prasse
Evelyn Em Ratmeyer
Carol Carol Schoonhoven
Larry Larry Slmmons
Laverne Laverne' Stamm
Jerry Jerry Stelnhagen
Judlth Judy Ta lor
James J 1m Wa ker
Mar1an Mar1an ' Weegens
Darrell Darrell W1ndle
Why hurry today? There s always tomorrow
Act1on speaks louder than words '
'No one knows h1S thoughts not even he
'F r1end to everybody and everybody's fr1end
Work and worry have kllled many a boy why should
I take the chance?
The world knows least of 1ts greatest women'
It 1sn't what I d l1ke to do but what I do that counts
As merry as the day IS long
I d love to play but gee klds Ijust HAVE to study
'SIX weeks exam oh what a frlghtl Ican thave a da e
1mt1l Frlday nlght
Hey you down there
She greets every task Wlth a cheerful outlook
I know a lot but I Just can t thmk of lt
'Has anyone got too many men?
Don t bother me Wlth men
I envy no one who knows more than I I p1ty any that
There are daggers 1n men s eyes that s why I'm
such a cut up
Why study lt only harms your bra1n
I could be good Iwould be good but geel'
'I'm a small package so handle Wlth care '
Tall dark and Owell one can thave everythlng
Laughlng 1S the Joy of l1v1ng
Why let the dev1l have all the flm?
Is she talklng YET or AGAIN?
She speaks behaves and acts as she ought
Just walt I may do somethlng sensatlonal
Why are men so bashful?
My mama says I m a good g1I'1',
If men are contaglous why can t I catch one ?'
I'm ser1ous 1n everythlng I do '
St1ll water runs deep
Old enough to know better too young to res1st '
If opportun1ty knocks boys watch out
In need of a good man? Well here I am
She th1nks before she speaks "
I let you know I m around
The reclpe for havxng frlends IS to be one '
'Good natured busy and fr1end1y
1 If the good d1e young It s a wonder I've l1ved th1s
Full of pep and fun she's a frlend to all
She has a qu1et look but looks may be qulte de
Larry goes through school We hope a l1ttle school
goes through Larry
I m just a wolf at heart
Why worry the f1rst 100 years are the hardest '
Thls g1rl can out talk any of us
I love work lt fascxnates me Ican s1t and stare at
It for hours
It's n1ce to be natural when you re naturally n1ce
Skllful 1n every deed of II1lSCh16f '
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Pres1dent Judy Tfel
VICE Presldent Gary Stamm
Secretary Treasurer Delmar Lohr
Advlser Mr Hendee
SEATED Mr Hendee Judy Trel Delmar Lohr Gary Stamm ROW 1 Allce Black JudyK1tzm1l1er
Neva Suess Bllly Toepfer Sandra Wlnters Janet Koch Reuben Bolen Ronald Dwyer Robert Derby
LaVonne Wxchman Judy Pontnack ROW 2 Ralph Coffman Clarence Konlng Ted Jolmson Shxrley Bolen
Marjorle Engel Uthel Weegens Kather1ne Wagens Larry Wubbena Helen Kochsmeler Edna Scudder
Mary P1erce ROW 3 Leroy Terry Mxchael McDonald Dera1dDeVr1es Alan Ranz Tom Garnhart
Elwyn Zlmmerman Delmar Long Dan Raymond Howard Mowrer Loran Greenfleld Verlo DeWa1l Gordon
Ross Tlmothy Mathlot
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Al1ce "Em' Black
Mar3or1e Marpe' Engel
Thomas Tom Garnhart
Loran Gertrude Greenfleld
Theodore Ted Johnson
Judy Judy K1tzm1ller
Janet CO0k16 Koch
Helen Helen' Kochsme1er
Clarence Clarence Kon1ng
Delmar Butch Lohr
Delmar Del Long
M1chael M1ke' McDonald
Howard Howard Mowrer
Mary Mary' P1e rce
J ud1th Judy Pontnack
Alan Alan' Ranz
Dan1el Dan Raymond
Gordon 'Go rdy Ross
Edna Edna Scudder
Gary Gary Stamm
Neva Neva Suess
Leroy Leroy Terry
Judy Judy Tre1
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Katherme Katy Wagens
Ethel Ethyl Weegens
LaVonne LaVonne W1chman
Sandra Sandy W1nters
Larry Larry Wubbena
E lwyn E lwyn Z lmmerrnan
Open hearted ma1den true and pure
To get to the top we must start at the bottom
If men are contag1ous I m sure to get one
Now there's a hefty hunk of handsome human
GIVE me t1me g1rls'
If the good d1e young lt s a wonder Isurv1ved th1s
If study makes a man br1ng back my cradle days"
I m just as b1g for me ' Sald he as you are b1g
She s qu1et But"
W1th loads of learned lumber 1n h1S head and mus1c
1n h1S heart
A hand full of fun IS better thana barrel of learn1ng
'He seems qu1et but we wonder '
Valuable 1tems are oft done up 1n small packages
I W1Sh I had a man other g1rls wouldn t steal
She s qu1et unllke most g1rls
He loves to pester the g1rls '
The lad1es call h1m sweet
Never let stud1es 1nterfere w1th your educat1on
Nobody can keep a good man down '
'One Wlth 1d9aS that there are great thlngs pOSS1b18
Has anyone got too many men? '
Well versed 1n the art of g1ggl1ng
Don t worry me w1th women
'He smlled and sa1d Don t rush me g1rls
If opportunlty knocks boys watch out I ll be ready
Da1nty l1ttle ma1den w1ther would you wander?
L1ttle but oh' so mlghty'
A shy l1ttle mlss
Why let the dev1l have all the fun?
All great women are dymg I don t feel so well
Beware' I may do someth1ng sensatlonal
A smlle as long as the day
M1SCh1ef 1S her bosom fr1end
L1ttle I ask my wants are few '
Whoopee' It s Leap Year'
Black s my favorlte color'
He never troubles trouble t1ll trouble troubles h1m
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Z9 School opens
No school Labor Day Legal llol1dax
No School Saucrkraut D 1y
St1llman Valley Football thu:
30 Maga71ne Campa1gn B V11.tme1er top salesn1a11 w1th S230 06
FHA Slumber Party
24 Pecatomca Football at Polo Roger De V1 ICS broke leg,
30 Monxoe Center Football thc rt
Sch1ldbe1g St Photos at '10 Does l301Lll.y Sllllll th xt L 1rlx 7
Lurf lhver Football thus
Byron Football there
No School Dnton Inst1tutr
Ashton Football 'lt Polo
4 WlI1DCl3'11,0 Football the re
M 11t1n Luther f1ln1h5 Counc1l of C,hu1 ehcs
10 Sch1ldberg here for play dress rehearsal
12 S1 Class Play Our Town
P 1- 'X Hog Sale at Byron
18 Shannon BB there 1st game of the season'
Jr Class xmgs arr1vcd
22 Pearl C1ty BB there
24 No School Thanksglvmg Day Vacat1on
No School Thanksgwmg Day Vacat1on
27 Mt Morr1s BB here
Pecatomca BB there
St1llma11 Valley BB here
Monroe Center BB here
9 Leaf R1ver BB there
12 GAA Chrlstrnas carol1ng and play mght
13 FHA Daddy Date n1ght
Sr P1ctures arr1ved
16 Byron BB here
19 FHA 8: FFA carolmg
20 Ashton BB there
F C H S Chr1stmas Cantata
F C H S Chr1stmas Party and last day of school Ill 1955
30 Mt Carroll Hollday Tournament F C H S 1st place Yea Cards' F C H S broke 3 records
3 School opens for 1956 Any reso1ut1ons'P
3 Polo B B here
6 Wmnebago BB here
12 13 Semester Tests
13 Pecatomca BB here
14 St1llman Valley BB there
16 21 Rt 72 Conference Tournament Two f1rst place troph1es'
24 Monroe Center BB there
27 Leaf R1ver BB here
3 Byron BB there
10 Ashton BB here
10 No school Oregon Inst1tute
11 Shannon BB here
18 Wmnebago BB there
21 Lanark BB there
30 No school Good Frlday
2 Iwo school Easter Vacat1on
12 Jr Sr Banquet
22 Class nxght
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ROW 1 Larry Simmons Harold Zager James Lawson R1chardDeVr1es David Kaney Roger DeVr1es
Robert Vietmeier Stephen Wubbena ROW 2 Mr Brlnkmeler Wendell Poppen Gordon Poppen James
McIntosh Neal Busker Harlan Smith Jon Swift Keith Anderson Paul Dale ROW3 Clarence Koning
Gary Flickinger Jerry Steinhagen Eugene Bonebrlght Donald Buttel John Akms Carroll Gillingham
Laverne Stamm Loran Greenfield DeraldDeVr1es ROW4 Billy Toepfer Gordon Ross Alan Ranz Larry
Wubbena Verlo DeWall Delmar Long Ted Johnson Ralph Coffman Ronald Dwyer T1mothyMath1ot
HAROLD 7ager Harold was our left fielder He had the most bases with 13 and in addition to a good
fielding Job he had the top batting average with 454
RICH DE VRIES Rich was our best centerfielder He also d1d a good Job at the plate with a batting
average of 347
BOB VIETMEIER Bob played shortstop and he also was a fine pitcher with a 3 2 record He was
third in batting with 291
ROG DE VRIES Rog was our tall first baseman and many times he rescued a bad throw with his
long stretch He was also top man in the R B I department
DAVE KANEY Dave didafxnejob covering second base He also was a good clutch hitter and handl
ed throws well from the catcher to mp would be stealers
HARLAN SMITH Toad played right field Being very fast on his feet he covered the out field well
and also possessed a good throwing arm
KEITH ANDERSON - Andy played third base. In addition to doing a good job at third he led the team
in drawing walks and in scoring runs.
JIM LEWIS -Jim was our regular shortstop when he wasn t pitching. He was a good fielder and saved
many extra base hits.
JON SWIFT - Jon was our steady catcher. He did an excellent job of handling the pitchers and threw
many a runner out who tried to pilfer second base.
STEVE WUBBENA - Steve did a fine job of relief pitching although a bit wild. We expect a fine
performance from him this coming spring.
Pitchers Innings Runs Walks Hits Outs
Doubles Triples Homers Home Runs
1955 Baseball Scores
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The 1955 baseball season was hlghly successful 1n splte of the loss of flve old pros D DeGraff
G Markman H Greenfleld L Swalve and R Funk Vletmeler and Lewls turned 1n some very steady
pxtchmg and Jon Swlft was the 1mportant cog behmd the plate The team opened w1th a surprlse wm over
a hxghly rated Byron team and contlnued to saxl safely untxl they ran afoul w1th Ashton Pec lent a help
mg hand by dumpmg Ashton so we wound up as conference co champs wlth the Ashton Aces We are grate
ful to 'gentleman Jlm ' Mclntosh for h1s stellar role w1th Pec when Ashton was defeated Jlm IS our
thlrd baseman th1s sprlng havmg moved here from Pecatonlca last summer
For th1s 56 season V1etme1er IS the veteran pxtcher wlth Steve Wubbena and Jerry Stemhagen
showing much promlse General Jon as the recelver leaves naught to be deslred Larry Slmmons IS a
ready reserve when needed Rangy Rog DeVr1es cavorts around the 1n1t1al sack mmble as a gazelle wlth a
reach extendmg well out to the pltcher s mound Dave Kaney and animated Andy Anderson look llke a good
keystone comblnatlon and both are dangerous dons w1th the bat Andy has a lot of chatter to keep h1s
mates pepped up Neal Busker IS able to step 1n at second when needed
Jun McIntosh Pec s' glft to Forreston looks l1ke the rlght man at thlrd base He IS a dependable
flelder and better than average at bat Harold Zager looked llke a potentlal Babe Ruth ln that openlng game
wlth two lusty trlples probably good for homers 1n certaxn bxg league parks He also patrolled left fleld
quxte capably In center fleld Rlch DeVr1es covers a lot of terrltory In a confldent and dependable manner
He IS also a power at the plate Harlan Smlth IS h1S understudy and IS a capable pmch runner Wendell
Poppen and Gary Fllcklnger are the capable rlght flelders Both fleet of foot and rel1able at the plate It
appears that we should have another very good baseball season
A group ot boys not out for football last fall played SIX softball games We had home and home games
wlth Chadwlck and Mllledgevllle losmg both to the Mllll6S but breaklng even w1th Chadwlck At the Shannon
tourney we won over Mllledgevllle but lost to Shannon
Bob FalSt was the startlng pltcher wxth Steve Wubbena and Neal Busker servmg as rellef men Gor
don Poppen and Dave Lohr dxd the catchlng Dennls Wubbena and Dale Buskohl took care of flrst base w1th
Neal Busker and Steve Wubbena at second and short respectlvely The regular outflelders were Schnelder
man Buttel and Wendell Poppen
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ROW 1 Mr Hendee Larry Wubbena Clarence Komng Ted Johnson Mlchael McDonald Delmar Long
Derald DeVr1es Ralph Coffman Loran Greenfxeld Verlo DeWall Howard Mowrer Gary Stamm Ronald
Dwyer Mr Br1nkme1er ROW 2 Tom Stoner Mgr Eugene Bonebr1ght Ph1ll1p Brooks Paul Melner
h Ak Gar Fl1ck1n er Larry S1mmons Laverne Stamm Ke1th Prasse Donald Drake Jerry Daws
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JIM LEWIS - Jim was our top point producer. His mam events were High
Hurdles, 880, Broad Jump. Jim had 119 points for the '55 season.
HARRY ZAGER - Harry was second in line with 94. He competed in the
Discus, Shotput, High Hurdles, and 220 yard dash.
HARLAN SMITH - Harlan was third with 74 points. His specialties were
the pole vault, 110 Low Hurdles, High Jump, 100 yard dash.
JACK DAWS - Jack was fourth with 42 points. Jack's events were 440,
100 yard dash, 880.
JIM DAWS - Jim was fifth with 35 points. Jim scored well in the 880, and
mile, and relays.
BOB PALMER - Bob was sixth with 29 points. He was our best miler and
was also on the relay team.
1955 Season Summary
Stillman Valley 53 112
Leaf River 5
Freeport Sophs. 77
On May 4, 1955, Forreston thin-clads traveled to Polo to compete in the
Route 72 Conference track meet. The Varsity placed second and the Fresh
Soph. nipped Stillman by 1X2 point to win first.
Byron 85 1X2
Forreston 72 1X2
Stillman V. 34 1f4
L, River 13
Winnebago 1 3f4
Stillman Valley 51 1X2
Leaf River 24 1X2
In the Conference meet our individual Varsity point winners were: Lewis
16, H. Smith 13 1f4, Zager 13, Jim Daws 5, Swift 4 1f2, Palmer 4, Jack Daws 4,
Weegens 3 314, Lawson 3 112, Engelkens 2 3f4, R, Smith 2, Jerry Daws 3f4.
ich De Vries 20 Ro er De Vries 7 1X2 Buskohl 5 Lawson 5
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Anderson 5, Kaney 3, Gillingham 1!1!2, Wubbena 1, Stamm1,Meiners 1,
J. Daws 1f2, Akins 1f2, Steinhagen 1X2
SEATED - Neal Busker fAsst. Mgr.J, Torn Stoner fMgr.j, ROWl Donald Engelkens, Keith Anderson
Robert Vietmeier, James McIntosh Harold Za er James Daws H rl
, g , , a an Smith, David Kaney. ROW 2 -
Mr. Hendee, Ted Johnson, Jerry Steinhagen, Derald DeVries, James Lawson, Jon Swift, Roger DeVries
Richard DeVries, John Daws, Clarence Koning, Ronald Dwyer, Michael McDonald, John Akins, Mr. Brink-
meler. ROW 3 - Loran Greenfield, Robert Horton, Emanuel Scudder, Keith Prasse, Carroll Gillingham
Jerry Daws, Donald Drake, Larry Simmons, Marvin Hayenga, Paul Dale, Ralph Coffman.
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Varslty football was lntroduced to Forreston Hlgh 1n 1955 for the flrst tlme ln our hlstory Forres
ton s record for the year was 2 w1ns and 5 losses however It was consldered a good year because of the
lack of experxence Next season Forreston IS expected to have a very good season w1th elght returnlng
lettermen The 1955 record IS as follows
DATE SCHOOL F C H S OPP
Sept Stlllman Valley there
Sept Pecatonxca here tPoloj
Sept Monroe Center there
Oct Leaf Rlver there
Oct Byron there
Oct Ashton here fPoloj
Oct Wmnebago there
INDIVIDUAL SPOT LIGHT
HARLAN SMITH Harlan ledthe team ln scorlng wlth 42 pomts Although small he could outmaneuver
the defense very well
RICHARD DE VRIES Rlchard was next 1n llne for pomts wlth 25 Rlch played end and caught several
DAVID KANEY Dave played center on the team He was a good blocker and tackler He was also a
good pass catchlng center Dave had 12 pomts
JAMES LAWSON Jxm played end for the flrst half of the season then was shifted to halfback be
cause of team mjurles He scored 12 pomts
ROBERT VIETMEIER Bob played quarterback on the team Although he scored only 6 pomts for the
season he set up a number of touchdown passes
KEITH ANDERSON Andy scored 6 pomts forthe season at halfback and was outstand1ng on defense
ROGER DE VRIES Rog was startlng right end untll he broke h1s leg m the second game He
caught the fxrst touchdovsm pass of the season but was myured on the next play
HAROLD ZAGER Harry was starting left half untll he broke his collar bone ln the second game
He later returned as the extra pomt klcker where he scored hns 2 pomts of the season
JON SWIFT Jon played mamly on defense at the lxnebacker s t He was sllghtly mjured on the
last play of the season at Wmnebago He was a good blocker and an excel ent tackler
JAMES DAWS J 1m played defensxve left end on the team and very seldom could a runner get by h1m
He and hxs twm brother formed a rugged outs1de l1ne on defense
JAMES McINTOSH J1m was the defenslve safety man on the team and he stopped them when no
body else could He was very accurate on hls tackllng and dlagnoslng plays
DON ENGLEKENS Don played at center on the defensive team and could always be counted on to
break up plays ln the mlddle of the llne
JACK DAWS Jack was Injured ln the pre season practlce and dxd not play untll the last game of the
season He was the other rugged end oppos1te h1s brother ln the forward wall
PAUL DALE JERRY DAWS These two Sophomore reserves had to step mto starting posltlons when
the team was plagued wxth mjurles
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SEASON
Roger De Vrles Caught fxrst T D pass from Bob Vxetmeler
F C H S beat Pec for the flrst vlctory
R1ch De Vrles Caught T D pass aamst Leaf Rlver wlth 1 second remalmn to brmg vlctory to the
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ROW 1 Mr Hendee Robert Veltmeler R1chardDeVr1es Jon Swlft Roger DeVr1es Harold Zager Harlan
Smlth Mr Brlnkmeler ROW2 Kexth Anderson James Lawson Stephen Wubbena Dav1d Kaney
Varslty Front llne and Cheerleaders
ROW 1 JoE11a Masterson Leola Dewall Barbara DeVr1es Nancy Capps ROW 2 Roger DeVr1es
Rxchard DeVr1es Jon Sw1ft Harold Zager Robert Vletmexer Harlan Sm1th
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dee, Tom Stoner, Robert Vietmeier, Wendell Poppen, Harold Zager, Dale Buskohl, David Lohr, Mr. Brink-
meier. ROW 3 - Jon Swift, Richard DeVries, Stephen Wubbena, Roger DeVries, James Lawson, Richard
The 1955 56 basketball season goes into the records as the fmcst ln the hlstory of Forreston Hlgh
School Not only was this the f1rst year a Forreston team won a reglonal and entered the sectlonal but the
F C H S boys also won the respect of the fans opponents and referees for thelr brand of clean hard play
Thelr record runs a close parellelto the great 52 53 qulntct fRuthc Montalbano DeGraff Markman
and Hoffman J In 53 we lost the second game to Mt Morrxs and took 27 ln a row before losmg the reglonal
fmals to Rochelle at Rochelle Thls year we lost the thlrd game to Mt MOFFIS and then ran a str1ng of 27
wlns before losxng 1n the Harlem Sectlonal to West Rockford Nme days later our conqueror West won
the 1956 state title' Both teams won the 16 team Mt Carroll Hollday Tourney the Rt 72 Tourney and
went through thelr regular conference season undefeated
Hlghllghts of the past season lnclude the rare double w1n over two undefeated teams Wll,hII1 a seven
hour span Chadwick and Orangevllle 1n the seml fmals of the Carroll Tourney Both Chadwxck and Orange
Vllle had perfect records untll that flnal fatal Friday m December Both teams went on to w1n their re
spectlve county tltles 1n Carroll and Stephenson counties The other hlgh spots were IH the Mt Morrls
a.nd Harlem tourneys Followmg a Sll1gg1Sh debut agalnst Klrkland the Cards went 1nto over drlve agalnst
Oregon Jon s one handed swlsher from the sldellne at mxd court knotted the count 49 49 at the end of the
thlrd quarter We then fell behind and tralled by seven w1th one and one half mlnutes to go Toad got a
basket and Harry contrlbuted four cool free throws and that flnal basket to w1n both the game and the ad
mxratlon of the whole crowd The Frxday nlght vlctory over Rochelle was another hlgh spot
Perhaps the hlghwater mark of thls great season was the 12 8 score 1n our favor agalnst West Rock
ford rnldway through the first quarter ofthatgame Even the 24 20 quarter score 1n West s favor was hlghly
respectable for our mldgets' agamst West s Giant Warrlors
The sophomores w1th very llttle experlence dld remarkably well wlth a 24 2 mark They lost to
Byron and Polo and won two tourneys Route 72 and our Invltatlon Tourney
Well done Cardmal Clan of 1956'
HARLAN SMITH Smitty jump shot artxst supreme broke the old season scorlng record of 471 by scormg
a grand total of 652 polnts He also set a smgle game record of 48 polnts 1n the Port Byron game at Mt
JON SWIFT Jon fleld general Napoleon was the Cards outstandlng defenslve player He always drew
the opponent's best offenslve player and usually stopped h1m cold
HAROLD ZAGER Harry was our sllckest ball handler and leadlng offenslve rebounder He was flrst
1n assists and second 1n scorlng
BOB VIETMEIER Bob was the team s most versatlle man fxllmg 1n at forward or guard as the occaslon
demanded He possessed one of the flnest fade away Jump shots 1n the area
RICH DeVRIES Rlch S speed and aggresslve play earned hlm the startlng spot wlth the above named
senlors He shot more free throws than any other team member
ROG DeVRIES Due to a broken leg lncurred 1n the Pecatonlca football game Rog started slowly but by
the end of the season he was playlng very good ball Belng the only man on the startmg SIX ox er SIX feet
he strenghtened our reboundmg
RICH JOHNSON The tallest man on the squad Rlch was short on experlence but could be counted on for
rebounds when needed
STEVE WUBBENA Steve had the d1st1nct1on of leadlng the team xn held goal shootlng percentages w1th
a mark of 51'Zq
DAVE KANEY Always dependable Dave was the toast of the town the nlght of the flnals at Mt Carroll
due to h1s game wmnmg drlve 1n basket Wlth two seconds remalnlng 1n the Orangevllle game
JIM LAWSON Jlm was rugged and aggresslve under the boards and could always be counted upon to grab
off hxs share of rebounds
KEITH ANDERSON and WENDELL POPPEN Although not on the reglonal and sectlonal squads both
Kelth and Wendy were varslty letter wmners
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Three new records Total points by one player 652 Sm th fold record 471 by Hoffman 1954 Q Best re
cord 29 2 1Old record 28 2 ln 1953 y Most Pomts for season 2455 fold record 2013 1n 1954 y
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Frosll Soph Basketball
ROW 1 Mr Hendee B1llyToepfer L'1rryVNubbena Ted Johnson Ralph Coffman Clarence Konlng Glry
Stamm Ronald Dwyer Mr Br1nkme1erROW2 Gordon Ross Mlehael McDonald Derald DeVr1es Howtrd
Mowrer Delmar Long Alan Rani Loran Greenfleld VerloDeW 111 Tlmothy M8thlOl ROW 3 John Akms
Laverne Stamm Donald Buttel larry blmmons Gary Fl1ck1ng.,er Jerry Stemhagen Eugene Bonebrlght
ROW 4 Tom Stoner fMgrj Keith Prasse Marvm llayenga Donald Drake James Walker Jerry Daws
Carroll Glllmgham Paul Dale DdVld Lohr fMg,r Q
In the aboxe photo are the trophles won slnce the 1955 yearbook was published From left to rlffht
thev are 1955 Fresh Soph Invltatxon Tourney 1955 Rt 79 Baseball Co Champxonshlp qtltle was shared mth
Xshtonj 1956 Rt 72 Frosh Soph Basketball Tourney 1955 Mt Carroll Tourney 1956 Rt 79 Vqrsny
Tourney 1955 Rt 72 Frosh Soph Track
SIDCL this photo was talken the Mt MOFF1b reglonal trophy has been won and the se Cond str ug,ht
Frosh Soph Invltatlon trophy was won 1n a flnal thrlller w1th Polo
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THIE I FENFMEER
ROW 1 - Treva Keuning, Tom Garnhart, Kathleen VanNess, Barbara DeVries, Naomi Korf. ROW 2 -
Marvin Hayenga, Allen Krum, Robert Finch, Lois Vogt, Judy Trei, Verlo DeWall, JoElla Masterson, Lyla
Schoenhardt. ROW 3 Ruth Ann DeWall, Carol Schoonhoven, Mervin Roskam, John Roe, Nancy Capps, Larr
Simmons, Wayne Hayenga, Loran Greenfield. ROW 4 - Carol Asche, Ronald Ludwig, Denise DeGraff?:
Sandra Gravenstein, Faye Smith, Elaine Michael, Jerry Lang, Aljean Frisbie, Luann Moriug, Richard Mas-
terson, David Lohr. STANDING - James Grigsby, Roger Timmer, Judy Taylor, Wava Fager, Tom Stoner,
Richard DeVries, Roger Ruter.
The 1955-1956 band organization consists of 80 members. The officers are: President, Harold Zagerg
Secretary, Barbara DeVriesg Treasurer, Leola DeWallg Uniform Treasurer,JoElla Mastersong and Librar-
ians, Treva Keuning and Juanita Korf.
The band has been bus again this year earning money for new music, new horns, and a possible
trip. The band pla ed at basketball games again this year to add color to our regular activities. We played
at Allis Chalmers gig appreciation party and at Sauerkraut Day.
The band received another very nice gift from Mr. Morris Amsrud. He went to a great deal of trouble
to get parade guns to go with the flags. We would like to thank him very much for his interest and sharp eye.
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James Grlgsby RonaldDwyer Har1anRatmeyer Neal Busker Roger Wlchman Levlna Kroeker Ione Lynch
Judy Taylor Gerry Ratmeyer ROW 2 Sandra Wmters Evelyn Ratmeyer Dorls Kaney Sue Swlft Del
mar Lohr John Akxns Kenneth Kroeker Ted Johnson John Tren Tom Garnhart Dav1dKaney Nancy
Capps JoElla Masterson Judy Tre1 Verna Gerwlg ROW 3 Ruth Snlder Luann Hoffman Kathleen Van
Ness Rosalle DeWall Frank Bmkley Mxchael McDonald Loran Greenfleld Roger Ruter Dav1dLohr
Elwyn Zlmmerman James Daws Paul Dale Juan1ta Korf Naoml Korf Ann Beebe Leola DeWall Wava
Fager ROW 4 Marjorle Engel Carol Tlmmer Ruth Ann DeWall Carolyn Haack Carol Schoonhoven
Davxs Folkerts Ke1thPrasse Harlan Smlth Tom Stoner Rlchard Johnson Luther Ratmeyer James Law
son Walter Paul Donald Drake Harold Zager Geneva Thompson Eleanor Drake Dorls DeVrxes Carolyn
Presxdent Davls Folkerts
Secretary Ann Beebe
Treasurer Harlan Ratmeyer
Llbrarxans ROSKIIC DeWa1l and Kathleen Van Ness
Advlser Mrs Amsrud
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Snlder Kathleen VanNess Barbara DGVTICS Leola DeWall Dor1s Kaney Evelyn Ratmeyer Treva Keun
1ng Gerry Ratmeyer Jan1ce Cooley JohnAk1ns ROW2 Darrell Wxndle Rosalle DeWall Larry Slmrnons
Carolyn Haack Paul Dale Davld Kaney Loran Greenf1eld Harlan Ratmeyer John Trel Roger Ruter
Frank Blnkley Luann Hoffman Carolyn Harrenstem Juan1taKorf Barbara Greve Delmar Lohr ROW3
Carol Tlmmer Ruth Ann DeWall Geneva Thompson Kelth Prasse Dav1dLohr Tom Garnhart Dav1s
Folkerts Harold Zager Tom Stoner R1chardJohnson LutherRatmeyer R1chardDeVr1es Elwyn Zlmmer
man Walter Paul Carol Schoonhoven Harlan Smlth Eleanor Drake Dor1s DeVr1es
Solo and Ensemble Contestants
The followmg students partlclpated 1n the lnstrumental d1v1s1on of the dxstrlct solo ensemble
contest at South Beloxt on March 24 The flrst ten named below Qflrst place wmnersj go to the state con
test at Macomb May 4 5
The followlng recelved flrst Brass Sextet Juanlta Korf Carol Tlmmer Harold Zager Darrell
Wxndle Davld Lohr Delmar Lohr Trombone Tr1o Leola DeWall Rlchard Johnson Darrell Wlndel Plano
The followxng recexved second Barltone Delmar Lohr Cornet Paul Dale Barltone Sax Dorls Kaney
P1300 Tom Stoner Baton Jlm Grlgsby B Flat Clarlnet Tom Garnhart B Flat Clarxnet Marv1n Hayenga
Brass Sextet Eleanor Drake JoElla Masterson John Trel James Kaney Daved Kaney Paul Dale Saxo
phone Quartet Nancy Capps Evelyn Ratmeyer Dorxs Kaney Loran Greenfleld Horn TPIO Naom1Korf
JoElla Masterson Carolyn Haack B Flat C1ar1net Trxo Barbara DeVr1es Kathleen Van Ness Marvm
Hayenga B Flat Clarlnet Trxo Tom Garnhart Treva Keunmg Judy Trel
soon Dav1s Folkerts French Horn Naoml Korf Cornet Trlo Eleanor Drake Carol Tlrnmer Walter
The follow1ng recelved fourth French Horn Juanlta Korf B Flat Tenor Sax Evelyn Ratmeyer
The students lxsted below entered the vocal dxvlsxon of the d1str1ct contest at South B9l01t More
than 1000 students were ln the entlre contest and Judglng was necessarlly close
The followmg recelved second Boys Hlgh Volce Dav1s Folkerts Boys Hlgh VOICC Roger Ruter
Glrls Hlgh Volce Dorls Kaney Boys Med1umVo1ce David Lohr Glrls Double Ensemble Dorls Kaney Lu
Ann Hoffman Carol Schoonhoven Evelyn Ratmeyer Judy Taylor Dorls DeVr1es Boys Double Ensemble
M1ke McDonald John Aklns Loran Greenfield Davxd Lohr Donald Drake Paul Dale Darrell Wlndle Jun
Grxgsby Boys Slngle Ensemble Harold Zager Walter Paul Dav1s Folkerts Roger Ruter Boys Smgle
Ensemble Delmar Lohr Tom Garnhart Frank Bmkley Elwyn Zlmmerman Glrls Smgle Ensemble Treva
Keumg Juanlta Korf Carolyn Harrensteln G1rlsS1ngle Ensemble Carol Tlmmer Geneva Thompson Elea
nor Drake M1xed Slngle Ensemble Evelyn Ratmeyer JoElla Masterson Delmar Lohr Elwyn Zlmmerman
The followmg recelved th1rd Glrls Hlgh Volce Carol Tlmmer M1xedS1ngle Ensemble NROIIII
Korf Ruth Snlder Harlan Smlth Harold Zager Girls Medlum Volce Treva Keunmg Glrls Medium Voxce
Rosalle DeWall Boys Unchanged Volce Darrell Wlndle Boys Unchanged Volce Jlm Grlgsby
The followmg M1.xed Double Ensemble recelved fourth Janlce Cooley Kathleen Van Ness Gerry
Ratmeyer Lorene W1lk1n Luther Ratmeyer Harlan Ratmeyer Frank Blnkley Harlan Smlth
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Nancy Capps ROW 1 LaVonne Wlchman Allce Black LaVonne Pattat Janlce Cooley Mary Hartle
Mary Plerce ROW 2 Gerry Ratmeyer Llnda Plerce lone Lynch Sandr'1W1nters Wava Fager Dorls
Kaney Janet Koch Treva Keunlng Verna Gerwlg Levlna Kroeker Betty Bornemexer Judy Taylor
ROW 3 JoAnn Pierce Sue Sw1ft Naoml Korf Leola DeWall Llnda Hoch Luann Hoffman Joyce Buss
Judy Tre1 Donna Janssen Shlrley Mlller Katherlne Wagens Ann Beebe ROW4 Carol Tlmmer Ruth
Ann DeWall Dorls DeVr1es Marjorxe Engel Carolyn Haack Eleanor Drake Carol Schoonhoven Geneva
Thompson Carolyn Harrensteln Rosalle DeWall Juan1taKorf Sh1rleyJul1us Sally Plowman Lols Vogt
The officers of the GAA for the year 1955 56 were
Presldent Kathleen VanN ess
Vice President Nancy Capps
Secretary Evelyn Ratmeyer
Treasurer Barbara DeVr1es
l promlse to uphold the ldeals of the Girls Athletlc Assoclatlon by promoting interest ln athletlcs
a.nd the out of doors by 11v1ng so that I may be healthy and strong and by makmg good sportsmanshxp a
constant factor ln my conduct '
Thls year the GAA had 50 members Our meetlngs were held on Monday mornmgs
Every year the Presldent and Point System Secretary have the prxvllege of attendmg GAA leader
shxp at Lake Geneva Wxs Thls year Kathleen Van Ness and JoElla Masterson had the honor of gom
The members have had play nights and have partlclpated ln various sports such as bowllng basket
ball volleyball softball roller skatlng tumblmg and hlkes to earn polnts for thelr awards
The sports managers for th1s year were Sh1rleyM1ller and Sandra Wmters Basketball Mary Hartle
and Marlorle Engel Volleyball Rosalle DeWall and Judy Trex Softball
The goal of the GAA members IS to earn four awards They are the class numerals and the letter
F local awards the letter I and an emblem the shape of lllmols state awards These awards are
awarded on the basls of pomts the members earn
To earn money we had a candy stand on Sauerkraut Day bake sales sold 500 basketball schedule
penclls and raffled cakes at basketball games
On September 28 ten of our glrls attended a play day at D1xon
We held our Mother Daughter Banquet on March 16 when formal 1n1t1at1on and lnstallatlon of officers
was held A number of the athletlc boys capably served the meal
We would l1ke to thank our advlser Mlss Lermartz for the help she has gwqm us durlng the past year
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JoElla Masterson Carol Schoonhoven ROW 1 Katherme Wagens LaVonne W1chman Mary Plerce Ahce
Black Neva Suess Judy Taylor LaVonne Pattat Mary Hartle Janet Koch ROW 2 Judy Trex L1nda
Plerce Na.ncy Capps Evelyn Ratmeyer Dorxs Kaney Helen Kochsmeler JoAnn Plerce Verna Gerwlg
Sandra Wlnters Ann Beebe ROW 3 Sue Swlft Naoml Korf Kathleen Van Ness M1ldredW1chman Ethel
Weegens Marjorle Engel Carolyn Haack Geneva Thompson L1ndaHoch Nancy Buskohl Sh1rleyBolen
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As the eleventh year of the FHA orgamzatlon comes to a close we look back on our many honors
and act1v1t1es The offlcers fo
r the 1955 56 year who d1d much to make
our organlzatlon a
Mrs Clarence Ratmeyer
M1ss Mary Este rly
Grandmother Mrs John I Masterson
have two sectlon offlcers
Vlce Presldent Kathleen Van Ness
Sect1on Mother Mrs Johnl Masterson
Mrs Donald Stengel our former FHA advlser was selected by the FHA members as Honorary
member Out Sectlon 22 Leadershlp Tra1n1ng Meetmg was held at Sterhng where we recelved specxal
Sectxonal honors We were chosen as Outstandlng Sectlon Chapter and were wlnners of two awards In
ternatlonal Good W1l1 and Publ1c Relatlons
Thls year four glrls of our FHA were honored ln recelvmg State Homemaker Degrees These
g1rls were Colleen DeWa1l JoAnn Hellman Patrlcla Kaney and Kathleen VanNess Romame Schoon
hoven was the only wlnner 1n our Sect1on to FLCCIVG a state scholarshlp
Eleanor Drake was the delegate sent by our Chapter to attend camp at Lake Bloommgton
The theme of our 1955 56 year was In Our FHA Flower Garden Followmg IS the flower and 3Ct1
v1ty that was assoclated w1th each month
Gladlolus Slumber Party
Aster FHA Week
Chrysanthemum Daddy Date Nlght
Poxnsetta FHA FFA Carolmg Party
Narcxssus Family Nlght
Bleedmg Heart FHA FFA Klng Kr Queen Party
Jonqull Nelghbormg Chapter Banquet
L1ly Mother Daughter Banquet
Carnatlon Elghth Grade Tea
In addltlon to these actlvltes we decorated a float for Sauerkraut Day had outslde speakers come to
speclal meetlngs contrlbuted to U N E S C O and CARE had Secret Slster presented roses to the faculty
durmg FHA week sent a Chr1stmas basket to a needy famlly gave a radxo program equlpped a medlclne
-cablnet 1n the off1cc gave a TV program had a fxeld tr1p had a llttle chxldren s party and sent a bus
full of glrls to the sprlng rally for Sectlon 22 at Rochelle March 3
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Our FFA membershm th1s year was 48 The
55 56 offlcers were as follows
Presldent Bob Palmer
Vlce Presldent Steve Wubbena
Secretary Harlan Smxth
Treasurer Rlchard DeVr1es
Reporter James Daws
Sentlnel Jerry Daws
We had numerous 3Ct1Vlt16S Shortly after off1cers were elected last sprung the Fat Stock Team of
Roland Ratmeyer W1ll1s Weegens and Arnold Engelkens Judged ln the state contest at Champaxgn This
tr1o won a blue rlbbon as a team and as mdlvlduals Arnold scored 774 pomts out of a possible 800 for the
hxghest mark ever achleved by a Forreston boy m the state meet
The Dalry Team of Steve and Dennls Wubbena and Allen Krum also won blue ribbons as a team and
as 1nd1v1duals These three lads were sophomores
Our chapter was represented at the State FFA Conventlon U1 Sprmgfleld by Bob Palmer Steve Wub
bena Bob Smlth and Dale Heeren Roland Ratmeyer Dave Lohr and Bob Smlth were awarded the State
Farmer Degree on the flnal evenlng of the conventlon
We sold some lambs ln the Lamb Pool at Mt Carroll and showed fat lambs IH the show at Oregon
Bob Palmer J1m Walker Harlan Smlth Jerry Stemhagen Dave Lohr and Dale Buskohl represented us at
these two events
Durmg the County Falr season we had good exhlblts at f1V6 dxfferent countles Ogle Wxnnebago
Stephenson Carroll and LaSalle In the Sectlon Fan' at Freeport our members won champ1onsh1ps
trophles plaques and S393 ln premxum money Second hlgh 111 prem1ums was Pearl C1ty w1th S287 At
FFA night at the Freeport Falr JoElla Masterson our Chapter sweetheart was honored at a banquet along
In September we earned money wlth the Sauerkraut parkmg lot a.nd we attended the Leadershlp
Tralnmg School at Elzabeth Later we entered the Sectlonal Gra1n and Fat Stock Judging Contest Our
gram team all freshmen won 16th place among 20 schools They were Ralph Coffman Bob Derby Verlo
DeWall Tom Garnhart and Gary Stamm The Fat Stock Team f1ve sophomore boys won tenth place and
recelved a plaque These lads were Marvm Hayenga Ivan Haljenga Lavern Stamm Jerry Daws and Kexth
Our corn growers d1d well John Trel recelved the Grand Champlon award on ten ears and Marvm
Hayenga s ten ear sample was selected for the Internatlonal Show Dale Heeren had the hlgh y1eld m the
area and recelved a wrlst watch from the Lazxer Seed Co Rochelle Les11e h1s brother was second Dale
had 162 bushels per acre wlth Leslxe onl one bushel behmd Jxm Lawson and Leslxe were one two ln the
Ploneer Contest Rxchard DeVr1es had the lghest y1eld ln the DeKalb Contest
The Klwanxs plaque for a school sheep exh1b1t was won by Dale Buskohl Steve Wubbena Allen
Krum and John Tren We have now won thls plaque three years m a row
Harlan Smith was chalrman ofthe Garden Seed Sales Rlch DeVr1es was hlgh salesman Commisslons
from the sales fxnanced our annual Father Son Banquet Rlchard Johnson was chalrman of the commmttee 111
charge of sellmg Fxre Extmqulshers Rog DeVr1es was awarded a watch as hlgh salesman We also sold
step savers for mall boxes somethmg new ln the communlty
Delmar Lohr Dale Buskohl Steve Wubbena and John Trel are working on a Sheep Breeders
Organlzatlon to axd m sellmg sheep and to promote thelr use The plans are sxmxlar to those for the Annual
Boar Sale whlch ylelded an average of S49 for each hog we sold last fall
18 of our Jnmlors a.nd senlors were mtervxewed by statlon WFRL for appearances on a local radlo
broadcast honorlng the FFA
The DeKalb Award for the outstandmg senlor ag student went to Dave Lohr Last year's wmner was
ROBERT RUTHE MEMORIAL FUND
A loan flmd was establlshed last fall to asslst worth FFA boys who lack capltal to purchase an
anlmal or equxpment for a project It IS to be known as the Robert Ruthe Memorlal Loan Fund 111 honor of
Robert Ruthe an active charter member who lost his llfe Ill a farm accldent 111 October 1954 He was
chapter presldent durmg h1S semor year 1949 50 The or1g1nal contrlbutxons were made by his classmates
Smce then the Forreston Feed M111 a.nd C W Jolmson Implement Co have made llberal contrlbutlons Sev
eral small amolmts have been added by our chapter
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ROW 1 Nancy Capps JoElla Masterson Dorls Kaney Carol Schoonhoven Judy Taylor Leola DeWall
Barbara DeVr1es ROW 2 JBIIICB Cooley Shlrley Glover lone Lynch Barbara Greve Mlss Lennartz
Betty Bornerneler LoreneW1lken Gerry Ratmeyer Mary Hartle ROW3 Janet Koch JuneKl1nger Ann
Beebe Ruth Snlder Noam1Korf Shlrley Jullus Shlrley Miller Katherlne Wagens Kathleen VanNess Sue
Swlft Wava Fager ROW 4 Joyce Buss Rosalle DeWall Carol Tlmmer MarJor1e Engel Dorls DeVr1es
Carolyn Haack Eleanor Drake Geneva Thompson Marlan Weegens Ruth Ann DeWall Luann Hoffman
L1nda Hoch Jlllllta Korf
Pep Club was orgamzed to promote the lnterest of students xn sports and to get together and cheer
for the Cards at the games Thls IS the second year thxs actlve club has been organlzed and conslsts of
boys and glrls whereas last year It was only glrls The members make their own rules whlch are to be
followed throughout the football and basketball seasons Awards are gxven to each member at the end of
Pep Club 1sn t all work though for we have also had some partles
There have been several standlng commlttees for the year and they have really worked together
To ask for a bus and flnd out what tlme xt leaves for each away game
Gerry Ratmeyer Shlrley Glover
Ways and means to make money
Juanlta Korf JoElla Masterson
Ann Beebe lone Lynch
Make posters to announce com1ng events
Naornl Korf Sue Swift
James Grlgsby Judy Taylor
Offlcers for 1955 1956 are as follows
Presxdent Barbara DeVr1es
Vlce Presldent Leola DeWall
Secretary Treasurer Geneva Thompson
Advxser M1ss Lennartz
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SEATED Janlce Cooley Mr Masterson Juan1taKorf Ruth Sn1der MISS Lennartz Ann Beebe ROW 1
Gerry Ratmeyer Treva Kelllllng Leola DeWall Kathleen Van Ness Katherme Brooks Neal Busker
Naom1 Korf Lorene Wllken Betty Scudder Barbara DeVr1es ROW 2 Ro er Ruter Rosalxe DeWall
Carolyn Harrensteln Dav1d Lohr Marsdon Stukenberg James Daws Robert Pa mer Robert Falst Harlan
Ratmeyer ROW 3 Dav1s Folkerts Harlan Smlth Harold Zager Tom Stoner Russell Ruter Rlchard
Johnson Luther Ratmeyer Jon Swlft Robert V1etme1er R1chardStukenberg Wendell Poppen John Daws
Hlstory of the New School
Board of Educat1on
Glft and Class History
Last Wlll and Testament
Muzzey and Study Hall
Sauerkraut Queen Candldates Le01aDeWal1
FHA St FFA Kmg and Queen Party Jack Daws
Rlcha rd Stukenberg
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SEATED Katherxne Brooks Tom Stoner Ann Beebe Mr Bartelt Janlce Cooley STANDING Barbara
Greve Verna Gerwlg Delmar Lohr Ph1ll1p Brooks Darrel1W1ndle Torn Garnhart Rosal1eDeWa1l Larry
Advlser Mr Bartelt
Co Edltors Tom Stoner Ann Beebe
Semors Katherme Brooks Janice Cooley Rosalle DeWall
J1m1ors Barbara Greve Levlna Kroeker
Sophomores Ph1l1p Brooks Verna Gerwlg Darrell Wlndle
Freshmen Tom Garnhart Delmar Lohr Larry Wubbena
The staff reporters w1th the help of Mr Bartelt and Mr Masterson report whats new around
Forreston Hlgh School to the students parents and frlends
The reporters hold thelr regular meetlngs during 8th perlod on Mondays They present thelr artlcles
proof read and sent to the Journal offlce by Wednesday noon for publlcatlon on Thursday
The Junior Journal IS publlshed as part of the Forreston Journal A well worn copy of thxs publlca
t1on IS usually found IH the school llbrary
The school news IS generally d1v1ded 1nto standard columns which conslst of the Edltorlal Senlor
Intervlew Hall Prowler Questlon of the Week SchoolCalendar and Class Monltor Speclal feature artlcles
are also sometlmes added
The purpose of the Junlor Journal IS to keep parents and frlends as well as students mformed of the
happenlngs around Forreston Communlty Hlgh School ln an lnterestmg and sometlmes humorous fashlon
The Junlor Journal 1n addltlon to bemg beneflclal to the readers glves the Journal staff valuable experience
ln responslblllty Journallsm and soclal relatlons
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Judy Trei, John Akins, Mr. Masterson, Gary Stamm, Eleanor Drake.
SEATED - Carol Timmer, Gerr
Speech Contestants ww
SEATED - Katherine Brooks, JoElla Masterson, Treva Keuning Shirley Bolen Levina Kroeker Naomi
Korf. STANDING - Mr. Masterson, Harlan Ratmeyer, Walter Padl, Luther Ratmcyer, Tom Stoner, Davis
Folkerts, Neal Busker, James Grigsby,
F.C,H.S. speech contestants had their best year in history this season. They finished second to Byron
meet: Byron 54, F,C,H.S, 33, Stillman Valley 21, Winnebago 3, and were a close second to
in the Rt. 72
Freeport in the state district meet: Freeport 40, F.C.H.S. 35, Rockford East 23, Rockford West 22, Harlem
and Winnebago, each 6, Savanna and Stockton, each 5, Leaf River and Dakota each 2
In the Rockford sectional 26 schools from the northern one sixth ofylllinoisn artici ated F C
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was fifth: Freeport 30, Byron 23, West Rockford 16, Elgin 14 1!2, Forreston 13, Arlington Heights 12,
Wilmette 11, DeKalb 10 1f2, Woodstock 10 1f2, Rock Falls 7 1f2, Waukegon 7, Sterling 6 1!2, Evanston
3, Mt. Morris 3, Milledgeville 2.
Point winners at Freeport included the play fTom, Harlan, Luther, Nealy, Marvin Hayenga in
extemporeg Harlan, original orationg Neal, serious reading, JoElla, comedy reading, Naomi, after dinner
speaking, Treva, verse reading, Tom, original monologue and Luther, radio speaking.
The above students also scored the Rt. 72 meet with two others also earning points there: Katherine
Brooks and Levina Kroeker. Davis Folkerts, Jim Grigsby, and Naomi Korf gave great help in staging the
play. Mr. Masterson coached the play.
At the Rockford Sectional Tom and Neal earned four points by placing second and the four bo '
the play earned one point each by winning fourth. Luther won fifth in radio speaking which gave him another
Tom Stoner and Neal Busker have the honor of breaking the state contest barrier by being the first
Forreston students ever to art' t ' h
p 1Cpa e IH t e state speech contest. First and second place winners at
Rockford go on to the state.
Tom has an original monologue which is a rare satire on children's TV programs and Neal has
Antony's Funeral Oration by Shakespeare. Good luck, to two gallant seniors.
Jumor Class Play
Slnce no dlrector was avallable for a three act play for the Jumors It has
been deo1ded to present three one act plays Who Gets the Car Ton1ght'? by
Journey by Thornton Wllder 24 cast members W111 be needed The plays are
to be glven Aprll 27 28 Mr Masterson IS d1rect1ng the flrst one Mrs Z1eg1er
the second and Tom Stoner and Davls Folkerts W111 d1rect the thlrd one
Chris Sergelg "Murder 'is Fun" by Catherine Blgankenshipg and "The Happy
Our Town, by Thornton Wilder
CAST OF CHARACTERS
Stage Manager Harlan Ratmeyer Dr G1bbs James McIntosh Joe Crowell Roger Ruter Howxe
Newsome Russell Ruter Mrs G1bbs Juamta Korf Mrs Webb Naoml Korf George G1bbs Neal Busker
Rebecca G1bbs Ann Beebe Wally Webb Harlan Smlth Emlly Webb Treva Keumng Prof Wlllard
Robert Vletmeler Mr Webb Luther Ratmeyer Woman 1n the Balcony Katherme Brooks Man ln the Aud1
torlum Harold Zager Lady 1n the Box Kathleen Van Ness Slmon Stlmson Tom Stoner Mrs Soames
Rosahe DeWall Const Warren Wendell Poppen S1 Crowell James Daws Baseball Players Bob Vletmexer
Robert Faxst MUSIC Productxon Davls Folkerts Sam Cralg Harold Zager Joe Stoddard Jon Swlft
Asst Stage Managers R1chard and Marsdon Stukenberg
Our Town dep1CtS the l1fe of a New Hampshlre Vlllage w1th ltS humor pxcturesqueness and pathos
set agalnst a background of more than two centurles of t1me soclal hlstory and rellgxous xdeas
The play beglns 1n 1901 1n Grovers Corners where the G1bbs and the Webbs are nexghbors Durmg
the1r chlldhood George G1bbs and Emlly Webb are playmates and the1r lxves are woven together as nelgh
bor s lxves are l1ke to be but as they grow older they pass from thxs perxod 1nto a state of romantlc yet
embarrassed mterest ln one another One day George proposed to Emxly 1n the drug store over an ICG
cream soda wh1ch he dlscovers he hasnt the money to pay for But their happlness IS short l1V6d for
Emlly IS taken 1n death and placed ln the vlllage cemetery on a ra1ny dreary day
In the death scene the peacefulness and quletness of death IS seen wh1ch can never be understood
by the hvmg
The story glves a v1v1d cross sect1on of every day affairs 1n a real l1ve s1tuat1on V1s1t1ng college
students and many local resldents pald hlgh trlbute to the productxon
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Boy's State and Girl's State Delegates
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Each year f1ve g1r1s f om the Senlor class are chosen as candldates for
Sauerkraut Day Queen Upon th1s annual event the Queen and the other four can
d1dates who serve as attendants lead the parade on a float decorated by the
Th1s year s Queen was Kathleen Van Ness Inher Royal Court were Treva
Keumng Barbara DeVr1es Leola DeWall and Janlce Cooley These f1ve glrls
rexgned over the days feSt1Vlt1eS and 1n the even1ng alded 1n the g1v1ng away of
These f1VG g1rls were selected by the Hlgh School student body and the
Sauerkraut Packers Assoclatlon deslgnated the Queen
A beaut1fully engraved compact was glven to each of the f1ve g1rls by the
F F A and F H A Kmg and Queen
The FFA Sz FHA K1ng 8a Queen Party was held on Valentlnes Day Feb
ruary 14 1956 1n the H1gh School The attlre agreed on was school clothes The
aCt1V1ty wh1ch consumed the major portlon of the evenmg was sardlnes Fol
low1ng the crownmg of the King Harlan Smlth by Mlss Esterly and the crown
1ng of the Queen JoElla Masterson by Mr F1nch the Grand March was held
The attendants were Robert Palmer Gary Fl1ck1nger Evelyn Ratmeyer
and Geneva Thompson Lunch was served by the FHA g1r1s
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1955 56 Scholastic Honor Roll
FIRST SDC WEEKS
A HONOR ROLL Lev1naKroeker Carol T1mmer Harold Zager B HONOR ROLL Tom Garnhart
Loran Greenfleld Delmar Lohr Gordon Ross Jud1th Trel Shlrley Glover Marvln Hayenga Kelth Prasse
Evelyn Ratmeyer Carol Schoonhoven Barbara Greve JoElla Masterson Sally Plowman Geneva Thompson
Marlene Weegens Ethel Wubbena Ann Beebe ROS3.1l8 DeWall Katherlne Brooks Jan1ce Cooley Dav1s
Folkerts Juan1ta Korf James McIntosh Ruth Smder Tom Stoner Kathleen VanNess
SECOND SIX WEEKS
A HONOR ROLL Tom Garnhart Levma Kroeker Ann Beebe Harold Zager B ' HONOR ROLL
Loran Greenfleld Ted Johnson Delmar Lohr GordonRoss Judy Tre1 Larry Wubbena Elwyn Zlmmerman
Verna Gerwxg Marvm Hayenga Evelyn Ratmeyer Carol Schoonhoven Barbara Greve Sally Plowman
Geneva Thompson Loxs Vogt Marlene Weegens Mlldred Wlchman Ethel Wubbena Katherme Brooks
Jan1ce Cooley Dav1s Folkerts Juan1ta Korf James Mclntosh Gerry Ratmeyer Ruth Snlder Tom Stoner
THIRD SDC WEEKS
A HONOR ROLL Delmar Lohr MBFVIH Hayenga Evelyn Ratmeyer Lev1naKroeker Ann Beebe Kath
er1ne Brooks James McIntosh Harold Zager B HONOR ROLL Sh1rleyBolen Gordon Ross Judy
Prasse Carol Schoohoven Jerry Stelnhagen James Walker Roger DeVr1es Barbara Greve Davld Kaney
JoElla Masterson Geneva Thompson Carol T1mmer Marlene Weegens J3.I11C6 Cooley Dav1s Folkerts
Juan1ta Korf Gerrv Ratmever Ruth Snlder Tom Stoner Kathleen VanNess
FOURTH SIX WEEKS
A HONOR ROLL Gordon Ross Judy Trel Levma Kroeker Ann Beebe James McIntosh Torn Stoner
Harold Zager B HONOR ROLL Al1ce Black Shlrley Bolen Tom Garnhart Delmar Lohr Larry Wub
bena Verna Gerwlg Marvm Hayen a Kelth Prasse Evelyn Ratmeyer Carol Schoonhoven James Walker
Barbara Greve Dav1d Kaney JoE la Masterson Sally Plowman Glenn Schnelderrnan Geneva Thompson
Carol T1mmer Lo1s Vogt Marlene Weegens Katherlne Brooks Jan1ce Cooley James Daws Dav1s Folkerts
Treva Keunmg Juan1ta Korf Gerry Ratmeyer Ruth Smder Kathleen VanNess
FIFTH SDC WEEKS
A HONOR ROLL Elwyn Zlmmerman Ann Beebe Katherme Brooks Treva Keunmg Tom Stoner Har
old Zager B HONOR ROLL Shlrley Bolen Tom Garnhart Delmar Lohr Gordon Ross Judy Trel
Larry Wubbena Verna Gerwlg Shlrley Glover Marvln Hayenga Evelyn Ratmeyer Barbara Greve Levma
Kroeker JoElla Masterson Carol T1mmer Marlene Weegens Dav1s Folkerts Juan1ta Korf James Mcln
tosh Gerry Ratmeyer Ruth Snlder
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Beebe Seed House S5
Brlnkmeler Bob Equltable Insurance S10
Coffman Floyd Ploneer Seed Co S10
Crest Foods Co S10
Cullxgan s Soft Water Serv1ce 35
DeGraff Roe Funeral Home S5
Deuth Bros 310
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Earl s Gulf Serv1ce 8: Cafe S5
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Gamble Store S5
German Valley State Bank S5
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Greve John Blacksmlth S5
Gr1ff1th Dan T Gulf Gas S5
Groenewold s Fur and Wool Co S5
Harms Henry Gas Sz O11 S5
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Johnson C W S5
Jostens Class Rmgs S10
Just Rlte Cafe S5
Kaney Bros Furmture gl Appllance
Korf Delmer Contractor S5
Lahre s Market S5
Lewxs Dalry Bar S5
Lohr Bros Dorset Sheep S5
Markman's Transfer S10
Memer s Grocery 35
Messmg and Becker S7
Mxller s Turkey Farm S5
R 8: L Rest Home S5
Ralelgh Bros S5
Ralph s Serv1ce Statlon S5
Ratmeyer Farm Equlpment Co 5510
Roland s Gulf Statxon S10
Rutkowskl Helen County Judge S55
Schoonhoven s Garage S5
Smlth Motor Sales 35
Smlth Frederlck G Co S5
Snack Shop S5
Tre1 Lawrence Farm Bureau Ins S10
Turner Dr K L Vetermarlan S5
Wlndle George Portable Grlnder S5
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Bufflngton s Grocery Store
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Charlle s Varlety Store
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Janssen s Drlve Inn
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M1l's Beauty Shop
Mobll Gas Statlon
Opp Kerry Barber Shop
St Cyr s Royal Blue Store
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Watry s Hobby Shop
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