Gillespie High School - Gillespian Yearbook (Gillespie, IL)
- Class of 1954
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Our high school was built in 1918 for a cost of 3145, 000. The two-story, brick
building has 16 class rooms, a cafeteria, an auditorium and library, principa1's office,
superintendent's office, a men's lounge and ladies' lounge, furnace room and toilet
A gymnasium was added in 1929 at a cost of 338, 000. Ever since its construction
Gillespie has had the best gymnasium in Macoupin County. Each year the Macoupin
County Basketball Tournament and Music Festivals are held in our gymnasium.
Our curriculum includes standard academic courses in English, history, mathematics,
science, etc., and in addition, shop, business, home economics, physical training, agricul
ture, chorus and band.
Our campus includes a football field, a baseball field and a parking area.
The Gillespie Community High School receives grade school graduates from three
schools in our district, the Big Brick in Gillespie, St. Simon and Jude in Gillespie and
the Wilsonville Grade School.
The Gillespie Community High School is recognized as an accredited high school by
both the Illinois State Department of Public Instruction and the North Central Association
of Secondary Schools.
Left to right: Grade School Principal, Mr. Marvel Duncang Mr. Herman Franke, Mr. Melvin Poteet,
Superintendent of District 7, Mr. Emery Matting President of Board, Mr. Charles Simcox, Mr. John Ad
mire, Mr. Robert Wyatt, High School Principal, Mr. Michael Verticchiog Mr. Thomas Wilson.
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The Gillespie Community Unit School Board is made up of seven members elected
by the people for our district, No more than three board members can be elected from
any one township as provided by the Illinois Legislature.
These men are responsible for determining the general policies of our school sys-
tem. Mr. Charles Simcox serves as president and Mr. Melvin Poteet as secretary. These
officers were elected by the school board from their members.
The Board of Education meets the first and third Tuesday of each month in the
High School. All meetings are open to the public.
The Superintendent of the School Unit, Mr. Emery Martin, the Principal of the
grade schools, Mr. Marvel Duncan, and the high school principal, Mr. Michael Vertic-
chio meet with the Board of Education to assist in forming policies, rules and regulations
for the school system.
The Board of Education puts in many long hours without salary or finance, trans-
portation, building, circulation, personnel and other phases of our school program.
Bachelor of Arts
Master of Arts
University of Illinois
Bachelor of Science
Master of Arts
University of Illinois
B.S. Southern University
B. S. in Agriculture
University of Illinois
I, II, III, IV
B.S. in Education
B.S., University of Illinois
Typewriting I, II
Shorthand I, I1
A. B., Centre College
M. S. . University of Illinois
Head Coach, General Shop
Metal Shop, Wood Shop
B. S. , Southwest
Homemaking I, H, III
B.S. in Education
EDITH WELLER STREHLE
A.B., MacMurray College
B.S. in Biological Science
University of Illinois
General Science, Biology
B.S. in Education, Westem State College
General Business, Bookkeeping
Personal Typing, Commercial Law
B.Ed. , Southern University
M.A. , University of Illinois
American History, World History
Advanced Civics, Sociology
A. A. . Blackburn
B.A., Park College
M.A. , University of
English III, IV
Latin I, II
A. B., Shurtleff
M. A. , University of
B, of Music
Vandercook of Music
A.B., University of
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MRS. VERA WIERSMA MRS DONALD AUDI MISS THERESA FERRARI
Secretary to the Secretary to the Secretary to the
Superintendent Supeuntendent Pr1nc1pa1
MR GEORGE OSTERKAMP MR. EARL STEWART
MRS. EDITH ALDERSON
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The Senior Class of '54
Now have passed through the final doorg
They're on their own as they go their way,
"May God bless them," is all we can say.
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Auburn - -
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Benld - - -
Back row, left to right: Coach "Chief" Tenikat, Frank Rolando, John Zipoy, Jene Brown, Mike Vlasich,
Dick Piskur, Emlyn Thomas, Jon Crane, Stanley Runta, Ron Simcox, Joe Fellin, Lynn Hartweger, Alex
Young. Coach "Chuck" Heinz. Second row: Jack Meno, Gene Martin, Bob Heck, Terry Sigman, Dick
Hopper, Jack Whitehouse, Bill Smith, Bob Gory, Charles Baima, Bob Knopp, Harold Collins, Dick Orso,
Ed Brown, Gerry Cavanaugh.
MINERS' ' 53 SEA SON
The 1953 football team, although green from lack of experience, ended their season with an impres-
sive record of four wins and five losses. Although the Miners' record showed more losses than wins it did
not tell the true storyg on many occasions a break here and there at the right time would have given the
Miners the margin of victory. This year's team was highlighted by a good defensive line as well as some
BOB KNOPP - Left End
ED BIKJWN - Left Tackle
BOB HECK - Left Guard
GENE MARTIN - Center
HAROLD COLLINS - Right Guard
JACK MENO - Right Tackle
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LYNN HARTWEGER - Right End
B.I. SMITH - Quarterback
CHUCK BAIMA - Fullback
GERRY CAVANAUGH - Halfback
DICK HOPPER - Halfback
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Left to right: Coach "Chief" Tenikat, Bill Lancaster, Jene Brown, Chuck Baima, Darrell Duncan, Gary
Poole, Lynn Hartweger, Jack Whitehouse, B.I. Smith, Terry Sigman, Gene Martin, Ronny Cordum,
Assistant Coach "Chuck" Heinz.
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Back row, left to right: Frank Profaizer, Carl Hauschild, Dave Heyen, Gordon Hartweger, Tommy
Smith, Tom Sherman, Terry Stewart, Ronnie Price, Nelson Marasti. Second row: Coach Heinz, Jerry
Hitchcock, Paul Mizera, Stanley Runta, Emelyn Thomas, Darrell Duncan, Larry Clark, Dick Piskur.
Coach Tenikat. Front row: Bud McCormack, Bob Campbell, Earl Hauschild, Bill Campbell, Bill Siepp
Bill Harris, Ronnie Frew, Wilbur Hughes, Jim Schoen.
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LITCHFIELD INVITATIONAL TOUR
Gillespie- - - 62 Pana - - - -
Gillespie - - - 67 Litchfield - -
Gillespie - - - 55 Hillsboro - -
MACOUPIN COUNTY TOURNAMENT
Gillespie - - - 40 Girard - - -
Gillespie - - - 57 Mr. Olive -
Gillespie - - - 66 Virden - - -
Gillespie - - - 94 Benld - - - -
Gillespie - - -61 Hillsboro - -
Gillespie - - - 51 Litchfield - -
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over Staunton Friday January
22 by a score of 71 to 50 After
taking an early 7 to 0 lead Gilles
pie led all the way Staunton
was never in the game as they
trailed all the way The score at
the end of the first quarter was
20 to 13 44 to 23 at the half and
57 to 39 at the end of the thu'd1
l GILLESPIE DEFEATS
FEITSHANS IN SPRINGFIELD'
Gillespie won the game in an
overtime when the Feitshans
team did not get a shot at the
basket B J Smiths tip in gave
Gillespie the needed two points
Gary Poole led the Gillespie
scoring with 18 pomts s were
field goals and six foul s
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for Gillespie Lynn
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5' y or y na son X945? xg0 ie first half The score was 45
,illespie won their fir 9594 SPY6 26 in favor of Gillespie at the end
of the Litchfield 11 095311 of the third quarter
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,with an early 62 to 45 40 ry
over Pana After a very slow
first quarter 1n which Gillespie
led by only one point 9 to 8 G11
lespie settled down in the second
quarter to take a 25 to 13 lead at
the half At the end of the third
quarter the score was 46 to 24 in
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This was the second win for
Gillespie this season over a
The Gillespie Miners scored
their first'victory of the season
on Saturday October 3rd at De-
catur Illinois by defeating St.
Theresa seven to nothing.
Neither team could score in the
first half of the game.
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here they fumbled and Heck ,
illespie recovered Gillespie get-
ing to the 39 yard line.
In the second quarter on three
1. raight passes by Billy Smith to
opp and Hopper Gillespie got
own to the half yard line, when
ime ran out on them.
Netiher team could come closel
n the third quarter.
At the start of the fourth quar-
er, Baima scored the only touch
own of the game, on a three
a ri. Baima also scored the
x 42 lint on an end run.
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GILLESPIE DEFEATS BENLD
By Shorty Donaldson
Gillespie won a very easy vic-
tory over Benld on Friday eve-
ning February 5 by the score of
84-51. Gillespie led all the way
in this game. Their first five
players hit on 26 out of 44 shots
taken from the field and they
played for about half of the
game. The entire eleven boys on
the team made at least one pointy
Four of the Gillespie players hit'
in the double figures with Sig-
man making 15 points to lead the
scoring. Poole had 14 points
while Smith and Hartweger each
The Gillespie s second five play
ers played most of the fourth
quarter Gillespie had three boys
in the double figure scoring col
umn in this game B J Smith
led the scoring attack with 19
points Bobby Knopp collected
16 and Terry Sigman had 12
GILLESPIE WINS OVER
HILLSBOR0 IN DOUBLE
By Shorty Donaldson
Gillespie won a very thrilling
game Friday night January 15tl'
the Litchfield tournament by de
featyfg the Hillsboro Hilltop
in a double overtime by
XYJSQXSQ illespie took a one point lead
at the end of the first quarter
17 16 They held Hillsboro to
only five points in the second
quarter to build a lead of 34 to
21 At the end of the third quar
ter the score was 41 to 34 while
at the end of the fourth quarter
the score tied 47 47 After the
fu'st overtime was played the
score tied again 53 53 It was a
beautiful one hand Jump shot
from about ten feet out by Lynn
Hartweger wluch won the game
for Gillespie in the second over-
During the first half of the
game Gillespies passing and
shooting was the best they did
all year but in the second half
they made only one field goal
and 11 foul shots. Gillespies
leading scorers were Billy Joe
Smith and Lynn Hartweger with
17. and 15 points each. Temens
J'-Iart of the Hilltopper s team
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This as the Gillespie Miners
sixth win and no losses in the
South Central Conference play
The Miner's shooting and pass-
ing- was the very best they did all
year as they let very few scoring
chances go by without scoringg
They were moving fast and:
shooting fast and surely. 5
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lost their game bv the score ot,
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Back row, left to right: Jack Whitehouse, Jon Crane, B. I. Smith, Lynn Hartweger, Darrell Duncan, Dick
Hopper, Gerry Cavanaugh, Mike Vlasich, John Zipoy, Ronnie Audi, Joe Fellin, Jim Schoen. Middle
row: Ronnie Florini, Stanley Runta, Paul Mizera, Jerry Emmons, Dick Piskur. James Magnalia, Bob
Heck, Harold Smith, Richard Palmer, Dick Gobble, Alex Young. Front row: Charles Heinz, Frank Pro-
faizer, Larry Cavanaugh, Jim Tallman, Frank Rolando, Bob Campbell, Ronnie Frew, Jim Osborne, Wil-
bur Hughes, Larry Ferrari, Jack Stankoven, Frank Wesley, Jack Lesko, Gordon Hartweger, Carl Sarti,
George Anderson, Adolph Tenikat.
Back row: Bud McCormack, James Magnalia, Larry Ferrari, Gerry Cavanaugh, Lynn Hartweger, Dick
Hopper, Jene Brown, Jack Whitehouse, B.J. Smith. Bottom row: Mr. A. Tenikat, Bill Lancaster, Jim
Osborne, Terry Sigman, Gene Martin,Gary Poole, Chuck Baima, John Zipoy, Charles Heinz.
Back row, left to right: Bill Chambers, John Zipoy, Bob Heck, Rolland Justison, Jack Meno, Simon
Pomatto, Dick Orso, Gerald Bender, Jerry Tilly, Dick Gobble. Middle row: Herbert Hildebrand, Bill
Campbell, Nicky Hollis, Ronnie Florini, Dave Heniz, Larry Ferrari, Milford Watson, Bob Campbell,
John Kelly, Chuck Heinz. Front row: August Varwig, Frank Profaizer, Jim Schoen.
Back row, left to right: Coach "Chief " Tenikat, Coach Chuck Heinz. Front row: Ronald Cordum,
William Harris, Kenneth Cordum, Harold Collins.
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JO ANN MENO--Escorted by ED BROWN.
DARLENE BROWN -Escort, BOB KNOPP
PHYLLIS HUGHES - Escort, BILL KATICH
SHIRLEY TEAKERT - Escort, CHUCK BAIMA
DOROTHY WATSON - Escort, TERRY SIGMAN
MARILYN DUMEZ - Escort, BOB GORY
DARLENE STANKOVEN - Escort, JAMES MANALIA
ROBERTA ROBERTSON - Escort, JACK MENO
BRENDA MITCHELL - Escort, LYNN HARTWEGER
Flower Girl - NANCY DOVER
Crown Bearer - BILL HARRIS
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The annual Homecoming was held on
November 5-6. This event has been held an-
nually since 1950 and is sponsored by the Stu-
The homecoming is set off by a big bon-
fire, with a snake dance which is concluded
by an informal dance and refreshments. The
day following, is the parade in the afternoon,
in which the clubs and classes sponsor floats
having a different theme each year. This year
the theme was Nursery Rhymes and the turnout
The game follows in the evening which is
concluded with the Homecoming Dance and
crowning of the Annual Homecoming Queen.
The candidates are chosen by popular vote
of their respective classes. Each class nom-
inates two girls and the Student Council nom-
inates one girl. The Queen is chosen by pop-
ularity vote of the student body. The 1953
Homecoming Queen is Jo Ann Meno.
The bonfire and snake dance are for the
students only. The other events are open to all
Gillespie High School students, alumni, and
ELFRIEDA JOHNSON--Escorted by GENE MARTIN
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THE ROYAL COURT
ELAINE SCHWAB - Escort, IOHN ULZ
MARY CATHERINE REIS - Escort, BILLY IOE SMITH
PATRICIA PRICE - Escort, RICHARD ORSO
ROBERTA ROBERTSON - Escort, CHARLES BAIMA
RUTH RYAN - Escort, GARY POOLE
MAXINE FUESS - Escort, ROBERT TATE
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The Annual F. H. A. Snow Queen Dance was held
February 12, in the G.C. H. S. Cafeteria. This dance
has been held annually since 1950, sponsored by the
Future Homemakers of America.
Every year, seven girls are chosen by the mem-
bers of the club as candidates for Snow Queen. From
these girls, one girl is picked to reign over the dance
as the F. H. A. Snow Queen for that year.
The Queen is crowned at 11:00 p. m. in a very
impressive ceremony. The queen is always crowned
by the retiring queen.
The F. H. A. Snow Queen for 1954 is Elfrieda
Johnson. The retiring queen is Myrna Frew.
This dance is open to all students of Gillespie
Community High School, high school alumni, and
Back row, left to right: Richard Deck, Danny Madden, Brenda Mitchell, Richard Piskur, Joe Tallman.
Second row: Frank Rolando, Lynn Hartweger, Jack Whitehouse, Paul Mizera, Mr. Verticchio. Third row:
Judy Morgando, Mary Reis, Mary Grehn, Marlene Johnson, Phyllis Hughes, Myrna Frew.
The purpose of the Student Council is to give students an opportunity to participate in school gov-
ernment, to provide an opportunity for students' self-expression, to organize effectively for school activ-
ities, to provide adequate leadership, and to furnish Citizenship training.
The membership of the Student Council consists of the presidents of the four classes, three other
representatives of each class, and the Principal of the high school.
In the Gillespie Community High School, the student council has been very active. Elections for
officers have been conducted to similate our local, county, state and federal elections. The Council
has assisted with school activities and functions and has been the hub for school programs and social life.
The officers for 1953-54 are:
President ---- - - Myrna F1-ew
Vice President - - - - - Dick Piskur
Secretary ---- - - Marlene Johnson A
Treasurer - - - - -Darlene Brown
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Back row, left to right: Joyce Frame, Dorothy Watson, Darlene Sobberi, Nancy Smith, Dorothy Hughes,
Darlene Stankoven, Elaine Schwab. Second row: Betty Steed, Marcia Allan, Dorothy Holtorf, Carol
Hughes, Elfrieda Johnson, Lorraine Benedetti, Miss Utt. Third row: Nellye Bethel, Mary Jo Grandone,
Dorothy Pazara, Sandra Holesko, Shirley Pierantoni, Jeanette Rankin, Maxine Ruyle.
The purpose of the Junior Classical League, a group sponsored by the American Classical League,
is to foster and keep alive an interest in our classical heritage from Greece and Rome.
The activities of the Junior Classical League vary from year to year, but almost every year some
emphasis is placed upon the study of the classical myths because their influence is still a part of the
cultural background of educated people today.
During the past several years the group has sponsored a tour of the campus of the University of
Illinois. This tour includes a visit to the art exhibits in the architectural building, and a visit to the
classical and European history museums in Lincoln Hall.
This year the Junior Classical League will try to arrange another trip to the University of Illinois
for those interested in seeing all the interesting subjects at the university.
Officers elected for the school year of 1953-54:
President ------------------ Carole Pierantoni
Vice President ---- - - Shirley Pierantoni
Secretary-Treasurer - - - - - Mary LOU Taylor x
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First row, left to right: Norma Luketich, Yvonne Marietta, Laura Lou Ganey, Kathryn Hughes, Nellye
Bethel, Sally Woodruff, Jo Ella Madden, Nancy Smith, Pat Price, Pat Cooper, Doris Voyles, Rita
Wheeler, Kay Skelton, Myrna Frew. Second row: Miss Yost, Sponsorg Sarah Davidson, Roberta Robertson
Dorothy Watson, Dorothy Pazara, Gladys Steed, Hazel Harrison, Mary McCormack, Mary Reis, Beverly
Admire, Marcia Allen, Betty Steed, Carol Hughes, Margaret Fuess, Gertrude Tallman, Dolores Keck,
Anna Marie Williams. Third row: Jeanette Rankin, Shirley Pierantoni, Marlene Johnson, sandra Holesko,
Carol Keck, Elaine Schwab, Io Ann Meno, Elfrieda Johnson, Dorothy Hughes, Darlene Sobberi, Barbara
Koeneke, Ruth Ryan, Pat Crandall, Eleanor Kahl.
Tri-Hi-Y is a religious, but non-denominational organization for high school girls, who have banded to-
gether to achieve a common purpose. They are seeking for their friends and themselves the highest
standards of life and conduct. Their expressed purpose is "To create, maintain and extend throughout
the home, school and community, high standards of Christian Character. "
The Tri-Hi-Y of Gillespie High School was organized in 1938. At that time, membership was limited
to twenty members of the Juniors or Seniors. Each year, new members were chosen by the old members
to take the places of those who had graduated.
The club became affiliated with the National and State Councils of Tri-Hi-Y Clubs in 1945, and has
maintained its affiliation since that time. Since 1945 the membership has been open to any Junior or
Senior girl who is willing to make the club purpose her own. Miss Gail Yost has been the sponsor of the
club for the past eight years.
The club meets the first and third Mondays of every month.
Some of its projects this year were: sending clothes to the Salvation Army, taking part in the National
Polio Drive, and sponsoring the annual Christmas Dance.
Back row, left to right: Leonard Blevins, Bill Lancaster, Don Link, Jack Young, Jerry Tilley, Jim Alder-
son, Max Wirth, Jon Crane, Bob Gory, Mike vlasich. Second row: Iene Brown, Jack Whitehouse, Bob
Knopp, David Harris, Lynn Hartweger, B.J. Smith, Gary Poole, Ed Brown, Mr. Olsen. Third row: James
Osborne, Alex Young, Dick Gobble, Rich Campbell, Jim Drobney, Dick Orso, Harold Collins, John
The history of the Hi-Y goes back many yearsg it is one of the oldest organizations in history. The
Hi-Y first came into being in 1844 when a young man named George Williams, in London, brought to-
gether twelve young men to discuss and devise ways in which life might be made more enriching for the
young men employed in the place where he, George Williams, secured his first employment. These
young men did so well that the idea grew and spread. The Hi-Y is a group of boys banded together in
fellowship to cooperate with the church in the endeavor to make the total life of people more Christian.
The Hi-Y movement has spread throughoutlevery continent and nation in the world. The functions of the
Hi-Y are many, some of the functions are:
1. To institute and to develop school traditions.
2. To secure general interest in the club and its programs.
3. To participate in school activities.
Officers elected for school year 1953-54:
President - - - .--- Richard Campbell Y JI I
Vice President ---- - - Rifihilrd Gobble 'Q
Secretary-Treasurer - - - - -JSFIISS Df0bf1CY
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Back row, left to right: lrene Cavoretto, Phyllis Hughes, Barbara Koeneke, Jo Ella Madden, Dorothy Hughes,
Deanna Vlasich, Kathryn Hughes, Pat Crandall, June Kaitner, Shirley Costello, Jo Ann Farrant, Pat Shuey, Pat
Price, Beverly Admire, Mary Reis, Mary McCormack, Pat Brown, Darlene Stankoven, Connie Holtorf, Deanna
Voyles. Second row: Miss Watson, Roberta Anderson, Mary Grehn, Margaret Fuess, Jo Ann Meno, Carol Keck,
Roberta Robertson, Norma Luketich, Gladys Steed, Karen Houchard, Rose Marie Lonzerotti, Carol Bourey, Delores
Keck, Gloria Sawyer, Rosalie Genetti, Lorraine Benedetti, Marlene Miller, Vida Jacobs, Myrna Holden, Mary
Jane Lesko. Third row: Mary Jo Grandone, Virginia Wesley, Eunice Perrine, Margie Westwood, Lois Stinnett,
Maxine Ruyle, Ruth Ryan, Elfrieda Johnson, Elaine Schwab, Myrna Frew, Maxine Fuess, Myrna Bates, Joyce Frame
Eleanora Feyen, Sharon Knopka.
F. H. A. is a national organization for pupils who study homemaking in junior and senior high schools. The
members work together for better and happier home life for everyone. They think that helping to make happy
homes, now and in the future is the most important thing that can be done for democracy. The Gillespie Chapter
is nine years old and is affiliated with both the state and national Future Homemakers of America. The emblem
of the F. H. A. is octagonal in shape and bears the name of the organization around the top. Gillespie Chapter has
had local, state, and national recognition. Since its organization seven members have received State Degrees.
One of the important events of the social calendar is the "Snow Queen Dance. "
Officers elected for the school year 1953-54: g '
President --------------------- Myrna FICW s 2 "5f3N
Vice President - - - Mary Keith J
Secretary ---- - - Maxine Fuess .1 2.
Treasurer ---- ----- R uth Ryan 'I I
Parliamentarian - - - - Elfrieda Johnson 'alll I
Historian ---- - -Elaine Schwab
Back row, left to right: Arthur Giller, Robert Polo, Franklin Durbin, James Hughes, Ronald Satterlee.
Second row: Mr. Stanislawsky, Tom Ryan, Carl Hauschild, Douglas Struthers, Charles Knoche, Harold
Knoche, Dale Hughes. Third row: Wayne Blevins, Earl Hauschild, Tony Kampwerth, Arnold Hendricks
Harold Walker, Robert Perrine.
The F. F. A. is a chartered state association which is made up of local chapters in high schools
where there are departments of Vocational Agriculture. The membership of this organization is entirely
The organization was first started as a state organization in Alexandria, Virginia: as the F. F. V.
Other states liked the program and organized the National Organization of the Future Farmers of America.
The primary aim of the F. F. A. is the development of agriculture leadership, cooperation, and
citizenship. The specific purposes for which this organization was formed are as follows:
l. To develop competent, aggressive, rural, agricultural leadership.
2. To develop character.
3, To train for useful citizenship and patriotism.
Accomplishments of local chapter:
l. Twenty-six members received the Green Hand Degree.
2. Three members received the chapter Farmer Degree.
3. Two local pest control contests were held.
4. Team placed fifth in sectional land selection contest.
Officers elected for the school year 1953-54: li
President -------------------- Harold Walker ,. p ,A
Vice President - - - - - Dale Hughes -
Secretary ---- - - Harold Knoche l
Treasurer - - - - -Robert Perrine f
Reporter - - - - Ronald Satterlee i-ga, Q
Sentinel - - - - Franklin Durbin X ' K
Back row, left to right: Ronnie Cordum, Jerry Cavanaugh, Bob Gory, John Zipoy, Alex Young, Bob
Heck. Second row: Mr. Tenikat, Darrell Duncan, B.J. Smith, Lynn Hartweger, Bob Knopp, Ed Brown,
Terry Sigman, Mr. Heinz. Third row: Stanley Runta, Gene Martin, Gary Poole, Chuck Bairna, Harold
Collins, Dick Orso.
The last few years there has not been any "G" Club. This year it was reorganized with "Chief"
Tenikat and Charles Heinz sponsoring it.
Any boy who has a varsity letter in any sport is eligible to join the club, If a boy goes out for a
sport and then quits he is automatically dropped from the club.
The "G" Club has raffled off a hand tooled purse and obtained the concession stand for several
basketball games. The money earned is used to purchase tickets for some athletic event, such as a
college football or basketball game. The club also went to St. Louis in early September to see the
One main purpose of the "G" Club is to develop courage, ambition, and the desire to play, into
boys and thus build better football, basketball, track, and baseball teams.
This fund is to purchase a 16 mm. movie camera to be used in photographing football or basket-
ball games so that the players will be able to correct their errors.
Officers elected for the year 1953-54:
President ------------------ - -Charles Baima
Vice President ------------- ----- G ene Martin
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Secretary-Treasurer - - - - Gary Poole i bf 3
First row, left to right: Maxine Fuess, Irene Cavoretto, Rosalie Genetti, Pat Shuey, Isabelle Peacock,
Deanna Vlasich, Carolyn Delaney, Margaret Fuess, Pat Crandall, Gladys Steed. Mary McCormack,
Mary Reis, Miss Wheeler, Sponsorg Beverly Admire, Pat Price, Anna Marie Williams, Brenda Mitchell,
Roberta Anderson, Doris Nitz, Judy Morgando, Rose Marie Lonzerotti. Second row: Joyce Frame, Gloria
Sawyer, Eleanora Feyen, Janet Arnoldi, June Kaimer, Lorraine Benedetti, Phyllis Hughes, Karen
Houchard, Delores Kech, Frieda Guna, Sally Woodruff, Laura Lou Ganey, Kathryn Hughes, Norma
Luketich, Roberta Robertson, Dixie Mae Williams, Phyllis Peters, Judy Poteet, Ann Marie Brown,
Helen Smith, Carol Bourey. Third row: Wilma Culp, Betty Steed, Myrna Frew, Mary Grehn, Marlene
Johnson, Gertrude Tallman, Nellye Bethel, Yvonne Marietta.
The G. A. A. in Gillespie, like the G. A. A. in any other school was organized to promote interest
rn girls' sports. The girls who join G. A. A. learn to enjoy sports not only when their team wins, but
also when they lost. Sportsmanship is one of the basic qualities found in all G. A. A. members.
The girls participated in hockey, speedball, volleyball, basketball and hiking. They also enjoyed
a wiener roast at the beginning of the year to acquaint the new members with the G. A. A. organization.
Another activity each year is the "Play Day. " This is a day set aside for the G. A. A. members of
different schools to get together. Sport contests are held and usually a lunch and dancing end the event
The purpose of the G. A. A. is not only to develop sound bodies and minds in its members, but also
to give them a cooperative spirit accompanied with wholesome enjoyment.
Officers elected for the school year 1953-54: lv Y'
President ------------------- Marlene Johnson
Vice President ---- - - Gertrude Tallman
Secretary-Treasurer - - ---- Mary Grehn
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Back row, left to right: David Bertetti, Danny Madden, Robert Polo, Thomas Luketich, Dale Hughes,
Richard Belovich, Paul Mizera, Bill Katich, Jon Crane, Jerry Madden. Second row: Mr. Sforza, Robert
Tate, Jo Ann Meno, Rosalie Valerio, Betty Menzie, Arnold Hendricks, Iack Meno, Emlyn Thomas,
Gladys Steed, Phyllis Hughes, Io Ella Madden, Jack Lesem. Third row: Delores Keck, Diane Toombs,
Eunice Perrine, Mary Jo Grandone, Joyce Frame, Ruth Ryan, Maxine Ruyle, Myrna Bates.
This club was organized to foster interest in science among students of high school age. This club
encourages students to interest themselves in science hobbies and projects. The Gillespie Science Club
is affiliated with the National Science Clubs of America. lt also participates annually in the Junior
Academy of Science Fair.
This club was organized in 1950, and the membership has increased immensely since then. It
meets every first and second Thursday.
Two of its projects this year are: participating in the Science Fair and helping the general
appearance of G. C. H. S. campus.
Officers elected for the school year 1953-54: 'X
President ------------------ - - JoAmr Meno 1
Vice President ---------------- Shirley Teakert l
Secretary-Treasurer - - ---- Ruth Ryan ' - X
The Mixed Chorus, directed by Miss Wheeler, has met once a
week during activity period. The chorus presented a very nice candle-
light Christmas Vesper Program on Sunday afternoon, December 20,
1953. Several soloists as well as girls' and boys' ensembles entered
the contest in March. The annual Macoupin County Music Festival
was presented at Gillespie, with the G. C. H. S. chorus members partie
ipating. Also, the chorus took part in the Gillespie Unit Music Fes-
tival on May 21st, The chorus members went to St. Louis in March to
hear the Symphony Orchesua in one of their student concert series.
Back row, left to right: David Harris, Gary Poole, Joe Tallman. Second row: Mary Keith, Pat Crandall,
Jerry Cavanaugh, James Farrar, Danny Madden, Jon Crane fin chairj. Third row: Roberta Robertson,
Kathryn Hughes, Ruth Ryan, Beverly Admire, Frieda Guna, Norma Luketich. Fourth row: Richard Gobble
James Osborne, Shirley Teakert, Doris Voyles, Hazel Harrison, Pat Price, Mary McCormack, Anna
Williams, Sally Woodruff, Mary Reis.
On November 19, 1953, the Juniors presented their play, "Heading for the Hills," a three act
Directed by Mr. Otis Ruyle the play was a great success.
Outstanding performances were handed in by Dick Gobble, Gary Poole, David Harris, Jon Crane,
Hazel Harrison, Mary McCormack, Frieda Guna, and Doris Voyles.
The play was about the life of backward people in old Kentucky, portraying colorful characters as
Jake Stasser, Hank, Betty Belle, Corny, Dot, and Sy.
The play was given for the benefit of the Junior-Senior Prom given by the Juniors in honor of the
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Left to right: Dorothy Pazara, Barbara Koeneke, Dorothy Watson, Darlene Brown, Ed
Brown, Mr. Ruyle, Bob Gory, Shirley Pierantoni, Wilma Culp, Carole Pierantoni,
Betty Steed, Darlene Sobberi. Seated: Jack Young, Alex Young, Richard Campbell.
TERROR AT BLACK OAKS
This comedy- mystery has been selected for the senior play. Algernon Blakely, Master
at Black Oaks, has been murdered. The house is closed except for the housekeeper
Elvira and her idiot son, Willy.
Action starts when a car belonging to Hank and Rusty, radio and TV stars, is stalled
in the blizzard. They seek shelter at Black Oaks. This is the night for the gathering of
the Blakely clan for the reading of the will in the morning. All of the Blakely heirs
expect to inherit the estate.
Ted Blakely, who has been imprisoned for the murder, escapes from prison and heads
for Black Oaks. Another murder is committed and three more attempted. You'll enjoy
Julie, the brat, and until the confession, you'll never guess who "dun" it.
Back row. left to right: Dorothy Pazara. Marcia Allan, Gene Martin, Edward Brown, Gus DeGardin,
Carol Hughes, Gertrude Tallman, Mrs. Tenikat. Second row: Yvonne Marietta, Sandra Holesko, Io
Ann Meno, Marlene Johnson, Carol Keck, Myrna Frew.
The Miners' Light, a school project, represents the best efforts of the student staff, guided by Mrs.
The paper seeks to promote good citizenship and sportsmanship as well as to set a good standard of
Accuracy of spelling, punctuation and the practice of good usage are stressed. The paper seeks to
show good taste and reporting throughout. It is not only the work of the staff who edit and rewrite the
paper but the numerous contributors.
The Miners' Light tries to present a picture of school life, mirroring the various activities and
events of the school year. Clubs, assembly programs, dances especially interest the students. There is
a time for fun, too. A humor column records the many incidents and episodes of friendly, active
The continued success of the Miners' Light is assured with the co-operation of the entire school
Officers elected for the year 1953-54 are:
Editor-in-Chief - - - -------------------------- Marcia Allan
Sports Editor - - - ' ' 3 "'--- - Edward Brown
Editorials - - - ---- Jo Ann Meno, Sandra Holesko
News Editors - - - - Marlene Johnson, Gertrude Tallman
Social Editor - - ---------------- Myrna Frew
Artists ----- - - Gene Martin, Jack Reid, Gus DeGardin
Typists - - ------- Dorothy Pazara, Carol Keck
Yvonne Marietta, Carol Hughes
First row, left to right: lim Osborne, Gene Martin, Ion Crane, Jim Drobney, Jack Lesem. Second row:
Miss Utt, Jo Ann Meno, Chuck Baima, Lynn Hartweger, Arnold Hendricks, Beverly Admire, Mr.
Verticchio. Third row: Marlene Johnson, Joyce Frame, Gloria Sawyer, Hazel Harrison, Carol Hughes.
In 1926, G.C. H. S. published their first yearbook. This annual, The Echo, was compiled by a
staff of eleven students, each student having a certain part of the work assigned to him. This annual had
a simple paper cover with plain gold letters. The printing in The Echo was also very ordinary, as were
most of the photographs.
Today's annuals are of padded covers, upon which artistic designs have been placed. The lettering
in these books is of varied styles, and has more or less gotten away from the old typewritten form.
This year's annual staff consists of twenty members under the supervision of Miss Utt and Mr. Ver-
ticchio. Darlene Brown is the editor of the book and is in charge of most of the work. The rest of the
staff is divided into various groups such as sports, class pictures, etc. Work on the book is done during
the open hours of the student members, and after school. Mr. Gerald Roth is the commercial photog-
rapher for the yearbook.
The purpose of the annual is to provide students with a means of retaining the memories of their
high school activities.
Officers for the year 1953,-54:
Editor -................... Darlene Brown : f , ,
Co-Editor --------- - - IOYCC Fl'3lTlC ' 5N i2v?7bs
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Business Manager - - - - -Marlene Johnson ' f Q
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