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Page 14 text:
It was a rainy sloppy day in April of 1960. I,
Wilma Lou Dippel, was trying to make my way
down the crowded main street in Podunk,
when suddenly I received a sharp jab in the
stomach from my umbrella handle. Before I
could lower my umbrella, l heard pretty angry
words apparently coming from the person with
whom I had collided. Cautiously l lowered my
umbrella, and to my great surprise it was my
neighbor and old school-mate Anna Louise
Clark. I accepted her apologizes and also her
offer to enjoy a cup oi coffee with her at
Gerry's Stop-ln. Together we went across the
street and into the new and modern Gerry's
"Gerry surely has a nice place here," re-
marked Annie. "I havent seen the paper yet
today: I Just got one: I hope you don t mind if
1 look at it."
Annie pulled a copy of the Podunk Gazette
out OI ner shopping bag and started to look at
it. Suddenly she gasped.
"What's the matter?" I asked.
Have you seen the results of the election?"
"No, I haven't".
Well, look here, 'Pursley defeats Lone
Ranger in race for sheriff! '
"l knew hed win, simply because Pursley
has his car and the Lone Ranger only has
"These days we need speedy crime detection
because Podunk is getting bigger, and then too,
Silver is getting old and he can't quite Keep up
with Purs1ey's jet-propelled car: so naturally
Pursley won the election?
All this had made me anxious to see the
paper also. "Move over, let's see what else is
happening. Oh, look here! Podunk Twins win
at National Twin Convention in Chicago."
"Podunk Twins?" asked Annie. "That must
be Jack and Jean. Why yes it is, it says 'Jack
and Jean Decker, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Herman
Decker, today won top honors at the National
Twin Convention in Chicago'. They were chosen
to receive the top honors because of their iden-
"Well, what do you know!"
"Look here, 'Podunk farmer wins National
Corn Growing Contest'."
"Podunk Farmer? Read on, well here, let me,
'Walter Mankey, Podunk farmer, won the Na-
tional Corn Growing Contest with a yield of
one thousand bushels per acre!"
"Wow! Some corn, Listen to this, "announced
Annie, !'Curryville has new Superintendent of
nurses! Well, I guess it's about time, wonder
who it is? Why, it's Etta Gerber!"
uReally?" I exclaimed, "Here's another ar-
ticle 'Four Podunk Farmers Attend Annual
Farmer's Convention at Purdue."
"Who is that now?" '!Wait it says right here,
'Dick Hinshaw, Bill Barger, Luther Gerber and
Don Reinhardl I think we have read all the
news on this page. Turn to the sport's page."
Annie turned to the Sport's page. There were
big headlines across the page which she read.
"Podunk Basket-bouncers defeat Curryville
"What was the score?"
'208 to 5 in a double overtime. They got
speed! Listen to this 'Dave Paxson 34 points.
Don Yager 34, Dale Meyer 35, Lester Meyer 34,
Eddie bryan 34, and Bob Worden 34 points.
'lhe way it reads here Coach Willis Prichard
really got excited. 'I'hat must have been a
"What's on at the show?"
"Coming soon, Carol Thomas and Richard
Kruetzman, the second "Abbott and Costello,
courtesy OI Floyd Runyon, owner of the Po-
"Golly. wc don't want to miss that, they're
our old school mates."
"Look down here, Wilma, Betty Heffelfin-
ger's engagment is announced. About all the
KICIS are married now."
" 'Farmer Podunk citizen inherits Filling
Station." Let me read you some thing about it.
'Bonnie l-luss, former citizen of Podunk re-
ceived word that she inherited the Zoll Service
"Well, she surely deserves it. I remember
when she used to worry about getting her work
done for Mable."
Anna Louise started reading " 'Dwight Wolf
accepts position as agriculture teacher at Po-
dunk High School'. I always did wonder what
happened to him."
t'Oh! Look down here in the personals col-
umn. 'Joyce Johnloz, who is employed in her
father's grocery store in Murray, spent her four
week's vacation in Floridaf "
t'She must have liked it there to go back
We turned to the classified ads to see if we
could find anything else of interest.
Annie found one ad that read, "Does your
horse look sick? Do his eyes bulge out? Do his
ribs stick out? Does he refuse to eat his hay?
Does he slobber over his oats? If he has any of
these symptoms. better call Podunk 334. Harold
Baumgartner, horse doctor."
"I found one! 'Does your car spit and cough.
or do the wheels wobble, or does it have knocks
and squeeks? In other words is your car a
wreck? If it is come and see me, Harry Steffen
at Steffen's Garage. My motto is "If I can't fix
it nobody else can either."
"That sounds like old 'Stub'." laughed Annie.
"This one advertises Naomi Yake's photo-
graphy studio which is located in the ,Grove
Building. We must go down to see her.'
"Here's one that will kill you," announced
Annie, "Do you have the feeling you are losing
your mind? Are some of your bolts slightly
loose? If they are you need an appointment
with me. Delores Kreig. Psychiatrist.
We both were laughing pretty hard by this
time, I imagine the other customers were won-
dering what was tickling us.
Annie found one advertising dancing lessons
given by Lucille Reinhard at her studio. and I
found one telling us of the twirling lessons
Sarah Jane Nash was giving.
Later Anna Louise remarked, "I don't know
but I believe this edition of the Podunk Gazette
contained something about everyone of our old
"I believe it did. too."
Page 13 text:
Our Senior Officers
Bottom Row Seated Left to Rignt. Lester LVICQEI' 'ass't.
Sec.-Treasw Floyd Runyon ivice-Pres'
Top Row Left to Right: Dale Meyer iPres.i, Jack Decker
'Student Councili, Willis Prichard 1Sec,-Treasn was
ln the fall of 1945, thirty-seven shy and be-
wildered freshmen started one or the busiest
and most joyful years of their lives. They were
Bill Barger, Kenneth Brickley. Edwin Bryan,
Anna L. Clark, Ann Conn, Velma Davison,
Jack Decker. Jean Decker. Wilma Dippel, Etta
Gerber, Luther Gerber. Betty Heffelfinger.
Richard Hinshaw, Bonnie Huss, Joyce Johnloz,
Robert Kahn, Delores Krieg, Richard Kruetzf
man. Walter Mankey. Loren McCune, Dale
Meyer, Lester Meyer, Sarah Jane Nash, Dave
Paxson. Willis Prichard, Rex Pursley, Don
Reinhard, Lucille Reinhard. Grace Richards.
Floyd Runyon. Harry Steffen. Carol Thomas.
Geraldine Walsh. Dwight Wolf, Robert Worden.
Don Yager and Naomi Yake.
Ted Abbott joined us later in the year,
which gave us a total of 38 members. We had
two parties this year. both at the school. Our
class officers were: Bonnie Huss-President,
Don Yaeer-Vice-President, Dale Meyer-Sec-
retary, Bob Worden-Treasurer, Dave Paxson
-Student Council. Our class sponsor was Mrs.
In our sophomore year new students who en-
rolled were Marv Dishone. Harold Baumeart-
ner, and Ellen France. Those who didn't re-
turn were Kenneth Brickley. Ann Conn, Robert
Kahn. and Loren McCune. We had two parties
at the school building.
Our class officers were: Bob Worden-Presi-
dent. Dale Meyer-Vice-President. Lucille
Reinhard-Secretary. Bonnie Huss-Treasurer,
Willis Prichard-Student Council. Our spon-
sor was Mrs. McKeefer.
At the beginning of our iunior year we had
32 members. with Doris Noonan joining us
during the year. Those who failed to return
were: 'Ted Abbott. Velma Davison. Mary Dis-
hone. Ellen France. and Grace Richards. Our
first party was at the school and the last one
was a hay ride.
Our class officers were: Willis Prichard-
President. Dale Meyer-Vice-President, Harry
Steffen-Secretary-Treasurer, Luther Gerber,
Assistant Secretary-Treasurer, Walter Mankey
-Student Council. Our Class sponsors were
Miss Sellers and Mr. Bryan.
At the beginning of our senior year we lost
one student, Doris Noonan. which left us a
total of 32 members. We didn't have any class
Our class officers were: Dale Meyer-Presi-
dent. Floyd Runyon-Vice-President, Willis
Prichard-Secretary-Treasurer, Lester Meyer
-Assistant Secretary-Treasurer. Jack Decker-
Student Council. Our class sponsors were Miss
Sellers and Mr. Bryan.
Page 15 text:
We. the class of '49, realizing that our days in old L.. Hr S. are
switfly drawing to a close. feel our indebtednesslto distribute-a
portion of our cherished possessions and characteristics to certain
underclassmen and others. who, after receiving them. are expected
to treat them as such Having been pronounced sane and ex-
tremely intelligent persons, we declare this to be our Last Will
and Testament, in which we do hereby will and bequeath as follows:
Section I: We. the Senior Class. after due consideration do bet
queath to the faculty all our old books and the tests that go with
Section II: We. the Senior Class, do bequeath to the Junior
Class our ability to get the school paper out on time.
Section III: We, the Senior Class, do bequeath to the Sophomore
Class our ability to get in class and seated before the last bell
Section IV: We, the Senior Class, after deep and serious medi-
tation refuse to will anything to the Freshman Class because oi
their inability to undertake any responsibility, which we hope they
will acquire later on.
Section I: Individual Provisions
I, Bill Barger, do bequeath my calmness to Wayne Yager.
I. Harold Baumgartner. do bequeath my book '101 Ways to Cook
a Guy's Goose" to Vernon Crozier
I. Eddie Bryan, do bequeath my height and ability to get around
to Arthur Moser.
I. Anna Louise Clark. do bequeath my ability to roll my eyes to
I. Jack Decker. do bequeth my right to skip school to go fow
hunting to Don Hinshaw.
I, Jack Decker. do bequeath my right to skip school to go fox
Rex Van Zant
I, Wilma Lou Dippel, do bequeath my monthly job of drawing
Echo covers to Carol Barger.
I, Etta Gerber. do bequeath all my old Latin books and papers to
I, Luther Gerber, do bequeath my short hair cuts to Joy Stahl.
GI, Betty Heffelfinger, do bequeath my twirling ability to Evelyn
I, Richard Hinshaw, do bequeath all my bookkeeping books to
I, Bonnie Huss, do bequeath my ability to be cheerleader three
years to Carol Barger.
I. Joyce Johnloz. do bequeath my honor grades to Ivan Pursley.
I. Delores Krieg. do bequeath a lock of my hair to Mr. Bryan.
I, Richard Kruetzman. do bequeath my curly hair to Bob Clark.
I, Walter Mankey. do bequeath my ability to stay out of trouble
to Ivan Pursley.
I. Dale Meyer. do bequeath my ability to run the mile in track
to Jack Eversole, and may he break the school record.
I. Lester Meyer. do bequeath my position of assistant coach of
the Zollner Pistons to Jim Troyer Good luck to him and the team.
I. Sarah Jane Nash. do bequeath the right to have the first
diamond in the Senior Class to Alice Smith. h b
I, Dave Paxson, do bequeath my success in going with certain
Ossian girls to Bob Clark and Roy Maier, and anybody else who
wants to. A
I. Willis Pichard, do bequeath my between class chats with a
certain Sophomore girl to that grey haired old man. LeRoy Hedges.
who I know will always have something nice to say.
I, Rex Pursley, do bequeath my ways and means of getting good
grades in government to the future Senior Classes.
I. Don Reinhard, do bequeath my ten easy lessons "How to Keep
out of Trouble in geography class" to John Bright.
I, Lucile Reinhard, do bequeath my ability to play a trumpet to
I, Floyd Runyon, do bequeath my being the biggest senior to
I, Harry Steffen, do bequeath the right to be called "Stub" to
anyone who is fool enough to cut off their thumb in shop.
I. Carol Thomas, do bequeath my ability for straight A's in
physics to Charles Myers.
I.bGerry Walsh, do bequeath my natural curley hair to Marilyn
I, Bob Worden, do bequeath my ability to pitch softball to Charles
I. Dwight Wolf, do bequeath my good looks and also my curly
hair to Dean McCormick.
I, Don Yager. do bequeath my privilege of playing the ball
games, writing them for the Echo. and then trying them on the
stencil to Doyle Stern.
I. Naomi Yake. do bequeath my right to have parties for the
senior girls to Joan Meyer 'When she is a senior.i
We, Luther Gerber, Bob Worden. and Don Yager. do bequeath
our jobs, as Mrs. Gaiser's private secretaries, to anyone who is
fool enough to take the job.
We, Bill Barger and Willis Prichard. do bequeath the honor of
raising the G, O. P. elephant on the flag pole next election time
to Joan Meyer and Marilyn Gerber.
We, Anna Louise Clark. Naomi Yake. Sarah Nash. Gerry Walsh.
and Joyce Johnloz. do bequeath our quiet lady like manners to
anyone who needs them.
We. Walter Mankey, Jack Decker. Bill Barger. Willis Prichard,
and Dave Paxson do bequeath our title of "The Gang" and our
infamous deeds of making a pyramid of books in the assembly.
dousing the lights at Senior play practice. plastering the cars
at the teachers party with soap and tomatoes. our frequent ses-
sions in the office, and other such acts too numerous to mention
to the sophomore boys. and may luck be with them.
We, Eddie and Lester, do bequeath our front seats in govern-
ment to the unlucky persons who may get them.
Mr. Lancaster Central School
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