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As the final bell rang at the Lancaster Center School, August, 1944 fourteen wiry first
graders took their seats in the first grade room.
Miss Craig led us through our first yeat of school and by the time it was over we had
begun to know what it was all about.
After seven more years of school we were old enough now to have the responsibilities
of freshmen or 'underclassmen'. At this point we still had ten of the fourteen who started
in the first grade.
Our sophomore year was next in line and although our activities did not increase we were
glad that we did not have to go through another year as freshman. This year was a big grow-
ing year for our class as all the sophomore class from Polk township joined us.
We entered our junoir year with great expectations knowing that at the end of the year
we would go on a trip to Washington and New York with the seniors. We raised funds for our
trip by selling different things and concessions at all the home games.
As we started our last and final year of school the following eight, Mary Lou Deemer,
Twyla Dolby, Carolyn Heaston, David Hedrick, Donald Meyer, Kenneth Parrott, Tom Shideler,
and Kyle Stouder graduated after being together all twelve years. Others who have joined us
include Lee Thompson, Charles Coble, Paul Douglass, and Dan Hiatt all from Polk , Jerry
Keyser, Mark Settlemyre, and Jack Boyer from Rock Creek, Marjorie Rowland from Pennsylvania,
Bill Pulley, who came from Connersville, Eugene Felton and Jerry Wiley, who started with us
but moved away, and after deciding that Lancaster was best came beck to join us.
Be it remembered that we, the Class of 1956, of Lancaster High School, situated in
Huntington Cou ty, in the State of Indiana, being in our usual unsound state of mind and
memory, but mindful of the uncertainty of this life, and our approaching dismemberment, do
make, publish and declare this our last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills
by us made.
We, the Senior Class of '56 do hereby bequeath our numerous possessions thusly:
I, Tom Shideler, will.mU'ability to stay away from girls to Joe Coble, providing he stops
running around with his big brother.
I, Paul Douglass, will my chemistry workbook to Kathryn Fisher, providing M . Leslie
doesn't use it again next year.
I, Lee Thompson, will my ability to be a good student manager, to Jil Wehr, providing the
school buys a reinforced bench for the managers.
I, Eugene Felton, will my ability to stay single until I get out of school to Barbara
Jetmore, providing she does so.
I, Kyle Stouder, will my parking place to Eldene Felton, n oviding his brother sells him
the 'white streak,'
I, Donald Meyer, will my ability to speed on U.S. 2h to Raymond Heaston, providing the
state cops don't catch him.
I, Jerry Wiley, will my beautiful brown eyes to Ruth Harlem, p oviding she will trade with
I, Mark Settlemyre, will my ability to roll my eyes to Dianne Gard, providing she finds
someone to roll them back.
I, Jack Boyer, will my ability to goof off in study hall to Erma Jane Myers, providing
Mr. Henning doesn't catch her.
I, Bill Pulley, will my curly hair to Mr. Henning, providing he uses tiny tears doll hair.
I, Charles Coble, will m ability to dig holes in the parking lot to Don Yount, providing
he gets a Studebaker.
I, Danny Hiatt, will my flat top to Janice Wilhelm, providing she has her hair trimmed a
I, Jerry Keyser, will my ability to stay away from the truent officer to Lloyd Allred,
providing he can get away from it.
I, Kenny Parrett, will my ability to graduate from Iancaster to Linda Shaffer, providing
she can do it.
I, Dave Hedrick, will my ability to go with a Catholic girl to Jim Allred, providing he
doesn't go steady.
I, Carolyn Heaston, will m ability to have a flat tire on the car to Martha Mills,
providing three boys stop to help her and follow her to Huntington.
I, Mary Lou Deemer, will my ability to stop convertibles coming back from an evening swim
to Judy Bloxham, providing she can take care of them.
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Jerry Wiley HClydeN
UA favorite guy with the girls.'
William Pulley HBillH
WA quiet man, he doesn't snore
Kyle Stouder HKe11yH
Some think the world was made
for fun and frolic-so do I.H
Thomas Shideler Hshortyn
WBeware! I might yet do some-
Mark Settlemyre NSarkU
HI believe in work, but I'm
not in favor of it.U
Lee Thompson HGarrityU
HHave a real good time while
you're living, you'll be dead
a long time.N
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I, Twyla Dolby, will my ability of talking to sailor boys to Kay Daugherty, providing she
takes a trip to Washington D. C.
I, Margie Rowland, will my ability to ride with people that run pedestrians off the street
in Fort Wayne to Lois Hosler, providing she doesn't get scared.
inI,bDo:ald Meyer, will leon Thomas my ability not to go steady providing he gets his class
r g ac .
In 1966, ten years after graduation, the class of 1957 decided to take a tour of North
and South America. As we climbed aboard the train, to our amazement, we found Charles Coble
as the conductor of the Erie Unlimited, and as it was nearing lunch time, we headed for the
diner, and who should be giving orders but Kenny Parrett, the head chef.
We left our train to spend a day at the White House, in Washington D. C., to visit our
devoted bachelor president, Thomas J. Shideler.
As we were leaving from there for New York City, we went to pick up our tickets for the
class and who should hand them out the window but D vid Hedrick-master ticket agent of the
largest terminal in the world.
we soon arrived at New York, and of course, the girls must go shopping so their wardrobe
would contain the latest fashions from Macy's,'Paris gowns modeled by the smartest model'-
and as the model came out, it was none other than Carolyn Heaston.
While enjoying a musical at Radio City we found the leading bass soloist to be Kyle
Stouder-he still was climbing upward.
On the way to the depot we saw what we at first thought was the start of a parade-but
found it to be Danny Hiatt and his wife Twyla Dolby and their string of kids a block long.
We all boarded our train and headed for Niagara Falls, where we met Mr. 8 Mrs. Jack
Boyer, who were spending their honeymoon there. After chatting with them for a little while,
we again got on our train and left for Hollywood.
We arrived in Hollywood Saturday night at the Flamingo hotel, which was under the
management of Jerry Keyser.
Sunday morning we all went to church and, after the service, we were greeted by the
Reverend Donald Meyer.
Leaving Hollywood, we journeyed across the border into Mexico. There in Mexico City, we
met the wife of the great Indian Chief, Montezuma, who was none other than Mary Lou Deemer.
On we traveled to the jungle of B azil, where we heard Lee Thompson, a missionary to
the natives, preaching a violent sermon to his wife. We quietly left this scene, and went
back to civilization as soon as possible.
Looking through a travelers guide book, we read that in Chile was UThe Eighth Wonder
of the Worldl' The most famous flag-pole sitter in the world: Mark Settlemyre!
Our last night was spent in a beautiful nightclub, owned by William Pulley. The main
attraction of the evening was a native dancer, Paul Douglass.
On our journey home, as we stepped into the plane to leave, we were greeted and seated
by a charming stewardess, Majorie Rowland. As we were soaring through the clouds one of our
group inquired about the pilot of our plane and who should we find it to be but a former
school mate, Jerry Wiley.
when we arrived at the Lancaster airport, we were hailed by the newsreporter, Eugene
Felton, who published our journey in the Lancaster Annual.
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