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Page 49 text:
September 6, 1949, the doors of MTHS opened to welcome the class of '53,
We were all totaled, forty-five scared Freshmen. Later in the month we were
initiated and found it wasn't so terrible, but instead, a lot of fun.
Officers for our first year were: Sylvia Neuman, president, Pat Schneider,
vice-president, Martha Ringness, secretary-treasurer. Student Council
representatives were .Tames Steider and Mary Anna Mahoney. Miss Helton and
Mr. Lewis were our advisors.
We had a theatre party that year in Peoria where we saw "Father was a
Fu1lback." In April we started the tradition of having a hobby show.
As Sophomores in 1950 our class had increased to forty-nine members.
We elected James Steider, president, Martha Ringness, vice-president, .Tames
Welte, secretary-treasurer, Pat Schneider and Gordon Hall, Student Council
representatives. Class advisors were Mr. Laitas and Mr. Etaugh.
The events sponsored by us during the year were freshman initiation, a
bake sale, a theatre party, and a skating party.
1951-52 saw us as juniors. Officers were: Georgia Doak, presidentg Peg
Schneider, vice-president, Coletta Grebner, secretary-treasurer. Student Council
representatives were Jim Welte, Ronald Bader, and Pat Schneider, Mr. Laitas,
Mr. Etaugh, and Miss Tellaro were advisors. Later in the semester we had the
thrill of picking our class rings.
On April 3-4, we proved our dramatic abilities in the "Perils of Prudy," our
class play. We climaxed the year by giving the annual .Tunior-Senior banquet and
Our Senior year, 1953, opened with the following officers: Pat Schneider,
president, Marion Wilson, vice-president, Sylvia Gilliat, secretary-treasurer.
Student Council members were Lois Schutts, Shirley Hoshor, and .Tim Welte,
Georgia Doak and Coletta Grebner were elected as Student Council officers by
the entire school.
Homecoming was our first activity of the year. Shirley Hoshor was crowned
Queen and her Court included Pat and Peg Schneider, .Toanne We lte, and Sylvia
On November 20-21, we gave Louisa Mae Alcott's "Little Women" as our class
play. We chose as our motto, "He profits most who serves best," Red and Silver
as our class colors, and the Red Rose as our flower.
Senior night and the class trip were held in May. Baccalaureate was May 24,
and Commencement, ending our four years at MTHS, wa! on May 29. We leave
behind us many fond memories, but are looking to the future.
Page 48 text:
May 24, 1953
Processional Donna Byerly
Invocational Rev. H. R. Schertz.
Choral Music Choir
Address Rev. Robert Roederer
Benediction Rev. Schertz.
Recessional Linda Kern
May 29, 1953
Invocation Rev. Father Bartholomew
Address--"Youth Around the World"-- Dr. Chris De Young
Presentation of Class and
Awarding of Diplomas
Illinois State Normal University
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Page 50 text:
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One hears and reads much about people who see visions and dream dreams,
but to be challenged with the tremendous task of predicting the future twenty years
hence for such illustrious, yet heterogeneous people as make up the graduating
Class of 1953, taxes ones imagination to the utmost.
Now there is Pat Schneider, president of the class, and one of our spirited
cheer-leaders, Just imagine her twenty years from now with her children gathered
about the fireside on a cold winter evening and Pat teaching them the fine art of
cheer-leading, by doing hand springs, giving cheers, and waving her arms in
Here is a man who is making a killing. Jack Hieb moved out to Kansas and
became very successful as a grasshopper exterminator. His only comment is,
"Business is hopping."
Putting the United States far ahead in points at the Olympic Games the
preceding year, was Phyllis "Babe Didrickson" Speck. Phyllis captured not only
the weight lifting championship but the javelin throwing and ladies' wrestling
contest. Others to make an excellent record for their country were the winning
swimming team composed of Marjorie Zilch and Bernice Grebner.
Jim Steider, better known as"Jug," inherited his Uncle Ivan's cows and has
gone into partnership with Jerry Broers and Gordon Hall in the dairy business.
They have made their product named "'Jug's Jersey Juice," very well-known
over a large area.
Virginia Huser, Donna Dubois, and Oletta Easley must be making the dough.
They are operating a very profitable bakery here in Metamora at the corner of
Partridge and Menard Streets.
On the southwest forty of the Engel estate, Julie Engel has granted a life
lease to Chuck Klein, Roger Brown, and Dick Bohlander for research in scientific
studies for weed control. Some special attention is being given to the "pig-weed"
to see if there may be some relation between it and pork production. Julie herself
is busy with her riding academy with albino horses as a specialty.
Loren Zimmerman is devoting full time to his position as Precinct committee-
man. He still thinks Mr. Truman should have run for president back in 1952.
Martha Ringness has adapted the old Metamora Grade School into a School
for exceptional children. A few of the specialists on her staff are: Georgia Mae
Doak, Home Economics, Shirley Hoshor, Moder Art and Social Dancing, and
Rachel Kamm, the Dramatics Coach.
Since the retirement of Benny Goodman, Ronald Bader has been taking the
country by storm with his clarinet. Assisting him are his three "harmonettes,"
Marcella Grebner, Mary K. Sullivan, and Sylvia Gilliatt.
Here in Metamora are me very modern undertaking parlors of Christie
Barrow and doing a ve ry rushing business.
Across the street from Christie's funeral parlors is the "Never Rip" Dress
Shop operated by Joanne Welte and Peg Schneider. Their very artistic' designer
is Charlene Wagner, and the efficient seamstress is Betty Schlipf.
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