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Page 17 text:
In September, 1927, thirty tiny seeds were planted in the 'rich soil of Monroe's garden pro-
vided by the Board of Education. Under the careful cultivation of Miss Siler and Miss Crawford
each plant sprouted and soon peeped through the earth eager to grow. As each plant grew, more
help was needed for their welfare and during the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth years of their
development Miss Eikenbery, Miss Leach, Miss Swink, Miss Markey, and Mr. Baker provided plant
food in the form of reading, writing, arithmetic, history, grammar, geography, spelling, and physi-
ology. During these years some plants were added and some were transplanted to other gardens,
but those new plants that remained were Ralph Lipps, Carl Shaffer, Meryl Pence, Eleanor Woolf,
Hubert Houdeshell, and Charles Overholser.
By this time the plants were beginning to show signs of tiny buds forming on each sturdy stem.
At the beginning of the seventh year, six new plants from Eldorado and Elsie Mae Banta, an out-
standing plant from the sixth grade, were added to this bed. Mr. Rust and Mr. Holsinger aided the
development for the next two years until at the time of the Eighth Grade Commencement, May 7,
1935, these buds opened into half blown flowers. In April of 1935 Martha Jane Gates won a silver
medal in the County Written Spelling Contest. At the close of this year Glenella Campbell and
Charles Overholser won the American Legion mfdals.
The following year the plants were placed in a somewhat different environment and fifteen new
ones added from West Manchester and Butler, making forty-four in all, the largest plot in the garden.
These blooms, now classified as freshmen under the guidance of Miss Tressel, held a meeting and
chose as their leaders: James Smith, president: Marjorie Fowble, vice president, Norma Jeanes, sec-
retary-treasurerg and Billy Joe Rautsaw, Student Council member. A memorable event was the first
freshman party at which nearly eighty were present. That year, in the County Scholarship Contest,
Charles Overholser placed first in algebra, Marjorie Fowble placed first in Latin I, and Marjorie
Strickler placed second in Latin I. In the district contest, Charles placed first and Marjorie Fowble
fourth. In the state contest, Charles placed seventh. At the end of the year this class won the at-
tendance contest and was awarded a trip to Dayton while the other classes were studying. In the
morning they visited the Wright Airportg in the afternoon they enjoyed themselves very much at
Lakeside Park, which the caretakers opened especially for them.
During the sophomore year three plants were transplanted and seven were added, but only
three of these survived-Junior Custer, Avis Hundley, and Leon Schlotterbeck. At one time during
the year the garden flourished with forty-six plants, the most abundant growth it was ever to pro-
duce. The officers that year were Richard Bell, presidentg Roy Parks, vice president, Marjorie
Fowble, secretary, Leon Schlotterbeck, treasurer: and Carl Shaffer, Student Council member. Miss
Weaver was a most affable and efficient guide. Charles Overholser placed first in geometry in the
county. Glenella Campbell was awarded the Citizenship medal.
Since this garden had won the distinction of having a larger number of plants than any other
garden bed, the proud plants felt quite a let-down on the first day of their junior year when six
plants were found to be missing. Then, too, during that year four more plants were withdrawn, but
just as they were about to become discouraged two new blooms, Maxine Emrick and Mary Stiver,
entered and they felt better with their total then at thirty-six. Charles Overholser was chosen presi-
dent: Leon Schlotterbeck, vice president: Martha Jane Gates, secretary-treasurerg and Marjorie
Fowble, Student Council member. With Miss Watt and Miss Hart as advisers they felt quite prepared
for the big and busy year ahead. The year was started off with a bang by having a scavenger hunt
at which they scoured the country for miles around for everything from a whalebone to a freshman.
Under the excellent direction of Miss Watt the presentation of the Junior play, "Fixin' Aunt Fanny",
was a great success and the auditorium was filled to capacity. After the proceeds from the play were
safely tucked in the bank they felt wealthy enough to start plans for one of Monroe's most outstand-
ing Junior-Senior receptions. With the splendid cooperation of Miss Watt, Miss Hart, and the in-
dividual plants the Eaton Country Club was miraculously transformed into the deck of a ship, ready
to leave the harbor for the uneven jounrey on Life's broad sea. Tiny sailboats marked each place.
silver shells served as nut cups, and bowls of goldfish were interesting centerpieces. Honors that year
went to Marjorie Fowble, who placed second in American History Scholarship, Marjorie Strickler,
who placed first in French I Scholarshipg and Lois Petry, who placed second in French I and who
received the citizenship medal. They felt quite important when, on that thrilling night of March
the eighteenth, their tournament team composed of James Smith, Billy Joe Rautsaw, Leon Schlotter-
beck, Avis Hundley, and Roy Parks won a fast game from the seniors of 1938.
Page 16 text:
"1 was having a swell
time until :omeone woke
Softball 2, 3, 4: Student
council 2, 3, 41 Annual
Fern Ruth Fourman
"A good heart's worth
Scholarship 3, 4, Senior
scholarship, Chorus 2, 3,
Qperetta 2, 3: Orchestra
3, 4: Annual staff, First
on Farmers Institute
Avis Wilfred Hundley
"Let the World slide."
Scholarship 1: Class play
3, 41 Chorus 1, 2, Operetta
21 F. F. A. 3, 43 Basketball
1, 2, 3. 4: Baseball 1, 3, 4,
Softball 21 4-H club 1, 2,
3. 43 Verona School 1, 2.
Marjorie Ellen Smith
"A willing worker, with
an eye for art."
Chorus 2, 3, 4: Operetta
2, 3: Second on Farmer's
Institute Poster 3.
"As upright as a cedar."
F. F. A. 1, 2. 3, 43 Judging
team 2: 4-H club 13 Class
play 4: Basketball 3. 4,
Baseball 4, Softball 1, 2,
31 Ping-Pong champion
Ruth Marcellis Cable
"With such a head of
blonde locks, Ruth is not
the girl to whom you want
to introduce your boy
Scholarship 4: Class play
43 Annual staff: Chorus
1, 43 Operetta 4: Basket-
ball lg Attendant for May
Queen 2, 43 Ciphering
contest 1: Usher for
Harvey Junior Custer
"Nothing is more trouble-
some than the effort of
Chorus 43 Softball 3, 4,
Lewisburg School 1. 2.
Martha Jane Gates
"The necessary atom in
Scholarship 1, 41 Senior
scholarship: Spelling con-
test l, 2, 3. 41 Class secre-
tary 33 4-H club 1: An-
nual staff: Attendant for
May Queen 2.
Hubert Edgar Ott
"The terrible burden of
having nothing to do."
F.F.A. 1 2, 3, 4, 4-H
club 1, 2, 3, 4: Softball
1, 2, 3, 4.
"Never pu. off 'till to-
morrow, the laugli you
can have today."
Class play 3, 43 Softball
l, 2. 3, 4: Cheer leader 2,
Chorus 1, 2, 3. 4: Perfect
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Class History continued
The first day of the senior year found thirty-six plants present and eager to take part in the
many senior activities. With competent leaders-James Smith, presidentg Glenella Campbell, vice
president, Eleanor Woolf, secretaryg Marjorie Strickler, treasurer, and Lois Petry, Student Council
memberg and the splendid advice and cooperation of Mrs. McCoy, they completed a year which all
will remember with happy and loving memories. They Went to Dayton to have their pictures takeng
presented one of the Judge Hardy Family plays called "Skidding"g sponsored the annual Basketball
Team and Scholarship Team Banquetg planned and executed their Baccalaureate and Commencement
programs. This plot of the garden produced many prize blooms in senior and general scholarship
examinations and in athletic events. Charles Overholser won seventh place out of the first ten in
Senior Scholarship, Fern Fourman won first place in typing scholarship, Marjorie Strickler won
second place in English IV Scholarship. Five of the Basketball squad were seniorsg namely, James
Smith, Billy Joe Rautsaw, Leon Schlotterbeck, Avis Hundley, and Dale Miller, seven of the Baseball
team were seniorsg namely, Billy Joe Rautsaw, James Smith, Leon Schlotterbeck, Avis Hundley, Dale
Miller, Charles Royer, and Ralph Lipps. Again this year they won the class tournament. Those
that have weathered the rain, hail and sleet storms of life together in the garden through all twelve
years are: Richard Bell, Glenella Campbell, Martha Jane Gates, Marie Howell, Norma Jeanes, Lois
Kemp, Dale Miller, Hubert Ott, Lois Petry, Billy Joe Rautsaw, Charles Royer, and James Smith.
Since Jesse Harrison and Ila Pepper withdrew during the Christmas vacation, there were only thirty-
four plants remaining.
These plants, nurtured for many years in rich soil and cared for by Monroe's capable and
efficient gardeners, the faculty, are now ready and eager to spread joy, beauty, and beneficence
wherever the future may place them, thereby making this old world a more pleasant place in which
" We Bequeath "
We, the Seniors of the Class cf 1939 of Monroe High School, being of sound mind, that is, of
as sound mind as Seniors usually are, with well trained memories and almost superhuman under-
standing, and realizing that we are about to make our demise forever from these halls in which we
have engaged in the process of gleaning knowledge for several years, do make and publish this our
last will and testament.
First we do direct that our funeral services shall be conducted by our friends, superintendent,
and his all-wise and ever competent faculty, who have been our guardians for so long, only asking, as
the last injunction of the dying, that the funeral be carried on with all the dignity and pomp becom-
ing such a solemn and momentous occasion.
From our vast store of scholastic possessions and varied experiences, we will and bequeath
I, Glenella Campbell, grant my winning personality to Albert Roe. Here's hoping Albert will not
take too much advantage of it.
I, Fern Ruth Fourman, bestow upon Ettaleene Irwin my flirting ways.
I, Mary Lucille Stiver, bequeath my ease in winning friends and my ability to assist girls who work
in the library to Junior Petry.
To John Farst, of next year's Senior Class, goes the right and duty to be the best all-around student
dramatist. This right is bequeathed by Lois Earlyne Kemp.
I, Ruth Marcellis Cable, grant my trucking ability to Gerald Shaffer. We are sure he would be an
attraction for the Senior play next year? '? ? ?
I, Marjorie Lucille Strickler, bequeath to Albert Roe my poetic ability with the hope that he may say
in a more eloquent way to Ettaleene Irwin, "I love you."
I, Marjorie Lou Fowble, willingly forfeit my fear of mice to Wallace Campbell. I hope he enjoys
them better than I do!
I, Maxine Emrick, bestow upon Ada Mae Miller my quiet manners and twinkling eyes.
I, Martha Jane Gates, leave my race horse gait to Forest Barnes.
I, Lois Elizabeth Petry, leave my ability to converse in Democracy class to Martha Deaton.
I, Norma Alice Jeanes, leave to Irene Gruber my gray hair from worrying over the annual.
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