Mount Pleasant High School - Derrick Yearbook (Mount Pleasant, MI)
- Class of 1926
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MOUNT PLEASANT HIGH SCHOOL
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HAROLD STINSON EILEEN WATERMAN
Editor-in-Chief Assistant Editor-in-Chief
ETHYL MOODY BESSIE BELNAP
Joke Editor Assistant Joke Editor
VIOLET GOODWIN RUTH Mt-GILLIS
Art Editor Assistant Art Edittlr
BERNICE BRONDSTETTER RAYMOND REID
Literary Editor Assistant Literary Editor
MAYNARD ALLYN LEUN BARNES
Athletic Editor Assistant Athletic Editor
HELEN DERSNAH GEORGE NEEBES
Picture Editor Assistant Picture Editor
Board of Education
CHAS. D. PULL1-:N B. L. PARKHILL
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"The Golden A ge"
SINCE that eventful day in the earth's history, when an angry God said unto Adam,
"In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread," every generation of man has
worked, every generation of man has had mighty problems confronting it, every gen-
eration has had to depend upon the preceding generation for its preparation in making
decisions that might mean the life or death of the race.
At least four times in the history of the world, the races of men have been de-
stroyed, and the civilization that they had started blotted out.. Geologists tell us
that each of these calamities was caused by the lack of preparation for the cause of
t e disaster.
A study of history tells us that civilization has advanced with nearly geometrical
progression. Geologists place man's first inhabitation of the earth about iive hundred
thousand years ago. Man was two hundred thousand years learning to use stone as
a weapon. Four hundred thousand years after he came, he began to polish his stone
tools, had discovered fire, and possibly believed in a life after death. Only ten thou-
sand years ago, he began to domesticate plants and animals, to polish his tools, and to
cooperate somewhat in his work. Five thousand years ago man learned to write, to use
bronze tools, and to establish a more complex form of government. Life gradually be-
came more and more complex, needing still more specialization and cooperation. The
passing years saw the use of iron tools, the wearing of cloth, the growth of trade, com-
merce, and manufacturing. A beginning was made in the sciences, architecture evolved
fzgogiq tlge canes of the cliff dwellers to the giant pyramids and more beautiful buildings
o e rlen .
The preceding generation has made elaborate plans for our preparation in life.
What is the class of nineteen hundred and twenty-six going to do to help build higher
the tower of civilization? It is for us, new generation, to take advantage of the oppor-
tunities our fathers have placed before us. For the past four years, in order that we
might better prepare ourselves to carry on the work of civilization, we have had the
grkefithadivantage of attending this high school that our parents and faculty have es-
ta is e .
We, the class of nineteen hundred and twenty-six, step forth to-night to begin the
woik that our fathers and mothers have commenced to lay down. What we do depends
upon the preparation we have been making and shall continue to make, to carry forward
the torch that is thrown to us by the generation that is now working. Let us do
our woik from day to day carefully and efficiently, leaving no little things undone. "For
lack of a nail, the shoe was lost, for lack of a shoe the horse was lost, for lack of a
horse the general was lost, for lack of a general, the nation was lost-all for the lack
of a nail." Let us drive in every nail, let us do the job well, so that the following
generation can say of our three-score and ten, as we do of the last generation, "This is,
indeed, the Golden Age" of civilization.
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"Live while you live and seize the pleasures of
the present day."
"They build too low-who build beneath the stars."
"Great, are the blessings of knowledge."
"The word impossible isn't in my dictionary."
"Her manner is as winning as her way."
"Full many a maid he has eyed with best regard."
"Genius is talent set on fire by courage."
MARY RUTH DIEHL
"As well to be out of the world as out of fashion."
"Her talents were of the more silent class."
"I could be better if I would,
But it is awful lonesome being good."
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"A dashing brunette, once tn muut, nrvo' 1
"There is ulwayx mischief in hcr ayvrf'
"Did we ever dream nl' genius in nur midst?"
"lt is nohndy's business if 1 du."
"Genius is the capacity fm' avoiding hard work. I
am fl genius."
"Duiy fil'Sf. Pleasure al'terwn1'ds."
"Tn know her is tu love her."
"A quiet sort with tvnmur when not-dvd."
"Why use limzlish when slung is sn uxpwssiw-?"
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"The rule of my life is to make business a pleasure
and pleasure my business."
"A maid, a pal, a friend, one who is true to the
I JIM COMINS
"Gnd never made anything more beautiful than
"You'd be surprised."
"Sweet personality, full of rascalityf'
"Silence is more eloquent than words."
"Turn off your light, Mr. Moon-man."
MARIAN ESTHER MITCHELL
"Some think the world is made for fun and frolic,
and so do I." '
"Her interests are not here."
, "She speaks, behaves, and acts just as she ought."
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"I am always ln a haste, but never in a hurry."
"What do we live for if not to make the world less
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MAE BELLE DETWILLER
"You can't get away from the blarneyf'
"If she has anything to say she says it, if she
hasn't she says it anyway." 'f
"I'll. be so happy when the preacher makes you
"I may be funny, but I am not quite a joke."
"Man get thee hence."
"V'nrk mny mme and work may go,
"Take me to the land of jazz."
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"I want to he good but my eyes wnn't let me."
"Long live the ladies,"
"Her modest looks a cottage might adorn."
"It is safer being meek than Herve."
' LEON BARNES
"A iellow uf plain uncoined constancy."
2 WINIFRED wALsn
"Came un now, show a little pep."
"She is always. ready fm' fun, but shows a lot of
common sense withal."
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"There is a little bit of had in every good little
"Tut, tut, my lad, the girls won't hurt you."
"U1.z.Il'ectLd and sincere."
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"Why worry anyhow?"
"A man who is not only good, but good for some-
"Always ready for a good time."
"She is little, she is shy, but
"0hl There is Egypt in your
"Still waters run deep."
there is mischief in
"I have fought the good fight."
"A kindly smile to all she len
"My heart is not here."
"lt is my nature to be all in
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"Just snap your fingers at care."
"Her friends-they are many
Her foes- are there any?"
"It is the song she sings, and the smile she wears
that makes the sunshine everywhere."
"My home-town is a one horse town."
"To love and win is the best thing."
"I am forever blowing bubbles."
"A perfect maiden nobly planned."
"All work and no play isn't the life for me."
"Never do for yourself what others can do for you."
"Just a quiet little maid, with a quiet little way."
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"I will hitch my wagon to a star."
"I am willing in be convinced, but show me the
man that can do it."
"I have a heart with room
for every man."
"Whatever anyone does or Hays docs not move me."
"Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we have
"Of all great art, music is
above all earthly stm'n1s."
"A good all-around girl."
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Senior Class History
IN SEPTEMBER 1922, one hundred and seven rather faint-hearted freshmen gathered
to begin their high school career. As soon as the novelty of our position wore off
and we gathered confidence and aplomb, we elected the following officers to manage
our official affairs: Harold Stinson, presidentg Fred Fitch, secretaryg Dorothy Hod-
gins. vice-president, Jack Pierson, treasurerg and Mr. Brake, class adviser.
When we assembled the next fall as sophomores, we needed no guiding hand to
lead us to the right path, but considering that we were "Masters of our Fate," we
plunged at once into high school activities. Those elected to pilot us through our sopho-
more year were: Jack Pierson, presidentg Fred Fitch, vice-presidentg Bernice Brond-
stetter, secretaryg Jim Comins, treasurer, and Miss McKenzie, class adviser.
We furnished four men for' the various high school teams. In the inter-class
tournaments, we finished second in football and won the championship in basketball.
The Sophomore dancing party was well attended and acclaimed a success by all.
In 1924 we again took our places in high school life as "jolly" Juniors, competent
and willing to assume our share of responsibility. As class officers we elected: Jack
Pierson, presidentg Donna Barnes, vice-president, Harold Stinson, secretary, Walter
Kennedy, treasurer, and Miss McKenzie, class adviser. -
Our standing in athletics was very creditable. The J-Hop was one of the most
successful dances of the year. The "gym" was prettily decorated and the music
Last fall we met as the so-called "dignified" seniors. The officers we elected to
manage the various important affairs of our last year were: Maynard Allyn, presi-
dent, Fred Axtell, vice-president, Edward Lynch, secretaryg Eileen Waterman, treas-
urerg and Mr. Wendt, class adviser.
As seniors we have played a prominent- part in all school activities. The senior
play, "Kempy" was one of the finest and most amusing plays ever given, in its line.
We are now all eagerly anticipating the "Senior Prom," the last and largest
party of the year.
We look forward to graduation with
because we are standing on the threshold
we realize that our high school days with
Throughout our high school life we
which we hope will guide us into paths as
a mixture of gladness and regret, gladness
of a new and important life, regret because
all their pleasant memories and associations
have formed ideals and fostered ambitions
pleasant as those we leave on June 18, 1926.
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SOMETIME ago, our class, struck by the promising qualities that certain members
h ,oif our group possessed, desired to learn what positions of future eminence these would
A class meeting was held and it was decided that we should have a magician read
the futures of the members of the class of '26. A delegation was then selected to
visit the studio of this wise man, its duty being to pay strict attention and record
carefully the destinies of each individual. The results of this expedition have been
kept a dark secret until now, when we are disclosing them. We are certain that, as
parents, friends, and instructors of these groups that the entire audience will be de-
lighted to hear the details of our weird experience. '
We set out on our journey one cold day in January, and, after a long day's travel,
we reached our destination. His house, an old vine-covered mansion, gave us a spooky
feeling, and, even greater, was our fear when four black men rushed to our assistance.
They ushered us quickly through a long, daik passage and into a still darker room
with a low ceiling. It was all very strange and mysterious, and it is unnecessary to
say that all of us would have felt more comfortable if safe at home.
"Oh look!" cried Helen, the most excited and inquisitive member of our group.
"I do believe it is the sun!" But her delight was soon lessened when the magician en-
tered and began whirling the huge sun-like crystal, which we had mentioned. He
knew our mission, so at once asked who was first. We were all rather timid, but in a
chorus cried out the name of the leader, Maynard Allyn.
The crystal became as a setting sun. We were enveloped in a bright red light.
The magician motioned to us to watch the change. This we did, and the "abs" that
were heard proclaimed the fact that the destiny of our class president was being por-
trayed. It was not, all together unexpected since he had shown signs of ability all
through high school. He was shown as head chemist in Columbia University. "Well
not so bad," sighed Ruth, "he, for one, will uphold the high standards of M. P. H. S."
Now the scene changed. This time we saw a great jungle and there in the midst,
we recognized our friend. Donna Barnes, talking with all her might to some half-civ-
ilizorl tribes in Africa. We might have expected that. "Don't you rem-mb'-r P-'W in
Girl Reserves' meeting, making some such plans for her future?" remarked Emily,
another member of our party.
The jungle faded away, and in its place appeared the crowded streets of a great
city. In a room in the most exclusive shop on Fifth Avenue, we saw a model dis-
playing beautiful Paris creations. "Why, it's Helen Wilbur," someone exclaimed!
"D0esn't she look wonderful? She always could wear clothes well."
In a moment this scene had vanished, and we saw seated at an attractive break-
fast table, a man and his wife, "My goodness, that is Ruth McGillis," cried Betty:
"suppose I should say Mrs. Mullet. She looks as if married life agreed with her."
The beautiful, well-ordered streets of a California city now appeared in the crys-
tal. Yes, it really was Hollywood, and that man frantically directing the taking of a
movie film was no other than "Penny" Pierson. Who would imagine "Penny" becom-
ing a great producer? On looking more closely we recognized the hero and heroine
of the production to be Josef Van Wie and Bessie Belnap.
Hollywood disappeared, and in the crystal could be discerned the charming little
Inn, "Bide-A-Wee." When we saw our old friend, Ethel Moody and her husband as
proprietors, we wished that we might obey the injunction.
As the scene cleared, we were puzzled, for no view cameg only the faint outline
of a printed page. This gradually grew plainer, and, in glaring letters, appeared a
review of a great book written by our own class genius, Bernice Brondstetter.
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A large gymnasium was now seen. Thousands of people were seen shouting and
cheering the efforts of the players in a thrilling basketball game. Our attention was
drawn to the splendid playing of one of the players. Regarding him more closely, we
recognized our old star, Jack Pierson.
A skyscraper then came into prominence. Busily working at their typewriters,
we recognized Helen Dersnah, Iva May Mills, and Mary Ruth Diehl.
The skyscraper disappeared and another part of the city was discerned. It was
Greenwich Village, and, in a charming bizzarre apartment, we saw Violet Goodwin
busily at 'work in her studio. Ercell McGregor and Floretta Egbert were also busily
engagedg one writing articles for a leading magazine, the other completing the con-
cluding chapter of a book. Back in the more domestic regions we spied Winifred
Walsh preparing something to eat.
A great library flashed into view, we saw Rachel Cook and Louis De Bois
as head librarians, we did not wonder at its popularity.
The scene in the crystal faded, and in it we saw the stage of a great opera house.
A musical was being given in which Phyllis Morrison and Dorothy Collins had the
We now saw in the crystal a cold, gray sky and brown, barren earth. We also
saw thousands of eager spectators watching a football game. It was a fast and excit-
ing game and no wonder for the players on both sides were professionals. We became
greatly interested in the game and were not amazed to see our old stars, Vic Hibbeln,
Francis Robinson, Dick Hunter, and Justin Youngs.
I had become rather weary and began gazing about when the exclamation of the
others drew my attention back to the crystal. There was the White House in all its
glory. Coming down the steps, we saw the chief executive of the land, whom we rec-
ognized as Harold Stinson. Another member of our class shown in this city was
Charles Bailey, who had become quite a prominent politician.
Now we saw the interior of a great hospital. Fred Axtell, with his two Well
trained nurses, Emily 'Garber and Mabel Foutch, was in the midst of a serious opera-
Soon we saw Dick Bilcox, standing on a box, frantically waving his hands. He had
become a soap box orator and was working for some very noted politician.
"It looks as if we were to be entertained," remarked Josephine, when a famous ball
room appeared. We soon learned that it was a dancing. school, managed and owned by
Boyd Axtell, Marian Mitchell and Letha Edmonds. It was very exclusive and patronized
by New York's Four Hundred.
Josephine Donohue was then seen as active head of the foreign language de-
partment of Leland Stanford University, and John Duguid, as one of its able profes-
sors of mathematics.
Next, in a city, which we supposed to be Chicago, we saw an attractive "French
Pastry Shoppe." The owners proved to be Helen Campbell and Ruth Riley. Next door
to this, Marie Seaton and Isabel Collin had a well established style shop in which they
employ the Prout twins as models.
A great, law building came into sight, and, when we saw the Firm name, Tambling
and Lynch, we realized that two more of our group had climbed the ladder of success.
As we gazed longer at the crystal, it became dimmer and dimmer, until it finally
lost its revealing properties and became as mere glass.
The magician slowly shaking his head, looked at us. "There is no use staying any
longer," he said, "The prophetic spirit has departed. I hope that you are satisfied."
We assured him that we were, and, thanking him profusely for his kindness, we
left, a happy chattering group.
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Class History of Athletics
THE CLASS of nineteen hundred and twenty-six started its athletic career off with
a bangg no sooner had we gotten accustomed to the traditions of the Mount Pleasant
High School, than the annual interclass football tournament was held. The first game
played was with the strong Junior team which was composed of such stars as Roy
Hardgrove, the Kidder brothers, and others. Although this was the first game, some
of us had played before, so we made the Juniors realize that the Freshies were some-
body after all. We were very unfortunate in not furnishing any men for the varsity,
but we made up for it in our last three years in High School.
As sophomores, we failed to win any interclass event, but we furnished two men
for the baseball nine: Jack Pierson and Harold Stinson.
In our Junior year we were able to place six men on the varsity football eleven.
In the interclass events we were able to win the Basketball championship, by defeat-
ing the dignified seniors in a real contest by a score of 3-0. From this team, two men
were picked for varsity basketball. Jack Pierson was elected captain for the season
of 1926. In baseball we were still represented, by having six seniors on the team. '
In 1926 a good per cent. of the teams that Mount Pleasant High School put out
was composed of seniors. Half of the football team, three of the basketball team, and
five of the baseball team were seniors.
With every athletically inclined senior whose motto was "Stick outg your chance
is coming," our four years in High School have been rated as fairly high. We have
done our best in generating and maintaining the "PEP" in this High School, so we
are signing off our Athletic career for the class of nineteen hundred and twenty-
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They gazed and gazed, and still their wonder grew how one small head could
carry all she knew.-Helen Campbell.
Our young Lochinvar, Dick Hunter, is portrayed for the first time without his
This smiling faced child is Iva May Mills.
"Smile now and show your pletty teeth for the nice man." This is probably
what Vera Smith is being told.
Allow me to present the dowager Ercell McGregor. V
No, this isn't a boy. It's Bessie Belnap.
No excuses are offered for this picture. It was handed in by the Business
Mary Ruth Diehl is all dressed up and looks as if she were going some place.
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Guess who this is? It is none other than Edna Huber.
It doesn't seem to have much effect on May Belle Detwiller to have her picture
What a change in Bernice Brondstetter since childhood.
"What?" "Why the very idea!" This sounds a great deal like Helen Dcrsnah's
Do you suppose Eileen Watermanehas just had her hair marcelled?
Ruth Lethorn has evidently been dieting.
Where are the "Taylor Twins?" Look on page 91.
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The M. P. H. S. Ideal Senior Has:
Popularity like ....,....
Features like .................. .,..... R uth McGillis
Dancing ability like ......... ........ L etha Edmonds
Bluffing ability like ....... ............ H elen Wilbur
A wardrobe like ,.........
Athletic skill like i.......
A laugh like .i.............
Studying ability like .......
Been babied by the tea
.........Mary Ruth Diehl
.......,....., Helen Campbell
chers like ....,...,. Helen Dersnah
Enchanting eyes like ..,....... ..............., M innie Wright
Vamping ability like ........ ......... E rcell McGregor
A disposition like ......... ..........,. I la Landon
Bashfulness like ................ .,.....,, L ouis DeBois
Oratorical ability like ....,.... ,...... E lsie Johnson
A voice like ....,................ ........ D orothy Collins
Boosted the class like ....... ........ D onna Barnes
Knocked the class like .........
Arguing ability like .......... ..,.....
Giggles like ..................
Josef Van Wie
Most devoted case .... Raymond Reid and Isabel Collins
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Senior's lives are full of hardshipsg
But, with patience, care, and thought,
All the tasks with care are mastered
For the knowledge that we sought.
But, today, our lesson's over,
Commencement days look very brightg
And the goal for which we struggled
Shines ahead, "Life's beacon light."
Harder problems now confront usg
There's a different one for all.
Can we solve them? Will we fail them?
Will we rise, or will we fall?
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Mrs. Ahlers and Her Troubles
S little and bent, wrinkled and old. Her narrow shoulders rounded together,
and sloped sharply forward, from which a long slender neck protruded, to be topped
by a small bullet-shaped head. Her thin, gray, scraggly hair was twisted tightly,
into a pug knot just above her high collar. Her sharp nose and chin were separated
by a pair of thin lips, from behind which the teeth had long ago disappeared.
When she spoke, it was with a decided German accent, and one listened closely
to be sure to catch the full import of her words.
"Charlie Ahlers," she said, her shrill squawky voice, rising to a high pitch, as she
pointed an accusing finger, "Why you been a fooling this whole forenoon away, agoin'
to Shepherd? I know you, you been ahangin after them painted hussies, on the street
down there a buyin 'em ice cream an' pop an' a blinkin your 'ole bleary eyes at their
painted up faces, an' low necked dresses. Shame on ye , ye ole' devil, to be made a
fool out of, an' the talk of the neighborhood, by a couple of yellow-headed addle-
brained, short-skirted hussies, that don't have enough modesty to cover up their skinny
"Now, you get me some wood, that I can burn. This ole' stove of mine, he done
nothing, but sputter and spit, and smoke an' sizzle, the whole afternoon. That ole'
clock on the shelf, she don't hit anymore as she ought either, but on the hour she hits
the half, an' on the half she hits em' all, an' I don't know what to make of her ac-
"There, I see that ole' speckle hen come from the shed behind the barn, a cacklin'
as loud as ever she can. Now you get out there, an' get that egg, quick, or Murella'1l
fthe catj have it, an' I been waitin' for it now, for a most two hours, so as to bake a
black cake for supper. Hurry up now, an' git," and Charlie did.
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Junior Class History
FROM being modest Freshmen in the year of 1923, we have now attained the proud
position of upper classmen.
We feel proud of our records as "Freshies" and Sophomores. In our first year
our chief pride was in "Art" Walton, who proved himself a star player in football.
We also won, that year, the interclass contest from the Juniors and Seniors. As
Sophomores we won from the Freshmen and Junior boys, but the Seniors won from
us. We always had very capable officers, and our parties were certainly enjoyed by
all who came to them.
At the beginning of the term in 1925 we had our first class meeting as Juniors.
Ralph Johnston was chosen for our president, Harold Knapp, vice-president, Ruth Isbell,
secretary, Elmer Chaffee, treasurer with Mr. Johnson as class adviser, and they have
most faithfully executed all our responsibilities. Later we selected our class rings
and now have secured them.
As to athletics, this year we contributed Alva Rahl, Murray Young, Freed Egbert
and George Day in football and Elm-er Chaffee in basketball. We are not very far be-
hind, even if we did, unfortunately, lose our interclass contest to the Sophomores.
The time of our party, the J-Hop has not yet arrived but we are all looking for-
ward to it with great enthusiasm. Under the auspices of our class officers, how can
it help being the big party of the year?
Although we have lived successfully up to our standards as Juniors, we are look-
ing forward to even greater achievements when we have at last become the greatest
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THE MOST interesting of all places in this school is a matter very difficult to decide upon, but in my
opinion assemblies are the most exciting of all places.
The one foremost in my mind is the one that begins at twelve-thirty in the senior assembly room.
There is one continual buzz all the time: lessons are the farthest from those ambitious young minds. Over
in one COYUPI' two Students SP9 Staring blankly at the puzzling pages of a Chemistry book. Then two
Latin students enter the room soon after the time for the assembly to be in session. Behold! these two
students must have magnetic drawing power, for inside of ten minutes Mr. Green's Latin class has U-
scmbled around them and the day's lesson begins.
The other assembly that some times becomes very interesting at times is the eighth hour. If by
chance the teacher is not there on time. which frequently happens, or leaves the room occasionally I am
sure that it would be a very wise policy to have one's life insured. Ink wells flying through the air is
not an unusual sight, and if one was walking down the aisle the feet of some unconscious student may
stray into the aisle and a very interesting little scene may occur if the unlucky victim cannot dislodge his
feet from the squirming feet of his tormentor. Of course when the teacher is seen approaching,
telegraphic signals are sent abroad warning everyone or the coming pessimist. The one thing I have
been puzzled about for a considerable length of time is: why the great silence when Mr. Wendt en-
ters the room occasionally to read an announcement, or to summon someone to a "tete a tete" in the
inviting and intoxicating atmosphere of his cozy little ofiice? I think that an assembly would be just as
interesting as a coffee house if one might hear the various discussions that take place behind a raised
Latin or English book when the mind is supposed to be deep in the thought of Caesar and his many
The opportunity presented itself one day for me to hear a very little of one of these most inter-
esting discussions. Two students came into the assembly and very quietly took the seat behind me. I
was supposed to be studying the many ways of making different kinds of acids, but there drifted to my
ears like gentle music the many things that were taking piece in this school that I had thought to be so
free from these things that other schools suffered from. Again and again my mind would sihik into the
depth of that Chemistry book and I would try to shut out that information bureau that was in perfect
running order behind me. Now and then they would step on the soft peddle as the kind assembly teacher
would advise them to do and there would be a lapse in the very interesting little "tete a
tete" that was taking place behind that innocent looking English book. But alas! they had mentioned the
name of a very popular student in school and I came up out of my reveries as if awakening from some
terrible dream, my ears were strained to the utmost and I wanted to hear the terrible thing that had
happened. "There was a party over to Harry Mark's and she was there with the most stunning dress on
you ever saw but look at the thing she was with. can vou imagine it Mari.. and I just would have sworn
that he was drunk and she never seemed to mind it at all." Again the soft peddle was applied to that
steady old car best known by the name of gossip. and I was still wondering what happened at that party
that was attended by the most popular student in school.
YYPII I was left without having the pleasure of hearing the rest of that little discussion which I know
was very interesting. Then it was time for the bell to ring and we all were sitting on the very edge of
the seat ready to make a grand dash for the door and get out of that assembly that seemed to have I
charged atmosphere. I met my friend and she told me of the little news she had heard over in her cor-
ner of the study room, hers was even more interesting than the one I had heard.
Sir Roger would have been shocked at the news he would have heard if he had been
there. The Spectator could have written a volume on just the news that he heard in that one hour. It
would have included everything from the br:-rt looking fellow and the way he dressed, to how the latest
hair cut would take in this school, how the best athlete in school was becoming an habitual smoker, and
how ridiculously abbreviated some of the girls wore their dresses. I have one wish that I-would like to
have fulfilled: I would like to read a paper written by the Spectator on the little news he could get from
our Modern Coffee House in the twelve-thirty assembly.
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YES! We are no longer Freshmen. Last year we were green, timid, little boys and
and girls, fearing the high and mighty Seniors, and standing in awe of the teachers.
CoachaZiegler helped pilot us through a trying but successful year for we came
out on top. ,
Our lronorable officers were: President, James Fitchg Vice-President, Helen
Brookensg 'Secretary-Treasurer, Reuel Cole.
Now we are sophisticated Sophomores starting the year with ninety-three mem-
bers. We elected Carl Munson as Presidentg Paul Munson, Vice-President: Helen
Brookens, Secretaryj and Reuel Cole, Treasurer. Miss Nelson kindly consented to help
us over the rough places and advise us in our affairs.
Our Dancing Party, "The Sophomore Shuffle," was one of the most successful
parties of the year.
We have proudly contributed to the High School these athletes: "Jerry" Swindle-
hurst, "Chief" Webster, and Harold Grinnell as first team men in basketball, and Paul
Munson, Reuel Cole, and Carl Munson as substitutes.
We wish to :all future Sophomore classes "Success" as we pass out to try to ful-
fill the worthy position of Juniors.
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Mary Ruth McKenzie
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AN AGED man was sitting before an old fireplace in a poverty stricken cabin. It was
dusk and the fire was almost out but the care-worn man heeded it not, he was gaz-
ing at the huge picture which hung above the fireplace. Barely nothing could be seen
in the picture except the faint outline of a woman's faceg but every once in a while,
when the dying blaze would flicker a little more, one could see that the woman had a
sad smile on her face. But William Dane fwho was the old manj did not need the
light. No! he hated the daysg he hated the nights, he hated his neighbors, and he
"Oh," he moaned, "If I only knew where Silas is, I could go there and beg his for-
giveness and tell him she did not love me when she died,-and never did, it was he that
she always loved-even to the last day." He was gasping now and the words choked
He let his head sink to his knees. The fire flickered for the last time in the fire-
place and went out. The wind rose howling around the window panes. William sat
mutttering for a few moments. His head began to whirl, his eyes felt as though they
had turned around in their sockets.
"I'll do it!" yelled William savagely, "I will! I will!" He jumped up and ran out
into the blackness of the night, tearing his hair, and beating his face.
He came to the banks of the river. His head felt better now. He sat down on the
bank and rested, listening to the swirling waters below. They were singing to William.
He laid his head down on the grass. The wind stoppedg it was light, birds were sing-
ing very softly and sweetly.
A voice broke forth from the cluster of flowers. It said, "William, your sins are
great and many-but you have suffered for them, too." The voice continued, "You
The next morning, as a neighbor passed the river, he found William lying there
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Freshmen Class History
FRESHMEN! Sixty of us! Well, we are all here with plenty of ,"pep" .and vim.
The strange teachers and many classes were baffling to us at firstg but soon
we settled down to sincere work.
Our first class meeting was called by Mr. Wendt and taken charge of by Miss
Reid. This meeting resulted in the election of the following officers: Edgar Thomp-
son, presidentg Russell Stinson, vice-presidentg Wayne Marshall, secretaryg John
Chamberlain, treasurerg Miss McArdle, class advisor.
Just to show our "pep" and vim these are some of the things we have done so
far this year. The boys organized a basketball team which played in the interclass
tournament, losing after a hard fight to the Seniors. The girls also organized a
team, but they have not played in the tournament as yet. Several of our boys went
out for football practice in the spring. John Chamberlain, Robert Northway, and
Richard Wood are promising young football stars of the future. Lawrence Louder-
baugh took part in the declamation contest this year receiving first place from one of
the judges and honorable mention by the others. Four Freshmen girls: Harriet
Brondstetter, Lois Davidson, Gracie Chaffee, and Christine Taylor took part in the
Operetta, "The Feast of the Little Lanterns" this year. Christine Taylor and Lois
Davidson sang solo parts. Harriet Brondstetter and Gracie Chaffee made up part of
the Chorusg Harriet led one side.
Plans are being made for the Freshmen class party, but they are not revealed by
Now as our first year is drawing to a close, we eagerly anticipate three more
years in 'Mt. Pleasant High School.
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Teaching a Bone-Headed Calf to Drink
NOW DON'T laugh, for there is nothing funny about it as anyone who has ever
attempted to teach a young calf to drink will testify.
First, provide yourself with the necessary equipment, a calf pail of just the right
size. flt must be just the right size, or the result is apt to be disastrous. If it is
too small, the calf can not get his head in it, while if it is too large, the little "rummy"
is apt to drown himself.J
Another important part of the equipment is what you expect to wear. It is
vitally important to make yourself look as ridiculous as possible, for, if there is no
other means of forcing the subject at hand to drink, you may be able to scare him
into it. I, from my own personal experience, recommend rubber boots and coveralls.
When you are ready to approach the calf, open the stable door with infinite care,
and only wide enough to allow yourself to enter, or there is danger of said calf escap-
ing. March up to him fearlessly and try to make an impression on him right at the
You may as well be resigned at first to play tag with your victim for half an
hour, or until you have tired him out. When the calf is thoroughly exhausted, he
will suddenly take on a most loving and affectionate attitude. He will approach the
pail with a sweet, coy expression, jam his head to the bottom, and spill half the milk.
He will suddenly emerge with his whole head dripping and proceed to slobber all over
you. He will chew your sleeve and look up at you with a look that is enough to melt
the heart of a stone, but I warn you not to be too touched.
Just at this point is the time to get the calf corraled in a corner, and to jam his
head into the pail, or rather to jam the pail up to his nose.
Now introduce your fingers to his moist, pink, tongue, and after he has chewed
them for twenty minutes, he will probably begin drinking with such industry that you
are apt to be deceived. But, don't be fooled by a calf! Just when you think the worst
is over, and loosen your grasp on the pail, the calf gives a high dive. Down goes the
pail! Splash goes the milk!
You can conscientiously tell your uncle, or who ever set you at the engaging task,
that you have given Old Spot's calf his ration of milk. But whatever you do, do not
tell him that it was the floor, not the calf, that received the benefit.
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Girl Reserve Members
Nell Jane Damon
Mary Ruth Diehl
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Mary Ruth McKenzie
Iva May Mills
Marion Esther Mitchell
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History of the Girl Reserves
IN SEPTEMBER 1925, the Girl Reserves started their-third year under theguidance
of Miss Rank, with the following officers: Donna Barnes, president, Helen Ders-
nah, vice-president, Letha Edmonds, secretaryg and Isabel Collin, treasurer. At the
beginning of the second semester, Marguerite Sage took over Isabel Collin's office of
During the second week of school, an informal reception to all the girls in High
School was given and any girls who were interested were invited to attend the regular
weekly meetings. About forty girls availed themselves of this opportunity. Then,
during the last week of October, a delightful Hallowe'en party was given for the
members. In February we fostered the movie, "The Blackbird." While selling tickets
for this, the club was divided and the losers became hostesses at an Up-River Picnic
given late in May.
However, our motive is not entirely social, on January 19, Donna Barnes, Ruth
Isbell, and Miss Rank represented us at the Girl's Conference at Jackson. On Feb-
ruary 12-13, Miss Rank attended an Advisers' Conference at Grand Rapids.
At the beginning of the second semester, the membership was opened to all
Sophomore girls interested, and many girls joined at this time. These and the present
Junior girls we leave to carry on the ideals of friendship and all-around-good-fellow-
ship in M. P. H. S. -Josephine M. Donohue.
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The History of the Hi-Y Club
THE Hi-Y Club of Mt. Pleasant High School enjoyed the most successful year of its
existence. The activities of the club have been greater in number and far better
than any previous year. It sponsored the best Father and Son Banquet ever given in
Mt. Pleasant, sent sixteen delegates to the older boys' conference at Lansing, and its
president to the Hi-Y Presidents' Training Camp, Camp Hayo-Went-Ha, at Torch Lake.
The Mt. Pleasant Hi-Y Club has the rare distinction of sending its president,
Harold Stinson, one of the three delegates to represent Michigan, to the World Court at
the Helsengsfors, Finland.
Its weekly programs have been very good and helpful. The spiritual needs were
emphasized and spiritual growth was evidenced by its members during the year.
The officers for the year were: Harold Stinson, presidentg Elwyn Dexter,
secretaryg Maynard Allyn, vice-presidentg John Duguid and Evart Bowerman, each
serving half of the year as treasurers, and Mr. Muyskens as advisor.
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The Ag Club
OFFICERS FOR FIRST SEMESTER
Leon Barnes ...A,,,,.... ,.,,........,..,,,..,,,,.,.,,,,,,........,.,,...........,,,,...A,,....,,,,,.,.. ...,,,,..,.,,..,..,,. P r esident
Raymond Reid .,...,....,...,...,.,,.......,...,.......,,Y,,,,....,.,,,,,.,,,.,,,..,...........,A.,,, .,...,,..,,..., V ice-President
Mary Ruth Diehl ,,,.................,.,,,,,..,........,,,,,,,,........,.,,,,.,,,.....,...,..,A.......,,,.,,, Secretary-Treasurer
OFFICERS FOR SECOND SEMESTER
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Helen Dersnah ,.,...,.,,. ,....i,.,...,..... V ice-President
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THIS IS the second year for the Mount Pleasant High School Ag Club. Several
things to be proud of have been accomplished.
Grain, stock, and potato judging teams were sent to the state contest at M. S. C.
last May. The stock judging team was composed of Lanson Thayer, Raymond Reid,
and Robert Hanlin who took second place. The Grain judging team composed of
Ralph Miller, Mary Ruth Diehl and Clifford Stutting won over forty-seven other high
schools at the same contest. We are looking for the boys in grain judging to give a
good account of themselves at M. S. C. in May.
Socially the club has been a success. Several trips are being planned, one of which
is to the Dow Gardens at Midland.
We of the Ag Club wish to thank Mr. Grambau for his good will and help in
making the club a success. -Helen Dersnah.
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S peedwriting Class
Standing: Ruth McGillis, Mary Ruth Diehl, Ruth Lethorn, Dorothy Collin, Vivian
Sitting: Emily Garber, C. L. Higgs, finstruetorj, Iva May Mills.
Tlilfl Mt. Pleasant High School Speedwriting class is the first class of its kind to be
organized in the High Schools of the United States. This class was organized
I"ebruary first, 1926, for the purpose of trying: out this new system of Shorthand known
as Speedwritingr, invented by Miss Emma Dearborn, of New York City, in 1923,
This class expects to accomplish as much in one semester's work as is required in
four semesters by other Shorthand systems.
LE CERCLE Francais presented the play HL' Homme Qui Epousa Une Femme
Muette" for a chapel program in May.
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Catherine v..,....... .,Ye...ee M aebelle Detwiler
Maitre Pierre ,,Y,,,, ,,,,.,,.,.,,,,, R ussel Collin
Jean ......,... ..., . ....,........,........., L ouie Debois
Fanchon .,..,.,.,, ,,,,,,,A,A,,,,,,,,,,,,,.,., E lsie Johnson
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The play, UL' Homme Qui Epousa Une Femme Muette," depicts the life of a man
who has married a mute wife. Sad because of his wife's ailment, he consults the famous
Doctor Pollidore who performs a wonderful operation and restores Madame's power of
speech. From the moment of the operation, Catherine never ceases to talk, annoying
her husband and servants until the latter threaten to leave. The final outcome of the
situation is that Doctor Pollidore is again called and he relieves the nearly crazed hus-
band by making Simon and the servants deaf so that they cannot hear Catherine's con-
The French Club was organized February 5, 1926, by the members of the advanced
Officers were elected as follows: President, Elsie Johnsong Vice-President, Helen
Campbell, Secretary, Audrey Moody, Advisor, Miss Wallington.
The purpose of our club is to promote more interest in French literature and
We, as members of the French Club of 1926, sincerely hope that the work of this
organization will be carried on by the advanced French classes of Mt. Pleasant High
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Kee-Wee Girl Reserves
THE FORMER Girl Scout organization of the High School voted to
Membership in the organization is open to any sixth, seventh, eighth,
girl. The girls have chosen Kee-Wee tRainbow Maidj for the name
A basketball team was organized which won two games from the
the Training School. They are hoping to do as well in indoor baseball.
They have been very busy and quite successful with money making
of the money is to go to the Near East Relief and part is to be used for
change to Girl
or ninth grade
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a camping trip
The officers are: Ruth Allyn, Presidentg Esther Trussle, Vice-Presidentg Gracie
Chaffee, Secretaryg Bessie Comins, Treasurerg Miss McArdle, Advisory Margaret Bush,
Mary Ellen Whitcomb
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Girl's Glee Club
'PHE GlRL'S Glee Club was organized in September by Miss Esther Nelson. Officers
were elected as follows: President, Marguerite Sagreg Secretary, Helen Marling
Treasurer, Christine Taylorg Publicity Manager, Edith Moyer.
The operetta "Feast of the Little Lanterns" by Paul Bliss, was given April 7th and
8th. The main parts were taken by Gretchen Cocldingrton, Christine Taylor, Edith
Moyer, and Dorothy Collin. The chorus was composed of' the other members of the
club. The play was a sur-cess and much praise is due the director, Miss Nelson, and the
accompanist, Alita Collin, for their faithful effort and time spent in its preparation.
The club plans to enter the State Contest at the Normal which will be held the
latter part of' May. -Dorothy Collin.
Iva Mae Mills
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The 1925 Football Team
Top Row: Wendt, Chaffee, Swincllehurst, Shumway, J. Pierson, L. Pierson, Robinson
Duguid, Bailey, Coach Johnson.
Second Row: Young, Rzrhl, Allyn, Hibbeln, Smith, Hunter, Grinnell, Day.
First Row: Axtell, Spalshury, Ross, Miller.
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WHEN OUR new coach, Oscar Johnson, issued a call for football, about thirty candi-
dates responded. With eight lettermen back, he was confronted with a problem of
developing green material. In spite of the fact, the coach developed a team which
ranked very high with some of the Class B teams of the state.
ALUMNI 0-M. P. H. S. 0
A game was scheduled with the Alumni in order that the coach could get an idea
of what each fellow could do in a game. He used a good many combinations, and, al-
though the Alumni team was the more experienced, we held them to a scoreless tie.
The green material made a showing as well as the veterans.
IONIA 6-M. P. H. S. 0
Playing our first game away from home, we fumbled quite a bit, and couldn't get
started until the second half. We didn't have the pep, however, to punch the pigskin
across Ionia's goal.
ST. LOUIS 0-M. P. H. S. 33
We went to St. Louis, expecting a real hard fight, but found they weren't "so
much," and, after we had run up a big score, a number of subs were used.
BIG RAPIDS 13-M. P. H. S. 7
Coming here with a bunch of stars, Big Rapids expected to run away with us, but
our team was determined to get revenge for the beating our visitors gave us last year.
Big Rapids got the first touch-down. That made the fellows fight harder, and we man-
aged to get a touch-down and kick goal. We were ahead until the last three minutes
of play. Then Big Rapids got seven more points and we lost. However, Big Rapids
realized they were against a real team.
ALMA 0-M. P. H. S. 0
Alma came to Mt. Pleasant with about two hundred and fifty rooters, and they
were prepared to beat us. But, every fellow was in good condition Qfor coach wanted
to put it over Johnnie Gill, a former Western State Normal team-mate of hisj, and
gave the coach a promise that he would fight to the finish, and he lived up to it.
Although we were out-weighed, we held the Alma crew to a scoreless tie.
CADILLAC 0-M. P. H. S. 0
We met a real team when we went to Cadillac, but we held them to a scoreless tie
in a real contest. The team fought throughout the game, but lacked the "pep" to
score against Cadillac's defense.
INDIAN SCHOOL 0-M. P. H. S. 38
Using our second and third team most of the time, we very easily downed the
MIDLAND 12-M. P. H. S. 13
Midland came here with an undefeated team, and they claimed the Central Michi-
gan Championship, but this didn't make any difference with the wearers of the Yellow
and Blue. We defeated them, with every fellow doing his best.
REED CITY 7-M. P. H. S. 7
After scoring the first touchdown, the fellows thought they had a snap, and did
not play their best. With our Captain Smith, star quarter-back absent, we were un-
able to win from them.
I'I'HACA 0- M. P. H. S. 0
The next week we journeyed to Ithaca. Their team was considered a first class team
and we expected a tough battle. With every fellow playing his hardest on a clay Held,
partially covered with water, we held them scoreless. But we could not score.
ACADEMY 6-M. P. H. S. 0
We played a poor brand of football for the last game of the season, and we were
unable to win from the Academy.
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WITH ONLY four veterans back from last year, Coach Johnson developed a real
basketball team that was able to take the District Championship at Alma and the
Regional Tournament at Mt. Pleasant.
ALUMNI 7-M. P. H. S. 12
This being the first game of the season, the team did well considering the time
they had practiced.
SAGINAW 3-M. P. H. S. 19
Still playing most of the best brand of basketball that had started in the preceding
game, we downed the strong Saginaw Class A quintet.
INDIANS 3-M. P. H. S. 23
The team defeated the Redskins with little difficulty.
ST. LOUIS 9-M. P. H. S. 20
With the reserves playing most of the game, so that the first team would be in
good condition for the Alma game the following niht, the reserves were able to defeat
ALMA 13-M. P. H. S. 20
Our real strength was not tested until we met the veteran team of Alma. But with
each fellow playing his best offensive and defensive game, we won from our old rivals.
ST. LOUIS 19-M. P. H. S. 25
The team thought they would have it easy, but it turned out that St. Louis boys
were better on their own floor and they surely gave us a real scrap.
ALMA 9-M. P. H. S. 18
Alma came to Mt. Pleasant to make up for the trimming we gave them on their
own floor, but they were not able to cope with our powerful defense, and were beaten
for the second time in the season.
REED CITY 18-M. P. H. S. 7
C. M. N. S. RESERVES 17- M. P. H. S. 13
CLARE 9-M. P. H. S. 8
Every basketball team is sometimes struck by a slump and M. P. H. S. certainly
had a real one, and lost these three games.
INDIANS 10-M. P. H. S. 15
With the Indians playing on their own floor it was a different proposition than
when on our own floor, but in spite of this we won from them in a fast game.
ACADEMY 10-M. P. H. S. 15
The fellows were out for revenge for the beating the Academy gave us in football,
and as each fellow was playing his best defense, the victory was ours.
MIDLAND 12-M. P. H. S. 14
We journeyed to Midland to meet the highly praised Class B team, but this didn't
affect us any, and we won from them in a very close contest.
MIDLAND 12-M. P. H. S. 13
Coach Johnson started the reserves in this game, but they were unable to gain a
lead on them, so the first team was put on the floor and we won from them in a very
By MAYNARD ALLYN,
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DISTRICT TOURNAMENT AT ALMA
TN THIS tournament there were only two Class C teams represented. They were
Alma High School and Mt. Pleasant. The team was determined to put it over Alma
for the third time, so with every fellow playing his best we were able to win from
them with Alma threatening our goal only once or twice. This was one of the
fastest games of the District Tournament. The score was 23 to 10.
REGIONAL TOURNAMENT AT MT. PLEASANT
Our first game was with the Indians. In this game the Indians proved themselves
a better team than the local fans thought. The second half started with the reserves.
It was very interesting until the first team was put in. They proved themselves
superior by winning by a score of 23-13.
In the semi-finals we played Alma. The biggest feature of the game was that we
held Alma scoreless for the first half, and to one point in the third quarter. In the
fourth quarter they managed to gain four points, and the game ended with a score of
23 and 5 in our favor. Every fellow did his best, with Swindlehurst getting nine of the
total twenty-three points. Capt. Pierson's Hoor-work was very remarkable.
The final game of the Regional Tournament was between Midland and Mt. Pleas-
ant. This proved to be a real contestg the team did their best the first half, in which
they obtained a lead that Midland was unable to overcome. Grinnell's long shots featured
the contest. The final score was 21 and 12 in favor of Mt. Pleasant. This game
netted the Championship of the Regional Turnament to M. P. H. S.
ln this tournament M. P. H. S. players were honored, Swindlehurst being picked
as forward, and Grinnell as guard on the All-Tournament. team.
Our first game at the State Tournament was with the Holy Redeemer'sg they ex-
pected to run away with us, but all they did was run from us. They were unable to
cope with our powerful offensive machine. We won by a score of 24 and 12. The next
game, in the semi-finals, was with Sturgis, State Champions of 19255 they won by a
score of 17 and 34. The score does not indicate the trouble they had in eliminating
M. P. H. S. Swindlehurst was chosen by State officials as one of the two best All-State
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THE STATUS of baseball, among the high schools of Central Michigan will be
materially improved if the plan inaugurated this spring proves efficient.
The old Central Michigan Baseball league was discarded and a new organization,
the Central Michigan Athletic league, was accepted in its place.
This new organization will sponsor not only baseball but basketball, football and
With the addition of four new schools, namely, Owosso, Ionia, Howell, and St.
Johns, competition will be more keen, interest increased and a general athletic atmos-
phere created. The schools mentioned above with two added constitute the Southern
Division of the league while Mt. Pleasant, Midland, Shepherd, Ithaca, Alma, and St.
Louis comprise the Northern Division.
A league championship will be determined at the close of each athletic season in
a game between the teams with the highest percentage in each division.
The success of this plan is already apparent. The boys out for baseball this
spring outnumbered by far the squads of previous years. There was a determined
effort to win a position on the team and those who were not in the lineup of the
first game were out for daily practice thereafter.
Coach Johnson has succeeded admirably in placing on the diamond a team worthy
to represent M. P. H. S.
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THERE being no interclass tournament held in football, when the basketball season
approached, every class was doing its best to whip a team in shape that would beat
the Seniors who had taken the championship for three years straight, having the same
lineup each consecutive year.
The first elimination game was between the Sophomores and the Juniorsg the
game was not so interesting as it had been prophesied, but the "Sophs" won. The
next game between the Freshmen and Seniors proved to be very good, because the
"Freshies" were so small that they seemed to dodge the Seniors and shot baskets from
any positiong but the Seniors made most of their shots and won by a score of 20-9.
The next game was between the Sophomores and Seniors to decide the championship.
This was a real game in which the strength of both teams was tested, but the Seniors
showed their superiority by winning the game by a score of 15-7. In a consolation
game the Juniors easily defeated the Freshmen.
There was no real tournament to decide the championship because the Juniors
and Seniors did not have enough girls that played basketball to make up a team, so
they combined and played the Sophomores. The "Sophs" won this game and most of
the others that they played, so the Sophomores may be called the "champs."
The iiag rush is held each year to promote clean interclass spirit. The Seniors
always defend the flag, while the Juniors try to capture it. The rush this year was not
so thrilling because the Seniors outnumbered the Juniors by ten men, and therefore
had a big advantage. Eddie Lynch, who was on top of the pole, was the star for the
Seniors, because of his excellent generalship, in telling the Seniors whom to take out
to prevent the Juniors from getting near the pole. The Seniors won the rush. The
friendly encounters the night before the rush were very exciting, especially for the
ones who had to walk in ten or fifteen miles in the dark.
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J' C. and Elliott Nugent's comedy, "Kempy," was presented by the Class of '26 on
' March 23rd and 24th. The first act took place in the old-fashioned living room in
"Dad" Bence's home in a small New Jersey town about sixty miles from New York
City. It was on a spring afternoon. Katherine Bence had just returned from New
York where she had been studying for the stage. Katherine had ordered some
clothes which amounted to eleven hundred dollars. This made her father very angry.
The plumber came to repair the water pipe, as "Duke" Merrill, whom Kate had re-
fused to marry two years previously, made an unexpected visit to the Bence home.
"Dad" Bence went to greet him, and left Ruth to show him the way to the kitchen.
Ruth learned that the plumber was "Kempy" James, an architect. She also learned
that he had received an inspiration from Katherine's book for building a church. She
showed him the way to the kitchen to repair the pipe, when she saw "Duke" coming.
"Duke" received a cut on his wrist, from an accident, and was given first aid. Katherine
and "Duke" had a little quarrel and he left, but intended to return at ten. Ruth
brought "Kempy" in and introduced him to Katherine and left. "Kempy" told her he
had always said he was determined to seek the author and marry her. Katherine pro-
posed to him, and they ran away at once and were married.
The scene of the second act was the same as the first. It took place at nine o'clock
Katherine telephoned back home and told her parents that she was a married
woman and wanted her father to treat her as such. Believing that her husband was
"Duke," they began preparing for his coming. Jane Wade, her married sister, went
-over to her home after some pillow cases for the spare bed. Soon Katherine and her
husband, "Kempy" James, arrived. When her father saw that it was not "Duke," he
became very angry, and started ordering her to her room and "Kempy" to leave the
house. Soon "Dad" and "Ma" Bence and Katherine went to their rooms and Ruth
persuaded "Kempy" to stay. She let him go after his things, because he promised to
come back. "Duke" was at the Bence's home when he returned. After a long talk
"Kempy" traded his church plans for the house, which "Duke" had bought, and he be-
came "boss" of the home.
The scene for the third act was the same as the first. It took place at midnight.
"Duke" learned that this unhappy marriage could be annulled, if both parties
agreed to it, because "Kempy" was not of age. This left "Duke" free to marry
Katherine and "Kempy" to marry Ruth.
The play was directed by Miss Marjorie Rank. Marshall Smith was business
manager, Leonard Pierson, stage managerg Eileen Waterman, advertising manager.
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Second place, Raymond Reid.
Winner Declamation Contest.
Declamation, "Spartacus to the Gladiators."
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Diary of '25 and '26
31. Greeting by G. E. G.-Freshmen given hearty welcome!
11. Our first dance, alumni present.
16. Junior and Senior girls bring "little sisters" to Girl Reserve reception.
18. New teachers introduced in chapel. Beware! "Frost Bites" for all in gym.
25. Second dance. Max and Jim do their stuff!
26. Game at Ionia-6 to 0-their favor. Don't give up the ship!
31. Dick Harris back. Quite an experienced traveler.
1. Pep meeting. Where's our old pep?
2. Game at St. Louis, 33 to 0. We beat!
7. Walter Kennedy seen in halls without an athletic ticket for sale!
9. Dance in gym. Alumni not invited.
10. Big Rapids vs. M. P. H. S., 13 to 7, their favor.
14 Pep chapel! Old spirit revived.
16. Alma Here! 0 to 0-our favor.
19. Mirrors are disappearing.
23. Cards given out! Average low. Pep chapel for all "A's."
28. Girl Reserve Hallowe'en party in "Hall of Horrors."
29. Teachers back to second childhood. Party given!
Do we believe in Evolution?
2 Cafeteria opens-"Eat and grow fat," is our motto.. Stay away
7. Girl Reserve formal. Old friends are seen again. Great success.
16. National Educational Week. We Will!
20. Friday 3:30 dance. Senior Day. Nuff said!
24 Seniors ahead in averages.
27. Four days vacation.
2. Hi-Y boys tell of conference in Lansing.
11. Last "frolic" before holidays.
14. Chemistry students look sorrowful.
17. "At Liberty" for two weeks. Girls make wonderful men in play.
4. Where are our New Year's Resolutions?
8. Dance!!!-Why so bashful, boys?
13. Semester tests nearly due-Shiver-l
16. Alma, there, 18 to 21, our favor.
20. St. Louis, there, 26 to 18, our honor.
28. Alma here, 9 to 18. Most naturally-We won!
1. Some happy-Some sad-Cards out? 'Z ?'?
5. Another "Charley Hop." Alumni are admitted by a.ticket to Athle
6. Basketball fellows back from Manistee, 10 to 9. "A1n't" we lucky?
8. Where's the yellow sweater, coach?
10. Should we enter the World Court? Ask certain students in M. P. H. S.
18. One of L. C.'s famous two weeks' tests.
20. Annual Athletic Party. Boys are good at any thing.
22. Girl Reserves "Black Bird" at Broadway. Don't dissolve friendship. Quite a
1. Students are beginning to acquire "Spring Fever.
3. Two diamonds have come into M. P. H. S. Guess who are the owners?
18. Tournament. Beat Indians.
19. Fourth victory over Alma. Midland loses. Win Class B cup at Alma and
28-24 "Kempy". Miss Rank becomes member of class of '26, fShe makes a wonder-
26. Hi-Y dance! Spring vacation begins! -
1. Ask Harold Stinson concerning passages on boats.
5. Merry Xmas! All report a wonderful vacation full of snow-ice-colds-etc.
7. "Feast of the Little Lanterns" is a huge success.
9. Signs of Spring! Let's go!
10. "Soph" Prom! Tres Joli! Seniors and Juniors will have to go some.
28. Baseball! Ithaca vs. M. P. H. S.
24. Contest at Reed City.
29. Alma there- ?-I
1. J-Hop! Great!
3. Fire-Drill. "Keep to left."
10. Seniors are beginning to weep.
15. Co-ed dance. Oh, what sheiks!
5. Senior Prom! Biggest success yet.
15. Class day.
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GIRL RESERVES PARTY
THE GIRL Reserves furnished us with the first, and one of the peppiest parties of
the year. It was held in November, and very well attended by both the alumni and
high school students. The color scheme for this party was brown and gold, represent-
ing autumn. The syncopation was furnished by the local orchestra. The Grand
March was led by Helen Dersnah and her partner.
LETTER MEN'S PARTY
Our annual Letter Men's Party was given in February and was very attractive.
The decorations were of the high school colors, blue and gold, with a large "M" on
each basket. Serpentine entangled the feet of many present and past high school
students, as they danced to the music of the City Collegians. The Grand March was
led by Coach Johnson and his partner.
Due to the skill of Miss Nelson and a group of energetic workers, the Sophomore
class gave a dancing party in April that will never be forgotten by all who attended it.
The gym was decorated in such a way that you would think you were in a real Japanese
garden. Lanterns, arch-ways, and paper of harmonizing colors, along with the music,
filled the gym with an atmosphere of lasting enjoyment. The Grand March was led
by Carl Munson and Phyllis Morrison.
The Junior class displayed their ability to the school on May 1, when they gave
their annual dancing party. The colors were brown and green, giving the effect of a
gardeng the lights were shaded with imitation bird cages. The music was furnished by
the City Collegian orchestra. The Grand March was led by Harold Knapp and his
The Girl Reserves, endeavoring to make more money, gave a Co-ed party to the
high school and alumnae girls. The decorations for this were magnificent of news-
paper. Comic sheets ornamented the side walls of the gym. Everyone who attended
the party reported a good time. The orchestra of five local men furnished us with
some peppy music. The Grand March was led by Nell Jane Damon and Merle Robart.
The Senior class, after stirring up great enthusiasm, gave one of the finest Senior
Proms in the gym on June 5. It was decorated to represent Iceland. Streamers hung
down from the ceiling in such a way that one thought he was in a terrible snow storm.
The lights were shaded with snowballs, and Wooley's orchestra, which furnished the
music, sat in a large snowbank. All reports of the party are in favor of the Senior
class selection. The Grand March was led by Maynard Allyn and his partner.
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CITIZENS of Mt. Pleasant witnessed one of the most desperate fights ever seen
here when Edward Lynch, street cleaner, and Jim Comins, railroad fire-man found
they could not settle their grievances by diplomacy and returned to stone age methods
tp .appiase their anger. Lynch is now lying in the village morgue awaiting
c alman s.
The story as gleaned from the bystanders who were brave enough to remain near
or who were too scared to run, claims that it was one of the most bloodless and heart-
rending mixings ever seen or heard of in the township.
The Story in Detail.
Our official reporter in an interview with a cripple who could not get away, ob-
tained this story.
Edward Lynch was calmly sweeping the street when Jim Comins came along and
stumbled over a cigarette stub. He reprimanded the street cleaner for not having
shot the snipe. Lynch stooped to pick up the willie and upon rising brushed the leg
of Comins' trousers with his broom. He begged Comins humble pardon and started to
brush off the soiled member, but in doing so he dropped his can of snoose. On turn-
ing to pick up the can, Lynch caught Comins on the head with his broom. Comins
said that the broom handle was longer than prescribed by law and that if it had been
within the limit his head would not have been struck. The pavement duster retorted
that because he was short he had been given a special privilege to use a long handle
broom and that if Comins did not like it he would have to keep out of the way.
Comins withheld his over-taxed temper and informed the little man that he could
walk any place he wanted to at any time and that no fore-shortened, super-reduced
street custodian could in any way hinder his progress and also that Lynch would have
to apologize or suffer humiliation of having his nose pinched by the aggrieved party.
The resolute shorty, not daunted by such boasting, and, angered by the degrading in-
sinuations as to his stature, firmly refused to apologize, saying no man on two legs
would do so. He also boasted that he had fought on the Ypres Salient front at the
battle of Chateau Thierry and that no man could tell him what to do. The big fire-
man realizing that it would be unsportsmanslike and unhealthy to press his suit told
the brave young man not to monkey with his superiors. The minute battler told the
giant coal-heaver to start something, also stuck his tongue out at him. The massive
juggler of black diamonds drew it at Lynch who dodged it, gave a counter blow with
his broom, missing Comins, who ducked breaking a lamp post into 1,729 cubic pieces.
This was more than Comins had expected and thus he did not know exactly what
to do. He then completely lost all his self-control, all his respect for Lynch and his
regard for the safety of the bystanders, and with one graceful motion plucked a street
car rail from the pavement and after twirling it around four times, struck Lynch over
the head, doing no harm to the man's skull but driving his feet into the ground five
and seven-thirty seconds inches. The receiver of this terrible blow threw up the sponge
not being able to kick the bucket. By this time the constable, deputy sheriff, justice
of peace, and Coroner Fred Axtell, had arrived on the scene with an armed guard of
angry and determined citizens. Comins, seeing what he had done, sat down, com-
menced to cry. The citizens crept up and planted a machine gun directly upon the
slayer so that when the constable demanded his immediate and resistless surrender,
he could do not other but abide by the command of his limb of the law.
At the coroner's inquest this afternoon both the defendant and the deceased
claimed they were fighting in self-defense. Lynch was unable to answer any of
Coroner Axtell's questions, but Comins launched forth into a speech that would have
made Bryan hide himself, or Geo. W. Egan turn green with envy. Coroner Axtell,
who is a very judicious man, said that Comins should be held for exterminating the
life of a human in the 13th degree. Lynch has had no claimants so no arrangements
have been made for burial.
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an cshagge of insanity, self-defense and the fact that Lynch was not able to speak for
Dr. Bilcox is possibly one of the best known characters in the community, hav-
ing existed here all his life, and now being a prominent candidate for county census
taker. His influence will have a great bearing on the outcome of the trial.
The prosecuting attorney will base this case on cruelty to Lilliputian humans.
The jury has not been selected, and until then the case can not come off. Comins
being held on a bale of S10.00.
Coroner Axtell's verdict will be the chief point for the defense. Axtell is a very
conscientious coroner and undertaker'and expects to make his trial funeral the feta
of the season.
Mr. Sicard: Entering Lewis's Clothing Store, and asks, "Have you any white duck T"
Clerk: "Beg pardon sir, but this isn't a poultry store."
Miss Zimmer: "Can you drive with one hand?"
Mr.- "You bet I can."
Miss Zimmer: "Then have an apple."
Miss Hannon: "Waiter, this steak is terribly tough."
Waiter: "Sorry, Miss but we are not responsible for the morals of our food."
Usher Qin movielz "Where do you want to sit? Up front, half back or in the back?"
Miss Rank: "If you please sir, I'd like to sit down."
Miss McArdle: "I was a big gun in college."
Jack P.: "I didn't hear a very big report."
Higgs fin drug storej: "I want a little pink tablet."
Druggist: "What's your trouble?"
Higgs: "I want to write a letter."
Mrs. Ganiard met a young lady friend while walking down the street and they
stopped for a few minutes to converse.
Lady Friend: "I suppose you carry a memento of some sort in that locket of yours."
Mrs. G. E. G.: "Yes, it's a lock of my husband's hair."
Lady Friend: "But your husband is still alive." ,
Mrs. G. E. G.: "Yes, but his hair is gone."
At the basketball tournament at Lansing Coach Johnson entered a restaurant, and
as the pretty waitress glided up to his table to get his order he remarked:
"Nice day, little one."
"Yes, it is," she replied, "And so was yesterday, and my name is Ella, and I know
I'm a lovely girl and have pretty blue eyes, and I've been here quite a while, and
I like the place, and my wages are satisfactory and I don't think there's a show or
dance in town'tonight, and if there was I wouldn't go with you. I'm from the country
and I'm a respectable girl, and my brother is the cook, in this restaurant, and he was
a college football player and weighs 300 pounds: last week he pretty nearly ruined a
S25-a-week traveling man who tried to make a date with meg now what'll you have,
roast beef, roast pork, Irish stew, hamburger or fried liver ?"
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Violet Goodwin: "Oh, I wish these recipes would be more definite."
Richard Bilcox: "What's the difficulty my dear?"
Violet Goodwin: "This one tells how to use up old potatoes, but it does not say how
old the potatoes must be."
Senior: "Did you hold the mirror to her face to see if she was still breathing?"
ffsreshmanz "Yes, and she opened one eye, gasped and reached for her powder
Jack Pierson: "I hear that Old Skinflint tried to cheat your dad."
Russell Stinson: "How's that?"
Jack Pierson: "Just before he died he buried his face in his hands."
Miss Thompson: "A scientist said we ought to eat food that will develop the
cranium. Can any one suggest a menu?"
Bright Student: "Noodle soup, head cheese, cocoanut pie."
Winifred Walsh: "You know Freed, I always speak as I think."
Freed Egbert: "Yes, dear-only oftener."
"That's the guy I'm laying for" muttered the hen as the farmer crossed the yard.
Johnny Chamberlain: "Does your fountain pen leak all the time?"
Joseph Van Wie: "No, only when I have ink in it."
Miss Grohe: fIn sentence construction, readingj "Luella was swinging in the
hammock." "What is 'in the hammock,' Bessie?"
Bessie B.: "Why Luella of course."
Helen Dersnah: "Are you going to hand your baby picture in to the Zook?"
Student: "No, I haven't one."
Helen D.: "Why don't you have one taken?"
Mr. Higgs: fin Speedwriting classy "Can you hear me if I sit here and dictate?
Student's reply: "No, stand over here by the door."
Mr. Higgs: "Oh, I can'tg this morning I broke my belt."
We imagine that at Mr. Forhan's estate four or five of the bushes are spirea.
"I hear Bill was thrown out of college for cribbingf'
"He sneezed while he was taking an exam in Russian and they threw him out
for conjugating a verb."
"It will all come out in the wash," said the contractor as he looked at the bridge
he had just built.
"Makin' up jokes."
"Workin' for some magazine?"
"Naw-in a beauty parlor."
Among My Lady Friends Are:
The hangman's daughter-she knows the ropes.
The garbageman's daughter-we have swill times together.
The telephone operator--she has an awful line, always busy.
The moron-she thinks one plays poker with Saratoga chips.
The women who came to a make-up exam with rouge and lipstick.
That person who wanted to know if Italian fiappers are called guinea hens.
The patriot who thought the Japanese national anthem was, "California Here I
C The home girl who thought that Peter Pan was a new kitchen utensil.
The liar who thought that a falsehood was a wig.
Conductor: "Your fare, Miss?"
Miss: "Do you really think so?"
Phyllis M.: "I'd like to do something big and clean before I die."
Ruth Mc: "Well, why don't you wash an elephant?"
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Ethel: "Have you a sweetheart?"
Bessie: "I don't know I never tasted it."
Letha: "Have you heard about the new missionary movement?"
Marion E.: "No, is it anything like the Charleston?"
Dick: "What happened to that girl I saw you making love to in the hammock?"
Dock: "Oh, we Iell out."
Fresh: "Who is the smallest man in history?"
Soph: "I give up."
Fresh: "Why, the Roman soldier who fell asleep on his watch."
Frosh: "What do they do in war when a marine is killed?"
Soph: "Put a submarine in his place, I suppose."
Turk: "I'll save Helen's life some day."
Friend: "You will? 1-low is that?"
Turk: "She said she would rather die than marry- me-and I'1l let it go at that."
Mr. Wendt: "How did you get red marks on your nose?"
Pennie: "Glasses, Mr. Wendt."
Mr. Wendt: "Glasses of what?"
Mr. Grambau: "Where do bugs go-in the winter?"
Ralph Miller: fAbsent mindedlyj "Search me."
Mr. Higgs: QTo clothierl "I want a hat to fit my head."
Clothier: "Yes, certainly-a soft one?"
Jim C.: "What do you mean by telling Helen that I'm a fool?"
Ruth: "Heavens, I'm sorry! I didn't know it was a secret."
Nurse: "How much do you weigh?"
Student: "About 120."
Nurse: "Is that with or without your complexion?"
Donna: QHaving just received a beautiful set of mink skins from her fatherl
"What I don't see is how such wonderful furs can come from a low sneaking little
Father: "I don't ask for thanks, dear. But I really insist on respect."
Teacher: "How many senses are there?"
Teacher: "How's that? I only have five."
Student: "I know it-the other is common sense."
"Daughter," said Mrs. Wilbur, "what qualifications has this young man you are so
anxious to marry?"
"Well, Mother, he dresses well, he has a rather nice car, he is a swell dancer, he tells
jolly stories he--"
:'But Helen has he a job?"
"Ohl Mother, I don't know. You have the funniest ideas."
Charles Bailey: "I wish I lived where the styles never changed."
Alva Rahl: "You might try the penitentiaryf'
Dorothy Muma: "The idea of working at Stenog. three hours a day. I would not
think of such a thing."
Ruth Lethorn: "Neither would I. It was Mr. Higgs that thought of it."
Harold Knapp giggled when Miss Fitch read the story of a man who swam a
river three times before breakfast.
"You do not doubt that a trained swimmer could do that, do you?"
"No ma'am" replied Harold, "But I wonder why he did not make it four, and get
back to the side where his clothes were."
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Sultan, turkey lunch.
undertaker drinks his bier,
pugilist his punch.
fisherman drinks Bass' ale,
flea, tea made of hops,
barber eats his hare fwith talej,
Woodman eats his chops.
The acrobat spring water drinks,
The banquet man eats toast,
Surveyors eat their stakes, methinks,
And editors a roast.
Shoemakers always eat fried soles,
The printer pi and sweetsg
The hungry actor eats his roles,
Policemen eat their beats.
Snappy Comment on Standard Classics
DICTIONARY fFunk and Wagnalljz A bit plotless, but splendid vocabulary.
NURSEY RHYMES fMother Goosejc Clever characterization. Plenty of action.
CENSUS REPORTS fGovernmentJ: Decided realism. Perhaps a trifle too "racy."
Sex element predominant.
TELEPHONE BOOK fBellJ: Characters
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD QU. S. Legislatorsjz Speeches too long. Much su-
tend to obscure action. Setting is local.
Let xzgirl Then x-4-y-zzgladness
Let y:boy Also x+2y:jealousy
Let zzchaperone And 2x+y:fuss
Then x+y-1-zzsadness And 2y-xzfight
She laid the still white form beside those that had gone befo1'e. No groan, no
sigh from her. Suddenly she let forth a cry that pierced the still air, making it
vibrate into a thousand echoes. It seemed as if it came from her very soul. Twice
the cry was repeated, then all was quiet. again. She would lay another egg tomorrow.
Between the dark and the daylight
At the time of the rising sun
Comes a pause in the night's peaceful dreaming-
The alarm clock sounds
like a gun!
You hear in the kitchen below you
A chatter that cannot be beatg
The smell of bacon burning,
And of coffee warm and
From your bed you arise in a hurry
And throw on your clothes in a great haste
Then rush down the stairs to your breakfast,
But you have only time for a taste.
A sudden dash from the back door,
A rush to the Ford machine
A whir of the engine, the air is filled
With the smell of gasoline.
You drive as fast as ever you can
Pell-mell past everything
You slide your tires and run
As the last bell starts to ring.
You rip off your coat and tear off your hat.,
And bang shut your locker door
Then slide in your seat, and
And study for evermore.
pull out your books,
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THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
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MOUNT PLEASANT, MICHIGAN
May 29 , 1926
To Zook Readers:
Although the copy for this annual
has gone to press, I am glad to be able
to insert this brief statement in commen-
dation of the representatives of our high
school who made such a splendid record in
the first state academic contest held
Mount Pleasant high school won first
place in Classes A and B. Our score was
39, while the score of the next highest
school was 21. The team took both first
and second places in English XII, Latin
IX, and Clothing IX. First place was
also given to Mount Pleasant in English IX
Algebra IX, and History XII.
The team consisted of Bernice San-
ders, Letha Waldorf, Malcomb McShea,
Beatrice Harkins, Donna Barnes, Sybil
Estabrook, Lois Davidson, Josephine Dono-
hue, Donald Taylor, Rachel Cook, Helen
Campbell, Minnie Prout, Margaret Doughty,
Baker Chase, Ruth Isbell, Marguerite Sage,
Helen Porter, Vera Fox, and Louise Bitler.
This page is an appreciation to these
students who have placed this excellent
record to the credit of the Mount Pleasant
GEG:IAP 5 ' zuperintendent
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Every Day Work
THESE PAGES are intended to give a few peeps of the Mount Pleas-
ant high school in its every day Work. The school not only gives in-
struction from books, but it also has splendid facilities for laboratory
and shop work.
For a number of years our Agriculture department has measured
up to such standards that the Federal and State Government have been
awarding 31,000 each year to the maintenance of this department in our
The Home Economics department has also been raised to a high
standard of excellence and this year the state director of Home
Economics is giving the school an award of 3500. A picture of one of our
cooking classes is shown above.
Below will be given a view of our Manual Training shops. There
are many boys who do not care for such subjects as history and Latin
but who, if they are properly trained, will be of great importance in
the world. Many boys of this kind have received a training which has
been the means of their going into some useful and profitable work.
Another of our views shows a class in Chemistry who, by means of
a splendidly equipped laboratory, are able to get from first hand obser-
vation and experimentation an understanding of scientific principles.
Mount Pleasant high school has laboratory work in Physics, Chemistry,
Biology, and Agriculture.
One of the fine features of this high school is the gymnasium. Every
high school student has the privilege of two years training in physical
education. Athletic contests and physical exercise stimulate the mental
pgfver and serve the purpose of making school both pleasant and profit-
This last year a fine cafeteria has been equipped for the convenience
of our students, especially those who do not live in the city. Students
can bring luncheons or a portion of their luncheons and have the use of
the cafeteria, where food is sold'at a nominal price. It is hoped that
this project will receive the co-operation of the entire student body so
that in the future it will continue to be a success.
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Haskel Bishop entered Mt. Pleasant Junior High
school, September 1925. He was a lovable, studious,
dependable lad winning laurels in scout work, as
well as in scholarship. His ideals of work and con-
duct were such that the loss to the grade and school
It is in loving memory that we dedicate this Junior
High section of the Zook to Haskel.
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EIGHTH GRADE OFFICERS
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Eighth Grade Class History
SOON AFTER school started in August, the eighth grade held a class meeting, and
elected its officers: Ruth Neebes, presidentg Margaret Hawkins, vice-presidentg
Floyd Ferris, seeretaryg Caroline Grinnell, treasurer and Miss Murtha, class advisor.
The boys played many basketball games thoughout the year, and following the
basketball game between St. Louis and Mt. Pleasant boy scouts, the eighth grade girls
serued 21 banquet in the cafeteria for them.
Our class party, which was a character party, was held April 9. Eilo Stark-
weather and Richard Whitaker won the prizes for the best costumes. After an en-
tertainment in the gym we had a luneh in the cafeteria.
The picnic at the end of the year was enjoyed by all and we are now looking for-
ward to our first year in high school. -Ruth Neebes.
W. A. Harrison
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Nickname Favorite Saying Hobby
"clumsy" Gvlh I Stenographer.
"T00th-Dick" Bunk l Musician.
"PBC" So's your old man! Toe Dancer.
"Orlle" Oh! Shootl Mechanic.
"BUD" Shucks l Stenographer.
"J2l'!'Y" Oh, boy! Physical Education Teacher.
"Red-CHP" Bimbo I Art.
"BHS" Darn it! Physical Education Teacher.
"Dick" Gee Whiz! Baseball.
"DBPhY" J imney. Basketball.
"Al" Oh wake up! Mechanic.
"LOWS" Very likely. Baseball.
"H93VY" I'1l be jiggered. Aviator.
'Perlal" Oh! Hamburg! Teacher.
"Rhea" Oh! Kid! Horse Back Riding-
"EiSe" Do you mean in To be an old Maid.
"Jake" For crying out loud. Football.
"Russ" Sick 'em. Fishing-
"Foo Foo" Oh, dum it. Art.
"Bert" Giggles. Domestic Science Teacher.
"Colleen" Oh! Darn it! Teacher.
"D0lifY" Gee I Penmanship.
"Andy" That's a. pious idea. Dodging.
"LffI'l'Y" For crying out loud. Teacher.
"Wig" Funny bones. Banker.
"SfubbY" oh! shoot: Musician.
"Hitchy" Gee! Whiz! Basketball.
"Homely" Ye kats and Jamner kids. Music Teacher.
"Jerry" Oh! Shucks! Musician.
"Hunt" Bright Eyes! Music Teacher.
"PHI" Oh! Shoot! Bookkeeper.
"Noodles" Hey! There! Football.
"Johnny" Please! Please! Keep Still! To get married.
"TWlY1Y" Turn Around. Stenographer.
"Twiny" Golly ! Stenographer.
"Turk" Do! garn it! Lawyer.
"Bobit" Jasper ! Basketball.
"Frank" Raspberry. Drawing.
"Murs" Oh, You Cherubs! Consultation work.
"Neebie" Gee! You're bright. Art.
"-Terry" Oh! Heck! Mechanic.
"Pat" Jimney crickets. Camping.
"PCS" Goodness me. Domestic Science Teacher.
"Chuck" You're Uncouth! Basketball.
"Tut" No got. Aviation.
"Frenchy" Just a minute. Physical Education Teacher.
"Pa-Doctor" Gosh! No! Ranger.
"Sister" See me at 3:80. Splitting Wood.
"Chris" Oh! Laws! Stenographer.
"Lord Salsbux-y" Darn it. Baseball.
"Stork" Cut the comedy. Swimming.
"Rastus" For Gosh sakes. Dancing.
"Orla." Oh, Ya! Farmer.
"Eyeballs" Powerful. Basketball.
"Runt" Oh! Shootl Art.
"Dick" Oh! Gee Whiz! Electrical Enkineer.
"Ez" You darn ham. F00lSbBll.
"Curly" Holy jump up. Doctor.
Seventh Grade Members
Meta Eliz Bixby
Glee Edison Pitts
Pauline Van Horn
Mary Ellen Whitcomb
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A-Stands for Ash, Lillian by name,
Since she's had the flu she's never been the same.
B-Stands for Brownson, Bixby and Ball.
Sometimes they wished they weren't here at all.
We now add Barnes, also Bundy,
They like to go walking on every bright Sunday.
C-Stands for Colby, also for Cotter,
They love to take hikes to see their pet otter,
Another for Chaffee, Donald by name,
He's so good natured he will never complain.
D-Stands for Dickerson, Detwiller, Darnell,
We're glad they're here for we like them so well.
And, for Deleator too, who makes just one more,
For he is the kind that never gets sore.
E-Stands for Elder: she sure is a peach,
Also for Edmonds to whom we must preach.
F-Stands for Friegel and also for Foutch,
When they are pinched they always call ouch!
G-Stands for Gibson, Gover and Gee,
Often they make us laugh loudly with Glee.
H-Stands for Harrison who has been very sick,
So we'll be nice to her and not give her a kick,
Also for Harris, Hartsell and Hake.
We understand this group is fond of cake.
I-Stands for I who wrote this skit
And thus contributed my little bit.
J-Stands for Johnson who is very handy,
He likes to go walking and eat lots of candy.
K-Stands for Knights, who is both brave and bold,
She always is there to do what is told.
L-Stands for Lawrence, Landon and Luce.
They always seem to be getting the deuce.
M-Stands for Myers, Mogg, Marshall and Moore.
Of their credits we surely adore. '
Also for McGregor, a tiny chap,
Who takes great pleasure sitting on Miss Murtha's lap.
N-Stands for Neal whom we all know,
She surely enjoys spending the dough.
O-Stands for Omans who wears big glasses.
He never is early nor yet late for his classes.
P-Stands for Padgett who fell on the ice.
He said "Nev again, for it isn't very nice."
Also for Potter, Pease and Pitts,
When they get tickled they go into fits.
Q-Stands for quiet which is hard to obtain and sometimes makes our teachers nearly
insane. , '
R-Stands for Raymond, Richardson and Rands,
When they grow up they'll play with some bands.
S-Stands for Silas, Swain and Strong.
Who always put forth the right, not the wrong-
'Tis Smillies,' with Shoey, Servoss and Smith
With much difficulty we add to our list.
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T-Stands for Trussell, Thompson and Todd
Who are always quoting, "Spare not the rod."
Also for Turnbull, the wee little lass
Who is always worrying whether or not she will pass.
U-Stands for the universe of which we make a part.
V-Stands for Van Horny she begins at the start.
W-Stands for Whitaker, Warner, Winslow
Of which is asked, "Why do you grow so?"
Then there are the Wymans, Whitcomb, and Wallace
Who, when in trouble, would always come and call us.
X-Stands for quantity always unknown,
Until with great patience the result we are shown.
Y-Stands for You who must each be a part of the 7th grad
Truths to impart.
Z-is Zero and nothing is left
For this is the end of our alphabet.
O YOU know there's lots 0' people
Settin' around in this 'ere school
'Growlin' like the very dickens
Disobeying every rule?
Don't you be that kind of cattle,
'Cause they ain't no use on earth.
You just be a booster rooster,
Crow and boost for all you're worth.
If your school needs boostin', booster
Dont' set round and wait and see
If some other feller's willin',
Sail right in, this country's free.
Cast your loaves upon the waters
Mebbe they'll come back all buttered,
When some feller boosts for you.
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The Boy Scouts of America
ONE BRIGHT sunny morning the last of June about eighty Boy Scouts of Mt. Pleas-
ant started for Kamp Kallamuchee, which was located at Holland lake. Upon our
arrival we started to prepare our camp for the week. We were chaperoned by Messrs.
Handley, Orcutt, Jacquays, Father Narlock and Misses Murtha, McGuire and Campbell.
Sunday being visitors' day many of the boys' parents and friends visited camp.
After a chicken dinner with strawberry shortcake, tent inspection, boat rowing con-
tests, and many other water sports were held. Harry Taylor's and Robert Maclntyre's
tent received the banner for being the neatest and cleanest for the week.
Wednesday was girl scouts' day and a large number visited us. After dinner we
had a party in the mess hall following which we spent the rest of the day at water
sports. That night a few of us took Russell Stinson and Richard Wood to an old
haunted house where they were to remain over night. Due to the visit of Prof. Rasp-
berry and many other night prowlers the boys got very little sleep.
Thursday was Topsy Turvy day. The boys wore their clothes backwards and the
dessert was served first at meal time and the regular dinner afterwards. That night
we took a midnight hike in a large forest near camp and did not get back to camp
until late in the morning.
We packed up on Friday and arrived home in the afternoon.
During the winter we had many interesting basket ball games. The games with
St. Louis will be long remembered. St. Louis came here first and we defeated them.
After the game the eighth grade girls gave a banquet in the Cafeteria for both teams.
Songs which were led by the eighth grade girls made the time pass cheerily. A little
later wb went to St. Louis to play. St. Louis played a much better game but we were
able to defeat them again. After the game the Girl Scouts tendered us a banquet
which was enjoyed by all.
During the spring an interesting scout contest was held. The winning patrol,
the Beavers, enjoyed a week-end camping trip at the lake. The members of the win-
ning patrol were Harry Taylor, Earl DeMond, Louis Deeter, Robert Maclntyre, and
The three highest in the contest, Charles Robinson, Harry Taylor, and Robert
Maclntyre enjoyed a trip to Chicago to participate in the Rally of 10,000 scouts given
in honor of Sir Robert S. Baden-Powell, Chief of the Boy Scouts of the- World and
founder of the organization. Other prominent scout leaders at the Rally were Mr.
Boyce, organizer of the Boy Scouts in America, Mr. West, Chief Executive of
America. and Mr. Milton A. McRea, President of the Boy Scouts of America.
Floyd Ferris. ,
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