Murdock High School - Tower Yearbook (Winchendon, MA)
- Class of 1947
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MURDOCK HIGH SCHGOL
In the years that lie ahead may this book be to us
a constant reminder of the happy times We had and
the friendships we formed as students in Murdock
Murdock School Song
I Victory Songj
Thcre's a school in this town called Murdock:
And her sons and daughters. too,
Are all the true supporters
Of her glorious White and Blue.
And whene'er her sons are fighting
And would rather die than yield,
You can hear the school that backs them up
Go singing down the field-
Oh Murdock, dear Murdock, we sing to you.
Lead on to vict'ry 'neath the White and Blue
Oh Murdock, dear Murdock, Hrm as a rock,
Give us a cheer,-rah! rah!
Give us a cheer,-rahl rahl
Cheer for our Murdock: lRepeat1
SUPERINTENDENT DONOVAN S. JONES
Donovan S. Jones has been our competent and conscientious Superintendent
of Schools since 1940. He obtained his B.S. degree from the University of
Vermont and his M.A. from Columbia University.
Mr. Jones has been interested and active in town as well as school affairs.
He is past President of the Kiwanis Club and Vice-President of the Monadnock
Council of Boy Scouts. The Silver Beaver was awarded to Mr. Jones for his
outstanding scout activities.
Mr. Jones has two children, Robert, a junior at Murdock, and Patricia, who
is now attending the University of Vermont, of which her father is an alumnus.
To the graduating class Mr. Jones says, "If we are to preserve democracy we
must work as hard to win the peace as those who have preceded us worked to
make our freedom possible."
MR. GUY B. STAPLES
M 1 S les has for years guided Murdock High School ably and efliciently.
Besides holding a B.S. degree from Tufts and a M.Ed. from Harvard, he has
done additional graduate study at Harvard and Hyannis Teachers' College.
A t from his regular duties as a principal, Mr. Staples teaches an intensive
course in'Senior Mathematics. It has often been said that any student who
succeeds in passing this course will have little difficulty with college mathe-
His wife is a former teacher who takes a prominent part in social and educa-
tional activities of the town. She frequently serves as a substitute teacher when
ever called upon.
Their two sons. Carlton and Baxter, are both graduates of Murdock.
We. of the Class of 1947, hope that Mr. Staples will guide, as he guided us,
more students on to graduation. We thank him wholeheartedly
21 gfeall ITlZlI'lY
MISS VERNA CARBONE
SENIOR CLASS ADVISER
The Class of 1947 will not soon forget their adviser, Miss Verna Carbone.
For four years she worked untiringly to enable the class to undertake success-
fully the many activities that are a part of school life. Possessed of boundless
energy, she found no problem too great to sumount. The Class of 1947
thank her sincerely.
Front Row: Miss Carbone, Miss Wilson, Mr. Crowley, Mr. Staples, Mr. Connor. Miss Porter
Second Row: Miss Child. Miss Bancroft, Miss Shattuck, Mr. Perry. Mr. Russell. Miss Barnes
Miss Hart. Miss Field
Bach Row: Mrs. Holm, Mr. Motyka, 1Mr. Properzio. Mrs. Martin. Mr. Galbraith, Mr. Bentley
Absent when picture was taken: Mabel Davidson, Ruth Paul
Faculty and Sub ects
VERNA M. CARBONE-Typewriting, Bookkeeping, Business Training.
ANNE WILSON-Industrial and Fine Art, Printing, Physical Education.
PAUL W. CROWLEY-Algebra II, Plane Geometry, U. S. History.
GUY B, STAPLES-Senior Mathematics.
DORIS M. PORTER-English, Civics.
FLOSSIE MAY ROLF-Mathematics, Junior High.
RUTH A. CHILD-Bookkeeping, Shorthand, Typewriting.
ADA N. BANCROFT-Social Science.
ALICE E. SHATTUCK-History, Latin, French, Civics.
CHARLES F. PERRY-Vocal and Instrumental Music.
CHARLES F. RUSSELL-Chemistry, Physics, General
FRANCES N. BARNES-Junior High School English.
HELEN M. HART-Latin, English. Social Science.
VENA B. FIELD-English.
ETHEL P. HOLM-Foods, Clothing, Home Management,
CHARLES J. MOTYKA-Printing, General Science.
Problems of De-
WILLIAM J. PROPERZIO-Manual Training, Mathematics, Mechanical
Drawing, General Shop, Electricity, Morse Code Club.
JOSEPHINE P. MARTIN-School Nurse.
MILO F. GALBRAITH-Algebra, Basic Math, Biology.
WARREN N. BENTLEY-Physical Education and Coaching.
MARY C. MALONEY-Vocational Home Economics, Foods, Clothing,
Nutrition, Furniture Refinishing.
RUTH J. PAUL-World History, French.
DONOVAN S. JONES-History, Science, Math.
Senior Officers and Executive Board
First Row: Albert Barbadora, Vice-President: Mary Adams, Secretary: Clifford Harmon,
President: Edward Knotts, Treasurer
Bark Row: Richard Damon, Yvonne Morin, Paul Herr, Executive Board
SENIOR CLASS OFFICERS
Clifford Harmon. president: Albert Barbadora, vice-president: Edward
Knotts, treasurer: Mary Adams, secretary,
Richard Damon, Paul Herr, Yvonne Morin.
Anyone who knows our class president. Clifford Harmon will agree that
he is certainly fun to have around. Tall and lanky, Clifford is never without a
joke-hot off the press.
One of the best natured fellows in our class is our vice-president, Albert
Barbadora, famously known as "I-lobby". If you ever need a helping hand or
a quick answer in math, just come around and he will be glad to help.
A good deal of credit goes to Edward Knotts, our class treasurer. A really
fine job was done by Edward, scraping and pinching every penny with the help
of Miss Carbone, our class advisor. lAnd believe me, they certainly had to.j
Mary Adams was elected official taker of notes Qsecretary to youj this year.
Mary's ready and willing to tell any future Senior Secretary that she or he
certainly is in for a good long struggle. But came through, with flying colors
for the Class of 1947.
Yvonne Morin, as always, was right on hand to help. Yvonne is another
of the many in our class who is happy-go-lucky.
Jack-of-all-trades is Dick Damon. I-le manages to get his hand or at least
a finger into almost everything-and all to good use. Did you ever see Dick
without anything to do? Neither have we.
A former president, Paul I-Ierr, is giving his helping hand again this year.
This year he has taken over the job of S.A.S. treasurer, which in itself is one
tremendous task: yet, he has managed to find time to help us.
We thank our officers and executive board and mostly Miss Carbone for the
splendid job of guiding us through our Senior Year.
CLASS OF NINETEEN FORTY-SEVEN I
MARY E. ADAMS
Activities-Cooking Club l: Sports Club 2. 3. 4: Tournament
Plays 2. 3: Commencement Usher 3: Stunt Night 2, 3:
Senior Play: S.A.S. 2. 3: Class Vice-President 3: Class
Secretary 4: Class Committees 1. 2, 3. 4: Graduation
Speaker: Yearbook Staff.
The thing that goes the farthest towards making life
That costs the least and does the most is just K1
pleasant smile . .
Activities-First Aid Club I: Vocational Guidance Club 2:
Driving Club 3: Murmurs Staff 4: Class Activities 'l, 2.
3, 4: S.A.S. I. Z, 3, 4: Senior Class Play Usher: Year-
"She speakelh not: and yet there lies
A conversation in her eyes,"
ERLINE C. ANDREWS
Activities-Girls' Sports Club 3. 4: Usher at Senior Class Play:
Waitress at Senior Supper: Knitting Club 1: Hiking
"Like 11 star looking out to sea."
PHOEBE C. BAILEY
Activities-Murmurs Stall' 4: Class Will: Senior Supper Com-
mittee: Yearbook Staff: Class Committees 4.
Hobbies-Reading: Collecting miniature animals.
"To those who know thee not. no words can pain!
And those who know thee, know all words ure faint,"
ALBERT V. BARBADORA
Ambition-High School Teacher
Activities-VicePresident 4: Treasurer 1: First Aid Club l:
Driving Club 2: Rifle Club 3: Chess Club 4: S.A.S. 2:
Murmurs Staff 3: Murdock Night 3: Boys' State 3: Class
l Committees 1. 2, 3. 4: Graduation Speaker.
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, ' The secret of success is constancy of purpose'
MURDOCK HIGH SCHOOL, WINCHENDON, MASS
PRISCILLA M. BARTLETT
Activities-Driving 3: Sports 4: Knitting Club I: S.A.S.:
Waitress lor Senior Supper: Usher at Senior Class Play.
"l-ler ways are of pleusunlness, and ull her paris are peacefi
MAURICE R. BATEMAN. JR.
Ambition-Own a lleet of trucks
Activities-Band l, Z, 3. 4: Orchestra l. 2, 3, 4: Com-
mencement Usher 3: Senior Class Play Cast 4: Murdock
Night Z, 31 Basketball 3: Baseball 3: S.A.S. 2. 3, 4:
Drivers' Club 2: Model Airplane Club l: Music Festi-
val 3. 4.
Hobbies-Playing corner: playing around old cars: driving
"The living voice is that which blows the trumpet."
LEO NAPOLEON BLOUIN
Activities-Hiking Club l: Drivers' Club 2: Rifle Club 3:
Chess Club 4: Class Committees 4: Senior Class Play:
"The only LUIIQI lo have cz friend is to be one."
Ambition-Own a store
Activities-Arts and Crafts Club l: Vocational Guidance
Club 2: Book Club 3: Art Club 4: Murmurs Staff 3:
Class Committees l. 2. 3, 4: Senior Class Play Prompter:
Honorary Member of Woman's Club: Yearbook Staff:
"l7ui1hfulness and sinrerily, Hrs! of all."
ROLAND A. BRETON
Ambition-See the world
Activities-Driving Club l: Hiking Club 2: Rifle Club 3:
Chess Club 4: S.A.S. l, Z. 3.
" 'Tis a very good world to live in."
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HONORINE A. BROW
Activities-First Aid Club l: Knitting Club Z: Sports Club
3. 4: Senior Class Play Committee: Decorating Com-
mittee 3: Candy Committee 4.
"Blushing is lhe color of virtue."
BEVERLEY ANN CATANESE
Ambition-To be successful
Activities-Vice-President 2: Tournament Plays Z: Senior
Director of S.A.S.: Murmurs Staff 4: Senior Class Play:
S.A.S. l, 2. 3. 4: First Aid Club l: Drivers' Club 3:
Vocational Guidance Club 2: Stunt Night 3: Class Com-
mittees l, 2, 3, 4: Yearbook Staff, Editor-in-Chief:
. Class Gifts.
Hobby-Collecting books: skiing.
"Mischief sparkles in her eyes, and her luughler never dies."
MALCOLM CONNOR, JR.
Activities-Football 3. 4: Baseball 2, 3, 4: Murdock Night 3:
Intramural Basketball 3: Class Prophecy: Hiking Club 1:
Rifle Club 3: S.A.S. 2.
"Always behave as if nothing had happened,
No mclller l.UhlI1 has l7uppenec1'."
Ambition-Refrigeration and air conditioning expert
"And why should life all labor Ile?"
RICHARD EARL DAMON
Ambition-To be a success
Activities-Band l, 2. 3, 4: Orchestra l, 2. 3. 4: S.A.S.
Officer 3: Murdock Night 3: Senior Class Play: Arts
and Crafts Club 1: Drivers' Club 2: Commencement
Usher 3: Class Gifts: Tournament Plays 3, 4: Foot-
ball 3, 4. '
"He was a gentleman from sole to crown."
MURDOCK HIGH SCHOOL, WINCHENDON, MASS
ERNEST PAUL DESAULNIERS
Ambition-Join the Navy and see the world
Activities-Hiking Club l: Driving Club 2: Rifle Club 3:
Chess Club 4: Senior Class Play.
"Good lo begin well, better to end well."
Ambition-Fashion designer: see Rose Bowl Game.
Activities-Murmurs Staff 4: S.A.S. l, 2, 3, 4: Hostess
Club l: Vocational Guidance Club 2: Book Club 3:
Art Club 4: Honorary Member of Woman's Club 4:
Class Committees l, 2, 3, 4: Class Prophecy: Yearbook
Hobbies-Drawing: reading: music: football games.
"Good nature and good sense are her companions."
Activities-Class Secretary l : Dramatic Club I : Sports Club 2,
3, 4: Waitress, Senior Supper 4: Commencement Usher 3:
Senior Class Play 4: Stunt Night l, 2, 3: Cheerleader
3. 4: Basketball 3: S.A.S. 2, 3: Murmars Staff 2, 3:
S.A.S. Officer 2: Girls' Softball Team l: Graduation
Speaker: Tournament Plays 4.
"A merry hear! is welcome anywhere."
Activities-Knitting Club 1: Sports Club 2, 3, 4: Waitress at
"Can we ever have too much of a good ll7ing:"'
JOHN JOSEPH FITZGERALD
Activities-Hiking Club 1: First Aid Club Z: Rifle Club 3:
Hobby-Going out with girls
"Let the world slide, let the world go:
A Eg for care, and a Hg for woe!"
LDRRAINE A. GAMACHE
Activities-Glee Club l: Handicraft Club 2: Artistic Typing
Club 3: Needlework Club 4: Class Committees 3.
Hobby-Skating and skiing
"She is a maiden young and fair: fl girl with u wealth
of golden hair."
RICHARD W. GENDRON
Ambition-To make a comfortable living
Activities-Formerly of the Class of 1943, left and entered
the United States Marine Corps. Consider it a privilege to
graduate finally with the Class of l947.
"He who to himself is law, no law doth need.
He offends no law, and is u king incleeclf'
TI-IERESA MARY GIROUARD
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Ambition-Own women's clothing store
Activities-Hostess Club l: Knitting Club 2: Book Club 3:
Art Club, Treasurer 4: S.A.S. Z: Decorating Commit-
tees 2, 3,
"Tiny and cheerful and neu! us fun bu."
OLIVE F. GREENE
Ambition-To be a success
Activities-Hostess Club l: Driving Club 2: Sports Club 3, 4:
Senior Class Play 4: Commencement Usher 3: Waitress.
Senior Supper: S.A.S. 3, 4: Class Committees 3: Basket-
"The hand that hath made you fair halh made you good."
CLAIRE RENEE GREENWOOD
Activities-Music l. 2: Girls' Ensemble l, Z: Morse Code
Club 3: Girls' Sports Club 4: Murdock Night 3: Riders'
Club l. 2: Yearbook Staff.
Hobbies-Horseback riding: skiing: reading.
"A horse! a horse! my kingdom for u horse!
A true Phillip, u Iouer of horses."
MURDOCK HIGH SCHOOL. WINCHENDON, MASS
CLIFFORD CHARLES HARMON
Activities--Class Vice-President I: Class President 2, 3. 4:
S.A.S. I. 2: Vice-President 3: President 4: Murmurs
Stafl 3: Poster Making Club I: Vocational Guidance
Club Z: Dramatic Club 3: Book Club 4: Baseball Mana-
ger 2. 3: Football Manager 3: Intramural Basketball 3:
Senior Class Play 4: Tournament Plays 2, 3: Murdock
Night 3: Class Committees 2, 3, 4.
Hobby-Vaughn IVIonroe's records
"Dance laugh, and be merry. and be a friend to all."
ELEANOR GENE HARRIS
Ambition-Artist or singer
Activities-S.A.S. 2. 4: Murmurs Staff 3, 4: Glee Club I, 2:
3, 4: Art Club 4: Girls' Softball Team lg Sewing
Club 3: Yearbook Staff: Committees: Murdock Night I.
Z. 3: l946 Senior Class Motto: Poster Z, 3, 4: Senior
Reception: Graduation 3.
Hobbies-Singing: sketching pictures of famous people:
"The nrllure of a tuomun is closely allied to art."
PAUL ALBERT HERR, JR.
Ambition-Dairy and poultry farmer and toy manufacturer
Activities-Class President I: Executive Board 3, 4: Treasurer
of S.A.S. 4: S.A.S. I. 2. 4: Murdock Night I. Z, 3:
Senior Class Play: Class History: All Class Committees:
Living Chemistry Club I: Handwriting Improvement
Club Z: Artistic Typing Club 3: Handwriting Improve-
ment Club 4: Yearbook Stall.
I-lobbies--Hunting and lishing: stamp collecting: art and music
"To youth I have bu! three words of counsel-
Worlz, tuorlz. work."
JOHN JOSEPH HILL
Activities-Iiirst Aid Club I: Driving Club Z: Rifle Marks-
manship Club 3: Book Club 4.
Hobbies-Swimming. hunting and Iishing.
"The slrongesl man in the world is he who stands alone.
ELEANOR MAY HOLMES
Activities-Band I, 2: Hiking Club 2: Art Club I: Sports
Club 3: Needlework Club 4: Class Committees I, 2, 3, 4:
Tournament Plays Z, 3, 4: Senior Class Play 4: Year-
"fIs merry us lhe day is long." V
SHIRLEY RUTH HOMON
Activities-Hostess Club 1: Vocational Guidance Club 2: Book
Club 3: Dramatic Club, President 4: Murmurs Staff 3:
S.A.S. 3: Senior Class Play: Tournament Plays 3: Class
Committees 3: Basketball 3: Yearbook Staff.
"Her heart is big enough for everyone."
Ambition-Join the U. S. Marines
Activities-Stunt Night 3: Chess and Checker Club 3: Senior
Class Play 4: Book Club 4: Living Chemistry Club 1:
Hobbies-Hunting: collecting stamps.
"Leave tomorrow lil! lomorrotuf'
Activities-S.A.S. 2, 4: Senior Class Play: Murmurs Staff
2, 4: Arts and Crafts Club 1: Vocational Guidance
Club 2: Book Club 3: Art Club 4: Class Day Com-
mittees l, 2, 3: Class Committees l, 2, 3: Murdock
"Ra!her quiet, rather shy, but u lwinkle in her eye."
EDWARD JAY KNOTTS, II
Ambition-A director, concert pianist, and writer.
Activities-Class Treasurer 2, 3. 4: Senior Class Play: Tourna-
ment Plays 2. 3: Murmurs Staff 2. 3, Editor 4: Chemis-
try Club l: Vocational Guidance Club 2: Dramatic
Club 3: Class Committees 2, 3, 4: S.A.S. 2, 3: Murdock
Night 2: Oration to the Juniors: Yearbook Stall.
Hobbies-Playing piano, skiing, skating. swimming. eating.
"The true, strong, and sound mind is lhe mind that can
embrace equally great things and small."
JOHN PAIRBANKS MCMILLAN
Ambition-To be a success.
Activities-Band l, 2, 3, 4: Orchestra l, 2. 3, 4: All New
English Band 3: All New England Concert Orchestra 4:
Camera Club l: Driving Club 2: Murmurs Staff l, 2,
3, 4, Business Stall' 3: Business Manager 4: Photogra-
phy 4: Senior Class Play 4: Stunt Night 3: Class Com-
mittees l, 2, 3. 4: S.A.S. l. 2, 3, 4: New English Music
Festival 3, 4: Western Massachusetts Music Festival 3, 4.
Hobbies-Photographs: music: stamps.
"He shall have music wherever he goes."
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MURDOCK HIGH SCHOOL. WINCHENDON, MASS
YVONNE RITA MORIN l 3
Activities-Living Chemistry l: Favorite Recipe Club 2: J
Artistic Type Club, Treasurer 3: Dramatic Club. Treas- i
urer 4: Girls' State 3: Glee Club 3: New England Music
liestival 3: Murmurs Staff 3. 4: Executive Board 4:
Honorary Member of Woman's Club 4: Class Commit-
tees l, 2, 3, 4: S.A.S. Z. 3: Basketball 3: Yearbook
Stall: D.A.R. Girl 4.
Hobbies-Reading: collecting post cards.
"fl sure success she will be,
For she does things efficiently."
Ambition-To be a success
Activities-S.A.S. 2. 3. 4: Murmurs Stall' 4: Senior Class
Play: Chemistry Club lg Vocational Guidance Club 2:
Book Club 3: Journalism Club 4: Class Committees 1.
Z. 3. 4: Inter-Class Basketball 3: Yearbook Staff.
"The more you know of her, the beller you like her."
FRANK R. MURRAY. JR.
Ambition-Own a chain of stores
Activities-Senior Class Play: Stunt Night 1. 2. 3: Living
Chemistry Club l: Hiking Club 2: Rifle Club 3: Travel
Club 4: Tournament Plays 4.
"lVhvn my studies gel loo deep, then I lay me down to sleep,"
Ambition-To be .1 success
Activities-Football 3, 4: Baseball 2: Murdock Night 3:
Intramural Basketball 3: Art Club 1: Hiking Club 2:
Rifle Marksmauship Club 3: S.A.S. 1: Yearbook Staff.
"Why tulze life seriously: you'Il never get out alive."
JEAN C. PERKINS
Activities-Hobby Club 1: Glee Club 2: Artistic Type Club 3:
Needlework Club 4: Candy Committee 4.
Hobby-Collecting playing-card pictures
"A quiet mind is richer than a crown."
CHESTER EARL PRIEST
Ambition-Travel the 48 states
Activities-Hiking l: Rifle Marksmanship Club 3: S.A.S. l.
Z, 3: Senior Class Play 4: Baseball 2, 3, 4: Football 3, 4:
Cheerleader l. 2, 3, 4.
"Make merry though the clay be gray, forget the clouds
and let's be gay."
RETA M. PRIEST
Activities-Girls' Softball Team l: Hostess Club l: Hiking
Club 2: Sports Club 3, 4: Senior Class Play Usher:
Cheer Leader 3, 4: Senior Supper Waitress 4: Class Mar-
shall l. 2, 3, 4: S.A.S. 2, 3, 4: Inter-Class Basketball 3:
Class Committees 1, 2, 3, 4: Yearbook Staff.
Hobbies-Sliding. dancing and sitting.
"Happy am I: from care l'm free!
Why urun't they all contented like me?
Activities-Knitting Club l: Sports Club 4: Artistic Typing
Club 3: Tournament Plays 3, 4: S.A.S. 2.
Hobbies--Dancing. music, eating.
"Theres no wisdom like frunlznessf
ROBERTA J, RUSSELL
Activities-Arts and Crafts Club 1: Photographic Biology
Club 2: Book Club 3: Murmurs Staff 4: Class Day
Committees 1, 2. 3: Usher, Senior Class Play 4: Yearbook
"Great men are they who see the spiritual is Stronger
than any material force."
RUTH DELVINA RUSSELL
Activities-Glec Club 1: Handicraft Club 2: Needlework Club
"Great is the sewer and tailor."
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BERNICE M. ST. LAURENT
Activities--Stuffed Animals Club 2: Artistic Typing Club 3:
Sports Club 4: Yearbook Staff.
Hobbies-Dancing and music
"Her lillle lonyuc was never still.
Talk il musf. and lallz il will." l
VIRGINIA NORIVIA SAWYER
"Ginny" or "Ninng"
Ambition-Nurse and hairdresser
Activities-4-H Club l: Vocational Guidance Club 2: Book
Club 3: Dramatics Club 4: Senior Class Play.
I-'lobbies-Horseback riding: reading.
"She is he-rc. I hear her giggle."
Activities-Cooking Club l: Stuffed Animals Club 2: Sports
Club 3, 4.
Hobbies-Dancing and eating
"Quiet and well conducted, but always ready for fun."
LENARD AXEL TILL
Activities-First Aid Club l: Rifle Marksmanship Club 2:
Baseball 3: Basketball l, 2, 3.
I-lobbies-Swimming, hunting, Hshing, playing cards.
"One hour's sleep before midnight is worth three alter."
Activities-Morse Code Club 1: Hiking Club 2: Rifle Marks-
manship Club 3: Chess Club 4: Yearbook Staff.
"ll may be said that his wit shines ar the expense of
his memory." 4
CLASS OF NINETEEN PORTY-SEVEN
Activities-Stuiled Animals Club 2: Artistic Typing Club 3:
Sports Club 4: S.A.S. l, 2.
Hobbies-Dancing: music: eating.
"To worry little and study less, is her' idea of happiness."
JANE ANN WEBBER
Ambition-To be a millionaire
Activities-Band 1, 2, 3: Hostess Club 1: Hiking Club 2:
Murmurs Staff 3, 4: S.A.S. 1, 2, 3, 4: Senior Class Play
Usher: Class Secretary 3: Class Committees l. 2, 3, 4:
"ll's guide to be merry and wise
'Tis good to laugh ul any rate."
W. JAMES WHITNEY, JR.
Ambition-To live a long time
Activities-Living Chemistry Club 1: Photography Club 2:
Rifle Club 3: Chess Club 4: Murdock Night 3: Com-
mencement Usher 3: Senior Play Cast.
"Youth is the time for pleasure'
KATHERINE MARGUERITE WILDER
Activities-Knitting Club 1, 2: Needlework Club 3. 4.
"Always happy, always the same."
Activities-Handicraft Club 1, 2: Artistic 'Typing Club 3:
Needlework Club 4: Class Committees 3, 4.
"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."
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CLASS OF NINETEEN FORTY-SEVEN
History of the Class of 1947
After a long, enjoyable summer vacation, we began our high school career
at Murdock on that memorable day in September, 1943. Talk about your
"Green Freshmen"-we certainly fitted the title to a i'T"I Remembering all
the horrible stories we had been told about Hheckling the Freshmen," we were
a little scared that Iirst day when we walked in the front door of Murdock,
and that fear remained with us and increased until it reached a climax on Fresh-
men Night. Remember those paddles?-we ate standing up for the next two
days-and the Shot box,"-not very comfortable, was it? At that time, only
one thought remained with us-"Wait until we 'get' the Freshmen next year!"
Shortly after our initiation we held our first class meeting. Paul Herr was
elected president: Clifford Harmon, vice-president: Pauline Dionne, secretary:
and Albert Barbadora, treasurer. We had a little difficulty finding a class adviser,
but Miss Verna Carbone finally consented to be our guiding light.
Our first social event was the Class Picnic, held at the "Corners". Remember
what fun we had? We all ate too much, but then, that was to be expected. The
chaperons, along with Miss Carbone, were Helen Hart, Rita Sullivan, Alberta
Belliveau, and Malcolm Connor. They certainly were good sports. letting us
wear them out playing "Red Rover," "Tag," and "Tug o' War."
Next, Miss Carbone decided it was time we learned to dance, so we had our
"Freshman Frolic" in the Streeter Cafeteria. After two of these dances we got
over our bashfulness, learned how we should act at a dance, and then we were
ready to attend "feature" dances on a level with our big brothers and sisters.
In May we had our first chance to enter into competition with the upper
classes by taking part in Stunt Night. We did a "mellerdrammer," entitled.
"And the Villin Still Pursuederf' Our Frank Murray proved himself to be a
very cruel villain. We didn't get the tin cup, but we had lots of fun. anyway.
Then came our first Class Day. As luck would have it, it rained that day,
and the exercises were held inside. In spite of the weather, everybody turned
out, even the boys, and we made a nice showing in our green and white paper
costumes. Reta and Chester Priest were our marshal and cheer leader. respec-
tively. Paul Herr, as president, accepted our new class colors, rust and gold,
from the graduating class.
And so ended our Freshman Year.
When we returned to Murdock in September, 1944. to begin our Sopho-
more Year, we felt pretty grown up. W.e looked down on the little Freshmen.
Poor things, they were such babies: but then, they would live, and learn and
grow, as we had done. This time we had an exceptionally good time at Fresh-
men Night: our golden rule was: "Do unto others as others have done unto
you!" What laughs we got out of the antics we forced the Freshmen to do!
This year we chose Clifford Harmon to lead us and Beverley Catanese to
assist him. Gloria Gramolini was elected "taker-of-notes," but moved out of
town in November and was replaced by Jane Webber. Edward Knotts became
our "guardian of the treasury," and Miss Carbone agreed to take us on for
Our Class Picnic was held this fall at Stone Farm, with Louise Burke, Helen
Hart, and John Burgoyne along to help Miss Carbone see that we behaved.
When we reached the top of the hill we agreed that the beautiful panorama
from the top was really worth the tedious climb. Once again we played games
until we were famished: then we started the fires, toasted hot dogs, and broiled
hamburgers. We wondered why it took the chaperones so long to get going-
Weren't they hungry ?-but we found out when Miss Carbone blurted, "I took
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everything but the hamburg: it's in the refrigerator at Tarrymore Lodge!"
Well, Mr. Burgoyne and Buddy went back after it-we just couldn't stand by
and see our chaperons go hungry.
In the early part of the winter we held two food sales-one at the Wood
Furniture Store and one at the Electric Light Ofiice. Oh, the cooperation!
Almost everyone baked and brought us the fruits of her labor: and we got some
pretty neat prices for our food, too. The proceeds constituted the Hrst bit of
pront that went into our treasury,
Early in February we sponsored the annual Sophomore Hop. our first feature
dance. How hard we worked on the decorations! It was worth it though: our
big black silhouettes brought us many compliments. and we were so proud!
There was just one flaw-we had a blizzard that day that literally buried the
town. We couldn't remember ever having ,had a day out of school because of
inclement weather, but that day was it. And that was the one day in our
entire lifetime that the walls of Murdock's classrooms, yes, and even the
teachers, would have looked wonderful to us. However, we had one consola-
tion-we were allowed to sell tickets at the door-and that is one thing that
has always been taboo at Murdock. Well, Russ Cole got through with his
super-duper orchestra, and we all had such a good time, We just hated
to see eleven o'clock roll around so soon.
This year, since we had become of age, we had the privilege of presenting
one of the tournament plays. Our play was a one-act comedy, "Pickles Is
Pickles." Miss Hart coached, and Mary Adams, Beverley Catanese, Eleanor
Holmes. Clifford Harmon, and Edward Knotts made up the cast. Wasn't
Clifford just out of this world dressed as a girl? And how could Edward be so
naive? No doubt we were awarded third prize because of our lack of acting
Next "Murdock Night" rolled around again, and this time we put on a skit,
mostly pantomime. called "And the Lamp Went Out." Albert Barbadora and
Paul Herr were the visible sound effects and property men. The tin cup didn't
fall into our hands this year either, but then. it was fun taking part, anyway.
Soon it was June and time for Class Day again. Reta and Chester were
chosen marshal and cheer leader once more. The girls turned out 100 per cent:
the boys were in the minority. due probably to the fact that Uncle Sam had
taken many of our members during the year. And so the curtain came down
on the second year of our high school career.
In September, 1945, we reentered Murdock to begin our Junior year. Now
we were definitely upperclass-upper. anyway. We didn't take much interest
in Freshmen Night this year: we were beyond that stage, so we left the heckling
to those youngsters, the Sophomores, while we did the heavy looking on.
This year Clifford Harmon was again chosen to lead us with Mary Adams
to assist him. Jane Webber became our keeper of the minutes, and Edward
Knotts stayed on as our collector of cash. Miss Carbone was again unanimously
elected Class Adviser.
Our annual fall outing was held at the picnic grounds at Laurel Lake early
in October with Helen Hart and Bill Properzio to help Miss Carbone keep up
in tow. Once again the weather man was very unkind to us and sent us a very
cold day, that is, it was exceptionally cold for that time of year. Since we were
really grown up now, some of us had drivers' licenses, so we went in cars. By
the way, Barb and Dick, did you ever tell your folks how many people could
be piled into a car if necessary? As one might expect. we got directions twisted,
and half of us landed in the wrong place. However, after some scouting, we
finally got together, started the fires roaring, and made pigs of ourselves. Oh,
yes. Miss Carbone would still like to know where, how, and why some of
our members got lost on the way hoilnelj
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In March we held our first record dance. It seemed so effortless to have a
dance without spending weeks in advance making decorations. However, we
were very careful to plan for an entertaining evening with games, prizes, and
carefully arranged dance sets. Cliff, remember how you danced with the short-
est girl in school as a result of the John Paul Jones number and sent everyone
there into gales of laughter? You certainly were a good sport! When the prize
waltz came up, we were very much surprised to find that Paul Herr and his
sister were the only ones on the floor who could waltz.
Our contribution to the Tournament Plays this year was, "Squaring It With
the Boss" featuring Dick Damon, Cliff Harmon, Mary Adams, Eleanor Ouel-
lette, Eleanor Holmes, and Frances Reynolds, and was coached by Miss Porter.
To this day we thank Dick from the bottom of our hearts for coming to our
rescue and taking the lead four days before the play was scheduled to go on
when Edward Knotts suddenly became afflicted with the mumps, Once again
we were given third prize, but we didn't mind too much for we knew we had
done our best.
ln May came the Junior Prom, the highlight of our social career. For most
of us. it was our first formal dance-how lovely the girls looked in their long
gowns, and how worldly the boys seemed to be in their tuxedos! Since this
was one of the very important affairs in our career, we were allowed to dance
until 12, and at that the evening ended all too soon,
On Murdock Night we presented the "Murdock Baby Show" as our stunt.
You didn't know we had so many cute babies in our class, did you? They were
all shapes, sizes, and ages, and just what you would expect to see at any ideal
baby show. Dick Damon was master of ceremonies: Buddy and Cliff were the
judges. Wasn't Cliff typical as Ima Old Maid though? And wasn't Charlie
Johnson just the perfect children's nurse? Once again we didn't get the tin
cup, but we still think we deserved it.
Then June and Class Day were at hand again. This year we really had loads
of work to do, for the entire responsibility of decorating for commencement is
on the shoulders of the Junior Class. No sooner had the Junior Prom become a
yesterday, then we began immediately on Senior Reception and Class Day
decorations. Now we can understand and appreciate what any Junior Class has
to go through to get the Seniors graduated! This year, because it was impos-
sible to secure rust-colored crepe paper, we voted to change our class colors and
selected purple and white as replacements. Reta and Chester Priest again be-
came our marshal and cheer leader. Mary Adams, Pauline Dionne, Olive
Greene. Buddy Bateman, Dick Damon. and Jimmy Whitney were chosen as
Junior Ushers-remember how lovely they looked and how proud we were as
they escorted the Seniors through their last happy activities at Murdock? And
so with commencement over, our third year at Murdock was brought to a close.
The summer vacation flew by between the close of our Junior year and the
beginning of our Senior year. It seemed very strange to be embarking on the
last lap of our journey and stranger still to think that we would soon have to
make definite plans for the future. Shortly after school reopened in September,
1946, we elected our officers for this last year. Cliff Harmon again took over
the presidency: Albert Barbadora became his right-hand man: Mary Adams
was chosen recorder of notes: and Edward Knotts once more became taker and
keeper of our money. This year we decided our class officers needed some help.
so we gave them an Executive Board of three members: Yvonne Morin, Dick
Damon, and Paul Herr, to help ease their burdens. Miss Carbone again con-
sented to be our Class Adviser, for that we were very glad, but we wondered
if she knew what she was getting into. '
There was just one thing uppermost in our minds at this time-the class
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trip to New York which we had been planning since we entered Murdock on
that memorable day in 1943. The only disturbing element was the fact that
we had a goal of 352000 to reach in order to finance our trip and our gradua-
tion expenses. l-Iow could we make S1700 in one year when it took us three
years to build our treasury up to 3300? We sincerely hope' that something
will be done in the future to ease the task of the Senior Class so that their last
school days may be spent in that happiness that comes from peace of mind
when their work is nearly completed.
Our annual picnic this year was held at Stone Farm with Helen Hart and
Bill Properzio again accompanying Miss Carbone as our chaperons. This time,
however, we rode to the foot of the hill-hiking no longer appealed to us.
The climb to the top of the hill seemed even rougher than we remembered it as
Sophomores. What terrific appetites our boys hadl Malc, how many hot dogs
did you nnally get away with? We stopped counting after the sixth!
On Sunday. October 27. some of our members and Miss Carbone took their
lunch and climbed Mount Monadnock. Many of us had already made the
climb. and we thought it a good idea for those who had not to do so-we
don't think a person should graduate from Murdock without climbing the
Mountain at least once-it is what we call a "must" Well, the weather man
sent us a beautiful day. and we had a grand time. Want to try it again some-
time, Dorann. and see if you can get yourself to school the next day?
From the first of October until Christmas vacation time we were as busy as
the famous bee. We sponsored three record dances which netted our treasury
a neat little sum-our poverty dance alone made us 3550-remember how
happy we were that night? Bobby Jones and Elsie Till received the prize- for
the A'poorest" custumes. and Chet Priest and Elaine Brow took the honors for
the most humorous costumes.
Our Senior Supper was held in November in the Streeter Cafeteria after very
careful preparation by Miss Maloney and Mrs. Holm. The place was packed,
and the only comment we heard from everyone was, "Oh, I ate too much!"
Once more we thank Miss Maloney and Mrs. Holm for our success. By the
way. Jimmy, did you really get dish-pan hands from doing all those dishes?
In December we presented Young April. our Senior Class Play, starring Pauly
Dionne, Priscilla Morlock. Dick Damon. and Edward Knotts. Smaller parts,
but no less important, were taken by Virginia Sawyer, Mary Adams, Eleanor
Holmes, Olive Greene, Beverley Catanese, Ruth Johnson, Shirley Homon, Frank
Murray, Paul Herr, Clifford Harmon, Buddy Bateman, Charles Johnson, and
a number of extra boys. The play was a great success-everyone did a wonder-
ful jobl Poor Edward. he just can't seem to get away from financial worries:
even in a play they go right along with him! Well, as one might expect, we
made money hand-over-fist that night. To Miss Shattuck we will always give
our undying thanks for coaching our play so ably and so willingly. We know
how much time and work she put in and we certainly appreciate it. To Miss
Maloney, we also give our thanks for supervising the making of those grand
During the winter we sold greeting cards of all kinds, stationery, and wrap-
ping paper: we had a magazine drive during which we learnled that some of our
bashful members were really excellent salesmen: and two more record dances
to swell the total in our treasury. In March we were given the privilege of
selling candy bars-they sell like hot-cakes-we only wish we might have sold
them all year!
Our last dance was an old-fashioned square dance with Ross Hornbeck's
Orchestra furnishing the music-we all got worn out. but we had such a good
time. Dick Damon. where did you ever learn to swing like that? Also, we
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were very much surprised to see that the chaperons enjoyed dancing just as
much as we did!
Since we are writing this history in March, there isn't much more we can tell
you. Our contribution to the Tournament Plays is l'Not Tonight," coached
by Mr. Cialbraith, and with Frank Murray. Dick Damon, Pauly Dionne,
Eleanor Holmes, and Frances Reynolds in the cast. We know Frank will make
a hit as the sea-faring admiral.
This much we can tell you about our commencement, however. Our Junior
Ushers will be Janet Streeter, Joan Diamond, Gloria Lafortune. William Rus-
chioni, Richard I-lildreth, and William Stoddard, with Newell Whitaker and
Robert Jones to assist at Senior Reception so that we won't have to stand too
long. Wasn't it nice of Mr. Staples to be so considerate of us? Russ Cole and
his orchestra will play for our Senior Reception-we have wanted him since
he played at our Sophomore Hop when we were still quite young.
lt's going to seem very funny being on our own after this year-no one
looking out for us and bawling us out. Remember those bawling outs we used
to get practically every time Miss Carbone was headed for Room 5? Was it
something we didn't do that we should have done, or was it something we did
that we shouldn't have done? Can't you still see Clifford Harmon towering
over her as she laid him out in lavender? Well, those pictures like many others
will become memories for the future.
So, with our Class Trip and our Commencement Exercises still before us,
We close this history of the Class of 1947.
MURDOCK HIGH SCHOOL. WINCHENDON.
Every year just about this time
It's the custom for Seniors in prose or rhyme
With strictly serious intent
To make out a lengthy document
Known as a will, and perfectly legal!
In fact. as sound as the American eagle.
So. lady or gentleman, student or friend,
Whoever you are, will you please lend
An ear to each important bequest
Payable when we are laid to rest.
And let not this fine opportunity pass
To hear the will of the Senior Class.
To MR. JONES we leave our class balance-three dollars
To help build a new high school for future scholars.
To MR. GUY STAPLES we leave a brand new cloth hat
For rehearsals of Class Day-he'll appreciate that.
To MR. CROWLEY we leave classes who know how to count
Without using their fingers to find the amount.
To MR. CONNOR we leave a book o'n golf
And hope he will practice to beat Miss Rolf.
To MISS CARBONE we leave our affection and thanks
For still standing by us in spite of our pranks.
To MISS FIELD we leave a brand new type
Of Senior who can punctuate, read, and write.
To MISS CHILD we leave a cafeteria cashier
Who will stay on the job ten months of the year.
To MISS MALONEY we leave a new dish-washer-upper
To save all that work at the next Senior Supper
To MISS SHATTUCK, who rushes from Murdock to Streeter.
We leave a stop watch-Gil Dodds couldn't beat her.
To MISS HART we leave a non-ringing phone.
While typing the absent list. she "vants to be alone."
To MR. PROPERZIO we leave a basketball court
Big enough for the school to enjoy the sport.
To MR. RUSSELL we leave an escape hatch
For the chem lab when somebody lights a match.
To MR. BENTLEY we leave a football team
That at 200 pounds will tip the beam.
To MR. PERRY we leave two plugs for his ears
When the Freshmen practice. 'twould drive him to tears.
To MISS PAUL we leave a circus book shop
To remind her of that super Sophomore Hop.
To MR. GALBRAITH we leave a Tournament Play
With a cast that will come to rehearsal and stay.
To MR. MOTYKA we leave a new stapling machine
That won't make the Murmurs split at the seam.
To MISS RGLF some rollers skates we leave.
Now you'll get around New York faster. we believe.
To MRS. DAVIDSON we leave a box of candy.
The money she made selling bars came in so handy.
To MISS WII.SON a ton of paint and paper
We leave. now she'll certainly cut a caper.
We leave a new oil furnace to MR. BARRY.
NVQ hope he won't miss all those ashes to carry.
Mary Adams leaves her way with a boy
To Vivian Richards and wishes her joy.
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Tina Amenta leaves her skill as a nurse X
To Helen Simoneau--watch the patients grow worse!
Erline Andrews bequeaths to Phyllis Priest
Her bookkeeping papers-now her troubles have ceased.
Phoebe Bailey is glad to leave her height
To Therese Vainc-she can use it. all right.
Albert Barbadora leaves his skill on the adding machine
To Francis Kendall, who will know what we mean.
Priscilla Bartlett leaves her love of the dance
To Edward Gabruk-now just watch him prance.
Buddy Bateman gives all unjerked sodas and frappes
To Tede to spill in the customers' laps.
Leo Blouin leaves his long arms so stable
To Norman Gamache to use at a boarding-house table.
Barbara Brady bequeaths to the Junior Class
The S. C. answers-she's a generous lass.
Roland Breton who's almost as wide as he's tall,
Leaves IO pounds to Renaud Richer-he could use them all.
To Norman Arceci, Honorine Brow
Leaves a bottle of Halo-he'll be a blond now.
Bev Catanese leaves Ann Guilfoyle her practical jokes
That she's always playing on innocent folks.
Male Connor leaves his oral topics to Dick Arceci
Now English to Dick will seem very easy.
Al Courtemanche is happy to give Bobby Brooks
His collection of Bluejacket manuals and books.
Dick Damon leaves his trumpet to Bill Kolodinski
Who may play in the orchestra for that man known as Minsky.
Ernest Desaulniers leaves Junior Pat Birt
His hours of printingiit surely won't hurt.
Jean Devens. whose knowledge of typing we know.
Leaves it all with best wishes to Jeannette Theroux.
Polly Dionne leaves her jolly and friendly ways
To the faculty to use when they have grouchy days.
Jeannette Duval leaves her'skill with needle and thimble
To Carolyn Brousseau. that Sophomore nimble.
John Fitzgerald gives his book on "My Way with Gals"
To Harold Daniels and all his bashful pals.
Lorraine Gamache leaves her silence to Gloria Sibley.
Whose tongue is always wagging so glibly.
Buddy Gendron leaves his curly hair so thick
To Henry Doody, whose own is as straight as a stick.
Theresa Girouard leaves her lack of height
To Louise Herr, to hide from the teachers' keen sight.
Olive Greene is glad to leave Margy Stearns
Her giggle that so much admiration earns.
Claire Greenwood passes on her riding skill
To Mr. Russell, with Ihut car. need it he will.
Cliff Harmon advises the chemistry classes
Not to try drinking acid from test tubes or glasses.
Eleanor Harris leaves to Junior Natalie Birt
Five minutes without talking-we know lhut will hurt.
Paul Herr leaves three chickens, four hens, and a cow
To Bill Bastille-Farmer Bill will now take a bow.
John Hill leaves his massive frame
To Bezio. to get into at least one game.
Eleanor Holmes leaves her Cambridge relations
To Janet Streeter to visit vacations.
Shirley Homon leaves everyone her ability to squeeze
Into desks in Room Six without breaking her knees.
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Charles Johnson leaves the story of his life so wild
To Bill Dunchus who has always been thought rather mild.
Ruth Johnson to Theresa Lawton leaves her poise
So that she can try it out on the boys.
Edward Knotts leaves his treasurer's books behind:
One more year on that job would have cost him his mind.
John McMillan leaves his job taking pictures at dances
To a sophomore Richards whose name is Francis.
Yvonne Morin leaves one bale of Murmurs to type
To Jackie MacDougall who's so calm she won't gripe.
Priscilla Morlock leaves her last-minute arrivals at school to Ann Ronco
So that she won't have to come on the back of a broncho.
lirank Murray leaves his red hair the girls all admire
To Janitor Barry to help start the ire.
Donald Newton leaves his charms to Dick Catanese.
Now the girls will come when you only say please.
Chester Priest from these premises leaves
Taking everything with him. even the trees.
Reta Priest gives a book on keeping a boy friend
To Phyllis Aaronson, lest her romances should end.
Jean Perkins leaves her spirit of co-operation
To the committee of the United Nations.
Frances Reynolds leaves a road map to Beverly Fontaine
Without radar. she can now get to Jaffrey in snow, fog, or rain.
Roberta Russell leaves her whispers in study hall
To Lila Kliskey. who may never use them at all.
Ruth Russell a book to Miriam Ronco leaves
Called "Removing Relative's Recipes." 4
Bernice St. Laurent leaves her indestructable wads of gum
To Robert Gendron, now he'll never want for some.
Virginia Sawyer leaves a round-the-world ticket
To Cote whose car oft is parked in a thicker.
Barbara Steinger leaves a copy of Julius Caesar
To Mary Dery: we are sure that will please her.
Lenarcl Till leaves his ability to shoot straight at pool
To Bobby Jones. we hope he won't try it in school.
Robert Till leaves his skill with the queens. kings, and aces
To Wlaitaker to wave in his opponents' faces.
Alice Walus leaves her latest crush
To Patricia Desmond to go with her blush.
Jane Webber leaves her wonderful appetite
To Marie Roberts, who's as big as a mite.
James Whitiiey leaves his exalted place
In the print shop to Bartlett who's nicknamed "The Face."
Katherine Wilder leaves her knitting to Patty Hall
So she'll stay in at least one night before fall.
Dorann Young leaves her back seat in Room Five
To Gene Mulcahy. if the teachers let him survive.
To this we do sign and seal our names
X ' " ' ' "
We stand before you this afternoon as the prophets of the Class of 1947. We were
chosen because of our mysterious, supernatural power to look into the future. So with the
help of our crystal ball and magic intuition we would like to tell you how we visualize our
classmates ten years from now.
ADAMS, MARY-In ten years we see Mary writing Dorothy Dix's column, "Advice to the
AMENTA. CONSTANCE-Tina is a leading Red Cross nurse, the head of our new, modern
ANDREWS, ERLINE-Erline finally has those gloves and mufller all knitted for that certain
BAILEY, PHOEBE-Phoebe has founded a college known as Bailey's University.
BARBADORA. ALBERT-As we look into the future, we see Albert as the new Senior
Math teacher in our modern Chem Lab.
BARTLETT, PRISCILLA-Priscilla has taken over Arthur Murray's studio and is touring
the country with Bart1ett's All-Boy Ballet.
BATEMAN, MAURICE-In the years to come, it will be easy to move from California to
New York in three-quarters of an hour in Maurice's new high-speed moving van.
BLOUIN, LEO-Leo is now a well-known radio commentator. He can even beat Bill Stern
for speed in talking.
BRADY, BARBARA-Barbara now has her own little store. She will sell you anything
from nylons to farm machinery.
BRETON. ROLAND- We see Roland as a bouncer at the Stork Club in New York City.
BROW. HONORINE-Honorine is still practicing household arts and is the author of a book
of fool-proof recipes.
CATANESE BEVERLEY-Bev is making a career for herself as Tina's assistant at the new
Hospital. "What a nurse!" cry the patients just before somebody sends for Fletcher's
CONNOR. MALCOLM-is the world's best ski instructor. He also sells crutches and splints
as a side-line.
COURTEMANCHE, ALBERT-Albert will by that time have served just half of his time
as a twenty-year man. Al is commanding a rocket ship for Uncle Sam.
DAMON. RICHARD-"Dick Damon and His Orchestra Now Playing." That's the sign we
see in neon lights on 42nd Street in New York.
DESAULNIERS, ERNEST-Ernest is the new boss at Alaska Freezer Co. For some reason
he refuses to employ Murdock students. When asked why, he replied. "I've got a
DEVENS, JEAN-Jean is a leading journalist who writes in the New York Times.
DIONNE. PAULINE-We see Pauly as the new owner of the Central Pharmacy. On the
side. she gives first aid.
DUVAL. JEANNETTE-We see Jeannette as a stewardess on Eastern Air Lines.
FITZGERALD, JOHN-Fitzy has become a prominent lawyer specializing in settling affairs
of the heart.
GAMACHE. LORRAINE-We see Lorraine in a cute little nic nac shop on the corner of
Hollywood and Vine. You see, Lorraine never returned from the Class Trip.
GENDRON. RICHARD-Buddy is now Admiral of the Pacific Fleet. When asked the secret
of his success. he replied. "I got my start rowing on the frog pond in Boston Common."
GIROUARD. THERESA-Theresa has taken over the Snack Bar and is proving that her
time spent in Miss Maloney's class was valuable,
GREENE. OLIVE-Olive is the owner of the largest farm in the country. Just like the
Senior Play. eh. Olive?
GREENWOOD. CLAIRE-Claire has just completed her second trip around the world and
has been asked to give advise to travelers over Station WXYZ. Winchendon.
HARMON. CLIFFORD-Cliff is another Bill Stern. He broadcasts all of the big games of
the week: such as. Murdock vs. Deerfield or Waterville vs. Spring Village.
HARRIS. ELEANOR-Eleanor has just received her degree as a veterinarian. Have your
dogs treated at Eleanor's Pet Hospital." Over the entrance are the words "Rest your
do s here."
HERR,gPAUL-Paul has Bo's job as coach of Murdock. He became such a star while attend-
ing college that even Baldwinsville University tried to get him.
HILL, JOHN-is a celebrated "Man About Town." His "play-boy" activities cover the terri-
tory from Palm Beach to all points. north. east. south. and west.
HOLMES. ELEANOR-has given up teaching at Murdock for a position in Cambridge. Why
the change. Eleanor?
HOMON. SHTRLEY-is writing a diary. in poetry, of her experiences as a student nurse.
.Its title is "Pills and Chills."
JOHNSON. CHARLES-is trying to revive vaudeville. He is a famous "bit player" in the
new movie, "Murdock Mad Men."
JOHNSON. RUTH-has a helicopter which gives Ruthie more trips to Athol. She doesn't
have to wait two hours in Baldwinsville for a train anymore.
KNOTTS. EDWARD-has left the concert stage in order to instruct the Sophomore Class
Treasurer in the rules of Murdock, and help him balance his books.
McMILl.AN, JOHN-is the conductor of the Heywood-Wakefield Band, which performs
nightly at the Copacabana. formerly the Cabin Cafe.
MORIN. YVONNIE-is in business with Henry Ford. He sells the cars and she insures the
MORLOCK. PRlSCIl.l.A-runs a school bus for high school students from State Line to
MURRAY. FRANK-has picked up where Fred Astaire left off. He is currently delighting
audiences in Hollywood. despite the "smog"
Nl,iWTON. DONALD-has replaced Charlie Trippi as professional back for the St. Louis
Cards. He is the new "swoon boy" of 1957.
PERKINS, JEAN-owns the largest and richest ranch in Texas. If there's ever another meat
shortage, please remember your loving fellow students,
PRIEST. CHESTER-uses his wonderful voice in announcing all major sports events. Chet
now sees. hears, and tells all: he is the "Winchell" of sports.
PRIEST. RETA-has organized a "sitters' bureau." Her clients are children of the former
students of the Class of '47,
REYNOLDS. FRANCES-was recently appointed chief operator at our local telephone ex-
change. She spends her spare time improving the plans for Winchendon's dial system.
RUSSELL, ROBERTA-is back at Murdock taking a P.G. course in French, which she gave
up in '47, for more study in Math.
RUSSELL. RUTH-has opened a new school cafeteria. We are sure the Murdock students
appreciate Ruth's well-planned meals. She specializes in non-fattening foods.
ST. LAURENT. BERNICE-has succeeded F. E. Boone as tobacco auctioneer on the Lucky
Strike Hit Parade. -
SAWYER, VIRGINIA-has set up a riding school for men. She loves horses!
STEINGER. BARBARA 53 WALUS. ALICE-have discovered a new bubble gum. It is
designed to "giggle" when you snap it.
Tll-I-. LENARD-owns and operates the "Squeeze-lt" National Bank. On his desk. in a glass
case, is the lirst nickel he ever earned.
TILL. ROBERT-writes a famous comic strip for children titled, "Mighty, the Muscle Man."
WEBBIER, JANE-writes a column for the Winchendon Courier on the blessedness of single
VJHITNEY. JAMES-is the chief salesman for the Crowell Publishing Company. His
hrst experience with that company was acquired selling their magazines for the benefit of
the Class of '47.
WILDER. KATHERINE-has taken up large-scale farming in Rindge. and she supplies fresh
vegetables to her former classmates in Winchendon.
YOUNG. DORANN-is secretary to Yvonne in the Automobile Insurance Company.
:L ,.,., .. 5 , ...,..- ts
2l. Olive Greene: 20. Mary Adams: 9. Phoebe Bailey: l7. Paul Herr: 19. Jean Devens:
24. Ruth Russell: 8. Erline Andrews: l. Maurice Bateman: 13. Pauline Dionne: 14. Edward
Knotts: 2. John McMillan: 3. Eleanor Holmes: 16. Chester Priest: 4. Bernice St. Laurent:
26. Robert and Lenard Till: 18. Frances Reynolds: ll. Dorann Young: 12. John Hill:
10. I-lonorine Brow: 7. Barbara Steinger: 23. Jean Perkins: 6. Shirley I-lomon: 5. Rota Priest:
25. Xvaltcr James Wlmirney: 22. Charles Johnson: I5, Barbara Brady.
MURDOCK HIGH SCHOOL, WINCHENDON, MASS
By YVONNE MORIN
f'l'une to The Anniversary Song!
Oh, Murdock, we leave thy building so tall:
We treasure each hour that we spent in your hall.
The cares of the world
Will be lightened when we
Shall think of fond mem'ries
That we have of thee.
Oh, Alma Mater. we'll guard thee from wrongs,
Wc'll work for thy glory and praise thee in songs.
The world will some day
Lend an ear to your name
So dear to all hearts
But unchanged by mere fame.
Now as we look back
On all our school years:
Oh, Murdock. dear Murdock.
Your name is dear.
We'll always give praise
In song and in phrase.
All hail to thee, Murdock High.
CLASS COLORS: Purple and White
CLASS FLOWER: White Rose
CLASS OF NINETEEN FORTY-SEVEN
Oration to the Juniors
As I come before you today in the reasonable expectation that I shall be a full-fledged
graduate of Murdock I-ligh School within a few short hours, many of you Juniors are probably
saying to yourselves. "IL won't be long now. If he can do it, there can't be anything so
difficult about graduating." Little do you know through what tribulations, what soul-shaking
times, what harrowing experiences we Seniors have passed.
To all of you who believe that if a student has a brain only slightly larger than a pea
and sufficient health to sustain him through 40 more weeks of school he will become an
alumnus of Murdock. I address my remarks.
First of all, a Senior must possess an iron constitution second to none. From the 5th of
September when he walks up the path to Murdock. his head held high, his step light and
carefree. he is a part of a grueling marathon which would have caused Clarence de Mar to falter.
For. my dear children. school is to a Senior not merely a matter of four class periods and three
studies daily. Why did no one tell him down in the grades that he should embark upon a
regular course of training? Why did no one give him the address of Charles Atlas?
The Senior begins to realize what he is in for when the first class meeting rolls around
and he is elected to the executive board. "A soft snap," he says laughingly. but it is his last
laugh for a long time. a
A dance is to be held. What does the Senior do? He not only must perform his home-
work faithfully and accurately every night, but he must get rid of from 15 to 20 tickets if
he does not want his classmates to call him a dud. So. sell he does. He jogs from Murdock
to Streeter to Poland to Murdock and so on until his ticket supply is exhausted. Then he's
all through. you say? Oh. no! He must go over the same territory again because the little
social butterfiies from the grades whom he has lured into buying tickets couldn't bring the
money till later. Looking a bit careworn. he turns in his money to the class treasurer. About
the treasurer, the less said the better. I-Ie is a slave-driver. a scrimy, scheming Scrooge. whose
only purpose in life is to extort every nickel from his poverty-stricken classmates. I ought to
know. I was the class treasurer. . .
Now that the night of the dance is at hand, our Senior has nothing to do except to move
all the chairs out of the hall. then balance himself precariously on top of a forty-foot step-
ladder while he strings decorations from the lights. At the dance he is expected to help serve
refreshments and after it is all over he leaves his girl impatiently waiting in the corridors while
he moves the chairs back again. In the process he makes a mess of his best suit. When he is
ready to go home he discovers that his girl has grown tired of waiting for him and has allowed
a gallant Junior to escort her home.
Before the receipts of this dance have been counted, the next function is under way. From
then on life is one steady chain of three-act plays, one-act plays, square dances. round dances,
poverty dances, food sales, tag days. and football, basketball, and baseball games, while home-
work steadily increases.
At midyears even the sturdiest look white around the gills. They cringe when anyone
begins a sentence with "Wouldn't you help the class to . . . etc., etc." By this time our Senior
wants to help nobody. He just wants to exchange places with a dray horse and have an easy
job for a while.
The last big event of the year, the Class Trip, really brings out the Senior's true character.
Now we know who can take it. For the better part of a week the class races from theatre
to night club to radio studio to ball park and countless other places in the world's greatest city,
New York. At the end of this time the Senior has plenty to show for his efforts. I-las he
not the most rumpled clothes. the dirtiest face. the greatest collection of souvenirs and the
sorest corns in the Universe? I'll say he has!
And now, Juniors, we have warned you of what you must expect. However, we are
oin to do our best to make life easier for ou next ear.
Therefore we are happy to present to you this bottle of lO0O aspirin tablets and wish
you the best of luck in your quest for a diploma.
May your courage never weaken!
I 46 l
MURDOCK HIGH SCHOOL, WINCHENDON, MASS.
Hall of Fame
Probably never before in the history of the school has a student who came
to Murdock High School in her senior year as a transfer from another school
entered so wholeheartedly into the activities of her class. From the first, she
gave her time, energy, and enthusiastic support to every project undertaken
by the Seniors. She also maintained an enviable scholastic record. Murdock is
proud to call her one of its most loyal alumnae.
To Richard Damon we give the title of "best all-around senior." In ad-
dition to his many out-of-school activities, he has managed to take an active
part in athletics and to give much time and hard work to his class. He is one of
the few people in the class who can be depended upon to "take over" when
no one else will. His geniality, sportsmanship. and spirit of cooperation have
made him an outstanding member of the Class of 1947.
Although Pauline is a perfect example of the "busy bee," she has always
managed to find time to be an active worker and enthusiastic booster for the
Class of 1947. Not only has she helped out on all class committees, but she
has also taken a leading part in the Senior Class Play, Tournament Play, and
in all stunts. Her quiet manner and pleasing personality. together with her
willingness to work, have earned for her the respect and admiration not only
of her classmates but of the underclassmen as well,
One of the most capable students in the class is Yvonne Morin. Maintaining
a straight HA" average for four years in addition to taking part in many class
activities, she has left a record worth striving for. Her even disposition and
willingness to help her classmates whenever called upon have made her an
outstanding member of her class,
Though today will live forever in our memories, the Class of I947 has endeavored to
make this memory more realistic by giving a
With this purpose as our guide
To you. MARY ADAMS, we give this
pair of goggles guaranteed to keep the dust
from your eyes when out motorcycling.
To you. CONSTANCE AMENTA, we
give a book on correct French pronuncia-
tions. hoping it will help you in your travels.
To you. ERLINE ANDREWS. we give
this anchor to keep a certain sailor's ship
in port a little longer.
To you, PHOEBE BAILEY. we give
this box of luscious carmels to enjoy when
you finally get those braces off your teeth.
To you, ALBERT BARBADORA, we
give this red lead pencil with which to cor-
rect math papers when you are teaching
here. We know everyone will get A's.
To you. PRISCILLA BARTLETT, we
give a round trip ticket to Cuba. where.
we understand. there are more attractions
than the climate.
To you. MAURICE BATEMAN. we
give this car on which the tires are guaran-
teed to go from Front to Prospect Street
before going flat.
To you. LEO BLOUIN. we give a comb
and mirror so you may comb your hair
every ten minutes without interruption.
To you. BARBARA BRADY. we give
this towel from the Hotel Piccadilly-we
understand you're the only one who didn't
To you. ROLAND BRETON, we give
this jump rope. Use it to good advantage.
To you. HONORINE BROW. we give a
picture of Miss Maloney to remind you of
the days you spent in Home Economics.
To you. BEVERLEY CATANESE. we
give this thermometer which you can use in
the new Winchendon Hospital. It will run
up to 212 F.
To you. MALCOLM CONNOR. we give
a pair of skiis for the day you do the Beat
Mountain jump. .
To you. ALBERT COURTEMANCHE,
we give this bottle of magic wave: may it
always keep that beautiful hair in place.
To you. DICK DAMON. we leave this
thought that there will never be another as
glamorous as you on that eventful night at
Murdock High School.
To you. ERNEST DESAULNIERS, we
give this solid gold life-time pass entitling
you to ride back and forth from Winchen-
don U7 to the Springs indefinitely.
To you. JEAN DEVENS. we give a
doll so you may start practicing your de-
To you. PAULINE DIONNE. we give
this date book so you will never get your
many dates entangled.
To you, JEANNETTE DUVAL. we
give a bottle of liniment for the neck you
sprained looking at the signs in Times
To you. JOHN FITZGERALD, we give
this book of mathematical solutions, and
gift to each of its members.
may you never get lower than B in math
To you, LORRAINE GAMACHE, we
give this bell so we will always know when
To you. RICHARD GENDRON. we
give a piece of leather to remind you of the
days you were a leatherneck.
To you, THERESA GIROUARD, we
give a box of vitamin pills guaranteed to
give two inches a pill.
To you, OLIVE GREENE. we give
sheet music of "The Man I Love."
To you, CLAIRE GREENWOOD, we
give this horse to take you wherever you
wish to go.
To you. CLIFFORD I-IARMON. we
give a poster of the First National Stores in
memory of your four years as their press
To you. ELEANOR HARRIS. we give
this bran new helicopter so you won't have
to walk so far so many times a day.
To you, PAUL HERR. we give a pack-
age of vegetable seeds for that farm.
To you. JOHN HILL. we give this
ticket to Florida. Now you'll get there.
To you, ELEANOR HOLMES, we give
a ruler to start your teaching profession
with a hrm hand.
To you. SHIRLEY HOMON. we give
this schedule for dates: the only days listed
are Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday. and
To you, CHARLES JOHNSON. we give
a bottle of mucilage in case your bridge-
work starts slipping.
To you. RUTH JOHNSON, we give il
geometry book with all the answers so that
you'll know as much as Mr. Crowley.
To you, EDWARD KNOTTS, we give
a bright red purse so you'll never lose sight
of it and to remind you of the many happy
years spent as our Class Treasurer.
To you. JOHN MCMILLAN. we give
this baton to be used when conducting your
To you. YVONNE MORIN. we give
this laughing gas. NsO, made by the Senior
Chemistry Class. so you'll always have that
To you. PRISCILLA MORLOCK, we
give this memo pad to remind you of your
many nights of rehearsal for the Senior
To you, FRANK MURRAY. we give
this bottle containing a mixture guaranteed
to keep your hair red and curly forever.
To you. DONALD NEWTON. we give
a football to remind you of the days you
were a football star for Murdock.
To you. JEAN PERKINS, we give this
little dog so you will always have a chum.
To you. CHESTER PRIEST. we give
a copy of Joe Miller's joke book so you'll
never be without a joke.
To you. RETA PRIEST, we give this
one and only key which Hts a certain class-
To yotl. FRANCES REYNOLDS. we
give a pair of dancing shoes for the day
you start your dancing career.
To you. ROBERTA RUSSELL. we give
this string of pearls to trade to the chief
ol an African tribe when you do missionary
k 1' .
To you. RUTH RUSSELL. we give a
needle and thread to remind you of the days
you spent in Room One at Murdock.
To you. BERNICE ST. LAURENT.
we give an admittance slip to remind you
of the days you needed one to get into M5.
To you. VIRGINIA SAXVYER. we give
this booklet on the art of catching a man.
To you, BARBARA STEINGER. we
give this season dance ticket for the V.F.XV.
To you. LENARD TILL. we give a
line oil portrait of Mr. Tressler in memory
of your many happy days spent in English
To you. ROBERT TILL. we give this
bottle of vitamin Hitt bound to make you
taller than your brother.
To you, ALICE WALUS. we give a box
of bobby pins so you may always keep
your hair "just so."
To you. JANE WEBBER, we give this
pen to aid you in keeping temperature
charts. Don't put the pen in the patient's
mouth instead of the thermometer.
To you. JAMES WHITNEY. we give
a piece of type to remind you of the many
days you dodged it in printing.
To you. KATHERINE WILDER, we
give this little car to take you from Rindge
to Winchendon every day.
To you. DORANN YOUNG. we give
this box of cornplasters-we understand
your feet have been giving you quite a bit
of trouble since April 17.
Senior Who's Who
MOST POPULAR P. Dionne C. Harmon
MOST COURTEOUS Y. Morin A. Barbadora
BEST LOOKING M. Adams J. Whitney
NICEST PERSONALITY P. Dionne E. Knotts
MOST STUDIOUS Y. Morin A. Barbadora
BEST DANCER F. Reynolds F. Murray
BEST ATHLETE C. Greenwood M. Connor
BEST SENSE OF HUMOR B. St. Laurent C. Priest
PEPPIEST B. St. Laurent C. Priest
LAZIEST K. Wilder J. Fitzgerald
MOST ROMANTIC M. Adams J. Fitzgerald
MOST STUBBORN E. Andrews M. Bateman
BEST HOOKEY PLAYER P. Bartlett R. Gendron
MOST TALENTED E. Harris E. Knotts
MOST BASHFUL J. Perkins J. Hill
LOUDEST CLOTHES Y. Morin C. Harmon
BEST DRESSED B. Catanese R. Damon
HAPPIEST B. St. Laurent and C. Priest
BEST NATURED S. Homon C. Priest
MOST AMBITIOUS Y. Morin A. Barbadora
BIGGEST 'LINE' C. Greenwood R. Damon
FRIENDLIEST P. Dionne C. Priest
MOST OPTIMISTIC C. Greenwood Fitzy-Harmon
MOST PESSIMISTIC B. St. Laurent E. Knotts
BEST CHUMS Brow fd Andrews Connor id Fitzgerald
BEST ALL ROUND P. Dionne A. Barbadora
BEST BLUFFER R. Priest R. Damon
MOST LIKELY TO
SUCCEED P. Bailey A. Barbadora
CLASS DREAMER P. Bartlett Murray 25 Newton
MOST TALKATIVE B. St. Laurent C. Priest
MOST SOPHISTICATED B. Catanese E. Knotts
MOST HOLLYWOODISH M. Adams E. Knotts
MOST NAIVE L. Gamache P. Herr
BEST ACTOR - ACTRESS P. Dionne E. Knotts
CLEVEREST P. Bailey J. McMillan
CLASS PEST V. Sawyer C. Priest
WORKER Y. Morin E. Knotts
Patience and Portitudc .
I'm a Big Girl. Now .,...,....
My "Buddy" ..4.,........., ..
The Things We Did Last Summer ..
Give Me the Simple Life .........
A I'7armer's I.ife's a Very Merry One . . .
High on a Hill ............,.....
"Shoo Fly Pie" ,,........... ..
Chattanooga Choo Choo . . .
I Like Mike .,.,,........,,....,
Good Time Charlie ......,.........
I I-Iaven't Got a Worry in the World . ,
Mister Iiive by Five ......,........
Give Me Something to Dream About
Gypsy ..,.., , ..,......,.........
Candy Store Jump ...............
Waitin' for the Train to Come In , ,
My Fickle Eye ........,.......
This Is Always ,....,.......,
Oh! Johnny oh! . . .
Miss Bobby Socks
Always a Lady .....,.
Somewhere in the Night ..,....,....
Yott Can't Keep a Good Dreamer
Heart and Soul .......,..,....,,...
Down , .
One Love ...... ,.......4.,......
Pistol Packing Mama ........
When Pay Day Rolls Around , . .
Sooner or Later .......,...
Ring Telephone, Ring ,...
I Wanna Girl ....,...
It's Dreamtime ...,,.. .....,
It's My Lazy Day .......,.....
Rickety Rickshaw Man .,,......,.
I'm Sittin' on Top of the World . ,.
Truckin' on Down .............
A Good Man Is Hard to Find , . .
Out of This World ,...,. ....
That Old Gang of Mine ....,,
All That Glitters Is Not Gold ...,.....
Laughing on the Outside . . ..,...... . .
The Longest Way Home Is the Sweetest . .
A Friend of Yours .....,..,.......
The Man I Love ,.......
. . Miss Carbone
. . Ruth Johnson
. , Reta Priest
, . . , . Olive Greene
. . Buddy Gendron
. . . . . Jean Perkins
. . , Priscilla Morlock
. . . . , Ruth Russell
. . Senior Class Trip
, . , Frances Reynolds
.. Charles Johnson
. . . . Jean Devens
. . . Roland Breton
. . . . Virginia Sawyer
. . Route to Charlie's
, . . . . , Erline Andrews
, . . Albert Courtemanche
. . . . . Alice Walus
. , . . . Barbara Brady
. . . Dick and Gaynor
. . James Whitney
. . Barbara Steinger
., Eleanor Holmes
. , . . Jeannette Duval
. . . . Claire Greenwood
. . . Bernice St. Laurent
. . . , Honorine Brow
.. Lorraine Gamache
,...., Bobby Till
. . Priscilla Bartlett
. . . . . Lenard Till
.. Buddy Bateman
. . . Cliff Harmon
, . . . . . Chet Priest
. . ,,.....,, Donald Newton
.. Beverley, Tina, Jane. Roberta
. , . . . . Yvonne Morin
. . . . . Dorann Young
. . . Edward Knotts
. . . Shirley Homon
Happy Mood ,...,.,...... ..., L eo Blouin
Give Me Somebody to Love .............. A. Barbadora
Personality ..........,...... , ,........., .. Phoebe Bailey
Miss You ,..,,.....,...,.,.......,..,..., . . . ..... Eleanor Harris
When You're a Long. Long Way from Home ...,......,.....,.. John Hill
fl Love Youl For Sentimental Reasons ,.........,...... Summer Vacations
Let the Good Times Roll ......... ,.....,.
Take It Easy! ...r.............
All hy Myself ...,
Night and Day
All of My Life ...,
Sentimental Jottrney . . . . . .
An Hour Never Passes . . ........ . . , ,
Temptation .... .
. . During the Senior Class Trip
Pupils in Room 3
. . . . . . . . . Doing Our Homework
, While You're in Room 3 Study
I'll Remember Dear Old Murdock
Trip Between Murdock and Streeter
While in Detention
. . . . , That Stuff the Seniors Sold
. . . ...... Skipping Classes
Let It Snow ,..................,... ............ N o School
It Had to Be You .....,.....,...,.,.... .... P rom Escort
My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time . , . . No Homework
Shining Hour .,........,......,..... .,... G raduation
A-is for 'appy which we seniors are
For we have graduated and expect to go far.
B-stands for boys. of whom we have plenty
Who are in training under poor Coach Bentley.
C-as in Carbone, our advisor, well-known
Care-worn from the many oats we have sown.
D-as on our report cards, you know.
When our parents espy them. Oh! What a blow!
E-as in English, from which we can quote
Both Hamlet and Macbeth. Boy, do we gloat!
F-as in foolish, of which we have been
Not once, not twice. but nearer to ten.
G-is for glad. The teachers are.
For four years their morale was below par.
H-the first letter in Health.
I hope we all have it, including myself.
I-is for intelligence which we all possess
For with both health and intelligence we are blest
J-is for June when we shall depart
From these halls in which we got our start.
K-as in Kleenex, which l'm passing around
To all my friends whose sorrows abound.
L-as in Loyal, which we'll always be
To our Alma Mater. Just wait and see.
M-is for movies which we saw
Sometimes on textiles, but mostly on war.
N-is for now. l'm wracking my brain
To write twelve more ditties, all in vain.
O-is for Opportunity, which will knock
For us all. ll hope this isn't just talk.j
P-is for poor fliddie, that isj
Taking care of all our money, hard work 'tis.
Q-stands for quick on a comeback, that is
Chet undoubtedly deserves the medal HJ for this
R-is for Rich-in knowledge, of course.
It comes from our teachers, if you trace the source
S-is for Studies which are over for now.
To those who continue let us all bow.
T-is for the Teachers to whom l'm grateful.
I'm sure all students are-even the most hateful.
U-is for Useful. I hope we'll all be
In the new world of peace and harmony.
V--is for Vow, let's all do it now,
Never to forget Murdock. Vow!
W-is for Wages, which soon you'll earn,
And then for dear Murdock you will yearn.
X-is for Xiphold, which we'll carry high.
Look it up in the dictionary, don't just sigh.
Y-is for Youth, which we have now.
We try to act bigger. but we don't know how.
Z-is for Zeal, which we Seniors needed
To collect money for our trip. We succeeded!
Albert Barbadora, Pauline Dionne, Edward Knotts
-Q-WH? Sl. I"1:'L
Willinm Stoddard, Gloria LaFortunc. Richard Hildreth, Janet Streeter. William Ruschioni.
Absent when picture was taken-Joan Diamond.
Service Honor Roll
Members of the Class of '47 Now on Active Duty
RAYMOND BOISVERT fRed Greenwoodj S lfc U. S. Navy, stationed in
MAURICE BOUCHER, S lfc U. S. Navy, stationed in China,
EVERETT TENNEY, S lfc U. S. Navy, stationed in Cuba.
Ex-Servicemen Now Graduating with the Class of '47
ALBERT COURTEMANCHE, MMf3c, U. S. Navy.
RICHARD GENDRON. Private, U. S. Marines.
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YEARBCOK STAFF-"THE TOWER"
This ambitious looking group is the Yearbook Staff. With the help of such
talented directors and the staffs hard Work, the seniors will have a book
they can be proud of.
Front row: Priscilla Morlock, Constance Amenta, Jane XVebber. Beverley Catanese,
Shirley Homon. Yvonne Morin, Claire Greenwood.
Second row: Roberta Russell, Reta Priest, Miss Vena Field, Assistant Faculty Adviser.
Newton. Miss Verna Carbone. Faculty Adviser. Mary Adams. Jean Devens.
Back row: Edward Knotts, Paul Herr, Eleanor Harris, Phoebe Bailey. Clifford l-larmon.
Front row, left to right: Priscilla Morlock, Constance Amenta. Beverley Catanese. Phyllis
Aaronson. Edward Knotts. John McMillan. Eleanor l-larris, Yvonne Morin, .lean Devens.
Second row: Roberta Russell. Joan Brow, Beverly Fountain. Janet Streeter, Miss liieltl. Char-
lotte Kolodinski. Jane Webber, Helen Simoneau, Lorraine Lashua.
Third row: Joan Newton. Sally Cross, Diane Show, Gloria Sibley, Alison Finch, Patricia Hall.
Las! row: Marjorie Stearns. Robert Jones, Phoebe Bailey, George Sawyer. Charles Robilaille,
First mtv, lefl Io right: Robert Holmes. Elsie Till, Elizabeth Russell. Carolyn Merrill.
Second row: Burton Gould. Leona Boucher, Doris LaPlanle, Constance Watts. Maurice Patria,
Third row: Richard Arceci. Richard Perkins, Harold Daniels, Delores Morrisseau, Lonny
Godfrey, Paul Pinault. Phyllis Priest, Esther Lawrence.
lfourlh row: John McMillan, Robert Jones. Robert Brooks, Barbara, Russell. Lila Kliskey,
Richard Lafortune, Merton Wood. Renaud Richer. Richard Damon, Maurice Bateman, Jr.
lfiflh row: Charles li. Perry fDirectorl, Anna Modesto, Newell Wlaitaker, Thomas Cote,
Joan Lillie, Roland Theroux, Henry Doody. Martin Raymond, Patty Hall. Carolyn
Brousseau. Roger Perrault. Robert Courtemanche.
Thomas Brousseau, VJalter Davidson. Steven Skelton. Ronald Rogstad, Ronald Cmoyette.
The Murdock Band is very active all year round. what with playing on
holidays, such as Armistice Day and Memorial Day. lt also played this year
on the Fourth of July and at the Veterans' Homecoming in September.
The Band gave its annual concert on March fourteenth of this year, a very
successful event. There are forty-five members in the band, many of whom
have played since their junior high days.
The Band goes on three festivals a year: the New England Concert Festival
in March for the star players and two one-day festivals in May for the whole
Seniors who play in the band are: Richard Damon, cornet: John McMillan,
clarinet: Maurice Bateman, Jr., corner. All three have been in the band for
S. A. S. OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
Bach row: Phyllis Aaronson. Sophomore Director. Richard lrlildreth, Vice-President. Marjorie
U Stearns. Sophomore Director. Beverley Calanese. Senior Director.
Fronl row: Janet Streeter. Junior Director, Paul Herr, Treasurer, Clifford Harmon. President,
Helen Simoneau, Secretary.
Perhaps you have wondered what happens to the two dollars which you
pay in dues each year to join the S. A. S. Well, here are some of the things
that are paid for from this fund: There is the baseball and football equipment.
the bats. balls. pads and uniforms and the cost of transportation to out-of-
town games for the team. Whenever home games are played admission is free
to members of S. A. S. Since September 16, 1946, the cost of athletics to us,
all receipts having been deducted, has been 383350. All extra curricula activi-
ties in the school except those carried by the individual classes are under the
general supervision of the S. A. S. Since this money is spent for the good of
the school, we hope that. in the future. the membership in this society will be
one hundred per cent.
JUNIOR CLASS OFFICERS
William Ruschioni, Vice-President. Janet Streeter. Secretary. Richard I-Iildreth. President, and
Robert Jones, Treasurer
SOPI-IOMORE CLASS OFFICERS
Diane Snow, Treasurer, Ernest Dionne. Vice-President, Richard Arceci. President, and
Patty Hall. Secretary
FRESHMAN CLASS OFFICERS
James Donahue, Vice-President. Betty Catanese, Secretary, Arthur Bastille, President,
Robert Smith. Treasurer
Malcolm Connor Henry Doody Donald Warman Norman Gamache
Richard Damon Richard Hildrelh Newell Whitaker Ralph Mathieu
Donald Newton William Kolodinski Charles Upton Roland Theroux
Cheslcr Priest Eugene Mulcahy Robert' Brooks Robert Courtemanche
Donald Bezio Lindo Piermatlei Richard Catanese James Donahue
James Cote Walter Rutherford Ernest Dionne Richard Perkins
Richard Sibley William Dunchus
From row, lei! lo right: H. Doody, R. Arceci, A. Maliska. J. Cote, XV. Robichaud, M. Connor,
W. Rice, L. Lepicier
Srfconrl row: R. Catanese. W. Rutherford. D. Bezio. J. Donahue, C. Priest, E. Dionne,
. R. Bartlett, W. Dunchus.
Third row: K.. Smith. G. Ethier. R. Gendron. G. Sawyer, R. Hildreth, W. Ruschioni.
Fourlh row: M. Bateman, R. Mathieu. W. Winter, Coach Bentley, R. Russell, A. Murray.
Front row: Beverly Fontaine, Harold Daniels. Patricia Hall
Bach row: Janet Streeter, Reta Priest. Marjorie Stearns, Pauline Dionne, Phyllis Priest
This past year we had nine cheer leaders, who attended all games except one.
They were very active in cheering and with the help of Miss Hart had many
lively cheers. All were new at cheering except Pauline and Reta.
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photography that PURDY success has been
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For present pleasure and future pride
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160 Tremont Street Boston
MURDOCK HIGH SCHOOL
CLASS OF 1917
Special Discount Hates to All Students ol'
M. H. S.
MURDOCK HIGH SCHOOL, WINCHENDON, MASS.
LEMAY FURNITURE CORP.
78 FRONT STREET TELEPHONE 184
'CLASS OF NINETEEN FQRTY-SEVEN
BAXTER D. WHITNEY 81 SON, Inc.
QUALITY WOOD-WORKING MACHINERY
NIURDOCK HIGH SCHOOL, WINCHENDCN, MASS
WHITE BROTHERS, Inc.
Wil'lCllClld0ll Springs, Massachusetts
THE FALLS COMPANY
Compliments 0 f
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DAIRY PRODUCTS SINCE 1846
Eat and Enjoy
HOOD'S ICE CREAM
ALLEN WHITE'S BUS SERVICE
110 Summer Street Winchendon, Massachusetts
SIB,S SANDWICH SHOP
The After-School Meeting Plzlce
THOMPSON'S COAL AND GRAIN COMPANY
COAL, GRAIN, and MASONS' SUPPLIES
MURDOCK HIGH SCHOOL, WINCHENDON, MASS
LEOMINSTER NOVELTY COMPANY
WINCHENDON SAVINGS BANK
Your Home Bank
LAFORTUNE'S JENNY SERVICE
Compliments 0 f
MORLOCK MOTOR SALES
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WINCHENDON CO-OPERATIVE BANK
77 Central Street Winchendon, Massacllusetts
OWN YOUR HOME
J. W. DONAHUE
SERVICE and SELF-SERVICE
Phone 57 or 363
BEN FRANKLIN STORES
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MURDOCK HIGH SCI-IO OL, WINCHENDON,-. MASS.
Compliments 0 f I
LINCOLN J. MAGEE, M.D.
WINCHENDON HOSPITAL, Illc.
P. E. PHILLIPS, D.V.M.
Maple Street Winchelldoll, Massachusetts
Wi nchenrlon Massachusetts
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A. E. ANDERSON
78 Central Street
Knit-tex Coats Worsted-tex Suits
COBLEIGH CLOTHING COMPANY
Arrow Shirts Interwoven Sox
LORETTA'S FASHION SHOPPE
Central Street Winchendon, Massachusetts
WINCHENDON ELECTRIC LIGHT
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MURDOCK HIGH SCHOOL, WINCHENDON, MASS
NEW ENGLAND WOODENWARE CORP.
M. H. PARKS COMPANY
WINCHENDON FLOWER SHOP
CLOTHING and FURNITURE
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PLEASANT VIEW REST HOME
271 High Street Winehendon, Massachusetts
271 High Street Telephone 325 W'inchendon, Mzlssachusetls
215 Lincoln Avenue Winchendon, Massachusetts
WILLIAM SMITH, TRANSPORTATION
97 Elm Street VVinchendon, Massachusetts
MILO E. RICH
388 Maple Street '
VAINE'S FILLING STATION
Winche11don Springs, Massachusetts
LEE'S SERVICE STATION
306 SCHOOL STREET
. TRUCKING and FURNITURE MOVING
Telephone 152 or 628W Winchendo
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MURDOCK HIGH SCHOOL. WINCHENDON, MASS.
DR. ALTON B. SKELTON
LOUIS N. ABARE
DR. F. EARLE HALL
Post Olhce Building Winchendon, Massachusetts
TOY 1'0WN AUTO BODY SI WELDING CORPORATION
Corner Beech and Spring Streets Wilichexidoli, Massachusetts
DON ATPS GARAGE
Telephone 635 88 Front Street
WEEIQS, I.G.A. STORE
MEATS and GROCERIES
Telephone 330 Front Street
CLASS GF NINETEEN FORTY-SEVEN
JOHNSON,S SHOE REPAIR SHOP
PINEAULT'S FURNITURE STORE
UNITED CO-OPERATIVE STORE
DESCHENE'S SHOE STORE
A. T. GIROUARD
CONTRACTING and BUILDING
BUILD AND REPAIR IN 'c4+7"
For Plans and Home Remodeling Ideas See Your Local Lumber Dealer
F. S. CHENEY LUMBER COMPANY
NATIONAL BOWLING ALLEYS
74 MAPLE STREET
MURDOCK HIGH SCHOOL. WINCHENDGN, MASS.
H. GILMORE AND COMPANY
SHOES WALLPAPER HARDWARE
212-214 Central Street
THE CORNER STORE
Navio - Harvey - Dot - Bob - Joe
THE CHILDREN'S CENTER
257 CENTRAL STREET
Compliments of ,
SLAVIN'S DRUG STORE
270 CENTRAL STREET
BECKWITH'S RADIO SALES
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lVI2lIlllfilCll1l'Cl'S of Coats and Suits for Women and Misses
27 Front Street Wi11ehe11c.lon, Massachusetts
Up-to-Date Serving Best of Food
102 FRONT STREET 1920-194-7 J. LILLIE
TOY TOWN TAILLEURS
86 Front Street Telephone 29 Wiilchexicloli, M2lSSElCl'lllSCllS
202 School Street Phone 400 Winchenclon
ANDERSON'S AUTO BODY 81 WELDING WORKS
Complete Fender and Body Repairs
NORDEN FLORAL COMPANY
45 Grove Street Tel. 62 Wll1Cllk2llLlOl'l, Massacllusetls
Congratulations to the Graduating Class
WARREN R. TAPPIN
Complete Insurance Service
133 Grove Street Winchendon, Massachusetts
GOODSPEED MACHINE CO.
202 Spruce Street WlHCl1CHCl0l1, Massaclitlsetts
MURDOCK HIGH SCHOOL, WINCHENDON, MASS.
YVINCHENDON CUSTOM UPHOLSTER COMPANY
J. H. DAVENPORT Q SONS
THE WARMAN PRESS
TOY TOWN TOYCRAFTERS
C. L. Morris W. G. W3I'l1lHI1
'GTHE SNACK BAR,,
Telephone 8 78 Maple Street
73 Maple Street Telephone 415
Plumbing, Healing, Sheet Metal Worlq, Air Couclitioning., Oil Burners
76 Maple Street Tel. Res. 357W - Shop 134W
KOLODNEY 81 MYERS, Inc.
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H. W. ABBOTT - C. H. ABBOTT
98 Central Street Winchertdoll, Massachusetts
ALICE - JEAN SHOP
58 Central Street
THE BEEF SHOP
Milt - Siler - Art - Reggie
JOSEPH'S FRUIT STORE
FIRST NATIONAL STORE
J. Roberts and J. Robichaud, Managers
LECLAIIPS SOCONY SERVICE
RECAPPINC TIRES BATTERY SERVICE
95 Front Street Telephone 343
A 81 P STORE
R. AVENI, Manager
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MURDOCK HIGH SCHOOL. WINCHENDON, MASS.
A. P. BATEMAN 81 SON CO.
33 Central Street
M. E. BERNARD
MR. AND MRS. LAZARUS A. AARONSON
Compliments 0 f
C. E. SNOW 81 SON
C. A. MERRILL INSURANCE CO.
ALBERT'S BEAUTY S
To the Graduating Class of 19447 Best Wishes for Your Success
S. A. GREENWOOD SI SON
Service - Safety - Satisfaction - Since 1876
CLASS OF NINETEEN FORTY-SEVEN
L'HUILLIER FUNERAL HOME
E. P. FLETCHER
THE WIN CHENDON COURIER
Your Home Town Newspaper for Nearly 70 Years
MORRISSEAUS FURNITURE CORPORATION
60 Central Street Tel. 650 Winchendon, Massachusetts
FREDERICK F. DAVIS
REAL ESTATE and INSURANCE
Telephone 593 V 102 Central Street
SIBLEY'S A. A. STORE
CLOVER FARM STORES
15 Main Street Telephone 520
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MURDOCK HIGH SCHOOL, WIN
BROWN PACKAGE COMPANY
KENNEY BROTHERS, Inc.
54- Mechanic Street
MURDOCK FARM DAIRY, Inc.
MILK and CREAM
J. E. BROOKS
TOY TOWN BEVERAGES
Clarence Mills, Prop
J. J. O'DONNELL
THE CAPITOL THEATRE
GEORGE MIZHIR 81 SON, Inc.
CLASS OF NINETEEN FORTY-SEVEN
WINCHENDON FURNITURE CORP.
The Class of 1947 wishes to thank all those who
have helped to make this YEARBOOK possible-the
committee in charge, the contributors, the printer, the
engraver, the subscribers, and the advertisers.
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