Neponset High School - Zephyr Yearbook (Neponset, IL)
- Class of 1951
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Text from Pages 1 - 114 of the 1951 volume:
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Table of Contents
Pictures of Administration
Pictures of School Board
Program of Activities
Pictures of Faculty
Our Record, Page 1
Pictures of Seniors, Page 1
Senior Class History
Our Record, Page 2
Pictures of Seniors, Page 2
Senior Class Will
Our Record, Page 3
Pictures of Seniors, Page 3
Senior Class Prophecy
Our Record, Page 4
Pictures of Seniors, Page 4
Before Us and Behind Us
Junior Class History
Junior Class Identification
Pictures of Junior Class
Sophomore Class History
Sophomore Class Identification
Pictures of Sophomore Class
Freshman Class History
Freshman Class Identification
Pictures of Freshman Class
Science and Mathematics Departments
Identification of Science and Mathematics
Pictures of Science and Mathematics
Vocational Agriculture Department
Identification of Ag. and Shop Classes
Pictures of Agriculture and Shop Classes
Physical Education and History
Identification of Physical Education and
Pictures of Physical Education and
Identification of English and Speech
Pictures of English and Speech Classes
Identification of English, Chorus and
Pictures of English, Chorus, and Band
Home Economics Department
Identification of Home Economics Classes
Pictures of Home Economics Classes
Business Education Department
Identification of Commercial Classes
Pictures of Commercial Classes
Cheerleaders, One-Act Play, Mixed Octet
Pictures of Cheerleaders, One-Act Play,
Future Homemakers of America
Identification of F.H.A. Pictures
Pictures of F.H.A.
Future Farmers in Action
Identification of F.F.A. Pictures
Pictures of F.F.A.
Identification of Football Pictures
Identification of Basketball Pictures
Identification of Track Pictures
Hall of Fame
Thank You, Friends
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Mr. Ammon conducts his business from the office with the help- ul'
Mrs. Zoia, school secretary.
Mr. Charles Berry, known as "Charlie" to the students and faculty,
rests from his labor of cleaning up the Ag. Room. He keeps the building
in good shape for all our many activities. V9
The school building provides an attractive place in which to spend
eight hours a clay. It is located on the northeast corner of a. campus con-
sisting of a football field, baseball diamond, tennis court, and outdoor
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Our school day lasts from 8:57 A.M.
until 3:27 P.M. There are eight class per-
iods in a day with each of them being
forty minutes long. We have a forty min-
ute noon hour.
Labor Day, Armistice Day, Good Fri-
day, and Lincoln's Birthday are the holi-
days that we observe. For Thanksgiving
we have two days off and for Christmas
we generally have twelve days. When
the teachers go to institute, we have
two more days off. The institutes are
held at LaSalle on the second Friday in
October and at Princeton on the second
Friday in February.
Each class is responsible for one school
party during the year. The parties start
at 7:30 P.M. and end at 10:30 P.M.
The freshmen initiation is the first
party of the year and is sponsored by the
sophomores. After the freshmen recov-
er for a month or so, they are hosts for
the Valentine Party. The Christmas
Party is sponsored by the senior Class.
The juniors are responsible for the St.
Patrick's Party in March and also the
Junior-Senior Banquet and Prom.
Each class has to earn money for their
activities. The juniors are privileged
with taking care of the concessions at
all sports events and they also sell candy
at noon in the study hall. They have
this privilege so they can earn money to
sponsor the Junior-Senior Prom.
During the year some people are late
for class or get sent out for different
reasons. It is not exactly a simple prob-
lem to get back into class. You must go
to the office and have a written excuse
from your parents to give to Mr. Ammon
and he okays it.
Before graduating, each student is re-
quired to have sixteen credits. Four of
them must be English, two science, one
American history and one mathematics.
Everybody must take physical educa-
tion. In the homemaking and agricul-
ture departments, the students must have
a home project of some kind. These
classes last for two forty minute periods.
At the beginning of the school year
textbooks are rented to all students and
returned at the end of the school year.
Fines are imposed if books are damaged
in any way.
Magazines and newspapers are kept
on the rack in the study hall. Books may
be checked out of the library by the Eng-
lish teacher. When a book is overdue, a
fine must be paid.
Each spring Miss Morton, the county
nurse, gives TB tests. If a student proves
positive, he is required to have an x-ray.
This person usually is carrying the germ
in his body but doesn't have TB.
We have s p e a k e r s from nursing
schools, vocational schools, m i l i t a r y
schools, etc., who put on programs oc-
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CLAUDE AMMON TERRY ZOIA
Mr Ammon has been a high school
principal for many years He has
been principal of the Neponset High
School for the past five years He
received his Bachelor of Education
degree at Illinois State Normal and
his Master of Arts degree at the
University of Illinois
Mrs Zola has been the office secre
tary for the past year She attended
the University of Ill !
Mr Luther who has been the voca
tional agricultural teacher here for
the past six years received h1s B S
degree in agnculture at the Unlver
slty of Wisconsm He has also taken
graduate and undergraduate study
at the University of Illinois
For the past four and one half years
Mr Fitzpatrick has taught the his
tory courses and coached the ath
letlc teams He received his BS
degree at Knox College He also at
tended Oberlin College and the Um
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a student of Phil Farkas who plays
thc solo horn ln the Chicago Sym
phony Mr Collins has played with
the Fort Worth Symphony Bloom
lngton Normal Symphony Kewanee
Symphony and the Danvllle City
This is Mrs Mllllmans flrst year
she has taught home economics I
II and IV Mrs Mlllxman recexved
her BS degree from Iowa State
Thxs is Mr Plnls second year of
teaching ln Neponset He is now
teaching English II III IV and
speech Mr Pxnl attended the Um
versxty of Illinois where he received
his BS degree
Durmg the past ar Mr Zola has
slstmg of bookkeeping shorthand
and typing Mr Zola attended the
Umverslty of Illlhois for two years
and transferred to West rn Illinois
State College where he received his
BS degree and where he is now
takmg graduate work
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SENIOR CLASS RECORD SENIOR CLASS VYILL
SENIOR CLASS HISTORY SENIOR CLASS PROPHECY
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"l"rie11dli11csr is bi: motto"
Class Vice President 4: F.F.A. Re-
porter 2: F.F.A. Treasurer 3: F. F.
A. President 4: Booster Club 3.
F.F.A. 1 2 3 4: Footballl 2 3 4'
Basketb511'1.'2, 3, 4: 'rrabk' 1f 2',
3, 4: Football Captain 4: Basket-
ball Co-Captain 4: Mixed Chorus 1
Dramatics 4: N Club 2, 3, 4: Home-
coming King's Court 4.
"Willie has xncb a friendly .vmilc
F.F.A. l, 2, 3. 4: Football 1, 2, 3, 4:
Basketball l, 2, 3, 4: Mixed Chorus
1: Boys' Chorus 1: N Club 2, 3. 4:
Play Contest 1.
l -Z MA .l CAROL BLAKEM
J 2 "A singer topping all the resr,h ' I
g for ber 'voice giver us zestl' '
Class President 2: Class Secretary
4: F.H.A. Vice President 2: F.H.A.
Parliamentarian 4: Booster Club
F.H.A. 1. 2, 3, 4: G.A.A. 1: Mixed
Chorus 1, 2, 3, 4: Girls' Chorus 1,
2, 3, 4: Dramatics 2, 3, 4: Play
Contest 3: Music Contest 1, 2, 3, 4:
Band 3: Homecoming Queen's
DONALD CROCKETT V " LIZABETH GQLBY
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Booster Club 1, 4.
F.F.A. 1, 2, 3: Football 1, 2, 3, 4:
Basketball 1, 2, 3: Track 2, 3:
Mixed Chorus 2: Boys' Chorus 2:
N Club 2, 3, 4: Homecoming King's
Class President 1, 3: Class Treas-
urer 4: F.H.A. President 2: F.H.A.
Secretary-Treasurer 3: F.H.A. De-
gree Chairman 4.
F.H.A. 1, 2, 3, 4: G.A.A. 1: Mixed
Chorus 1, 2, 3, 4: Girls' Chorus 1,
2, 3, 4: Dramatics 2, 3: Play Con-
test 3: Music Contest 2, 3. 4: Cheer-
leader 1, 2, 3, 4: N Club 2, 3, fl:
Homecoming Queen's C o u rt 3:
Homecommg Queen 4.
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SENIOR. CLASS HISTORY
As this is the last official project of our
class, it seems only right to go back to the first
of our careers as high school students and
review some of the important parts of our past
On September l, in "47," twenty-six ener-
getic students entered dthe Neponset High
School. We elected as our officers: President,
Elizabeth Golby, Vice President, Pat Kaine,
Secretary-Treasurer, Patty Nortong Booster
Club Members, Carol Blake and Donald Crock-
ettg and Sponsor, Miss Hailey. We had not been
in school very long when we were initiated
by the sophomores. During the first year we
sponsored the Valentine Party and helped with
many things throughout the year. Other than
participating in all our classes the boys joined
F.F.A. and the girls joined F.H.A. and became
active members. Two of our members were
elected cheerleaders: Elizabeth Golby and Pat-
ty Norton. Three boys, James Bennett, Pat
Kaine, and Otto Dobeeke, received letters in
football. The year went along very well with
such things as music, athletics and dramatics
Returning as sophomores, in "48," we felt
more at home and we elected as our leaders:
President, Carol Blake, Vice President, Caryl
Verboutg Secretary-Treasurer, Tom Pratt, Boos-
ter Club Members, Beverly Gould and Pat
Kaineg and Sponsor, Miss Hailey. Several mem-
bers that we had lost were Shirley Buckman,
James Anderson, Alice Evans, Otto Dobeeke,
and Glenn Nichols. This year we sponsored the
Freshman Initiation and again were very ac-
tive in F.H.A., F.F.A., sports, music contests,
and dramatics. Three of our members were
elected cheerleaders this year: Elizabeth Golby,
Regina Golby, and Patty Norton. Boys receiv-
ing letters in football were Pat Kaine, James
Bennett and Wilbur Bennett. Those receiving
letters in basketball were Pat Kaine and James
During the summer, following our sophomore
year, we sold concessions at the baseball games.
We did this to earn money for our junior year.
In the year 1949, as we were growing more in
knowledge, we felt as if we were a part of the
school and it was our duty to be proud of our
achievements and realize the importance of
our schooling. During our junior year, Eliza-
beth Golby served as Presidentg Thomas Pratt
at Vice Presidentg Beverly Gould as Secretary-
Treasurerg Carol Blake and James Bennett as
Booster Club Membersg and Miss Stengel was
our sponsor. We have lost three more members:
Phyllis Berry, Irven Bitting and Harry Gould.
During our junior year we sponsored the St.
Patrick's Party and the second semester we
began work on the Junior-Senior Prom. The
class participated in all exrta-curricular ac-
tivities. J. Bennett, W. Bennett, D. Crockett,
P. Kaine, and T. Pratt received letters in foot-
ball. J . Bennett, W. Bennett, P. Kaine, and T.
Pratt received letters in basketball. Boys re-
ceiving letters in track were James Bennett
and Pat Kaine. Our three members were elect-
ed cheerleaders again this year.
In the fall of 1950 we were nearing our prom-
ised land of learning. We were getting ready to
take our place in the great world. Pat Kaine
was elected as our leader in our last year to-
gether. His assistants were Vice President,
James Bennettg Secretary, Carol Blake, Treas-
urer, Elizabeth Golby, Booster Club Members,
Caryl Verbout and Donald Crockettg Reporter,
Donna Swearingeng Sentinel, Bonnie Kemer-
lingg Sponsor, Mr. Luther. We have gained one
new member, Ruth Jury, who came from
Princeton. The members are again out for mu-
sic, dramatics, athletics, etc. James Bennett was
captain of the football team and Pat Kaine and
James Bennett were co-captains of the basket-
ball team. The same girls and boys received
letters in athletics as in the junior year. In
January of this year Donald Crockett joined
We worked harder than ever our last year
because we realized that before long we would
not be a group anymore but individuals joining
with other groups.
The Christmas Party, magazine sales, and
The Senior Dance were our means of making
money for our class trip.
Our big project this year has been our an-
nual. Since it is one of our last group projects
we are working our hardest to make it a great
We will leave our school, of course, but our
spirit will remain for many years. Our group
will divide into many parts but we will always
remember our gay, carefree days at N.H.S.
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"Al1cayr Iawgbivlg, never nil!"
F.H.A. Parliamentarian 2: F.H A.
Project Chairman 4: Annual Edi-
F.H.A. 1, 2, 3, 41 G.A.A. li Cheer-
leader 2, 3, 4: N Club 2, 3, 4:
Homecoming Queen's Court 3.
.9.,24..f. 1-ff RUTH JURY
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62 -i. Z' t, MAL Transferred from Princeton.
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' . . Class Secretary 1.
F.H.A. 2, 3, 4: Mixed Chorus 3, 4:
Girls' Chorus 3, 4: Dramatics 4:
Music Contest 4: Play Contest 4.
"No matter 'what the task ma e,
:be always does it cheer 1 ly'
Class Secretary-Treasurer 3: F. H.
A. President 3: F.H.A. Vice Presi-
dent 4: Booster Club 2.
F.H.A. 1, 2, 3, 4: G.A.A. 1: Mixed
Chorus l. 2, 3, 4: Girls' Chorus 1,
2. 3. 4: Dramatics 2: D.A.R. Award
4: Music Contest 4: Homecoming
Queen's Court 4.
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P T KAIN 1. BONNIE KEMERLING
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Class Vice President 1: Class Pres- . C11-ISS Sentinel 4-
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Affflfffw- Chorus 1, 2: Girls' Chorus 1, 2:
F.F.A. 1. 2, 3, 4: Football 1, 2, 3, 4:
Basketball 1. 2, 3, 4: Track 1, 2,
3, 4: Basketball Co-Captain 4:
Mixed Chorus 1: Play Contest 4:
N Cluh 2, 3, 4: Homecoming King
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SENIOR CLASS WILL
We, the Senior Class of 1951, being of
sound mind-sometimes-and in good
health-e x c e p t for 20 members-do
hereby declare this to be our last will
To our dear friends, the juniors, we
will our typing erasers, our traditional
senior desks, and all our debts to be paid
To our friends, the sophomores, we
leave our musical talents, our forward-
ness, and our study hall manners.
To the freshmen, we will our ability
to get along with the teachers, our
Shakespearean plays, and our dates.
To Mr. Ammon, our principal, we
leave our thanks for a pleasant four
To Mr. Collins, our music director, we
leave nothing, but take an appreciation
To Mr. Fitzpatrick, our c oac h, we
leave our height for his basketball team.
To Mr. Luther, our vocational ag.
teacher, we leave the soil under our fin-
gernails and the livestock in our hair.
To Mrs. Milliman, our home ec. teach-
er, we leave our memories of beautiful
clothes and well-planned meals.
To Mr. Pini, our English and speech
teacher, we leave our reading, writing.
and speaking ability.
To Mr. Zoia, our commercial teacher,
we leave our appreciation for his help
and guidance in presenting this yearbook.
Donna Swearingen leaves her typing
equipment to anyone not taking typing
next year and her "hot shot" basketball
shooting to Jim Verbout.
Beverly Gould wills her stubby fin-
gernails to Beulah Christiansen and her
great shorthand speed to any poor suck-
er who will take it.
Donald Crockett wills his sailor suit
to Robert Carlson and his curly hair to
Regina Golby wills her figure to Lila
Junis and her tiny feet to Janice Stabler.
LaVerne Wood wills her neat note-
book to Bernice Christiansen and her
"gift of gab" to Shirley Bennett.
Sylvia Swearingen leaves her clothes
to Joyce Lyford and her Toulon boy-
friends to Ruth Kemerling.
Wilbur Bennett leaves Bernice to Ken-
ny Stabler and his motorcycle to Bobby
Caryl Verbout wills her horses to Les-
lie Girven and her class ring to Richard
James Bennett wills his girls to Willis
Wood and his dribbling ability to Jim
Harriet Krahn leaves her musical tal-
ents to Monica B u c k m a n and her
"flashy" jacket to Betty Verbout.
Bonnie Kemerling wills Don Colgan
to Shirley Bennett and her red hair to
Pat Kaine wills his leadership to Don-
nie Gerrond and his "specks" to George
Elizabeth Golby leaves her typing
speed to Barbara Mercer and her cheer-
leading to Joan Krahn.
Faye Stabler wills her long hair to
Mary Mercer and her handwriting to
Tom Pratt wills his "flashy" socks to
Neil Burnett and his "college campus
beanie" to John Swearingen.
Joyce Stabler leaves her gum chewing
ability to Joyce Lyford and her driving
ability to Don Gerrond.
Carol Blake wills her A's to Thelbert
Thompson and her ability to be a good
hostess to Carol Stabler.
Glenn Ouart wills his ability to be a
dramatic actor to Bill Studley and his
undigested pencils to Elaine De Schepper.
Patty Norton wills her neatness to
Pat Golby and her height to Beulah
Ruth Jury leaves her sewing ability
to Marlen Gould and Arliss Sharer.
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Class Secretary-Treasurer 2: Class
Vice President 3: F,F.A. Vice
F.F.A. 1.2.3, 4: Football 1, 2, 3, -I:
Basketball 1, 3, 4: Track 2: Mixed
Chorus 1: Boys' Chorus 1: N Club
2. 3. 4: Homecoming King's Court
"A shining example"
F.F.A. 1, 2, 3, 41 tball 31 Cros
Country Meet : atics 4.
"Ner1t11css is her guide"
Class Secretary-Treasurer 1: Class
Reporter 2: F.H.A. Secretary-
F.H.A. 1, 2. 3: G.A.A, 1: Mixed
Chorus 1, 3: Girls' Chorus 1, 2, 3:
Dramatics 2: Cheerleader 1, 2, 3:
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AYESTABLER lil '
"She is gentle, she is shy,
:md in het' 'work she is high"
F.H.A. Program Chairman 4.
F.H.A. 1, 2, 3, 4: G.A.A. 1: Play
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It has been ten years since Carol and
I left N.H.S. for the "great wide world!"
Since then we have become successful
Fuller Brush girls. We were on our way
back to Neponset to try to make a few
sales to some of our old classmates. We
were greeted at the station by Wilbur
Bennett, who is now Depot Agent at Ne-
ponset. While we were talking to Wil-
bur, who should rush in but Elizabeth
Golby and Pat Kaine. They were taking
a. train for Niagara Falls. Later, we read
in the paper about Caryl Verbout, the
celebrated organist, playing for the wed-
ding. Caryl flew in from her Dude Ranch
north of Neponset for the event. We
understand that Leslie Girven is her
We decided we had better be getting
on with our sales work, and as we had
no car, we rented one from Wilbur Dean.
Neither one of us knew how to drive, so
Wilbur said his wife, the former Patty
Norton, would be glad to drive us around
provided she could get a baby sitter. She
couldn't, so the two little Bennetts went
The first place we stopped was Faye
Stabler's home. She is now a well-to-do
retired mathematics professor. We had
a nice visit with Faye and she told us
about some of our old classmates. Of
course, we knew that Tom Pratt is now
President of the United States. La Verne
Wood was in Washington painting his
portrait. Joyce Stabler is his private sec-
retary. We finally left Faye and got on
our way again.
Our next stop was at Sylvia Swear-
ingen's. We were sure we could sell her
some brushes because she is a beautician
now. Her shop is located in the old bank
building on Commercial Ave., which she
has made into a beautiful home. We
knocked on the door and Sylvia an-
swered. She invited us in, but we didn't
know if we could get in, because of the
clutter around the door. Sylvia isn't
as neat as she used to be! Glenn Ouart
was getting a permanent. We found that
Glenn was giving dancing lessons now.
and was getting fixed up for a revue that
night. Donna Swearingen was starring
in it. Harriet Krahn, who was now play-
ing in Sammy Kaye's orchestra, had vol-
unteered to accompany Glenn's revue
While she was home on vacation. We
couldn't make any sales at Sy1via's, so
we went over to the Texaco Station to
get some gas. Imagine our surprise when
we found Bonnie Kemerling working
there. Just as we were leaving, a big
Cadillac pulled up. It was Beverly Gould,
who is now married to a young doctor.
Her home is in California. Beverly said
our friend Ruthie Jury was an English
Instructor in a big Beverly Hills High
School. Before we could get away a char-
tered bus stopped for gas. It was the
football team from the University of Illi-
nois on their way to Minnesota where
they were to play the following day.
James Bennett, their head coach, jumped
out and talked to us quite a while.
When we got on the train the next
day on our way to New York Ito the
main officel we saw a sailor getting off.
It was Chief Petty Officer, Don Crockett,
home on a thirty day leave.
Well to make a long story short, we
didn't get too much accomplished while
in Neponset, but we had a wonderful
time seeing all our old friends again.
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"A picture of health 'we can't
rosy cheek, starry eye"
F.l-LA. Recreation Chairman 3.
F.H.A. 1, 2, 3, 4: G.A.A. 1: Mixed
Chorus 1, 2, 3: Glrls' Chorus 1, 2,
3: Dramatics 4: Play Contest 1:
Music Contest 3: Band 3, 4.
"She's as kind hearted as they
Class Reporter 4.
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- - - - - - - - - - I-Iarry Armstrong, Neponset, Illinois
"CLASS OF 1951"
Classmates, Friends, and Dear Teachers:
Mentioned here are a few of our features
Of the days at Dear old Neponset High,
Which in a few days we must bid good-bye.
Our President is Pat Kaine,
Good in sports, in math a brain.
An all around regular guy,
He is neither boastful nor shy.
James Bennett, tall and shy,
Star is sports, in dramatics high.
An all around student of the school,
And believe me he's nobody's fool.
The boy who always wears a grin,
Is Tom Pratt who is tall and thin.
He is the life of the Senior Class,
And is seldom seen with a lass.
Now here is a boy named Glenn,
He swallows a pencil now and then.
His last name is Ouart,
A really fine sport.
Donnie Crockett serves the Navy true,
In his suit of navy blue.
We are sure he will achieve,
Marks of rank upon his sleeve.
A boy with a motorcycle is Wilbur Bennett.
He would neither part with it or rent it.
His ambition is to be a farmer,
And with Bernice he's quite a charmer.
Beverly Gould won the D.A.R.,
In the future she'll go far.
A nurse she wishes to be,
At this she'll be good-wait and see.
Regina Golby is blue eyed and dark,
In school she's happy as a lark.
For cheerleading she's just the gal,
And seems to be everyone's pal.
Next in line is our tall blonde,
And of everyone she's quite fond.
Three years of cheerleading she did do,
Yes, this is Patty Norton, quite true.
Here is a girl named Ruth Jury
She'll do her work, you needn't worry.
She is tall and thin,
And for everyone she has a grin.
Our class artist is LaVerne Wood,
We'd help her draw if we could.
She rides in a Hudson of gray,
And watches Television every day.
Our girl Bonnie has red hair,
And she has no time to spare.
Her Geometry takes all her time,
Gee! I thought I'd never make this rhyme.
Faye Stabler is everyone's pal.
She's smart in books and one swell gal.
In speech she's really on the beam
She'd be a winner on any team.
Carol Blake is a girl with a high I.Q.,
And everyone knows she sings well too,
Wouldn't it be interesting if we could see
What she writes in her diary?
Elizabeth Golby, our Homecoming Queen,
With Pat Kaine is often seen.
She is a very friendly lass,
And really a whiz in typing class.
This girl's name is Caryl Verbout,
Shels everyonels friend no doubt.
She's not too tall, nor too short,
Everyone agrees she's a good sport.
Next on our list is our gal Joyce,
For a pal she's everyone's choice.
Chewing gum is her favorite sport,
She's also good on the basketball court.
Donna drives a car of black, '
Everyone admits she's no sad sack.
We all know that she'll do her best,
And as a nurse be a great success. ,
Sylvia's desire is to be a Beautician,
And to our class she's quite an addition.
She's a popular Senior of "51,"
Everyone knows she's lots of fun.
Harriet K.rahn is a studious lass,
She makes good grades in every class.
Whatever she does, she does well,
And now that's all I have to tell.
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The class of "50" has set a challenging path before us. Of the twelve
who graduated last year, seven are attending nursing school, and vari-
John Gunning, Arnold Schmidt, and John Golby are engaged in farm-
ing. Tom Ahlgren is also helping his father on their farm fives miles
northwest of Kewanee.
Wayne Gerrond enlisted in the navy for four years.
Joe Stetson and Cherie Lyford, the 1950 Valedictorian and Saluta-
torian, are attending the University of Illinois, where Joe is majoring in
agriculture and Cherie is majoring in music.
John Heise is attending Elmhurst where he is studying to be a lawyer.
Lillie Miller is attending Fairmount Bible College in Fairmount, West
Virginia. Lillie is majoring in English.
Mary Ann Christiansen is majoring in home economics at Illinois
State Normal University.
Ann Harvey and Barbara Curran are attending nursing school at
the St. Francis Hospital in Kewanee, Illinois.
The incoming freshmen are the ones to fill our places as we gradu-
ate from Neponset High. If the present eighth grade pupils enter high
school, there will be 24 incoming freshmen-11 boys and 13 girls. They
are a capable group with varied talents and abilities. Members of the class
are: Arrolin Berry, Jeanette Bigham, Sandra Brady, Beverly Colgan.
Keith Failon, Terry Folger, Merrill Gunning, Dixie Hansen, Verna Harvey,
Duane Heise, Richard Heise, Francis Junis, Paul Low, Howard Mercer,
Wendell Miller, Joan Nash, Viola Ouart, Peggy Pratt, Patricia Shaner,
Jean Stabler, Marvin Williams, Peggy Ann Melbourne, Stephen Wood.
and Myrtle Yepsen.
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JUNICR CLASS HISTORY
In the fall of "49," fourteen green individuals started attending Ne-
ponset High School. In our freshman year, we sponsored the Valentine
Party but most of all we remember our freshman initiation.
Now being "Old Timers" in the sophomore class, we sponsored more
parties and entered in more school activities.
Our junior year has been a busy one because we have had the man-
agement of the concession stands and the responsibility of the prom. The
class as a whole is looking forward with high hopes of graduating.
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SOPHOMORE CLASS HISTORY
In the spring of forty-nine, thirteen proud and happy students grad-
uated from Neponset Grade School only to start high school the following
September. For the first few weeks we were very green and lost. Our
freshman initiation was very adequate, for afterwards we all felt welcome
and more at ease. We also sponsored the Valentine Party.
At present there are twelve of us in the Sophomore Class, six boys
and six girls. For our class officers we elected Robert Carlson, President,
John Swearingen, Vice President, Marlene Gould, Secretary-Treasurer.
To represent the Sophomore Class in the Booster Club we elected Ken-
neth Stabler and Marlene Gould.
This year we sponsored the freshman party and assisted in the
On the whole, I think our class has enjoyed its school life. As we
close this year, we are looking forward to the coming years with more
vigor and ambition.
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FRESHMAN CLASS HISTORY
On September 1, 1950, we, the freshman class. entered high school.
The first few weeks in school we were looked upon with contempt by the
upper classes. Then the roof really fell in-we were initiated. After initia-
tion, we became accepted members of N.H.S. Soon after school started,
we chose our class officers for the year. They are as follows: President,
Ruth Kemerlingg Vice President, Joan Krahng Secretary, Patricia Golbyg
Treasurer, Bill Studleyg Booster Club, Teddy Folger and Joyce Lyford.
The big event for us during the year was the Valentine Party, which was
sponsored by the freshman class. We have enjoyed school during our
freshman year and are looking forward to our remaining years in high
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Our school is recognized by the State of Illinois
and is accredited by the University of Illinois. Re-
quired courses are offered to students 'who plan to
further their education.
All major college required subjects, such as
English, history, 7llg1fb7C'7llz1flCS, and science courses,
are offered. Others are biology, physics, g6'07ll8Il'.V.
speech, typing, booleleeeping, sl'orthand, houle eco-
nomics, and agriculture.
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SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS
C. H. AMMON, Instructor
Science courses are planned and taught in such manner that it is
hoped that students in science will develop an understanding of the
important principles of both the physical and biological sciences so that
these principles will function effectively in daily livingg to make the use
of scientific methods in the solution of life's problems a habit, and to
develop the practice and facility of using scientific attitudes in all phases
"Mathematics is the key and applied mathematics is the tool where-
with man conquers the universe." The culture and progress of any nation
can be measured by the mathematical development of its people. Mathe-
matics and civilization go hand in handy and whenever there is marked
progress in a nation's life you can be sure that mathematics is one of the
causes of it. Before one can progress very far in the study of electricity,
light, heat, sound, radio, insurance, statistics, accounting or television,
he must have some knowledge of advanced mathematics. The above
statements explain the insistance that all our high school students have
some knowledge of higher mathematics.
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Left to right standing: Monica Buckman, Joyce Lyford, Betty Verbout, Beth
Miller, Joan Krahn, Thelbert Thompson, Arliss Sharer.
Sitting: Bill Studley, John Schmidt, Robert DeSchepper, Teddy Folger, Patricia
Golby, Lila Junis. Instructor: Mr. Ammon.
Left to right front row: Janice Stabler, Betty Kuster, Marlene Gould, Carol
Second row: Mary Mercer, Elaine DeSchepper, John Swearingen.
Third row: Robert Carlson, Leslie Girven, George Ouart.
Standing: Kenneth Stabler, Mr. Ammon.
GEOMETRY 8: ALGEBRA I
Left to right first row: Faye Stabler, Bonnie Kemerling, Robert DeSchepper.
Second row: Harriet Krahn, Pat Golby, Monica Buckman, Arliss Sharer.
Third row: Pat Kaine, Donald Gerrond, Robert Carlson, Kenneth Stabler,
Standing: Mr. Ammon, John Schmidt, Teddy Folger, Lila Junis, Betty Verbout,
Joyce Lyford, Beth Miller, Bill Studley, George Ouart, Joan Krahn.
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VOCATIONAL AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT
V. V. LUTHER, Instructor
I: farming programs, woodworking, weeds, farm
crops, livestock breeds, make up of soils, fruits.
gardening, tool fitting, rope work.
II: painting, soil analysis, soldering, farm records,
growth and care of crops, care and feeding live-
stock, insects, metal work.
III: tractors, farm machinery, soil conservation, crop
handling and harvest, swine, dairy, poultry, fruit
growing, farm buildings.
IV: plumbing, welding, farm business and law, money
1. 30x50 workship equipped with general tools.
2. 2000 agriculture bulletins, 50 slide films, 300 agriculture text-
books, 20 farm magazines in agriculture room.
3. 7 acres of land for general cropping.
4. Equipment for: soil testing, milk testing, swine weighing, show-
ing films, surveying land.
1. Future Farmers of America Chapter.
Veterans on the farm training and evening school.
Skill clinics for farmers such as record keeping, milk testing.
livestock selection, tractor driving, machinery repair, soil testing.
4. Evening schools featuring commercial or extension specialists.
Individual consultation and farm visits.
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AGRICULTURE I Sz II
The Ag. I 8: II boys judging dairy cattle. Left to right: Thelbert Thompson, Leslie
Girven, John Schmidt, Robert DeSchepper, Mr. Luther, George Ouart, John Swear-
ingen, Robert Carlson, and Kenneth Stabler.
AGRICULTURE III Sz IV
The Ag. III 8: IV class studying the soil conservation chart. Left to right: Pat
Kaine, Tom Pratt, Donald Gerrond, Glenn Ouart, Neil Burnett, Wilbur Bennett, John
Bates, James Bennett, and Mr. Luther.
The boys cleaning and painting a tractor for John Hood. Left to right: James
Verbout, Wendell Yepsen, Bill Studley, Maurice Yepsen, Mr. Luther, and Ted Folger.
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PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HISTORY
THOMAS FITZPATRICK, Instructor
Through our sports program and physical education classes a stu-
dent is assisted in the attainment of physical well being, sound habits.
physical skills, sportsmanship, leadership, good mental attitudes, self con-
trol, social cooperation, efficiency, Worthy use of leisure time and such
positive active qualities as initiative, decision, aggressiveness, courage,
and persistence. The program contributes to vocational preparation. It
gives each student a knowledge of the "American Way of Life."
"History is a kind of human knowledge. It is an experience to profit
by, a mistake to remedy, or a success to enjoy."
The purpose of our classes is to review a record of mans' progress
to gain a better understanding of our own times. We hope thereby to
become more useful citizens.
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GIRLS P. E. III AND IV
Left to right: Shirley Bennett, Caryl Verbout, LaVerne Wood, Joyce Stabler,
Beverly Gould, Janice Bigham, Elizabeth Golby, Sylvia Swearingen, Donna Swear-
ingen, Regina Golby, Barbara Mercer, Beulah Christiansen, Faye Stabler, Harriet
Krahn, Ruth Jury, Bernice Christiansen, Carol Blake, Bonnie Kemerling.
Bulletin committee at work. They are, left to right: Caryl Verbout, LaVerne
Wood, Elizabeth Golby, Faye Stabler, Wilbur Bennett.
GIRLS P. E. I AND II
Left to right, bottom row: Pat Golby, Beth Miller, Elaine DeSchepper, Betty
Kuster, Janice Stabler, Betty Verbout, Joan Krahn, Lila Junis, Monica Buckman.
Middle row: Carol Stabler, Joyce Lyford, Marlene Gould.
Top row: Mary Mercer, Arliss Sharer.
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PHHJLIP W. PINI
DALE C. COLLINS
AIMS AND PURPOSES
. . . to equip the student with a knowledge of the fundamentals of gram-
mar and their application, sufficiently to meet his needs in societyg to
develop an appreciation of the literature forms of this country and the
world, and further, to develop this appreciation to a degree that will in-
sure his continued reading after he has completed his secondary school
educationg and last, but in our minds first, to develop in the student the
concept that he is a thinking individual of real worth, that he has a capa-
city he must realize--these, then, constitute our Aims and Purposes.
English I, and introduction to literature plus intensive grammar
English II, A continuation of literature appreciation and grammar
training with growing emphasis on application.
English III, Increased emphasis on composition and grammar and
a continuation of literature appreciation.
English IV, A study of contemporary literature.
English IV, Composition and oral expression.
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Left to right, front row: Regina Golby, Carol Blake, Ruth Jury, Beverly Gould,
and Joyce Stabler.
Second row: Mr. Pini, Wilbur Bennett, and Tom Pratt.
Tom Pratt and Glenn Ouart participating in a panel discussion. Standing at the
right are: James Bennett, Mr. Pini, the instructor, Pat Kaine, and Willis Wood.
Seated from left to right are: Shirley Bennett, John Bates, Neil Burnett, and
Back row, from left to right, are: Bonnie Kemerling, Harriet Krahn, Ruth Jury,
Jim Verbout, Maurice Yepsen, and Faye Stabler,
Seated, left to right, first row: Betty Kuster, Mary Mercer.
Second row: Bob Carlson, Leslie Girvin, John Swearingen, George Ouart, Ken-
Last row: Mr. Pini, Janice Stabler, Marlene Gould, Carol Stabler, and Elaine
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DALE C. COLLINS, Director
A great deal of work was done on the band this year. Several new
people came into the band, and those who were in it last year continued
to develop their playing. Special rehearsals were held in order that the
most promising of the people from grade school might come in with the
high school group and gain experience. The band members improved their
technique, ability to sight-read, and understanding of band literature.
The choruses spent much of their time in singing new music, learning
to sight-read, and gaining knowledge of fundamentals of music. The boys,
who were unable to rehearse with the girls except in special rehearsals,
spent much time in learning time and key signatures, syllables, and some
In the entire music department the emphasis was on group activity
rather than solo work.
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Left to right: Barbara Mercer, Ruth Jury, Joyce Lyford, Bernice Christiansen,
and Beulah Christiansen.
Middle row: LaVerne Wood, Beverly Gould, Caryl Verbout, Carol Blake, Elizabeth
Golby, Janis Bigham, and Joan Krahn.
Top row: Lila Junis, George Ouart, Mr. Collins, Robert Carlson, Neil Burnett,
Kenneth Stabler, and Beth Miller.
Left to right, front row: Arliss Sharer, Lila Junis, Beth Miller.
Second row: Betty Verbout, Joyce Lyford, Monica Buckman, Robert DeSchepper.
Third row: Ted Folger, Joan Krahn, John Schmidt, Pat Golby,
Standing: Mr. Collins, Bill Studley.
The band consists of twelve members. Mr. Collins is the director.
Left to right: Carol Stabler, Mr. Collins, Betty Kuster, Mary Mercer, Joan Krahn,
Marlene Gould, Joyce Stabler, Maurice Yepsen, Neil Burnett, Janice Stabler, Beulah
Christiansen, Elaine DeSchepper, and Harriet Krahn.
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HOME ECCNOMICS DEPARTMENT
JOAN MILLIMAN, Instructor
This course serves as an introduction to many of the areas of home-
making. Beginning students study basic nutrition and food prepara-
tion with emphasis on breakfasts and lunchesg basic principles of
color and design as related to the decoration of their own roomsg
clothing construction of cotton garmentsg and child development
with the main goal being to learn to enjoy being with and caring
Second year homemaking girls study textile fibers and their uses
besides doing advanced work in garment construction. They study
and practice food preparation as related to family dinnersg methods
of food preservation: craftsg and child development with emphasis
on guidance of the pre-school child.
In the fourth year of homemaking, students work on individual food
preparation, meal planning, entertaining and clothing construction
problems. The course also includes study of personal development,
marriage and family living. Child development at this level stresses
prenatal, maternal and infant care.
In addition, all homemaking students are required to complete two
home experiences during the school year. These experiences enable
the girls to put into practice in their own homes, the skills and ideas
learned in class.
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Left to right: Janice Stabler, Betty Kuster, Marlene Gould, Carol Stabler, Elaine
DeSchepper, Mrs. Milliman and Mary Mercer.
The girls are watching a demonstration on how to make a good pie crust.
Left to right: Elizabeth Golby, Caryl Verbout, Donna Swearingen, Mrs. Milliman,
Regina Golby, LaVerne Wood, Sylvia Swearingen and Carol Blake.
Left lo right: Beth Miller, Joyce Lyford, Pat Golby, Ruth Kemerling, Arliss
Slmrer, Lila Junis, Betty Verbout, Mrs. Milliman and Monica Buckman.
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BUSINESS EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
A. JOHN ZOIA, Instructor
The business education department offered five courses this year:
1. Typewriting I-a basic introduction to the typewriter followed
by study of the various forms of business correspondence.
2. Typewriting II-an advance study of business correspondence
with the introduction of basic office machines such as the
3. Shorthand I-a basic introduction to shorthand skills using
the new Gregg Simplified Method and Gregg Transcription
4. Shorthand H-advanced study in speed and mailability under
the Gregg Simplified and Gregg Transcription methods.
5. Bookkeeping I-an introduciton to bookkeeping as it will apply
in a rural, as well as an urban, community. Special emphasis
on the farm practice set which adequately prepares future
farmers to take care of their own bookkeeping.
The business department has taken an active part in such school projects
as the school paper and the school annual in the belief that the actual
preparation of these projects is of real value to the students.
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The class at work on the school paper.
Left to right, first row: LaVerne Wood, Caryl Verbout, Sylvia Swearingen, Bev-
Second row: Harriet Krahn, Joyce Stabler, Donna Swearingen, Ruth Jury, Eliza-
beth Golby, Mr. Zoia.
Mr. Zoia is shown explaining the basic bookkeeping formula.
Left to right, back row: Beulah Christiansen, Elizabeth Golby, Ruth Jury.
Front row: Joyce Stabler, Regina Golby, Sylvia Swearingen, Shirley Bennett,
Bernice Christiansen, LaVerne Wood, Donna Swearingen.
Standing: James Bennett, Glenn Ouart, Wendell Yepsen, Carol Blake, Willis Wood.
Caryl Verbout, Faye Stabler, Bonnie Kemerling.
Left to right, front row: Bernice Christiansen, Beulah Christiansen.
Second rowt Donald Gerrond, Maurice Yepsen.
Third row: Willis Wood, Barbara Mercer, John Bates.
Fourth row: James Verbout, Shirley Bennett, Janis Bigham, Mr. Zoia.
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Our cheerleaders for this year were elected by popular vote of the
student body. Every girl had an opportunity to perform in front of the
assembly. Afterwards the votes were cast for the four girls to be elected.
The four elected were: Elizabeth Golby, Regina Golby, Bernice Christian-
sen, and Marlene Gould. It was Elizabeth Golby's fourth year as cheer-
leader and Regina's third. Bernice Christiansen and Marlene Gould were
both new this year.
The speech class, under the direction of Mr. Philip Pini, participated
in the Little Eight One-Act Play Contest, which was held at Wyanet, Illi-
nois, on March 1, 1951.
The play presented was "When Sweet Sixteen." The cast selected by
Mr. Pini was: Pat Kaine, Bonnie Kemerling, Harriet Krahn, Faye Stab-
ler, Ruth Jury, Shirley Bennett and James Verbout.
An award was presented to James Verbout for the best actor in a
Left to right: Beulah Christiansen, Kenneth Sta.bler, Ruth Jury,
Robert Carlson, Janis Bigham, Neil Burnett, Carol Blake, and George
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FUTURE HOMEMAKERS OF AMERICA
Future Homemakers of America
This is the sixth year for the Neponset F.H.A.
There are thirty-two members. The local chap-
ter is affiliated with the State and National
At the beginning of the school year officers
are elected and installed to guide the chapter's
activities which foster such things as leadership,
cooperation, thriftiness, recreation, and C0111-
munity service. Officers for 1950-1951 are as
follows: Barbara Mercer, President, Beverly
Gould, Vice President, Janis Bigham, Secretary-
Treasurer, Beulah Christiansen, Reporter, Carol
Blake, Parliamentarian, Elizabeth Golby, De-
gree Chairman, Regina Golby, Project Chair-
man, LaVerne Wood, Art Editor, Faye Stabler,
Program Chairman, Mrs. Vernon Luther, Chap-
ter Mother: Mrs. Milliman, Sponsor.
Leadership Camp at East Bay
Each year the organization sends a delegate
to camp. One girl from each school is sent and
they receive all kinds of information on good
leadership and many new ideas to bring back
to their club. Barbara Mercer, our president,
attended camp at East Bay this year.
The F.H.A. organization awards three degrees
to members according to their status in school
and their personal achievements. These degrees
are the Junior Homemaker, the Chapter, and
th State Homemaker. To earn the Junior Home-
maker Degree you have to complete one semes-
ter of homemaking instruction, know the creed,
colors, motto, and the purpose of the organiza-
tion, contribute to the chapter program, and
have a good personal quality standard. To be
eligible for the Chapter Degree you are re-
quired to have the status of the Junior Home-
maker and have completed two semesters of
homemaking instruction, to know the State
F.H.A. constitution and by-laws, have skill in
parliamentary procedure, be cooperative and
have initiative in chapter activities, have a good
standard of family life, responsibility, and rec-
reational activities. To meet the requirements
of the State Degree you must have completed
the first two degrees with a very very good un-
derstanding of the F.H.A. organization. Thus
far 97'Z, of the girls have received the Junior
Homemaker Degree. The girls who have earned
their Chapter awards are Elizabeth Golby,
Joyce Stabler, Barbara Mercer, Shirley Ben-
nett, Beulah Christiansen, and Janis Bigham.
National F.H.A. Week
National F.H.A. Week is from November 12
to November 19. This is the week set aside for
emphasizing the publicity of F.H.A. Our Chap-
ter named it "C.C.C. Week," which stood for
Courtesy, Cooperation, and Consideration. Skits
were planned and given in front of the assemb-
ly. The subject of the skits were manners in
the home, at school, in the restaurant, at the
theater, and at parties. Posters were also made
and the publicity books were displayed down-
town. At the end of the week the most courte-
ous boy and girl were chosen by popular vote.
The winners were Elizabeth Golby and James
This week was also highlighted with a pot-
luck supper for the parents and faculty with
the main event being the Installation Service
which expressed the eight purposes of the or-
House of Delegates Meeting
The House of Delegates meeting was held at
the Buda High School on November 4. This
meeting is attended by four officers, the Chap-
ter Mother, and Chapter Sponsor from each
school in Section 11. Those attending from Ne-
ponset were Mrs. Milliman, Mrs. Luther, Bar-
bara Mercer, Elizabeth Golby, Regina Golby,
and Beverly Gould. The day was spent attend-
ing separate meetings and discussing new and
proper methods of bettering our F.H.A. or-
ganizations. The election of the new Section
Officers was held. We are very proud to have
Barbara Mercer as the new Section Parliamen-
Style Show and Tea
The F.H.A. sponsored the annual Christmas
Tea and Style show on December 14. The stun-
ning velvet, knit, and fur fashions, smartly
styled dresses, formals, and coats were mod-
eled by the F.H.A. girls. Following the style
show a tea was served. The Chapter Mother
and President presided at the serving table.
Open-faced sandwiches, cookies, and candy
disappeared in the presence of one hundred
and thirty guests.
Rally Day was held on March 3, 1951 at
Grandville. This is a day set aside when every
chapter of the section meets and discusses dif-
ferent situations of their chapters. The Neponset
Chapter presented two skits with all the mem-
bers included, and some of the girls took part
in the style show.
Our organization is very proud to have Mrs.
Vernon Luther as its Chapter Mother. She has
been our mother for three years now and Sec-
tion Mother for one year. We don't know what
we would have done without her. Mrs. Luther
gives us many ideas and promotes an excellent
spirit among the girls.
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Installation of Officers Smile Carol!
Get to work, girls
F. H. A.
The F.H.A. is conducting a business meeting. Members are from
left to right, back row: Janice Stabler, Betty Kuster, Marlene Gould,
Mary Mercer, Carol Stabler, Elaine DeSchepper, Lila Junis, and Beth
Miller. Arliss Sharer is making a motion. Middle row, left to right: Joyce
Stabler, Caryl Verbout, Pat Golby, Betty Verbout, Joyce Lyford, Monica
Buckman, and Ruth Jury. Front row, left to right: Sylvia Swearingen,
Donna Swearingen, Shirley Bennett, Bonnie Kemerling, Bernice Chris-
tiansen, and Harriet Krahn.
Officers are seated around the table, left to right: Faye Stabler, pro-
gram chairmang Regina Golby, project chairman, Carol Blake, Parlia-
mentariang Beverly Gould, vice-president, Barbara Mercer, president:
Janis Bigham, secretary-treasurer, Beulah Christiansen, reporter, La-
Verne Wood, artistg Elizabeth Golby, degree chairman.
Behind the officers are Mrs. Milliman, sponsor, and Mrs. Luther,
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FUTURE FARMERS IN ACTION
Throughout the year the Future Farmer mem-
bers take part in a variety of activities that
teach leadership, cooperation, better farming
and better living. The major activity is the
operation of a seven acre farm which has been
done for 2 years. It is divided into 3 fields of
corn, oats and legume which are rotated each
year. Members learn cropping practices and
management in this project and also earn mon-
ey for the chapter. The 1950 net profit was
3391. All expenses are paid for, except the use
of the machinery which is donated by the par-
ents. Profits are used to purchase shop tools
and finance chapter activities.
Our chapter was chosen state winner in farm
safety activity at the State F.F.A. Convention.
The award was a S100 check which was used
to buy equipment for our farm shop.
Robert Carlson, Kenneth Stabler, John
Swearingen, Leslie Girven, Pat Kaine, and
Neil Burnett attended the lllinois State F.F.A.
Convention at Champaign. While visiting the
University they participated in the Fat Stock
and Dairy Judging Contest. Hugo Block was
named one of the seventeen American Farmer
candidates, and James Bennett was awarded
the State Farmer Degree at the F.F.A. Con-
The Neponset Chapter submitted five entries
in section production contests and three were
judged as first and were awarded plaques.
Those winning were: John Golby in Farm Me-
chanicsg John Gunning in Farm Safety, and
Joe Stetson in Soil and Water. The chapter also
participated in the Section III program of work
contest and in the section soil conservation
contest placing second in the latter.
Joe Stetson, Jr., placed second in the Section
III public speaking contest which was held at
Buda. He spoke on soil conservation. He placed
first in the Ruhm Phosphate Essay Contest and
was awarded a 51,000 scholarship to the Uni-
versity of Illinois.
During August, John Bates, Willis Wood, and
Donald Gerrond accompanied Mr. Luther to
the Illinois State Fair. Eight members exhibited
livestock at the Section III F.F.A. Fair at Cam-
bridge as follows: John Golby, Hereford steers,
Joe Stetson, Hereford steers, Willis Wood,
Guernsey calfg Thomas Ahlgren, Poland China
hogsg John Bates, Hampshire sheep, John
Swearingen, Hampshire hogs, Leslie Girven,
Angus steers, Kenneth Stabler, Hereford and
Five members participated in the Section III,
F.F.A. Leadership Camp at Port Byron this
year. Attending were Leslie Girven, John
Swearingen, Robert Carlson, George Ouart, and
Eleven members enrolled in corn yield proj-
ect this year. Free seed was furnished by com-
mercial seed corn companies. Records were kept
and representative samples were taken and
Hugo Block, a member of the Neponset F.F.A.,
was awarded the American Farmer Degree at
the National F.F.A. Convention in Kansas City.
He was one of the 18 members selected from
the state of Illinois. He was selected on the
basis of his farming program, and his enviable
high school scholastic and activity record. Ac-
companying Hugo to the convention were John
Gunning, John Golby, and Mr. Luther.
Five members and Mr. Vernon Luther at-
tended the International Livestock Exposition
in Chicago. One day was spent looking over
the livestock and the sights of Chicago. Those
making the trip were: Tom Pratt, Pat Kaine,
Glenn Ouart, John Bates, and Neil Burnett.
During January, three F.F.A. members were
given the Greenhand Degree. They were: John
Schmidt, Thelbert Thompson, Robert DeSchep-
per. The Chapter Farmer Degree was awarded
to seven other members. They were: Neil Bur-
nett, John Swearingen, Leslie Girven, Richard
Daniel, George Ouart, Kenneth Stabler, and
The Annual Father and Son banquet was
held March 29, at Jul's Farm Restaurant at
Rock Falls, Illinois. Forty-five members at-
tended the banquet, John Bates was toast-
master of the evening. Honorary Degrees were
given to Mrs. Schmidt and Mrs. Ouart, and the
DeKalb award was presented to James Ben-
nett. Movies of the Tractor Rodeo were shown
by Mr. Luther.
Kenneth Stabler participated in the Sec-
tional Public Speaking Contest, held at Ke-
wanee, April 3. He won third place medal from
a field of six contestants. The title of his speech
was "Can Farmers Maintain Production With-
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The second annual Tractor Rodeo was held in
Neponset on Saturday, September 30th. The
event was held in the field immediately south of
the Neponset High School Athletic field.
The rodeo included all of the F.F.A. Chapters
in Section III, which includes Bureau, Henry,
and Rock Island Counties. More than 40 con-
testants from schools in Section III partici-
pated. Each school was represented by two or
more drivers, according to the enrollment of
Neponset was represented by Donald Crock-
ett and Wilbur Bennett. First place winner was
Donald Crockett. He was awarded the First
Place Trophy, by George Doak, State super-
viser of Vocational Agriculture, from the Uni-
versity of Illinois. Wilbur Bennett, last year's
winner, tied for fourth and fifth places.
Other schools producing winners were: Weth-
ersfield, Ohio, Geneseo, Reynolds, Bureau
Township, Cambridge, and Atkinson.
There were five events: backing the tractor
to a perfect hitch with a wagon tongue, pulling
a side delivery rake through a narrow gate.
backing a four-wheeled wagon into a shed,
turning on simulated short corn stalks and the
They were scored on time, skill, patience,
V. V. Luther, Neponset Vocational Agricul-
ture teacher, was in general charge of the
Before After D. Crockett
John Swearingen Thelbert
Standing, left to right: Robert Carlson, James Bennett, Leslie Girven.
Seated at table, left to right: Pat Kaine, Tom Pratt, Mr. Luther, Don-
ald Gerrond, and Kenneth Stabler.
Seated facing table, left to right: Wilbur Bennett, Glenn Ouart, John
Swearingen, George Ouart, Thelbert Thompson, Neil Burnett, John
Schmidt, and Robert DeSchepper.
Bennett Bates Kenneth Stabler
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The Neponset Zephyrs, led by Coach Tom
Fitzpatrick, displayed unusual team spirit and
finished the season with a record of six wins
and three losses, the best Zephyr record for
The Zephyrs traveled to LaMoille for the
opening game and were defeated by a powerful
team 27-19. Neponset had a 13-7 lead at the
close of the first quarter and was able to pro-
tect this lead until half time. Two quick touch-
downs by LaMoille in the third period sent
them into the final quarter leading 20-13. Both
teams scored in the final quarter, but in spite
of determined effort on the part of the Zephyrs,
LaMoille hung on to win 27-19. The Zephyr's
scoring in this game was done by W. Bennett
Playing without the services of J. Bennett
who was injured in the last few minutes of the
LaMoi1le game, coupled with a letdown after
the LaMoille game, the Zephyrs managed to
outlast Malden for a 12-7 victory. Swearingen
scored both Neponset's touchdowns on short
Still plagued by the let down that appeared
in the Malden game, the Zephyrs were hand-
cuffed by the Ohio Bulldodgs and went down
by a stunning 45 to 13 defeat. It was Ohio all
the way. The Bulldogs led 14-0 at the end of
the first quarter, 26-0 at half time and 38-0 at
the end of the third period. The Zephyrs came
to life in the fourth quarter and out scored the
Bulldogs 13-7, but it was too late. Verbout and
Burnett broke into the scoring column for the
first time this season.
Although the Zephyrs had too much man
power for Bureau Township, they served notice
on their remaining opponents that they were
going to be troublesome in their remaining un-
played games by defeating Bureau Township
58-0. This is the most decisive defeat by any
team in the history of Neponset's "Little Eight"
league play. Kaine and Stewart led the scoring
with two touchdowns each. Gerrond, Bates,
Thompson, Verbout and Pratt also scored. The
thrill of the game was a pass interception and
a sixty yard run by Pratt for a touchdown.
Bolstered by the return of James Bennett to
the line, and inspired by the crushing defeat
of Bureau Township 58-0, an alert Zephyr team
capitalized on the mistakes of the Tiskilwa In-
dians and crushed them 34-14. It was the Ze-
phyrs all the way. They led 6-O at the end of
the first quarter and 20-0 at half time. Al-
though the Indians scored in both the third and
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fourth quarters, they never seriously threat-
ened the big lead the Zephyrs piled up in the
first half. Wilbur Bennett scored two touch-
downs in this pleasing victory and Swearingen,
J. Bennett and Pratt scored one each. Pratt
again astounded local fans by recovering a
fumble and marced fifty yards for a touchdown.
The biggest and most pleasant surprise of the
season was the Zephyr's defeat of the suppos-
edly strong Sheffield team 45-0. The Sheffield
Cardinals could find no way to stop the run-
ning attack of the Zephyrs and the vicious tack-
ling and accurate blocking of the Zephyrs sty-
mied every effort of the big red team to score.
Kaine, W. Bennett and Gerrond paced the Ze-
phyr attack and scored two touchdowns each.
Swearingen tallied once.
The Zephyrs spoiled the Wyanet homecom-
ing by defeating the Eagles 25-6 for their fourth
straight win. J. Verbout ran and plunged for
two touchdowns in the game to serve notice
that he may become a back to reckon with In
the 1952 season. Swearingen and W. Bennett
each scored one touchdown.
The Manlius jinx again proved the downfall
of the Zephyrs for they went down to a 20-0
defeat by the ultimate conference champs. The
Zephyr's stout defense held the Manlius Red
Devils to a 7-0 first half lead, but due to some
costly fumbles the Zephyrs were never able to
get a sustained defensive drive under way.
The Zephyrs completed their season by ex-
ploding to a 52-26 victory over the Buda Bears.
Pat Kaine led in scoring with four touchdowns,
all coming on long runs. Once out in the open,
Pat refused to be brought down. W. Bennett
scored twice. Swearingen and Pratt scored
once each. Center Pratt intercepted a pass and
ran for his third touchdown of the season.
Kaine, W. Bennett, J. Bennett and Pratt made
their final appearance in Zephyr football togs.
These four boys will be hard to replace.
The final standings were as follows:
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Manlius ....... ........ 9 0 0 310 95
Lalvloille ..... ........ 8 1 0 324 162
Neponset ..... ........ 6 3 0 256 144
Ohio ............. ........ 6 3 0 179 122
Sheffield ...... ........ 5 3 1 169 191
Tiskilwa ..... ........ 4 5 0 228 198
Buda ........ ........ 3 5 1 278 304
Wyanet .... ........ 2 7 0 1 12 179
Bureau .... ........ 1 8 0 105 356
Malden ........... ........ 0 9 0 77 282
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Coach Tom Fitzpatrick's Zephyr bas-
ketball team had a rather spotty season
marked by some very good basketball
and some not so good. A twenty-four
game season resulted in fifteen losses
and only nine victories. The conference
record showed three wins and five losses.
Non-conference play, exclusive of tour-
naments, resulted in three wins and sev-
en losses. Tournament play gave the Ze-
phyrs a fifty-fifty breakg three wins and
In conference play the Zephyrs de-
feated Tiskilwa 45-44g Buda 33-315 and
LaMoille 50-43: lost to Sheffield 57-47 g
Wyanet 50-493 Manlius 50-29, Ohio 66-
563 and Bureau 55-30. In non-conference
play the records show wins over Buda
35-305 LaFayette 48-38 and 47-45g and
losses to Wyanet 33-32 3 Annawan 48-36
and 46-445 Toulon 50-33 and 47-435 and
In tournament play the Zephyrs made
their best showing. In the "Little Eight"
tournament Tiskilwa was defeated 49-
345 LaMoille 37-36. Losses were admin-
istered by Buda 39-37 and Sheffield 60-
44. In the district tournament LaFay-
ette was defeated for the third time by
the Zephyrs 44-43. The powerful Shef-
field team was met in the second district
tournament g am e and the Zephyrs
bowed out of tournament play by a 78
to 50 score.
The highlights of the season were the
last second defeat of Tiskilwa 45-44, the
defeat of LaMoille in the "Little Eight"
tournament by a last second free throw,
making the score 37-36, and the over-
time victory of LaFayette 47-45.
Strangely enough, the heroics in each of
these three thrillers were supplied by
three different boys. Verbout pulled the
Tiskilwa game out of the fire by a one
hander from the corner with the final
gong sounding while the shot was still
in the air. Wendell Yepsen kept the Ze-
phyrs in "Little Eight" tournament play
by sinking a free throw against LaMoille
with only two seconds of playing time
remaining. Pat Kaine swished a long two
hander from the middle of the court
with the final horn sounding to give the
Zephyrs a well-earned overtime victory
over a fighting LaFayette team.
Team scoring was as follows:
Jame Bennett .... 308
Pat Kaine ..................... .....,..,,,, .,,,,,., 1 5 9
Don Gerrond .,..... .,,,,,,,, 1 31
Tom Pratt ......,..,,.. ,,,,,,,,, 1 28
Neil Burnett ....... ,,,,,,,,, 1 26
Jim Verbout ....... .......,. 9 8
Wilbur Bennett ....... ......... 1 8
John Swearingen ....... ..... 2
Wendell Yepsen 1
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Left to right: Teddy Folger, Bill Studley, Maurice Yepsen, Willis
Wood, John Swearingen, Jim Verbout, Wilbur Bennett, Neil Burnett.
Tom Pratt, Mr. Fitzpatrick, Mr. Ammon, James Bennett, Pat Kaine, Don
Gerrond, Robert Carlson, Leslie Girven, Kenneth Stabler, Wendell Yep-
sen, John Schmidt, Thelbert Thompson.
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Last year's track team, led by Captain John Golby, raised the stan-
dard set by the team of 1948-49.
Joe Stetson, John Golby, and John Heise were the only letterrnen
who returned from the 1948-1949 season. The other boys who partici-
pated were: Wayne Gerrond, Pat Kaine, James Bennett, Donald Crockett,
John Gunning, John Stewart, Neil Burnett, James Verbout, Tom Ahlgren,
Robert Colgan, Kenneth Stabler, John Swearingen, Robert Carlson, and
The results of the meets are listed below:
M anlius ..............,. 62 Tiskilwa ..,,.,...,.... 60 Neponset .........,.... 37
LaMoille .,.......,,,., 65 W Neponset ,..........,.. 50 Wyanet ....,,..,,..,,,, 3-iw
N eponset .,............ 85 V2 Buda ....,,.. ,...,.,.. 4 8 IA Bureau ..............,. 14
Sheffield ...........,.. 68 Neponset .....,.,..,,.. 52 Ohio ..............,,,..... 27
The following boys won places in the Conference meet: James Ben-
nett, first in discus, Pat Kaine, second in high jumpg Joe Stetson, first
in shot putg John Stewart and Pat Kaine placed fourth and fifth in the
440 yd. dash.
John Stewart, Jim Verbout, Neil Burnett, and John Swearingen
placed first in the 440 yd. freshmen-sophomore relay, and second in the
880 yd. freshmen-sophomore relay.
The freshman-sophomore track team won second place at the con-
ference track meet. John Stewart won first place in the 440 yard run and
100 yard dash, James Verbout won first place in the high jump and
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Back row, left to right: John Schmidt, Bill Studley, Willis Wood, Kenneth Stab-
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Front row, left to right: Jim Verbout, Leslie Girven, Pat Kaine, Neil Burnett,
Robert Carlson, James Bennett.
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An important part of every Freshman's life
is "Initiation Daynfwhen the Sophomores at-
tempt to remove their greenness. We really had
a sight at Neponset High School. It seemed
that Paris had come to visit us. Can you imag-
ine Joan Krahn in a long white "sheet" eve-
ning dress with a special "box" blouse? She
wore "toast" earrings and two shoes that were
Don Colgan, in a very beautiful dress, high
heels, and black hose, was the exact image of
one of Hol1ywood's popular stars. He wore one
of the latest perfumes, "Onion D' Paris." The
other girls and boys were similarly dressed. The
part of "Servant for a day" was played by the
"greenies" as they did odd jobs for their masters
In the evening a program was given by the
Freshmen. Some of the acts were: Monica
Buckman imitating Betty Hutton, Lila Junis
singing "I Love You Truly" to Wendell Yep-
sen, Bobby DeSchepper and Joan Krahn swing-
ing to the Charleston, and Arliss Sharer pro-
posing to Teddy Folger.
After refreshments were served, the Fresh-
men washed dishes and cleaned the kitchen as
a finishing touch to their initiation.
A GOOD TIME
Take an assortment of boys and girls, warm
clothes, straw, a hay-rack, a tractor and driver,
a moon Cif handyh and you have what is known
as a good time-the F.F.A. Hayride.
SCHOOL SPIRIT GETS
The Booster Club "Jeans Party" began with
a grand march and a grapevine twist. fSeveral
students really knew how to twist.J
Gaily colored balloons were tied to each per-
son's ankle and soon, amidst dancing, we were
jumping everywhere, trying to puncture the
other fellow's balloon and trying to protect
The F.H.A. gave a very interesting party. It
was a "Backwards Party." This means that
everything Cor nearly everythingj was done
backwards. The girls wore jeans and shirts
that buttoned down the back. Some of the boys
wore dresses. Best dressed were: Bill Studley,
Don Colgan, and Wendell Yepsen, who wore
The group, mixed with straw, was taken
through Walnut Grove, Osceola, and back to
the campus. Then a feast of "ash-covered" hot
dogs and cider was enjoyed by all.
A LIFT AT "JEANS PARTY"
Everyone participated in the games and the
fun. Even' John Swearingen danced for the first
The refreshments, of course, helped boost
the party, and we left, feeling that we had
helped lift the school spirit.
the latest fashions.
During the evening the entertainment in-
cluded a grapevine twist and dancing. A fea-
ture attraction was the "hurdle" dance, won by
Beulah Christiansen and Wendell Yepsen.
After lunch, the girls escorted their "dates"
THE CHRISTMAS PARTY
Santa Claus, mistletoe, songs, games, danc-
ing, and refreshments made the Christmas Par-
ty a happy one. Several stunts were done dur-
ing the evening.
Joyce Lyford, as Mrs. Santa Claus, was wish-
ing her husband, Pat Kaine, a pleasant journey
on Christmas eve. A dance, which featured
holding an apple between two foreheads, was
demonstrated by seven students and Mr. Berry.
A group told their New Year resolutions and
other students told why they would break them.
New talent was discovered as eight boys and
girls sang "Silent Night."
Mistletoe helped decorate the gym. 4Maybe
it wasn't for decoration as two little girls dem-
onstrated its purpose.D
Santa Claus paid us a visit. He talked to the
t'kiddies" and then passed out gifts to us.
Christmas songs were sung while we were
seated around the lighted tree. The accompa-
nists were Harriet Krahn, Marlene Gould, and
There was dancing. Ice-cream, cookies and
punch was served by the seniors.
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The "N" club is an honorary club made up
of the students who have earned letters. Those
who have been awarded letters are:
SENIORS-James Bennett: football 4, basket-
ball 3, track 1: Pat Kaine: football 4, basketball
3, track 1: Wilbur Bennett: football 3. basketball
2: Tom Pratt: football 2, basketball 2: Don
Crockett: football 2: Elizabeth Golby: cheer-
leading 4: Regina Golby: cheerleading 3: Patty
Norton: cheerleading 3.
JUNIORS-Jim Verbout: football 1, basket-
ball 2, track 1: Neil Burnett: football 1, basket-
ball 2, track 1: Wendell Yepsen: football man-
ager l: Donald Gerrond: football 1, basketball
1: Willis Wood: cross country 1: John Stewart:
football 1, track 1.
SOPHOMORES-Kenneth Stabler: football 2:
John Swearingen: football 1, track 1: Richard
Daniels: football 1: Marlene Gould: cheerlead-
FRESHMAN--Donald Colgan: football 1.
The John Golbys were hosts to the 1950
football team, cheerleaders, faculty members,
and student guests.
Captain James Bennett cut the cake and
spoke briefly. Other speeches were given by
the faculty members, other members of the
squad, and cheerleaders.
Neponset High held its annual Homecoming
October 20, 1950. Early Friday morning the
members of the senior class were seen decor-
ating the football field ln red and white on
Sheffield's side and maroon and gray on Ne-
ponset's side. The junior class was busy add-
ing the finishing touches to the high school
gym, which was decorated to carry out the
theme of "Coming Home." It resembled a fam-
ily living room, complete with a fire-place! A
short pep session was held in the study hall
at 1:30, at which several alumni of NHS spoke.
After the pep session, a reception was given
for friends and alumni of the school. The
freshmen girls had charge of this. At 3:00,
Neponset and Sheffield began a football game
that ended very happily for us! We won-45-O!!
In the evening we danced to the music of Doc
Hunt. At 10:30 the coronation of the King and
Queen of the homecoming was held. The King
and Queen of 1949, John Golby and Barbara
Curran, led the procession into the gymnasium.
They were followed by the court which con-
sisted of Beverly Gould and James Bennett:
Caryl Verbout and Tom Pratt: Carol Blake and
Donald Crockett: and the King and Queen of
the 1950 Homecoming, Pat Kaine and Eliza-
beth Golby. After the actual coronation, Ruth
Kemerling sang a solo, accompanied by Donna
Swearingen. The King and Queen of 1950 led
a grand march, after which the dancing was
The Junior-Senior Prom was held May 7. A
banquet, which preceded the prom, was given
at Hotel Kewanee. After the program, the fol-
lowing addresses were given:
Welcome .................,.,.,.... Elizabeth Golby
Response .,.,..........,..,,,......,. Cherie Lyford
Class History. ,...,............ Wayne Gerrond
Class Prophecy ............, .Barbara Curran
Class Will ......,................... John Gunning
Class Poem ..........,,................ Lillie Miller
After the banquet, everyone returned to the
high school gymnasium where dancing was en-
joyed. Music was furnished by "Spin" Law-
rence and his orchestra.
A "Moonlight and Roses" theme was used in
decorating. The gymnasium was transferred
into a flower garden scene with white picket
fences and trellisses colorfully decorated with
roses and vines. Punch was served by the fresh-
The Booster Club is an organization with
representatives from each class, elected by their
respective classes. The purpose of the Booster
Club is to serve as a student governing board.
This year, the club prepared the school cal-
endar, named the class sponsors, and assisted
Mr. Pini with the homecoming activities. On
November 15, the club sponsored a "Jeans
Party," which everyone enjoyed.
Members of the Booster Club this year are
Caryl Verbout and Donald Crockett, Seniors:
Janis Bigham and Donald Gerrond, Juniors:
Marlene Gould and Kenneth Stabler, Sopho--
mores: and Joyce Lyford and Teddy Folger,
Freshmen. Mr. Pini is the sponsor.
A Christmas Cantata, "Alleluia, Christ Is
Born," was presented December 18, 1950. The
entire musical program was under the direc-
tion of Mr. Dale Collins. The various solos.
duets, quartets, and choruses were accompa-
nied by Carol Blake. Soloists were Bernice
Christiansen and Ruth Jury. The narrator was
ALL SCHOOL PLAY
Under the able direction of Mr. Pini, the
students of Neponset High School turned out
a pleasant comedy, "The Inner Willy."
James Bennett ...,.,.,., Willoughby Adams
Joyce Stabler ........................ Aunt Hester
Janis Bigham ......... ......... A unt Louise
LaVerne Wood .......... ............ A unt Olga
Wendell Yepsen .................... Inner Willy
Glenn Ouart ........... ......., S tanley Clark
John Bates .......................................... Mike
Ruth Jury ..,.,...,........... Marybelle Turner
Beulah and Bernice Christiansen ..........
Carol Blake ...,...,,,....,....,...... Carol Martin
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Class Brunette .........
Class Blonde ...................
Class Redhead. ..,............. ..
Most Mannerly Boy .........
Most Mannerly Girl ..,.....
Girl Athlete .....,,............
Boy Athlete ,... .............
Quietest Girl .....,..
Quietest Boy .........
Tallest Girl ..........
Tallest Boy ........,......
Class Bookworm ........
Class Workers .,...........
Study Hall Walker .......
Teachersf Pest ............
Class Sailor ............,.
Smartest Girls ..,.....,
Smartest Boy ..,....,.,....
Most Popular Girl ...,....
Most Popular Boy ........
Best Dressed Girl ...,.....
Best Dressed Boy .........
Most Artistic Girl .......
Peppiest Senior ......
Musical Girl ...............,.............
Best Actress ..........,.....................
Girl with the Darkest Hair ........
Neatest Girl .....................,.,........
Class Cut-ups ......,............,......
Night Owl ..,.........,.......
Prettiest Hair .....,.,.........
Best Natured Girl ........
Best Natured Boy ......................
Most Inquisitive ......................
Girl with the Prettiest Eyestizllzl
Class Lovebirds ............,......,.........
Boy with. the Biggest Feet .....,
Oldest Girl .........l....,,.,.......
Oldest Boy .........................
Youngest Girl ,..,...,........
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Favorite Sport ..........,..
Favorite Pastime ........,
Favorite Song ....,......
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Elizabeth's House of Flowers
Foster's Wall Paper Store
Good's Furniture House
Janet's Beauty Box
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Richmond's Art Press
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