Niagara Falls High School - Niagarian Yearbook (Niagara Falls, NY)
- Class of 1941
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Latin scholar once penned the universal
truth "Vivum e Vivo," "Life Springs From Life." While We
have been closely associated with the intellectual and social
environment here at Niagara High, we have partaken of and
become identified with her social and intellectual ideals. We
have, in a sense, become sons and daughters imbued with a
spirit springing from our beloved and benevolent Alma Mater.
VVe really have had life from life.
We admit this acquisition truthfully and gratefully.
Moreover, in preparing and publishing our NIAGARIAN, we
have honestly attempted to prove objectively how our physical
and mental Well-being has been valuably enhanced. In select-
ing the life theme we believe that, although it is not Utopian
in scope, it isf, nevertheless, as appopriate a theme as any that
could have been adopted. It has afforded us the welcomed
opportunity to reveal ourselves as we are. This fact is
sustained by the numeous life "shots," the descriptive articles,
and especially by the planning and arrangement of material.
Yes, indeed! NVe say fervently, "This was life for us.
Life seen and enjoyed from its every aspect. May We, with a
deep sense of appreciation, pray that we shall cherish and
practice the ideals of life as we lived them here."
IFE may be considered as the mental, physical, spiritual
and social well-being that an individual is privileged to pos-
sess. He may be the recipient of acquired knowledge, that
has not only widened his mental horizon, but enriched his
mental perspective. He may be enlightened to better physical
growth, and learn to profess a code of morals beyond re-
proach. Lastly, he may live the countless experiences realized
by his many contacts with mankind, experiences that may
prove to be the source of acquired habits that will mark him
an eligible candidate with acceptable social characteristics.
In view of which, therefore, we respectfully dedicate the
1941 NIAGARIAN to the administrative executives for an
environment conducive to good learning, to the faculty for
their directed transfer of knowledge that has sharpened our
mental faculties, to those that have especially aided in direct-
ing our physical development, to those who have provided
opportunities for better spiritual enlightenment, and for moral
advance 5 finally to those wiho, by their sound counsel and
untiring effort, have led us to attain sociological betterment
by the many personal contacts and activities planned-to all
who have in any way contributed towards the foundation
upon which we shall build our individual destiny.
Among the many radio amateurs in
Niagara Falls High School, in order of
getting their licenses, are:
Leo Norvicki .... W SVIIJ . . . .... Junior
Teddy Czaja ..... WSVIL. . . .... Senior
Herbert Damm. . WSVNN. . .... Junior
Robert Alsworth. W'SVRL ...... Junior
John McClane. . . XVSVSH ...... Junior
WSVIU is heard regularly on 1905
kilocycles the 160 meter 'phone band.
He has made over 150 contacts since
he got his license in November 1940.
Examinations were taken in Buffalo,
New York. The boys had to be able
to receive and send Morse code at 13
words a minute and answer fifty ques-
tions on radio fundamentals, theory
and practice of transmissions and the
Federal Communications Co'inmission's
regulations. All of them can now re-
ceive and send 20 words a minute
and over, which equals the minimum
WSVIL was active on 160 meter
phone until recently. WSVNN is on
radio telegraph CCW to the amateurj
on 40-S0 meters. WSVRL and WSVSH
are building their transmitters and
will be heard this summer on 160
A KILOCYCLE ENTHUSIAST
Candid Camera Fiend
All the pictures by school photog-
raphers must be perfectly clear, in
order to be used in any publication.
But how in the world am I supposed
to capture those hazy expressions seen
so frequently around the school?
0 NIAGARIAN sympathizes.-ED.
Aid to Britain
The members of the Xers Omega
Xes are to be congratulated for their
splendid work in aiding Bundles for
Britain during the past year. It is
composed of high school girls who
voluntarily meet once a week, under
the guidance of Miss Miller.
While the men of the country are
training in camps, the American women
have not been idle, and Niagara Falls
High School is no exception.
In an effort to aid the local chapter
of Bundles for Britain, the Senior
Girl Scouts offered their services, and
have made baby caps, blankets, and
Surely, if the youth of the United
States takes such an interest in help-
ing a country who is fighting to pre-
serve a mutual way of life, there is
little to be feared in the future.
- HELEN FOX
A Senior Scout
0 NIAGARIAN agrees and hopes
youlll keep up the good work.-ED.
Some of our commercial students
show a great deal of professional skill.
For instance, the following senior stu-
dents have earned the O. G. A. cer-
titicate C0rder of Gregg Artistsl
awarded by the Gregg Shorthand Com-
pany of New York:
Valerie Dobrasz, Lorraine Gazy, Clara
Klimecko, Elsie Klimecko, Sara Marra,
Dora Melone, Helen Reiffanaugh,
Gladys Walke, Emily Wojick, Irene
Wroblewska, and Grace Zaccaria.
Also, our potential stenographers
who have earned perfect scores on the
Stenoguge Spelling test are: Lorraine
Gazy, Betty Kuhlman, Dorothy May,
Bernice Parenti, Dorothy Pedlow, and
Q NIAGARIAN extends congratula-
tions to deserving commercial students
and to their competent instructors
Better Trophy Cases
In every publication of the Niaga-
rian, there is much about the trophies
won in the past by high school teams.
All this is very fine, but don't you
think we students would like to see
these awards? As it is now, the
trophies are hidden behind the doors
of our showcases. Unfortunately, every
five inches or so, a thick wooden piece
divides the glass in these doors, and
consequently obstructs them from view.
Furthermore, there are no lights to
illuminate the trophies and they are
not arranged in any order. Most of
the cups have been gathering dust and
rust for years.
Why not campaign for some modern
showcases and for someone to shine up
Niagarafs trophies more often? Per-
haps then all we students would take
a more lively interest in them.
0 Junior Swartz has a fine argument,
how about it, Niagara?-ED.
TICKETS FOR "RED GAP" INTERMISSION HOW TESTS ARE MADE
SPEAKING OF PICTURE . . . .
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Life at Niagara Falls High
is representative of many high
schools. Classes, assemblies,
sports, proms-these are all
our school life.
Pictures above, below, and
on the following three pages
are reproductions of the happy
moments we have spent in the
In the years to come, we
have but to look back over
these few pages in order to
recall the highlights of our life
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War Atmosphere in the South
p by Louis A. DeBiase
When assignments were given out last
March to NIAGARIAN stef members
the contents of NIAGARIANKS reports
was yet to be decided. The subject
was decided upon, however, a -month
later when it was learned that Louis
DeBi1z.ve and, Dominick Conti were
planning a tour of the South.
It was 5:30 Easter morning when
we caught our first glimpse of Fort
Benning. The warm Georgia sun had
yet to make its appearance over the
hilly pine-covered land. It was cool-
too cool for a state whose biggest
money-making crop is cotton.
Passing through the city, which pre-
cedes the camp, we noticed 'one out-
standing thing-the people were war
mad. Everything was war-newsboys
on every corner shrilling, "100,000
Homeless. Biggest raid of year." A
screen outside a daily's office was
hashing to different groups on the
street the news, minute by minute. The
clothing stores sold nothing but what
it did not represent army uniforms in
one way or another.
In touring the camp, which is the
largest of its kind in the world today,
we found the situation even worse.
We saw tanks, trucks, motorcycles,
tents, cannons by the hundreds-ofticers
and privates by the thousands. The
whole atmosphere was that of war. It
made one feel as though war was
inevitable. The only signs of peace
were the tall pines and the Georgian
FOOTBALL MANAG ERS
CALM BEFORE THE BELL
TWO MORE POINTS . . . MAYBE
Credit for the majority of NIAGA-
RIAN'S candid shots must be given
to Louis Masceri Csee cut abovej, who
claims the title of head photographer
of the 1941 annual. Masceri is also
class composer and expects to enter
either the music or photographic helds.
Howard Simon also worked greatly
in taking the many pictures scattered
throughout the following pages. He
hopes to make a vocation out of his
present hobby by taking a course in
cinematography after leaving Niagara.
Of the three junior photographers,
the most promising is Louis Russo, and
in all probability he will take over
Masceri's place on the 1942 NIAGA-
RIAN. The two remaining members
of the staff are Joe Donofro and Bob
Kushner, whose duty lay in taking pic-
tures of our underclassmen.
The only professional pictures were
taken by Mr. T. Kondo. They include
all clubs and organizations except the
Candid and Projection groups, which
were taken by Mr. Paul Fowler. Mr.
T. Kondo was in charge of the senior
pictures and six of the nine fraterni-
ties and sororities. Other three were
made by Miss Jane Hardcastle.
THE YEAR'S evsurs
With the Faculty .... . lla
With the Seniors .... .. . 22
With the Junlors ...... .. . 76
With the Sophomores ............. . . . 99
Life on the Newsfronts of Niagara. . . . . . 20
M U S I C .... . . . 'lo
A R T. . . . . . 67
T H E A T E R .... . . . 92
SPORTS... .. 65,66,al,9u,loe
Letters to the Editors .............. . . 6
Speaking of Plctures ...., . 7
Nlagarlan's Plctures . . . .. . I0
NIagurIan's Reports ...........,.... . . . I0
Nlagarlan Goes to a Football Game ....... H3
Sororltles and Fraternities .......... . . . II7
Plrtures to the Editors ..... .. . I26
NIAGARIAN'S COVER is a copy of the format used
in LIFE Magazine. Taken by Mr. Kondo, the picture
shows a few students informally posed on the from
steps of high school.
MARTHA DARDARIAN LOUIS DEBIASE
JAM ES 'FABIANO
ASSISTANT BUSINESS MANAGER
EDMOND J. SKIMIN
J Adviser: MR. JAMES V. FABINO
Assistant Adviser: MR. EDMUND J. SKIMIN S
Editor-in-Chief: MARTHA DARDARIAN
Assistant Editor: LoUIs DEBIASE
Business Manager: WILLIAM JOY
' Assistant Business Manager: IRENE JENKINS
LITERARY DEPARTMENT A
Editors: Annette Kushner, Beatrice Borak,
Staff: Gwen Charles, Regina Calderone,
Clem DeFelice, Clifford Swartz, Helen Wale-
zalc, Bernard Rogers, Lucille Williamson,
Editor: Louis Masceri
Stai: Louis Russo, Robert Kushner, Joseph
Donofro, Howard Simon, Anthony Marcolini
Editor: Eleanor Castilone
Staj: Howard Simon, John Bowman, Betty
Seidenick, Sarah Julian, Florence Conny,
Rose LaGreca, Josephine LaGreca, Jean
Guinther, Olga Demas
Girls' Editors: Nelda Martini, Iris Donnelly
Boys' Editor.' Michael Perricelli
Staff: Bruno Ciunta, Dominick Conti, Bur-
ton Rosenburg, Virgil Colangelo
Manager: Joan Simons
Staji: Marjorie Duffet, Mary Mazzei, Mary
Ruggirello, Vera Moore, Vergeane Garabe-
dian, Dorothy Pedlow
Editors: Helen Gold, Laura Rickerson
Editor: Philip Gellman
Staj: Sheldon Kurtzman, Margaret Mc-
Nally, Aldene Sdao
Managers: Melvyn Berman, Agnes Blamer,
Accountant: Betty Seidenick
Head: Ann Caterina
Stag: Rose Torosian, Emily Wojic, Valerie
Dobrasz, Helen Rieffanough, Elsie Klimecko,
Clara Klimecko, Yolanda Nudo, Bernice
Manager: Charles Woodward
Staj: Marjorie Duffet, Harry DeBan, Ralph
Friedman, Jean Noble, Marie Trapasso
vnL.1,Nn.1 THE NIAGARIAN 1uNE1941
IRST signs of life begin in the room not twenty feet away from
the front door on the second Hoor. F1-Om about 8330 A,M,, continual
streams of students find their way into the office. Asking for excuse
slips or tardy slips, getting excused, explaining just where one was third
period or just sitting there as punishment for the act that seemed to give
more life to the class-room activities.
Our office is the heartbeat. To watch the daily happenings would
be to feel the throbbing pulse of a school showing an exuberance for life.
O the Class of 1941: As
you leave your Alma Mater,
I hope each of you will take in-
creased devotion to the ideals
that we have triedto teach you.
I hope that you will love your
country with unwavering loyalty,
that you will love your neighbor
with a sincere desire to serve
mankind, and that you will love
the good way of life with a con-
secration of high standards of
character and conduct. Then, in-
deed, we shall be able to say
truly: "God go with you."
I am happy to have the opportunity to
congratulate the members of the Class of
1941 upon completion of their high school
course. I wish each of you all success in
the years to come.
LYDON H. STROUGH
DR. JAMES F. TAYLOR
SUPERINTENDEN1' Ol' SCHOOLS
You are graduating from high school
at a period in the worId's history when the
idea of democratic life is being widely
challenged. You will have to do your part
to defend our American ideals. Remem-
ber that service and unseliishness go hand
in hand with privileges and personal
W INIERED NAYLOR
DEMONSTRATION MODERN LIT. SEE? S. HALL PAINS
ANALYSIS EN LISANT S. HALL FUN PQSIN'
LA RUE SMITH
F-J - F-J NATURAL? NEW COMPRENEZ1
LOUISE MOSHER FRANK BEDASKA MARY LECKLIDER
1. G-g-gosh!! 2. That "J. V." personality 3. Buddy-buddies 14. Cheerleader Betty 5. Boogie-
woogie? 6. Throwin' the switch 7. Chronicle deadline 8. Before the bell 9. 1-2-3-ugh. 120. Dort't
you dare 11. Library jine 12. Boxer Parsy 13. Ear tests 14. Worm's-eye view 15. Louis
fMaestroj Russo 16. Merry Christmas to you 17. Three of a kind 18. Filing in 19. Hi there
20. Mme. Presidente and Nelda 21. How'd that get in here!!! 22. A Kitty Foyle?? 23. Cafe-
teria capers 24. We three 25. Here's hoping 26. Skuza 27. Science experiment 28. Don't drop
'em 29. Comes the Revolution ....
LIFE UN THE NEWS FRONTS UF NIAGARA
ON FRIDAY evening, Dec-
ember 6, an enthusiastic au-
dience jammed the aisles of
Niagara's auditorium to see
a "Variety Showi' presented
by high school students act-
ing through the Student
Council. The show, a bene--
fit to finance future Council
assembly programs, was the
first such venture ever at-
tempted under its auspices.
XVith the cast made up entirely of students
selected after tryouts for various acts, the per-
formance was an excellent opportunity to bring out
much of the talent available within the walls of
William Edwards fsee cutj, president of the
Student Council, reigned as Master of Ceremonies
and introduced the various acts.
On the program were the following groups and
individuals: Varsity Club orchestra, selections,
Richard Kaszyca, accordianist, Dorothy Claus
soloist, in two songs and monologue, Clifford
Swartz and Howard Steele, trumpet duet, An-
tonette Capicotto, vocal soloist, Gordon Shahin,
baton act, David Gleason, trombonist, Marie Fal-
setti, tap dancer, Helen Walezak, pianist, in an
original composition, Alice Weglicki and Patricia
Davidson, piano duet, Marilyn Seymour, toe
dancer, John Demas, violinist, Constance Morell,
soloist in two songs, and Marjorie Thompson,
The committee assisting Bill Edwards consisted
of Mr. Mark R. Bedford, faculty adviser, Clement
DeFelice, chairman, Gretchen Heyroth, William
joy, Barbara Kelly, Joy Schieman, Patricia Clark,
George Bird and Howard Adams.
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AMONG the several outstanding girls of the
Niagara Falls High School Senior Class of 1941
are Martha Dardarian and Jean Noble.
Jean is the first girl in ten years to have been
elected president of the Senior Class. In April, she
was presented with a silver loving cup by the
Niagara Falls junior Chamber of Commerce for
her prize-winning essay on "What Americanism
Means to Mei, Jean read her composition over
Radio Station WHLD when the contest award,
sponsored by the chamber, was made.
The Daughters of the American Revolution
medal and citation for dependability, leadership,
service and patriotism, awarded each year to a
deserving high school girl, was presented on March
7th to Martha Dardarian. Martha is Editor-in-
Chief of the Chronicle, a monthly paper, as well
as of the Niagarian, school annual. She is also
the first girl ever to have held both positions.
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"YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH Y OU," the three-
act comedy by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman,
had the audience in hilarious uproar on Thursday
evening, March 13, when
it was presented by the
Senior Class of 1941 in
the high school audi-
torium to a packed house.
The play deals with
the life of the Sycamore
family, their "peculiar"
friends, and their serv-
Barbara Kelly, in her
portrayal of Rheba, the BARBARA KELLY
colored maid, literally "stole" the scene every time
she appeared on stage. Arthur Boucher played the
part of Donald, her boy friend, and their antics
had the audience in continuous laughter. The two
Russians enacted by Edmund Rice and Ruth Con-
fer brought added laughs.
Others in the fine cast were, Gretchen Heyroth,
William Edwards, Beverly.Rogers, Betty Hunter,
Anthony Marcolini, Charles Woodward, Edward
Fairchild, Vincent DelBrocco, Harry DeBan,
Melvyn Berman, Barbara Wernlund, John Watson
and Roman Figler.
Organization consisted of Dominic Cirello, Helen
Wierzchon, John Watson, Bill Buchanan, Edmund
Rice, Bernard DiPlacido, Virginia F ocazio, Arthur
Boucher, Jean Galley, Ethyl Mimelman, Helen
Peters, Melda Martini, Polly Hays and Mrs. Thiele,
mcfune or rusysnsi
" I pledge allegiance to the Flag of '-the United
States of America, and to the Republic for which
it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and
justice for all."
Possibly one of the greatest possessions of youth
today is a democratic spirit and faith in one's
country. This picture shows high school students
saluting the American flag-an established opening
ceremony of every assembly held at Niagara:
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E, the Class of 1941, have broken
all precedent! The Nineteenth Amendment was recog-
nized by our electing an editor and class president of y
the so-called weaker sex. Mr. Gugino, our competent
freshman adviser, has helped to make this year a
memorable one. Our Senior play had an unequallecl
attendance, proving the success of the new idea of
challenging our high school talent with hit plays from
Broadway and Hollywood. Our successful year has
been built on the strong basis of unity with cooperation
as our aide and the mature judgment of the faculty as
our guide. May our future life follow this plan, co- he
operation and unity, with a mindful ear to mature MR, PETER GUGINO
Cl CAPELLA PRACTICED
MARY AUMAN RICHARD BALLIET
FREDERICK AYDELOTTE GLORIA BARATTA
ANNE BP-BYAK FRANK BARNES, JR.
ROSINA BENFANTE DOROTHY BIGGER
NIELVYN BERMAN GEORGE BIRD
LIURIEL BESETH ROBERT BISHARA
MANAGER OF GOLF TEAM
AGNES BLAMER ANTONETTE BoNG1ovANN1 ARTHUR BOUCHER HENRY BOZEK
WILLIAM BLEW BETTY BOORE JOHN BOWMAN IDA BREDA
JEANETTE BOCHENSKA BEATRICE BORAK IRENE Bovcr: Lols BREMER
MARGARET BOLAND JEANNE BORDEAUX
VICTOR BOND CLARA BoscAR1No
"WHERE WERE YOU 7TH PERIOD?"
MAR JORIE BUCHHOLZ
GERTRUDE CAMPESE ARLENE CARDAMONE
ANTONETTE CAPICOTTO MARGARET CARLISLE
IYIARY CARAGLIN CARMOSINA CARLO
H ELF ON HOMEWORK
FRANCES CICATELLO DOROTHY CLANCY
CHARLES CIVILETTO ARLINE CLARK
MARY C1v1scA DOROTHY CLAUS
TALKING THE LIST OVER
FLORENCE CONNY HARRY COREY LOUIS CRITELLI
DOMINICK CONTI IVIARY COSTANZO HELEN CROWELL
DOWN THE HOMEROOM AISLE
LOUIS DEBIASE V IVIAN DENNY
VINCENT DELBROCCO RUTH DEPEXV
NIARIE DELEO LOREN DICK
V ALERIE DoERAsz
JOSEPH DzIEwIsz RICHARD EDIVIONDS
GERALD EBBING VVILLIAM EDWARDS
GEORGE EDDY RUTH EDWARDS
ALICE FEIGENBAUM WILLIAM FEW
JEAN F1-:LICETTI ROMAN F IGLER
FRANCES FERRO BETTY FILIPPELLI
RALPH FISHER, JR.
LENORE FITZGERALD GUY FORCUCCI MARJDRIE FRANCIS
MARGARET F ITZSIMMONS JOSEPH FORLIICA SARAH FRANJOINE
VIRGINIA F ocAzIo
MARION F ROATS
VER JEANE GARABEDIAN
ARsHALoUs GAR1 JANIAN
FINE PLACE TO STUDY
ALEXANDER GLASGONV THERESA GIIECO ISABEI. HANSON PATRICIA HARVEY
JANE GMAR GUY GROSE THOMAS HART POLLY HAYS
SHIRLEY GOI1' MARILYN GUENTHER JEANETTE HARTWIG GRETCHEN HEYROTH
LAURA GOLD HERIVIAN HABER
DANIEL GRABON BETTE HALL
T HELMA HIGGINS
VIVIAN JACOB HAMPARTZOOIVI JAMGOCHIAN
AMELIA JAMARCO IRENE JENKINS
ROBERT JAMES GLENN JOHNS
PHYLLIS KARRE OLIVER KAY
SAMUEL KATZ ROSEMARY KAY
BIERITTA KAVANAUGH REAI-I KEIRN
HENRY KIRCHNER, JR.
READERS' GUIDE 1
WILLIAM KOCH BERNICE KozAR
ALEXANDER KOCHANSKI STELLA KOZDRANSKA
VALERIE KONSEK LOUIS KRAMER
A NIGHTINGALE AT HIGH
LORRAINE LAFLAIR ELEANOR LENHART F LOHN LEYPOLDT
Ross LAGRECA JAMES LENNOX GERARDO LIERMO
AMELIA LAMBROS BETTY LEVERING JACK LLOYD
V IOLA LECCE
CAPT. BLAMER ON C. P. DUTY
FLORENCE MA JCHRZAK ROSE IYIANASIAN
EDNA DIALONEY ALICE BIANOOGIAN
EDWARD IUALONEY ANTHONY RIARCOLINI
ELLA MARCUCCI '
JOSEPH MARRA III
JOSEPH MARRA I
JOE V. MARRA II
NELDA MARTINI JOHN NIATUSZEWSKI
Louis MASCERI CATHERINE NIAURO
DOMENIC MASSIMILIAN DOROTHY MAY
CATHERINE BIOKHIBER JAMES BIORELAND ANTHONY NANULA
OVER HER SHOULDER
GENEVIEVE N ocAsH
BOGHOS OHANESSIAN HELEN OLANDER
VANOUHI OHANESIAN AGNES O'LEARY
LEO O,KEEFE, JR. ELSIE OLSEN
JOHNNY AND AGNES
LIARGARET OFREILLY ANTHONY PAONESSA DOROTHY PEDLOYV MICHAEL PERRICELLI
BE-my ORR MARIE PARADISE YOLANDA PELLICANO GELALDINE PERRY
CHESTER ORSZULAK BERNICE PARENTI KATHLEEN PERL HELEN PETERS
JEAN PAKUSZENNSKA FLORENCE PEARL
BIARJORIE PALUMBO DIARY PEDACI
LENA PUCCIO THERESA QUAGLIA
ALBERTA PUISYS RACHEL READ
DOROTHY Pvxosz RICHARD REED
BEVERLEY ROGERS LUCILLE ROSATONE
JOHN ROHRER MARION ROSENBURG
HAROLD ROSAMILIA EVELYN ROSSALL
CECIL SALISBURY JOY SCHIEMAN
JEANNE SAVAGE ROBERT SCHOTZ
ANITA SBARBATI EDWARD SCHULTZ
MAY I GET EXCUSED1
ROBERT SHOEBRIDGE -HOWARD SIMON
Louis Sxcou JOAN SIMONS
MARIO SILVESTRONE JOSEPH SKELTON
A CASE OF ACCIDENTAL INCIDENTALS
F RIEDA SLICHCINSKA
THADDEUS STAN1szEwsK1 BIARGARET STEWART
HOWXVARD STEELE RosE STRANGES
LILA STEINBRENNER GRACE STROH
JOSEPHINE T ROMBETTA
"REPORT TO THE BTH PERIOD"
THOMAS XVADDINGTON, JR.
W ILLIAM XVAGGONER
GRACE VVENKE ROBERT VVHELAN, JR
BARABARA WERNLUND HELEN WIERZCHON
JANICE XVERTH DIARY WILLIAMS
STAGE CREW AT WORK
CELIA YVOCZNI CHARLES WOODWARD, JR.
JAINIES XVOOD BIARY XVRIGHT
CARLTON WVOODHOUSE IRENE YVROBLEWSKA
STELLA ZA JAC
N ORMA APPLEGATE
MARL COBLER, JR.
SAM CON JERTI
EDVVARD GOIT, JR.
W ILLIAM SULLIVAN
AVING been duly elected class statistician
because of my uncanny ability to add 3 and 2 and get 6, I hereby
render the statistics as I find them for the hfty-third graduating
class of Niagara Falls High School.
Gur class of 1941 boasts of S56 promising members, 336 of
which belong to the fairer sex, while the remaining 220 are mas-
culine. Now a word as to the manner of graduation: The
majority of our seniors used the prescribed four-year course, a
small minority patronized the Russian five-year plan, and even a
smaller percentage Hblitzkriegedl' their way to a diploma in three
years. To continue the classification of our graduates, I found
that approximately 43 per cent are college preparatory students,
and the remainder are taking general courses.
The average amount of "hot-dogs" consumed in one day is 64
dozen or 768 weiners. So, assuming that the senior class eats
568 "tepid terriers," about five inches in length, our esteemed
students have demolished 78.8 years per day or 1560 yards into
cloth, at three yards apiece, each feminine senior could have a
snappy frock, with enough left over to make the plutocrats a hat
Having inquired from the book store and my little black
book, figures show that 22,796 pencils have fallen prey to pencil
sharpeners, homework Ca small per centj, "borroWers,', and ter-
mites. This would provide sufficient feet of lumber to construct
"hopeU chests for all optimistic seniors.
On a sheet of notebook paper the ordinary writer gets about
300 words. Therefore, if each senior used 40
packs of paper, each containing 50 sheets, the
Whole class would use 1,112,000 sheets or would
have written 333,600,000 Words in one year. And
they wonder Why seniors complain of "writer's
cramp" I I
Although such figures could be quoted far
into the night, the future statistics will reveal
far more than the present ones, for they will
prove that the good citizens and prominent
I leaders of tomorrow were the members of our
' class of 1941.
HE years we have spent in the Niagara Falls High School
have left an indelible mark upon each and every one of us. Before the final plunge
into the world beyond, we pause to recapture, step by step, the history of the
Class of '41.
On a balmy September day way back in 1938, the future Class of '41 stood in
utter bewilderment before the giant portals of N.F.H.S. Bewildered but unbowed,
we struggled through that first miserable year as Sophomores, commonly referred
to as 'tFrosh." Taking the final regents in our stride, we emerged the following
year as Juniors.
Having parted forever from the ignominious title of Sophomores, we moved about
with a little more confidence and breathed a little easier. We took more interest in
school activities and sometimes even dared to take part in them. We were the first
Junior Class in a number of years to elect Class Officers and the fact that we had
a class advisor definitely helped to inflate our ego. We were extremely proud on
the opening night of our play entitled, "The Bishop Misbehavesf' june regents
again confronted us but showing our true fighting spirit, we emerged undefeated.
We came, we saw, we conquered-we were SENIORS. Seniors-what a beautiful
title! No longer did we remain in obscurity. We mingled with the groups in front
of the office and the cafeteria, between classes and after school, and took a prominent
part in each and every school activity. As a senior class, we organized in February.
The result of the first meeting proved beyond a doubt that we were definitely
outstanding. A female occupied the presidency for the first time in ten years. We
elected Mr. Gugino class adviser, and chose the following as our officers:
Pfjesident ...........,.................. . ....... Jean Noble
Vzce President . . . .... , Leslie Tarczyenski
Secretary ..... ..... B eatrice Borak
Treasurer ..................................... Bruno Giunta
At the next Senior meeting the following positions Were filled:
Textatrix ................................... Dorothy Clancy
Projfhets .... . . . . . . Ruth Confer, Michael Perricelli
Statzstzczan ...... .............. P atricia Curts
Mantle Orator ................................. Albert Shiya
Hzstorian ...............,.................. Virginia Focazio
On March 13, we presented the Senior Play 'fYou Canit Take It VVith Youn and
promptly proceeded to smash all foregoing box office records.
Blue and gold were chosen as the class colors, and the gardenia became the class
flower. The motto of our class was "Learners todayg leaders tomorrowf' Carol
Wilson was selected as class poetess and Louis Masceri's
composition was selected as class song.
When Senior day rolled around in May, we not only ,super-
vised the students but the faculty as well-what a memorable
Prominent members of our class included Agnes Blamer,
Bill Edwards, Martha Dardarian, and Louis DeBiase, all
excelling in various activities.
When June regents defied us we settled down to serious
thinking so as not to "muff" our final stage of glory.
With class night and graduation, our three years here are
brought to a close. VVe are loath to leave but we realize
what lies before us is the beginning of a near adventure. And
so, with an eye to the future and a storeful of memories, with
a heavy heart and a huge lump in our throat, we say, "Good- l
bye, dear N.F.H.S."
RUTH CON FER
,L IAGARA FALLS, June 3, 1961-By cable we have just
learned from Martha Dardarian, that well known woman journalist, that the final
peace terms have been reached by the International Peace Conference at Nagasaki.
Miss Dardarian is the author of that popular column "The Truth As I See It" in the
Niagara Falls Times, leading United States newspaper, edited by Louis DeBiase.
She has kept us constantly informed about the happenings at the Conference.
Last night, our first woman president, jean Noble, declared that she firmly
believed that peace would soon be established throughout the world. Since she suc-
ceeded in balancing the budget in 1958, no one doubts her word.
Several of the candidates defeated by President J. Noble in the 1956 election,
namely, William Few, George Bird, Agnes Blamer, Beatrice Borak and Betty Boore,
are representing the United States at the Conference. Among the notables are
Attorney General Bill Edwards, Thomas Hart, our Good Will Ambassador, Ted
Forster, Ace Pilot during the last warg and Patricia Curts, Nobel prize winner for
her discovery of a new microscope by means of which former ultramicroscopic
objects can now be seen.
Irene Jenkins, formerly Secretary of State in the President's cabinet and now
leader of the Nacilbuper Party has done much to arouse the women all over the
world against totalitarianism. She advocated the over-throwing of the dictators,
most of whom have been thrown into f'Whipped-Cream" institutions to cool off.
When international peace has finally been established throughout the world, great
changes will take place-changes which have already begun here in America where
we are striving to raise our already high standard of living. As proof of this the
government is building a huge dam across the Omikse River near Olaffub, Alaska.
This engineering feat under the direction of Dick Edmonds will supply all of Alaska
Further proof is shown in the installation of a new 500 inch telescope in the Mount
Palomar Observatory in California by Joy, Berman and Bremer, Inc. This new
telescope replaces the old 200 inch telescope installed in 1941.
Then, too, many great advances have been made in the world of medicine. One
of the best books on the subject is "Z1" which deals with the amazing discovery
of the vitamin of the same name. This vitamin which adds several years to the
span of human life was sought for years at the Belin-Kramer
Clinic by Dr. James Lennox, Ph.D., P.D.Q., etc.
Last year the Hubbs Memorial Auditorium was dedicated
to the people of Niagara Falls by David Hubbs, the wealthy
steel magnate. Since then some of the world's greatest
talent has trod the boards of the auditorium's huge stage.
Such famous celebrities as Margaret Boland, Evelyn Ros-
sall and Robert Wilson, who are presently appearing in
Marilyn Guinther's celebrated American operas, have ap-
peared before capacity audiences, Gordon "Wacky" Wackett,
outstanding stage and radio comedian, caused a great commo-
tion in the audience when he gave a detailed account of "How
I filled out my income tax returns," during his recent appear-
ance. Other distinguished artists who have been featured at the
auditorium are Polly Hays, ballerina, Mary Auman and
Vivian Denny, concert violinist and pianist, respectively, who are now on a world
tour and Edmund Rice, famous Shakespearian actor. Next week there is a treat in
store for the men. The world championship wrestling match will take place between
UTurk" Fadel and "Man Molehill" Bishara who will go into a one fall bout with
no time limit. James Irvine, ex-champ, will referee.
Scheduled for future visits are Eleanor D'Amato, young mezzo soprano, heard
weekly over the N.B.C. CNiagara Broadcasting Companyj Gretchen Heyroth, screen
favorite, and Howard Simon, cinematographer, with the Masceri-Critelli Film Com-
pany who will give a demonstration of how he goes about cinematographing.
This week the Power City Players, under the direction of Charles Woodward, are
presenting another original play by Barbara Kelly, entitled KAwkward Bound."
There is a brilliant cast headed by Betty Hunter and Ed Fairchild. Giving very
able support are Vincent DelBrocco, Barbara Wernlund, Arthur Boucher, Margery
Killian, Anthony Marcolini and Miss Kelly herself displaying her Irish talent in
a character role.
The standard of living of the whole World is being radically changed. Even the
line arts are becoming finer. Great appreciation is shown for such artists as Eleanor
Castilone and Jeanne Ginther. America is now the fashion center of the world. Last
week creations by Carolyn Bryant and Marie Considine were modeled by Betty
Seidenick at a Paris fashion show where they clamored for more American fashions.
"A glorious theme! But how shall mortals dare 1
To pierce the dark events of future years,
And scenes unravel, only known to fate."
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IT I5 ONE of the characteristics 'of music to arouse
human feelings. We hope that those who listen to the
strains of the ahooe inusieal composition will he
made to react with appreciation as the past is
Listen to the tread of marching feet,
Who knows where they may lead us?
They are the feet of the youth of today
Climbing with vigor, and striving
To gain a foothold in this shaken World-
A foothold-strong and abiding.
Listen to the tread of marching feet,
Who knows where they may lead us?
Will it be to the world of work,
A world of ambitious striving,
Where men are hard and cruel and cold
And selfishness is thriving?
Listen to the tread of marching feet,
Who knows where they may lead us?
Will it be to a world of war,
Where hearts are filled with hating,
Where "love thy neighbor" is heard no more,
And Freedom's breath is abating?
Listen to the tread of marching feet,
Who knows where they may lead us?
Will it be to a world of peace,
Where hearts with joy are sharing,
Where freedom rings and people sing
And all men are forebearing?
Listen to the tread of marching feet,
Who knows where they may lead us:
To a. world of War, or a world of peace,
To a world of work shared with joyous play?
With strong young limbs and hearts aglow,
Our marching will not cease.
POETRY HAS POWER T0 INSPIRE. It Ll' 020' Wifi?
that the I94I Clan' Poem will be an efzligloten-
ment to than wqa adopt in i1z.rpi1'i1z,g tbougbtf.
E of the Class of '41, with all due respect
to our successors, deem it fitting and proper to declare and pub-
lish this, our last will and testament.
Article I-To the ,juniors-we leave the dignity and self-control
of seniors and the ability to sit quietly in assembly.
Article II-To the sophomores--we leave a map of the school
complete with a detailed study of the annex, and two more
years of regents in June.
Article III-To the faculty:
We leave a little faith in the future.
We leave our thanks for pulling most QPJ of us through three tough
We leave a shiny, new broom with which to sweep out the halls after
-To the following individuals we make these bequests:
To "Doc" Arthurs we leave Eddie Goitls curly locks.
To jack Templeton we leave Virginia Focazio's amazing repertoire of
To Harold Burns we leave Kenny Winker's physique 5 may he cause as
many feminine hearts to flutter as Kenny has.
To Betty Scalzo, we leave Anne Walker's history marksg may she, also,
pass all those stiff tests with a 9071.
To Bob Foss we leave Fred Aydelotte's heightg may little Bobby
reach 6 feet some day.
To Jack Jordon, we leave Bud Allen's paper route, 'fjutn must be
getting sick of it.
To Dorothy Walker we leave Marg Carlislels open house every Sunday
To Rosemary Lynch we leave Myra Auld's ability to dance to any
piece, fast or slow.
In witness whereof, I, Dorothy Clancy, having been duly
elected as class testatrix, do subscribe my name and seal, this
twenty-seventh day of March, nineteen hundred and forty-one.
We, the underritgneel, do declare flair will and
tertezment dub' publirbeel by .raid Dorothy Clezngf
. and hereby affix our nezmer.
ELLOW members of the graduating class of 1941, this
is a solemn moment for all of us, fraught with a certain sorrowful pride. Pride
that we have attained the goal of graduation, sorrow that our associations and
comradeships of the past years are to be severed. The memories of these years
will grow more luminous and dear to us as time passes, for we owe an enormous
debt of gratitude to the democratic institution that has made possible those years
devoted to the cultivation and refinement of our spirits.
We are about to enter a world made dark with intolerance, greed and stupidity.
We have been equipped thus with knowledge, the only weapon that can obliterate
these sins. It is our duty to use the implement placed in our hands, that we may
never dim its beauty by our actions or cease to add to its store of strength. As
Shakespeare said, "there is no darkness but ignorance? May we with our narrow
beams of knowledge pierce through the black fog of bewilderment and doubt that
has pervaded the world today. This statement sounds both lofty and high-flung,
but it means essentially that our duty is to live gently and with open minds.
The most democratic founder of our country, Thomas jefferson, believed im-
plicitly in the value of public education for rendering a people able to govern
themselves. We must be true to that faith and be examples of the efficiency of
public education. The gravity of this obligation cannot be over stressed today,
for the whole world is weighing and testing to determine which form of government
is best. The whole value of our educational system rests on the assurance that
what we have received in the past years, we shall give forth in abundance in
the years to come.
In times like this it. behooves us to be fit spiritually, mentally, and physically
for whatever lies ahead. Let us trust that in all our dealings in the future, both
public and private, the principles which have been taught us shall be manifested.
May we never forget that education is a never-ending avenue that leads upward
throughout our lives. The knowledge we have gained is as yet an unprofitable
bulk which experience will shape into wisdom. Let us not be proud of what we
have learned, for knowledge and wisdom are known to lie poles apart.
We have spoken of our duties, but what of our privileges and heritage as
Americans. The solemn much used words, Hequality, liberty, and justice," are the
roots and stem of our democracy, but its perfect flowering is in that misunderstood
phrase Hthe pursuit of happiness." This was not meant to mean we are solely a
pleasure loving race, submerging greater duties in its quest,
but that we inherit, with other fundamentals, a contentment
and an optimism that does not shut its eyes to needed reforms.
In this prevalent happiness lies a great ideal, a nation founded
not only to give man the necessities but to round his life with
a measure of happiness and create a "happy breed of men."
It is my sincere wish for all of you that this happiness
may become a part of your life, and that in the years to come
you will shoulder responsibilities with a stolidity warmed by
contentment. Discontentment is the most active and virulent
enemy of democracy, therefore it becomes a cherished duty
of each one of us to be as happy as we can. For it happens
to be an idea for which this country was founded.
As this is the last time we shall meet as a body, I will
take this opportunity to thank the class for the honor bestowed
upon me and the cooperation given me in my capacity as
Class President. JEAN NOBLE
SENIOR CLASS PRESIDENT
Members of the Faculty, Fellow Students, Friends:
Life's journey is not without a parting of ways with old
scenes and staunch friends-and every parting has its moment
of sorrow and joy. Tonight, the Class '41 sorrowfully bids fare-
well to the familiar school and friends, tomorrow, we joyfully
face a new experience in life.
Although the world is blazoned with bloodshed and flames,
although our own America is restive with apprehension and con-
fusion, we are not afraid of what may lie ahead. Thanks be to
our faculty. and our homes, wfe are equipped with the essentials
so necessary to a fruitful life. Deep within us are rooted the
infallible truths and dependable principles of Christian democracy.
Come what may, we shall be worthy of our American way of life
and of the school that prepared us for that life. 4
.The Class of ,41 bids farewell to a great school, a grand
faculty and a host of friends, a class determined to preserve our
ideals in action for a better A-merica.
To the Class of '42: I use the privilege of bestowing upon
you this mantle of red and gray to commend the avowed inten-
tions of my class to your own purposes in the future. May our
All-American intentions inspire you to achieve many laurels, and
may you in your achievements inspire the classes who shall follow
you in our beloved school.
It is with a full realization of the veneration and pride in our
school emb-odied in this token of seniority, that I as the represen-
tative of the Junior Class of Niagara Falls High School gratefully
accept this traditional and honored mantle of Red and Gray.
We, the Class of '42, sincerely pledge ourselves to maintain
and extend those high standards and principles which you, the
Class of '41, have established in your three years of extensive
study and good-fellowship in the Niagara Falls High School.
May true and lasting success always accompany your worthy
efforts in every Held of endeavor.
CLEM DE FELICE
Junior Class President
"Learner.r today: lfnderf tomorrow"
Blue and Gala'
C hairman: Miss Eshelnzan
Chairman: Marion Rosenberg
Chairman: Myra Auld O
Chairman: Victor Miller
BOYS' CLOTHES COMMITTEE
Chairman: William Few
C hairman: john Watson
Chairman: Mr. Scotchmer
GIRLS' CAP AND GOWN
Chairman: Carolyn Bryant
BOYS' CAP AND GOWN
Chairman: Dominic Conti
GIRLS' CLOTHES COMMITTEE
Chairman: Meritta Kavanaugh
C hairmen .' Edward Fairchild
Dorothy Mae Bigger
M. FRANCIS. B. TERRYBERRY. J. ANDERSON, M. SMITH, F. CHAPMAN, W. TUBBE, E. PASTORE, G. FRUSCIONE: H. BUKOVSKI
A. CHIARAVALLE, R. DEPEW, G. CHARLES. M. TRAPASSO. E. WALKER. E. WINANS, C. LEIVIN, J. D'AMORE.
IIBRARY GUILD ACTIVITIES SPUTLIGHTED
"Ha, shure and you have a fine readin' room here, Mis' Hutson," exclaimed an enthusiastic
tourist upon her first visit to High School. "An' who, may I ask, keeps everythin' in sech fine
A friendly appearing girl, standing near the door, stepped forward and said with a smile,
'tWe have about thirty girl helpers, with an average of four working after school, with Miss
Hutson, our librarian, supervising.
'tAll the service, of course, is voluntary, and the requirement is a passing average on the
part of the helpers. Every girl has a special duty to perform. This duty changes weekly, so
that each receives experience in book cataloging: iI1 Card tiling: in checking incoming and out-
going books, magazines, pamphlets and papers, in preparing and returning these to their respec-
tive shelvesg in answering requests for various material: and finally in taking inventory.
"A school seal is awarded to each student in return for this
library service. A bronze seal is given for the first year's work,
silver for the second, and gold for the completion of the third.
"In addition to the experience in clerical work, each girl
receives instruction in general library routine. Only a few of
the girls plan to make library work their vocation, but many are
attracted to this activity because they really enjoy the work.
You see over there on the bulletin board, we have posted the
covers from a number of new books. Some of the most out-
standing ones are: Peggy Covers Washington, Sue Barton-
Senior Nurse, Foghorns, Chad Hanna, Mein Kampf, and A Smat-
tering ol' Ignorance."
f'Many thanks, Mis', fer explainin' how thinis is done here,
fer I wouldn't ha' known otherwisefl she said. Then with a
quizzical smile, she remarked, "I wish my Kate could have sech
larnin' when she gets grown up. You Girls should be proud of
this school and you should try to be a cliedit to itf' With these
remarks, she very politely made her departure.
MISS DELLA HUTSON
Niagarais Divot Diggers
Lose One in F ive Jllatclzes
o October third, and the Niagara Falls
High School golf team wrote "Finis" to a
successful season by defeating Lockport
to the tune of 10-2. VVith a fall record of
but one loss in five matches, the divot
diggers hope not only to-equal, but to
better this mark when the spring season
begins. r . 1
The record of four wins so far is the
same as that for 1939-40, although the
boys haven't played so many games this
THE "G "VE season. The team got off to a good start
by overwhelmingly downing the North
Tonawandans 10-2, in a match on the home links. The Trott
quartet was the next team to see the power of the High drivers.
The Engineers lost 9V2 - ZV2.
In the third game with Kenmore High School, the Red and
Gray hit a streak of hard luck and lost by a mere one point. This
was the second time in as many years that the Kenmorites spoiled
the hopes of Niagara for an otherwise successful season.
After a week's lay-off, the High aggregation met LaSalle and
proved it could take a loss and still return to its early season peak,
for the suburbanites were beaten 8-4. Then came the memorable
Lockport game, when High School again triumphed, -this time
by a score of 10-2.
Niagarais divot diggers are trained by Coach Brainard
Parsons, who hopes to have the same boys 'out for the spring
round. Harold Rosamila is the manager, while the actual team
is composed of Henry Kirchner, captaing Fred Rychel, Donald
LeVan and Roland Stenton.
OUR 1941 TENNIS SQUAD ' CAPTAIN MARTIN
NETMEN END FALL SEASON WITH 2 WINS, 3 LOSSES
The first half of the tennis season is over. If the members of
the team are in the same form as they were in the last two games,
there is great hope for the outcome of the spring session. Although
the netmen were a little tardy in getting started, they defeated
LaSalle and Lockport High Schools by overwhelming margins.
The LaSalle men were "taken" by a score of 4-l and the County-
seaters, by 5-0.
. The closest match of the round was played with the Tona-
wanda tennis team. The Red and Gray racqueteers lost the match
by a count of 2-3. Even though the netmen offer no alibis, it must
be pointed out -that illness and theloss of one of their experienced
men were probably the primetfactors for their defeats. The Cripe
mentored lads also played North Tonawanda and Kenmore, and
came out on the short end of 5-Oand 4-1 scores.
' The membersof the tennis team are: Martin, Buck, Else and
Goldstein. "Chief" Martin is the captain, while Harold Rosamila
is-manager and general assistant to Coach Harold Cripe.
' The spring schedule is as follows: May'6, North Tonawandag
May 8, Tonawgndag May 15, Kenmoreg May 23, LaSalleg May 27,
Art Club Students Sketch
From True Life Models
The Art Club, a worthwhile organiza-
tion for talented students of Niagara Falls
High, boasts of an enrollment of twenty-
three. Every Thursday morning during the
first period the students,hwith pencil or
charcoal in hand, busily sketch, using as
a model one of their own classmates, usu-
ally perched high on one of the tables. The
student draws a life sketch as the person
appears from his position, the results of
which are put on display. Many helpful
instructions are given by Miss Lecklider,
instructor of the class, to benefit the stu-
dent in his desire to draw.
Members of the class include: john
Bowman, Vera' Adaha, Clara Elia, Yola
Desiderio, Rosella Neralic, Frances Neralic, Glen Johns, Howard Simon, Helen
Walezak, Gloria Baratta, Patricia Curts, Elaine Donia, jean Ginther, Leon St. Onge,
Lorraine Champagne, Mary McIntyre, Alice Weglicki, Alberta Puisys.
DEPARTMENT HEAD AT WORK
This group of young artists has produced many interesting and worthwhile draw-
ings and sketches. Many of the students have proven themselves capable drawers
with promising futures in the art world of tomorrow, and most of them are looking
forward to such a career. This club has proved a great help in giving the students
practice in sketching from living models.
STUDENTS PARTICIPATING IN 1940-41 DRAWING CLUB
MIDST BRUSHES, paints, ink, and
all that goes into making pictures, the
art classes have produced many worth-
while sketches and drawings, the cream
ofthe class room ability being displayed
in the hall outside the 406 art room. It
can be seen from the variety of subjects
adorning the walls. that the students of
design are given to free art expression
properly directed by Miss Lecklider
and Miss Heyer. Each class is con-
ducted to teach the student some spe-
cific phase of art-perspective, mass-
ing and shading by making sharp divi-
sions in lights and shades of objects,
pencil and water color technique, poster
composition, and other equally valuable
Throughout the year seasonal murals
and posters have been exhibited in
conspicuous sections of the school,
most of which were produced through
the art department. Aside from the
regular art classes, the drawing en-
.thusiast also was given the opportunity
to exercise his ability by becoming a
member of the art club. Interesting
art classes are offered to the student as
an outlet for his talent.
ELEANOR CASTUJINES1mnmM mkskdd1ofbHAGARlAN
work in the "dark room." WVe'l1 give you two guesses in telling whom
the figures might represent.
Conductor. .... .... ..... ...... ..... lN I R . YVARREN SCOTCHMER
During the past year the orchestra proved to the student body that all good music
Wasn't "swing" The orchestra played at intermission time of the Junior and Senior
class plays. They were featured at the seventeenth annual Thanksgiving and Spring
concert. The orchestra has played pieces written by such well known composers as
Haydn and Tschaikowsky.
Mr. Warren Scotchmer, who heads the school's music department, directs the
On November 26, the Niagara Falls High School Orchestra and A Cappella chorus
under the direction of Mr. Scotchmer presented a special performance for the beneiit
of the members of the band, orchestra and choral groups from South Junior, North
junior and Gaskill. Other years admission had been charged to the Junior High
School Musical students, but this year it was free.
The orchestra has accompanied the choruses on various occasions in the assemblies.
Orchestra rehearsals take place every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of the school
week during the second period. The music sometimes echoes sweetly through the
At Christmas time the Associated Music Clubs held a party in the music room.
The room was decorated with Christmas ornaments. In the one corner of the room
was a beautiful Christmas tree. Dancing was supplied by a hired orchestra. Refresh-
ments were served to everyone. The clubs also have a picnic at the end of the
This year's officers of the Associated Music Clubs are Arthur Schnitzer, presidentg
Louise Montazzoli, vice-president, Ruth Flood, secretary, and Marilyn Guenther,
treasurer. Each officer is a member of either the orchestra, band, or the' A Cappella
and Mixed Choruses.
Members of the orchestra performed in the after school musicals which were
presented by the Associated Music Clubs. They brought much pleasure to the stu-
dents. The orchestra is composed of Hutes, clarinets, trumpets, percussions, violins,
violas, oboes, horns, trombones, cellos, and basses.
Conductor ............................................ MR. CLYDE B. EMERT
The Associated Music Clubs this year started an intensive, campaign to raise
funds for new band uniforms which are badly needed. The band in conjunction with
the other musical clubs in the school have performed in concerts for the student
body and outsiders in order to raise money for the uniforms. One year from this
june sufficient funds will be available through the help of the Board of Education,
that is matching dollar for dollar the money which can be earned. The student
body's support is also needed. f
At the performance of the annual spring concert one of the highlights was the
march played by the band, "Pride of Niagara," dedicated to Dr. Edward D'Anna,
dean of Niagara Falls musicians, and was written by Clyde B. Emert, director of
High's band. The "Donkey Serenade" always popular was a big band success at
The band is a member of the Associated Music Clubs.
At football games the band is always on hand playing tunes to keep the students
in good spirits. The drum' major for this year is Jack Tompkins.
Director ...... .......... . . . . .... . .... MR. XVARREN SCOTCHMER
This year the Mixed Chorus performed in the seventeenth annual Thanksgiving
and Spring concert presented by the Associated Music Clubs. They appeared in
various assemblies also.
The chorus is directed by the guiding hand of Warren Scotchmer.
From the members of the choruses there was formed a Madrigal Club, headed by
Mr. Scotchmer. Madrigal was the name given to part songs written in the 16 and
17 century. The purpose of the club is to study some of the fine old chorales.
The chorus contains tenth, eleventh, and twelfth year students.
One of the best received members of the spring concert which was held on Thurs-
day, March 27, was presented by the Mixed chorus. It was f'Lullaby" by Mozart-
Burkhart which featured Constance Morell as soloist. Another number "Rain and
River" by Fox also met hearty approval.
The Mixed chorus has always been popular with Niagara High students.
E. Lam, 1. McKeehan., S. Washington, Mr. Fowler, J. Konatsotis, J. Bishop, T. Edwards, J. Demrzv
Two distinct staffs, projection and sound, are merged under the head, Visual
Audio Aids Organization. The organization under the expert supervision of Mr.
Paul Fowler has done much work in improving the sound apparatus for the various
clubs and classes of High School.
The group has installed new loud speakers for
the showing of sound motion pictures and for high
quality reproduction of recorded music. They have
added a new type time control to the public address
ampliiier. The organization also acquired portable
loud-speaker apparatus so that the system can be
used anywhere in the school.
The forgotten men of any stage production are
the members of the stage crew. They are the boys
who have most of the worries and who get little
of the credit. Before a play is put into production,
a group of lads are chosen to take charge of the
sets, that is, to put up and take down the back-
drops, and to make themselves generally useful.
D. CIRILLO. B. DIPLACIDO. R. BORDIN
V. DELBROCCO, A. MARCOLINI
l Chemistry Club Holds
Discussion of Social Diseases
This year the NFHS Chemistry Club was organ-
ized in October with a limit of twenty members
from a long list of applicants. Under the guidance
of Mr. Benson, it has gone a long way in achieving
success in various unusual experiences. The present
club was formed with Anita Sbarbati as President,
Michael Perricelli, Vice-Presidentg and Herman
Haber, Secretary-treasurer. A
At the beginning ofthe year, the club members
experimented individually on phases of chemistry
that interested them most. Every fourth Wednes-
day, a discussion meeting was held during which
numerous social diseases were considered and
talked about. Some of these were cancer, tuber-
culosis, pneumonia, and sugar diabetes.
The spirit of cooperation and ambition prevailed
over the score of people in this group for they
Ex"ER"'E"T 'N c"'EM's"'RY CLASS have collectively performed major experiments
such as the manufacture of glass, testing of alloys and silvering glass, which means
coating glass with a substance which reflects images, in other words, the making of
mirrors. Another major project contemplated is micro-analysis, which is an analysis
of small drops instead of large quantities.
Later in the year, these 'tamateurn scientists took time off from test tubes to
enjoy a party to which they were most decidedly entitled. '
H. Haber, G. Wackett, R. Whelan, H. Rosamilia, T. Adams, H. Steele, R. Conners
Mr. Benson, M. Perricelli, H. Olander, D. Cross, M. Auman, A. Sbarbati, J. Lennox, H. DeBan
MRQ E. SKIMIN
E can heave a sigh of relief now.
We have not only achieved the honor of
being juniors, but are well on the way to
our seniority, the dream of every freshman.
Way back in 1939 we appeared, awed,
green little sophomores. The juniors wouldn't
let us forget that. Now in 1940-41 we can
snicker in our Sloppy Joes at them because-
we made it.
And we are making Niagara Falls High
School history. Didn't we elect the finest
set of class officers in a long time? Why,
with Clem DeFelice as president, jerry La-
Rose as vice-president, Alice Nolan as secre-
tary-treasurer, and under the supervision of
Mr. Skimin as class adviser, we are sure to
go places. Clem says, "We have spent two
years as sophomores and juniors, preparing
and orienting ourselves. We have achieved
the dignity becoming to seniors, and will forge
ahead as strongly as everf'
We were very proud the night of our
junior play, f'On the Night of january 16th."
Ruth Outland made a fetching heroine on
trial, supported by many other juniors.
JUNIORS FROM ROLL CALLS 103 - 205 - 255
.IUNIORS FROM ROLL CALLS 106-3OG- 406
Then, too, our ine debate team is made up of many juniors. There are Clifford
Swartz, Paul Reid, Ralph Beales and Clem DeFelice representing us.
Whom did the seniors experiment on during their hrst Student Day? Why,
on us, of course. And what about the junior cheering section that turned up 'at
every athletic event at home, or away?
Now we can look tolerantly at sophomores, soon to be juniors, and with friendly
eyes at the seniors, for we are the seniors of tomorrow.
JUNIORS FROM ROLL CALLS ISI- 152 -354
UN I OR CLASS MEMBERS
Carr, Dorothy C.
Clark, Jean .
Del Grosso, Florence
Dimond, Kenneth .
Di Placido, Bernard
Edwards, June .
Foss, Robert '
Kushner, Annette .
Larson, Mary Louise
Laur, Eugene .
Minicucci, John A
Mitchell, Agnes '
Morreale, Peter '
Muniz, Joe Manuel
Quinanes, Joe '
Sander. Margaret .
Serianni. Virginia -'
St. John, Homer
Urquhart, R. Katherine
V ilardo, Salvatore
V ituelo, Katherine
sPumsMANsHlP UPHELD GIRLS, SPORTS
BY aunts IN svonrs
The outstanding participators in girls'
sports for the year of 1941 were two of
seniors, Laura Cuervo and Alice Da-
browski, who both won their N's in 1940.
Laura showed excellent ability in her
entrance of all sports. Last fall, she be-
came captain of the volley ball team, and
also entered and played the tennis tourna-
ments for the 1939 and 1940 seasons. With
no less honors she gained the title of paddle
ball champ in 1941.
Rollicking Alice Dabrowski was also'
quite outstanding as a girl athlete. She
was made captain of her class in volley
ball for the seasons of 1939 and 1940, as
well as captain of baseball. Speed, and a 1
rugged court style put the seal of approval
on Alice when she played in the tennis
tournaments for three consecutive years.
Also active in sports were: Helen Wier-
zchon-badminton and captain volley ball,
and joan Simons-badminton and swim-
Good sportsmanship is the keynote of
all these activities, and each girl certainly
did her part in upholding it.
THREE MERMAIDS MYR AULD-FEMALE ROIINHOOD
RACQUETTE WIELDERS AT REST BETWEEN GAMES
170 girls participated in the 1940 badminton doubles tournament with Laura Cuervo
and Alice Dabrowski displaying keen competition for their opponents. All of ihe
girls showed excellent ability in the playing of this enthusiastic game. Badminton
is an annual sport on the schedule of many a member and is looked forward to each
year by everyone.
The volley ball season bounced off on a flying start in November, 1940. There were
fifty-five teams in the competition. Winners of the Class bouts graduated to after-
schcol games. Gilda Di Florio and her short-handed team emerged victorious on
December 17 with a score of 22-7 over Laura Zanchet and her players who came
in second over all other teams.
CHAMPION DABROWSKI INFORMAL VOLLEY BALL PRACTICE
J. Jordon, M. Falsetti, M. Wright,
B. Rogers, F. Serchia, B. Stevenson, H. DeBan, D. Bigger, M. Fadel, V. Focazio'
Leading the student body in swing cheers regardless of rain or shine, Niagara's
cheerleaders did themselves proud as they went through their paces under the captain-
ship of Harry DeBan.
The boy Gym Leaders meet once a week, and are assigned to specitic gym classes
to instruct during the absence of their official instructor, Mr. Brainard Parsons.
H. Burns, 'A. LaCivita, C. Gonzales, H. Rosamila, J. Chambers, G. Wackett, V. Sbarbati, C. Nor-
mand, A. DiFloria, L. V oelker, A. Mardirosian, J. Bone, H. Ruj, C. Metzler, B. Miller,'O. Avdoian,
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STUDENT COUNCIL IS VITAL PART
OF OUR HIGH SCHOOL GOVERNMENT
The first and third Fridays of every month tind half a hun-
dred student representatives sitting in the back of the auditorium.
These boys and girls comprise the Student Council of Niagara
Falls High School. With this year's competent president, VVilliam
Edwards, the council, under the able guidance of Miss Emma
Hulen, has succeeded in paying the seventy-five dollars borrowed
from the Associated Music Clubs in order to present several un-
scheduled assemblies. A variety show was sponsored which met
with overwhelming success.
, The other pohicers-Robert Arthurs, vice-president, Dorothy
Clancy, secretary, and Betty Boore, treasurer-have all cooperated
to the fullest extent to make 1941 a brilliant, successful school year.
In order to facilitate rapid, etlicient work, all the council
duties are done by committees. appointed by the president. The
council's most important work during the year ,covers Christmas
baskets for the less fortunate, Community Chest Campaign, select-
ing speakers for coming assemblies, election of the future council
ofhcers, taking charge of the bookroom, and filling the school
treasury. Pins are awarded to the home-room representatives at
the end of the year for services.
The Student Council is an organization to be proud of. It is
democracy in its highest form in our way of life.
A Corridor Patrol
EXECUTIVE GROUPS SERVE AS
IIOVISERS FOR SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
There are 13 corridor patrol posts. This means that 104
students prevent damage to the school during the day, try to con-
vince students that they shouldn't go out-of-doors, and firmly tell
the1n that they mustn't be wandering about the halls.
Besides there is a captain and a clerk in the hall on the second
Hoor. Eunice Schieman, Dorothy Russell, Don McCollum, Mil-
dred Kelverer, joy Jordon, Phyllis Karr, Pat Curts, Rosemary
Lynch and Marjorie Killian, this term's captains, are responsible
for the conduct and work of their patrols.
The Social CO1'1l111itI1CC,S president this year is Williani Ed-
wards. Assisted by Beverly Rogers, vice-presidentg Gretchen
Heyroth, secretaryg and Bill Buchanan as treasurer, the committee
presented three dances. The outstanding was the free dance
featuring Billy Thompson and his drums. One of the highlights
is the annual picnic.
Another organization is the Athletic Advisory Council. This
yearis executive staff is Murphy Pitaressi, presidentg Dorothy Mae
Bigger, vice-president: and Vivian Gerfin, secretary. On April 2
a banquet in honor ofiiall the lettermen of the different high
schools was sponsored by the Athletic Advisory Councils of
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Latin Club Sponsors Exhibit of Roman Bridge
The Junior Classical League, composed of 10,000, is a national
organization sponsored by the American Classical Association.
The local Niagara Falls Chapter was chartered in 1938. This
year there are 215 members in the high school groups.
The method of managing the league is patterned closely after
the government constitution of the old republic of Rome. Cf the
leading executives, the Senate is' by far the most important. lt is
composed of twenty-two members who meet twice during the
course of a month.
For 1941 the consuls were: Melvin Berman and Patricia
Hopking censors: John Demas and Paul Reid. The Aedilis, -loan
Thumbert, Helen Hutchins, Marion Gillet and VValter Viedeffer,
planned programs for theentertainment of the club once a month.
These programs portrayed our debt to the civilizations of ancient
Greece and Rome for much of our present government, law,
language, art and literature.
junior Classical League sponsored an exhibit this year of a
Roman bridge built in Spain during 52 B. C., and of Caesar's Magi-
not line, built in France about 52 B. C.
Through the efforts of the junior Classical Leaguers, a set
of very unusual charts have become the possession of the Niagara
Falls High School. Mrs. Tresselt instructs the league.
C DeFeliee, M. French, L. Kramer, M. Gillett, f. Crowfoot, I. Jenkins, J. Guinther, J. Gazley
H. Hutchinson, Y. Haber, B. Wheeler, M. Thompson
V DeIBrocco, W. Weidifer, M. Frominert, P. Reid, M. Berman, P. Hopkin, J. Demos, J. Wattengel
J. Goldman, D. Knight, R. Taylor, D. Gleason, D. Massinzilian, C. Swartz, J. Demas
R. Honnesy, P. Davidson, V. Gerjin, P. Curts, F. Friedman, A. Walker, B. Hall
M. Leigh, L. Glenny, B. N able, Miss Finn, J. Chandler, M. Dufett
Conversations of Honor Society Held in French
Une of the High School groups that center their activities
around some language is Les Babillards. This is the French honor
society whose name means, "The Chatterboxesf' All the meet-
ings and business is carried on in French, sometimes rather
broken French, it is true, but the will to try is there.
The club started late in the Fall this year, but since then has
been quite active. David Gleason was elected presidentg Betty
Hall, program chairmang and Clifford Swartz, secretary. As many
members had graduated or stopped taking French, eighteen new
members were initiated. The Hrst meeting at which these new
members were present, Helen Olander was elected vice-president
and Patricia Curts, treasurer.
The next meeting was a Christmas party at the home of Mlle.
Finn, the adviser. All games and conversations were in French
and everyone enjoyed himself immensely.
In February, David Gleason resigned the presidency. Frances
Freidman was elected to fill the office. i .
The next meeting was held at the home of Clifford Swartz,
with RichardTaylor and Betty Hall as host and hostess respec-
The March meeting was called at school. After the business
was taken care of, four experts answered questions ofa quiz pro-
The club presentedlother programs of interest to the whole
school, but mainly to the French students., .
MR. MARK R. BEDFORD
debates and the
Niagara's Debating Team
Wins Frontier League Trophy
Under the capable tutelage of Mr. Bedford, the 1941 Debate
Team again annexed the championship of the Niagara Frontier
Debating League and secured their second title on the trophy
offered by the Buffalo Evening News. A great deal of the credit
for the team's outstanding season is due to Mr. Bedford, who
devoted much time and effort to the team and gave invaluable
advice to the debaters in writing of speeches.
The topic for debate this year, Resolved: 'iThe Power of the
Federal Government Should Be Increased," was of current interest
and the debaters had to keep up to date on all national affairs.
However, by virtue of thorough research in various newspapers and
magazines they successfully maintained the affirmative case in seven
negative case in iive debates.
The debate team this year was a well-instructed and experienced team since five
of A the eight debaters were lettermen returning for their second year of forensic
D. Cross A. Blamer P: Reid
T. Hart C. Swartz R. Beals C. DeFelice
Forensic Society Presents
Play in "Bill of Rights" Assembly
The High School Forensic Society was an extremely active
group this year. Early in the fall, officers were elected and
arrangements made to take in new 1ne1nbers. Ralph Beals was
president, David Gleason, vice-president, john Demas, secretaryg
and Clifford Swartz, treasurer. A new system was inaugurated
for choosing members. Not only did the prospective members
have to give short speeches before the club, but also take part in
a forum discussion with the other pledges.
biost naeetnags vvere held at H16UUbCfS,lJOUSCS and included
both interesting speakers and programs in which members took
blr.l edford, Ute adwdser,inxdted the club to his apartntent
for an enjoyable Christmas party.
For the new term, Clifford Swartz was elected president,
Louis Critelli, vice-pesidentg Robert VVhelan, treasurerg and John
IDen1as, secretary: CDne of the activines for the seccnid sernester
was the presentation of a play in the assembly. This play, "The
Devil and Daniel Webster," was part of the Bill of Rights VVC-:ek
program. This was the first time that the Forensic Society had
undertaken to put on a program in assembly. A large part of the
credit for the success of the show is due Mr. Bedford, who
Other meetings and speakers were planned and the year's
activities closed with the annual picnic.
P Reid, J. Wattengel, C. Delfelice, J. Joerger, H. Haber, G. Kehoe, M. Haber, J. Jordan
' J. Goldman
J. Long, C. Swartz, R. Beals, D. Gleason, J. Dem as, P. Gellman
DRAMATIC CLUB CLIMAXES SEASON
BY PRESENTING SMASH HITS
An outstanding organization which boasts a large membership is the N.F.H.S.
Dramatic Club under the able guidance of Mrs. Helen H. Thiele. jane Gailey was
elected presidentg vice-president, Marion Gilletteg Virginia Focazio, secretaryg and
Patricia Davidson, treasurer. Meetings are held every other Thursday and two
assembly programs a year are presented. The members learn about acting, make-up,
scenery, costumes, and properties through actual stage experience.
Each meeting has a different chairman and program. A quiz program directed
by Anthony Marcolini proved amusing. Reading a dramatic sketch giving the char-
acterizations was the forfeit during the year. Edmund Rice gave an entertaining mono-
logue on "The Laughing Man" by Arch Obler. Bernard DiPlacido recited the poems:
"A Hundred Ways to Diel' and "Leedle Yawcob Strassj' a poem written by john
Henderson, oral expression teacher.
The Junior Play, an annual feature of the Dramatic Club, was unique this year
in the respect that it had a surprise ending. Suspense and curiosity hovered over
the actors for a jury was chosen from the audience to render the verdict upon Karen
Andre, suspected of murder. The jury sat upon the stage throughout the play, and
the witnesses were called from their places in the audience depicting an authentic
court room scene. "The Night of January 16,' by Ayn Rord was the successful
A packed house saw a very talented presentation of the senior play "You Can't
Take It With You," a three-act comedy by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman.
The student cast gave an outstanding performance of the various unusual characters
portrayed in this play. Each individual actor deserves credit for presenting this
former Broadway play in such grand style.
FALLS CAGERS HAND TRDTT SURPRISE
DEFEATDIN SECOND RDUND DF PLAY
The basketball season came to a close, leaving High School with a record, not
one of a championship, but one to be envied. Starting with but two lettermen,
Coach Doc Parsons developed a formidable unit. .
Though the boys did not end high in the Saint Lawrence League, they did tie
Trott for the city title. The High quintet lost nine and won five of their league
contests. After the first Trott game the cagers went into a slump, but came out of
it to beat the favored LaSalle team and with the help of their scoring ace, Captain
Johnny Nogacki, the boys handed Trott a surprise defeat.
In the first round, the High hoopsters took three out of seven contests, beating
Lackawanna, Tonawanda, and LaSalle. The Falls cagers lost to North Tonawanda,
Kenmore, Lockport, in closely contested games but did not even show against their
It seemed as if the Falls quintet was "jinxed" if it were not for the fact that there
are no such things. As an example, during the Kenmore game, with less than one-
half minute to play, the Blue and White tossed caution to the wind and tried a shot
from mid-court. As the ball winged its way, quiet descended over the spectators.
One could almost see the hoop bend to catch the ball and everyone could hear the
swish made by the closing of the net after its passage. High School lost by one point!
Swinging into the second round, the Falls quintet put up a game, but useless
struggle against North Tonawanda. The Lackawanna and Tonawanda cagers, with
vengeance in their heart, and a basketball at their fingertips defeated High School.
Then it happened again, a quirk of fate, that meant a loss, for the Red and Gray.
It was the Lockport game. For every basket Falls made-the County seaters made
K. Winker, D. Penele, H. Burns, J. Nogacki, A. Losin
one too. The game went into overtime with
Lockport scoring not once but twice
in succession and the game was over with
High at the short end of a S4-50 score.
The Falls Cagers finished a successful
season, however, for they overwhelmed a.
humble, though fighting, LaSalle team
and then headed for Trott. The Engineers
were one game ahead in the race for the
city title, and were highly favored. But it
was a different story. "Doc" had the boys
"pointed" for this game and the five didn't
let him down. Fighting for every point,
the Red and Gray handed the Red and
ANOTHER SCORE ii lvhite 3. tW0 point defeat. The race for
the city championship was tied.
John Nogacki, seventh in league scoring
led the High contingent with 112 points. Other scoring records for '40-41 season
were Kenneth Winker, 785 Dom f'Ace" Penele, 46, Alfred Losin, 39g Andrew Darco,
363 Candido "Gunga Din" Gonzales, 23, Dom "Flash" Conti, 213 and Harold
The Junior Varsity had a successful season winning nine and losing five of their
fourteen contests. Their most important victory was over the Trott reserves, for
in defeating them they spoiled a perfect season. Credit must be given to reserves
Larry Garcia, "Tootie" Butera, i'Chief" Martin, Donald Maze and Bill Waggoner.
The latter three played in a few of the Varsity contests and gave fair accounts of
Despite their record of losses and wins the Falls hoopsters showed their mettle
for they lost only after a stubborn fight and then by a narrow margin.
K Wmker 1 Penele, D. Conti, C. Gonzales, Coach Parsons, J. N ogacki, F. Baldassaro, H. Burns,
A. Darco, A. Losin, C. Martin
NIAGARA FALLS---POWER CITY OF THE
Ever since December 6, 1678,
when Father Louis Hennepin
knelt in prayer before the white
tumbling majesty of Niagara
Falls and intoned "Oc Deum"
before a portable altar, in tribute
to the Power who made it pos-
sible, the great cataract has been
the mecca of the world. Of
America's wonders, Niagara is
"tops" Not only the deep emerald
pools beneath the roaring cas-
cade or the rainbow mists which
quaintly touch the symphony of
power with a fairylike softness
and beauty, but hundreds of
other sights and sounds are
within live miles of hotels that
once housed such famous guests
as "Honest Abe" Lincoln, Millard
Fillmore, and Grover Cleveland.
In one of his writings, President
Lincoln related his impressions
concerning Niagara's grandeur.
He, too, was overcome by its
majestical beauty, as are the
thousands who annually stand
stunned as 25,000,000 tons of
water plunge over the American
and Canadian cataracts every
hour, fed by 6000 cubic miles of
water from four of the Great
Lakes. These thousands also
thrill at the menacing cauldron
that is the VVhirlpool Rapids.
This whirlpool has been de-
scribed as "silent and sinister,
grim and forboding .... where
the bizarre, fantastic imagination
of an Edgar Allen Poe might
revel in a river's darkest mood."
It is all that, yet on a sunshiny
day its deep greens and surging
eternal swells make it one of the
panoramic masterpieces of the
world. It certainly couldn't have
been foreboding to the scores of
daredevils who have braved its
monstrous suction in barrels and
boats in search of "easy money,"
a practice now barred. It was a
perfect backdrop for "The Great
Blondinf' an act which had even
the Prince of Wales, later King
Edward VII, popeyed with
In 1859, this frivolous French-
man tiptoed across the narrow-
est part of the gorge C230 feet
over the mad surgej on a S1500
tight rope, before a tremendous
throng. A few months later he
did it again and as an added
attraction he carried his man-
ager Harry Colcord, on his back.
Again he made the 18-minute
trip carrying a forty-pound load,
and, in a moment of hilarity, car-
First Spanx of New Rainbow Bridge
WORLD,' HISTORY, INDUSTRY, BEAUTY
ried a stove to the middle of the
cable's sag, cooked an omelet
and lowered it to the sight-seeing
steamer "Maid of the Mist."
As for Niagara Falls today:
For years, Goat Island, on the
brink of the cataract, has been a
favorite spot for sight-seers. The
island received its name from a
bewhiskered goat who became
"king of the island during the
severe winter of 1779" John
Stedman, an early pioneer, had
taken goats to the island, but the
herd froze to death.
For a close glimpse of the
American Falls, Hennepin View
near Prospect Point, is the best
bet. Named after Father Hen-
nepin, it affords a safe glimpse
clown a sheer precipice of 175
The Mighty Falls in Wintertime
To him and the explorers who
followed, the cataract was a
thing of great beauty and relig-
ious implication. To those who
cameulater, beginning with in-
ventive Chabert Joncaire, it was
a power which could be har-
nessed without sacriticing the
splendor of its moods. Ioncaire,
restless because of the terrific
waste of power which each sec-
ond he saw cascading into a
silvery foam, dug a ditch--six
feet wide and four feet deep-
curving inland above the Falls.
On this man-made waterway he
built an overshot waterwheel at
the foot of what is now First
For over a hundred years there
was no essential change from
Joncaire's primitive methods.
Later in the 1850's a group of
men started digging the Hy-
daulic Canal. Failure followed
failure, but Hnally Schellkoff and
others completed the ditch and
harnessed Niagara's power to
electric generators. Today, mil-
lions of horsepower are sent by
wire all over western New York
and even as far as New York
City. From a sight-seeing cen-
ter, Niagara Falls has grown
into a large manufacturing city,
producing hundreds of products
essential to national defense. It
has the largest chemical factories
in the world, aluminum is sepa-
rated from its oreg abrasives are
madeg alloys of steel are moldedg
airplanes are assembled, paper is
made and books are printed, all
this from Niagara's power.
HE seventh period Monday and Wednesday
gym class proved to be too powerful a contender for the 1941
basketball laurels, as it not only "copped" the intra-mural cham-
pionship, but defeated all contenders in doing so. The team con-
sisted.of Anthony Nanula, john Sweeney, Aldo DeFlo1'ia,' Louis
Sieoli, Sam Rottela, Albert Franco, Chester Orzulack. ,
After defeating their first three foes, the Nanula tea1n faced
the powerful five representing the ilirst period Vfednesday, Thurs-
day, and..Friday gym classes. The game ended in a 29-28 score,
with the former coming out on top. The runner-up squad con-
sisted of Mike Pressutti, Vincent Martin, Dominick Conti, Art
Snitzer, Bill Vkfaggoner, Dominick Massamilian. The games took
placein both the girls' and boys, gyms after school.
- The Lucky Strikes bowling team ran away with the 1941
bowling laurels by winning five out of six contests. Art Snitzer,
Dominick Conti, Kenneth VVinker, Les Tarczynski and Howard
VVhite made up this championship outfit.
It is June and as we the sophomore class of
1940-41 look back on our first year in High
School we 'do so with the feeling of definite
It was September 7, 1940, when we entered
Niagara Falls High School for the first time.
With saddened hearts but yet with a joyous
feeling of having reached another important
milestone in our lives we left our individual
Junior High Schools where we had been given
the proud titles of seniors to find ourselves mere
insignificant freshmen in a school much larger
and broader in its educational scope. However,
as time rolled on and as we slowly but surely
found that we were a liviIIg part of N.F.H.S.,
we more than ever followed out its ideals with
added vim and vigor. We learned our new alma
mater and cheers with enthusiasm, we shouted
ourselves hoarse at our basket and football
games and we prided ourselves on the amazing
success of our debating team.
At our sophomore class election Bill Reid was
elected president, Pat Clark, vice-president, and
Bob Butler, secretary-treasurer, while Mr.
Crowie held the high position of adviser to the
class. The' two boys who faired so greatly this
year in their athletic attainments were Morse
and Condito Gonzales, both sophomores who
did much in winning our basketball games.
Ralph Friedman, a sophomore, maintained a
high rating in his portrayal of the prosecuting
attorney in the junior play, when he took a lead-
Although our accomplishments have been
S erretar y-treasurer
MR: XVILLIAM CROVVIE
numerous this year we know that when we again
return to Niagara Falls High School next fall,
newer and finer achievements will be accredited
to our class as juniors.
SOPHOMORES FROM ROLL CALLS 303-149-102
SOPHOMORES FROM ROLL CALL IN THE CAFETERIA
SOPHOMORES FROM ROLL CALLS ISS-403--451
Barone. Yincenetta L.
Bloom. June B.
SOPHOMORES FROM ROLL CALLS 401-402 --405
Brennan, Mary Jane
Di-Xmore. Jennie M.
Dellasin, Adele T.
Diamond. Mary Belle
llimit. Teddy ,
Hill, Ruth E.
Jugle, Mary Jo
Laps, James ,
Lewis, Mary Lou
Litwa, Stella F.
Lubin, Jack Jr.
Marra, Anna Mae
Marra, Donald A.
Martinez, Frank Jr.
Pallone, Ann Christine
Rinauld, Sarah F.
Rotella, Anthony I
Rotella, Anthony II
Rotella, Sam '
Sannicola, Pearl C.
Tarpinian, V arsen
Terazza, Joe Frank
Voutouc, Eileen T.
Wilson, Etta Mae
Young, Betty Jane
Zophy, Laura Mae
1. Major Jack 2. Victory march 3. Gr-r-r Fight .' 4. Those juniors 5. Just a minute 6. Posin'
7. Bundles for Britain 8. The mighty Hoolihan. 9. Physics 10. Swing cheer 11. Mildred 12. First-
aid 13. Off the record 14. Huh?? 15. Could it be fan-mail?? 16. The ol' hangout 17. Get it??
18. Stag line 19. C. P. duty?? 20. Howie 21. Did YOU buy one?? 22. Shoot! 23. Rogue's
Gallery? 24. Bewildcred ZS. Some interference 26. Hold that line!! 27. September practice 28.
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A vital part of Niagara Falls High School are the five main publications
that help stimulate school spirit and cooperation by promoting school activities
and endeavoring to satisfy their readers with articles for student interest and enjoyment.
The monthly paper, the Chronicle, first appeared on October 17 under the editor-
ship of Martha Dardarian, and, along with the second and fourth issues, was a
complete sell-out. In February the staff was reorganized because many members left
In an effort to try something new, the staff discarded the straight make-up of
former years in favor of streamlining, and changed to a larger sized, light-weight
paper. Each issue introduced something new in form of make-up and generally
livened upthe paper, which led to a second class rating in competition with other
school papers of the United States.
Among the many new features appearing throughout the year, was the editorial
for improving the school 'fLet's Go Campaigningn and t'May We Introduce," a
column allowing students to know each other better. A special column written by
Mr. Strough called "The Principals Corner" gained popularity.
The staff for the second semester was Editor-in-Chief, Martha Dardariang Asso-
ciate Editor, Louis DeBiaseg News Editor, Annette Kushner, assistants, Lucille
Williamson, Charles McDermott, Literary Editor, Frank Woodley, assistants, Regina
Caldrone, Bernard Rogers, Violet Milne, Sports Editor, Virgil Colongelog assistants,
John Foley, Charles Shepherdg Circulation Manager, John Murphy, Business Man-
ager, Audrey Lewis g assistant, Lawrence Voelker.
Miss Ruth Hauck is the literary adviser and Mr. William Crowie is the financial
V. Colangclo, C. Warman, M. Ruff, P. Wilson, F. Woodley, J. Murphy, J. Foley
M1 W. Crowic, V. Dobrzzsz, Y. Nudo, E. Wojirfe, E. Klimcrko, C. Klimccko, A. Caterma,
L. W illirzmson
J Chazzbcrs, A. Kushner, L. DcBiasc, M. Da1'darian, L. Casscrl, A. Lewis, J. Clzambcls
D. Gleason, J. Donofro, L. Russo, H. Simon, Mr. Fowler, R. Kushner
B. W yckoj, R. Birminglzam, L. Masceri
J. Jordan, W. Vcihdejfcr, P. Gollman, F. DoZBasc0, C. DeFclirc, R. Kushner
R. Figlcr, T. Hart, T. Adams, H. Corey, M. Berman, M. Haber, J. Wyckoff
B. Gadofyblavk, C. Gold, P. Harvey, JI. Dujfctt, C. Rutz, V. Moore, J. Abbey
Almost neglecting their own publication, the Candid, the photography club has
been busy taking pictures of school life for the Niaarian. Due to lack of sufficient
time and cameras, the club has been unable to carry on its own regular activities.
Because of its influence, the Popular Photography Magazine can be purchased by
students at a reduced price. There are about ten active members under the super-
vision of Mr. Paul P. Fowler.
Miss Baader's second and third year German classes publish the "Deutscher Bote"
seven times during the year. The paper is made up of various interesting sections,
among them being the 'KShusselloch,l' a gossip column about the students themselves,
and a new addition, "Aus den Klassenf' which consists of the best compositions
written by the second year students.
Editors this year were Melvin Berman and Clement DeFelice. '
Stardust is a mimeographed publication edited by Miss Mabel Eshe1man's creative
writing class, This book, which is published each year, contains some of the best
literary efforts of the twelfth year groups. The creative writing class is made up of
students who are interested in developing their writing ability.
This book, because of its originality, has proved to be very popular with the
CREATIVE WRITING CLASS
IN TI-IE SWIM
IRED AND GRAY NATATORS DURING PRACTICE SESSION
NIAGARNS SWIMMING TEAM
TIED FUR SECOND PLACE BERTH
Although little has been heard of the swimming team, our boys have really done
a good job. They are tied for second place with North Tonawanda, while Kenmore
captured hrst place honors.
p In comparison to our football and basketball teams, the swimming team has proven
its superiority by winning a greater number of events in respect to its schedule than
the other athletics.
Leaving the Varsity this year after a successful season are: Ray
USki" Wilkinson, Matt Skuza, this year's captain, Cal Brennan and
possibly Roger Bowman. Although these swimmers are leaving, Coach
Cripe doesn't really have to worry about next year's team for he has
a host of lettermen coming back in the following: Rus Potter, junior,
Captain of '42g J. Markelonis, juniorg M. Hodge, juniorg J. Eddy,
Iuniorg S. Mooradian, Juniorg J. Bulack, Seniorg S. Conjerti, Post
Markelonis gave "Ski" Wilkinson a lot to worry about this year.
Wilkinson was beaten once by Markelonis, so to prove himself, he
established a new 50 yard pool record at Kenmore to the tune of 26:6
seconds. Speaking of records, two were broken in our own pool by
Duzy of Tonawanda, who covered the distance of 220 yards in 2:34.
The following week, Weig of Kenmore cut the water in the same dis-
tance in 2:32:3.
Sammy Conjerti, diminutive diver for the High
School, is just about the smallest diver in the
league. A note of recognition should go to Sam
because he was the onlyudiver to execute a perfect
dive in the finals. joe Bulack and Russell Ciam-
brone have accomplished many feats in diving and
are expected to perform for the team next year.
In the semi-finals our team managed to get 13
swimmers within qualifying time for the finals.
Out of the thirteen entries, 12 received medals for
being one of the first three winners. The following
have received medals: Wilkinson, two medals-
gold and silver, Russ Potter, bronzeg M. Skuza,
bronze, C. Brennan, bronze, G. Eddy, silverg R.
Bowman, silver, S. Conjerti, bronze.
Here's hoping that Russ Potter, the 1942 captain, DWER SAM CONJERT'
can lead the new team to greater success next year.
O. Goltavra, H. Cripe, J. Bulack, J. Borden, M. Grazen, I. Wl1.ite, I. Iankowski, J. McCaw,
B. Manton, R. Stewart, R. Siener, W. Plfitil'
R. Potter, R. Bowman, J. Eddy, C. Bren-nan, M. Sleuza, R. Wilkinson, R. Wood, B. Baldwin,
G. Eddy, J. Markelonis, N. Hodge A
J. Mooradian, C. Mclcntine, B. Brennan, R. Chiambronc, S. Conjerti, F. Reiclzcll, B. Edwards,
C. Moore, C. Kesler, R. Castilmze, B. Spalenki
OUR COLOR GUARD
SCOUTS AID LOCAL
BUNDLES FOR BRITAIN
The Senior Girl Scout troop, formed for the
purpose of enjoying and making social contacts,
has enjoyed one of its busiest and most successful
The first meetings were spent in visiting the
Memorial Hospital, the Police Station, and the
Niagara Falls Gazette office, which proved to be
very educational and interesting. During the early
part of December, the group attended the annual
Girl Scout Conference, held in Hotel Lafayette in
Buffalo. Later, they visited and entertained the
hospitals and convalescent homes with Christmas
The more useful and helpful part of the troop's
program this year was spent in knitting for the
Bundles for Britain and the Red Cross. During
March, the senior troop of 'Wilson played hostess
to the girls at a delightful St. Patrickls Day party.
H. Stcrzlcbaclz, Y. Haber, R. Freeman, W. Tubbe, H. Tax, M. Krausman, F. Chapman
M. French, L. Glcrmy, A. Marsh, S. Gait, M. Tweedic, G. Charles
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Completing a successful, active year, the Alpha Chapter of the Niagara Falls Hi-Y
marked the flrst year of existence as a member of the Hi-Y Fellowship of the New
York Hi-Y Council and of the United States.
Meeting every Wednesday night at the Y.M.C.A. members listened to many prom-
inent speakers and participated in athletic contests sponsored by the local council.
At the annual inter-Chapter banquet, the Alpha's claimed the new Hi-Y Sports
League Cup for being victorious in last year's league competitions.
In this, its lifth year of existence, Alpha Delta Hi-Y has been as active as ever.
Its regular business meetings are held each Thursday evening at the Main St.
Y.M.C.A., usually followed by a program. Outstanding features of the program have
been a series of talks about colleges and discussions about current issues.
As members of- the Hi-Y league it has enthusiastically taken a part in weekly
basketball and volleyball games held at the Y.M.C.A. -
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CELEBRATING A VICTORY
lt was Saturday, November 2. Beatrice Borak, pretty
blond senior, and junior Robert Arthurs started off in
the maroon 'fOlds" for the LaSalle-Niagara football
game, 'neath a drizzle of rain. From the bleachers, the
two cheered lustily as Niagara scored, shouted when sky
cleared, ate hotdogs, celebrated afterwards.
Following them was NIAGARIAN Photographer Louis
Russo. The pictures he took, show the time they had
as typical high school students. Not all have convertibles,
angora mittens, or hotdogs, but their spirit is the same.
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TALKING THE PLAY OVER TUNING ON MICH-PENN GAME
BULAK, DESTINO, PENELE. DE BACCO CENTOFANTE, SKUZA, SIMON
Wading in ankle-deep mud, the two
teams went through their warming up
paces. There was tense excitement in
the stands. Both the Red and Gray and
the Brown and Gold had failed to gain
a single victory throughout the season,
and were classihed at even odds. But
High School held an unpredicted ad-
vantage: it was out to avenge an upset
defeat from last year.
After the iirst score, a conndent, un-
beatable spirit settled over Niagarals
team. LaSalle made several offensive
attempts but, due to a wet ball and
hard tackling, fumbled consistently.
With the aid of these, plus a blocked
kick by Captain Pitaressi, that Wag-
goner converted into a touchdown, Ni-
agara subdued LaSalle by 27-O score.
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W. Joy, J. Guenther, J. Simons, P. Hopkin, M. Rosenberg, C. Lehman
The Pan Hellenic Council of Niagara Falls High School is
an organization composed of two representatives from each of
the recognized sororities and fraternities in the school.
The purpose ot the Pan Hellenic Council is two-fold.
Its first aim is to create a friendly and cooperative spirit
among the Greekiletter societies. This aim has been successfully
achieved through unity in a common endeavor to aid the school
in every way possible. This endeavor is put into action each year
in the form of the Pan Hellenic Dance, which takes place in the
spring. This year the dance was held on Senior Day, and its
theme was in accord with this occasion.
The second aim of the Pan Hellenic Council is to aid the
school in every way possible and to promote school projects.
This promotion of school spirit has been accomplished in several
ways. The proceeds of the Pan Hellenic dances have been for-
warded' to the projection fund, and this has made possible the
purchase of a sound system up to the present time., The council
has also presented a new school Hag and emblem to the student
The Pan Hellenic Society has in its brief period of existence
done much toward making Niagara Falls High School a more
pleasant place in which to live and work.
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PICTURE TO THE EDI ORS
As an example of how members
of the student body of Niagara
Falls High School spend their
time during the summer vacation,
I submit this picture of senior
Harold Walker Csee abovej. Feel-
ing unusually ambitious one day,
Walker relieved the regular, white
coated, harassed, streetcleaner of
I snapped the picture on Main
Street in front of Belmers', the
ice cream parlor where a gang
from high school usually congests.
Possibly, he wanted to gain a little
practical experience for future-
During the recent elections, I
noticed that the Mantle Oratorfs
picture was being left out of the
yearbook due to lack of space.
Being a great friend of Albert
Shiya, I think that he rightfully
deserves to be pictured in your
publication. Mr. Shiya has always
received good marks in his school-
work as long as I have known
him and is respected by teachers
and pupils alike. '
His main ambition in life has
been to enter Annapolis Naval
I might also suggest here that
Clem DeFelice's pictures be print-
ed in your book as I take lt, his
picture too is being left out. I
should think his Junior Response
as quite an important part of the
CLEM DE FELICO
The 1941 Junior Response to
the Senior Mantle Oration was
written by Clem DeFelice, the
Junior Class President. Clem has
always been active in school af-
He was community president of
South junior High School and also
editor of the Blazer, the student
paper. At graduation, he received
the American Legion Medal in
recognition of his aptitude in
studies. Two years ago, Clem was
mayor of the Niagara Falls Boys'
Club and at present is president
of the Beta Hi-Y and co-editor
of the Deutscher Bote. Clem is a
member of the Niagarian staff,
Forensic Society, and Junior Clas-
He has been on the Debate
team for two years and has won
his letter. I enclose this picture
of Clem in action against Youngs-
town during last season's debat-
ing schedule. In the background
is Donald McCollum.
An easy person to get along
with, Clem has many friends. I
am writing this because I feel that
.he is one of the most promising
men who will graduate from N . F.
H. S. with the ability to get ahead,
and if I know Clem, he will!
Through no fault of his own,
Francis D'Amico failed to hand
in his senior picture proofs in time
for the print to be pasted up in
your senior panels, and as a result,
was left out of the section. He was
absent from school the day the
announcement was read concerning
the checking up of the lists by
each senior, and didn't realize that
his name was missing.
Francis left school last year,
but has returned this semester to
secure sufficient units to graduate
and also to take certain subjects
required before he enters college
The Niagarian staff, on behalf of
the student body, wishes to express
deepest regret for the death of
Robert Baldwin, an outstanding
senior, prominent in school activi-
ties and athletics. VVe shall always
remember his pleasant fellowship.
AU TOGRA PHS
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