North Coventry High School - Torch Yearbook (Pottstown, PA)
- Class of 1950
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Dedicated to i
PAUL H. GRIM
Supervising Principal '
To show our appreciation for all that he has done for us during our years at
North Coventry High School, we the class of 1950, dedicate our Yearbook, "The Torch,"
to Mr. Paul H. Grim, our supervising principal.
Symbolic of understanding, tolerance, and fairness to all, this administrator-friend
has won real admiration and respect. With his sense of humor, good sportsmanship,
interest and enthusiasm, he has been a constant example to us. We know that, in the
future, all of us will look with pride on the new school building which is the result of
Mr. Grim's foresight and initiative. It is with these thoughts that we proudly make
To the Class of 250:
You are to be congratulated for completing one phase of your educational devel-
opment. Within a few days you will be withdrawing from the halls of North Coventry
High to take your place in competition for a job with many others who have had the
same educational opportunities. The ability to hold that job depends upon the same
qualifications that were demanded of your father and all your predecessors. Are you
willing to give your best at all times, to cooperate with those who hire you, maintain
a good character, develop and keep a pleasing personality, be truthful, loyal, honest?
If your answer is in the affirmative, you will have gone a good part of the way to a
Your teachers and I are happy to know that you have achieved the status of a
graduate of North Coventry High School.
PAUL H. GRIM
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Miss J. Delp
Mrs. E. C. Clark
Mr. A. S. Alderfer
Alvin S. Alderfer-Biology, Problems of Dem-
ocracy, Driver Training
Clare K. Lane-Junior High History, Geography
William J. Paolantonio-History, Civics, Foot-
Jessie M. Delp-History, Visual Education,
C. Allyn Brown, Jr.-Science, Physics, Chem-
Neal R. Burtner-Agriculture, Shop
Joyce A. High-Vocational and General Home
Yvonne M. Schaeffer-Art Supervisor
Elva L. Place-Music Supervisor
John B. DeVincentis-Mechanical Drawing,
Esther C. Clark-English, French, Library
Dale M. Smith-Junior High English, Junior
High Mathematics, Athletic Director
Edna G. Shinehouse-Trigonometry, Geometry,
Algebra, 'YA Arithmetic
Paul N. Baker-Business Mathematics, S. P. A.,
Typewriting, Bookkeeping, Junior Business
Jennie C. Savignano-Shorthand, Typewriting,
Oilice Practice, Business English
Anna C. Trego, R.N.-School Nurse, Home
Louis W. Buckwalter-Health, Physical Educa-
tion, General Science, Basketball Coach,
Baseball Coach, Assistant Football Coach
Doris E. Lynch-Physical Education, Health,
Hockey Coach, Softball Coach
Marie M. Rogosky-School Secretary
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THE "TORCH" STAFF
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.. ......... Virginia Haile
.. Janet Christman, George Brown, Jr.
Betty Nesley, Betty Pursel, John Hine
Edward Yelenac, William McGlaughlin
Sheila Collins, Ralph Reish
Sandra Olsen, Richard Pellicciotti
PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR .. .... Leroy Sands
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LEE BATDORF Lee
Football, 9, 10, 11, 125 Basketball, 9, 10.
"Money is the root of all evil."
Drives around in a Plymouth . . . thinks homework is a
joke . . . full of fun . . . always having girl trouble . . .
dependable player on the football field . . . seen mostly
with "Jiggs" . . . one of the General boys . . . hopes to
become a millionaire.
LEONARD BAUMAN, JR. "Piggy"
F. F. A., 9, 10, 11, 125 Patrol, 11, 12.
"Farmers are born, not made."
Impish . . . appears very quiet . . . conscientious about
taking care of his pigs . . . Brower's right-hand pal . . .
has no time for girls . . . a likeable farmer boy . . . has
no time for dancing . . . will continue helping his father
on the farm.
RONALD BEIDLER "Google"
Football, 9, 10, 11, 123 Basketball, 10.
"Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise."
Hails from South Pottstown . . . knows a variety of jokes
. . . thinks school is just a pastime . . . takes life as it
comes . . . always ready to argue . . . usually found at
Wis1er's Cup . . . factory work will keep him busy.
JOHN BELMAN John
Football, 10, 11, "Norco News," 10, 11, 12.
"Silence gives consent."
Appears shy and quiet . . . never has much to say . . .
sticks to his rights . . . gets along with everyone . . . pals
around with George, Jr., and Thorpe . . . likes the girls
. . . professes to be a good driver . . . hopes to become an
STEPHEN BODOLUS "Jiggs"
Football, 9, 10, 11, 12, Patrol, 9, 10, 11, 12, Baseball, 10,
11, 12, Class President, 9, 10, 11, 123 Class Play, 11, 123
"Norco News," 9, 12.
"A great sport wins the game of life."
Good friend to everyone . . . ladies' man . . . shows no
interest in studies . . . never caught hurrying . . . our de-
pendable president for four years . . . good football center
. . . likes to tease the girls . . . likes to hear a good joke
. . . expects to travel in the future.
ELEANOR BRANNAN "Ellie"
Glee Club, 9, 10, 11, 12, Hockey Manager, 11, 123 Class
Play, 11, 12, "Torch" Staff.
"Music is well said to be the speech of angels."
Inseparable from Ruth . . . talented in music . . . tall and
slim . . . moves slowly . . . likes to attend basketball
games . . . worries over lessons . . . is interested in attend-
ing college to study music.
WILLIAM BROWER "Bill"
F. F. A., 9, 10, 11, 12.
"There's danger in the deep."
Brown hair . . . lanky . . .fair complexion . . . blondes are
his weakness . . . always absent first day of hunting
season . . . keeps excellent records in his F. F. A. project
books . . . always ready with a wisecrack . . . will probably
enter the Navy.
GEORGE BROWN, JR. "Sonny"
Band, 9, 10, 11, 12, Patrol, 9, 10, 11, Captain, 123 Camera
Club, 10, 11, 12, Football, 10, 11, Basketball, 10, 11, 125
Glee Club, 11, 12, Baseball, 9, 105 "Norco News," 9, 10, 11,
125 Class Play, 11, 12, Typing Club, 95 Vice President, 9,
105 "Torch" Staff.
"Variety is the spice of life."
Dark hair . . . dark eyes . . . well dressed . . . Romeo of
the class . . . cowboys around in a Cadillac . . . has an
answer for everyone . . . a constant joker . . . one of the
senior band members . . . likes to laugh . . . plans to enter
the Hill School and then college.
JANET CHRISTMAN Janet
Typing Club, 95 Glee Club, 9, 10, 11, 125 Cheerleading, 10,
11, 123 "Torch" Staff.
"All that glitters is not gold."
Pretty brunette . . . pleasant personality . . . a smile for
everyone . . . makes a chic appearance . . . musically in-
clined . . . well-rounded vocabulary . . . gets into uncon-
trollable laughing moods . . thinks only of Harry . . .
hopes to become a music teacher.
SHEILA COLLINS Sheila
Cheerleader, 9, 10, 11, Captain, 123 Glee Club, 9, 10, 11, 129
"Norco News," 123 Softball, 99 Class Play, 12, "Torch"
"He who sings frightens away his ills."
Peppy cheerleader . . . competent baby sitter . . . gifted
with artistic abilities . . . center attraction is the Strand
Theater . . . likes to sing . . . talks to everyone . . . enjoys
going out and having fun . . . show business looks to her
like a great future
THELMA CREASY "Two-Gun"
Glee Club, 9, 10, Softball, 11, 123 "Norco News," 9, 10, 11,
125 Class Play, 12.
"Let us live and be jolly."
A talkative little brunette . . . always ready for fun . . .
usually seen with Sheila . . . likes to flirt with the boys
. . . books never bother her . . . like-s to roller skate . . .
wants to become a housewife.
SHIRLEY DILKS "Shirl"
Hockey, 9, 10, 11, Captain, 12, Softball, 10, 11, 12, Glee
Club, 9, 10, 11, 12, Class Play, 12.
"Laugh and be happy."
Joker of the class . . . never seen without "Ginny" . . .
friendly with everyone . . . likes to go out with the boys
. . . always ready to hear a good joke . . . enjoys laughing
. . . 1S planning to go in training to be a nurse.
THORPE ELLIS Thorpe
Football, 9, 10, 11, 123 Basketball, 9, 10, 115 Patrol, 10,
Glee Club, 11, 12, Class Treasurer, 95 Band, 9, 10, 11, 12.
"No sleep till morn, when Youth and Pleasure meet."
Neat appearance . . . never worries . . . smooth dancer . . .
good football player . . . girls are his pastime . . . sets up
pins at the "Y" . . . easily intluenced . . . travels with
"Sonny" . . . will probably attend college.
JOAN EVANS "Jeanie"
"Norco News," 9, Glee Club, 10, 113 Hockey, 9, 10, 11, 12,
Basketball, 9, 10, 11, 12, Softball, 11, 12.
"Builds castles in th: air."
Curly black hair . . . known for her unusual laugh . . .
excellent athlete . . . usually seen with Ellen and Betty
. . . thinks only of one . . . attractive lreckles . . . has her
moods . . . wishes to become a housewife for some lucky
THOMAS FISHER "Tommy"
Basketball, 9, 10.
"And hears thy stormy music in the drum."
Blond . . . blue eyes . . . smart dresser . . . mischievous . . .
a desk Carver . . . seen mostly with "Dodie" . . . drummer
of Fisher's orchestra . . . professes to be the second Gene
Krupa . . . will probably become a band leader.
ELLEN FRAIN Ellen
Glee Club, 10, 11, Basketball, 113 Class Treasurer, 10, 11,
12, "Torch" Staff.
"Every artist was first an amateur."
Pretty . . . big dimples . . . a "Camay" complexion . . .
naturally curly hair . . . known by her dark-rimmed
glasses . . . usually seen with "Jim" . . . likes to draw . . .
knows something about everything . . . hopes to attend
college to study art.
PHYLLIS FULMER "Phyl"
Hockey, 9, 10, 11, 125 Basketball, 9, 10 11, 123 Softball, 9,
10, 11, 12, Glee Club, 9, 10, 11, Treasurer, 125 Sextet, 123
Class Vice President, 11, 123 "Torch" Staff.
"A good laugh is sunshine in a house."
Red-gold hair . . . short . . . gets along with everyone . . .
a flirt . . . another baby sitter . . . likes to laugh . . . good
sport . . . attends Warwick regularly . . . interested in
athletics . . . looks forward to being an airline stewardess.
RUTH GERHART Ruth
Glee Club, 9, 10, 11, 12, Hockey Manager, 11, 125 Softball
Manager, 10, 11, 12, "Norco News," 12, "Torch" Staff.
"Happiness was born to be shared."
Big smile . . . short, curly hair . . . lovely hands . . . likes
the boys . . . never seen without Eleanor . . . drives her
dad's car around . . . attends all the sports activities . . .
plans to become a bookkeeper.
GLORIA GLOSS "Glossy"
Basketball, 9, 10, 11, 12, Glee Club, 9, 10, 11, 129 "Norco
"Prosperity's the very bond of love."
Pretty eyes . . . very argumentative . . . quick-tempered
. . . likes basketball . . . seen a lot with Joyce Y . . . likes
typing . . . likes to giggle . . . comes from Pigeon Creek
. . . dreamer . . will become a secretary if possible.
VIRGINIA HAILE "Ginny"
Glee Club, 9, 10, 11, 12, Hockey, 9, 10, 11, 125 "Norco
News," 12, "Torch" Staff.
"Every woman should marry - and no man."
Attractive . . . gets along with everyone . . . likes to talk
with the boys . . . has her ups and downs . . . thinks school
is just a necessity . . . enjoys showing her wallet to every-
one . . . expects to be a secretary.
JOHN HINE "Johnny"
Baseball, 9, 10, 11, 123 "Torch" Staff.
"Life is not measured by the time we live."
Obliging . . . always has an answer for Mr. Alderfer . . .
likes to chew gum . . . travels with the Monocacy gang
. . . gives the teachers a hard time . . . no time for girls
the saysj . . . drives a '39 Plymouth . . . undecided future.
RALPH KEEN "Keenie"
Basketball, 11, 123 Glee Club, 11, 12.
"The foundation of every state is the education
of its youth."
Quiet . . . sensitive . . . likes to play basketball . . . enjoys
teasing the girls with his rubber lizard . . . the husky one
of the class . . . seldom seen at school activities . . . plans
to attend college.
CHESTER LAVERTY "Jimmie"
Glee Club, 11, 12, "Norco News," 12, Class Play, 11.
"Women wear the breeches."
Blond . . . handsome . . . always seen with Sara . . . con-
stantly with the mimeograph machine . . . frequently get-
ting into trouble . . . likes to tease the girls . . . will make
an ideal husband for Sara.
DONALD LLOYD "Don"
F. F. A., 9, 10, Secretary, 11, President, 123 Patrol, 9, 10,
11, 12, Class Play, 12.
"A little nonsense now and then is relished by the
best of men."
Small and lively . . . constant joker . . . a good "ag"
student . . . gets along with all his classmates . . . cow-
boys a "49" DeSoto, but thinks the seats are too wide . . .
plays the piano . . . his future lies in farming.
JULIA LOCKOWITZ "Julie"
Typing Club, 9.
"Good things come in small packages."
"Shorty" of the class . . . never seen without Mary . . .
enjoys riding the school bus . . . one of the few quiet ones
of the class . . . very seldom gets angry . . . comes from
Kenilworth . . . looks forward to becoming a nurse.
WILLIAM MCGLAUGHLIN "Bill"
Patrol, 9, 10, 11, 12, F. F. A., 11, 12, Sentinel, 12, Glee
Club, 11, 12, Class Play, 11, 12, "Torch" Staff.
"He who owns the soil, owns up to the sky."
Twinkling blue eyes . . . friendly smile . . . hails from
Monocacy . . . good worker for any cause . . . one of the
Hag" boys . . . logical thinker . . can't make up his mind
about girls . . . would like to become a scientific dairy man.
JOSEPH MCMULLEN "Joe"
"The first wealth is health."
Generous . . . handy man . . . good sense of humor . . .
sports his dad's green Dodge . . . claims to be a woman
hater, but likes to tease the girls . . . homework is just a
hobby . . . has a shining future as a truck driver.
ELIZABETH NESLEY "Betty"
Hockey, 9, 10, 11, 12, Basketball, 9, 10, 11, 12, Glee Club,
9, 10, 11, President, 12, Class Play, 11, 12, "Norco News,"
12, "Torch" Staff.
"It is costly wisdom that is bought by experience."
Dark hair . . . big brown eyes . . . one of the class come-
dians . . . likes to drive her brother's car . . . likes sports
. . . giggles . . . feelings are hurt easily . . . plans to
attend nursing school.
SANDRA OLSEN "Sandy"
Glee Club, 9, 10, 11, 12, Softball, 10, 12, Captain, 11g
Hockey, 11, 12, Manager, 9, 105 Basketball, 10, Manager,
115 Class Secretary, 95 Typing Club, 93 "Torch" Staff.
"To sport would be as tedious as work."
Short brown hair . . . makes a stylish appearance . . .
good dancer . . . a willing worker . . . seen a lot with Miss
Lynch . . . argumentative . . . athletic . . . come-s from
South Pottstown . . . will attend West Chester State
JAMES ORANDOSH "Jim"
Football, 9, 10, 113 Basketball, 10, Baseball, 9, 10, 11.
"Love understands loveg it needs no talk."
Handsome . . . neat appearance . . . blue eyes . . . quick-
tempered . . . has room in his heart for only one . . .
good dancer . . . one of the shop crew . . . doesn't believe
in worrying . . . has little time for books . . . wants to
join the Navy.
SHIRLEY OVERHOLTZER Shirley
Typing Club, 9, Glee Club, 10, 11, 12.
"Love begins with love."
One of the few academic girls . . . dark eyes and a pretty
smile . . . wears a West Pottsgrove class ring and letter
. . . travels with Mary and Julia . . . gets along with
everyone . . . will probably settle down to home life.
RICHARD PELLICCIOTTI "Puri"
Football, 12, Baseball, 103 "Norco News," 99 "Torch"
"Small but mighty."
Birdsboro's gift to Norco . . . short . . . excitable . . .
talks all the time . . . likes to torment the girls . . . goes
around with Eddie . . . generous giver to any school
cause . . . can't be true to one girl . . . thinks women
drivers are a menace on the road . . . wishes to join the
BETTY PURSEL "Chickie"
Softball, 11, 125 Glee Club, 95 Hockey, 11, 125 "Norco
News," 125 "Torch" Staff.
"Popularity is power."
Pretty blonde . . . good sense of humor . . . Dilkie's aid in
homework . . . can take a joke as well as give one . . .
shows no interest in boys . . . dislikes cooking and sewing
. . . hopes to become a nurse.
RALPH REISH "Reish"
Football, 9, 10, 11, 125 Basketball, 9, 10, 11, 12, Baseball,
9, 10, 11, Patrol, 11, 12, Varsity Club, 9, 103 "Torch" Stalf.
"The perfection of art is to conceal art."
Tall and slim . . . Linfield's athlete . . . good dancer . . .
enjoys seeing which girl he can get next . . . dislikes
studies . . . friendly . . . likes all sports . . . belongs to the
shop gang . . . would make a good carpenter.
MARY ROCK "Polly"
Typing Club, 9.
"As merry as a day is long."
Pretty auburn hair . . . brown eyes . . . nice white teeth
. . . likes to change her hair style . . . Julie's "buddy" . . .
likes green Plymouths . . . giggles a lot . . . thinks school
boys are juvenile . . . looks forward to going into nurses'
JOHN SALANECK "Jack"
F. F. A., 9, 10, 11, 12.
"The greatest of faults I should say is to be
conscious of none."
Answers to the call of Jack . . . small, but so is dynamite
. . . has an answer for everything . . . success means
nothing . . . likes to cowboy the Monocacy gang around in
a "39" Pontiac . . . can't decide on a future.
LEROY SANDS "Butch"
Class Play, 11, 12, Travel Club, 123 Camera Club, 10, 11,
123 "Torch" Staff.
"Not all the labor of the earth is done by hardened hands."
Happy with his camera . . . runs the recorder . . . depend-
able . . . gives the ladies a hard time . . . Miss Delp's
handy man . . . willing to help . . . industrious . . . photo-
graphy is his future.
THOMAS SEIDEL "Tom"
Baseball, 9, 10, 11, 123 Football, 12.
"A small body and a great mind are usually
Striking blond . . . no time for the girls . . . humor man
. . . heckles the teachers . . . reserved . . . Mrs. Shine-
house's academic boy . . . one of the few quiet ones in the
class . . . travels from Geigertown . . . undecided future.
JOSEPH SMITH "Joe"
Baseball, 9, 10, 11, 125 Patrol, 11, 12, Class Treasurer, 12.
"There is no knowledge that is not power."
Good-looking . . . blond with blue eyes . . . quiet . . .
brain of the class . . . hard worker . . . doesn't appear
interested in girls . . . good baseball player . . . industrious
. . . patient . . . ambition is to be a draftsman.
SARA STRAW "Sally"
Glee Club, 10, 11, 123 "Norco News," 12, "Torch" Staff.
"She over he shall rule."
Usually found in the typing room . . . works hard in
typing . . . always with Chester . . . likes to give people
a hard time . . . has answers for all the teachers . . . has
time for no boys except one . . . plans to be a stenographer.
JOYCE SWEIN HART Joyce
Hockey Manager, 9, Hockey, 10, 11, 12g Basketball Man-
ager, 10g Glee Club, 9, 10, 11, 129 Sextet, 10, 11, 12g
"Norco News," 9, 10, 11, Editor, 123 Class Play, 125 Class
Secretary, 10, 11, 125 "Torch" Editor.
"Honor lies in honest toil."
Attractive blonde with pretty blue eyes . . . pleasant per-
sonality . . . a smile for everyone . . . hard worker for the
class . . . capable and efficient secretary for three years
. . . a whiz at bookkeeping . . . a devoted friend . . . already
is employed as a secretary.
WILLIAM TYSON "Bill"
F. F. A., 11, 123 Glee Club, 11, 123 Class Play, 12.
"By-and-by has no end."
Tall with brown eyes and a fair complexion . . . interested
in the girls . . . dusts his books weekly . . . McGlaughlin's
pal . . . menace to Mrs. Shinehouse . . . has a brain but
doesn't use it . . . will continue farming.
JOYCE YEAGER "Joy"
Glee Club, 9, 10, 11, 12, Softball, 9, 12, "Norco News," 12.
"Nothing at times is more expressive then silence."
Reserved . . . shy . . . blonde . . . thinks a lot about Jack
. . . one of the shorthand girls . . . quiet . . . modest . . .
goes around with Gloria . . . graceful . . . will become
either a housewife or a stenographer.
EDWARD YELENAC "Eddie"
Baseball, 9, "Torch" Staff.
"Imagination is the air of mind."
Handsome . . . curly blond hair . . . always ready with a
story . . . never idle . . . main interest is girls . . . thinks
life is a grand experience . . . known by his cowboy boots
. . . will decide on the future when it gets here.
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The ladder of education, rung by rung,
And now at last we've reached our goal.
We're Seniors, resolute, bold, and strong.
All of our teams have played the game,
Whate'er the odds, with all their might.
Though the score sometimes stood against us,
Our players were there full of fight.
Play practices, hay rides, parties, and fun-
In later years all these we shall recall.
'Tis these activities that we shall miss-
Those moments of joy and laughter for all.
Those trips to Harrisburg and Washington-
These great events will come to mind.
The thrills and good times that brought us joy
Next fall we shall not be able to find.
We think of the patience of our teachersg
How we must have filled their lives with care.
They bore with us, through our growing pains,
And taught us each other's burdens to share.
As we look back from time to time
Over that long road towards our final aim
And consider the trials and struggles now past
We believe that our work has not been in vain.
"And what of the future?" many will ask.
"There's so much in this world that should be done."
Just hold before you our motto so fine-
"Nothing attempted, nothing won."
When we were freshmen, Mr. Gough, our civics teacher, and Mr. Grim, our principal, suggested
that a trip to our state capital would be both educational and interesting. So, there we were at eight
o'clock one cold Tuesday morning in March - the Union Township group on Mr. Clemmer's bus under
the guidance of Mr. Gough, and the Norco pupils on a Yergey bus with Mr. Grim.
Here is an account from the latter: From Pottstown to Reading, Mr. Grim briefed us on the
history of our capital and the names of our representatives. When our civics lesson ended, we relaxed
by chattering and singing. At Hershey, we waited in vain for the Clemmer bus. What could have
happened? We ate lunch there, but still no second busg so, we started again towards our destination.
Upon arriving at the Capitol, we went to the gallery and observed a joint session of the two
houses of the Assembly. Everything was most interesting to us, especially hearing Governor Duff
present his budget to the General Assembly. Near the end of the session the other group joined us,
in time to hear the latter part of the Governor's speech.
This is what had happened to the second bus: All went smoothly, with Mr. Gough entertaining
us in his inimitable way, until we came to a detourg and then more things happened than you would
believe possible. At ten o'clock the fan belt broke and we could not get another until we reached
Lebanon. About a quarter of a mile outside of Palmyra, the bus broke down and we walked into the
town to get something to eat and to wait for another bus. Sanders, McMullen, and Rupert tried to
date waitresses and some high school girls that came along. Finally the bus arrived and we were
soon in Harrisburg, where we joined our classmates.
We all enjoyed a tour of the Capitol Building and grounds and the Educational Building, although
we almost lost Mr. Gough in the revolving doors.
A good meal about five o'clock helped us forget our fatigue. At six we started home with the
Union group in a bus that looked like a cattle car. To climax the troubles of that part of the class,
the lights "blew" out, and in the confusion Thelma fainted. Eventually, all students arrived home,
worn out by the excitement of the t1'ip. But We all managed to be in school the following day to show
that the members of the class of '50 had plenty of endurance.
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At seven o'clock Monday morning, September 12th, the seniors, sleepy but eager to go, boarded
a Greyhound bus. Destination-Washington! We borrowed two typing stools from the commercial
room, then counted noses-one missing! The late arrival of Sandra Olsen settled that problem, and
we were on our merry way.
The first stop at Oxford gave us a chance for a second breakfast. Here we had our first glimpse
of Mr. Alderfer's and Leroy's "birdies" and smiled for our first group picture.
Now we were really awake, and the air was filled with jokes, discussions of buying cows, and
plans for the next three days. At the Baltimore stop, boys combed their hair and girls put on their
nats. Soon we arrived at the Franciscan Monastery, where we were delighted by the beauty of the
interior and the gardens. Some of the group thought we were playing hide-and-seek in the catacombs.
Another short drive and the bus pulled up before the Lafayette Hotel! The fellows were soon
situated on the fifth floor and the girls on the seventh.
A quick clean-up and change were followed by lunch. Then the call came, "All aboard for Mount
Vernon!" We made two stops on the way to Wash1ngton's home: first, at the Jefferson Memorial,
where a photographer took the group pictures, next, after a drive through Fort Myers, we visited the
Tomb of vthe Unknown Soldier. We enjoyed watching the guard as he marched back and forth Qdidn't
we, girls .J
Finally we reached Mount Vernon, where we were given tickets and left on our own to go sight-
seeing at our leisure. All were impressed by the furniture, house, and grounds. On the trip back to
the hotel we were serenaded by Jack, our jovial bus driver.
There followed another rush job on the dressing business, but we must have done well, for our
hostess complimented us on the lovely fashion show. And didn't our boys look handsome in their suits
After dinner, Mrs. Clark and Mr. Alderfer informed us that we could do as we wished for the rest
of the evening, provided we were in the hotel by midnight. "Yippee! Let's go, gang! Washington will
never forget we were here!" Some of us went to the movies, others to stage shows, and others in-
vestigated the city of Washington. About 11:30 there was great hustle and bustle to get back by
midnight. fPhyl and Thorpe, where were you? Was your watch slow, Thorpe?J
Lights out! Now, Sandra, stop pretending you're Mrs. Clark. Sara, you don't need to sleep in
the bath tub any longer, you may have your bed now. Two a.m. and all is quiet. O.K., Dilkie, attack!
Sara just finished making her bed. Shirley, how did you get all that water on your pajamas? Put
another quarter in the radio, Ellen. Look, girls, it's beginning to get light. We'd better get a little
"shut-eye." There goes the phone, "Good morning. It's 6 a.m." Open those weary eyes, everybody,
or we'll be late for breakfast.
There were strange doings on the fifth floor, too, during the night. Ralph's nose-dive almost
ruined a bed. Chester, be careful, you'll waken Leroy. Hey, fellows, what are those strange odors?
Who answered the phone, George? Oh, you're too tired to remember? What kind of housekeeper is
fPud, with all that rubbish in his bed? Steve had charge of the fellows in his room and took good care
of them. A favorite pastime was giving one another cold showers, and playing catch with Salaneck as
There were some weary people at the breakfast table, but we were all ready for the day's tour.
So we dashed through the rain to our bus and were off to the F. B. I. Building. This was, to many of
us, the most interesting and instructive part of our trip. We were convinced that crime doesn't pay.
Then on we went through the Archives Building, the beautiful Pan-American Building and on to the
Washington Monument. Some of the boys tried to prove that they could go up faster than the elevator,
but to no avail.
The outstanding memory of the trip on Tuesday afternoon was our visit to beautiful St. Albans
Cathedral. Our class wished to contribute to the building of this magnificent structure and bought a
stone to be placed in the church.
Did we mention the rain that poured down upon us every now and then Monday afternoon and
all of Tuesday? The rain ruined our expected night plane flight, and left us at liberty Tuesday night
to entertain ourselves as best we could. We completed our rounds of shows, movies, and penny arcades
and were glad to get back early and rest our tired feet. Most of us got a reasonable amount of sleep
this second night.
On Wednesday morning we were taken to the Smithsonian Institute where we could proceed on
our own to investigate the many thousands of objects. This was like a new world to some, others went
on to the Museum and Art Gallery across the Parkway.
So back to our last lunch at Hotel Lafayette and into the bus. The ride to Annapolis was made
memorable by Eleanor's spectacular fall from a stool. We were thrilled with everything at Annapolis:
John Paul Jones' tomb, the Chapel, grounds, and of course, the "middies."
In spite of our fatigue, we had a hilarious ride to Oxford, where we enjoyed a last dinner to-
gether. Regretfully we set out on the last lap of the journey, filling the night air with music, har-
monious and otherwise. "Forever and Ever" will always touch a chord of memory in our hearts.
Here's the familiar red school on the hill, with parents and friends waiting for us. Yes, it was
good to see them. Still our thoughts went back to that beautiful city that captivated our hearts-our
"ARRIVAL OF KlTTY"
The annual Junior class play was presented in the High School auditorium on Friday night,
April 8, 1949.
The "Arrival of Kittyf' a fast-moving farce, tells the story of Bob Baxter fChester Lavertyj,
a college graduate and Well-known athlete, who was in love with Jane fBetty Nesleyj, the girl of his
dreams. Jane's wealthy father made an eccentric Will, instructing that his daughter should marry
Benjamin Moore fWilliam McGlaughlinJ, a pompous bachelor of forty, Who had once saved his life.
Moore was quite willing to carry out the condition of the will, as was also William Winkler fLeroy
Sandsj, Jane's uncle and guardian, for selfish reasons of his owng but Jane, being in love with Bob,
had ideas quite to the contrary. Winkler took Jane and her old maid Aunt Jane fEleanor Brannanj
to the Halcyon House in the Catskill Mountains, where he was going to force Jane int0 the marriage
with Moore. However, Bob turned up and took a hand in the game. Jane's aunt had a strong aver-
sion to the stage generally and to actresses in particular. Winkler was in love with Kitty Benders
fGloria Fizzl, a Well-known actress. Bob, to force Winkler's hand, told Aunt Jane about the affairg
but Winkler, by a clever stroke, spotted his guns and left Bob holding the sack. Bob, in an effort to
get even with Winkler, impersonated Kitty, his actress friend, and made things so hot for Winkler
that finally, in sheer desperation, he agreed to the Wedding and all ended happily.
Other characters who added to the success of the play were Ting fGeorge Brownj, a quick,
alert bellboy who was in charge of the Halcyon House, Sam fSteve Bodolusb, a negro porter who
was Tingls lackyg and Suzette fJanet Christmanj, a prim French maid of Aunt Jane.
The play was under the able direction of Mr. Dale Smith and Mr. Paul Baker. The prompters
were Shirley Dilks and Phyllis Fulmer.
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The class of '50 presented its senior play on December seventh and eighth. The play, "June
Mad," a comedy in three acts, concerns Penny Wood fSheila Collinsj and Chuck Harris, the boy next
door lWilliam Tysonj, as they go about the frequently difficult, but always amusing business of grow-
ing up. When Penny's Uncle Mervyn fWilliam McGlaughlinb, who is only five years older than she,
brings Roger Van Vleck fGeorge Brownj, a senior and a killer diller, home from college, she forgets
she is a man hater and succumbs to an attack of puppy love which is ten degrees worse than measles.
Doctor Wood iLeroy Sandsj and Mrs. Wood fJ0yce Sweinhartj patiently help her over her illness
without too much exasperation.
Mr. Harris fSteve Bodolusj, Chuck's father, wants his only son to be a lawyer just like himself.
Chuck, on the other hand, has built a glider and wants to be an airplane designer. He has taken
short flights off barn roofs, but his great ambition is to take off from Chalk Bluff. Mr. Harris is
afraid Chuck will kill himself and seeks to destroy the glider. A
Julie Harris fBetty Nesleyj, is Mervyn's girl until Roger enters the picture and charms her
with his sophisticated airs. Julie, Roger, and Mervyn go golfing and Millie Lou CThelma Creasyj, the
typical neighborhood pest, tags along. She has the idea that she has a crush on Mervyn.
Effie, the cook, fEleanor Brannanj is worried about getting enough food for dinner when the
Harrises, Millie Lou, Ralph and Shirley Wentworth fRalph Reish and Shirley Dilksj invite themselves.
Elmer Tuttle 1Donald Lloydj, the handy man, helps Penny and Chuck hide the gliderg so, Mr.
Harris can't destroy it.
Mrs. Wood gives a party Saturday night to welcome Mervyn home. Everyone is invited, but
Chuck decides he must take off from Chalk Bluff before his father finds and destroys his glider.
Elmer tells the people at the party about this, and Julie and Penny both forget Roger and worry about
Chuck lands safely after being up for four hours in the dark. The papers print his story and
he is a hero. His dad decides to let him be an aircraft designer. Chuck's new fame brings Penny
back to him, and Julie goes back to Mervyn, because Roger wasn't interested in Chuck, her brother.
In the end Roger's charm has seemingly left him out in the cold.
fKey on page of f'Memories"J
- Class History
In early September of 1946 a new group of inquisitive freshmen was welcomed to Norco. They
were bubbling over with eagerness to begin their high school career. In addition to our original group,
South Coventry, East Coventry, and Union Township gave us some new pupils. Together these stu-
dents soon found that they needed organization. The first step toward organization was the election
of officers on September 10, 1946, which brought the following results: president, Stephen Bodolusg
vice president, George Brown, Jr., secretary, Sandra Olsen, treasurer, Thorpe Ellis.
On October 31, 1946, the freshmen were excited and thrilled to sponsor their first dance, the
traditional Freshman Hallowe'en Dance. Dancing in a room filled with ghosts and gobblins was en-
joyed by everyone. We boasted that this dance was a great success and were proud of the results of
our hard work.
The freshmen decided that they should know more about their state capital, so a trip to Harris-
burg was planned on March 11, 1946. Mr. Grim and Mr. Gough chaperoned us, keeping us well in
hand. In spite of a bus breakdown at Palmyra, We continued our journey to Harrisburg and spent a
very enjoyable day touring the capital. A real treat was Governor Duff, whom we had the pleasure
of seeing and hearing as he made his speech to the Assembly. We were also honored to be the guests
of Senator Scarlett and Senator Meyers. Much was added to our knowledge about Harrisburg and
we all profited by the trip when we applied our knowledge in civics class. Our trip home was an
unforgettable one. Everyone was in good spirits and merriment prevailed. However, everyone rejoiced
when we arrived home, since we were all suffering from fatigue. Our trip to Harrisburg will long
linger in the memories of the Class of '50, because it was the highlight of our freshman life.
So off we went to enjoy a carefree summer unburdened by school assignments.
A smaller group returned in September, 194 7, after our summer vacation, willing to settle down
and prepare ourselves for the coming year. Mr. Neal Burtner and Mrs. Sherman Burbank were our
class advisors. As class officers for the sophomore year we chose as president, Stephen Bodolusg
vice president, George Brown, Jr., secretary, Joyce Sweinhartg treasurer, Ellen Frain.
Our first class get-together was a hayride in early November, at which time the riders were
showered with rotten tomatoes and hedgeapples, which flew through the air without warning.
After an hour of heated argument on the 18th of November, a motto, class colors and a class
flower were agreed upon. The results were a motto, "Nothing Attempted, Nothing Wong" class colors,
green and gold, class flower, yellow rose.
The Sophomore Hop, which to us was the finest dance of the year, was the next event on our
school calendar, on November 19, 1947. The gym was gaily decorated with gold and green streamers
which pleased everyone's taste. We were very proud of our finished work and the profits it netted us.
Late in November, we were delighted to hear an inspiring lecture delive1'ed by a Hungarian
speaker, who related to us several of his wartime experiences.
A topic which caused much discussion and confusion among our class members was the choosing
of class rings. This, the most important decision of our sophomore year, was finally settled in a dem-
ocratic way by a majority vote. We were all happy with our final decision and anxiously awaited the
arrival of these rings.
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Last on the agenda was a skating party held on May 27, 1947, at Ringing Rocks Park. There
were many thrills and spills as everyone enjoyed himself at a night of good clean fun. fAnyway, the
floor was well cleaned.J
A vacation period of three months was just what we needed to help us grow up to the dignity
JUNIOR J ESTERS
The fall of 1948 found forty-eight juniors taking their place among the upperclassmen with
Miss Lynch, Mr. Baker, and Mrs. Burbank ready to give us helpful advice. We were just one year
away from our final goal and were determined to work and get the most out of our junior year.
At our first class meeting the following officers were chosen: president, Stephen Bodolus, vice
president, Phyllis Fulmerg secretary, Joyce Sweinhartg treasurer, Ellen Frain.
Early in September we found ourselves admiring and displaying our beautiful class rings,
which had arrived by this time.
On December 23, 1948, we held our Christmas party in the library. Names were pulled and
humorous gifts were given. This put us in a gay and spirited mood for our Christmas vacation.
Our next task was deciding upon a suitable junior class play. After the reading of many plays,
the committee decided upon a farce entitled, "The Arrival of Kitty." The play was given Friday,
April 8, 19495 and those who participated were Steve Bodolus, George Brown, Jr., Leroy Sands,
Eleanor Brannan, Janet Christman, Betty Nesley, Chester Laverty, William McGlaughlin, and Gloria
Fizz. All comments were favorable, and everyone acclaimed it a great success!
The outstanding social function of the year was our Junior-Senior Prom, which was held on
April 29, 1949. The theme was "The Blue Room." It was carried out by blue lighting and decorations,
which put the dancers into a sentimental mood. A rock garden, the center of attraction, was a beauty
spot on the stageg and from a bar located in the garden, punch was served. Don Garrell and his
orchestra furnished the music. Although the dance required a great deal of work, we were happy to
plan and prepare for it in order that it might be a success for the entertainment of the seniors.
On June 7, 1949, the final day of our junior year, after we had lost the title of juniors and
gained that of seniors, we decided to celebrate. A picnic was planned and held at Sixpenny. Almost
all the class was present for the last get-together of our junior year.
Our junior year ended rapidly, and we left school with hopes of returning as seniors, looking
forward to our class trip to Washington.
The final year of our high school career began on September 7, 1949. The business of choos-
ing officers was first and resulted in a re-election of President Bodolus, Vice President Fulmer,
Secretary Sweinhart, and Treasurer Frain. An assistant treasurer, Joseph Smith, was added to the
We had barely a taste of school life before we rushed off to our nation's capital to cram a lot
of sightseeing into the days of September 12, 13, and 14. Oh, those aching feet! After those days
of tramping up and down steps and through museums, monuments, and famous places, we could
certainly have made use of a chiropodist, also an osteopath to adjust our aching backs and necks.
It was hard to settle down to school life, but, upon our return, we had to plunge immediately
into money-making projects, such as, selling vanilla, emulsions, cards and wrapping paper.
In October we had an opportunity to see industry in operation. The tour through the Spicer
plant opened our eyes to the possibilities and responsibilities of that type of work. We enjoyed the
refreshments served at the end of the tour. Then we went on by bus to Barbadoes Island to view the
process necessary in the making of electricity. Another round of refreshments ended a most in-
Late in November we acquired the name of "Public Nuisance Number One," when we began
to canvass merchants, students, teachers, and friends for ads and patrons to finance the class play.
This was our greatest effort to raise funds needed to meet the large budget which we had under-
taken. Finally on the evenings of December 7 and 8, after a great deal of strenuous preparation, we
presented the senior play, "June Mad." This amusing comedy-drama pleased the audience with its
humor, true-to-life scenes, and tender touches.
A delightful interlude in school work was our long-awaited Christmas vacation from December
22 until January 3. After all, there is a Santa Claus!
The vocational students, on January ll, enjoyed the exhibits at the Harrisburg Farm Show.
Leonard Bauman and William Brower came home with merits of award for their outstanding exhibits.
Early in February, Miss Head, a representative of the Unemployment Agency, came to discuss
with the seniors the results of the aptitude tests which we had taken in November. She continued
these interviews throughout the rest of the term. We are very grateful to this agency for its in-
terest and help in choosing suitable careers.
The annual Senior Dance on March 3 was our last effort to enrich our treasury. Beautiful
spring weather helped to bring out the dancers, who enjoyed both the variety and choice of records
and the novelty dances.
We have always appreciated the fine messages brought to us by pastors of North Coventry and
Pottstown churches at Christmas and Easter seasons. An inspiring musical program by the "VVord
of Life Hour" group was presented to us on April 12. These young men from Wheaton College are
devoting their spare time and their talents to spreading the message of the Gospel all over the world
through song, personal testimony, and interviews.
Our next memorable event was the Spring Concert on April 26, given by the Boys' and Girls'
Glee Clubs. The first part of the program was a variety of spring numbers, the second part was an
excellent rendition of parts of "The Vagabond King."
The Junior-Senior Prom, given in our honor, was held on April 28. The auditorium was most
attractively decorated to carry out the theme, "Twilight Time." Bob Hartman's orchestra provided
music melodious and rhythmic enough to set any fe et to dancing.
Members of the athletic teams were honored on May 3 at the tenth annual Athletic Banquet.
Teachers, parents, and friends were present to witness the presentation of football, hockey, and
basketball letters. Mothers of the players cooked a delicious meal, and good fellowship, laughter,
witty remarks and jokes all combined to make the evening a delightful get-together of Norcoites.
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The final musical event of the year was the second annual band concert on May 24. The com-
munity has been greatly interested in the growth and development of this fine band, and the large
audience was happy to see them perform in their gay red uniforms and to hear their stirring music.
There remained a few more days of toil and struggle to master that last proposition of trig,
one more rule in English grammar, time for a final argument in P. O. D., a last typing assignment,
a hurried finishing of shop, home ec. and ag. projects. Ah! Now we can relax. Oh, no, we must
practice our class song, rehearse for Class Day, learn to walk for Baccalaureate and Commencement.
The class night program on June 2 proved to be a delightful presentation of humorous scenes
from the history of our class, interspersed with an entertaining variety of musical numbers, irnitations,
and dances. This was one last grand display of the talent of our class. The performance was given
in the afternoon for the student body and in the evening for parents and other friends and relatives.
On June 4 we soberly marched up the aisle of the Cedarville Church to hear Rev. Adams preach
an inspiring sermon.
June 6 - Commencement! With happy hearts we received our hard--earned diplomas. Our
honor students - Janet Christman, Joyce Swinehart, and Joseph Smith - delivered fine speeches, and we
returned to the auditorium to receive congratulations upon our completion of this, the first step in
our preparation for the future.
June 7, as Norco alumni, we sat upon the st age and witnessed the last assembly in our high
school days. Many poignant memories will center around this day, with its farewclls, tears and
good wishes from underclassmen and teachers.
We hope it will be "au revoir," and that we can often return to see class after class going on
to even greater heights of achievement.
John Belman-"Count Every Star"
Eleanor Brannan-t'Baby, Won't Yo
George Brown, Jr.-"Stardust"
Janet Christman-"Body and Souly'
Thelma Creasy-"The Kid's A Drea
Joan Evans-"Baby, Won't You Say
Thomas Fisher-"Green Eyes"
Phyllis Fulmer-"Baby, Won't You
Gloria Gloss-"It Isnlt Fair"
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Chester Laverty-"Are You Lonesome Tonig
Julia Lockowitz-"Sitting By The Window"
Bill lVIcGlaughlin-"There's No Tomorrow"
Joseph McMullen-"Only A Rose"
Betty Nesley-t'It Isn't Fair"
Sandra Olsen-"You'l1 Never Walk Alone"
James Orandosh-"I Wanta Be Loved'
Shirley Overholtzer--"Sentimental Me"
Richa1'd Pellicciotti-"It Isn't Fair"
Betty Pursel-"Sentimental Me"
Mary Rock-"Who'll Be The Next One?"
Leroy Sands-"Sentimental Me"
Joyce Yeager-"My Foolish Heart"
Eddie Yelenac-"I Wonder"
We, the Senior Class of North Coventry High School, in the county of Chester, State of Penn-
sylvania, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do hereby make, publish and declare this our
last will and testament in manner following, that is to say:
LEE BATDORF bequeaths his position of tackle on the football team to Bill McKee.
LEONARD BAUMAN leaves his Keystone Farmers Degree to Bill Jones.
RONALD BEIDLER bequeaths his "legal" excuses for absence from school to his brother,
JOHN BELMAN wills his mechanical ability to "Dodie" Batdorf, so Donald can repair cars as
well as wreck them.
STEPHEN BODOLUS passes on the headaches and troubles of his presidency of the senior
class to Oscar Darlington.
ELEANOR BRANNAN bequeathes her sweet soprano voice to Mary Kazimer.
WILLIAM BROWER leaves his quiet manners to all good little boys and girls.
GEORGE BROWN, JR., passes on his ability to get along with the girls to shy Dick Babel.
JANET CHRISTMAN wills her position of school pianist to Marlyn Berriker.
SHEILA COLLINS wills her captaincy of the cheerleaders to Jane Camaho.
THELMA CREASY and BETTY PURSEL leave their positions as Mrs. Clark's library assist-
ants to "Teddy" Smith and Lillian Wilson.
SHIRLEY DILKS wills her sense of humor to Mary Hansley.
THORPE ELLIS leaves his crew cut to Wanda Tobias. Now it won't take you so long to comb
your hair, Wanda.
JOAN EVANS leaves her delightful day-dreaming to Nadine Frain, who will enjoy the magic
of those far-away lands that Joan visits.
THOMAS FISHER bequeaths his skill to play the drums to James Chappie.
ELLEN FRAIN bequeaths her troubles with her boy friend to all happy couples.
PHYLLIS FULMER passes on her ability to get a boy with a handsome car to Dolly Freese.
RUTH GERHART bequeaths her ability to drive a car to William Salaneck.
GLORIA GLOSS wills her typing speed to Margie Frain.
VIRGINIA HAILE passes on her discarded boy friends to Vicky George so that she may en-
joy a wide variety of personalities.
JOHN HINE wills his intelligence in P. O. D. class to Paul Bodolus.
RALPH KEEN leaves his understanding of chemistry to Arthur Quackenbos.
CHESTER LAVERTY bequeaths his skill in operating the mimeograph machine to Boll
DONALD LLOYD leaves his friendly attitude to Gloria Yusko.
JULIA LOCKOWITZ bequeaths her short stature to Barbara Wells.
WILLIAM MCGLAUGHLIN wishes to pass on to John D'Luzen his wide knowledge of politics.
JOSEPH MCMULLEN passes his happy-go-lucky way to Robert Ickes.
BETTY NESLEY leaves her position as rig ht wing on the hockey team to Janet Nimmerichter.
SANDRA OLSEN passes on her position as catcher on the softball team to Bernice Landis.
JAMES ORANDOSH leaves his big dimples to Pete Lang.
SHIRLEY OVERHOLTZER bequeaths her pleasant smile to Carol Bitler.
RICHARD PELLICCIOTTI leaves his satiric remarks to Jim Jones.
RALPH REISH wills his artistic ability to Danny Davis.
MARY ROCK bequeaths her giggles to Betty Cooper.
JOHN SALANECK leaves his car to Gary Buckwalter so he can take his girls out in style.
LEROY SANDS leaves his position of projection operator to Joe Fry.
THOMAS SEIDEL bequeaths his mathematical ability to Betty Jane Loughin.
JOSEPH SMITH passes on to Richard Trythall his efcellent marks.
SARA STRAW leaves her shorthand knowledge to Donald Tyson.
JOYCE SWEINHART leaves her position as "Torch" editor to Frances Righter.
WILLIAM TYSON wills his understanding of "ag" to Tommy Fritzche.
JOYCE YEAGER bequeaths her quiet disposition to Shirley Kellar.
EDDIE YELENAC passes on to Robert Yergey his curly hair.
In witness whereof, we have hereunto subscribed our name and set our seal this twelfth day
of April in the year of our Lord, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Fifty.
Senior Class of 1950
Stephen Bodolus, President
The foregoing instrument was given in our presence, signed, sealed, published, and declared by
the Class of '50, the testator named herein, as and for its last will and testament, whereupon we, the
undersigned, at its request, and in their presence and in the presence of each other, have hereunto
subscribed our names as witnesses thereto:
Esther C. Clark
Jessie M. Delp
Alvin S. Alderfer
At the close of a busy day, in June, 1970, as GEORGE BROWN, JR., was on his Way to the
"Mercury" building, he remembered that he had an appointment for an interview with STEPHEN
BODOLUS, president of the Snippy Snapshot Company. Upon entering the luxurious office, he met
LEROY SANDS, who was returning with photographic equipment, after a hard day's work taking
pictures that were to be published in several leading magazines. In Steve's office, JOYCE SWEIN-
HART was busy performing the duties of private secretary. After exchanging greetings, the three
began to concentrate upon the object of their meeting, which was to discuss the present positions and
whereabouts of their classmates, who twenty years before had completed their high school careers.
George had decided to publish these news items in the "Mercury" in place of his usual "Heartthrob
Column," which has made him famous and has brought such good advice to thousands of people.
Leroy, the chief photographer for several years, was very valuable in contributing to the discussion,
since he came in contact with many people all over the country during his travels. Here are the results
of the discussion.
ELEANOR BRANNAN, the Madame Butterfly of the Senior Class of '50, can be found singing
commercials for the Happy Hound Dog Biscuit Company on T.V. Station B-O-W B-O-W. She appears to
be content as she is seen surrounded by dozens of hungry hounds, who accompany her as she sings
about their favorite dog biscuits.
Known to everyone for her vocal volume is JOYCE YEAGER, who can be heard every Friday
night at "Holler Louder Auction House," trying in vain to make a living auctioning onions and arsenic.
WILLIAM BROWER, who talked only of his Navy career, is now employed by the "Tiny Tot
Shop" fitting youngsters with sailor suits.
Because of his outstanding performance as a fencer in the senior class play, WILLIAM TYSON
is chief instructor at a school of fencing for young gentlemen who wish to protect the love and honor
of their fair ladies.
GLORIA GLOSS has taken over the headaches of Mrs. Savignano as secretarial teacher and is
now desperately seeking relief from the troubles that beset that department, especially at the time for
a "Norco News" publication.
A student always determined to be a nurse was SHIRLEY DILKS. She has finally reached
success and is working at Naughty Baby Nursery. Since she was voted most amusing in our class,
she has no trouble keeping the babies happy and in good spirits.
JOHN BELMAN, who always took a great interest in automobile mechanics, found his place in
Santa's Toy Shop, building and repairing the automobiles which Santa distributes to children at
The trapper of our class, JOHN HINE, has taken his childhood hobby to Alaska where he makes
a profitable living by selling furs to an Alaskan diaper manufacturer.
We find that Madison Square Garden is not nearly large enough to hold the crowds which
gather to see the world's leading lady wrestler, JOAN EVANS. As a result of her athletic ability,
she has achieved fame and fortune.
Class Prophecy -A
THELMA CREASY, known to everyone for her driving ability, now shows carpenters how to
drive nails. She is chief instructor at the Blackhead School of Carpentry.
JIM ORANDOSH, the handsomest and best-dressed boy in the class, is the chief designer for
the Jimmy Long John Underwear Company.
RUTH GERHART, who always did a great deal of chauffeuring in her high school days, has
been honored by being accepted as the first woman driver for the Greyhound Bus Lines of America.
Faithfully carrying out her duties as janitor-in-chief of the Starless Theater is SHEILA
COLLINS, who always had a bright eye for an important part in a theater.
THORPE ELLIS, when in school, was so interested in French that he continued his studies and
went to college to master the language. Now he fulfills his duties as instructor to French Poodles.
One of our successful agricultural students, WILLIAM McGLAUGHLIN, is experimenting to
find a better method of raising jelly beans on a large scale.
JULIA LOCKOWITZ and MARY ROCK, who excelled in the classes of higher mathematics, can
be seen teaching the fundamental facts of arithmetic in the Brain Brats' Kindergarten School.
LEE BATDORF, who had several encounters with the Pennsylvania State Police, decided to
change his tactics and work with them for a change. He has taken upon himself the duty of shining
their boots and keeping their armament in working order.
In South America one can find RONALD BEIDLER, who was always "raising cain" in classes,
but who has now decided to get the sweeter things from life and raise sugar cane instead.
Noted for his knowledge about the raising of pigs, LEONARD BAUMAN has devoted his life to
the writing of a novel entitled, "How This Little Piggy Went to Market."
ELLEN FRAIN, our class treasurer, who was always good at public speaking and defending
her rights, has decided to go into politics. According to the latest reports, she is now running for
senator and is confident she will be elected.
As a result of her affection for West Pottsgrove and its people, SHIRLEY OVERHOLTZER has
made her home there and is very happy as she raises her little falcons.
JOSEPH SMITH in high school days played with the Monocacy Indians, always hoping to be-
come a professional baseball star. He has partially fulfilled his lifetime desire and is now a favorite
bat boy for the Cleveland Indians.
THOMAS SEIDEL, who was always interested in the study of figures in Mrs. Shinehouse's
geometry classes, is now director of the Annual Beauty Pageant at Atlantic City.
SANDRA OLSEN became a physical education instructor. A late news flash brought us the
information that she has journeyed to Mars to teach the Marsmen the value of strong and healthy
After graduation, BETTY NESLEY, whose goal in life was medicine, went to medical school and
later specialized in surgery. She is now one of the nation's leading surgeons. Anyone who has a sick
tree always consults Betty, the best tree surgeon in the business.
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JOHN SALANECK, who delighted in testing the speed of cars while in high school, is now
busily occupied as the speed demonstrator for a progressive automobile industry. If you wish to pay
John a visit, you can find him at the Rocket Kiddie Kar Kompany.
Voted the first to marry in our class, CHESTER LAVERTY has chosen for his wife SARA
STRAW, his high school flame. Chester wanted always to make a lot of dough, so together he and
Sara operate The Little Dough Shop.
THOMAS FISHER, our class drummer boy, is still on the beat as he provides police protection
for his home town.
RALPH KEEN is busy making arrangements with a rocket ship company to take his physics
students on an educational trip to Venus. Ralph is a professor at Einstein University for young
The lively young lady who keeps the airplane passengers in good spirits is PHYLLIS FULMER.
She has accepted a job as airline hostess on a rocket for interplanetary trips. She is happy and enjoys
comforting those who suffer ill effects because of the rapid speed of the journey.
Two former friends, RICHARD PELLICCIOTTI and EDWARD YELENAC, are now competing
against each other for the presidency of Jupiter. We sincerely hope that these two boys will settle
their disputes and become friends again. Perhaps the discovery of another planet would help matters!
Gary Good-Looking has chosen for his next co-star VIRGINIA HAILE, who will play the role
of a mother of seven children. Virginia's experience as the mother of ten should enable her to play the
part in a realistic manner.
JOSEPH McMULLEN is using his knowledge of shop, which he acquired from Mr. DeVincentis'
instructions, as he assembles cigar boxes for the One Puff and Down Cigar Company.
Walking the streets of New York, we see a man on stilts advertising "Eat Here Or We'll All
Starve" Shop. Since RALPH REISH was the tallest boy in the class, he is well suited for the job.
BETTY PURSEL, who was always the comedian of the Senior English Class, is still making a
joke about English as she has taken a job in the wilds of Africa trying to teach English to the natives.
DONALD LLOYD performs valuable services for the animal kingdom as he joyfully delivers
milk at the Home for Stray and Sickly Cats.
JANET CHRISTMAN married soon after graduation, but music has always been her avocation
and has brought her fame. Her famous musical group consists of canaries, a tame wolf, a parrot, and
her four children, who can sing and play various musical instruments.
The shadows of evening began to fall and warned the three old friends that they had been
chatting for several hours. Steve looked at his watch and noticed that it was dinner time.
"My wife doesn't like me to be late for dinner," he said. "It's been grand to learn all the news
of our classmates, but I must hurry home now."
George gathered up his notes. "You'll see all this in the 'Mercury' tomorrow," he remarked.
"I'm sure all our readers will be happy to note that the members of the Class of '50 have been a
credit to their Alma Mater."
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First row, left to right'-J. Nimmerichter, P. McMullen, M, McGowan, N. Frain, J. Laverty
V. George, XV, Tobias, Nl. Hohl, B. Cooper, O, Darling't.un, R. Smith, IC. Stoudt, A. Thompson
M. Grubb, N. Deibler, M. Frain, E. Richzirds, J. Clztniziho,
Second rowfR. Yergey, Il, Beidler, VV, Jones, C. Murray, R, Tryllmll, J. Olexa, S. Stauffer,
J Giles, D. liatdorf, J. lflluzen, R. Rupert, C. Leyrer, Miss D. Lynch, Mr. P. R-tker, advisors,
Third row-M. Scheidt, D. Tyson, K. Read, C. Frziin, G. Roadcap, H McGowan, C. Lambour
Ifrnirtli row-I, Beekley, l". XV:implei'. IG, Rippel, A, Qiizivkenbos, T. Manger.
Fifth row-P. Bodolus, R, Cressman. G. Buckwalter, R. lckes, J. Jones,
CLASS OF 1951
We, the Juniors of North Coventry High School, extend our most hearty wishes for success and
good fortune to the Seniors of '50. We hope their future will be as shining as the example they have
The members of our class have had wonderful times through the years. A deeper loyalty to our
school has been brought about through the efforts of the boys and girls who have participated in
sports, club work, and other extra-curricular activities. The various dances given by our class the
first few years were big successes. The Junior Prom likewise was a hit. Those attending danced in
a beautiful setting of "Twilight Time," achieved with rose streamers, silver tinsel, and stars. Every-
one was seeing ghosts after the presentation of our class play "Ghost Wanted," which was very weird
We owe much of our success to our class officers-Oscar Darlington, presidentg Richard Smith,
vice-presidentg Betty Cooper, secretaryg and Elma Stoudt, treasurer. Under the guidance of our class
advisors - Miss Lynch, Mr. Baker, and Mrs. Schaeier - these officers have brought us through a happy,
successful year of many activities and financial success.
We can only hope to live up to the standards set by the Senior Class. Their co-operative spirit
has commanded respect and given us a fine example which we shall earnestly endeavor to follow. We
are trying to gain the good will of our principal, teachers, and students by conducting ourselves as
ladies and gentlemen. We hope to carry on the activities of our senior year as successfully as the class
So to the Seniors we say, 'tBest wishes and best of luck."
First ruw, ivfl in rig'lit4D. Spnhii, Ib, IQIIIZUIIHHII, Il. iivzul, I.. Sears, J. In-ihleiy M. Sxvamvm-ly
.I. f'Y6'l'il1!iIZt'l', J, llIlI'tl1l2'liU!', .l. Fry, XY. Rhymi-i', M. I!u1'i'ike1'. 474 Illvlu-r, M, I11,wliim-11111-1'gwi'
CI I! .I, I.r1ug.:'hiii, ll, lllhly. J. Hziki-i'. A. M, Samet, R. 'l'ii-riizm. M. 'l'm'zlk
Si-viuiii 1'uw-Y-Mr. .l, IM-Yinm-iitis, :irix'ism': 'I', Smith, IC. Quay, I.. Ii:1tc'i1v1', .l, .inliiismh I:
lirilu-i'lS, Il, lililvyvlii, .l, Fux, R. Ilillvr, V, Luft, I.. XYilsnii, A. Luivii, I". lI2lli'i1E'l'.S, l.iL1'hl-
vllm, C, liruwn, V, Swzlveiy. J, I:llk'liXYEl1lG'l', Y, Ym-mn, P. M1-L'1'ii.l1ivh, IC, Iliwiiis, Miss IG
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I J, Slizinvr, ll AAvJiIllIlil'l', VV. Fiiiim-V, I.. Keein-i', XY. SRIISIIIUCR, D. Siu-zuslvy, li l.zi1ip:', ll. Gnss
52 l'xVllll'th iwiw-V XV. Vniiwziy, il. Iluhi-I, U l'1lIll2lhU. IG, f'll'I1lk'llS, K. Mullin, 'I'. llishup,
l"il'th www- If Iii-mu-kwzly, If. Hnhl. Ii, Swuvi-ly, Mr. Smith, nrlvisurg IC. l.m-lmwitz, XY. M4-Ki-ii
li Ifziy, H. Yuvliiil.
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N. Mc-ICli'ny, Rl. Imiluy A Ilviiislvih, il fnI'Q'SS!ll2lll. I', I.HllPl2'iliIl. A, Mill:-V, Y. 1'ii-in-1-, I-I
AMN.-zil. A. llillllliilll, li. IH'lWils'I', .I. iii-mx'vi', 'I', Iliwnvq-i', J. NVQ-iss, Il, l.2lllliiS.
S14-will 1-mx'-Y--I., Ilili-hiv, A. Iizirizis. il. I.t'A'l'l-'l', S, Alzriigw-i-, 11, Huhl. AI, Ym-um, K, 'I'i'4-gn, 41
1'-iw. 4. Alvtlviwnii. lr. V11-4-si-. V. 1l:ii'm-V. IL S4-urs, J. llwi'fer'iwi', It XYQAIIS,
of 'l'hii-il row --J. I-Izulliusv XY, Imwvll. .l, Smith, li, Miirrziy, I.. Stalpiu-11s, VA Gloss, J, Slmull, ill
ilzilwr, Rl, l':ii'l', IG. Juhii, lb. l'1'1-iisy, I", if6l'iill.
I4'u111'tl1 Vriwf-ll, HilI1'i12lI'l. XY, Sim-sh-l. Il. Moye-i', XV. licililm-i', T.. l+'I'i1-S, IC, Kllliy. J. l'1-lrivli
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lfifih l'1lXVf'AV, Mohr, NV. Vrvllius. .l, l!:1t4i4n'i'. Ii :A'11'1Wlllll'll, H, Smale-,
Sixth Vow.-Mr. liruwii, Miss High, Mr, Ibirilziiilniiin, z1wlvi:4u1's.
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First row, left to rightfll, Sears, A, Reiustein, S, IXIQGOXVRXII, J, Iizxverty, V. Geui-ge, D. Freese,
M. Mn-Gowan, L. Sears, 'I', Smith, IE, Stouclt. A, VIXJIOITIIJSIIII. II, f361'h2il'f. B, Spullii, J. Yeager,
IG, Quay, IC, Rin-lmrrls, P, McMullen, J. Sweiiilmrt, B. f'l'i'SSIIl2lll, J. Clirislliizui.
Sucuiid I'OXV'J. Nimmerim-l1te1', E. ML-Neal, II. Bitler. J. XYeisS, S. Kellar, P, Ye1'g.1'ey, J, Deibler,
Al, Ilulxl, J, OVe1'lmltze1', G, Gloss, B. Nosley, S. Straw, V, Hzxile, S. Dilks, V. Swavely, C.
Hx- uwn, S. Liglltczxp, M. H.Uth61lb6l'g'6l', M. 'I'11l'Zlk, J. Bzxker, S. Overlioltzer. J. Cumaho, Miss
IG I'lLu'e. dii'ecto1', A V
'Vhirl rmv-INI Swzlvuly, J. Buukwrlltor, A. M. Samet, 13. J. lmughin, S, ills.-11, J, Giles, P,
I"ul11w1', V, YYOCUIH, ll, lClily, J. Olexzl.
l'xIil1l'lI1 row-M. Bl'I'l'iii4xl', N, Frain, A, l4Zl1L'11, F, 5111111111-51'ii'lifQl', ll, 'I'iei'n:1n, .I. .l0h1ison, G.
if'zu'u, Ii, Landis, 'I', Brower.
Fifth 1'uxvgP. lxIC'f'l'lllllil'll, J Shziiier, M, l,um.f, IW. A, Kmeur, A. Miller, V. Pia-V1-e, C, Gzi1'ne1'.
Sixth 1-uw-A, M, lizxiliiizui. W. Tobias, J. 151-uwer, P, Lougliiii. M. Yocum, K, 'l'I'ePJH. 11. RiiCl1i'2H
Junior Glee Club
l+'ix'sL 1-uw, lvl'l lu Visrht-IJ. IJ:1.1'liug'Lrm11, S, Rmuliim, IZ Mille-i'. V. Ilillvi-, H. RlJtlJ!'i1lPk'l'Ll'1'l'. J.
Hm-risky. Il. llusweliiii, V, fllillllllil, B. Moyer, .I, I1llK'1lS, 141. Ilziwsnu, M, Latch, B, Ilaiy, Miss
IG, l'lz'1c'e, KliI'tW'U!l'.
Hevruil www,-'I', lf'1'itSL'he, H, llumin, U, Lig'liu-am, li. Jmnes, il. Iizlvlg M, f',mi:1l1u. J. Miller,
U. Piclmr, N, Uramdrrsh, K. lllxzllis, G, Shrum, I'. Iluhms, D, Hz1tdm'i', li Frvremzin, IJ, Clmnons,
'I'l1ii'd row-Il. A, Riley, A. Assn-rr, J, Ric-lizlrrls, Cl. K'-vlcr. B Pike, Ii. Lloyd. H. Kulru
Fm11'th row-R, Gfwinslii, S. Kirby, J, Huffnmli, J, A. lielmer, TJ, Rnsewzirliv, J. HOL-k, F. .FPLIISL
Boys' Glee Club
Flrst 1-mv, ln-Yi to x'i,2411tfII. Swzlvely, TI. Ciuuuhu, XV. MOGl:1ugh1in. XY. Fulmer, G. Buckwzxlfvx
I., 1'I't'SS!llIlll, I.. Beeklvy. V. I.:1x'w1'ty, ll S111-zlslvy,
4-mld Vww--Miss IC, Plank, 11111-vlm'3 G. XXYHIIIDIHIH li. Clemens, F. Hnlll, I.. Keen. T, lfllliw
W. Rlwyrm-r, G. B1-own, V, Gwwge, pianist.
l411'sl Vuw, 11-I'l lu rigght -t'. Ill.-In-1-,1'. l,mnlm11V, I.. I!mvm:1n, J. Smith, F, NV2lIIHY1k'I', S, Ilmlfylllw
G, llwvwn, .I, In-lm:m, li. 1'l'4'S5Hl!lll, .I, Fry, Il, Tysun. 41. XVu1nvle-11
-mlml :ww XY, INI1-Km-. Il. iNIw41mv:un. M. S4-in-ifll. XY. lVlvGlz1,11g'lalil1, Il, Lluyrl, O. Il:u'ling'l-nn
I.. Ih-imllq-V, Ii. .llYlIIl, Il, Yum-urn, I-1, 1'lL'IXlL'llS, .L Km-ps, ll. IIrmI'f'm:m.
Tllil'l 1'flw--- Mr. A. Alflvrfr-1'. urlvisfwl V. Lang. li. livish, G, H11l'kYV1llltfl'. Ji. Ivke-S. XV, lHlj'lll1-l
First row, left to right-N. Mcl7Il1'oy, H. Bitler, S, Kellar, S, Kirby, D, Ii0SCVV2ll'l1C, J. Lzxverty,
Y. Giforge, A. Reinsteiu, D. F. lVJi1l'llllgt0ll, N, Or:xmloSl1, 'I', Smith, J, Lucas, Ll. Rothen-
herger, C. Swnvely, C. Brown, B, Flhly, J, Sweinhztrt, eclitor,
SS1'Olld row-C. Fm'e1uz111, A, Miller, M. Frzkin, P. lXICCl'lli1ClGl1, M, Flerriker, B, Neesley, T
Greasy, H, Pursel, ll. XVils011, U, Luft, B, J, Louglxirl, J. Baker, S. Straw, J. Cisalrik, V
Halle, Mls, J. C. Snvignzxlmo, Mr. P, Baker, advisors,
Third lOYV'J, Yeagw' G. Gloss J. C'2l1U21l!O,P, Fulmer R, Gerhzlrl., J. Huczkwzxlter, S. Stzluffer.
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Fwurth rowfhl. Kellzxr, C. Shzmer, S. Bodolus, J. Belnmu, C, Lnrerty,
Fifth 1'nvviC. kicker, G. Brown, lfl, Hfrhl, G, lV5llCkVV21lt61', O, lY72ll'llll,9,kt01'l.
First row, left to right-VV, Sziluneck, VV. Tysrm, XV. iXTl'f,H?lll,fJ,'lllll1, IJ, Bnumzul, D, Lloyd, J
Szxlzmec-k, H, MQGOWA11, CT. Murray, L. Keeler, Mr, N, Burtncr, pulxismx
Soc-tml row-J Iu:'1cl11ls, VV. Powell, F. Hrockwzxy, H, Goss, .l. Jfmerf, XV. Jones, YV, lVTcKe9
ll, Stephens, D, Murray, R. Youum,
Third rowfkl. Rihehztrt, K, Read, C. l'll'2llll, J. li:kLt1l0l'f, R, Day, F, Kerlin, 'l'. Bishup, D
Greasy, A. Qunvkenlms, XV, Tirower.
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KWIIIII :nw-.l. Fry, 1., Sands, C, Iivker, XV, KllyIlIt'I', l. Sheasle-y, Mr, A. Almlorfer. gulvis
First Vow, In-I't to Vipglxt '.I, JHIIIISIIII, R. Hulwrts, .I. linker, V. Yuvmn, V, f:U1Il'.3I9, J. UNI
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C, lirnwu, I., XYilsu11, 1. Lalmzq, J, Fry. Mr. A, Al1Iel't'v1', zulvisur.
First row, left to right-J. Hartung, K. Collins, VV, Powell, A. Thompson, XY, McKee, G,
Brown, .l. Jones, C, l4ilIT1lJOl,l1', J. Brown, YV, Root, D. Harner,
Second row-L. VVampler, H. Hotlienberger, DI, llzilin, F. Ariziii, J, Torzik, P. Loughin, 11.
Lockowitz, K. Benler, B, Cisik, P. Jones,
Third rowgl Buckwzilter, J, Overholtzer, S. Lightcap, R. John, G. Hzirkuni, F. Ciszirik, H
Smith, VV. Rliyiuer, T, Ellis, XV. Collins, H, Moyer, G. Shczisley, J. Huey, F, Hartung H,
'l'iorn:in. J. Brower, A Semet, C. Swavely, Drum Mzijorette.
lfrmrlli rowflb Cziinalio, G. Sllillltlf, R, Moyer, Li. Mc.-Xfee, N. Mclilroy, E. Leary, J. Fry,
H. 'I'ryt,lizi'l, M, Holil, E, John, J. Carnalio,
The 1949-50 school term brought forth a well-uniformed North Coventry Band. It is the first
fully equipped band Norco has produced since 1941.
From goal post to goal post they have marched at every football game this season. They have
performed many difficult drill numbers as a well-knit unit. They have received applause and praise at
home and on foreign fields.
In addition to performing on the football field, the band presented a band concert in May,
which was enjoyed greatly by the large audience. The band has also paraded in Pottstown two times.
For a newly established group it has gone a long way.
The North Coventry Alumni Association raised the funds to purchase the eye-appealing red and
white uniforms. William F. Lamb, Jr., and his staff have developed the excellent music and drills.
The boys and girls of North Coventry Schools are the performers. All of the ingredients put together
present a beautiful spectacle every time the band performs, whether it be at a football game, a
concert, or a parade.
Out of the drum majorettes, six color guards, and forty-nine instrumentalists, two seniors will be
GEORGE BROWN, our nonchalant, sophisticated senior clarinetist, started his struggle for
mastery of his instrument when he was in ninth grade. His efforts have made him a valuable man
in this group.
THORPE ELLIS started his band career in eighth grade and by this time his diligent practice
has made of him a first-rate trumpeter.
These two members of the class of '50 have been stellar performers in the band. The directors
and fellow-workers in the group will miss them. We are proud that they gave their bit to this organ-
ization, which is each year playing a more important part in school life.
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R. Beidler, R. Reisli,
Second rowf'l'. Seidel, P. Bodolus, B, Rhymer, F. W':inip1or, Gr, Buckwalter, J. Petriclc,
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Third row-R, Pellicciotti, G, Slirum, C. Murray, R, Conway, L. Beidler, XV. Fulnier, M.
Fourth rowiD. Clemens and C, Ecker, managers: D. Caminhog F, Kerlin, J. Chappie, Hill
Paolantonio, head Coach, Louis Buckwalter, assistant coach,
NORCO THUMPS CO LLEGEVILLE-TRAPPE
On August 24, twenty-eight determined fellows turned out for Norco's first practice session.
After weeks of hard drilling under the guiding hand of Mr. Paolantonio and Mr. Buckwalter, the
boys were ready to do their stuff against Collegeville-Trappe High School.
Norco emerged victorious, thumping the Colonels, 24-0, as lanky Ralph Reish hit "pay dirt"
MARPLE-N EWTOWN NUDGES NORCO
The next contest was a hard-fought duel between the Wildcats and the Orange and Black of
Marple-Newtown. Norco snared the first touchdown, but the Squarers came back late in the game
to score twice more. The game ended 12-6 in their favor.
BOYERTOWN JOLTS NORCO
This contest between Norco and the Bears was a game depending largely on breaks for the
Bears. Russ Miller, the burly fullback of the Bears, gave his teammates three counters to sew up the
game. Here first downs were even, but fumbles were the deciding factor.
EAST GREENVILLE THUMPS NORCO
For the first time in Norco history, a night game was played on the Norco field. The Greenies
found it tough the entire first half with the score 7-7. As the half closed, they scored again, making
the score 14-7. In the last two periods of this game the Wildcats gradually wore down, making it
possible for East Greenville to score three more times, ending the game, 32-7. Never once did the Red
and White show signs of slacking up for the Greenies. They have proved they can "take it" as well
as 'fdish it out."
WYOMISSING SU RPRISES NORCO
On October 22 the Norco eleven traveled to Wyomissing. After having recovered a fumble on
their own 33-yard line, the Sunsets took to the air, with the half ending 7-0 in their favor. At the end
of the third quarter, Hall, Sunset halfback, sneaked from the quarterback slot for their second score,
making it 13-0. In the last period of this contest the Sunsets again took to the air, scoring twice
more. The game ended with the score standing 27-0.
SPRING CITY RAPS NORCO
In the first half of this ball game a strong North Coventry eleven played a very hard game.
Near the half time, Ellis scampered twenty-five yards, unmolested, to tie the score 6-6. In the last
periods of the game the Pirates scored twenty additional points on the battling Wildcats. The Red
and White reached the Pirates' five-yard line but failed to score again.
NORCO WALLOPS SCHWENKSVILLE
On November 5 the Bluebirds of Schwenksville traveled to play a furious group of Wildcats.
When Norco took over, Reish, the galloping ghost, gave Norco the first score on a magnificent run.
At the end of the first half, the Bluebirds scored their first touchdown, making the score 26-6. They
again unleashed a fresh attack and a few minutes later scored their second touchdown. The Wildcats
became infuriated and promptly rolled up nineteen more points to end the game, 45-12.
NORCO CATS CLAW PENNSBURG
November 12th found the Wildcats engaged in a tussle at Pennsburg. Because of the absence
of Coach Bill Poalantonio, the squad was guided by Lou Buckwalter and C. Allyn Brown. The battle
went to the second quarter, when Reish intercepted a pass and floated thirty yards for a touchdown.
The Bulldogs eventually scored and led 7-6 at the half. Coming into the game at the start of the
second half, "Demon" Beidler sprinted the end and Wampler hit the tackle slot, scoring Norco's second
touchdown. The game ended with the Red and White victorious, 13-7.
NORCO DEFEATS FALCONS IN FINAL SECONDS OF THE GAME
Thanksgiving Day found the Red and White battling the West Pottsgrove Falcons at Franklin
Field. At half time the score was 0-0, As the Cats came onto the field from a pep talk, they began
A sprint around end by "Demon" Beidler put the ball on the six-yard line with three yards to
go and time running out. Quarterback Wampler bulled his way across for the deciding touchdown.
Here as always Norco's line was doing a tremendous task. Norco has entered a new league this year
with the following opposition: Collegeville, Boyertown, East Greenville, Pennsburg, Schwenksville,
Royersford, and West Pottsgrove.
These teams comprise the Perkiomen-Schuylkill Valley League.
STEVE BODOLUS, captain and center, had a tough break when he suffered a knee injury in
our night game with East Greenville. He proved very good on defense, a sixty-minute man, and was
voted all-league center.
RALPH REISH, captain, was voted all-league end, was third in league scoring, and played
equally well on offense and defense. All teams respected this formidable foe.
RONALD BEIDLER was out for three years. He didn't get into the games very often, but had
great spirit, and was worth his weight in gold.
THOMAS SEIDEL came out during last year and proved to be a great pass receiver. He hiked
home twelve miles every day after practice.
RICHARD PELLICCIOTTI showed great fighting spirit. He was intensely enthuisastic about
the game and showed his stuff in practice, making it tough for the varsity.
THORPE ELLIS came out late in the season, but worked hard and made an excellent blocking
back. He was always in earnest, giving his best.
LEE BATDORF wasn't much on paper, but was great on the gridiron. He was always on the
bottom of piles, played a great game at tackle, and will be very hard to replace.
The Booster Club award, given to the most valuable player, was won by Ralph Reish. Ralph
was also named all-league end and finished third in the league scoring.
Steve Bodolus was named all-league center.
Let's remember Norco's fine line in '49, which consisted of "Lanky" Ralph Reish, right endg the
Batdorf brothers - "Big Lee," tackle, and "Mighty Dodie," guard, Leland Beekley and "Horsey" Jones,
who played left endg Bill Rhymer and Gary Buckwalter, guards, and "Jiggs" Bodolus, center.
l First row, left to ribflli-M. Be1'1'ike1', P, Fulnier. V. Haile, .l, Giles, S. Dilks, 1-zlptziinl J.
Sweinliart, TS. Nesley, S, Olsen.
Sei-owl row-S, Lighu-zip, S, Miiuger, .I. Iivzins, J. Ciszirik, IC, lflvzins, J. Sliaiier. l', AlL'1ll'llflilGll.
A. M, Raunian.
'I'liii'cl row-L, Ii. Sears, B. Pursel. li, XViIson, C. Luft, Ii, lllhly, C, Swavely, A. Ri-instein.
l+'ourth row-R. Gerlizirt., manager, Miss Il. Lynch, 4-oziclig Ill, l'il'2lllIl2'lll, lllilllilf-l'4'l'.
Our hockey team, under the capable coaching of Miss Doris Lynch, completed the 1949 season
tied for second place in our newly-formed Perkiomen-Schuylkill Valley League. Four victories and
three losses was the record ofthe varsity team. Each of the "Kittens"' wins was by a comfortable
margin, leaving the opponents scoreless, while our defeats were heartbreakers, losing by one goal to
each of our three victors. The varsity was composed of eight seniors and three sophomores. The tenth
graders were Jane Cisarik at center halfback, Esther Evans at left halfback, and Phyllis McCrudden
at left fullback.
However, the Junior Varsity squad, led by Captain Joyce Giles, was more successful. ending
with an undefeated record. Only one school, Royersford, was able even to tie this strong group.
With high expectations, the girls drilled many days, preparing to take their first foe of the
season. The girls won over West Pottsgrove on the Norco field by a decisive 3-0 score. Haile was
credited with two goals and Sweinhart with one.
Again the "Kittens" played host to their opponents. Sweinhart scored three goals, Fulmer one,
and Haile one, giving to the girls an overwhelming victory over Pennsburg.
The girls traveled to Collegeville, lost their first game of the season by a 3-2 decision. The
first half ended with a 2-0 lead favoring Collegeville. In the second half Haile and Sweinhart found
the cage, scoring a goal each.
Again the "Kittens" took to the road, but this time to Schwenksville. The girls were victorious,
winning by 3-0. Once again Sweinhart made two goals and Fulmer one.
For the next game, the girls traveled to Royersford to triumph by 3-0. the scorers were Fulmer
with two goals and Nesley, one.
The girls, playing host to East Greenville, lost by a heart-breaking score of l-0. Though playing
hard and threatening many times, the "Kittens" failed to score.
' The "Kittens" traveled to Boyertown for their last game of the season, with high hopes of
winning over a spirited team. They were very much disappointed after an upset that ended by a l-0
score favoring the opponents.
SHIRLEY DILKS was our capable and efficient captain and a long, hard-driving right fullback.
She could always be depended upon in an emergency, when the ball got past the halfbacks.
BETTY PURSEL, a tricky, fleet-footed left wing, was a good ball-carrier and passer, making
it possible many times for others to score. Although she had only one year of varsity, she played
JOYCE SWEINHART was our high scorer for the season, with seven goals to her credit. She
played the position of a steady, dependable left inner every minute of every game and always kept
righting to the end.
VIRGINIA HAILE, our reliable center forward, played her position more than adequately.
"Ginny" was a skillful dribbler and a courageous fighter to the end.
PHYLLIS FULMER was a deceptive passer and an excellent scooping right-inner. "Phyl" was
one of the best athletes, because of her ability to remain calm and relaxed in the midst of excitement.
BETTY NESLEY made many a goal by her deceptive playing. Betty played three years as a
varsity right wing. She was always dependable and reliable.
JOAN EVANS fell to the ground quite frequently in pursuit of the ball but still played the
position of a hard-slugging right halfback. "Joanie" was always on the job and fed the line con-
SANDRA OLSEN was our energetic, slugging goalie, who amazingly prevented many would-be
goals. She was usually in a jovial, light-hearted, carefree mood.
These seniors have played their last games for the Red and White. They leave behind more
than a completed schedule of wins and losses. To the teams that will follow, they leave fond mem-
ories - the thrill of victory, the comradeship of team play, the pride of school spirit, the fun on the
busses, the smiles and cheers after they won a game, and the full knowledge that, win or lose, they
have always given their best.
They leave, happy in the thought that teams not yet formed, the teams yet to come, will carry
on this, the best North Coventry tradition. Good luck, girls. May you always have a winning team!
Norco Visitors Norco Visitors
West Pottsgrove 3 0 Royersford 3 0
Pennsburg 5 0 East Greenville 0 1
Collegeville 2 3 Boyertown 0 1
Schwenksville 3 0
The Seniors Will Miss
The excitement in the locker room before each game.
Singing songs on the bus en route to "away" games.
Meeting new girls from rival schools.
Waiting for the bus after the games were over.
The cheerleaders cheering from the sidelines.
Mr. Grim giving encouragement when it was needed.
Mrs. Grim and Marie telling us how they enjoyed the game.
The spectators who came to the games.
The compliments we got, even though we lost.
The thrill of winning a game.
The joy of making a goal.
Going down High Street after a game in the bus.
Reading the write-up in the paper.
Practice after school - rain or shine.
The hockey hayride and the party afterwards.
Getting out of classes for the games.
1 First row. If-ft to right-S. Kellzir. Y, George, V. Pierre, XV, Tobias,
Seconcl rowvJ. Caniulio, li, Bitler, C, Brown, J. Cliristnian, Miss J, Delp, advisor
In looking back at our athletic record, we can say that our teams fought hard and had a suc-
cessful year. How many people realize the part that the peppy cheerleaders played in our victories?
Yes, these girls are the backbone of our school spirit.
The squad started the season by electing Sheila Collins, captain and Janet Christman, co-captain.
The other members were as follows: Jane Camaho, Wanda Tobias, and Victoria George, juniors, Cleo
Brown and Rosalie Bitler, sophomores, Barbara Cressman, Virginia Pierce, and Shirley Kellar, fresh-
Before football season started, a very important problem confronted the girls-the need of new
uniforms. They decided to do something about it, and at once embarked upon several money-raising
projects. Their hard work brought in the necessary funds, and they were soon appearing at games
in striking outfits, consisting of white accordion-pleated skirts, white shirts, and red cardigan sweate1's.
The cheerleading squad is also very proud of its coach, Miss Jessie Delp, who is a competent
leader and a great inspiration. She has been with the squad for two years, and the girls have surely
enjoyed working with he1'.
The school owes much to these enthusiastic girls, who have inspired and led Norco's cheering
section at every game. The best wishes of the departing seniors are extended to them. We hope
that in coming years you will continue to train the student body and give that extra bit of school
spirit that may urge our teams on to victory. Good cheering, girls!
First row. left to right-O, Darlington. L, Bee-kley, G. lillk'kVV2'iltUl', R, Reisli, E. i'lt'lll0llS,
i Second rowfMr. L., Bnckwulter, c-om-li: L B-Hiller. F, XVurnpler, XV. Jones. P. Lung, R. Keen,
G. Brown, Mr. U. A, Brown, assistant coach.
Tliiird 1-ow7R. liabel, VV. Fulmer, G. Xvampler, C. Murray, E, Kully, XV. Kinckikner, R,
Shilensky, J. Petrick.
Fourth rowfJ. Kreps, E. John, K. Keen, VV. Beidler, L. Yost. R, Swavely, C. lflwker, li.
On November 28th an enthusiastic group of boys reported for the first practice of the 1949-50
basketball season. This year Norco has left the Section 6 league race and made a try for local laurels
in the Perkiomen-Schuylkill Valley League. In this league are Collegeville, West Pottsgrove, Boyer-
town, East Greenville, Schwenksville, Pennsburg, and Royersford High Schools.
The Wildcats ended the season with a record of six victories and eight defeats. The game in
which the Red and White showed the best form was at Pennsburg, where Norco romped easily to a
'78-47 victory. There were several nip-and-tuck games in which the spectators nearly lost their voices
in the excitement. Norco lost two heartbreakers by one point in the last few minutes-one to Royers-
ford, one to Collegeville. The most thrilling game of all was the hair-raising encounter in which the
Wildcats took Schwenksville by a 45-44 score.
Norco's varsity this year consisted of Ralph Reish, Ralph Keen, George Brown, Leland Beckley,
Gene Clemens, Gary Buckwalter, Oscar Darlington, Robert Cressman, Bill Jones, Pete Lang, Francis
Wampler, and Lorrin Beidler. Reish, Brown, Keen, and Beekley played their last game for Norco.
Coaches Louis Buckwalter and Allyn Brown say they have had a good seasong and, with the ex-
perienced players who will return and the promising material coming up from the junior varsity, they
are looking forward to a great future next year.
THOSE WHO WILL LEAVE NORCO
RALPH REISH, tall and lean, fine on rebounds, and a good fighter, played hard through most
of the games in spite of the many injuries he received.
GEORGE BROWN and RALPH KEEN always practiced faithfully and helped to provide the
opposition that built up the varsity players. The coaches hope that they will have as dependable
substitutes next year.
h LELAND BEEKLEY, a good all-around man and steady ball player, will be missed by team and
These fellows have all set a fine example of hard work and good sportsmanship, which is an
inspiration to those who carry on the sport next year.
First row, left to riglit--1'. Mr-Urudden, li, Nesley, J. Evans, P. i4'lllllll'l', IC. l'lx'a,ns,
Sw-ond rowfMiss J, Dolp, 1-our-li: ti Swzuely, J. Sliainer, XV. Toliizis, G, Gloss, .l. T::lll'kXVil1tPI',
IZ, Spolin, BI. lierriker, Miss Ib. liyncli, assistant wmvli.
Tliirnl iww--V-Al. liotl1ei1lxerg'ei', V, Ymeoni, V. George. B, ffressnian, J. Baker, V. I'ierr'v, M,
The girls' basketball team opened its season on January 6th in the Perkiomen-Schuylkill Valley
League with West Pottsgrove. The girls were in high spirits as they got off to a good start. It seemed
to be our fate this year to start well and then to run into misfortune, so that most of our scores do
not show the hard playing that the girls put into the game. The seniors who leave us hope that next
year's team will go on to victory and will carry with them that spirit of good sportsmanship and co-
operation which prevailed this year.
T0 THE DEPARTING SENIORS
JOAN EVANS was our capable captain and excellent defensive guard. She always fought until
the final whistle.
GLORIA GLOSS was a dependable guard and the junior varsity captain. She was good at
intercepting the ball and working it towards the basket.
PHYLLIS FULMER, our agile forward, played four years of varsity ball. She was willing to
take chances on the court which very often paid off in points.
BETTY NESLEY, a swift, sure-footed forward, was Fulmer's mate in the forward section. Per-
severance was her motto.
With regret, the coaches lose these seniors, who were hard-working players and an inspiration to
SUMMARY OF GAMES
31 25 Royersford
57 31 Collegeville
34 23 Schwenksville
34 29 Amity
likely to succeed
Best all-around student
First to marry
Greatest apple polisher
Did most for school
Did the school for the most
Most school spirit
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Will we ever forget: our Sophomore hayride . . . our Washington trip . . . how we made up our
credit . . . play practices . . . the Spring Concerts . . . our first trip - Harrisburg . . . Marie, the school
secretary . . . Mrs. Savignano's Senior English class of General boys.
Nothing will ever take the place of: "Sonny's" "Olds" . . . the piano in Room 9 . . . th: thrill in
becoming seniors . . . Norco's football and hockey games . . . the good times at "Trunks" . . . Mr.
Alderfer's jokes . . . Norco's school songs.
D.n't say a word about: Chester's lunches in the business education classes . . . being late for
school . . . the gum chewers . . . assignments never handed in . . . Clemmer's bus on the way to Harris-
burg . . . Ruth's over-crowded car going to the basketball games . . . the excuses used to get out of
Moments of hilarity: Christmas party in Room 9 . . . Chester in the class play . . . the nights off
in Washington . . . Janet and her laughing moods . . . the showers after most of us were dressed . . .
decorating for dances . . . lunch period in Room 9 . . . Steve in typing class.
We got serious When: "Torch" assignments were due . . . we picked our commencement announce-
ments . . . we marched to "Pomp and Circumstancen . . . we thought about our future . . . Mr. Grim spoke
to us on the first day of our senior year . . . We received our diplomas . . . it came time for final exams.
There will always be at Norco: homework . . . sophisticated seniors . . . gossip in the "Norco
News" . . . noisy study halls . . . odors from the chemistry room . . . patient teachers . . . seniors hunt-
ing for ads . . . assembly programs . . . classes like P. O. D .... bashful seventh graders . . . couples
walking around the school . . . overdue library books.
It's fun and we're going to miss: the bus rides to the football games . . . pep rallies . . . gab
sessions in Room 9 . . . the dances in the auditorium . . . modern dancing in gym classes . . . those days
when the teachers were absent.
Moments full of significance: studing for an exam at the last minute . . . waiting for the bell to
ring at 3:15 on Friday . . . the athletic banquets . . . the Junior-Senior Prom . . . getting as much done
as possible before the bell rings in the morning . . . those unexpected quizzes.
Those we remember: Steve, our class president . . . our class advisors, Mrs. Clark, Miss Delp,
and Mr. Alderfer . . . Joyce, who Worked so hard on the yearbook . . . our singers - Sheila and Eleanor
. . . the "Torch" staff . . . Mr. Grim, our school principal . . . the trio - Julia, Ma1'y, and Shirley . . .
Janet playing the piano . . . the underclassmen for helping the seniors with their selling projects . . .
Mrs. Savignano and her patience with the late "Norco News" assignments . . . our faithful couples -
Chester and Sara and Jim and Ellen . . . our athletic man - Ralph Reish . . . the teachers who taught
us . . . and those whom we will never forget - our fellow classmates, the Seniors,
KEY TO BABY PICTURES
1, Sara Straw, 2, Thelma Creasyg 3, Ralph Keen, 4, Joyce Sweinhartg 5, Janet Christmang 6, Steve
Bodolusg 7, Ralph Reish, 8, Ellen Fraing 9, Betty Nesleyg 10, Ruth Gerhartg 11, Sheila Collins, 12,
Leonard Bauman, 13, Chester Lavertyg 14, Phyllis Fulmerg 15, Virginia Haileg 16, Sandra Olsen,
17, Shirley Overholtzerg 18, Gloria Gloss, 19, William McGlaughling 20, Shirley Dilks.
THE NORCO WILDCAT
Every high school has a legend
Passed on from year to year,
To which they pledge allegiance
And always cherish dearg
But of all the honored idols,
There's but one which stands the test-
It's the stately Norco Wildcat,
The symbol of our best.
Hail to the Wildcat, loyally bred!
Hail, Alma Mater, with your
White and Red!
Norco forever, moulder of men!
Fight for her honor
And victory again.
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