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As Junior High students we had fewer, but more difficult sub-
jects to study. We did not remain in one room for our classes as
we had previously done in the grades. We changed classes just
like the high school students did.
Since the Junior High was composed of both the seventh and
eighth grades, the class officers were members of both grades.
It was our first experience at electing officers, but we felt that those
we elected were capable ones. We elected: Robert Howe of the
eighth grade, pre sidentg Dixie Bodell, seventh grade, vice-president,
Margaret Martin, eighth grade, Sec. and Treas.g student council,
Betty Phillips of the eighth grade and Velma Lyon of the seventh
Elsie Boganwright joined us, but Dixie Bodell moved away so
our total number remained the same as that of the previous year.
During our eighth grade, we gained two new members, Peggy
Walter from Kirkpatrick, and George Deickert from Patterson,
Twenty-one eager classmates entered the ninth grade. We were
all looking forward to the time when we could march up onto the
platform and receive our diplomas. We were initiated in grand
and glorious style by the sophomores. Joe Chamberlin, Larry Nie-
derhauser, and Jesse Wells swelled our enrollment to twenty-four.
We held one bake sale during the year to begin our class fortune.
Due to the loss of our money, we started our sophomore year
penniless. We lost Elsie Boganwright, Gene Ault, Charles Butcher,
Barbara Miller, Larry Niederhauser, and Jesse Wells, and gained
Cassie Coulter and Dennie Sparrow. A bake sale and ticket-selling
project for the Community Club were our only money-making ven-
tures. Our class rings were ordered during the second semester.
The size of our class began to dwindle during our junior year.
We lost five of our members, Joe Chamberlin, Cassie Coulter, Jim
Detwiler, Dick Detwiler, and Ronnie Reed. Our class rings were
delivered to us two weeks after school started. Money-making
projects were really begun in earnest. We earned about S300 by
selling candy and pop at the football and basketball games, and by
selling vanilla. During the first semester, our class presented
the play, "A Ready Made Family." On May 10, the juniors played
host to the senior class and faculty for the annual Junior-Senior
Banquet at the Greenlawn Inn, at Crestline.
We began our senior year with a feeling of mingled gladness
and sadness to think that this was to be our last year to work to-
gether as a class. Shortly after the beginning of the year, Dorothy
Osborne withdrew, leaving our class with an enrollment of four-
teen. Many long hours of work were donated to selling advertise-
ments and getting our yearbook ready for publication. We hope
to earn enough money to finance our senior trip by printing a year-
book and by presenting a Senior Class Play.
At the end of this year, we will leave Caledonia High School to
take our places as citizens in a far different world from that which
we have already known.
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SENIOR CLASS HISTORY
On the bright and shining Tuesday morning of September 2, 1941,
eleven girls and nine boys entered the first grade room to begin
their long struggle to obtain an education at dear old Caledonia
School. Our teacher, Miss Ethel Porter, took one look at this class
and realized that here before her eyes was a class destined to make
history. fRemember, we didn't say what kind of history.j This
extraordinary class was composed of the following pupils: Suzanne
Reed, Patty Arnold, Mary Lou Cochran, Betty Weir, Velma Lyon,
Carol Reish, Rosie Hunt, Nona Rigdon, Marlene Rasey, Ronnie Reed,
Rodney Dice, Mary Ann Steward, Gene Ault, Glendon Kight, John
Mead, Dorothy Osborn, Milton Osborn, and Roy Shuster.
We managed to struggle through our first year of school, and
by the time September rolled around in l942 we were anxious to
start to school once again, as we were second graders. Those who
joined us were: Robert Belt, Charles Blevins, Billy Hough, and
Patty Shonk. Throughout our second grade of school, Miss Porter,
again, was our patient guide and counsellor.
For our third year of school we advanced to a new room and
a new teacher who was Mrs. Eleanor Fichtner. Our number was
increased to 22 by the admission of: Lowell Coon, Wilma Jean
Salisbury, Jack Whiteamire, James Kirk, Joann O'Hare, and Joan
Mrs. Fichtner, who was to be our instructor once again, cheer-
fully welcomed us into the fourth grade in the fall of 1944. There
were now only 21 in our little band. Richard Wright, Myron Arm-
bruster, Dixie Bodell, and Charles Butcher joined us.
During the fourth grade school year we were saddened by the
death of our superintendent, Mr. G. W. Cox, who had been super-
intendent at Caledonia for 15 years.
There was such a large number of pupils in the fourth, fifth,
and sixth grades the next fall, that the fifth grade was divided.
Twelve of us remained downstairs with Mrs. Garber and the fourth
grade, and the rest fninej of us went upstairs with the sixth grade
to meet our new teacher, Miss Jane Brundige. In the course of
the year we gained two new students who were welcomed into our
class. There were: John Boger from Cardington and Barbara
Miller from Green Camp. During the course of the year we lost
two pupils who moved to Marion.
In the sixth grade we were all together once again. Miss Brun-
dige was our teacher that year also. The admission of Harold Cole
and Jim and Dick Detwiler increased our number of 2.1 once again.
All of us worked hard to make that year a success because we
were looking forward to leaving grade school and entering Junior
We entered school the next year feeling quite grown-up, for
we had left recess and other characteristics of grade school be-
hind. We discovered, however, that we were to share our home
room with the eighth grade, the class we had been with in our first
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With all due regard to those who may think us otherwise, we,
the exceedingly intelligent and superior members of the class of
1953, after struggling through twelve years of severe mental tor-
ture to attain this high and esteemed accomplishment, believe it is
now our right and duty to set forth this last will and testament, thus
declaring null and void all other wills previously made by us. We
here and now, being of able body and sound mind, do will our sole
possessions to the following worthy people and groups.
I, BETTY WEIR -- will my red hair to anyone with nerve enough
to wear it.
I, PAT SHONK -- will my nickname "Hogan" to Beverly Harper.
I, NONA RIGDON -- will my right to swear under my breath in
typing class to anyone who can get away with it.
I, JIM KIRK -- will my little black book of girls addresses to Bob
I, DENNIE SPARROW -- will my right to argue with Miss Laibe in
history class to Dick Stafford.
I, JACK WHITEAMIRE -- will my 20-70 vision to Joe Green.
I, RODNEY DICE -- will my ambition at athletics to Frank Mc-
I, VELMA LYON -- will my hot temper to Lois Levien.
I, PEGGY WALTER -- will my athletic ability to Rosei Medley.
I, GEORGE DEICKERT -- will my right to bust up school property
to Mike Murphy.
I, JOHN BOGER -- will my right to get kicked out of Marion by
the Police to Gene Ault.
I, MARY LOU COCI-IRAN -- will my right to be late every morning
to Jimmie Cain.
I, SUSIE REED -- will my right to be a cheerleader four years in
a row to Mary Hunt.
I, MYRON ARMBRUSTER -- will my right to speak out in class
without being called on to Ronnie Groves.
To the teachers:
MR. RETTERER -- we leave "x" the unknown quantity with the hope
that someday he will find it.
MISS LAIBE -- we leave a new notebook for history notes.
MRS. NEILSEN -- we leave all the old eraser dust left on our type-
MR. WALLS -- we leave a new bottle of smelling salts that has some
"kick" to it.
MR. HARPER -- we leave a wide-awake, intelligent, and talkative
MISS SCRANTON -- we leave a suit of armor to protect her from
MR., LINDSAY -- we leave our old pencil stubs to keep the school's
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