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M.E.A. JOURNAL, JUNE, 1972 EDITORIAL cont. It became apparent that the first educational need was for an elementary school, and though this was not the type of teaching for which they had been trained, the original core of teachers did their best (in an elementary sort of way) as long as they were needed. If is said that it was quite a sight to see Bill Gillen conducting the first-grade PE class, and almost as bad to watch Joy Rathbun dictating shorthand to the third-graders. Considering the above facts, the establishment of Mule Chute Teachers College (which trains both elementary and secondary teachers) seems a natural, if not absolutely self-defensive devel- opment. Doggedly chanting their two-word philosophy , " Education is! " the intrepid pioneers pressed forward with this and other ambitious projects. Their faith and devotion to their college gradually resulted in the attention from the rest of the State, the nation, and the world. Today, people do not move to Mule Chute; they apply for permission to move there. And the pioneers of Mule Chute have attained positions of great responsibility and honor. During our many visits to Mule Chute we have met all of the people who began the project. It seems inadequate to merely list their names and indicate some of their achievements, but, we are sure that most of our readers are already familiar with their good looks and sparkling personalities. So, here are our recommendations for Montana ' s Hall of Fame: Victor Barta, president of Mule Chute Teachers College and president of the Montana Educational Association; Edward Beltramini, supervisor of schools and president of the National Association of School Administrators; Robert Camp, principal of Mule Chute No. 2; Frank Connor, member of the board, and president of the Mule Chute National Bank (absolutely " no " credit); Richard Cramer, author of the well-known text " How To Teach PE the Easy Way- -Learned the Hard Way " (also owner of Cramer ' s Laundry); Les Cross, fast-talking National Commissioner of Baseball; Leo Fink, chief basketball coach of Mule Chute schools; Russell Foreman, member of the school board and man- ufacturer of the nationally famous Atomic Toys for Tiny Tots (he just dreams them up); Bill Gillen, chief football coach of Mule Chute Schools and Secretary of the Montana Educational Association; Ted Huber, PhD., professor of languages at Mule Chute Teachers College and writer of such popular songs as " Das Lied vom Home Brew " and " Es War a Dream " ; Alex Kaiser, PhD., professor of history at Mule Chute Teachers College and author of " Anals of Mule Chute " (thirty- three and a third volumes); Ernie Kuhn, principal of Mule Chute No. 1, and president of the Chicago Livestock Association; Bill Kuhne, principal of Mule Chute No. 3, and nationally famous architect; Elmer Leischner, PhD., associate professor of history at Mule Chute Teachers College and author of " The Life and Loves of Russell Foreman " (sixteen and two-thirds volumes); Bill Mat - thew, principal of Mule Chute No. 6, and Treasurer of the National Education Association Charlie Mitchell, student personnel consultant for Mule Chute Schools and president of the pro- gressive Education Association; Shirley Morgan head of the department of English, Mule Chute No. 3, and author of Morgan ' s Unabridged Dictionary (six and seven-eights volumes); Bud Nees, head coach at Mule Chute Teachers College; Worth Pearson, pastor of Mission Covenant Church and editor of " Lower Room " Weekly; Bob Rowe, chief coach of chief coaches of Mule Chute Schools; Joy Rathbun, PhD., professor of economics, Mule Chute Teachers College, and author of " Economic Problems in Mule Chute " (ten and one-eleventh volumes); Bob Knight, principal of Mule Chute No. 4, and president of the National Woodbutchers Association; Dale Rhoades, chairman of the school board, president of the Mule Chute State Bank, and author of " Embezzle- ment Made Easy " ; Alice Slayton administrative assistant, Mule Chute (Dog) Hospital and mem- ber of the Mule Chute Teachers College board of trustees; Donald Strouf, principal of Mule Chute No. 1, and vice-president of the National Association of School Administrators; Harvey Theil, PhD ' professor of industrial arts , Mule Chute Teachers College and author of " Refinishing Finishes " or " The Finished Look " ; Clarence Vanscotter, PhD., Dean of Mule Chute Teachers College and president of the Mule Chute Philharmonic Association. . These are the people who have inspired a community, a state, a nation with their far-sighted aims. To them, " Education is! " and we have come to the conclusion that it is indeed. The Editors •These charming and talented ladies are, of course, happily married. Their almost-as-charm- ing and equally-talented husbands we are sure you all know. 20
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GORDON E. KAUFMAN Columbia Falls, Montana WILLIAM G. KROE HLER Hardin, Montana DAN D RUSSELL Vice President Chesapeake, Ohio HERBERT K. SMAIL Greensburg, Pa. KENT T. SWIFT Broadview, Montana BETTY ANN STOKKE President White Sulphur Springs, Montana PEGGY L. TYLER Se cretary- ere as urer Bismark, N. D. THEODORE C. WAGNER Frannie, Wyoming 19
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