Sparta High School - Spartan Yearbook (Sparta, WI)

 - Class of 1901

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, , . it .WB Kaz gn. ta.. "The Spartan." ' HE first number of THE SPARTAN was issued in November 1885 and the following were the editors:- VV:-tlter Smith--Managing Editor. Robert McCoy--Business Editor. Hattie Lawrence - Ida Coon i Lnemry' Laura Miller -Personals. Miriam jewett- -Exchanges. Flo 'd McClure Setli Burroughs LUCJIS' In the hrst editorial was an article concerning the purpose of THE SPAR'1'AN which we think has been carried out throughout the six years that the paper has been in existence. "THE SPAR'1'AN aims, first, to be the true representative of tl1e Sparta High School. It is to he the production of tl1e scholars them- selves as a body. Its columns will be open for the expression of honest opinions and the only test for the admission of articles will be merit and originality. No pains will be spared in making the Alumni column one of the most valuable departments of our paper for we wish THE SPARTAN to be indispensible to all graduates and former students ofthe school. lt is unneccessary to state that a large space will be allotted to matters of especial interest to the school. "Finally remember that our success in the establishment and maintenance of this paper will depend in great part upon the interest tal-:en in it by the students. We have a good school of which we are well proud and in this undertaking which we be- lieve will be of great value to the school, we ask the hearty co-operation of all its students, patrons and friends." The first year there were seven numbers issued. The paper was continued the next year 'and the editors were as follows:- - Robert McCov, 'XT Managing Editor. Leo Schram, '88 f- Business Editor. Nellie Morse, '87 Z Mary Bisbee, '88 Literary. Agnes Davenport, F93 . Laura Miller, '87 2 Floyd McClure, '85 Locals. h Seth Burroughs, '90 S Lew Trucks, '98-Exchanges. l.elia Palmer, '91---Personals. - There was a poem published in the june number of that ye ir's SPARTAN which was as follows:- THE DEATH Ol" THE SCHOOL DAYS. The melancholy days are 4-ome. the saddest of the year. Wltli shouting' boys and horrid noise and school rooms dark and 4 rear. D4-ep in the hollows of the grove. the boy stands on hls head, And ln the mill pond burns his hack until 'tis rosy red. The xzlrls ln p -rlors pass their time. and on pianos play, While weary mothers break their bucks rt scrubbing all the day. Where arie the flowers, the fair young flowers, that lately rose and stooi , And rt-nd their essays from the stage the very best they could? Alas! They all have la-ft our side, a drove in shady howers, When nt-'er a cure fflllll school life drear, shall end theirhappy hours. The dust is settling: on the desk, and for months lt may remain, Before the girls with dresses clean, shall wipe it, off again. The dainty girls. all lily white. into their homes do go, And the pre-tty boys, the "dudy" ones, all hidu from summer's glow. But on the hlll the farmer boy, and the botmtlst in the woods, And the angling la.d down by the brook, in ruddy health und good. will enjoy the summer time, and when school shall call once more Nl ill return to work in the wa-ll known room, as ln the days of yore. And now, when comes the calm mild day, as such still days will come. When the girls sit idly under a tree and plaeidly chew their gum. When the boys all tired with their long play spell at home in the house sit still, And ln the meadows, down by the lake, soft sings the "whlperwill," The mlnds of all turn toward the school und long for lt once more, And wonder how in the days gone hy, 'twas ever thought a. bore. After this year no other High school paper was published until the fall of 1897 when the work was again taken up. The '98 was started four years ago by that class and the editorial board was as follows: Editor-Alice M. Beebe. , Assistant-Gertrude jones Business ManagerfElla Esch. Assistant-Mark jewett. Alumni-Earl C. Howard High School Notes--Myrtle NVood. , Topics ofthe TimesANorman Durrie, Nellie Wood. , The paper had a large '98 at the top with a picture of the High school building in the middle and the names of the editors below, on the outside. Among the articles written for this paper that were especially good we would name two poems written by Mabel Eefiple, fgrnaerlsy with '01, and the article entitled Reminis- censes y 7 a .sc 1' 8. The name of the paper next year was changed back to "THE SI-'ARTAN," lpitlthe paper was not changed in appearance. The staff was as o ows: Editor in Chief-Agnes Bowler. Literary---Susan Finn. Business Manager-Frank Woy. Assistant-Stena Sands. Alumni-Elma Landt. High School Notes--Emma Saxton. Topics of the Times-Paul Bush, Mae Robinson. Proof Editor----Generva johnson. Among the best things published in that paper was a Revis- ion of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice by Fred Smith, '00, a poem written for the Sparta--Viroqua entertainment, " That Calf" and " If Washington should come back," by Susie Finn, ' 99. Theqnext year's paper was decidedlv changed in appearance. A cover was added and picture of the High school building was placed on the first page within the cover. In this paper there was an excellent article by Charles Floyd McClure entitled " ln '88," and a confirmed story entitled " The False Prophet," by Blanche Chamberlain and Nettie Sholts. The editors were as follows: ' Kittie Romanosky--Editor-in-Chief. lglanche Chamberlain-Literary essie Thayer- A umni. May, Hubbard -High School Notes. Ethel O'Leary, Herpert Ford-Topics of the Times. Ernest Servis -- Ath etics Anna Nyberg--Proof Editor. The present staff is as follows: Ida Clark--Editor-in-Chief. Bessie Teall - , Carrol Ayers ifnerary' Aiumni--Ernest Brooks. Charlotte ohnsonl - Charles Czirnahan i Athleucs' Edith iucctsfmick-Locals. gigilfsolfztdsy S Topics of the Times. Blanche Bo den -Exchanges. The class of, 1902 have elected their staff for next year. It is as follows. ' Neil Shea-Editor-in-Chief. Ethel Link - Roy Smith Lnemry' 4 Topics of the Times. Horace Howell Ruth Dalaba 8 Mabel Heasty-Local. Rollie Quaclcenbush-Exchange. Herman Canfield-Business Manager. Charles Potter-Assistant. It will be noticed that heretofore the editor-in-chief was ofthe feminine gender and that next year there is going to bca change. The edit0r's chair willthen be occupied by a man. The present staff wish the best of wishes for the Spartans continued success. May it never cease to be part of the Sparta High School and may it grow better with the passing of the years. The school should feel more that it is their paper and not only everyone take it but try to write something for it, and to make the editors feel that the school is back of them ready at all times to help make the paper go. Then here's to the prosperity and growth of "THE SPARTANU for many years to come. Bnssne TEALL. i Athletics.

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SPARTAN EDITORI L STAFF. SQ- wgizig . l X K " ' i PHOTO EV FOSTER I SHIDELL. I-Idwin Rich. Carroll Ayres. Charles Roy. Charles Carnahan. Ernest Brooks. Isaac Lewis Blanclic lioyclen. Fern Scott. Bessie Teall. Edith McCurmack. Ida Clark. Charlotte lolinswn.

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BXRABOO-SPARTA DEBATE. March 22nd, 1901. The Referendum as a Plan of Government. N the evening of March 22nd, 1901, the representatives of the above named High Schools met in this city at the Armory to debate the question, "Resolved, tl1at the Referendum as a Plan of Govern- ment Should be Adopted for the Gov- ernment of the State of Wisconsin and of its Cities." The debaters were greeted by a large and enthusias- tic audience and PHOTO BV FOSTER A SHIDELL. CnARLlcs Porrtik. throughout the whole debate, the sup- porters ofthe two sides kein the hall ringing with their respective school yells. The affirmative was supported by j. Lewis Aton, Guy Frank Risley and XV. F. Kachel tcloseri, of Baraboo, while the negative was upheld by Charles Potter, Herman Canfield and Isaac Lewis tcloserl, of Sparta. The judges were judge Bryant, Mr. Bunge and Rev. Thomas, all of La Crosse. Sparta's representatives had written over three hundred letters to many consuls in foreign countries and in this country, to prominent men in this state and in South Dakota and Utah in which states the referendum has been adopted. The question of whether or not the voters of a state shall have the right to vote on a law if a certain per cent. of them desire it, is one of great importance and one that is before tl1e citizens of this country as a very prominent issue. There was some difficulty among the debaters as to the proper interpretation of the question. Baraboo contended that merely an optional referendum, that is a referendum upon peti- tion of a certain per cent. of the citizens, would satisfy the de- mands of tl1e question: while Sparta argued that the referendum as a plan of government must apply to all general state legisla- tion, that is, the people must actually vote on a majority of state legislative acts to constitute a referendum plan of government. The former interpretation was based upon Webster's definition of referendum, while the latter was based upon quotations from a Swiss referendum law, from the law of South Dakota and up- held bythe opinions of fifteen of our most prominent circuit and supreme court judges, and of four of the United States judges of this circuit. HERMAN PHOTO BV FosTER at sr-HUELL. C The affirmative showed the corruption in our legislative bodies, both state and city, especially in Nlilwaukeeg they dwelt upon the advantages there would be if the people had constantly the right to have any law that is passed by their legislative bodies referred to them for their approval. They showed the effect sucha right vested in the people would have in preventing vicious laws from being passed. They explained the effect it would have in doing away with corrupt lobbying and lastly how 'simple the refere11dum is brought into operation. The negative on the other hand showed that our present form and condition of government is a success, that in our state popular opinion rulesg that we do not need the referendum: that Wisconsin is doing well without it. They proved by the testimony of eight, promi- nent professors in our university and of otherpmen that corruption does not exist today to a great extent ill either city or state government. They showed the evil elfectsthe referendum had brought about in Switzerland, Utah and South Dakota, that it would destroy our representative government, that it was expensive, that only about thirty per cent.of the people vote now on state constitutional amend- ments, that the popular voting on banking laws is being taken cxuse it has worked y thlt where ltstl country in cities tu ANFIELD. Point, South Dakota,l it has been a nuisance and a failure. While the judges were making their de- cision we listened to som e selections by the Owl Club and a recitation by Marcus Hanson which w e r e ve ry fine. The de- cision was unanimous forthe negative. After the debate a reception was given to the Baraboo dele- PHOYO BV FOSTER A away by the law be- so disastrouslv, and has been used in this 1 Aberdeen and Elk- SHIDELL. ISAAC Lewis. gation of about thirty at which all l1ad an enjoyable time. When the time of leaving came they departed with the best of feelings existing between the two schools and prospects of another con- test of this kind next year. Debating contests between High Schools have come to stay. May the students of the Sparta High ever sustain the reputation gained for the school by the two victories of 1901.

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