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"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
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
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
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. ,
Business ManagerfElla Esch.
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.
Business Manager-Frank Woy.
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
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:
Bessie Teall - ,
Carrol Ayers ifnerary'
Charlotte ohnsonl -
Charles Czirnahan i Athleucs'
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. '
Ethel Link -
Roy Smith Lnemry' 4
Topics of the Times.
Ruth Dalaba 8
Herman Canfield-Business Manager.
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.