Titusville High School - Optimist Yearbook (Titusville, PA)
- Class of 1926
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Can You Save 550.00 a Year?
You can have 55,000.00 Urdinary Life Insur-
ance at a cost of about Five Dollars 655.005 per year
with a Cash Value of 551,000.00 at the end of Twenty
Then, if you Clon,t wish to spend the Thousand
you can go on saving your Fifty per year Qeven less
may be necessaryj and keeping your 35,000.00
Are You Eighteen Years Qld?
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WHEN YOU START TO SAVE SEE
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S. A. DAVIDSON
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IRXUI. J. MURPHY
EDWIN F. BITTERS
MARTIN A. GREER
M ERRI E M. STEWART
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ELIZABETH A. BRYAN
M ARY A. MOORE
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lt's liarcl fur us to express in one short paragraph all we
feel about Nr. Stetson. At all tinics lie has been a true friend,
trusting us not as children to be only disciplined, but with
synipathetie unclcrstancling. Sadly do we step from under im-
mediate influence, but always will we renlelnber those ideals
for which he stood.
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Business lllanager ,- -
.Xssociate lfditor ....
Boys' Athletic liditor
Girls' Athletic liditor
joke ltflltor ......
.Xlunini liditor --
---- Tyrella Francis
-- Willard Bengston
--- Frances Bryan
----- Williaxii Graff
-- Willizxiii Ferguson
----- Gilbert Church
---.-- Frank Turner
-- Frances Fleming
Hi-Y Reporter ........, ....... R obert Dame
Vrotty Yeek Reporter .................. Opal Buffenharger
Senior --- ................... Warreii Dickinson
Junior ...,,. --- Milton Holmherg
Sophomore --- -- james Stevenson
lireslnnen -- ..,....... -- lfdward Sherwood
Robert O'H are, Reid Kerr, Catherine Carlson,
N Lucille Fogelquist, Arthur Schultz.
Cartoonist ,.................. ............ I ,ouis Caldwell
Typist .... ..,......... - - Leora Rand
Miss Merrie Stewart G. Arthur Stetson
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We hope that you have been well pleased with our six issues
of the Gptimist. We hope that you will be more than pleased with
this, our year book.
While our year book deals almost entirely with the Seniors,
it has not been the work of the Seniors alone. We wish to thank
those of the other classes who have helped make worth while our
little attempt to give each Senior a record and reminder of each of
his classmates which he may keep with him always.
Although work has been scarce and conditions very unfavor-
able, we have been very successful in finding advertisers and when
we set out for advertisements for our year book we met with very
favorable results. We Wish to thank these advertisers, who have
made it possible for Titusville High school to have a paper. We
hope they shall in a way be repaid, for people who are interested
enough in the school and its activities to perhaps stand a financial
loss, small though it may be, surely deserve praise and we hope
they may also receive patronage.
VVe wish to thank those who, by their advice or by their little
contributions, have helped make our paper as successful as it has
We wish to thank the whole school for their willing support
in all our campaigns and can only wish that next year's staff will
meet with the same co-operation we have.
Now the time has come when it is incumbent upon the Seniors
to leave their dear Titusville High School and go out into the
world with the preparation they have received here to fight 1ife's
Because of our excellent Faculty, they have been furnished
with mighty weapons to conquer the world. Because of the trials
and temptations they have passed by in Titusville High School,
they have learned to resist other and greater trials and temptations
which shall arise in their paths.
Whatever success each obtains he shall owe in part to his
early instruction that he received before his cominencement night.
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SENIOR CLASS OFFICERS
---- Frances O. Bryan
Vice President .... , ..... --- Robert O'Hare
Secretary and Treasurer --- --- Mabel K. Clark
Valedictorian -- ..................... Frances O. Bryan
Third Honor ....
Latin Honor ....
French Honor ---
--- Robert O'Hare
--- Hazel Hummer
--- Frank M. Turner
------------..- Dorothy M. Light
English Honor ....... --- Tyrella Francis, Berdena Smith
Science Honor ----
History Honor ....
-----------,- J. Leroy Hancox
--- Warreii T. Dickinson
----- Edward Helfrich
Commercial Honor ....................... Irene McCurdy
CLASS DAY OFFICERS
Historian ................................ Mabel K. Clark
Artists -- --- Louis Caldwell, Arthur Schultz
Donors -- .... Catherine Carlson, Robert Dame
Prophet --- ............... Howard M. Levy
VVill --- .... Kenneth Jacobson
Poet ..... ........ L illian Corwin
Knocker --- - ..... V. Lucille Foglequist
Pianist .... .,................ H oward M. Levy
Musicians --- Kenneth Jacobson, Louis Caldwell
Songster - ................... Martha Jillson
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FRANCES OSBORNE BRYAN.
Valemlictorian, Academic Course, President
of Class '25-'26, Optimist Staff Reporter and
Associate Editor. Dramatic Club Plays, Clar-
ence. and Junior Play "Daddy Long Legs,"
Basketball Squad, Treasurer Trotty Veck,
Science Club. Dramatic Club Vice President,
Debating Club Vice President.
Frances is one of the seven wonders of
high school, to be very exact she is the
whole seven. Almost anyone can be elected
President for one year but when it comes
to being elected again it takes a Frances
Bryan to do it. And have you ever seen
her act? She can go from charming
young flapper in Clarence to a poor little
orphan in Daddy Long Legs. It is because
ot' Frances' untiring efforts that the Opti-
mist has been as successful as it has been.
WILLIAM ROBERT O'HARE.
Academic Course. Salutatorian, President
ot Freshman Class '23, Vice President of
Senior Class '26, Science Club, Optimist
Here you sec a. genius! Salutatorian,
Vice President of the Class and all in three
years in high school. lt there's ever any
nomination. Bob is always nominated, and
never fails to win the election. It's no won-
der! He's as dependable as the Rock of
Gibraltar, and as willing as they're made.
MABEL KERR CLARK.
Academit- Course. Class Historian, Secre-
tary and Treasurer of Class '23"26, Treas-
urer of Travel Club '24-'25, Choral -Club 2
years, 'The Vvreck of the Hesperus," Trotty
Veck Club 3 years, Secretary Trotty Veck
'24-'25. Treasurer of Science Club '25-'26,
Dramatic Club. Junior Play. "Daddy Long-
Legs" as Mrs. Leppith, Dramatic Club Play,
"Adam and Eva" as Aunt Abbey Rocker.
What would the Senior Class have done
without Mabel? She certainly does know
how to take care of financial matters.
Speaking of dispositions, Mabel's got one
that can't be beat. Always smiling and
happy. A friend to all. You will make a
wonderful teacher. VVe would like to be
Academic Course, Engrlish Honor, In Plays
"Come Out of the Kitchen," "The Whole
Town's Talking," Junior Play "Daddy Long
Legs." Optimist Staff, Class Reporter '22,
'23, '24, Assistant Editor '24, '25, Editor '25,
'26, Science Club, French Club, Dramatic
Club, Trotty Veck 1 Year, Junior Prom
An actress. a dancer, an honor student,
the editor of the Optimist, i11 short, versa-
tility itself. And the most. remarkable part
about this personaf.:e is that whatever she
does, she does well. More marvelous still,
nobody is jealous of her accomplishments
and the whole school likes her.
WILLARD ALBION BENGSTON.
Academic Course, Manager of Optimist
President Dramatic Club, President of Hi-Y
Club, Dramatic Club Plays, Adam in "Adam
and Eva," Johnnie Watson in "Seventeen,"
Junior Play, James McBride in "Daddy Long
Legs," Junior Prom Committee, Fire Team
2 Years. Murphologist Basketball Team,
Science Club 2 Years, French Club, Rainbow
Where wil we begin on this Y'6ll1?l'ilHh4i'!
person? He is a member of the famous
Rainbow Club, in fact he's president, vice
president. secretarv and treasurer fso's Pnh
Damel. He was chosen from the two other
assistant managers to be manager of the
Optimist. Really holding places of influ-
ence such as these is recommendation for
anyone but we must add that he is Presi-
dent of the Dramatic Club and a most effi-
GEORGE K. ARMAGOST.
Academic Course, Assistant Business
Manager of Optimist '25, Associate Manager
of Optimist '26, Vice President of Hi-Y,
Basketball 24-'25-'26, Track '25-'26, Manager
of Baseball Team '26, Fire Team '24-'25-'26,
Everybody knows George though there
are lots of girls who would like to know
him better, but George has been busy with
Track and Basketball. Look at that record,
three years a letterman in basketball, to
say nothing of his track reputation. And
with all these honors, not conceited.
WILLIAM E. GRAFF.
Commercial Course, Asst. Business Man-
ager Ontimist '25, Associate Manager Orifi-
mist '26, Senior Junto Club, Murphologist
Orchestra '25, Inter-Class Basketball 3
years, Commercial Club, Fire Team, Steno-
Mr. William Graff, called at different
times, "Gogo", "Brick-top," "Doke," some-
times even known as "Bill" is one of that
species known as "school workers." He
does his bit as Exchange Editor ot the
Optimist and may be seen most anytime
reading the Ompus Wampus from So Long
Georgia, or some other such publication.
Outside of this he really works hard on his
WARREN T. DICKINSON.
Acedemic Course, Science Honor, Chair-
man of Roll Room, Football Letter Man,
"Daddy Long Legs," Vice-President '24-'25,
Science Club, Junior Prom Committee,
Junior Pav Committee. Optimist Staff,
Baseball Team, -Class Basketball '21-'22,
Manager of t'Adam and Eva," Senior Junto
Club, Debating Team.
That list speaks for "Dolly" better than
any words, but allow us just a little space
to say how proficient he is in all of them.
As "Jervis" of course he beat John Barry-
more and at debating Cicero would have
cringed to have heard him. He takes re-
sponsibility and has alot of initiative, two
qualities bound to make him a success.
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ROBERT ALAN DAME.
Academic Course, Class Donor, Dramatic
Club, Dramatic Club Plays, "Seventeen,"
"Come Out of the Kitchen," "Adam and
Eva," Junior Prom Committee, Junior Play,
Choral Club 2 years, Gypsy Rover, Hi-Y
Club 2 years, Treasurer of Hi-Y Club '26,
Science Club, Fire Team, Optimist Statf,
The Dramatic Club under Miss Stewart's
supervision has turned out some fine ama-
ture actors in its three years of existance,
but I am sure you'll all agree that Bob
doesn't have to take a back seat to any of
them. More power to you, Bob. Besides
being an active member of the Dramatic
Club, he has plenty of time to devote to the
Rainbow and Choral Clubs. In fact he can
VERNA LUCILE FOGELQUIST.
Academic Course, Class Knocker, Opti-
mist Staff, Basketball Squad '25-'26, Cheer
Leader '25-'26, Play "The Whole Town's
Talking," Science Club, Dramatic Club '24-
'25-'26, Trotty Veck '24-'25-'26, Junior Play
Committee, Choral Club '24,
"Pep", did you say? Well here is a girl
that's got a lot of it. She is a good sport,
full of fun, happy-go-lucky. Lucile doesn't
believe in worrying. Things will get done,
or they won't, that's her motto. Lucile is
going to be an artist, a sculptor, owner of
a Modeste shop, a physical director, and a
half a dozen other things. I think she will
be an orator because she talks all the time
even in her sleep.
HOWARD M. LEVY.
Academic Course, Class Prophet, Class
Musician. Joke Editor Optimist, One of the
Founders of Murphologist Club, Murpholo-
gist Orchestra, Senior Junto Club, Fire
Team, Business Manager "Daddy Long-
Legs". Business Manager Senior Basketball
Team, Science Notebook Honors.
Levy is known primarily to take the most
advanced chemistry course and never cross
a book. All recognize this as a wonderful
gift and many go on the principal that they
possess it also. Most of them get left but
Levy doesn't. He always has the chemical
goods so to speak. He can also tell you the
scientific name for every bug which, of
course, is a great consolation.
General Course, President Freshman
Class '20-'21, Dramatic Club '25-'26, Optimist
Staff '25-'26, Orchestra. '20-'21-'22, Class
Artist '26, Class Musician '26, Fire Team '25-
'26. President Science -Club '26,
Louis ear-to-ear smiling countenance and
his everlasting wise-cracks are essential to
the mirth of every class, club, or social gat-
hering. His cartoons along with his ex-
poundings as one of the "Three Scientists,"
are well known to every person in T. H. S.
If you -can catch him at it you will find
Louis a very systematic and 'efficient worker.
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OPAL MAE BUFFENBARGER.
Commercial Course, Glee Club 2 years,
Choral Club 1 year, The Wreck of the Hes-
perus, Charter Member of Dramatic Club,
Secretary of Dramatic Club 2 years, May
Parcher in "Seventeen," Corinthia in "Adam
and Eva." Junior Play Sally in "Daddy Long
legs." Junior Prom Committee, Optimist
Staff '24-'26, President of Trotty Veck Club
'26, Senior Ring Committee.
Thev say that Woodrow Wilson was one
of four men in his class picked out by the
rest as the most likely to achieve fame in
the world. If we were to do the same stu11t
ODal's name would be found in our list.
She's a very distinguished literary repre-
sentative of our class and has proved her
ability of leadership. We're sure she can't
fail. Evidently there are others who think
she'll be a success.
FRANK MOYER TURNER.
Academic Course, Latin Honor. Sopho-
more President, Class Basketball, Daddy
Long Legs, Dramatic Club, Science Club.
Without this personage the Optimist just
couldn't have functioned. It would have
closed its doors and gone bankrupt. For it
was Frank who wrote all the good athletic
Writeups and in between time was able to
cop Latin Honor or anything else he want-
ARTHUR JACOB SCHULTZ.
General Course, Football Squad, Class
Basketball, Science Club, Designer of School
Behold the famous scientist who travels
i11 company with Mr. Caldwell and Mr. Levy
from the African jungles to the North Pole.
And what could be more remarkable? This
scientist talent is combined with the most
pronounced artistic tendency, for Pickle de-
signed our School Seal, a little masterpiece.
This young man is very versatile, and we
wouldn't be surprised what profession he
FRANCES PATRICIA FLEMING.
General Course, Optimist Staff, Assistant
Manager of Girls Basketball Team '25,
Manager of 'Girls Basketball Team '26.
Science Club, French Club, Biology Club.
Frances has been here for three years,
but look at her accomplishments. Not
everyone can be manager of a basketball
team, but after "Pose" had been here a year
she was elected assistant manager. Is
Pose well liked? Why, she doesn't know
the meaning of the word unfriendliness.
How could she be otherwise.
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FRANCES A. ALDEN.
Academic Cource, Trotty Veck 24-'25-'26,
Choral Club '25, Junior Play "Daddy Long
Legs," Junior Prom Committee, Science
Franny has bee11 with us from the very
earliest grades, and happy we are that she
has been, for it wouldn't be the same with-
out her, with her rosy cheeks, curly hair,
and laughing brown eyes. it's not to be mar-
veled at that a certain Junior has recog-
nized her magnetic charm,
Commercial Course, Commercial Club.
Kenney is a quiet chap, but without him
Riverside would be a dead place. You
ought to hear him when he once gets start-
ed. There's nothing he doesn't know, from
Iinancial news to the latest international
settlements, and always glad to tell it all,
with his cheery smile.
Science Club, Academic-General Course.
Alice has been here only since the second
semester, but it's been long enough to rea.-
lize all her fine qualities, and wish that it
had been longer. She plays the nuke,"
dances, draws and has all the charming
characteristics that go with them.
Shorthand Club, Commercial Club, Choral
Ed is one of the Midgets of our class but
in regard to vamping girls his size doesn't
seem to hinder him in the least. He was
also exceptionally interested in the Com-
mercial Club for two years.
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Academic Course, Dramatic 'Club Play,
"Adam and Eva," "Daddy Long Legs," Dra-
matic Club, Glee Club, Choral Club, Science
Club, Ring Committee.
Dorothy is one of our most talented ac-
tresses. Like many actresses she is very
popular and is always the center of at-
traction. But what else could be expected?
Look at her picture. Look at the saucy little
nose and that natural marcel she is noted
Commercial Course, Shorthand Club,
Commercial Club, Trotty Veck.
Giggle, chuckle. laugh, at any of these
Mary is especially gifted. Although she ap-
pears to be a very studious girl she too has
her good time. She is a member of the
famous, ferocious Cannibals. Look out for
ALFRED J. BAIRD.
Commercial Course, Commercial Club,
Shorthand Club '24-'25-'26, Secretary and
Treasurer of Shorthand Club 2 years,
Choral Club, The Oneretta "Gypsy Rover,"
"Medicine Man." in Operetta ':Pioneers
"Bud" isn't a Spaniard, though I think
he could vamp most any of our fair Senior
girls if he Went serenading with that guitar
of his. YVhy not try it Bud? You have a
great number ready to fall at the first note.
EVA LAURELLA BLUM.
Academic Course, Glee Club 2 years, Trot-
ty Veck 2 years, Science Club, Dramatic
Club, Dramatic Club Play "Eva" in "Adam
and Eva." ,
Eva's the beauty of the class and school.
There is no doubt about Eva's good looks,
everyone admits she is good looking. Eva
is some little actress and dancer too. She
expects to become a teacher. Lucky kids.
Can't you just hear them say, "Gee, you
ought to see the good-looking teacher We've
got this year."
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PERSIS A. BUNCE.
Academic Course, Freshman Basketball
Team '23, Glee Club '23-'24, Choral Club '25,
Murphologist Club '26.
Persis is one of our quiet reserved girls
but is very faithful to the class of '26, and
her pleasant ways have won her many
friends in T. H. S. Persis, according to all
reports. has stepped in the way of cupid's
Commercial Course, Dramatic Club,
Shorthand Club, Choral Club, Commercial
Club, Jane in "Seventeen," Junior Play.
"Small but Mighty," that's Helen. The
children of the class come in handy when
It comes to taking parts as Helen did as
Jane in "Seventeen," and Gladiola in "Dad-
dy Long Legs." Everyone has to admit she
can act. Helen's main interest centers
ELIZABETH M. BUCHAN.
General Course, Choral Club '25-'26, The
VVreck of the Hesperous Biology Club,
Science Club, Trotty Veck '24-'25-'26,
Elizabeth is one of these favored few who
are blessed with a great willingness to help.
If you want anything done and done right
just tell Elizabeth to do it and the matter is
settled. People of your type always are
successes, Elizabeth, and we know y0u'll
not be exception.
BEATRICE IRENE BUSH.
Academic Course, 'Science Club.
Irene has been with us only one year,
but it took only one day for us to realize
that she's just the sort that makes our class
a success. Her sweet smile, and her readi-
ness to help have won her a place in more
than one heart.
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CATHERINE A. CARLSON.
Commercial Course, Class Donor, Glee
Club 1 year, Choral Club 1 year, The Wreck
of the Hesperus, Trotty Veck 3 years, Sec-
retary '25-'26, Junior Play "Daddy Long
Legs" Dramatic Club, Dramatic Club Play
"The Whole Town's Talking", Optimist
Here is one of our Seniors with in-
numerable attributes. Can she act? Refer
to Daddy Long Legs and The Whole Town's
Talking. Is she bright? Refer to the re-
port card. Can she run a business? Any
resident of Riverside will tell you. And
with all these good points, is she high-hat?
Not a bit, she's modesty itself. You can
always depend on Katherine, no matter
what it is.
LILLIAN DELIGHT CORWIN.
Academic Course, Debating Club '25,
Science Club, Class Poet.
Behold our class poet, and a mighty good
one she is too. NVe hear she sat down and
within an hour the words practically wrote
themselves. Isn't that genius for you? But
what's even rarer, she has the work be-
hind it, and is one of the most studious in
our class. Just look at her card if you
want to see the results.
DOROTHY LOUISE CURRENS.
Glee Club, Choral Club, Science Club,
"Dot" is heaps of fun if you get to know
her. And that's not hard because she al-
ways has a pleasant smile and a friendly
word for you, and if you appreciate this you
will soon be one of her many chums.
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RUTH IRENE DAUGHERTY.
Commercial Course, Trotty Veck 3 years
Debating Club '25, Shorthand Club, Com-
mercial Club, Choral Club, Cantata "The
Wreck of the Hesperusf'
Wednesday afternoon usually finds the
school without the shining presence of Ruth
r-nd her friend Adeline. We're glad that it
isn't any ottener at least because we
couldn't "carry on" without her. But we
hear that Pete also occupies a great deal of
Commercial Course, 'Choral Club, Short-
hand Club. Commercial Club, Science Club..
Here you see one of the very jolliest mem-
bers of our class. Agnes always has a smile
or laugh, and sometimes if you're a privi-
leged character, you get both. .She's as
peppy and efficient as she's happy and a
great asset to the class.
MILDRED LOUISE DUSTMAN.
Commercial Course, -Commercial Club,
Trotty Veck Club, Choral Club.
Mildred is our only classmate with un-
bobbed hair. We're glad that at least one
of us has sense enough not to submit to the
mere whirl of fads. Maybe someday we'll
have long hair and look like you, Mildred.
We hope so.
General Course, Science Club.
Mabel possesses a quality that is rare in
our class, but most appropriate and becom-
ing to the owners of it-it is shy modesty.
Although she doesn't say much, we know
what's behind those blue eyes and expect
great things of her.
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bell Team '2 3-'24-
'25, Fire Team '24-'25-'26, Manager of Track
'23, Basketball '21-'26, Class Basketball '21-
'22. Science Club.
Elmer, in other words Red is well known,
not only in Titusville but throughout this
entire section for
has been prominent in every branch of T.
H. S. atheletics. Red intends to become a
physical director, but someone may change
his mind, how do we know? However, Red
will be successful
Commercial Course, Commercial Club 1
year, Choral Club 1 year, Orchestra 1 year.
A giggle, giggle
gle here, that's Olivia. Her happy disposi-
tio11 brings fun wherever she is, and we're
mightv glad v'e've
near her, and have some of her beams of
sunshine fall on us.
Academic Course, Science Club.
Irma is of the class of people who don't
talk a lot but when they do, are well worth-
while listening, and make you wish they'd
talk more. This summer Irma is going to
Normal, and next
We know that all her lucky pupils will know
more than any school around.
LOUIS PETER FORESTH ER.
Commercial Course, Football Squad, Bas-
ketball Squad, Stenography Club, Commer-
Louis is an athlete as his record shows.
He's small but mighty. Louis is our woman
hater but some day We hope he'll find they're
not such a had lot
'25-'26, Basketball '23-'24-
Football Squad '22, Foot-
Captain '25, Choral Club
his athletic ability. He
there and a giggle, gig-
been lucky enough to he
year expects to teach.
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Commercial Course, Stenography Club,
Commercial Club, Trotty Veck Club.
Ruth has a pair of dimples any one can
well envy. To set off this pair of dimples
she has one deeply imprinted in her chin.
fBut whv tell you all this when her pic
ture is right in front of you.l Ruth is a
jolly sort of person and is always smiling
und not because she wants to show her
dimples either, for she couldn't hide them il
' BERNICE Gn.soN.
Academic Course, Science Club, Choral
Four years ago a rosy cheeked chubby
faced lassie blossomed in from the neigh-
boring village Hydetown. NVe never see
Bernice when she's quiet but see Miss
Stewart and see if she has developed the
ability to talk while eating or if she's too
taken up with her lunch. We think the
JOH N LEROY HANCOX.
Academic Course, Mathematics Honor
Class Baseball Team 2 years. School Base-
ball Team l year, Science Club, Fire Team,
Debating Team, Glee Club '24,
Leroy, officially known as "Sparky" by
all. is perhaps the best rooter for T. H. S.
that we have. He has never been known
to miss a home game regardless of time,
place. or kind. His prowess as a student
is well known and respected throughout
school although he would rather sock the
horsehide over the fence than get a whole
report card full of A's.
GLADYS VELMA HUMMER.
Academic Course, Choral Club '23-'25, The
Wreck of the Hesperus, Trotty Veck '23-'24,
Science Club '25-'26.
ls Gladys a good sport? Well, rather,
she's one of the most willing class-mates
we have, and when one has won her choice
smile Cas some's privileged few have- they
feel more than honored.
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HAZEL BELLE HUMMER.
Academic Course. Third Honor, 'Choral
Club 3 years, Wreck of the Hesperus,
Orchestra '24-'25, Science Club '25-'26.
Just to be different we won't say a thing
about Reid, because we realize it must get
quite boring. But Hazel can do other than
Reid, she's a shark at Vergil, to say nothing
of playing the piano.
LOLA MAE HARRISON.
Commercial Course, Stenography Club,
Trotty Veck, 'Commercial Club.
Lola can be seen anytime hurrying
through the halls for Lola tends strictly to
business and is always in a hurry. Gene
erally people always in a rush have no time
to do things for others but not so with Lola..
She always has time to help some one else
EDWARD H ELFRICH.
General Course, History Honor, Football
3 years, Basketball Manager '25-'26, Class
Basketball 4 years, Murphologist Basket-
ball Team '24-'25, Optimist Staff '23-'24,
President Murphologist Club '24-'25, Fire
Team 2 years.
"Ed" with his shining black hair and win-
ning smile is the idol of all the girls, but
this has not kept him from being an
athlete and student. In football Ed was one
of our best ends. Although he only came
to school in the mornings during his Senior
year Ed easily captured the History honor.
Academic Course, Basketball '23-'24-'25-'26,
Captain of Basketball Team '25, Science
Club '26, Glee 'Club '23-'24-'25, 'Choral Club
'25-'26, Trotty Veck '24-'25-'26, Class Cheer-
leader '24, French Club '25-'26,
For four years Mart has been on the
basketball squad, and if she hadn't been
there it couldn't have won the games it did,
And on all the trips her golden hair and
wonderful guarding won her more than one
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KENNETH A. JACOBSON.
Academic Course, Chairman of Roll Room
Foot ball Letter Man '23-'24-'25, Manager of
Football '25, Fire Chief, Dramatic Club
Treasurer, "The Whole Town's Talking"
"Seventeen," Junior Play "Daddy Long
Legs". Orchestra '21-'22, Class Will, Science
Club. Athletic Association, Class Musician.
"Jake" is the chunky fellow who has
played left guard on the football team for
the past 3 years. From the grimy, football
field he turns himself to the sweet thrilling
notes of the violin, banjo and trumpet. Be-
sides being one of the three class musicians
his wise common sense expoundings in clas-
ses are much respected by his teachers.
HELEN KUNTZ. x
Academic Course, Vice President Fresh-
man Class, Choral Club, Gypsy Rover, Glee
Club "Wreck of the Hesperusf' Dramatic
Club 1 year, Play "The Whole Town's Talk-
ing," Junior Play "Daddy Long-Legs," Jun-
ior Prom Committee, Science Club, Trotty
Veck Club 2 years.
Helen is seldom seen without Franny.
They are inseparable. Helen can sing,
dance and act. She has taken an active
part in school activities as shown by the
above list. There seems to be quite an at-
traction for Helen upon Oak Street. A cer-
tain blonde boy. Eh! Helen!
Commercial Club, Commercial Course,
Basketball Letterman 4 years, Football 2
years, Baseball 1 year, Stenography Club,
President of Stenography Club.
Adam is prominent as a basketball player,
his large hands having helped him to find
the basket many times. This year, Adam
was one of the "big business men" of Mr.
Bitter's town Riverside. He is also an ac-
complished "charleston" dancer. Perhaps
Adam will become an instructor in this art.
How about it Adam?
KENNETH K. KELLY.
Commercial Course, Commercial Club,
President Commercial Club, Stenogrphy
Club Class Basketball Team '23-'24-'25-'26,
Vice President of Class '24.
Ken has won the envy of all our girls by
his exceptional ability at rope jumping.
Remember him in the Senior Circus of '25?
Although that isn't all he is clever at. Ever
seen him typewrite or dance or clerk or
any of the other things he can do?
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FRED LI NDQU IST.
Although Fred didn't cop the French hon-
or, he sure knows how to speak that lan-
fruafe. Ask Fred some French and see how
quick he answers. Some of our girls think
the same as we, that there is more in Fred
ADELINE CHARLOTTE LINDQUIST.
Commercial Course, Commercial 'Club 2
Years, Stenography Club 1 Year.
Adeline has a laugh that is characteristic
of her good nature. Adeline believes in the
old proverb "Laugh and the world laughs
with you. Frown and you frown alone."
People with dispositions like Adeline can be
nothing but happy and consequently her life
will be a success. For to be happy is to be
Academic Course, French Honor, Girls
Glee Club '23-'24, Choral Club, '24-'25-'26,
Operetta Gypsy Rover, Junior Play Com-
mittee. Trotty Veck '23-'24-'25-'26, Dramatic
Club Play "The Whole Town's Talking,"
Dramatic Club '25-'26, School Seal Com-
mittee, Science Club '25-'26, French Club
'24-'25, Cantata "The Wreck of the Hes-
Dot. the infant of the class copped
French honor. Not so bad for an infant
Eh! Dorotl1y's an awful sweet tooth. She
loves candy. Oil City seems to have an
attraction to Dot.
MARY ELFREDA LARSON.
General Course, Trotty Veck, Science
Club. Glee Club.
Elfreda is a reliable sort of person. And
happy, she's always smiling. Elfreda made
friends her freshman year and has still
kept them. Although she doesn't know just
what she will do after Commencement, we
know that she will make everyone with
whom she comes in contact happy.
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General Course, Science Club, Orchestra.
Elmo Lingley has only been with us for
a short time but he is a fast worker and has
CB.l'V6d a' niche in all of our hearts in the
one year we have had him.
CATHERINE VERONICA MAIER.
"King" is the famous dancer of T. H. S.
Can she Charleston? Just ask her to demon-
strate once and you won't have to ask a
second time. 'She's as graceful as the
nymphs you read about, and we wouldn't
be at all surprised to hear of her taking
Pavlowa's place at any minute.
HAZEL LOUISE MCCURDY.
Academic Course, Murphologist Club.
Hazel came to us from the Hydetown
High School at the beginning of our Senior
year, and we wish she'd have come sooner.
She's won our hearts already by her cheer-
IRENE McCURDY. .
Commercial Course. Commercial Honor,
Orchestra '25-'26, Trotty Veck Club '25-'26,
Stenography Club '25, Commercial Club '26,
Irene carried off the Commercial Honor
and there's not one but who thinks she de-
served it. As may well be surmised she's
capable and responsible and a big help to
the class, not to mention the clubs of which
she is a member.
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ANNA BEATRICE MORRIS.
Commercial Course, Stenography Club,
Commercial Club, Trotty Veck Club, Choral
An11a is one of those people who can't
be kept down, against the doctors orders
she came back to school and has stayed
and will graduate with us. We call this
grit. Any one who has such pertinacity will
surely be a success in the world.
Commercial Course, Commercial Club,
Stenography Club, Choral Club.
The girls say Ray is a quiet chap, but
they don't know him. Just ask Mr. Bitters
the way Ray runs Riverside, and you'll find
he is far from being bashful and quiet.
Commercial Course, Commercial Club,
Stenography Club. Choral Club 2 years, Fire
Team 1 year, Class Basketball 2 years,
Manager Class Basketball Team '25-'26 Gyp-
Although George is11't very large he sure
did his bit in making the class of '26 what
it is. The capable way he managed the
Senior basketball team proves this state-
ment. Mr. Murphy reports George is quite
a wrestler too. Can you throw any light on
that statement, George?
MABEL MARIE PROPHETER.
Commercial Course, Commercial Club.
Mabel is another one of the sharks of the
Commercial Department. As a typist, well,
it's hard to imagine a speedier one. In
many a pinch she has helped with Optimist
work so that we have her to thank for
more than one helping hand. Besides be-
ing a typist, she's a cheerful helper in every-
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Academic Course, President of Freshman
Class, Football Team '22-'23-"24-'25, Basket-
ball Team '23-'25"26, Captain Basketball '25-
'26, Baseball '22-'26, Track '25-'26, Junior
Play "Daddy Long Legs," Dramatic Club
and Play "The Whole Town's Talking,"
Fireman '25-'26, Junior Prom Committee.
Troy is famous for his smile, especially
among the fair sex. He is also one of our
all around athletics, being a letterman in
each branch of sports. For his ability and
popularity you need only to refer to the
above list. When Troy enters college next
fall we predict success for him equal to
that which he has attained in T. H. S.
CLEO BETTY PROPER.
Academic - -Commercial Course, Steno-
granhy Club, Commercial Club, Science
Cleo. in the years she has been with us
has established a place in the hearts of the
Seniors because of her attractive shy man-
ner. Don't misunderstand us, we admire a
person who has so refined a manner and
only regret that we have had her as a. class
mate for just two years.
Academic Course, Science Club.
What more need one say about Clifford
than that he triumphed over our famous
lawyer Warren T. Dickinson. By his great
fluency he secured the divorce of Mrs. Louis
Caldwell formerly Miss Lufcile Fogelquist.
His good common sense expoundings won
over the jury so completely that Mrs. Cald-
well was given custody of Louis Jr. and
510.000 alilnony. We hope you will be as
successful in your teaching Clifford.
Commercial Course, Basketball Team '23-
'24'25-'26, Captain Basketball Team '25-'26,
Senior Circuis. Commercial Club 2 years '24-
'25-'26, Stenography Club 1 year '24-'25,
Trotty Veck Club 3 years '24-'25-'26,
The captain of the basketball team, a
fast forward, a capable side-center, the best
typist in school is seen here. In fact you'l1
ask what she can't do, and we'1l answer,
we never found out. And with all her
talents she's as willing and smiling as they
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REBECCA RUTH RUBIN.
Commercial Course, Commercial Club,
Here is one of the sharks of Riverside
and Typewriting room. Wouldn't that be
enough of a reccommendation to get her al-
most a11y job she wanted? We envy the
party Q73 that gets Rebecca.
GERRIT NEWSOME RILEY.
Academic Course, Football '23-'24-'25,
French Club, Science Club, Fire Team, As-
sistant Stage Manager for All Plays '24-'25.
Gerrit's work at center this year was one
of the outstanding features of the season.
Taking this position, this year, for the first
time, he Hlled it like a veteran. "Deac"
expects to attend the University of Pitts-
burgh next fall to study for his chosen prof-
E. IRENE STEVENSON.
C0llll1l9l'Cia1 Course, Commercial Club,
Stenography Club, Choral Club, Publicity
Committee '24-'25, Class Cheerleader, Can-
tats "The Wreck of the Hesperus", Trotty
Irene is pep itself, and it's not often you
End her downcast enough even to sit still
for five minutes. She's as helpful as she is
peppy. Ask anybody that's run a candy
sale. She's been an important member of
the Commercial Club also.
BERDENA BELL SMITH.
English Honor, Academic Course, Science
Berdena is another member of our class
who is going to Normal for the summer term
and teach next fall. The school where she
teaches will certainly be a lucky one for
Berdena is a very capable person.
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EMORY JAWCOB SCHNEIDER.
Academic Course, Football Squad, Base-
ball Slquad, Science Club.
"Jake" didn't care to graduate with last
year's Senior Class so he came back to ac-
complish the big feat with us. And we're
mighty glad he did for he's an all-around
HUGO L. SCHLOSSER.
Commercial Club, Commercial Club '25-
'26, Stenography Club '24-'25-'26, Vice Presl-
dent Commercial Club '26, Football Squad
'25 C,Cl assketball Team '23-'24-'25-'26,
"Cook" was one of the financial wizards
of Riverside this year. We expect him to
"clean up" the business world, as he did
in Riverside. Gook also has quite a name
as a football and basketball player.
General Course, Play "Gypsy Rover,"
Dramatic Club, Dramatic Club Play "The
Whole Town's Talking," Junto Club, Class
Basketball Team '23-'24-'25-'26, 'Science Club,
"Stubb" as Allan is known among his
friends was the sensation in T. H. S. Dra-
matic circles this year. Since he starred
in "The Whole Towns Talking" Stubb
has been idolized by nearly all the members
of the fair sex. "Stubb" is also noted for
his class spirit and pep.
FLORENCE MAY VAN GUILDER
-Commercial Course, Commercial Club.
Not many of us know Florence as Well as
we wish we did, but those of us that do feel
sorry for those who are left out of her
circle of friendship, for she is a true friend
and a peppy and good one.
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Acedemic Course, Science Club.
Lloyd is a very active member of the
distinguished class of '26. We have had
evidence of his tree climbing ability and
some day we think he will be a Steeple-jack.
He also turned his hand to airplane con-
struction in physics, but after three unsuc-
cessful attempts gave it up.
ARTHUR RUMFORD THOMPSON, Junior.
Academic Course, Choral Club, Cantata
"The Pioneer's Papoose," "The Wreck of
the Hesperusf' Junto Club.
"Art" is o11e of the well known speech
makers in T. H. S. Although he does not
take part in athletics he is well known and
liked by all. He is back of our class in
everything and is an efficient member of
the Junto. His ideas and arguments are
expected and well received by his teachers.
LAURA ANNA WOLF.
Commercial Course. Stenography Club,
Secretary Commercial Club, Basketball 1
year, Home Economics 2 years.
WVhen we're fortunate enough to get
Laura started, we wish she'd never stop.
She has fine ideas and knows how to put
them across. T. H. S. is happily not losing
Laura this year, for she is coming back as
a P. G. next year.
Football '23-'24-'25 Capt, Murphologist
'25, Track '25-'26, Class
Basketball '24-'26, Fire Team, Murphologist
Clyde was one of the ma.in cogs in our
football machine for 3 years and captain
his last year. He played class basketball
and his ability at track and field
meets is also listed among his atheletic
achievements. He has always been a
staunch supporter of the class of '26 and
was also a. member of the Junto Club.
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General Course, Optimist Staff '24, Glee
Club '24, Cominercial Club '26,
Woodie and King are never very far
away from each other. 'l'hey're a mighty
good pair too, good dancers, good sports,
peppy and attractive. My we're glad the
class of '25 left something nice behind.
NELLIE ROBERTA WAGNER.
Connnercial Course, Commercial Club,
VVhen we think of Nellie we think of
boys. Nellie has been majoring in mekoligy
ever since she came here if she could only
persuade Mr. Murphy to give her credit for
that special course there would be no doubt
about her graduating. But it is the opinion
of many authorities that a subject of this
kind can not be properly appreciated when
dealing with it at arms length. So she has
dropped it. I might mention this course, it
is carried on outside of school.
EVELYN ELIZABETH WALLEN.
Academic Course. Choral Club. "Wreck
of Hesperusj' Trotty Veck 2 years, Drama-
tic Club 2 years, Plays, "Come Out of the
Kitchen," "The Whole Town's Talking,"
Junior Play "Daddy Long Legs," Junior
Prom Committee, Science Club, French
Eve's second name is Dance. She is a
crackerjack at it too. Everyone who knows
Eve likes her and how can they help it.
She is full of fun and very seldom sober U5
She is a good little actress too.
ANNA M. WHITMAN.
Academic Course, Choral Club '24-'25-'26,
Science Club '25-'26,
An11a is another one of our shy class-
mates that adds individually to the class,
and makes us wish her sort weren't so few
and far-between. If any of you see Anny
boarding a trans-Atlantic steamer, don't be
worried for she'll o11ly be going over to see
her "Little French Girl" and her friends.
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Thirty years from tonight of what importance will be the grad-
uation of the Class of Twenty-Six? lt may be that some ot our
number may make names for themselves and thus bring fame to our
school and class. Proud as we shall be of such classmates, we shall
be still prouder in the knowledge that each individual in his or her
small way will be aiding materially in creating the public opinion
of that day.
the points to
of the public
That we are prepared for such responsibiity is one of
which 1 should like to call your attention.
intelligent citizens, wise voters, and men and women
the affairs of their nation, these are the chief aims
schools. In every course high standards have been
us to accept or reject. We have accepted them, not
blindly by cuinpulsion, but intelligently by free choice.
The question of world peace will ever be important to all civ-
ilized nations until it is completely established. For many reasons
the United States is eminently fitted for leadership in this great
movement, which can receive momentum only from us, its citizens.
As the educated minority we shall have the responsibility of guid-
ing this public opinion into the proper channels. May we prove
worthy of our task!
In other than international affairs we are receiving instruction.
livery year there is offered to the students a broader, ,more varied
plan of study, which vastly increases general information. And it
is to be expected that future classes will receive even more benefit
at the institution of self-government. VVhen this shall have been
established, boys and girls with a high degree of initiative, self-
expression, self-restraint and executive ability will be graduated
from the high school.
VVe are happy to welcome you here tonight as we depart from
the place where we have received four years of valuable training,
not mere knowledge, but a well-rounded preparation for after life.
FRANCES O. BRYAN.
The time to which we have been looking forward has at last
arrived, the graduation of the Class of Nineteen Hundred Twenty-
Tonight marks the termination of our high school life, and as
we, in our minds, turn back the pages of time, the years just spent
here in Titusville High school, stand out as years of happiness and
progress. They have been years of study and work, companion-
ship anl play. ln those years we have gained strength which we
could not have attained elsewhere, a strength through our educa-
tional training, and a strength of character and purpose, with which
to meet the future.
NVe know that we owe all the opportunities given us and the
success of our efforts to you, our parents who have aided us in
all things, to you, our capable and willing instructors, to you, our
relatives and friends, and to the people of Titusville who have so
loyally supported our schools, and so it is our desire that you
share with us this event.
On behalf of my fellow-classmates, I bid you all many wel-
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It has been the custom of every Senior Class of Titusville High
School, on this night, for ages past, to extol its ability, its contribu-
tions to the community its remarkable scholastic record, its size
fwhich each graduating class gleefully claims to be larger than any
other as if it were a phenomenonj and in short, hands an entire
florist shop to itself.
To break such a precedent, I feel would be almost sacrilegious,
so I too am going to expatiate on the Class of '26, how it has en-
twined itself around the heart of the school CI am not saying by
what maneuversj, how it is beloved by faculty and students alike,
but most especially by itself, how it has perhaps caused more trou-
ble than any other class, and really how far superior it is to all the
present class, to say nothing of all preceding ones.
So that you also may share our opinion of our class, let me
point out to you some of the memorials it is leaving:
When we became Seniors, we realized as only those can who
are enduring an epidemic of "Class Ring Agents," that our high
school had no seal. After the students were sufficiently excited
over this situation they appointed a committee to arrange for a
seal. Many designs were offered, and finally one which combined
the Drake Well with the Keystone was selected. Thus, under the
leadership and by the financial backing of our class, Titusville
High school gained a school seal.
Since we like to pattern our life here after the college curricu-
lum, we have instituted a Senior Week, every day of which is set
aside for some event. Aping our older brothers and sisters again,
for the first time in many years the Seniors will wear caps and
gowns on graduation night.
In order to defray some of the personal expenses of Senior
year, the class treasury paid about a hundred and twenty-five dol-
lars, so that with the added expense of the school seal, we were
not able to leave so large a gift to the school as we had hoped. But
one shift of scenery and perhaps some further stage furnishings
will be our memorial.
I have told you the little that we have done for the school,
but it would take much, much more time than I am allowed to tell
you all that the school has done for us. I cannot refrain, however,
from mentioning a few of the improvements which have taken place
during our school career.
Our four years have been unusually calm, and at the same time
experimental. When we were Freshmen, Mr. Koontz became the
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Superintendent, and it is impossible to speak of all the beneficial
changes he has brought about. One arrangement that has brought
the teachers and students in closer contact is remaining in the
same roll room all through the high school years. This was tried
on our class and we feel that we actually belong to the two teach-
ers whom we have tried and worried for so long. Wie are the first
class to have appreciated fully the benefits of the Dramatic Club.
organized in our Sophomore year, and feel extremely privileged
to have sponsored any of its excellent plays. The Activities' Period
begun this year is an experiment still in its infancy. Though be-
lieved by some not to have been a complete success, it has afford-
ed a wider scope for school life, and has done a great deal to in-
crease the school's enthusiasm.
We have congratulated ourselves, for it is perhaps the last op-
portunity we will have, and too, we are probably the only ones who
would do it. But we are not too conceited to realize our faults, and
know that we deserve any criticism you offer.
We hope that you will enjoy our Class Day exercises, which
we have planned for you as one of the last times we appear before
leaving high school.
FRANCES O. BRYAN.
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Listen, good people, and you shallibe told
The wonderful history of the Seniors bold!
It was in the fall of 1922 when we entered Titusville High
school as Freshmen. What we lacked in learning we made up in
number for we were ninety-two strong.
At our first class meeting we elected Troy Pringle president.
We decided upon Green and White for our Class Colors, but not to
signify our station in high school life as "Freshies." Our first
party was held in the American Legion hall as a Hallowe'en event,
and it was a huge success.
Most of us managed to pass our exams and we found that we
were Sophomores. Frank Turner, in the capacity of president,
proved to us that one does not need a large body to have a good
sized brain. We were represented on the football squad and also
on the boys' and girls' basketball teams. One of the best of our
social events was a Weiner and marshmallow roast at Barnsdall's
Hill, October 15. We had a good time in spite of the fact that we
waded through some mud and dropped the buns. This was a suc-
cessful year in every way except financially, as we only had three
cents when we entered our junior year.
This was THE YEAR of our whole high school career.
Frances Bryan was elected president. Although this was a very
busy year, making plans for our Prom, we had time for a few
parties. Through the patronage of some of the citizens of Titus-
ville in co-operating with us as Juniors in the production of the an-
nual Junior play, "Daddy Long Legs," we were able to make the
Prom possible and to meet some of our expenses during our Sen-
ior year. Both play and Prom were said to be the best ever given
by a Junior class. We had no class basketball team to speak of as
all the members of the first team except one were Juniors. We
were Track Champions and also took first place in the Swimming
Meet. At the close of the year we had to our credit 337921, made
possible through the efforts of our. president, Frances Bryan, with
the co-operation of the never-tiring class.
Alas, we were Seniors. Frances Bryan was re-elected presi-
dent. We held a number of social affairs during the year, the last
being at the Woman's Club, March 18. This was most novel. It
.was in the form of a barn dance. We certainly shone in athletics,
with nine men on the football squad and the regular basketball
team entirely of Seniors. Adam Kielp was high man in the League
with 125 points. We were also champions of the Class Basketball
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League. We won the two prizes which were offered for selling
the most tickets to the Dramatic Club plays Adam and Eva and
The Whole Towns Talking. Helen Koontz took the lead in
selling tickets for the latter play.
This year we started something new something that the high
school has needed for some time a school seal. It was designed by
Arthur Schultz a member of our class and voted upon by the entire
school. The die for the rings and stationery which we bought IS
now a part of the school property. In years to come every student
who graduates from Titusville High school will be the proud pos-
sessor of a ring bearing this seal. V
These four years haveypassed all too quickly. It has seemed
no time since we entered as Freshmen. It is with a great feeling
of regret that we leave these halls of dear old Titusville High
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The intense heat which had prevailed in New York all day was reced-
ing with the setting sun. The subways and trolleys had just had their rush
hours, and although the traffic was still very heavy, New York was having
its supper hour. The prediction of several noted scientists that the summers
of 1935 and 1936 would outclass all previous summers for heat was slowly
being considered as having truth behind it by the people. The towering
structures on' Broadway had seemed all day to reflect the heat of the sun,
making the tiny creatures below sweat as they seemed to crawl on their
way in an endless stream. Even the birdlike monsters that circled around
these same buildings, carrying these creatures, seemed to go slower than
usual. On either the side or the top of each of these cloud-reaching build-
ings was a large sign, or signs, stating, of course, the products manufac-
tured ln the building, or the owners of it. But standing out from the
rest was one spectacular sign which told that the 88 storied building was
occupied by Levy, Schultz and Caldwell, Consulting Scientists, Archeologists
and Physicists. On observing the building more closely, one could see that at
this certain hour, in the window of the 69th floor 128 from the east end of
the bulldingl there was a sinister looking young man picking his teeth
with a diamond studded toothpick.,
"Well, those inane creatures below have found out that, much to their
disgust, our prophecy has come true." The speaker was Mr. Schultz, of
the above mentioned company. "Indeed, I wish myself that we were taking
a trip to Africa or South America, or some other cooler place."
"As I was saying, Miss Light, before being rudely interrupted, please
take this dictation down." This gentleman was none other than our old
friend, Prof. Howard Levy. Finishing his dictation, he looked queerly at
his stenographer. "Now, Dorothy, are you going to follow the example of
Elfreda Larson, and just when we need you badly, elope with a movie sheik,
as she did this morning? Really, even though you've been with us for 10
years, I must say that the stenographer shortage is getting to be terrible."
"Oh, I'll give you my word, Mr. Levy, I'l1 never get married until I find
the right man. Ho-hum," and this demure little Miss assumed the attitude
which the students of the class of 1926 were all so accustomed to.
CRASH--Everyone in the room leaped from their seats, but on looking
around they assumed their former positions. "It's only Lou," said Prof.
Shultz, looking out the window while Mr. Caldwell finished breaking in the
door, which, unfortunately, was locked when he attempted to enter the office.
Finally, after being in the room for some minutes, Mr. Caldwell broke
"I see that there is an order here for Bengston and Dame's Palace
Club-for a new device to take the wrinkles out of sheets. As there are
3,000 rooms in the Palace Club, this order should bring us in about S50,000.
eh? Well, I s'pose we'll have to eat there tonight for that." And with
that, Prof. Lou sunk back in a chair.
The silence was again broken by the "Good night" of Miss Light and
the slamming of the door.
"Well, should we go to the-" but Mr. Levy was cut short by the ting-
a-ling of the emergency bell.
"Who could be calling this time of the day ?" finished Howard-but evi-
dently the caller did not wish to wait to be usher in, as the door was sudden-
ly thrown open and in entered a young man, rather short for his age, but
carrying many brief cases and a traveling bag, which would have piled up
higher than he was. He had straight, glossy, yellow hair and walked to the
center of the room with a light step.
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"What do you want," shouted Mr. Schultz, suddenly enraged. "I thought
I told young George O'Hare not to let any salesmen in. I'l1 look for another
office boy tomorrow."
"I beg your pardon, sire," said the stranger, "you did not let me explain.
My name is Arthur Thompson of the Bearamount Moving Picture Company."
After due explanation, the scientists found that their old friend Art was the
director for the Bearamount Movie Company, of which Adam Kielp was
president and Fred Lindquist vice president and property man.
"Here is what I came to see you about," said Director Thompson in a
feeble, yet excited, voice. "Two weeks ago, our leading lady, Mme. Berdiuae
Smith, and her understudy, Helen Bodamer, returned from Gazo Gabo, South
Africa, with our leading nfan, Franklin Turner, where they had been making
that Oriental Psycho-Drama, 'Pau1ine's Passionate Papaf On the day they
were to leave for home a report came in that some unknown terror, a
phantom, had been terrorizing the poor natives for many a night, with a
result that there was much lack of sleep on the part of the natives. As the
jungle where this is occurring is impenetrable, an immediate expedition was
impossible. You know that the natives in that section of the world are
very susceptible to the disease known as Oemebus Sycolurosis, or that the
loss of sleep in two weeks would wipe out thousands of them. And as
thousands of the natives down there are employed to raise canaries, the
dying off of them would ruin that great commercial industry. Of course
the natives, led by a certain Vvilliam Graff fwith an Ebenez. Thompson, in-
terpreter, as the natives speak Frenchl, appealed to the only Americans on
the continent, our actors. They returned today, and after listening to their
story, President Kielp knew that the only help that could be gotten to them
would be through science. So as per instructions, I am here, pleading
with you to take up the natives' cause, to task you to form a scientific expe-
dition at any cost, and to find out who this strange phantom is."
Breathless, Art stopped and looked at the three scientists. Each was
clutching the handle of his chair-intense-vibrant-thrilled. Suddenly, as
if released by a spring trigger, they jumped from their seats, and as one
man they spoke.
"We, the renowned great scientists, will do all within our power to help
the natives discover who or what this strange phantom is, and to relieve
them of the condition that now exists. We have spoken, so shall we do.
Scene changes to two days later. Scientists and party in their airplane
"Blisterine" racing toward Africa.
Station LUKO broadcasting. Garret Riley announcing. Although to-
night was to be Dickinson night, and we had advertised that Mr. Dickinson,
famous engineer, would speak to the kiddies, we are very sorry to announce
that he was married to Miss Evelyn Wallen at the Methodist Synagogue by
Father O'Hancox. As a substitution tonight, we will radio-photo a little
novelty skit by Tyrella Francis and Frances Bryan, famous movie imper-
sonators. Their first impression will be of Miss Lillian Corwin, Firts Ma-
tional star. All right-gir-
"Shut that off, Mr. O'Hare, and tune in on our Barnsdall hill observa-
tory and see how Eddie Helfrich is making out with the new Maxo-Teles-
cpoe. If we don't get to Africa by tomorrow, I feel in my bones that some-
thing will happen to those poor natives." So Mr. O'Hare reluctantly obeyed
and tuned in on the Barnsdall Hill Observatory. But as the super-airship
had just hit a storm, it was thought best to turn off the radio-photograph
for the night.
Thus the days passed, until one noon, four days after the travellers had
left New York, they reached Gazo Gabo, and farther on they saw a thick,
seemingly impenetrable, forest.
"Now for the work," shouted Mr. Caldwell, eagerly, and the others
joined in with him, just as eager to start for the interior.
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After due time, spent in getting extra food, supplies and gasoline, the
scientists left 'Gazo 'Gabo and turned their huge plane toward the forest.
In less than half an hour after leaving the city, the plane was over what
seemed to be a sea of trees, intermingled with dense, mist-like vines. Oc-
casionally, a thin, silver thread was seen winding through the green maze,
which, upon the lowering of the ship, proved to be a sluggish river. Up
to this time, no sign of life, with the exception of numerous animals, was
seen by the travelers. Suddenly, upon hearing a shrill yell ascending from
the earth below, the plane was stopped, and when the scientists looked down,
they saw that directly below them was a small clearing, and situated here
was a little village of small, brown huts. The yell appeared to have come
from this village, so, assuming that they had reached their destination, the
scientists stopped the plane, and by the aereo-anchorosus, anchored the huge
monster of the air. Then, after a weight had been dropped to the earth,
the elevator-rope-ladder was lowered to the ground. All of the party, with
the exception of the mechanics who tended to the plane, got into a small
iron bucket shaped contrivance, and when they were 'set,' Prof. Schultz
pulled a switch and the 'elevator' slowly slid down the rope leading from
the airplane to the earth. After some seconds, the group reached the ground,
and, jumping from the bucket, were confronted by a large group of fierce
looking savages. The largest of the tribe seemed to be the leader, as he at
once stepped forward. Vsfith arms akimbo, he spoke in a booming voice.
"Watch gooku snipp wipp Mcgoogle, crusto grypus macalonif' He
stopped, and out of the tribe there stepped a small, weazoned native. In
broken English, he interpreted the other's speech.
"Leader Weeyum Graph say he much glad to see you. He say you
maybe come to help us get rid him of spook." The interpreter looked around
as he said the word spook, and although it was terribly hot, those big, husky
looking athletes seemed to shiver at the very sound of the word. The scien-
tists assured him that they were the right people, and were only too anxious
to get a. look at this spook. Immediately, a bounteous feast was set before
them, as is the custom with the natives in that section of the world. During
the eating, Prof. Caldwell questioned the interpreter again.
"Please tell me," said Mr. Caldwell, "what has happened of importance
here in the last 20 years."
After listening to a tiresome story for about an hour, Mr. Caldwell
"As I was saying," continued the interpreter, "in 1934, we were visited
by a peculiar person, who say he was a missionary." As the native contin-
ued talking, his English seemed to get better. "His name was, eh, Cliffardo
Paterson. He tried to make we believe that there was no Santy Clause. We
no stand for that. So, well, we kick him out. He come back again last
year with the same, what you say-line?" The native continued, "So
we kick him out again. Then we have been haunted since by some hind of
spook. We no Know what it could be. It always comes at night, too, so we
no can sleep."
Mr. Caldwell went back to the hut which was provided for the scientists
by the natives, and here had a conference with the rest of his party. It
was decided upon, that the 'march' against the ghost would be made that
night, so the scientists spent the remaining hours of light contemplating
what would happen that night.
As all things must have an end, so did that long day. At the first
signs of twilight, the rescue party got their rifles, bombs and night-works
from the airplane by means of the elevator. Their rifles were of the latest
type produced, being run by a charge of electricity contained in the stock
of the gun.
Finally, the long awaited command was heard by the eager colleagues.
"Are you ready?" asked Prof. Levy in a calm but stern voice. "All set,"
shouted the rest of the party. The various "unk unks" of the natives, as-
sured the scientists that several of the big, husky brutes were behind them.
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They did not have to wait very long as suddenly a curious, but unearthly
weird wail was heard, seemingly coming from the trees surrounding the
village. Several of the smaller natives fainted in their tracks, while the
rest of them uttered low moans.
The natives sharply stopped their wailing and jumped in the air as a
brilliant blue flash illuminated the surrounding territory. Prof. Caldwell
immediately had the interpreter assure them that it was only the discharge
of one of their electric rifles that had caused the flash.
The moaning, which had stopped momentarily, again started, this time
more fierce, more acute.
"Sh-h, I think I have it spotted," whispered Prof. Schultz. "I know,
that-BUT LOOK!" He pointed to a white, ghost-like form which had sud-
denly appeared in the top of a group of trees. At the sight of this. the na-
tives who had been with the scientists up to this time, dropped quietly to
the ground, and lay still on the grass.
Prof. Levy, wasting no time, took aim at the white spectral, and fired-
There was no sound or flash, but the people who were looking at the form
saw it suddenly go limp and drop to the ground. The scientists rushed to
the spot where the "ghost" had fallen, and there on the moss covered ground
was the form of a man, and beside him lay a sheet. As his face was cov-
ered with a heavy growth of beard he was at the time unrecognizable. But
with quick presence of mind fas he saw that the man was coming tob, Mr.
0'Hare, who was in the party, whipped out a Puram Pluplex razor, and,
splashing some water from his canteen into the face of the man, proceed-
ed to slice off his whiskers.
"What the?--IT'S--CLIFFORD PATERSONP' Mr. O'Hare stopped
short, as the man had seemingly come to.
Immediately recognizing, in the light of the new moon, the renowned
scientists, Paterson attempted an explanation.
"My dear friends," said he, "I hope that you will, as brothers of the same
street sweepers' union, forgive me for this exceedingly rash act. I did it
for the good of the poor natives. You see, two years ago, Kenneth Jacob-
son, famous musician, came to me and told me that Santa Claus had been
killed. As I was so strong and healthy, I knew that I could bear the strain,
but suddenly I thought of the poor natives, and saw that when they found
this fact out, they would surely go crazy. So I took it upon myself to come
and tell them. But as you know, they would not listen to me. I could not
bear to leave the country without imparting my knowledge to them, so I
stayed. You know the rest." With that, Mr. Paterson broke down on the
shoulder of George 0'Hare and uttered violent sobs.
"But, Clifford, old Inan, don't you see that Kenneth Jacobson was only
kidding?" consoled Mr. Caldwell. "Jake is still the same as he was back
in High school-"He always likes to see thekiddies have a good time."
"Then there IS a Santa Claus, a.fter all?" asked Clifford, in an expectant
"Yes, Clifford, there is a Santa Claus, and always will be."
Mr. Caldwell took the excited man by the arm. "Come along, Cliff,
and we'll give you your bread and milk." So Clifford followed the scientists
back to the village.
Scene changes to two days later aboard the plane.
"Well, on our way home again. We sure did have some adventure,"
and Mr. Schultz looked at the ceiling of the motor room.
"Remember Clayton Randolph's famous saying when we were back in
T. H. Sf?" asked Prof. Levy.
In a chorus the group responded with "We'1l say we do-You can never
tell what them there High school boys will do next."
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liriends, classmates and members of the faculty, as the last and
only gift from the Senior Class, I have been given the satisfaction
of knocking its members.
l might as well start with the officers. We didn't know we
had any officers. They never started anything and made such a
mess of things that it is no wonder the rest of the class lost all
One day lfdward llelfrich had an idea that he could argue, so
he started in linglish class and no one has been able to stop him
yet. l don't see where that boy got such a pull with the faculty,
anyway. Ile seems to be a privileged character. He only comes to
school half of the time.
livery once in a while I read in the paper of Opal Buffen-
lmarger going to Detroit to visit 1'ClEl.t1VCS and friends. But she
can't fool me. I know that friends shouldn't have an "s" on it.
l could say a number of things about Katherine Carlson but
there is too much difference in our sizes.
llelen Kuntz can't appreciate good music at the dances any
more. She never wants a certain orchestra to play because she
can't go to them when it does.
NVQ- all know Ruth Gilson has pretty dimples but then that's
no reason she has to smile and show them all the time.
llazel llummer seems to be strangely interested in "Reid"ing
Of course Dorothy Light did get the French Honor, but then
no one else wanted it very much.
NVQ: thought all the Seniors were grown up and dignified but
we changed our minds when Bernice Gilson came to school one
day with her hair in curls.
lt's too bad Anna VVhitman and Mary Broderick are so boy-
crazy. 'llhey simply won't let the men alone.
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I think it s a shame Mabel Decker gets sent out of class so
much. She s just naturally noisy and can't resist cutting up.
Poor Red Edwards never has anyone to go any place with.
He s always by himself and seems so lonesome.
Some people certainly are vain. Adam Kielp got a swelled
head just because he dropped a basketball through the net a few
times. Of course he did total the highest number of points in the
league but then-
Martha jillson and Leora Rand thought they could play basket-
ball too. Leora made some baskets once in a while but all Martha
did was to keep some one else from making them. And she has
been on the team four years.
General opinion seems to be that women are the gossips
but for any information about the latest scandal I refer you to
The rest of the class has so many faults that I cannot take
time to mention them all. '
But it must be remembered that in spite of what I have said
that there is so much bad in the best of us and so much good in
the worst of us that it ill behooves most of us to talk about the
rest of us.
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LAST WVILL AND TESTAMENT
WE, the class of 1926 of Titusville High School, County of
Crawford, State of Pennsylvania, being about to leave the pleasant
atmosphere of school life which pervades our halls and rooms, all
in good health and undoubtedly in sound mind, memory and at
an understanding stage of life, do make and publish this, our last
will and testament, hereby revoking all wills made by us hereto-
fore, we bequeath such worldly goods as kind fates and a strong
arm have seen fit to endow, in the following manner:
Section I, Article I
To the Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools and
Faculty, we wish a much needed vacation which we feel they justly
deserve, after struggling through four years of association with
our illustrious class.
Section I, Article II
To the coming senior class we give all our pep and privileges
as seniors, aforesaid privileges are not to be abused. Also, our in-
tellectual ability and the duty of helping freshmen in distress.
Section I, Article III
To the coming junior class we give our studious air and ability
to bluff our way in class.
Section I, Article IV
To the coming sophomore class we give a simple word of ad-
vice-Keep at it, sophs.
Section I, Aritcle V
To the coming freshmen we sincerely offer our sympathy.
Section II, Article I
T, Louis Caldwell, being of presumably sound mind. do will
and bequeath mv musical ability and good looks of which I am
very proud, to Robert Wilkinson.
Section II, Article II
I. Evelyn Wallen, because of my old age, do give to Evelyn
Small my ability in executing the Charleston.
Section II, Article III
We. Clyde Walter and Stub Allen Savard, do hereby relinnuish
our ability to climb trees after colors, also several pairs of old
trousers to be used for same, to Anthony Lysowski and Tommy
Section II, Article IV
I, Alfreda Larson. do bedueath my ability to arrive at school
at the last minute to Francis Jordan.
Section II, Article V
I, Clifford Patterson, having absorbed my capacity of knowl-
edge. do beoueath my force of concentration, also a conv of my
magnificent lecture on "The Northern Lights," to Donald Edwards.
Section II, Article VI
I. Mabel Clark. gladly relinquish a much worn copy of "Meth-
ods of Extracting Money From Penniless Seniors" to next year's
secretary and treasurer.
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Section II, Article VII
I, Clarence Castman, due to the fact that I have no further
use for them, do gladly give to Glenn Ribb a well fingered set of
instructions by Earl Liederman, himself.
Section II, Article VIII
I, Cleo Proper, do give my quiet, shy demeanor to Helen Olson
Section II, Article IX
I, "Gook,' Hugo Schlosser, do reluctantly bequeath my ability
to tell fish stories fof several kindsj to Homer Foster.
Section II, Article X I
I, I. Troy Pringle, relinquish my claim to the title of "Best
looking boy in school" to Mr. Gerdes Brailsford.
Section II, Article XI
Optimist worries have made my hair turn grey. To remedy
this I use "Henna Hair Dyes" of which I have a surplus. This said
surplus I, Tyrella Francis, do bequeath to Gwendolyn Douglas.
Section II, Article XII
We, Bob Dame and Willard Bengston, regretfully leave our
Dramatic abilities to Joe Dentler and Andy Waid, respectively.
Section II, Article XIII
I, Eva Blum, do bequeath my good looks and instructions,
"How to Obtain the Same," to Catherine Smith.
Section II, Article XIV
I, Louis Foresther, bequeath my "brute strength" and athletic
abilities to VValter jackson.
Section II, Article XV .
I, "Ken" Amboyer, leave my Riverside racing ability to Johnny
Section II, Article XVI
I, Lucille Foglequist, do hereby will my modest and quiet ac-
tions to Lucille Ames.
Section II, Article XVII
I, Frances Alden, bequeath my set of dimples and my ability
to hold certain junior boys, to Francis Mae Miller.
Section III, Article I
The remainder of our worldly goods having been placed in Mr.
Stetson's office as a souvenir and memorial to the class of '26, we
do hereby bequeath to Mr. G. A. Stetson for his own personal pleas-
ure and benefit. At the same time we do appoint said Mr. Stet-
son as the sole executor of this, our last will and testament.
To which we, the class of '26, on the ninth day of June in the
year of our Lord, nineteen hundred and twenty-six, do set our
hand and seal.
By Order of the Class of 1926,
Attorney, KENNETH A. JACOBSON.
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'Tune to "Lonesome and Sorry."
To our dear school, that we love well,
We say our last fond farewell,
When we are old, we'll fondly gaze
Back at those T. H. S. days.
Farewell, dear school,
We'l1 think of you,
Think of our work and our play.
Farewell, dear classmates, and dear teachers, too,
Remember the time, remember the day.
Hearts filled with woe, and eyes filled with tears
We had to start out on Life's long career.
Our love for you will never die. .
So, farewell, dear Titusville High.
W By MARTHA MILDRED JILLSON
Dear friends, four years have now passed by,
Our work in school is over.
Now we face the future bright,
With all its glory, all its light.
Yet e'er we leave our Alma Mater,
While yet we are all here together,
We thank her for her goodness shown,
For these we've loved, for these we've known,
And these who've taught us year by year,
We thank for all their love and cheer.
Mothers and fathers, we thank them, too:
Because they've been so good and true,
They taught us what first we knew.
They helped us as we older grew.
To our Heav'nly Father we give our all
In the answer to our own life's call. A
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SENIORS LAST DAY IN CHAPEL
Positively our last appearance to the public, at large, was
made on Friday, May twenty-eighth admist the cheers and tears
of our inferiors.
After numerous plans had been submitted and rejected, the
committee, headed by Howard Levy, decided upon a three-act en-
tertainment o ened by a minstrel show. The opening chorus of
" Hail! Hail 'lphe Gang's All Here" was ably shouted by thirty or
more white duck-panted and shirted Seniors and Senioresses fyou
couldn't tell which.j Then the end men walked on the stage. Art
Thompson, Mr. Bert Whitey Mr. Bitters, George O'Hareg Bob
Dame, Mr. Stetsong Kenny Jacobson, Mr. Rathmang Bill Bengston,
Mr. Ackerman. The most successful wise-crack of the morning
occurred when Warren asked the pseudo E. F. B. if he had his
daughter christened. The reply CNO because he didn't wish his
child to be hit with a bottlej was appreciated by none so much as
the original girl herself who gave a lusty shout from the balcony
where she sat on her mother's knee. To conclude the minstrel
show Eva Blum and Dorothy Light sang a duet. Very pretty they
looked and as sweetly they sang. Warren and Frank are to be con-
gratulated on their production.
We have Lucile Fogelquist and Mr. Clifford Patterson to
thank for securing the services of the renowed prestidigitatorsz-
Monsieur Edward Helfrich, M. Louis Caldwell, M. Howard Levy,
and M. Francis Thompson. The little boys and girls in the audi-
ence were speechless with delight and awe when M. Louis made
the ace of spades rise from the pack into the air. Miss Irene Bush,
one of our local girls, under the direction of these gentlemen she has
attained great skill as a cat trainer. Although Monsieur Thomp-
son with a little more practice may become a third rate magician,
we advise him to stick to bull fighting. Still we must grant that
his hypnotic power is not to be slightly treated: the lovely Nita,
shrouded in a sheet, once safely caught by the faithful Hugo and
planted in a chair, answered with baffling accuracy the questions
of M. Francois such as "Nita, Nita! How many pencils have I? lf
you answer right, I shall give you it." One drones Nita. When
the two Freshmen were caused to disappear from our sight, we were
beginning to feel oppressed by the wierdness of the performers so
the last act was quite refreshing.
Ray McElhaney and Louis Foresther, two black-bearded farmers
met outside the curtain and talked about a dance in the neighbor-
hood. When they started off, the curtain opened to give us a
glimpse of the gaiety. Adam Kielp, looking the part of a country
caller, in a striped blazer was calling the figures for a square
dance. The kazoo orchestra composed of Catherine Carlson, Opal
and Kelly was perfect. Lucile Fogelquist and Dorothy Benson did
a special dance with great success, We should have liked an encore
on this but failed to get it, because ten o'clock had come and passed.
Then immediately after the square dance came the grand finale.
The whole class gathered on the stage and with arms outflung
sang "Li'l Liza Jane" as a fitting climax and end to our whole
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JUNIOR CLASS HISTORY
On the morning of September IO the junior class held its
first meeting and got organized. At this meeting they elected the
President ............. .... C arlton Holder
Yice President ......... .............. E rnest Palmquist
Secretary and Treasurer -- ................... Ruth Ghering
Cheer Leaders ................ Harold Carlson and Lucille Ames
The juniors took part i11 everything that went on in school,
from selling tickets to putting on or taking part in plays. There
were several juniors on the football and basketball teams. The
Dramatic Club contains quite a number of juniors and in the plays
put on by that club this year there were several of these.
'llhe juniors had a successful basket-ball team and also, a
winning bowling team.
At Hallowe'en the Juniors gave a party at the Parish House
which was socially a big success. The junior Prom, given at the
end of the school year, speaks for itself and does not need further
liarly in the school year the juniors put on the one-act farce,
"Old Gooseberryf' The following cast, under the able direction of
Miss Hrumbaugh, was the cause of its great success: Mr. Fizzing-
ton Cohen, lirnest l'almquistg Simon Snapshot, john Dunng Game-
keeper, Clair lloward, Laura, Nola Conng and Matty, Florence
On May 20 and 21, the juniors put on their annual play. Un-
der the capable direction of Miss Stewart, Miss Brumbaugh, Miss
Moore and Miss Bryan, the following cast put on the play "Char-
ley's Auntnz Colonel Sir Francis Chesney, Gilbert Church, Stephen
Spettigue. llarold Carlson: ,lack Chesney, son of Sir Francis Ches-
ney, VVilliam Ferguson, Charles VVyke1man, Anthony Lysowskig
Lord Fancourt Babberly, who assumes the role of "Charley's aunt,"
Ernest Palmquistg Brasset, a college scout, Herbert Staubg Donna
Lucia D'Alvadorez, from Brazil, Florence Spencer, Kitty Verdun,
Spettigueys ward, Catherine Tullochg Amy Spettigue, Spettigue's
niece, Gwendolyn Douglas, Helen Cassedy and Ella Delahay,
This play is only a taste of what difficult roles we should
enact when we are Seniors.
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President .... .... - -- Vvelldell l'lOVis
Vice President ........ --- Ruth Wright
Secretary and Treasurer ...................... James Stevenson
This june closes a most successful year for the Sophomore
class. Upon the opening of school it was found that the class had
depreciated a little in numbers from their Freshman year, but were
back with all their characteristic spirit. That spirit was early
shown in the football ticket sales. The Sophomore class stepped
out and sold more tickets than any other class for game after
game. This was true for other campaigns also. ln more ways
than one the class demonstrated their spirit and ability. There
were Sophomore representatives on all school teams, the football
team, the basketball team, track and baseball teams. The class
representatives were important factors in many of the school's
victories. That fact was proved conclusively when Elmer Peter-
son was elected captain and Lewis Smith captain of the basketball
team for the coming year.
As to inter-class athletics, this year was no so fruitful for the
Sophomores. Nearly all their good men were on the scholastic
squads. lt is thought that next year will be the same way, but
the reputation of the school comes before class honors. Yet it
can't be predicted that far in advance how things will turn out.
The Sophomores put on one of the most outstanding parties
of the year at the NN'oman's club in March. Those who were not
there missed a great time. Earlier in the year they gave another
successful affair at the Parish House.
How did you enjoy the Sophomore Roll Call room's enter-
tainments? They showed Sophomore talent in still another di-
And now for their Junior year!
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XN'e started our year by having the class picture taken, al-
though it was not until just before Hallowe'en that We had the
election of officers. Mr. Stetson conducted the meeting before
Paul Spencer was chosen as president. The latter then took the
chair. Merle Powers became our vice-president, and Eileen Carter
our secretary and treasurer. On the occasion of her moving to
Pleasantville a few months later, VVilliam Radack was elected to
fill her place. A-Xt our first meeting we also chose blue and gold for
class colors, which played an important part in the famous class
Because ours is the largest class that has yet entered T. ll. S.,
two Freshmen roll-call rooms besides Miss Davidon's had to be put
in the Study Hall. During Christmas vacation it was divided by a
partition and Miss Brumbaugh's roll-call, which had occupied the
west side, swapped rooms with Miss O'Malley. Then Miss Bryan's
group took the VVest side and the Sophs the east.
Our hrst party given a week before Hallawe'en was a great
success, and the other just before Christmas was a lot of fun, al-
though we didn't come out so well financially. Since then we have
had no more real class parties because there have been so many
dances and other entertainments all winter and spring.
Tn spite of our not having a lot of big men for athletics we have
had a very satisfactory vear. Of our basketball team with Meryl
Powers as captain and Bill Radack as manager, we are especially
proud. scoring I2-3 in the games of the season, and on the varsity
we are represented bv XValter Thompson, our star player. We also
have a good baseball team and a bowling team under Russel
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T. fl. S. had a very successful season in 1925. Perhaps not so
successful judged by number of games won, but successful finan-
cially and in that deep and lasting spirit won on the gridiron that in
the years to come proves the mettle of the erstwhile grid war-
riors, and is the measure of true success.
The Brown and Gold won four, lost three and tied two of its
nine games this year, as is shown below:
T. H. S. .................. IQ Alumni -- --- 0
T. H. S. -- .... 0 War1'en .... ---2O
T. H. S. .... ---T2 Franklin --- --- 0
T. H. S. ..... ---33 Union City -- --- 0
T. H. S. -- ---2I Albion .... - --- O
T. ffl. S. -- -- 0 Kane ...... --- 0
T. H. S. -- --- -- o Sharpsville .... -- ---12
T. H. S. .................. 6 Cathedral Preps .......... 6
As may be seen, the T. lf. S. warriors outscored their oppon-
ents, QI to 45, as well as stopping them in fatal yardage throughout
the season. '
No small part of the success of the team is due to the efforts
of Mr. li. F. Bitters, head of the Commercial department, in coach-
ing the squad, and through his deep insight into the game, in
teaching them their foundations in the great machine of perfect
Clyde NValters was our captain and he was a fine one. By
his example he paved the way for perfect co-ordination on the part
of every member of the squad and so made the season a success.
llc alternated at fullback and tackle, and was one of our biggest
Kenneth Jacobson was our worthy manager. Besides attend-
mg to his duties of manager, "Jake" found time to hold down one
of the guard positions.
Captain-elect Elmer Peterson was the flashy halfback and full-
back who, by his stellar work on the gridiron, earned the right
to lead next year's squad.
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ing thatch led the Brown and Gold machine against its foes. Be-
sides being a consistent ground-gainer, "Red" was a dependable
man on the defense.
"Foresther," the other half, was a "small but mighty player."
The smallest man on the team, Louie made up in fiht and play-
ing ability what he lacked in size, and was indeed a man to be
Francis jordan, our giant colored lineman, filled the other
guard post, and literally "tore things apart" when in the heart of
Ralph Schlosser, playing his first year of scholastic football,
proved himself a worthy running mate to Captain Walters at the
Troy Pringle and Arthur Schultz were the ends who did so
much for the team on both offense and defense. They were both
well suited for the position of end, and carried out their parts.
The other halfback was Leroy Dressler, "small but mighty."
Dressler made up in grit and pep what he lacked in size, and was a
formidable player on both offense and defense. He could wallop
a line, skirt an end, receive a pass or tackle an opponent with equal
Last of the varsity squad comes Gerrit Riley. "Deacon" played
his first game of varsity football at center this year, and although
one of the smallest centers on the Brown and Gold squad in re-
cent years, he was "there with the goods," and very few gains
were made through the center of the line.
The football squad will be hard hit bv graduation this year,
as seven of the varsity squad receive their diplomas in June. How-
ever, with such men as Captain-elect Peterson, Lysowski, Church,
Knapp, Ferguson and others to carry on, the Brown and Gold
has little cause for worry.
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Captain Clyde XVa1te1'. tackle a11d
l fullback, hands the leadership of tl1e
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next year, as he is claimed by gradua-
tion i11 June.
A capable leader and player, Clyde
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year, as l1e was one of tl1e biggest
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of tl1e squad.
COACH E. F. BITTERS.
No small part of tl1e success of the
team is due to the efforts of Mr. E. F.
Bitters, head of the Co111n1ercia1 De-
pa1't111ent. i11 coaching the squad, a11d
through his deep insight into tl1e
game, i11 teaching them theii founda-
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Our basketball season was fairly successful this year. The
Brown and Gold took nine of the sixteen games on its schedule,
and outscored its opponents 533 points to 481.
Following is the team scoring for the season:
T. H. S. .................. 30 St. Titus .... .... 2 O
T. H. S. .... .... 2 5 Alumni ...... .... 1 5
T. H. S. -... .... 7 o Cochranton .... .... 3 0
T. H. S. .... .----23 Franklin ..... ----4o
T. H. S. .... .... 2 2 Erie East .... .... 3 6
T. H. S. .... .... 5 5 Oil City .... .... 3 4
T. H. S. .... .... 3 4 Warren ..... .... 3 0
T. H. S. .... .... 2 8 Erie Central --- ----34
T. H. S. .... .... 6 1 Corrv ......... .... 2 4
T. H. S. .... .... 3 o Cochranton .... .... 2 8
T. H. S. .... .... 3 3 Franklin ..... .... 3 8
T. H. S. .... .... 2 1 Erie East --- ----3o
T. H. S. .... .... 2 9 Oil City .... .... 1 9
T. H. S. .... .... 1 1 Warren ..... .... 2 8
T. H. S. .................. 21 Erie Central .............. 40
T. H. S. .................. 40 St. Titus .............. a--29
The entire team graduates this year, Captain Pringle and Ed-
wards, guards, Kielp and Armagost, forwards, Dickinson, center,
and Foresther, substitute forward and guard, being claimed by
graduation this june.
The whole squad, under the capable coaching of Mr. Rathman.
worked well together, and the seconds deserve a lot of credit for
their untiring efforts in making the varsity what it was. Indeed,
to one of their number, Louis Smith, goes the honor of captaining
the 1926-1927 team.
Captain Pringle, although rarely breaking into the limelight,
indicated that he was a fine defensive player, a heady, dependable
scrapper, and a fit leader.
"Red" Edwards, Pringleis running mate, was a flashier and
more aggressive player, taking the ball from the backcourt the
length of the floor to score time after time .during the season.
Besides attending to his duties of stopping enemy rushes, "Red"
found time to score 136 points this season.
Probably the outstanding player on the team, due to his scoring
propensities, was Adam Kielp. Because of his ability to,score from
any and all angles of the floor under adverse conditions, Adam
became the leading scorer of Section 3, and one ofthe greatest
basketball players who ever wore a Brown and Gold uniform.
Armagost, the boy who held down the other forward position,
proved himself a worthy running mate of the great Kielp by his
corner shots and elusive footwork and passing. George was a hard
man for any guard to keep track of, as he was well gifted with
height, reach and speed.
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"Dully" Dickinson, eunvertefl intu a center last season, tool:
that as his regular pusitiun this year. Nut a flashy ur partienlarly
outstanding' player, "Dolly" was une nf the hest defensive pivut
ment in the clistriet, ancl was tu he rlepenrlerl on in a erisis.
Last, hut not least, uf the grarlnating euiirt smpiaml, Louie
Iforesther comes in for his share of the glwry. lainie hruke intu
ten games this year, either at forwarrl ur guarcl, ancl sliuwecl him-
self capable uf filling either plaee hy his gaine scrapping.
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Under the direction of Mrs. Helen Gilbert Sutton, T. H. S.
put out a very good team this year, winning six out of ten games.
Having practically the whole team back, except Mackey, and many
excellent substitutes, the team had good material. Moore, center,
left us before the end of the season. Foglequist held center posi-
tion from then on with very great ability. Rand, jillson and Fogle-
quist are of the class of '26, so they will leave us this year, but
with the remainder of the team and the substitutes, we should have
a strong team to represent us in the nineteen twen y-seven season.
In their first game of the season, the high school defeated the
Alumni by the score of 28-IO in a fast game. Before the game was
over many substitutes were put in by Coach Sutton.
The Titusville girls defeated the Clarion girls at Clarion by
the score of 20-10, minus two regular players, Captain Rand and
Markley. Moore was high scorer, followed closely by Ghering.
By the score of 25-IO, the Titusville girls were defeated by the
Franklin girls. The locals were outscored in every quarter but the
second, when they held Franklin scoreless.
Oil City--january zz
On the Y. M. C. A. floor, the Titusville sextet defeated the Oil
City lassies by the score of 19-8. Oil City was held to one field
The Warreii girls were defeated by the local sextet by the
score of I4-Q. Good pass work was displayed by Warren but due
to the close guarding of jillson and Markley, the forwards were
held closely in check.
The Titusville girls went down to defeat by the hands of the
Clarion girls by the score of 18-11. Rand was high scorer for Titus-
In the Y. M. C. A. gym, the Titusville sextet was defeated
by the Franklin girls, 33-17. The local girls were unable to over-
come' the four-point lead in the first half in the last two quarters.
The Titusville girls were defeated by a score of 52-21. Moore
showed fine shooting ability by making six baskets.
Oil City-March 6
Although the first three quarters were slow, in the last quar-
ter the Titusville girls held Oil City scoreless and made three
points, making the score 11-8. Rand had seven points to her credit.
On the Y. W. C. A. floor theihigh school girls defeated Spar-
tansburg I4-7. The first half was very close but Spartansburg was
outscored in the second half.
The following girls received letters: Captain Rand, Martha
jillson, Treva Markley, Eleanor Dickinson, Ruth Ghering, Lucille
lioglequist, Charlotte Oberg, Elizabeth Armagost, Frances Flem-
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A baseball team was inaugurated again this spring in T. H. S.,
and christened the Scholastics.
Nineteen men were out for the team, all of whom were carried
through the season. The team was coached by Mr, P. J. Murphy
of the faculty, while Elmer Peterson was chosen captain and George
Following is the lineup as it was at the start of the season:
Foresther, lfg Lysowski, gb, Bedford, 2bg Hancox rf: Peter-
son, ss, Pringle, cf, Edwards, Ibg Holder, cg Edwards, jackson,
Armagost, Smith, Schultz, pitchers, Tarr, Crone, Smith, Dickin-
son, Erickson, Spencer, Schneider, Walters, substitutes.
Games were played with Cambridge, Cochranton, Struthers,
O., Youngstown, O., Dubois, Tldloute and Linesville, as well as
a series of games with St. Titus.
A track team was formed in T. H. S. early in the spring, the
nucleus of which was composed of Walters, Pringle, Mallery, Ed-
wards aud Proeschel. Ferguson, Fortney, Stevenson and Brady
also made a showing for the team. '
Track meets were competed in at both Erie and Pittsburgh on
lllay 15th and 22l1il, respectively, as well as other minor meets.
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Clubs and Activities
The Dramatic Club of 1925-26 has been very successful. This
success is largely due to the presentation of "Adam and Eva" and
"The Whole Town's Talking," which were coached by Miss Merrie
Stewart, who is a most competent dramatic director.
"Adam and Eva," a three-act comedy, by Guy Bolton and
George Middleton, was presented in the High School Auditorium,
Thursday and Friday evenings, December I7 and 13. The cast
was as follows:
James King, a rich widower ....... ........ R obert Dame
Corinthia, his parlor maid ......... -- Opal Buifenbarger
Clinton De Witt, his son-in-law ....... .... E rnest Palinquist
julie De VVitt, his married daughter--- ---- Dorothy Benson
Eva King, his single daughter ---.------.-- -------- E va Blum
Aunt Abbie Rocker, his sister-in-law -......--.--... Mabel Clark
Dr. Jack Delamater, his bachelor neighbor -------- Byron Mallery
Horace Pilgrim, his uncle --------..--------.----- Frank Turner
Adam Smith, his business manager --.--.-.-.. Willard Bengston
Lord Andrew Gordon, his would-be son-in-law --.. Williain Jones
"The Whole Town's Talking," a three-act farce by john Emer-
son, was presented by the Club in the High School Auditorium on
Monday evening, March 29. The cast of characters were:
Henry Simmons, a manufacturer ---..-...-----
Harriet Simmons, his wife .... --- -
Ethel Simmons, their daughter -----
Chester Binney, Simmons' partner ----
Letty Lythe, a motion picture star ---...---.--
Donald Swift, a motion picture director ---- -
- ---Tyrella Francis
Roger Shields, a young Chicago blood ---- --.--.-. R obert Howe
Lida Wilsoii, Ethel's friend -.-.------. ---.
Sally Otis, another friend of Ethel's ---- ----- D orothy Light
Annie, a maid ----.--..-.-.-....--- -- ---Katherine Carlson
Sadie Bloom --- ..---.....-.......-..-- Evelyn VVallen
Taxi Driver. --.-----.-.-----.-----.--....----.. Harold Powers
Girls --...-.---.----..---.. Mabel Clark and Opal Buffenbarger
The officers and members of the Club for IQZSTZ6 were:
President -.-------.-.---.--..-.......------- Willarcl Bengston
Vice President --- ---.---. Frances Bryan
Secretary -.-..- --.-- ..--- ---.--- O 1 J al Buffenbarger
Treasurer .-...-.......--.--.-...----.------ Kenneth Jacobson
Mabel Clark, Katherine Carlson, Dorothy Benson, Tyrella
Francis. Helen Bodamer, Evelyn VVallen, Lucille Fogelquist. Eva
Blum, Dorothy Light, Robert Dame, Arthur Schultz, Troy Pringle,
Frank Turner. Allan Savard, Louis Caldwell, Catherine Smith,
Nola Conn, VVilliam Ferguson, Ernest Palmquist, Robert Howe,
,Tohn Dunn, Rexford Smedley, Carolyn Grandall, Marguerite Blum,
Harold Powers, Byron Mallery, Williain jones, Helen Kuntz and
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Different from all preceding years there has been only one
music period a week for group singing. We have all regretted it
as there is no one of us that does not enjoy singing, especially un-
der Miss Britton's able instruction.
The whole Music Department has been unusually active this
year with a Choral Club, two Music Classes and an Orchestra un-
Besides the usual music mornings there have been three music
festivals under the management. It is needless to say that those
who participated enjoyed them equally as much as the audience.
The first one early in February consisted of numbers by both boys
and girls under Warren Dickinson. The next one was run entirely
by boys with Warren again chairman. The last one had all girls
participating and Lucile Fogelquist and Frances Bryan were at
the head of it.
The first year of the Choral Club as an organized society was
a very successful one. "The Pioneer's Papoose," the musical
comedy presented by the club, was a success financially and of
course musically. This came through the co-operation of the en-
tjre"casti'and the never-failing and excellent help of the coaches,
Miss Ina Britton and Miss Brumbaugh.
The following are the principals in the cast: Byron Mallory,
Arthur Thompson, Alfred Baird, Evelyn Small, Claire Howard,
Elizabeth Armagost, Margaret Hull, Charlotte Oberg, Dorothy
The Choral Club appeared twice again during Music Week
when they sang in Chapel and gave a Cantata the following Friday
It's a well known fact that no school can be a success without
an orchestra and if success hangs on that point we have nothing to
fear for we have a good one and a large one. But it is only due to
Miss Britton's untiring efforts that we are able to say this. The
orchestra plays at all High School performances and often at func-
tions in the town.
The players are as follows: Piano, Debres Sharp, Olivia Egg-
leston, Pauline Kerr, First Violins, Dorothy Fineberg, Evelyn
Small, 'Mattheson Campbell, Dayton Kress, Obligato Violin,
Dorothy Bohin, Raymond Gilson, Louis Rickeg Clarinet, Eugene
Rickeg Cornet, John Driscollg Saxaphones, Peggy Miller, Elmo
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TROTTY VECK CLUB
Slogan-"To Face Life Squarelyf'
Purpose-"To Find and Give the Best."
Gracious in manner
Impartial in judgment
Ready for service
Loyal to friends
Reaching toward the best
Earnest in purpose
Seeing the beautiful
Eager for knowledge
Reverent to God
Victorious over self
Sincere at all times.
The Trotty-Veck Club has fifty-seven members. We started
the school year of 1925 with real enthusiasm, and we have con-
tinued to keep and increase it throughout the years of 1925-26.
evenings of every month. Our meetings have been especially in-
Regular meetings have been held the first and third Monday
teresting due to the efficient help of Miss Dorothy Gherst and Mrs.
J. H. Scheide, our worthy advisors.
Supper forums, special devotions, delightful parties and inspir-
ing talks have been a part of our program.
The officers were:
President .............. ...... - -- .... Opal Buffenbarger
Vice President .... ....... H elen.Cassedy
Secretary ....... ............... - -- Katherine Carlson
Treasurer ..... ...................... C atherine Tulloch
The Hi-Y club, under the leadership of Mr. Leonard L. Mil-
ler of the Y. M. C. A., had a most successful year.
The officers for the past year were:
President .............................. .... W illard Bengston
Vice President ....................... .... G eorge Armagost
Treasurer ...................................... Robert Dame
Secretary ..................................... Gilbert Church
The members were: Kenneth Jacobson, Warren Dickinson,
Arthur Schultz, Louis Caldwell, Leo Bloom, Rexford Smedley,
Miles Blanchard, Gerdes Brailsford, Louis Smith, William -Fergu-
son, Harold Powers and Byron Mallery.
At the Older Boys' Conference of Western Pennsylvania at
Beaver Falls, the following boys from the high school were pres-
ent: Warren Dickinson, Gilbert Church, William Ferguson, Ar-
thur Shields and Robert Cron. Mr. Miller also attended this con-
ference. William Ferguson was elected first vice president.
The club sponsored four noon luncheons which were open to
every boy in the high school. Those who attended the luncheons
received helpful instructions and lessons from Mr. George Dibble,
who was conducting a revival in Titusville, Rev. J. A. Galbraith
and Mr. Robert A. Kerr.
The Hi-Y luncheons were served by high school girls to whom
the club is very grateful.
The purpose of the Hi-Y club is to instill in the high school
youth high ideals of Americanism.
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Although the Commercial club did not exist the first half of
our school year, it has been quite a success the last half. Mr. Bit-
ters and Mr. Greer act as sponsors for the club.
At the first meeting Kenneth Kelly was elected president and
he has very successfully filled the position. Hugo Schlosser was
elected vice president and Alfred Baird, secretary and treasurer.
Our parties have been a success largely due to the efforts of
Mary Brodrick, Ruth Gilson and William Graff, of the programme
and refreshment committee.
A very delightful party was held on Tuesday evening, April
27, at the home of Irene Stevenson. Games were played and at a
late hour delicious refreshments were served.
Riverside has been a very busy and progressive city this year.
Although almost everyone went bankrupt in April, the shock did
not hit too hard, because everyone is still living. Our success in
Riverside is due largely to Mr. Bitters and our imagination.
We hope that the Commercial club may continue in the future.
ROLL ROOM PROGRAMS
A new institution this year is the activities period which some
believe has been devoted too much for study and not enough for
activities. In order to remedy this complaint to a slight degree the
roll rooms were assigned certain Fridays for their programs.
Every one enjoyed all of them to the utmost and only wishes that
there had been more of them.
Briefly these have been the performances: Mr. Bitter's room
rendered some unusual music to say nothing of sponsoring an un-
usual little play caled "The Gathering of the Nuts 5" under the
coaching of Mabel Clark and Opal Buifenbarger, Miss Stewart's
room presented the great success, "Our Career." "The Follies"
under Miss O'Malley's magic hand were Fairyland itself so we
won't go any farther. As for "The Cow's Love" acted by Miss
Dubar's room, well, words fail us. Miss Moore's room with its
Family Album and Musical Selections pleased us all. Last but
not least the fantistic "Freshman's Dream" was a fitting climax
to it all.
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Our School Seal
The classes, graduating before nineteen hundred and twenty-six, did not
have a school seal. It was proposed by Frances Bryan, President of the
Senior Class of '26, that one be chosen. Then, the artists of the different
classes were asked to draw examples of seals. After several had been de-
signed and exhibited, the one drawn by Arthur Schultz of the class nineteen
hundred and twenty-six was selected as the best.
When students enter the High School as Freshmen, they think little
more of the seal than that it will be on their pins and rings at graduation.
As they go through High School, do they not learn what that seal is, what
it stands for?
1 On the seal is placed a keystone which stands for strength and which
is the most important stone in an arch. If it is removed the arch will go to
pieces. It also means that our civilization is based on the keystone of edu-
cation, and it will be lost if this stone be removed. The emblem also stands
for the Keystone State which is Pennsylvania.
In the center of the Keystone is placed a picture of the Drake Well, the
first producing oil well drilled in the world, which is just a short distance
from Titusville. In eighteen hundred and fifty-nine Colonel Edwin L. Drake,
through perseverance, patience, and integrity, succeeded in doing this. Will
not these same qualities help us to accomplish wonderful things in school?
The seal is painted orange and brown which are the school colors. On
the sides of the seal there are branches of laurel, which denote Victory.
Our victories consist in conquering our studies, our opponents in athletics,
but, above all, in overcoming the faults in our own characters, making us
more fit to cope with life.
On the lower part of the seal is placed the numerals eighteen hundred
and sixty-nine, which indicate the year the first class was graduated from
Titusville High School. The circle around the seal stands for unity.
Teachers and pupils unite to put things over successfully for the glory of
our school, The more successful these undertakings are the more that seal
means to us.
Our seal says to us: I am the seal. You made me. I am your ideal,
your friend, and your hope. 1 suffer if you students do not always remem-
ber my honor. I stand for your preparations for life. I build our characters.
I stand for perseverance and integrity. I stand for beauty for you should
see beauty in all you do.
HELEN RADACK '28
ANDY WAID '27
The Birth of the Oil Indusfrg
ln the year of 1858, verging toward the great issue of secession. when
the country was wavering and tossed on the sea of political strife, a man.
Col. IC. L. Drake wended his way from the busy scenes of the East to the
hamlet of Titusville, Pennsylvania, which comprised 300 solitary souls, and
lay sequestered among the wilder foot-hills of the Allegheny Mountains.
He was born on March 29, 1819, at Greenville, Green County, N. Y. This
man was endowed with perseverance and always known to be extremely
reticent. The drilling of the first Oil Well, we owe to his indefatigable
The idea flashed across his mind that if oil scooped from the ground,
there must he vast subterranean pools in the rocks of the lower strata. It
required finance to carry out this project, and on Col. Drake's part this was
lacking, Mr. Fletcher, a Titusville man aided hin1, which made it possible
to complete the first Oil Well in 1859.
The operations started on the well in February, 1859, after Col. Drake
had experienced much difficulty in securing a driller even under the decep-
tion of drilling for salt.
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In the month of August, 1859, during that phenomenal year, when a
memorable frost blighted the crops, just before the wake of despair was
lifted by a plenteous harvest, near the banks of Oil Creek, on the Watson
Flats, one mile from Titusville, he struck the rock and there gushed forth
rivers of oil.
This discovery opened a new epoch in the industrial world. A great
many of the immigrants going West gave up their sojourn over the arid
desert, and turned to a promise nearer at hand. What was once a wilder-
ness became the center of industry. Cities sprang up, and nudged each
other for room. The earth unfolded to man an untold treasure in oil. Titus-
ville rose from a village, to the formost oil city in the country until the
fields were greatly exhausted.
Some of the old land marks are tl1e Drake Well and numerous oil fields.
The man who was the instigator of this wave of prosperity was swept
aside by its progress and died November 8, 1880 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania,
a state pensioner.
Therefore Titusville may duly credited the birth place of the World wide
industry of petroleum.
GERRIT NEWSOME RILEY.
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JOHN H. FISHER
Insurance and Real Estate
IO6 West Spring Street Titusville, Pa.
WALL DEcoRAT1oNs T EQSTIWST
225 W. Spring Street
offioo and Works, ZI 7 West spring Street
Tiioeville, Penn'a. Pet. Phone 270
Hats Cleaned ood Blocked
S E N I O R S
ACCEPT OUR BEST WISHES
N. A. JOHNSON
Tailor, Clothier and Furnisher
ANDERSON BAKING COMPANY
If Better Bread Were Possible We Would Make lt.
You've Tried the Rest
NOW BUY THE BEST
Y. W. C. A.
A community Center for Girls and Women, Clubs,
Classes, Residence, Rest Rooms. The Cafeteria serves
Good Meals. Main and Franklin Streets.
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THE TASTE TELLS
WHATEVER YOUR AMEBITION MAY BE
-for Power -for Wealth -for Contentment
BUILD UP A BANK RESERVE
When a cell comes for cash you have a reserve to
draw on. Use our Bank-To build up-To have a
reserve to call upon.
COMMERCIAL BANK AND TRUST COMPANY
H E L E N G 0 R D 0 N
Main and Waihington Streets Phone l282
TITUSVILLE SUPPLY COMPANY
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Speaker from China, addressing
the high school students-"VVhen
I was in China last year, .I saw a
woman hanging from a tree."
Voice from the audience CPrin-
The speaker-"Oh, about six
How Levy--You've got a nice
girl in Franklin, Lou.
Lou Caldwell-Yes, but she
can't see out of one eye.
II. III. L.-VVhy not, is she
L. G. C.-No, it's the way she
combs her hair.
She may be dumb, but she
knows her groceries fthe grocer's
jimmie Stevenson-T y r ella
Francis dropped I2 stories the
other day, and it never hurt her.
Minnie Rosequist--How zat?
jim-XVhy, she's the editor of
the school paper.
lid Ilelfrich, coming out of
Dick's-Gosh, I just had a won-
derful chicken dinner in there for
I'. j. Murphy-Is that right?
Iiddic-Sure, had an egg sand-
"I see you keep all of your tro-
phies on the mantle over the fire-
"Yes, they look hot there."
Grace McNamara, in Bailey's-
Iiut, lllr. Bailey, your sign says,
"First class hair cut, 50 cents,"
and here you are trying to soak
me 75 for one.
Illr. .I3aileyiYes, I know, child,
but you haven't got first class
Last week Irma Pringle Went to
the city. Stopping in a large de-
partment store, she Went up to
the floorwalker and said, "I'd like
to see some new pumps."
Clerk-"Yes, 111Zl,Z1111. Automo-
bile, stomach, bicycle, water or
Talk about your modern ham-
Frank Turner-Hello, say cen-
tral, give me 833-If, please.
Central-S33-K? Wliy, tl1at'S
your own number!
Iiranklin-I know it. I know
it. I just wanted to have a li'l
Kind old lady-"You say that
you have been on the force for
ten years? YVeIl, why haven't
you some service stripes on your
The Titusville Police force
CIIe's a nice man J-"I don't wear
,C1ll, lady. They cllafe my nose."
"I just love to see a man
smoke," said Ina Claire, as she
inspected the creniatory.
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DON'T BE A "QUACK"
The law p1'o11-nts you 11gz1i11st fake doctors and lawyers.
'I111 I311si111-ss world has no p1'oteetio11 against fake Book-
keepe1's and Sf0ll0QIl'2l1JIlCI'S. Don't depend o11 credits as a
ZINIS for l'01ll1lt'fUlll'y. The busuu-ss 1112111 Jl1CIg2,'0S you by your
rue NVUl'IIl1XVIlilIL you can do.
The slz11uIz11'1l set by Imusiness is the st11111I111'd of the
ERIE BUSINESS COLLEGE
ISUIIII IIIIIIQIIIIQI, Sth and State Streets ERIE, PA.
AND ALL AMERICAN OILS
Titusville Products That Are Worthy of Patronage
CONSOLIDATED SERVICE STATION OO.
J. B. Turk, President W. C. Jones, Vice President
BROWNELL SHOE COMPANY
E. B. INGLEHART
220 West Central Avenue
RESULTS NEVER BEFORE ACHIEVED
D E C K E R - L A N G
l3l Diamond Street Phone 224
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TITUSVILLE TRUST COMPANY
JUST TIME IS SPOON TIME
LET EVERY SPUUN BE
Pure Quality Ice Cream
Just Around the Corner from the High School
TITUSVILLE BUTTER 8z ICE CREAM CO.
TITUSVILLE IRON WORKS COMPANY
I'll'0" TWO CYCLE GAS ENGINES
"0LlN" GAS ENGINES
'IAUME' STEAM ENGINES
"AI5EL" AIIT0 I'IIIVIl'ING POXVEKS
"J, U." PIIMPING PONVERS
"ACME" OIL WELL BOILERS
IIEATING AND POWER BUILERS
STILLS, TANKS, STACKS
STEEL PLATE XVIYRK
Main Office and Works
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The following was heard at the
first rehearsal of the Junior play.
Miss Stewart--"Get up on the
stage. I want to see your panto-
Gwen Douglass-"Sorry, Miss
Stewart, but I didn't wear any."
"Why did they arrest that blind
man this morning?"
"Because the cop saw him blush
when Alice Anderson passed."
Another blind joke.
"Say, Aphrodite, that woman
only put a dime in the cup."
"Alright, Domescirus, I'll play
'Insufficient Sweetie' and maybe
she'll come back and give us
Emma Straub-But Mother, I
couldn't come when you called
me. I was with Bob Howe.
Mama Straub-Yes, Emma, I
realize the position you were in.
Shorty O'I-Iare-What is Adam
Kielp gazing so earnestly into
that mirror for?
K. K. Kelly-Don't you see?
l-lc's counting his moustache.
Foreword. Scene: Outside the
dressing room during "The Aunt
Feminine voice-This parting
Again Florence Spencer's voice
-This parting hur--Hey, for gosh
sakes, Paul Spencer, don't bear
down so hard on that comb.
Lyle Chase-What did your
grandfather say when they ampu-
tated his leg?
Cid Howard-He yelled, "Hey,
what's comin' off here."
At the football banquet.
Mr. Rathman-Who was the
fellow that laid the table this
Dickinson-I did, all but the
Pauline Kerr-I think Chopin
has a wonderful technique.
Wen Hovis-How do you
know. W'hen were you out with
Joe Dentler gets the prize this
month. He thought that only
children could get into the in-
Mr. Stetson-Now when I went
to college, I belonged to the or-
der of the Garter.
Frances Bryan-How interest-
ing. Which chapter did you be-
long to, Boston or Paris?
Ebbv 'llhompson-When you
were in New York last time, did
von meet the Prince of Wales?
Frances Dillon-No, I had no
desire to become the future
Queen of England.
Bob Dame to Ferguson-Soy,
Bud, youlre not witty. The guy
that wrote Snowbound is Whit-
Miles Blanchard-Gosh, Ger-
des, how did you get all that ink
Gerdes Brailsford-Oh. I was
writing a theme for English about
automobiles and it was so realistic
that my fountain pen backfired.
Murph-VVhat is it that has a
long black tail, is six hundred feet
high and plays music?
Caldwell-A cat, the Wool-
worth building and a phonograph,
As the boys grow older.
Freshman-I don't know.
Sophomore-I am not prepared.
Junior-I do not remember.
Senior-I don't believe I can
add anything to what has been
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A. J. BENTON
120 W. Central Ave. Phone 456-X
CYCLC PS STEEL COMPANY
Manufacturers of High Grade Tool Steel and
IF IT IS HARDWARE, STOVES OR PAINT
FRANK P. ALLEN 8: OO.
Costumes For Plays ancl lVlasques, Academic Caps and
Gowns for Commencement
Booklet on Request
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IZ3 South l Ith Street, Philadelphia, Pa.
P BASTIAN BROS. CO.
Manufacturing Jewelers and Stati0ners to
High Schools and Colleges
IIZIIEIIOQIIP on Request
No. T295 Bastian IBuilding', IiOt'llt'SU'l', New York
"MAN SHALL NOT LIVE, BY BREAD ALONE"
HOWEVER BREAD IVIADE' FROM
WHITE CLOUD CHIEF F LO-UR ADDS TO THE
JOY OF LIFE
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BARNSDALL 8: COMPANY
Sole Agents for Chase 81 Sanborn's Tea and Coffee
All Richelieu Canned Goods
TITUSVILLE CITY MILLS
KlNu's c'As'1'l,1+1 Fl,oIui, oolin Do1,1,A1i FIIOUR
AND l'IIiLSllIlRY'S BEST FLOITR
TABLE CORN MEAL, PURE IVHITE BUCKNVHEAT FLOUR
PURE GRAHAM FLOUR, OLD FASHIONED
The Important Position of Home Manager
REQUIRES A KNOWLEDGE OF MODERN TIME, LABOR,
AND MONEY-SAVING APPLIANCES
The housewife is running' thc most important institution in
the conununity. Her direction clctermines its Welfare, and
what cliviclcnds its SIl2il'QI10lIlCl'S shall gaill-dividends of world-
ly goods, enjoyment, contentment and personal conifort.
ln her IJIISIIICSS--l10l11P IIIIIIIEIQGIIICIIT, there are certain
facts, which, if prudently l'0Q'Z1l'Cl9Cl and heeded, achieve un-
qualified iniprovcnients and inclisputable economies.
lnclustry's chiefs employ machinery-devices-applianees
-to increase clliviclencls. Machinery will increase dividends in
THE GREAT EGONOMIST
You have clothes to he washed and ironed, rugs and drapes
to hc cleaned, l'0fl'lQ'Pl'illl011 to be provided. Electrical House-
keeping' Appliances do these and scores of other tasks quicker,
better and clue-apcr than you nan hire them clone-and they use
electrical i'Ill'l'gl'j' instead of yours! Call us for the money-saw
ing, IllOIIOY-lllillilllgf, time-saving, llt'HlfI'l-llllllfllllg facts and
IIgIlIl't"S on the great Econoinist-the great assistant to the
I Ionic Mana grer-EliEC'I'Rlf'ITYI
TITUSVILLE LIGHT AND PWOJWER COMPANY
PURE SILK CHIFFON HOSE
IN THE SEASONS BEST SHADES FOR BOTH
DAYTIME AND EVENING WEAR
51.00 the Pair
R. D. FLETCHER ESTATE
H0-I IZ Franklin Street ,
WE HAVE JUST THE CLOTHES YOU NEED
FOR VACATION WEAR
COME IN AND SEE THENI
A complete line of Phoenix, Humming Bird and
Gold Stripe Silk Hosiery on hand, including all the
newest colorings. 4 .
KODAKS AND KODAK SUPPLIES
Try us for Developmg, Prlntlng and Enlarglng.
THREE-DAY SERVICE---lEXPERT WORK
E. K. THOMPSON 8: SON
HOWARD AND COMPANY
Fine Teas and Coffees
REALTOR ------ INSUROR
Oil City, Pa. Titusville, Pa.
I ' OLD SHOES MADE NEW
TITUSVILLE QUICK SHOE REPAIRING COL
M. Ciaiola, Prop. - East Diamond St.
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Everett Kerr-I can't
home. She's down by the railroad
track flirting with that
Young Brother-Oh Bull-
Durham was the sign, wasn't it?
Army Armagost-I just saw a
hot wreck on the corner of Frank-
lin and Spring.
Will Bengston-Did you get
Tillv Francis-And last night I
was out with the most romantic
fellow from Pitt. Talk about your
romance languages-whenever he
spoke to me, he started with "Fair
Billy Graff-Oh, that's just
force of habit. He used to be a
street car conductor.
You all know that Allen Savard
is going to take an ocean trip this
summer. This conversation will
probably take place:
Captain-You remind me of the
wild sea waves.
Stub-Oh-h-h, because I'm so
restless and unconquered?
Cap-No. Because you're all
wet and you make me sick!
Talk about your dumb bojos-
NVl1en Art Roof was arranging his
Soph course recently, it is known
as a positive fact that he tried to
sign up for a golf course.
Miss O'lX'Ialley, showing off her
Spanish bulldog-Some watch
dog, isn't he?
Bob Cron,VV hat makes you
think he's a watch dog?
Miss O'Nalley-VVell, he's full
of ticks. isn't he?
This takes place in the year
"I'm a father l" cried young Art
Schultz as he burst into the of-
"S0's your old man," growled
the boss. "Get to work."
Eleanor Dickinson-Have you
ever read anything by GCYWY?
Gee Church4No, but I've seen
the play about getting her garter.
Evelyn SmalldVVhere shall we
go tonight? , Q
Pete Peterson-Lets go up in
the belfrey. .
Ev-Nothing Cl0111g'. I WZLS
once up there with a fellow and
the bell tolled on us.
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THE TITUSVILLE OIL WORKS
You Can Get OUR GAS at
TOWCO FILLING STATION
MODERN MOTOR SALES ik SERVICE CO
QUEEN CITY GARAGE
TIT USVILLE GARAGE
VOLKSTADT'S AUTO' STORAGE
HIGH GRADE GASOLINE
AND Moron o1Ls
GEO, A. HUGHES
320 south Franklin street '
Pet. Phone IZI9
May Success Be Yours
GRAND OPERA HOUSE
GEO. J. SCHWEITZER, Mgr.
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KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
.IUSTFINE GASOLINE AND MOTOR OILS
develop power-so, everybody is happy.
TO THE CLASS OF 1926
Oil Creek extends sincere congratulations and
best wishes lor their future welfare.
OIL CREEK REFINING CO.
"An Oil For Every Purpose"
INTERIOR DECORATING AND DRAPING
With Fine Furniture and Rugs
ROPP-SHREVE DECORATIVE CO.
NOT "HOW MUCH CAN I GET ?"
When M12 Penney laid the foundation for this Nation-wide
Institution haek in 1902, ou reeeiviiig' new goods he did not ask
llIlIISl'lf, 'tllow niueh van I sell this fo1'?7'
He was not aetuated hy any such inerceiiary rule.
Ile asked himself, "How little can I sell this for and make
my legitimate profit?"
Ile believed in the Golden Rule-and he praetised it!
'lllIl'tllIQl'll all the Il1l'01'VC11l1lg1 years, this same rule has Illillll-
tained in the constantly inereasing munber of stores of the
It IIIZLIIIIZIIIIS in this store.
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C. J. ANDERSON
Eat CGBURNS Bread
'M 'PA NOTARY Pusuc
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BRADFORD SUPPLY COMPANY
H4-lu-l'z1l Il2ll'llXVill'l', ill'4M'lil'l'y, Oil NYvll tlllll. Mill Supplies.
1l4'ilKll1l,l2ll'it'l'N for VIIEIIWIUSSPS.
BRADFORD SUPPLY COMPANY
Wh:-u you gm ou your vzu'ut.im1 or 0lll'l'l' an lligrlwi' institu-
tmu ut li'2ll'lllllgI or fuul Vout' mlum- lu so
me business pursuit, a
lj'N'Wl'l1t'l' is il Ill'K'l'SSIfj'. We lmve the ext-llislve zigviivy in
litusvillv for the CORONA zuul lilCMlNll'l'lTN l'o1'tz1lnlv Ty me-A
wlzitvrs. New iuurlels with slaliulnrcl km-ylmuiwl. l
l'lil'l'l4I rlilS0.00, 'llQ'l"llIS 'z
c Ill ln .111fu1,,1cl.
GUY E. BOYLE, 142 West Central Avenue
AND GREETING CARDS Fon EVERY OCCASION
. ' XV. llt'1l'f1'2ll Ave.
THE HALLMARK STORE
For Gifts That Last.
N E L S O N B R 0 S.
Tires ------ Supplies
R. D. PRINGLE
Agency for FORD AND LINCOLN
2Ol Diamond Street Titusville, Pa.
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SECOND NATIONAL BANK
QUALITY CASH STORES, INC.
Quality - - Price - - Service
There's One in Your Neighborhood
STROUSE 81 BENSON
The Home of
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LOVELESS 8: SCHERSTEN
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Daily I'z1pv1' in the Oil Iivgrioiis
Establislled June 14, 1865
VICNSON, Propiwivtor and Mem
YOU CAN OBTAIN
HERALD JOB ROOMS
nn 104 an
THE CUTS IN THIS BGOK WERE
MADE BY THE
JAMESTOWN, N. Y.
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WHEN YOU BUILD, BUILD WELL
L ber, Millwork, Roofing, Shingles, Cement, Plaster Bo d
Beaver Board, Buffalo Paint and Varnish, Glass.
D. E. OLSON
324 W. Cent I A Ph 38
A. H. REID 8z COMPANY
Dry Goods, Ready-to-Wear
CARPETS, RUGS AND CURTAINS
THE NATIONAL MARKET CO.
Where A-I Quality Meats Sell For Less
'I'itnsviIIv's Busivst and Most Up-fo-Date Markvf
XVITII QITAIIITY FASH STORE
COI'IIl'I' Frankiin Sfrvvt and Central Avvmu-
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ALL YOUR VACATION NEEDS
Clothing - Shoes - Furnishings - Luggage
SHOWN HERE IN GREAT VARIETY
BENNETT DAVIS STORE
Cor. Spring and Franklin Sits.
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For Fishing. "
D. 8z M. BASEBALL GOODS
Eve1'ything' points to an 0l1filllSl2lStlC baseball season, and
we have prepared for your wants with a stock of Baseball
Goods that merits the Testimonial, "The Best in Town."
NVO have a L'0lIlpl9tC line of D. 8: M. Perfect Balanced
Rackets, Tennis Balls and Supplies. NVrig'l1t and Ditson cham-
pionship tennis balls, 500.
S. S. BRYAN
li2Il'llXV2cll'C Sporting Goods
For All Occasions.
KEMBLE'S DRUG STORE
We have enjoyed making the pictures in this book, and the
pleasant relations we have had with the T. H. S., both Faculty
and Students. We wish to extend our congratulations and
best wishes to the Class of 1926, and to thank all those of the
T. H. S. who have helped in any way to make our work a
THE KENDALL STUDIO
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