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Preszdent, Thomas Curry Secretary Treasurer, Gertrude Thom
Vrce Prendent, Rzcbard Dams Sergeant al Arms, Donald Hess
To make the 47 class the best one that would ever graduate
from Tomah High School was the ambition of some young deter
mined self reliant and persevering freshmen as they stood together
m the assembly one day in 1943 and organized themselves into a class
Although we confess that we were a but green we claim that in
this we were not exceptional We did not have the wonderful school
building or equipment that we now have We got plenty of exercise
by running from one building to another to get to classes on time It
was nice in the warm weather but in the wmter-b-rrr. At a now his-
toric meeting we elected our freshmen class officers: Lee Goff,
president, Robert Aller, vice president, Shirley Benjamin, secretary
and treasurer, james johnson, sergeant-at-arms.
That freshmen year was memorable to every one of us. When-
ever we think back over that year, we remember the failures and dis-
appointments, the hope and victories which made up those busy days.
The freshman party was one of the successful affairs of the year. We
had a number of students with musical talent. Our class was well
represented in sports and debate.
ln September, 1944, the 121 members of the sophomore class
trotted to their second year of laborious studying. The first week was
spent in trying to find rooms, remembering schedules, and getting to
classes on time. lt wasn't long until everything was running smoothly.
The turmoil began all over again, though, when we moved to our
new school building, In 1944 our officers were: President, Lee Goff,
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Vice President, Thomas Curry, and Secretary and Treasurer, Shirley
We at once made our debut in school activities. R. Davis, D.
Hess, W. Rose, F. Erpenbach, T. Curry, R. Spangenburg, R. Pingle,
D. Eckelberg, R. Gilbert, R. Aller, M. White, were out for tootball.
D. Davis, T. Curry, R. Gilbert, W. Lind, R. Aller, were out for basket-
ball. j. Meyers, D. Eckelberg, E. Gerke, R. Soderstrom, and j. Ris-
chette in debate. The musical organizations were also well repre-
sented by the sophomores.
We enjoyed studying ancient history under Miss Schuelke and
English II from Miss Reiser. These classes were really interesting!
Meanwhile, we were looking forward to our junior year and
planned on making a good showing.
As juniors the class continued to hold up its good record. In
football R. Spangenburg and T. Curry were on the first team. R.
Davis and T. Curry were on the first five in basketball. R. Aller and
T. Curry won Golden Gloves in boxing. The musicians of the junior
class spent an enjoyable day in La Crosse at the Music Tournament.
Many juniors went out for declamatory, reading, and speech
contests. Awards were given to a number of these students.
Under the leadership of the officers: Robert Gilbert, Thomas
Curry, joan Barnharst, and Robert Aller, our class held the annual
junior Prom on April 26, 1945, with the theme "I'm Always Chasing
Rainbows." The Prom King, Robert Gilbert, chose Mary Ellen Reisen-
auer to reign as Queen.
We have tried to be good citizens and show our loyalty to our
dear school by supporting things for wlfich she stands. Striving to do
its best for the school, the class of '47 is looking forward to its last
year in Tomah High School as a culmination of all its hope and ideals.
We are the class of '47, We have chosen our officers: Thomas
Curry, President, Richard Davis, Vice President, Gertrude Thom,
Secretary and Treasurer, Donald Hess, Sergeant-at-Arms and con-
ducted all our enterprises in a manner worthy of note. Through a
committee of five, with the help of the faculty, we chose our Hamot
The time we have passed in Tomah High School has been short,
but we have learned many of its traditions and teachings. We have
learned the need of sportsmanship in our everyday work, and we
have learned to cultivate and apply these qualities in all our school
Again, as in other years, we have an excellent representation in
school activities. Richard Davis and Thomas Curry are on the first
five in basketball. In football, R. Davis, R. Pingle, W. Hoag, R. Aller,
T. Curry, D. Hess, R. Spangenburg, played on the first team. In music
organizations the Seniors again are outstanding. In the different speak-
ing organizations we also did well.
joan Barnharst was chosen to represent Tomah High School in
the Daughters of the American Revolution, Good Citizenship Contest
What A Life, the senior class play, was presented on May 15,
1947. We didn't know our class had so many actresses and actors
until we saw them in action.
High scholastic honors were earned this year by Donald Eckel-
berg and Olive Willgrubs, with averages of 97, and Ruth Uischner,
with an average of 95.7855 Berniece Miller ranked third with an
average of 93.785.
We came to school the last day as Seniors on May 29, 1947,
Commencement Day, and then it was all overg but even though we
did weep a little, we smiled a great deal more at the thought of the
wonderful years which had passed while we were in school, the silly
things we had done, the big things we had accomplished.
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