Tulpehocken High School - Yearbook (Bernville, PA)
- Class of 1954
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Our ship, THE PENNANT, dates back at least to 1854, the year the Office of Superintendent
of Schools of Berks County was established. The Berks County Story says, religion and educa-
tion belong together. As soon as churches were built, they also became the school houses. Before
there were special buildings, real education took place in the home and on the farm."1- ln Bernville
there was the church school of the Lutheran denomination. As separate buildings came into exist-
ence, Bernville built a log structure at the site of the recently vacated Bernville Grade School
Building. The log building, later referred to as the English School, was replaced by a one-room brick
A milestone in the education of the children of Penn Township and Bernville was the Free
School Act of 1834. This law was accepted by both districts in 1851. By 1859 Penn Township had
built a two-story school adjacent to the borough. In 1877 Bernville constructed a four-room building
which today is leased by the Mennonite Church.
One-room schools built in Penn Township were known as the: Pleasantville, Davis', Snyder's,
Penn Valley, Berger's, Bright's, and Mt. Pleasant schools. These were closed in 1931 when all were
consolidated into what was known as the Penn Township Consolidated School.
In the 1859 building the township high school graduated its first class on May 15, 1909. These
grades also became a part of the Penn Township Consolidated School. In 1949 the township and
the borough formed the Penn-Bernville Union School District, the first in Berks County. During the
1952-'53 term the elementary school of this union district, which is pictured above, was opened for
instruction of grades one through six. This modern building forms a northeast wing attached to the
original consolidated school, which now houses grades seven through twelve. As a result of the fact
that the whole educational system is located at one place and under one roof, correlation of subjects
is facilitated and relations among pupils are stimulated by the close harmony with which all
teachers and pupils cooperate.
I. Otticc- of Supa-rintf-mlent nt' Sclmuls of Berks Couutv, The Brfrks County Smry, 1953, p. 91.
We wish to share with the community the theme of our PENNANT, which is the history of the
schools of Penn Township and of the borough of Bernville. Since 1954 is the centennial year of
the establishment of the Office of Superintendent of Schools of Berks County, we offer a contribution
to the celebration by tracing the history of our schools. We have answered many questions includ-
ing: the description of the schools, their size, the means of transportation, and the measures of
discipline. A new feature of the 1954 PENNANT is the school calendar that illustrates the social
life of our school. We hope you will enjoy this PENNANT and cherish its contents.
jo fda CL... of 1954:
I like to think of you, the Class of '54, as individuals. Maybe this is because you are a smaller
class than we have had for a number of years and so I have learned to know you better. Possibly
it is because your backgrounds of experiences have varied considerably, as do your hopes and
aspirations for the future. Each of you has his or her own individual personality by which we, your
teachers, have learned to know you. The effort you put into your work, your seriousness of purpose,
and the achievements you have made are, naturally, not all alike. Because you live in the United
States of America, you will continue to be different: your leaders and teachers believe that you
should have the right to develop your own individual capabilities to the fullest.
lust as your school has offered opportunities for your own individual development, so it has
provided experiences which, I am sure, helped you realize that there are some things in which We
can pride ourselves in being alike. The virtues of honesty, decency, fair play, tolerance, respect,
manners, conduct, and cooperation are the same for all. You are preparing to step into an adult
World in which your new challenges will make those "big" problems of your high school days seem
small by comparison. Your success in life will be measured by how much you have continued
to develop the individual that is you within the "rules of the game" which are the same for us all.
I like your PENNANT. You have made some innovations which help to make it new and
sparkling. Your motto is very appropriate. For many years you and your faculty have planned
together the course of your class ship. As its wake blends with the sunset, I know you will step
confidently upon your own ship and head it toward the sunrise with the firm conviction you have
expressed in your motto, "We Plot the Course by which We Sail".
Miss Stella M. Riegel
As a symbol of esteem and affection which the Class of 1954 bears her, this
volume of the PENNANT is dedicated to Miss Stella M. Biegel, teacher of English and
social studies in the junior high school. We shall all remember her for the background
she has given us in English and history. During her years of excellent advice and guid-
ance since the school's construction in 1931, in the classroom and out, she has taught us
beauty of simplicity, value of cooperation, and the importance of study and hard work.
When she said, "Let's get to work!", uttered with conviction and clarity, she commanded
the attention of her pupils. We are sure her students will continue to grow in the spirit
of her teaching.
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Chief Petty Officers
SHIP'S DUTIES ........
A Day with the Chiefs
English and Typing
Science and Mathematics
First Class Petty Officers
Second Class Petty Officers
Third Class Petty Officers
First Class Seamen
Second Class Seamen
Arts and Crafts
Iunior Red Cross
Class of 1954
RECREATION PROGRAM .... Page 59
LIBERTIES ............ Page 63
Assembly, Party, Play
In the church-school ot Bemville. as in other schools of this kind
the preachers were also the teachers ol "reading, writing, and other
branches of importance". As the preacher-teachers were unable to
keep pace with the increasing demands for education. teachers known
as "Schul-Meisters" were given a home as long as they served the
'congregation'. We do know that the teacher oi the church-school had
to be competent to teach and to sing, to be of good moral character
and to be subject to the preachers, elders. and deacons of the church.
Gradually teachers were compensated by small tees paid by par-
ents who were able to do so. Thus originated the 'pay schools'. We
can rightly assume that Penn Township and Bernville were a part ot
Teachers here were subject to a Board of Trustees, such as the
Trustees oi the English School in Bemville.
To gain closer local supervision of education a Board of Directors
was established. It was the duty of these five men to secure teachers
ior the children of their districts. Teachers were now being paid by
taxes levied on property and by the per capita tax.
In order to further unify Berks County's educational system, the
oiiice of Superintendent of Schools was established in 1854. The
Superintendent conducted oral and written examinations in local
areas. Anyone who felt capable was eligible: and if he passed, he
was given a certificate to teach in the public schools of the County.
After the erection of Kutztown State Normal School in 1866, many
such persons attended college in preparation for such examinations.
Today colleges, with the Department of Public Instruction, grant
We are proud Penn Township has given her county the sixth
County Superintendent, William Zechman, 1890-1896. a former teacher
in the Penn Township Schools and the ninth County Superintendent,
Newton W. Geiss, 1946 ---- , a pupil in the Penn Township school at
such a system, for "every district and every community had these" 1- f N
To promote adequate administration of schools, there are local
institutes formed in 1854: Teachers' County Institutes, 1862: Directors'
Conventions 1892: and a Teachers' Reading Circle. 1992.
From 1901-1903 and from 1907 to Ianuary, 1952, Mr. I. Paul
Burkhart dedicated his life to the instruction and education ot the
children of Penn Township and Bernville. He can speak freely of the
one-room school, the two-and four-room buildings, as well as the
present seven-room high school: for during these many years he
served as principal ot the schools.
In 1949 Penn Township established the office of Supervising
Principal. Mr. Walter A. Rohrbach of Womelsdori holds this oi-tice
since its establishment.
1. Report ol the Sllperinlemlcnl ol Common Schools of the Commonweallh of Penn-
sylvania, 1877, p. 62.
goarcl of tibirecfora
Seated: Edwin Showers. Treasurer: Clarence Mengel, President: Mrs. Mae Streaker, Secretary: Standing: George Focht,
Vice-president: George Reppert. Walter Rohrbach, Supervising principal: Rev. Frank W. Ruth. Raymond Mohn
To the Board of Directors We Wish to express our thanks for the many opportunities they have
provided for us throughout our education at Penn-Bernville High School.
MR. WALTER A. ROHRBACH, Captain
To our supervising principal, Mr. Walter A.
Ptohrbach, We express many thanks for the excellent
guidance he has given us in education. His emphasis
on getting a higher education will long be remem-
bered by his students.
MRS. VIVIAN GERHART, Yeoman
To Mrs. Vivian Gerhart, Mr. Bohr-
bach's efficient secretary, we owe
great thanks. Whenever any of the
pupils come to the office for supplies
or help, she is always glad to help
them. Thank you, Mrs. Gerhartl
. . . P .
MRS. EMILY HOLTZMAN
University ot Pennsylvania
MRS. KATHRYN K. BRUNNER
Mas. MILDRED s. HOLTZMAN Grade 3
State Teachers College, Kutztown
MRS. SARA B. NOLL
B.S., State Teachers College,
MR. CARL H. SAVAGE
B.S., State Teachers College,
Mns. 1-:LLA ROTHERM1-:L Penn Stme
B.S., State Teachers College, S5239 gmrol
Kutztown ' Y
B.S., State Teachers College.
MR. WILLIAM H. KAISER
B.S., State Teachers College.
History, Geometry, Arithmetic.
Arts and Crafts Club
MR. HAROLD MATTHEW
B.S., East Stroudsburg
Physical Education, Health, MR. RICHARD N. SPARE
Civics, Driver Training
Sportsmarfs Club, Soccer Coach, B5-f Stale Teachers College'
Baseball Coach Kutzlown
English, Social Studies
MR. GEORGE SELL
B.S., State Teachers College,
Audio-Visual Aids Club, Student
MRS. PEARL B. KLINE
B.A., Ursinus College
English, Latin, German
Library Club, THE PENNANT MR- WALTER A- ROHRBACH
B.S., State Teachers College
M.Ed., Penn State
iuifi ion Ofhcerri
MRS. WILLLIAM A. KREITLER
B.S.. State Teachers College,
School Arts Club
MRS. IRENE M. HAAG
R.N., Hahnemann School of Nurs-
MR. THOMAS ROBERTS
B.S., State Teachers College, West
MISS CHARLOTTE K- MOHI-ER Vocal and Instrumental Music
B.S., Lebanon Valley Teachers MUSIC Club
DR. NORTON L. BEHNEY
B.S., Muhlenberg College
D,D.S., University of Pennsylvania
DR. GEORGE DUNKLEBERGER
B.S., Muhlenberg College
M.D., University of Pennsylvania
,WY W Y ,-nsi.
Our delicious meals served in the cafeteria are enjoyed by approximately 255 pupils each day. One of the menus we
shall remember is: milk, a ham sandwich, vegetable soup, and jello. 'We have our lunch in two shifts. Grades one through
six eat at eleven o'clock, and grades seven through twelve dine at twelve o'clock.
This is the person we thank for keeping our school
warm and clean, for the help he has given in painting
our Pennsylvania-Dutch designs, and for the support
he gives us in our evening functions. Henry Weidman,
or 'Henry' as he is known to the student body and to
the faculty, is now nearing his seventh year as cus-
todian of our school.
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"Chow's served!" Almost everyone lines up for the
meals served by our cooks, Mrs. Cliitord Wengert and
Mrs. Leroy Sheidy. We appreciate the food that for so
many years they had ready for us after an exhausting
morning of classes. So we say "Thank you!" to Mrs.
Sheidy and to Mrs. Wengert.
We express thanks to Iohn Henne, Homer Rentsch-
ler, Frank Faust, Ralph Kissling, and Homer Bashore,
our dependable bus drivers, for the pleasant trans-
portation they provide for all pupils.
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ly - erected
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j duced a graded
: system: the gram-
Q - 9 mar and the pri-
mary. In 1878 three
school levels were es-
- l qs' tablished: the primary, in-
cluding grades 1, 2, G 3: the
secondary: grades 4, 5, 61 6:
and the combined grammar and
and advanced grades, grade 7---.
In 1909 Penn introduced the town-
ship high school. In 1922-29 the high
school changed from a three-year to
a lour-year program. Classes that were
graduated ranged in size from seven in
1909 to three in 1915 and to twenty-two in
1952. Graduates ol the Penn Township schools
and the Penn-Bernville Union District have dis-
X tinguished themselves in their chosen careers.
Careers branch out into numerous fields: such as.
United States government and state government serv-
ice: the ministry: real estate: county agricultural exten-
sion work: banking: law: United States Armed Forces:
, construction: nursing: and education. In the latter the list '
oi college professors exceeds that ot public school teachers.
Here we make mention ot Herbert Schell, dean oi the graduate
school and professor oi history at the University of South Dakota:
LeRoy I. Kline, supervising principal of the schools at Camp
Hill, Pa.: and Dr. Harry Stoudt, professor ot biology at Temple
"We Plot Ulf' dfursc l6'y Which We Sail
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FERN BERGER ......
IRENE REPPERT .....
SHIRLEY HOYER ........
GEORGE SPOHN .
. ....... Treasurer
CLASS MOTTO: "We Plot the Course by Which We Sail."
CLASS COLORS: Red cmd Gray
CLASS FLOWER: Red Rose
GARVIN OLIVER HOFMANN BINGAMAN
PENNANT 4 Sports Club 4
Garvin came to us with a background of such wide experience that actually we
have not yet been able to know him as intimately as we should like to. Behind this
510 lad with brown eyes and brown hair are plenty of tricks, merriment, and mise
chief He came to Penn Bernville High School this year from Germany. He left our
school in seventh grade but he has expressed a desire to be a graduate from this
school His favorite song is Rags to Riches". His favorite remark is "Ho1y Cow".
When he graduates from high school he plans to further his education in the field
of chemical engineering With the help of the art ability he possesses, Garvin
should have little difficulty if any in this field of endeavor.
FREDERICK GLOSSER, lB.
Band 1 Baseball scorer 1, 2, 3, 4
Camera Club 1 2 Library Club 2
Chorus 1 2 Music Club 3
1 2 Audio-Visual Aids Club 3, 4
Good morning bovs' Have you heard the one about the lrishman?" This is the
greeting which characterizes Fred on a cold wintry morn as he enters our homeroom.
Freddy who is photography minded is a young man 5'll" tall with dark black hair
and hazel eyes While he is not working at his favorite pastime, showing cattle, he
can occasionally be seen listening to his best-liked tune, "Stardust". Freddy can
often be heard saying his pet expression "Um Boy!", whenever someone mentions or
talks about agriculture Fred is enthusiastic about it because he plans to engage in a
FEBN ELIZABETH BERGEH
Camera Club 1 Majorette 2, 3
Chorus 1, 2, 3, 4 sec'y. Music Club 3, 4
Art 1, Z, 3, 4 Debate 3, 4
Class Secretary 1 Class President 3, 4
Library Club 2 sec'y., 3 vice pres., Cheerleader 3, 4
4 pres. Student Council 3, sec'y., 4, sec'y.
Glancing through the pages of this annual, you may note that Fern's name
constantly appears. It is found in almost every activity, and none of these would be
complete without her. As a most capable president of our class, Fern, an attractive
5'2" brunette with hazel eyes, has guided us through many difficult problems. When
problems concerning the voluntary efforts of a class or club member arose, she would
say, "You best would." Besides having been an active member in curricular activities,
Fern still found time for her favorite pastime, dancing to her pet song, "Because of
You". Her future ambition is to follow in the footsteps of Florence Nightingale at the
MARYLEE ELIZABETH GE1-IBIS
Class Vice President 1 Library Club Z, 3, 4 sec'y.
Camera Club 1 Music Club 3, 4
Art 1, 2, 4 Banner Carrier 4
Chorus 1, 2, 3, 4 treas. Class Treasurer 4
Chaplain 2 Debate 4
Marylee is the neatly dressed senior, but how many of the seniors really know
her? We'll admit not many are favored by that teasing smile, that impish glance so
typically Marylee to her best friends. However, there is one thing about her perhaps
only seniors know, her art of handling the class bankroll. "Mim", as she is known
to some, has brown hair and blue eyes and is 5'5" tall. She enioys swimming and
driving the family Dodge. When asked whether she likes to dance to "Stardust", "You
know it" is her reply. Her future ambition is to be a woman in white at the Uni-
versity of Pennsylvania Hospital and then become an airline hostess.
GRACE MAE HINNERSHITZ
Chorus l, 2, 3. 4 Outdoors Club 2
Camera Club 1, 3 Majorette 3
Art l, 2, 3, 4 Debate 4
"Sleep, sleep, sleep." This theme song introduces Grace whenever Friday Recre-
ational Reading period rolls around. However, we assure you that this 5'5" lass is
right on the job when it comes to writing yearbook copy for the section on Classes.
She has strawberry-blond hair and hazel eyes. Grace enjoys sports: such as, bowling,
and dancing to her favorite song, "Stardust". Whenever a mistake is made on an
overdue typing test, Grace will say "AW, come on" in disapproval. She has no defi-
nite plans for the future, but she has given serious thought to joining one ot the
women's branches of the armed forces, either of the Air Force or of the Marines.
WILLIAM ROBERT HOFFMAN
Art Club 1 Soccer 1, 2, 3, 4
Nature Club l, 2 Sports Club 3, 4
Baseball l, 2, 3, 4 PENNANT 4
William is one of the triumvirate of the soccer squad. He, with William Klopten-
stein, Leo Houck, and Marvin Kulp, controlled the destinies of Penn-Bernvil1e's position
in this sport. The senior class knows this handsome lad with hazel eyes and brown
hair as "Billy". He stands 5'7" tall and enjoys talking about hunting and baseball
or listening to his best-liked song, "Changing Partners". Whenever Billy sees an
attractive girl or a beautiful car. "Wow" is his pet expression. He plays right field
in baseball and right fullback in soccer. Since he enjoys all kinds of sports, his
favorite pastime is looking at and handling all kinds of sporting goods.
SHIRLEY MARLENE HOYER
Art 1, 2, 3 Camera Club 3
Chorus l, 2, 3, 4 Debate 3, 4
Girls' Activities Club l Library Club 4, typist
Class Treasurer 1 Banner Carrier 4
Nature Club 2 Class Secretary 4
Shirley, perhaps more than any other senior, suggests by her characteristic
attitude her major branch of study. Marked by care and precision in almost every-
thing she does, Brownie seems to give evidence that her chief academic interest lay
in the field of languages. In tact she has stated that as far as she is concerned German
is the best subject in high school. Shirley is a very attractive 5'5" brunette with
brown eyes. While writing the class minutes, she hums her favorite tune, "Forgive Me.
john". When disturbed while reading, she can be heard saying her most common
expression, "O.K. Cut it out!" Brownie is preparing for her future ambition of playing
in a hill-billy orchestra and of doing secretarial work by practicing playing her
mandolin and by learning typing.
WILLIAM ELMER KLOPFENSTEIN
Band 1 Soccer 2, 3, 4
Chorus l Class Secretary 3
Camera Club l School Arts 3, 4
Class Treasurer 2 Debate 4
William, a tall, angular lad who, besides excelling in mathematics, has been a
good friend and willing helper to Claude Ohlinger, says his pet activity is doing math.
He is better known as "Willie" and is 6' tall, with brown hair and blue eyes. He
enjoys trapping. While looking at his traps, he can be heard singing "Rags to Riches".
In his sparetime he dreams about the snow buggies which he plans to invent. In
school he is known for his intelligence and quietness. When someone is ridiculing the
Nash car, he is heard saying, In later years he plans to take up a course
EUGENE EDWARD LaFOLLETTE
Soccer l PENN-GUIN 2
Camera Club 1, 2 Student Council 3
Art 1, Z, 3, 4 Audio4Visual Aids 3, 4 pres.
Eugene is to the seniors what Lois Frantz is to the Senior Chorus. He is indis-
pensable. Although he is not musically-inclined. his pretty white teeth made visible
by a big. hearty smile somehow make one feel that behind them could be a mellow
baritone. However, Eugene is a great believer in the out-of-doors, for he spends many
hours in the forests with his gun and dog whenever small game and deer seasons
roll around. "Genie" also enjoys listening to "Tenderly" while driving around in his
'48 Chevrolet. He will be remembered for his most frequent expression, "Hot Dog!"
After graduation Eugene intends to work in a local feed mill.
GRACE MARIE MESSNER
Art 1. 2. 3 Class ass't. sec'y. 2
Chorus l, 2, 3, 4 Cheerleader 3, 4
Nature Club 1 Music Club 3
Library Club 2. 4 PENNANT 4
For four years Grace has been braving the weather to span the five miles
between home and school. Only as a junior and a senior, however, has she been her
own and her sister's chauffeur, commuting a la Plymouth. "Anyhow" can be heard
often around school when Grace is agreeing with someone. She is a very energetic
senior who stands 5'3" tall-a brunette with brown eyes. While driving to a dance.
she can often be heard humming her favorite tune, "I'd Rather Die Young". Grace is
primarily a student, but she will be remembered for her acting ability in the Junior
Class Play. After graduation she has hopes of becoming a private secretary.
CLAUDE HERMAN OHLINGER
Art 1 Library Club 2
Nature Club 1 County Chorus 3
Soccer 1 Music Club 3, 4
Band 1, 2, 3, 4 School Arts 3, 4
Chorus 1, Z, 3, 4 PENNANT 4
Claude is, according to the seniors, the best-natured, most generous individual.
He spent tour years doing things for people-at first, for individuals and friends and
later lor the class and the student body. Claude is a class musician who is 5'8Vz"
tall with dark brown hair and brown eyes. He enjoys playing the trumpet in concerts
and parades. He is sure to be driving his DeSoto over the countryside in his spare
time. When someone ridicules his trumpet playing whenever he plays "You, You,
You", he can be heard answering, "Oh, yeahl". In later years he plans to be a farm
worker or a factory worker.
IRENE ALICE REPPERT
Outdoors Club 1, sec'y. Art Club 3
Art 1, 2, 3, 4 Cheerleader 3, 4
Band l, 2, 3, 4 pres. Music Club 3 sec'y., 4 sec'y
Chorus 1, 2, 3, 4 County Band 4
County Chorus 1, 4 Class Vice President 4
Library Club Z Debate 4
PENNANT 4 editor
Irene, one of the "Old-timers" of Penn-Bernville, has both charm and merit.
Each succeeding year of Irene's high school life has shown greater achievement.
Her ability in creative writing has caused her to be elected the Penn-Bernville
representative in the Voice of Democrary essay contest at Wyomissing as Well as
the editor of the 1954 PENNANT. Irene is 5' 5" tall and has brown hair and blue
eyes. She enjoys singing her favorite song, "Because", and playing her alto horn
in the high school band. She is known for her good nature and her pet remark,
"Oh Great!", whenever something goes wrong. Her ambition in the future is to
become a housewife.
GEORGE L. SPOHN
Chorus 1, 2, 3, 4 pres. Music Club 3
Band l, 2, 3, 4 vice pres, Debate 3
Camera Club 1 Dance Band 4
County Band 1, 3, 4 District Band 4
County Chorus 1, 4 State Band 4
Art 1, 2, 3, 4 Student Council 4
Baseball 2 Class Chaplain 4
PENN-GUIN 2, 4 PENNANT 4
George came to Penn-Bernville with a tuba, played with rare musical skill, which
was duly appreciated by Mr. Roberts, who lost no time in drafting "Neil," Starting
with seventh grade, he saw much activity in Dance Band and District Band, Most
significant of "Neil's" positions, however, were his affiliations with the senior band.
So engrossed in music was he that he neglected some of the basic requirements of
English. "Neil." cc quiet lad with blond hair and hazel eyes, stands 5' 10N tall and
enjoys listening to his favorite song, "Oh", or fishing and swimming in one of his
father's three private pools. "Neil's" future hopes are that some day he will be
skilled enough to play in the Band of America.
Nature Club 1, 2
Camera Club 2
STANLEY MARVIN STOUDT
Class Treasurer 3
Music Club 3
Sports Club 4
Stanley is one of the persons who has worn the smooth spots of'f the hall floor
between the science room and the senior homeroom. His interest in chemistry is
obviously not the reason, for he is not numbered among the scientists. "Stoudty",
who has light brown hair and hazel eyes, is 5' ll" tall. Stanley can be heard
saying, "You don't say!" when we talk about his so-called car. His favorite pastime
is hunting or driving his Plymouth to a dairy farm, while listening to his most-
enjoyed song, "With These Hands". Stanley has no definite plans for the future,
but he is seriously considering to become a state policeman fdriving a Plymouth,
of coursel or to become a successful farmer.
DONALD CARL STRAUSSER
l Art 1, 2
l Baseball 1. 2
Soccer l, 3
Chorus l, 2, 3, 4 vice pres.
Library Club 2
LYNWOOD CARL SWEITZER
Music Club 3 Chorus 3, 4
Audio-Visual Aids 3, 4 PENNANT 4
Some fellows are versatile and some just dangle in a lot of things, Lynwood,
a tall senior of 5' ll" with brown hair and brown eyes, joined us from Bethel for
his eleventh and twelfth years of education. Although he seldom performs before
an audience, he possesses such rare talents as playing the harmonica and the
musical saw. He has no other particular hobbies, but he enjoys just puttering around.
Lynwood often exclaims, "Gee!" while talking about his pet gripe, his brother's
Fords. While he is setting up some movie equipment, he can be heard humming,
"Hey, Joe", his favorite song. After graduation Lynwood plans to work in a local
Debate 2, 3
PENN-GUIN 2, 4
Music Club 3
Student Council 3 vice pres., 4 pres.
Donald, a handsome lad of 5' S", had something tangible to offer and he gave
it, thus gaining for himself a place in the annals of the known. Being a newspaper
reporter makes it necessary for one to know how to get around and find out things.
Donald has done just that. He makes his personality felt in one of the oldest
pastimes of women-argumentation. Donny has dark brown hair, brown eyes, and
a pleasing personality. When pleased with something, he can be heard saying,
"Wow!", his favorite expression. Although Donny has many plans for the future,
a career in the Navy is predominantly his preference.
In 1890 the curriculum was thought of primarily in terms of textbooks.
However, real progress was made at this time because school districts began
to furnish them. Prior to that books were supplied by the children. Ot course
confusion resulted irom the diversiiied texts. Uniformity of texts was a major
achievement in the county. Our parents cmd grandparents will remember
Harper's or Mitchell's geography, Appleton's readers, Baldwin or Barnes' his-
tories, Lippincott's spellers, Brooke's oral and mental arithmetic, Steele's
ology. and Spenserian copy books. With Seventy Lessons in Spelling,
bees were very common. We may mention too the institutes in reading. At the
same time books were furnished, writing tools were changed from slates .and
chalk to tablets and pencils. Blackboards were new equipment which all
schools tried to install as soon as possible.
Today we think of our curriculum as all the educational experiences the
school provides for cr pupil. To the traditional subjects that were taught at the
introduction of textbooks Bernville added music in 1924-25, Penn in 1929-30.
Art was introduced in 1940-41. The services of a doctor, a nurse, and a dentist
have also been included. ln 1952-53 a health and physical education program
was organized with a certificated instructor in charge. A course in driver
training was added in i953-54. A part ot the curriculum oi our school are
clubs, choruses, the athletic program, and student council.
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The class listens intent-
ly as Lynwood reads from
the eighth chapter of the
Gospel according to Saint
lohn, verses one to twelve
Each year the seniors, for their first unit of creative
writing, write an essay entitled "I Speak for Democracy".
This year Irene Reppert was picked as the winner from
the senior class. She then competed with other schools
at Wyomissing. Here she is seen giving her speech
at our school assembly.
Shirley Hoyer gives Mr. Rohrbach a rest as she
explains one of the many graphs studied in math class.
The graph she is explaining helps the class to under-
stand the United States Income and Consumer Expendi-
tures. One of the projects of the class was for each
student to make an individual graph concerning some-
thing in which he was interested.
P. O. D. 12
As part of the Problems oi Democracy class, Mr.
Spare points out on the world map a country that is
in the news today. The class uses Our Times, a cur-
rent event paper, to become acquainted with every-
thing from baseball to the Korean War.
Here are the seniors trying to type by "Copy", by
not looking at the keys. Sometimes we find it hard
to do. About once a month Mr. Cornelius comes down
from Harrisburg to check on our typing. We hope to
have a few accomplished typists by the end of the year.
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In this picture the senior class is having a weekly
class meeting, in which they discuss matters that con-
cern not only themselves but the rest of the school as
well. Fern Berger, who is the president of the class,
is asking for suggestions concerning the Yearbook and
the Merchandise Club. The class of "54" is striving
to reach a "first-class" rating on their Yearbook. They
are also suggesting ways by which they can get more
financial returns irom the Merchandise Club.
CHEMISTRY 11 G 12
Eugene LaFol1ette, Ierre Gehris, and Garvin Binga-
man are working and studying an experiment on carbon
dioxide in chemistry class under the supervision oi Mr.
Sell. After completing the experiment, the class writes
the whole demonstration for their notebooks. It a chem-
istry student comes reeling down the hall, you can be
sure he has probably gotten a smell ot some experiment.
"Subjunctive, passive voice! My, what grammatical
terms to speak the language of many ot our ancestors!"
says Grace Hinnershitz as she and seven other class
members put an exercise of conditional sentences on
the blackboard for correction. In the course, besides
reading and conversation with fairy-tale and novel
texts, is at least one project. The class this year has
chosen to do aluminum bowl and tray etching.
GIRLS' Il :S 12 PHYSICAL EDUCATION
The junior and senior girls' physical education
class, under the able supervision of Mr. Matthew. is
engaged in one of the dances called the 'Gustai's
Skoal'. The class periods are spent either out-of-doors
with calisthenics and games or indoors with exercises
or dances: such as, folk, natural, or social dances.
END OF DAY 'N
With another day of
hard work on the year-
book behind them, the sen-
iors leave for home and
for preparation of the next
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David Sweigart is touching up a part of the large
decorations which had been drawn and set up in the
Christmas season. Marilyn Balthaser points out a few
small details lor retouching while Glenn Beidler, lane
Klopienstein, and Earl Bond look on.
The art ten class also had made similar drawings
lor decorating the school on other holidays.
The music class consisting of the eighth grade,
with Mr. Roberts supervising, has weekly reports from
the KEY BOARD IUNIOR. This week Linda Bare is
reporting on "The Premier's Minuet", which is about
Ignace Paderewski. a famous Polish pianist and com-
poser. The class also enjoys singing various songs
and listening to good records.
The ninth grade art class has engaged in making
repeated designs, a large number of which were dis-
played in their homeroom. They have also been enA
gaged in figure drawings, abstract designs and drawing
of faces. Christmas Cards were made by the class in
that season, but there is no season for lettering, which
can be done at any time. They also did some lettering.
In this candid some members ot the class are busily
making decorations lor the "Crystal Ball".
Reading the Key Board Iunior is one of the many
interesting activities in which seventh grade students
participate. The Key Board Iunior is a magazine which
is read mostly for music appreciation. After this, re-
ports are given to the class under the supervision oi
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Mae Degler is shown answering a question in the
ninth grade English class. Robert Bender in the front
seat is following and checking her answer in the Eng-
lish book. The class divides its time on three phases
of English. Literature is probably the most popular
study. Work in using English in discussion, speeches,
and letter writing plus the work in grammar round out
ENGLISH l 1
The Iunior class play, Miss Chatterbox, was pre-
sented December 10, l953, at the Bernville Community
Hall, with Mr. Spare as the director. Some of the cast
were: Warner Conway-Charles Seiirit, Thyra Conway
-Bernice Luckenbill, and Iudy Conway-Catherine
Rieser, who was "Miss Chatterbox." The class also
studies the use of the library, essays, paragraphing,
Ruth Degler is anxious to answer another question
about a literature story that is being studied in Mr.
Spare's English class. Some of the most popular weeks
ol the course were spent studying great stories in liter-
ature: such as, Iulius Caesar and Silas Marner. The
class also enjoyed writing paragraphs throughout the
Typing is a subject that every senior has taken
this year. When you type, you are not supposed to look
at the keyboard: and to make sure, at least try to make
sure, Miss Riegel. who is the overseer for the typing
class, comes around to check up on whether they have
their lessons up-to-date or whether they are lagging on
behind. She supplies the necessary equipment for them.
She also applies her voice when necessary. As a rule
typing is a fine subject: and, of course, it is noisy, not
only from the typewriters alone, but from the seniors
who are operating them.
A curve sign, a rail-road crossing sign, and
a tour-leaf clover poster are being made by
Betty Labe, Kenneth Labe, and Lovina Stoudt.
They are some of the signs which are being
made in driver training to help the class
become better acquainted with road condi-
tions cmd signs.
"Where's the battery? The Windshield
wiper, motor, and horn battery?" Mr. Mat-
thew asks Charles Seifrit, Mary Haag, Doris
Berger, Gerald Knorr, and George Spohn as
they study the inside of the car. They have
a minimum of thirty-six hours of studying car
care, rules for driving, and other theory Work
to pass the course. This class meets once a
Charles Seifrit, with Mr. Matthew at his
side, is driving George Spohn's car. Eugene
La Follette, Gerald Knorr, and George Spohn
are measuring the distance between the pole
and the car. A driver training car will be
used in this course to give the students their
necessary eight hours of practice driving be-
hind the Wheel.
The ninth grade guidance class, under the
supervision of Mr. Rohrbach, is learning
about "High School Life", which includes all
social and curricular activities. He tells them
about the growing responsibilities which are
placed on a high school student and points
out the advantages of good study habits:
such asp two-hours study nightly and direct
Under the guidance of Mr. Rohrbach the
seventh grade is discussing good study and
Work habits. This is done so that they will
be able to make the most of the educational
opportunities open to them during the high
school years ahead. They also learn how to
apply some of these habits in their daily
GUIDANCE l 2
In guidance seniors tell about their Work-
ing experiences in the past years. They also
tell what their ambition is for the future. Mr.
Rohrbach guides them in deciding their
Work. Here Grace Messner is seen answer-
ing a question concerning the Work she plans
to take up after graduation.
The tenth grade pupils are practicing
bandaging on each other. The parts band-
aged are the head and the hand. The hand
is wrapped in bandages and is held in posi-
tion by a sling Which, in an emergency, can
be made out of almost anything that is
handy. The head is bctndaged as needed.
A few of the seventh grade girls are read-
ing "The Way We Feel" in their health class.
With Mr. IVlattheW's guidance they prepare
reports and get rnany ideas for class discus-
sion, which are for the main purpose of help-
ing to explain the everyday common prob-
lems of seventh grade students.
HEALTH l l
Ierre Gehris explains the operation of the
heart to the class. The heart consists of four
chambers, left auricle and ventricle and right
auricle and ventricle. The heart serves as a
force pump Which, in turn, forces the blood
to circulate throughout the body. The normal
heartbeat is seventy to seventy-three times
Mrs. Kline is helping Nancy I-Ienne with
what appears to be a difficult but interesting
Latin reading. In the reading Cassiopea is
a beautiful and proud queen with a beauti-
ful but not proud daughter, Andromeda.
Cassiopea causes it that Neptune Wants
Andromeda as a sacrifice, but Perseus kills
the monster that is to kill her. This is a sim-
ple story of mythology.
GERMAN I I
Paul Miller is painting his bench which is
his German project. Projects of other Ger-
man ll students include painting Pennsyl-
vania-Dutch designs on chests, chairs, small
trying pans, benches and trays after which
they are varnished. Much interest is taken
in this project which gives a "break" to the
usual German grammar.
In second year Latin Fern Ernst is trans-
lating one of the Hercules stories. Hercules
became insane and killed his Wife and chil-
dren. In order to atone for his sins he Went
to the Oracle at Delphi. There he was sent
to the king Eurystheus, who gave him twelve
labors to perform. No matter how difficult
the labors were, Hercules, a modern "super-
man," accomplished them all.
9 df 10 GIRLS
"Up! Down!" The voice you hear is that
of Mr. Matthew instructing the girls in their
physical exercises. The group meets twice a
Week, doing various gymnastics. The girls
plan to play softball in spring. This sport
should provide much outdoor physical
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As a part of their physical education pro-
gram the eleventh and twelfth grade boys
are seen building a pyramid. They also do
tumbling and dancing as a part of their gym
course. The purpose of tumbling and their
other gym activities is to give the pupils
better body co-ordination and also for exer-
cise and fun.
7 :Sf 8 BOYS
"Steady now!" is the only thing that is
heard as Sherwood Himelberger is testing
his equilibrium talents. This stunt is one of
many performed by the boys during their
physical education class. With the assistance
of Mr. Matthew they plan to play softball.
9 6 10 BOYS
"Fall in! Roll call! Count! Count off from
right to left by four! Open order! Marchl",
are phrases which become familiar to the
gym classes of the high school as Mr. Mat-
thew begins the twice-weekly calisthenics.
There are several kinds of calisthenics. Here
the ninth and tenth grade classes are doing
the spread eagle.
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GENERAL SCIENCE 9
Brenda Brehm is demonstrating her sci-
ence project, a terrarium. The terrarium is
made up of moss cmd a tern plant placed in
a fish bowl with ground covering the bottom.
Other science projects include various plants:
such as, the carrot cmd sweet potatoes placed
in Water to grow new plants.
Mr. Sell points out the many interesting
facts about the Starfish to Ieanette Schaeffer,
Carol Tobias, Robert Kline, Gerald Miller,
Fern Ernst, and Gerald I-Ieckman. In the
beginning of the year lVIr. Sell had the whole
class go around to collect insects which they
later mounted in cigar boxes. They also
undertook a project of studying various kinds
"This formula is the basis of solving the
rectangular solid," says Ierald Hartman.
Jerald, who understood this certain problem,
was "elected" by lVIr. Sell to explain it to
the class members who didn't quite under-
stand it. "How can X equal three today and
two tomorrow? It must be like a dollar.
Think, my freshmen."
Evelyn's in the dark! Evelyn Larkin, who is
in the second year of algebra, doesn't quite
understand an equation so Mr. Sell explains
to Evelyn and also to the class the difficult
part of the equation. After Evelyn and the
class have the problem solved, Mr. Sell
makes the remark, "Simple."
Ned Gehris, Lewis Sauer, David Burkey
cmd Gary Spangler get into the picture in
seventh grade history as they give Miss
Riegel a rest. They are showing a picture to
explain the result of the Third Punic War -
the Romans plowing the Carthaginian soil
for complete destruction. The class is look-
The freshman Civics class, supervised by
Mr. Matthew, is engaged in the study of the
United Nations. The topic for the day, as
being explained by Frederick Wilhelm with
the help of their text book Your Life As A
Citizen, is how the United Nations was or-
ganized. The topic to be discussed is about
the functions of the United Nations.
Chester Luckenbill takes over the eighth
grade history class as he explains the remote
causes of the Civil War, using a drawing on
servitude. If some one asks him, "What do
you know about the Civil War?" Chester can
tell him, and so can Dennis Richert, Ioyce
Reber, Pauline Glosser, and Stanley Sweitz-
er, who are looking on.
Marlene Beidler is making a report about
Martin Van Buren, one of our former Presi-
dents. During his administration, 1837-1841,
he greatly helped the United States treasury
with financial problems. Mr. Spare, the
teacher, ties the English Literature with the
history and also ties the early history with
the late history.
Both Penn Township and Bernville can find among their citizens those who
recall the enrollment ranging from twenty-four to forty-five pupils who were
accommodated first by long 8-10 it. desks and benches. These were placed
along the walls of the one-room school. Then the two-and four-seated desks
followed until the individual desks we use today were introduced. Heat was
furnished by a pot-bellied stove. There were no lights. Drinking water was
"fetched" in wooden buckets from a neighboring farm, and a common dipper
was used. The water cooler and individual drinking cups followed.
Thus the physical needs of the sweater-and-knicker-clad lads with long
stockings, heavy shoes or leather boots were provided tor. Boys with velvet,
woolen, or denim pants came to school on loot, by horse and buggy, or by
horse-drawn sleighs. Girls, we are told, wore long-sleeved, calico or gingham
dresses, woolen stockings, woolen caps, and high shoes.
Whoever was not too inclined toward reading, writing, and 'rithmetic, knew
the meaning of standing on one leg in a corner, standing on an upright piece of
chalk without breaking it, "staying in" at recess or alter school, or even getting
a spanking. Little boys who misbehaved were ordered to sit on the girls' side
of the schoolroom. This punishment was considered a disgrace. Those who did
not know their spelling words or boys who pulled the girls' pig-tails and dipped
them into ink-wells may have kept an eye on the hickory stick.
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First Row: Mr. Sell, Violet Kramer, Barry Himelberqer, lerre Gehris. Catherine Rieser, Betty Koenig, Bernice Luck-
enbill, Betty Labe
Second Row: Iacqueline Saul, Lois Frantz, Doris Berger, Sandra Fox, Lovina Stoudt, Kenneth Labe, Paul Miller, Elaine
Fisher. Marlene Beidler
Third Row: Charles Seifrit, Richard Balthaser, Barry Sims, Leo Houck, Richard Reber, Gerald Knorr. Gene Spayd
Missing from picture: Mary Haag
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Having reached our junior year, the Class of '55 wishes
to look back over our two preceding years in Penn-Bernville
Our sophomore year was greatly enlightened by the
purchase of our class jackets in our class colors-blue and
gold. We also enjoyed a Christmas party and a bake sale.
I. Gehris displays rings to the class
In our freshman class we numbered thirty-six pupils,
of whom fourteen pupils came from a neighboring district,
We twenty-four juniors are under the supervision of
Mr. Sell. We purchased class rings, which you see Ierre
carefully and proudly presenting in the candid picture,
sponsored bake sales, held a class dance and party, packed
boxes for the Red Cross, painted Pennsylvania-Dutch de-
signs in German ll on benches, chests, trays, and chairs,
and presented a class play, "Miss Chatterbox." We are
members of the following clubs and activities: Audio-Visual
Aids, Sportsman's Club. Art Club, Student Council, Band,
Music Club, Senior Chorus, Penn-Guin, Library Club, and
Dance Band. Our able officers are: president, Catherine
Rieser: vice-president. Ierre Gehris: secretary, Betty Koenig:
treasurer, Barry Himelberger: and chaplain, Bernice Lucken-
We hold our class meetings every Monday-the first
period in the afternoon. Suggestions for class projects,
were thoroughly discussed, and important decisions are
made by a majority vote. We encourage participation by
all members in discussions and on committees. We hope
to be prepared for the senior-year projects which we shall
face next year.
, T hirty
First Row: Mr. Spare, Marilyn Balthaser, Evelyn Larkin, Ieanette Schaeffer. Gerald Heckman. David Sweigart, Mar-
vin Kulp. Carol Tobias, Sandra Haag, Margaret Miller, Alice Messner, Ruth Degler
Second Row: Gene Kulp. Earl Bond, Fern Ernst, Lauretta Hoyer, D. lane Stoudt, Winitred Pyle, Martha lane Klop-
fenstein, Mildred Kiebach. Carletta Moyer, Gerald Miller, Gene Correll
Third Row: Robert Kline. Iames Gehris, Frederick McQuate. Donald Naftzinger. Clement Care, Henry Bohn. Lloyd
McQuate, Royce Haag. Beniamin Reed, Gary Kohl, Glenn Beidler
Having gone one more step further in our education
we thirty-three students have reached our sophomore year.
In our freshman year, under the supervision ot Mr. Matthew
we elected class officers and held a very successful dance
we all remember as the "Winter Wonder1and".
In our sophomore year, under the guidance of Mr.
Spare, we elected the following ofiicers: president, Marvin
Kulp: vice-president, David Sweigart: secretary, Carol
Tobias: treasurer, Sandra Haag: and chaplain, Gerald
Heckman. Alter a great deal of discussion and debate. we
finally selected to have red and black as the colors of
our class jackets which you see us admiring in the candid
One of our big events before 1954 arrived was our
class Christmas party. Everyone had a lot of lun playing
games and dancing. not to mention drinking the delicious
f?J punch that was made by Freddy McQuate. Near the
end of the evening we exchanged gifts with our secret pals.
In February the entire sophomore class pitched in to
make our dance, "Cupid's Frolic", a tremendous success.
The many valentine decorations and the entertainment
reminded everyone of an elaborate television show.
In the months of March and April our class presented
assemblies for the entertainment of the high school students.
Members of the sophomore class can be found in the
Audio-Visual Club, Sportsman's Club, School Arts Club,
Penn-Guin Club, Library Club, and the Music Club. A1-
though we have a great variety of interests, the outstand-
ing quality of the "Class of 1956" is the way we work
and play together.
M. Kulp, M. Balthaser, W. Pyle, and I. Stoudt
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F. Wilhelm. R. Bender, and G. Knorr
On Tuesday morning, September 8. 1953, the new fresh-
man class of 19 boys and 19 girls, assembled in Mr. Matt-
hew's room to be registered. This room was to be their
home, while attending Penn-Bernville for the 1953-1954
Following registration the high school schedule was
posted. How many freshmen, many of whom were in our
school for the first time, were lost and confused as they
moved from room to room, no one will ever know.
One of the first things to be undertaken by the fresh-
man class was the election of officers for the year. Brenda
Kirkhofi was chosen as president: Frederick Wilhelm, vice-
president: Faye Tobias, secretary: and Robert Bender.
Our class sponsored a dance in the school cafeteria on
Ianuary 22 which was entitled the "Crystal Ball". The
cafeteria decorated with snow flakes and stars hanging
from the ceiling, large snow scenes, which we were paint-
ing in the candid shot, and with the lighting coming from
lamp posts, made up the winter scene. Two large snow
men guarded the white thrones from which Marvin Kulp
and Linda Bare. who were selected king and queen of the
Crystal Ball, ruled the dance.
We also took a trip to Philadelphia as part of our
Pennsylvania history class project. The purpose of the
trip was to see first-hand some of the places where im-
portant historical events took place. We visited such spots
as Independence Hall and the Franklin Institute.
The class was represented in the following school clubs
and extra curricular activities: Music Club, Penn-Guin
Club, Sports Club, Audio-Visual Club, Band, Dance Band.
Iunior Chorus, and Student Council.
The class was well represented in the field of sports
with three members on the soccer team.
First Row: Mr. Matthew, Mae Degler. Lucille Wagner. Robert Bender, Frederick Wilhelm, Brenda Kirkhoff, Faye Tobias.
Ioanne Wengert, Patricia Bender. Ioan Houck. Nancy Lou Henne, Barbara Blatt
Second Row: Daniel Schrack, Richard Reiner, Brenda Brehm, Cleo Hoffman, Nancy Phillips, Ianet Wolf, Susan Hart-
zell. Sarah Fox, Patricia Doqanes, Betty Sweitzer. Shirley Loeb, Bernice Hassler, Leon Zimmerman, Elmer Swartz
Third Row: Barry Grim. Donald Spayd. Robert Hartz, LaVerne Koenig, Walter Duchan, Dale Himmelberger, Larry
Luckenbill, Leon Boltz, Forrest Lesher, Martin Knorr, Dennis Sweigart, Paul Martin, Carl Lachman
Missing from picture: Ierald Hartman
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A plan to combine curricular work with other activities
is the goal oi the school. This includes the transferring
of history into plays. One specific activity of this type is
putting an overall of American history in a choral reading,
"Ballad for America". In the small picture you see the
student body attentively watching this choral reading.
Well represented in both vocal and instrumental music
the social functions have been well contributed to by the
eighth grade. Under the supervision of Miss Riegel the
thirty-tive members in this active class participated in many
clubs which include the Red Cross Club, Student Council,
Iunior Chorus, Iunior Band, Senior Band, and Arts and
A project that would put lite to a would-be dull sub-
ject was the drawing ot cartoons to illustrate different
phases ol history-the amendments, wars in which the
United States participated, inventions, and the acquisition
of new territory by the United States. Eighth grade students
will everlastingly remember the invention of the sewing
machine by the cartoon, a cottage curtained window dis-
playing the sign "Dress Making Neatly Done" with the
name of Elias Howe in the foreground and the invention
of airplanes by the Wright brothers, with the cartoon of
a Wright taking oft in an antiquated airplane. Long will
Choral reading, "Ballad for America", in assembly.
the students remember the remote cause ol the Civil War-
slavery-with the aid of the cartoon with the slave bowing
in submission to his overbearing master against a back-
ground of rude slave huts. They will readily recall the
remote and then the immediate cause ot the War of 1812
with the drawing of terrorized American seamen being
impressed by the British.
First Row: Miss Riegel, Iovce Delp, Barbara Kramer, Ardell Mengel, Pauline Glosser, Ioyce Reber, Norman Burkey, Kay
Ptautz, Lynda Kulp, Sherwood Himelberger, Sherylin VanPelt. Arlene Lengel
Second Row: Markay VanPelt. Pauline Sonon. Lorraine Kramer, Carrie Houck, Ioy Tobias. Nancy Luckenbill, Susan
Goldstein, Ianice Seip, Kathleen Bingaman, Iean Strausser, Elaine Lenqel, Linda Bare
Third Row: Dennis Reiner, Raymond Herring, William Spohn, Frederick Kriner, Donald Davis, Chester Luckenbill,
Stanley Sweitzer, Curtis Miller, Dennis Rickert, Richard Menrgel, Ronald Kirkhofl
Missing from picture: Faye Nye
First Row: Mr. Kaiser, Miriam Boltz, lane Wilhelm. David Burkey, Nancy Speicher, Melinda White, Ned Gehris. Barry
Speicher. Patricia Kalbach, Shirley Long. Elaine Kriner
Second Row: Shelve Benzel. Katie Spease. Violet Bashore, Rebecca Moore, Mary Spease, Mary Ann Rudy, Ronald
Long. Lewis Sauer
Third Row: Dennis Rentschler, I. Paul Balthaser, Gary Spangler, Raymond Lonq, Larry Leonhard, Paul Sheidy, Norman
Frantz, George Grim, Warren Trautman
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We thirteen girls and fourteen boys make up the
seventh grade. All of the girls are engaged in the Iunior
Red Cross Club, while the boys participate in the activi-
ties of the Arts and Crafts Club, under the supervision of
The class officers elected for the term were: president-
Melinda White, vice-president-Ned Gehris, secretary-
Nancy Speicher, assistant secretary--Miriam Boltz, treas-
urer-Barry Speicher, and chaplain-David Burkey. We
"A Iolly Old Winter"
hold our business meetings bi-weekly. At each meeting
a program committee is appointed in order to prepare a
program for the following meeting.
On these programs we are given a chance to display
our various talents before the class: talents, such as, story-
telling, skits, and vocal and instrumental music.
The seventh grade presented the Christmas assembly.
We went to different countries by radio. Melinda White
was in the Penn-Bernville 'make-believe' studio. Those
who were in other countries to tell how they celebrated
Christmas were Patricia Kalbach, Paul Sheidy, George Grim,
Mary Ann Rudy, and Elaine Kriner.
The students also presented a play called "Christmas
Spirit". The players were Rebecca Moore, Iane Wilhelm,
Ned Gehris, Warren Trautman, Paul Balthaser, Barry Spei-
cher, Nancy Speicher, and Miriam Boltz. To complete
the program the seventh grade sextette made up of Lewis
Sauer, George Grim, Dennis Rentschler, Gary Spangler,
Paul Balthaser, and Warren Trautman, sang "Rudolph
the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "l Saw Mommy Kissing
We have also sponsored a Christmas party, a Valen-
tine party, and a Year-end party.
In the candid shot you see a bulletin board display
by the seventh grade.
First Row: Iacob Reifsnyder. Leslie Weidman, Douglas Adzm. Larry Miller. Warren Steiiey, Gerald Luckenbill, Barry
Delp, Gene Aulenbach, Kenneth Mohn
Second Row: Daniel Wenrich, Betty Reiner. Larry Kline, Robert Zerbe, Edith Mengel. Irwin Zerbe, William Sweitzer,
Third Row: Mr. Savage. Eileen Tobias, Mary Ellen Hoffman, Dawn Sweigart, Barbara Ernst. Dawn Keppley, Kathryn
Haag, Ruth Kirkhofl, Esther Stefley, Marleen Rentschler, Ardell Miller
We were engaged in such things as Audubon Society,
Variety Club Kill, a candid shot of which is included here.
and Elementary Patrol under the supervision of Mr. Carl
H. Savage. Our sixth grade has sponsored such things
as a Hallowe'en party, Christmas party, Thanksgiving pro-
gram and Valentine party. Our twenty-seven members
have completed an outstanding unit on Berks County
History. The two main subjects were ill Mural on pioneer
settlements Cboysl, C25 Mural on early Indians of Berks
County Cgirlsl. We enjoyed the use of the new Berks County
History, 1953 edition. We used these illustrations and re-
ferences in working out interesting murals which were
correlated with the art class.
Plans for the future are to ill Try to develop several
elementary science projects and C21 To develop better study
While working on a unit in social studies and art,
each pupil was assigned a country of South America. A
political sketch map was made by individuals. Alter we
made a rough outline. products, industries, rivers, etc.,
were placed on a picture map. We also noted the capitals,
exports, imports, mountains, dress customs and means ol
transportation. Alter these individual maps had been com-
pleted. we matched the countries to see how well we could
develop the entire map oi South America with all the
information possible. Not only did we enrich our geo-
graphical background, but our art ability had become en-
riched. Before this thorough study was made, the class
never realized that there were countries in South America
that the climate and mode of living was so similar to
that ol the United States.
K. Haag. E. Tobias, M. Hoffman, E. Stefly, and L. Kline
Larry Smith watching the puppet show.
On September 8, we had an enrollment of thirty-six
pupils in the fifth grade. We were under the supervision
of Mrs. R. C. Minnich, who was new to our school.
We were quite interested to learn about the many
places that were visited by some of our classmates during
the summer. There were many and varied facts discussed
about Virginia, New York, Florida, Maryland, Delaware,
Mississippi, Alabama, and Washington, D. C. Among the
U n, A
things we learned about were the Cypress Gardens in
Florida, Rockefeller Center in New York City and several
interesting places in Philadelphia.
The class had a Thanksgiving puppet show this year.
In the candid you see Larry Smith watching the show.
This show had six scenes: first, Pilgrims in England and
Holland: second, a governor appointed on the Mayflower:
third, William Bradford caught in a deer trap: fourth,
Squanto brings Samoset to the colony: fifth, Canonicos
sends a rattlesnake skin filled with arrows: sixth, Thanks-
giving dinner. The puppets were made by the children,
and the play was written by the children. The scenery
and set were made and colored by the children also.
We completed a unit on New England. It was largely
the study of maps. It included maps of the United States.
New England, rivers, lakes and mountains, products, cities,
and capitals. We also made posters with advertising of
New England products as a part oi our study.
In Ianuary we started a health tree under the direction
of Mrs. Ella Rothermel, who was our teacher at this time.
We are anxious to have a healthy tree.
We had quite a lot of fun with pipe cleaner figures,
learning to draw action figures in our art class.
First Row: Larry Endy, Larry Smith, Charles Smith, Glenn Haag. Iames Kintzer. Robert Geiger. Iohn Kissling, Harold
Kramer, Paul Burkey, Leslie Kriner
Second Row: Barbara Spease, Barbara Sweitzer, Sarah Trautman, loan Bixler, Patricia Endy, Ianice Schlappich,
Anne Burkey, Iune Spease, Victoria Shurr, Marlene Bashore, Ianet Schlappich, Nancy Bixler
Third Row: Mrs. Minnich, Geraldine Benzel, Edith Moore, Mariory Bixler, Frederick Bender, Galen Luckenbill, Law-
rence Knorr, Robert Lyon, Barry Kraatz, Dennis Adams, Linda Weiders, Ioan Benzel, Carol Hartman
Missing from picture: Ann Klose, Albert Mountz
lalarenfice eam en
A good health project cmd a dog project were com-
pleted by our thirty-four members of the fourth grade under
the supervision oi Mrs. Sara Noll. We had pictures oi
different breeds of dogs, such as the cocker spaniel, collie
and setters about which we talked. Moreover we drew
good health habits. We cut them out and pasted them
on a blue background. This mural was then tacked on
the bulletin board. It included habits, such as combing
hair, and brushing teeth.
Our class has participated in the Hallowe'en parade,
the P.T.A. Christmas program, and has had a doll show
and a hobby show. The dolls and stuffed toys brought
in by the children were ot such a variety of styles. sizes,
shapes and makes that they were too difficult to judge.
Prizes were therefore awarded to all participants. Our
hobby show was a showing of such things as coin, pictures,
and doll collections.
We also enjoyed such social activities throughout the
year as a Hallowe'en party, Valentine party and a Last
The candid shot, taken during the Christmas season,
shows Santa's tree portraying "The Little Bird That Made
The Princess Laugh", which was one of our stories in
the Story Hour.
"The Little Bird That Made the Princess Laugh"
Throughout the term we study social studies. This
deals with the inventions, industries. and history of our
country. Visiting Franklin Institute fits in well with our
work. Also we studied the steel industry of Pittsburgh
which explains the use of a blast furnace, such as the one
we hope to visit.
First Row: Margaret Oxenreider, Lynne Reber, Arthur Kisslinq, Eugene Kisslinq, Dale Henne, Annabella Miller. Doris
Kirkhott. Vicki White, Sandra Reiner. Marion Long
Second Row: Iosephine Albert, Richard Hoffman. Richard Wilhelm. Virginia Ward. Edward Fisher, Ralph Hoffman,
Harold Fisher. Robert Burkey, Marie Hoffman. Larry Bashore, David LaFollette. Anna Marie Luckenbill
Third Row: Mrs. Noll, Annamae Rieser, Emma Wagner. Iudith Luft, Terry Grim. Iudith Kline, Lester Zechman. Harry
Schlappich. Jean Carpenter, Dennis Speicher, Ioseph Goldstein. Carl Long. Paul Boyer
Missing from picture: Eugene Bare
First Row: Dennis Luckenbill, Clayton Wagner, Roger Stoudt, Melvin Adam, Robert Smith, Clayton Koller, Winston
Simmons, Dale Reber, Rodney Swartz, Kenneth Reiner, Byron Bixler
Second Row: Betty Long, Tanya Pyle, Bonnie Luckenbill, Sandra Spohn, Delores Weidman, lane Wenrich, Ianet Lyon.
Sonia Kraatz, Sylvia Kraatz, Ioyce Epler, Helen Reber, Ann Delp
Third Row: Mrs. Brunner, Rhea Trautman, Evelyn Balthaser, Dennis Zerbe, Richard Hamilton, Melvin Spease, Robert
Hoffman, Iohn Aulenbach, Allred Carpenter, Galen Bulles, Craig Schaeffer, Karl Koenig, Wayne Stelfey. Carol
Trautman, Beverly Phillips, Diana Sauer, Sandra Benzel
Busy as beavers the third graders have engaged in
the P.T.A. Christmas program, the filling oi Red Cross
gift boxes, and patrol activities, having two representatives
who are under the care of Mr. Savage. Under the super-
vision ot Mrs. Kathryn Brunner, our class has completed
B. Luckenbill, C. Wagner, I. Epler, R. Stoudt, B. Phillips, D. Zerbe,
a project on a Pioneer Unit, which was the making of
corn-husk dolls, and the building of log cabins. Store units
were also correlated with arithmetic and reading classes:
knowledge concerning other lands which included Mexico,
China, and Britain was acquired. Different studies of the
moon, soil, flowers, insects, four senses, teeth and skin
were studied in science activities.
The symphonettes, which you see in the candid shot,
practice several times each week. The children enjoy
playing their instruments. However the lun of playing is
only secondary. The primary objectives are learning to
read notes, understanding of note values, co-ordination
of eye and hand, etc., and learning to work as a group.
The children enjoy playing solos, duets, trios, etc., and as
a group when everyone participates. Learning to play the
little horn encourages the children to take more interest
in music and cultivates a desire to learn to play other,
more difficult instruments.
At our Hallowe'en, Valentine and Christmas parties,
games were played and appropriate holiday songs sung.
Refreshments were always plentiful and delicious. Presents
were exchanged at the Christmas party. The Valentine
box was filled to the brim, and each child received many
First Row: Gene- Zerbe, Lee Bare. Ieffry Gernsheimer, Iacob Gemsheimer, David Adam, Kenneth Webber. Marc
Stemberg. Clark Bashore
Second Row: Earlene Kauffman, Margaret Fritz, Iacqueline Eyer, Sandra Sweitzer, Dona Catana, Barbara Ernst, Iudy
Tobias, Iane Heffeliinqer, Grace Koller, Elaine Speicher, Diana Kissling, Phyllis Kalbach
Third Row: Mrs. Mildred Holtzman, Linda Werley, Sandra Luckenbill, Terry Lee Fehnel, George Wagner. Kenneth
Leonhard, Iohn Petrinko, Garry Strausser, Ioseph Stamm. Terry Hamilton, Ioan Zechman, Barbara Schaeffer
Ever since school opened in September, we thirty-one
second grade pupils have been busy at work, under the
guidance of our teacher, Mrs. Mildred Holtzman. Our
studies center around our community and its workers.
We have completed a mural showing a community,
including the homes, stores, bank, churches, barber shop,
etc. Included on this mural also are the utilities and
services: such as, the milkman, fireman, postman, baker,
policeman, grocer. etc. "The Reading Series" furnishes
the basis of this art work.
New terms to us are language arts and cursive writing.
Language arts consist of reading and spelling those words
which the child recognizes. speaks and comprehends.
Handwriting is manuscript for the first half of the year and
is changed over to cursive after the children have establish-
ed a firm foundation in reading. Cursive writing is an added
skill, not a replacement.
Developing a love of books is one of the important
phases in this second grade.
In the P.T.A. membership drive we won first prize.
five dollars, which we used to buy refreshments for our
Hallowe'en party. We have had a fine response to the
March of Dimes and filling Iunior Red Cross boxes. In the
fall we had a ilower show. At Christmas time presents
were exchanged, some of which are seen in the candid
shot. After Christmas We held a doll show. We had forty-
two entries, and all were so pretty that it was difficult to
The children were encouraged to bring in specimens
of unusual things and things in which they were particu-
The television program "You Asked For It" is the
favorite topic in discussion period.
I. Stamm, I. Tobias, I. Heffeliinger, I. Eyer, D. Kissling
The Rhythm Band led by Kurt Kreitler.
Having begun our scholastic ladder of education, We
forty-four eager pupils of the first grade enjoy the super-
vision oi our able teacher, Mrs. Emily Holtzman.
Busy as bees we participated in a P.T.A. membership
drive in which our class won second prize.
In our Nature Study Project, "See What You Can Find".
which is the background of our group picture below, we
had a big collection of the things of nature which we our-
selves found. Another project visible on our bulletin board
is the art work with keys in correlation with our poem
"Golden Keys". Each key represents a polite trait and
the keys are bound by the ring "Be Ye Kind". The duck
mural illustrates the duck song, "He ruled them all with
his 'Quack, Quack, Quack'
The Rhythm Band is one of the entertaining features.
On the small picture are representatives of this band, con-
ducted by Kurt Kreitler.
The Christmas party held by the first grade was a
festive affair. There was a secret drawing ol names. Each
child found a package under the tree. The Christmas tree
was decorated by the children. They made chains, pop-
corn strings, and candy canes. They painted pine cones
with various colors and sprinkled some with mica.
Alter the holidays, a doll show and toy show was
held. Everything was judged according to qualities: most
unique, most interesting thistorical dollsl, most beautiful,
largest, tiniest, etc.
The parents have been encouraged to visit the school.
When they visit, they are asked to observe not only the
foundational reading program. but also all activities in
First Row: Craig Sheetz, Kurt Kreitler, Michael Witman, Keith Hamilton, Larry Rentschler, Keith Donton, Harry Bal-
thaser. Leroy Schaeffer, Paul Himmelberger, Gary Slckles, William Krill. William Spease, Gerald Kriner
Second Row: Denice Kalbach, Loraine Zerbe. Susette VanPelt, Sandra Lutz. Nancy Endy, Karen Rutter, Linda Sch-
lappich, Athian Houck, Iune Bixler, Marcia Kintzer, Linda Luckenbill, Sally Ann Faust, Mary Long. lane Gassert,
Third Row: Mrs. Emily Holtzman. Ioan Troutman, Dianna Kissling, Carl Koller, Iames Heckman. Larry Haas, William
Carner, David Fisher. Scott Walters. Harold Krill. Ioseph Kormash, Curtis Stiely. Harold Reber. Marlene Ben-
der, lane Sonon, Polly Kline, Mildred Stefiy
p g am o the Pleasant Valley School in Penn Town- 'i
ship was the celebrating of Washington's Birthday. With the -4-
money from such programs costumes and entertainment ,lu
supplies were purchased. On one occasion six coal -
oil lights were bought, and later wiring for elec- -
tricity was 'd 1
Mr Saw Bone
cieties, and of
literary and scien
titic societies. To aid in
the cultivating the taste of
p pi s, to provide useful em-
ployment in the school, to prevent
mischief, to make th
e school more
like home, to provide pleasure for the
pupils, and to afford pride in their district.
Arbor Day or the planting ot trees or shrubs
on the school grounds was instituted in 1887
under the superintendency of David Keck. At the
turn of the century, in 1901, Author Days were instituted:
such as, Longfellow Day, McKinley, Whittier, Bryant, Lowell
Stevenson, and Franklin days t
, o mention a few. In order, for
our pupils to develop a well
-rounded personality, pupils are urged
to participate actively in the activitie h
s te schools offer toda
pai or. At the Penn Valley School
evening programs included dialogues: such
, , - s" and "The Cow ,fl
Th t K' ' "
a icked Chicago . In the Penn
Township building near Bem-
ville, minstrel h if-J
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popular. Here mention
can be made also of ""
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the organization ,---
school li- 'XJ-
First Row: Lewis Sauer, Ned Gehris, Fred Kriner, Chester Luckenbill, Sherwood Himelberqer, Norman Burkey, Stan-
ley Sweitzer, Barry Speicher, Dennis Rickert, Dennis Reiner, Ronald Long
Second Row: Norman Frantz, William Spohn, David Burkey, Curtis Miller, Raymond Long, Mr. Kaiser, Larry Leon-
hard, Donald Davis, Paul Sheidy, Raymond Herring, Richard Mengel I
Third Row: Warren Trautman, George Grim, Gary Spangler, Paul Balthaser, Ronald Kirkhofl. Dennis Rentschler
.fdrfa an Grand
The development of good habits of recreation and
spare time hobbies is the purpose of this club. The thir-
teen boys of the seventh grade and the thirteen boys of
the eighth grade make up the 1953-54 membership of the
Arts and Crafts Club. Meetings held during the fifth period
every Wednesday are supervised by Mr. Kaiser.
Officers serving the club this term are: president, Nor-
man Burkey: vice president, Sherwood Himelberger: sec-
retary, Stanley Sweitzer: assistant secretary, Barry Spei-
cher: treasurer, Chester Luckenbill: chaplain, Dennis Rickert.
Carving and model assembly were the principal activi-
ties in previous years. The seventh grade homeroom had
been the center for this activity. In order to preserve the
new furniture, crafts work was not carried on during the
first half of the term. Additional building space remedied
this situation, making possible craft activities during the
second half of the term.
As a substitute for arts and crafts work the group
conducted a reading period regularly every week. This
has been an advantage to the boys in providing time to
complete Reading Circle work, and to enjoy some iine
recreational reading of good books that boys enjoy to read.
Plans for the second half of the term include the con-
tinuation of the reading period in conjunction with arts
and crafts work. Each member will be at liberty to choose
some crafts activity or to further his reading. Projects
from which a choice may be made are: the construction
of bird houses, building of model airplanes, and carving
of wood. The club has purchased a number of wood-
working tools to supplement those made available by the
In the small picture you see a few of the boys oper-
ate the different tools we learn to use in this club period.
D. Davis, C. Luckenbill, I. Balthaser. N. Gehris, G. Grim, S
First Row: Kenneth Labe. Richard Balthaser, Paul Miller. Charles Seifrit, Eugene Lalfollette, Lynwood Sweitzer, Fred-
Second Row: Donald Spayd, Barry Sims, Donald Naftzinger, Mr. Sell. Gerald Knorr, Gene Spayd
The Audio-Visual Aids Club has been organized so
that we might be trained to operate and repair the audio-
visual aids in both the elementary and secondary sections
of the school. Thirteen members from grades nine to twelve
are given practice in the club periods and are also allowed
to show films in the classrooms. At all times we are under
supervision until we become competent operators. After
we have qualified as student operators, we may use the
equipment in any class of which we are a member. Some-
times we are called upon to operate the audio-visual aids
in the lower grades, in assemblies, and in programs outside
of school hours. In the small picture you see Mr. Sell ex-
plaining the threading of the motion picture projector.
At times we undertake projects which are not directly
connected with mechanical or electrical audio-visual aids.
For instance, at the present time we are making a picture
file for classroom study. This should serve to make our
classes more interesting and meaningful. Another project
is the raising ol funds for use by the club in connection
with the purchase or repairs of audio-visual aids.
There are three committees set up which have special
duties: they are: Showing-Eugene LaFollette, Frederick
Glosser, Lynwood Sweitzer, Gerald Knorr: Scheduling-
Richard Balthaser, Donald Spayd, Donald Naftzinger, Barry
Sims: Sending and Receiving-Kenneth Labe, Charles Sei-
frit, Paul Miller, Gene Spayd, Ierre Gehris.
Our equipment includes the following: movie projector,
slide projector, opaque projector, recording machine, record
player, public address system, two portable screens, and
a projector table.
P. Miller, D. Balthaser, Mr. Sell. F. Glosser, K. Labe. G. Knorr I
Gehris. C. Seiirit. E. LaFollette, G. Spayd, L. Sweitzer
First Row: Kenneth Mohn, Galen Luckenbill, Daniel Wenrich. Warren Trautman. Marjorie Bixler. David Burkey,
Pauline Glosser, Iames Gehris, Kathryn Haag, Melinda White. Linda Weiders
Second Row: Barry Kraatz, Gary Kohl, Donald Spayd, Leon Zimmerman, Henry Bohn, Arlene Lengel, Ioyce Delp, Nancy
Bixler, Mr. Roberts
Zipanaf - Junior
"Practice, practice, and more practice," Mr. Roberts, ing the snare drum: D. Spayd, the bass drum: W. Trautman
the instructor, can be heard saying when he talks to the the trumpet: and D. Burkey, the tuba.
junior band. This expression he uses, tor the purpose oi
the organization is to ready the members for the senior
band. The twenty-tive members oi the junior band come
from grades four to ten. They meet for rehearsal every
The officers of the group are:
president secretary-treasurer librarian
Iames Gehris Henry Bohn Ioyce Delp
Any student interested is welcome into the band, since
all band instruments are represented. Especially needed
are tubas, baritones, and trumpets.
The favorite musical numbers of the junior band are
hymns and "Chop Sticks".
In the small picture you see that D. Rickert is play- D. Rickert, D. Spayd, W. Trautman. D. Burkey
Maiorettes: Ioan Houck. Cleo Hoffman, Ioanne Wengert
Seated: Catherine Rieser, Kay Pfautz. Faye Tobias, Winifried Pyle, Margaret Miller, Betty Labe, Sandra Haaq, Susan
Goldstein, Brenda Kirkhofl, Carol Tobias, Marilyn Balthaser, Marvin Kulp, Elaine Fisher, lane Wilhelm, Fern
Standing: Frederick McQuate. George Spohn, Irene Reppert. Kenneth Labe, Gene Spayd, Alice Messner, Gary Spang-
ler, Claude Ohlinger, Ierre Gehris, David Sweigart, Charles Seitrit, Sherwood I-limelberger, Larry Kline, Lois
Frantz, Norman Burkey
Standing tSecond Rowlz Mr. Roberts, Robert Bender. Dennis Sweigart, Gerald Knorr, Barry Himelberger, Frederick
Wilhelm, Gene Kulp, Ieanette Schaeffer, Elmer Swartz
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"Follow the score, Sherwood: don't make up your
own," Mr. Roberts advises when the senior band is in ses-
sion. This group is composed of forty instrumentalists from
grades six to twelve under the leadership of Mr. Roberts.
The officers of the band are: president, Irene Reppert: vice-
president, George Spohn: secretary, Catherine Rieser: treas'
urer, Marvin Kulp: librarian, Frederick Wilhelm: assistant
librarians, Dennis Sweigart and Gary Spangler.
The candid shot shows G. Knorr with the drum, K,
G. Knorr, K. Labe, C. Seifrit, G. Spohn, F. McQuate
Labe with the horn, C. Seifrit with the trumpet, and G.
Spohn and F. McQuate with tubas.
The rehearsals every Tuesday and Thursday are for
planning and practicing programs: such as, the fall con-
cert on November 22, participation in parades, the Armis-
tice Day Parade on November 14, the Christmas program,
and the spring concert.
The yearbook this year salutes the members of the
band who participated in the county and district music
festivals, County Band: Marvin Kulp, Irene Reppert. George
Spohn, Faye Tobias, Brenda Kirkhoft, Fern Ernst. Kay Pfautz,
Catherine Rieser, Lois Frantz, Winifred Pyle, Elaine Fisher.
County Orchestra: Fern Ernst. District Band: George Spohn.
State Band: George Spohn.
During this year a Band Boosters Club was organized.
It consists of a group of the parents and friends of the
band members. At their meetings they plan ways of
raising funds. During the year various instruments and
supplies were purchased. Among them were a new tuba
and a baritone saxophone. With the help oi this club the
band hopes to purchase a school flag, instruments, and
uniforms for the majorettes. Within the next year or two
we hope to be able to outfit a color guard. As former
fund raising-projects we have sold taffy and band booster
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This group oi vocal musicians from grades seven,
eight, and nine are preparing themselves, under the direc-
tion ot Mr. Roberts, to enter senior chorus. During the year
the iorty-five members have participated in a Christmas
program and a spring concert. The Christmas program was
highlighted by a famous Bach selection, "Beside Thy Cra-
dle". "Rejoice and Be Merry", "Rise Up Shepherd", "One
Christmas Morning", and "Good King Wenceslas" were the
other selections the junior chorus sang. A few ot the mem-
bers will participate in County Junior Chorus. These mem-
bers will try out to see it they qualify for the County Chorus.
The officers of this organization are:
president vice president secretary
Brenda Kirkhoti Frederick Wilhelm Kay Piautz
treasurer librarian assistant librarian
Cleo Hoffman Faye Tobias Dennis Sweigart
W. Trautman, D. Spayd, N. Henne. P. Bender. I. Reber. F. Wilhelm.
D. Sweigart, F. Tobias, L. Kulp, K. Piautz, B. Kirkhorf, C. Hoffman, On the informal picture a group of musicians are
I. Delp practicing for the spring concert.
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First Row: Barry Speicher. Ned Gehris, Richard Mengel, Gary Spangler, Paul Balthaser. George Grim. Sherwood
Himelberger, Ronald Kirkhoff, Dennis Reiner, Dennis Rentschler, Lewis Sauer, Warren Trautman
Second Row: Mr. Roberts, Melinda White, Carrie Houck, lean Strausser, Kay Piautz, Joy Tobias, Elaine Lengel, Cleo
Hoiiman, Lorraine Kramer, Ardell Menqel, Barbara Kramer, Patricia Bender, Lucille Wagner, Ioan Houck
Third Row: Miriam Boltz. Pauline Sonon. Lynda Kulp, Brenda Kirkhoii. Faye Tobias. Ianet Wolf, Sarah Fox, Ianice
Seip. Susan Goldstein. Pauline Glosser. Nancy Luckenbill, Susan Hartzell, Shirley Loeb. Betty Sweitzer. Kath-
leen Binqaman, Mae Degler, Linda Bare, Barbara Blatt, Markay VanPelt
Fourth Row: Raymond Herring. Elmer Swartz, Arlene Lengel, lane Wilhelm, Norman Frantz, Leon Zimmerman. Donald
Spayd, Dennis Sweigart, Norman Burkey, Frederick Wilhelm, Larry Leonhard. David Burkey. Paul Sheidy.
Ioyce Reber, Nancy Speicher. Mary Ann Rudy, Patricia Kalbach, Nancy Lou Henne
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"Let's go, basses!" The voice you heard is that ot
Mr. Roberts, high school vocal instructor who directs the
chorus the first period on every Tuesday. The forty-tive
members of the chorus were chosen through tryouts testing
their musical ability. The officers of the group are: presi-
dent, George Spohn: vice president, Donald Strausserg sec-
retary, Fern Berger: treasurer. Marylee Gehris: librarian.
Catherine Rieser: assistant librarian, Marvin Kulp.
The main project of the senior chorus this year was
to perlect their singing for participation in the Christmas
program, the spring concert, and the commencement pro-
The chorus again had quite a few of its members
representing our school in the "All County" Chorus. They
David Sweigart Elaine Fisher
Marvin Kulp Alto
In the Christmas program we again sang the beautiful
"O Holy Night", featuring Marvin Kulp and Elaine Fisher
as soloists. We also did "We Three Kings" with George
Spohn, David Sweigart, and Charles Seifrit portraying the
parts of the three kings. Small group practices such as
G. Spohn, M. Kulp. I. Stoudt, E. Fisher. W. Pyle. C. Seitrit. L Hoyer
I. Klopfenstein. E. Larkin.
you see in the small picture are frequent occurrences.
Two of the favorite songs for the spring concert are
"Dry Bones", with all the various sound effects: such as,
cowbell, wood block, bell lyre, temple block, etc., and the
current hit tune "In the Mission of St. Augustine", written
and arranged by lack Chiarelli, a local musician.
First Row: Mr. Roberts, Betty Koenig. Bernice Luckenbill. Lauretta Hoyer, Marvin Kulp, Donald Strausser. George
Spohn, Fern Berger, Marylee Gehris, Catherine Rieser. Lois Frantz, Fern Ernst. Sandra Haag. Ruth Degler
Second Row: Ieanette Schaeffer. Iacqueline Saul, Doris Berger, Grace Hinnershitz. Carol Tobias, Irene Reppert, D.
Iane Stoudt, Lovina Stoudt, Winifred Pyle. Martha lane Kloptenstein, Mildred Kiebach. Elaine Fisher, Shirley
Hoyer, Grace Messner, Alice Messner
Third Row: Marilyn Balthaser, Evelyn Larkin, Gene Kulp. Kenneth Labe, Frederick McQuate. David Sweigart, Lyn-
wood Sweitzer, Ierre Gehris, Henry Bohn. Lloyd McQuate. lctmes Gehris, Claude Ohlinger, Charles Seifrit, Earl
Bond, Marlene Beidler. Betty Labe
Missing irom picture: Mary Haag
This newly-organized musical organization was formed
to supply music at the dances and other social functions
oi the school. The ten members come from grades seven
through twelve. They are advised by Mr. Roberts. The
group meets every other Thursday when they rehearse
for iuture engagements.
Our group includes:
Wood-winds Brass String-percussion
Marvin Kulp Ierre Gehris Lois Frantz
Elaine Fisher Charles Seifrit
lane Wilhelm David Sweigart
Fern Ernst Frederick Wilhelm
Some ol the school functions in which we participated
were the Turkey Trot. which is pictured above and spon-
sored by the Music Club, and the Crystal Ball sponsored
by the freshmen class. We entered the Lion's Club Annual
Amateur Show and captured first prize. With the money
we bought new music. Up until then we as members have
The Turkey Trot on November 20, 1953.
been buying music to help build up the repertoire of the
Left to right: Charles Seifrit. David Sweiqart, Ierre Gehris, Frederick Wilhelm, George Spohn, Marvin Kulp, Elaine
Fisher. Jane Wilhelm. Fern Ernst, Lois Frantz
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Kramer, S. VanPelt, B. Kramer, P. Glosser, S. Goldstein, I. Reber.
The main projects ol the Iunior Red Cross Club were
the making of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine, and
Easter favors lor veterans' hospitals in the state and ior
local charitable institutions, and the sponsoring of the Red
Cross Drive for membership and gilt box contributions.
The Thanksgiving lavors were orange nut cups fasten-
ed onto a green base against a background oi attractively
arranged leaves. The Christmas favors were white crepe-
paper covered nut cups held in the arms ol a cotton-
bearded, red-cheeked Santa. The Valentine favors were
nut cups centered in a heart arrangement trimmed with
ribbon and lace flace doiliesl. The Easter favors were made
ol a nut cup that formed a design of red, yellow, and pink
tulips on purple bases.
In addition to the projects two of our number attend
monthly meetings at the Red Cross headquarters at Reading.
Our meetings have an educational and social value.
We girls meet representatives from other schools, listen
to reports from girls who attended camp during the past
summer, become safety-minded through the aid of films
as "Safety", become motivated into continuing Red Cross
work by an opportunity given to grades nine, ten, and
eleven to do typing, filing, and other clerical work at the
local Chapter. This is an excellent opportunity for girls
who have ambitions pertinent to work oi this nature. The
last part ol our meetings is in the form ol a social during
which games and refreshments are enjoyed.
The Red Cross Club is composed oi girls from grades
seven and eight who are supervised by Miss Riegel. The
officers are: president, Ioyce Reber: secretary, Ioyce Delp:
and treasurer, Linda Bare.
In the small picture the girls are making Christmas
napkins for a local convalescent home.
First Row: Markay VanPelt, Sherylin VanPelt, Carrie Houck, Linda Bare. Kay Pfautz, Ioyce Reber, loyce Delp, Arlene
Lengel, Mariam Boltz. Iane Wilhelm, Patricia Kalbach
Second Row: Katie Spease, Iean Strausser, Ioy Tobias, Pauline Glosser, Susan Goldstein, Miss Rieqel, Ianice Seip.
Nancy Luckenbill, May Spease, Elaine Lengel, Rebecca Moore, Kathleen Bingaman, Barbara Kramer
Third Row: Melinda White, Shelva Benzel, Pauline Sonon, Shirley Long, Lynda Kulp, Elaine Kriner. Ardell Mengel,
Lorraine Kramer, Faye Nye. Violet Bashore, Mary Ann Rudy, Nancy Speicher
Seated: Fern Berger, Marylee Gehris, Carol Tobias, Fern Ernst, Lois Frantz
Standing: Betty Labe, Violet Kramer, Sandra Fox, Margaret Miller, Elaine Fisher. Iacqueline Saul, Ruth Degler. Shir-
ley Hoyer, Lauretta Hoyer, Carletta Moyer, Grace Messner, D. lane Stoudt, Sandra Haag, Mildred Kiebach, Mrs.
The pupils of grades ten to twelve who are interested
in library work joined this club for experience. This club
has a definite purpose which is to take care of the library
and to make it function as such in the school.
The nineteen members under the supervision of Mrs,
Kline have elected the following officers: pres., Fern Ber-
ger: vice-pres., Lois Frantz: sec'y., Marylee Gehrisg treas.,
Carol Tobias: chaplain, Fern Ernst: and typist, Shirley
F. Berger, M. Gehris, R. Degler.
The meetings are held every Wednesday at 12:45 when
the business of the club is transacted. After the business
meeting the members form committees to arrange maga-
zines, repair books, catalog new books, or letter and re-
letter books. In the candid shot you see a committee letter-
ing books according to the Dewey Decimal System of
This is the first year the new library is in use. There
is now a special section of shelves for encyclopedias only:
reference, fiction, and reading
now within reaching distance.
at labeled places in the new
arranged and labeled on the
shelves of the former library. There is a section speci-
the shelves upon which the
circle books are placed are
Current magazines are kept
library, and past issues are
fically for subject reference work.
Sixty-six new books which include subject references
and new classics have been added. To date there are
1976 volumes in the library. Many old volumes have been
discarded, and newer editions replace them.
With six tables and thirty-six chairs the library offers
a wonderful environment for the recreational reading period
A main project of the Library Club this year was to
have student librarians take charge of the withdrawal
and the return of books. A dance was sponsored in April
to raise money for a new card catalog.
First Row tkneelingl: Dennis Sweigart, Claude Ohlinger, Iames Gehris, Frederick McQuate, Lloyd McQuate, Frederick
Wilhelm, Earl Bond, Elmer Swartz. Leon Zimmerman
Second Row tsittingl: Mr. Roberts, Fern Ernst, Carol Tobias, Mildred Kiebach, Carletta Moyer. David Sweigart. Irene
Reppert. Catherine Rieser, Marvin Kulp, Betty Sweitzer. Shirley Loeb, Mary Haag, Doris Berger, Ioan Houck
Third Row: Lois Frantz, Elaine Fisher, Martha lane Klopienstein, Faye Tobias, Patricia Doganes, lanet Wolf, Sarah
Fox, D. lane Stoudt, Susan Hartzell, Winilred Pyle, Brenda Kirkhofl, Marylee Gehris, Fern Berger, Betty Labe.
Fourth Row: Barbara Blatt, Patricia Bender, Mae Degler, Marlene Beidler, Brenda Brehm, Alice Messner, Margaret
Miller, Evelyn Larkin, Sandra Haag. Cleo Hoffman. Lauretta Hoyer, Ieanette Schaeffer, Ruth Degler, Nancy
Phillips, Lucille Wagner, Ioanne Wengert, Bernice Hassler, Nancy Lou Henne
Music lovers from grades nine to twelve assemble
every other Thursday to discuss any musical problems of
the school and to listen to the musically-inclined people of
our school as they present programs at every meeting. Mr.
We hope that in the future this organization will con-
tinue to grow and add more records to the library: and
more important, to continue to help amateur musicians gain
Roberts is the advisor, and the officers are: president,
Catherine Hieser: vice-president, Marvin Kulpg secretary,
sell-confidence. We trust too that through membership to
this club, pupils may be helped to be a good audience.
Irene Reppert: and treasurer, David Sweigart.
During the term we members ot Music Club had such
activities as, a dance, the Turkey Trot, attending concerts,
and putting on an assembly before the student body when
the outstanding performers on the programs at the regular
The big project of the year was the buying of a new
school banner which is a beautiful piece of work display-
ing our school Colors. Below you see club members examin-
ing the new standard. It is composed of "Penn-Bernville
High School" in white letters on a background of green
satin finish taiteta, ln the center of the banner is a gold
and white lyre.
The Music Club also purchased some records to begin
a school record library. It will be arranged that the records
can be checked out like books. Included in the collection
sfs Classical fsssfds' musical ssmsdiss' slsssiss' and POP' E. Larkin, M. Balthqser, W. Pyle, 1. Reppen, M. Kulp, 1. Germs. J
ular dance tunes that will never grow old: such as, the Klopfenstein. F. McQuate. Holding banner-E. Bond, D. Sweigart.
Annually the members of the senior class, this year
consisting of sixteen members, publish the yearbook of the
school. Under the supervision of Mrs. Kline this group
met the first period ot every morning during November and
December. At this time the lay-out of the book was studied.
pictures were taken, captions made, and copy Written by
committee members. In the small shot you see committee
members at Work. The projects to raise money for this
publication were the Magazine campaign of the Curtis
Publishing Company, the Merchandise Club oi Landis 61
Landis, donations from the patron list, and lastly the selling
of the yearbook itself. The following comprise the staff.
E. LaFollette, G. Spohn. S. Stoudt. G. Binqaman. W. Klopfenstein
Faculty Classes Seniors Activities Curriculum Calendar
Irene Reppert Grace Hinnershitz Lynwood Sweitzer George Spohn Claude Ohlinger Donald Strausser
Marylee Gehris Shirley Hoyer Stanley Stoudt Frederick Glosser William Kloptenstein Eugene LaFollette
Fern Berger Grace Messner William Hoffman
Sitting: Marylee Gehris, Irene Reppert, Fern Berger. Shirley Hoyer
Standing: Claude Ohlinger, Lynwood Sweitzer, William Kloptenstein, Grace Hinnershitz, Donald Strausser. Grace
Messner, Garvin Bingaman, William Hoiiman, Stanley Stoudt, Eugene LaFollette, George Spohn, Mrs. Kline
The PENN-GUIN gives last minute news of activities
to the Penn-Bernville students. The club consists ot twenty-
eight members who meet every Wednesday. The main
objective of the club is to publish a school newspaper every
month. By the end ot the year the club should be able to
gather the news, write good news stories, and publish the
school paper with a minimum of advice from the Iaculty.
Such is the purpose exemplified in the small photo as Mr.
Spare directs an evaluation ol an issue of the paper. One
project the club hopes to accomplish this year is to send
one issue of the PENN-GUIN to a printer, which will give
the students a professional-looking paper complete with
Mr. Spare and members of the staff.
Associate editor ....... . --.---
Sports editors ........
Art editors ..............
Business managers ..,.. ......
Humor editor ..........,..
Reporters ......... . ......
......,,,, .,Y., .T-...,.,....
. Iim Gehris, David Sweigart, Alice Messner, George Spohn, Donald Strausser,
Frederick McQuate, Bernice Hassler, Patricia Bender, Cleo Hoffman, Joanne
Wengert, Patricia Doganes, Ioan Houck, Brenda Kirkhofl, Lovina Stoudt, Gene
Kulp, Iacqueline Saul, Dennis Sweigart, Leon Zimmerman.
.fm ' -' t . or I
First Row: Mr. Spare. Marvin
Charles Seiirit. Bernice
Second Row: Bernice Hassler.
Kirkhoff. Cleo Hoffman.
Kulp, Barry Himelberqer. Doris Berger, Mary Haag. Catherine Rieser. Betty Koenig.
Luckenbill, Earl Bond
Patricia Bender. Alice Messner, George Spohn, Lovina Stoudt, David Sweiqart, Brenda
Joanne Wengert, Ioan Houck
Third Row: Marlene Beidler. Iacqueline Saul, Patricia Doganes, Donald Strausser. Iames Gehris, Frederick McQuate,
Gene Kulp, Dennis Sweigart, Leon Zimmerman
First Row: Barbara Ernst. Eileen Tobias. Ruth Kirkhofl, Larry Kline. Kathryn Haag
Second Row: Iudith Kline. Leslie Weidman, Lester Zechman. Dennis Zerbe. Bonnie Lee Luckenbill, Ann Klose. Victoria
Shurr, Iudy Tobias, Terry Hamilton, Harold Krill. Diana Kisslinq
Third Row: Daniel Wenrich. Kenneth Mohn. Gerald Luckenbill, Mr. Savage
"Always use safety!" is an expression made by Mr.
Savage when he is talking to the safety patrol, the purpose
of which is to solve school problems and be concerned
about the safety of all the boys and girls. Some of the
problems concern running in the hall and behavior down
in the lunch room.
G Hrnnershitz, I. Reppert, S. Hoyer. G. Messner., R. Kirkhofi. S.
Stoudt in car.
The fifteen members hold an election of officers every
six weeks. In the first election, Ruth Kirkholf had been
elected captain: Larry Kline, lieutenant: Barbara Ernst,
sergeant: Eileen Tobias, corporal: Kathryn Haag. private
first class. In the second period Daniel Wenrich had been
captain: Ruth Kirkhoff, lieutenant: Gene Aulenbach, ser-
geant: Kathryn Haag, corporal. During the third period
Ruth Kirkhofi again became captain: Mary Hoffman, lieuten-
ant: Eileen Tobias, sergeant: and Barbara Ernst, corporal.
Meetings of the safety patrol are conducted by the cap-
tain who. with the above-mentioned officers, is elected by
majority vote of the members. There are two representa-
tives from each room. The meetings are held every Thurs-
day at 12:15 in Room 6. Reports are then given by each
grade, one through six. Adjournment is affected by motion
after all business has been transacted.
Besides trying to make all pupils safety-minded through
discussions and denial of privileges, the members take
special measures at the junction of the Shartlesville road
and Route 83 for pupils of all grades. Below you see Ruth
Kirkhofl doing her duty to allow some senior girls to cross
the street. Special patrols who assume duty at the 'Y' are
Larry Kline and Leslie Weidman. At the Mennonite Church
Kenneth Mohn and Daniel Wenrich serve as patrols.
Sitting: Evelyn Larkin, Winitred Pyle, Mrs. Kreitler. Martha Iane Klopienstein. Marilyn Balthaser
Standing: Claude Ohlinger, William Klopienstein. Glenn Beidler
The School Arts Club is composed of seven members
lrom grades ten and twelve, under the leadership of Mrs.
Kreitler. The club meets every Wednesday afternoon in
what had tormerly been the library.
Projects ol the club include decorations for monthly
dances. The lirst was the "Soccer Ball" by Student Coun-
cil: the "Turkey Trot" by Music Club: and "Cupid's Frolic"
by the sophomores. Help such as you see in the small
photo was also given the seniors in the final decorations
ior the Christmas Dance.
Some of the Courtesy posters in the hall were made
by members of the club. The bulletin boards in the hall
received a "lace-1ilting" when the club members painted
The auditorium received much the same treatment but
on a larger scale. The walls were painted yellow, the
stage gray. and the floor a deep green.
Those who visit the library frequently may have noticed
the drawings on the blackboard. These are done by the
Another type of project ot the group was to supply
soccer posters. One of these included a score sheet. In-
dividual posters were made for each game.
The biggest project was the Christmas scenes. A
Nativity scene was displayed in the window of the library,
while the scene of the shepherds was displayed in the
senior homeroom. Both scenes were illuminated at night
during the Christmas season.
"A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year"
Mr. Matthew does the explaining.
The Sports Club has been organized for those students
at Penn-Bernville who are interested in promoting fair
play and sportsmanship in athletics. One of the main
functions ot the club is to act as a booster club for the
various athletic activities that the school offers. The club
is also trying to secure more and better facilities and
equipment for the school so that their slogan - A SPORT
FOR EVERYONE, AND EVERYONE IN A SPORT - may
The club has sponsored bake sales to raise money for
new equipment in which all may engage. This year has
seen the addition of a table tennis table and four new
mats. The club members would like to see some girls'
equipment added in the not too distant future so that the
girls too may enjoy some of the same advantages that are
gained by the boys through interscholastic sports.
The club, which meets every Thursday afternoon at
l2:45, has thirty members, At these meetings new projects
which might make an athletic program better are dis-
cussed. Not all the meetings are spent in this type of
discussion, since the boys also cover the rules and regula-
tion, along with the fundamental skills, of the sports. The
boys also received a chance to put this knowledge to
practice by playing some games.
The officers of the club are: president, Leo Houck: vice-
president, Robert Kline: secretary, Barry Himelbergery
treasurer. Gerald Heckman: and chaplain, Richad Reber.
The candid shot shows Mr. Matthew explaining one of
the best basketball plays that the group covered in their
discussion on basketball before they went out to try to
put it to use.
First Row: Leo Houck, Martin Knorr, Robert Hartz, Glenn Beidler. Barry Grim, Leon Boltz, Leon Zimmerman, Carl
Lachman, Paul Martin. Gerald Hartman
Second Row: Mr. Matthew. Robert Kline. Gerald Heckman. Benjamin Reed. Gerald Miller. Gary Kohl. Gene Correll,
LaVerne Koenig. Dale Himmelberger, Forrest Lesher, William Hoffman
Third Row: Barry Himelberqer, Richard Reber, Royce Haag, Garvin Binqaman, Henry Bohn. Clement Care, Stanley
Stoudt. Larry Luckenbill. Walter Duchan
"We, the sludents of Penn-Bernville High School, in
order to promote better understanding and closer cooper-
ation between the faculty and students, to foster the best
common interest of our school. to acknowledge respect for
order and good work, and to accept and practice the re-
sponsibilities and privileges of participation, do establish
this Constitution for the Student Council of Penn-Bernville
This preamble to the Constitution of the Student Coun-
cil of Penn-Bernville High School well states the purpose
ol this organization. The Student Council under the leader-
ship of Mr. Sell has a total of fourteen members represent-
ing grades seven to twelve.
The officers of the Student Council are: president, Don-
ald Strausser: vice-president, Catherine Rieser: secretary,
Fern Berger: treasurer, Betty Koenig: and chaplain, Wini-
The following committees have done much work in
the organization of school activities and establishing good
citizenship: dance committee, clean-up committee, courtesy
committee, publicity committee, morale building committee,
and the school flag and motto committee.
F. Berger. C. Rieser, B. Koenig, M. White: D. Strausser, sitting
The Student Council has its meetings each Friday, the
first period in the afternoon. At their meetings they discuss
all matters relating to coordinated and integrated school
life. In the candid shot you see a group studying the Con-
stiution. The Student Council has accomplished much dur-
ing this school term. Among other things are: organization
of bulletin boards and assemblies, attending the annual
county Student Council Conference at the Muhlenberg High
School, organization of school dances, and raising funds
for our school improvement.
Sitting: Betty Koenig, Fern Berger, Donald Strausser. Catherine Rieser. Winiired Pyle
Standing: Mr. Sell, Brenda Kirkhofi, George Spohn, David Sweigart, Melinda White, Marvin Kulp, Barry Himelberger,
Ioan Houck. Norman Burkey, Dennis Sweigart
S. Stoudt, I. Reppert, W. Hoffman. F. Berger, C. Ohlinger
"The Old Timers"
As the school doors opened in September,
1950, our class of '54, now freshmen in high
school, had the following members enrolled:
Frederick Glosser, William Hoffman, William
Klopfenstein, Eugene l..aFollette, Claude Ohl-
inger, George Spohn, Stanley Stoudt, Donald
Strausser, Fern Berger, Marylee Gehris, and
Irene Reppert. The class was joined by three
newcomers: Grace Messner from Upper Bern
Township, Shirley Hoyer from Iefferson Town-
ship, and Grace Hinnershitz from Reading. The
class officers elected were: president, Miles
Woolever: vice-president, Marylee Gehris: sec-
retary, Donald Yerger: treasurer, Shirley Hoyer:
and chaplain, Helen Kiebach. Donald left us
during this term.
In our sophomore year we elected the fol-
lowing leaders: president, Donald Strausser:
vice-president, Marylee Gehris: secretary, Anna
Haag: assistant secretary, Grace Messner:
treasurer, William Klopfenstein: and chaplain,
Annamae Graeff. Anna and Annamae left us
during this year. We purchased our red and
gray class jackets from Nuebling's Sporting
At last we had reached our junior year.
Our supervisor was Mr. George Sell. The offi-
jke 66444 0 7954
cers now Were: president, Fern Berger: vice-
president, Irene Reppert: secretary, William
Klopfenstein: treasurer, Stanley Stoudt: and
chaplain, Miles Woolever. Helen and Miles
left us during this term. Lynwood Sweitzer
joined us from Bethel. Our class held a Christ-
mas party in the school cafeteria. ln March we
presented our class play entitled "Bolts and
Nuts". We also enjoyed painting German de-
signs on small benches and chests as a part of
our German project. ln May we took part in
the first Iunior-Senior Prom in the school.
Now we have finally reached the year to
which we have looked forward-our senior
year in high school. With Mrs. Pearl Kline as
supervisor, we chose the following leaders:
president, Fern Berger: vice-president, Irene
Reppert: secretary, Shirley Hoyer: treasurer,
Marylee Gehris: and chaplain, George Spohn.
Garvin Bingaman joined us this term from the
United States Forces in Austria. We sponsored
a magazine campaign, a merchandise club,
and the school annual, the PENNANT. We
presented our senior play, entitled A CLOSE
SHAVE by Thomas Sutton, in March. We par-
ticipated in the Iunior-Senior Prom as well as in
the first May Day held by our school. All our
activities as a class in high school were cli-
maxed by Commencement on June l.
F if ty-eig ht
Our baseball and soccer interscholastic sports have their origin
in neighborhood intra-district meets, which in turn can be traced back
to 1911, when the first Field Day and Play Picnic for country children
was held at Kutztown State Normal School on May 13. Included in
that meet were these games: folk-dances. maypoles, slides, bowling
alleys, tennis courts, see-saws, teeter-ladders: the track events were:
chinning, jumping dashes, relays, discus throwing, pole vaulting, shot
put, baseball and bicycle races. Later contests in spelling, declama-
tion, arithmetic, and oratory were added.
The obejct oi inaugurating annual Field Day and Play Picnic was
"to have young people learn team-play as they grew up, to cultivate
play spirit and develop playground and recreative activities, to give
them an opportunity to participate in time-honored sports and amuse-
ments, to learn new and inspirational games, and to become
acquainted with good practicable methods of physical training."1-
Today the physical education program in the individual schools is
supplemented by interscholastic meets in sports. These are climaxed
by district playoffs.
1. RBPUII ul the Superinlwrrlrfxl of Common Schools of lhv Communwealllx ol Penn-
sylvania, 1911, pp. 27-28.
QR ECREATION PROGRAM
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First Row: Betty Koenig. Marlene Beidler
Second Row: Grace Messner, Doris Berger
Third Row: Irene Reppert, Fern Berger, Mary Haag, Catherine Rieser
Throughout the 1953 season this new squad of damsels of this group of girls. Those cheering were: Betty Koenig,
proved their ability to arouse the enthusiasm of the fans. Marlene Beidler, Grace Messner, Doris Berger, Irene Rep-
Eight pairs of vocal cords stretched to their utmost plus pert, Fern Berger, Mary Haag, Catherine Rieser.
the real desire to see the team victorious were the ambitions
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Another soccer season has bowed off the stage at
Penn-Bernville. Now that the dust has cleared and the
results are evident, we see that the boys with the educated
feet weren't too successful. Six men were lost through
graduation, and thus the team is in the process of rebuild-
ing. Especially to be commended for their play during the
season are William Hoffman, who was the backbone of
our defense, and Marvin Kulp, the big gun of the Green
and White, who scored four goals. Plagued with bad
breaks and inexperience, the Wildcats ended the season
with 2 wins, 6 losses, and 2 ties.
After opening the '53 season with a thrilling 1-0 victory
over Wernersville, Coach Matthew's booters tied Sinking
Spring 1-1 in a hard-fought contest in which the tieing score
for Sinking Spring was made by Co-captain Hoffman. The
third battle which took place at home was against the
defending Western Division Champions from Robesonia.
S 'ice ty
The Wildcats dropped this contest 4-D and also the next
game to Bethel 3-1 in a contest that saw Bethel score two
quick goals in the last quarter to win. Playing the Womels-
dorf Lions away from home, the Wildcats appeared to be
about to bring home the bacon, but the defense crumbled
in the last quarter: and the Green and White lost a thrill-
ing game 3-2. Playing the next game at Wernersville,
the boys showed that they could play soccer if they wanted
to, and in doing so beat the Redskins l-0 in a game which
saw our booters miss many an opportunity to score. The
next contest was waged with the Bruins of Sinking Spring
on the local field. It was a hard-fought game, and it looked
as if it would end in a tie until the Bruins received a penal-
ty kick and capitalized on it with a few minutes left to
play. The game was counted on the short side of the
ledger as the boys went down to a 1-0 defeat. The local
team visited the nest of the Robins, who were still unde-
feated and unscored upon. The game ended with the
Kneeling: Carl Lachman. Robert Bender, Gene Kulp, Barry Himelberger. Marvin Kulp, Charles Seitrit, Gene Correll,
Standing, First Row: Mr. Matthew, Elmer Swartz, Donald Spayd, William Hoffman. Gerald Miller, Gene Spayd. La-
Verne Koenig, David Sweiqart
Standing, Second Row: Richard Balthaser, Leo Houck, William Klopfenstein, Larry Luckenbill. locmes Gehris, Leon
Green and White again on the short end of a 7-0 score.
Traveling to Bethel tor the next encounter, the Wildcats
played very good ball. This game held the spectators'
interest from the opening whistle to the end: and our boys
lost when Larry Luckenbill, a freshman, in the heat oi
excitement kicked a goal for Bethel.
The last game of the year was played before a large
crowd on the home field: and although the local hooters
l ..... ...... W ernersville ....... .,... 0
l ..... ...... S inking Spring ...... ..... l
0 ..... ..... R obesonia ....... ..... 4
1 ..... ...... B ethel ............ ..... 3
2 ..... ....., W omelsdorf ..... ...... 3
l ..... ....,. W ernersville .,..... ..... 0
O ...... ,..,. S inking Spring ........ ..... 1
D ..... ...... R obesonicr ....... ...... 7
0 ..... ...... B ethel ............ ...... 1
1 ..... ...... W omelsdorl ..... ..... 1
missed many chances to score, they did hold the Lions to
a 1-l tie.
In looking over the record for the season, we see that
the boys with the educated feet lost three games by one
goal. Any one of these games might have been turned
into a victory if the boys would have been more experi-
enced. The Penn-Bernville Wildcats ended the season in
iitth place in the Western Division.
"Baby, It's Cold Outside".
Front Row: Gene Kulp, David Sweigart, Gerald Heckman, Robert Balthaser, William Woli, Robert Kline, Raymond
Kulp, William Hoffman. Barry Himelberger, Gene Spayd
Back Row: Herman Bressler, Leo Houck, Earl Graefl, Henry Bohn, Clement Care, Charles Seifrit
Faced with an inexperienced and green team which
contained only two senior boys, Coach Matthew realized
the season looked none too hopeful. However his Wildcats
finished the season with a record of four wins and six
As per usual the cold weather oi early spring put a
damper unto many of the much-needed practice sessions.
The season got off to a good start with the Green and
White emerging victorious to the tune of 9-2 over Bethel
on the home diamond. Before they knew what happened
or could find themselves, the Wildcats dropped three games
in a row. The first loss occurred at Womelsdorf where
the Lions edged out a 6-4 victory in a hard fought contest.
The second loss occurred at home with Sinking Spring win-
ning 3-2. In the next game the Wildcats were tamed by
Robesonia 17-2. Playing at home, the boys hit the win
column for the second time of the season by beating Wer-
nersville 4-O. In the return engagement with Bethel which
started the second half, the game was played away from
home on one of the coldest days of the season and found
our boys being set down in order by Olseh of Bethel, who
pitched a perfect game, allowing no hits and runs for
the Wildcats. Back home again the boys were determined
to show that they were still in the thick of things and
handed Womelsdorf their second loss of the season in beat-
ing them 4-l. Then the boys dropped two games in a row-
one to Sinking Spring, Z-0: and one to Robesonia, 7-l.
The Wildcats ended up the season at Wernersville with
a 7-4 victory in a wild game that had everything which
makes baseball the national pastime.
Many of the losses dealt to the Wildcats during the
season were due to erratic fielding, and lack of power at
the plate led to many down falls: but with many of the
boys playing their first season, greater things are antici-
pated next year.
Barry Himelberger proved to be the outstanding pitcher,
and Robert Kline the leading hitter.
Schedule and Scores
Pupils, parents, teachers, and directors met
annually since 1857 and three years prior to
that at what were known as "local insti-
tutes" with the primary purpose of arousing
greater interest in and to aid in the advance-
ment ot the public schools. Programs in-
cluded playlets, recitations, dialogues, and
musical selections. This, of course, can be
labeled the predecessor ot local teachers'
'meetings and of Parent-Teachers' Associa-
tions. The Field Day and Play Picnic were
organized too to bring country communities
into pleasant social contact. Prior to this
whatever other "get-togethers" there were
were dependent upon the individual families
or churches and Sunday Schools. Today
functions to aid in the social development oi
the pupil are included in our school calen-
dar. Schools are rapidly becoming the cen-
ter oi our community social life.
Here we see some of the faculty at the Ball. They were
the special guests of the evening. Even though some took
the advantage to dance, some, such as these teachers sat
'one out' to admire the scenery, the decorations, and most
of all the dancing. The guests in this picture are: Mrs. Emily
Holtzman, Mrs. Bohrbach, Miss Riegel, Mrs. Kaiser, and
Here we see Mr. and Mrs. Sell enjoying the Ball. You
see the name of the Prom on the wall in the background.
The centerpiece of the Spring Garden Ball was a bird bath
sprinkling water under colored lights. This was placed in
front of cz background of all kinds of beautiful spring
flowers. Surrounding the centerpiece was a beautiful white
May 22, 1953, will always be remembered by the
juniors and the seniors. This was the night they had work-
ed so hard to enjoy. It was the Iunior-Senior Prom. The
Prom was named the Spring Garden Ball, and the music
was supplied by Rodney Ruth and his Orchestra. In the
picture you see dancing near the arbor of the Spring
These people seem to enjoy the dancing. They are:
Fern Berger and Barry Holl, Donald Lynn and Shirley Reber,
and Shirley Hoyer and George Spohn. Even though the
music ended all too soon, all the juniors, now this year's
seniors. dreamed ol another prom. Everyone felt our first
Iunior-Senior Prom had been a great success.
Nov. 20. 1953, was a big night for the Music Club.
This was their dance, the name of which was the Turkey
Trot. The Indian chasing a turkey cmd the turkeys with
small turkey figures on brown and orange streamers pro-
vided the atmosphere lor the afiair. In this picture Lovina
Stoudt and Iacqueline Saul look as though they are having
a good time as they try to keep in time to the music.
Garvin Bingaman and William Klopfenstein are finding
out while they hang pine branches on the doorways that
dances are not merely fun but also hard work. This was
just one activity amid all the hustle and bustle in almost
every corner. Seniors and underclassmen are working
hard lor what turned out to be one of the biggest dances
for the seniors, excluding the Prom. To the Christmas dance
high school pupils and alumni were invited.
September, 1953. At the Soccer Ball having quite a
line time in the Mexican hat dance are some of the stu-
dents who attended the first dance oi the 1953-54 school
season. The Soccer Ball was the name given to the dance.
for it opened the soccer season for Penn-Bernville High
School. The decorations included everything concerning
soccer. The crepe paper used was green and white, our
Dec. 23, 1953, was the Christmas dance especially tor
alumni and the high school students. The music for this
function was furnished by Steve Baer and his Orchestra.
With wintery scenery this dance offered a warm welcome
to alumni. Now they had an opportunity to return to their
Alma Mater and see the improvements of the past years.
We so much want this to be an annual Home-Coming for
former graduates. This picture, which has a winter scene
tor the background, is one of the views of the dance.
This is another picture taken at the Chirstmas Dance.
Charles Klopp, an alumnus of '52 and William Kline, hus-
band of Mrs. Kline, a faculty member, seem to have enjoy-
ed being the winners of the cake in the cake walk. The
band and the Christmas scenery can be seen in the back-
Ianuary 15, 1954. This, the Crystal Ball, was a big
event for the freshmen, for this was their first sponsored
dance. The scenery consisted ot winter scenes and snow
balls and stars suspended from the ceiling. In the picture
are Marvin Kulp and Linda Bare, the king and queen of
the dance. The wildcat in the background represents our
Students and guests seem to be enjoying themselves
just alter a number by Steve Baer. Even though this was
the first annual high school and alumni dance at Christmas,
it was quite a success. This dance every year will bring
back alumni to meet old friends.
February 12, 1954. This was the Valentine dance for
the school. This was indeed one ot the outstanding dances
in respect to decorations. The theme was Cupid and Valen-
tine Day: therefore, it was called "Cupid's Fro1ic". The
decorations consisted of hearts, white clouds, cupid figures,
and a large valentine on the wall. In the picture the king
and queen selected to reign over the dance were Marvin
Kulp and Carol Tobias, members of the sophomore class.
Nov. 25, 1953. Our Famous Ancestors was the name
of this play presented by the eighth grade at our Thanks-
giving assembly. This assembly, one out of the many we
had, gave to us, before we recessed for our Thanksgiving
vacation, the true meaning of Thanksgiving. The play was
direcied by Miss Riegel. The characters from leit to right
are Joyce Reber, Stsan Goldstein, Sherwood Himelberger,
and Norman Burkey.
Dec. 11, 1953. While the cold winds blew outside, the
inside oi the school offered a cheery warmth. This was
the night of the sophomore Christmas party. This was the
'get-together' night tor them. They did not waste any of
the time. Only the sophomores and their homeroom teacher,
Mr. Spare, were here to enjoy such antics as Marvin Kulp.
Carol Tobias, and Earl Bond passing litesavers on tooth-
picks to each other.
Afiemgfg, puffy, unc! lpfag
Catherine Rieser, who plays the leading role in the
play, Miss Chatterbox, is straightening her hat while Charles
Seilrit as Warner Conway looks disgusted as she talks
on and on. Indeed this was an amusing play, and the
juniors are to be congratulated for such a tine production.
December 10, 1953. This was the night for the juniors
to sink their teeth into dramatics to prepare themselves for
their senior class play. The play, MISS CHATTERBOX, was
a great success, for it was an unusually good comedy. In
the picture Betty Koenig, Lois Frantz, and Charles Seifrit
listen intently to another cast member who says, "Why,
I'm your brother Ied's daughter."
Mr. 6: Mrs. Roy Luckenbill
Mr. df Mrs. E. Thomas Sheetz
Mr. ci Mrs. Denton H. Kalbach
Mr. 6: Mrs. Frank W. Faust
Donald C. Strausser
Frederick Glosser, Ir.
Mr. df Mrs. Leo S. Houck
Dorothy lane Stoudt
Landis df Landis
Mr. df Mrs. Emerson Stoudt
Mr. 5 Mrs. George S. Reppert
Mr. 6: Mrs. lames W. Luckenbill
Franklin E. Cocks
Mr. 5: Mrs. Iacob C. Martin
Carl H. Lachman, Sr.
Mr. df Mrs. Harold Matthew
Mr. df Mrs. Irvin I. Kirkhoff
Brenda M. Kirkhoft
Mr. dt Mrs. Gerald Brunner
Mrs. Anna F. Burkey
Alma G. Bender
Mr. Richard N. Spare
Mr. G Mrs. William H. Kline
Mr. df Mrs. Charles H. Miller
Mrs. David I. Kramer
Miss Stella M. Riegel
Mr. 6. Mrs. Ralph L. Bare
Mr. 6: Mrs. Charles A. Bender
Lee D. Hartzell
Mr. 6 Mrs. Leroy Snyder
William R. Hoffman
Claude H. Ohlinger
Mr. CS Mrs. Claude F. Hoffman
Roy F. Bubbenmoyer
Mr. 6: Mrs. David E. Spohn
Carroll L. Snyder
Clark L. Snyder
Donton G Delong Plumbers
Moll's ESSO Service Station
Bubbenmoyer's l.G.A. Super Market
Eagle Hotel, Iimmy 5: Alice
Bernville Inn, Prop. Margaret Wenger
Dr. ci lVlrs. Richard De B. Bertolette
Family Gift Shop
Mr. df Mrs. Frederick Glosser, Sr.
Marsha C. Wolfgang
Boyertown Times Pub. Co.
Hershey Creamery Co.
lohn F. Leininger
American Legion Bowling Alleys
William E. Klopfenstein
Mr. 61 Mrs. Iohn A. Berger
Mr. df Mrs. Harry M. Gehris
Marylee Elizabeth Gehris
Lester's Saw Filing Shop
Grace C. E. Oxenreider
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