Van Del High School - Rocket Yearbook (Van Wert, OH)

 - Class of 1954

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CLHSS llllll We, the Senior Class of 1054, being young and cheerful, and having a sound mind and body, do make, publish, and declare this our last will and testament, hereby re- voking and making null and void all other wills and promises whether written or oral, made by us iz: the past. .-'-.RTICLE I: To our Royal Faculty, we hereby bequeath our awareness of the bells, as well as all the paper wads, bee bees, and thumb tacks ever found in the possession of any senior. ARTICLE II: To the junior class, we hereby bequeath our ability to earn money and make class projects a success. ARTICLE III: To the sophomore class, we bequeath our athletic ability, hoping that they use it better than we did. ARTICLE IV: To the freshman class, we hereby bequeath the Royal Faculty, hoping they appreciate you as much as they did us. ARTICLE V: I. MAXINE ADAMS, hereby bequeath my excess poundage to Virginia Baughman, and my admiration of Jerry Baer to the freshman girls. I, DON ARN, hereby bequeath my great English ability to Sandra Moorman. I, JEAN BAER, hereby bequeath my athletic ability to Delilah Myers, and my six years of cheering to Donna Davis. I, BILL BOWDEN, hereby bequeath my modesty to Ronnie McCleery, and my long hair to Raymond Odaffer. I, JIM DARBY, hereby bequeath my quietness to Joe Hoghe. I, EVELYN DAVIS, hereby bequeath my ability to go with boys to Anna Jayne I-Izttle. I, MARY ELLEN DEMINT, hereby bequeath my ability to be elected queen to Mary Lou Girod. I, RALPH HAMMONS, hereby bequeath my ability to get quiet in home room to Phil Johns. I, RICHARD HINES, hereby bequeath all the trouble I had with Mr. Decker and Mr. Sawmiller to Ronnie Utrup. I, MILDRED HOGHE, hereby bequeath my ability to state my opinions to Helen Johnson. I, MAYNARD KERNS, hereby bequeath my scholastic ability to Roger Wagner, and my hard top convertible to Rex Adams. I, RONALD LONG, hereby bequeath my strength to Roger Runyon, and all my troubles to the whole world. I, ROBERT MATTHEWS, hereby bequeath my extreme love of parliamentary procedure to Rex Ritchie. I, SHIRLEY MIHM, hereby bequeath my slimness to Sue Demint. I, FAITH ROGERS, hereby bequeath my ability to guess the right answers in class to Bill Hirt. I, MYRNA DAVIS, hereby bequeath my height to Olene Wortman. I, GILBERT STEPELTON, hereby bequeath my collection of absent slips to Gerhard Otte, and my everlasting humor to Harold Wollenhaupt. I, BARBARA TABLER, hereby bequeath my ability to be alert to Jackie Elder, and my giggle to Jean Nebel. lr: witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our name and affixed our seal this twenty-sixth day of May in the year of our Lord, nineteen hundred and fifty- four. We, the Undersigned: 16 The Class of 1954

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PHUPHECU Since graduation from Van Del High School in 1954, I have taken a sight-seeing tour every year. It is 1974 and I am ready for my twentieth tour, so hop on the train, and let's go. The first stopis Niagara Falls. Seeing a huge crowd and wondering what is going on, I push forward and find what the "Big Deal" is. Someone is going over the falls in a barrel. I inquire into the matter and find the daredevil is MAXINE ADAMS, my old classmate. I couldn't stand to watch the episode, so I head towards Boston. QP. S. She made it. I I.n Boston, there is also a large celebration. They are going to enact the Boston Massacre. I talk to the director, who, by the way, is GILBERT STEPELTON, being the realist he is, is using real bullets. It is impossible to prevent this silly notion, so Ileave to escape being an accessory to the crime. The next city on my itinerary is New York, and while walking along the "Great White Way" whom should I meet but JEAN BAER. She tells me she is still waiting for her BIG break, but in the meantime she is working in a small waterfront theater where she has been playing for over a year and is billed as "Shanghai Jeannie." Her accompanist is MAYNARD KERNS who has turned out to be quite a musician. After arriving in Washington D. C., I attend a session of Congress and while sit- ting there very contest, a Senator from Texas stands up and I about pass out! He is ROBERT MATTHEWS! He introduces a bill to do away with parliamentary law in the Senate since everybody is taking advantage of the Texas delegation by the use of it. I travel throu h Charleston, and meet DON ARN at a farm auction. He tells me he owns a small firm, and manufactures coon skin coats. His business is progress- ing, and he soon hopes to realize his dream of putting the minks out of business. I begin my westward journey, and stop at New Orleans. I go into one of the "Jive Joint's" where Dixieland is the "most" and there among the "Be Bop" crowd is BARBARA TABLER. She says she couldn't resist that "red hot" music one Sunday night and the next day she headed south and stayed. As I walk away, Ihear her yell- ing, "Cool it, baby, cool it." I cross the Mississippi River and go to Ft. Worth, where two of my old class- mates, MILDRED HOGHE and SHIRLEY MIHM are running a mission home for old worn out cowboys. They are doing fairly well now that the space travel movies are the standard, instead of westerns. They plan to expand over the southwest later. I board a plane and fly over the Rocky Mountains, landing near Phoenix. I de- cide to visit an Indian reservation where I meet JIM DARBY, sitting with the chief's daughter. Jim's scheme is to gain control of the Indian population, then begin another uprising to recapture the land the Palefaces took from the Redskins. I'm in Los Angeles now, and while sightseeing, I am picked up by the police for jaywalking. They take me to the station and the man in charge is RALPH HAMMONS. Ralph has held this position for about six years, and soon expects to be appointed Chief of Police. In San Francisco, I notice the Golden Gate Bridge is being painted green. I stop to watch, and catch a glimpse of a familiar face, RICHARD HINES. I work my way over to him, and he says he has been with this company for 15 years. He is expect- ing a promotion to the position of Assistant Rust Scraper soon. I keep going north and stop at Seattle. I walk by a super market, where I meet FAITH ROGERS. She explains that she has been married for 15 years, and is liv- ing on a small farm. There is the patter of little feet around the house--fifteen chickens, four dogs, seven sheep, and ten hogs. Faith's final statement is, "We couldn't afford a barn." I head towards Salt Lake City, where I see, MYRNA DAVIS, lounging in the sun. She is working on a plan to take the salt from the lake. She wants to prove that this projlpct can be done by a woman, and Myrna thinks her solution will come in a few wee s. I journey towards Bismarck but my car breaks down in a small, North Dakota town. Out of curiosity, I go into a one room schoolhouse. Standing at the head of the classroom is EVELYN DAVIS. She insists on the old-fashioned wa of teaching and doesn't believe in sparing the rod. In fact, I left as soon as I saw her unmerci- fully beat a small boy for throwing a spit ball at her. Then over to Milwaukee, and seeing MARY ELLEN DEMHNIT coming out of a childs' clothing store with a big bundle. I stop to chat with her, and she says she was jilted by her high school beau and so as a rebound she married a beer magnate from Milwaukee. She's hoping for sextuplets this time, so SHE can make Milwaukee amous. I'm now in Chicago, and it's the last cit on my tour. Icheck into a hotel and flip the radio on in my room. They introduce RONALD LONG, Chicago's favorite hillbilly singing "I'm a Plain Old Country Boy." I telephone Ronald and he says he has been the sensation of Chicago for 12 years, and is good for 12 more. Well, that takes care of everyone in the class of '54 except BILL BOWDEN. As you have probablyaguessed from this article I am a world traveler. I'm now getting ready to start for laska, and who knows who I'1l meet there. 17

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