Villa Grove High School - Vade Mecum Yearbook (Villa Grove, IL)
- Class of 1950
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"Behind The Scenes"
THE ANNUAL STAFF OF 1950
Editor ........... ..................,,.........,.......................................,.. M arilyn Schroeder
Assistant Editor .......... ......... W ilfred Laley
Business Manager ............ ........,.............. J oe James
Assistant Manager ......... .......... P hyllis Crawford
Artist ........................,.................i...... ,................. E ileen Happ
Aide ..........,..............................i,....i............... ..................... J ackie Wacker
Director of Photography ......,....................,................. Charles Pflum
Cameramen ...............i..............,..... George Hillard, Sue Ann Maris
Sports Writers ........... .................... B ob Rieck, Dale Jester,
Mary Etta Mooday
Clubs ....,..,.......i......... ...................... I mogene Riddle, Barbara Tay
Class Will ........ ............ B ob Anderson, Mary Joyce Watkins
Prophecy .......... ................. B enny King, Rose Marie Gilles
Calendar ..........................,........, Lois Auten, Mary Ann Mitsdarfer
Special Writer ................................................... .........,............. O na Ransdell
Technical Adviser ,....,..... ......... M rs. Ruth Conn
The lights flash across the set, the script girl settles
comfortably into her chair in the wings, and the harassed
directors can at last take a deep breath and watch with
pride and full assurance of a perfect scene as another
finished production takes its place among the "smash-hits"
of other years and another half-hundred young actors take
their places before the footlights on the great stage of life.
Some few will have starring roles thus winning the
acclamation of hundredsg most of us will play only obscure
bit-parts in the adult world. But whatever the future holds
for the mid-century graduates, they'll be playing their
parts to the best of their ability in the tradition instilled in
them by the loyal directors, the faculty, in the four mem-
orable years spent in training and preparation for their
debut into independence.
Faculty and School Board
GERALD G. GAINES, Superintendent
University of Illinois, B.S., M.S.
YIRGIL I. MARSHALL, Principal
Illinois College, A.B.
University of Illinois, M.A.
JOSEPH D. KELLEY
Illinois Wesleyan University, B.S.
University of Illinois, M.S.
Assistant Coach, Mathematics, P.E.
Southern Illinois University, B. Ed.
Social Science, Girls' Physical Education
MARJORIE SIDWELL '
Western Illinois State College, B.Ed. in Science
University of Illinois
A. 8 M. of Colorado
University of Illinois. B.S.
LESLIE C. VVOLFE
Indiana State Teachers College, B.S., MS.
University of Wisconsin
University of Illinois, B.S.
Indiana Central, BS.
University of Illinois
Western State Teachers College, B.Ed.
English, Music, Girls' Chorus
RUTH CONN -
Eastern Illinois State College, B.Ed.
Southern Illinois University
University of Illinois, B.S.
Industrial Arts, Building Trades
CLARENCE T. WEIR
University of Illinois, M.S.
Coach, Social Science, P.E.
Eastern Illinois State College, B.S.
Band, Boys' Chorus
Wendel Cannon, President Ted Cai-mack
Cecil Keith, Secretary Martin Prosser
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PICTURE OF THE YEAR
THE CLASS OF 1950
BOB ANDERSON "Act of Violence"
Football 1, 2, 45 Basketball 1, 2, 3, 4g Track 1, 2, 3, 45 Lettermen's
Club 3, 4g Junior Play Cast, Senior Play Cast, Dramatic Club 3 4'
Thespian 3, 43 Camera Club, Secretary, 3, Chorus 2, 4, Band 1: 22
Student Council 43 Athletic Scholarship 3, 4.
CORA BELL WILCOXEN "Welcome Stranger"
Newman High School 1, 2, 3, and first semester of 45 Press Club 3, 4.
LOIS AUTEN "You Were Meant for Me"
F.H.A. 1, 2, 3, 4, Reporter 33 G.A.A. 1, 2, 4, Newspaper Staff 33
Annual Staff 4.
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FLORENCE BASHAM "City Across the River"
F.H.A. 3, 4, Dramatic Club 4, Chorus 3, 4.
BETTY BEAN "It Happens Every Spring"
F.H.A. 1, 2, G.A.A. 1, 2, Dramatic Club 3, 4, Commercial Club 3, 4,
Secretary and Treasurer 4, Chorus 2, .3
STELLA BENNETT "Old-Fashioned Girl"
G.A.A. 3, 4, Chorus 1, 2.
TOM BOSCH "Always Leave Them Laughing"
Blasketball 3, 4, Football 4, Glee Club 3, Junior Play, Lettermen's
C ub 4.
JUANITA BRETZ "The Farmer's Daughter'
F.H.A. 1, 2, 3, 4, G.A.A. 1, 2, 4, Chorus 1, 2, 3, 4, Pep Club 1, 4,
Newspaper Staff 3.
ANN BYRNES "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon"
F.H.A. 1, 2, 3, 4, Newspaper Staff 3, 4, Commercial Club 3.
PERRY CHRISTMAN "They Live By Night"
President of Sophomore Class, Football 2, 3, 4, Basketball 2, 3, 4,
F.F.A. 2, 3, 4, Secretary 3, Treasurer 2, Dramatic Club 3, Stage
PHYLLIS CRAWFORD "The Gay Lady"
Vice President of Student Council 4, G.A.A. 1, 2, 3, 4, Secretary,
Annual Staff 4-Assistant Business Manager, Newspaper Stai 3,
F.H.A. 1, 2, Dramatic Club 3, 4, Thespian Club 3, 4, Junior Play-
"Meet Me in St. Louis," Senior Play-"January Thaw."
CLIFFORD DRESCHER "Young Man With a Horn"
Dramatic Club 3, 4, Thespian 3, 4, Spanish Club 3, 4, Lettermen's
Club 3, 4, Chorus 1, 2, 4, Pep Club 1, 2, Band 1, 2, 3, 4, Football
1, 2, 3, 4, Basketball 1, 2, Track 1, 2, 3, 4, "Meet Me in St. Louis" 3,
"January Thaw" 4.
IRMA DUBSON "My Friend Irma"
Secretary of Senior Class 4, F.H.A. 1, 2, 3, 4, G.A.A. 1, 2, 3, 4,
Vice President 2.
GEORGE ELDER "Let's Live a Little"
F.F.A. 1, 2, 3, 4, Sentinel 1, Track 1, 4, Football 1, 2, 3, 4, Letter-
men's Club 2, 3, 4.
RICHARD ELDER "The Third Man"
Class President 1, Camera Club 2, Chorus 1, 2, 3, 4, Band 1, 2, 3, 4,
Lettermen's Club 4, Pep Club 1, 4, Student Council 1, Football
1, 2, 3, 4, Basketball 1, Track 1.
PHYLLIS EVERSOLE "This Time for Keeps"
F.H.A. 1, 2, 3, 4, Treasurer 4, G.A.A. 1, 2, Dramatic Club 1, 2, 3, 4,
Chorus 1, 2, 3, 4, "Meet Me in St. Louis" 3.
JANE FIELDBINDER "To Each His Own"
Class President 3, F.H.A. 1, 2: G.A.A. 1, Dramatic Club 3, 4, Pep
Club 1, 2, Thespian 4, Chorus 1, 3, 4, Student Council 2, 3, "Meet
Me in St. Louis" 3.
ROSE MARIE GILLES "My Wild Irish Rose"
Dramatic Club 3, 4, Vice President 4, Cheerleader 2, 3, 4, Pep
Club 1, 2, 3, 4, Spanish Club 4, Commercial Club 4, Homecoming
Queen 4, Student Council 1, Annual Staff 4, Senior Play-"January
Thaw," Junior Play--"Meet Me in St. Louis."
TOM HANCOCK "Red, Hot and Blue"
Class Vice President 1, 4, Reporter 3, Lettermen's Club 3, 4, Presi-
dent 4, Student Council 4, Football 1, 2, 3, 4, Basketball 1, 2, 3, 4,
Track 1, 2, National Athletic Honor Society.
EILEEN HAPP "Angels in Disguise"
Newspaper Staff 3, Society Editor 4, Business Manager 4, Annual
Staff 4, F.H.A. 1, 2, 3, G.A.A. 1, 2, 4.
GEORGE HILLARD "Voice of the People"
Class Vice President 3, Dramatic Club 4, Thespian Club 4, Camera
Club 3, Lettermen's Club 1, 2, 3, 4.
JAMES JACKSON "I Can't Begin to Tell You"
Glee Club 15 Camera Club 35 Basketball 15 Track 3, 4.
PHYLLIS JAEGER "Arctic Manhunt"
Champaign, Illinois 3 years.
JOE JAMES "Stage Fright"
Class Secretary 25 Spanish Club 45 Dramatic Club 45 Band 1, 2, 3:
Annual Staff 45 "Meet Me in St. Louis" 35 "January Thaw" 4.
DALE JESTER "Mr. Soft Touch"
Football 3, 45 Track 2, 35 Dramatic Club 3, 45 F.F.A. Reporter 35
Thespian Club 45 Newspaper Staff 3, 45 Annual Staff 45 Lettermen's
Club 45 "Meet Me in St. Louis" 35 "January Thaw" 4.
BENNY KING "The Thin Man"
Football 1, 2, 45 Basketball 1, 2, 3, 45 Track 35 Dramatic Club 3, 45
Thespian 3, 45 Student Council President 35 Camera Club 35 Letter-
men's Club 35 Junior Play 3.
CATHERINE KRAUS "Bells of St. Mary's"
F.H.A. 1, 2, 35 Commercial Club 35 Newspaper Staff 3, 4.
WILFRED LALEY "Ruthless"
Longview High School 1, 25 F.F.A. 1, 25 Football 25 Track 15 Band
1, 25 Newspaper 3, 45 Editor 35 Annual Staff 45 Assistant Editor:
Dramatic Club 3, 45 Woodworking Club 35 Recreation Council 35
Track 45 Band 3, 4.
WILMA LALEY "Little Women"
Longview High School 1, 25 F.H.A. 1, 2, 3, 45 Dramatics Club 3, 4.
DOROTHY MANNIN "The Weaker Sex"
F.H.A. 1, 2, 3, 45 Pep Club 1, 45 Chorus 45 Newspaper Staff 3.
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SUE ANN MARIS "If You Knew Susie"
Tuscola High School 1, 2, Latin Club 1, 2, Treasurer 2, F.H.A. 2, 3, 4,
Chorus 1, 2, 3, 4, Newspaper Staff 3, 4, Editor 4, Dramatic Club 3, 4,
Thespian Club 4, Annual Staff 4.
MARY MCCLINTOCK "Neptune's Daughter"
Dramatic Club 1, 2, 3, 4, Commercial Club 4, Pep Club 1, 2, 4,
Chorus 2, 3, 4.
MARY ANN MITSDARFER "Annie Get Your Gun"
F.H.A. 1, 2, 3, 4, President 4, Treasurer 3, Commercial Club 3, 4,
Annual Staff 4.
MARY ETTA MOODAY "John Loves Mary"
Class Treasurer 4, F.H.A. 1, 2, Dramatic Club 3, 4, Thespian 4,
Spanish 4, Pep Club 1, 2, 4, Cheerleader 1, 2, 3, 4, Annual Staff 4,
Librarian 2, 3, "Meet Me in St. Louis" 3, "January Thaw" 4.
BONNIE PAYTON "No Sad Songs for Me"
F.H.A. 1, 2, 3, 4, G.A.A. 1, 2, 3, Chorus 1.
CHARLES PFLUM "The Great Lover"
Vice President of Sophomore Class, Football 1, 2, 3, 4, Track 1, 2,
3, 4, Basketball 2, Lettermen's Club 4, Band 1, 2, 4, Secretary 4,
Chorus 1, 2, 4, Dramatic Club 3, 4, Thespian 3, 4, Junior Play,
Senior Play, Student Council 4, Librarian 2, 3, Pep Club 1, 2, 4:
Spanish Club 4, Annual Staff 4.
MARGUERITE PRESSLY "A Foreign Affair"
Cheerleader 1, 2, 3, Band 1, Chorus 1, 2, 3, 4, Junior Play, Senior
Play, G.A.A. 1, 2, 3, 4, F.H.A. 1, 2, Dramatic Club 1, 2, 3, 4,
Thespian 3, 4, Pep Club 1, 2, 3, 4, President of Pep Club 4.
NORMA PROSSER "The Girl from Jones Beach"
F.H.A. 1, 2, Dramatic Club 1, 2, 3, 4, Chorus 2, 3, 4, Spanish Club 3.
ONA RANSDELL "The Hasty Heart' '
Class Secretary and Treasurer 3, G.A.A. 1, 2, Dramatic Club 2, 3,
Newspaper Staff 3, 4, Commercial Club 3, 4, Vice President 4.
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PHYLLIS REED "A Life of Her Own"
F.H.A. 1, 2, 3, 4.
BOB RIECK "Night and Day"
Football 1, 2, 3, 4, Track 1, 2, 3, Lettermen's Club 3, 4, Dramatic
Club 2, 3, 4, Camera Club, President 3, Student Council 4, Senior
Class President, Senior Play, Athletic Honor Society 3, 4.
IMOGENE RIDDLE "Love Happy"
F.H.A. 1, 2, 3, 4, Reporter 3, G.A.A. 2, 3, 4, Commercial Club 3,
Pep Club 4, Annual Staff 4.
DICK ROBERTS "Chicago Deadline"
Camera Club 3, 4, Vice President, Football 3, 4, Newspaper Re-
porter 4, Glee Club 1, 2, Dramatic Club 2, Band 2, Track 3, Spanish
LAVONNE RUND "She's a Sweetheart"
F.H.A. 1, 2, 3, 4, Secretary 3, Vice President 4, Commercial Club 3, 4.
MARILYN SCHROEDER "Down Melody Lane"
F.H.A. 1, 2, Dramatic Club 2, Band 1, 2, 3, 4, Chorus 2, 3, 4,
Newspaper Staff 3, Assistant Editor 3, Annual, Editor 4, Art Club 3.
HAROLD SMITH "The Red Menace"
Chorus 1, 2, 4, Dramatic Club 4, Camera Club 4.
LOUIS SOLIDAY "Quartet"
Dramatic Club 4, Football 2, 3, 4, Basketball 2, 3, 4, Track 3, Band 4,
BARBARA TAY "Gone With the Wind"
F.H.A. 1, 2, G.A.A. 1, 2, 3, 4, Treasurer 2, Vice President 4, Dramatic
Club 3, 4, Thespian Club 3, 4, Band 1, 2, 3, 4, Annual Staff 4, Spanish
Club 4, Junior Play 3, Senior Play 4.
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LESLIE VANDEVENTER "Reckless Moment"
1, 2, 3, 4, Watch Dog 4, Football 1, 2, 3, 4, Track 4, Letter-
men's Club 4.
JACKIE WACKER "Tender Years"
F.H.A. 1, 2, 3, 4, Reporter 3, G.A.A. 1, 2, 3, 4, President 4, Commer-
cial Club 3, Secretary-Treasurer 3, Pep Club 4, Annual Staff 4.
BILL WAGGLE "Down On the Farm"
Basketball 1, Track 4, Industrial Arts Club 3.
MARY JOYCE WATKINS "Smoky"
Freshman Class Secretary-Treasurer 1, F.H.A. 1, 2, G.A.A. 1, 2, 3, 4'
Song Leader 2, Dramatic Club 2, 3, 4, Secretary-Treasurer 4, Thes-
pian 3, 4, Spanish Club 4: Chorus 3, 4, Pep Club 1, 2, 3, Band
1, 2, 3, 4, President 4, Student Council 4: Secretary 4, Annual
Stall 4, Honor Society, Junior Play, Senior Play.
NELDA WATKINS "You're My Everything"
G.A.A. 1, F.H.A. 1, 2, 4, Dramatic Club 2, 3, 4, Thespian 4: News-
paper Staff 3, Band 1, 2, 3, 4, Chorus 1, 2, 3, 4.
DOUG WATSON "Too Late for Tears"
Glee Club 1, 2, Camera Club 3, Track 4.
DON WATTERS "If I'm Lucky"
Football 1, 3, 4, Basketball 1, Track 1, 3, Glee Club 1, 2, 4, Camera
MARY WORKMAN "June Bride"
Dramatic Club 3, Band 2, F.H.A. 1, 2, 3, 4, Chorus 2, Spanish Club 4.
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We, the class of 1950, in fifty-five individual and distinct parts, be-
ing about to pass out of this sphere of education, in full possession of a
crammed mind, well-trained memory and manners, and almost super-
human understanding, do hereby make and publish this our last will and
To the members of the dear faculty, we give and bequeath a sweet
and unbroken succession of restful nights and peaceful dreams, which
they deserve. They have done their job well, considering what they had to
To the Juniors, we bequeath our brilliant ability to learn quickly and
receive high grades so that they too may have hopes of graduating some-
To the Sophomores, we bequeath any stubs of pencils, erasers, paper
wads, or answer books that we may accidentally leave behind us in the ex-
citement and haste of leaving.
To the Freshmen, we hereby bequeath our ability to get along with
all the teachers as we have done the last four years.
To our beloved principal, Mr. Marshall, we give our sincere affection,
our heartiest gratitude and the whole unlimited wealth of our eternal
I, Bob Anderson, hereby bequeath my position of "Dad" in the Senior
play to anyone who thinks they can support a family.
I, Lois Auten, hereby bequeath my innumerable boy friends to my
sister so as to keep them in the family.
I, Florence Basham, leave to make room for my sister, Alice.
I, Betty Bean, leave the memory of my sunny smile, it not being de-
tachable, to brighten the halls for next year's seniors.
I, Stella Bennett, bequeath all my charms which I have acquired dur-
ing my four years of high school life to Pat Reinhart.
I, Tom Bosch, willingly leave my seat in 6th period English IV class
to John Brooks, but I'm taking everything else, including Mary Etta.
I, Juanita Bretz, bequeath my gum-chewing habit and all the second-
hand gum to Barbara Patterson.
I, Ann Byrnes, bequeath my cheerful disposition and good-natured-
ness to Marilyn Henderson.
I, Perry Christman, bequeath my place on the team to Ed Tanous.
My ways with the girls I would like to keep.
I, Phyllis Crawford, bequeath my freckles and their lure for "East-
ern" men to Dorothy.
I, Clifford Drescher, refuse to leave anything to anyone.
I, Irma Dubson, bequeath my position as a senior to Roger, asking
only his last name in return.
I, George Elder, leave CI hopel.
I, Richard Elder, bequeath my neat appearance to Tom Gire.
I, Phyllis Eversole, bequeath my melodramatics to Miss Richner to
use in next year's Junior Class Play.
I, Jane Fieldbinder, bequeath my musical talents to Jack Christman
as "Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast."
I, Rose Marie Gilles, bequeath my many crowns to Mary Kay
I, Tom Hancock, leave my ability to study for long periods of time to
Monty Meeks so that he may graduate too, sometime.
I, Eileen Happ, bequeath my artistic talents to Bob Crouse who en-
joys drawing pictures.
I, George Hillard, bequeath my classroom chair to anyone who wants
it. I don't.
I, Jim Jackson, bequeath the grease in my hair to Mr. Farrell to use
in his Oldsmobile.
I, Phyllis Jaeger, bequeath my great singing voice to Mrs. Hanson,
who needs a good voice in her chorus.
I, Joe James, bequeath my speed and deception to Stanley Condiff.
I, Dale Jester, bequeath my wolfing license to Larry Livengood
fGregoryJ so that he can have as much fun as I have had.
I, Benny King, leave my position as head mule in Frankie Laine's
"Mule Train" to Richard Pippin.
I, Catherine Kraus, bequeath my bookkeeping ability to the entire
Junior class. They'l1 need it.
I, Wilfred Laley, bequeath my ability to play the cornet Chitting
any and all notesj to Frank Curry. '
T I, Wilma Laley, bequeath my nearness to the ground to Mary Frances
I, Dorothy Mannin, bequeath unwillingly my love for speeches and
oral book reports to Ann Livengood.
I, Sue Ann Maris, am transferring everything to Charleston. I think
I'll need it next year.
I, Mary McClintock, bequeath my daily ride to school to anyone
who likes to walk.
I, Mary Ann Mitsdarfer, bequeath my presidency of F.H.A. to Mary
Prosser who looks like a worthy candidate.
I, Mary Etta Mooday, bequeath my four-year term as a cheerleader
to Betty Elbs who already has a good start.
I, Bonnie Payton, leave my advice, "Always be a careful driver," to
I I, Charles Pflum, bequeath to Dick Rund my ability of "oneness" in
I, Marguerite Pressly, reluctantly leave my friendships with the
teachers to Joann Babb.
I, Norma Prosser, bequeath my Florida Suntan to any anemic person.
I, Ona Ransdell, bequeath my position as a dignified senior to "Bugs"
I, Phyllis Reed, bequeath my distinctive style of hairdress to Cather-
I, Imogene Riddle, bequeath my athletic talents fespecially in basket-
balll to Verleen Rund.
I, Bob Rieck, bequeath my sixth period siesta to Bill Wise so that
he can keep up my good standing in Economics.
I, Dick Roberts, bequeath my position as soda jerk in the Rexall to
any other jerk-er.
I, Lavonne Rund, leave my wee small voice to Rosie Bosch.
I, Marilyn Schroeder, bequeath my interest in Millikin men to any
under classman who feels the need of an incentive to higher education.
I, Harold Smith, bequeath my girl-catching red hair to Lynn Statzer.
I, Louis Soliday, bequeath my quiet ways to Catherine Senters who
I, Barbara Tay, bequeath my gift of gab to Norma McBride and hope
it doesn't get her into any more trouble than it did me.
I, Leslie Vandeventer, bequeath my 160 acres, 13 pigs, and a balky
mule to the future farmers.
I, Jackie Wacker, bequeath my excellent cookery to Doris Combs
with the reminder that "The way to a man's heart is through his
I, Billy Waggle, bequeath my "Tarzan" physique to "Junior" Soards.
I, Mary Joyce Watkins, bequeath my technique in driving a Chrysler
to anyone who is fool enough to use it.
I, Nelda Rae Watkins, leaves to become Mrs. Mark Mitsdarfer.
I, Don Watters, bequeath the right to be noisy in the study hall to
Frank Thomas. .
1, Douglas Watson, bequeath my senior picture to the secretary of
the Junior Class to be kept in their Archives of Great Men.
1, Mary Workman, willingly leave everything to the school. I'm
though with it.
I, Cora Bell Wilcoxen, do hereby bequeath my ability to be seen
and not heard to Carolyn Cunningham.
Now, classmates, don't think we are handing you a soak,
Just laugh and take each as a joke.
The above may seem to be trifling bequests, but we hope that they
may be accepted, not as worthless things, lavishly thrown away, but as
valuable assets to those who may receive them and a continual reminder
of the generosity of heart displayed in our free and full bestowal.
And now, we do hereby set our hand and seal in the year of our
Lord, Nineteen Hundred and Fifty.
THE CLASS OF 1950
Previews oi Coming Attractions
It seems like only yesterday since the smash hit "Vade Mecum"
was presented. My, how time fiies! Here it is 1965 and much has happened
to the wonderful stars of that production.
Some of the group have remained in the movies. JOE JAMES has
dyed his hair black and has taken over the role of the "Durango Kid."
WILFRED LALEY now plays the part of the "Wolf Man."
JANE FIELDBINDER has becom.e a famous stylist. Her latest crea-
tion is a shatter-proof, spun-glass bathing suit. It is being modeled
throughout the country by the professional model, ONA RANSDELL.
MARY JOYCE WATKINS and MARILYN SCHROEDER are con-
sidered the world's greatest piano team. Just lately they gave a perform-
ance before a group of deaf and dumb orphans.
IMOGENE RIDDLE and JACKIE WACKER are eminent doctors in
Fairland in the Research Hospital for Dumb Animals.
IRMA DUBSON is a society matron in Cooksville.
CLIFFORD DRESCHER is making his fortune as a retailer of burlap
PERK CHRISTMAN and TOM HANCOCK have been chosen for
judges at the annual "Miss America" contest at Atlantic City. NORMA
JEAN PROSSER is one of the most promising entrants as "Miss Hugo."
GEORGE HILLARD and BARBARA TAY are a great success as a
dance team called "Spike and Tack."
RICHARD ELDER has not been heard of for quite some time. They
say he is still lost in the swamps searching for Chloe.
BOB RIECK is now the coach of the girls football team in Camargo.
SUE ANN MARIS is doing a fine job in her left wayback position and
HAROLD DEAN SMITH is unsurpassed as waterboy.
DICK ROBERTS is still in the drug store business. He now holds
down the job as assistant clean-up man.
GEORGE ELDER is recognized in the literary field since the recent
publication of his new U.S. History textbook. It is all done in picture
PHYLLIS EVERSOLE has made millions since her new record album
has been released.
The classiest night-spot in town is TOM BOSCH'S "Jive Joint." The
main attraction is the great bubble-dancer PHYLLIS JAEGER.
SMOKE JESTER and his quartet have just run Gene Trimble out of
business in Newman.
PHYLLIS CRAWFORD is the new dean at E.I.S.C.
BILL WAGGLE is the honorary mayor of Hugo with STELLA
BENNETT as his private secretary. LESLIE VANDEVENTER holds the
position as constable.
Previews oi Corning Attractions
MARY ANN MITSDARFER and LA VONNE RUND went to China
as home economists and taught the Chinese a new method of making
DON WATTERS has given up trying to work and become a bum.
HAPThe noted artist who draws all the pictures for Esquire is EILEEN
BONNIE PAYTON is running a taxi service in Fairland.
DOROTHY MANNIN, PHYLLIS REED and JUANITA BRETZ are
now dancing with the Rockettes.
The scientific BOB ANDERSON has discovered a feet-cleaning device
in his bathroom called "soap."
DOUG WATSON has taken up farming in the Longview area for
LOUIS SOLIDAY is employed by Barnum 85 Bailey Circus. He has
charge of the trained fleas.
LOIS AUTEN and MARY WORKMAN are employed as official
doughnut dunkers and coffee coolers at a famous eating place.
JIM JACKSON is the new local Studebaker dealer.
NELDA WATKINS is racing with the moon driving Mitsdarfer's
BETTY BEAN left for the Hawaiian Islands soon after school and is
now the number one hula-hula dancer. Her personal maid is FLORENCE
ANN BYRNES is known as "Doctor Killemquickn and she creates a
prosperous business for CATHERINE KRAUS who is an undertaker in
MARY ETTA MOODAY and ROSE MARIE GILLES are still leading
cheers. Now they are at Notre Dame.
WILMA LALEY, because of her smallness, fell through a crack in
the earth, and is now studying underground activities.
MARGUERITE PRESSLY went to California and is now employed
as Arthur Murray's dancing instructor.
BENNY KING has gone to the jungles of Africa to study "spiders"
CHARLES PFLUM recently won the title as "The World's Speediest
MARY JANE MCCLINTOCK runs the Snobby Doggy Beauty Shoppeg
her specialty is manuicuring the toenails of all the pooches.
CORA BELL WILCOXEN is happily married to Senator Phili
So we bid farewell to all our old friends with the hopes that some day
we may see them all in the movies.
THE PERFECT COED OF V.G.H.S. HAS:
competence of Lois Auteng the willingness to work of Jean Basham
laugh of Betty Beang the dependability of Stella Bennett
enthusiasm of Juanita Bretzg the friendliness of Ann Byrnes
dimples of Phyllis Crawfordg the cheerfulness of Irma Dubson
feminimity of Phyllis Eversoleg the smile of Jane Fieldbinder
figure of Rose Gillesg the artistic talent of Eileen Happ
sense of humor of Phyllis Jaegerg the quietness of Catherine Kraus
petiteness of Wilma Laley: the speed of Dorothy Mannin
eyes of Sue Maris: the dancing ability of Mary McClintock: the
trustworthiness of Mary Ann Mitsdarfer
hair of Mary Moodayg the driving of Bonnie Payton
pep of Marguerite Presslyg the style of Ona Ransdell
tan of Norma Prosser: the easy giggle of Phyllis Reedg the starry-
eyed look of Imogene Riddle
The complexion of Lavonne Rundg the musical talent of Marilyn
The conversational ability of Barbara Tay: the neatness of Jackie
clothes of Mary Watkinsg the ability to go steady of Nelda Watkins
energy of Cora Wilcoxeng the diamond of Mary Workman
THE PERFECT BOY OF V.G.H.S. HAS:
physique of Bob Andersong the friendliness of Tom Bosch
hair of Perk Christmang the profile of Clifford Drescher
easy-going manner of George Elderg the well-dressed look of Richard
athletic ability of Tom Hancockg the smile of George Hillard
horsemanship of Jim Jacksong the sincerity of Joe James
carefree attitude of Smoke Jesterg the fun-lovingness of Benny King
scholarship of Wilfred Laleyg the eyes of Charles Piium
'executive' knack of Bob Rieckg the job of Dick Roberts
vitality of Harold Smithg the drum beating of Louis Soliday
good-naturedness of Leslie Vandeventerg the love for work of Bill
The politness of Doug Watsong the luck of Don Watters
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Front Row: Jack Kleiss, Barbara Patterson, Pat Reinhart, Mary Prosser,
Joanne Babb, Carolyn Cunningham, Barbara Page, Catherine Senters,
Joan Fleener, Norma Rhodes, Joan Bender.
Second Row: Mr. Schroeder, Ray Stebbins, Carolyn Dyke, Norma Schreib,
Madonna Hutchison, Peggy Ballard, Norma McBride, Ann Livengood,
Madonna Best, Miss Manfredini.
Third Row: Jim Prosser, Pat Love, Charles Billman, Bob Crossman,
Frank Thomas, Harold Rogers, Frank Curry, Don Butler, Arthur
Harper, Bob J unkins.
Fourth Row: Bob Cullum, Charles Andrews, Bill Wise, Ronald Elder,
Jack Griffin, Roger Cook, Carl Soliday, Dick Rund.
Front Row: Alice Basham, Mabel Jackson, Ruth Maris, Ruby Williams,
Marilyn Henderson, Chloanne Reedy, JoAnn Kleiss, Betty Elbs,
Dorothy Crawford, Yvonne Perry, Lois Wells.
Second Row: Janice Davis, Carole Vaughn, Carolyn Wills, Rita Christian,
Jo Ann French, Doris Combs, Verlene Rund, Barbara Steffens, Mary
Jester, Faye Thomas, Jeanine Callahan, Mary K. Robison, Miss Parr.
Third Row: Mary Teter, Charles Cannon, Don Hoops, Lynn Statzer, Dick
Massie, Larry Livengood, Don Ament, James Bennett, Ed Tanous,
Bob Schreib, Bob Crouse, Kay Curry.
Fourth Row: Jim Richards, Ed McCartney, Cecil Byrnes, Dale Shunk,
Fred Hutchison, Ronald Novak, Don Mitsdarfer, Delene Stewart, Don
Happ, Montelle Meeks, Bill Wegeng, Jim Fanakos, Mr. Farrell.
Front Row: Ann Tucker, Darlene Maulding, Shirley Elder, Nellie Mannin,
Shirley Schreib, Shirley Lassen, Sheron Patterson, Donna Andrews,
Janet Fleener, Mary Christian, Patty Kraft.
Second Row: Miss Sidwell, Betty Beccue, Annette Thompson, Derys Hunt,
Hazel Melton, Connie Wacker, Peggy Cutler, Juanita Shunk, Betty
Auten, Nancy Page, Betty Smith, Shirley Reinhart, Rose Bosch.
Third Row: Don Schaeffer, Paul McKinzie, Steven Bragg, Stanley Condiff,
Francis Gillogly, Roy Elder, Phillip Harris, Jack Christman, Arthur
Soards, Richard McCul1um, Don Bender, Don Pyle, Gene Gentile, Leon
Williams, Mr. Wolfe.
Fourth Row: Gene Fieldbinder, -Richard Pippen, Casey Novak, Harold
Martin, David Bragg, John Berry, Eddie Taylor, Charles Behl, Morris
Phipps, John Wiley, Tom Gire, Dean Keith, James Massie, Jerry
English, Jimmy Wills.
March oi Time
September 6-School starts-Vacation Days are Gone but not Forgotten.
16-First football game-Rantoul there.
20-Senior pictures were taken-Smile, Smile, Smile.
23-Football game-Farmer City there
27-Freshman potluck-Eat, Drink and be Merry for Tomorrow You
30-Football game-Monticello here-Homecoming Game.
October 5-Pancake Festival-Plenty of Pancakes for Everyone.
7--Football Game-Sullivan there.
11--G.A.A. Initiation-A Fishing We Will Go.
13-End of First 6 Weeks-Honor Roll Genius.
14-igootball Game-Atwood here-Sock Dance-Big Feet and Bright
20-G.A.A. Hike and Weiner Roast-Tired and Hungry.
21-Football Game--Oakland there.
Z4--Frederick Sjobairn-Special Assembly-Concert Pianist-Long
Hair-Music With a Boogie Beat.
27-Juniors Ordered Class Rings-Seniors Selected Announcements.
28-Football Game-Oakwood here.
November 4-Glenn L. Morris-Special Assembly-Electronics Flying
Low With a Bang-Up Ending.
4-Football Game-Tuscola there.
5-G.A.A. Bakery Sale-Yum-Yum.
9-School Visitation--Behave Yourself Junior.
10-Football Game-Newman here-Defeat of The Champs.
11-Armistice Day-No School-Watch Out Rabbits and Pheasants.
18-Senior Play C"January Thaw"D-Baby It's Cold Outside.
22-First Basketball Game-Longview there.
December 6-Basketball Game-Tuscola here-V.G. broke standing
8-F.F.A. Magician Show--Rosie Lost Her Head-It's Magic.
9-Basketball Game-Oakland there.
10-Basketball Game-Longview here.
F.H.A. Food Sale-Good but Hard On the Figure
13-Basketball Game-Arthur there.
16--Basketball Game-Monticello here.
19-F.F.A. and F.H.A. Dance-Blue Jeans and Calico.
21-F.H.A. Christmas Caroling-"Silent Night."
22-Christmas Program-Here Comes Santa Claus.
22-January 2-Christmas Vacation.
January 3-Basketball Game-Bement here.
6-Basketball Game--Charleston here.
12-13-Semester Exams-Think, Brains, Think!
13-Basketball Game-Newman here.
17--Basketball Game-Tuscola there.
March of Time
20-Basketball Game-Oakland here.
30--G.A.A. Skating Party--Take a Pillow With You Girls.
31-Basketball Game-Atwood here.
February 3-Basketball Game-Monticello there
7-Basketball Game-Arcola there.
9-Douglas County Music Festival.
10-Teacher's Institute-No School-Lucky Kids.
13-G.A.A. Valentine Dance-Dancing Hearts.
14-Basketball Game--Cerro Gordo here.
15-F.H.A. Valentine Party-Dear Hearts and Gentle People.
15-Father and Son Banquet-F.F.A.
17-Basketball Game-Newman there.
18-Basketball Game-Altamont there.
24-End of Fourth Six Weeks-Oh, Those Old Tests Again.
24-All-School Party-Sophomore Class.
28-March 3-Regional Tournament.
March 7-11-Sectional Tournament.
10-Marionettes-Dance, Puppets, Dance.
24-Junior and Senior High School Dance-Dance, Ballerina, Dance
25--Solo-Ensemble District Contest, Charleston.
April 1-Organizations Music Contest. A
4-F.H.A. Style Show-Strictly Broadway Beauties.
6-End of Fifth Six Weeks-One More to Go.
7--Good Friday-No School.
10-Easter Vacation-No School-In Your Easter Bonnet.
28-29-State Final Music Contest-Do, Ra, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti, Do.
May 3-Gibson Schwerk-Special Assembly.
6--Junior Senior Prom-Tux and Formals.
9-G.A.A. Banquet-Mothers and Daughters Get Together.
17-Thespian Tea-Future Hollywood Stars.
18-19-Senior Exams-Reserved for Below "B" Average Students.
19-Sports Banquet--Awards Given.
25-26-Semester Exams-It Won't be Long Now.
31-Report Cards-A's, B's, C's, D's, or F"s????'?
Oscars For 1948-49
Valedictorian ...... ........................ B etty Anaker
Salutatorian ........... , ........................................................ Dorothy McNussen
MEDALS PRESENTED FOR OUTSTANDING WORK
IN THE DEPARTMENT
Mathematics ................................................................................. Betty Anaker
English ........................................................ .......... , .... ,....... B e tty Anaker
Social Science ............................................. ........... D orothy McNussen
Vocational-Industrial Arts ....... .................... F red Schmidt
Band ......,......................................................... ................ B ob Reinhart
Girls Chorus ...................................... ........... B etty Anaker
Agriculture ..................... ........ R ichard Keith
Home Economics ........... ............ L ois Auten
Best Thespian ............. ....... M ary Wingle
Dramatics ................... ........ D oris Offutt
Athletics .......................... . ................................................................. Lee Crossman
Foreign Language ..................,............................................... Audrey Smith
Junior Cape ..l.............................................,.... .................. M arilyn Schroeder
fReceived each year by highest ranking Juniorj
Senior Cape Presentation ................................................... Betty Anaker
D.A.R. Award ., ..... .......... ,.i...................................................... B e tty Anaker
Danforth Foundation Award ........ ........... D orothy McMussen
and Jack Speelman
National Athletic Honor Society: Bob Crossman, John Brooks, Charles
Andrews, Denny Barber, Tom Hancock, Bob Anderson, Ronald Elder,
Bob Rieck, Tom Kanakos.
Active Members: Jack Speelman, George Hillard, Perry Christman.
National Honor Society: Jack Speelman, Dorothy McNussen, Betty
Probationary Members: Mary Joyce Watkins, Rose Marie Gilles, SueAnn
Maris, Marilyn Schroeder, Bob Anderson, Charles Andrews, Mary
Perfect Attendance for Past School Year: Rita Christian, Connie Fanakos,
Jim Fanakos, Marilyn Henderson, Dorothy Mannin, Mary McClintock,
Mary Ann Mitsdarfer, Carl Soliday, Lynn Statzer, Bill Wise.
Scholarship Letters: Presented to the members of each class with year
average of 4.5: Betty Anaker, Dorothy McNussen, Jack Speelman,
Royce Maxfield, Rose Marie Gilles, Marilyn Schroeder, Audrey Smith,
Mary Joyce Watkins, Wilfred Laley, Charles Andrews, Joan Bender,
Bob Crosman, Ann Livengood, Jim Prosser, Mary Prosser, Kay Curry,
Bob Crossman, Ann Livengood, Jim Prosser, Mary Prosser, Kay
Curry, Janice Davis, Mabel Jackson, Ruth Maris, Barbara Steffins.
Janice Davis, Mabel Jackson, Ruth Maris, Barbara Steffins.
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B. Rieck, J. Brooks, J. Fanakos.
Second Row: T. Hancock, H. Smith, B. Crossman, B. Wise, L. Vandever-
ter, P. Love, B. King, P. Christman, C. Pflum.
Third Row: Mr. Weir, C. Andrews, F. Thomas, D. Roberts, D. Elder,
D. Vaughn, C. Soliday, R. Elder, D. Watters, T. Bosch, L. Soliday,
D. Butler, B. Junkins, D. Johnson, Mr. Kelley.
First Row: D. Johnson, D. Bender, E. Tanous, D. Ament, T. Gire, L.
Statzer, L. Livengood, J. Massie, B. Crouse, S. Bragg, S. Condiff.
Second Row: Mr. Kelley, C, Andrews, D. Schaefer, J. Wiley, M. Meeks
R. Novak, C. Behl, J. Berry, C. Novak, D. Bragg, R. Massie, C.
Cannon, Mr. Weir.
When the track season opened the following boys were before the
Freshman: Casey Novak, John Wiley, Frances Gillogly, Charles Behl,
Bob Greger, Phil Harris, Don Pyle, Jim Massie.
Sophomore: Don Ament, Fred Hutchison, Charles Cannon, Ronald Novak,
Jim Fanakos, Montelle Meeks, Dick Massie, Don Mitsdarfer.
Junior: Pat Love, Dick Rund, Carl Soliday, Frank Thomas, John Brooks,
Jack Kleiss, Ray Stebbins.
Senior: Jim Jackson, Wilfred Laley, Douglas Watson, Leslie Vandeventer,
Perry Christman, Charles Pflum, Bill Waggle, Clifford Drescher,
George Elder, Bob Anderson.
On a fine August day forty-five boys reported to coaches Weir and
Kelley to start practice for our coming football season. After many
weeks of practice they took their first trip to Rantoul. Although they
showed great spirit and fought hard, they suffered a defeat of 20-0.
Our next game took us to Farmer City where another great show of
football was staged. Although we met defeat, John Brooks made us a
touchdown to make the score 27-7.
In our third game of the season the Grovers were hosts to the
Monticello Sages. This was our homecoming game and the boys played
hard. The odds were against us again and the Sages took a 20-0 victory
home with them.
The following week the Grovers having suffered many defeats,
journeyed to Sullivan all ready to take a victory home. The Redskins
were no pushover as the Grovers found out as we again met defeat of 19-0.
The Grovers, tired of seeing defeat, were hosts to the Atwood Rajahs.
In spite of hoping to win a victory, the Grovers couldn't stop John Hamil-
ton and again stepped behind to a defeat of 25-6, Perry Christman making
our second touchdown for the season.
Going farther South, Villa Grove went to Oakland to play ball.
Through all the mud and rain Oakland handed us a loss of 21-6 with
Perry Christman making our third touchdown for the year.
Villa Grove now suffering all defeats were hosts to Oakwood from
the Vermilion Conference. We found these boys a hard fighting eleven
too. They gave us a defeat of 33-0.
This week the Tuscola Warriors played host to the Villa Grove
Blue Devils. It was homecoming there and the Warriors played a great
battle to defeat us 27-0.
This week was the end of our football season. What a show the
Blue Devils put on this time against the Newman Redskins. Yard by
yard it was a fight and the Grovers finished their season with a tie ban
game of 0-0.
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This basketball season at Villa Grove turned out not to be one of
defeat but one of many victories and wonderful ball-play. When the
cameras started rolling the Devils were on location at Longview where
they played ball high above their percentage so as to take a victory of
53-37. Tom Hancock led the Blue Devils in scoring with 19 points.
Our next game took the Blue Devils to Atwood where again they
showed good ball handling and added another victory of 56-35, with
Bill Wise leading the scoring with 19 points, to their record.
After two victories in a row Villa Grove was host to Arcola. The
score was neck and neck all the way but Villa Grove bowed to a defeat
31-32. Bill Wise was once more high scorer with 9 points.
In their first conference game of the season the Blue Devils played
their neighborly rivals the Tuscola Warriors. For the first time in at least
five years Villa Grove handed the Warriors a defeat of 45-38. Tom
Hancock again led the scoring with 13 points.
Villa Grove journeyed to Oakland the following week. Although the
Oaks had an advantage with a little gym, they didn't have enough steam
to down the Villa Grove Quintet as we brought home a victory of 50-44.
John Brooks made his debut as the high scorer with 13 points.
The following evening Villa Grove played host to Longview. The
Hornets, having improved quite a bit by this time, put on a fine show of
ball play and beat the Blue Devils 36-40. John Brooks still was on top as
high scorer with 11 points.
On December 31, the Blue Devils went to Arthur. Another close
ball game for the quintet, but the Grovers came out the victor with a
win of 39-37. George Ilillard was leading the hit parade with 19 points.
A few nights later the Grovers were hosts to the Monticello Sages.
Monticello, having succumbed to no one during the season, handed the
Grovers a 55-45 defeat. John Brooks stepped back into the spotlight
with 13 points.
On January 3 Villa Grove met Bement. From all the disturbance
because ol' rising waters the Devils still came out the winner with 38-31
victory. Tom Hancock was high scorer with 8 points.
With the loss of about a week's practice the Grovers went to Newman
and played its poorest game of the season. The Redskins downed the
battling live, 54-27. Tom Hancock, still leading the scorers, was high
with 8 points.
On January 17 Villa Grove again met the Tuscola Warriors. For
the second time in the season Villa Grove beat the Warriors 36-28 and
added a newcomer on the hit parade, Bob Anderson, leading the scorers
with 13 points.
Villa Grove playing Oakland for the second time beat the Oaks again
with a 39-34 victory. Tom Hancock was still high with 15 points.
Going into the Okaw Tournament this week the Grovers picked
Atwood as its first victim. Villa Grove got by, in a close game, with a
victory of 37-31. Bill Wise leading the scoring.
In the second game of the tournament the Devils had to meet the
hard fighting Monticello Sages. They gave us a defeat of 48-38. This
time Bob Anderson again led the scoring with 9 points.
Although Monticello put us out of the top bracket we played Cerro
Gordo for third place. The quintet wasn't playing too good ball and met a
defeat of 51-42.
The week after the tournament the Grovers met Atwood for the
third time this season. The Rajahs came to town with victory on their
faces but went home with sad traces because the Devils beat them 39-23.
John Brooks stepped back into the lime light with 9 points.
Villa Grove journeyed to Monticello this time. This was the third
time to meet the Sages too. Chet Woodall and Dick Gadbury couldn't be
stopped as we lost 52-34. Perry Christman took the bows as high scorer
with 8 points.
Indentification of Basketball Pictures Appearing on Following Page
First Row: Perry Christman, Tom Bosch, John Brooks, Bob Anderson,
George Hillard, Bill Wise, Tom Hancock.
Second Row: Mr. Weir, Louis Soliday, Stanley Condiif, Frank Thomas,
Ronald Elder, Benny King, Harold Smith, Pat Love, Charles
FRESHMAN AND SOPHOMORE SQUAD
First Row: Ed Tanous, Don Ament, Jack Christman, Lynn Statzer, Larry
Second Row: Mr. Kelly, Jim Fanakos, Fred Hutchison, Charles Behl,
Don Hoops, Gerald Schaefer, Charles Andrews.
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On February 7, the Devils went to Arcola. This being one of their
off-nights, the Grovers suffered another defeat from the Riders, 57-36.
Bill Wise led the scoring with 11 points.
Having to play their games at the High School now, the Blue Devils
were hosts to Cerro Gordo who, for the second time of the season, gave
us a defeat of 34-30. Tom Hancock was still on top with 12 points.
Villa Grove, putting on a better show against Newman this time
than last, was only defeated for the second time 40-36. Tom Hancock
was high with 12 points.
Traveling farther south to finish their season, Villa Grove went to
Altamont. Here they met another defeat of 56-38. John Brooks climbed
on top again with 14 points.
Now starting probably one of the biggest thrills in the Grovers
season, they went into the Regional Tournament against Neoga. They
gave Neoga a defeat of 39-27. John Brooks still standing in the spotlight
with 12 points as highest scorer.
After a night's layoff, Villa Grove met Mattoon. No one expecting a
victory was amazed at the wonderful show of ball handling, the Villa
Grove five put on to down the Green Waves 32-29. John Brooks was on
top with 8 points.
Going into the Championship game of the tournament, the Grovers
met Sullivan for the first time this year. Villa Grove played another fine
game of ball and came out the winner with a 44-33 victory. Bill Wise was
high with 11 points.
The Villa Grove Five, a Cinderella Team, journeyed to Casey for the
Sectional Tournament. This was Villa Grove's first trip to the Sectional
in at least 12 years. Here they met Decatur and a defeat of 51-35. Here
also, the smooth Villa Grove team put up their suits to end a mighty
prosperous basketball season.
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President .......................................................................................... George Hillard
Vice President .......... .................. P hyllis Crawford
Secretary ................... ....... M ary Joyce Watkins
Treasurer .............................................................................. Barbara Patterson
Adviser ....................,............................................................................... -... Mr. Wolfe
Other Members: John Brooks, David Bragg, C. Pflum, Babs Steffens, Bob
Anii-Ierson, M. McClintock, P. Christman, R. Maris, S. Schreib and
B. King, J. Fleener, J. Bender, J. Babb, R. Massie, Miss Parr and L. Wells.
President ......................... .... .................................................................. . ........... M . Best
First Row: B. Bean, M. McClintock.
Second Row: M. Prosser, P. Reinhart, O. Ransdell, R. Gilles.
Third Row: P. Ballard, K. Kraus, L. Rund, M. Mitsdafer and Mrs. Conn.
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My life has been interesting. I have tried to explore as many fields,
take part in as many activities, and be of as much value as possible.
Therefore, my careers have been short but numerous and vital.
At an early age, I entered Politics. My first experience in such was
with the Student Council, which has constantly acted as a buffer between
the students and administration during the year 1949-50, effecting numer-
ous changes for the good of the student body. To guide us through a
busy year, we chose as President, George Hillardg as Vice President,
Phyllis Crawfordg Secretary, Mary Joyce Watkinsg and Treasurer,
We were successful in sponsoring an all-school Thanksgiving Dance
and a Talent Show.
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First Row: M. Watkins, B. Anderson, R. Gilles, M. Mooday, B. Tay,
Second Row: L. Auten, M. Schroeder, P. Crawford, J. Wacker, I. Riddle.
Standing: W. Laley, B. King, J. James, M. Mitsdarfer, E. Happ, Mrs.
Conn, S. Maris, O. Ransdell, D. Jester, C. Pflum.
W. Laley, D. Roberts, B. Cullum, J. Kleiss, M. Jester, C. Vaughn, J.
Shunk, O. Ransdell, A. Byrnes, K. Kraus, Mrs. Conn, S. Maris, P.
Kraft, H. Melton, E. Happ, R. Bosch, M. Christian, J. Davis, R. Maris
and Miss Parr.
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As I progressed in Politics, I became interested in foreign relations. I
learned some of the language and customs of our Southern neighbors
through membership in the Spanish Club. "La Familia" in its initial
year of existence is headed by Padre John Brooks aided by Madre Joann
Babb and Carolyn Cunningham. Our Homecoming float was awarded 'first'
and we decorated the prize winning C. F. Watkins float for the pancake
The next interest of my life was Journalism. Reports of my progress
could be found throughout the year in "The Blueprint"-student news-
paper. This was entrusted to Sue Ann Maris. She was aided by Ona
Ransdell, Assistant Editor and Eileen Happ, Business Manager. The other
production, "Vade Mecum" was headed by Editor Marilyn Schroeder.
Wilfred Laley served as Assistant Editor and business affairs were man-
aged by Joe James and Phyllis Crawford. Always on the scene of the
news were members of the Camera Club which was headed by Charles
Pflum, director of photography for the Vade Mecum. His helpers were
Dick Roberts and Secretary-Treasurer Don Ament.
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Front Row: D. Mitsdarfer, C. Cannon, J. Prosser, L. Livengood, D. Happ,
L. Vandeventer, Mr. Farrell.
Second Row: E. Taylor, P. McKenzie, J. Massie, J. Bennett, A. Soards,
D. Butler, C. Byrnes, D. Rund.
Third Row: R. Elder, J. English, S. Bragg, D. Shunk, M. Phipps, G. Elder,
R. Cook, D. Bragg, J. Berry, B. Crouse, J. Christman.
First Row: V. Rund, L. Rund, M. Mitsdarfer, P. Eversole, S. Maris,
F. Basham, L. Auten, P. Reed, B. Payton, N. Watkins, W. Laley.
Second Row: Miss Sidwell, N. Mannin, M. Jackson, S. Reinhart, D.
Andrews, M. Henderson, R. Maris, J. Kleiss, D. Crawford, Y. Perry,
J. Fleener, M. Christian.
Cheerleaders: M. Mooday, R. Gilles, A. Livengood, S. Patterson, B. Elbs.
First Row: B. Steffens, M. Pressly, M. Jackson, R. Williams, C. Cunning-
ham, M. Henderson, Y. Perry, C. Ready, N. Watkins, J. Bender
Second Row: M. Robison, M. Teter, J. Babb, B. Patterson, P. Cutler,
S. Reinhart, D. Maulding, A. Tucker, S. Schreib, S. Lassen,
Third Row: B. Schreib, J. Bretz, D. Mannin, C. Vaughn, D. Combs
1153. Basham, J. Wacker, I. Riddle, M. McClintock, M. Jester, F. Thomas
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Fourth Row: R. Novak, R. Pippen, J. Wiley, D. Schaefer, C. Cannon,
D. Hoops, F. Hutchison, B. Wegeng, L. Statzer, R. Massie, D. Jester,
L. Livengood, E. Tanous.
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Our interest included affairs of the home and field. "Agriculture in
Action" might well have been the motto of the busy F.F.A. boys. Wielding
the gavel was President Jim Prosser, and his aides were Vice President
Charles Cannon, Secretary Larry Livengood, and Treasurer Don Happ.
The boys won 35201 in prizes at the F.F.A. Sectional Fair. A highlight of
their activities was the Parent and Son Banquet.
On the "Hom.efront," the fifty girls in F.H.A. were always on duty.
President of this club was Mary Ann Mitsdarferg Vice President, Lavonne
Rundg Secretary, Verlene Riundg and Treasurer, Phyllis Eversole.
In the field of sports, are our two clubs, Lettermen's Club and G.A.A.,
the iirst for the muscle-men of V.G. High, and the latter to keep the
young ladies in trim.
Heading the Lettermen's Club were Tom Hancock, President, Perk
Christman, Vice President, and John Brooks, Secretary.
The President of G.A.A. was Jackie Wacker: Vice President, Barbara
Tay, Secretary, Marguerite Presslyg and Treasurer, Babs Steffans.
CSeated on floorl K. Curry, J. Bender, J. French, N. Watkins, E. Tanous,
Seated: B. Steffens, P. Crawford, C. Cunningham, J. Brooks, J. Babb,
D. Combs. ,
Standing: C. Andrews, B. Wise, B. Tay, F. Curry, M. McClintock, D
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B. Crossman, Rund, D. Roberts, D. Elder, C. Pflum, B. Cullum, C.
Andrews, . Vandeventer, B. Wise, G. Elder, L. Soliday, T. Hancock,
B. King, B. Anderson, Mr. Weir, G. Hillard, D. Jester, P. Christman,
T. Bosch, H. Smith.
J. Wacker CStandingJ, fSittingJ D. Hunt, A. Thompson, B. Beccue, M.
Teter, I. Riddle, J. Callahan, K. Curry.
First Row: Miss Manfredini, B. Steffens, B. Tay, M. Pressly, V. Rund,
L. Auten, J. Fleener, B. Payton, P. Kraft, J. Bender, J. Fleener,
Second Row: C. Cunningham, M. Henderson, S. Lassen, B. Page, S.
Bennett, S. Patterson, C. Reedy, Y. Perry, B. Elbs, D. Crawford
R. Williams, L. Wells.
Third Row: N. Page, B. Smith, S. Elder, F. Thomas, S. Schreib, M
Watkins, P. Crawford, B. Patterson, M. Best, P. Reinhart.
Fourth Row: M. Robison, C. Wills, J. Bretz, C. Dyke, N. Schreib, M.
Hutchison, B. Auten, C. Wacker, E. Happ, I. Dubson, J. French.
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The cheers and pep behind the teams were provided by the suitably
titled Pep Club. Chief-rooters were Marguerite Pressly, who served as
President, Secretary, Barbara Tay, and Treasurer, Babs Steffens.
Onstage! The acting end of my career was well provided for by the
Dramatic and Thespian Clubs. Starring roles in Dramatic Club were
played by Charles Andrews, as President, Rose Marie Gilles, as Vice
President, and Mary Watkins, as Secretary-Treasurer.
Those who have qualified with the necessary 10 points are members
of the Thespian Club.
To keep my business papers in condition and check my itinerary, I
asked for the aid of the Commercial Club. Madonna Best, President: Ona
Randsdell, Vice President, and Betty Bean, Se etary-Treasurer, were
always ready to help me. They also conducted a girvey to see what has
happened to the graduates of the past.
"Musicals" played an important part in my life. This year we had
both boys' and girls' chorus to provide "sound-effects." They attended
contests and sang for many school and community programs.
C. Pflum, B. Wegeng, E. McCartney, F. Curry, D. Hoops, H. Smith,
Mr. Schroeder, F. Hutchison, J. Fanakos, D. Roberts, D. Ament.
Seated, left to right: M. Mooday, P. Crawford, B. Tay, R. Gilles, C.
Andrews, M. Watkins, C. Cunningham, C. Senters, M. Pressly, N.
Watkins, S. Maris, Miss Richner, C. Vaughn.
Standing: J. Bender, J. Babb, J. Fieldbinder, G. Hillard, B. King, C. Pfium,
A. Livengood, C. Drescher, B. Anderson, D. Jester, L. Statzer, J.
Callahan, D. Combs, M. Robison.
Seated, iirst row: S. Patterson, P. Eversole, F. Basham, B. Patterson,
C. Senters, M. Pressley, R. Maris, A. Basham, B. Bean, S. Lassen.
Second Row: B. Steffens, P. Crowford, R. Gilles, C. Andrews, M. Watkins,
M. Mooday, N. Watkins.
Third Row: J. Bender, J. Babb, D. Combs, G. Hillard, B. Tay, M. McClin-
tock, B. Anderson, S. Maris, C. Pflum, J. James, E. Elbs, L. Soliday,
A. Livengood, D. Elder, C. Drescher, J. Griffin, K. Curry, L. Liven-
good, C. Cunningham, D. Jester, C. Reedy, W. Laley, J. Callahan,
M. Jester, C. Vaughn, B. Cullum, M. Teter, M. Robison, Miss Richner,
Fourth Row: J. Feildbinder, D. Massie, B. Crossman, R. McCullum,
F. Curry, B. King, B. Wise, B. Schreib, W. Laley, J. Richards, L.
Statzer, C. Cannon, D. Hoops.
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A spirited musical, the band, scored a hit with me through many
activities and programs. In February, The Douglas County Music Festival
was presented in the Community Building. All Douglas County schools
participated and Villa Grove served as the host. It was a big success and
they plan to make it a yearly event.
"Leaders" of the Mad Musicians were Mary Watkins, in the capacity
of President: Vice President: Charles Pflumg Secretary, Richard Elder:
Treasurer and Librarian, Cliff Drescher.
Looking back to the many accomplishments of the school year,
1949-50, I point with pride to the story of my career. My colleagues have
been interesting people, and, we have had many wonderful times with a
scattering of bad. The unfortunate mishaps are soon forgotten, but mem-
ories of the good times will always remain to Warm a corner of my heart.
This, then, is the story of my career.
Villa Grove High School
Class of '50'
Seated, first row: M. Pressly, F. Basham, B. Bean, B. Patterson, R
Williams, C. Reedy, S. Lassen, L. Wells, C. Cunningham.
Standing, first row: H. Melton, M. Schroeder, P. Eversole, M. Robison
A. Thompson, M. Watkins, A. Basham, J. Bretz, P. Cutler, S. Rein-
hart, A. Livengood, S. Maris, C. Senters, B. Elbs.
Back Row: N. Watkins, B. Steffens, J. Shunk, J. Fieldbinder, D. Maulding
D. Combs, D. Mannin, A. Tucker.
Front Row: Pianist, J. Bender, D. Elder, J. Griffin, F. Curry, H. Rogers
C. Behl, C. Drescher, H. Smith, C. Pflum, B. Anderson, Mr. Whitson
Back Row: B. Cullum, B. Junkins, D. Hoops, E. McCartney, D. Keith
First Row: Chloanne Reedy, Jeanine Callahan, Mary F.
Teter, Doris Combs, Betty Elbs.
Seeond Row: Ruth Maris, Don Hoops, Charles Pflum, Kay
Curry, Bill Wegeng, Bob Cullum, Carolyn Cunning-
Third Row: Mr. Whitson, .Ioan Bender, Ann Livengood,
Mary Joyce Watkins, Barbara Patterson, Catherine
Senters, Harold Rogers.
Fourth Row: Nelda Watkins, Mary K. Robison, Harold
Rogers, Marilyn Schroeder, Ed McCartney, Barbara
Fifth Row: Don Bender, Larry Livengood, Frank Curry,
Charles Behl, Wilma Laley, Don Ament, Lynn Statzer.
Rose Marie Gilles and "Perk" Christman were crown-
ed King and Queen of the Homecoming Festivities by Mary
Frances Wingle and Jack Speelman, last year's royal
The dance was held in the high school gym on Septem-
ber 30. Bud Roderick's band furnished the music.
The attendants for the couple were: Barbara Tay and
George Hillard, seniorsg Barbara Patterson and John
Brooks, juniorsg Mary Kay Robison and Charles Cannon,
sophomoresg Shirley Lassen and Stanley Condiff, fresh-
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Herbert Gage ............. ............................. - ............................. B ob Anderson
Barbara Gage .................. ..................................... M ary Joyce Watkins
Paula ........... .......,.......................... ........................ B a rbara Tay
Jonathan Rockwood ...... ............... . George Hillard
Matt .... ................... .................. .......... C l i fford Drescher
Uncle Walter .............. ....................... D ale Jester
Carson ........... ........... ...........,,.... L o uis Soliday
Marge Gage ........ .......... R ose Marie Gilles
Sarah ............... ,... ...,... Mary Etta Mooday
Freida ............. ............... P hyllis Crawford
Mathilda ............ ........... M arguerite Pressly
George ..................... ......,............ C harles Pflum
Mr. Loomis .............................,......................................................,........... Bob Rieck
Constable ...........................................................................................,....... Joe James
The Gage family move to the country to find peace and quiet and a
place where Herbert can try to write a "best-seller". It turns out to be
anything but peaceful with the arrival of Jonathon and Mathilda, who
have a right to live in the Gage home. No one had orried about that
clause in the deed because the Rockwoods were suppled to be dead. A
series of things begin to happen in which both families try to gain poss-
ession of the house.
But in the delightful ending, all is happily and intelligently solved.
"THOSE WEBSTERSH-Junior Class Play
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Bill Webster ........... ............................,................ ........... J a ck Griffin
Jane Webster ........, ................................... ........... , J oanne Babb
Belinda Boyd .......... ...... A nn Livengood
Dolores Mason ........... .......... B arbara Patterson
Mr. Watt ,,......... ......, ..................... B o b Cullum
Emil Stuler ,................. ................. ............ B i ll Wise
George Webster ........ ........... , .. Charles Andrews
Liz ., .4.... .................... ....... C a rolyn Cunningham
Jeep Stanley ..................... ......................... J ohn Brooks
Kitty ..... ..,..l.......................,.. ...- ......... .... .......... P a t Reinhart
Shirley Mae Stringer .......................................... Norma Dean Rhodes
Football Coach ........... , ...................... M ..... , ............... , ....... - .................... Pat Love
Bill Webster is in love again-this time with an "older woman"-
Kitty, his father's secretary. When Bill invites her to the Homecoming
dance, she accepts his invitation only to be nice, not realizing that Belinda,
Bill's steady has been expecting him to ask her and is broken-hearted
when he passes her up. Complications arise and Bill tries to get Belinda
back by making her jealous. He begins flirting with a southern babe from
Charleston, Shirley Mae Stringer. She has a habit of getting engaged
about once a week and before he knows it, she is announcing their en-
gagement. However, all turns out well when Bill becomes disengaged from
Shirley Mae and gets another chance at his make-up exam so he can play
in the homecoming game. But best of all, Bill and Belinda get back to-
gether and Bill says he's through with "older women."
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Best of Luck
to the Class of '50, E. L. Mott Sz Son
of Senter's Confectionery
of Modern Cleaners
, Index Notion Company
of Furste Auto Supplies
of Continental Loan Office
Jeanette's, Betty Sz Norm
Best of Luck,
Best of Luck,
of Mattesons Market
C. F. Watkins Jewelry Store
of Hancocks Haberdashery
of Cler Brothers Supply Company
of C. T. Henson Sz Sons
Villa Grove News
of P. O. Fogerson
of Johnson's Restaurant
Tohill Sz Son
of Parker's Pastry Shop
of C. E. Crawford, Texaco Service Station
of Rutan's Service Station Sz Restaurant
Chile's Texaco Service Station Sz Lunch
of Rexall Pharmacy
Villa Grove Motor Sales-New and Used Cars
Morris Motor Sales-Ford Sales and Service
Henson and Wegeng-Insurance Agents and Brokers
Clementz Motor Sales-Dodge-Plymouth Sales and Service
Compliments of Hillard Garage
Compliments of Baird's Automotive Service
Compliments of Nelle's Beauty Shop
Compliments of Quillin's Barber Shop
"Play Shuffleboard at Ideal Tavern"
Compliments of Roger's Home Appliance-Villa Grove, Ill.
Compliments of Glenn's Standard Service-Villa Grove, Ill.
Compliments of Dr. James Taylor
Always Welcome at Don's I.G.A. Market-Villa Grove, Ill.
Compliments of Alexander Lumber Co.-Villa Grove, Ill.
Compliments of G. E. Nussel Sz Son-Buick Agency and Garage
Compliments of DuBois Grocery-Open Sundays and Evenings
Compliments of Dr. C. J. Cunningham-Osteopathic Physcian
Compliments of Dr. Robert Taylor
Compliments of Matteson Insurance Agency-Villa Grove, Ill.
Compliments of Dr. E. M. Tanous, M.D.
Compliments of Craddick's Flower Shop
Compliments of U. Sz S. Cleaners-A Complete Cleaning Service
Compliments of First National Bank
Compliments of Wendell Turner and John Lamb
Mr Campbell and
order during the year
STAGE AND SETTING
Mr. Utterback kept the building and grounds in
and helped us in many ways. Mr. Campbell has
been with us for several years and Mr. Utterback was welcomed into
our gioup last year.
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