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Page 16 text:
In September 1951 twenty-seven ambitious but frightened
Freshmen entered the halls of W,R, H, S, During our first
year we gained Major Buehler and Paul Cornwe l. Later in
the year Leonard Fisher and Jack Gillow left us. At our
first class meeting on September 14 the following officers
were elected: President-Janice Baxter, Vice-President-
Karen Northcott, Secretary-Treasurer-Shirley Rickman, and
Reporter-Mary Mas sey. Student Council mem ers were
George French and Ne 1 Markham. On Initiation Day, in
burlap sacks, dunce caps and carrying milk buckets, we were
under the control of the Seniors.
School started in the next September with the same eager
students with Mr. Ben Tice as our sponsor. The following
were class officersg President-Gerald Fischer, Vice-Presi-
dent-Karen Northcott, Secretary-Treasurer-Janice Baxter,
Reporter-Vivian Long and Student Council-George French and
Nell Markham. We selected purple and white as our class
colors and white carnations as our flower. Our motto was
"Truth Gives Wing to Success". The Sophomoregirls were
awarded the honor of serving the Junior-Senior anquet.
As Juniors, with Mrs. Doris Harder and Mr. Paul
Bowersox as sponsors, we were now enjoying an "upper
cla'ssman" rating. Our officers for this year were: Presi-
dent-Jim Williams, Vice-President-Gerald Fischer, Sec-
retary-Janice Baxter, Treasurer-Karen Northcott, Report-
er-Shirley Rickman, Student Council-Vivian Long and
George French. On December 4th we presented 'Our Miss
Brooks", our Junior Play. It was a big success! The first
big highlight of the year was the day we received our class
rings. We dug deep in our pockets to pay for them but they
were worth it. The second and biggest highlight was the
Junior-Senior Banquet on April 22. We picked as our theme
"Hawaiian Cruise". To relieve our minds of our heav
school work we had a scavanger hunt and hamburger tyry.
After being stuffed to the brim we went on a hayrack ride.
As our final year rolled around we started out with the
same number of students. Later on we lost Lester Arb and
gained Betty McKinstry. With Mr. and Mrs. Ted Harder as
sponsors we elected as officers: President-Jim Williams,
Vice-President-Gerald Fischer, Secretary-Shirley Rickman,
Treasurer-Karen Northcott, Student Council-Janice Baxter
and George French. Again on October 12 we dug into our
pockets to pay for our enior pictures. To increase our
ankroll we had two paper drives to pick up magazines we
had sold our Junior Year. Another chance at acting came on
December 3rd when we presented our Senior play "Finders
Creepers". The yearbook staff was appointed and began
work on the second "Bulldog" annual. On April 26, dressed
fit to kill, we were guests at the Junior-Senior Banquet.
Bright and early the next morning we loaded ourselves into
the bus and were off to Rockaway Beach.
On Thursday, May 19th our high school days were brought
to a close by the Commencement Exercises. Thus leaving
twenty-five graduates each going' their own way.
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Page 15 text:
The year is 1965. As I stand here in the office of WRHS looking at the files
of former students I happen upon the files of the class of 1955. Let us look at
what these people are doing now.
Janice Baxter who always enjoyed shorthand in high school is taking dicta-
tion from the President of the United States at 199 words a minute.
Phyllis Baxter, now Mrs. Kenny Glenn, is living south of Waverly busily
raising cows, chickens, pigs, and children.
Marge Buehler comes next. Well we had a hard time contacting her because
she was out on a cruise in her old tub, The USS Superhomogalatedamphlifier.
She is bus keeping all the bolts in the boiler room tightened so the tide won't
over take lier.
Patty Clavert and her husband own the Waverly Telephone Company. The
exchange now covers Sharpe, Halls Summit, Silkville, and Aglricola.
Frank Efinger has discovered a new kind of bomb called t e Q. T. bomb,
Frank has taken over Einsteins place since the great scientist passed on.
Fred Efinger, his twin brother is doing quite well for himself too. He is
teaching English at WHS, He got his out-side reading so well that he decided
that the En ish profession couldn't do without him.
Gerald ifischer now head coach at Notre-Dame is also working on the three
minute mile on his spare time. Some say this is impossible but Gerald mastered
Physics so he feels he could do anything.
Harold Fischer really went up in the world. Harold is now President of the
First National Bank of Waverly. He has perfected the latest atomic eye to
George French is now living in Melvern, Kansas and is married to the for-
mer Janet Korbe, George and anet have a very successful business of running
a dance hall called "Five Corners".
Beverly Gordon is head bookkeeper at the "Chewy Chomper" chewing gum
factory. The figlures get rather gummed up at times but she always manages to
get them straig tened out.
Professor Robert Grounds a well established Historian is teaching American
History at Waverly High School.
Jack Hamilton is returning to the United States from a lion hunt in Africa.
Jack is well known for his abi ity to hunt. But What? ?
Gerry Howe owns a fleet of rockets that go to the moon twice a month. '
This is a thriving little business for Gerry and he made quite a haul out of it.
Jimmy Hughes has climbed Mount Everest for the very first time back-
wards. Jim was always a backward boy in school. ,
Vivian Long is the only old maid in the class of 1955. She is teaching
Kinder arten at Agricola. The reason poor Viv never married is because she
never gaund a man who would pick up his socks.
Nellie Markham is still looking or a man or rather an unsuspecting
sucker. Good luck Nell I hope you catch one soon or you may get too old.
Mary Massey just filibustered in Congress for t ree days fifteen hours
thirty minutes and two seconds against the Filibustering Bill. She now holds
the Worlds record. That wasn't hard to understand because Mary always enjoyed
talking to an extent in school.
Betty McKinstry just won the championship race at the Indianapolis speed-
ways. Betty was one of the be st and the fastest drivers when she was in school.
Karen Northcott is now the box office favorite on the Grande Old Opery in
Nashville Tenn. She is co-starring with Ernest Tubb. She's the tub and he's
Shirley Rickman took over the Sundry store in Waverly and now owns a
chain across the country. Just look for Shirley's Sundry Shop for the best re-
freshments the world over.
Frankie Schmid is a famous New York Model. She is featured on the cover
of Country Gentlemen wearing her Bermuda shorts.
LeRoy Steward owns all t e cattle in Coffey County and his Ranch is widely
known. As I was driving to Waverly I passed LeRoy in his new 1965 Caddie, 62
cylinder, with a hinge in the middle, car. Lee is so rich that he has installed
in the rear of his car a shower, T. V. set, and all the conveniences of home.
Bessie Lee Vesey finally found the one and only man for her an African
Pygmy. They met while Bessie and Jack were on a game safari in deepest Africa
It was love at first sight.
Georgia Lea Ward, better known as Gorgeous Geor ia the famous Lady
wrestler is now appearing in Madison Square Gardens. georgia always was a
muscle gal when she was in school.
The last name on my list here is Rev. Jim Williams. He is preaching in the
Presbyterian Church in Waverly. After his experience at Preaching in t e Variety
Show his Senior year Jim decided to make this his profession.
It looks like all the Seniors of 1955 did rather well for themselves doesn't it?
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SENIORS TAKE TRIP T0 OZARKS
At 5:45 o 'clock Friday
morning, April 29, twenty-
five sleegly but eagxir seniors
alongllwi Mr. and rs. Borg-
na, r. and Mrs. Harder and
Joe Rogers left dear old Waver-
ly for a week end trip in the
zarks. Our main pastime was
keeping each other awake un-
til we got to Harrisonville,
Mo. , where we ate breakfast.
After a stop of thirty or fort
five minutes, we headed south
over Missouri winding, hilly
roads. At Bolivar we stopped
for about ten minutes to rest
our cra mdped legs. Then in
Springfiel we stopped for gas.
All along the way tpleople
craned their necks at e us
to read what was written on
the side, Finally, many hills
la ter we dpcgpped around a curve
and lan e right smack dab in
the middle of Rockaway
We found our resort and af-
ter hauling our numerous suit-
cases into the cottages we set
out to find something to eat.
After satisfying ourhunger
pangs we scattere to look e
town over. Several of the kids
made it for the boats while
others went back to their
cottages to rest their weary
The cottages were built of
natural Ozark mountain rock
and the inside ofmost ofthem
was decorated in cedar. All
the appliances and the furni-
ture were modern and they
afforded very comfortable liv-
ing while we were there. The
girls were in two cottages, the
boys in two, and the sponsors
After seeing the prices of
food in the cafes, the grocery
stores were raided and the
smells of many "rare delica-
cies" issued forth from the open
doors of the cottages.
After the sun went down
several weird noises could be
heard. Some came from the
ducks on the lake, some from
the boats, and others from the
mouths of those peo le who
were having pranks pllayed on
Things finally quieted
down until six o'clock Saturday
morning when we were awak-
ened by' the sound of motor-
boats. hat day was filled with
boating, h o r s e b a c k riding,
swimming, and sunbathing, and
ended when most of the kids
went downstream ten miles to
Branson on the "Show Boat"
where some went to the show
and others went shopping. The
boat returned at te n o'c1ock
and everyone was back in Rock-
awayxby eleven. Saturday
nig t wasn't much different
from Friday night except that
it was a little later when every-
one gilt to sleep.
Sundaryl morning found
some of e "early birds" out
on the lake by sixo'clock. The
rest ofthe morning was spent
packing and cleaning up the
cotta ges. Most everybody found
that his suitcases were a little
fuller than when he had last
Finally at nine thirty all
twenty five were piled into the
bus for the long trip home. We
headed for Cassville and Roar-
ing River and after many hills
and curves arrived at the fish
hatcherty at Roaring River.
Many o the boys probably
wished for a fishing pole when
theiy looked down into the water
an saw that it was black with
Once more into the bus and
once more out on the road.
Fin ally about one thirty we
arrived in Noel where we ate
dinner. Since we were so close
to the Arkansas state line we
drove over to Sulpher Springs,
Arkansas, where we too a
drink from each of the three
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Back to Noel again and we
were off to Grove, Oklahoma.
After driving over several rough
roads we sighted Grand Lake.
On north to the Buffalo Ranch
near Afton, Oklahoma, where
several of the kids saw their
first live buffaloes. Off we were
once again and it wasn't too
long until we were back in good
old flat Kansas.
Finallly at five minutes after
eight Sun ay evening we arrived
in Waverly--twenty-five be-
draglgled, dirty, ti re d people
eac with a sunburn, bruise, or
ache all his own.
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