Wisconsin State Teachers College - Meletean Yearbook (River Falls, WI)

 - Class of 1929

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FRED WANDREY By REXFORD S. MITCHELL RED WANDREY leaves River Falls after four years of forensic service with a record of five wins in six conference debates and a second in the state ex- temporaneous speaking contest. Fred, who is a graduate of the Cumberland High School, entered River Falls in 1923. He had had con- siderable experience in high school oratory and debate and made the Normal debate squad his hrst year. As a member of a negative team debating the government ownership of the coal mines against Superior that year, um -. he lost the only conference decision of his debate career. Fred took sweet revenge, however, for in each of the other years he was a member of the team which opposed Superior in the preliminary round, and each year the judges vote was for River Falls. In 1925 Fred was on an afhrmative team with Everett Smith and MaJrgaret Bailey. Supporting a congressional veto of Supreme Court decisions on cone stitutionality, they won over Superior and advanced to the final round with Platte- ville and Oshkosh. Fredis team won from Platteville, but the negative lost a hard battle to Oshkosh, and River Falls finished second in the state. Tn 109:: hp , ' - - um "mm labor amendment and teaming with John Da'vison and John Burke, he took his annual revenge on Superior in the preliminary round. The affirmative team also won its first round debate and Fredis team met Stevens Point in the final while the affirmative journeyed to Plattevillei Both teams won and River Falls became state champions. After teaching mathematics and coaching forensics in the Spooner High School for three years, Fred returned to River Falls in 1928. Again he opposed Superior in the first round, this time with Marshall Norseng and Carl 'Amundsen as colleagues, and again Fred helped to score another River Falls victory. The other Falls team defeated Eau Claire, and the group were about to enter the championship round when the decision of the state league before mentioned ended the debate season for the Falls. Then just to wind up his forensic career in a still greater blaze of glory, Fred went down to La Crosse and won second in the state extemporaneous speaking contest. FRED WANDREY One Hundred Forty

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MARSHALL NORSENG By REXFORD S. MITCHELL ARSHALL NORSENG leaves River Falls in June with a record in oratory and extemporane- ous speaking outstanding not only in the history of the Falls, but in the annals of the state and interstate leagues. Never before in the state has a man won the state oratorical and state extemporaneous speaking con- tests in successive years, or in any years for that mat- ter; never before has a speaker placed in the interstate oratorical and the interstate extempore contest in suc- cessive years; never before has an extelnpore speaker won both the state and interstate contests by a unanim- ous vote of the judgemeand so we might go on piling up the iinever befores." Marshall graduated from the River Falls High School, where he had made an excellent record in forensics, in 1925 and entered the college that fall. As a fresh- man he was chosen to represent the Falls in extempore speaking. Discussing the general topic of "The Need for a Re-Alignment of Political Parties," he made a clean sweep of both the state contest at River Falls, and the interstate at Macomb, Illinois, by winning the unanimous vote of the judges in both cases. The next year he turned to oratory, won the state contest at Eau Claire, and placed second in the interstate at Cedar Falls, Iowa, with his oration uOur Harvest of Hate." This ended his career in oratory and extempore speaking, since he was no longer eligible in either because of a rule which bars winners of state contests from further competition. But unlike Alexander he found new worlds to conquer, for outstanding as his record in oratory and extemporaneous speaking undoubtedly is, Marshallis work in debate has been equally brilliant. During his four years at River Falls he has represented the school in over thirty-five debates, has lost but one conference deci- sion, and has been a member of two state championship teams. During his first two years, debating on affirmative trios supporting the child labor amendment and the McNary-Haugen bill, he was a member of two undefeated state championship teams. During his third year, with John Davison and John Burke as colleagues, he toured the south, winning six of nine decisions in debates with the southern universities and colleges. This year, with Wandrey and Amundsen, he scored a victory over Superior and was preparing to engage in his fourth state championship battle when a somewhat belated interpretation of the constitution ruled four-year men out of debate and forced River Falls to withdraw from further competitions. To further honor his outstanding record in forensics Marshall was this spring unanimously elected president of the Interstate League of State Teachers Colleges, to preside at the interstate contest at Springfield, Missouri. River Falls regrets the passing of so mighty a forensic warrior. No one has contributed more to the forensic success of River Falls than Marshall Norseng. w t I -u MARSHALL Nonsmm One Hundred Thirty-Nine



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J OHN DAVISON By REXFORD S. MITCHELL HEN John Davison graduates in June, River Falls will lose one of the bulwarks of its forensic strength. For four years John has helped to withstand the verbal and oratorical onslaughts of conference and non-conference foes. Always he has fought with skill and finish, and always when the smoke of forensic battle has cleared, the colors of River Falls have been flying high. Few have contributed more to the forensic suc- cess of River Falls than John Davison. He has repre- sented us in oratory and extemporaneous speaking, he has carried our colors into more than thirty debates, he ml has been a member of two state championship teams, and during four years of debating has lost but one con- ference decision. Having made an excellent forensic record in River Falls High School, uJack" entered the college in 1925. Representing the Falls in debate his first two years, he completed both seasons without defeat and was a member of two successive cham- pionship teams. In his freshman year he teamed with John Burke and Fred Wan- drey to defeat Superior and Stevens Point in conference debates on the child labor amendment; in his sophomore year with Thomas Barry and Donald Olson as col- leagues he scored wins over both Eau Claire and Stevens Point while opposing the McNary-Haugen bill. In his third year he was a member of the hrst Falls team to invade the south- land. With John Burke and Marshall Norseng he participated in thirteen debates with the southern universities and colleges, winning six of nine decisions. Prior to this, while defending protection of American capital in foreign countries, he helped Marshall Norseng and Donald Olson to defeat Superior, and with them suffered at the hands of Milwaukee, his only conference defeat in four years. This year iiJack" was leader of the team opposing government development of water power resources. With Martin Abrahamsen and William Hawkins as team- mates he defeated Eau Claire in the preliminary round, and like Norseng was pre- paring to enter his fourth state championship battle when the "four year" decision abruptly brought his forensic career to a close. Jonx DAVISON One Hundred Forty-One

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