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SENIOR CLASS I-IISTORY, I9Lio
Do you remember your first day of school? We'll try to recall those pleasant
memories for you. Twelve years ago from the various homes in Yates Center came
a group of children, a, number of which are a part of the Senior Class of 1940.
As we look in on Lincoln School we see some little girls in ruffled dresses
around the sand pile. They turn out to be Betty Rae Butler, Bessie Strand, Juanita
Sorenson and Martha Millson.
We see under Washington School's roof, 'George Woodruff, Bill Lamb, Emerson
Tadtman, drawing pictures fwe know not whatj, Cleo Mae Foote, Meredith Mollnow,
Helen Mahon, and Marjorie Mathis playing with dolls.
We give much credit to Miss Spencer, Miss Greenman, o'ur Superintendent, Mr.
Markham, and also "Daddy" Payne and "Shorty" Daniel for starting us off success-
Our second year was uneventful except for the learning of reading and writing.
The third year is remembered especially well by the Washington school because
of the love matches which were begun. Helen sat with prince charming G. C. Currie,
Cleo Mae with Jimmie Mathis, and Marjorie with little Billy Lamb. After school a
familiar sight was a circle of little girls singing "Georgie Porgie Puddin' Pie" to
little George Woodruff.
During the fourth year Barbara Abbott joined the Lincoln school and we began
the difficult task of learning to go from room to room for different classes. At the
North school little George found the going too hard and was forced to leave for the
When we entered the fifth grade, we were joined by Doris Weide.
In 1934, we were no longer merely the sixth grade but we were in Junior High.
From that time on we began to take- an interest in all school activities.
We began our Junior High career with Mr. Paxton as our Superintendent and
Miss Mason as our Principal. How well we remember those entertaining letters read
to us by Prof. Allen.
We were joined by Betty Chaffin of Independence and our beloved Superin-
tendent, Mr. Widner, from Pretty Prairie in the eighth grade. We had many good
times and enjoyed our English Club, Beta Epsilon, and our sports very miuch. It was
during this time that the Junior High was publishing a newspaper called "The Junior
High Outburst". This was very interesting and one of the main characters in it was
"Otis Daniel Boom."
The fall of '36 found sixty students bustling with excitement because they were
entering high school. Piqua contributed to our class the Long twins, Imojean and
Ermadean, Lloyd Scheibmeir, and Eugene Dix. From the country schools came Donna
Hollingsworth, Verna Mae Peters, Violet Stoll, Mertha Easley, the three Mentzers-
Juanita, Norryce, and Ivan, Harvey Klick, Richard Mulsow, Bob Yohon, and, Little
George came back again.
We started our sophomore year with fifty members who had been successful in
passing Latin and Algebra. We were joined by Ralph Weiler, Lee Culver, and the
sponsor of our class in both our junior and senior years, Mr. Grafel.
The two big events of our junior year were our World's Fair Banquet and our
Junior play. We were glad to welcome Norma Kilby, Madeline Strong, Carolyn Gucene,
Alice Hoist, Chuck Ragland, and Mr. McDonald, our senior sponsor. We were sorry
indeed to lose our beloved Superintendent and friend-Mr. Widner.
Others who helped to make our last year a success were Bob Wilhite, Eugene
Johnston, Pauline Moorhead, John Shewell, and Alice Stephens. Those who helped
us through the difficult times of this year were our sponsors, Mr. Grafel and Mr. Mc-
Donald, our Principal, Mr. Gillmore, and our Superintendent, Mr. Lancaster.
Special events of the year were the marriage of two popular seniors, Chuck and
Norma, our Senior play, Junior-Senior Banquet, our history making U. S. History
class, and diplomas! !
Now take heart underclassmen, although you may never reach such a degree of
perfection and be as powerful and successful as we, take our career as an illustrious
example and strive to emulate our greatness. ,
-Cleo Mae Foote, Betty Rae Butler, Meredith Mollnow.
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"He loves the girls but they
don't know it."
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SENICJR CLASS WILL
E, THE SENIOR CLASS OF 1940, being of sound mind and disposing mem-
mory, before setting sail on the rough and fateful sea. of inexperience, do
hereby make, declare, and publish this, our last will and testament.
To the loyal members of the faculty whose efforts and help we greatly apprec-
iate we bequest a good night's sleep and the summer vacation to recuperate from all
the headaches which we have so thoughtlessly given th-em.
We give to each member of the freshman class-the sole right to be as silly as
the silliest of sophomores.
The sophomore class will receive the thrill and enjoyment of putting on the
Junior Play and preparing the Junior-Senior Banquet.
And last but certainly not least-to the juniors who follow our experienced
footsteps, we leave the possession of the dignity and prestige which we have so
faithfully carried during the past school term.
The following are the individual bequests to worthy' beneficiaries:
Barbara Abbott wills her significant giggle to Marjorie West.
Betty Rae Butler to Wilma Watts her leadership and personality.
George Woodruff--his ghost of a mustache to Clark Hollinger.
Helen Mahon-her beautiful blonde hair to Mary Joan Fry.
Harvey Klick the right to drive a good car wherever and whenever he pleases,
to Arthur Bacon.
Verna Mae Peters-her dignity to Jean Neufeld.
Doris Weide leaves the first violinist's chair to Juanita Vice.
Madeline Strong leaves her coquettish smile to Beverly West.
Bill Lamb leaves his licorice and bubble gum to Clarence Nigh.
Charles 'Ragland wills Glenn Tolle the right to marry the belle of his class.
John Shewell unwillingly leaves to Harry Theobald his ceaseless bragging.
Lee Culver-his ability to throw paper wads without getting caught to Junior
Violet Stoll gives to Mary Dell Burnside-her crown and throne.
Betty Chaffin wills her tap dancing ability to Lottie Stephenson.
Alice Holst gives to Hilda Sieker---her intelligence.
Me-redith Mollnow wills her good looking figure to Frances Rae Shaefer.
Cleo Mae Foote leaves the first clarinet chair in band to Bill Greene.
Ermadean Long leaves her vitality and untiring tongue to Richard Lancaster.
Eugene Johnston leaves his sparkling eyes and that "heavenly" Plymouth to
Mary E. Pingrey.
Imojean Long leaves Marjorie Lair her parking place across the street.
Eugene Dix wills his ability to "woo" the girls to Calvin Brodman.
Juanita Mentzer--her place as majorette in the band to Mary Buck.
Norryce Mentzer-the right to haul the sophomore girls around town to Alvin
Carolyn Gucene-her sweetness to Si Clemens.
Bob Wilhite leaves his camera interests to Elvin Weide.
Lloyd Scheibmeir leaves to his little sister, Emma Mae, the right to drive a car
All load of kids from Piqua every morning.
"" 5 9 'N Donna Hollingsworth her ability to "snub" the boys to Avlyn Dodd.
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'fix Mertha Easley' wills her calmness to Eva Lee Shotts.
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