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Page 21 text:
While reading the correspondence from my colmn "Know all, and Tell
Alln, I received a letter from one of my most faithful readers requesting that
I find out how many fleas the average dog has for her dog club. I hurried
to confer with my Editor, Bonnie Steele, to find out if I could ignore this
letter. She answered with a very firm "No',. She also added that I must con-
duct the survey myself, so I would have the real satisfaction. As I cleaned
up my desk before my trip, I began to think how pleasant it would be if I
could draw my husband away from his broom business and persuade him
to join me on my survey. It was rather hard as he had just finished nego-
tiations concerning selling brooms to the government of France, and was
tired. But showing who has the upper hand in our family, we started
out in our private plane several days later to count fleas.
just after we left New York, my husband handed me a letter from Marg
Lucas, now Marg Ranor, who married a famous French designer during her
brief career as a Powers model. She is now kept busy raising her six little
Frenchmen. Even so, she still has time to model some of her husband's
creations. She closes by saying she would probably be seeing Martha Frary
soon, as she would be stopping in France on her way to her post in Russia.
She is a famous missionary and her superiors decided that the Russians
still needed missionary work more than any other country.
My husband suddenly took my attention from Marg's letter by telling
me that we were over the largest floating airport in the world. I glanced
down and saw the name Creston on the hangar and insisted that we land.
just as we started down, a plane zoomed past, just missing our wingtips.
After we landed we asked who had nearly hit us and found out it was Bob
Markley. I found out later that he had broken his pitching arm soon after
he had left school and had decided to take up sky writing. He is now being
sued because he mis-spelled "Misses Soapn and made it "Messes Soapn. He
swears it was a mistake but some of his friends have their doubts. He landed
and after sharing many schoolday memories he told me what had happened
to Gert and Oc, a constant pair during schooldays. It seems they were touring
Europe lecturing on "How To Have a Peaceful I-Iomelifel' but one night in
Bohemia, they disagreed on a point and caused a brawl that landed them in
jail. Right then and there, they decided to change their subject to "The
Gentle Art of Self-Defense". Now they seem to have more interest in the
subject and are having better crowds.
Bob drove us to the hotel and explained how the floating airport had
come about. It seems Chippewa Lake and the swamps of Creston had finally
won out.It was a disaster at the time but now is making millions for the town.
We entered the Grand Hotel of Creston which is owned by Mary Jane
Woods Something or Other. When asked why she opened a hotel, she
explained that her husbandls relations had lived with her so long that she
figured she might as well open a hotel and charge them for it.
Page 20 text:
Charles Allen, will my wavy, blonde hair to jerry Lance.
Merle Beachy, will my address book to any junior boy who has the
nerve to use it.
Norma Beal, will my experience at Keeneyls to anyone interested in
becoming a waitress.
Glenard Beyeler, will my height to Anton Dyck.
jean Carter, will a Carter Broom to anyone who has the ambition to
clean up the school house.
Martha Frary, will my quiet personality to Bob Hart.
Elda Gasser, will my A's in Citizenship to Bill Anshutz.
Lois Gerstenslager, will my way with the Reese's to anyone who wants
to take Sally out.
Wilma Graber, will my theme song, "Elmer's Tune" to the high school
in case they forget.
Don Henderlong, will my National Guard to anyone desiring that look
which charms the girls.
Margaret Lucas, will my four years of cheering ability to Barbara Harman
in hopes she will be here that long.
Robert Markley, will my nack of writing letters to Eleanor West so she
can write to Phil when he goes to College.
Roger Reese, will my ability to argue with girls to Howard Graber.
Robert Russell, will my "out of statel' girls to Stanley Miller.
Harry Sonnedecker will my long walks to the South end of town to
Ralph Bixler so he can keep in good form.
Bonnie Steele, will my success of brains to Jim Smith.
Mary jane Woods, will my long, blonde hair to Annetta Coffey.
Norma Jean Yoder, will my muscles to Esther Russell.
Signed by Senior Class of 1948
Page 22 text:
Bob explained that there was a farewell party being held for Martha
and suggested that we join them. After greetings were exchanged I saw
a group around the television screen watching a wrestling match. I was
startled to see that it was Norma jean Yoder that was sitting on the other
girls' heads. They told me that she is now known as the "Battling Babe"
and is defending her championship. just as we were about to find out
who was the winner, the television set broke and left Yoder still sitting
there. Much disgusted, I started over to drag my husband from the punch
bowl. There I met Elda Gasser, married now, but never-the-less still the
head of a big candy concern called "The Sweetest Sweets Company". Elda
also told me about Wilma, who after an unhappy romance closely following
schooldays, had headed for the mountains of Wyoming and had started a
goat farm, which she hasn't left nor has a man entered in ten years.
Still by the punch bowl, I saw Harry Sonnedecker pass up the punch
and take a glass of milk. I had heard that Harry was the coach of the Creston
High School team, and made the mistake of asking him how it was going.
I found out that his team had gone to Kent this year, but was surprised to
learn that it was not the boys but the girls. After hearing about many difficult
and teachnical basketball plays, I finally got him to tell me about Merle
Beachy. After finishing school, Merle decided to take up bowling. He was
doing quite well until one night he forgot to leave go of the ball and made
a strike-with his head. He is now located in the City Hospital but the doctor
reports he is doing fine.
Chuck Allen came plodding in after the boys. When I asked him what
he had been doing with himself, he blushingly replied that he was a floor
walker in the"Ladies Lingerie Departmentuof the new O'Neils store in town.
The scream of brakes was heard outside and every one knew that Honest
Don Henderlong, the Used and Mis-used Car Dealer had arrived. He brought
with him Glenard Beyler and Bob Russell. Glenard is now a great scientist.
His las discovery was a bubble gum that can be used to patch tires, stop runs
in hose, hold up wallpaper and also comes in twenty-six different flavors.
Bob is the designer of the Russell Bussel, the only bussel with a russle.
The only sad, but yet not entirely unhappy note of the evening was the
telegram that was received from Norma Beal. After hnishing school, Norma
took up balloon flying and while she was making a flight a day or so before,
had lost control of her balloon. There was a strong wind and it blew her to
South Africa, where she claims she has found the man of her dreams. He is
an ex-sailor who landed there and has become quite wealthy.
After cabling Norma wishing her all the luck in the world, someone
asked me why I was wondering all around the country. I told them I was
taking a survey on the average number of fleas that a dog had. As the party
was getting dull anyway, they decided to help me. After chasing a dog
over most of the streets of Creston, we finallyicornered one, and counted
his fleas. So that is how my survey ended and also my story. --jean Carter
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