Eleanor McMain High School - Echoes Yearbook (New Orleans, LA)

 - Class of 1945

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.. , 'wif K 1 B e.i.,, - V ,ii the gditlit Speafts e Franklin Delano Roosevelt A APRIL 12, 1945, was a day which brought sadness to thehearts of all Americans and many people around the globe. The death of this great president, who only a few months before had, for the fourth time, taken the oath of president of these United States, came when the world needed him most. A Roosevelt entered into public life for tl.e first time in 1910, when he was elected to the New York State Senate. Three years later he was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy in which office he served for seven years. Roosevelt's true cour- age and character were shown in 1921 when he was stricken with paralysis and had to retire from pub- lic life. He worked hard to regain his health, and after only eight years was elected governor of New York. Then in 1932 he was elected to the presidency for the first time. No other American president had served so 'long and successfully won over crises of so many kinds. His ideas and strength of character would have gone far in making a 'lasting peace at the San Francisco Confer- ence. ' 1 His courage and true leadership had brought this nation out of the dark period of depression, and at the outbreak of this second World War his conduct and knowledge of for- eign affairs held America in the spot- light for the birth of world peace. It was at his first inaugual, March 4, 1933, that he uttered the words for which perhaps he was best known: "The only thing We have to fear is fear itself." The truth of this statement has been proven re- peatedly through his terms of of- fice. The name of Franklin Delano Roosevelt will go down in history as one of America's greatest presidents. Forty-six - 5 -..g.-n,.1..1.n1 1 .1 -. 1 .- .- 1 1 .- - President Truman , FATE brings to the American presi- dency in this critical hour a citi- zen from the Middle West. Harry S. Truman, born and raised on a farm, was the average American until he reached middle age a few years ago. He served with the American Expedi- tionary Force on the Western Front during World War I and returned home to be named to a 'minor coun- try office. After a few years he was surprisingly transferred 'to the United States Senate. As a representative- of Missouri, Senator Truman worked diligently. His efficient leadership of an investi- gating committee which rendered ex- cellent service brought him favorable national notice. - In 1944 he was nominated as vice- president on the ticket with Mr. Roosevelt. Now by the unforeseeable death of our outstanding chief, this Missourian becomes the nation's highest executive. Those who know him predict that he will make good in the White House as he made good in the Senate..Tre- mendous responsibilities have been thrust upon his shoulders. He, is called to make momentous decisions about matters which he had had no direct concern. But steady courage, ha good mind, the habit of diligence and the sturdy adaptability, he has al- ready shown, can carry him through. His first official declaration, pledging the continual fighting of the war on all fronts with all vigor and to a successful conclusion, is acclaimed by Americans and by the Allies around the world. All patriotic Americans join in of- fering their good wishes to our new president and sincerely hope that his administration will prove successful in all its undertakings for national and world welfare. --' 'Q J' -. English. 1 Program By Sharon Mattea,.'4-6 , 'MCMAIN students listened with much pleasure and appreciation to the splendid program on poetry, which was presented and prepared by the English and Music depa1't- ments. Betty Dufour, Mistress of Ceremonies introduced the subject. Poetry, one of the fine arts, appeals to the emotions and stirs one's feel- ings. The poet uses words as the artist uses color. A An epic, a narritive poem of high character, deals with a noble hsubject in ainoble manner. The Greek epics are the greatest and most famous of any country. Rosalie Rosenburg de- livered Alcinou's speech, written by the Father of the Epic, Homer. The form of verse closest to music is the lyric. -It ,is more "'personal" than any other type of poetry and the strongpersonal feelings it ex- presse do 'not remain the length of the poem. " Fleur Marcoux read the most popular of all love songs-"A Red, Red Rose" by Robert Burns. Two lovely old songs, "To Celia" bv Ben Jonson and "Who Is Sylvia?" by Shakespeare, were delivered by the Glee Club: Free verse, a forceful type of poetry that does not follow a regular pattern, has no rime. It has a pleas- ing roll and where the reader would naturally pause, the lines end. Carol Atkins recited "For You, O Democ- racy,,f' by Walt Whitman. -Other types of poetry illustrated were the ballad, by Lily B. Staehling and Dolores Lloveras, "Cruel Broth- ers"g The Sonnet "Nature", written by Longfellow, was given by Maja Raam, and Patsy Adams delivered "On His Blindness" by Milton. The ode by John Keats "Ode on a Greecian Urn", was given by Geraldine Camp- bell. The patriotic lyric by Henry Van Dyke, "Pro Patia", was recited by Christophel Nungesser. This informative program was con- cluded with the song, "Oh Believe Me, If All These Endearing Young Charms", by the Student Body. ESC-H-O-E-S 1:45,-at--Q-,Q We ,e,l.g.1f.m,mi.. -rn :,a13:-Q-n,-i.r-.- 14:-Q... '

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-W 1- . ng 1 af R r -and later entirely demolished, shines again in -the first mural, "A Costume Ball." It is night, and in another part of the city, away from the shining lights and splendid fineries, a voo-doo priest is holding rituals for his faithful fol- lowers. The weird and rhythmic beat- ing of the drums fills the atmosphere with mysterious sounds. Such cere- monies have since ceased in the city of New Orleans, for in Congo Square, where once stood the voo-doo priest, now stands the Municipal Auditor- ium. Let us go back to that part of New Orleans in which lights shine and carriages with well dressed couples fill the narrow streets. To night the French Opera House is surrounded with fame, for the young Jenny Lind is about to make her debut. Thecritiques crowd with the many guests and in its shining glory the voice of Jenny Lind is heard again as the 'New Orleans Opera House takes its original form in "The Old French Opera House." Once again it's morning, and seated on the steps of Jackson Square, shadowed' by the famous spires of the St. Louis Cathedral, is a young colored boy with his wares to sell. The heat of the day is tiring and depressing, and Jackson Square, alive with blooming azaleas, provides an ideal resting place for the weary child. Great is the artistic design of the St. Louis Cathedral and to those not fortunate to see it yet, it is a preview of the treat in "The St. Louis Cathedral. Voices shrill loudly as flaming colors speckle the cobble stone streets of the Old French Market. The Old French Market! The name itself brings romance to those who knew it. Here, farmers from all the surround- ing land congregate to sell their wares. Colored women traverse in and out among the various pavillions 1? with their baskets perched high on their heads. Although some of the atmosphere was lost in the demolish- ing of this center of trade, it is par- tially recaptured in the present re- production and in "The Old French Market" it comes to life again. Returning from the market one passes the Old Absinthe House. Ex- cept for the noise from the street all is quiet in the Absinthe House. Ab- sinthe today is a thing of the past, for it is sold no more, yet in New Orleans still stands the original Ab- sinthe House, and the the mural "The Old Absinthe House" one can see it again as it stood in the height of its glory. Beyond the city proper, in the swamps and bayous, hidden from the watchful eye of the law, is New Or- leans' first black market. Under the canopy of silken moss, Jean Lafitte and his pirates sell the jewels and fineries they had previously confis- cated. The normally law-abiding house wives shamelessly purchase all that their small funds allow. In their small boats the pirates are ever ready to flee from the law at the slightest warning. Such a scene is pictured in "T-he Lafittes' Black Market." Along one side of Jackson Square is a quaint passageway leading from the St. Louis Cathedral to Royal St. There are no worries in Pirate's Alley for the fear of the pirates is over. It was here that Lafitte hid when pursued, and concealed from the law, among the shadows of the alley, he was saved many times from capture. "Pirate's Alley". pictures this hide- out of Jean Lafitte as it remains yet in historic New Orleans. A scene that marks history is the race between the Robert E. Lee and the Natchez. New Orleans is alive with crowded docks and loud shouts as the two boats begin their hostoric race up the river to St. Louis. Many people, young and old, cheer the . ,- or c, boats at their start. The race is on! This event, only in the past of New Orleans, is seen in the mural "The Race Between the Robert E. Lee and the Natchez." It has been years since New Or- leans has enjoyed the festive occur- ence of Carnival. To the people of New Orleans, it is a traditiong to the people of other parts of the country it is a fantastic dream that becomes a reality in the "Crescent City." "A Carnival Ball" is a reproduction of a carnival procession in the Municipal Auditorium. The climax of the Carnival Season is Mardi Gras, and the climax of the Mardi Gras is the Comus Parade. The festivities of the day end with one joyous congregation to see the final Parade of Mardi Gras. As the king passes on his elaborate float, the spectators shout and cheer, the sleepy children extend open hands hoping .to get their last souvenir of Mardi Gras. Such a scene is the "Comus Parade", the final mural that the art students produced. - After the murals were completed, they were exhibited in Room 326 for a few weeks. Then they were sent to Godchaux, where they were displayed in the Canal Street windows. After a week there, they were sent to the New Orleans Public Library, and from there to the Bomber Base, where they will remain. For the art students it was a great pleasure to make the murals, and if they were able to bring a little pleas- ure to the soldiers of the Air Force by so doing, their purpose is indeed accomplished. They are grateful to the Red Cross for permitting them to undertake the project and feel honored that they were asked. In their way they have tried to bring a little cheerfulness to the recreation room at the base, as well as to the hearts of the soldiers there. Dorothy Samuelson '45. NEWMORLEANS Traditionally, New Orleans is the "City Tihat Care Forgot," the "American Paris" to the World. ' Today New Orleans is a progressive American city, the "Air Hub of the Americas." E-CJH-O-E-S Forty-five 1455.511-':'. his 1 ,2i.3.'?s'.hi.-fs. ... 1 e'.'f.-.- 'I .. 513-ir1.gs3f'a:1, x . . ,. . pi., .sg .. - . ., ,i . .. . -Ana. .. 4... .zffae-1



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- .a-:-if.-.ma ,1-, Z- , ti, FN' fllepaeimeniaf new D By Chrixthel Nungener-- 45 X 1 GN APRIL- 19, the members of home rooms 225 and 207 were the recipients of a delightful pie feast awarded them for their assist- ance in selling subscriptions and ads for the McMain "Echoes". , As the spring weather was exceptionally beautiful, the girls gathered on the campus at fourth period.'Misses Ran- dolph and Cresson were on hand'to assure an even distribution, and the apple, peach, and pineapple pies were indeed delicious.. Rubye Drumright, the business manager of the "Echoes", gave a short address and presented an award to Maxie Meek. who brought the greatest number of ads for the magazine. The staff of the "Echoes" was pleased with the sincere work these girls did and is looking forward to enjoying more of these parties. ' Home room 209, which won the prize for securing the largest num- ber of ads, made a patriotic gesture by donating its award to the Red Cross. Dolores Marsh, a student at Mc- Main, has decided to write an article for the "Reader's Digest" under the caption of "The Most Unforgettable Character I've Ever Met". The center of attraction. is Senorita Broussard, our teacher of the upper classes of Spanish. Dolores is spending her spare moments collecting bits of in- formation from students and teach- ers, as well as Seiiorita herself. It will take about a month to complete the-article and then it will be sent to the Digest. We all hope it will be published so that the world may know of the petite teacher who has done so much to strengthen the bonds of friendship between, the . two- conti- nents in the.Western Hemisphere. A, V An amusing incident- happened oneof Miss- B1-own's United' States- Histdryfclasses a few days ago. ' -The girls were 'asked to write the defini- tion of "suffrage". The majority of the answers proved to be boners. One definition was: suffrage-the short- age of money: Another stated that E-'Ci-H-OE-S f suffrage is the condition in which people are suffering. Finally the correct answer came along Cmuch to Miss Drown's reliefl. Suffrage is the right to vote. Once, again we are publishing a Senior issue of the "Echoes", It is fitting that we have a section de- voted to the class play. "'And Cam'e The Spring" is the play which has been selected as the class play for the graduates of June 1946. The cast is as follows: Mr. Jeffrey Hartman - Shirley Siegel Elliott Hartman-Mary Lou Soule Buzz Lindsay-Carol Shockey Keith Nolan-Peggy Robert Freddie North-Lucia von Gohren Mr. Fields-Betty Grethe Alan Fields-Rose Marie Letten Clancy-Bobbie Sue Blanchard Messenger Boy--Geraldine Owens Mrs. Louise Hartmna-Bitsy Pow- 'ell Midge Hartman-Janet Rieke Virginia Hartman-June Ducour- nau , Carollyn Webster-Juanda Corbin Gabby Allen-Beverly Guess Edna-Audrey Armbruster Mrs. Fields-Patricia Seghers Christine Meyers-Gloria Seymour The following has been said about the play and I quote it to give you an idea about the play: "There are plays and plays about modern American families. But only occasionally do two authors approach the subject with the freshness, in- sight, and humor which characterizes "And Caine The Spring", the new comedy by Marrijane and Joseph Hayes. f ' ' ' "Today, when comedy is especially needed in the world, these two au- thors' have 'supplied it lavishly, all' while preserving the naturalness and heightening thecolor of their inter- esting characters. It has often been said' that all good comedy springs from character. Although "And Came The--Spring" is full of unex- lf - "vinci '-, -Il' -r M .L pected and highly diverting situa- tions, the emphasis on truth and char- acter is foremost. "Life is made up of poignancy as well as laughter-and what is more filled with both these qualities than first love? What has more universal HPDQI? Here is a moving as well as an -'amusing picture of a first love which begins an avalanche of com- plications calculated to win the' ap- proval of even the saddest member of any audience. "Written with sensitivity, "And Came The Spring" skims along blithely as it relates the amusing story of the 'Hartmans when the youngest girl in the family finds her- self enormously successful ffor a whilel in her manipulation of other lines for her own ends. The story builds to deft and hilarious climaxes all the while keeping its eye on the human traits and emotions motivat- ing the characters." K At the beginning of last term twenty-five lucky girls were selected to be Senior B representatives and to carry on as representatives when they became Senior A's. They have been kept very busy throughout their senior year, collecting ring, picture, luncheon, and gift money. The of- ficers of they class are, Mary Lou Soule, presidentg Sara Jones, vice- presidentg Jane Clay, secretaryg Jo- anne Thornbury, treasurerg Mary Anne Thompson and Georgia Fischer, assistant treasurers. Since February they had met as a club group until April, when they were disbanded. One of the things they accomplished was deciding about flowers for grad- uation. Roses were decided upon, with pink and light green as class colors. Then they saw to' Senior A balloting, collecting various 'senior material for the "Echoes", and get- ting senior pictures ready for publi- cation in our magazine. Since the representatives have been disbanded, a small group of nine girls meet together at club pe- riod.- These girls have counted and drawnup the Senior ballots, discuss- ed the class poernfand song, and geni erally carried -on the' work 'of the Senior class, under the guidance bf Miss Carolyn'Steir, ourfaculty ad- visor., These girls, together with the whole Senior class, are looking for- ward to' graduation, the culmination of their high school life. il F Forijl-.veven

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