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Page 8 text:
Long before we can remember,
On a hill in nature's glory
Grew a grove of stately oak trees,
While on one side was a meadow,
On another stretched a forest,
Plants of all kinds grew unhindered
Around this place of peace and grandeur
In the trees frislced chattering squirrels,
Beneath them ran the furry ceatures,
Rabbits, foxes, 'coons and 'possums.
Hunted by none except the Indian,
The proud child of mother nature.
Sometime after came a stranger
To this unmarred spot of nature.
Brought with him his plow and rifle,
Built a house of rough, hewn oak trees,
Below this hill of natural splendor-
This was the coming of the white man.
They found this country fair and fertile,
Grain grew well, and game was plenteous.
So their friends all came here also,
Built a village, and were prosperous.
Later Indians were but a mem'ry,
A store appeared, post office also,
And Ferguson they called the village.
Then the elders of this village
Held forth in meeting and decided
Their children needed education.
So they loolced about to hnd
For their school a good location,
Saw from 'far the stately oak trees
That the summit of a hill was gracing.
"Here," they said, "XVill be our school."
The next September was so different
For this place among the oak trees.
Children-- happy, shouting, playing,
Came in numbers to the building
That was built just to prepare them
For a life well worth the living.
Teachers four there were to teach them
And to use the birch rod also.
Since the school was a success
And the people of the village
Grew to many times its former numbers,
So the patrons of this district
Planned to make it bigger, better,
That their children might become learned.
Page 7 text:
All hail thee, fair Ferguson
Long live thy renown
With full hearts we laud thee
Thy praises resound.
Thy name is our watchword
'Tis praised to the skies.
We'll honor thee always,
Our love shall not die.
Thy sons and thy daughters
To thee shall he true,
And in darkness and trouble
We'll follow thee through.
Then hail thee, Alma Mater,
To thee will we cling,
Forever and ever
Thy praises we'll sing.
Page 9 text:
Ferguson High School was then started,
Alma Mater of splendid students,
In addition were the small grades
Where the smaller children labored,
Were abused, but still endured
Till they to high school were promoted.
Then they are no longer babies
But should wish to study harder,
To malce their lives one of real service
Rather than a burden be to others.
Sports they have besides their studies
To develop healthy bodies
That can nourish active minds.
In baseball, tennis, football, also,
With other schools do they contend.
Always the best they have are giving
True sportsmanship they're ever showing.
Then again the population
Of this village now called city,
Doubled, grew, some more and tripled:
Banks there are, and factory, also,
Drug stores, barbers, and garages
Print shop and a railroad station,
And the school again expanded,
A gym, new high school now are added,
Which to the student now is giving
A greater chance for better study.
And now they say a new arrival
At our high school is a body
Of the students called the Council.
This will give to all the students
A chance to show what they can do
In helping teachers, and subduing,
Confusion, noise, and regulating
School government and activities,
As well as teachers now are doing
And'to get experience, welcome
When their life they are directing.
Now they have a dandy annual
Which was christened "IVlialceta."
Scanning thru its several pages
In future years will bring us mem'ries
Pleasant of our former school days.
Then our Mialceta will be treasured.
This is history of our High School
Where many children acquired learning
And later used to best advantage.
May it always be progressive,
Teaching the best thru the best of teachers.
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