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Page 22 text:
H . . . ln The
6 l Sands of
6 ,q Time."
The class of '39 is an outstanding class, we always
have been, and as seniors, we have the privilege of
saying so. We were mentioned in the Mentor once
for "trying to attract attention" by playing Romeo
and Juliet in the upper hall. Ah, dear departed
And now for statistics-we must put in statistics
because people like to see their names in print:
219 sophomo1'es entered these gates of learning in
the fall of 1936 with the thought in their hearts,
"Now, now we are Senior High school stoodents"!
Sophomore class officers in a very "unhot" election
were Billy Hines, presidentg Anne Jonnard, vice-
president: Mary Louise Emery, secretary-treasurerg
Representatives to the Student Council were Denzil
Bergman and Ruth Jenkins, who were partly re-
sponsible for the first Pigskin Prom-at which we
had a lovely time.
Miss Martha Baird took the lead-yes, as a soph-
omore, in the Hi-Y, G. R. play, "The Patsy", and
was termed colossalg quite a tribute to the class.
Society Note: Carried out in the Valentine motif,
the sophomore party was enjoyed by all, especially
our own Robert Gahagen who won a prize for an
imitation of Fred Astaire. fThings you never knew
After a very hot summer. we came back in 1937
as iuniorsg the number was 217.
More statistics: Merrill Peterson, junior class
president: Joanne Aubel, vice-presidentg and Bar-
bara Bower, secretarv-treasurer. Student Council
representatives were Bill Docking and Sara Winkler,
who became the secretary of that group.
Later on came "Anne of Green Gables" which was
the first play to be produced on the one-week plan.
The title role was played by Mary Margaret Arnold
and the cast was liberally sprinkled with members
of our illustrious body--viz. Ruth Kretzmeier, Ruth
Jenkins, Marjorie Rogers, Mary Louise Emery, and
Dorothy Ratlifi' was the class's first cheerleader-
she's cute, too! and was elected oueen of the Pigskin
Prom when that rolled around. Time does fiy, doesn't
it? And Bill Docking served as general chairman
for the same function. We had a lovely time at that
too. and not so many went stag.
Forty-two juniors received scholarship awards-
this was the largest number in history-or some-
Claimed by almost everyone as being the "best of
the vear", the Junior play "Kind Lady"-a mystery,
thrilled and baffled its audience. The plav was very
subtle. in fact so much so that manv of the bourge-
oisie failed to comprehend it. Bill Docking played the
part of the handsome villian the lived up to the
Dart. tool, and Barbara Bouck portrayed her role
in a most professional manner. The cast included
Bill Hines. Sara Winkler. Dorothy Summers, Mar-
garet Mack, Irene Limper. Marjorie Goldstein, Mir-
iam Fields. Martha Connett, Lawrence Alden, Don
Sollenberger. Merrill Peterson and Jack Lamont.
Thomas P. Quinn was chosen bv the football
squad for next year's co-captain, and by a big ma-
jority. Speaking of football, Donald Kastner, Rus-
sell Minnis, Dick Doryland, Alfred Woodman, Wil-
liam Graves, and Ralph Scott received reserve letters
in their sophomore year.
Basketball stars of our junior year were Bob
Gahagen, Don Kastner, Dick Doryland, Jay Funk,
Merle Bottger, and Denzil Bergman.
Max Decker, Bog Gahagen and Norman Ross
made the tennis team, while Jay Funk and Hall Mil-
lard were the golfers.
Feeling heavily, but not for long, the responsibility
of our senior status, we elected class officers--Bob
Curtis, presidentg Norman Crook, vice-presidentg
and a nice little political intrigue developed over
the battle between Wilma Jea nShull and Charles
Sneeberger for the office of secretary-treasurer.
Their election was a tie, so they managed it to-
gether during the first semesterg then "Snee" moved
away and Wilma Jean served her capacity undis-
Mary Louise Emery and Joanne Aubel were the
class representatives to the Student Council. Bill
Docking-yes, again, was the representative-an
large, after a mud-slinging battle! Mary Louise
was chosen president of that august body, and Jo-
Another rousing election was that of Mary Beth
Walker, senior, as cheerleader. She did an excep-
tional job, remember that rainy Clay Center foot-
At the district Hi-Y convention, Lawrence Alden,
our president, was elected president of the entire
assembly. An honorable position for an honorable
Our last Pigskin Prom, ah me! It was "funner"
than the rest, supervised by "Pete" Peterson. Two
seniors, Alice King and Raymond Tucker fa new
student at thatlj were crowned King and Queen.
The cast of the Hi-Y-G. R. play, "Take My Ad-
vice" was a compliment to the members of the class
on their dramatic ability as it was composed entirely
of seniors. Those who trod the boards for this oc-
casion were Bill Hines, Sara Winkler, Bob Smith,
Faye Clapp, Denzil Bergman, Clara Lou Davis, Val-
jean Lumb, and Charles Schneeberger.
Forty-eight of the class of '39 were awarded
scholarship letters, an increase of six over last
Another society note: The seniors entertained the
juniors at the annual Sr.-Jr. dance which was
termed a "complete successn!
Letters for first team participation in basketball
were awarded to these seniors: Jim Prideaux, Bob
Gahagen, Don Kastner, Neal Hugos, Denzil Berg-
man, Elmer Lutz and Dick Doryland. Jim Prideaux
capped the climax of the basketball season by be-
ing selected for the all conference basketball team!
The senior members of the golf team fwhich in-
cluded three out of fourj were: Elmer Lutz, Hall
Milliard, and Jay Funk.
The largest National Honor Society in M. H. S.
was selected shortly after the start of the second
semester. Even though there were many sad faces,
happiness radiated on at least 28 seniors' faces.
Page 21 text:
Mentor and Blue M Staff
This ycar's journalism class under Paul Owen
"hit a new high" by being the largest class in the
history of M. H. S. with a record of twenty-one
The purpose of this class is to edit the weekly
school paper, the "Mentor," and the year book, the
"Blue M." To their credit, the staff made several
changes in the Mentor: "Poems 'N Things," to pro-
mote interest in creative writing of our students:
"The Clothes Line" with sub-heads of Esquire and
Madumoisellcg "In the Mentor," index box, mention-
ing the high points in each issue, and "As I See It,"
editorial column on the front page with remarks on
timely events, were now attractions. The Student
Forum, although not new, was quite well responded
to, and several columns were dressed up with new
heads, such as "Mentor Mud" in place of 'tGAB,"
and "Over the Back Fence" instead of "In Other
Schools." The Mentor was enlarged to a six page
paper the first semester, and the heads were changed
from the conventional news type to the more modern
feature type, and cuts were more frequently shown
in the paper due to the purchase of the Redimat.
This equipment made it possible for original art
work to be reproduced for the paper.
During the year's work, the staff published a 10
page anniversary issue, which high lighted the his-
tory of our institution and its expansion throughout
25 years, and an 8 page edition for the National
Education Association week, to which the faculty
During the course of the year, the staff made two
trips, one to Topeka, and one to Kansas City. The
class was taken to Topeka in the school bus. They
spent the morning in the Capper Publications. The
stall' and sponsor met Senator Capper who kindly
posed with the group for a picture which appeared
in the Topeka Daily Capital. The afternoon was
spent in visiting the Topeka Daily Journal and the
In Kansas City, the cass was taken through the
Kansas City Star Plant, the Grimes-Joyce Printing
Company, the Nelson Art Gallery, and other points
The staff is as follows: The Editorial Stafi'-Edi-
tor-in-chief, Merrill Petersong News Editors, Bar-
bara Bower and Barbara Bouck, Editorial Editors,
Ruth Kretzmeier and Margaret Mack, Feature Edi-
tors, Mary Margaret Arnold and Faye Clapp,
Sports Editors, Bob Gahagen and Bill Hines, Ex-
change Editors, Ba1'bara Bouck and Barbara Bower.
The Business Staff: Business Manager, Betty Nie-
mollerg Advertising Manager, Shirley Marlow: As-
sistant Advertising Manager, Helen Miller, Circu-
lation Manager, David Gates.
Departmental and Reportorial Staff: Martha
Baird, Clara Lou Davis, Marjorie Goldstein, Hall
Milliard, Marian Penley, Wilma Jean Shull, Dorothy
May Summers, and Sara Winkler, Faculty Advisor,
Paul C. Owen, and Printer, F1'ed Ernst.
Included in the two-fold purpose of the journalism
class was, of course, the publishing of the yearbook,
"The Blue M." The most outstanding feature of the
annual this year was in the contest and election of
the Blue M Beauty Queen. Dorothy Lancaster, our
colorful sophomore, now bears the title of "Blue M
Beauty Queen. The seventeen candidates were Jo-
anne Aubel, Thelma Bouck, Faye Clapp, Marion Jo
Drown, Iva Fenton, Harriet Givens, Virginia How-
enstine, Jeanne Jaccard, Alice King, Betty Jean
King, Ruth Kretznieier, June Limbocker, Dorothy
Ratliff, Mary Schweitzer, Charlene Spelman, Le-
The theme, the first to be used since the reduction
of the annual to magazine size, follows the "Marco
of the annual from magazine size, of this year's
of Time" throughout the book, depicting Father
Time in various poses as division page illustrations.
The appropriateness of this theme is the fact that
this is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the graduates
of the first class, the book being dedicated to Earl
Darby, who was a member of the first class to enter
the present building, and has been an instructor in
the school since 1923.
Page 23 text:
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Joanne Aubel, Virginia Howenstine Paul Engle, Bill Docking, Merrill Peterson
Mary Louise Emery Peggy Pearce. .lames Smith, Mr. Durham. Sara Winkler
The Student Council reached its maturity in 1935
under the guidance of Mr. Benney, chemistry teacher
of that year, who brought a new spark into the
group. Under Mr. Durham, sponsor since 1936, the
Council has flowered in all its glory, and has re-
volved from a nominal to an extremely influential
body, representative of the entire school.
The school election this year, provided by the
Council was the most heated one ever seen at the
high school. The election was held October 7, one
day after a special election assembly, introducing
the candidates. Thirteen students participated in
the race for seven oflices on the Council. The elec-
tion resulted in Bill Docking's, senior being elected
representative-at-largeg Joanne Aubel and Mary
Louise Emery, senior representatives, Virginia
Howenstine and Peggy Pearse, junior representa-
tives, James Smith and Paul Engle, sophomore rep-
resentatives. The ex-officio members of the Council
this year were Sara Winkler and Merrill Peterson.
As usual the first accomplishment of the group
was the managing of the third annual Pigskin Prom.
which followed shortly after football season.
Among the other numerous accomplishments of
thc Student Council for 1938-'39 are the following:
1. The Council provided for the election of a rep-
resentative from each home-room to meet with the
Council on each important occassions when informa-
tio nto the entire student body was necessary. This
plan had its beginning the preceding year, and met
with much success.
2. The group provided programs for many of the
season's football games.
3. The Council, with the consent of the entire stu-
dent body, added the first amendment to the Consti-
tution. This amendment provided that no student
should be allowed to serve on the Council for more
than one year.
4. The Council, with the consent of the principal,
replaced deficient pencil sharpeners in the school.
5. Members of the Council were invited, and at-
tended the Topeka High School football dance, 'the
purpose being to get different ideas concerning the
presentation of school parties.
6. Arrangements were made by committee, with
the Student Governing Council at the college in
order to avoid a "holiday" such as the one which
followed the K. State-K. U. game last year.
7. A candy sale was sponsored by the Council
during the first semester finals.
8. One of the most outstanding accomplishments
was the successful approval of the student body of a
proposed plan of the Council, providing for a 31.50
compusory activity fee. The plan has not yet been
approved by the school board, however.
9. A movement for exchange assembly programs
with surrounding high schools met with much suc-
10. A questionaire was compiled concerning hall
and student conduct. Student opinion was given on
11. The Council provided for a contest, for the
naming of the new athletic league of which Man-
hattan is now a member.
12. The Student Council's prime achievement was
a Student Council Convention of schools in this area
held in Ap1'il. The schools present were Arkansas
City, Atchison, Augusta, Clay Center, Dodge City,
ElDorado, Emporia, Eureka, Hays, Holton, Junction
City, Kingman, Lawrence, anhattan, Olathe, Salina,
Shawnee Mission, Topeka, Wichita East, and Wich-
ita North. The main purpose of the convention was
to draw up a constitution and to make permanent a
Kansas Federation of Student-Councils. This Fed-
eration will meet each spring hereafter at the city
designated. Salina was chosen as the host city for
next year, as well as being elected to serve as the
president school. Eureka will be the vice-president
school, and the secretary-treasurer place will be
officers were Mary Louise Emery, Manhattan, presi-
filled by the Kingman high school. This year, the
dent, Betty Lou Sims, Wichita North, vice-presi-
dent, and Virginia Scott, Topeka, secretary. The
topics of six discussion groups which were led by
different schools were Assembly Programs, Social
Programs and Entertainment, The Aims and Ob-
jectives of a Student Council, Financing Activities,
and Student Participation in School Activities. A
special discussion for the sponsors, The Proper
Sphere of Activitiy of a Student Council, was led by
M1'. Durham. The convention proved very success-
ful and very helpful.
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