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Page 17 text:
THE SENIORS OF 1959 AS THEY APPEARED WHEN THEY STARTED SCHOOL IN i947
FRONT ROW: Left to Right: G . Dennis ill, L. Merkle ill, L. Foster ill, D. Massey ill, A. lllian ill, D. Rhodes 121, K. Calhoon ill, M.
Gillaspie ill, M. Calhoon 121, D . Dunsmore l2l. BACK ROW: R. Huntfll, L. Fosterflj, B. Dinsmore ill, R. Sheeley TZQ, L. Merkle Ui, E.
Langaas T2l, J . Peters ill, B . Ugland ill.
Four of the original class attended school together throughout their l2 years of school .
Here they pose as high school graduates with their first grade teacher, Mrs. Noble.
When the old school bell rang out for the first time in the fall of l947, twelve little first graders excitedly
entered the halls ofthe Midland Independent School. They were Maureen Gillespie, Laurel Merlcle, Karol
Calhoon, Anita lllian, Donna Massey, Leola Foster, Leslie Foster, Roy Hunt, Gloria Dennis, Blaine Dinsmore,
John Peters, and Bobby Ugland. Mrs. Frances Noble was their teacher.
The second grade was under the direction of Miss Chamberlain. Bobby Ugland dropped out and moved to
Pierre. Joining the class was Charles Holden.
Mary Lou Hagen enrolled in grade three while Charles Holden and Leola Foster dropped out. Mrs. Frances
Noble again was the teacher.
The fourth grade gained Sharon Whistler. Charles Holden reioined the class and Gloria Dennis left to attend
school in the country. They also lost Leslie Foster. Mrs. Whidby lShawl was instructor.
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l959 SENIOR CLASS LEFT TO RIGHT: Bob Abel, Kay Abel, Christine Nemec, Maureen Gillaspie, Blaine Dinsmore, Roy Hunt Judy Fosheim Sadie Dennis
Laurel Merkle Peggy Flom, Mrs. Elsie Haddock, Sponsor.
We are fifty years down the line
ln this new year of '59
And in this good old Midland School,
Ten good members have passed the rule.
First of all comes Bobby Abel
And on his sweater he has a label.
Very active, but a little small,
He won this letter in Basketball.
Kay Abel with her background so fair
Will be off to a salon to work on hair.
Fix it up plretty, and comb it nice.
lf it isn't too difficult, she'll follow advice.
Sadie Dennis with her bright remark
In her happy daysf sang like a lark.
Now with a diploma that she has won
A good job will be waiting for her to come.
Blaine Dinsmore, a comical clown
Never in a lake will jump to drown.
He'll be a mechanic and work on his car
And tend to his farm, that's better by far.
Peggy Flom, a girl of delight
Never too often did she get in a Fight.
Yet she is quiet, quick and smart,
Has to life given a good start.
by Blain Dinsmore
Judy Foshiem, as all can see
ls as happy as can be.
A neighbor has won her heart
And soon, she hopes, they will never part.
Maureen Gillaspie with knowledge and cheer
Works an so easily her last year.
Of all the twelve terms she has gone,
l know she never was in the wrong.
And now Roy Hunt we must mention
The home guard gives him a small pension.
He studies a little now and then,
He is the tallest of our ten.
Laurel Merkle, Editor will be
Of the New York Times, you wait and see!
She to the Eastern states will go
Make Midland's name famous, that l know!
Christine Nemec with a mind of her own
Does her work willingly without a groan.
Through a nurse's school she will get her training
Then to a hospital her desire will be aiming.
Now that we are gone from school,
Our little "cherubs" will join the rule
They will pass the twelve years too,
Start their youngsters as me and you.
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In the fifth year, the same group retumed and a new student, Donna Bedner, entered . Mrs . Haddock and Mrs .
Zane Zeiman each taught a half day.
Miss Betty Anderson was the sixth grade teacher. Charles Spradlin ioined the class and Donna Bedner moved
to the country.
The students had their first male instructor, Mr. Fred Beers, in grade seven .
The last grade school teacher was Mr. John Bride. That year Donna Massey and Karol Calhoon attended a
In the fall of 1955, 12 green Freshies started their climb for a higher education. The Midland Eighth Grade
group was increased by Donna Massey, Judy Fosheim, Margaret Flom, G loriakDennis, and Christine Nemec who
came in from the country. Bobby and Kay Abel came to MHS from Murdo, and Gene Jones transferred from
Floydada, Texas, at the beginning of the second semester. Johnny Peters dropped out in January. Mr. Leighty
was the class sponsor. Laurel Merkle and Bobby Abel were Camival King and Queen Candidates.
In the Sophomore year Mr. Heilig was the class sponsor. Twelve freshmen were initiated in October. Seven
of the class and one freshman took part in the One-act Plays. The cast was thrilled to win a plaque for first place
at the regional contest. This first place gave them the opportunity to enter the state competition at Mitchell. The
name of the play was "I'm A Fool," and was under the direction of Mrs. Clay Bumpass . Due to illness, Anita Illian
was forced to give up her studies. The second semester Donna Massey became Mrs. Dean Neilson . Gene Jones
and Maureen Gillaspie were Carnival King and Queen Candidates.
The busiest year in school came when they were Juniors . The responsibility of the Camival and Prom fell on
their shoulders. Roy Hunt and Judy Fosheim were Carnival King and Queen candidates. December 11, was set as
the date for the Junior play, "Here Come the Brides," under the direction of Mrs . Prokop. The theme of the prom
was Candyland. It was held April 18. Hal Stewart provided the music . Government Day in Philip was attended in
April by the class. Laurel Merkle was chosen Girls' Stater with Christine Nemec as alternate. Roy Hunt was chosen
Boy Stater but Blaine Dinsmore, alternate, attended. Mr. Prokop was the class advisor.
Gene Jones left MHS early in the Senior year to attend school in Philip. First prize in the Free Day parade
for having the best High School float was won by these Seniors . They also received first prize for the best float in
the parade. This netted them S15.00. Christine Nemec and Blaine Dinsmore were Carnival King and Queen
candidates. The Bingo Stand won second prize at the Camival . On October 25, the Senior Class and their sponsor
Mrs. Elsie Haddock, journeyed to Brookings to attend the South Dakota High School Press Association Meeting.
College Day in Pierre was attended on November 21 . The annual staff, which consists of the entire Senior Class,
sponsored an Alumni Banquet and Fifty Year Pageant depicting the 50 years at MHS . On April 15 they presented
their Senior Class Play, "Off The Track ." lt was under the direction of Mr. Marshall. The Class left for Skip Day
on May 8 and returned on May 9. Baccalaureate was held on May 17, and Commencement May 22 . The graduating
class of 1959 consists of Bob Abel, Kay Abel, Judy Fosheim, Gloria Dennis, Margaret Flom, Laurel Merkle,
Maureen Gillaspie, Christine Nemec, Blaine Dinsmore, and Roy Hunt. Roy, Laurel, Maureen, and Blaine are the
only ones who have been classmates during the entire twelve years .
TWELVE YEAR STUDENTS--Maureen Gillaspie, Roy Hunt, Blaine Dinsmore, Laurel Merkle.
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