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Be it remembered that We, The Senior Class of Midland High School in the Commonwealth ofSouth
Dakota, being of sound mind and memory make this our Last Will and Testament.
After payment of our just debts and graduation charges, we bequeath and devise the following:
To the Juniors, we will our ambition and our long skip day.
To the Sophomores, especially the boys, we will our ability to get along with the teachers.
To the Freshmen, we will our good behavior.
I, Blaine Dinsmore, will my '47 Chevy to Ruby and Vincent to drive to school next year.
I, Sadie Dennis, will my wisecracks to Ruby Dinsmore .
l, Peggy Flom, will my quietness to Dick Coffey.
l, Judy Fosheim, will my diamond to Shirley Sammons.
I, Bob Abel, will to Tom Lammon my ability to crawl through the office window.
I, Laurel Merkle, will to Beverly Sheeley my ability to remember where I put all the newspaper material.
l, Maureen Gillaspie, will my office job to anyone brave enough to attempt it.
Christine Nemec, will to Audrey my ability to keep Leo under control.
Kay Abel, will my brace to any underclassman who is willing to wear it.
l, Roy Hunt, will to Dick Coffey my ability to get into fights with the coach.
It was the year T969. Graduates of the l959 Senior Class of Midland High School held a reunion at
the Mrs. Ernest D . Nemec ranch 8 miles north of Midland. Mrs. Nemec is the former Laurel Merkle, who
is home on vacation from her iob in New York . She is traveling editor of the famous New York Times
One ofthe first to arrive were Mr. and Mis. Leroy Hunt. They just drove in from Washington D . C . with
their five children. Roy is head Draftsman for the new White House and Mrs. Hunt is the former Christine
Nemec who is supervising nurse at the Walter Reed Hospital in Washington .
Mrs. Morris Sandal arrived in her battered up old pickup. She is the former Judy Fosheim now living
Gloria Dennis and Margaret Flom arrived at l:45 in their chartered airplane. They are both secretaries
at the Transcontinental World Air Lines.
Blaine Dinsmore pulled up in his 1947 Hot Rod. Blaine is head mechanic at the Nowlin Garage.
Maureen Gillaspie and Kay Abel arrived together by car. Maureen is Dean of the Women's Dormitory
at Black Hills Teachers College. Kay is head beautician at the famous Sheraton Johnson Hotel in Rapid City.
Last, but not least, to arrive was Bob Abel. Bob, a famous baseball announcer, was late because he
had to announce the last game of the World Series to his Yankee fans . incidentally the New York Yankees
defeated the Milwaukee Braves in the best of 7 games for the World's Championship .
At the close of the enioyable two-day reunion we parted, hoping to meet again in future years .
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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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