The Passing of '52
Yes, it is spring again, and all the circuses are on the move. It just so happens one is
stopping in our fair city of New Market.
Circuses are a lot of fun. So let's follow the Senior year '52 on its way to the circus. Now
stay close behind or you'll get lost in the crowd.
Almost as soon as we step in the circus grounds we see a funny old clown, with a nose
so big and red you can hardly see the rest of his face. Oh, look at his shoes, they are almost
five times too big for him, and those oversized pants make him look so ridiculous.
Come on, don't lag behind. Hey, look over there. That must be the "Big Topvg there
is the side show, just look at all those tiny stands selling popcorn, cotton candy, trinkets, and
taffy. And what is this, a fortune teller? There is a sign that says:
Madame Swami! Knows All! Hears All! Tells All! Come let me tell your Past, and Future.
And look! there is the Senior class ,52 going in. Come on let's go back and listen. Don't
make any noise or they'll hear us. Sh-sh-sh-sh-.
"I am Madame Swami. I am going to tell your past. First, I'll tell you your name. You
are the Senior year of ,52. You are twelve years old. You were born with 36 members. Some
of which you still have. They are Millie Myers Adair, Sue Carr, John Fairfield, Nancy Card-
ner, Bob Gilliland, Eva jane Jarvis Scott, Carroll Jones, Anna Keller, Pat Miles, Ben Rice,
Romella Sanders, Keith Stewart, Louis Swenke, Mary Ann Wilson, Bill Wilkinson, and Ronald
In your Hrst vear you were in the movies taken by Mr. Wilkinson. You also made recipe
books for your mothers' Christmas. In your first year you also learned your first real school
game. 'Dog and his Bonef
In your second year the famous Detective Stewart shot and killed the notorious out-law Gilli-
land in a game of 'Cops and Robbers., Yes, it was sad indeed. But in the third year all shed
their natural being to become Indians with Big-sitting Bill as your chief.
The fourth and fifth grades passed quickly. In my crystal ball I can see that hardly a
member got through without getting blisters from the maypoles.
In the sixth grade I see a school paper written by you. There was also a Halloween party.
Nancy Gardner won the prize for the best mask.
I see you taking a great step. Proudly you go upstairs with the higher classmen. That is
when your fun began. I can see an eraser fight taking place in Mr. Piisley's history class.
There was also a party without a sponsor.
I can see in my crystal ball that none of you will forget the fun you had at all the parties
and plays you have given. But here at last I see the Class of '52 in its last year. Well,
I W0llldl1,t believe it if I hadn't seen it in my crystal ball, but those Seniors are still playing
'Dog and his Bone' 'i
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