School: Abbotsford High School (Graduation - 1948)
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Surnames: Wernzenski, Marquardt, Fasse, Juneau, Brockman, Chapple, Moore, Janda, Berger, Bauer, Beil, Bunkelman, Colby, Eggert, Dolan, Gust, Giese, Hawks, Hemphill, Hosely, Holtzhausen, Huhn, Hulse, Jagodinski, Jensen, Johnson, Kadonsky, Kieser, Kliefoth, Kuehnast, Lindberg, Lueth, Mohan, Schaefer, Schauer, Steffen, Timm, Venzke, Wilke, Prough, Burbach


----Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) 05/13/1948


Abbotsford Seniors Will Graduate Thurs., May 19


Abbotsford High School will hold commencement exercises in the high school auditorium Wednesday evening, May 19, at 8:00 o’clock, according to announcement made by F. E. Wernzenski, supervising principal.


Leaders of this year’s graduating class are Leonice Marquardt, the valedictorian, and Shirley Fasse, salutatorian.


The program for the commencement exercise follows:


Processional by Herbert Juneau; invocation by the Rev. Francis Brockman, of St. Bernard’s Catholic church; "In Heavenly Love Abiding," choristers; address of welcome, Shirley Fasse; commencement speaker, Joseph Mitchell Chapple; address of farewell, Leonice Marquardt; "Father of Waters," clarinet duet, Mernajean Moore and Martha Janda; presentation of awards, Princiapal F. E. Wernzenski; presentation of diplomas, W. R. Berger, benediction, Father Brockman; and recessional, Mr. Juneau.


----Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) 05/20/1948


A class of 40 seniors in their gray caps and gowns, and wearing their class flower, the white rose, received their diplomas at commencement exercises attended by a capacity crowd of relatives and friends, Wednesday night at the high school auditorium.


Joe Mitchell Chapple, age 81, of Boston and Miami, gave the commencement address. Mr. Chapple, who founded the Ashland Daily Press, 60 years ago, is on a Centennial visit to Ashland. He is giving 15 commencement addresses in Wisconsin and chose Abbotsford because Mr. Abbott, for whom the village was named, was a personal friend of Mr. Chapple.


Mr. Chapple spoke to the graduates as well as those attending, on the importance of honor in their dealings with others. In his talk he listed seven C’s which he considered important as they sailed the sea of life. They are courtesy, calculation, concentration, courage, compassion, cheerfulness, and character. From his long career as cub reporter and newspaper correspondent, he told how these characteristics were dominant in the great men he had known. Mr. Chapple has interviewed over 6,500 celebrities and had many intimate recollections dating to his first meeting with President McKinley.


Mr. Chapple will give the commencement address at Glidden, Thursday.


Shirley Fasse, salutatorian, gave the address of welcome and Leonice Marquardt, the valedictorian, gave the address of farewell.


F. E. Wernzenski, supervising principal, presented the following awards:

Valedictorian, Leonice Marquardt; Salutatorian, Shirley Fasse; Athletics, Irve Kliefoth and Don Kieser; American Legion, given by Hanson-Terrio post of Abbotsford, Leonice Marquardt and George Venzke; D.A.R., Vergene Timm, Agriculture Scholarship, given by Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce, Franklin Wilke; Freshman Scholarship, Leonice Marquardt. The last award is a scholarship at the University or one of the nine teachers’ colleges in the state.


Both Leonice Marquardt and Shirley Fasse, who led their class, have taken part in extra curricular activities. Leonice was a member fo the chorus for four years, sang in the glee club two years, worked on the annual, took part in the senior class play and was a member of the pep club.

Shirley sang in the chorus her four years of high school, in the glee club her second and third year. She was a member of the band the past two years and took part in the senior class play, and worked on the annual this year. She was a class officer in her sophomore and junior years.

W. R. Berger, director of the school board, presented the diplomas, after which the Rev. Francis Brockman, who gave the invocation, closed the exercises with a short benediction.


Music was provided by the choristers, who sang "In Heavenly Love Abiding," and by Mr. Juneau, who played the processional and recessional marches.


In the graduating class were:

Leonard Bauer, Genevieve Beil, Lyle Bunkelman, William Colby, Jane Dolan, Lavila Eggert, Shirley Fasse, Bernadine Gust, Lorinda Giese, Dean Hawks, William Hemphill, Arlene Hosely, Donald Hosely, Shirley Holtzhausen, Elaine Huhn, Donald Hulse, Donald Jagodinski, Betty Jensen, Raymond Johnson, Francis Kadonsky, Donald Kieser, Irve Kliefoth, Betty Kuehnast, Beverly Lindberg, Lorraine Lueth, Leonice Marquardt, Raymond Mohan, Mernajean Moore, Arnold Schaefer, Elaine Schaefer, Donald Schauer, Willard Schauer, William Steffen, Vergene Timm, George Venzke, Franklin Wilke, Melvin Wilke, James K. Prough, Carl Johnson, Jr., Erwin E. Burbach.



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