Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

May 27, 1998, Page 24

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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High School Graduations


May 1908


Commencement week of Neillsville High School will begin Sunday evening, June 7, with the baccalaureate sermon by Rev. H. A. Risser at the Congregational Church. Thursday evening, June 11, the Class Play, “Bachelors,” will be given at the Opera House.  Friday evening, June 12; The Commencement Exercises will be held at the Opera House with the following program: Invocation, Rev. W. P. Burrows; Glee Club singing; address by Rev. F. A. Gilmore “The Youth’s Dream of Life.”  Double Trio Singing: Valedictory, “With Wolfe at Quebec” by Myrtle Evans.  Presentation of Diplomas: Principal H. A. Schofield & “Good Night, Good Night Beloved,” by the Glee Club.


The following graduates are Harold Balch, Vivian Brooks, Katherine Dixon, Bernice Frank, Blanch Heaslett, Alice Neverman, Grace Shummel, Linus Braun, Calvin Davis, Myrtle Evans, May Free, Clark Morley, Avis Ring, Norma Smith, and Theresa Schwentkofske.


Class Motto, “We have crossed the foothills; the mountains are in view.”


May 1928


The Commencement exercises of the class of 1928, Neillsville High School, were held on May 31.  The graduating class consists of 38 members in the regular courses and 19 graduates from the Teachers’ Training Departments.


The following program will be: Invocation by Rev. G. W. Longnecker; song by Girls’ Glee Club; Salutatory Address presented by Bernice Smith; Valedictory Address presented by Marie Short; Song with Girls’ Glee Club; Address “Education as a Solution,” Prof. Ross L. Finney of the University of Minnesota.  Presentation of Monday Progress Pin: Mrs. Ida M. Hommel; Presentation of Diplomas, Principal W. C. Hansen; Benediction – Rev. G. W. Longnecker.


The Monday Progress Pin this year goes to Lela Raine, the student who has the highest average standing during the past year.  This is the seventeenth year the Neillsville Monday Progress Club has given a pin on the same conditions.


Two special honor pins were given for superior scholarship, combined with outside activities.  Clifford Nelson and Marie Short were recipients of the special honor pins.


Prof. Finney, the speaker of the evening, holds the chair of Educational Sociology in the University of Minnesota.


Neillsville High School graduates: Hazel Acheson, Herbert Borde, Pearl Chapman, Ray Arndt, Casper Bruley, Joseph Chase, Ardell Cooper, Arthur Gall, Edna Gluck, Wilbur Hannah, Isabelle Helwig, Alice Hoesly, Ida Krause, Irene Kubat, Norma Kurth, Elwin Martens, Clifford Nelson, Clifford Parrett, Frances Quinnell, Lela Raine, Rosa Schoenherr, Eleanor Reimer, Gertrude Seif, Orvilla Selves, Marie Short, Hale Sillick, Everett Skroch, Harold Slagle and Bernice Smith.


Graduates of the Teacher’s Training Course: Florence Thoma, Minnie Vandeberg, Edwin Timmler, Theodore Wagner, Alice Alden, Mabel Alden, Dorothy Austin, Irma Bartz, Esther Braatz, Gladys Cone, Gretchen Ferguson, Laura Lautenbach, Mamie Gardner, Edna Lee, Verna Luther, Bertha Metcalf, Mabel Portz, Frieda Schroeder, Ruth Sischo, Bessie Stabnow, Hedwig Trachsel, Douglas Walters, Marie Walk, Roslyn Warlum, Evelyn Wetzel, Glen White, Ferne Wright, and Arthur Zank.


May 1938


Commencement exercises for the graduates of Granton High School were held at the Village Hall auditorium Tuesday night.  E. H. Boettcher, principal of the Junior High School in Wausau, formerly a principal of Granton High School, delivered a fine address, “A Challenge to Youth.”


Processional – Mrs. E. W. Crandall; Invocation – Rev. E. P. Stone;  Salutatorian – Norbert Moh; Valedictorian – Olga Buth; Address – E. H. Boettcher; singing – Girls’ Glee Club; Boys’ Sextet and Boys’ Glee Club;  Presentation of diplomas: – L.L. Spry, School Board President, and Benediction – Rev. E. P. Stone. 


Graduating Class members are: Laurence Bartz, Gerhardt Berge, Olga Buth, Raymond Canfield, Theodore Hillert, Lois Korth, Norbert Moh, Audrey Pickett, Arthur Schlinsog, Lydia Schlinsog, Myron Searles, Donald Snyder, Melvin Smith, Doris Spry and Patty Winn.


Neillsville High School Graduation will be held at the Armory on May 26, 8 p.m.  The baccalaureate service will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Sunday, May 22, 8 p.m. Rev. W. A. Baumann will present the sermon.  There will be 62 seniors graduating with diploma presentation being done by Supt. D. E. Peters and valedictory address by Miss Dolores Scott.


The members of the graduating class are as follows: Louis E. Bast, Mildred Baumann, Florence Carl, Doris Coffin, Jack Crothers, Elizabeth Davis, Laurence Dorst, Norman Drescher, Irving Ehlers, Grace Enhelder, Marian Enhelder, Marjorie Flagg, Robert Gault, Elaine Halle, Hazel Hansen, Wallace Hartsworm, Floyd Heck, Mildred Hefty, Eugene Heintz, Edris Horswill, Arsula Hubing, Genevive Irish, Woodrow Jepsen, Marie Kaudy, Philip Kernz, Gladys Kraft, Lavern Kuhl, Marion Kuhl, Caroline Lindow, Norman Lynch, Harry McIntyre, Richard McCune, Jessie Mills, Vera Munger, Franklin Nehs, Amber Northup, Donald Paulus, Anne Perushek, Franklin Phelps, Helen Prittkamer, Helen Schroeder, Dolores Scott, Myna Searles, Sylvia Seif, Neva Selves, Ruby Selves, Alice Shumway, Ruth Skroch, Evelyn Strebing, Eldred Tesmer, Geneva Thomas, Vivian Turner, James Unger, Clifford Vandeberg, Gale Vandeberg, Daisy West, Mildred Wetzel, Louis Worchel, Bernard Wucki and Glenn Zickert.


This is the last year of the Teacher’s Training Course and 20 graduates from the course are as follows:  Muriel Burr, Lynn Brosseau, Marian Counsell, Marvelene Duge, Annette Eggen, Maxine Folk, Kathleen Frantz, Florence Garbush, Marie Hales, Myrtle Hanson, Laura Koski, Josephine Laken, Dorothy Mott, Lorraine Schoenherr, Elaine Short, Marie Short, Alice Sollberger, Ella Stone, Clayton Wright and Lovella Zille.


May 1948


This week and next week will be full of graduating activities in Neillsville.  The forerunner of commencement week was the Junior – Senior Prom held Saturday night.  Robert Scott was Prom King and Pat Van Gorden filled the role of Prom Queen.


The commencement exercises will be held in the Armory Thursday evening with the principal address by Marshal A. Wiley, an attorney of Chippewa Falls.  The baccalaureate exercises were held Sunday evening in the Congregational Church with the sermon by Rev. Samuel D. Robbins.  Robbins theme was “Talents, Education, Purpose.”


There wee 61 members in the 1948 graduation class.  Betty Jane Larsen is Valedictorian and Gladys Grace Zank, Salutatorian.  Other Class members are: Arlene Bartz, Elaine Bender, Albert Burckhard, Wava Bush, Dixie Cardarelle, Leo Chapman, Jr., Edith Cole, George Crothers, Elaine Davis, Roland Diercks, Harold Gaier, Betty Gaier, Betty Greeler, John Hagie, Barbara Hart, Phyllis Hauge, Shirley Haugen, Vivian Hemp, Dolores Herbel, Artice Hubing, Barbara Holt, Roland Jenni, Charles Jonkel, Gladys Kalsow, Mary Kintzele, Elaine Krause, Eileen Kroll, Ruth Kunze, Glenn Lezotte, Anna Mae Madsen, Donald Marg, Anita Marshall, Iris Mashin, Elaine Metcalf, Wm. Minette, Donald Neperud, Mildred Neuhaus, Betty Ottow, Wm. Palms, Danny Patey, Bill Puttkamer, Leonard Sollberger, Ruby Stone, Benjamin Stucki, Catherine Swann, Charles Swenson, Frank Sydorowicz, Patricia Tibbett, Duane Timmerson, Donald Trewartha, Bonita Van Gorden, Lorraine Wagner, Ken Wallace, Jr., Eugene Wegner, Ruth White and Dorothy Wieting.




The poorest of all is not the person without a dime.  It’s the person without a dream.


Did you know:

Ruth Wakefield invented the first recipe for chocolate chip cookies in 1920 by chopping up a chocolate bar and adding it to her butter cookie dough.



A 1906 Girls’ Basketball Team, believed to be of the Neillsville High School

(Photo courtesy of the Clark County Historical Jail Museum)



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