Greenwood High School, 1916

Contributed by Duane Horn, transcribed by Paul Forster, Kipp Kippenhan & Janet Schwarze


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1915-1916 Faculty


H. M. Knipfel


Bessie M. Sands

Domestic Science

Ruth L. Rottmann


Dagny I. Dahl



1915-1916 Board of Education


H. H. Hartson


G. W. Bishop


P.W. Gullord




Senior Class


Alton, George "Peely"

"Peely for short, and Georgie for long, quite wonderful are his curls; always bright and neatly combed, to catch the eyes of pretty girls."

Agriculture Course; Football, 2; Baseball, 4; Basketball, 3, 4,; "Mrs. Briggs of the Poultry Yard", 4.

Colby, Norman "Elery"

"Norman was a naughty boy, and wouldn't obey Knip; Knip got mad and said that Norman was too flip.  He marked him low in studies, and kept him late o'night; the erring one soon went to work, now, say they, there's few so bright."

Class President, 1, 4; Baseball, 2, 4; Football, 2; Basketball, 2; Captain, 4; Stock-judging contest, 4; "Dream that Came True", 2; "Galligher", 2; "Elopement of Ellen", 4; "Mrs. Briggs of the Poultry Yard", 4.

Damrow, Lischen "Lizzie"

"Lischen is our Senior shark, her method of studying she keeps in the dark; but maybe some day she will find it don't pay her methods of avoiding low-marks."

German and English; Vice President, 4; "Mrs. Briggs of the Poultry Yard", 4.

Hogue, Eva "Girlie"

"Here's to a dear blue-eyed colleen, of the bright green Emerald Isle; she wears a sweet smile, that we are sure is worth while, for it can your dull cares beguile."

English Course; Secretary-Treasurer, 2, 4; Basketball, 1, 4; "Case of Suspension", 1; "Mrs. Briggs of the Poultry Yard", 4.

Huntzicker, Grace "Watis"

"Our Grace is a girl that sure is worth while, your heart will flutter when you see her smile; she can freeze you too by just a look, and this art comes not from any book.  A queen she'd make as she loves to rule; if all had such brains we' have a model school.

English Course; Capt. Basketball, 1; Class President, 2; Secretary-Treasurer, 3; "Dream that Came True", 2; "Elopement of Ellen", 4; "Mrs. Briggs of the Poultry Yard", 4.

Nelson, Ernest "Kelly"

"Kelly Nelson, tho ever so small, cannot be beat in basketball; he sometimes bluffs, but what of that?  We all would do it, if we had the chance.  He is a handy man to have about, and we shall miss him, when he's gone, no doubt."

Agricultural Course; Stock-judging contest, 4; Baseball, 4; "Elopement of Ellen", 4; "Mrs. Briggs of the Poultry Yard", 4.

Severson, Mable

"Mable Severson as wise as an owl, she always smiles and never scowls; she's the Valedictorian of the class, and 'tis hard to find a truer lass."

German and English; Vice-President, 3; Valedictorian; "Mrs. Briggs of the Poultry Yard." 4.


A Toast to the Seniors

I had always supposed that, to a high school Senior, the faculty represented a group of individuals who stood opposed to all that was fun and pleasure; that they called to mind the daily grind and routine; that they appeared cruel, hard-hearted, and merciless to the student.  I am greatly relieved to hear that our Greenwood High School Faculty is fine.  Be that as it may; I was to toast the Seniors.

An almost universal characteristic of students of this age in their conceit.  A high school senior's conceit is about the most colossal piece of psychological architecture ever created.  It is needless to say, that it takes years to impress upon the Seniors, that the more he thinks he knows, the less he really knows.

Another characteristic trait is their indolence. This is noticeable at the beginning of the senior year and increases in geometric proportion until graduation day.  But the Senior will not admit this.  He finds various opportunities, such as class plays, class parties, journalism and even Neillsvillism to offer as excuses for his negligent work.  These he forces the poor and oppressed pedagogue to accept.


But these are generalities, characteristic of all seniors of all ages.  Our Greenwood High school Seniors represent a fine standard of young manhood and womanhood.  The faculty feels happy that they have had the opportunity of offering their mite in the molding of these characters.  They appreciate and admire the cheerfulness, the open-mindedness, and the progressiveness of the class of 1916.  Let us not flatter them by calling them extremely industrious!


May the wit and humor of that one small member continue to help him over life's roughest places, in the same manner as it so successfully launched him over the dangerous pitfalls of geometry and h8istory, turning failures into jests!  May the diplomatic and argumentative qualities of Norman continue to develop!  The frankness-the self-reliance, and the ability of Grace, assure us of her success.  The sympathy and kindness of Eva, the industriousness and perseverance of Lischen and Mabel, the reliability and fine sense of justice of George; the hopefulness and sunny dispositions of them all will long be remembered by their instructors.


We would smile your hopes into fulfillment, and we sincerely wish that the friendships you have formed in your high school years, will be enduring and comforting.  May you join with the poet in saying:

“It is my joy in life to find
At. every turning of the road,
The strong nests of a comrade kind,
‘l’o help me onward with ivy load;
Arid since I have no gold to give
And love alone must make amends;
My only prayer it. while I live,
God make me worthy of my friends.”
Dagny I. Dahl


Junior Class


Baseschlin, Martin  "Here's to our farmer boy!  The lad who is hearty and hale; The babcock Tester is his only toy, and uses it without fail.

Behrens, Fred "Freddie, Freddie, quite contrary.  How your standing do grow; with English, Civics, History, and Agriculture all in a row."

Bredesen, Hilda "Helen and Hilda, the Gold Dust Twins, as wise as wise can be; the both are small, they 'grin and gind,' and are happy as can be."

Chadwick, Helen "Helen and Hilda, the Gold Dust Twins, as wise as wise can be; the both are small, they 'grin and gind,' and are happy as can be."

Colby, Amy "Amy is our mathematician, in all the studies she excels; now don't make the supposition that she's a poor stick on a grind.  She has the grace of a true patrician; and a better friend you cannot find.

Cronin, Floyd (no photo) "Fuddie is our great athlete, with the best he can compete; just wait till spring is here, and the crowds begin to cheer.  That's when Fuddi is a peer, as the baseball season draweth near.

Hamre, Lida "If the time she has spent since last fall, in writing long letter to Edgar, she would spend when she crams on her final exams, how nice that would be after all."

Hendrickson, Mathilda "Mat, our Norwegian lass, with heart so brave, brave and true, she likes to draw, and of our class, the artist she will be.

Huntzicker, Ethel "Babe, the maiden with dark brown eyes, that smile when she is happy; she loves to talk, and laugh, and play, for work she will always stay."

Johnson, Dollie "The skies may meet in sadness, the blustering winds may blow; but if our hearts are cheery, there is sunshine where we go."

McCarty, Violet " Violets you can't compare with her for she is by far more rare; at least, so think the Junior class, for she is our most modest lass."

Paul, Eunice "To school comes with a happy face, with a happy smile she takes her place, be happy, be happy, that is the song that this maid sings all day long."

Syth, Merle "Laugh and Merle laughs with you, pout and you pout alone; it's very amusing to have Merle perusing that giggle all of her own.

Vine, Nina "Nina Vine, 'what kind of a vine'?  Her schoolmates would all like to know, but no satisfactory one could we find, although we have searched high and low.

Warner, Donald (no photo) "Sometimes fun pervades the main room and the pupils all raise Cain, then Kiffel thunders forth an Edict and Don gets peace tho'ts in his brain.

Sophomore Class


Freshman Class




Campfire Girls


Class Play



Student Essay


Miscellaneous Photos

The Quiver Staff

To Our Janitor

Here’s to our Janitor—man with the broom,
As day after day he doth sweep out each room. Chasing out germs that should chance to be near, Over and over each year after year.

He keeps a warm fire so we Don ‘t get sick.

He mows down the grass if it chance to get thick He rings the bell two times a day,
And scrubs all the blackboards when they look too gray.

We like him the best in his janitor clothes.

‘Tis natural to see him thus, everyone knows.
He is sure to us the dearest in town,
How then could we do without Janitor Braun.

First small boy—’’ I don‘t think Abe Lincoln was an honest man.’
Second small boy—’‘Why’s that?
First small boy—’’ Because they lock all the banks on his birthday.



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