Greenwood High School, 1937

Contributed by Lorraine (Schwarze) Ernst, transcribed by Janet Schwarze


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It is to
Alvin Schlinsog
Classmate that the Class of l937
Affectionately dedicates this volume



“May His Soul Rest In Peace”


I cannot say, and I will not say
That he is dead—he is just away!
With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand.
He has wandered into an unknown land.

And left us dreaming how very fair
It needs must be since he lingers there.
And you, oh you, who the wildest yearn,
For the old time step and the glad return
Think of him faring on, as dear
In the love of There, as the love of Here
Think of him as the same I say,
He is not dead—he is just away.

—James Whitcomb Riley.


Staff & Contents

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF--Joyce Johnson
ASSISTANT EDITORS--Lois Olson & Eulilla Emberson
ASSISTANT MANAGERS--Raymond Ampe & Evelyn Drake
ATHLETICS, Basketball; Football #1, #2; Cheerleaders; Glee Club --Arthur Krogness
FORENSICS--Beatrice Syth
PRINTING--Verna Johnson
CLASS HISTORY--Mary Alice Hintz, Loretta Herr & Harold Kuehn
CLASS WILL--Vivian Vingar & Helen Fabian
CLASS PROPHECY--Wilma Stoneburg & Norma Kippenhan
FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA, Photo--Walter Stabnow & Anders Lanberg
H. C. A. CLUB, Photo--Wilma Stoneburg
DRAMATIC CLUB, Photo--Marie Matkovich

ECHOES, Photo--Marie Matkovich
GLEE CLUB--Betty Currie
BAND--Lorraine Schwarze
JUNIOR CLASS (Representative--Phyllis Swenson), History & Photo
SOPHOMORE CLASS (Representative--Alice Goeke), History & Photo
FRESHMEN CLASS (Representative--Jane Huntzicker), History & Photo
TYPIST--Theresa Arends

1936-1937 Faculty


Herbert F. Krahn


Social Science

University of Wisconsin

Bertha Bienfang


Whitewater S. T. C.

Leland Hinkle


Whitewater S. T. C.

Ann Fuller

Home Economics

Stout Institute

Margaret Kelly


River Falls S. T. C.

M. G. Hamel

Band Instructor

Conn National School of Music

O. G. Kimball


University of Wisconsin

Richard Schwahn


Stevens Point, S.T.C.

Delos Walker

Mathematics and Science

Eau Claire, S.T.C.


Senior Class


Ampe, Raymond "Ray"

"Many a time we've used the car of this Future Farmer Star."  Boys Glee Club 2; Band 1, 2, 3, 4; FFA 1, 2, 3, 4.


Currie, Betty "Buzz"

"Short little miss is she, who seems to be interested in CCC."  Glee Club 2, 3, 4; Dramatic Club 3, 4; HCA 1, 2, 3,4; Forensics 3; B.B. 1, 2; Echoes 4, Class Treas. 1.


Drake, Evelyn "Eve"

"Blonde, quite tall and neat, a model girl from head to feet."  Glee Club 1; HCA 2, 3, 4; B.B. 1, 2, 3.


Dunn, Lila

"Beneath the golden hair we find, an efficient, conscientious mind."


Fabian, Helen

"Quiet, but always busy."


Herr, Lorretta

"She is gentle, she is shy, but there's mischief in her eye."


Hintz, Mary Alice

"Good natured, busy, and always a good friend."  HCA 2, 3, 4.


Johnson, Joyce "Joy"

"She is ever courteous and well bred."  Glee Club 4; Dramatic club 2, 3, 4; HCA 1, 2, 3, 4; Forensics 1, 2; BB. 1, 2, 3; Echoes 4.


Johnson, Verna

"I'm just a happy, carefree girl."  Dramatic Club 2, 4; Forensics 2; Echoes 4.


Kippenhan, Norma

"Never idle a moment, thrifty, and thoughtful of others."  HCA 3, 4.


Krogness, Arthur

"Happy art thou as if thou hadst found a horseshoe." Class Vice-President 1; President FFA 3; Glee Club 1; Echoes 4; Dramatic Club 2; B.B. 2, 3, 4; Prom Chairman 3.


Kuehn, Harold

"He's the guy who runs the Ford.  Keeps the girls from getting bored."  Judging team 3.


Landberg, Anders "Andy"

"Sometimes I site and think, sometimes I just sit."


Olson, Lois

"Jolly, good natured and full of fun."  B.B. 1, 2, 3; Band 1, 2; HCA 3, 4; Class Treas. 3; Echoes 4.


Poppe, Elery

"A quiet energetic man, we all like him."  FFA 1, 2, 3, 4; Band 2, 3, 4; Dramatic Club 4; Class Pres. 4; Student Council 4.


Stabnow, Walter

"There do all them wimmin' go? after the H. S. Romeo."  Football 4; FFA 2, 3, 4; Vice-Pres. FFA 3; Class Vice-Pres. 4.


Stoneburg, Wilma

"You can't tell by outward appearance what mischief is hidden within."  Class Sec. 1, 2, 3; HCA 2, 3, 4; Glee Club 1, 2, 4; B. B. 1, 2; Dramatic Club 3, 4; Forensics 2; Band 1, 2, 3, Echoes 4.


Syth, Beatrice "Bes"

"Her immaculate slenderness and looks are seldom found outside of books."  HCA 2, 3, 4; Glee Club 4; Dramatic Club 3, 4, B.B. 1, 2,3; Echoes 4.


Vinger, Vivian "Viv"

"Can she dance!"  Class Pres. 2; Glee Club 1, 2, 3, 4; Band 1, 2, 3, 4; HCA 2, 3, 4; Dramatics 1, 2, 3, 4; B.B. 1, 2, 3; Echoes 4; Forensics 2, 3; Student Council 4.


1937 Class History

Who the class of “1937” set sail on its new sea of study, they seemed just a bit alarmed over this new undertaking, whereas the upper classmen seemed industrious and slightly amused, From their thirty-nine members, Paul Borham was chosen to lead them through their year. Mr. Novak was selected advisor for the new crew.

After three months ashore these same sailors, with the exception of a few who remained on land, were again aboard. This time the daring Sophomores initiated the members of a new Freshman ship. Although bewildered, the Freshman enjoyed the performance. At the carnival that year, the crew presented a one-act play, “Hot Biscuits.”

Back on deck in 1935 they were called Juniors. That year the “Human Ford” was the class stunt. On May 1, a visiting ship of Seniors was entertained at the Junior Prom. The Grand March was led by Marie Matkovich with Arthur Krogness as her partner.

When at last the mariners became Seniors, there were but twenty members in the crew. Very able officers have guided this group through their four years of sailing, and for the final year Elery Poppe was selected as president. The ship’s activities have been well represented by Seniors. Six of them took part in the band, five in forensics, eight in Glee Club, three in Future Farmers, eleven in athletics, nine in Dramatics Club and eight in the Home Economics Club. Two relatively new activities were the “Echoes”, an all-school paper with eight Seniors on the staff, and the Student Council with three members taking part. “Look Who’s Here” was selected for the class play.

A small crew of Seniors, but they are leading, having won in most every event of the year. Since Mr. Novak has left our ship, Miss Bienfang has taken the position of adviser. Now nearing our journey’s end with our class colors, blue and silver, flying among beautiful roses, our class flower, we Seniors quote our motto: “Out of the harbor, into the bay.”


1937 Class Prophecy

Today, June 4, 1950 Miss Bienfang received the following telegrams from the members of the graduating class of 1937; stating their success in life. They proved so interesting that she placed them in a book to keep. Would you like to hear them?

1. Am Studying the heavens at seashore with beautiful girl assistants. Star gazing dates. My Motto is still: Love ‘eni and leave ‘em.

Walter Stabnow

2. Five years leader of Phildiscordant Orchestra and Air Force Band Theme song, “All of Me.” Hobby: Raising Bloodhounds because they remind me of musicians.

Marie Matkovich

3. Three times governor of Wisconsin. Candidate for President of U. S. Defeated by one vote cast by my campaign manager. Motto: All for one and that one me. Married and henpecked.

Raymond Ampe

4. Ballet dancer. Married and divorced three times. Introduced the dance: grapevine glide and thistledown float. hobby: Prevention of corns and ingrown toenails.

Beatrice Syth

5. Deliver milk at 3 :00 A.. M. Still like to stay up all night, so my choice of occupation. Now ride without fear of inquiring glances from policemen. Motto: A different girl every night.

Harold Kuehn

6. Private secretary to head of huge corporation. He was born crazy and had a relapse. I write all of his letters backward.

Betty Currie

7. Teacher. For punishment make pupils break ten paper sacks in front of assembly.

Anders Landberg

8. Librarian. Succeeded in finding method for reading all latest novels while those searching for information wait.

Lila Dunn

9. Keep pet shop. Specialize in eels and elephants. Expecting shipment of Japanese beetles.

Loretta lien

10. Sixtieth President of U. S. Elected by Independent Party. Noted for unique foreign policy which has never been made public. Hobby:
Crocheting bathmats.

Joyce Johnson

11. Over of Eat and Run Resturant. Self made. Pose from proprietor of Hot Dog Stand in Tin Pan Alley. Champion Pancake flopper. Hobby: Analyzing hash.

Vivian Vinger

12. Desinger of gowns, cr055 word puzzles and neck ties for the best dressed women in country.

Verna Johnson

13. Sing two entire songs with out losing tune once. Talk, sing, dance, and play three musical instruments including the vacuum cleaner.

Lois Olson

14. Movie Star. Name Silver Treebat1 Golden hair. Foreign accent.

Helen Fabian

15. Steam riveter. Like quiet atmosphere. Am putting nuts in a new sanitarium.

Elery Poppe

16. Author of two of six worst sellers up to date. Must finish third by first of month. Please loan any spare plots you have. Need one badly.

Mary Alice Hintz

17. Architect. Designing filling stations and halls of fame for government, work overtime at big pay. Weigh 240.

Arthur Krogness

18. Lecturer on Beauties of Nature and the value of a smile. Smile duo just no Family of eight.

Evelyn Drake


1937 Class Will

We the class of 1937, in the city of Greenwood, the county of Clark, and the state of Wisconsin, being in good mental condition as usual, and in much better temper than usual, (10 hereby make this, our last will and testament.

Article I

Section 1—We hereby appoint Miss Bienfang our adviser, most worthy executor of this, our last will and testament.
Section 2—To the teachers as a whole we bequeath our valuable sense of humor, our entire store of knowledge, behavior, excellent class grades (especially Physics) arguments against final exams, bigger and better holidays, and louder and funnier lectures.
Section 3—To Mr. Krahn—we give a sense of relief that we have at last been graduated, with pleasant and unpleasant memories. (mostly pleasant) for the past four years.
To Mr. Schwahn—we give five wooden soldiers for a better basketball team next year.
To Miss Kelly—we give the dictionary which we have used for the past four years, to improve her vocabulary.
To Mr. 1linklc—Norna Kippanhan has given her quiet disposition.
To Mr. Walker—the entire Senior Class leaves their typing ability,
To Miss Fuller—Anders Lanberg has willingly given his stately walk.
To Mr. Kimball—Betty Currie willingly gives her height.
To Miss Beinfang—we leave our laughs and giggles.

Article II

Section 1—To the Junior Class we give freely our rightful heirs, our wisdom and importance which we possess in large quantities. We also leave them our good luck. It made us what we are today, and it should satisfy them. In addition to this, all our privileges and rights as Seniors, and all examination questions we have been given during the last year. We believe that an examination, like history, often repeats itself.


Junior Class

Class Photo and History


Sophomore Class

Class Photo and History


Freshman Class

Class Photo and History



New in our high school this year was debate directed by Mr. Hinkle. Irene Weidman, Doris Marquardt and Eileen Behrens made up the affirmative team; Phyllis Swenson, Viola Thompson and Avis Haglund, the negative. The questions were: “Resolved: “That all electric utilities should be governmentally owned and operated.” The teams first met at a preliminary debate held at Stanley. On February 13 they attended a tournament at Stevens Point in which twenty-two schools were represented. Our affirmative team defeated Mosinee the first round, but lost to Nekoosa the second. Similarly, the negotative team defeated Wittenburg the first round and lost to Wausau the second. The girls won third place for Greenwood with three other schools. Since this was the first attempt, we are especially proud of the results and hope to report more of this type of work in the future.


Dramatic Club

The 1936-1937 year of the Dramatic Club began with twenty-seven members who set out in quest of others qualified to enter into their midst.  After undergoing tryouts, seven new members were admitted into the club.  Officers for the year were as follows: Adviser, Miss Fuller; President, Marie Matkovich; Vice President, Lorraine Schwarze; Treasurer, Bethel Christie; and Secretary, Marian Bredesen.

Each month there was a business meeting followed by a social hour of programs, entertainment and refreshments. The chief aim of the club is to promote interest in dramatics among the students. Talent, which is otherwise unknown, is brought to light in the club. The general contact which the club offers is both wholesome and educational, and of considerable benefit to the students.
One of the most interesting events of the year was the April meeting which was chosen for the purpose of entertaining the parents of the members of the club. The interest of the club extends into the public as well as within its own circle.

H. C. A.

The H. C. A. (Honesty, Courtesy, Amity) Club was reorganized October 6, 1936 under the direction of Miss Fuller.

The officers for the year were: Wilma Stoneburg, President; Eulilla Emberson, Vice President; Evelyn Drake, Secretary; Marguerite Wells, Treasurer.

The object of our club is to develop honesty, courtesy, leadership, poise and appreciation for the home.

The meetings were held twice a month, on short business meeting after school one night during the second week, and a social meeting in the evening during the last week of the month.

Sixteen new members were taken in to our club, increasing our membership to 46.

We sponsored a posture contest for girls and boys, and prizes were awarded to the girl and boy who took first place.

F. F. A.

On December 3, 1936 the first meeting of the Greenwood chapter of Future Farmers was held and officers were elected as follows: President, David McKenna; Vice President, Douglas Luther; Secretary, Edward Bayuk; Treasurer, Melvin Mech; Reporter, Dale Horn; and Watch Dog, Fred Barr.  At this meeting a group of twelve members were voted into the chapter,
roost of these were Freshmen.

On January 0th, a special meeting was called for the purpose of setting up some objectives to work on during the year. These seven objectives are:
(1) Make the organization serve the community better.
(2) Have a camping trip in the summer and send delegates to a state camp of Future Farmers.
(3) Have a Father and Son Banquet.
(4) Send delegates to the Future Farmers Convention at Madison.
(5) Strive to have a State Farmer elected from our chapter.
(6) Raise money for benefit of the department.
(7) Improve the tools and other shop equipment.

Besides these objectives, two rules were set up, which were to improve the attendance of the chapter for future meeting.
These rules were: 1. A regular meeting of the chapter will be held on Thursday of the second week of each month.
2. Any member missing more than three meetings is automatically drooped from the chapter.

So far the chapter has taken action on two of their objectives At a meeting on February 25, they agreed to sell subscriptions to a magazine the “Farm Journal” for a commission on the subscription money. The subscriptions have amounted to five dollars already, so this project looks to have been worthy of its trying. The chapter has also taken action toward their Father and Son Banquet. The committees have been picked and the banquet is well under way. It has been a successful year for the chapter so far.


The Forensic Elimination Contest was held in the Greenwood high School, on the evening of March 18, 1937.
There were six Orations, one Reading, five Dramatic and two Humorous Declamations.

The winners in Oratory were; First, Alice Goeke; second Lillian Kindt.

For Dramatic Declamations; Eileen Behrens placed first; Erna Vanganes, second.

For Humorous Declamations; Lorraine Sehwarze won first; Velma Rohde, second.

Eulilla Emberson represented us in Reading.

The District Forensic Contest was held at Spencer, April 9, 1937.




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