MI-HI-DAZE Senior Class of the
Minonk Community High School, 1944
Minonk, Woodford county,
Transcribed and formated by Dena
Feature Editors...Virgil Volk, Margaret Hewitt
Editors...Marna Cunningham, Mildred Ann Phillips
Editors...Patricia McGough, James Meierhofer
Art Editor...Francis Manley
Milasheski, Betty Anderson, Rowland Tucker, Dean
Advertising...Marjorie Vogel, Betty Anderson, Patricia
Snapshot Editors... Carl Young, Edith Barth, Verna
Joke Editor...Andy Paloumpis
Typists...Gladys Burrell, Dorothy
Jury, Betty Jean Bursott, Marna Cunningham, Darlene Fischer, Madelyne
Frawley, Shirley Jacek, Anna Mae Jankousky, Patricia McGough, June Newton,
Margaret Ann Rients
Advisers...Miss La Vanway, Mr. Schneider
material in this year's "Mi-Hi-Daze" has been shortened somewhat due to
the war. Instead of the usual advertisements a Patron's Page lists all the
Minonk business men who contributed to "Mi-Hi-Daze". We hope you enjoy
reading the annual as much as we did in publishing it.
PatronsMinonk State Bank, Morrison's Chocolate Shop, Hayes Drug Store,
Gardner's Hatchery, Princess Sweet Shop, Van Doren Jewelry Store, E.H.
Meierhofer, Gay Day Dress Shop, Gamble Store M.J. Baker, Vissering
Mercantile Store, Tri-County Insurance Agency, Wolfe's Pharmacy, Minonk
Coal W.G. Sutton, Minonk Theatre, Parks Dairy, Young's Garage, Cicciarelli
Hardware Store, Burster & Henning, McKinney Blacksmith Shop, Leiken's
Garage, Dr. A.W. Kettelhut, Yocum Cleaners, Wilcox Funeral Home, B & M
Beauty Shop, Dr. A.A. Johnson, Chicago Butcher's Market, Vogel's Store,
Frank Grampp & Son, Tallyn Merorial Chapel, Goodwin Bros., Terminal
Grain Company, Gregorich's Grocery, Quality Service Station, Harry D.
Smith General Contractor, Sweeney Service Station, E.F. Riely Attorney,
Minonk Locker, Minonk News Dispatch, O.W. Smith Studio Alamo Cafe, Walker
Implement Company,G.H. Leffers Contractor, Minonk Tractor & Implement
Company Minonk Variety, Sanitary Bakery.
||Front row: Clara Trimpe, James Wise,
Jane Jarman, Lester Lange.|
Back row: Beulah Hudson, Harold
Warner, Maxine Zimmerlin, James Schneider, Edna Lavanway, Betty
||Mr. J. E. Morgenstern, Mr. Rowland
Tucker, Mr. Howard Jury, Mr. Tjark Harms, Mr. A. G.
Mr. James Schneider...Principal
Elizabeth Silzer...Home Economics
Mr. James Wise...Manual Arts
Miss Edna LaVanway...Typing, Shorthand
Warner...Agriculture, General Science, Chemistry
Lange...Coach, Boys PE, Bookkeeping, Business Economics
Mr. Walter B.
Duda...Band, Orchestra, Chorus
Miss Jane Jarman...English, Speech &
Mrs. Clara Trimpe...Social Studies
HistoryWe transferred to the field of M.C.H.S. as
fifty-six new recruits. We took our basic training--being cocky instead of
green as most freshman classes usually are. Those picked as acting
sergeants were Francis Manley, Peter Mazzini, and Mickey Phillips. Our
D.I's were Miss Knowles and Mr. Wade.
Newcomers that year were Anne
Ketchmark and LaVerne Schure. The annual picnic at Starved Rock completed
our basic training.
The following fall we entered the sophomore field
of pre-flight training. Lois Kunder, Vernon Johnson, Alan Kueal, Louis
O'Connell, Mitchell Palmore and Laverne Schure were transferred to other
fields. Eugene Brosseau, however, was assigned to our unit.
Veitinghoff, who had been our leader, was also transferred. Assisting
Billy were Dorothy Jury and Marjorie Vogel. This year we served under
Lieutenants Mr. Little and Mr. Netherton.
On one of our weekend passes
we attended a supper followed by a scavenger hunt.
After this we were
given a furlough, but before leaving we attended the annual school picnic
at Starved Rock.
The seemingly short furlough ended, and we found
ourselves in the last phase of our pre-flight training. John Durbin, Anne
Ketchmark, Junior Robertson, Bill McCormick, Eugene Brousseau, Darlene
Falk, Rosie Folkerts Tjark Rients, Martha Zalewski, and Martha and Mary
Marshall left. We greeted Jackie Leigh and Harold Moritz.
our Junior play, "Don't Take My Penny", October 30. Having retained our
petulance, we considered it a great success.
A highlight of every
junior year is the receiving of the class rings and pins.
Our first and
only party of the year was held in the recreation room on December
Contributing to our success this year were Mickey Phillips, Jim
Meierhofer, and Joan Rowe.
We entered the last phase of our cadet
training as Seniors. Miss Zimmerlin and Mr. Lange being our technical
observers. Our command Pilots were Gene Ruestman, Carl Young and Margaret
Flunk Day was October 13. Everyone did as he or she pleased.
Since institute was held the next two days, we had a nice long
A farewell party was given November 9 for Shirley Zivney and
Carl Young, who decided to leave our make-believe Air Corps and join the
United States Marines.
An interesting fact which we discovered while
reminiscing about our four years of training was that Mr. Schneider is the
only member of the faculty who has been with us from the beginning.
noticed the absence of Junior Robertson, Alfred Meiner, Jackie Leigh, and
Melvin Meyer as fellow comrades.
For our play, we chose "Spring Fever"
which was presented April 19 before a large audience.
May 2 was banquet
time again, and this year the Juniors entertained us royally at the
Illinois Hotel in Bloomington, Illinois.
Under the direction of Miss
Lavanway and editorship of Joan Roweewe published our annual, a summary of
the year's activities, May 8.
On May 24 we received our wings in the
form of diplomas-each of us now being able to pilot his own plane into the
P.S. Madelyne Frawley, who training was almost
complete, transferred and received her wings with us.
Mildred Ann Phillips
Alice Mae Schmidt
1st row: Flora Davis, Mary
Manley, Frank Ketchmark, Phyllis Toler, John Durbin, Betty Nuske,
Bob Green, James Cabal, Clara Danekas, Richard Shelby, Edwin
2nd row: Mr. Wise, Marian Cremer, May DeFries, James
Loftus, Aline Gerdes, Clarence Janssen, Beverly Oncken, John
Cunningham, Donald Willems, Myra Danforth, Jean Halagiera, Donald
McCall, Mrs. Hudson.
back row: Glenn White, William Rooker, Dale
McKeon, Dale Janssen, Delbert VonBehren, Wayne Finnell, Warren Ryan,
James Dague, Howard Vissering, James Goliwas, Duanne Cunningham,
Arthur Meyers, Ray Oncken, Edith Fischer, Eldon Harms, Glenn
1st row: Robert
Camelin, Edmona Ioerger, Leona Hartzler, Rite Knoll, Bonna Jo
Mannings, Mildred Molinoski, Roger Tucker, Jeanne Kruse, Marion
Stevenson, Lester Kleen.
2nd row: Herky Paloumpis, Miss Jrman,
Mary Davis, Myra Timmerman, Joan Wire, Rose Marie Roberts, Carmen
Bachman, Rachel Tesch, Amelia Budde, Eldon Oyen, Alice Jean
back row: Ivanelle Gutherz, Donald Smith, Irma
Stokowski, Betty claycomb, John Balbach, Dolores Anderson, Grace
McCormick, Roland Schickedaz, Marilyn Leigh, Paul Meierhofer, U.J.
Betty Kelsey, Thomas Ketchmark, Nancy McCully, Alan Hart, Frances
Hock, David Wolfe, Billie Timmerman, John Baker, Austin Lindley,
2nd row: Ermyle Harms, Doris Falk, Alma Danekas,
Betty Davison, Junior Lohr, Robert Volk, Bill Milasheski, Donald
Petri, Bill Kelly, Ronald Eigsti.
3rd row: Dorothy Meyer, Irma
Jean Janssen, Alice Danekas, Donna Beth Rich, Madelyne Anderson,
Shirley Tyson, Dorothy Janssen, Patricia Oltman, Kenneth Rients,
Back row: Miss Silzer, John Petri, Joe Zupansic, Dale
Letsinger, Ralph Golf, John Konwinski, Julian Petri, Bernard
Robertson, Mr. Warner, Nora Davis, Ruth Broers, Cletus
We are no longer underclassmen, but Juniors, and
quite proud of it, too. Our first class meeting was held in
September. We elected Howard Vissering, President; Bob Green,
Vice-president; and John Cunningham, Secretary-Treasurer. This is
Bob's second year as Vice-president. Mr. Wise and Mrs. Hudson were
chosen as sponsors, however Mr. Wise was inducted into the Army at
the end of the first semester and Mrs. Hudson carried on alone-and
very nicely, too.
Some of our classmates left us this year. John
Durbin, Blanche Welch, Frank Sullivan, and Bill Coyle. Gordon
Danforth enlisted in the Navy, and "Red" White moved to Wenona to
continue school. During the first semester James Goliwas left school
because of serious illness, but he returned later in the second
We, as all Juniors were looking forward to the
Junior-Senior Banquet. With this in mind we held a turkey raffle,
concessions at the basketball games, and the great Junior Play. This
was a great financial success as was the magazine sale held early in
After much debating, we purchased our class rings,
receiving them in December.
The Junior-Senior Banquet was held
May 2, 1944 at the Illinois Hotel, Bloomington, Illinois with Jack
McKown's orchestra furnishing music for dancing. The general
committee appointed was Dale McKeon, Dale Janssen, Clarence
Jannssen, Glenn Mueller, Myra Danforth, Jean Halagiera, Marian
Cremer, and Betty Nuske. Dale McKeon acted as Toastmaster. The
entertainment consisted of short speeches and musical selections.
Amid a Hawiian theme a delicious meal was served. Everyone had a
first year being over and the newness of it all worn off, the entire
sophomore class returned all set to conquer their subjects. Monday,
September 16, the following officers and advisors were elected:
President Rose Marie Roberts; Vice-president Alice Jean Leffers;
Secretary-Treasure Jeanne Kruse; Advisors Miss Jarman and Miss
A party was held October 5. Those who attended
participated in the scavenger hunt, followed by refreshments and
mixers in dancing.
Marilyn Leigh, a transfer from Clinton High,
joined the class at the beginning of the second semester.
April a weiner roast and hayrack party was held.
Freshman class of 1943-44 consists of 40 pupils, 18 girls and 22
boys. About a fourth of the class are from the country.
beginning of the year a meeting was held for the election of
officers and class advisors. The following officers were elected:
President Kenneth Rients; Vice-president Nancy McCully; and
Secretary-Treasurer Thomas Ketchmark. The class advisors are Miss
Silzer and Mr. Warner.
The purpose of the second meeting was to
make plans for a Halloween party. It was also decided at this
meeting to assess each member a dollar a year for dues.
October 21, a class party was held, which consisted of a scavenger
hunt, followed by instructions in dancing. Refreshments were served.
The amount taken in as profit at the first party was one dollar and
On November 24, the freshmen took a Gates Reading
Survey Test. Several of the girls belong to the Home Ec. Club, with
six boys belonging to the F.F.A. Some of the subjects taken by the
class are mechanical drawing, algebra, English, Home Ec., General
Science, Civics, and Agriculture.
A second party was held on
March 16. Games, dancing, and refreshments filled the
The class managed very nicely this year with the usual
run of winter happenings-such as broken arms, chicken pox, and
scarlet fever. Two members of the class, Bill Milasheski and Nora
Davis dropped out the second semester.
The "Green Freshmen" are
all set to check in next fall as "Sophisticated
May DeFries, Phyllis Toler, Rita Green.
took over for the games with Washburn because Phyllis Toler was
taken ill at the game with chicken pox, Mae DeFries was ill and Rita
Green was away.
These three groups of girls have also been doing
some peppy yelling at the games: Rita Knoll and Edmona Ioerger;
Flora Davis, Beverly Oncken, Edith Fischer and Mary Davis; Frances
Hock, Betty Davison, and Alma Danekas.
Margaret Hewitt, Rita Green, Pat McGough, Mildred
1st row: David Wolfe, Thomas Ketchmark, Betty
Davison, Phyllis Toler, Joan Wire, Bob Camelin, Marilyn Leigh,
Jeanne Kruse, Clara Danekas.
2nd row: John Baker, Betty Bursott,
Myra Danforth, Andrew Paloumpis, Dean Stalter, John Konwinski, Alice
Jean Leffers, Roland Schickedanz, Austin Lindley.
3rd row: Eldon
Oyen, Ronald Eigsti, Donald Petri, Warren Ryan, Herky Paloumpis,
Francis Manley, John Balbach, Mr. Duda, Director.
1st row: Nancy McCully, Mildred Ann Phillips, Bob
Camelin, Andrew Paloumpis, Eldon Oyen.|
2nd row: Pete Mazzini,
Herky Paloumpis, Dean Stalter, Francis Manley, Mr.
|1st row: Delbert VonBehren, Peter
Mazzini, Jim Meierhofer, Ralph Cufaude, John Zupansic|
row: Manager, David Wolfe, Richard Shelby, John Cunningham, Dale
McKeon, Donald Smith, Dale Janssen, Coach Lange.