The Nautilus - 1927 
Eureka Township High School
Eureka, Illinois
Woodford County, Illinois Genealogy Trails
transcribed and formatted by D. Whitesell


To Mr. J. P. Scheid

Our true and loyal advisor, who has guided us through our four years of High School life, we, the class of 1927, respectfully dedicate this Senior Number of the Nautilus.

Mrs. Sandifer

Mrs. Sandifer was our class advisor for our most important, our Senior year in High School. She helped us in all our troubles and hardships being particularly considerate and helpful at our most trying times. She was not only a wonderful advisor but a true friend to each and everyone in the class. We of the Senior Class sincerely appreciate all the many things she has done for us because we realize the difficulty in trying to discipline and manage amicably a Senior Class, especially one like our.

We wish her the best success in her future work and life, and to her we express the deepest gratitude and thanks for her careful and kind supervision over our class and her interest in all our activities during the year 1926-27.

Mr. Scheid has been our faithful advisor and sponsor for four years. To him we owe much of the success we have attained during our High School life. It was through his careful planning that we first started to make and save money when we were Freshmen for the Junior-Senior banquet. When we were Sophomores he continued to be our leader and councillor, taking our interests to heart and always making good suggestions. Under his direction we successfully went through our Junior year with all its many trials. And during our Senior year he has willingly and gladly aided us in our   financial  endeavors.   This last Mr. Scheid has been one of the Nautilus faculty advisors and has given the Nautilus his loyal support and aid.  We of the Senior Class wish to thank Mr. Scheid for all that he has ever done for us.  He has done many little things for us which we did not fully appreciate at the time, but now we realize his supervision at its highest value.  We hope that the following classes for whom he will be advisor and friend will benefit as much by his surveillance and care as we have during the past four years.

Commencement

On Friday, June 3, 1927, the twelfth annual commencement exercises were held in the Christian church.

Twenty-six, thirteen boys and thirteen girls, marched in and took their places, as Miss Sprague played "The Tempo".  Rev. Helfer gave the invocation, after which Leslie Pierce favored us with a vocal solo,, "Until."

For twelve years seven girls of the twenty-six Seniors, and five of the boys were continuous classmates.  At the close of the evening we all realized that we were forever severed from the tie which had so closely connected us.  Of course each and every Senior was proud to receive his diploma, but the true fact of parting, saddened our hearts.  We may meet again and again but never to work in the harness of acquiring education.

Dr. P. C. Somerville, from the Wesleyan University, Salina, Kansas, gave the address.  He presented a most interesting talk on "The Double D of Youth."  In this we learned that power means nothing unless it can be put into use, to the proper thing and at the proper time.

The Double D stood for "duty" and "dreams".  Every person to be success must be, to a certain extent, a dreamer.  But the dreams are of no value unless they are put into action.  One thing we were pleased to hear Mr. Somerville tell us, was that the present generation is no worse than the past.

Following this Lenore Wilson rendered a delightful piano solo, "Polonaise".  Dr. W. D. Madison, President Board of Education, gave us a short talk and presented to us the diplomas for which we so long toiled.

The Eureka College Girls' Quartette sang three selections befitting the occasion.  Rev. Ernest L. Fernandes gave the benediction which completed the program.

Junior-Senior Banquet

A large garden overhung with a May pole of pastel shades formed the setting for the Junior-Senior banquet at the Lida's Wood on May nineteenth. Covers for fifty were laid on tables of four, attractively decorated with red carnations and roses.

Menus found at each place read as follows: Pineapple Cocktail, Swiss Steak, Mashed Potatoes Gravy, Creamed Peas, Celery Curls, Imperial Salad, Mayonnaise, Rolls/Butter, Strawberry Shortcake.

George Renfer, toast master, cleverly introduced the speakers of the evening. Joseph Klaus welcomed the guests and Lowell Colburn and Prof. Moore responded. Haecker's Orchestra furnished music during the dinner.

A short program followed in the parlors. The first thing on the program was a one an play, "Entertaining Sister's Beau". This was very cleverly given and afforded the guests much laughter as well as some embarrassment (N'est-ce pas, Melvin?) Imogene Reynolds next gave a reading which was followed by a piano duet by Vivian Mars and Martha Smellie. Vivian also gave a vocal solo. What Virginia Reynolds gave was the question; anyway it was very original and clever and gave the Seniors a chance to view themselves as others see them. To conclude the program Ruth Hagan read a prophecy which she and her brother, Delmar Hagan, had written.

The Junior-Senior banquet was certainly a grand success. The wish of the Class of '27 is
that the Class of "28 will be as royally entertained next year as it entertained the Senior Class this year.



THE CLASS DAY

On Friday, May 27, the Seniors had their annual general celebration and chance to get even at last.
The program was arranged in the following order:

Clarinet duet ........ Skee Ridgely, Betty Davis
Class History ............................ Helen Butchart
Class Prophecy .............. Phyllis Waggoner
Classical Selection .. Prof. I Vanta Morewhisky (Arthur Mosher)
Class Will ..............................Edelyn Reynolds
Class Poem .............................. Arthur Mosher
Music ...................... George Riley, Betty Davis
A Play ........................ Better kept anonymous
Class Song ................................. Class of '27

The main feature of the program was the play in which more than one longed for dig
was given. The setting was in the Nautilus Office of the new High School building and
the usual things pertaining to the office were included. Stanfield Major, impersonating
Prof. Moore, was the outstanding .character of this play.
During the program the Junior attempted to disturb the peace and contentment of the
Seniors with a clever arrangement of bells, but only one worked and that was to muffled to be of much annoyance.


The Baccalaureate


Sunday, May 29, at the regular evening service, the Baccalaureate service for the senior Class of Eureka Township High School was held at the Christian church.
Mr. Helfer of the Christian church gave the address.  His subject was "A Passion for Personality."  Mr. Beam of the Methodist church and Mr. Fernandes of the Presbyterian church assisted in the service.  A special anthem "Festival Te Deum", was given by the regular choir.
After the service a reception under the auspices of the Eureka churches was held in the basement of the church, for the Seniors.  Prof. Compton acted as chairman and the program consisted of:  Vocal Solos, "Aspirations," "Thanks Be to God," by Lyle Moore.  Violin solos, "Holy City," "Traumerii", by Miss Seabert, and a short address by Mr. Fernandes.  Punch and wafers were served after the program.



The "Boomerang"

The Seniors of '27 presented their play "The Boomerang" at the Eureka College Gymnasium, April twenty-ninth. While it was a most excellently chosen cast, the creditable performance, was to a great extent, the result of the capable directing of Miss Ruth Beck.

The plot of the play centers around the love affairs of Budd Woodbridge (Arthur Mosher).  He is madly in love with Grace Tyler (Phyllis Waggoner). Grace throws poor Budd into a case of jealousy when she pays quite a bit of attention to Preston DeWitt (Clarence Brubaker). Mrs. Creighton Woodbridge (Dorothy Barker), Budd's mother, is quite worried over her son's strange actions and takes him to Dr. Gerald Sumner (Donald Moore) a young doctor, who has just begun his practice. Dr. Sumner, with the help of his efficient nurse, Virginia Xelva (Helen Butchart) soon analyze Budd's case and do their best to cure him of his jealousy.

But alas! The disease proves quite contagious. Dr. Sumner himself has it quite bad and Miss Exlva and Miss Tyler have a minor case of it.

As luck would have it tho' everyone recovers from the disease and Dr. Sumner's cases turn out exceptionally well.

Lorin Wright played the part of Hartley, the butler, quite well.

Marian Sumner (Betty Davis), Dr. Sumner's sister and Gertrude Ludlow (Pearly Bach), a friend of the Sumner family visited the Doctor's office quite frequently and offered their advice to him.

Mr. Stone (Clifford Flanagan) who was one of Dr. Sumner's patients, had a splendid makeup and acted his part well.

Oh oui, oui, Emile (George Riley) the French valet and jack of all trades, must be complimented for his pronunciation of the French language.



Elizabeth Compton
"Betty"

Glee Club (1) (2) (3) (4); Operetta (1) (3) (4).
"The voice is the flower of beauty."

Lowell Colburn
"Colly"

Class Pres. (4); Dramatic Club Pres. (4); Glee Club (3) (4); Operetta (3) (4); Orchestra (3) (4); Football (3) (4); Basketball (3) Capt. (4); Track (2) (3) (4); Booster Club, Sec't (4); Play (3).
"Popularity is power."

Edelyn Reynolds
"Ed"

Glee Club (1) (2) (3) (4); Operetta (1) (3) (4); Play (3); Dramatic Club (4).
"When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for us to bluff, let us bluff."

Lorin Wright
"Wright"

Debate (4); Play (4); Nautilus (4); Operatta (4); Glee Club (4).
"All great men are dead or dying - I don't feel well myself."

Phyllis Waggoner
"Phil"

Class Treasurer (1) (3); Nautilus (3) (4); Plays (3) (4); Debate (3) (4); Booster Club Secretary (3); Operetta (3) (4); Glee Club (3) (4); Dramatic Club (4).
"I rise with the lark; the early morning has gold in its mouth."

Ivan Eastman
"Pig"

Orchestra (1) (2) (3) (4)
"A loyal and willing member of the class is he."

Harold Imhoff

"An excellent scholar will always succeed."

Dorothy Barker
"Dot"

Glee Club (1) (2) (3) (4); Operetta (1) (3) (4); Plays (3) (4); Booster Club (3) (4); Asst. Cheer Leader (4); Dramatic Club (4).
"Generosity is virtue itself."

Arthur Mosher
"Art"

Nautilus (4); Glee Club (3) (4); Operetta (3) (4); Football (3) (4); Oration (3); State Oratorical Contest (3) (4); Debate Capt. (3) (4); Play (3) (4); Orchestra (3) (4); Booster Club (3) (4).
"There is no true orator who is not a hero."

Donald Moore
"Dinty"

Nautilus (2); Class Pres. (1); Play (3) (4); Football (4); Dramatic Club (4); Booster Club (4).
"How sweet and sacred idleness is!"

Maurine Buck

Glee Club (2) (4); Operetta (3) (4).
"With her eyes in flood with laughter."

Stanfield Major
"Stanny"

Football (3) Capt. (4); Glee Club (3); Operetta (3); Dramatic Club (4).
"De tous less passions, l'amour est le plus violent."

Melvin Culp
"Pluckram"

Basketball (2) (3) (4); Tennis (3) (4); Football (4); Track (3) (4); Debate (4); Booster Club (3) (4); Dramatic Club (4).
"Energy and persistence conquer all things."

Helen Schroen

Nautilus (4).
"A quiet but loyal classmate is she."

Herbert Heiken

Football (4).
"Few things are impossible to diligence and skill."

Clarence Brubaker
"Teck"


Play (4); Dramatic Club (4); Football (4).
"The prince of darkness is a gentleman."

Pearl Bach
"Frenchy"


Nautilus (4); Play (3) (4); Dramatic Club (4), Sec't; Glee Club (3) (4); Operetta (3) (4); Booster Club (3).
"Flowers preach to us if we will but hear."

George Riley
"Kelly"


Nautilus (2) (3) (4); Glee Club (4); Operetta (4); Orchestra (1) (2) (3) (4); Play (4); Class Vice-Pres. (1); Booster Club (3) (4); Dramatic Club (4); Tennis (3) (4); Basketball (4).
"He has a wicked look - be careful, ladies."

Betty Davis
"Spats"

Glee Club (3) (4); Operetta (3) (4); Orchestra (2) (3) (4); Nautilus (2) (3); Play (3) (4); Dramatic Club (4).
"I'd rather study than do anything else, when there's nothing else to do."

Clifford Flanagan
"Kick"


Football (1) (2) (3) (4); Basketball (2) (4), Capt. (3); Class Pres. (2); Booster Club Pres. (4); Operetta (3) (4); Play (3) (4); Glee Club (3) (4); Dramatic Club (4).
"The truest politeness comes of sincerity."

Bernadine Gerber

Dramatic Club (4).
"Never idle a moment, but working and thoughtful of others."

Helen Butchart
"Chink"

Glee Club (1) (2) (3) (4); Operetta (1) (3) (4); Nautilus (2) (4); Play (3) (4); Class Treas. (4); Dramatic Club (4).
"Beauty is always queen."

Pierce Bogardus
"Bogy"

Glee Cub (4); Operetta (4).
"And lo, he sang and became the popular songster."

Mary Elizabeth Ridgely
"Skee"

Essay (2); Class Secretary-Treasurer (2); Nautilus (2) (3) (4); Orchestra (2) (3) (4); Glee Club (3) (4); Operetta (3) (4); Debate (3) Capt. (4); Class President (3); Booster Club (3); Oration (4); Play (3); Dramatic Club (4).
"Short, but sweet."

 

Faye Cawley


"It is tranquil people who accomplish much."

Esther Ripple


"A quiet life affords sweet delight."

Class Will

We, the Senior Class of Eureka High School,being of sound mind and good health after four strenuous years do hereby declare, make and publish this as our last will and testament,hereby revoking all former wills. Be it known that all members of the Senior Class, generously, with charity to all and malice toward none, bequeath the following class property.

To those who might follow our successful footsteps we do hereby give and bequeath to them the new and modern high school to be used as only an institution of higher education and we leave the dark and dusty church basement in solitude.

It will be dull without someone to amuse the Senior Class so to Delmar Hagan we leave Donald  Moore's position as class jester.

The teachers wouldn't know how to act without a bluffer in the Senior Class, so to Carl Johann, Lorin Wright leaves his book on "Easy Methods for Bluffing."

To Imogene Reynolds, Dorothy Barker leaves her undisputed position of match-making and caring for decrepit lovers.

Pearl Each leaves to Esther Ball her winning smile to brighten Esther's sad face when things go wrong. Maurine Buck also leaves her empty compacts and powder puffs to Esther.

Arthur Mosher leaves to Laurence Nichols his ability to discuss fluently and loudly any current subject. He also leaves his theory, "What is to be, will be."

It is a constant worry to Martha Smellie to be at school on time, so we relieve her of her worries. We leave her Lowell Colburn's privilege not to be late more than five days a week.

Kick Flanagan leaves to Wayne Smith the result of his many love affairs, also he leaves his group of admirers from the opposite sex to Wayne so that Wayne may be kept busy.

Helen Butchart gives to Florence Bradle her wonderful qualities that men so admire; also
a free lesson on "How to become a blond in eight days."

George Renfer is growing old altogether too fast. To him we leave Pierce Bogardus' babyish ways and that captivating dimple.

To Vivian Mars, whose eyes will not behave,we leave Herbert Heiken's suggestion on "Control of the Eyes,"

Melvin Culp, tho' very stingy, leaves a certain loss back in the class of '28 to mourn his loss. Melvin bequeaths his love to any manly looking boy in the Junior Class who promises to appreciate her art of love making and take good care of her.Elizabeth Compton leaves her fashion books to Anna Mae Adams.
Stanny Major leaves to Joe Klaus that wad of gum which has been so faithful to Stanny this year, also he leaves a nickel so Joe may buy an extra package of gum if Joe so desires.

Helen Schroen leaves to Evangeline McNeely a book on "How to keep quiet"; also a volume on "Love Letters Made Easy."

Betty Davis leaves her attraction for the boys from other towns to Helen Sornberger.

We leave Phyllis Waggoner's knowledge of social manners and etiquette to Florence Erdman.

Geo. Riley leaves all of his various colored caps, his nickname and other knocknocks to Kanardy Taylor.

Bernadine Gerber leaves her dainty ways and sweet disposition to Louise Frerichs.

Ivan Eastman leaves his clear enunciation to Hubert Hallam. He also leaves to Ruth Hagan his giggle,—that is if Ruth runs out of her own.

Skee Ridgely leaves to Joe Klaus the editor-ship of the Nautilus and all the pleasure, accruing therefrom.

Teck Brubaker leaves to Johnny Crawford his personal suggestions on "How to Lure the Opposite Sex."

Faye Cawley leaves her gracefulness to Ruth Hagan.

Harold Imhoff, the woman hater, would like to leave all of the girls of the Senior Class behind, but since he can't he leaves some of his non-affection for the opposite sex to Rachel Orth.

Esther Ripple leaves her old bottle of brilliantine to Carl Johann to make that unruly
hair behave.

Edelyn Reynolds leaves this bit of advice to her sister, Virginia, "If studying interferes with a good time, don't study."

To Laurence Nichols we leave Dinty Moore's regular Saturday night dates.

We as a class leave to Mr. Kesler a nonbreakable yard stick for next year's Freshies.

To Mr. Smith we leave enough nerve to finish some of those riling extemporaneous speeches which he sometimes starts in his various classes.  We also leave him alone!

To Mr. Alford we leave a memory note book so he won't take the typing class to Peoria again for just a pleasure trip.

We leave Miss Seabert all rights to cancel glee club, orchestra and other meetings if she desires to do so.

To Mr. Moore we leave a book on "dinner speeches", not more than one hour long and a copyright on (mm-mm) also a tin whistle with which to gain order at general ex.

To Miss McCluggage we leave some good detective to help her find "A Pair of Bill"
Eyes."

To Mr. Scheid we leave the book on "How to keep assemblies quiet" written and published by Teck Brubaker. We also leave to Mr. Scheid the old legion hall for all of his extra curricular activities.

To Mrs. Sandifer we leave a tin horn so we can hear when she sneezes.

To Miss Beck we leave the undisputed right to make her students keep their feet on the floor, a large size box of orange blossom powder, and one large bundle of partiality, in case it is needed next year.

To Miss Smith we leave the affection of the first good looking book agent who visits the
new high school.

In witness whereof, we have hereunto set our hand and seal, the twenty-seventh day of May in the year" of our Lord One Thousand Nine Hundred and Twenty-Seven.
I Get 'em,
U. Beat 'em.
Attorneys at law.

 

Staff, 1926-1927

Editor . . . . . Mary Elizabeth Ridgely
Associate Editor . . . . . Helen Sornberger
Business Manager . . . . . Arthur Mosher
Assistant Business Manager . . . . . Joseph Klaus
Circulation Manager . . . . . Lorin Wright
Athletic Editor . . . . . George Riley
Senior Editor . . . . . Helen Butchart
Junior Editor . . . . . Martha Smellie
Contributing Editor . . . . . Ruth Butchart
Contributing Editor . . . . . Fredora Pifer
Contributing Editor . . . . . Pearl Bach
Contributing Editor . . . . . Mary McGuire
Joke Editor . . . . . Phyllis Waggoner
Sophomore Editor . . . . .Betty Dickinson
Freshman Editor . . . . . Dean Bradle
Art Editor . . . . . Esther Ball
Junior High Editor . . . . . Dorothy Scheid
Proof Reader . . . . . Mary Eleanor Harrod
Typist . . . . . Kanardy Taylor
Typist . . . . .  Helen Schroen
Faculty Advisors . . . . . Miss Smith, Mr. Scheid

Staff, 1927-1928
Editor . . . . . Joe Klaus
Associate Editor . . . . . Mary Eleanor Harrod
Business Manager . . . . . George Renfer
Assistant Business Manager . . . . . Kanardy Taylor
Circulation Manager . . . . . Wayne Smith
Athletic Editor . . . . . Betty Dickinson
Assistant Athletic Editor . . . . . John Crawford
Senior Editor . . . . . Vivian Mars
Junior Editor . . . . . Beth Wilson
Sophomore Editor . . . . . Dorothy Nickel
Contributing Editor . . . . . Fredora Pifer
Contributing Editor . . . . . Dorothy Doan
Contributing Editor . . . . . Helen Sornberger
Exchange Editor . . . . . Marjorie Wilson
Joke Editor . . . . . Mary McGuire
Art Editor . . . . .  Esther Ball
Proof Reader . . . . . Ruth Butchart
Typist . . . . . Pauline Binkele
Typist . . . . . Verna Smith




The Class Prophecy

And Lo, it came to pass that in the ancient city of Eureka, in the year 1927, there lived young men and women of exceeding beauty and grace. When those whose duty it was to instruct the youth of that fair city in the wisdom and the knowledge of the times perceived that their pupils had acquired an abundance of learning, they took them up into the Mountain of Commencement and showed unto them all the kingdoms of the earth.

They showed them unto fine farms and fat cattle, great factories and rich mines, wondrous systems of transportation and great forests, fisheries, vineyards, orchards, stores and schools. It was a fat and goodly land with much to be desired. All these things did the teachers of Eureka High School promise unto the youth of Eureka, did they but have the courage to go in and take possession, and the strength of purpose to wrest them from those who had already arrived.

And so it came to pass that the maidens did powder their noses and paint their faces, and the young men did crease their trousers and put on neck ties of wondrous hue, and they went forth to take possession of the land.

The youths of Eureka were exceedingly valiant and they did go forth with great courage and strive with mighty purpose until they had indeed possessed themselves with goodly possessions and were known for mighty achievements. And many maidens did go forth into rich   lands and marry themselves unto handsome men.  There were twenty-six in this band of youth, and although some turned aside and went by round-about ways, all came at last to the land of success; and peace, prosperity, and plenty are their portion.

And it came to pass after ten years of wanderings and explorations Lowell Colbuni, the leader of the band, came down from the heavens in his aeroplane into the Land of Success.

In the aeroplane of his own construction had first he reached the moon. It was thus that he should rise.

George Riley did become the Supreme Judge of the land and on the 13th day of December. 1945, did sentence Stanfield Major, the leader of the hoboes of Eureka, to a prison term during which he was to memorize Victor Hugo's "Les Miserables" as punishment for attempting to induce the hoboes of Secor to join his band. And on the morrow he did judge Edelyn Reynolds guilty of cruelty toward her husband, and he, the mightiest pugilist of the earth, returned to his house in peace.

Helen Rutchart, the fairest of the maidens from Eureka, did gain world fame for her comliness at the gathering of beautiful women from distant lands.

Maurine Buck did attain success designing new patterns for crazy quilts, and Betty Davis, her friend and companion, having failed to recognize her last chance remained single to the end of her life. To posterity she left a "Guide to Matrimony."

Lorin Wright dwelt in Oklahoma where he became exceedingly rich from profitable oil investments.

Dr. Harold Imhoff, the renowned surgeon, very successfully and painlessly amputated the cat's meow.

Clarence Brubaker and Arthur Mosher did enlarge upon their abilities as actors as first displayed at Eureka High. They provided the best vaudeville act of any medicine show.

Bernadine Gerber became a successful chiropractor much against the wishes of her world famous husband, Donald Moore, the noted cartoonist.

Esther Ripple was an exceedingly glib saleslady for the Buick Agency.

It so happened that Mary Elizabeth Ridgely did grow in wisdom and did become the first lady resident of that great and wondrous country, the United States. She did join herself in marriage to Pierce Bogardus who bowed himself down and served her as chief flunky.

Pearl Bach did become great in the bee industry. Her fame may be attributed to her interest developed from her association with flowers.

Faye Cawley captivated the hearts of all the people in the land by her solo dances with the Ziegfield Follies.

Elizabeth Compton entranced Prince Carroll by her marvelous voice.  She later became Queen Elizabeth and did create more world publicity than did her renowned mother-in-law, Queen Marie.

After a strenous and extensive natural history research Melvin Clup retired in Central Africa a nervous wreck.  During convalescence he held a seres of lectures for a band of pygmies, his theme being "How a Short Person Can Grow Tall, Himself the Greatest Living Example".  His theory was 'it takes time'.

Clifford Flanagan has just entered the Land of Success by taking the title from Tunney.

Phyllis waggoner has just made her appearance at "La Comedie Francaise," Paris, after a brilliant career in America. She has perfected the cunning of the sprained ankle hoax. Herbert Heiken. her husband, did befit himself exceedingly well for designing her gowns.

Helen Schroen settled in the Fiji Islands where she manufactured rouge and powder comparts for the dusky belles there.

Walton Sandeman created many wondrous things. He produced a chemical which evaporated the Icebergs. But most wondrous of all he discovered a means of controlling the rainfall which had proved so inconvenient to the youth of Eureka High School in that immemorial year. 1927.

Ivan Eastman became a butcher, but had a farm on which he specialized in raising pigs.

Dorothy Barker entered the Land of Success early in life because of her marvelous advice to lovelorn.

But last of all arrived the prophet, for a prophet never can expect to attain honor in his home town.

But Lo, from the mountain of Commencement was beheld a river which flowed happily on through the night, and the hills on it's banks guided it toward the break of day, and then the river in it's freedom still toiling onward reached the sea and there was lost to view.  Yet it pushed onward and carried warmth to distant shores.  The strong, mighty river represents the Class of '27 for as in the night it toiled onward thus the class has toiled on toward light and success.  As it left its native source thus the class left the school behind and as it met the mighty and noisy ocena so those youths met with adversity, trials, and hardships, but as the great river, the Class of '27 became a blessing to humanity.


The Class History

Long years ago, when might was right and Seniors still held sway in the halls of learning, a band of ruffians broke into the quiet vaults of knowledge with all the freshness and greeness of the country fields still clinging to them.  this band was quickly but guietly suppressed by the Lords of Creation who reigned then.
Soon the ruddy flush of the free and open life faded from their faces under the pale light of midnight oils shining on the shackles of Algebra and Latin.
The band numbered about forty strong and were led by Donald Moore who had but lately joined the rough company from the South but he held sway with ease and guided his followers on through the toils of the Faculty to pleasures and parties in spite of the Seniors.
With hope of coming fareedom' the band began to earn the necessary shekels for that last important gesture of Milords, the Junior-Senior Banquet.  All through their later years until the final day they worked to this end by selling nourishment to the ever hungry rabble.
Then the restless spirits in the band broke forth in revolution and the mighty way-lord, Clifford Flanagan, grasped the band in his powerful hand.  An lo! with the revolution rose a spirit of cockiness equalled only by the Seniors.  "Twas a sad thing - so young and yet so ignorant.  Then in bliss did this merry band break all bounds in the matter of parties and deference to elders.  Still they were sobered by the heavy hand of study and the danger of losing their heads in work.
Then again a revolution came and this time all bowed to the firm rule of a girl, Skee Ridgely, who was christened Mary Elizabeth.  This wise head led them through their increasing favor with the rulers and guided them safely through preparation for the grandeur of the Junior-Senior Banquet, called the play "The Whole Town's Talking".  And on through the Banquet itself she led them until the last revolution came that brought the band the longed-for freedom for which they had been preparing for so many centuries or what seemed like centuries.
Then glory flamed like the hair of the leader of the band who was that little Colly Colburn.  The band in the mean time had lost a few members who had lost their lives in the great struggle for knowledge.  At the time of the Golden Age the band consisted of only twenty-six, much smaller than previous rulers, but it is the quality and not the quantity that counts.  This band then in their prime, made the Freshmen do various humiliating things ably aided and abetted by the taskmasters, the Faculty.  Glory did not weaken their civilization however.  They still worked at the never ending lessons.  Then a rest came in the form of more work - the Senior Play, "Boomerang".  Then routine of court claimed their interests again until they sat at the feast given by the Juniors.
At last the band which had burned a never to be forgotten trail through the pages of history, broke before the conquest of their own vassals, the oncoming reign of future Seniors.  But the old people of the country villages will not soon forget the revels of the Golden Age of Merry Eureka.


 

 

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