To Miss Ruth Beck
been a faithful and willing advisor to us in our last two years of
High School, we, the Class of 1928, do respectfully dedicate this
Senior Number of
Eureka Township High School, Eureka,
|The new Eureka High School was completed
in the late summer of the year 1927. The cost of the building
in round numbers amounted to abut $2000,000. With a good bunch
of skilled workmen, it took only a little over a year to erect the
building. Besides having very well furnished class rooms for
the different departments of the school there is a dark room for science experiments, lecture room
generally used for science, a physics and chemistry laboratory,
fire-proof motion picture booth, well equipped manual training room,
farm mechanics shop, excellent sewing room and cooking laboratory,
and a library that is as good as almost any high school the size of
The gymnasium is as large as the average
high school gym. It has a balcony on the two longest sides and
a large seating capacity downstairs. One can easily see any
part of the game from any seat in the bleachers or from the
balcony. The locker and shower rooms are as convenient as any
to be found.
The auditorium is one of the best in the state
of Illinois. It has a seating capacity of about 400 downstairs
and 175 in the balcony. The lighting system works by a very
neat and simple arrangement. The stage is large and
well-equipped with several sets of modern scenery.
building is equipped with both the hot air furnace and the steam
type. The ventilation is good and fresh air is always kept in
the rooms and foul air passes out by the circulation made by a hugh
fan in the basement.
We, the Senior Class of 1928, feel proud
to be the first class to graduate from the building. We feel
that it was a great thing to go to such a wonderfully equipped
building but the classes to follow will enjoy even more conveniences
when the clock system and other things are added as years pass
by. This building, we hope, will be kept in condition so that
when we go back to see it in later years we will recognize it as
Eureka High School.
Mr. Gallaspie, our
coach, became a member of the faculty at the beginning of the past
year. He, together with Miss Beck, was chosen as the Senior
Class advisor. Although there have been few opportunities for
him to do a great deal for the class during their last year, he has
shown a willingness to help out at all times. He has also been
a true and loyal friend to each and every member of the class.
Mr. Gallaspie will be in E.H.S. again next year and the Class of
1928 is sure that he will be a good advisor for the class to which
he is appointed.
Miss BeckMiss Beck
has been our advisor for the two most important years of High
School; the Junior and Senior years. It was largely due to her
help that we put on a very good banquet for the Seniors two years
ago. She encouraged us to save and helped in any way she could
in order to raise money for the class. She coached our class
plays which were successes both as plays and also financially.
She has done many small but important things for the class that a
great many know nothing about. As we have graduated we lose
Miss Beck as an advisor but not as a friend. She helped us
through all our troubles and the hope of the class of '28 is that
the class who will have Miss Beck as their advisor will benefit and
profit by her work as much as we did.
Baccalaureate services were held at the Christian church on the
evening of May 27th at 8 o'clock. Twenty-four hours before the
services the speaker of the evening, Mr. A.E. Kreider of Bluffton,
Ohio, telegraphed to the effect that he could not come, because of
Rev. E.E. Higdon, of the Eureka
College, substituted however, and gave an interesting and
inspirational talk to the graduates and their parents and
His theme was: "What Ails Our Youth."
he would be quite different and would talk over our heads to our
parents that evening instead of to the class of graduates.
Nevertheless, we all received a most worthy insight on life which
each will carry with him into his own world.
The comparison of
the "older folks" was the subject matter of the address. There
seems, according to Rev. Higdon, two types of these
There is one which, thinking about the many things
accomplished and being done by the younger generation, about the
many things they want to do, and about the things they think about,
is beginning to think and has thought that this younger generation
is "going to the dogs". They have automobiles that go fifty
and sixty miles an hour. They drive scores of miles to some
entertainment and they stay out late at night. Our young folks
are rapidly coming to destruction!
Then, there is the other
type that think of youth as remaining the same from decade to
decade, growing neither worse nor better. True they have cars
but, didn't the boys use to drive their fathers' buggies and drive
the horses as fast as they could? It wasn't because they
didn't want to go fifty and sixty miles an hour but because they
didn't have the means. Our young folks today are the same as
all young folks always were.
As young people we must realize
that the great scientific research going forward and that that has
gone on has not only brought comfort, luxury, and pleasure, but it
has brought us something else. Along with these comforts,
luxuries, and these pleasures have come thousands of new temptations
not known to the youth of a century ago. To prove our worth,
to prove we are not destroying our morals, to prove that there is
something of real value within us, we must fight and overcome these
temptations. If we can stand up under a heavier load surely we
are as capable as the young generation that have lived before
CommencementWednesday evening, May 30, 1928, was the big
night 11 was at this time that the thirteenth annual High School
commencement was held at the auditorium. At approximately eight
o'clock the nineteen graduates marched into the auditorium as Beth
Wilson played the "Marche Romaine", and they took their places upon
the stage. The invocation was given by Reverend Fred Helfer.
Following this Miss Alma Beckwith, a local college student, gave as
a vocal number "Robin, Robin, Sing Me a Song", by Spross.
speaker of the evening was the Hon.Francis G. Blair, Illinois State
Superintendent of Public Instruction. He delivered a very wonderful
address on "The Records We Make." He gave many examples of how we
make records for ourselves and also how we learn and remember the
records of others who have gone on before us. We were indeed very
fortunate in securing Mr. Blair as speaker for the evening of the
commencement exercises of the first class to graduate from our new
We were next favored with a vocal solo by
Lyle Moore, also a local college student. He sang "Aspiration" by
The big thing, however, came next for we were given our
diplomas for which we had been diligently laboring for four long
years. They were of a different kind than those presented for the
previous years. Being of a smaller size they were enclosed in green
leather folders on the outside of which was engraved the graduate's
name in gold letters.
To make the evening complete Professor
Armand Roth of Eureka College gave a few violin solos which were
very pleasing to the audience.
Following the benediction the
graduates remained in the auditorium a short time where the people
had a chance to meet and congratulate them.
Class HistoryIn the fall of
the year 1924 a very eager group of Freshmen made preparations for
the flight they were constantly looking forward to. Their
destination was a far off place, where, it was said, many almost
unheard of opportunities and privileges and joys could be
found. Not only did they wish to broaden their knowledge
because on this flight they would have many unforeseen
adventures. Mr. Kesler and Miss McCluggage were appointed to
pilot our group of 37. George Renfer, our chief mechanic, so
very carefully operated the class machinery that we made to our far
away destination. There were no great obstacles to obstruct
this part of our flight and when we reorganized the next fall it was
found that eight of them had already given up hope but as five more
joined us this year there were only three seats that remained vacant
for this part of the flight. Louise Frerichs was assigned the
task of guiding the class over the mountains and scas of Geometry,
Caesar, English, etc. She had two very able guides, Mr. Alford
and Miss McCluggage, our pilots.
At the end of the first half
of our journey many had renounced their willingness to further
continue, having remained on the various mountains we crossed or on
some isolated island.
At a moment's call George Renfer was
again placed in the mechanic's bench; and a new set of pilots were
appointed, Miss Beck and Mr. Alford. It was a small hardy
group of 20 that braved the dangers of this flight growing more
perilous at each leap and bound of our ship of the air. One
evening in May 1927, we paused for a brief period from our daily
routine of constant advancing into the higher altitudes of learning
to honor our elders, the Seniors, by a banquet. They were
indeed to be honored because they had succeeded in escaping all the
perils and hardships of the sea we were so earnestly endeavoring to
In September, 1927, as the day dawned beautifully to
start the final part of our flight, 19 courageous passengers took
their places and remained faithful to the end. Kanardy Taylor,
our mechanic for the finish of the flight, carried us to fame and
glory. Mr. Gallaspie and Miss Beck very ably assisted him as
On May 30, 1928, from our high position, we sighted
the smooth but much longed for land of graduation. In the
evening of the same day as the sun was sinking in the west we went
as one to receive our passports giving us the privileges of entering
and traversing life as we pleased.
(3); Basketball (3); Operetta (2) (3) (4); Play (4); Class Secretary
(4); Dramatic Club (4).
"Man is like a monkey wrench - the set of
the jaws shows the strength."
President (2); Class Play (3) (4); Operetta (2) (4); Glee Club (2)
(3) (4); Dramatic Club (4); Girls' BAsket Ball Team (4).
nature is one of the richest fruits of true Christianity."
Class President (4); Glee Club (1) (2) (4);
Operetta (1) (2) (4); Dramatic Club (4); Play (3) (4); Debate (4);
Track (3); Commercial Contest (2) (3); Class Secretary-Treasurer
(3); Salutatorian; Nautilus (1) (3) (4).
(2) (3) (4); Dramatic Club (3) (4); Class Play (3) (4); Girls'
Basket Ball Team (4); Nautilus (3) (4); Operetta (2) (3).
artist was first an amateur."
Martha SmellieNautilus (3);
Orchestra (1) (2); Glee Club (1) (2); Operetta (1); Dramatic Club
Vice President (4); Class Play (3) (4).
"Narrow waists and narrow
minds go together."
John CrawfordFootball (1)
(2) (3); Capt. (4); Basketball (3); Track (1) (2) (3); Class Play
(3); Dramatic Club (4); Stunt Show (4).
"It is sometime expedient
to forget what you know."
(4); Dramatic Club (4); Glee Club (3) (4); Operetta (3)
"Learn to labor and to wait."
"The one thing greater than
money is the intangible capital of our honorable name."
Helen GillianGirls' Basket
Ball Team (4)
"In life, forethought wins."
Class President (1) (3); Glee Club (1) (2) (4);
President (3); Dramatic Club (4); Operttea (2) (3) (4); Stunt Show
(4); Class Play (3) (4); Football (4); Tennis (4); Nautilus (4).
Helen SornbergerGlee Club
(3) (4); Operetta (3) (4); Nautilus (3) (4); Debate (4); Class Play
(4); Girls' BAsket Ball Team (4); Oration (4); Dramatic Club
"A new principle is an inexhaustible source of new
(4); Boys' Glee Club President (4); Ag. Club President (4); Operetta
(4); Class Play (4); Dramatic Club (4).
"We rise to fortune by
Vice President (1); Class Treasurer (2); Tennis (2) (3) (4).
man - be the heavens praised - is sufficient for himself."
Vivian MarsGlee Club (3)
(4); Operetta (3) (4); Dramatic Club (3); President (4); Nautilus
)4); Class Vice President (4); Girls' Basket Ball Team (4); Class
Play (3) (4).
"Her step is music and her voice is song."
John MorrowClass Treasurer
(1); Nautilus (2); Class Play (4); Debate (4); Dramatic Club
"A faint heart is better than a bold face."
High (1); Roanoke High (2) (3); Class Play (1) (4); Dramatic Club
(4); Essay (3); Girls' Basket Ball Team (4).
"As fresh as the
morning dew distilled on the flowers."
Joe KlausNautilus (3) (4);
Dramatic Club (4); Class Play (3) (4); Class Vice President (3);
Basket Ball (4); Boys' Glee Club (3); Operetta (3) (4); Oration (4);
Ag. Club Secretary-Treasurer (2); Valedictorian.
"I'm not in the
role of common Men."
Florence Bradle"Still waters
idea at work is worth a hundred in your
The Nautilus Staff,
1927-1928Back Row, Left to Right
- Kanardy Taylor, Mary McGuire, Mary Eleanor Harrod, Irving
Chenoweth, Joe Klaus, Esther Ball, George Renfer, Helen Sornberger,
John Crawford, Dorothy Nickel, Wayne Smith, Dorothy Doan, Verna
Front Row, Left to Right - Mr.
J.P. Scheid (faculty advisor), Vivian Mars, Ruth Butchart, Beth
Wilson, Betty Dickinson, Fredora Pifer, Paulin Binkele, Margery
Wilson, Miss Smith (faculty advisor).
Senior Class Day ProgramThis
year, we, the Seniors, had trouble keeping the unruly Juniors from
breaking up our Class Day program, as have Seniors in years
preceding and, safe to say, rears succeeding this. We were sure of
the presence of various contrivances when we found three huge
electric bells by climbing through an air vent upon the stage and
dropping through a narrow shaft to a duct below the stage. Also
after discovering a group of busy Juniors in the dark room and
one who was busy doing something on the roof, we decided that if we
were going to give a program the auditorium would probably be too
noisy, so when the crowd had gathered they kindly transferred to the
study hall at the request of our President.
Although we were bothered by alarm clocks and little bells, we
were sure that it wasn't as bad as if the program were in the
The program then proceeded as follows:
Piano duet . . . . . Martha Smellie and Vivian
Class History . . . . . Joseph Klaus
Violin Solo .
. . . . Delmar Hagan
Class Poem . . . . . Kanardy
Class Prophecy . . . . . Ruth Hagan
Vocal Solo .
. . . . Vivian Mars
Class Will . . . . . Martha
Violin Solo . . . . . Delmar Hagan
Senior Class Key to Junior Class
May 28. 1938.
Dear Miss Frerichs:
I suppose this title will suit
you as your High School pupils probably call you that. How do you
like teaching Physics in Eureka High since Mr. Moore had to go South
for his sore throat? It doesn't seem possible that you could
have been teaching for five years. Since you ask,I will tell you
what the members of our H. S. Class are doing at the present. It's a
good thing you're not from Missouri too.
Esther Ball is taking dancing lessons in New York. You
know she was always so anxious to dance when she went to High
Kanardy Taylor took to drinking and gambling. His
downfall was created by his lack of confidence in the opposite
Helen Sornberger lives in Africa where she runs a
beauty parlor for the natives. In connection with this she also does
costuming. She was first inspired to become a costumer for the
negroes when she was in the Senior play.
Of course, you know, Louise, John Morrow is a lawyer.
The only case he ever lost was when he was defending the
Helen Gillan has given up her job of teaching school
and gone to Quebec where she is working in a washing machine
I suppose you would like to know what Delmar is doing,
too. He decided to become a forest ranger and live under the pines.
He really has a snap of it for when some desperado comes close to
him he shoots the man so as to save the expense of a trial and the
toil of taking care of him, and he has the government put water
pipes through the forest so when more is a forest fire he can call
the Fire Department.
John Crawford discovered oil in Alaska when he was
there on his non-stop flight to the South Pole.
Smellie is on the stage where she plays juvenile parts. Recently she
has been on a run down the Mississippi River in a
Carl Johann has always noticed what a detriment
smoke is to large cities so to do his bit he has recently received a
patent on smokeless cigarettes.
Vivian is living on Sandy Beach
in Florida. She is very wealthy for her husband runs a large factory
which extracts "fats" from fatal decisions. She spends her spare
time in drawing pictures of the Sandy surroundings.
Renfer and his wife are running a chicken farm during the time they
aren't running the car. Winnie says she likes the fuzzy little
chickens but George says he likes the fried ones best. Why
fool the public?
Florence Bradle has been delivering some
stirring speeches on her theory of "Why the World Goes Round
Counter-Clockwise instead of Clockwise."
applied for a job in the movies and got it. They asked him why he
had such long legs and he told them they were long so they would
reach from him to the ground. He takes the part of the giraffe
in the animal stories for the kiddies.
Talitha travels with a
show troupe. She is the four year old girl who can answer any
question that an average high school girl can answer. They
never know the difference. Several colleges have offered her
tuition but since she graduated six years ago and has had
post-graduate work at the University, she has to refuse all
I suppose you know Wayne Smith is running a moving
picture machine in Peoria, for he always goes to Eureka to attend
the picture shows on Sunday afternoons.
Evangeline got her
much-longed-for wish and has gone to the Holy Land. She was so
inspired by the things she saw there that she has decided to become
a nun and teach good-will and loving kindness.
as this is all the Senior Class, I think I had better close.
Tell me how Miss Beck is getting along teaching Senior
English. Ask her, for me, if her class is any smarter than the
class of '28. I certainly would like to see her for I wonder
if she has aged anymore than she did the last two years we were in
school. Write soon and don't forget to tell me all about the
rest of the Faculty of '28 is doing.
We the members of the Senior class of Eureka High
School, possessing super-human ability in the broad expanse of the
fields of knowledge, do hereby make, declare, and publish this as
our last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills made by
us. Be it known tható
Delmar Hagan leaves to Earl Bach manly
height and his ability to block out two men at once in a football
To Rachel Orth, Louise Frerichs bestows her favorite
book on "How to Reduce by Pumping Flat Tires."
leaves to Justin Compton the right to love, honor, and obey his
better half. For additional information see George or
In order that she may attain the height of her
ambition, Vivian Mars bequeaths to Ruth Butchart her
John Morrow wills to Harold Perrine his ability
to keep the teachers from knowing he's bluffing.
Smellie arrives at school soon after the janitor, she leaves to
Hannah Aspel her position in front of the door before it
Kanardy Taylor leaves his beautiful voice to his kid
cousin, Hubert Hallam.
Joe Klaus leaves to Cecil Whittington
his ability to solve all geometrical propositions.
leaves to Mary Eleanor the right to break her record in being
dismissed from classes.
Florence Bradle leaves to Dot Doan
her taste for wild parties.
Esther Ball wills to Odelia
Rippel her numerous pairs of earrings.
Carl Johann leaves to
Robert Davidson his new Chevrolet provided Robert will keep it in
continuous use by taking High School girls riding.
Heyungs leaves her unusual height to be divided equally between
Margaret Vorhees and Edith Hunsinger.
Lawrence leaves to
Fredora Pifer his privilege of making every day a holiday from
Wayne Smith leaves to Frank Musick his old Ford so
that Frank may entertain himself with the rattles found in and
John Morrow leaves to Dwayne Perrine his place on the
debating team as an aid to overcoming bashfulness.
leaves her boisterousness and free and easy manner to Mabel
Wayne Smith leaves his permanent wave to Casey
Helen Gillan leaves to Elma Smith her old love
letters, so that Elma may get a thrill from reading
Vivian bequeaths her quietness in class and about the
halls to Helen Williams who seems to make music and noise wherever
Every student should have high ambitions,so to
Betty Dickinson, John Crawford leaves his ambitions for high
Joe Klaus leaves to Russel Flanagan his privilege of
entertaining Elma Smith in the library during the 4th
Esther Ball leaves a quarter to Marjorie Wilson so
Marjorie may get a couple of packages of "Golden Glint" to change
the color of her hair occasionally.
Evangelyn McNeely, the
girl who sets the styles, leaves her old fashion books and patterns
to Beth Wilson.
Helen Sornberger leaves a package of
hair-pins and a couple of hairnets to Viola
Florence Bradle leaves her disturbing giggle to
Ruth Hagan leaves to Verna Smith her old scale
books for the violin also a couple of mutes to make the squeaks
sound something like music.
George Renfer leaves Winnie some
extra time so Winnie can attend some of the 9th hour classes she has
Louise Frerichs bequeaths several pairs of spike
heels to Clara Perrine in case Clara ruins some of her
Because of the difficulty we Seniors had in rehearsing
the love scenes in the play we suggest that the Juniors allow
Verneal to coach the love scenes in their play next year, since she
professes to have had experience.
Helen Gillian leaves her
ability to dress and get a shower in 7 minutes to Mildred Connel,
who is always late to class after gym.
Kanardy Taylor leaves
his enviable reputation for getting the school every day on time to
Anna Mae Adams.
Martha Smellie leaves to Thelma Kuntz one
large package of Pep.
George Renfer leaves to John Thewlis
the right to have dates with all the girls in High
Lawrence Nichols leaves to Thelma Van Fossen his
wonderful ability to spell.
John Crawford leaves to Kenneth
Dorward his unusual grace in dancing so that he may properly
entertain the guests at next year's Junior-Senior Prom.
Marie Bradle seems to have neglected some of her extra curricular
activities, Helen Sornberger leaves to her 5 volumes on "How to
After carefully considering the matter, the Senior
class as a whole judges that nothing could be left to Gene Brubaker
which would give him any more happiness than he seems to be
experiencing all ready.
To the faculty of the E.T.H.S. we as
a class feel that we are leaving enough when we are -
In witness whereof, we have hereunto set our hand
and seal, the twenty-eighth day of May, in the year of our Lord, One
Thousand Nine Hundred Twenty-eight.
Attorneys at law.
Eureka High Football Team,
Back Row, Left to Right - Brubaker, Smith,
Renfer, Hallam, Dorward, Whittington, Major, Gallaspie
Middle Row, Left to Right - Gerber, Musick, Hagan,
J. Crawford (Cap't.), G. Crawford, Perrine, Thewlis (Cap't. -
Front Row, Left to Right - Mosher, Tomb,
Chenoweth, Sumner, Brown.
The Junior-Senior BanquetThe
Twentieth Annual Junior-Senior Banquet given by the class of 1927
was held in the High School Gymnasium May 25 at 6:80 p.
When everyone had arrived Mr. and Mrs.Moore led the grand
march to the dining room.
The gym was divided, one half was
the dining room the other half for the dance. It was beautifully
decorated with Japanese lanterns,crepe paper, candles and big
Japanese umbrellas. The tables were decorated in green and white,
tall green candles and rose nut cups.
Between the different
courses speeches were given. Betty Dickinson was toastmistress, the
welcome was given by Dwayne Perrine and the response by Kanardy
Taylor. Mr. Moore's five minute speech "A Senior and the Rest of the
World", happened to last half an hour.
When the dinner was
over every one went to the ball room where music was furnished by
the Theta Kappa Nu orchestra. There were several feature
numbers between dances. Harold Perrine sang "Ramona" and
Dorothy Doan and Marie Bradle san "Together."
One of the
"surprise" numbers on the program was a Spanish dance by Miss
Katherine Barr, a friend of Miss Seabert's. Everyone enjoyed
it greatly and many encores were demanded.
At eleven the
party broke up with everyone saying that it had been a huge
The menu consisted of: Fruit Cocktail, Fricassee
Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Rolls Butter/Jelly, Peas in
Timbales, Scalloped Corn, Per Salad, Cakes, Ice Cream, Coffee
Editor . . . . . Joe Klaus
Editor . . . . . Mary Eleanor Harrod
. . . . . George Renfer
Assistant Business Manager . .
. . . Kanardy Taylor
Circulation Manager . . . .
. Wayne Smith
Athletic Editor . . . . . Betty
Assistant Athletic Editor . . . .
. John Crawford
Senior Editor . . . . . Vivian
Junior Editor . . . . . Beth Wilson
Editor . . . . .Dorothy Nickel
Freshman Editor . . . .
. Irving Chenoweth
Contributing Editor . . . .
. Fredora Pifer
Contributing Editor . . . . . Dorothy
Contributing Editor . . . . . Helen
Exchange Editor . . . . . Marjorie
Joke Editor . . . . . Mary McGuire
Editor . . . . . Esther Ball
Proof Reader . . . . . Ruth
Typist . . . . . Elma Smith
Typist . . . .
. Verna Smith
Faculty Advisors . . . . . Miss
Smith, Mr. Scheid
Editor . . . . . Mary Eleanor
Associate Editor . . . . . Ruth
Business Manager . . . . . Marie
Assistant Business Manager . . . . . Dorothy
Circulation Manager . . . . . Earl
Athletic Editor . . . . . Betty
Assistant Athletic Editor . . . . . Dean
Senior Editor . . . . . Marjorie
Junior Editor . . . . . Walter
Sophomore Editor . . . . . Virginia
Contributing Editor . . . . . Elma
Contributing Editor . . . . . Beth
Contributing Editor . . . . . Charles
Exchange Editor . . . . . Verna
Joke Editor . . . . . Edith Hunsinger
Editor . . . . . Vera Darnell
Proof Reader . . .
. . Dorothy Nickel
Typist . . . . . Fredora
Typist . . . . . Mary
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