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October 18, 1949- Staglite Archives

Hartsburg, Illinois October 18, 1949

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Dr. Brown, of Evanston, Illinois, gave a talk and demonstration, Wednesday, October 5, on liquid air. The High School students and the children from the four upper grades at the Grade School attended.

First he gave a talk on the mystery of the air we breathe. He showed up the elements that make up the air we breathe. He showed us the materials from which our clothing and home furnishings will be made. These materials from glass were fire proof, wrinkle resistant, and moisture proof.

Dr. Brown then demonstrated the effect of liquid air upon materials such as a wiener, flower, rubber hose, cloth, and mercury. After those materials were immersed in liquid air they were frozen solid-- the flower petals broke off when thrown on the floor, the rubber hose split a 2 by 3 when he drove it into the wood with a hammer, and the mercury was a solid mass.

This program was thoroughly enjoyed by the students who really like science.


Tuesday, October 11 we elected our cheerleaders. As Coach Finchum had planned, we elected four girls for the varsity team, and three girls representing the fresh-soph. team. Those chosen for the varsity are: Mary Wrage, Verna Menssen, Loretta Fink, and Marian Bruns. For the frosh-soph. team: Myrna Williams, Virginia Lessen, and Marguerite Bruns were elected. The student council and the teachers were the [continued at the end of column two]

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Last week was the big week when the 1949 yearbooks arrived. Everyone was very excited and wanted one of those books. In selling these books each class was to sell as many as it could. The winner was to receive a prize of eating candy bars, chewing gum, and drinking cokes during school Thursday afternoon. It was a close race between the juniors and the sophomores all the way. The juniors won the contest by edging out the sophomores by 4 copies. Altogether the school sold 117 copies when they ordered only 103. More copies had to be ordered to fill all the orders. This was a very good sale and was reported by Mr. Ryan to be the largest annual sale ever held in Hartsburg-Emden High School.



The service clubs of Lincoln are sponsoring Rubinoff, the great violinist for a benefit performance for the Rec on October 24. There is a special matinee for students at 3:00 with admission price 75 cents. This concert is at the Lincoln High School Gymnasium.


The senior class went to Peoria on Friday, October 14, to have their pictures taken. They were accompanied by their sponsor Mrs. Virginia Brown. They left after lunch and returned about 5:45.

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judges. The girls trying out had to perform in front of the entire student body. This was quite nerve-racking for some of the contestants.

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Published by the Hartsburg- Emden Community High School of Hartsburg, Illinois.

Vol. VII October 18, 1949 No. 2


Everett Mitchell's "Town and Farm" is sponsoring a Farm Essay Contest. The subject it "Ways to Prevent Livestock Losses." This contest is open to all 4-H Club members and Vocational Agriculture students in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin, between the ages of 14 and 20 years, inclusive. You cannot be attending any college.

First prize in each state wins a $50 Savings Bond. The overall winner will receive a $100 Bond, and Armour will pay all expenses to Chicago during the International Livestock Exposition.

Contestants may cover the subject in any way they choose. An approximate length of 2,000 words is suggested.

Closing date is November 1. Further information may be had at the Farm Bureau Office.

Come on 4-H'ers-- let's show the others what you can do. And don't forget, any F.F.A. member may enter this essay contest. Hurry!!!


The last meeting was held on Wednesday evening, October 5, at 7:30. Officers were elected at the meeting. Those elected are as follows: Byron "Nip" Behrends, president; Dale Klockenga, vice-president; Betty Shirley, secretary- treasurer; Donald Aper and Dean McMath, entertainment committee.

On Friday, Septemebr 30, the club members and their families had a wiener roast at Aper's timber. The guests gathered about 7:30 to find a fire already burning. Until [continued at the end of column two]

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The school bought forty new books this year and opinions of some of those read were quite good. They are as follows:

Kissing Kin-- Reading the title makes it good.
Betsy and Joe-- High school romance so of course it won't be found in the library very long at one time.
Salt Water Summer- Story of fishing. Just the kind the boys like. Is that so?
Ranger-- A good story about a dog.
Grandfather Tales-- Some said they read it, but it seemed like a fairy tale book.
Sunnygrove-- Very interesting-- about a girl wanting to become an actress.
My Uncle Jan-- Real good book, very comical. Can be read in 5 or 6 hours.
Jefferson's Daughter-- It wasn't a bad book but it wasn't too good. So you will have to read it to decide for yoursel [sic]


The representative of the National School Studios arrived last Wednesday to take the school pictures. Everyone was greatly surprised. He had quite a time with all of the giggly girls. There were quite a few groans because of the lack of curls and best dresses. the boys did some polishing up so that they might look their best.


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time to eat the children explored the nearby timber while the parents visited around the fire. The men combined their beans, build that new crib or picked and shelled their corn crop. The women canned their tomatoes and made their grape jelly.

When the fire was ready wieners were roasted to just the right degree of blackness and then thoroughly enjoyed. The club furnished the pop and each family brought enough wieners, buns, and marshmallows for its members.At an early hour everyone departed for their homes feeling that it was an evening well-spent.

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The Stag Baseball season ended with the game at New Holland. They hold quite a unique record a games won (?) and lost. However, everyone enjoyed baseball--- the team, spectators, and the teachers-- regardless of scores, runs batted in and batting averages.

Batting averages of the boys who batted at least 10 times:

Gardner .526
Sampen .363
Zimmer .333
Hoar .300
Bergman .235
Cross .214
Rohlfs .200
Wagner .200
Brosamer .130
Lolling .105
Detjen .083

Robert Gardner had the most hits with 10. Zimmer closely followed with 9. The boys who batted at least 10 times and had the fewest strike-outs were W. Zimmer and W. Cross with 3 each. The boy striking out the most was R. Brosamer.


The Junior Class has selected its class play to be presented on the nights of November 17 and 18. Their choice is "Meet the Middletons." This is a three act comedy.

The Middleton family is typically American. Myra is the widowed mother. Elinor the oldest is married to Merle Potter, an explosive young man who packs up and leaves home on the slightest provocation. Allan, the youngest son, is always collecting junk. Teddy, the youngest girl who longs to be a fashion model, has Bobby Haines as a sweetheart. Gladys, the middle daughter, has married Edwin Westrate a radio technician. Their wealthy Aunt Cynthia has sent them a wedding present which they give to Allan. Aunt Cynthia arrives and the run really begins.

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Friday, October 7, the students enjoyed a vacation, but not so the teachers. They attended institute at Lincoln High School Gymnasium. Mr. James A. Eldridge lectured at both sessions on the United Nations. He discussed its history, structure, current problems and it's [sic] human rights committee at work.

Mr. Clarence Sorenson [sic], geographer, author, traveler, lecturer and news commentator, discussed the Middle East and Far East in relation to the World. [transcriber note: find more about Sorensen at] 

Mrs. Grace Lew, a teacher from China, discussed education in China. She told of her life as a child in China and of her experiences as a teacher and organizer of Kindergartens in China.

Mr. Vernon L. Nickell, Superintendent of Public Instruction, addressed the Institute.

Monday, October 10, at the Scottish Rite Auditorium, the teachers of Logan, McLean, Livingston, and DeWitt met for the Central Division Annual Meeting.

Captain Edgar Bundy, spoke on the subject, "Alaska-- America's Front Door-- Wide Open." He pointed out that Russia, through Siberia, can attack Alaska and our west coast at will because of our inadequate defenses in and along the Pacific. [transcriber note: I believe this is the same Edgar Bundy]

Dr. J. L. Rosenstein in his lecture on "Education for Realistic Living" pointed out that the 80% of high school students who do not attend college are not properly trained for adulthood in our high schools. 

Mr. Maurice C. Crew, field workers for I.E.A. and N.E.A., discussed the future in education.

Mr. Clifton Utley, lecturer and commentator, lectured on Europe and what will happen there if the u.S. stops aid and help in the future. [trascriber's note: Read more on Clifton Utley here]

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The freshman class had a roller skating party Friday night, October 7. They arrived at the rink at 7:30. Everyone fell down quite a number of times, and I'm sure some of them have blisters elsewhere than their feet. It seemed this was to be a class party, but some of the seniors didn't understand it was. At 9:45 they started home having had a very enjoyable evening but wish they could have gotten that certain teacher to skate.


The freshmen boys were initiated September 29 and 30 into the F. F. A. The first day they wore dresses, high heeled shoes, women's hose and hat, sucking gloves, lipstick, and rouge, perfume, and parted their hair in the middle. At noon they sang "Baby Face."

The second day they wore pants inside out, backwards and legs rolled up to knees; work shoe and dress sock on one foot, dress shoe and work sock on the other Pajama top was an essential and lipstick. They carried a corn cob in each of their pockets. They sang "Some Day" in front of the assembly.


The freshman girls were initiated September 29 and 30 into the F. H. A. The first day they wore nightgowns, boy's overalls, baby bonnets, bottles and rattles, one bedroom slipper, dad's work shoe, and work glove. They wore an onion tied around their ankle. They sang "Baby Face" with the boys.

The second day they wore short dresses, backwards and inside out, high heels and anklets. they wore their hair on top of their heads and a man's cap. For jewelry they wore ear rings and big ribbons around neck and arms. Also a corsage of 

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tree leaves. They carried their books in a dishpan and bowed to all the seniors they met. They sang "Some Day."


On September 22, Mrs. Brown, Mary Wrage, Marian Bruns, and Betty Gail Shirley attended the F. H. A. Section Meeting in Decatur. IN the afternoon Mrs. Brown attended the advisor's meeting and the girls went to officers' training meetings. A banquet and program was held in the evening.


We wonder if Alberta B. could have gotten her subject in Speech from her own personal experiences.

We heard that Bob G. went hunting Wednesday night. What were you looking for, Bob? It couldn't be Hallowe'eners!

What is a certain sophomore boys' picture doing in the locket belonging to a freshman girl.

We hear that Verna Mae's new ambition is to be a photographer's model.

Three cheers for Mrs. West for letting the victorious juniors and one stray senior disturb Bookkeeping class with loud bubble gum explosions.

Why is it that certain San Jose girls come to Emden on Wednesday night? Buick?

Why the giggles in English class. Tell us so we can laugh, too-- Loren and Keith.

Why is it that Flip always moves to the front of the room in Bookkeeping class???

What's this new interest in Middletown, Betty, Chuckie, and Patsy?