Monday, December 12, 2016

May 8, 1950-- Hartem Staglite Archives

Hartsburg, Illinois        May 8, 1950

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The Juniors and Seniors of 1950 and their guests entered the land of the Netherlands for the evening, Friday, May 5. The evening began at 6:30 when a delicious dinner was served to 65 members of the Junior and Senior classes and faculty. The menu was as follows:

Grape juice cocktail with ritz crachers

Baked Ham
Mashed Potatoes
Corn       Apple Salad
Hot Rolls           Butter
Cherry Pie Alamode
Iced Tea

After dinner which was so ably served by sophomore girls in colorful Dutch costumes, our toastmistress for the evening, Betty Gail Shirley, started with program with a few remarks and then turned to the Junior Class president, Mary Ann Klokkenga for a few words of welcome. Robert Gardner, Senior Class President, gave the response. Lois Klokkenga then read the history of the class. In keeping with the theme of the Dutch, Marianna Grussing and Shirley Van Hilsen accompanied by Janet Kaesebier, sang "The Old Dutch Hill." Then we had an address from the ruler of the Netherlands, our Principal, Mr. Ryan. Looking into the crystal ball we heard the prophecy of our classmates read by Marian Bruns. Our

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Dutch sister, Mary Detmers, played clarinet solo, "In An Old Dutch Garden." Alberta Bergman read the Class Will and Verna Mae Menssen the Class Initials. Everyone sat motionless while Betty Gail Shirley opened the envelopes which revealed the names of the King and Queen and of their attendants. The attendants, chosen from the Junior class by the Seniors, were Marilyn Klokkenga and Byron Behrends. the King and Queen of the 1950 Prom were Lois Klokkenga and Gene Conrady. His Royal Highness and his Queen were crowned by the Junior Class President, Mary Ann Klokkenga, after which they led the Grand March. Bob Davenport from Havana furnished the music for the dancing the rest of the evening.

The gym was elaborately decorated in Dutch style. the ceiling was blue. the walls and partitions were of rainbow colors.  The brick walls were used to represent the dikes of Holland. Wooden shoes, tulips, and windmills added to the Dutch atmosphere. A large blue windmill occupied one corner of the dance floor.

The invitations were Dutch girls. The favors were windmills and the program covers were blue with Dutch shoes and tulips on the front.

There were many lovely formals of pastel colors, lots of frills,
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Published by the Hartsburg-Emden Community High School of Hartsburg, Illinois.

Vol. VII         May 8, 1950         No. 14



The Annual Vocational Agriculture, Section 14, judging contest was held at Athens on Saturday, April 22.

The H-E FFA teams were represented by the following boys:

Livestock team-- Loren Westen, John Bergman, Byron Behrends, Don Johnson, and Gene Aper. The livestock team placed second, and Loren Westen was fourth in individual judging.

Dairy team-- Robert Briggs, Alan Reiners, Robert Brosamer, Bill Cross, and Walter Harmsen. The dairy team placed fifth and Robert Briggs rated fourth in individual judging.

For the year's judging the H-E teams ranked third. this rating is determined by taking the total team scores for grain, poultry, livestock, and dairy teams.

Twenty-one schools participated in Saturday's contest with approximately 200 boys doing the judging.



On Monday, April 24, six seniors went to Normal University for Senior Day. They were Kay Behrends, Marian Bruns, Lois Klokkenga, Betty Manus, Verna Mae Menssen, and Donald Johnson. they were accompanied by Mrs. Brown.

They arrived at Normal at 10:00 a.m. and registered. they were then taken to talk to a teacher in any field in which they were interested. After that they toured the campus and then ate dinner in the McCormick Gymnasium.

After dinner they had plays and special exhibits.

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Steven Brent Montgomery
Friday, April 29, 1950
Weight 8 pounds 12 ounces
Father Mr. Duane Montgomery
Mother Mrs. Duane Mongomery

Nancy White
Wednesday, April 19, 1950
Weight 8 pounds
Father Mr. Don White
Mother Mrs. Don White


BIRTHDAYS OF THE MONTH                 May
Don Zimmer                                                   4
Lula Belle Conrady                                        5
Norman Hellman                                            6
Dale Klockenga                                              7
Patty Wagner                                                  14
Marian Bruns                                                 15
Loren Westen                                                 20
Geneva Schleder                                            28



May 9 FFA Banquet
10 Baseball at Hopedale
11 Baseball-- New Holland here
12 Style Show
16 Baseball at Kenney
18 Music Festival at Emden
19 Music Festival at Hartsburg
     Baseball-- Latham here
22 Senior Trip
24 Semester Tests
25 Semester Tests
28 Baccalaureate
29 Commencement

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The Emden- Hartsburg Kiwanis Club sponsored a banquet at the Community House in Emden Monday evening, April 24, honoring the basketball and baseball squads and cheerleaders of Hartsburg-Emden High School.

Coach Finchum presided as master of ceremonies. Gus Grebe, sports commentator of WJBC, Bloomington, told of his trip to Madison Sqaure Garden to broadcast the Bradley games in the tournaments there. Others who were introduced were Chuck McCaleb, sports editor of the Lincoln Evening Courier; Bob Hildrebrands; and Warren E. Burgener.

Burch Lee introduced Jack Horenberger, athletic director of Illinois Wesleyan University, who was the speaker for the evening. He told the young athletes that it takes lots of practice, hard work, and spirit to become a good athlete.

Coach Finchum presented awards as follows:

Bob Gardner-- the shooting award with a percentage of .377, making 119 shots out of 215 attempts; and the rebound award, with 291 offensive and defensive rebounds.

James Hoar-- the best percetage of free throws with a .614 average, making 43 out of 70 attempts.

Keith Williams was runnerup in all three of these contests.

Basketball Awards
Varisty-- Bob Gardner, Dale Klockenga, Don Wagner (Captain), Dick Gardner, Dick Stuan, Keith Williams, Wayne Zimmer, Jim Hoar, Harold Jecketl, senior manager, and Don Zimmer, junior manager.

Frosh-Soph-- Don Aper, James Eeten, Wayne Lolling, Ray Payne, James Rohlfs, Alan Reiners, Ken Sampen, and Harry Bill Haferkamp.

Baseball Awards

Bob Garndner, Don Wagner, John Bergman, Bob Brosamer, Bill Cross, Jack Detjen, Wayne Zimmer, Don Aper, Jim Hoar, Wayne Lolling, Jim Rohlfs, Ken Sampen, and Ted Rankin.

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Cheerleaders Awards

Varsity-- Marian Bruns, Loretta Fink, Verna Mae Menssen, and Mary Wrage.

Frosh-Soph-- Myrna Williams, Virginia Lessen, and Marguerite Bruns.

Mrs. Lena Zimmer and Mrs. Ethel Hildebrands prepared the delicious roast beef dinner, and were assisted in serving by Mrs. Weldon Ryan, Mrs. Fred Finchum, and Mrs. Dale Frantz.

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ruffles, and lace. the predominant colors of the formals were blue, green, and pink. Most of the formals had hooped skirts and high neck lines. Carnations were the popular flowers with a few corsaged gardenias and roses.



If I were asked to give a thought
        which in one word would speak
A unity of brotherhood, a sympathy
A hundred happy, cheery ways, a mind
         that knows its own.
Contented midst a throng of folk,
        yet peaceful when alone,
A heart that sheds its silent glow,
         to brighten many another.
Without a moment of delay, I'd say,
          "You mean my mother."

Author Unknown



If Hazel Ann R. and Gene C. will really make a go.

If the Seniors had a good time after the play.

Why Loren Westen wasn't at the Prom Friday night. Really missed out on something, Loren.

Why Marian and Verna Mae were mad after the Prom. Could it have been because they didn't get to go to Springfield.

Who had the ambition to go around Hartsburg Shooting firecrackers at 2:00 a.m. Saturday.

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Wednesday, May 3, three busloads of students went to Lincoln College to participate in the Annual Logan County Music Festival. The Band, and both the Boys' and Girls' Glee Clubs took part in the program at night.

During the forenoon the combined bands rehearsed with each of the music teachers in the county directing a number.

During the afternoon the combined glee clubs rehearsed using the same plan.

At 8:00 p.m. those combined bands and clubs presented to the public the numbers that they had rehearsed during the day.

The music teachers' club of the county plans to use the proceeds of this program to bring a noted music organization to the county for the entertainment of the high school students.



On Friday, April 21, the Apollo Quartet from Illinois Wesleyan appeared on our assembly program. Those four singers and their accompanist presented a very novel and varied program of vocal and instrumental numbers.

These Wesleyan students and their sponsor remained for lunch with us.



Wednesday, May 3, the faculties of both the high school and grade school took their Visitation Day. They went to the new Lakeview School at Decatur.

They report a very interesting day. This school is operated on the principle of a Student Council in control as long as order is maintained and progress is made in the work undertaken. The Student Council sets up the rules and when anyone is reported offending, his case is tried and a punishment is set.

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Court is held one day a week.

Grades are not used in reporting to the parents but an achievement sheet is prepared and sent to the parents. All teaching is functional, this is, if you will not need it in life then why learn it. This is one of the newer ideas in education and it is interesting to visit a school in operation when it was using such a plan.



The Senior Class reports $238.67 as ticket sales on their play.

Shirley Van Hilsen received a second place rating in the State Music Contest on April 28. She played "Beautiful Colorado" on her tenor saxophone.

Mary Lou Krusemark, a Freshman at U of I, received Class Honors for her first semester. To receive Class Honors a student must rank in the upper 10 percent of his class. Mary Lou was graduated from H-E last year.


ELIZABETH APER- Anything useful.
KAY BEHRENDS- A certain sophomore's ring again.
RONALD BEHRENDS- The world with a fence around it and a $1000.
ALBERTA BERGMAN- Two birthday's in one year.
JOHN BERGMAN- Shorter route to San Jose.
MARIAN BRUNS- Ability to behave herself once in a while.
GENE CONRADY- A house for two.
DEAN DAVISON- A new car.
LORETTA FINK- A house near Mt. Pulaksi
BOB GARDNER- Lots of loving.
HAROLD JECKEL- Any junior girl.
DON JOHNSON- A shorter route to Beason.
DALE KLEKKENGA- A radio for his car.
LOIS KLOKKENGA- Another night at the prom.
EVELYN LESSEN- No more teasing about Harry.
BETTY MANUS- A diamond for graduation.
VERNA MAE MENSSEN- A certain guy.
HARRY THOMPSON- Somebody to dance with his girl.
DONALD WAGNER- An A in English..

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hartem Students BMX

by Kaitlyn Perschall
Nov. 18, 2016

BMX is a sport that two kids in our school do. The students that race are Robby Perschall and William Newby. Robby is in 4th grade and William is in 8th. Robby’s home track is in Farmer's City and William's is in Springfield.

BMX was founded in southern California in the 1970’s. It all started because some kids were riding their bikes around a vacant lot in 1972. The kids were trying to imitate their motorcycle racing idols so they created a sport of their own. Kids all around the country could have been doing the same thing. It used to be called pedal-cross but then got changed to bicycle motocross (BMX). It only took one summer for kids to discover BMX.

Girls and boys of all ages do this sports. If you aren't out there on the track racing and having fun, you can be waiting at the finish line for the one you were cheering on. It looks like it would be fun to race the bike.

BMX was put into the Olympics in 2008. The Olympics that year was in Beijing. In the Olympics the girls and the guys raced on different tracks because the girls had a shorter track than the guys did. The first guy to win was Latvia’s Maria Strindbergs and the girl that won was France’s Anne-Caroline Chausson.

If you think BMX sounds like a fun sport, you should try it. You could probably go out and watch Robby or William race one of these days when the season starts up again.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Excitement at the Agronomy Contest

by Ivy Merz
Nov. 18, 2016
On Wednesday, November 2nd, nine of our 108 kids from the FFA traveled to Williamsville to compete in a CDE Agronomy contest. There, Ashley Zinser, Jarrett Rohlfs, Kassy Eskew, Shyanne Conrady, Xavier Detmers, Hunter Buck, Abbie Hoerbert, Ivy Merz, and Sami Perschall, competed in a contest where they would judge hay, corn, soybeans, and oats.
The students as a team scored 664 points. The highest scorer on our Hartsburg-Emden team was Ivy Merz, with a total number of 227 points out of 500. Hunter Buck came in second place on our team with a total number of 220 points, then in third place came Kassy Eskew, with a total number of 217 points.
As some of the students were completing the first part of the contest, the wind outside started blowing a little faster and the dark gray clouds covered the sky and it began lightly raining. A few minutes later, one of the other agriculture teachers started screaming at the students to get out of the cafeteria. The students, confused, did nothing as the screaming teacher was running around very scared. The confused students and other agriculture teachers then moved into the hallway outside of the cafeteria. A lot of students were checking the weather on their phones and complaining about how the screaming teacher was “overreacting about a little storm.” The students were then moved again into the gymnasium with the soccer players who had to come inside to receive shelter from the rain and the girls basketball team.
The contest was resumed and students did their best to score highly for their school.
When the contests were finished and awards were given out, our school placed 6th, out of ten schools. Ashley Zinser got an award for being in the top 10 students to get the highest grades on their CDE test. Only a few students left with awards.

Students Volunteer at Hopedale

by Zach Phillips
Nov. 18, 2016

This year, several Senior Beta members went to Hopedale on October 29 to help support the Hopedale Wellness Center’s ‘Spooky Sprint.’ This is a 5k/ Fun Run. Our Beta members helped direct the runners on their path and gave encouragement to all 18 runners that came and enjoyed the beautiful day. All the runners came out to support The Wellness Center, which is a fantastic cause.

Meet the Stags

by Zach Phillips
Nov. 18, 2016

Our annual ‘Meet the Stags’ was Saturday the 12th of November. This is our way of broadcasting and recognizing our high school team and proving to the fans that this will be an exciting year for them to come and support our games. All through, our pep band was playing fantastically, and all the fans seemed to be enjoying the music.  Both our Junior High and High School teams were recognized, and then our high school team had a short scrimmage. The cheerleaders were also recognized, and all performed well. Both teams played very well, and the coaches had lots to tell us. After that, we had our alumni play a scrimmage. I think Meet the Stags this year was a success and hopefully our fans will come and enjoy watching the team!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

High School Scholastic Bowl Begins Season

by Alexus Buckles
Nov. 9, 2016

The high school scholastic bowl team has begun their practices and their first match is on January 12, 2017. Their practices are every Wednesday after school unless there is a early dismissal. So far there have been 13 students who said they would join the team which is much more than last year. Last year we ended the year with 7 students on the team.
I asked a couple of people why they joined scholastic bowl and this was their responses.
Kaitlyn Perschall said that she join scholastic bowl because it´s something to do and she hasn't done anything extracurricular in her whole high school career. Sierra Smith, a repeat team member from last year, said she joined scholastic bowl because she likes food and she also likes trivia. She added on to say that she thinks Mrs. Folkman is awesome. The students that join scholastic bowl seem to have a lot of fun even when itÅ› time to be serious. During the matches the questions can be hard but there are also some pretty obvious ones too.
Scholastic bowl is fun to join. You don't have to be smart to join the team. Join the team to have fun and learn during the process of it all. It´s not too late to join the team. Ask Mrs. Folkman if you have questions about joining or anything else about scholastic bowl.

Orchestra Trip

by Madison Farris
Nov. 9, 2016
November 10th, the 6th and 7th grade students will be travelling to Springfield to the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, to watch a production called “The Listener.” When asked about the trip, Mr Pluhm - the choir director exclaimed, “ I am very excited for our students to get the experience to see a live professional performance and hear these amazing musicians. It is one thing to watch a video and hear music through a speaker, but totally another to be breathing the same air as the musicians and feeling the vibrations of their instruments on your skin. I encourage all of my students to go see live music performances regardless of genre, but am secretly hoping that this trip gives my students an appreciation for classical music.”

Yearbook Cover Competition

by Alex Vetter
Nov. 10, 2017

This year for the yearbook we are having a cover design contest anyone from 6 to 12 grade can make a cover. The deadline is before Thanksgiving break. The journalism class will vote on the winner. Let's see who is the most artistic kid. Our yearbook theme is Stagopoly. The winner will get a free yearbook among some other small things.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Staglite Archives- April 20, 1950

Announcing Hillbilly Courtship Presented by Senior Class of 1950 at Hartsburg-Emden High April 27 and 28

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

Vol. VII     April 20, 1950      No. 13


The Widow Peppin and deaf old Pappy Stilsby have sworn to shoot each other on sign as their mountain feud rages verbally. To make matters worse, Pappy's son, Luke, and Ma Peppin's daughter, Emmy, are in love with each other. The two old feaudists have been planning second matrimonial ventures, and each has secretly engaged Wash Jeddo, he half-witted village scribe, to write a matrimonial bureau for each mate. Wash has enclosed Emmy's picture in Ma's letter and Luke's in Pappy's, signing their respective names instead of Ma's and Pappy's. Meanwhile, the mountain is agog over the homecoming of the Triffet Girls, radio's newest hillbilly sensation, who bring their manager, Sol Silverstein, with them in their quest of more hillbilly entertainers. When Sol attempts to sign Ma on the dotted line, she mistakes him for an answer to her letter and jumps at the chance. Complications set in as one of the Triffet sisters tries to vamp Luke and a pair of wildcats in the shape of a wild Irish rose and a temperamental Italian lad arrive from the matrimonial bureau. Hog Mountain is transformed into the an active volcano of riotous courtship. With Pappy and Luke secretly tied to the settee, Ma sends for the preacher-man. How it all ends is a triumph of hillbilly dexterity.



The FFA held a meeting Thursday, April 14. The meeting was brought to order by the President, Harold Jeckel. After going through the FFA ceremony the business meeting was opened. The honorary members for the banquet were chosen. They

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are William Cross and Urban Johnson. The committees for the banquet were selected. The meeting was closed by saying the Pledge to the Flag.


Some projects that have been completed the past year in the farm shop are: A boat by Kenneth Sampen, Bill Cross painted a corn planter and a corn dump. Gene Conrady painted a rack; John Bergman painted a tractor. Nip also painted a tractor. Norman Hellman painted a disc and also made a hog shed. Kenneth Sampen is working on a hog shed.


Norman Hellman won the jacket that was awarded to the boy selling the most garden seeds. Loren Westen won second.



Wednesday, April 5, the monthly meeting of the TRi-Township 4-H was held at Hartsburg. Byron Behrends called the meeting to order by using the 4-H pledge. A ceremony was performed in which six visitors were made members of the club.

Byron turned the meeting over to program chairman, John Bergman, and talks were as follows:

Lee West-- Preparation and Care of a Lawn.

Myra Sue Hamer-- Poem on 4-H.

Gene Cross-- Caring for Orphan Calves.

Doris Wibben-- Project talk.

John Bergman-- Prevention and Control of Bloat.

Mr. Bergener showed a 4-H movie and told the club about the 4-H building that is to be erected. There were 34 members and one visitor present. The meeting was closed with saying the Pledge to the Flag after which games of basketball and shuffleboard were played.



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Coach Fred Finchum of the Hartsburg-Emdne Stags, recently received his certificate of membership in the Century Club of the nation's coaches.

The honorary organization is open to all college and school coaches whose athletic teams have won 100 or more contests in any sport.

Finchum has seen teams under his coaching triumph 185 times. The Hartsburg-Emden mentor has, in addition to the certificate, a letter in his possession offering the congratulations of Arch Ward, sports editor of the Chicago Tribune, and Dana E. Morrison, president of the Bike Web Company of Chicago, co-sponsors of the honorary organization. 

The purpose of the club is to bring about recognition of coaches country-wide who have earned through their records outstanding achievements. 


Our basketball team has really been swell,
Wehhope [sic] in baseball we'll do as well;
With Flip as pitcher, helped by Don and James too,
We think they will pull us through.
With Kenneth to catch all the balls as they come
To prevent other teams from getting a run.

James Robert is first baseman,
He's really good, too,
With Don as short stop,
We think that they'll do.

With Jackie on second and Brosamer third,
Billy right, Bergman left, it's the best news we've heard.
The reserves are left to help us along,
With this swell team we can't go wrong.

-- by Marguerite Bruns

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Sixteen boys reported for baseball practice last week. The squad is predominately sophomores. Three of them may see action on the mound. They are Don Aper, Don Zimmer, and Jim Hoar. Lollings, Rohlfs, Sampen, Rankin, and Eeten are the others of the sophomore class who are on the squad.

The squad includes the following boys:

Don Aper, Jim Hoar, Jim Rohlfs, Ken Sampen, Jim Eeten, Don Zimmer, Wayne Lolling, Wayne Zimmer, Jack Detjen, Bill Cross, Bob Gardner, Don Wagner, Bob Brosamer, John Bergman, Don Johnson, and Ted Rankin.


H-E Stags opened their baseball season Friday, April 14, against the New Holland Wildcats. The Wildcats had a seven-run inning in the fourth. H-E had its inning, too. In the seventh the Stags counted 4 times. The final score was New Holland 11 and H-E 7. H-E scored in the second, third, sixth, and seventh innings.


April 14- New Holland--- There
          18- Middletown--- There
          21- - Beason----- Here
May 2--- Middletown---- Here
        11--- New Holland--- Here
        19---- Lathan----- Here


Tuesday, April 18, Middletown defeated the H-E Stags 9 to 1. Aper pitched for H-E. He allowed 8 hits, struck out 2, and gave no walks. H-E made 5 errors. Hawk ppitched [sic] for Middltown. He allowed 4 hits struck out 13 and gave no walks.


At the 4-H Rally in Lincoln on April 18, Finchum was appointed Youth Aide for Logan County 4-H projects.

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Rhoda Elsberry

It was still! Deathly still! A silence that screamed in his ears. It hung around him like a heavy cloak in the dreadful darkness that kept closing in. Closer and closer. It was the silence that follows a scream! The horrible terrified scream of someone about to die! The last scream that would ever rise from those beautiful lips again. She was dead. There was no doubt about it. But she was STILL screaming! What silly thoughts come into the mind when it suddenly releases emotions that have long been locked up.

How foolish! She was down there at the bottom of the well. Down there! Dead! She would never scream again. Never laugh at him ever again. She was dead.

But that scream. It kept on and on. Screaming! Screaming! Screaming! Would it never stop?

There, it had quit. How utterly foolish. How could he have been so dumb? It had all been in his mind. Of course, that was it. Why, she couldn't be screaming. She was at the bottom of a fifty-foot well!! And dead! Quite dead!

It had been so easy. How wrong of him to be frightened. It was so simple! She had just made her wish and turned to kiss him as always, and he had just pushed her. Just a simple little push. And she had fallen all the way down to the foot of the well, and she was dead! At last he was free of her ridicule! Free! Free! At last! Joyously, wondrously free. And no one would ever know. She had just disappeared. That was it. She'd just disappeared. No one would ever know. No one. And he was free!

And then he saw it! But no! It couldn't be! No! No! A hand, ghostly white in the darkness, clinging to the edge of the well. No! It wasn't! He was dreaming! No!

One ghostly white finger, slim and beautiful, the tip as bright as

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though dipped in blood, moved, over so slightly, up, pointing at him. A finger, pointing and accusing!! But no! It couldn't be. She was at the bottom of the well, but this time soaked with water and very, very dead! So very dead!! But that finger!! That hand!!

No it was just his mind. there was no finger, no hand. How dumb! To imagine a hand, an accusing finger, there at the edge of the well. But no!

Once more it moved. And that scream, ringing in his ears. Those fingers, moving up, pointing at him. She wasn't dead! She was right there, clinging to the edge of the well. She wasn't dead! She was there, screaming and accusing him. He hadn't killed her! He wasn't free!

With a fierce savage scream of anguish he lunged. Lunged at the hand and accusing finger, and pushed them down father and father in the well! Down where they could never come up again. Never again accuse him. And then he scream the horrible terrified scream of someone about to die! For he was falling! down! down! Going deeper. Faster and faster!! With his last scream echoing back and forth!

And then silence. Deep! deathly silence int he cold darkness that closed in and forever smothered those two horrible screams, each a scream of someone about to die, in the Wishing Well!


1. Keep away from trackmen! they are usually fast.
2. Never made dates with Biology students; they like to cut up to [sic] much.
3. The football man is all right; he will tackle anything.
4. Look out for baseball men; they hit and run.
5. The tennis man is homeless; but enjoys a racket.
6. Always let the member of the band play his own horn; he enjoys it.

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The Typing I classes are very proud of their records to date. Twenty-seven of the 28 students have passed their 35 words per minute requirement to pass the course. Here are the rates of those who qualify:
Winifred Thompson.... 70
Shirley Van Hilsen... 63
Rhoda Elsberry... 60
Mary Wrage... 58
Betty Gail Shirley... 58
Marianna Grussing... 58
Jackie Detjen... 57
Marilyn Klokkenga... 53
Janet Kassebier... 52
Lula Belle Conrady... 52
Mary Ann Klokkenga... 49
Peggy Brossamer... 49
Marjorie Lessen... 49
Mary Detmers.... 47
Hazel Ann Rademaker... 45
Mary Jean Reiners... 45
Loren Westen... 45
Eldon Oltmanns.... 44
Ruth Harms... 43
Dickie Harms... 42
Bill Cross... 41
Wayne Zimmer... 41
Ruth Liesman.. 39
Norman Hellman... 39
Doris Lessen... 38
Keith Williams.. 38
Darrell Klockenga... 35

In Typing II the entire class has passed their 45 words per minute requirement to pass the course. Here are the rates of the best records made during the past six weeks:

Kay Behrends... 69
Marian Bruns... 63
Alberta Bergman... 61
Verna Mae Menssen... 60
Betty Manus... 59
Loretta Fink... 58



There were twenty girls from Hartsburg-Emden High School who attended the FHA Rally in Moroa Saturday, April 15. The morning program included group singing, a stunt (Continued in next column)

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In order to have high honors a student must have 4 A's. TO have honors a student must have 3 A's and 1 B or 2 A's and 2 B's or 3 A's and 1 C.

Joan Aper
Arlene Bergold
Carol Klokkenga

High Honors
Winifred Thompson (5 A's)

Barbara Behrends
Charline Cross
James Rohlfs
James Hoar
Kenneth Sampen

High Honors
Mariana Grussing
Mary Ann Klokkenga
Shirley Van Hilsen
Mary Wrage

Roberta Brosamer
Janet Kaesebier
Hazel Ann Rademaker
Betty Gail Shirley

High Honors

Marian Bruns
Donald Johnson
Betty Manus

Kay Behrends

by New Holland FHA girls, talk on "How FHA Helped Me," and a discussion on "Dates with Boys and Girls." At the noon hour we were free to eat our lunch and look at the projects.

The afternoon program included musical numbers and four girls from Normal University who are majoring in Home Economics gave talks on ISNU. After this the style show was given and those from here who took part were Virginia Lessen, Gretchen Behrends, and Janet Klopp. Lu Ann Reiners took a project for display.

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The Cole Marionettes appeared Monday, April 17, for an assembly program. The grade school and high school pupils enjoyed the play "Thumbelina".

The W. C. T. U. presented the movie "The Brain Is What Counts" to the upper grades of both the Emden and Hartsburg grade schools and H-E high school. This movie showed the affects of alcohol upon the brain and body.

Monday night, April 24, the Kiwanis Club, of Hartsburg and Emden, will entertain athletes and cheerleaders at the Annual Athletic Banquet.

April 24 six seniors are going to ISNU for Senior Day. They will be accompanied by one of their sponsors.

April 6 the students received their small pox vaccinations.

Saturday, April 22, Mr. and Mrs. Kirchner entertained the Faculty.


What's the Matter with the Junior girls that they are all going stag to the Prom?

Why did Betty Gail and Mary Ann K. hate to be seen in their blue jeans last Wednesday?

Why does Marjorie L. run to the bus every night so she won't have to sit with James M. Good excuse, Marjorie.

Is this a new romance between Dean McMath and Lois K.????????? Must be another Senior- Sophomore romance.


Passer-by: What's the fus [sic] in the school yard?
Boy: The doctor's been around examining us and one of the deficient kids is knocking the stuffin' out of the perfect kid.

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1. The seniors studying.
2. Lois Klokkenga's hair mussed.
3. Loren Westen on the honor roll.
4. Kenneth Sampen driving his Hudson slowly.
5. Winifred Thompson getting anything but A's.
6. The students running the school.
7. Lu Ann Reiners talking to a boy.
8. Real men around school.
9. Harold J. acting decent in chow-line.
10. Betty Manus arguing with somebody.
11. Don K. in a hurry.


1. The onery sophomores?
2. Someone to copy from?
3. Bill and Loren's harmonica?
4. Someone to gossip about?
5. The freshman girls' friendly "Hello"?
6. The Angelic seniors?
7. Mr. Finchum advice to the seniors.

Can't study in the the Fall--
        Gotta play football.
Can't study in the Winter--
        Gotta play basketball.
Can't study in the Spring--
        Gotta play baseball.
Can't study in the Summer--
        Gotta girl.


In the typing news we made an error printing Dick Harms instead of Dickie Gardner.


The boys were working on the baseball diamond. Charles Lowman was pushing a wheel barrow upside down.
Harry Bill: Why are you pushing that wheel barrow upside down, Charles?
Charles: Yesterday I pushed it with the right side up and they kept filling it with dirt.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Sr. Beta Club Blood Drive

by Maddie Shawgo
Nov. 9, 2016

Every year at Hartsburg-Emden the Sr. Beta Club and the Red Cross put on a blood drive in the High School Gym. Not only does giving blood help others who need it, but by giving blood at this particular blood drive you are helping one or more graduating seniors win a scholarship. This year the blood drive is on Tuesday, November 15th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The address of the High School is 400 West Front St. Hartsburg, IL.
You can drop in to give blood, but it is better to schedule an appointment. Appointments have priority over drop-ins. As of November 9th the earliest appointment is at 11:00 AM. If you are planning to drop in please come at 11:00 AM or after. Sr. Beta Club sponsor John Robinson will be at the event all day along with Sr. Beta Club members. If you have questions or want to sign up you can call the school at 217-642-5244 or email John Robinson at Students wishing to sign up can contact a Sr. Beta Club member.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Junior High Basketball

by Madison Farris
Nov. 3, 2016

The Hartem Junior High Basketball team kicked off their season at the Midwest Central tournament in Green Valley. The 7th and 8th teams played against Lincoln Junior High on Saturday, October 29th. The teams both lost 7th grade (8-49), and 8th grade (15-63)

The teams put in an enormous amount of effort. The teams played their second game of their season on Monday, October 31st against Midwest Central in the Midwest Central tournament. The teams both played very hard and tried their best. The 7th grade team lost (2-40) and the 8th grade team lost (36-40).

The 8th grade team consists of : Connor Zinser (8th), Brayden Rohlfs (8th), Alyvia Gannon (8th), Ben Miller (8th), Zachariah Griffieth (8th), Tyson Andrade (8th), Garrett Hopkins (7th), Blake Martin (7th), Zach Hamilton (7th), Alex Donaldson (7th), and Drew McAfee (7th).

The 7th grade team consists of : Garrett Hopkins (7th), Blake Martin (7th), Zach Hamilton (7th), Alex Donaldson (7th), Drew McAfee (7th), Mason Farris (6th), Wyatt Leinenbach (6th), Caine Fletcher (6th), Prescott Davis (6th), William Wisniewski (6th) and Bryson Anderson (6th).

Thursday, November 3, 2016

School Lunch Guidelines

by Maddie Shawgo
Nov. 2, 2016

Over the past couple of years, school systems have really cracked down on school lunches. Not only have things been reduced, but some things have been cut out completely. Some schools have even gone as far as not allowing students to bring their own lunch to ensure that they are getting a healthy, well-balanced meal. The reason for doing this is to stop childhood obesity and promote being healthy.
     The final rule requires most schools to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains  and fat-free and low-fat milks.  It also requires that schools reduce the levels of sodium and saturated and trans fats. Here at Hartem we are subject to these rules, even going as far as not being allowed salt at the lunch table. But what’s really interesting is that in the official government document it states that MOST schools are subject to these rules. So why isn't everyone?
     For example, Lincoln Community High School, which is only 10 miles away from us, doesn't seem to be subjected to these school lunch rules at all. At Hartem we are offered one main dish or a salad, fruits and vegetables for sides and only milk to drink. At Lincoln they are offered multiple main dishes, sides that include fries, chips and desserts, and they have multiple drinks to choose from such as Gatorade, juices, soda and sometimes even milkshakes.
     From research it seems as though Lincoln Community High School may not be following all the rules; they could and may even be finding ways around them. It seems that larger schools including Springfield, Bloomington and Peoria have more leeway with their lunch options. Is it because they’re such a large schools and aren’t as closely looked at as small schools? Hartem offers the lunches we do to promote healthy eating. We follow the guidelines to have a successful school and a successful lunch program.

Western Open Ag House

Chris Huffman
November 2, 2016

On October 28th the juniors and seniors of the Hartem FFA had the chance to go to Western Illinois university for an Open Ag House. It is like a group college visit of all of the Ag programs at their University. I think it made a pretty good impact on the kids that went that high school is almost over and they have to pick a path after here. Western is a huge ag school and is a great place to go if you are interested in doing an agriculture-related career later in life.

Senior Picture Trip

by Alexus Buckles
Nov. 1, 2016

The seniors took a trip to Kickapoo Park in Lincoln to take their senior class pictures. We all loaded into the minibus and started off going to eat lunch at El Mazatlan. We were there for about an hour and then went to the park. We started taking pictures on the big bridge, posing in all different kinds of ways. Some pictures being serious where others were funny. We walked along a muddy trail at the park to try and find some better places to take pictures. We ended up stopping along the trail when we found a bunch of tree/ tree branches that would took awesome for a background.
Once we took some pictures along that trail we headed back towards the bridge. We all had different groups in alphabetical order from our class that we had to take our trio pictures with. We all walked together and tried to find different places for each of our groups to take their pictures. We also took some more class pictures and separate girl and boy pictures. We took some picture of just the girls on the swings and then just the boys huddled up by the swings. Once we were done there we took some “walking away” picture then head down towards the American Flag pole and took some pictures there.
After that we had a trio group take picture on the Boy Scott bridge and then another group take some pictures down by the water, Once we finished all of our pictures we messed around for a bit then went to By the Bean where Mrs. Folkman offered to buy us all drinks for our good behavior. We came back to school after that. The day was pretty fun and I’m pretty sure we all enjoyed ourselves.

Halloween Parade


By: Brady Wolpert
October 31, 2016

Every school year, the Jr. High band heads over to the grade school to lead the Halloween parade.  The Jr. High band consisted of twenty-two students: one fifth grader, twelve sixth graders, and nine seventh graders.  Band director/teacher, Mr. Pluhm, was all smiles as his band did an amazing job.  The band played the Ghostbusters theme song.  What a great choice considering it was Halloween!  The band was followed by the elementary school classes.  The grade schoolers were all dressed up in all sorts of different costumes, even the teachers participated.  It was a fun and spooky afternoon for all the kids!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Midwest Central HS Volleyball Game

by Ivy Merz
Oct. 25, 2016

The Hartsburg-Emden varsity volleyball team won in two games against the Midwest Central Raiders. The scores were 25-7 in the first game, and in the second the scores were 25-16.
The team was lead by senior Ashley Zinser, and Maddie Shawgo. Ashley, a right side hitter, had a game total of one kill, one assist, and two very nice serve-receive passes. Maddie Shawgo, the teams libero, had a total of two digs and two serve-receive passes that all resulted in kills by Shyanne Conrady (junior), Anna Hayes (sophomore), Ashley Zinser (senior), and Sami Perschall (freshman).
Anna Hayes was the leader in kills of this match with a total of 14 kills. Ashley Zinser, Shyanne Conrady, and Lexi Barry were all tied with a total number of one kill. Sami Perschall had three kills. Kassy Eskew had a game total of 21 assists. Lexi Barry shared the number of balls passed by our libero Maddie Shawgo.
The games played by our girls are always fun to watch because senior Maddie Shawgo is always on the floor passing those hard to get balls, and Anna Hayes always ready to Pack-A-Punch the ball in the other teams' faces! Ashley Zinser loves to block those hard hits from the other team with Shyanne Conrady.
What can I say? Come see for yourself and watch all of these girls display their awesome athletic abilities on the court and you to will be astonished and proud of how much these girls improve in practice and games on a daily basis! You won’t be disappointed!

National Convention Update

by Chris Huffman
October 20, 2016

FFA National Convention update: this year's convention is in Indiana instead of Kentucky and it is a very different experience. For one, the roads are much worse. In the first session alone we had 50+ thousand FFA members in that session! I am unsure on how many total there are here, but it's hard to fit on a 15 foot sidewalk outside. There are countless restaurants along these streets for 4 blocks and are all so full that you have to wait an hour plus to get a table. The experience is very well worth it and any kid that has the chance to come to convention, I would recommend it!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Going out in style

By: Brady Wolpert
Oct. 17, 2016

The Hartem high school volleyball team played a tough opponent on Monday evening. The Hartem Stags had two important players being honored before they played their final game here at home. The two ladies stuck out four exciting, long, amazing years. They both went out knowing it was their last volleyball game to be played on their home court. Maddie and Ashley, two outstanding players. They both went out and played their hardest. The girls ended up losing their first game, 14-25. The girls came out fighting with their all in game two knowing that it could be the last. They made sure they were going to at least play three games and won a close one, 25-21. The captains met at the middle line to shake hands and flip a coin to see who wants which side or serve first. We won the toss and chose the side we just won on. The girls came out playing great, taking the quick lead. As the game was nearly over with a Hartem lead of 24-19, Routt wasn’t ready to call it over. Routt quickly jumped back on top leading the Lady Stags, 25-24. Coach Jennifer Hayes called a time-out to talk to the girls. The Stags came out scoring a fast point tieing the game at 25. The Stags are now up to serve. They serve it right to a Routt player and she shanks it out of bounds giving the Stags the lead again, 26-25. Now with only one point needed to secure a win for the Lady Stags and the two Seniors, they serve it over and it hits the ground! The Stags win on Senior Night and in front of the largest crowd all season! The Stags are victorious with a 27-25 win over Jacksonville Routt.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Staglite Archives- April 3, 1950

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

Vol. III April 3, 1950 No. 12



Shirley Van Hilsen of Hartsburg-Emden High School placed first on her tenor Saxophone in the district music contest at Lincoln, March 25. She will compete in the state music contest in Macomb late in April.

Those who placed in the II division are:

Medium voice; Betty Manus
                         Kay Behrends
Low voice: Harold Jeckel
Clarinet solo: Betty G. Shirley
Flute solo: Barbara Behrends
Saxophone solo: Loretta Fink
Cornet Trio: Marilyn Klokkenga
                     Ruth Klokkenga
                     Marjorie Lessen
Girls' Trio: Marianna Grussing
                   Kay Behrends
                   Shirley Van Grussing
Girls' Sextet: Geneva Klokkenga
                      Janet Kaesebier
                      Betty Manus
                      Loretta Fink
                      Charlene Cross
                      Arline Bergold
Those in division III are:
High voice: Marianna Grussing
Low voice: Shirley Van HIlsen
Piano: Arline Bergold
            Janet Kaesebier
Clarinet: Mary Detmers
Saxophone: Hazel Rademaker
Trombone: Jack Detjen
Clarinet Trio: Betty Gail Shirley
                      Janet Kaesebier
                      Mary Ann Klokkenga
Those in Division IV are:
High voice: Geneva Klokkenga
Low voice: Charlene Cross
Accompanists: Betty Manus
                         Janet Kaesenier
                        Aline Bergold
                       Charlene Cross
                      Marianna Grussing
                       Shirley Van HIlsen

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The Senior Class has chosen "Hillbilly Courtship" for its class play. It will be presented April 27 and 28. The cast of characters is as follows:

Emmy-- Loretta Fink
Luke-- Gene Conrady
Ma Peppin-- Marian Bruns
Pappy Stilaby-- Harold Jeckel
Lulu-- Verna Menssen
Bridget-- Kay Behrends
Sol Silverstein-- Don Johnson
Wash Jeddo-- Dean Davison
Louis-- Bob Gardner
Revered Roswell-- Harry Thompson



Saturday, March 25, Mr. and Mrs. West entertained the faculty, their wives and husbands, and Tom Johnston at a pinochle party.

Mrs. Ryan and Tom Johnston received prizes for high score and Mr. Finchum and Mrs. Burgener consolation. the travel prize went to Mr. Ryan.



Friday, March 24, Mr. Beard, of Brown's Business School in Peoria appeared for an assembly program. He stressed the importance of good manners, good grooming, good posture, and good English. He illustrated proper procedure when being introduced to another person and the correct procedure when applying for a position.

He used Bob Gardner and Alberta Bergman to illustrate his points.

Several of the graduates this year are considering enrolling in Brown's.

The Girls' Chorus consisted of 24 [84?] members when to Lincoln, Saturday, April 1, in the music contest. They were rated Division III.

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FAME to the operetta cast for doing so well Thursday and Friday night.
FAME to Shirley Hilsen for getting first in the District Contest.
SHAME on Mr. Finchum for giving the history class a knowledge test.
SHAME on Kay for forgetting her wand in the last act of the operetta.
SHAME on Miss Berninger for not letting the play cast practice on the stage.
SHAME on the seniors for not working on the annual every day.
FAME to Winifred T. for doing so well in typing.
FAME to Mrs. West for making the boys behave during operetta practice.
FAME to the sophomores for selling so many tickets to the operetta.
FAME to all the boys going out for baseball. Good luck.
FAME to Betty M. and Marian B. for taking the UN test.
SHAME on Gretchen B. for looking at someone and falling over her own feet when she came into the assembly.


James Hoar's team won the intramural baseball tournament.

Some new volley ball equipment is being enjoyed by the physical education class.

The H-E students had a new experience. For 2 days, due to bad roads, they were responsible for their own transportation to and from school. Their parents are to be congratulated for this find cooperation during the emergency.

The freshman girls have been serving test meals during the past two weeks. Better be careful, you will get obese.

Clifford Brandt's trucks have been unloading bricks and tile for the building to be constructed here this summer.

The bookkeeping students are completing their Spencer practice sets.

The Speech class wrote and presented radio programs during the past week.

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We wonder what delayed Dean D. and Kenneth S. so that they missed the bus the other night.

We wonder what was the matter with Marvin Tuesday night when he couldn't find Myrna's house.

We wonder why Flip was sitting by Miss Berninger on the bus Monday. Trying to get an A.

We wonder which Sampen Janet K. prefers, Gerald or Kenneth?

We wonder why some girls are slow in bookkeeping. The boys take up too much of your time?

We wonder why Billy C. went to Shirley's house to work on bookkeeping one night last week.

We wonder why Arline is giving up John? Could Marvin have anything to do with it?

We wonder why Wimpey was chasing Ruthie L. down main street the other night, and right in front of Marian, too.

We wonder why Alberta had to ask Bob for his class ring. Too bashful, Bob?

We wonder why Loretta hasn't Norman's ring yet. You aren't going to let Alberta get ahead of you are, Loretta?


Hazel R. stepping in a mud puddle because Donald Aper was going to take her home.

Everyone behaving in operetta practice.

Lois K. and Betty M. being wild like other seniors.

The Juniors getting excited over the prom.

Wayne L. and Kenneth S. both trying to go with Chuckie the same night.

Lois K. saying, "Are you kidding" to a certain sophomore boy.

Mary Ann K. saying her eyes are fading.


Learn to laugh: A good laugh is better than medicine.

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Monday, March 27, the student body and faculty went to Lincoln High School to the program for all the high schools in Logan County. Nearly 1300 pupils attended.

Preceding the talk a musical program was presented. The band from Elkhart High School played "The Star Spangled Banner", "Washington Post March", and "King Arthur." The Beason sextet sang "Bali High" and "My Hero." The Girls' Chorus of H-E sang "Ave Maria" and "My Hero."

After the musical portion of the program Mr. Lekenbill made a few remarks and then introduced the speaker of the afternoon.

Dr. Kazmayer, news analyst, author, and lecturer, spoke on the U. S. and Russia and our future relations. He said, "War is not inevitable, but it is more probable than not, although each succeeding year of peace lessens the probability."


Patsy Zieglowsky----------------------7
Harry Thompson ----------------------16
Evelyn Lessen--------------------------21
Robert Briggs-------------------------- 27
Joan Aper-------------------------------27
Donald Aper----------------------------29
Kay Behrends-------------------------- 31


Verna Mae Menssen------------------ 6
Marilyn Klokkenga-------------------7
Marvin Oltmanns---------------------- 19
Bob Gardner----------------------------29


The following poem is written by Evelyn Lessen for English.


Sun is setting, dusk has come,
Days are ending, but night's to come;
Stars in the heaven so brightly shining;
And the moon with a silver lining.

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"The Glass Slipper" was attended by a large and appreciative audience on both nights. Each of the principal characters portrayed his or her part in a very appropriate manner.

Geneva made a very charming princess, Wayne a gallant prince and Shirley a haughty lady. Jackie was a hen-pecked husband but really enjoyed the girls. He and Bobkins (Harry), the aged servant, nearly stole the show with their onion song.

Vesta (Marianna) and Mora (Betty) the charming daughters of Lady Oliver, were in love with Jasper (Harold) and Victor (Dean) but were afraid to tell their domineering mother.

Kay, as Cinderella's godmother, was very fairy-like in her white gown. With her magic wand she gave Cinderella her wish and sent her to the ball as a real princess.

The members of the Girls' chorus were very colorful in their pastel colored skirts, and black weskits with white blouses. the boys were attractively attired in black knee pants, white shirts, white stockings and silver buckles on their shoes.

Mr. Kirchner, and the entire cast are to be highly complimented on this performance.

Mr. Kirchner reports that the gross receipts were more than $171.


Not one but two sitting together
Alone in this cold, cold, weather,
Hand in hand so sweetly sigh
Waiting for night to pass them by.

No one said anything
At least for a while
To pop this question
That was worth-while.

Then two lips met
On that dark lonely night;
And still he loved her;
Yes, with all his might.