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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.