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Greenville High School

"Historical stories: about Greenville and Bond County, IL" By Allan H. Keith, ©2002,
Used with permission

In 1930 Greenville High School had nearly 300 students and was located in a three-story brick building north of Beaumont Avenue and Wyatt St.

The 124-page yearbook, the Graduate, gives us a great deal of information about the GHS of 71 years ago.

Serving the nearly 300 students were 13 faculty members, plus the principal and the district superintendent.

Of these 15, five held a degree from Greenville College and five had a degree from Millikin University in Decatur.

Those with Greenville College degrees included Ira King, the principal who also taught mathematics; Howard Zahniser, who taught English; Ellene Nelson, history, economics and psychology; Dorothy Stoutzenberg, history and civics; and Robert W. Woods, music.

Those with degrees from Millikin included Alex Long, superintendent of schools; Helen C. Harris, English; Grace Kessinger, French and English; Ernestine Beatty, mathematics; and Ethelyn Draser, biology and science.

The other faculty members (with degrees from other colleges) were Mary Ruth Lofftus, English; L. Glen Baker, manual arts and athletics; Leah L. Johnson, home economics; Ione Brodbeck, Latin; and Ellsworth E. Scott, chemistry and physics.

(All of the nine female faculty members were listed as "Miss".)

Members of the Board of Education were F. T. Rowland, president; H. S. Browne, secretary; S. B. Vaughan, H. W. Riedemann, Dr. A. M. Keith, E. L. Bass and H. A. McLain.

The 1930 Graduate yearbook lists class officers as follows, with the class president listed first, then the vice president and the secretary-treasurer.

Senior Class -- Juanita File, Clare Wasmuth and Lillian McHenry.

Junior Class -- William Dawdy, Catherine Pepin and Eugene Hoiles.

Sophomore Class -- Willard Rowland, Carl Krebs and Simeon Harnetiaux.

Freshman Class -- Paul Blizzard, Howard Canon and Margaret Vaughan.

Editor of the GHS Times newspaper was Carolyn McLain. Editor of the Graduate yearbook was Gerald Powell.

Other student activities included the Student Council, the Debate Club, the Girls Glee Club, the Boys Glee Club, the Yell Club (cheerleaders), the Junior Bulletin Board Committee, the library assistants and the Senior Assembly Committee, which planned assembly programs.

The band was directed by Edward Quivron.

The GHS "yell leaders" were Carolyn McLain, Eric Smith and Kathryn Andrews.
One of the more concise yells went like this:

"Yea! Blue, Yea! White,

Yea, Greenville! Fight!"

Athletics included tennis, basketball and football.

Basketball coach was L. G. Baker. Captain of the team was Earl Wilson. Key basketball players were Gerald Powell, Vernon Greiman, Leo Watson, Richard Travis, Earl Nelson, Willard Rowland, Lorraine Morton, Eugene Hoiles and Simeon Harnetiaux.

The GHS football team had a bad year, which was to be its last for many years to come. In the 1929 season the football team lost all six games (against Hillsboro, Centralia, Effingham, Sparta, Carlyle and Salem.) GHS had a grand total of just 14 points, compared to 219 points for the opponents.

GHS had a football team for just four years starting in 1926. A football team wasn't fielded again until a new community unit high school building was opened in 1956. (The old building on Beaumont was torn down in 1966.)

Girls sports in 1930 centered around the Girls Athletic Association.The president was Alice Malan. There were about 60 members who particpated in volleyball, soccer, basketball, baseball and tennis. Among the events of the school year was Fall Play Day at Granite City, where nine other schools participated.

During the 1929-30 school year GHS students produced a three-act play, a comedy titled "Her Step-Husband." The coach was Superintendent Alex Long.

Social events of the year included the Junior-Senior Banquet and the Times-Graduate Party.

The yearbook included many original literary contributions by students.

These included poetry, brief stories (some of them humorous), as well as some jokes and the senior class prophecy. There also were a few humorous cartoons portraying students and faculty members.

Eugene Hoiles wrote about a trip he made in the summer of 1929 to Paris and to the Castle of Chillon near Geneva, Switzerland, prior to his attending the International Boy Scouts Jamboree in England.

Incidentally, it was quite common many years ago for students to drop out of high school and enter the world of work. The 1930 yearbook noted that there were about 66 graduating seniors. But the same class had 131 graduates from eighth grade in 1926.

(Allan H. Keith, formerly of Greenville, is a free-lance writer and lives in Mattoon.)

Greenville College
Source: "Historical stories: about Greenville and Bond County, IL" By Allan H. Keith, ©2002,
Used with permission

Forty years ago Greenville College had about 640 students, with about 110 of them from Bond County.

Twenty-Eight international students from several continents were attending the college.

Information about the college during the 1962-63 school year is presented in the Vista yearbook for 1963.

Many of the faculty members were pictured in the yearbook.

Teaching in the Division of Religion and Philosophy were Walter H. Johnson, Stanley D. Walters and James Reinhard.

The Division of Fine Arts included Eleanor Pennington, Everett Sanders, Wilma Wilson, James Wilson and Mary W. LaDue.

The Division of English at Greenville College included Elva A. McAllaster, Jessie Baker, Harriette Whiteman and Elsie Miller.

Teaching in the Division of Speech and Modern Languages were Richard Huseman, Ivan Ratcliffe, Wilson C. LaDue, W. Brock Brentlinger and Jane Sanders.

The Division of Mathematics and Physics included Ralph J. Miller, Clair E. Carey, Herald Walton and Calvin K. Burge.

The Division of Biology included John H. Ayers and Ross Shaw.

Teaching in the Division of Chemistry were Warren A. McMullen and David Johnson.

The Division of History included Donald Jordahl and Daniel Jensen.

In the Division of Education were I. D. Baker, Elva E. Kinney, Anita Ficklin and Richard Stephens (who became college president in 1977.)

The Division of Business included S. Watson Tidball, Hsin Fu Wang and Marjory Hath.

In the Division of Physical Education were John M. Strahl, Marilyn Starr and Robert Smith (who was named college president in 1993.)

Named president of Greenville College in 1962 was Glenn Richardson, who succeeded H. J. Long, who had held the office since 1936.

Richardson came to the college in 1958 to teach business and also to head up the building and fund-raising programs to provide for college expansion. He had previously been chief executive of a steel company.

Some of the the other administrators in 1962-63 were W. Brock Brentlinger, dean of academics; Sarah Ridpath, dean of student affairs; and Howard Krober, admissions director who was also in charge of student recruitment and public relations.

JoAnn Likes was dean of women and Harold Kemp was dean of men.

Leonard Keillor was assistant business manager and Calvin K. Burge was registrar.

Ruby E. Dare was head librarian.

There was a full-page tribute in the yearbook to Harry V. Brewer, college business manager, who died on April 26, 1963.

The Board of Trustees included D. E. Sims, V. A. Kelley, Charles Kingsley, A. D. Zahniser, K. M. Walton, Clifford Baldwin, Bishop L R. Marston (a former college president), G.B. Rhodes, Charles Smout, Henry Mathewson, Milburn Wills, Rev. Paul Ellis, Lowell Kline, J. R. Roark, Dr. O. S. Walters, J.L. Mayhew, George Fuller, A.V. McClellan, Walter Joy, Dr. Clarence Snyder and Rev. Kendal Mayhew.

The yearbook included a large aerial photograph of the Greenville College campus, which showed the Joy residence hall under construction.

Among the Friday and Saturday night entertainment programs at the college were international troubadour William Clauson and the Christian musical group, the Spurrlows.

Some of the eight lyceum programs in LaDue Chapel were pianist William Haaker, violinist Josef Gingold, and travelogues on Yugoslavia, Berlin and rural England. Another presentation was by the famed socialist Norman Thomas, who the yearbook said "gripped his audience with his dramatic lecture."

There were a great many student organizations and events in the 1962-63 school year. Among them were student government, the Student Education Association for future teachers, and the International Club, most of whose members were foreign students.

(Here is a breakdown of the countries of origin of the college's international students: Canada, seven; Hong Kong, six; Nigeria, three; Japan, two; Jordan, two; and one each from Ghana, Haiti, Mexico, Australia, South Korea, India, South Africa and Singapore.)

Some of the other student groups were Agora, a men's social club, and Elpinice, a women's social club, the Young Republicans, various honor societies, the debate team, the Vista yearbook, radio station WGRN and the newspaper, the Papyrus.

Scriblerus was a group for aspiring writers.

There were many musical groups, such as the college band, the a cappella choir, and the Ladies' Glee Club. Among musical events was the annual presentation of Handel's Messiah.

Several student musical groups represented the college in presentations in various parts of the nation, especially during the summer.

There were many religious organizations and events, among them the annual ministers' conference, the annual missionary convention and spring and fall revivals.

A Ministerial Association was for students planning to enter the ministry.

Pictured in the yearbook was the Greenville Free Methodist Church and the pastor of the church, Rev. Donald Bastian, who also taught at the college.

Athletics included baseball, tennis, cross country, track, soccer, as well as men's and women's varsity basketball.

Intramurals were also offered for both men and women.

(Allan H. Keith, formerly of Greenville, is a free-lance writer and lives in Mattoon.)


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