Metamora High School, 1939 Parrot
Woodford County, Illinois
The Parrot Staff wishes to express
their appreciation to all those who helped, through their cooperation and
support, to make the Parrot a success this year. We wish to thank the
members of the faculty, particularly Mr. Maxey, our adviser, Mr. Schertz,
our principal, and Mr. Ryan, our publisher. Also to our subscribers and
advertisers, we extend sincere thanks...The Staff.
RAY J. SCHERTZ, B. A.,
ELEANOR I. BEAN, B.
Girls' Physical Education
State Normal University
FORREST B. LAKIN, B.
Coach, Manual Training, Mathematics
Illinois State Teachers'
J. AGNES MALKUS, B.
Latin, History, Dramatics, Declamation
State Normal University
University of Chicago
MARY E. McCUTCHEON, B.
Home Economics, General Science,
Western Illinois State Teachers'
WALTER S. DYAR, B.
EVERETT D. MAXEY, B.
Western Illinois State
Julia Rose Shea
Valedictorian - Loretta Kay
Salutatorian - Edna Mae Clark
Scholarship Honors - Betty Ann Hodel, Elmer Leo
American Legion Awards - Loretta Kay
Echhorn, Elmer Leo Kiesewetter
Voelker, Clifford Belsly, Bernadine A. Scheirer, Velda Regele, Joyce
Gabber, Margaret Christ, Eugene Elbert, Austin Stivers. Ralph
Schrock, Francis Kiesewetter, Dean Keintzinan, Arthur Schertz,
Robert Pedrick, Donald Noe, Harold Grove. Bernadine M. Schierer,
Mildred Anliker, Dorothy Roth, Dolores Klein, Dorothy Reynolds,
Irnogene Robertson, Vincent Heinz, Arthur Kennel, John Glaub, Keith
Zoss, Clark Giles, Lee Cross, Dean Robinson, Adviser Miss
Twenty-seven jolly juniors are waiting to fill the place of the
seniors on their leaving. The officers of this peppy group
are-Pres., Arthur Schertz; V. Pres., Keith Zoss; Sec, Bernadine M.
Schierer; Treas., Donald Noe. On October 28, 1938, the juniors gave
their class play, "Girl Shy," which was a big success.
Many of the boys participated in sports. In baseball, Keith Zoss,
Arthur Schertz, Austin Stivers, John Glaub, Arthur Kennel, and
Donald Noe earned letters.
In basketball, Keith Zoss, Arthur Schertz, John Glaub, Donald
Noe, and Vincent Heinz earned letters. In track John Glaub received
his third letter. Clifford Belsly has served as a great
The Junior-Senior Banquet was held at the University club,
Peoria, on April 29. The banquet .proved a grand success. The guests
think the juniors are quite ambitious and good entertainers. In the
county contest, Imogene Robertson placed in A Division in humorous
The senior class gladly leave their footprints on the school
steps to be filled by the future senior class.-Edward
Rita Elbert, Jean Kinhofer, Patty Murphy, Dororthy Mitchell,
Agnes Stickelmaier, Melvin Sharick, Russell Schumacher, Harrison
Belcher, Loren Leman, Miriam Gamble, Doris Goetz, Mayona Drennen,
Ardetta Kern, Vida Kennel, Minerva Bachman, Mary Ehringer, Frank
Murphy, Adolph Mau, Francis Giehl, Robert Molitor, Dick Hodel,
Step aside-here they come! Twenty-two sophomores out to prove
they were no longer the timid little souls they seemed to be! The
class officers are: Pres., Dick Hodel; V. Pres., Robert Molitor;
Sec, Doris Goetz; Treas., Adolph Mau. Three new members, Robert
Molitor, and the Murphys, Patty and Frank, were added to the class
this year, but Ruth Sager, Leonard Waldschmidt, Lyle Schertz, and
Walter Obery didn't return to school.
Early in November, the sophomores were hosts at the all school
party. This party was in the form of a scavenger hunt. The
sophomores convinced the other students that they could successfully
give a party.
The sophomores are represented in various school activities by
several individuals. Russell Schumacher and Loren Leman were on the
Ag. Judging team.
In the field of sports, the sophs are proving to be great
athletes. Adolph Mau and Francis Giehl won letters in basketball.
Bob Molitor, Melvin Sharick, and Adolph Mau received their letters
in baseball. Dick Hodel was also a member of the .school baseball
and basketball teams.
In literary work, Patty Murphy placed second in girls'
humorous-in the preliminaries. In the county vocal
contest, Doris Goetz placed in Division B. Vida Kennel was chosen as
a sophomore delegate to attend the District Student Council
Convention at Delavan, Illinois.
The class musical talent and interest were displayed by five
members joining the high school band. They entered the
contest at Poria [sic] with the band.
Keep your great ambitions, Sophomores. At the rate you're going
you'll leave a record to be proud of.-Betty
Margaret Ebinger, Loretta McLaughlin, Ruth Minger, Evelyn
Schumacher, Robert Paluska, Lyle Wernsman, Norman Robertson, Dale
Schertz, Frederick Uftring, Dwayne Wernsman, Edith Kern, Grace
Robinson, Rosemary Elbert, June Zoss, Carol Sehertz, Rodney Ranney,
Doris Dyar, Maynard Durst, Richard Springer, Franklin Kern, Milton
Schrock, Melvin Rohman, Eugene Giehl, Eldon Stivers, Mary Nauman,
Mary Gries, Imelda Rohman, Anna Minger, Ruth Sehertz, Delphine
Finley, Mary Rohman, Arlene Theobald, Junior Grob, Eugene Schertz,
Generose Stickelmaier, John Schierer, Burton Ranney, Roger Bachman,
Russel Schumacher, Bertram Rohman, Richard Thompson.
Forty-one scared freshmen entered M. T. H. S. this year. To begin
their high school career, they chose the following officers: Pres.,
John Schierer; V. Pres., Junior Grob; Sec, Loretta McLaughlin;
Treas., Mary Gries.
Two girls entered declamation-Loretta McLaughlin and Doris Dyar.
All have improved their talent by joining the Dramatic, G. A. A.,
and Home Economics Clubs.
Looking into sports, we see great possibilities for both boys and
girls. There are a large number of athletic boys who have entered
all fields of sports. They are expected to show some real action for
M. T. H. S. next year. The girls showed great competition in the
intra-class tournament, too. Not only did they show a record as a
class, but as new members of the band and glee clubs. Several showed
exceptional talent in the glee club minstrel show. Members of the
class participated in the annual band contest which was held at
Freshmen were active in social affairs. Their first
big social event of the year was the freshman party, held in the
form of a wien.er roast in nearby woods. Even the seniors didn't
know the when's and where's of the event. All members of the class
also attended the various parties given during the year.
If the cooperation and energy of the class continues as it has
been, the graduating class of '42 will be the kind of people that
the world needs and wants.-Walter
1936, '37, '38,
Today thirty-four of us
crowded together on the high school campus. There were two groups,
the boys and the girls. We tried to act nonchalant, but were we
scared! Since the upper classmen weren't here today, it wasn't half
as horrible as we had imagined. There is a tomorrow
though, what then?
It has taken us several weeks to be able to get to the right
class rooms at the given time and to get acquainted with each other.
Now that this last formality has been broken, we have chosen as our
president Muriel J. Ranney.
The party of all parties tonight was dampened by the rain, so it
had to be held in the gym. We had a good time even if the seniors
insisted on getting wet just to torment us.
Owen Holmes and Lynn Bachman, we are sorry to see you leave our
merry group. We will expect to hear about you in Lowpoint and East
Peoria High, respectively.
Hasn't the time passed quickly? Now we are called "Silly Sophs"
and Miss Mohn and Mr. Painter take Mr. Dyar's place as our class
advisers. We welcome Miss Koehler and Miss Mohn, our new teachers.
This year Eva Belsly is our president.
Our second entertainment was one we will never forget. Quite a
success was that all-school party we gave.
This year we miss the faces of Richard Collins, Vernon Gries,
Wilma Seckler, Alvin Schupp, Pamell Rocke, Herman Stickelmaier,
Richard. Rocke, Ivan Leman, Virginia Adami, Andrea Nolan, Eleanor
Fehr, Muriel J. Ranney, and Robert Schneider. Some of these people
are continuing their studies in other schools and a. few, who left
in the course of the year, prefer other occupations.
Another year has gone by and we find ourselves less green and
Juniors. Jolly describes us these days and very appropriately, too,
since we feel this is our best year in school. Sharing our
opportunities and enjoyments we have four new classmates: Jane
Moore, Norma Mahoney, Roland Defenbaugh, and Nelson Tate, The two
girls who left our number this year are Beulah Belcher and Margaret
Kern. Presiding as president at our first meeting to decide on class
rings was Ed Wernsman. Miss Koehler and Miss Malkus are our advisers
this year. We greet and make members of us, Miss Malkus and
Mr. Lakin, who are replacing Miss Johnston and Mr. Painter.
A big night tonight-as a class we made our debut on stage.
"Wedding Spells" was the title of our junior play. What a humorous
conglamoration and what a success! Miss Malkus, we ask
you to take your bow. Last night we entertained the seniors at the
Creve Coeur club. This, the Junior-Senior banquet, was a great
This evening as we watched this same senior class receive their
diplomas, we became the seniors of '39 and we wonder what the future
holds for us. As "dignified seniors" we began this year by
presenting a second successful play. It was "Heart
Trouble," directed again by Miss Malkus.
Absent from our group is Jane Moore, who is a senior in Iowa, and
added to our group is Daniel Walters from Peoria.
Two of our popular teachers, Miss Mohn and Miss Koehler, now Mrs.
Floyd Nuhn, are with us no longer. Very capably filling their
vacancies are Miss Bean and Miss McCutcheon.
We appreciate the opportunity of being represented in the first
Student Council formed at the beginning of the year.
We thank the Juniors for the splended banquet they gave us at the
University club. We did enjoy it to the last minute.
This year we edited a school paper. We have tried to make it
better and hope it was the best.
Our advisers are Mr. Schertz and Mr. Maxey and our officers are
Herman Nauman, president; Ben Streid, vice president; Betty Hodel,
secretary, and Walter Anliker, treasurer.
Never to be forgotten are the school days we spent together. As
we turn proudly, yet regretfully, from the doors of Metamora
Township High school, we look toward and reach for our individual
goals remembering our class motto "Honor Awaits at Labor's
Metamora School Band
When school opened last fall, Mr. Thompson, the director, had
both grade and high school students who were interested in band to
meet with him and find out which instrument they would like to play.
From this experiment, approximately twenty-five members were added
to the band, making a membership of fifty musicians. A great
interest has been taken by all members and Mr. Thompson feels that
the band is off to a good start. A number of selections are* being
worked on at present for the summer concerts.
The band entered in the district band contest at Peoria on April
1. This year M. T. H. S. was included in Class C. Division, because
of the enrollment of the school being over one hundred.
The band placed in third division.
In October, the band played and marched in the band festival
parade in Peoria. Norma Mahoney, a band member, was chosen to
represent Metamora as band queen. She was chosen as one of the
attendants for the festival queen.
During the basketball games, the band added a great deal of pep
and enthusiasm to the players and spectators.
Again this year, one of the outstanding members, Leland Cross,
entered in solo cornet at the district, placing in first division.
This honor made him eligible to enter the state contest; he placed
in second division. We hope more students will enter in solo work in
the coming year to bring back honors for good old M. T. H. S.
Mr. Thompson urges that anyone who is interested in playing in
the band should not hesitate in coming and joining.-Eva
On November 10, 1938, delegates from the classes at M. T. H. S.
attended the district student council convention at Delavan. The
delegates presented various plans to the students at an assembly
several days later.
The first student council at Metamora Township High School was
elected November 17, 1938. The seniors elected Betty Hodel, Edna Mae
Clark, and Ben Streid to represent their class. Joyce Garber, Keith
Zoss, Dean Heintzman, and Arthur Schertz were selected as junior
members. Dean Heintzman was elected to fill the vacancy made by the
election of Arthur Schertz to the presidency. Sophomores elected
Vida Kennel and Francis Giehl. Richard Thompson and Rosemary Elbert
were freshman representatives. Miss Malkus acted in the capacity of
A constitution was written by a special committee composed of
Edna Mae Clark, chairman; Joyce Garber, and Francis Giehl.
A Christmas party on December 23, was the first social affair
sponsored by the council.
During the District Basketball Tournament sessions the council
members sold refreshments. This was the first financial
drive. Members of the student council attended the State Student
Council Convention at Peoria Central High School, March 31 and April
Though the council was only in its first year, by the outstanding
activities performed in such a short period of time, a very strong
student council in years to come has been indicated.-Edna Mae
Diversified directed drama! This is the offering of the Dramatic
Club sponsored by Miss J. Agnes Malkus. Guiding the talents of those
interested in speech activities is the purpose of the group.
The high light of the year's work was the Christmas Program, the
presentation of which is an annual custom. The entertainment was
centered around a brief play "Children of the Inn." Those
participating were Robert Pedrick, B. M. Schierer, Loretta Eichhorn,
John Voelker, Jr., Doris Dyar, Duane Schierer, Dean Heintzman, Vida
Kennel, John Schierer, Herman Nauman, Ben Streid, and Harrison
Belcher. Supplementing this was a vocal duet by Doris and Grace Mary
Volz, who were accompanied by Helen Volz. Julia Shea read a
Christmas story, "The Fir Tree."
Home Economics Club
A large group of M. T. H. S. girls met, early in September, 1938,
to reorganize the Home Economics club. The officers chosen at this
meeting were Betty Hodel, president; Bernadine M. Schierer, vice
president; Doris Goetz, secretary, and Ruth Schertz,
treasurer. An officer was selected from each class.
The girls were very happy to welcome Miss McCutcheon, the new
home economics teacher, as their adviser. Filled with great
ambitions and many new ideas, the Home Economics club started the
new school year off with a bang!
The members planned to have various social gatherings sprinkled
in with the business meetings. The first of these social meetings to
be held was in honor of the new members of the club. The formal
initiation of the freshmen was given by upper classmen in the form
of a candle light service.
What an excited group of girls awaited the bus on the day of the
Home Economics Convention in Peoria! These representatives who
attended the convention, gathered interesting information for the
other club members. These girls had an enjoyable time while they
received helpful hints of ways to improve their Home Economics
Throughout the year, the girls received excellent training and
had many delightful experiences preparing menus for various
occasions. The girls served at several banquets and dinners at high
As the grand climax of the year's work, the girls sponsored a
Mother-Daughter banquet. The auditorium at M. T. H. S. was converted
into a beautiful garden. Over one hundred guests were present to
enjoy the gay event.-Betty Hodel.
Literary and Music Meet
Prior to the county literary and music meets, preliminaries were
held at M. T. H. S.
In girls' vocal, Bernadine M. Schierer, Joyce Garber, and Doris
Goetz were entered. Doris received first place, Joyce was awarded
second, and Bernadine third place. Dan Walters was the only
contestant in boys' vocal. Eva Belsly and Velda Regele were entered
in piano. Eva was selected to represent the school at the county
Patricia Murphy, Loretta McLaughlin, Robert Pedrick, Imogene
Robertson and Doris Dyar were the contestants in humorous reading.
Imogene was selected for first place; Patricia and Robert receiving
second and third places respectively. Julia Shea was the sole
contestant in the dramatic reading contest.
Edna Mae Clark was the only contestant in extemporaneous
speaking. Edna Mae and Loretta Eichhorn were the essay
At the county essay contest in Eureka, Edna Mae and Loretta both
ranked in C division. Edna Mae received a place in C division at the
County extemporaneous contest held in Lowpoint.
M. T. H. S. was host to the county humorous and dramatic reading
contestants. Imogene Robertson was rated in A division in humorous
In dramatic reading Julia Shea was placed in B division.
In the county music contest at El Paso, Doris Goetz was placed in
B division in girls' vocal; Dan Walters was rated in C division in
boys' vocal, and Eva Belsly in C division in piano.
Each year we have expected to see Metamora at the top of the list
with the winners; however, we won't give up. We'll be there some
time and it may be next year.
Future Farmers of
The officers of the F. F. A. axe Francis Kiesewetter, Pres.;
Duane Schierer, V. Pres.; Roland Defenbaugh, Sec.; Herman Nauman,
Jr., and Adolph Mau, reporter.
This has been one of Metamora's most successful years in judging.
With a new ruling, only the winning teams of the Sectional Contests,
may go to the state, held at the University of Illinois on June
Last fall the grain and poultry teams went to Normal to the
Section Seven Contest. Francis Kiesewetter won first among
individual scores with a score of 392 out of a possible 400.
Clifford Belsly placed 14th. The team placed in A division, with
Ralph Schrock rating 10th.
This spring the Fat Stock and Dairy team went to Normal and
ranked in A division. Arthur Kennel won 10th in fat
All four teams will help represent Section Seven in the state
contest June 9th.-Ben Streid.
The girls of the G. A. A. started the year out by welcoming the
new members and the freshmen. The "Big Sister" plan, organized last
year, was carried out again this year. The seniors gave their little
sisters, the freshmen, an evening of entertainment in addition to a
The new officers of the year were-President, Bernadine M.
Schierer; vice president, Norma Mahoney; secretary-treasurer,
Minerva Bachman, and Miss Bean, adviser.
In the basketball season the inter-class tournament was held in
the new gym. The seniors held the honors they won last year as
juniors by winning another victory this year.
Our ping Pong players, Betty Kern and Marguerite Roth,
participated in the tournament in Eureka.
The girls played kittenball during the warm days. The freshmen
certainly showed the upper classmen that they know how to play.
The girls took part in activities such as kittenball, basketball,
volley ball, kick ball, tumbling, badminton, ping pong, and tennis,
throughout the year.
Schertz, electric guitar; Eva Belsly, piano; Joyce Garber, cornet,
E. D. Maxey, director; Robert Pedrick, violin; Lee Cross, drums;
Robert Molitor, saxophone; Daniel Walters, clarinet.
The glee clubs are closing another year which the seventy-five
members, under the direction of Mr. Maxey, have worked very
diligently in making a success. In February, an old time minstrel
show, the first of its kind undertaken by the glee clubs, was the
outstanding performance of the year.
Virginia McLaughlin and Arthur Schertz, Jr., presided over their
respective clubs, with the help of Eva Belsly and Ed Wernsman acting
as vice-presidents, Mildred and Walter Anliker as
secretary-treasurers, Vida Kennel and Dean Robinson as property
managers, and Julia Shea, and Dean Heintzman as librarians. There
was a membership of thirty-seven girls and twenty-seven
boys. Eva Belsly accompanied both glee clubs.
A selected chorus rendered several numbers for the senior play,
while a cantata, "Rip Van Winkle," was given for the final
appearance on Commencement evening.
For the annual glee club party, the boys entertained the girls
with a banquet on the evening of May 12 in the high school
auditorium. The reason for the boys giving the party was that they
had lost in the ticket selling contest for the minstrel show. The
banquet was prepared by Miss McCutcheon and the Home Ec. girls.
Doris Goetz and Dan Walters entered in the vocal county contest
at El Paso, placing in B and C Divisions, respectively. Eva Belsly
entered in piano, placing in C Division.
An orchestra, which was suggested by an enthusiastic freshman,
Dale Schertz, made its first appearance in the minstrel show. Later
they made an audition over radio station WMBD. There are seven
members in the orchestra consisting of Joyce Garber cornet; Bob
Pedrick, violin; Bob Molitor, saxophone; Dale Schertz, electric
guitar; Dan Walters, clarinet; Lee Cross, drums; Eva Belsly, piano,
and Mr. Maxey, director.-Eva Belsly.
During the basketball season of '39, Metamora's team played
twelve conference games-winning four of the scheduled games and
losing eight. The boys also played several non-conference games,
numbering five, of which they won four. The squad has progressed
considerably, although they plan to do much better next year. They
retain three of the first team men, losing only two because of
Metamora entered tournament games, such as the Washington
Invitational and County Tournament, of which they won one game in
each. In the District Tournament, they succeeded in winning two
games. However, the squad has high hopes of being champions next
Those comprising the first team and having the honor of receiving
letters this year are Captain Ed Wernsman, Keith Zoss, Donald Noe,
John Glaub, and Roland Defenbaugh. Others who received letters are
Arthur Schertz, Adolph Mau, Dean Robinson, Francis Giehl, Elmer
Kiesewetter, and Vincent Heinz. Most of these fellows will be seen
on next year's squad, so watch their progress!-Roland
The battery was composed of Arthur Kennel, catcher, and Keith
Zoss, pitcher. The infield positions were filled by: Nelson Tate, 3d
base; Arthur Schertz, 2d base; Bob Molitor, 1st base; Donald Noe,
shortstop. The out-field: Austin Stivers, left field; Adolph Mau,
center field; Ed Wernsman, right field. Other players, who put in
many innings, were John Glaub and Melvin Sharick.
While Metamora did not get off to such a good start, they made it
look good at the finish. The fifth game, they spanked Washburn 16 to
5, their sixth game, they defeated that hard hitting team from
Toluca, and their seventh game, they won over Eureka. We must not
forget to give credit to our star pitcher, that fellow from
Cazenovia, Keith Zoss.
Metamora has an eye on the championship next year. The team will
lose only two men, Tate and Wernsman. Arthur Schertz acted as
captain this year.-Edward Wernsman.
|Mason Funeral Home
Food Market, E. F. Harmon
Shell Service, F. J. Lkein
Hatchery and Hardware
|W. J. Schierer
Washburn Cheese Factory, Christ Krahenbuhl,
Metamora Shoe Shop, Carl O. Villiger
Tractors, Ben P. Martin
Schrepfer & Martin Lumber
|Wm. Hess Real
Francis Flanagan, Prop.
Cliff Slonoeger & Son
Hybrid Seed, W. S.
Dick Pedrick Ins.
|Washington Greenhouse, Rex R. Martin,
Metamora Trucking, Roy Eishhorn, Prop.
Dr. F. W. Nickel
J. F. Walden,
Herbst Home Bakery
Star-Lite Service, Geo. Wernsman
Helen's Beauty Shop
|Dr. H. W. Riggert|
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