Faculty - left to right...
W. Burdell Smith.....Principal -
Bradley University, A.B., University of Illinois, M.A., Northwestern
University, Washington University, St. Louis University, Instructor in
Senior Class History
Back in good old days of 1945, in the month of september, seven bashful freshmen walked up the steps of L.T.H.S. They were: Nyla Bachman, Jayne Clark, Margie Porch, Robert Buchanan, Donald Knoblauch, John Shull, and Harry Ulrich. At the end of the first six weeks, we lost one member of our class, Harry Ulrich. We were fully initiated and I'm sure no one enjoyed it more than we did.
We took time out from our studies to have two theater
When we were jolly juniors, we entered L.T.H.S. witht he same seven students as the previous year. Our class officers were:
Our main job this year was to raise financial funds to give a banquet in honor of class of '48. It was held in the Jefferson Hotel, at Peoria, Illinois, on May 6th. We carried out the Navy theme at our banquet with a color scheme of blue and white. All were presented with white carnations and sailor hats, which we wore during the banquet. We saw the movie, "Duel in the Sun." I'm sure everyone enjoyed the evening immensely.
We entered high school in the fall of '48 as seven sophisticated seniors. At the end of the first semester we lost John Shull, so we were left with six seniors. Our officers were:
We are planning to go to Washington, D.C. on an educational trip. We hope to go during the first part of June.
We come to the close ou our fun in Lowpoint High. I'm sure that four years have been enjoyed by everyone.....Nyla Bachman
Senior Class Will
To the faculty we express our thanks for their kindness and patience to us during our trying moments.
To the juniors we leave our heartbreaks, headaches, spats, joys, and pieces of gum which Mr. Smith likes to see us chew.
To the sophomores we leave our ability to study in the study hall when there are no teachers around.
To the freshmen we leave our ability to learn everything we didn't learn during our last four years.
I, Robert Buchanan, will my good grades to Duane Finch, and my ability to tell an empty fountain pen from a full one to Eddie Miles, and my ability to study hard and make good friends to Cora Gorrell.
I, Don Knobluach, will my long curly hair to Willard Kenyon, and my glasses to Gordon Finch, and my hard pine seat and much marred desk to Beulah Garber.
I, Art Head, will my height to John VanDeVeer, and my ways with the women teachers to Merle Hardman, and my extremely small feet to Catherine Luckett.
I, Margie Porch, will my ability to get an "A: in Home Ec. class to Cora Gorrell, and my personality to Merle Hardman, and my host of boy friends to my sister Ruth Porch (she can use them).
I, Nyla Bachman, will my size to Willard Kenyon, and my ability to blush at any time to Rich Miller, and my bright and happy smile to anyone who can use it as well as I can (especially on boys!).
I, Jayne Clark, will my ability to get my sewing done on time to Beulah Garber, and my ability to get to school on time to Cora Gorrell, and my cracked ping-pong balls to anyone who wants to use them.
Subscribed and sworn to this 5th day of May, 1949.....The
This is the story of the Old Covered Wagon as it follows the trail of the six 49'ers of Lowpoint High.
In 1959 our trail led us to a peaceful little ranch house..and Jayne Clark answered our knock on the door. She had married a tall, dark and handsome stranger, but the catch to this story is...we can't remember his name. During our brief visit we met Jayne's six lovely daughters who keep her quite busy teaching them all the home ec. fundamentals. Jayne still wonders if she'll ever get another chance to play the piano for a president agian as she did back in 1949 when the seniors went to Washington, D.C.
When we finally caught up with Nyla Bachman it was 1969. She's the famous singing beautician and keeps very busy beautifying all the movie stars. She's been true to her work and remained an old maid but she had that certain look in her eyes when a certain gay young bachelor came to call. She'll probably change her mind before long.
Heading back east, we arrived in Washington, D.C. a few years later to learn that Bob Buchanan and Don Knoblauch had been chased out of town to put an abrupt end to their two-year filibuster in Congress. We found Don in New York in 1979. He had become a very famous news commentator with his own ideas about what's wrong with the world. He was still a bachelor because none of the girls he knew could support him in the fine style to which he was accustomed.
In 1989 we found Bob in Italy and asked him why he had gone there, and he promptly replied that he liked the climate better there than in Washington. Bob, together with his wife and four youngsters, was very busy initialing olives from his olive orchard. He's known the world over for Buchanan's initialed olives...he suggested that we try some at Art Head's "Covered Wagon"...the most famous restaurant in Hollywood. Bob also told us that Margie Porch had spent a few days with them while she was on her way back to the U.S. at the completion of her trip around the world. So we turned back once again.
By 1999 we still hadn't found Margie but we visited with Art in Hollywood. Art's wife is his chief assistant in his restaurant, and his two sons and two daughters are all vice presidents in charge of salting the breakfast cereal. Art has other interests besides his restaurant...he felt so sorry for all cats because they have to wash their feet so often that he has opened a shoe factory for them. Things are really purring at his factory.
Finally in 2009 we found Margie Porch..completely surrounded by kids! Yes, she had started a nursery but not until she had given up dress designing. She had spent quite some time making costumes to sell but had to rip them so many times that she decided to quit. Incidentally, ten of her charges were Don Knoblauch's boys who had formed a baseball team and were now in the midst of a very successful season.
And now our mission is completed and the old covered wagon is parked by the side of the road to spend the rest of time cherishing the memory of our six 49'ers.
In September of 1946, seven freshmen entered Lowpoint
High...Willard Kenyon, Richard Miller, Eddie Miles, Richard Shull, Cora
Gorrell, Catherine Luckett, and Beulah Garber. Later in September,
Pat Anderson joined us, and in February of 1947 Merle Hardman entered the
Our class officers were:
In September of 1947, all the members returned, and the following class officers were elected:
In the fall of 1948, we entered the Junior Class with eight members. Pat Anderson had moved away. In December, Dick Shull started to another school, leaving us seven members.
Our class officers were elected as
Back row...Mr. Zilm (adviser), J. Trantina, W. Ruder, R. Kunkel, G. Finch, B. Abel, D. Finch.
Front row...J. Jenkins, D. Kenyon, W. Hillips, R. Porch, J. Safford, V. Hattan, T. Buchanan.
In September of 1947, 11 freshmen entered school; they were:
Roger Kunkel, Bill Abel, Bill Ruder, Duane Finch, Gordon Finch, James
Trantina, Doris Kenyon, Wilda Phillips, Verla Hattan, Joyce Safford, and
Class officers for the year were elected as follows:
There were eight freshmen at the beginning of the
year...Shirley Seymour, Bonnie Hahn, Barbara Ruder, John Van DeVeer,
Richard Schertz, Lyle Hardman, Gene Foster, and Robert Garber. At
the end of the first semester Richard Schertz transferred to
The freshman initiation was held in November, and we enjoyed it very much.
I know the rest of the class will join me in saying that we have thoroughly enjoyed our freshman year at Lowpoint High School...Robert Garber
Play Cast - Left to Right:
Special Events Calendar
On October 1st the students attended Farm Youth Day in Peoria. The morning was spent at the air show. In the afternoon we toured the Central Illinois Light and Power Company and Block and Kuhl Department Store. We then enjoyed supper and entertainment at the Shrine Mosque.
October 14...School Play
The students of Lowpoint High presented "Bolts and Nuts," a
comedy farce, on October 14th. The cast was as follows:
Benita Bolt........Jayne Clark
Beulah Garber who was to have been Miss Figg could not take
the part because of illness.
October 28...F.H.A. Carnival
The Lowpoint F.H.A. Chapter sponsored a carnival October
28th. We had several concessions and stands.
Barbershop Quartet.....Nyla, Wilda, Thelma, &
The last event of the show was the Queen Ceremony. The
queen, Beulah Garber, and her attendants...Joyce Safford, Jayne Clark, and
Bonnie Han...who were impressively attired in formals, were escorted to
the stage by the top ten baseball players. The queen was crowned by
Bob Buchanan. The evening was enjoyed by all who attended.
November 8...Freshman InitiationEight green freshmen were duly initiated November 8th. The boys, of course, came to school attired as girls, and the girls came as boys. They presented a previously planned assembly program for the rest of the students. It was very interesting, especially for the freshmen.
In the evening, they were entertained at a very nice party by the rest of the students. We played several games, including a treasure hunt, and danced. Refreshments of cake, ice cream, and cider were then served.
November 15...Home Ec. Trip
The home economic girls enjoyed a field trip to Bloomington on November 15th. We went through the Jefferson Cafeteria Kitchen. The manager treated us to dinner at the cafeteria.
In the afternoon we went through the home management house on the Illinois State Normal University Campus. The trip was very interesting as well as educational.
December 2...F.H.A. InstallationThe Leading Lowpoint Lassies installed their officers in a candlelight service December 2nd. The following girls were installed as officers:
December 17...F.H.A. Christmas PartyOn December 17, the F.H.A. held their Christmas party. The early part of the evening was spent in Christmas Caroling. The boys were invited as our guests. After a few games and dancing, we had a grab bag. Refreshments of pop corn, pop, and ice cream drumsticks were served.
April 20...Athletic Pot Luck
As guest we had several of the Bradley boys; they showed a film of the New York University vs. Bradley basketball game. It was narrated by Coach Don Ashley.
April 25...College DayThe seniors attended College Day at Illinois State Normal Unviersity on April 25th. After touring the campus in the morning, we enjoyed a free luncheon. During the afternoon, we attended the special activities which were given to entertain the visiting seniors.
May 5...Junior-Senior Banquet
The theme, "The Forty Niners," was carried through by using cowboys and Indians as place cards, tepees as programs, and two covered wagons as table decorations.
Willard Kenyon acted as toastmaster for the evening, and other members of the junior and senior classes participated in the program.
After enjoying a delicious dinner we journeyed to the Madison Theater whre we saw the show "Whispering Smith."
F. H. A. Queen's Attendents, Left to right: J. Clark, J. Safford, B. Hahan.
Left to right: Back row...L. Hardman, W. Kenyon, R.
Miller, D. Knoblauch, M. Hardman, A. Head, R. Shull, R. Buchanan, G.
Finch, J. Shull, E. Miles, and Mr. Zilm (coach).
Left to right: Back row...R. Kunkel (manager), M.
Hardman, R. Shull, R. Buchanan, G. Finch, L. Hardman.
Athletic letter winners for 1948-1949 were Bob Buchanan, Gordon Finch, Art Head, Willard Kenyon, Don Knoblauch, Eddie Miles, Richard Miller, Jim Trantina, and Roger Kunkel, manager. Numeral winners were Merle Hardman, Bill Abel, Duane Finch, and Bill Ruder.
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