MI-HI-DAZE Senior Class of the
Minonk Community High School, 1946
Minonk, Woodford county,
Transcribed and formated by Dena
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Dedicated to those who gave their lives in the
Service of our country. "They Shall Not Be Forgotten"
A & P Tee Company, B & M Beauty Shop, Camelin
Service Station, Cannon Hatchery & Feed Store, Chicago Butchers
Market, E. E. Cicciarelli, A. G. Fitzgerald, Fortman's Billiard Parlor,
Gamble Store, Gardner's Hatchery, Gay Day Dress Shop, Goodwin Brothers
& Company, Frank Grampp & Sons, A. Harms, Hayes Drug Store,
Heider's Variety Store, Hewitt's Firestone Store, Hubbard Clinic, Dr.
Johnson, Kent Lumber & Coal Company, Dr. A. W. Kettlehut, Leiken
Garage, T. M. Livingston, Minonk Auto Body Repair Shop, Mononk Builders
Supply, Mononk Coal Company W. G. Sutton, Minonk Cold Storage, Minonk
Dairy, Minonk Milling Company, Minonk News Dispatch, Minonk Produce,
Minonk State Bank, Minonk Telephone Co., Minonk Theater, Minonk Tractor
& Implement Co., McKinney Blacksmith, E. H. Meierhofer Clothing Store,
Morrison's Chocolate Shop, Winfield S. Morrison M.D., Myra Beauty Shop
Ellen Stokowski, Poynter's Appliances, Princess Sweet Shop, Quality Cash
Market, Quality Service Station, E. F. Riely Attorney, Sanitary Bakery, E.
H. Seggerman, Smith's studio, Tallyn Memorial Home, Terminal Grain,
Tri-county Insurance, Turley Supply Co., VanDoren's Jewelry Store, Variety
Store, Vissering Mercantile, Vogel's Grocery, Walker Implement Co., Wilcox
Funeral Home, Wolfe's Pharmacy, Woodford Elevator Co., Woodford Hotel.
|Top row: Mr.
James Schneider, Harold Warner.
Middle row: Dorothy Sharp, Ralpy
Bottom row: Board of Directors - Mr. Earl Morgenstern,
Mr. Howard Jury, Mr. A. G. Fitzgerald, Mr. Rowland Tucker, Mr. Tjark
|Top row: Dorothy
Uphoff, Paul W. Jones, Phyllis Mayer.|
Middle row: Francis Evers,
Marjorie Hill, Frank J. Koukl.
Botton row: Clara Trimpe,
Elizabeth Miles, Beulah Hudson.
James Schneider - Eureka College, University of Illinois
Harold Warner - Western State Teachers College, University of
Mr. Ralph Grampp - University of Illinois
Dorothy Sharp - Illinois State Normal University, University if
Illinois. University of Colorado
Mrs. Clara Trimpe - Mac Murry
College, University of Illinois, University of Illinois, Western
State Teachers College, Illinois State Normal University, Chicago
Mrs. Beulah Hudson - Western State Teachers
Elizabeth Silzer Miles - Bradley College|
Mr. Francis Evers -
Illinois State Normal University
Mr. Paul W. Jones - Illinois
State Normal University, University of Minnesota
Mr. Frank A.
Koukl - James Willikin University, Colorado State College
Marjorie Hill - Illinois State Normal University
Mayer - Illinois College
Miss Dorothy Uphoff - Illinois State
Normal University, University of
Editor...Irma Jean Stokowski
Senior Editor...Elayne Leiken
Knoll, Roger Tucker
Calendar of Events...Betty Claycomb
Subscriptions...Jeanne Kruse, Marilyn
Leigh, Marion Stevenson, Rose Roberts
Ioerger, John Balbach
Joke Editor...U. J. Schneider
Readers...Delores Anderson, Eldon Oyen
Marilyn Leigh, Bonna Jo Manninga, Rachel Tesch
Schneider, Miss Uphoff
Alice Jean Leffers
||Bonna Jo Manninga|
||Rose Marie Roberts|
||U. J. Schneider|
We started into high
school like all Freshman, very green and scared stiff, but we soon
got over that. In September, we elected Duane Janssen as our
President; U. J. Schneider as Vice-president; Jeanne Kruse as
Secretary-Treasurer; and Miss Zimmerlin and Miss Van Winkle as our
advisors. We held our first class party in October. At the beginning
of the second semester, Ernest Froman entered our class.
following fall we entered school as Sophomores. On September 16, we
elected Rose Marie Roberts as President; Alice Jean Leffers as
Vice-president; Jeanne Kruse, Secretary-Treasurer; Miss Jarman and
Miss La Vanway as our advisors. We naturally got into the swing of
things with a party on October 15. Marilyn Leigh joined our
sophomore class at the beginning of the second semester. We also
lost a member of our class this year. It was Arlene Gass. In April,
a weiner roast and hayrack ride was held.
Our wonderful summer
vacation being over, we started back to high school as "Jolly
Juniors." On September 11, we had our annual election day. Roger
Tucker was elected President; Edmona Ioerger, Vice-president; Jeanne
Kruse, Secretary-Treasurer; Mrs. Hudson and Miss La Vanway were
chosen as our advisors.
On November 8th and 9th, we gave our
Junior class play, "Second Fiddle". Of course, we thought it was the
best play that was ever given here.
In December of this year, a
serious accident occurred in which three of our classmates were
injured, but luckily they all recovered.
On May 10, we
entertained the seniors at the Junior-Senior Banquet at Bloomington.
Toby Davison furnished the wonderful music which was enjoyed by
Another summer has passed by and here we are
"Sophisticated Seniors", and on the last mile of our long journey. A
class meeting was held early in September. Dolores Anderson was
elected President with John Balbach as her assistant. Mrs. Tripe and
Coach Jones were chosen as our advisors.
On Flunk Day [October
17] we seniors and our class advisors made a trip to Brookfield Zoo
on the school bus. We came home with pictures and sore feet.
few weeks before Christmas the seniors had their pictures taken.
This is a big event in the life of a senior; when all look forward
to getting their picture taken so they can give it to their 'best
girl' or 'best beau'.
The second semester Dale McKeon joined our
class to finish his high school work after his service in the
The Senior Play was a little different this
year, with nine girls taking part. The name of it was "This Little
Hand". It was a big success and all who saw it will
December 15 was the long-awaited night of the Christmas
Ball. Edmona Ioerger was chosen to be our Queen and U. J. Schneider
We decided to go out of town for a party, and we all
agreed to have a skating party in Bloomington. We sure had lots of
fun! Many of us became professional skaters.
On May 16, we
seniors were the guests of the juniors at the Junior-Senior Banquet
and Prom, at the Illinois Hotel in Bloomington. We are glad to sit
back and let them entertain us as we did for the seniors last
Then came the big week which we had all been looking
forward to all the past months and years. Sunday night, May 26, was
Baccalaureate; Class Night on May 27, when we seniors showed the
rest of the school and our friends and relatives what talent we
possess; and May 28, we were presented with our diplomas. And so our
high school days ended.
1st row: Mrs. Mayer,
Adviser, Frances Hock, Alma Danekas, David Wolfe, Junior Lohr, John
Baker, Ronald Eigsti, Cletus Volk, Carol Greenwood, Dorothy Janssen,
Erma Jean Jannssen.
2nd row: Myra Timmerman, Betty Davison, Nancy
McCully, Donna Beth Rich, Madeline Anderson, Patty Oltman, Billie
Timmerman, Don Petri, Ruth Broers, Shirley Tyson, Betty Kelsey, Miss
3rd row: Jack Livingston, Alan Hart, Tommy
Ketchmark, James Ford, Bernard Robertson, Robert Volk, Austin
Lindley Jean Nunn, Ermyle Harms, Alice Danekas, Doris Falk.
1st row: Don McCully,
Lois Sullivan, Patricia Reiley, Jeanne Seggerman, Alice Johnson,
Violet Kanive, Alice Timmerman, Marjorie Griffith, Glenn
2nd row: Mrs. Hill, Gwyn Gutherz, Evelyn Timmerman,
Shirley Jochums, Medora Mueller, Betty Becker, Jean Nevenhoven, Lucy
Glowacki, Betty Broers, Marjorie Goliwas, Betty Steinhilber, Mr.
3rd row: Glenn Harms, Harriet Oncken, Irma
Schickedanz, Edith Meils, Jim Schneider, Duane Jannssen, Eddie
Harms, Jim Cunningham, Gene Barth.
4th row: George Folkerts, Don
Meirhofer, Bobby Curley, Mike Zupansic, Stanley Konwinski, Albin
Johnson, Dick Stokowski, Merle McKeon, Don Uphoff.
Rita Jean Smith, Clifford Bachman, Doris Handley, Margaret Bryson,
LaVada Schook, Debra Leiken, Joan Milashoski, Mary Petri, Norma
Greskoviak, Betty Schmidt, Jan Cline, Eileen Krull.
2nd row: Mr.
Grampp - advisor, Marilyn Hinkle, Marilyn Peters, Evelyn Barth,
Carolyn Ioerger, Clara Rients, Jane Luedtke, Betty Gutherz, James
Thompson, Donald Newton, Jean Cicciarelli.
3rd row: George
Kapraun, Glen Janssen, William Toler, Eddie McMannis, Kenneth
Rooker, Harold Titus, Marvin Harms, Bobby Spencer, Delmar
Cunningham, Donald Cremer, Shirley Black.
4th row: Bobby
McGough, Howard Froman, Edward Kapraun, Merlon Dornbush, Robert
Rients, Jim Riely, Donald Bachman, William Anderson, Kenneth,
McCormick, Jim Curley, Clifford Ioerger.
We entered high school in 1943 as forty green
freshmen. The first day was probably our worst: getting lost in such
a big building, and amid other things, trying to figure out what
class we had next. Under the leadership of our capable staff of
officers, Kenneth Rients, Nancy McCully, and Tommy Ketchmark, we
emerged to receive the grand rating of sophomores. As freshmen we
had a class party each semester. Joe Zapansic and Nancy McCully were
elected as class King and Queen of the Christmas Ball. We chose Mr.
Warner and Miss Silzer as our advisers.
Our sophomore class
officers were Betty Davison, David Wolfe, and Nancy McCully. Mr.
Duda and Miss Zimmerlin were our advisers. We had two parties, one
being a scavenger hunt. John Baker and Nancy McCully were chosen our
King and Queen. By this time many of our members were in band, FFA,
GAA, and Home Economics Club.
We elected Austin Lindley, Betty
Davison, and Shirley Tyson to lead us through this year. Mrs. Mayer
and Miss Uphoff became our advisers when Mrs. Hudson and Mrs.
Swartzman resigned. Ronald Eigsti and Madeline Anderson were our
King and Queen for the junior year.
The Junior Play, "Where's
Laurie", was presented in the gym on December 4. We had a good crowd
and under the patient coaching of Miss Sharp, a good play. Nancy
McCully, Madeline Anderson, and Ruth Broers had leading parts.
Others who participated were: Tommy Ketchmark, Alan Hart, Austin
Lindley, John Baker, Alma Danakas, Frances Hock, Billie and Myra
Timmerman, Ralph Goff, Shirley Tyson, Patty Oltman, and Betty
Our magazine subscription sales did well. Our
super-salesman, Jack Livingston, sold over $100 worth of
subscriptions. Boxes of candy and cash prizes were awarded to Jack
Livingston, John Konwinski, Patty Oltman, Austin Lindley, and Betty
Davison. Bernard Robertson and Shirley Tyson served as team
Concluding a successful year, we entertained the
members of the senior class with a Junior Senior Banquet and Dance;
which was held at the Illinois Hotel in Bloomington. Toby Davison's
Orchestra furnished the music for dancing.
September, 1944 saw us as a group of green, yet
proud freshmen, who ran around in everyone's way trying to remember
our locker combinations and where to go next. We survived the year
admirable under the leadership of our president, Albin Johnson, our
vice president, Lois Sullivan, and our secretary-treasurer, James
Schneider. Miss Silzer and Mr. Grampp were our advisers. We enjoyed
one class party that year.
This year we have one less in our
class because we lost four students and gained three. Lillian Kerry,
Elmer Nuske, and Darlene Ruestman decided to leave us at the
beginning of the year and Lila Marshall during the first semester.
We gained Jeanne Seggerman and Jean Nevenhoven at the beginning of
the year and Duane Janssen at the second semester. We chose the
follwing officers and advisers to lead us through the 1945-46 school
year: Glenn Harms, presindent, Dick Stokowski, vice president; Pat
Riely, secretary-treasurer; and Miss Silzer and Mr. Evers, advisers.
Miss Silzer was replaced by Mrs. Hill at the second
During the first semester of the sophomore year we had
two class meetings; the first to elect officers, and the second to
determine our class dues and arrange for a party. At the party which
was held in late October, we played games in the recreation room and
enjoyed a weiner roast in Coach Jones' backyard. Thanks to Mr. Evers
and several of the boys, the wood was prepared and a hugh fire was
built. We are looking forward to another this semester, probably a
Members of our class are very active in sports,
band, chorus, FFA, FHA, GAA, and the Latin Club.
We started school with 45 members. The first
week of school we organized our class. For our President, we elected
Marvin Harms, Kenneth McCormick as Vice-president, and Jane Luedtke
as Secretary-Treasurer. Mr. Grampp and Mr. Koukl were chosen as
Our first party was held in November. This was a Weiner
Roast with a hayride later in the evening.
In December we elected
a King and Queen for the Christmas Ball. William Anderson and Betty
Schmidt were our candidates.
A few weeks after the start of the
second semester, we lost one of our fellow classmates, when Mary
Durre moved to Flanagan. We were sorry to see her leave.
Jean Henkel was out of school several weeks in February and we were
very glad to see her come back.
Eleven of our class played in the
band, and quite a few were active in the Chorus.
We also had a
representative in the State Music Contest at Peoria. Bobby McGough
played a clarinet solo and receved an "A" rating. He also played a
piano solo and received a "B" rating.
Ioerger, Irma Schieckedanz, Jean Seggerman, Lois Sullivan, Rita
Jim Riely, Mgr., Ronald Eigsti, Dale McKeon, Donald Smith, Herky
Paloumpis, Mike Zupansic, Ed Harms, Mgr.
2nd row: William
Anderson, Dick Stokowski, U. J. Schneider, Junior Lohr, Donald
Uphoff, Don McCully, Coach Jones.
1st row: David Wolfe, Bob Curley, Albin Johnson,
Roland Schickedanz, Bob Spencer.
2nd row: Ed Harms, Mgr., Marvin
Harms, Merle McKeon, Harold Titus, Kenneth Rooker, Jim Riely, Mgr.
Jim Curley, Mgr., Bob Curley, David Wolfe, Marvin Harms, Ed
2nd row: Don Uphoff, Stanley Konwinski, Mike Zupansic, Wm.
Anderson, Ronald Eigsti.
3rd row: Roland Schickedanz, Albin
Johnson, Don Smith, "Herky" Paloumpis, Don McCully, Coach