The Nautilus - 1926 
Eureka, Illinois, June 22, 1926
Eureka Township High School
Woodford County, Illinois Genealogy Trails
transcribed and formatted by D. Whitesell

THE STAFF, '26-'27

Editor - Mary Elizabeth Ridgely
Associate Editor -  Helen Sornberger
Business Manager - Arthur Mosher
Asst. Business Manager - Joseph Klaus
Circulation Manager - Lorin Wright
Athletic Editor - George Riley
Joke Editor - Phyllis Waggoner
Contributing Editor - Fredora Pifer
Contributing Editor - Pearl Bach
Contributing Editor - Ruth Butchart
Senior Editor - Helen Butchart
Junior Editor - Martha Smellie
Sophomore Editor - Betty Dickinson
Art Editor - Esther Ball
Exchange Editor - Mary McGuire
Proof Reader - Mary Eleanor Harrod
Typist - Kanardy Taylor
Typist - Helen Schroen

To Loren P. Kesler
Our loyal friend and adviser, we, the class of 1926, respectfully dedicate this Senior Number of the Nautilus

The   graduation exercises of the class of '26 of Eureka took   place   in   the   Christian church on Monday, May 31, at 8:00   p.   in.   The   church was very tastefully decorated in green and gold, the class colors. Two beautiful archways headed the steps on the front of the platform, through which the graduates passed before and after receiving their diplomas. Flowers and ferns completed the decorations, which were arranged by the class of '27. The graduating class marched into the auditorium to the tune of a processional played on the organ by Mrs. Wm. Madison. The procession was headed by Mary K. Ridgely, the president of the Junior class, who untied the ribbons at the end of the row of seats. The girls of the class wore white, while the boys wore dark suits; The music for the occasion was very pleasing to the audience. Mr. Gerald Deweese rendered a delightful vocal solo, the T. K. E. quartet, composed of Louis Melaik, Stanley Hamilton. Paul Doan, Robert Ryf, sang for us, and Prof. Armand Roth of Eureka college played a violin selection which was greatly enjoyed.  The speaker of the evening was Mr. G. B. Carpenter of Peoria, who spoke on the subject, "Finding One's Place in the World." His address was very inspiring and made us think. We learned thait success is not always measured in terms of money, and that real success is not easily obtain-ed. We all have a place in the world, and should try to till it. We feel proud to have such a good speaker as Mr. Carpenter deliver our commencement address. The diplomas were given out by Dr. Win. Madison, who is president of the board. A huge basket of carnations and roses which formed part of the decorations was presented to the class by Miss Sponenbarger, who was the music instructor during the year at Eureka High, and who was a special friend of the Senior class. After the exercises in the auditorium, the Christian church gave an informal reception in the basement of the church in honor of the graduates. The class of '26 wishes to thank all those who helped to make our graduation exercises a success.

Miss Peterson was our adviser in our Senior year and we can say with the utmost sincerity that she was a true friend of ours. In time of trouble she was our refuge. When good fortune favored us she rejoiced with us. When it came time to give the Senior play Miss Peterson was there to do whatever needed to help is with whatever there was to do. Miss Peterson was instructor in English. She was amply prepared to teach us and very ably conducted her classes. The Senior Class wishes to thank Miss Peterson for all that she has done for us and for the school, and wish her all good success in the oncoming years.

Miss Sponenbarger coached us for the Senior Class of very successfully the play "Safe-1926. Although she was with us just one year, she became a true friend and helper of the class. She not only was good to the Seniors, but for the entire school she was a loyal booster. No matter what the weather might be she was willing to go help the boys win. She very successfully coached the operetta "Captain Cross Bones", making it a success both financially and musically. We the class of '26 wish her godspeed in her future, years.

Class Day '26

Class Day!  The Senior's day of revenge! Sweet revenge for all   the  mistreatment  in the form of left handed compliments which they have received during the four years which precede this great event and prepare them to give just advice to the lower classmen.   We had attended three of these   occasions   previously.   The   first   time we awaited the program timidly for we did not know what would occur.   The second time we met with eager expectations of that which was to so amuse us.   The third time-we sat quite nervously upon the edges of our seats in fear and trembling because   we   knew   that   we  would   be   the victims   of   the   Seniors'  displeasure   and   we realize all to vividly that their mighty hand hovered near to pounce upon us with just retribution for  our   Frequent annoying acts.   As our fourth year drew to a close we discovered that we were wondering  about   this great institution. Would we hold one.   If so, where, when and how. We did not need to wonder why.   The answer to this question was engraved upon our minds never to be erased.

Our worthy president ventured at length to approach our noble superintendent in his sanctuary and here she besought his permission to indulge in this longhonored pastime, he indulgently condescended to grant this request. Our hearts bounded with joy. We felt an exulting thrill, an undescribable throb of ecstacy when we heard this stupendous news. Wednesday. May 26, we the class of 1926 were to hold class day. A committee headed by Gladys Vissering was duly appointed to supervise the preparations for this great fete.   This they ably accomplished. Wednesday afternoon we met at the church and received instructions concerning commencement night. Then we journeyed to the school house where we found the underclassmen and some of our other friends assembled for the exercises. After a delay sufficiently long to give the desired dignified effect, the classday program began. Our worthy president presided. The following numbers were presented: the class history, class poem, class will, all of which are printed in this issue. Gladys Vissering played a piano solo entitled 'Dance Caprice'. In addition to this Albert Hider and Francis Flanagan gave a short dialogue in which they answered the charges thrown at them while they   were   attending the Junior-Senior   banquet.   The  Senior quartette composed of   Raymond  Vissering, tenor,  Ruth Bennet, soprano, Marjone Doan, alto, Albert Wider, baritone sang two numbers, "The Manager's Troubles" and 'Let's Talk About Our Diplomas Now'. They rendered 'Horses' as an encore to the first number.   Elizabeth Brubaker accompanied them. We heard one wailing moan and we felt quite certain that this was a sob of protest from the Juniors over the fact that we, the class of '26, would no longer be with them to lead them in the paths of righteousness. Geneva Smith, our class president, presented the key, now 11 years old, with the green and gold ribbons of '26 added to the next class and bade them to bear it to the new school house and there to teach the underclassmen to rever this emblem. After this we felt as though we were truly ready to graduate for the class day of '26 was past. We had passed on the key to knowledge.

Principal Characters - Operatta, "Captain Crossbones"

Chorus of Relations - Operatta, "Captain Crossbones"

Men and Maid Servants of Don Cubeb - Operetta, "Captain Crossbones"

Sweetheart Chorus - Operatta, "Cahtain Crossbones"

Albert Rider
'One ear it heard, at the other out it went'

Marjorie Doan
'Not lean enought to be called a good student'

Gladys Vissering
'Some, cupid kills with arrows, some with traps'

Everett Wekler
'It is a great thing. I think, to be a man'

Violet Wilson
'Of two evils I have chosen the least'

Winifred Wright
'If she won't she won't and there's the end of it'

Carl Thraikill
'Faithful to each duty'

Frances Davidson
'Efficient, modest and well liked'

Geneva Smith
'Not very tall, and not very small, but fair and sweet and loved by all'

Henry Newson
'None but himself can be his parallel'

Esteline Brubaker
'Just a friend to all'

Elizabeth Klaus
'One of the rare with crimson hair'

Edgar Gillian
'A man after his own heart'

Ruby Aspel
'As precious as her name'

Elizabeth Brubaker
'To be good is to be happy'

Donald Orth
'Those gentle eyes - that marcel wave'

Onedia Kindig
'As modest as a daisy'

Kathryn Williams
'Still achieving, still pursueing'

Owen Schroen
'Love has made him very sage'

Esther Weyeneth
'I have no other than a woman's reason: I think him so because I think him so'

Ruth Bennett
'I just can't make my eyes behave'

Francis Flangan
'When he would talk, ye gods, how he would talk'

Dorothy Bennett
'A great and g'orious thing it is to learn'

Isabel Crossman
'Her tongue is in the law of kindness'

Raymond Vissering
'Let me not burst in ignorance'

Milford Lowe
'I think, therefore I am'

Paul Gingerich
'My thoughts are my own'

Gurrard Camp
'Every man must sow his wild oats'

Lucile Youngman
'A nimble brain and facile pen'

Martha Morrow
'Swings an experienced tennis racket'

Clarence Youngman
'A man that blushes is not quite a brute'

Herbert Perrine
'Away dull care come he merry'

Harley Brudie
'And even his failings lean to virtue's side'

Class Will

We, the class of 1926, in thirty-three individual and distinct parts, being about to pass out of this sphere of education, in full possession of a crammed mind, well-trained memory, almost superhuman understanding and an occasional idea, do make and publish this, our last will and testament, hereby revoking and making void ail former wills and promises by us at any time heretofore made, or mayhap, carelessly spoken, one to the other, as the thoughtless wish of an idle hour. And first we do direct that our funeral services shall be conducted by our friends and well-wishers, our Principal and his all-wise and ever competent faculty, who have been our guardians for so long, only asking, as the last injunction of the dying, that the funeral be carried on with all dignity and pomp that our worth, our merit, our attainments and our disposition as Seniors of "grave and reverend mein", must certainly have deserved. As to such estate as it has pleased the Fates and our own strong hands and hard-worked brains to win for us. we do dispose of the same as follows:
We do give and bequeath to our dear faculty who have been our instructors in all the wisdom of the ages, a sweet and unbroken succession of restful nights and peaceful dreams. No more shall they worry their precious heads over the conduct and lack of eagerness for study of the benighted Seniors, who are said to be at all times and under all conditions difficult to manage. Also, to our beloved faculty we bequeath all the amazing knowledge and startling information that we have furnished them from time to time in our various examination papers. This knowledge, which has mostly been devised out of our ingenious mind; on the inspiration of the moment, can doubtless throw much new light on many a hitherto familiar line of thought, throughout the whole World of science and learning, even outside the city limits of Eureka. We trust that the faculty will feel at perfect liberty to make use of all such pieces of wisdom and enlightenment for the education of the elapses to come after us.
To each member of our worthy body of professors we have bequeathed some slight remembrance which we trust will be taken in the spirit in which it is given. These little tokens, which we hope will serve to show our admiration and diseretion, are listed  below:
1. To Mr. Moore, the task of trying to teach the Freshman class the value of learning how to spell some of Webster's best.
2. To Miss Peterson, the empty heads of the oncoming Seniors and the useless task of trying to till them with slices of Emerson's essays and choice bits of Bryant's and Whitman's poetry, also a facsimile of the Statue of Liberty which may be a source of daily inspiration to her.
3.  To Miss McQuiston, the right to retain her now prominent executive powers over the class of '27 in case there is no opposition offered by the rest of the faculty.
4. To Miss Danahay, our heartiest good wishes for a long and peaceful married life which we think is a just reward for her long, and severe struggles to equip this class with adequate information concerning Schapiro, Dodd, and Danahay's views of Europe.
5.  To Miss McCluggage, the position of Chief of Police in rendering sufficient punishment for the innocent mischief of the Senior boys.
6. To Mr. Alford, a Freshman class whose athletic ability aspires to equal that of the class of '26. A padlock for his door to prevent students from strolling during class periods.
7. To Mr. Smith, a merry-go-round and a box of miscellaneous toys to amuse the children during classes.
8. To Mr. Scheid, a sound-proof room in which to keep all noisy roosters who insist on disturbing the peace and quiet of the school building.
9. To Mr. Kesler, a notebook in which to keep a record of the movements of the pupils in his study hall. This might be also used to good advantage in recording the bright sayings of his cherished offspring, Shirley Marie.
We give and bequeath to the Freshman class that is to be-any overlooked cuds of gum we may have left adhering to the underside of desks, banisters, assembly seats, or any likely or unlikely places. We have sometimes had to rid ourselves of these in too much haste to be able to pick and choose the most desirable means of disposal. We also bequeath to the Freshmen the undisputed privilege of being green-green as the grass, according to the ancient custom founded by the first Freshmen.
We give and bequeath to next year's Sophomore class the delightful task of showing the Freshmen their place, even as they themselves have been duly shown during the past year We trust that their own grievous experiences will make  them gentle, and if firm, yet kind.
To the oncoming Juniors we do give mid bequeath any stubs of pencils, erasers or scraps of paper, winch we have left behind us in the halls of our beloved high school. We want them to feel fire to pick these up and use them if they so desire which worthy act will greatly decrease the work of our noble friend Mr. Adams.
To the eclass of 1927, our real and rightful successors, we do bequeath the following:
1. Our bright and shining example both in the classroom and out of it.
2. Our seats in the Senior rows. May they endeavor to fill them as advantageously, as faithfully and studiously as we have done.
3. Our Senior dignity. May they uphold it forever, with all seriousness and gravity, endeavoring to realize its vast importance, in spite of their natural light-mindedness and irresponsibility.
4. And last but not least we now leave to our successors our places in the hearts and thoughts of our Principal and teachers. They will love them, unworthy as we feel they are, even as they loved us; they will show them the same tender care and inquisitive attention that they have bestowed upon us; and they will, we hope, flunk them as they have flunked us in our hours of ignorance.
The following may seem but trifling bequests, but we trust that they may be accepted, not as worthless things to be thrown away lavishly because we can no longer keep them, but as valuable assets to those who may receive them, and a continual reminder of the generosity of heart displayed in our free and full bestowal.
1. To Lowell Colburn. Vada Gillan's quiet ways in assembly.
2. To Phyllis Waggoner. Marina Morrow's ability to talk and a large portion of her excess nerve.
3. To any Junior boy who will solemnly swear to always cherish Mid never let them rust, Harley Bradle's keys to his Overland.
4. To Lorne Wright Pee Wee's debating ability which may prove of value to tie former in procuring attention from the fair sex.
5   Pearl Bach (in case she runs out of her own stock) Hooly's gift of gab.
6.   To any Junior girl who will promise to love honor and cherish him, Walton Sandeman.  Please see Esther Weyneth in person for permission to claim afore-mentioned prize.
7.  To Stanfield Major. Garrard Camp's privilege of making every day a holiday from studying,
8.  To Bernadine Gerber, a copy of Henry Newson's new  book  untitled,  "The   Ways and Means of Sarcasm."
9. To Donald Moore, the duty of upholding Garrard's record of bringing home at least one gold medal from each track meet in which he participates.
10. To Arthur Mosher, an unlimited supply of gasoline so he will have no legitimate excuse to park his car in any unusual place.
11. To Evangelyn McNeilly, Winnie's Winning Ways.
12. To Mary Elizabeth Ridgely, the undisputed right to the attention of Kick Flanagan.
13. To Tech Brubaker, a permanent scat in the Senior row so he won't have to walk back and forth any more. We are sorry we could not arrange this during the past year.
14. To Helen Butchart, Dorothy Bennett's taste for wild parties.
15. To Dorothy Barker, our whole-hearted permission to captivate the first good-looking man she sees.
16. To Betty Davis, Elizabeth Brubaker's innocence.
17. To Pig Eastman, complete directions from Raymond Vissering on how to '"keep that school girl complexion."
18. To Maurine Muck, Oneida Kindig's surplus weight.
19. To Elizabeth Compton, Geneva Smith's filled date book.
20. To Doreas Hall, Marjorie Dunn's place as cheer leader, with the hope that this will increase Doreas's vocal capacities.
21. To Melvin Culp, Herbert Perrine's ability to bluff the world in general and the faculty in particular.
Besides these enforced gifts we leave a pledge of friendship from henceforth and forever  to all people remotely and intimately connected with Eureka High School.
All the rest and residue of our property, whatsoever and wheresoever, of what nature, kind and quality so ever it may he. and not herein before disposed of, (after flaying our debts and funeral expenses) we give and bequeath to our beloved Principal, for his use and benefit absolutely, and to be disposed of for the good of the coming classes as he may see fit.  And we hereby do constitute and apoint the said Principal sole executor of this our last will and testament.  In witness whereof. We the Class of 1926, the testators, have to this our will, written on 4 sheets of typewritten paper, set our hands and seal this 26th day of May. A. D., one thousand nine hundred and twenty-six.


Staff, 1925-1926

Marjorie Doan - Editor-in-Chief
Mary Elizabeth Ridgely, Associate Editor
Clarence Youngman - Business Manager
Albert Rider . Asst. Business Manager
Carl Thrailkill   - Circulation Manager
George Riley - Athletic Editor
Violet Wilson - Joke Editor
Francis Davidson - Exchange Editor
Lucile Youngman - Contributing Editor
Dorothy Bennett - Contributing Editor
Henry Newson - Contributing Editor
Betty Davis - Proof Reader
Gladys Vissering - Typist
Esteline Brubaker- Typist
Elizabeth Klaus - Typist

Class Reporters
Martha Morrow
Phyllis Waggoner
John Morrow
Fredora Pifer

M. & B. Mere Co., Phone 75
E. J. Davison, Men's Furnishing
W. W. Peters Company

Dr. N. Melaik, Dentist
Eureka Motor Sales Co., F. J. Darnell, Prop.
Sigmund Sorg, Jewler
Klaus Radio and Electric Co., Eureka
J. M. Allen, Building Materials
G. N. Portman Co., Peoria, Ill.
Mishler Bros., Groceries
Gallaghers Printing, Peoria, Ill.
The M. & B. Mere Co., Cleaning & Dying Plant, Peoria, Ill.
Eureka Hospital, Robt. H. Smith, M.D.
The R. N. Pifer Hardware Company

J. H. Leys Groceries, Eureka
Otto Wagner Clothes, Eureka
J. H. Kloppenstien, Meats
Dr. Wm. D. Madison
Dr. J. L. Krause, Dentist
Arthur Humphrey, Meats
Steiling's Barber Shop
Renfer's Dry Goods
Morrow Service Station
Bert Hogbin, College Grocery and Lunch Room
F. B. Stumph, Drug Store

Youngman's Boy's & Men's Shoes, Eureka
H. c. Brown, Groceries
M. E. Wright, Furniture
W. B. Read & Co., Athletic Equip., Bloomington, Ill.
Kozy Theater
R. B. Doan, Insurance


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