THE STAFF, '26-'27
- Mary Elizabeth Ridgely
Associate Editor - Helen
Business Manager - Arthur Mosher
Manager - Joseph Klaus
Circulation Manager - Lorin
Athletic Editor - George Riley
Joke Editor - Phyllis
Contributing Editor - Fredora Pifer
Editor - Pearl Bach
Contributing Editor - Ruth Butchart
Editor - Helen Butchart
Junior Editor - Martha
Sophomore Editor - Betty Dickinson
Art Editor - Esther
Exchange Editor - Mary McGuire
Proof Reader - Mary
Typist - Kanardy Taylor
Typist - Helen
To Loren P. Kesler
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
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,
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.
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
Chorus of Relations - Operatta, "Captain
Men and Maid Servants of Don Cubeb - Operetta, "Captain
Sweetheart Chorus - Operatta, "Cahtain
'One ear it heard, at the other out it
'Not lean enought to be called a good
'Some, cupid kills with arrows, some with
'It is a great thing. I think,
to be a man'
'Of two evils I have chosen the least'
'If she won't she won't and there's
the end of it'
modest and well liked'
'Not very tall,
and not very small, but fair and sweet and loved by all'
himself can be his parallel'
friend to all'
'One of the rare with crimson
'A man after
his own heart'
'As precious as
good is to be happy'
eyes - that marcel wave'
'As modest as a
achieving, still pursueing'
'Love has made
him very sage'
'I have no
other than a woman's reason: I think him so because I think him
'I just can't
make my eyes behave'
would talk, ye gods, how he would talk'
'A great and
g'orious thing it is to learn'
is in the law of kindness'
'Let me not
burst in ignorance'
therefore I am'
are my own'
Gurrard Camp'Every man must sow his wild
brain and facile pen'
experienced tennis racket'
'A man that
blushes is not quite a brute'
care come he merry'
'And even his
failings lean to virtue's side'
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
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
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
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
7. To Mr. Smith, a merry-go-round and a box of
miscellaneous toys to amuse the children during classes.
Mr. Scheid, a sound-proof room in which to keep all noisy roosters
who insist on disturbing the peace and quiet of the school
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
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:
Our bright and shining example both in the classroom and out of
2. Our seats in the Senior rows. May they endeavor to fill
them as advantageously, as faithfully and studiously as we have
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
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
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
1. To Lowell Colburn. Vada Gillan's quiet ways in
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
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
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."
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
10. To Arthur Mosher, an unlimited supply of
gasoline so he will have no legitimate excuse to park his car in any
11. To Evangelyn McNeilly, Winnie's Winning
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
14. To Helen Butchart, Dorothy Bennett's taste for wild
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
19. To Elizabeth Compton, Geneva Smith's filled
20. To Doreas Hall, Marjorie Dunn's place as cheer
leader, with the hope that this will increase Doreas's vocal
21. To Melvin Culp, Herbert Perrine's ability to
bluff the world in general and the faculty in particular.
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
Marjorie Doan - Editor-in-Chief
Elizabeth Ridgely, Associate Editor
Clarence Youngman -
Albert Rider . Asst. Business
Carl Thrailkill - Circulation
George Riley - Athletic Editor
Violet Wilson -
Francis Davidson - Exchange Editor
Youngman - Contributing Editor
Dorothy Bennett -
Henry Newson - Contributing
Betty Davis - Proof Reader
Gladys Vissering -
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Elizabeth Klaus -
M. & B.
Mere Co., Phone 75
E. J. Davison, Men's Furnishing
Dr. N. Melaik,
Eureka Motor Sales Co., F. J. Darnell,
Sigmund Sorg, Jewler
Klaus Radio and Electric Co.,
J. M. Allen, Building Materials
G. N. Portman Co.,
Mishler Bros., Groceries
The M. & B. Mere Co., Cleaning & Dying
Plant, Peoria, Ill.
Eureka Hospital, Robt. H. Smith, M.D.
R. N. Pifer Hardware Company
J. H. Leys
Otto Wagner Clothes, Eureka
Dr. Wm. D. Madison
Dr. J. L. Krause,
Arthur Humphrey, Meats
Renfer's Dry Goods
Morrow Service Station
College Grocery and Lunch Room
F. B. Stumph, Drug
Boy's & Men's Shoes, Eureka
H. c. Brown, Groceries
W. B. Read & Co., Athletic Equip.,
R. B. Doan,