Ilion High School
1940 Senior Class History
As reported in "The Mirror of 1940"
WHEN A SENIOR sees the word "history," he shakes in his boots and runs the other way. Dates especially are the phobia of us seniors. The following history does not contain an account of the economic and political struggles of the United States. It is the history made by the senior class during the past four years, forever to be preserved in the annals of time. Its "dates" should be the piece de resistance of every social-minded senior. Its "headlines" will be remembered for years to come.
A NEW NATION GETS UNDER WAY
As bewildered freshmen, toting mountainous piles of books, we jogged around the hills, peering at room numbers, and breathlessly arriving five minutes late for class.
Entertainment at the White House
January 7, 1937-In spite of the frigid condition of the ballroom, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at the freshmen party. There were one hundred present who played bridge, pinochle, and bingo. The braver lads and lassies danced to the music of the Sophisticated Swingsters. Ice cream and cake were eagerly accepted. The proceeds of this party were donated to the Red Cross.
THE NATION STANDS ON ITS FEET
Jack McGuinnes President
Miss Gordon, Miss Welden, Miss Caygill
September 30, 1937--A hot dog roast was held at Russell Park. Quantities of food were gulped by noisy sophs.
December 7, 1937-A gala party was held at the White House. Happy sophs danced the Virginia reel to the music of old Dan Tucker.
December 23, 1937-Again we trooped to the ballroom for presents and dancing before the welcome Christmas vacation.
THE NATION EMERGES AS A POWER
Helen Huyck Secretary
Again the White House Receives Guests
November 9, 1938 - As Juniors we decorated the ballroom so that it resembled a night club, called the "Top Hat." Black half-notes and black top hats decorated the walls. Drinks were served at a "bar," and juniors entertained in a floor show.
Honor - Sportsmanship Brotherhood Elections:
Mary McIntyre, Nancy Read, Chuck Powers, Howard Jones, Bob Bishton, Del Tjeerdsma, Dick Morris, George Getman, Bob Murphy, Helena Hoffman, Genevieve De Vere, Connie Steber, John Marley.
June 23, 1939-We ridiculed the Seniors on Class Night, by portraying them as they were in the Kindergarten, in the present, and in the future. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves as they squirmed under our well-aimed thrusts.
May 26, 1939-Proud juniors helped the Seniors put on the Junior-Senior Prom in the White House ballroom which was transformed into Alice's Wonderland.
June 27, 1939 We solemnly marched in at the commencement exercises and took a back seat as trembling seniors walked the "last mile."
THE OLD NATION PREENS ITSELF AND WATCHES THE STRUGGLE OF RISING FACTIONS
Chuck Powers President
Howard Jones Vice-president
Miss Caygill, Miss Wasmer, Miss Welden
Honor Society Elections:
May, 1938 Del Tjeerdsma, Nancy Read, Bob Bishton, George Getman
January 11, 1940-Dick Morris, Howard Jones, Connie Steber, Chuck Powers Nation Again Honored:
December 8, 1939-Del Tjeerdsma won the D.A.R. Good Citizenship Award. Rising Party-The Hammerhead Society was formed by a group of Senior girls. Entertainment:
December 20, 1939-A quiet party was held jointly with the juniors. Music wits furnished by Lee Fort and his Moonlight Serenaders.
We Seniors enjoyed almost weekly basketball games followed by dancing.
May 29, 1940 The Junior-Senior Prom highlighted the year. It was then that the Seniors sadly said their last goodbye to the White House.
So ends this history. Other powers will move into the White House. The Seniors disperse and seek their fortunes in the world. But each continues to make his own personal history-and maybe we have a future president in our midst-who knows?
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