Ilion High School

Class of 1929

1929 Ilion Yearbook


Digitized Class Yearbook....

The Mirror: Reflections of the Class of 1929 of Ilion High School from the New York Heritage digital Ilion Free Public Library Yearbooks collection. Link opens in new browser tab. (added March 24, 2021)


Class History....

Class History as published in the 1929 "The Mirror" Yearbook.


Class Roster....

Class Roster, Officers and Honor Students as published in the 1929 "The Mirror" Yearbook are available on the 1929 Class Roster page. (added November 21, 2021).


Class Historical Newspaper Articles....

     Newspaper articles about the IHS Class of 1929. (added October 26, 2021)


Class Links....

The High School Band

1929 Football Team and Scores


Dr. Robert B. Ainslie IHS 1929

Dr. Robert B. Ainslie - IHS 1929 Physician - Medical Missionary

IHS 1929 alumnus and class president, Robert B. Ainslie, was also among the graduates who pursued a career as a physician and was added to the Alumni Physicians Tribute. His education, career and obituary were published as Dr. Robert B. Ainslie - IHS 1929 - Physician. (February 21, 2021)



Gladys Fuller Walrath IHS 1929, 96, formerly of 60 Sixth Ave. Ilion, N.Y., passed away Saturday, April 26, 2008, at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion. She was born July 11, 1911, in Ilion, the daughter of the late Charles O. and Minnie Ferris Fuller, and was a graduate of the Ilion School System. On Aug. 1, 1936, she married Harold E. Walrath in Ilion. He passed away Jan. 31, 1998. Mrs. Walrath was employed as a Legal Secretary with the law firm of Schneider & Getman in Ilion for many years, retiring several years ago. Mrs. Walrath was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ilion, and active in church affairs. She was also a member of Valley Chapter 82 Order of the Eastern Star, and a former member of the Mohawk Valley Hospital Guild. Mrs. Walrath is survived by a daughter, Mary Lee Lynch and her companion Frank Helmer of Herkimer, her grandchildren, Darin and Crystal Lynch and their son Bryce, Jason Lynch, Shayla and Josh Gifford and their children Sydney and Abby, also several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, G. Lester Fuller, and two sisters, Muriel McGavern, and Jeanne Comstock, and a son-in-law, Thomas Lynch. Friends are invited to attend a Memorials Service for Gladys to be held on Tuesday April 29, 2008, at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Ilion, with the Rev. Victor McKusick officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. the church. The family asked that you consider memorials to the First Presbyterian Church in Gladys's memory. Envelopes will be available at the church. Valley Chapter 82 Order of the Eastern Star will conduct services at 6:50 p.m. at the church. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St., Ilion. (May 14, 2008)


M. Lillian (Brothers) Palmer IHS 1929, age 94, of 25 E. River Dr., Ilion, died Monday, May 22, 2006, at the home of her daughter, Ann, after a long illness, with her family by her side She was born on July 21, 1911, in Gloversville, the daughter of Fred and Margaret (McCabe) Brothers and graduated from Ilion High School in 1929. On Jan. 11, 1930, she was married to Elmer 'Dick' J. Palmer in Ilion. He passed away in 1961. In her early years she was employed at Ilion Sentinel and W.T. Grant Co. She was later employed by Dr. James Connors, local dentist in Ilion, as his receptionist for 15 years. Most recently, she worked as an organist and housekeeper at St. Anthony's Church, Herkimer. She was a member of the Church of the Annunciation, Court St. Bridget No. 265 Catholic Daughters of the Americas and a former member of the Altar Rosary Society. Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Ann and Fred Vivacqua, Mary and William Murphy of Ilion; two daughters-in-law, Jeanne Palmer of Rome and Juliann Palmer of Ilion; eight grandchildren, Michael Palmer and his wife Sharon of Whitesboro, Daniel Palmer of Ilion, Donald Vivacqua and his wife Lorraine of Falls Church, Va., Maryjo and Ritamarie Vivacqua of Ilion, William Murphy and his wife Katherine of Somerville, Mass., Michael Murphy and his wife Corie of Dumfries, Va., Margaret Mary Giovinazzo and her husband Gregory of Woodbridge Va.; three great-grandchildren, Dedra Palmer of Whitesboro, Will Murphy of Dumfries, Va., and Alyssa Giovinazzo of Woodbridge, Va., and several cousins. She was predeceased by her husband, Elmer, her brother, Father Donald Brothers, two sons, Richard and Michael Palmer, her daughter, Margaret Mary Palmer and her granddaughter, Marguerite Anne Palmer. Funeral services will be held at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, May 27, at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home 102 West St., Ilion, and 10 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Anthony Barratt, pastor assisted by Deacon Donald McCabe and Deacon James Bower. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, North Ilion. Calling hours are Friday, May 26, 2006 from 5-8 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home. The Court St. Bridget No. 265 Catholic Daughters of the Americas prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Members of the Catholic Daughters will also meet at the Annunciation Church on Saturday at 9:50 a.m. to form an honor guard for Lillian's Mass of Christian Burial. In lieu of flowers, Mass cards for Lillian would be very much appreciated. The family would like to express their gratitude for the care, compassion and love shown by the following: Father Anthony Barratt, Annunciation Parishioners and all the people who kept Lillian in their prayers. Dr. Teng and Gerry; Melissa and staff from Senior Network Health, Dr. James Anderson; Ilion Fire Department especially Tom Pedersen, Dan Trevor, Scott Hendrix and Lawrence Del Grego, Hospice staff Joyce, Sister Sharon Ann, Violet, Pat and Jan; Visiting Nurses Association, Superior Home Care and Heidi from Mohawk Valley Home Care. All funeral and burial arrangements were prearranged and entrusted to Applegate & Day Funeral Home. (September 7, 2006)


Dr. Robert B. Ainslie IHS 1929, age 92, died Friday, Aug. 8, 2003, at the Cedar Lake Health Care Center in West Bend, Wis. He was born June 11, 1911, in Escanaba, Mich., to the late Frederick and Francis (nee Brown) Ainslie and was united in marriage to Margaret Fay on Dec. 28, 1941, in Ilion. He graduated from Ilion High School and then graduated from Colgate University in 1933. He earned his M.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, graduating in 1937. He served an internship at Jersey City Medical Center from 1937 through 1938. He then did volunteer medical service in China, assigned to Presbyterian Hospital during the Sino-Japanese war from January 1939 to May 1940. He served as assistant in pathology and assistant director of blood bank at Memorial Hospital in Syracuse from July 1940 to July 1941, and then completed a fellowship in surgery at Cleveland Clinic (Ohio) from July 1941 to December 1942. He returned to China under the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society assigned to a hospital in Ipin, West China, from 1943 to 1946. On furlough from June 1946 to May 1947, he added a short course in surgery in New York. In August 1949, he returned to West China with his family and in 1949 he and his family were forced to flee to the Philippines where he served two hospitals in the Island of Panay in Central Philippines from 1949 to 1952. In the spring of 1952 he and his family returned to Cleveland, Ohio and the Cleveland Clinic to complete his residency, where he changed his practice from general surgery to otolaryngology. In 1954, after completing his residency at the Cleveland Clinic, he and his family moved to Madison, Wis. where he was a practicing otolaryngoloist at Jackson Clinic, until retiring in 1976. After retiring from the Jackson Clinic, he continued to work two days a week as a general practitioner at Madison Geriatric Clinic until 1983. In 1983, he and his wife moved to Penny Retirement Community in Florida where he served as medical director until 1995. He continued to serve as an on-call physician at Penny Retirement Community until moving back to Wisconsin in December 2002. Dr. Ainslie was a member of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin and Florida. He was elected as Fellow to American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology in 1959. He was a member of the board of directors of the Board of Homeland Ministries UCC from 1968 to 1975 and a member of the board of directors of Fairhaven Retirement and Nursing Home UCC from 1969 to 1975. He was a past member of the Rotary Club of Oregon, Wis., the Lions Club of Madison, Wis., from 1965 to 1971, the Kiwanis Club of Dodgeville, Wis., from 1976 to 1983, the Rotary Club of Green Cove Springs, Fla., from 1983 to 2002 and was listed in Strathmore's Who's Who 2000-2001. Besides serving his patients and his community, Dr. Ainslie most enjoyed being with his family and traveling. Prior to moving to Florida, he had retired to rural Dodgeville, Wis., where he built a home on 13 acres with a stream and pond. He loved sitting at the dining room table watching the birds and wildlife and reveling in nature. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; four children, Susan (Roy) Sellars of Sheboygan, Wis., John (Christine) Ainslie of Sun Prairie, Wis., Fred (Christine) Ainslie of Ironwood, Mich. and William (Victoria) Ainslie of Atlanta, Ga.; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Ainslie; a sister, Ruth Swift; a niece, a nephew and a great-niece. A memorial service will be held Monday, Aug. 18, at 1 p.m. at Lake Edge United Church of Christ, 4200 Buckeye Road, Madison, Wis. Visitation will be at the church from noon until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated. Myrhum-Patten Funeral and Cremation Service, West Bend, Wis. is assisting the family. (August 22, 2003)


Samuel Folsom Selwood IHS 1929, passed away peacefully Friday evening, June 21, 2002 with his loving family at his side. Born in Fort Plain, NY, on May 10, 1908, to the late Roselle and Lucy Blowers Selwood, he came to Ilion at the age of 9 and for 56 years lived at 11 Remington Place, Ilion, before moving to 270 S. Third Ave. for the past 14 years. He was a graduate of Ilion Central School. On September 16, 1934, he was united in marriage to Helen Graham, a marriage which lasted for 53 years before her death on April 23, 1988. Folsom was employed as an accountant at Remington Arms for 37 years before retiring in 1973. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and for more than 25 years was the church Treasurer. He also kept the financial records for the Thompson Gift Shop, Ilion that was owned and run by his wife, Helen, for over 25 years before her retirement in 1987. That business had been family run for more than 50 years. He played the saxophone for Ilion's Firemen's Band and enjoyed marching in many parades as well as performing in concerts through the years. He was a member of the Ilion Masonic Lodge. Surviving are his beloved children: son, Samuel Selwood and his wife, Pat, of Penn Yan; daughter, Joan Annutto and her husband, John, of Ilion; and daughter, Diane Williams, Ilion; grandchildren, Joseph Annutto and his wife, Peggy, of New Hampshire, Lisa Annutto James and her husband, Christopher, of Loudonville, NY, Michele Selwood Shaar and her husband, Tommam, Ohio, Brian Williams, Annabor, Michigan and Michael Williams, Arlington, VA; five great-grandchildren, Kyle Annutto, Hasan Shaar, Mark Shaar, Joshua James and Alex Annutto. Besides his parents and wife, he was predeceased by two brothers, James Gordan Selwood and Richard W. Selwood and a son-in-law, Philo "Dee" Williams. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion with Rev. Victor McKusiek officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery. Family will be present to receive relatives and friends at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Memorials can be made to Ilion Ambulance or the First Presbyterian Church. (June 23, 2002)


James E. Maddocks IHS 1929, age 89, of of 46 W. North St., Ilion, passed away Saturday, April 1, 2000, at St. Luke's-Memorial Hospital Center, New Hartford. He was born March 18, 1911, in Derby, England, the son of James and Mary Parry Maddocks and graduated fromIlion High School in 1929. On Oct. 15, 1936, he was married to Adeline Davis in Ilion. She died Feb. 7, 1985. Mr. Maddocks was a bus driver at Central Coach Co., Utica, for 17 years. Most recently, he was a bus driver and custodian at Oneida County BOCES for 11 years, retiring in 1973. Survivors include his son, James Maddocks Jr. and his wife, Georgia Lee of Ilion; two grandchildren, James Maddocks III, stationed in Junction City, Kan. in the U.S. Army, and Crystal Maddocks of Utica; two great-grandchildren, Cameron James and Jasmine Maddocks; and several nephews and nieces, including a special niece, Carol Perry of Ilion. He was predeceased by two sisters, Olive Shepard and Florence Peters. Funeral services were held April 4 at Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with Father George Greene, rector of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, officiating. Interment was in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. (April 5, 2000)


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