Bronson High School Yearbook, 1941


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1941 yearbook of Bronson High School in Bronson, Michigan. Alternate title: The Viking.


Viking Staff


Seniors of Bronson High School




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To the Community, School and to the Faculty of Bronson who have trod the path we are now pursu- ing and who have made so great a contribution to- ward the high standing of Bronson High School, and in earnest appreciation for all the help, consid- eration and patience they have given us in our four years of high school, We, the Class of '41, dedicate our annual "The Viking" with the hope that this record of our school life will recall pleasant memor- ies of their school days.
looks to the school for---
Many times we have been in- spired, by the challenge which we have received from our teachers and our studies, to do greater things, to conquer new worlds, to express our appre- ciation for the consideration we have received.
Here we have spent many happy hours—at work and at play. O u r associaVons here during school hours have been pleasant, and we have found
happiness in the companion- ship at our parties and other social gatherings.
Now that we are ready to go out into the work-a-day world we shall find that our twelve years have been spent in vain. On completion we are prepar- ed to enter into the training for our chosen vocation and in many cases, into the vocation itself.
Brr-ring! goes the eight-ten bell. L o c k e r doors are slammed shut; last minute arrivals hurriedly pull out books and pencils; Freshmen, Seniors, all hurry in order to get to class before the tardy bell rings. Teachers, with their class books in hand, check the roll, making a note of the late-comers, and absentees—for this is a typical day at Bronson High School.
Let us take a look into some of the first hour classes. I n the soc- ial science room is a class in vocations, which made it first appearance here at Bronson High this year. M r . Stewart is the teacher of this group which studies all about various vocations. T h e main objective of this class is to aid Freshmen in preparing for and selecting their life work.
Here in the commercial room is the group of Seniors who make up the second year shorthand class. T h e i r work, under Mrs. Hamilton, takes them into typing and other phases of commercial work as well. They are so well trained that they may secure an office job as soon as they finish high school if there are vacancies.
English and Latin are two of the classes held during the second hour. T h e English students learn grammar and construction. T h e y take up a bit of journalism and a lot of library work under Miss Ander- son. I n their library work, they make themselves useful to the school, as well as helping themselves. L a t i n is the only foreign language taught here, and is taken usually by those who plan to go on to college for medical or teaching courses, and by others for its cultural back- ground and its help in English.
Mr. Bodley teaches a class in geometry to Sophomore students in which they learn to apply the theorems and practices of geometry to actual daily use.
Social Problems and Civics are taught by Mr. Stewart. Civics is about the operation of our government. Current events are brought into discussion every day. T h i s is a very argumentative class. Social Problems is an interesting subject, specializing in different problems of socal life today and considering the best methods of meeting these problems.
The Home Economics Room is full of Freshmen girls, busy sewing different articles for their use. T h e y also learn the basic fundamentals of cooking in which they practice the best methods. Caring for the sick is another fundamental learned by the girls.
The Freshman boys go to shop class taught by Mr. Leatherman at a new location this year. H e r e out of different kinds of materials, the boys learn to make practical things that are of use in every home, and they also learn the use of carpentry tools.
In the fourth hour Mr. Hilton teaches Horticulture. T h e farmer boys take this class where they learn about soils, animals, in fact, every- thing pertaining to the occupation of farming. T h i s subject creates a love for country life.
The school band, under the direction of Mr. Ellis, practices in the gymnasium on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Marching is taken up by the band in autumn and spring when the weather permits. O n the two days of the week the chorus voices may be heard practicing their tunes.
In the Home Economics room, girls are currying to pre-PM trot lunches on tiine. These are sold to the pupils and to teachers. T h e menus a r e well-balanced, the vitamins are all there, and they surely are appetizing.
There goes the noon bell! T h e lock- er doors slam again and most of the city students rush home for their lunches, while the rest eat at school. Some bring their own food from home, while the rest pur- chase hot lunches provided by the Home Economics Club. A f t e r luncheon, enter- tainment is provided in the form of table games, basketball, volley ball, ping pong, softball, and round and square dancing.
In the first hour after noon, Miss Anderson teaches biology, in which the students gain a knowledge of animal and plant life. N a t u r e is wonderful i f you Isoaiawsome of its inter-eating phenomena.
Iii the science room a class in physics,
taught by Mr. Westaway, is underway. Here the students study the branch of science which deals with the physical changes in matter. T h i s is very interest- ing.
Mr. Stewart teaches consumer econ- omics, an interesting subject, the funda- mentals of which are used by everyone in
his own life. Students are taught to buy and spend wisely.
In the eighth and last hour of the day some of the Senior boys meet in the Home Economics room for a class in boys' Home Economics. T h i s is a new class started only this year and has thus far proved to be very helpful and enjoyable to the boys.
In the science room Mr. Westaway teaches a group of students the branch of science dealing with chemical changes of matter, called chemistry. H e also dem- onstrates many of the laws of chemistry so that they are easier to understand.
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BOARD OF EDUCATION: Robert Ryan, C. F. Moon, C. J. Holmes, Dr. J. A. Sommer, Glenn Martin, Supt. E. J. Bodley
Mr. Carl E. Stewart B. S. M . A.
"It's getting noisy i n
Mrs. Nova Hamilton State Life Certificate
"Everyone in your own seats, please"
Mr. Herman Ellis B. A.
"When you quiet down, we'll start in"
MiTs Jessie Truesdell B. S.
"Get right down t o wor17"
Mr. Alwyn Westaway B. S.
"Pipe down"
bliss Louise Shepard, B. S. Smith Hughes Vocation- al Home Economics
"The bell has rung"
Miss' Dora Anderson B. A.
''Let's have it quiet in here"
Miss Marjorie Cathcart State Life Certificate
"So what." "How about it"
Mr. Charles R. Hilton B. S.
"Review today, test tomorrow"
Mrs. Margaret Tharp B. A.
"May I see your ex- cuse"
Elaine Bawden
"Self truth is the first secret of success."
Iva Belote F r a n c i s Bobay
"A quiet girl, but quite a " G i v e me liberty or give me girl." l o v e . "
Dale Cochensparker
-I live in Peace with all mankind."
JaneColeman Elouise Fenner J u n e Gibbons J u n e Heckelman
"She speak., behaves ;in 1 W h e r e there', a will, she'll " I ' m not is hitsliful as I "Nothing is more u set ul
acts j u s t a s s h e s h “ u h l . - m a k e a w a y : ' l o
Doris Hiflyer L u l a Howald
-Full of pep, full it fun ; "Small but mighty." never quiet, always on the
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Ernestine Klavinski
Sheis always at her work.
and II" duty dor• she shirk."
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Barbara Kolassa
"I could lie better if I ii ulil. hut Its awful lone-
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Lillian Luce
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Elton Rubley
"Quietly working onward."
Cecil Tice
"Nien of few words are the best of men."
Betty Russell J o e Seiler
"Good humor is one id the " T h e unspoken word never best dresses one can wear d o e s harm.
in society."
Garth Wilber
n ftm and duty clash,
Francis Yesh
•'Nliilest is the ci' hr if Virtue."
Clarence Snyder
"Not too •erions, not
gay, but a real good fellow in every way.
Paul Wikon
"A fricnd ii, all he meets."
Duane Ward
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tongue, but I love to let it go."
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Bronson, Michigan, June 3, 1951
Dear Betty Jean:
I am sorry that you were not able to attend the Alumni Banquet
last night, as I know you would have enjoyed seeing all your old high school friends. B u t since you were the only one not present, I shall tell you about it.
Paul Wilson, who is on a furlough from his missionary work in Africa, was the main speaker of the evening. Y o u certainly remember how well Barbara used to sing, don't you? W e l l , she has kept on and made singing a career. S h e flew in from New York, where she has just completed a four weeks' contract at the Metropolitan, in order to sing during the Alumni program. G a r t h Wilber, who is a tobacco auc- tioneer from West Virginia, acted as toastmaster for the evening. I v a Belote, June Heckelman, and Thelma Lampman, who are doing secre-
tarial work, were also present. Elouise Fenner, you will remember, always said she wanted to be a secretary and marry the boss' son. Well, her wish came true alright and she didn't work for the boss either, his son. J a n e Coleman left shortly after school was out in '41 and took up commercial art in Chicago. S h e had some of her beautiful drawings with her last night. D o r i s Hillyer, who has been for several years, a model, is now Mrs. Olan Martin. W a v a Parsons has been a beauty op- erator and is now Mrs. David Greeley. T h e y are living in a house trailer near a training camp in Louisiana. Stanley Kruszka wanted to be President of the United States, as you remember. F r o m all I hear, I do think we'll have a good President in a few years. Clarence Sny- der is also studying for Vice-President and I think they'll run together. Won't that be great, a President and a Vice-President out of our class?
Clark Roebuck is superintendent of a tool and die making factory, and Dale Cochensparger is foreman o f one o f the rooms there. E l a i n e Bawden, who is supervisor of the nurses at the Health Center in Cold- water, and June Gibbons, who is the head of the maternity ward there, were also present. I suppose these two will interest you greatly, since you are a surgical nurse in Ann Arbor. Micheal Kupiecki, who you will remember, specialized in commercial work while in school, is now an accountant in Kalamazoo. O f course you have heard a lot about our famous aviator, Francis Bobay. H e was present last night. L i l - lian Luce, who operated a beauty parlor in Bronson, is now keeping house for Francis Yesh, who is the president of a local factory here. Donald Parsons, Elton Rubley, John Mahar, Cecil Tice, and Joe Seiler, all F. F. A. boys while in hivh school, are all married and have beauti- ful farms of their own. T h e y were present. Kenneth Rifenburgh, who is a famous artist, and Betty Jane Mitchell, who is a physical edu- cation teacher in Boston. were also present last night. D u a n e Ward, now a famous "door salesman" was here. B y the way, about two years ago, he got his foot in the door and had it broken. Dorothy Langwell wanted to be an old maid, but she was one of the first to be married from our class. M a y b e that's what she called being an old maid. Rosebelle Rigg, a famous dancer in New York, illustrated sev- eral numbers here. She is an excellent dancer. A n d last but not least is Lula Mae Howald, who is a beauty operator in Detroit.
The evening was spent with fun and laughter for all present. I am sure you will be disappointed greatly that you could not be present. I had better close and go to bed as it is almost twelve and I'll have
to go to work tomorrow.
Sincerely yours, Ernestine Klavinski
We, the Senior Class of Bronson High School, City of Bronson, State of Michigan, being of sane mind and memory, declaring this our last will and testament, do bequeath our most valued possessions as follows:
To the Faculty, we leave our sincere appreciation for their unend-
ing patience; to the Juniors, we leave the honor and responsibility of be- ing called Seniors and acting as such; to the Sophomores, we leave our virtue and methods of studying and rights to have all their lessons one hundred per cent; and to the Freshmen, we leave all knowledge that is of no use to us and hone it may help them in the future.
I, Elaine Bowden, leave my jolly disposition and physic book to
Donna Shaw. I , June Gibbons, bequeath my giggles to Phyllis Tice. I, Iva Belote, bequeath my basketball ability to Anna Lemanski.
I, Francis Bobay, leave "Lamoine" to any one who can get her.
I, Dale Cochensparger, leave my quietness to Frank Printke.
I, Jane Coleman, leave my position as President of the Student Council to Richard Yesh. I , Elouise Fenner, leave the honor of be- ing Valedictorian to the most worthy.
I, June Heckelman, leave my ability to study to Ethen Swift.
I, Doris Hillyer, bequeath my slender figure to Alberta Diebel.
I, Lula Mae Howald, leave my dancing ability to Marjorie Shook. I, Barbara Kolassa, leave my ability to sing to Wanda Nowak. We, Ernestine Klavinski and Betty Jean Russell, leave our everlast-
ing friendship through high school to June McDonald and Doris Guzy. I, Stanley Kruszka, leave my blushing to Jeannette Peruski.
I, Micheal Kupiecki, leave my ability to do mathematics to Edwina Horkey. I , Joe Seiler, leave my bashfulness to Dwight Green.
I, Thelma Lampman, leave my typing ability to Evelyn Klavinski. I, Dorothy Longwell, leave my chubbyness to Francis Seiler.
I, Lillian Luce, leave my position as President of the Home Econ-
omics Club to Louise Criswell.
I, John Mahar, leave my way with the girls to Whitcomb Cranson. I, Betty Jane Mitchell, leave my ability to read books in class to
Carlie Rifenburgh.
I, Donald Parsons, leave my manly figure to Chuck Hilton, Jr.
I, Wava Persons, leave my ambition never to have a curl out of
place to Shirley Lane.
I, Rosebelle Rigg, give my smiles to Dorothy Monroe.
I, Kenneth Rifenburgh, bequeath my ability to build airplanes to
Paul Borton. I , Clark Roebuck, bequeath my editorship of the Vik- ing to LaVerne LaMontagne.
I, Elton Rubley, leave my "good marks" ability to Dale Hankins. I, Clarence Snyder, leave my ability to be a good baseball player
to "Wishy" Kostielny.
I, Cecil Tice, leave my ability to grow up to Victor Cook.
I, Duane Ward, leave my strong physique to Leland Smart.
I, Garth Wilbur, leave my boastfulness to Victor Bolley.
I, Paul Wilson, leave my "going-with-girls" ability to Bill Guzy. I, Francis Yesh, leave my football playing ability to Keith Teeple. Lastly, we leave all our possessions not mentioned above to our
last sponsor, Mr. Bodley.
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the Class of Nineteen Hundred Forty-one to be their last will and test-
ament. B e t
y Jean Russell
Everyone has a goal which some day he wishes to attain. H o w to reach this goal is another thing.
If in early life you start doing things by putting forth your best efforts you will not find tasks so hard when you get out into the world. I f , though, you must be forced to do your task, you will lack in- itiative later on in life.
One should b e independent. H e should not have to be told to do everything but do his tasks of his own free will. N o one is going to tell you later just what to doandhowtodoit.Ifyoudonotstart relying upon yourself now, when will you?
One should not give up easily at the task he is doing and allow his ambition to Die. " I f at first you don't succeed, try, try again" is an old saying, but if applied, it will work effectively as ever in bringing you close to the goal.
A person who shows little enthusiasm for what he is doing will not be likely to succeed in that endeavor and will find it hard to reach his goal.
Opportunity is not likely to seek you out. Y o u must meet it half way. I f you fail to do so it will not come so close the next time.
So if you want success, you must put forth your best efforts in what you are doing. Whether you are the highly paid executive or the ditch digger, do your work in your very best manner and some day you are likely to reach the goal that is in your mind. A t least you will have the satisfaction of remaining true to your ideals and ambitions and perhaps you will have paved the way for the success of an- other who follows you.
Do not allow anything to turn you aside from these ambitions. Edgar A . Guest has very vividly expressed the spirit with which you should face the fu- ture in the following lines:
"Somebody said that it couldn't be done, But he with a chuckle, replied
That 'maybe it couldn't', but he would be one Who wouldn't say so 'till he'd tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. I f he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing That couldn't be done, and he did it."
This then is the end! Today we stand here and again say "Here Endeth." H e r e endeth our high school days, companion- ships that have grown dear with the pass- ing years, rivalries that have spurred us on to achievement.
We have traveled together now for four years, knowing the same triumphs and the same defeats; experiencing the same joys and the same disappointments. T o - gether we have looked forward for four years to this day, and now that it is come we say with pleasure—and with sadness "Here Endeth."
So, today marks for us an end—and a beginning. B u t regardless of what this beginning is, whether we step forth into business, into college, or into home-mak- ing, this day marks the birth of new ideas; new interests; new associations and new experiences.
But perhaps the greatest change of all of us who graduate here today can be summed up in these words: "Here endeth restraint; here beginneth freedom."
But if we are to be actually free, we must learn one important lesson. R e a l freedom never consists in mere release from old limitations; freedom is the posi- tive substitution of inward self control for external restraints.
Today marks for us the end of old laws and restrictions. B u t what of the freedom that is beginning? W i l l it lead us into disaster because of our own lack of self control: or shall we know the true freedom that comes with a stable sense of values and sound judgment?
Here endeth the old! Here beginneth the new! A new world lies before us, re- plete with opportunities—and with temp- tations. O u r life has been placed in our ownhands to do with as we will. The choice is ours! In John Oxenham's words:
"To every man there openeth
A Way and Ways and a Way,
And the High Soul climbs the High Way And the Low Soul gropes the Low
And in between on the misty flats
The rest drift to and fro.
But to every man there openeth
A High Way and a Low,
And every man decideth
The Way his Soul Shall go."
Class Motto—"Where there is a will, there is a way." Class Colors—Blue and Yellow
Class Flower—Yellow Rose
Class Officers—
President, Grace Calhoun; V i c e -President, Doris Guzy; Secretary, LaMoine Bidwell; Treasurer, LaVerne LaMon- tagne
As Juniors, the Class of 1942 started with 64 students, including Christine Herman, Richard Coward, and Evelyn Harker who were new in Bronson High. A t the close of the first semester, however, Richard Coward moved to Lapeer. M r . Hilton acted as their class adviser.
During the year several members of the class were very active in the various sports of the school, such as football, basketball, and base- ball. O n both the football and basketball teams, Juniors were in the majority. M a n y girls, as well as boys, won letter awards in basket- ball. Q u i t e a number of students were representatives on the Hi-Times staff and in the Senior Band.
On December 20, 1940, several students participated in the class play, "Elmer, The Youngest," as a means of raising money for the an- nual reception. A t intervals through the year, sandwich sales were held, and also pop, candy, and pop corn were sold at football games and also at basketball games as a means of increasing their funds.
The class is looking forward to becoming Seniors and of being the largest class Bronson High School has ever graduated.
—June Gibbons
Front row: Alberta Kibiloski, Margaret Keeler, Alice Bogucki, Mary J. Herman. P- "•• Evelyn llarker, Carol June Heimert, Barbara Shaw, Phyllis TICC, Anna Lemanski, Jean( •
Guzy (Vice President), Lamoine Bidwell (Secretary), Betty Pennell, LaVerne LaMon•
Second row: Geraldine Iloskins, Donna B a l d w i n , Evelyn Klavinski, Christine
Larimer, Harriett Gilbert. Libbie Tice, Helen I.. Smith, Caroline Lane, Alberta Diebt(, Ai. Kibiloski, Joanetta Priest, Grace Calhoun (President), June NIcDonald. Dorothy Kibiloski.
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Third row: Valentina Jasper, Shirley Lane, Virginia Ludwick, Donald Selby, Bill Coleman, Teeple, Eugene Smoker, Richard l'esh, Mr. Hilton, Dwight Green, Lawrence Hurley, Stella Adan Mary Sours, Joyce Elliott, Louise Bailey.
Fourth row: Fabian Wotta, Donald Fair, Irvin Kelly, Malcolm Crabtree, Dale Hankins, Alo,
Kostielny, Frank Barkowski, Bruce Redmond, Dale Walton, Victor Bolley, Victor C-1;.1Noti:t,tft.rsJckhonhonaeahanSESw
Class Officers—
Audrey Brailsford, president; Shirley Robinson, vice-president;
Forrest Shumway, secretary; and Mary Ellen Piatt, treasurer.
In September 1939, forty-nine Freshmen enrolled for their first year of high school, with Miss Anderson as their class adviser and
In their Freshman year the following six students dropped out of
the class: Bette Belote, Alphia Dietrich, Waldo Jones, George Thomp- son, Arnold Swift, and Harold Smith.
In the Fall of 1940 forty Sophomore students enrolled. M r . Stewart was appointed their advisor for this year.
They mourned the loss of Paddie Lou Lane, who died during the Summer. Harold Gillette went to another school. Later in the year they lost Donald Richart, who joined the United States Navy, Barbara Spence, and Robert Carpenter.
They were responsible for one of the most successful All-Hi part- ies of the season, which was held on January 31.
They entered a float in the Hallowe'en parade and received a prize for it, and they received first and second prizes for private cars. —Barbara Kolassa
Front row: Betty Bidwell, Leona Mvhnier, Donna Shaw, Louise Criswell, Mary E. Piatt, Audrey Brailsford (President), Wanda Nowak, Doris Richart, Marjorie Eberhard, Eleanor Kolassa, Nellie Stewart. Second row: Beverly Lawrence, Marie Clouse, Orpha Rossetter, Gene Green. Ruth Wilson, Shirley Robinson (Vice President), Virginia Nowak, Edwina florkey, Frances Seiler, Frances Kibiloski, Helen M. Smoker.
rhird row: Leland Smart, Pat Keiley, Richard Schafer, Whitcomb Cranson, LaVon Riggs, Forrest Shumway, Carlie Rifenburgh, Lamar Modert, Keith Teeple, Ilarley Bogart.
Fourth row: Donald Richart, Cliffort Kibiloski, Elwood Langwell, Frank Printke. Mr. Stewart, Lowell Roseneau, Glenn Shumwav, George Adams, Galen Swift.
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ont row: Barbara Soncrant, Judy Slingerland, Vivian ( : i b b o n s , Joanne Garman, M a r t l , Bell (Vice President), Bonnie Byers (Treasurer), Mary V. White, Alice Wilber, Ellen Record.
Second row: Maybelle Washburn, Doris Lane, Marjorie Shook, Phyllis Elliott, Gertrude Blasky, Ora Lampman, Mary 1. Kolassa, Geraldine Yesh, Bernadine Smoker, Genevieve Eddy, Joyce Spornhauer.
Third row: P a u l Dorton, Charles Hilton, Gilbert Rubley, Matthew Albright, Monroe Wilber, Clyde Williams, Myron Larimer, Miss Anderson, Maurice BonneIL I.. J. Root, Gordon Jones.
Fourth row: Florian Syc, Arthur Jennings, Leonard Hankins (President), Joe Szafranski, Billy Guzy, Bruce Roseneau, Wendell Priest, John Buholtz, Mervin Crabild Irvin Papke, David Sadder.
Not shown: Margaret Ernsberger, Irene Monroe, Walter Reed, Billy Thurber.
On September 3. 1940. forty-seven green Freshmen entered Bron- son High with Miss Dora L. Anderson as their class adviser. T h o s e who dropped out during the year were Dickie Belote, Donald Bidwell, and Robert Early. Delores Eddy entered late but dropped out again because of illness. Students who entered later were Ellen Record and Judy Singerland.
Several boys were active in athletics. Seven boys were out for football. S i x of those seven won emblems, while the seventh, Bruce Rosenau, won a minor award. T h e six boys who won emblems were Leonard Hankins. Charles Hilton, Gordon Jones, Myron Larimer, Clyde Williams, and Bill Guzy. T h e boys who went out for basketball and received awards were Clyde Williams. Myron Larimer, Bill Guzy, Paul Borton, Charles Hilton, Leonard Hankins, and Arthur Jennings. Sev- eral boys went out for the team in baseball.
One girl, Maybelle Washburn, went out for basketball.
Myron Larimer and Walter Reed were selected by the class as Ald- ermen in the Student Council. T h e class took part in the nickel-a- week plan. T h e y were allowed under the plan to take part in ath- letics, attend all home games, receive all regular issues of the high school publication, the "Hi-Times", attend all parties, and attend all
—Elton Rubley
II 1 . DOUGLAS MANUF.1( TURING CO., Subsidary Kingston Products Corporation
Front row : l A a n Bolley, Lois Mc!
Second row : Barbara Burk Third row : hardy, Dos Supianosk. Fourth r Cathca
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Motto—"Marching Along Together." Colors—Red and White.
Seventh Grade Class Snonsor—Jessi Eighth Grade Class Sponsor—Marjo
The Junior High has experienced a very enth grade were officially initiated on Septemb One of the major events was the visit to
where the classes selected their quota of book In the Hallowe'en parade th2 Eighth their float, "God Bless America." T h e Bo
sponsored to defray expenses for the a were a success and netted the amount n
Two interesting field trips were c and the new post office.
A grand Christmas party was sented an original play, "The Last an AAA play, "In The Best of
The group assisted the Community project. T h e and holly berries and provised chimney.
The Junior • Junior and Seni
Dancing, Ping- were played ior High at
The • Air" fea
grams w valuabl
-ades, 3rd; Freshmen started, 4th; Up- ok on the Freshmen's faces, 5th; City Litchfield here, 20th; Football game
lly, 30th.
'id; Football game at Union City, 1films; Band Mothers Pot Luck, om the country, 10th; Football ''ootball game at Homer, 16th; Football game, Reading here,
•F. F. A.Boys'Social,1st- tme, Quincy here; Home- her first gym class. W o -
14th; All-Hi Party, 15th; "'lass, 27th.
etball game, UC lrus and Band -embly, 13th; ame, there, tion, 21st-
1,• Bas-
ses started, 13th; Gym
16, 17th; Basketball, 11,Quincy here, 24th; mbly Enjoyed Cleary
Reading there, ,lentine Party, '0,21,22; Ro- 'arty, 28th.

Cast of Characters: E l m e r Gardner, Richard Yesh ; Mel Gardner, Malcomb Crabtree; Luigi, Dwight Green; Vonny, Alberta Kibiloski; Carrie, Joyce Elliot; Anne, Grace Calhoun; Dr. Arthur Markham, Dick Coward; Mrs. Gardner, Dorothy Monroe; Sybil Roberts, Marian Lari- mer; Lance Abernathy, Fabian Wotta ; Martha, Christine Herman; Judge Daily, Donald Fair; Shanover, Bruce Redmond.
A three act comedy, entitled "Elmer, the Youngest," was presented by the Juniors Friday, December 20, before a large audience. I t re- vealed a talented class and showed much work and cooperation.
The play was successfully directed by Miss Baker.
Elmer, who has just finished high school is absorbed in directing the destinies of two of his sisters, Anne and Carrie. A n n e is engaged to marry a doctor, but Elmer is sure she is in love with Lance Abern- athy, a childhood playmate. S o he sends for Lance and he and Luigi do some careful plotting, but Carrie, knowing of his schemes, inter- feres. Carrie and Elmer battle between themselves. N o t until the
wedding ceremony is in progress does Elmer's scheme work.
—Doris Hillyer
On Friday night, April 4, the Class of '41 presented their play "College Daze." T h e play concerned Hartdale, a typical little college town, and the action took place at "Ma Mitchell's Coffee Shoppe." This provided a unique setting which was cleverly and attractively worked out.
Harold "Duke" Duquet is the heir of Hartdale's greatest bene- factor, a small-town boy who went to New York and became wealthy. "Duke" is required to graduate from Hartdale before he can come into
the estate. J u s t out of a swanky Eastern prep school, he is thorough-
ly disgusted with the prospect of life at Hartdale. H e hits upon tile__ --- ingenious scheme of changing identities with Slim Wiggins, a sny, gang- ling, country youth from Corn Hollow, Nebraska, who is trying to work
his way through college. " D u k e " becomes Slim, and Slim is required
to act the part of a dashing young millionaire from the East.
The characters were: D u k e , Duane Ward; Ma, Elouise Fenner; Slim, Francis Yesh ; Shirley, Elaine Bawden ; Lana, Lillian Luce; Bill, Clark Roebuck; Poodles, Lula Mae Howald ; Ella Rose, Betty Jane Mitchell; Vivian, June Gibbons; Ossie, Micheal Kupiecki; Mr. Victor,
Garth Wilber; Pete, Donald Parsons. — G a r
The City of Bronson held its Third Annual Ice Carnival on January 30. Since weather conditions were very favorable for good ice, the carnival was a great success, attracting over a thousand sptctators.
Figure skaters were present from Battle Creek and Jackson. R o n Overmyer of Jackson, popular figure skater and barrel jumper, was present. A group of figure skaters from Battle Creek, known as the "Skating Family," gave a fine demonstration of figure skating.
There were also races for boys and girls, and the winners receiv- ed bronze medals.
The Carnival was sponsored by the Rotary Club, The Commerc- ial Club, and the High School. Special assistance was given by the City of Bronson and its employees, Bronson Co-Ops., Michigan Baker- ies, Inc., Davis Jewelry, Bronson Journal, B. H. Diebel and "Hap" Col- lins. — F r a n c i s Bobay
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For the fifth year, the Student Council of Bronson High School has undertaken to sponsor student activities and to further cooperation be- tween school and community.
Through student activity fees, the Student Union has financed the school publication, the "Hi-Times;" six high school parties; several out- standing assembly programs; a noon-hour program which included dancing, ping-pong, and other sports; and a ping-pong tournament. It also sponsored the Third Annual Ice Carnival, which was financed by the local Rotary and Commercial Clubs. T h e Student Union was also largely responsible for creating interest in square dancing among the students, and made arrangements for them to have nationally known dancing teachers with them.
Standing committees for the year were: Athletic Committee, Stan- ley Kruszka, chairman, Clark Misenar, and Eleanor Kolassa; Assem- bly Committee, Betty Mitchell, chairman, Paul Wilson, Shirley Robin- son, Dorothy Monroe, Victor Bolley, Doris Lane, and Helen Radford. Mr. Westaway was faculty adviser of both these committees.
This year's Council officers were: President, Jane Coleman; Vice- President, Clark Roebuck: Secretary, Grace Calhoun; Treasurer, Phyllis Tice; Aldermen, Stanley Kruszka, Senior; Doris Guzy and Richard Yesh, Juniors; Virginia Nowak and Whitcomb Cranson, Soph- omores; Walter Reed and Myron Larimer, Freshmen; Mary Jane Bolley, Eighth grade; and Roy Bell, Seventh grade. M r . Stewart, as faculty adviser, has proved capable and always dependable during the year.
—Jane Coleman
Left to right: \\*hitcondo Cram-on. Nlary P. Roney. T i c e , Trea-urer; Stanley Kru,ka, Clark Po,.buck. Vice Pre.ident; lane Coleman. l're.ttlent Grace Calhoun, Secretary; Nlyron Lanmer, Vi alter Reed. Doris Guzy, Roy Bell.
Standmg: Richard Vesh, Mr. Stewart, Virginia Nowak.
C o l , L i l l i a n Luce,i ; lent;WavaParsons A 1 1 1 1 4 Lemanski, Albutta Kibiloski, Barbara Soncrant, Bonnie Byers, Carol J. Ileimert, Judy Slingerland, Margaret Ernsberger, Phyllis Tice, Dorothy Monroe, Doris
uzy, Evelyn Harker, Dorothy Longwell.
second row: Caroline Lane, June McDonald, Alberta Diebel, Edwina llorkey, Frances Seiler, Marjorie 7•hook. Virginia Nowak, Frances Kibiloski, Bernadine Smoker, Louise Bailey, Geraldine Yesh, Betty Russell, Helen M . Smoker.
Flower—White Carnation Color—Blue and White Motto—Work to Win
The Home Economics Club was organized in 1938, under the direction of Mrs. Hansen, for the purpose of developing friendship, co-operation, and understanding among the girls in Bronson High School; to promote interest in Home Econo- mics: and to be of service to the community.
This year the club was under the direction of a new ad- viser, Miss Louise Shepard, who comes to us from her home in Remus, after teaching two years in Farwell. She is a graduate of Michigan State College and has brought along many good ideas. W i t h Miss Shepard's help the club has been led by Lillian Luce, President; Wava Parsons, Vice-Presi- dent; Elouise Fenner, Secretary; and Louise Criswell, Treas- urer.
During the year the club has sponsored many money mak- ing projects, as well as various enjoyment programs. T h e i r most outstanding adventure for money making was the Hot Lunches, which netted them well over $50. T h e i r enjoyments were: On October 25 and 26, Lillian Luce, Wava Parsons, and Eloufse Fenner represented the club at the State Conference held in Detroit: November 15, they sponsored an All-Hi party for the Student Council; on December 5, they entertained their mothers and the faculty at a Mother-Daughter Banquet with a very imuressive candlelight initiation service.
These are just part of the various activities in which the club took part, and some of the things to which future mem- berscanlookforward. — L i l l i a n Luce
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The Future Farmers of America is a national organization of farm boys studying vocational agriculture. T h e organization is found from Maine to Hawaii and from Washington to Porto Rico; in fact there are chapters in 47 of the 48 states of the Union and in the two territories of Hawaii and Porto Rico.
Its emblem is made up of five symbols, the owl, the plow ,and the rising sun within the cross-section of an ear of corn, which is sur- mounted by the American eagle. U n o n the face of the emblem appear the words, "Vocational Agriculture" and the letters "F. F. A." T h e owl is symbolic of wisdom; the plow is the symbol of labor and tillage of the soil; the rising sun is emblematic of progress and the new day in agriculture; the cross-section of the ear of corn is indicative of the national organization, as is also the American eagle.
The purposes of the organization are:
1. T o supplement the regular systematic instruction offered to
students of vocational agriculture.
2. T o encourage organized recreational activities among stu-
dents of vocational agriculture.
3. T o promote and improve scholarship.
4. T o promote thrift among students of vocational agriculture. 5. T o improve the rural home and its surroundings.
6. T o create and nurture a love of country life.
7. T o create more interest in the intelligent choice of farm
8. T o encourage co-operative effort among students of vo-
cational agriculture.
9. T o strengthen the confidence of the farm boy in himself and
his work.
10. T o develop competent, aggressive, rural agricultural leader-
ship. — D o n Parsons
Front row: Donald Parsons, Cecil Tice ( Pre.ident). Landis Teeple (Treasurer), Garth Wilber, John Mahar, Joe Seiler, Mr. Hilton, John Smith, Galen Swift, Richard Schafer, Dwight Green (Vice President). Second row: D a l e Walton, Elwood Langwell, Bruce Redmond, Frank Printke, Lowell Roseneau, Forrest Shumway. Dale Ilanlins (Secretary).
Notshown:Etha, • ! r y B,.
Front row: Ketty Johnson, leads,. a l l a Lane, Carol J. Ikon, t. Patsy Ms hmaid,
Norma McCracken, Ilelen Radford.
Second row: Barbara Lawrence, Joyce Lane, Joyce Potter, Peggy Tillotson, Lois NIchityre, l v I Yolanda Austin, Julie Aldrich, Joan Ilunsicker.
Third row: Barbara Soncrant. Barbara It,, tier "•do Iley Robil,..m. Audrey Brad sford, Betty Mitchell, Doris Lane.
The Bronson Girl Scouts are divided into two groups, Seniors and Intermediate. E a c h group has its own leader and officers, but some joint meet.ngs are held. K e t t y Johnson and Jerry Wolfe lead the Intermediate group assisted by Helen Radford as Troop Scribe and Lois McIntyre as Troop Treasurer. R o s a l y n Westaway and Mary Donaldson head the Senior group assisted by Shirley Robinson, presi- dent, and Audrey Brailsford, secretary-treasurer.
Both trouns worked together during the summer of 1940 on the Outdoor Cook Badge and again during G.r1 Scout Week in October. Four main events took place during that week, a window display, a float in the Hallowe'en parade, a Hallowe'en party with the Catholic girls as guelts, and attending the Baptist Church in a body on Girl Scout Sunday.
In November they went on an overnght camping trip at the Phillins' cottage at Matteson lake and again in April.
With the money earned from the pancake supper and cakewalk that were given, some were able to buy their uniforms.
On April 26 they were the guests of the Sturgis Girl Scouts in an All Scout Day program.
The Intermediate group worked on any badge they wished to or needed to, to finish their Second Class work. F o u r have completed their badge work and received their Second Class Badges.
The Senior group's work was centered around the Arts and Crafts field, namely: weaving, soap carving, rug making, etching glass and sewing. One of the main events of their year was a scavenger hunt party with a number of Boy Scouts as guests.
—Betty Jane Mitchell
The Boy Scouts of America have been a very active organization in the United States since the early 1900's and have grown steadily from that time until now.
There are a great number of people who do not know all of the things Scouting does for boys. W h e n a boy starts out as a Scout, one of the first things he must do is to memorize a set of rules governing his behavior, character, and loyalty. N e x t he is taught the principles of First Aid which are now among the most valuable things anyone can know. T h e Scout also must earn and save a small amount o f money, he must be able to build a fire with two matches, cook a meal over an open fire without any cooking dishes. A s he advances he must learn to swim, be able to walk 14 miles, learn something about nature and the use of outdoor camping equipment. A l l of this you can see gives the boy a number of things he does not get in school or in his home.
The Boy Scouts of Bronson meet every Monday night at seven o'clock during the school year and arrange to have several meetings out of doors when the weather is good. A l s o for the past few years they have held a week-end camp at some lake.
Bert Ward has been Scout Master for the past three years and has been very much interested in the work the Scouts have been doing. Olan Martin is the Assistant Scout Master and helps Mr. Ward instruct the boys in their work. T h e Patrol Leaders are Wendell Brenner, Whitcomb Cranson, Kenneth Roebuck. and Charles Hilton. The Senior Patrol Leaders are Walter Reed and Clark Roebuck, who have charge of Troops 83 and 84.
The American Legion on Monday, April 7, took over the job of sponsoring Scouting and all meetings are being held at the Legion
—Clark Roebuck
Front row: B i l l y Coats, Kenneth Roebuck, Charles Ililton, Paul Borton, Robert Calhoun. R.N. Bell. Second row : Duane Garberich, Robert Byers, Myron Larimer, Wendell Brenner, David Rifenburgh. Third row: Kenneth Rdenburgh, Olan Martin, Carlie Rifenburgh, Gordon Jones, Whitcomb Crimson, John Hardy, Clark Roebuck.
Fourth row: Bertram Ward, leader; Duane Ward, Aloysius Kostielny, Walter Reed.
Front row: Peggy Tillotson, Paul Borton, Betty Jane Mitchell, Doris Guzy, l'at Kelley, Doris Martha Bell, Lots McIntyre, Barbara Shaw.
Second row: Barbara Burley, Yolanda Jean Austin, Beverly Lawrence, Norma NIcCracken, Bruce Derrickson, Audrey Brailsford, Wanda Nowak, Victor Bolles.
Third row: Maybelle Washburn, Barbara Lawrence, Betty -Fairbanks, Cora J. Leatherman, Clark Roebuck, Shirley Robinson, Robert Byers, Whitcomb Cranson, Glenn Shumway, Clyde Williams, Walter Reed, Paul Wilson. Eugene Smoker, Duane Ward.
Standing: Kenneth Rifenburgh, Mary J. Ward, Lamir H e l e n Radford, Donald Selby, Helen I..
LaVerne LaMontagne, Carol June Ileimert.
This year's High School Band of 45 members has been the largest in the history of Bronson High.
Their first engagement was last Fall at the Coldwater 4-H Club Fair.
First division rating in marching and a second division in con- cert was received by the band at the Centerville Fair.
The fine maneuvers of the band were features of all the home football games except the Armistice Day game and of two basketball games.
The band entered the district and state contests this Spring and received a first division at the district and a fourth at the state
Two concerts were nresented this year by the band, the Winter concert which was held December 12, and the spring concert March 26. The entire Music Department appeared at the annual Spring con- cert, including the Junior Band. Tonette Band, the Grade School and
Junior High vocal groups, and the Senior High Chorus.
The follow'ng soloists entered the state contest: Martha Bell, oboe; Robert Byers, piano; Paul Borton, piano and clarinet; Mary Joan Ward, drums and marimba; Doris Lane, piano; Duane Ward, trombone;
Norma McCracken. piano.
Mary Joan Ward and Doris Lane entered the National Contest
which is quite an honor for a musician.
—Paul Wilson
The membership in the Junior Band has been larger this year than in former years. Since several have been promoted to Senior Band, the membership has been reduced from thirty-five to twenty- three.
To gain promotion members have 128 tests to pass, including solos with complement, and ensembles.
They still have a convenient plan of renting instruments. T h i s gives students who have no instrument the opportunity to learn to play one.
The main activity of the year in which they all participate is their public concert. I t was presented this year on March 26, in the gym-
nasium. — D o r o t h y Langwell
Front row: Wendell Priest, George Elmer. Joan llimicler. Sheila McManu,, Bonnie Byers, Roy Bell. Joyce Lane, Norma J. Chapman, Avon Wilson, John Gladstone, Ruth Myer, Jonathan R i c h a r d Whitehead, Dale Hoard, Carlie Rifenburgh, Forrest Shumway.
Second row: Eileen Heimert, Priscilla Lane, Betty Lawrence, Betty Gibbons, 1,
Wilber, Mary Virginia White, Wendell Brenner, Bonnie Holley, Harry Piatt, 1, Root, Marjorie Shook. Ruth Wilson, Billy Coats, Alan Kalvin, Robert Radi, •
Not shown: C o r a Jean Leatherman, Myron Lorimer.
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Vivian I:“an. Alice Ilitgueki. Anna lamanski. Tlaine llaailtii. 1<0
Stewart. Beverly Lawrence. Martha Bell.
Second row: Monroe Wilber, Paul Bolton, Wanda Nowak. Marian I , t . .
Gilbert. Valentina _Jasper, Martiiiie Shook, Betty I. Nlitchell. Betty J. Russell, Joyce Elliott
Iin I.anr.
Third row: L i m n , Fenner. Betty Pennell. Ruth Wilson. Grace Calhoun, Marie ('lou.e, Frances Kill, Louise Bailey, Judy Slingerland, Louise Crt.well, Genevieve Eddy, Jeanette Perucki, Gilbert R ii
J. Root.
Fourth row: Geraldine Hoskins. Donna I). Baldwin, Arthur Irmungs, Forrest Shumway, Paul Wilson. e`ifford Kibtloski, Leonard Ilankins, Keith .1.eetile, Lamar Modem Alberta Ktbilovki. Alice Wilber.
shown: Myron Larimer, Phyllis McClellan, Irene Monroe, Nellie Stewart, Joyce Spoiblagger.
As the school term opened in September, 56 students enrolled in the Senior High Chorus under the direction of Mr. Ellis, who has been here for the past three years. On December 12, the Chorus gave a joint concert with the Band here at the high school. L a t e r , they presented another concert.
The personnel of the class is as follows: Elaine Baw- den, Alice Bogucki, Louise Criswell, Joyce Elliot, Gene- vieve Eddy, Elouise Fenner, Harriet Gilbert, Mary Jane Herman, Valentina Jasper, Evelyn Klavinski, Eleanor Kolassa, Margaret Keeslar, Anna Lemanski, Virginia Ludwick, Marian Larimer, Phyllis McClennan, Irene Mon- roe, Betty Jane Mitchell, Alice Wilber, Jeanette Per- uski, Joanetta Priest, Betty Pennell, Rosebelle Rigg, Viv- ian Ryan, Nellie Stewart, Joyce Spornhauer, Libbie Tice, Mary Virginia White, Judy Slingerland, sopranos; Betty Jean Russell, Martha Bell, Donna Dora Baldwin, Louise Bailey, Marie Clouse, Grace Calhoun, Geraldine Hoskins, Doris Lane, Marjorie Shook, Ruth Wilson, altos; Lamar Modert, Maurice Bonnell, Paul Borton, Leonard Hankins, Arthur Jennings, Clifford Kibiloski, Myron Larimer, Gil- bert Rubley, L. J. Root, Keith Teeple, Paul Wilson, Mon- roe Wilber, Forest Shumway, baritones.
The Chorus has had a very good accompanist in Wanda Mae Nowak.
—Rosebelle Rigg F R I E D R I C H BROTHERS
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the Little "C" Conference.
n February 17 the team played at Quincy in the Conference
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Front row—Hurley, Fair, Selby, Coach Hilton. Back row—Yesh. Walton. Wotta, Kinter.
The Bronson cagers of 1941-42 got off to a good start by
defeating Quincy in the first game. P l a y i n g hard throughout the sea-
son, with luck often against them, they tied Athens for third place in
Tournament. A f t e r losing their first tournament game, they came back to beat Union City and Athens to win the Consolation Trophy.
At the District Tournament in Sturgis, Bronson lost out to Colon by a score of 34 to 25. Bronson scored 20 of their 25 points in the second half.
Six players are graduating in June. T h o s e receiving major awards were: Laurence Hurley, Fabian Wotta, Richard Yesh, Don Fair, Don Selby, Dale Walton, seniors; Charles Kinter, junior. T h o s e given minor awards were: Frank Printke, Whitcomb Cranson, juniors; Chas. Hilton, sophomore; Chub Brenner and Bob Doll, freshmen. T h e sec- ond team, losing their four games, hope to be more successful next year. T h o s e on the second team were: Don Fredricks, Leonard Hank- ins, Rex Foglesong, Walter Reed, Bill Guzy, Clyde Williams, John Hardy, Joe Supianoski, John Williams. and Bob Calhoun.
Scores of the games are as follows:
Bronson 23, Quincy 19; Bronson 18, Reading 20; Bronson 21,
Litchfield 20; Bronson 25, Athens 14; Bronson 15, Union City 18; Bron- son 34, Colon 24; Bronson 12, Quincy 18; Bronson 42, Union City 31; Bronson 52, Litchfield 28; Bronson 18, Colon 31; Bronson 17, Athens
16; Bronson 33, Reading 37.
—Richard Yesh
Front row—Nowak, Piatt, Brailsford, Bidwell. Robinson. Green Second row—Mrs. Hamilton. Lawrence, Shook, Doll, Guzy. Third row—Austin. Hurley, G. Green, Kolasa.
Early in the Fall of 1941 Bronson g:rls interested in basket- ball began preliminary practice in order to be more successful in their games during the cage season. Although the goal aimed at was not quite attained, the team was successful in winning five of the eight games played. Bronson's total score was 141 against their oppon- ents' 111.
Those participating, under the coaching of Mrs. Nova Hamilton, were LaMoine Bidwell, Captain; LaVerne LaMontagne, seniors; Mary Ellen Piatt, Shirley Robinson, Audrey Brailsford, Gene Green, Wanda Mae Nowak, and Beverly Lawrence. juniors; Mary Cathrine Kolassa and Marjorie Shook, sophomores; Mary Hurley, Betty Doll, Georgia Green, and Yolanda Austin, freshmen. T h e first seven named com- prised the first team. Doris Guzy faithfully executed the duties of manager for her third season.
To close the basketball season, the girls organized class teams. Junior High took part with the four upper grades. T h e Juniors emerged as the winners of all the various games played and the Seniors were the runners-up. T h e Freshman-Sophomore team won the Con- solation.
The basketball squad wishes to express their appreciation to Mrs. Hamilton for her patience and untiring efforts in working with them. They extend to her their heartiest thanks.
The schedule for the season follows:
Bronson 20, Quincy 22; Bronson 20, Athens 9; Bronson 18, Litch-
field 14; Bronson 17, Union City 5; Bronson 13, Quincy 27; Bronson 21, Union City 7; Bronson 21, Litchfield 12; Bronson 10, Athens 15.
—LaMoine Bidwell
With three of last year's members still here, the Sextette started off fairly well this year. T h e first pub- lic appearance was made at the Band-Chorus Concert on December. 12. T h e afternoon of the concert they ap- peared before the Woman's Club. L a t e r appearances were P. T. A. Founder's Meeting, Methodist Church Family Night, and the Spring Concert of the entire Music Department of B. H. S.
With four members remaining they have a good foundation for next year's Sextette.
The Sextette includes: Elaine Bawden and Betty Jane Mitchell, first sopranos; Grace Calhoun and Louise Criswell, second sopranos; Ruth Wilson and Martha Bell, altos. . - • -
Betty Jane and Elaine will be lost thr9ugh -grad- uation but with four experienced members next year, great accomplishments are expected of them.
—Elaine Bawden
Ruth Wilson, Martha Bell, Grace Calhoun Louise Criswell, Betty J. Mitchell, Elaine Bawden, Wanda Nowak (pianist).
Editor-in-chief, Clark Roebuck; Assistant Editor, Ernestine Kla- vinski; Business Manager, Kenneth Rifenburgh; Assistant Manager, Betty Jean Russell; Daily Life at B. H. S., Stanley Kruszka; Class Will, Betty Jean Russell; Valed:ctory, Elouise Fenner; Salutatory, Micheal Kupiecki; Class Prophecy, Ernestine Klavinski; Junior Class, June Gib- bons; Sophomore Class, Barbara Kolassa; Freshman Class, Elton Rub- ley; Junior High, June Heckelman; Calendar of Events, Wava Par- sons; Junior Play, Doris Hillver; Senior Play, Garth Wilber; Ice Car- nival, Francis Bobay; Student Council. Jane Coleman; Home Economics Club, Lillian Luce; F. F. A., Donald Parsons; Girl Scouts, Betty Jane Mitchell; Boy Scouts, Clark Roebuck; Senior Band, Paul Wilson; Jun- ior Band, Dorothy Langwell; Chorus, Rosebelle Rigg; Sextet, Elaine Bawden; Yearbook, Kenneth Rifenburgh; H i -Times. Thelma Lamp- man; P. T. A. News, Iva Belote; Skip Day, Cecil Tice; Football, Francis Yesh : Boys' Basketball. Duane Ward; Baseball, Clarence Snyder; and Girls' Basketball, Lula Mae Howald.
We, the Class of 1941, wish to take this opportunity to thank the merchants and business men of our city for their generous assistance and co-operation.
—Kenneth Rifenburgh
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For the fifth consecutive year the students of Bronson High School have edited and published the "Bronson Hi-Times," a bi-weekly news- paper. I t is a member of the National Scholastic Press Association, from which it has received a second honor rating.
At first printed locally, for the past two years the paper has been mimeographed at school. T h e entire process is taken care of by stu- dents with the advice of a faculty member, Mrs. Tharp. T h i s year forty students make up the staff, which is larger than before. Ernes- tine Klavinski and Jane Coleman are co-editors; Betty Jean Russell, business manager, in charge of mimeographing; and Mary Ellen Piatt, circulation manager.
The "Hi-Times" is financed by the Student Union as a part of the activities plan. A l l participating members, about ninety per cent of the student body, receive copies.
The "Hi-Times" has been distributed free to surrounding rural schools and local business houses in order to acquaint them with the many activities of Bronson High School. T h e circulation is now 350.
Some of the staff members and Mrs. Tharp attended the Second Annual Southwestern Michigan H i g h School Press Conference a t Western State Teachers College in Kalamazoo on December 7, 1940.
Oneevening at a P. T. A. meeting the staff, together with Mrs. Tharp, gave a demonstration of how the paper is set up for publication.
—Thelma Lampman
Front row: Barbara Bolley, Audrey Brailsford, Mary Ellen Piatt, Mrs. Tharp (advisor); Ernestine Klavinski, Jane Coleman, Co-editors; TC,,rma McCracken, Nellie Stewart. Eleanor Kolassa, Virginia Ludwick. Second row: Betty Pennell, Jeanette Peruski, Shirley Robinson, Fabian %Vona. Leland Smart, Lowell Rosenau, ()Ian Martin, Caroline Lane. Alberta D o r i , Lane, Harriet Gilbert.
Thud row: June Gibbons, Wanda Mae Nowak, Barbara Kolassa, Joanetta Priest, Thelma Lampman, Elouise Fenner, Beverly Lawrence, 1.ibbie Tice, Elain Bawden, Barbara Shaw.
Fourth row : Marie Clouse, Donna Shaw, Betty Russell, Lillian Luce, Dorothy Kibiloski, Phyllis Elliott, Betty Mitchell, June Ileckelman. Ruth Wilsor,.
P• T• A•
To promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school,
and community.
To raise the standards of home life.
To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of child-
hood and youth.
To bring into closer relation the home and the school, that par-
ents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the training of the child.
To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for every child the highest advantages in physical, mental, social, and spiritual education.
Officers for 1940-1941: Superintendent E President M r Vice President M Secretary M Treasurer
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y n J . Bodley George Brailsford . Lynn Ward
M r s . Nova Hamilton
Historian M
The organization held a Founders' Day meeting, the Annual Penny
Supper, a meeting honoring the Girl and Boy Scouts and their activit- ies, and a picnic made up the last meeting of the year.
During 1940, this organization recognized at its meetings: Parent Week, sponsored by the Pre-School Mothers' Club; Annual Hallowe'en Frolic, sponsored by the Rotary Club, Commercial Club, and the P. T. A.; Armistice Day; Christmas Holiday Season. — I v a Belote
s . B. H. Diebel
J. Don Coats
Listen! D i d you hear what I heard on the morning of May 12? Well, it was nothing serious, just a group of 30 Seniors hurrying around for fear of getting left at home.
The Seniors skipped off this year for a two-day tour of Chicago, arriving at the Stevens Hotel at 10 o'clock. T h e y registered and were assigned large airy guest rooms which overlooked Grant Park and the lake front.
They then motored to Marshall Field's where they had lunch. They continued on their tour ioy bus along Chicago's famous Michigan Avenue, into Lincoln Park to visit the Zoo. A f t e r returning they re- tired to their rooms to freshen up for dinner served in the Coffee Shop.
Several evening parties to the movies or dinner dance places were arranged following a coast to coast broadcast at one of the large radio network auditoriums.
Tuesday morning, following a good night's rest at the Stevens they continued their sight-seeing tour with their first stop at the Chicago Board of Trade. T h e y were then taken to the Municipal Airport and continued on to the Union Stockyards. A f t e r viewing the vast ex- panse of livestock pens, slaughtering and meat-packing operations, they stopped for lunch at Swift's Cafeteria.
The afternoon was open for the Seniors to do their shopping or to attend the ball game, meeting in time for dinner at six o'clock. They were soon on their way home, arriving in Bronson at 11 o'clock Tues- day night, a happy but "broke" and tired group of 1941 Seniors.

:,econd row; Redmond, Parson,. Hankins, Crabtree, Mahar, Printke, CoOk.
Third row : Teeple. R. Ro,enean. I.. 120,eneam Walton, Smith, Coach Charles Hilton.
After enjoying supremacy in the Little "C" loop for the third con- secutive year, the Champion Bronson Vikings were not expected to retain the football championship this year.
Although Coach Hilton had only four lettermen around whom to build his squad. he did his usual good job of it. Around these four men the coach moulded another of his championship teams. T h e four vet- erans were Don Parsons, a tackle: Bill Coleman. a center; and Fabian Wotta and Francis Yesh. halfbacks. T h i s team was said to be one of the fastest ever to represent Bronson.
Through the co-operation of the City Council and Board of Edu- cation, a plan was devised for financing the lighting of Greenwald Park for athletic contests. T h e Consumers Power Company employees co- operated splendidly in hurrying the construction of the system on the football field to get it ready for our first game with Litchfield.
Duriag the season the team had to fight for every game, being out- weighed by most of the conference teams. T h e only mar of our record was a 7-7 tie with Union City. O u r highlight of the season was the game with Reading, played at Bronson under the lights. T h e Vikings were given one chance in five to win. By a combination of speed, skill, co-operation and fight, the Vikings came out on the long end of a 25 to 7 score thus handing the Reading Rangers a rather one-sided defeat.
Those lost to the team this year by graduation include John Mahar, Don Parsons, Clark Roebuck, who was selected captain, and Clarence Snyder, Duane Ward and Francis Yesh.
The scores of the 1940 games were: Vikings 7, Litchfield 0; Vik- ings 18, Athens 0; Vikings 7, Union City 7; Vikings 32, Sturgis "B" 0; Vikings 26; Homer 0; Vikings 25, Reading 7; Vikings 25, Jonesville 6; Vikings 12, Quincy 0. T o t a l points were Vikings 152, opponents 20.
—Francis Yesh
For the basketball season of 1940-41 the Vikings finished in third place in the Little "C" Conference with seven wins and three losses.
Bronson competed in the Fourth Annual Conference Tournament this year but was eliminated after losing to Quincy on Tuesday even- ing, February 18, and again to Reading on Wednesday evening, Feb- ruary 19, by a very narrow margin.
Colon also eliminated the Vikings at the District Tournament in Sturgis by a very narrow margin. T h e r e were two Bronson boys chosen for the Class "C" All-District team, Clark Roebuck and Fabian Wotta.
Donald Selby was elected honorary captain for the season of 1940- 1941.
Major awards were presented to the following: Seniors, Roebuck, Ward; Juniors, Selby, Fair, Wotta, R. Yesh, Hurley, and Walton. A minor award went to Frank Printke, Sophomore; and emblems to Kos- tielny, Smith, Cranson, Kibiloski, Smart, Borton, Hankins, Hilton, Jen- nings, Larimer, and Williams.
Throughout the current season the Vikings displayed the finest sportsmanship in all games in which they competed.
Front row: Roebuck, Wotta, Fair. Ward. Selby.
Second row: Coleman, Ye,l, \ V ,'• p • , - 1 I • I • !r,•, Coach Charles Ililton.
—Duane Ward
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With 38 candidates out for baseball, the largest turnout in recent years. Bronson High School looked forward to an- other successful baseball season. W i t h five veterans from the 1940 Championship team returning, the prospects for another Championship team were promising. T h e veterans from last year were: F. Wotta, P.; D. Fair, If.; D. Selby, c.; D. Green, 2nd.; C. Snyder, cf. Graduation last year left the following positions open: rf.; ss.; 1st.; and 3rd. T h e players who filled these nogit;ons are D. Yesh, C. Roebuck. L. Hurley, F. Printke and G. Wilber.
The Vikings went to Union City for the first game and won by a score of 4-2. They then went to Athens and were defeated by a score of 6-5. T h e Quincy team then came to Bronson for onening day at Greenwald Park and they were defeated by the score of 6-2. T h e Athens team came here on May 9. T h e Vikings were out to avenge an earlier defeat suffered at Athens and defeated the Indians by a score of 6-3. The Vikings then went to Colon for a non-conference game and defeated the Colon team by a score of 4-3. T h e Union City team came to Bronson on May 16 and were defeated 12-2. On May 22 the Vikings went to Quincy for an all important game which was to decide whether or not Bronson was to stay in a tie for first place in the Western Division of the Con- ference. The Vikingswon3-1. — C l a r e n c e Snyder
The remaining games are as follows:
May 24—Athens, there
May 26—Conference Track and Baseball Champion-
ship game at Union City
May 29—Colon, here
Twenty-four girls responded to the activity of basketball. Of these, fifteen were former players and nine were out for the first year.
The girls started off the season victorious by winning from Union City. T h e y lost their next four games, one each to Litchfield and Athens and two to Quincy.
The girls practiced hard between games and finally took Athens, a team that had not been defeated for several years, and also Union City.
June Gibbons was chosen honorary captain for the sea- son and Doris Guzy, manager.
The inter-class tournament games were started with the Freshmen winning from the Junior-High. T h e Juniors and Sophomores followed with the Sophomores winning over the Juniors. T h e tournament ended with the Sophomores and Seniors playing and the score turning out a tie.
The Varsity team loses seven Seniors through gradua- tion, but has a very promising looking group coming up next
Major awards were presented to the following: June Gib-
bons, Doris Hillyer, Lula Mae Howald, Iva Belote, Shirley Robinson, LaMoine adwell and Wanda Mae Nowak. M i n o r awards went to Gene Green, Audrey Brailsford, Elouise Fen- ner, Betty Jane Mitchell, Barbara Kolassa and LaVerne La- Montagne. A manager's award went to Doris Guzy. H o n o r awards were given to Beverly Lawrence, Mary Ellen Piatt, Evelyn Harker and Anna Lemanski.
The girls wish to extend their heartiest thanks to Mrs. Hamilton for her help and guidance throughout the season. —Lula Mae Howald
Fenner. (Captain), Ilillyer,
:1:4,ach N a IIatniltuil. N«wak, Platt, Green, R bit, in. Bidwell. G u z y (Manager).
•, Lawrence, Ilarker, LaMontagne.
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Viking Staff, “Bronson High School Yearbook, 1941,” Branch County History, accessed December 9, 2022,