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The Rooseveltian



Published by

The Class in Journalism


Roosevelt Junior High School

Altoona, Pa.






    Five shining mirrors stand side by side - five mirrors reflecting in their radiant faces joys and sorrows, fun and laughter, work and play. Before them have come five different groups of thoughtful, jolly children.  Forth from them have gone five groups of thoughtful, jolly young men and young women.

    For five years boys and girls have entered the gates of Roosevelt.  For five years young men and young women have gone forth from those gates.

    May they all enter again, and again stand before the Mirror of Roosevelt in this our First Year Book.






    I pledge allegiance to the Roosevelt Junior High School and to the ideals and principles for which it stands - our school, the best school we can make it every day.




    When you play, play hard; when you work, play not at all.






    With the arrival of spring, the whole country welcomes the coming of the birds. 

    We, the students of Roosevelt Junior High School, have been unusually fortunate.  In our school for five years, the whole of its existence, it has been spring and we trust that it ever will be.

    A "Burd" has been leading and guiding us, helping, encouraging, and urging us ever onward toward our goal - Success.

    We most gratefully dedicate this - our first School Annual, the Rooseveltian - to our principal - our friend, helper, and advisor, Mr. Burd.




W. H. Burd




They Made Junior High Possible


Superintendent of Schools



3501 Wendover Way, Mansion Park

Phones - 3384; Office, 8101




6214  James S. Fleck, 813 Seventh Ave.

9046  H. King MacFarlane, 2425 W. Chestnut Ave.

2-7418  Lynn M. Moses, 1516 Tenth St.

2-2686  J. Foster Meck, 2417 Second Ave.

2-6237  William F. Sellers, 1703 Third Ave.

7528  Dr. Guy S. Tippery, 1016 Twenty-third Ave.

3080  Samuel C. Bowen,1011 Seventh Ave.

5423  William F. Eberle, 314 Second Ave.

6816  Joseph C. McKerihan, 1719 Second Ave.
























Our Superintendent's Page




    On June 1, 1922, when the present superintendent came to Altoona a number of houses were on the streets under way to other lots from their former location where the Roosevelt Building now stands.  In September, 1924, when this school was opened Altoona began the plan of a 6-3-3 school system.  Students of grade seven to eight are happier when not under the associations of the three upper classes.  All know that a much more complete and interesting program can be arranged where many groups work together in a large building.

    However, our Junior High plan has become incomplete because the ninth and eighth grades leave no room for the seventh.  So on the west side of the town the new David S. Keith building - named after a former long time superintendent - is going up, and in September, 1930, will enroll 1500 pupils from grades seven, eight and nine.  Many of these would otherwise have gone to Roosevelt School.

    Juniata presents a problem.  There grades seven, eight and nine meet in one building but have no auditorium, no gymnasium, no shops, and no rooms for home economics, art or music.  Likely, the next Junior High School will be built there.  Then there will still be many students of these grades in outlying section of the city who will be unable to find a place in any of the three buildings mentioned.  A fourth and even a fifth school may be necessary before all those coming from the grade buildings within the new city limits can be accommodated.

    When that day comes Roosevelt Junior High will not need to look far to find ready rivals in band, orchestra, dramatics, debates, and athletics.  It is pleasant to realize that the students and faculty of Roosevelt Junior High in these five years have proven to the citizens of Altoona that all boys and girls should have similar opportunity.







General Manager: Harold Lauver

Managing Editor: Kenneth Heaps

Assistant Editor: Alma Gluntz

Editor-in-Chief: Helena Samuels

Business Manager: Samuel Sealfon

Assistant Business Manager: Mary Elizabeth Schlayer


Department Editors


Associate Editors: Gladys Bathgate, Anne Grimshaw

Editorial Writers: Rose Grovan, Betty Hall

Literary Editor: Paul Stewart

Sport Editor: John Lozo

Poet's Corner: Dorothy Williams

Joke Editor: Robert Epple

Treasurer: Raymond Boatman

Copy Editor: Jennie Patronik

Assistants: Josephine Keith, Sarah Louise LeVan

Art Editor: Robert Shoenfelt




Louise Lee, William Davis, Donald Shock, Rosamond States, Aaron Gendel, Malcolm Neuwahl, Betty Hofmann, Walter Blake, Louise Felton, Jane Findley


Faculty Advisers


Ruby Krouse, Ruth Kantner, Edna Bottorf - Art











President: Reiman Shaffer

Vice President: Rollin Van Horn

Secretary: Ruth Smith

Treasurer: Margaret Crissman




Mary Downs, Annie Crumbaker, Louse Hoover, Marguerite Bathgate, Bertha Grazier, Ruth Kantner,

Carolyn Cox, Mae Harter, Ruby Krouse, Margaret Crissman, Mary Healy, Ruth Lucas




Ella B. Edgar, Mary Horning, Grace Masterson, Bess Gephart, Ruth Irwin , Sara Riddell, Daisy Gruver Carrie Ketler, Ruth Smith, Clara Hazard, Belle Landis




H. E. Harbaugh, Mattie Miller, Vera Sullivan, W. W. Lauver, Dorothy Morrow, E. W. Jaggard, Mai Marsh Grace Mosser, Bertha Obermyer




Rollin Van Horne, Nellie Grimminger, Ethel White, Minnie Carver, Olive Harlin, Reiman Shaffer, Sadie Cohn, Emma Kantner, Blanche Clark, Frances Dern, Mildred Shirk, Jane Phillips, Jean Everhart




Berger C. Baker, Alma Eberle




Edna Bottorf, Lily Lutman




Laura Walters, Beatrice Morrison




Edna Davis, Louise Schomberg, Dorothy Irwin, Mary Walters, Myrtle Gould




Zoe McGough, Margaret Moore




Elizabeth Bowles, Leroy Lewis, Frances Hicks, Benjamin Weinstein




C. G Hauser, H. H. Plummer, Robert L. Luse, R. W. Shoenfelt




Lora Wallace




Blanche Bender




    ONE expects to find Cupid any place but in a school room and aiming any one but a school marm.  When popular young ladies decide to enter the teaching profession young cupid goes right along.  He has taken thirteen of our teachers during the last five years.  When they know how to play the game he Mrs. them.  Thirteen is not a lucky number and Cupid knows it.  So do some other teachers who are faithfully playing the game with him.  I hope he Mrs. them, don't you?




Miss Mayme Laird: Mrs. E. K. Barnard

Miss Bernadette McNelis: Mrs. Cletus Wyrock

Miss Helen Hoover: Mrs. George Grassmyer

Miss Gwendolyn Wilt: Mrs. Mitchell McCartney

Miss Helen Evans: Mrs. Charles Hack

Miss Dorothy Fluke: Mrs. Lester Mong

Miss Mildred Cole: Mrs. R. W. Shafhirt

Miss Clara Kirkpatrick: Mrs. Charles Elder

Miss Gertrude Hileman: Mrs. Harry Postem

Miss Edith Kerns: Mrs. Joseph Larsons

Miss Helen Beech: Mrs. Chester Simonton

Miss Jessie Mallory: Mrs. John Skelly

Miss Charlotte Kintzer: Mrs. Lehman Kirk


    And they lived happily ever after.


    Twenty-five other teachers have left Roosevelt during the past five years.  They have gone to other schools in our city or have taken position in other cities.  A few of them have retired from the profession and are traveling.  They are:


Miss Faith McKerihan,  Miss Jessie Kipp, Miss Emma Davis, Miss Sara Somerville, Miss Anna Krick, Miss Eleanor Shomberg, Miss Marjorie Downes, Miss Harriet DeHuff, Miss Esther Eberle, Miss Elizabeth Eyre,

Miss Susan Yuhas, Mr. Herbert Sheetz, Miss Rena Lauver, Mr. Paul Brandt, Miss Sarah Miller, Mr. M. G. Nevin Dively, Miss Miriam Salter, Mr. Carl Lundegren, Miss Norma Swayne,  Mr. John Tice, Miss Ruth Brumbaugh, Mr. Robert Wolfe, Mr. Harold Morgart, Mr. Howard Lindaman, Mr. Harold Frantz








    THEODORE ROOSEVELT once said, "Of course, what we have a right to expect of every American boy is that he shall turn out to be a good American man. Now, the chances are great that he won't be much of a man unless he is a good deal of a boy. He must not be a coward, or a weakling, a bully, a shirk, or a prig. He must work hard. He must be clean minded and clean lived." Of course this applies to girls as well as boys.

    These are the ideals upon which Roosevelt Junior High School is founded. Our school motto is Roosevelt's motto: "When you play, play hard; when you work, play not at all."  Education is provided for every boy and girl not only for the sake of their own development and prosperity, but primarily that they may become good citizens, capable and desirous of rendering helpful service to others in both private and public life.

    The inauguration of student participation in government in our school is one of our outstanding achievements.

    Sometimes we have made mistakes but we have learned from these mistakes. As a whole the leaders we have chosen to lead us have held these standards and ideals high.

    This mantle symbolizes all that Roosevelt Junior High School stands for. We ask you, as members of the eighth grade, that as we hand it over to your keeping you shall not betray your trust. As you take our places, remember that if you are to continue to be proud of your school, your school must also be proud of you.







    THE year that I have just spent in this school has been one which I shall never forget. It has been a pleasure to be president of a body of students that cooperate in everything. This school's reputation is not made by stone, but by its pupils. Many schools have the same name as ours. The reason for this is that the life of Roosevelt emphasized the characteristics of the all around American citizen. His life should make us feel proud that our school is named in his honor. Our school is a democracy. We make our own laws and regulations and we have student officers and teachers to help us keep them. If we have been studious and attentive in our classes, fair in our dealings with others we have been desired citizens of our school community. After we are grown up and have taken over civic duties we should be good citizens if we obeyed our rules in our own school. Years ago, law breakers were numerous but now we have only a few. We shall not have a prosperous, peaceful city unless we make it so. The future citizens of Altoona are in our schools. If we fail to become good citizens we will bring disgrace upon the school of which we are so proud. Roosevelt once said, "No one is a good American unless he is a good citizen, and every boy ought to train himself so that as a man he will be able to do his full duty to his community."




[Council Officers]




[Student Council]






    The Student Council of the Roosevelt Junior High School composed of one representative from each of the fifty-seven Home Room Clubs meet with the Faculty Adviser every Tuesday morning at 8:40 in the Social Room to discuss ways and means to co-operate with the faculty in any form of social service that will advance true Rooseveltian ideals and principles in our school.

    The Council suggests to the Home Room clubs methods by which individual members as well as the whole group can render service in the school community, and receives from the Home Room clubs recommendations for Council deliberation and action. All Council action is subject to the veto of the principal of the school. The Council hears and advises Corridor Patrols as to their duties, makes announcements to Home Room clubs, and carries on a variety of activities some of which are: Good Traffic Week, Clean-Up Campaigns, No Tardiness Drives, Ticket- Selling Campaigns, Christmas Seal Sales, Red Cross Membership Drives, Charity work, etc. Two other important branches of the Council participation in government plan are the Corridor Patrols and, the Ushers'. League.

MINNIE E. CARVER, Faculty Advisor





Student Council Second Semester February, 1929


Home Room Club Presidents


Dorothy Burd 9-28, Francis Joy 9-24, Dorothy Thompson 9-32, Lois Huebres 9-19, Mary Helen Miller 9-30, Elizabeth Moyall 9-15, Betty Ammerman 9-27, Beatrice Lamboui 9-20, John Myers 9-31, Anna Rollason 9-14, Gertrude Williams 9-16, Elden Aumen 9-10, William Hamilton 9-3, John Boyer, Fred Datres 9-2, Sarah Jane Aaron 8-13, Mike O. Delesck 9-9, Lila Webber 9-29, Paul Fomkes 9-12, Grace Chevalier 8-20, Wesley Clemens 9-4, John Strayer 8-21, Evylene Cogley 9-18, Philip Geary 8-4, Bernard Bookhammer 9-6, Kenneth Yeager 8-24, Jack Jackson 9-8, Charles Rupert 8-5, Aleck Joseph 8-15, Irene Bugle 8-22, John Glacken 8-3, Leroy Aughenbaugh 8-23, John Baker 8-16, Lillian Vallone 8-6, Robert Smith 8-12, Ruth Replogle 8-18, James Dodson 8-17, Antonio Rizzio 8, Tony Fusco 8-8,  Grace Robison 7, Edwin Green 8-14, Ralph Anske 8-1, Clyde Barnes 8-9, Grace Wilbomer 8-19, Robert McNaughton 9-26, Harry Noll 8-2, Earl Abrahimes 8-11, Edgar Weedel 9-1, Jane Byer 9-17, Raymond Rauchel 9-7, Howard Calderwood 9-13, Clarence Bingham 9-5, Irvina Rittenhouse 9-23, Hurford Hale 9-11, Louise Nelson 9-20, Effie Kelly 9-25




[Corridor Patrols]






    A selected group of fifty boys and girls recommended by their teachers for satisfactory standing in scholarship, conduct, attendance, and punctuality, give their services to the school by assisting the teachers in maintaining order in the halls in the morning before school, between classes, at lunch periods, and at dismissal. These patrols depend for their effectiveness upon the loyal support of the entire student body. They are on duty from 8:10 a. m. to 2:50 p. m. and are subject to call for extra service at any time. They also serve as ushers at school entertainments. Once a month the patrols submit their report cards to the faculty adviser for inspection. Any patrol found slowing up in his school work is warned at once to improve his grades. If grades continue unsatisfactory the patrol is asked to resign. This happens rarely.

    In March a group of eighth grade boys and girls recommended by their teachers are appointed for a probation term of service under the direction of the faculty adviser and the ninth grade patrols. If the new patrols prove satisfactory they are placed in permanent service for the next school year.

    The corridor patrol is a very popular branch of the Student Council service and carries credit for the Roosevelt "R's."




Edgar Weidel (Captain), Jean Seads, Jack. Coho, Robert Marshing, James Bowman, William Harrison,

Ralph Robb, William Yeats, Samuel Michael, Carl Gruber, Bernard Bookhamer, Melvin White, Dale Kline,  Roy Goss, Kenneth Winters, Charles Morrow, Harry Jones, Henry Hoffman, Robert Stahl, Harry Burke, Gladys Bathgate, Harold Lauver, William Housely, Daniel Wilson, Donald Walker, Thomas Parkes, Alvin Dysinger, Alvin Hicks, Joseph Lefler, John Allison, Fred Leidy, Gladys Cummings, Frank Radkonski, Lynn Hildebrand, James Burgoon, Andrew Muir, Elizabeth Schlagel, John Kekalos, Walter Lockard, Mary McKinney, Howard Calderwood, Herman Seidel, Hurford Hale, Charles Sterling, John Miller, James Morris, Morgan Shute, William Keckler, Paul Van Diew, Don Lightner, Harry Neugabauer, Herbert Smeigh, Charles Nicodemus, John Davis, Gertrude Resig, Charles Mannion, James Contakos






We ain't so dumb when yuh jist consider,

  That next year we'll be ninth grade, too;

We ain't so bright and shinin now,

  An' we look awkward, I know we do.


We're just taggin' along behind,

  Preparin' for when we take the lead,

I'll let you in on a little secret,

  I'll tell you we got pep and speed.


We may be awkward, we may be dumb,

  We may be a little firefly now;

But next year in ninth grade we'll be

  An incandescent light, and how!









    We, as eighth grade pupils, realize that you have challenged us to accept a sacred trust. We have watched you as the year passed by. As you set an example for us to follow, we in turn must be the leaders of the class that follows. As yet they are not members of this school. We do not know them; they do not know us. Neither do they know the ideals and standards of this school. If we fail-but we will not fail. We promise never to bring disgrace upon our school; we will obey and reverence authority, we will pass on this mantle next year as stainless as we receive it from you.

    Therefore, in accepting this mantle and all it symbolizes, I call upon the members of the eighth grade to rise and pledge themselves to this great task.







    THE class of 9-18 greatly regrets the loss of a good and faithful school chum, Mary Calabrese. Mary went to her earthly home after school on Tuesday, April 15, 1929. That same evening she was called to her heavenly home. She had already prepared her work for the next day. Mary had attended school in Altoona for five years without missing a day. Sorry as we are to have her go we are glad that we can remember her as spending her last day with us in her own cheery, happy way. How fine it is to have our friends remember our smile.





Listen to the rippling music as it pours from silver throats,

Listen to the humming waters as we paddle in our boats,

Listen to the angel mother as she sings her babe to sleep,

Listen, brother, can't you hear it when the evening shadows creep?


Soon a hundred other voices will be blended all in song,

Soon the church-bell will be ringing out it's sweet "ding-dong, ding-dong,"

Listen, brother, can't you hear it, does it not stir your inmost soul?

Does it not give you hope and courage, and help you onward to your goal?


That is music, brother, music; Friend, I see tears in your eyes,

But I know it is the music, for wherever music lies,

There is joy and there is sorrow-sorrow that may ruin your life;

But the joy wipes out the sorrow and there is an end of strife.


That is music, brother, music, let your heart join in the song,

Then your whole soul will be happy and will sing the whole day long.

Join the other happy voices which are beckoning to you,

Sing a praise to God in Heaven, who has made your soul so true.





[Orchestra 1], [Orchestra 2]






    WHAT seasoning is to food, music is to a school. One can hardly realize how dull and lifeless a school would be without music. One of the greatest factors of music in Junior High School is the band which is composed of about thirty-five members. The band, when in parade, makes a fine appearance with its uniforms of blue and white. It peps up the players at various games and helps the enthusiastic crowd to put all they have into the school songs and cheers.




    INSTRUMENTAL music, as we know it is of comparatively modern date - about 200 years old. We can not imagine Roosevelt Junior High School without instrumental music. How would we get in and out of assembly without our orchestra?

    The orchestra plays every Monday and Thursday for assembly. The special orchestra is true to its name and plays only for special occasions or special meetings. It consists of members with special ability.

    Much of the enjoyment that has been furnished us by our orchestra is due to Mr. Baker's faithful directing.




[Boys' Glee Club]






    THE aim of the Boys' Glee Club is to develop part singing and tone quality in boys' voices. The club appeared in assembly and helped in the Christmas chorus From the club has developed a double quartette. This quartette is composed of the following boys: 

Dixon Crum: First Tenor

Robert Moyer:  First Tenor

Gerald Appleby: Second Tenor

Andrew Muir: Second Tenor

Elwood Rudisill: First Bass

William Keckler: First Bass

Don Wolf: Second Bass

Hurford Hale: Second Bass

(The following was composed by a Ninth Grade Girl.)




Nita consented

His own fair bride to be,

Soft fell her answer

By the murmuring sea.

'Neath a jasmine bower

On a summer's balmy eve,

Airy castles building

Fairy dreams they weave.

Nita Jua-ni-ta!

Never more the lovers part,

Nita Jua-ni-ta I have won thy heart.





[Girls' Chorus]






Margaret Weimer, Marcella Trostle, Mildred Savine, Blanche Colbert, Emily Miller, Irene Mateer, Pauline Buckets, Bertha Boldt, Kathryn Cooper, Kathrine Gallagher, Sara Croft, Virginia McQuade, Martha Friedly, Thelma Sutter, Pauline Goss, Dorothy Meader, Ruth Ella Hauser, Dorothy Evans, Anna  Basiani, Mary Marelli, Mary Morrone, Genevieve Peterson, Lois Isenberg, Edith Priestly, Margaret Hogg, Gladys Gibson, Elizabeth Rigg, Betty Hull, Elda Prough, Louise Lee, Beatrice Halter, Harriet Lynch, Mildred Moore, Violet Mnsch, Minnie Vasile, Edith Santella, May Castrochine, Jean Scads, Mary Keith, Dorothy Snyder, Keturah Cubertson, Maxine Wagner, Francis Fornwalt, Margaret Anderson, Louise Gottshall, Erma Detwiler, Ruth Hauser, Anna Hengstler, Harriet Hiner, Sylvia Kline, Mary Hoffman, Bessie Lingenfelter, Helen Saracena, Dorothy Jones, Thelma Temple, Lucy Cumming, Viola Gladfelter, Emma Kolleger, Madeline Harvey, Rose Lasser, Dorothy Henshaw, Anna Verbonitz, Lois Biddle, Isabelle Maitland, Mary Fiore, Geraldine Adams, Doris Bollinger, Mary McKinney, Margaret Carbaugh, Ethel Fickes, Pauline Clapper,  Verna Fessler, Gladys Brubaker, Matilda Stein, Ruth Bretz, Mary Pfeffer, Maxine Collins, Rose Dey, Margaret Little, Doris Beattie, Madeline McClain, Renetta Heiss, Doris Meek, Carol McClure, Carrie Noland, Helen Prough, Marie Tobias, Marie Tilson, Margaret Treese, Ethel Howell




[Boys' Glee Club]






Douglas Allison, William Lichtenstein, Gerald Appleby, Charles Llewellyn, Franklin Beard, Donald Lightner, Richard Breen, Robert Moyer, Jack Brown, Andrew Muir, Owen Brubaker, Samuel Nessel, James Bryant, Robert Glasgow, Eddie Caum, Charles Lockard, William Crawford, Douglas Mellot, Dixon Crum, Ralph Robb, Jack Dagenhardt, Elwood Rudacille, Americo DeVincens, William Riley, Jack Douglas, Robert Replogle, Roger Gilmore, Donald Ickes, Wilford Helsel, Charles Schandelmier, David Henderson, Robert Stahl, Arthur Hite, Edward Steward, Glenn Hoss, Wilfred Shingler, Hurford Hale, Paul Vandrew, Richard Green, Elwood Wagner, George Kalb, Robert Walters, Harry Johnston, Paul Waltz, Carl Kline, Clarence Wolfe, Donald Wolf






When you go down to Miss Bender,

  And you're feeling mighty blue,

She looks so well and happy,

  That you feel better too.


And when she knows just why you're there,

  She brings out castor oil and pills,

Aromatic Spirits of Ammonia too,

  It's good for all your ills.


She's always ready to sympathize,

  Always willing to aid,

And when you're feeling fine, you say,

  "A better nurse was never made."







"When God conceived the world, that was poetry; He formed it, and

that was sculpture; He colored it, and that was painting He peopled it

with living beings and that was the grand, divine, eternal Drama."



    ROOSEVELT Junior High School, realizing that drama is life itself, soon found a place for the expression of this natural activity. At the very beginning of its history, in September, 1924, several dramatic clubs were organized, which met for one period each week. The first piece of work done by the clubs was a Columbus Day pageant presented in Assembly, in which more than a hundred students took part. Even though the time for work on the production was very sort, it showed the school the possibilities of Roosevelt boys and girls. The fact that the public asked for a repetition of the pageant meant encouragement to the new activity in the new school. From time to time various demonstrations in the form of plays, readings, stories, pantomines, health, art, and holiday programs were presented before the student body. Two outstanding events of the year were dramatizations of Dicken's "Christmas Carol" and "The Man Without a Country."

    The fall of 1925 meant the undertaking of bigger and finer things. Many times from patrons and teachers the Spirit of Roosevelt Dramatics heard the comment: "It can't be done by junior High School boys and girls." But always the Spirit of Dramatics said, "We'll try." And it was done. Why? Because boys and girls love dramatics. They love it so much they play at it; they find a real and profound pleasure in it. Even those who thought the new undertakings impossible changed their minds. That year the Dramatic clubs were asked to present a special feature for the Annual Demonstration of School Activities. "Six Who Pass While the Lentils Boil," by Stuart Walker, was produced. The sequels to this play, "Sir David Wears a Crown" and "The King's Great Aunt Sits on the Floor" were later presented in Assembly. Another outstanding event of the year was the dramatization of "Why the Chimes Rang."

    To go on with the work, Dramatics needed encouragement, recognition, which is a great thing. Encouragement, we all long for. At the beginning of the third year Dramatics was given a department for regular class work. Needless to say




how much encouragement that tribute meant to the work. Twice a week during periods otherwise assigned for study, pupils who wished to do so were permitted to take special work. About one hundred fifty students availed themselves of this opportunity. There they began a study of pantomime, public speaking, and storytelling; appreciation of drama, stage business, settings, makeup, lighting and costuming; also original sketches, plays, and pageants. "Hiawatha" and "The Birds' Christmas Carol" were dramatized. The Dramatic Department took an active part in "Yanki San," a Japanese operetta, which was presented for our annual demonstration of activities. It was now the custom to present each year Christmas and Easter Cantatas. Here the Dramatic Department assisted the Music Department. At the close of the school year a city enterprise was the production of a spectacular health pageant, "The Masque of Beauty Through the Ages," presented by more than four hundred students of the Junior and Senior High Schools. Dramatic students played important parts.

    More than three hundred students were enrolled in the Dramatic Department during the fourth year of Roosevelt's history. Outstanding productions were "The Christmas Spirit" by Franz and Lillian Rickaby, "The Dear Departed," and "Three Pills in a Bottle" which was presented as a part of junior High's annual demonstration. Special farm programs planned by the U. S. Department of Agriculture were broadcast over radio station WFBG by Dramatic students, as well as plays and special Assembly programs. Original pageants for Arbor and Pennsylvania Days were written and presented by students of the department. Dramatic students presented the original art pageant "The Melting Pot." A most impressive Christmas pageant, "The Birth of Christ" was presented as one of Junior High's holiday programs.

    Outstanding features for the fifth year of junior High's history were, "The Toy Shop" by Percival Wilde, a more elaborate presentation of "The Birth of Christ," "A Costume Show of Now and Then," "Health Tableaux," "The Boy Who Discovered Easter," and the school's annual production, a light opera, "The Love Pirates of Hawaii." The Dramatic Department has now grown to more than five hundred students.

    Many times during its history has the Department presented plays and assisted in programs for other schools, clubs and outside organizations. Its students have given valuable assistance in arranging and taking care of stage settings given in the Roosevelt auditorium. To Roosevelt's students, teachers, and friends, many an enjoyable program has been given; and many a beautiful and uplifting thought has been left, that may enrich someone's life. '

    For three years it has been the custom to hold a big Department party at the close of the season, each one getting bigger and finer - a delightful ending for a year of hard work.

    As a climax for the fifth year the Department is planning a big Dramatic. contest in which every student in the Department competes. The contest is to be in the form of character impersonations taken from books, arranged by students. and presented in costume. Prizes will be given for the best work by girls of the Department and also for the best work by boys of the Department.

    Love for the work tells the whole history of the Roosevelt Dramatic Department. Love built the department; love put on the plays; love guided its characters; love inspired its students. Love for the work will always give to the Department its challenge:

Give unto the world the best you have,

And the best will come back to you."




[Love Pirates Cast, leads]




[Love Pirates Cast]







Dorothy Dear - Daughter of Plantation Manager: Viola Gladfelter

Miss Primer - Teacher of Private School of Girls: Isabelle Maitland

Daughters of Rich Plantation Owners:

Lehua: Mary McKinney

Karnlani: Doris Beattie

Lilinoe: Geraldine Adams

Maile: Dorothy Jones

Billy Wood - Lieutenant, U. S. Cruiser, Tennessee:  Richard Antes

Pirate Chief - Heartless pirate, maybe: Bernard Bookhammer

Scary - a pirate:  Andy Muir



Margaret Weimer Martha Shaw Betty Rhoades Helen Parsons, Emilie Miller, Dolores Mattas, Edith Priestly, Rose Lasser, Marjorie Sipes, Alwilda Keller, Edith Santella, Re Hilda Ryan, Thelma McGregor, Jane Brubaker, Margery Stephenson, Mathilda Stein, Mildred Beahm, Irma Rittenhouse, Erma Detwiler, Philene Gates, Minnie Vasile, Dorothy Meader, Anna Hengstler, Dorothy Dalton, Louise Gottshall, Dorothy Evans, Sylvia Klein, Alicebelle Musser, Mary Hoffman, Mary Morelli, Betty Ammerman, Helen Prough, Helen Saracena, Effie Kelly, Eva McKendree, Ethel Howell, Kathryn Shay, Margery Reynolds, Sarah Louise Levan, Gertrude Fields, Ruth Steel, Genevieve Peterson, Hazel Bohn, Lovina Grace Lois Burket, Dolly Snowberger, Rose Groban, Betty Straney, Marjorie Womer, Jane Hauser, Quilla Stout, Maxine Wagner, Lois Biddle, Dorothy Crawford, Muriel Walter, Margaret Anderson, Mary Fiore  




Hurford Hale, Dennis Shively, Gerald Appleby, Elden Auman, William Keckler, Lynn Hildebrand, Paul Vandrew, Charles Morrow, Charles Llewellyn, Lamar Berry, Leo Samson, Donald Wolf, Donald Lightner, Edward Rudisill Albert Colello, Raymond Boatman, William Harrison, George Martin, Lester March, Don Shock, Robert Stahl, Arthur Hite, James Contakos, Jack Bair, Ray Goss, Ralph Robb, Bernard Breslin, Peter Coivelli, Harry Estep, Jack Degenhart, John Davis, Lee Ziegler, Oliver Kensinger, Harry Johnston, MacClay Murray, Jack Bender, Charles Nicodemus, Bert Myers, Howard Calderwood, Gerald Hesser, Clarence Bingham, John Miller, Richard McCamant, Clarence Watson, William Burns, Douglas Mellott, Ralph Nothnagle, George O'Brien, Gerald Forsythe, Elwood Wagner, Harry Langham, Robert Lee,




Mary Hoffman, Philene Gates, Thelma McGregor, Dorothy Dalton, Dolores Mattas, Doris Beattie, Margery Stephenson, Effie Kelly, Sylvia Klein, Lovina Grace, Margery Reynolds, Betty Straney


[38] - [39] ROOSEVELTIAN, 1929


Love Pirates: 1, 2, 3, 4






Anna Bell Gilmore, Dorothy Henshaw, Beatrice Gallagher, Helen Renninger, Rose Mary Stewart, Sarah Sassaman, Mary Louise Egan, Annie Grimshaw, Louise Nelson, Janet Hughes, Gladys Bathgate, Margaret Scholl, Kathryn Terwilliger, Eleanor Whiteman, Sara Jane Moses, Alma Gluntz, Betty Hinman, Fern Shroyer, Dorothy Burd, Lillian Ellstrom, Alice Fickes, Mary Moore, Frieda Kline, Louise Blackburn, Jessie Ginnicke 




Dan Dandrea, Melvin White, Edgar Weidel, Donald Minster, Morgan Shute, William Lichtenstein, William Ferguson, Vincent Woomer, Thomas Parks, James Nevel, Fred Degroos, Walter Glunt




Louis De Stephano, Melvin Piper, Vincent Smith, Robert Hoar, Curtis Edgar, Robert McBurney, William Dunmire, Harvey Rupert, James Berkheimer,  William Hamilton




James Dodson, Norman Jones, Garrett Kinney, Robert Hayes, Ralph Plunkett, James Gibson John Baker, Paul Young, William Lyons, William Former, Durwood Fleck, Myrtle C. Hartsock, Paul Feathers, Melvin Austin Clyde Henderson, Charles Trostle, Sidney Penner, Thomas Stephens, Sheldon Mallory, Robert Barclay, Robert Moyer, Robert Frederick, David Lukens, Charles Mannion, Charles Greely, James Porter, Herbert Freeman



Violin: Mario Del Bianco, Philip Stadler

Trumpet: Richard Smith, George Schwaderer

Clarinet: William Housley, Edwin Caum

Flute: James Lloyd

Saxophone: Charles Lockard

Piano: Mary Lamonte

Drums: Elwood Rudacille



First Violins:  Philip Stadler, Mario Del Bianco, Lewis Santopietro, Alvin Weber Michael Poet, Alicebelle Musser, Maxine Wagner, George Kalb, Virginia Davis,  Antbonene Valone,  Homer Patton,  Dorothy Richards, Guy Rossman,  Eugene Donnelly, Thomas Andrews, John Valade

Second Violins:  Helen Saracena, Helen Dively, Jane Hauser, Wilfred Shingler, Max Steinberg, Marion Hirst, Frank Acker, Robert McNaughton, Harold Lockard, Melvin Books, Charles Botwright, Edward Lehrer, Betty Davis, Violet Mensch, Marguerite Mock, Beatrice Gallagher, Ulysses Wharton, Alvin Conrad

Banjo: Dorothy Yeater  

Mandolin: Lee Ziegler

Trumpets: Richard Smith, George Schwaderer, Clyde Miller, Drexel McTavish, Harry Walter, Donald Garver, Meredith Bryant, John Poligone, Thaddeus Loziuski, Leo Samson, William Wirt, John Pross

Piano: Mary Lamonte

Flute: James Lloyd

Clarinets: William Housely, Edwin Caum, Michael Nordella, Archie Clapper, Alison Douglas, Jack Douglas

Saxophones: Charles Lockard, Richard Fluke, Richard Rogers, Given Lotz, Richard Snyder, Max Loose, Robert Replogle, Jack Rouzer, Harry Clapper

Drums: Elwood Rudacille, Charles Jones, Harold Bowman, John Miller, William Weber, Robert Boyer







Yanki San: Helen Reith

San Fan: Romaine Wagner

Prince Toto: James Cole

Princess Toto:  Hulda Griffith

High Chancellor: John Cochran

Prince Oto:Eugene Botteicher

Prince Ton Ton: Robert Lathero

Peach Stone: Jean Schandelmier

Peach Blossom: Joan Bates

Ambassadors: Jack Caum, Andy Moore, Philip Slep, Arthur Clark

Chief Priest Rata: Andy Moore

Maids of Peach Blossom: Dorothy Myers, Eva Fuoss



[Yanki San Cast]




Ballet Dancers


Alma Gluntz, Mary Pearce, Grace Snow, Anne Mateer,  Elaine Richards, Ruth Thwaits, Della Nowlen,


Six Maids


Eva Christian, Katherine Figard, Mary Robinson, Kathryn Esterline, Mary McCarthy, Jane Shoemaker                    



Louise Brumbaugh, Thelma Diehl, Louise Glenn, Anna Cox, Virginia Reiley  


Poppy Dancers


Virginia Bowles, Dorthea Graham, Mary MacArthur, Grace Doak, Martha Jane Haggarty, Josephine McKerihan, Virginia Elder, Patty Laramy, Dorothy Powell, Hazel Freet, Margaret Lang, Genevieve Varley, Helen Griffiths, Ruth Williams


Seven Roses


Hildegrade Baer, Marie Hoover, Marjorie Merritts, Mary Brumbaugh, Elanor McClure,Gertrude Weber, Frances Good



Howard Bonebreak, Cloyd Kerlin, Francis Schroff, Robert Best, John Lich,, Wilber Stitt, William Davis, Richard Loudon, Harold Thompson, Herber Ernest, Clair Moore, Jack Wilson, Byron Hoover, Jack Moreland, Paul Watson


Chorus of Girls


Dorothe Brede, Margaret Laramy, Terese Newhal, Catherine Tromm, Velma Civils, Minnie Laratonda, Emma Ritchey, Mary Twardon, Kathryn Clark, Inez Lockard, Vivian Ryan, Gertrude Van Allman, Roselma Dutrow, Eleanore Lower, Marjorie Sipes, Genevieve Varley, Helen Hartswick, Thelma Miller, Jessie Sick, Thelma Walls, Hester Hufnagle, Minnie Nader, Alma Stifler, Ruperta Weakland, Alice Kelley, Margaret Pope, Janice Tippery, Mary Weiner, Margaret Lang

Fisher Lads


Sammy Albright, Gerald Forsythe, John Keklos, Jimmy Owens, Kenneth Berry, James Grove, John Lozo, Herman Schmidt, Billy Davis, Raymond Hager, Thomas Mock, John Sturtsman, Clare Charolus, Eugene Havolin, Boy Moyer, George Walton, Ambrose Fiore, Richard Woodward  




A Scissors Grinder: Ty Rush  

Tony Sims: Albert Friedman      


A Scrub Woman: Mary Geib             

Tony Sims: Albert Friedman      


The Widow Sims, his mother:  Betty Rhodes

A Middle Aged Gentleman:  Donald Dublin

Tony Sims: Albert Friedman


Tony Sims: Albert Friedman

His Soul: Edgar Salkeld

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Three Pills in a Bottle: 1, 2, 3, 4


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 1, 2, 3, 4, 5






    SHOULD the famous playwright of the sixteenth century appear at the Roosevelt School, no doubt a deep satisfaction would thrill his heart. For here he would find a new playhouse named in honor of the old-time Shakespearean Globe Theatre. The new theatre is the production of an enterprising and ambitious class reporting for English in Room 109.

    The structure measures twenty-four inches by fifteen inches by eighteen inches. An interesting feature is a unique stage which occupies the entire interior of the edifice. As a consequence the audience must needs remain on the outside to view the performance-a circumstance which renders the theatre strikingly Shakespearean in character.

    A curtain of black velvet, decorated with bright colors, hides the stage from view. When this is drawn aside one is transported to the forum of Ancient Rome where white (marble) steps lead to an imposing platform flanked by slender Corinthian columns.

    Tiny actors patiently retain their appointed positions suggestive of "portentous" events and great tragedies. There on his "pulpit," Mark Anthony stands ready to deliver his superb attack on the "honorable me," while below him lies the dead Caesar-a silent protest against the violence of Roman conspirators.

    The curtain falls to rise again on that tragic political failure, Brutus. He is in his tent on the eve of the battle on the plains of Philippi.

    Around him hang the somber folds of his tent. At his feet lounges the weary little attendant, Lucius. Brutus, scroll in hand, vainly seeks diversion for his overwrought mind, while nearby stands that symbol of his tortured conscience, the ghost of Caesar.

    This tiny, but realistic staging of the famous masterpiece was the work of ninth, grade English pupils with the help of the art department and manual training department.


[For scans any one of the literary works by Helena Samuel 8-2, Betty Hull 9-26, Jerome Nagel 8-21, Lois Gehrdes 8-4, Donald Kraft 9-26, Walter Blake 8-2, Jessie Westover 8-6, Ralph Miller 8-16, Lottie Bavarsky 8-6, Henrietta Swank 8-2, Ruth Berry 8-2, Kathryn Rupert 8-6, Virginia Goodman 8-2, Dorothy Williams 8-2, Philip Geary 8-4, Annaclare Paul 8-6, Dorothy Williams 8-2, Dale Askey 9-10, Ralph Miller 8-16, Marie Way 8-22, Max McCoy, Ruth Rigg 8-4, Billy Davis 9-26, Ethel Guyton 8-1, Dick Green 8-6, Dorothy Thompson 9-11, Dolores Bartholomew 9-26, Lilliam Ellstrom 9-28, or Virginia Replogle, please email Judy Banja ]


[63] - [69] ROOSEVELTIAN, 1929 - CLUBS




Division 8-2




  THIS division has certainly been a group of energetic, wide awake citizens.  They have supported every cause 100%.  It was the first division in the school to have 100% for our first year book.  They have shown the true Roosevelt Spirit.  They do things.  Roosevelt is a better school because they are members of it.


[71] - [78] ROOSEVELTIAN, 1929 - ATHLETICS


[79] - 83] ROOSEVELTIAN, 1929 - JOKES


[84] - [87] ROOSEVELTIAN, 1929 - AWARDS






        THE art department has helped make the Rooseveltian a success.  The cover design and all other art work was done in the art department under the supervision of Miss Edna Bottof.  Robert Schoenfelt, the Art Editor, is responsible for all the printing as well as the cover design.






    THE Vocational Department has many shops which prepare those who take the Pre-Vocational Course for a vocation in after life. There are nine shops: Plumbing, Machine, Auto Repairs, Printing, Sheet Metal, Pattern and Lathe, Electric, Woodwork, and Mechanical Drawing.

    The boys have seventeen days in each shop, except mechanical drawing in which they stay thirty-four days. The other studies are: Vocational English taken five periods a week; Science, five periods a week; Community Civics, four periods a week for one semester; Vocational Civics, four periods for one semester; and Gym, two periods a week. They do not take Art, Music, Algebra, or Ancient History.

    The seventh grade Vocational work begins with the use of tools in woodwork. After the exercises the boys make many useful and ornamental pieces of furniture for their homes. In the Eigth grade an advanced course in woodwork is given. In the Ninth grade all boys take Mechanical Drawing two periods a week for the term. The Pre-Vocational boys receive seventeen days of shop practise in each shop. The shops of the junior and Senior High schools are used by the pupils of both schools and are splendidly equipped for Vocational training.




    TO supplement the text, arouse interest and to encourage student self-expression in Social Science, Roosevelt pupils are busy during the school year illustrating their history and civics lessons with varied forms of extra activities. These include: cartoons, graphs, dramatizations, informal debates, impersonations, biographies, floor talks, field trips, notebooks, games, booklets, current events, anecdotes, jokes, crossword puzzles, mock trials, original stories and poems, maps made on proper paper in pencil, ink, paint, flour and salt, and other materials, clay models of primitive pottery, writing tablets, books, oral and written special reports, book reports of required readings, and other devices.




    THE need of courts in all towns, cities, and states was brought out in a mock court trial, given for a Tuesday morning assembly program. The trial was a civics project carried out by the girls in division 9-14, with the help of Miss Cohn, a Civics teacher, and Mr. Perry, a prominent lawyer.






    ''THERE are many reasons for studying the Latin language. As we have seen, it teaches the life of the modern world and adds greatly to our intelligence and efficiency. Few studies are more practical than Latin.

    Latin was the language of the Romans, on whose civilization our own is based. In their writings we find the origin and the reason for many of our institutions. In Roman literature we find the models which modern writers have imitated. Our literature is full of allusions and quotations, which only a Latin student can fully understand. Knowledge of French, Spanish, Portugese, or Italian is best obtained by studying Latin first.

    It is quite an interesting story as to how the Latin words got into English. Britain was also conquered by the Romans and the inhabitants learned from their conquerors many words which have been passed down to us.

    But English was especially influenced by Latin when the Normans came over from France to Anglo-Saxon England under William the Conqueror and brought with them a language derived from Latin. The two languages intermingled with the result that many words of Latin origin became a part of the speech of the English people.

    During the centuries since the Norman Conquest a constant stream of Latin words has entered English-many words in almost the same form as those used by the Ancient Romans.

    Thousands of words have been directly imported into our language by scholars; others have been brought in through French and other languages as a result of constant intercourse between the nations.

    Over half our commonly used words are derived from Latin and we owe a very great debt to the ancient Romans for this language.


Anne Grimshaw, 9-32.




    WOULDN'T you like to know why the moon shines, why the grass is green, why and how we can hear over the telephone, and just why mother insists on spanking you when you put your fingers in her freshly baked cake or the fudge?

    You could answer all these questions and many more if you only knew a little bit of Science. The best place to gain this knowledge is right here in your own school.

    It's wonderful to watch "Lindy" swim after "Ann," but! look at that. How do you know if its wonderful or not when you haven't the slightest idea who the two persons just mentioned are? If you promise not to tell another soul I will let you in on a big secret. "Ann" and "Lindy" are the pet gold fish of Miss Mosser's Science classes. We all love and admire "Ann" and "Lindy." The goldfish are not the only interesting things for a Science class to enjoy; there are many other things such as, the turtles, the butterflies and the guinea pigs, whose eyes would surely fall out if anyone would be so cruel as to hold them by the tail. We also have many beautiful flowers, trees and plants in which we take an interest.

    The science students like to take walks in the open, where there is plenty of fresh air and sunshine, and study all about the little animals, plants, and trees. Many interesting events occur on these trips.

    No doubt some of the Latin students, although it may prove to them an interesting topic, regret the fact that they cannot accompany the scientists on their journeys, because we do go on journeys. Sometimes we go by foot and other times by imagination or pictures.

When we take a trip by picture our guide always shows us the most beautiful spots in the country or takes us through the largest factories.






    "We can live without poetry, music, and art, We can live without conscience, we can live without heart, We can live without friends, we can live without books But a civilized man can't live without cooks." 

The little eighth graders,

Take cooking you know.

They wear aprons and bands,

As white as the snow.

They learn all about starch and sugar,

And things such as that;

And why we cook foods,

And what makes us fat.

They cook apples, make puddings,

And fry some good steaks.

Then they make white sauce;

Then they bake cakes.

These are the duties of cooks such as these,

Who later in life their husbands must please.





    POSSIBLY the most important training from a practical point of view given to the girls of the Ninth Grade is that of sewing. It has been the earnest endeavor of the teacher from the beginning to make the work agreeable to the pupils and to make the hours spent in sewing class as enjoyable as possible. With the preliminary training as much personal initiative as possible is allowed every pupil so as to permit freedom and ease of mental activity.

    The pupils are taken into the complexities of seams, hems and stitching. In order that zest may be added to the interest in the work, a choice of night garments is permitted as the first useful piece of work.

    Developments in construction of the garment are supervised closely and suggestions are tendered in order that a high grade of perfection may be reached.

    The teachers have taken great care that each pupil takes pride in her work, in order that competitive interest may be fostered among the pupils.

    These garments are then stored for the style show at the end of the second semester. Each girl tries hard to have a piece of her work in the selected ones.

With the beginning of the second semester the choice of a dress or a smock is allowed each pupil, to be made from a wide variety of color and texture of cotton materials.

    The economy of home sewing is brought to each class and wonders of needle work soon cease to be the impossible.

    The style show of the combined classes at the end of the second semester lends the glamour and excitement to the class which other classes cannot give. Each pupil adorned in her best piece of work passes in review before the entire school assembled in the Auditorium.


Betty Hofmann, 9-16.


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