Lewistown High School

1923 Lore



Sixth Annual Commencement Number, June, 1923












JUNE 13, 1923




It was with unutterable sadness that the people of Lewistown awoke on the morning of June 13, to find that during the early morning the death of William A. Hutchison, city superintendent of schools, had occurred. The news of the educator's demise was especially shocking to the hundreds that had seen him only the night before participating in Class Day fun, he apparently at that time being in the full flush of a vigorous, virile manhood. 


Following the pleasurable incidents of Class Day, he joining in the festivities with the spontaneity and gaiety of a boy - a characteristic that helped to endear him to the hearts of all children - the city superintendent returned to his home and during the watches of the night his Maker touched his forehead and summoned him to eternal rest.


The death of William A. Hutchison occurring on the very eve of Commencement tinges the crowning event of the school year with the tragic. It is hard to conceive of a more calamitous happening or one that could bring as much real sorrow into so many Lewistown homes.


William A. Hutchison was a man of rugged honesty and fearless courage, with a heart as tender as a child's. He was just, he was considerate, he loved the right and hated wrong. He made a good fight in the great battle of life.

He loved the school - it was a home to him. He was worthy of all the ambitions of his life. He was a scholar and always a gentleman. He was highly educated in the classics, in literature, in history - but what was more than any of these was his happy faculty of understanding and ability to reach the hearts of children, thousands of whom adored him.


William A. Hutchison loved his country, his state, his schools, his home and his friends. As a man Dr. Hutchison was unassuming and retiring; as a citizen he was tireless in promoting the welfare of the community in which he lived; as a friend he was devoted, generous and kind.


William A. Hutchison's familiar face will be seen no more in the schools or on the streets of Lewistown, his voice will be heard no more from the pulpit or from the orator's platform, but his memory will live on in the minds of the many that knew and loved him. He has gone to his reward. His place in the hereafter is assured. He acted well his part in life. His established character and record of deeds well done entitle him to live not only in the fond and endearing memory of his fellow men, but also to a home of happiness in the eternity beyond. - The Sentinel.



Superintendent of Schools

W. A. Hutchison


High School Faculty

W. F. Fisher, Principal

Gladys S. McCauley, Assistant Principal

Dorothy Ruble  

 Mary Crumbling

Catherine de Klopotoff  

 H. M. Wolfe, Jr.

J. Lester Houser  

 Amelia Graf

Beatrice Kretchmer  

 Adaline Miller

Charlotte Sheaffer  

 Esther Cressman

Catherine Dughi  

 Allis Gill

Mae Park  

 Edna Fulton

Samuel Hays


Sara Ann Bruner - Supervisor of Drawing

Mildred Wentz - Supervisor of Music

Palmer S. Mitchell - Director of Orchestra

Jennie Galt - School Nurse



Junior High Faculty

George M. Yerg, Principal

Ida M. Barth  

 Agnes Daugherty

John Neil  

 Dorothy Ostermayer




Once more has Commencement arrived at L. H. S., and once more is the annual edition of the Lore submitted to the public. This has been a year of many obstacles to overcome in the edition of the High School paper, but yet we feel we have come through with victory. Changing from a magazine four times a year to a monthly paper has been, at times, a very hard task. We of the Lore Staff, who will leave L. H. S., feel we are leaving the issue.  "Shall the Lore continue a monthly paper or magazine" in competent hands. Knowing the hardships and criticism often endured by the staff on a school paper, we ask the student body to stand back of their paper, to give their hearty co-operation and help when possible.

To boost, not knock. To all those who helped in any way, students, advertisers, teachers and Mr. Gibbs, we thank you. And we wish the best of luck, progress and success to L. H. S. and the Lore.


To the Faculty of L. H. S. the Lore feels it owes a few parting thoughts.


There may be times when discouragement at the shortcomings of students have almost overwhelmed you, but with perseverance you try to overcome our faults and show us what is best for us. The Class of '23 may forget much text book lore, but they can never forget nor outgrow the tendencies for good that you have developed in our characters during the last four years.


Often in the years to come our minds will turn back to you, to your faithful and patient teachings, and the kind endurances of us as shown by the advice and help of your counsel.


Gracious teachers, if bewildered,

We have halted by the way,

If low bowing o'er our failures,

We have lost hope's cheering ray:

Then thy gentle guidance lending

Thou hast bade us lift our eyes;

And behold, the goal seemed nearer,

Brighter shone the glorious prize.


There are many big men who do little things, thinking of the evil they may do, but there are also big men do big things, thinking only of the good they may do. One of these latter is J. Palmer Mitchell, the leader of the school orchestras. With quiet enthusiasm and small recompense he works with the students, helping them in their efforts to show the community that there is plenty of talent here if encouraged and appreciated. During the past winter during the two musical comedies, Mr. Mitchell's untiring efforts to help along cannot be too highly commended as well as that of the members of the orchestra.


To Mr. Mitchell and the orchestras, the Seniors bid a sad farewell, thanking you for the cheer of your music and wishing you all the credit you justly deserve.




Remember, three things come not back:

The arrow sent upon its tracks -

It will not swerve, it will not stay

Its speed; it flies to wound or slay.

The spoken word, so soon forgot

By thee, but it has perished not;

In other hearts 'tis living still

And doing work for good or ill.

And the lost opportunity

That cometh back no more to thee;

In vain thou weepest, in vain dost yearn,

These three will never more return.





Since our entrance into Lewistown High School as Freshmen, two members of our class have answered the last roll call and passed to the Great Beyond.


Mary Esther Hanawalt, who departed from this life Nov. 19, 1920.


Knisely Wagner, who departed from this life Feb. 9, 1922.


We pause here a moment to think of them as with us in spirit and to have gone only a little while before. In sacred memory we hold the thoughts of their presence near us in these last days in L. H. S.




We are all here assembled tonight

With spirits so blithe and carefree,

And I'll drop just a few short mementos

For my class-mates of 1923.

Now what shall we say of our President Paul,

Who is especially fond of a dinner or ball?

He is always good and wise and able,

And his one ambition is to marry Mabel.

And there is our big vice-president Dot,

In work or in play she's Johnny-on-the-spot.

And everyone knows without Fay and John Young

This famous class could never be run.

Elizabeth, Mabel, Anna, Violet, Martha

Of life much prefer the romantic side,

And we all have good reason to believe

That each one will soon be a bride.

Bill Picketts, Marlin Cargill, and Dick Garett

Stand out as great athletic men,

To tell of their many successes

Could never be done with a pen.

Darb's favorite study used to be chemistry,

Now in search of Bugs he wonders aimlessly.

Marguerite, Hazel, Irma and Caroline

Come from a little station up the line,

They seem to be such demure little lasses,

But they've often been found selling candy in classes.

A wise student president is Whitney Frankenberry,

In work or in play he's always in a hurry.

Reedsville has sent us one member true,

Dear little Izzy, we'll never forget you.

From McVeytown come Hazel, Nelson and Mabel to find

Some good solid knowledge to improve the mind.

Now James M. and Ed. would a-wooing go,

But the girls said "Good-bye; you're much too slow."

In piano, in singing, in dancing and art

Our class boasts some one to take the part.

Irene with her voice, Peg in piano execution

Eddie in dancing and Helen in elocution.

The great stage managers will surely do well

If they employ as actors Milton Cohen and Norman Duell.

The night-in-gale has a rival in Ray Lynch,

But if you'd ask him about it he'd say "it's a cinch."

Hubert, Ralph, Paul and Mary

To the orchestra lend their sweet strain,

But I'm afraid when they're out in the light of the moon

All they will ever play is "Old Zip Coon."

No class without a comedian could be,

And if you want to see a rare one,

Just look at John Nolte.

Beulah is a lass who with all her might

Strives to keep an eye on our friend. Wilbur White.

Lillian Peters and Margaret Shatzer

Two of a kind you will always find,

In this great class of commercial art

They are ever ready to do their part.

Edna and Ruth come to school together each day

Except when Sherman entices Sissy away.

Helen Brindle and Margaret Beaver

Seem to have a touch of chronic spring fever.

Dorothy Freed and Mary Forsythe are two sweet little girls

Who look like Freshmen with their cute little curls.

Marian Fleming is one of our black eyed lasses

Who leads in oratory all other classes.

And wherever James W. alias (Windy) goes

He makes an impression with his editor's pose.

The valedictorian of our noble class

Is Charlotte, a wee, small pretty lass.

Our salutatorian is Margaret fair,

Who has proven to be a student-president rare.

Margaret Haller, Elizabeth Adams and Loa Lytle

We predict will some day have teacher as a title.

In "All Aboard" Sarah was our leading lady

And our priceless jewel is her chum Ruby.

Wilbur, James, Helen and Mabel Nein

In commercial work always did shine.

Helen Smith is as quiet as a mouse,

Not even her mother knows when she's in the house.

Now Margaret Shimp is so little and shy

She even blushes when Bob goes by.

Howard Stackpole is quiet, but he certainly can play,

His reputation as a pianist is growing every day.

It certainly will be the saddest parting

When Mabel Goss has to leave Ruth Harding.

Kathryn Duck, Mary Hartley and Margaret Broome

Would like to get married but they can't find a groom.

Wardell Howell, Russell Knepp and Robert Kreisher

Would each like to be a heart smasher.

Marian Leeper, Luella Baker and Sarah Bell

Are very active girles as every one tell.

And Marian Gassret insists that the curl in her hair

Is always responsible for her dignified dir.

While Marguerite Powell has a noble ambition

To seek for herself a newspaper reporter's position.

And there are many folks who have recently heard

That Lillian was much attached to a (Burd).

John Wolfgang professes to be a woman hater

But he will change his mind when he's grown up later.

And of the famous one in our class you'll hear

Don Wagner has become a civil engineer.

And last but not least is Harry White

Whose particular hobby is being out at night.

And now I've completed these few little rhymes,

Which I've given in a spirit of fun,

May we each one remember all our good times,

When our days in Old L. H. S. are done.



Each one of us who is assembled here tonight, will recall with me the many, many events that have happened in the last four years that have made our Alma Mater so dear to us. As Historian of our class, I shall roll back the curtain that hides from us the days that have passed since we entered Lewistown High School, and recount once more some of those things that none of us can ever forget.

In September, 1919, our class entered this school 220 strong. Though little and unsophisticated greenies, we became popular with the teachers and the students of the other classes. Being noticed just a little more than other Freshman classes had been, we were informed that our class was elevated enough to have a class meeting and to elect officers who would lead us through the term. After the election of 'officers we chose green and white as our class colors. During the athletic season the green and white was very conspicuous by its presence and success in winning laurels. The upper classmen all sat up and took notice when WE walked off with the honors of basket ball champions. Our next big fete was a party which was a greater success than any party previously held by a Freshman class. When we parted in 1920, it was with the thought that our first year in High School was well worth while, due to the fact that it was a stepping stone to our own advancement, as well as to the greater service in L. H. S.

At the opening of the term in 1920, 150 Sophomores, with colors flying high, resolved to keep on as a winning class. Our football team, spurred on by the praise and gallant support of its class, tied every game it played and no class had the honor of defeating the Sophomores.

In basketball the record of our boys was a remarkable one which was proven when we were again presented with the honorary cup. Even the Juniors admitted that the title of champions was well merited. We completed our Sophomore year with an April Fool party which was held in the High School building. The success of this party helped emphasize the importance of our presence.

When we had acquired considerable more wisdom we, with others, beheld ourselves as stately Juniors. At our class meeting we elected four of our able leaders: Paul Way, John Young, Fay Schucht and Ethel Peters, to lead our noble 115 classmates through our first year as upper classmen. We showed still more athletic ability when we won the silver loving cup for our wonderful work in track. One of the most important events of our Junior year was the abolition of a "poster day." We were the first class to make such a move for the improvement of the High School as well as for the welfare of the students of this school. We know it has been a great move, as the class has been congratulated for it by many of the best educated people of the town. The year was closed by the reception we gave to the Seniors. We have been told that it was the best Prom in years.

Our long hoped for year has come. We are not little Freshmen, but dignified Seniors, with a class of 85 resolved to do its best under the successful leadership of Paul - for "where there's a will there's a Way." Our first social event was a dinner-dance, which was held in the Coleman House. All pronounced it a huge success. We could not be expected to do much in athletics as the varsity teams had our best men. That our ability and success have been equally divided has been proven when you think of the different oratorical contests which were participated in and won by different members of our class. Our next big event was a musical comedy, "All Aboard." We were the first class to produce a play of which the cast consisted of every member of the class. I need not praise the play, but only say it was put across in our usual characteristic way. A week or so after the play had been completed, we closed our social activities by taking a trip to Washington. Several classes previous to ours had planned to do this, but we were the first to take the initiative and carry out the plans. It was a fitting close to our four eventful years of High School.

Thus you may see, from this brief review of our sojourn in Lewistown High School, that the Class of 1923 is the most active and most famous class that has ever dwelt within its walls; and now I shall drop the curtain over the past four happy years, and may each of us never forget the joyous days in L. H. S.


"All Aboard," the Senior Class play, was the biggest and best class play ever produced in L. H. S. It was full of pep and humor from beginning to end.

The theme of the play is centered around the loss of a set of false teeth belonging to Billy Bradly (Milton Cohen), and in the mixup following, the stewardess (Mary Shields), Mrs. Sloane (Margaret Boyer), and Alexander Phome (John Nolte), all lose their teeth. In truth, Billy has stolen these various sets of teeth to get a set to take the place of the ones he lost, but none will fit, so he returns them to their owners.

Billy does not want his sweetheart, Beatrice Sloane (Sarah Saxton), to know he has false teeth, as she detests them. While he is without his teeth, Johnny Thomas (Ray Lynch), his rival for Beatrice, takes advantage of this and makes love to Beatrice in Billy's presence. This enrages Billy, who throws a pillow at him, but it hits Mrs. Sloane instead.

Dorothy Brady (Margaret McClenahen), does her best to take care of her brother, but she only mixes things up more.

Billy's teeth have been found by two sailors (Hughbert O'Dell and Wardell Howell), who take them to Captain Kidd (Paul Way). He decides to hold an auction sale and calls all people on deck. The bidding is fast and furious, but finally the teeth go to Johnny for $900.

Johnny has had a change of heart and presents the teeth to Billy, apologizing for his conduct. Beatrice tells Billy that she does not mind his teeth since she heard how he lost them and all ends happily.

No one can ever forget the antics and cut-ups of Alexander, or the trouble Billy had in talking without his false teeth.

The choruses and songs were snappy and full of life with everyone doing their best to put the show over "big."

The play was under the direction of William T. Beak, of the John B. Rodgers Producing Company. Every member of the class was in the cast. This is the first time that this has happened and it certainly made the show a success.



Finished, Yet Beginning


Green and White    Lily of the Valley


VICE PRESIDENT    Dorothea Wallize
SECRETARY    Fay Schucht
TREASURER    John Young


CHORUS   Class
CLASS HISTORY   Marguerite Wileman
MOTTO ORATION   Margaret Whistler
VOCAL SOLO   Irene Orner
CLASS POEM   Irene Smith
CLASS ENTERTAINERS   Mabel Goss, Ruth Harding, Beulah Russell, Loa Lytel, Edna Price, Elizabeth Letterman, Ethel Peters, Isabelle Wertz, Mary Forsythe, Darwin Wisehaupt, Paul Spanogle, Hughbert O'Dell
CLASS PROPHECY   Helen Barnett, Margaret Haller, Marion Fleming, Mabel Masemore, Violet Campbell
PIANO SOLO   Sara Saxton
CLASS KNOCKERS   Marlin Cargill, Wardell Howell
PRESENTATIONS   Margaret McClenahen, Donald Wagner, John Nolte, Dorothea Wallize
CHORUS   Class
CLASS WILL   Martha Grabbe, John Young, Fay Schuct, Lillian Peris
CLASS CENSORS   Mary Shields, Dorothy Freed
MANTLE ORATION   William Picketts


GRAND MARCH     High School Orchestra
INVOCATION     Rev. F. A. Rupley
CHORUS     Class
SALUTATORY     Margaret Boyer
ORATION     Elizabeth Adams
PIANO SOLO     Howard Stackpole
HONOR ORATION     Whitney Frankenberry
PIANO SOLO     Lillian Peters
ORATION     Helen Weber
VOCAL SOLO     Ray Lynch
ORATION     Milton Cohen
VALEDICTORY ORATION     Charlotte Steinbach
ORCHESTRA SELECTION     High School Orchestra
MARCH     High School Orchestra



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