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Fayette County Leader

 May 29, 1924

Senior Class Night.

Different from the usual class prophecy of class day exercises was the program put on by the Senior class Tuesday evening. The class assembled in 1944 on board the good ship "Fate" and reviewed their lives since 1924, thus presenting a glimpse into the future in a new manner. At the conclusion of the remarks made by the class members songs were sung and favors were handed out as class gifts.

Following are the characters represented on the ship:

Hugh Grya represented Donald Dean as deck hand; Ruth Holtzman represented Phyllis O'connell as an invalid; Marion Humiston, Maude Timmerman as a nurse; Earle Pattison, Scott Ostrander as a biologist; Viola Rogers, Ruby Holtzman as a teacher; Dorothea Orr, Viola Rogers as an old maid; Ruby Holtzman and Viola Prideaux, the Doughty Twins as dancing sisters; Scott Ostranger, Maynard Baker as a preacher; Lucille Horton, Hazel Moore as Mrs. Spiggott Drummond; Marcus Baker, Kenneth Rawson as President of Harvard; Robert Fox, Marcus Baker as captain of the 'Fate;" Alfred Stearus, Hugh Gray as a prizefighter; Naomi Smith, Mabel Kelly as matron of the "Fate;" Maynard Baker, Robert Clothier as business man; Lucille Bray, Naomi Smith as movie actress; Kenneth Rawson, Robert Fox as a lawyer;  Lucille Pattison, Viola Prideaux as a retired teacher; Phyllis O'Connell, Lucille Pattison as an instructor; Robert Clothier, Earl Pattison as a student; Hazel Moore, Lucille Horton as an athlete; Donald Dean, Alfred Stearns as a baseball player; Juliet Doughty, Wilma Heiden as artist; Maude Timmerman, Ruth Holtzman as a Salvation Army worker; Wilma Heiden, Benita Finch as a peeress; Bessie Doughty, Marion Humiston as buyer for Sears, Roebuck & Co.; Benita Finch, Lucille Bray as a beauty specialist; Mabel Kelly, Dorothea Orr as a book saleswoman.

Closing Exercises.

The graduating exercises here held last night at the high school gymnasium and were attended by a large crowd. The program was as follows:

March-Owen Anderson

Invocation-Rev. Baker

Songs-Glee Club

Reading-Mildred Adams

Piano Solo-Gerald Prescott

Address-Fran A Miles

Presentation of Class-Prof. C. > Homes

Presentation of diplomas-F. E. Finch

Frank A. Miles, editor of the Iowa Legionnaire, gave a very interesting and inspiring talk relative to citizenship. Referring to the greatness of Iowa, he state that this very greatness constitutes a great challenge. there are problems, which have arisen since the world war, which will require many years to solve, and the present generation will be the one to solve them. these graduates will be confronted by them. the speaker reviewed the conditions all over the world today, and said that we were beginning to wonder if all the sacrifices of the war were in vain. the world is sick, a spark may start another world conflagration which will make the last one seem like a sham battle. American must lead the world, as she led it in the war, not in war, however, but in peace. It is easy to destroy, but the process of rebuilding is long. We have men high in office who would prostitute all to their own advantage. We have 1,500,00 "reds" who would overthrow the government. The deposition of many politicians is to rob their country. What the world needs is the kind of Christianity that will inspire the man in Fayette to consider the needs of his fellow man in Africa.

Mr. Miles spoke of the spirit of pacifism which is quite prevalent. He said if all the countries of the world were as good as we think we are, then we could talk about absolute pacifism. A great editor has said that war never settled anything. Mr. Miles said that if war never settled anything, then there would have been no declaration of independence, no freedom of the seas, and the Kaiser would be commander in-chief of the world today. But the big problem in the world is that of peace, and the young people, like these graduates, must help work for it. We must all work for it but we must not be struck down from ambush while doing it. The big hope of the world is in the divinity of Jesus Christ, who made the great sacrifice for the world. Mr. Miles had no patience with the theory that the young people of the day are going to the bowwows. If they are, he said, then we have failed in our mission to better the world, which is the mission which all of us have, and for which we exist.

Following the distribution of diplomas, Supt. Holmes announced the prizes for the year. The Mrs. Chesley American History prize of a medal in honor of her son, Frank Chesley, given through the Sons of the Revolution, went to Owen Anderson. Miss Benita Finch was awarded the scholarship prize, given for obtaining the best record as a student during the four year high school course. 

Following are the names of the graduates:

Chester J. Adams, Marcus R. Baker, Maynard e. Baker, Lucille Bernadine Bray, Robert A. Clotheir, Donald d. Dean, Bessie H. E. Doughty, Juliet Ann Doughty, Benita G. Finch, Robert Lee Fox, Hugh M. Gray, Wilma Ilene Heiden, Ruby Irene Holtzman, Ruth Aetna Holtzman, Dorothea Lucille Horton, Marion G. Humiston, Mabel Ernestine Kelly, Hazen May Moore, Phyllis Lucile O'Connell, Dorothea L. Orr, Scott E. Ostrander, Earle S. Pattison, Lucile Elizabeth Pattison, Mary Viola Prideaun, Kenneth A. Rawson, Viola E. Rogers, Naomi Irene Smith, Alfred A. Stearns, Maude Helen Timmerman.


~ transcribed and contributed by Crystal A. Bingham <>

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