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Class of 1940

  SOURCE: Tingley, Iowa Centennial: 1883 - 1983. p. 153. PSI, Inc. Belmond IA. 1983.
Courtesy of Mount Ayr Public Library, September of 2011

Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, July 13, 2017, Page 15

By Mike Avitt

I scanned this photo from a 1940 Tingley High School yearbook called March of Tingley Times. This is the first Tingley annual I've ever seen. Bob and Kay Sickels picked up this yearbook at a local estate auction.

The students pictured are (top row): Harold Ball, Waye Morrison, Louise Smith, Phyllis Morrison, and Superintendent W. K. Saville. Bottom row: Jean Breckenridge, Nellie Grose, Naomi Weeda, and Opal Hillebran. The photographs are pasted into the yearbook. I have seen this before in Benton High School yearbooks.

I'll point out some things I find interesting about this book. It is soft-bound and very well put together. The athletic section is brief as there were only two sports covered.

The boys basketball photo shows the players wearing knee pads. I don't think I've ever seen this before. The team had only one senior and had a poor showing as a result. But, the boys participated in three tournaments and the B team had a successful season. There was no girls' basketball.

The baseball page said baseball was played in the fall but gave no description of the season. The same page announced boys' track was making a comeback this year after being absent for several years. That was it for sports.

The instrumental band had nineteen members and was directed by J.B. Worley. Three concerts were given during the school year. They even had a clarinet quartet. The school was very proud of its musical department.

The sponsors of the yearbook were featured in the back. There were no pictures and the words were hand-written. The sponsors were: O. W. Roush & Son Drug Store, Tingley Lumber Company (D. L. McClure), Tingley Telephone Company. Tingley Cafe (Ted and Frances Hannah), Tingley Vindicator newspaper (Noel Seney), Ferguson's Produce (Hugh Ferguson), William S. Breckenridge Store, Tingley State Savings Bank, Tingley Service Station (R. T. Hogue), United Presbyterian Church, Hillebran Garage (Joker Hillebran), and Hicks General Store.

This is a well-done yearbook. It even has pictures of the grade school students. You never know what you'll find at an auction.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, July of 2017

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