The Choteau Montanan (Choteau, Mont.) 1913-1925, May 22, 1914, Image 1

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r VOLUME I CHOTEAU, TETON COUNTY, MONTANA, MAY 22, 1914 NUMBER 47 Graduation Exercises of Teton High School Tliis has been “ commencement week” at the Teton county high •school, ’and, as had been promised by the faculty and students, some­ thing of interest has been given on each evening of the week. There were nine members of the class of 1914, five girls and four boys, Maisie Crawford Ruby Hodgskiss, .Toy Graves, Clara Pinger, Hazel Brown, Victor Parker, Chester Trescott, Lester Cowgill and Den­ zel McDonald. Six members of this class were born in Teton county, the exceptions being Vic­ tor Parker, Clara Pinger and Mai­ sie Crawford. Five members of the class, Joy Graves, Ruby Hodgskiss, Hazel Brown, Denzel Me Donald and Chester Trescott started to school together in tlie oprimary grade here in Choteau. Lester Cowgill was enrolled in the primary grades at Dupuyer. Monday was theme and exhibit day. We regret that lack of space prevents us from publishing the themes of the graduates as read by them that evening. All of the themes, however, showed that con­ siderable time and thought had been expended in their prepara­ tion. The work exhibited by the ‘•owing class was of a high order and the young ladies certainly de­ serve considerable credit for the splendid showing made. Tuesday was class day. The pro­ gram, which included the class will, prophecy, fables, poem, his­ tory, 3rcll, eulogy, confession and song, are herewith published in full. • Qn Wednesday the class ohy, “ (Tut of Town,” was given at the auditorium, those taking part in ‘ this pleasing three-act comedy dis­ playing considerable dramatic ability. The largest crowd of the week was present at tin* exercises last night. The Salutatory was given by Chester Trescott, while Victor Parker was the Valedictorian. As speaker of the evening at the commencement exercises last night, Dr. E. B. Craighead, pres­ ident of the University of Mon­ tana, made a very interesting talk. In opening his speech Mr. Craig­ head spoke of the beauty of Cho­ teau and its surroundings and con­ gratulated the people upon the luxury of living near the moun­ tains. He next took up some of the d.ftieulties of school adminis­ tration, urging the patrons to stand behind he school, and the teach­ ers to emphasize accuracy and to look more to the quality than to the quantity of work done. Fol­ lowing this Dr. Craighead spoke of the three classes of men found in any walk of life— those who are looking for a snap; those who will preform a duty if it i-s n°t too difficult and the very small class that can be absolutely depended upon regardless of the magnitude and difficulty of the task set. He then emphasized the value of a college education to the far­ mer of today, showing how bar­ ren the life of the tiller of the soil would be without a good knowledge of his surroundings. In closing Dr. Craighead showed that moral advancement after all was the only real advancement; that a college education did not absolutely guarantee a successful life and that the young man or woman looking forward to college should expect to give something to the school as well as derive benefit from it. Class Day Program CLASS HISTORY Runy h o d g s k iss The majority of the class of 1914 attended public school in and around Choteau. There were more than twenty pqpils that en­ tered the freshman class in the year of 1910. Out of these there were five that are now in the senior class. They are Hazel, Maisie, Joy, Ruhv and Lester. We freshies thought ourselves very brilliant. We had no use for the stately seniors who would snub us. At the various parties din­ ing the year, we were never in­ vited to the senior parties or the seniors were never invited to ours. However that didn’t worry us as we had a much better time by ourselves. One thing our fresh- uipn girls could do and that was to play basket ball. We had a fin» team and could beat all the other classes in the games. Of course we hud to tight so the upper class­ men couldn’t get the best of us. Our principal would always come and root for us. Clara, Denzil and Victor joined us in our sophomore .year. The boys entered into hasket ball, and soon became good players. Our relations with the various classes this year were more friendly than in our freshman .vear. Many pupils dropped out during this year and never returned to our class. In our junior .year Denzil left ns. Victor was now forward on our basket ball team. We gave the class of 1913 a junior prom. It was held in the auditorium of our high school. We had diffi­ culty in getting our principal to consent to this. T h e iic . A -y.6ai ) - c :'c/ted u t i- -A iic.- l.V seniors, so Denzil joined our class again. Chester also entered and was now one of our ran its. All our boys were on the basket ball team and made very good records. Not only did our boys make good in basket ball, but in track work also. At the Northern Montana state track meet, Denzil got first place ,n broad jump and tied for first place in the high jump. Chester took second in the shot put. and tlvrd in the hummer and discus. This concludes the history of the class of 1914 To you it may seem very uneventful, but to us it has been very inter esting. Events that were full of excitement become tame in the telling. CLASS POEM VICTOR DARKER Hurrah for Teton’s classy school. How well we love the very name. It proves exceptions to the rule, It boasts of triumph and of fume. The faculty so tried and true, Are always there to boost you through. But let us count them one by one, That you may know just what they’ve done. Professor Deitrich heads the list, A single day he’s never missed, But coaches us and directs us Without a symptom of a fuss. Miss Breneman the next in line Her mathematics handles tine, And when it comes to sowing well There’s hardly anything to tell For the exhibits you have seen Were modeled by her sewing team. Miss Leech our English teacher fair. Her subject handles with great care; She’s always there with heart and hand, She’s helped us cross the faulty strand. Miss Gilman is the last of all, But in our eyes she’s not so small, In science, history and Dutch too She’s helped us win our pathway through The freshmen are quite green this year But let’s impart to them good cheer, For only three more years and then They will be our fellowmen. The junior-sophomore class is small, But they had said “ We'll show them all” And when the junior prom night came They proved good right to the name. The senior class is best of all, They say pride goes before a fall, But we’ll take care of that, of course, . And follow life without remorse. Our president is known to fame, For Chester Trescott is his name. He’s won some fame as an athelete A-shown in Great Falls School meet. Vice-president is Hazel Brown, The jolliest girl in all the town. If you would see big sugar lumps, Just look at Hazel with the mumps. Victor Parker next in line, Is secretary of the nine. Since he is author of this verse, Well you all to think of worse. Maisie Crawford keeps the dough, We understand its running low. If she should ever run behind A postal clerk she’s sure to find. Denz McDonold jumper high, He can almost reach the sky. Pie proved it at the last tract meet It won from every one a treat. Clara Pinger she’s a fright, Ring her up most any night. She can tell you of the rank Of every cashier in the bank. iLr-?'- > f ’ .ts-iAU siv ; *a'l, Ple’o the buy for tm>kul bail. As n center can’t be beat. And wild with cheers hi.s plays we meet. Ruby Hodgskiss, so they say. Figures strongly in the play. As a maid she’s there you bet, As an heiress better yet. Joy ful Graves, a funny name, Yet we like it just the same. For she’s docile as a mouse. Make some man a dandy spouse. That is all I have to say About the jolly senior’s way. And as a farewell word we pass A greeting to each lad or lass. EULOGY LESTER COWGILL I will enter upon noecomium of the class of nineteen hundred fourteen. She needs none. There she stands, judge for yourself. Four upright men and five fair voung women. No better class ever stepped upon a platform at commencement time. Nor do I stand alone in this opinion, every member of this noble class will agree with me. Even the teachers will corroborate it. What class has ever gone through high school with so few demerit marks against it? What class has ever gradu­ ated with such honors? What class has ever been so popular with the underclassmen and the teachers? Ever since we entered this school in nineteen-ten, the eyes o f all have been focused upon us. Our few mistakes have been pardoned, our many triumphs applauded. During our freshman year ex- emplory behavior and studious habits won for us the esteem of our instructors and fellow stu­ dents, and this we carried through our four years of high school work. By the time we were sophomores the attention of the school board hud been attracted to us and rumors of this remark able class were cast abroad. In our junior year, realizing that “ all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” we laid aside our books occasionally and en­ joyed ourselves. The first social event o f -any note was the junior prom, but even then we were un­ able to overcome the habits con­ tracted in our freshman .year. During our senior .year, however, we ventured to put by our digni­ ties and enjoyed the class parties, taking care that our school work did not suffer. Not only did we shine in the school work and in the social events of the school, bnt also in the athletics and other outside activities. Twice members of our class won the ome declamatory contest and represented the school at Missoula. Call the roll of the basket ball team—four seniors answer, four-fifths of the team taken <from our class. Had we had another man we would have supplied fh c-iiftiis. At the, North- ern Monta’M tiuck meet at (Beat ; Fall« on M tv gud, Denzel Me-{ Donald a<m first place in the broad jump, and tied for first in the high ' one hundred one cent stamps for fifty cents. The maid, who was very honest, returned them at once, thereby saving the clerk from immediate dismissal. Moral—Always be honest. Mr. Dietrich while working electrical experiments rubs the window with cat’s fur.— “ Put your hand on there Hazel, quick.” Hazel put her hand on Window. Mr. Dietrich— “ Do you feel the pane?” There was once a young man named Victor who very much loved the movies and circuses. While away on the Missoula trip he had a chance, much to his de­ light, to attend a wild animal show. Before entering the main showy Victor became interested in the picture of several roosters playing upon musical instruments. He said that he hud seen many a rooster blithe had never dreamed that there were any that were “mart enough to play a cornet or jump: Ch»Mrr Trescott. another member of our das-, won second in the shot pu*, third in the di-cus hurl and third in the hammer throw, winning for Teton, four­ teen points and third place in the meet. And so 1 could continue for hours, telling of the virtues and achievements of this great class. In spite of all these excellencies and our full knowledge of them, we have not allowed ourselves to become conceited. As a result of this policy- behold! The class of 19 14. \ iolin, so he -aid : certainly have to that he would see that He CLASS SONG MAl-IK CRAWFORD Bv the o.d blue Rocky mountains, 'Ti< thee that we <-an see .lust a litt’e eountry high school, Oh how dear she is to me. For the wind is in tlie pine trees, And the school bells they all say; Come you back, you H. S. student- ( ’ome you back to Teton gay. Come you back to Teton gay, Where the black and gold hold sway. Can't you hear them singing praises of the seniors just awav On the road to Teton gay where tlie freshies I ugh and pla.v. | trouble. She went to vi-it one of An’ they strive to be like seniors, the girls who had the mumps, to a certain young gentleman knew that Tiara would have to work he was sure to call her up and ask her to go riding. We are wondering why Clara didn’t let someone else do her work and take advantage of the invitatiqn. Moral—Put off work until to­ morrow, but never pleasure. We have one girl in the clusa who is an excellent chauffeur even though she often does get the car stuck in the mud. One day she went driving down Love’s lane. In turning around 9he backed the car into the ditch. While trying to get the car out .she fell into the muddy ditch. She had a fine long walk home then, and when she had arrived the whole family was in danger of their lives. Moral— We should laugh in the face of bad luck. One of the boys, while taking a short cut to school to avoid tardi­ ness one day, tried to jump a fence and met with an accident. Since then he has not worn his class ring nor jumped any fences. Moral—The longest way round is sometimes the shortest way to school. concerning many thing-. One time her c u i i o m U led her into More ar.d more from day to day. Their colors was gold and black An’ \er flower was a rose, An’ ’ er name was 1914—jis the same she didn’t pose. An’ we seed her first as freshman, An’ a stirring Teton up. An’ a waistin’ precious hours Kickin’ ’ round the drinking cup. Bloomin’ drinking cup of tin What had nought but water in. Pesky lot we cared for drinkin When we knew it wasn’t sin. FABLES DKN’ /K L MCDONALD Once upon a time there was a young class president who practised diligently such athletic stunts as the hammer throw, the shot put and di-eus hurl. This young man once ate too much mince pie for supper and as a consequence felt vei.v cross and decided to lick the whole family. His father being somewhat larger than he, proceed­ ed to turn him over hi.s knee. Moral—Do not eat pie for supper. Miss Leech in English IV— “ Victor, are there any' archaic words in this poem?” Victor— “ Yes. I found one, it i- a very peculiar word too. It is wool.\ In a little Montana city there once I i\ e cl a fair young maid who was very friendly with a postal clerk. Now this clerk was a very good looking youth, and had cap­ tured the hearts of many a damsel ask her how they felt. She found out about three days later. One morning when she awoke she fouud that her face had swollen so large that she could not find a look­ ing glass in the house that was big enou :h for her to see herself in. Moral—Curiosity killed a cat. The boy— “ If you saw a worm crawling along the floor would you pick it up?” Ruby— “ Well I should say n ot.\ The boy— “ Then you are no chicken.” One of the bo.vs of the senior class has a bad failing. This fail’ ing is his fondness for the ladies. During his school life he is known to have escorted one girl to her home. We are afraid so much dissipation has been a hindrance to his school work. Moral—Do not indulge to excess. A certain girl o f the senior class, while in the junior year, it seems, was not allowed by her parents to have a beau. She said in a boast­ ful way, “ You just wait. I’ll be eighteen next year and they can't stop me. I'll go with tlie bo.vs just the same as the rest of the girls.” (J Joy! She has at last reached the desired age, but with all her beaus she seems to be no happier than before. Moral—All that glitters is not gold. “ Hello central. Is that you Clara? . Are you going to work tonight? O, you are? Wont you ; handed over his twenty five cents ;and ru-hed in to seethe mu-ieiuns. 'Victor w is quite a di-tance from the musicians during the perform- CONFESSIONS ancc -o he could nut see that the hazel ivuown legs and feet that did the playing ()nc of the most »nterestirg were made of painted wood and types of that form of literature that someone was behind a curtain cabcd personal, is tlie eonfos- turning a crank and playing an sion- From the time when lious- instrument. He thought that sean pnt fortb bi* famo,,s book* was about the most wonderful down to the -vear when Mar«>’ thing he had ever seen so he de- MucLano wrote her human doeu- cided to stay for the next per- ment\ «onfes-mns have been de- formance. He handed over Noure(lb.\ the public with the another twentv-five cents, and this inteiest. Sooner or latei. time he was on the front row. A a11 * enh,sc* arft *ei^ d b-V a strong little while afterwards someone dosire to reveal «'heiuselve* -aw Vic crawling mu under tlie the* reill,J am Th,i; bas bpen side of the tent to keep away from tbe case witb tbe iilass of ninetpen in- tru'iids fourteen; pledging themselves to . . . the utmost candor and openness, Moral—A little suspicion is .. , . , „ * they agreed to set forth their worth twent.v-nve cents. , secret woes, their innermost hopes, Miss Leech in English I\ . and their real opinions of tirun- “ Joy, name the words that rhyme , P|veii. This mutual confession in this poem.” they have handed over to me to Jo.v- Veil. joy goes with present to the public. Perhaps • 1 mv audience w ill not be able to Among the senior- of Teton j understand altogether: but that county high -chool there wa- one j they must, distribute to the fact girl who had a great cm losil.v ; that the souls that are hereby re­ vealing themselves are of an original and superior order. They do not feel that they are made of “ common stud'.” But now we shall leave yon to judie the class for yourselves The only authorized edition of these confessions is the one I hold in my hands. It reads as follows: No. I. Lester Cowgill: “ lam a young man of excellent ability, but you would never think it to look at me. For all m.v life I have been in the clutch of a dark- blue demon, whose name—at least one of them i- shvnp—. But I am really not timid: why when I am alone I can imagine m.v self doing all -orts of bold and reckless deeds I have even pictured my­ self advancing to a young lady and asking if 1 may escort her h< me. Not that I would care in the lca-t about escorting them home, but I should enjoy showing them that I am not in the least afraid of them. They imagine that I stand in the greatest awe of them; but if they could only know my real opinion! My secret hope is that I may some day be gover­ nor of Montana, so that I may be called upon to preside over \ woman suffrage meeting, an invi­ tation that I shall refuse with scorn. No. 2. Maisie ( ’ rawford: I feel sure that you must have no­ ticed me, for I am a really re­ markable young woman in every re-pect. I am one of the natural burn leaders, and by jnaking only the slightest effort I have exerted the greatest influence upon my classmates. ; I.have long, felt that of the town. One day he sold her ¡go riding with me?” Whenever (Continued on Page Four.)

The Choteau Montanan (Choteau, Mont.), 22 May 1914, located at <>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.