Class of 1929
Nineteen Students, eleven young ladies and eight gentlemen, graduated June 5, 1929.Three were Canadians, and seven students were together since kindergarten.James Keats was the class president for three years, and Florence Zinn was the first girl to enter Oratory in East Troy High School.Eight were enrolled in the French course, six in the commercial course, and five in the mathematics course.Their senior year was filled with events.
The seniors gave a party at Woodman Hall with the music furnished by Sharkey and his Victorian Orchestra.In a special assembly the seniors performed two scenes from Hamlet.Three representatives were sent to the All State High School Orchestra Chorus, and James Keats represented his school in the All State High School Orchestra.The senior play was Daddy Long Legs with Rex Whitmore palying Daddy Long Legs and Gertrude Koehn playing Judy.During The performance the electric lights went out.Kerosene lamps and candles provided the lighting for the second act.However, Bill Tess located the trouble so the electric lights were back on for the third act.An oboe was added to the band, and Dorothy Schwatrz played it.At the State Band Tournament the band was second in its class of sixety competitors.
Underwood Typewriter Company awarded a medal for accuracy to Marion Swoboda.Other commercial notes featured Gertrude Koehn and Anita Ludtke.During one class an antique typewriter from 1893 was donated for examination, and the students were happy with their more modern machines.
A few highlights from the section of the paperNews from Seniors were that senior girls taught occasionally in the third and fourth classroom, Jimmie Keats purchased registered Jersey cow, Bill Holick completed yet another medicine cabinet to add to his collections, and Florence Zinn and Gertrude Koehn officially opened the "sliding down the hill" season.The Home Economics classes served hot lunches.
Declamations were presented by the following: The Cheerful Laundress by Margie Kilpin, Penrod's Nervous Breakdown by Hazel Klett, A Bow to Progress by Frances Harmon, Tent Poles by Eleanor Tober, and The Second Trial by Dorothy Bernau.Ted Lewis of Weeks Aircraft Corporation from Milwaukee presented an assembly on Aviation as a Vacation.He told the senior class that girls, as well as boys, could fly.
The businessmen of East Troy were very helpful throughout the year.A community program was sponsored by them and broadcast of WTMJ.The high school band was part of the entertainment.Dickerman Hardware lent an Atwater Kent radio so the school students could hear the inaugural ceremony."...considered a marvel that few school children in the whole history have had to hear a President even though they were thousands of miles from the event..."The East Troy News also noted that the high school needed more state aid because the "taxes were high, especially on farm land."Memory books were given as gifts to the class from W.D. Graff Clothing Store.
The seniors composed a 25-year prophecy about their classmates' futures in 1954.A few of these are the following: Claude Rohleder would be the manager of the Chicago Civic Opera Co., Margaret Emerich would be the best known aviatrix in Wisconsin, and Anita Ludtke would be the vice president of the Metropolitan Insurance Company.
The graduation ceremony was held in the Grand Theatre with guest speaker Dr. Ganfield from Carroll College and guest singer Mrs. Stillwell Meany.Eleanor Tober read the treatise Don't Blame Us for Looking so Wise.The salutatory speech was presented by Gertrude Koehn and the valedvictorian honors were to Florrence Zinn.
Back to Class Page