The community business leaders continued to support the school and its programs in other ways also. Auggie
Geyer, owner of the Troy Theatre, allowed the school band to sponsor the film Elephant Boy both a Friday and
Saturday night to replenish their bank account for the spring competition. The band was greatly pleased with the$40 made from that sponsorship and thanked Mr.
Geyer and the community for attending. The Village Board gave
the band $175 toward the account.
The East Troy News featured the school news in the student area called Hi Inklings. The editors were June Mocco
and Mavis Deist. One special area was the "gossip" about the students. "Joyce Kehoe claimed the noise from the
band room wasn't her: the horn played itself." "new romance in the building was Betty Christianson attracted to
Bob Graff" "most popular books were The Bible, and Gone with the Wind."
A Double Quartet of Bernard Rieck, Lloyd and Boyd Henry, Burton Stobber, Leslie Linde, Mavis Deist, Mary
Dickerman, and Dorothy Sweetnam performed throughout the year at various civic events such as Honey Creek
PTA, Black Oat PTA, and County Council of American Legion. A saxophone quartet joined them at some of the
A typing contest was held for weeks with Captains Shirley Somers and Alice Smith. The competition was keen
throughout the weeks, but Alice Smith's team averaged two points higher at the conclusion of the competition. The
highest typing test recorded was 38.2 wpm.
Professor Byrnes was very pleased with the fire drill. The school exited the building in less than 50 seconds;
"…most orderly and best time on record."
The school boasted a wonderful musician and composer as the band director, Mr. Ed Mear, who had played with
Sousa's band. He himself had two marches published, the latest, Toronto Bay, and Interlocken Spirit, which would
be used for sight-reading at competitions. He and his son Sydney were featured at the American Band Masters'
Association since they were brilliant cornets. The high school concert was presented at the Grand Theater with
both the band under Mr. Mear's director and the chorus under Mrs. Tekla Rohleder's direction. Other schools
attended the concert because of the high quality of the music in East Troy. A new concert idea was that the second
half of the band portion would include a variety of pieces, which the band had learned. The audience would select
the pieces they wanted to hear from the list. However, the finale was the Stars and Stripes Forever played in the
true Sousa tradition. At the District Competition the band was selected to be involved in the evening concert and
competed at one level above the size of the school. They were exceptionally strong at sight-reading. At the Solo
and Ensemble concert there were twenty-five first awards and fifteen second awards.
Senior English classes studied historical classics the first semester with such books as Quo Vadis, and the second
semester was spent on contemporary works such as Main Street and Gone with the Wind.
Classes used community members to lecture and demonstrate. Jesse Pomazal demonstrated the use of the slide
rule. Andrew Goodman lectured on insurance. The Physics class used a practical application to determine the
speed of sound. A gun was shot in the northern part of the village and listened for at a specified range to check the
speed giving quite accurate results.
Spring Fever was the class play. Some of the cast members were Howard Brant played by Ray Sengebush, Anne
Powell by Mavis Deist, Vic Lewis by Robert Rossmiller, Vivian George by Ruth Ells, and Ed Burns by Bernie
Schwartz. Fort Atkinson also performed the same play so E.T.'s cast watched their performance for some tips.
They returned the favor and came to East Troy's performance; both schools enjoyed a great cast party.
The thirty-nine graduates had their commencement exercises in the new gymnasium. The two top students were
Ruth Ells and Robert Rossmiller (no indication who was valedictorian or salutatorian) with scores above 96%. The