1949 Class History
(Tune of Cruising Down the River)
Through the years together
We’ve shared our work and play
Our banner true of gold and blue has led along the way.
The guidance of our teachers, the loyalty of our friends,
In days to come let’s not forget to wander back again.
The bells may ring, the birds may sing, a sweet and gently sigh
The flowers of spring, the stars may bring, our memories gone by.
Our classmates all together, have planned their future ways,
Knowing when we started, our goal would be this day.
1948-1949 Corona Newspaper Staff. Iene Foster, Ann Logan, Sara Austin, Donna Mae Allen, Donna Smock, Alice Hamlin, Deloris Weibel, Shirley Williams, Chuck White, Sheila Loucks, Weltha Ohl, Betty Buretz and Shirley Dean in front.
One warm day early in September Miss Johnson looked down upon the eager faces of the class of “49". The radiant faces of Jean Dunlap, Weltha Jean Ohl, Catherine Ann Logan, Clara Jane Nicolls, Charles White, Paul McMillan, and Yours Truly, Betty Jane Graff, gave her hope but it was short-lived. After a turbulent year, she uttered a sigh of relief when we all passed. The next few years passed swiftly with nothing unusual happening except the arrival of (1) Shirley Dean, (2) Donna Mae Allen, (3) William Minnick, and (4) Jim Hoover. By some quirk of fate we all succeeded in getting into the seventh grade where we met Clyde Faust, Bob Hildreth, Richard Thayer, Alice Hamlin and Richard Phillips. We are sure Miss McCabe will never forget those days in the 7th and 8th grades with the “49ers,” and in a way we don’t blame her.
Our Freshman year brought with it the students from Spring, Summerhill, Beaver, and Summit, bringing our class membership from 14 to 72. We entered the social world with one or two skating parties in our Freshman year after we elected our class officers. We spent our Sophomore year in isolated seclusion, studying hard, except for our initiation and skating party. Our energy was certainly not potential in our Junior year. After electing our class officers: Pres. Bob Hildreth, Vice Pres. Charles White, Sec. Ilene Foster, Treas. Donna Smock, we sponsored skating parties, dances, and magazines sales. Under the capable direction of Mr. Gibson and the then Miss Ball we held a Football Dance at which we crowned June Barnes and Stan Sowry as the King and Queen of football, a leap-year dance, and a May Dance at which Ilene Foster was crowned, honored by May-Pole dancers in pastel gowns.
Our energy not being diminished by a three-month vacation, we quickly fell into the activities of our last year. Electing our class officers: Pres. C. White, Vice President C. Faust, Sec. B. Tyler and Treas. Helen Corey, we began the whirlwind promotion of our play The Mountain House Mystery. A record attendance was had and we netted a profit of over $400. We rested on our laurels gained by this production until April 20 when we had our Senior Wind-Up presenting Gary Clark and his symphonettes, the Best little' band in the world.
Class Day, Baccalaureate and Commencement will end high school activities for the “49ers”. We are proud to be the first class to graduate under our Consolidated School and to have been a part of the generation that is ours.
Written by: Weltha Ohl, Ann Logan, & Bob Hildreth
The hustle and bustle of the Thayer household finally settled down after Labor Day. Mrs. Thayer, the former Janey Nicolls, enjoyed the company of her children and grandchildren, but she missed sending them off to school with their little books. Janie sat down in her rocker, her mind flooding with thoughts of good old C.H.S. It was the year 1999 and Janie’s class had graduated in 1949. Janie sighed and picked up her 400 page novel “Big Wind” by Alice Hamlin a prominent authoress. Flipping through the pages, she came upon a big newspaper clipping yellow with age and read:
"Betty Lee Tyler, head of the New World Airline Hostesses Association arrived in Washington for a chat with the President of the United States, Roger Hendrickson. They were to discuss the possibilities of a new uniform for the hostess. Preferably plaid shirts and blue jeans!"
She remembered several years ago when Glenn Dorr, on one of his many travels on foot came through Conneautville and stopped for the night. He still claimed that being a bum was the best occupation, but Janie received an announcement that he had married a lady bum and settled down in a tumbled down shack by the railroad track.
When Rick had had his last heart attack, Clyde Faust, an eminent veterinarian, came to take care of him. His magnificent ability helped Rich survive. Janie was peeved because she had to rise early the next day to take the insurance papers to the back.
One day the city was startled by a long line of shapely females doing road work in shorts. They were led by Ann Logan, Dean of Women’s Physical Education of America. Ann swept to great fame when she took a job as janitoress in the Senate House and there she fought to have the law forbidding girls to play basketball repealed.
Janie’s mansion is done in sky-blue pink with purple polka dots. The decorator, Laverta Smith, said it was the latest thing. Rich said it was the last straw!
Hank Brandt who joined the Navy in his Junior year but graduated with the Class of “49” had a brilliant career. Even now at the age of 68, he is still polishing deck rails.
Jean Dunlap sponsors a day nursery for children now that she has mastered the art of folding cornered diapers.
Broadway was shocked in 1980 when Societies Sweetheart Donna Smock left the stage to become a social worker. They regretted the loss because she was talented and pretty as a picture.
Playboy Bob Hayes tired of his adventures, finally came back to Conneautville and his farm. Rich asked him if he intended to do his own milking. Bob replied, that “The old technique ain’t what it used to be.”
Janie gave all the credit for her intelligent children to Shirley Dean, who is an able teacher (with the help of a hickory 2x4). Many a night Janie spent picking splinters out of her sons’ trousers. But then Shirley always did have a good batting average.
Bill Minick, the superintendent, says Shirley is a big help when it comes to the board. Board of Education that is, but then what paddle isn’t. Bill, after making several surveys during Conneautville’s big football games, found a problems he couldn’t solve – Out of 20 some players on the team, how come only 11 were allowed in the game?
Ruth Ross became famous when she and Arthur Murray combined their professions. Now you can learn to dance and cook at the same time!
The radio has been blessed for years with the voice of Betty Buretz. Now the public isn’t so sure it’s a blessing. They have television! Betty advertises Atomic tooth paste, the only dental cream containing uranium.
Doris Shaw, it has been told, is spending her years at home, cool and calm as a cucumber. Someone locked her in the cooler. She gets out next month on good behavior!
The skating world has been monopolized for years by Donna Allen. Even at her age, the old girl can swing a wicked tango, but she complains that the wheels on her chair need oiling.
Being the world’s most famous cosmetics expert hasn’t bothered Betty Jane Graff in the least, didn’t even go to her head. But she sure gets in her customer’s hair!
The citizens of Conneautville were thrilled when Rose Atroskin gave a recital with Margaret Truman in Washington. They sang Figaro, Carman from Carman and Riga from Mortis. They received a stiff applause on the last number. Rose is said to have taken lessons from Frank Sinatra’s brother, Not So Notra.
While in Washington, Weltha Ohl made a vow that someday she would come back and finish the murals on the dome of the Capitol. She began her career by printing the Constitution on the head of a pin and slowly mounted the ladder of success, but the ladder wasn’t high enough so the pictures remain unfinished.
Shirley Williams has done wonderful work as a psychiatrist. It seems wonderful that after working 44 years with mentally ill people, you can walk into her office, see her swinging from the chandelier and know you will receive competent advice.
Last year Janie and Rich decided to take a trip out West and see how all the Dudes were doing. They were very surprised to find Adeline Farr, the owner of a large spacious ramshackle ranch.
Her affairs were capably run by Helen Corey who had left with the idea of becoming a financial secretary. Well she is now running finances, small change that is!
About a month ago Janie’s twin grandsons were taken to the hospital with appendicitis. There Sara Austin and Genevieve Baker were busy killing their patients.
The school Music Festival was held last week with Betty Jean Olsen ably conducting. The songs sung were beautifully murdered by the chorus.
Chuck White finally realized his life ambition. He is now an undertaker and has opened the “White Super, Special Deluxe Funeral Parlor.”
Richard Phillips now has his own orchestra. A super duper recording has been released called the “Phillip’s Special.” This is a rendition of Spike Jones colossal arrangement of “Chloe.”
When Janie was in New York recently at one of Rich’s boxing exhibitions, she saw an article in the New York Times about Ilene Foster. It seems that Ilene, a former May Queen of C.H.C. was elected Mrs. America of 1999. Ilene is employed by Bob Hildreth, wealthy owner of the Stork Club.
On the return trip Janie and Rich boarded a plane which was flown by Elmer Silata. They had been in the air about 2 hours when the engine began to sputter and cough. The plane was finally set down in a pasture. It seems Elmer thought he could run the thing without gas.
The farmer that owned the place came out to see what was going on and you can guess the Thayers surprise to find themselves looking into the face of Fred Hammermeister. Fred now owns a big dairy farm where he raises everything from cows to kids.
Joe Prischak owns the adjoining farm where he is contentedly raising bees…. Well at least he can get B’s some way.
When they finally got back to Conneautville they found out that C.H.S. had hired some new teachers, which among them was an old schoolmate, John Hollenbeck. John is teaching agriculture with John Stevens as his assistant.
Dick Foster is a forest ranger up in the Catskill Mountains. Every little while he drops a lighted match and then does he have trouble on his hands. Well: They say every man has a flame!
Rhe old school has added a new swimming pool and Ray Marks has been hired as an instructor. They say he’s pretty good. So far he’s only let 3 persons drown.
Rudy Snowadsky is a professor at Carnegie Tech now. Who would have ever thought we had anybody as smart as that in our class!
Yesterday Janie went down to the Brown and Loucks Beauty Salon to get an overhaul. She went in and there amid steam baths and permanent waving machines, she found Eleanor and Sheila. They told her that she could find several more Conneautvillites there. Sure enough there was Rose Mary Goetz, best Massoure in Pennsylvania, and Louise Hegyi, the store’s publicity manager. Reba Young was the registered nurse there, in case one of the clients fainted from too much steam in their Turkish baths.
The Mathews Soap Company just opened recently with Bill Mathews as president. Driving for him is George Henretty. Now I know why all the people stay off the streets!
Last week when the Thayer’s lights were on the blink, Rich called on a prominent electrician, namely Paul McMillan. When Paul arrived and started looking over the trouble, the two fellows began reminiscing about their former classmates.
It seem that George Law is an eminent architect and is in charge of remodeling the White House.
Jim Hoover is now owner of the Bessemer Railroad. A couple weeks ago one of his Pullman trains derailed near Bill Kimple’s farm. Well that’s one way of renewing old acquaintances.
The Thayers recently took a drive through the countryside and looking at a mail-box they saw the name of Gale Dana, one of their former classmates. Glancing around they saw Gale repairing his roof top which had a tendency to leak.
And so we conclude our visit with the Thayers, realizing that the members of the Class of “49” have accomplished their high school ambitions. And who should know better than I …
Last Will and Testament
Written by: Eleanor Brown, Doris Shaw & Reba Young
This 20th day of May, in the year of our Lord, one thousand nineteen hundred and forty-nine, we the class of 1949 of Spring-Summerhill- Conneautville Joint High School, being sad of heart at leaving our Alma Mater, but of perfect minds and memories, do make and ordain this our last will and testament.
First of all we leave to the undergraduates any overlooked wads of gum we may have left clinging to the underside of the desks. We have sometime had to rid ourselves of these in too much of a hurry to find a more desirable place.
We leave the future Seniors, the class of 1950, any stubs of pencils, erasers or scraps of paper that we may leave behind in our haste and excitement of leaving for the last time. May they feel that we impart some of our great knowledge to them.
We leave to the faculty our thanks and gratitude for the hearty co-operation they have given us during our school life.
We leave to the under classes a genuine appreciation of kindness and respect shown us.
To Catherine Pepper, Rose Mary Goetz leaves her ability to do farm work.
Gale Dana leaves his little nose to Jerry Mershon.
To Joan McCarthy, Weltha Ohl leaves her art ability.
George Law leaves his plumpness to Walter Brubach.
Ilene Foster leaves her daily period in the office to “Steffie” Piatek.
John Hollenbeck leaves all the girls who would have liked to gone to the Prom with him to anyone who took them.
To Mr. Lingo, Betty Lee Tyler leaves her feckles.
Jr. Faust leaves his ability to change his line with the girls to George Richmond, who could use a new one couldn’t he, girls?
Louise Hegyi leaves her liking for comic books to Jeannie Gresh.
Jim Hoover leaves Shirley Guthrie with a “hands off” sign.
To Herman Knepp, Genny Baker leaves her dependability.
Richard Phillips leaves his place in band to anyone who can fill it.
Donna Smock leaves her technique of stealing the show to anyone who would like to do it.
To Marjorie Birkey, Roger Hendrickson leaves his ability of talking out of class.
Sheila Loucks leaves her silliness to all the teachers so they will still be in a good humor when she’s left.
Rudy Snowadzky leaves his ability in Chemistry to all Frs. Who will take Chemistry next year. Good luck Jrs.
To Bob Davenport, Adeline Farr leaves her name of Tubby.
Joe Prischak leaves his place of the F.F.A. basketball team to anyone who can fill it.
Reba Young leaves her silent voice in class to Bob Heald.
Elmer Silata leaves his ability to dance to some poor fellow who can’t.
To Sue Glessman, Betty Jane Graff leaves her diet that she keeps insisting that she’s going on. You may not need it now Sue, but you may someday.
Dick Foster leaves his working for Mr. Swanson during school hours to anyone who wants to get out of classes and can’t think of another reason.
Doris Shaw leaves her ability to get to Home Ec. Class on time to Nancy Croskey; see Mrs. Miller for further details.
To Royal Dean, Bob Hayes leaves his shyness.
Sara Austin leaves her curly hair to Patty Craig.
Bill Kimple leaves his ability to get to school on time to Stan Weidner.
Betty Buretz leaves her ability to get along with people to Phyllis Thomas and Betty Locke jointly.
To Dick Kozieara, Bill Mathews leaves his place on the basketball team. Try to fill Dick.
Shirley Williams leaves her ability to get along with Mr. Bennett to Carol Burkholder, now that you have to us it Carol.
Paul McMillan leaves his working when he is supposed to be in school to anyone who can do it without getting caught. Ask Paul for details.
Janie Nicools leaves her lingering in the halls to Nola Jean Hyde who already has the habit.
Rich Thayer leaves hi ability to defend himself to Gene Rumsey, better use it Gene.
To Mary Rendulic, Betty Jean Olsen leaves her ability to get along with the fellows.
Chuck White leaves his ability to disappoint the girls to Johnny Fuller.
Rose Atrozskin leaves her red hair and stubbornness to Doris Barnes.
To Lawrence Hollenbeck, Johnny Stevens leaves his place as chief girl pester.
Donna Allen leaves her quietness to Leonard Leopp, does he need it? Ask the teachers?
Fred Hammormeister leaves his liking of farm work to Ed Savel.
Ruth Ross leaves her ability to cook an enjoyable meal to Helen Mershon.
Bob Hildreth leaves his French book to one of the new freshmen.
Helen Corey leaves her place as Mrs. Richmond’s right arm to any Jr. girl.
George Henretty leaves his rides with Mrs. Barnes to someone out her way.
Jean Dunlap leaves her technique with the Marines to Althea Parker.
Ray Marks leaves his title as class “killer”, Andrew Stone of The Mountain House Mystery that is; to anyone who wants to claim it.
Alice Hamlin leaves her spiking skill in volleyball to Leona Pasterick.
Laverta Smith leaves her good times in a certain blue Ford to Joan Weidner.
Bill Minnick leaves his brilliant mind to somebody who needs it. No names mentioned!!
Ann Logan leaves her stupid athletic ability to Liz Vendel. This is just what you’ve been looking for, isn’t it Liz.
Dewey Door leaves his height to Pickles Richmond. Look out Pickles or you will become tall.
Shirley Dean leaves her good grades in school work to Bob Newman. Hmm Bob is this a hint.
As for myself, I wish to leave all my good times, fun, happy memories and unforgettable experiences to all the new students.
This concludes the reading of the Last Will and Testament of the Class of 1949. Each member has left of his cherished possessions to someone. If you were willed anything, please feel honored and try to live up to it. We the class of 1949 now leave you to claim your possessions.