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Compiled and Edited by Virginia Ross
Registrar for Daniel McMillan Chapter, N.S.D.A.R.1915
Stronghurst Graphic, May 27, 1915
WINS TRACK AND FIELD MEET: Seven first and one second in the thirteen athletic events and two seconds and two thirds in the four literary and musical events constituted the honors won by the Stronghurst High School in the big bi-county meet held at Biggsville. Stronghurst took first in the 50, 100, 220 and 440 yd. dashes, the pole vault and the running broad jump. They placed second in the shot put. Brokaw was the high point winner for the school and the particular star of the meet, accumulating 15 points by winning the 100, 220 and 440 yd. dashes and snatching victory from seeming defeat in the relay race by beating his rival Roseville's Ragan by a few inches. By winning this race, the Stronghurst boys were able to bring back the silver loving cup which they won last year at Kirkwood and which in the event of a victory next year will become permanent property of the school. Davidson contributed two firsts by winning the pole vault (new record-10 ft.3 in.) and the running broad jump. From 1200-1500 spectators filled the grand stand in weather calling for overcoats and wraps.
Dorothy Bainter came in third in declamation and Guy Sanderson finished third in oration. The school also was given second place in the musical event.
GRADUATION WEEK; A class of fourteen will receive diplomas certifying that they have satisfactorily finished the prescribed 4 year high school: Nellie Bowen, Marie Rankin, Marie Mudd, Thelma Smith, Glenn Baxter, George Brokaw, Oliver Cooper, Roland Davidson, Rex Hicks, Chauncey Hollingsworth, Guy Sanderson, Eddie Smith, Cleo Stine and Charles Wheeling.
On Saturday evening the junior class gave the annual banquet in the school building, a three course menu prepared under the supervision of Mrs. Johanna Wheeling. Glenn McElhinney presided as toastmaster and Chauncey Hollingsworth did the honors for the senior responding. Principal Pope and his assistant, Miss Lucille White, gave brief toasts and assistant principal Ethel Gabby rendered a vocal selection. Misses Ethel Schierbaum and Ruth Brooks of the junior class spoke on "The Future."
On Sabbath evening the U. P. Church was overflowing with those who came to hear the baccalaureate sermon given by Rev. K. R. Anderson. The class play "One of Eight" was presented at the Opera House another evening and commencement exercises will be held there on Friday night.
GOING TO ANNAPOLIS: Rex Hicks, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Hicks, will depart for Annapolis and the U.S.Naval Academy in June. He bested two other scholars for this opportunity and is the first from the county to be so appointed.
LOCAL AND AREA NEWS: George A. Curry arrived in Stronghurst from Litchfield, Nebr. To visit old friends. Henry Willard, a well known farmer and stockman of Kirkwood, died suddenly at his home near there of heart trouble. His wife was the former Miss Nellie Garrett of the Raritan neighborhood.
The storm of last Tuesday developed into a small tornado at Raritan and did considerable damage including the wrecking of the tower on the Christian Church. Miss Sarah McElhinney started on a trip to the Panama Exposition at San Francisco; Her itinerary will include visits with relatives in southern California and friends located in other Western states.
The iron pipes for the village water mains are arriving at the rate of one or two carloads a day and are being distributed along the streets. The trench digging machine and the contractor's force of workmen are expected to arrive within a short time.
Mrs. J.W.Brook and daughter, Miss Beth, have decided to take up their residence in the state of Kansas where Mrs. Brook recently purchased property near Wichita. Fred Crane of Carman vicinity has purchased a new "Maxwell" car. A freight train wrecked about a mile east of Gladstone and the wrecker worked all the next day clearing the track. No lives were lost.
In Olena, Sammy, the young son of Mr. and Mrs. S.C.Lant, has just recovered from a siege of pneumonia and is now afflicted with dropsical trouble (edema). Mr. James Pendry, who recently moved to the village, is on the sick list. Mrs. Jesse Hicks is suffering from a felon on one of her fingers which has developed into blood poison. (She had an infection near the cuticle of her finger which became serious.)