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Marysville High School
Class of 1934


The following is from a six-page booklet from
Marysville High School's graduating class of 1934.
Thank you, Marsha!



The Marysville School Amplifier

Published Monthly by the Marysville High School


Journalism Club

Advisor………………………………………N. A. Hanks





Since the last issue of the Amplifier, we have received official notice that our high school has been re-accredited by the University of Michigan and its application for membership accepted by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The official letters follow:



The advantages of accrediting by the University have been summarized before. The most important consideration is that the credits granted here are accepted for full value in Michigan colleges where our students may enter without examination. Acceptance by the North Central Association widens the scope of official recognition to an area comprising twenty states in a territory stretching from Michigan to Arizona. It is equivalent to an AAA rating in Moody's, an honor of which we are proud. The important thing, however, is that a very rigid examination of policies, methods, and results of the high school has revealed that the school is maintaining standards which entitle it to receive recognition along with larger schools of long standing reputation. That assures the student and his parents of worthwhile opportunities being offered for him whether he intends to go to college or not. All courses, all teaching, and all equipment and facilities are inspected. Now the people of the city, the pupils and the teachers must strive to maintain the standards which will make possible a continued honor rating with the better schools and colleges.


By Madeline Plietz

Onward Seniors

Our high school days are over
And one by one we'll go
Into life's battle, watch
Our ambitions grow,
We’ll live up to our motto,
We'll hold our standards high,
We’ll work our best with lots of zest
As the years roll by.

On, on, on, Into the world we depart,
Facing life in every way with willing hearts,
Work, work, work, And may we never complain
Working, seeking, climbing
To fulfill our aim.

Farewell to all athletics
And trophies we received,
Farewell to class rooms
Whose walls we hate to leave,
Farewell to all our text books
Scribbled pages as a rule,
The time has come to say farewell
To our old High School……Chorus



The articles I have here is a clipping from the Florida Weekly. I think perhaps it will be of some interest to you as most of the people concerned are your friends. It is taken from the issue of June 16, 1944 and tells of a reunion of a graduating class of Marysville High School of 1934.

A Class Reunion was held at the home of Mrs. Leon Brown at Palm Beach yesterday. Mrs. Brown was formerly Miss Louise Bellow.

Among the distinguished guests, was Miss Helen Reynolds, who has finished college and is now owner of a Millinery Shop on Fifth Avenue, New York. Miss Reynolds was accompanied by Mr. Lloyd Mann, also of that city who has mastered the barber trade and is now cutting hair for the society of New York.

Miss Alda King of Benton Harbor, Michigan, who has become a Home Economics Teacher at the Benton Harbor High School and Miss Madeline Plietz, a music instructor from Benton Harbor High arrived a few minutes late, the delay being caused by car trouble.

Mr. Clarence Horn brought with him a treat for the crowd. Mr. Horn was accompanied by Miss Viola Gracey, from the Marysville High School where she is now teaching Commercial courses.

Unfortunately Miss Eleanor King and Miss Lenore Evans could not attend the reunion. Miss King had just left on a non-stop airplane flight to Africa and Miss Evans had been called special duty at the Grace Memorial Hospital.

Miss Thais Kruger, who has mastered the art of dancing and is now running a Dancing Studio in Denver, was attended by her star dancer, Mr. Don Aldrich.

Mrs. Manford Malane attended the reunion with her two red-headed children. With Mrs. Malane was the former Miss Sarah Thompson who is now married and living in Capac.

A great surprise reached the reunion in the form of Professor Neal; Mr. Ross Neal to everyone. Professor Neal is teaching History at the University of Michigan. He was accompanied by Mr. Frank Vizi, a star football coach.

The former Miss Thelma Inch, Miss Jane Englert, and Mr. Fred Wilson attended the reunion, all three of them are married and living in the vicinity of Port Huron, Michigan.

Miss Irene CaDotte, still talking her way through life, brought with her her five cats: Nero, Hero, Shero, Tabby and Blackie. Miss CaDotte is now living at Atlanta, Georgia, and has opened a Veterinary Hospital for stray cats.

Miss Mary Louise Neal, who is still under the watchful eye of her mother, was accompanied by Mrs. Francis LaTurno, formerly Miss Ruth Neal of Smiths Creek.

Miss Gladys Clendenny, who is now running a beauty parlor in Port Huron, wired at the last minute she would be unable to attend the reunion as she had booked her day before learning of the reunion.

Miss Maryellen Shanahan, now Superintendent of Nurses at the St. Joseph Hospital, Mount Clemens, came to the reunion with Mrs. Herbert Badley, formerly Miss Lois Bourbonais.

Mr. Donald Adams ended the gay reunion by making the startling announcement that he had to return to WORK at the Kroger store in South Park of which he is now Manager.

A guest at the reunion was Miss Gertrude Laarman, who was Class Advisor.


By Helen Reynolds

Tonight is one of the happiest moments of our high school career, yet to the graduates this occasion is mingled with sorrow as well as happiness. For we realize, with much regret, that this is the last time we shall be together as Seniors of Marysville High School.

Graduation represents to the Seniors the end of their good times together, and a closing of their school days – a time when they must break all ties with school and choose a course for the future.

Thus, we are together for the last time as a united class; tomorrow, we will separate each of us going a different way. What ever road we choose the path will be more difficult. We know we will have to meet these difficulties without the careful guidance of our parents and teachers.

We feel it is the proper time at our Commencement, that we should extend to you, as our parents, friends, and advisors our many thanks for your kindness and unselfish generosity which has helped us attain this much-sought and desired goal.

Tonight, we, the Class of 1934, bid farewell to those comrades and associates of the past, and with courage look forward to the future and whatever it may present.


By Eleanor V. King

Parents, Friends, Teachers, and Classmates, you have gathered here this evening, as is the usual custom, to see another class begin the long voyage on the sea of life. Our ships have been fitted with all the necessities for battling the innumerable storms. They have been built under masterly supervision and of the best material obtainable. Now we, as the pilots must guide these ships over the various courses to the far and distant ports where unknown fortune awaits us.

Classmates, we will all no doubt expect a successful voyage, but the degree of this success depends a great deal upon the interest we show in the vocations we may select, the height of our goals, and efforts we put forth to reach these goals.

We, the Class of 1934, take this opportunity to express an inestimable amount of gratitude to the School Board, Parents, Teachers, and Taxpayers, for making it possible, through good schools and the best of equipment, for us to obtain this education whereby we make ourselves better fitted to weather the storms of life.

We greatly appreciate your interests and the various privileges you have given us, making it possible for us to be graduated from this high school. It is a pleasure to know that one of the most important events of our lives is occurring in the presence of those who have shown much confidence and trust in us. Your presence here this evening gives much encouragement and determination in obtaining that success which we hope you may well be proud of. And now, in the name of the Class of 1934, I bid you, Parents – Friends – Teachers – and Classmates, a most hearty welcome to these our Commencement Day Exercises.



We, the Senior Class of 1934, of the Marysville High School, of the City of Marysville, County of St. Clair, State of Michigan, being individually and collectively of sound mind, memory, and understanding do make, publish, and declare the following as and for our last will and testament; that is to say:

First – We give and bequeath to the Junior Class our attempts of good behavior and dignified airs which we all seemingly possess.

Second – To the Sophomore we will our ability to skip class and get back in without excuses for the rest of their High School days.

Third – We grant to the Freshman Class all the old text books that they can find lying around the High School.

Fourth – Grants to the faculty are as follows:

  1. Irene CaDotte wills her gift of gab to Mr. Hardman which he needs in getting into arguments.
  2. Loyd Mann gives his reducing diet, which proved very successful in his gaining weight, to Mr. Bartow.
  3. Thelma Inch wills a few of her good-looking fellows to Miss Eckfeld.
  4. Thais Kruger bequeaths her talent for drawing flies to Miss Cummings.
  5. Gladys Clendenney wills her method of pickling crabs to Miss Van Maren.
  6. Since Ruth Neal has a permanent wave she wills her curling iron to Mr. Hanks.
  7. Alda King wills her ability as a seamstress to Miss Davis and hopes that she profits by it.
  8. Louise Bellow leaves her four year old tennis shoes to Miss Kresin.
  9. Gladys Clendenney wills her commercial books to Miss Laarman to enable her to keep up with the modern tactics of teaching.
  10. Viola Gracey leaves her coat – of tan – to Marguerite Inch.
  11. The Seniors bestow upon Mr. Harris all their old rubbish found in, over and under the lockers.

Fifth – Individual grants by members of our class to the Juniors are as follows:

  1. Donald Adams bequeaths his winning ways to Harry Czostkowski.
  2. Thelma Inch leaves her methods of making money for a Senior Class to Frank Isabell.
  3. Gladys Clendenney wills her magnificent figure to Marie Barrie.
  4. Lenore Evans leaves her love for doing dishes to Wilford Malane.
  5. Thais Kruger wills her becoming modesty to Juanita Reed.
  6. Alda King leaves her method of observing human nature to Dwight Clendenney.
  7. Louise Bellow bequeaths her ability as a chauffeur to Francis Malane.
  8. Ruth Neal leaves her ability as a public speaker to Sam Burgess.
  9. Loyd Mann leaves his limited vocabulary to Manford Malane, and hopes he will improve it.
  10. Mary Louise Neal wills her ability to play baseball to Gerald Cataline.
  11. Maryellen Shanahan bequeaths her skill in milking cows to Norma Horn.
  12. Jane Englert leaves her desire to be an old maid to Jean Beatham.
  13. Helen Reynolds wills her method of spying on neckers to Harley Hunter and her short stature to Austin Miller.
  14. Frank Vizi wills his everlasting quietness to Verna Fielitz, and his talkativeness to May Bellow.
  15. Madeline Plietz leaves her boisterous spirit to Fern Miller.
  16. Eleanore King wills her method of sliding in bases to Joyce Neal.
  17. Viola Gracey leaves her inability to write good excuses for skipping school to Glen Simmons.
  18. Fred Wilson wills his well known soberness to Mona MacCollum, and his ability to get "A's" to Roger Miller.
  19. Lois Bourbonais gives her tact in talking to teachers to Virginia Ottmer..
  20. Clarence Horn wills his lightning-like movements to Carl Hawkins and his athletic ability to Florence Nelson.
  21. Irene CaDotte bequeaths her ability as a Sunday School teacher to Katherine Neal.
  22. Alice Streeter leaves her shy manners and bashfulness to Harold Hillis.
  23. Sarah Thompson wills her magnificent height to George Johns.
  24. Last of all, I, Ross Neal, will leave my tactics in coaching first base to Kenneth Appleford.

We nominate and appoint Mr. Stanley Hardman executor of this last will and testament and direct that no bond be required of him by reason of such appointment.

In Witness whereof we have hereunto set our hand and seal this Sixteenth day of June, nineteen hundred and thirty-four.



Can you remember "way back when —?" Yes, go back as far as 1930, when the class of '34 was a "class of another color." Did I hear someone say something about "green" Freshman? Well, you're right. There were thirty-two of us that crossed through these long-sought portals that mark the entrance into high school. Louis Whitsitt was elected president for our first year, but he soon moved away and Helen Reynolds assumed the responsibility. Calvin Adams was vice president, Madeline Plietz, secretary, and Clarence Horn, treasurer. "Bud" later resigned and Eleanor Schultz took his place, but she really didn't have a great amount of work to do. Lois Bourbonais represented our class on the Student Council.

The most interesting trip during that year was one which we took to Detroit. Our hearts were set on going to the Zoo, but when we arrived we found that it hadn't opened yet. My! Were we disappointed and in addition to this it began to rain. Our advisor, Miss Turnbull, suggested going to the Art Museum, which we did. To finish the day we went to the Fox Theater.

And then came the year when we thought we were good! In September 1931, we became Sophomores. Our number decreased to twenty-five that year, although several new students joined us. Among these were Ruth and Ross Neal and Maryellen Shanahan who came from Memphis High School, and Mary Louise Neal who came from Cleveland. Alice Streeter spent her Sophomore year in Pontiac, but returned to be a Junior and Senior with us. During our Sophomore year Coach Hardman took over the responsibility of handling us. Our officers were: Madeline Plietz, President; Lois Bourbonais, vice president; Helen Reynolds, secretary; Eleanor King, treasurer; and Clarence Horn, student council representative.

Our class was great for "wienie roasts" that year. One of the best of them was held on the river bank near the Gar Wood Plant. After the roast several of the girls started to walk home, but Coach decided that it wasn't safe for girls to be out alone at night so he drove gallantly back for them in his Model A Ford and the whole bunch of girls piled in. Of course, Mrs. Hardman wasn't supposed to know about this, but by this time she probably does.

At the end of the year our treasurer reported a sum of $20.00 obtained through class dues. We considered ourselves real wealthy.

We thought we had troubles in our first two years, but we had no idea of what worries were until we started back to school in September 1932. As Juniors we needed only one thing – money; and we needed it badly. Consequently after election of officers which resulted in the selection of "Bud" Horn as president; Irene CaDotte as vice president; Maryellen Shanahan as secretary; Helen Reynolds as treasurer and Eleanor King as student council representative, we immediately opened our minds, eyes and ears to all schemes devised for the purpose of "bringing home the bacon."

First of all we took over the agency for the sale of candy in the high school. We did not give a Junior play due to the depression. We were all ready for the "big blow" of the year, the Annual Junior Dance, when "Old Man Depression" again stepped in and sent a bank holiday making it impossible to proceed with our plans. But a few weeks later we did give the dance and through the help of our advisor, Miss Bremer, it turned out to be a financial success. Music was furnished by Mr. Challinor's Orchestra. We made more money when we gave a supper for the students participating in the Band Festival held at Marysville.

Our greatest thrill came when we entertained the Seniors at the Junior-Senior Banquet at the Black River Country Club. This was our final tribute to the graduating class of '33. Their class and ours spent an evening of enjoyment that will long be remembered by all.

At the end of that year we had increased in number by three among whom was Loyd Mann.

And now, as the final chapter to our school life history, let us take up the discussion of our Senior Year. Our total membership now numbers twenty-four since we have lost four members, Eleanor Shultz, Reva Fellows, Aubrey MacPherson and Bert Harris, and gained two, Jane Englert and Fred Wilson who entered from Port Huron High.

Our first big event was our class election. The students chosen to fill the offices of honor during this final year were: President, Irene CaDotte; vice president, Frank Vizi; secretary, Madeline Plietz,; treasurer, Eleanor King and Student Council Representative, Helen Reynolds. Miss Laarman is our advisor.

After the election we immediately plunged into the first business of the year, Senior Class Pictures. Many of us were quite disappointed because we didn't look like Norma Shearer or Clark Gable. But most of the pictures proved to be quite flattering to the subjects.

Our first money making project was the sale of Christmas cards. Next came our Senior Play. It was entitled, "I Will! I Won't." This we hoped was enjoyed by all. The cast certainly enjoyed preparing it, and we are very grateful to Miss Laarman for her splendid direction.

Probably the hardest way of earning money was by collecting papers. We did this twice. Frank Vizi proved to be a very efficient baler. We would have had lots more paper, but detective books had a great attraction for "Willie" Neal and he took a lot home with him.

The prettiest and by far the nicest event of the year was our Senior Prom. The high school gymnasium was decorated in pastel shades and many couples danced to the music of Norm Whiting's orchestra.

Two days that we Seniors will never forget are "Senior Day" and "Skip Day." On "Senior Day" we came to school dressed in unusual outfits. We had a grand time on "Skip Day." We surely fooled the faculty members. Our hide-out was Nyes Grove where we spent the day climbing hills, playing baseball and falling in creeks.

But all these things lead up to greater events. Baccalaureate Services, June 17, and Commencement, June 21.

There are several members in our class who have been going to the Marysville Schools since the Kindergarten and it seems that these are worth mentioning. These students are Louise Bellow, Eleanor King, Sarah Thompson, Clarence Horn, Thelma Inch, Helen Reynolds and Madeline Plietz.

During our four years in high school we have earned approximately two hundred dollars and now we intend to use it by going on a class trip. Our plans are to go to Sault Ste. Marie on the Noronic leaving Sarnia on Saturday, June 2 and arriving home on Monday, June 25.

There are many in the school to whom we owe our thanks. Firstly to Miss Laarman who has been our advisor during our Senior Year. In the future when we must decide on certain things we will always remember the "good 'ole class meetings" and how Miss Laarman used to help us settle our puzzling problems. To the rest of the teachers, who have been so considerate with us we wish to take this opportunity to express our gratitude. We feel that they have been of immense importance to the success of our high school days.


June 17, 1934


By Thelma Inch

We have reached our goal – commencement!
Now into life's storms we go.
We shall carry with us, always,
Memories of our high school days.

One life is worth a ton of gold,
When put to service that will hold
For all, some good in their own lives.
A little deed is one that thrives.

One lie of self-indulgence
Means nothing in this world,
Where all men must united as one,
Before one battle tried, is won.

So as we enter life's rough way,
To seek our fortunes one by one,
Lets make new things which we attempt
Much better than the ones we've done.















Donald Adams


Out of turn


Drum Major

"To be sure"

With a girl


To graduate

His "Janes"


Louise Bellow


Hard when necessary



"Oh Gosh"

In a Ford

At dances



Week ends

Lois Bourbonais


If necessary


Being a shrimp

"Oh golly"

In sewing room



Her size

The mumps

Irene Cadotte


All the time

St. Clair

Arguing with Coach




Beauty Operator

Grand Marches


Gladys Clendenney


To Alda

A certain "Bill"

Waving hair




Beauty Operator


Admiring clothes

Jane Englert


About everything


Willing smile

"Oh, now"

With Ruth


To complete American Lit

The other boy friend


Lenore Evans


When spoken to



"Heck, no"

In bkkp room

With the blues

Business woman

The Prom


Viola Gracey



Her brother

Cutting classes

"Oh sure"

With Cadotte




Evading blue excuses

Clarence Horn





"What dy'a say"

In Lab

Warming the bench

To avoid work

Getting sleep

Gazing at reflections

Thelma Inch


With her eyes


Response to motorcycles

"My, gosh"

Hurrying to school

Between dances


Telephone calls


Eleanor King


With extensive vocabulary

Sax players

Phony laugh

"Hot cha"

With a gang

Without her blue jacket


Her big brother


Alda King


French accent if necessary


Attractive dress

"Darn right"

In Grandpa's car

Home at night

Quiet giggling

Quietness in bookkeeping


Thaisa Kruger



Aeroplane rides


"Oh, dear"

Working industriously

In Athletics


Her studies

Taking pictures

Lloyd Mann


In Lit Class

Easy subjects

Unexpected wisecracks

"Wait awhile"

On Second Base

With a girl

Swim St. Clair River

Or storms(?)


Mary Louise Neal


With a smile

Good times

Her "Crate"

"Oh, gee"

At the games

Out late


Car rattles


Ruth Neal




Contagious laugh


Bossing "Willie"

Doing shorthand

To get a job

Little "Willie"

Catching flies

Ross Neal



A Jr. girl

Coaching at first base

"Nuts to you"

Teasing someone

On the dance floor

Owner of a Feed Mill

Reading, 'Ritin', 'Rithmetic


Madeline Plietz


With a grin


Basketball technique

"Good night"

In Music Room

When not busy

Music Instructor

"B" Average

Tickling the Ivories

Helen Reynolds



6 Footers

Tenor sax

"Oh, boy"

With Kinky

With a whole stick of gum

To leave Marysville

Getting there

Other people

Maryellen Shanahan


With the gang


Captain of Baseball

"Gee, who"

In blue Essex

Without a smile


Flat tires


Alice Streeter


To Manford


Pitching a ball


In the hall




Noon Walks

Sarah Thompson


But little



"Oh, say"

Room 11

In Gym classes

To grow tall

What to say

Week ends

Frank Vizi


To all




When needed

With straight hair

"Paper Baler"

Getting home from school

Senior privileges

Fred Wilson

"F. P."


A good joke

Blue excuses

"Aw heck"

Smith Creek

When not tired

To be famous

Alarm clock


Miss Laarman


At class meetings

Her work

Her dimples

"Let's get to work now"

In the Plymouth

Not smiling

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