School colors: Blue and White
Team name: Blue Devils
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1911: Montana
Bohler, Paul Lear, Frances M. Myers
Rev. R.G. Lewis will preach the baccalaureate
sermon at the Presbyterian church next Sunday evening, for which
special music is being prepared. On Thursday evening, May 25, the
class day program will be given and on May 27 at 8 p.m., the
graduating exercises will be at the Presbyterian church. Following
are the programs:
The class day program given by the seniors
Thursday evening was well attended and heartily enjoyed by everyone.
Paul Lear, as class prophet, and Frances Myers, as class poet, did
their parts well. The seniors made a big hit with their class song,
which consisted of very clever words put to the lively tune of
"Casey Jones." They were called back to repeat the song and by
special request sang it at the close of the commencement exercises
Saturday evening when two new verses were given.
The commencement program was heard by an
overflowing house Saturday evening. Every available seat and all
standing room was taken by 8:30, when the exercises began. Paul Lear
read an essay on "Ancient Art," Montana Bohler on "The Drama" and
Frances Myers on "The voice of the Mountains." Montana Bohler, as
salutatorian, and Paul Lear, as class orator, pleased the audience
with short addresses, the latter of whom presented a handsome bronze
bust of Longfellow, the class present to the high school. The
diplomas, in leather cases, satin lined, were presented to the
graduates by Matthew Vaughn. Mr. Vaughn addressed a few remarks to
the graduates and at the conclusion said to the audience: "Friends,
these graduates may be small in quantity, but they cannot be beat in
quality." The church was appropriately decorated in gold and light
lavender flowers and paper streamers, high school and senior
pennants. The motto "In Limine" in old English letters in gold on a
lavender background, was the cause of many compliments to the
seniors and school mates, who with the teachers were the decorators.
The decorating was pronounced by everyone as far ahead of ordinary
At a board meeting Friday evening, A.B. Hoblitt
was offered the principalship for another year with a $25 increase
in salary, but he has not yet announced his decision. Miss Martha
Porter will hold her position as teacher in the high school, and
Miss Nora Smithey will continue with the seventh and eighth grades.
Miss Frances Myers was elected teacher of the fifth and sixth
grades, and Miss VanVleet, of Wisconsin, was chosen teacher of the
second, third, and fourth grades. The primary teacher has not been
The Western News, May 30, 1911
Corvallis High school graduating class of 1912: Lyle
Hawker, George Wilcox
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1913:
Pauline Cummins, Wellington White
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1914:
Russell Bay Sr.
Masons to Lay the Corner Stone For Corvallis School Building on
Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 1914
Corvallis, August 27 - Labor Day, September 7, will be one of
the biggest days in the annals of Corvallis history. If plans made
at a school meeting several evenings ago are successfully carried
out. Upon that day, the cornerstone of the new school building will
be laid, the ceremony to be under auspices of the grand lodge of the
order of Masons, and they will be assisted in the program by the
high school band. At noon, beneath the trees on the lawn of the old
school building, an old-fashioned get-together picnic dinner will be
served. All the patrons and friends of the consolidated school are
requested to bring well-filled lunch baskets and at the spread
everyone will be served free of charge. The afternoon's
entertainment will include a ball game between the Corvallis Stars
and Mountain View, beside a long list of field sports, a program of
which will be announced later. The school instructors will be
present and the patrons of the consolidated districts should not
miss this chance of meeting with them.
Other business transacted at the school meeting
was the employment of the drivers of the school wagons, the position
in every instance going to the lowest bidder. They are: W.W. Malone,
Woodside, No. 1, $60; Ben Severns, No. 2, $60; Roy Baughman, No. 3,
$55; B.S. Wiley, Willow Creek, $60; Gar Burks, Mountain View, $60;
Dave Mitchell, Crown Hill, $49.50. The wagons are being set up this
week by Johnson & Myers to whom the contract for the
construction of the beds was awarded. Bay Brothers secured the
contract to furnish fuel, and Carl Hoblitt with a bid of $50, was
employed as janitor. Until the new building is completed, the
Christian and Presbyterian churches have been rented to accomodate
the extra class.
The Western News, Friday, August 28, 1914
Arrangements for the dedication celebration to be held here on Labor
Day are progressing nicely. The band is meeting regularly twice a
week and assure the picnickers an abundance of music throughout the
day. The laying of the corner stone to the new $20,000 school
bilding will be in the hands of the grandlodge of the Masons, and
speakers, local and out-of-town, will be numerous and interesting.
At noon, a big, free picnic dinner will be served in the school yard
to which everyone is cordially invited. The afternoon's a
entertainment will include sports, a ball game and other amusements.
The Western News, Friday, September 4, 1914
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1915: Glen
Chaffin, Ralston Fariss, Florence Hay, Kathryn Rawlins
Corvallis Graduates Give Pleasing Program
Corvallis, May 22 - Commencement week came to a close last eveing
with the class day program, which had been very cleverly prepared by
the club members, displaying their talent and wit. The exercises
were keenly enjoyed by the audience that taxed the capacity of the
school auditorium, an audience that entered into the conventional
spirit of the occasion, together with the students who were seen at
their liveliest. At the conclusion of the entertainment, a jolly-up
of students and teachers was enjoyed, during which refreshments were
served The evening's program follows:
Chorus . . . . Swing Song by High School Girls
Last Will and Testament . . . . Ralston Fariss
Song . . . . Apologies to Tipperary
Prophecy . . . . Katherine Rawlins
Class Song . . . . Glenn Chaffin, Composer
Chorus . . . . The Clang of the Forge by High School Boys
Giftorian . . . . Florence Hay
Chorus . . . . Achored by High School Boys and Girls
Farce "None So Deaf as Those That Won't Hear"
Cast of characters:
Singleton Coddle . . . Ralston Fariss
Washington Whitewell . . . Glenn Chaffin
Eglantine Coddle . . . Florence Hay
Jane Smith . . . Kathryn Rawlins
The Western News, May 25, 1915
NO MORE TEACHING: W.S. Bailey Will Quit the Schoolroom for Farm
Corvallis, March 9 - Announcement was made Friday of the retirement
of two of Corvallis' prominent professional residents. They are W.S.
Bailey, for three years superintendent of the Corvallis school, and
Dr. C.R. Thornton, for eleven years Corvallis' only resident
practicing physician. Mr. Bailey's retirement will take place at the
close of school, when he and his family will move to their ranch
north of town to practice dairy farming. Mr. Bailey has been an able
and popular superintendent of the local school, and his resignation
is the cause of general regret. In a large measure, he was
responsible for the consolidation of district No. 1 and for the
success attained during its two terms of existence. His successor
will be Dr. O.B. Gibbon of Madison, Wisconsin, brother of Mrs. T. L.
Morris of this place. Mr. Gibbon comes highly recommended. He is a
graduate of the Platteville state normal college; has studied three
years at the state university in Madison and has completed a
commercial course at the 4-C college in Madison. He has taught
school for several years, and at present is employed at the Omro
high school in Wisconsin.
Dr. C.R. Thornton's successor will be Dr. M.W.
King of Victor, a physician of excellent training. He has purchased
the Thornton property and will take charge this month.
The Ravalli Republican, March 10, 1916
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1916: Paul
Everly, Clarence Hawker, Hugh Lockridge, Earl Malone, Wilder Popham,
Ruth Rasmussen, Clara Shultz, Carolyn Sutherland, Hazel Whitesitt,
COMMENCEMENT WEEK STARTS AT CORVALLIS
Ten Graduate From Consolidated School.
Corvallis, May 19 - Commencement week of the
Corvallis consolidated high school began Sunday morning with the
baccalaureate sermon delivered by Rev. E.D. Gallager. Before a
congregation that taxed the capacity of the Federated Church, the
pastor delivered an eloquent address upon the subject, "Playing the
Man." Special music by the choir, and a bass solo, "Out of the
Deep," by W.S. Bailey were rendered. Following the service, the
graduates, Ruth Rasmussen, Hazel Whitesett, Lola Wing, Clara Shults,
Earl Malone, Carlyn Sutherland, Hugh Lockridge, Clarence Hawker,
Wilder Popham, and Paul Everly were taken by automobile to the home
of Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Popham, where they were tendered a sumptuous
The Commencement Exercises
Wednesday evening, at the school auditorium, the
commencement exercises were held, with Dr. Underwood, Professor of
Sociology, as speaker of the evening. The program: Invocation, Rev.
E.D. Gallager; "Estudiantina," ladies triple trio; commencement
address, Dr. Underwood; voice and cornet, Mr. and Mrs. A.J.
Davenport; ladies quartet Mesdames Bolen, Beardsley, Cobb, and
Scott; presentation of class gift, Carlyn Sutherland; vocal duet,
Frances Myers, W.S. Bailey; presentation of diplomas, H.W. Hall;
brass quartet, Bailey, Hawker, Chaffin, and Cobb; benediction.
Friday will be class day, and in the evening the seniors will
present a lively program, including two farces and selections of
The Western News, Friday, May 19, 1916, page 1
CLOSING EXERCISES HELD WEDNESDAY EVENING
Corvallis Consolidated Schoool has Completed Successful Term of
Corvallis, May 18 - The Corvallis consolidated school will close
today after a successful term of nine months. Commencement week
began with the baccalaureate sermon at the Federated church Sunday
morning by Rev. Elmer D. Gallager. The pastor gave an eloquent
address on the subject, "Playing the Man," text 11 Sam, 10:12.
An anthem, "O Be Joyful," was sung by the choir and W.S. Bailey
rendered the bass solo, "Our of the Deep," in an effective manner.
The church was filled to its capacity. Following the services, the
graduates were taken by automobile to the home of Mr. and Mrs.E.L.
Popham, where they were tendered a very sumptuous dinner.
Wednesday evening, the commencement exercises
were held with a reception for teachers, and graduates at its close.
The graduates are: Hazel Whitesitt, Ruth Rasmussen, Lola Wing, Clara
Shults, Paul Everly, Carl Malone, Hugh Lockridge, Carlyn Sutherland,
Clarance Hawkes, and Wilder Popham. Following is the program:
Invocation, Rev.E.D. Gallager; Estudiantina, girl's chorus;
commencement address: Dr. Underwood of State University; voice and
cornet, Prof. and Mrs. A.J. Davenport; "Come Where My Love Lies
Dreaming," ladies' quartet; presentation of class gift, Carlyn
Sutherland; vocal duet, Frances Myers, W.S. Bailey; presentation of
diplomas, H.W. Hall; benediction. The class day program will be held
Ravalli Republican, Friday, May 19, 1916
CORVALLIS SCHOOLS OPEN SEPTEMBER 4
The Corvallis schools will open September 4 with
the following teachers employed: Superintendent, O.B. Gibbon; high
school, Bethel Irwin, C.W. Abbot of Boonsville, Indiana, and R.C.
Fuson; the grades - Miss Magine McCormick of Warrenburg, Missouri,
Miss Hazel Ford of Wisconsin, Miss Edna Edwards of South Dakota, and
Miss Angelina Amidon and Bertha Snider. The third grade teacher had
not been secured the first of this week, and the teacher of the
seventh grade will be mentioned later. A reception for the teachers
is being arranged by the women's organizations of the community, the
reception to be held at the beginning of the school year.
The Western News, August 23, 1917
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1917: Ruby
Browning, Fay Burrell, Milburn Hawker, Hazel Lockwood, Lloyd
Corvallis, May 24 - The Corvallis school closed Thursday, and after
answering the roll call and receiving their report cards, the pupils
of the first, second, and third grades spent the day picnicking at
the old school ground; the fourth grade picnicked on the Myers ranch
west of town and the high school took to the hills where the day was
happily spent. Friday evening, the commencement exercises were held
with the address of the evening by Prof. C. Holiday of the state
university. Dr. Holiday is a very able speaker and he held the
attention of a crowded house for an hour. The program included the
unveiling of the class motto, "Impossible is Un-American," which had
been artistically done in the class colors, green and rose. The pink
rose as the class flower was conspicuous among the decorations of
the stage, where sat the graduates, Fay Burrell, Milburn Hawker,
Hazel Lockwood, and Lloyd Lockwood. Ruby Browning was not present.
The class gift, a group of framed school photographs, was presented
by Lloyd Lockwood, and accepted in behalf of the juniors by Harvey
Elliott. The presentation of gifts from the class to Superintendent
O.B. Gibbon and Miss Claribelle Haffele followed. The diplomas were
conferred by Prof. Gibbon, after which the audience sang "America"
and was dismissed with a benediction by Rev. B.F. Flannery.
With the close of school, several of the teachers are leaving
Corvallis for the scenes of summer vacations. Superintendent Gibbon
will leave next week for his home at Madison; R.C. Fuson expects to
go to New York; Misses Haffele and Lehr left Monday for their homes
at Shullsburg, Wisconsin; Miss Opgenorth will spend the summer at
Seattle visiting her brother and attending school; Miss Amidon left
Saturday for Erie, Colorado, to visit a sister, and Miss Snider has
gone to Winona, Wisconsin, to visit relatives. Misses Irwin and
Pride are at their homes in Hamilton and Misses Nedry and Myers will
remain here for the present.
Ravalli Republican, May 25, 1917
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1918: David
Buckridge, Harvey Elliot, Alice Hall, Rupert Hauf, Lee Popham, Helen
Quast, Lillian Quast, Dorothy Sheldon, Robert Stanley, Martha
Consolidated School Opened Monday Morning
Initial Enrollment of the 264 pupils Will Increase When
Autumn Work is Completed
Corvallis, October 10 - The Corvallis consolidated school opened
Monday for a full nine months’ term with an initial enrollment of
264. This is sure to be increased when the fall work is completed.
The high school has an enrollment of 40 and the grades as follows:
First, 26; second, 27, third, 37; fourth, 36; fifth, 22; sixth, 23,
seventh, 26; eighth, 27. “The regular routine of work began Monday,”
said Superintendent Charles W. Abbot, “and by afternoon everything
was running smoothly. The school has a promising year ahead. Each
teacher has been selected for her ability in her particular branch
of work. In the upper grades, the work will be departmental.” Mr.
Abbot’s corps of teachers are Miss Bethel Irwin, Miss Mabel Fitch,
Mrs. De LaBarre, Misses Merle and Mary McDermott, Miss Edna Volgt,
Miss Holmes, Miss Sue Ettlen, Miss Izabel Benton, and Miss Hortense
Zahm. The order not to change time when the daylight saving plan is
changed October 27, the school hours are now from 10:15 a.m. to 4:40
Ravalli Republican, October 17, 1918
Music In Schools
To Be Added to Curriculum at Corvallis School
Graduate of Drake’s Conservatory of Music at Des Moines to
Have Charge of Classes
Corvallis, October 17 - For the firs time in its history, music is
to be an important feature in the curriculum of the Corvallis
consolidated school. Miss Merle McDemott, a graduate of Drakes
conservatory of music at Des Moines, Iowa, is to teach music and art
throughout all the school, and in the high school it is to be made a
specialty. “Superintendent Abbott and Miss Bethel Irwin are so
strongly back of me,” said Miss McDermott Saturday, “that they
are allowing us forty minutes a day, and full credit for musical
advancement. We have organized a girl’s glee club and later we hope
to have a boys’ glee club and a juvenile choral society. We held our
first orchestra practice Friday with five pieces. We hope to enlarge
it gradually.” Miss Irwin, one of the highs school instructors, is
to have charge of the girls’ athletics. Tennis courts are being
constructed and there will be baseball.
Ravalli Republican, October 24, 1918
School is Closed
Preventive Measure Against Spread of Disease
Corvallis Residents Believe That “An Ounce of Prevention is
Worth a Pound of Cure”
Corvallis, October 24 - Upon the advise of the state health
authorities, the Corvallis school was closed Thursday for two weeks
as a preventive measure against the spread of influenza. There will
be no lodge meetings this week and no church services Sunday.
Dr. H.D. Browning stated a few days ago that as
far as he could learn, there were no cases of influenza in this
community. He stated, however, that grip ad colds were general and
that he was attending one case of measles Since then, a number of
cases of measles have developed among school children.
Hot School Lunches
The organization of a parent-teachers’
association, through which hot lunches can be served to country
school children this winter, was the topic of discussion at a joint
meeting of the school board and the teachers held Saturday evening
in the school building. When school resume, the board expects to
call a meeting of school patrons to undertake the organization of an
association. The teachers of the upper grades volunteered to see to
the carrying of a hot lunch to the country children, a plan of which
the board did not wholly approve, the board believing the
responsibility should rest mainly upon the parents; the mothers to
cooperate with the teachers in the work The primary teachers at the
old school building will follow the example of their predecessors in
the serving of hot chocolate or soup, beginning as soon as school
resumes Heretofore, the children have supplied
vegetables and chairs, and have paid a nominal sum to cover other
expenses of materials. The board proposes to finish and furnish one
of the basement rooms in preparation for the hot lunch, which they
feel assured will be approved by everyone.
Ravalli Republican, October 25, 1918
Tutors Are Hired. Three Vacancies in School Have Been Filled.
Deferred Electing Princpal and Balance of Teachers Until a Future
Corvallis, May 16 - At a meeting of the Corvallis consolidated
school board Saturday evening, three teachers were elected to fill a
part of the vacancies next year, made by resignations of the present
instructors. They are Miss Edna L. Adams, Elliotsburg, PA, primary
grade; Miss Mildred Haffele, Shullsberg, Wis., second grade; and
Miss Gertrude Hunter, Ozark, MO, third grade. Each have relstives in
the valley. Miss Adams is the sister of J.Q. Adams of Hamilton; Miss
Haffele is the sister of Mrs. Paul D. Lear, and Miss Hunter is the
niece of Mrs. J.D. St. John. The board failed to elect a principal,
and will await for further consideration of applications. Two
teachers in the high school and instructors for the seventh and
eighth grades will be selected at an early date.
Ravalli Republican, Friday, May 18, 1919
Took Fourth Place
Corvallis Athletes Who Attended the State Meet Will Take Part in
Corvallis, May 23 - Frank Humble, John Huf, Merton
Rasmussen, and Spencer Huls, with their coach, C.W. Abbot, returned
Saturday from Attending the interscholastic track and field meet at
Missoula. The boys, though few in number, were there with the
quality, and took fourth place in the meet. Today the team will go
to Hamilton to compete in the Ravalli county high school track
Ravalli Republican, Friday, May 23, 1919
Comedy in Three Acts
Senior Class Will Give "The Return of Hi Jinks" some Time During
the Next Month
- Rehearsals are under way for the senior class play, "The Return of
Hi Jinks," a comedy in three acts, employing a cast of 13
characters. Frank Humble has the leading role and he will be
assisted by Maxine Fugate, Esta Severns, Ruby Caple, Winifred
Frogge, Beatrice Morgan, Ruth Sutherland, Nora Buckridge, Wayne
Flugstad, Constance and Spencer Huls, Lawrence Humble and Charles
Reagan. The play will be presented some time next month.
Ravalli Republican, Friday, May 23, 1919
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1919:
Wayne Flugstad, Maxine Fugate, Spencer Huls, Frank Humble, Charles
Reagan, John Reagan, Esta Severns
Successful School Came to a Close this week
Graduation Exercises Were Held Wednesday Night and Diplomas Given
Corvallis, June 20 - The Corvallis Consolidated school closed
Monday, and in spite of interruptions from quarantine the year was
successful, according to Superintendent C.W. Abbot. Other members of
the teaching staff agreed with him, including Mrs. De LaBarre of the
eighth grade, who states that of the 25 pupils taking the eighth
grad examination, 22 passed the test successfully. John Reagan
has the distinction of completing the required high school course in
Manifesting their customary interest in school
affairs, Corvallis people turned out in large numbers to the
commencement week exercises. Sunday evening the baccalaureate sermon
was preached y Rev. L. Hulser of the United church. To the juniors
fell the honor of decorating the interior of the building and they
very tastefully arranged a profusion of peonies in the senior class
colors, maroon and white, terns and iris about the rostrum and in
the windows. The service opened with a processional played by
Miss Myrtle Fitch, and the class of ‘19 took its place in seats of
honor, followed by the teachers and the juniors. The program
continued as follows; Hymn, “Onward Christian Soldiers;” Invocation;
hymn, “Awake My Soul;” solo, “Behold the Master Passeth By,” Harry
Johnson; sermon, “The World’s Need of Disciplined Leaders,” Rev. L.
Hulsor; duet, “Whispering Hope,” Winifred Frogge and Glenn Chaffin;
recessional and benediction.
The Western News, June 20, 1919
An audience that taxed the capacity of the school
auditorium heard and enjoyed the class play, “The Return of Hi
Jinks,” Monday evening. The production was credibly given, especial
honors going to the principals, Frank Humble, Winifred Frogge, Wayne
Flugstad, and Ester Severns. Humble took the role of Hiram Poynter
Jinks, the college lad, who upon returning to his home town, found
that a malicious joke of jealous fellow students had made him a
fictitious hero. He was equal to the occasion, however, and with the
assistance of the moving picture star, Mimi Mayflower, a role very
ably acted by Winifred Frogge, the day was saved and having heart
united. Other members of the case: Thomas Hodge, a senior in Hoosie
college, Wayne Flugstad; Solomon Bloomer, a moving picture
director, Charles Reagan; Henry Shorter and George Davis, Hoosie
freshmen, Lawrence Humble and Spencer Huls; Bedelia Norris, Mimi’s
friend, Ester Severns; Thyran Judson, president of the Literary
Research Club, Ruby Caple; Emilie Snodgrass and Minnie Graham,
members of the club, Beatrice Morgan and Constance Huls; Mrs.
Rogers, wife of the editor of the Wurisboro Weekly Gazette, Ruth
Sutherland; Mrs. Bumpsky, janitress of Wurisboro town hall, Nora
Buckridge; Evangeline Slater, engaged to Hiram Jinks, a member of
the club, Maine Fugate. The play was a comedy in four acts, and
while the audience waited for the shifting of the scenery, the
juvenile orchestra was heard in a number of selections; Miss Quast
and Ruth Bailey played a piano duet; Miss Merle McDermott sang “The
Old, Old Live” and Glenn Chaffin sang “Boy of Mine.”
Wednesday evening the commencement exercises were
held, and diplomas were awarded. Maxine Fugate, Esther Severns,
Wayne Flugstad, Frank Humble, Charles and John Reagan and Spencer
Huls. In a conspicuous position was displayed the class motto,
“Carpe Diem: (Seize The Opportunity) and the class colors,
maroon and white were used in advantage in a profusion of lovely
flowers. The class flower, the American Beauty rose was also in
evidence. The program: Piano solo, Lillian Quast; Invocation, Rev.
W. U. Fugate; valedictory June Reagan; vocal solo, Harry Johnson;
commencement address, Dean A.L. Stone; chorus, “Water Lilies,” high
school girls; presentation of diplomas, Superintendent Charles W.
The Western News, June 20, 1919
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1920: Maude
Nichols, Emma Quast, John Hall, Clyde Lockwood, Ruth Sutherland,
Nora Buckridge, Gladys Fleming, Mary Shults, Eldon Shults
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1921: Ray
Allnut, Inez Brooks, Leslie Cole, Winifred Frogge, Robert Hay,
Edward Holloran, Constance Huls, Edward Malone, Leona Reagan, Marie
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1922:
Isabelle Florence Bailey, Theodore Lewis Cochran, Rose Kathryn
Cutler, Daniel Aaron Hoblitt, Maurice Raymond Marti, Ruth Rawlins,
Delbert Blodgett Shults, Emmett William Smyth, Max Beryl Stanley,
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1923:
Lucille Cole, Ralph Erickson, Gladys Glenn, Charles Hall, Maxine
Holloran, Cora Mae Jenkins, Clarence Marti, Otto Quast, Emma
Raudabaugh, Mary Sharpneck, Charles Sharpneck, Ester Smyth, Rebecca
P. R. Felker Re-elected
Superintendent of Corvallis Consolidated Schools Rehired at
Meeting Wednesday Afternoon
Corvallis, January 24 - P.R. Felker was re-elected superintendent of
the Corvallis consolidated school at a regular meeting ot he board
held Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Felker has not accepted and will be
allowed one month in which to decide. His salary remained the same,
$2,000. Mr. Felker has held the position of superintendent of the
Corvallis consolidated school for two terms and his administration
has been satisfactory top board and patrons alike, and residents
generally are hoping he will sign the contract for another year.
Routine business occupied the attention of the boar for some time
and adjournment was made at 5 o’clock.
Ravalli Republican, January 25, 1924
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1924: Annie
Adams, Ruth Bailey, Hazel Glenn Balbi, Alma Carmichael, Paul
Erickson, Ernestine Goff, Grace Hoblitt, Kathleen Holloran, Rollin
Jenkins, Mary Lanham, Cara Malone, Kenneth Popham, Lorna Severns,
Abigale Smithey, Curtis Talbot
Eleven Freshmen Entered Corvallis
Superintendent Felker and Four
Pupils Returned Sunday from Attending Congress
Corvallis, January 24 - Monday was the beginning of the second
semester of the Corvallis school.
Advancements and promotions were made in every grade, with a total
of eleven freshmen entering high school. They were: Mary Fierce,
Melba Schwab, Helen Bates, Frances Huber, Pearl Marti, Mary Johnson,
Margaret Leibel, Josephine Rawlins, Edna Johnson, John Flemming, and
Max Blodgett. The high school now has an enrollment of 100 and
regular attendance of 80, according to statement made Monday by
Superintendent P.R. Felker. HIgh school teachers have assumed added
work for this semester, Mr. Felker stated, and to relive them for
class periods the seniors have been asked to assume charge of a
self-government system in study half periods.
Superintendent P.R. Felker and the four boys who
attended the vocational congress at Bozeman returned home Sunday.
Curtiss Talbot, Kenneth Popham, and Paul Erickson were boys sent by
the high school, and Thomas McGee accompanied the others at his own
expense. Mr. Felker was the only Ravalli county principal in
attendance at the superintendent-principal meeting conduced by State
Superintendent May Trumper. A report of the congress will be given
by the delegates this week.
Ravalli Republican, January 25, 1924
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1925: Bill
Cole, Margaret Dye, Wilfred Helm, Joseph Jenkins, Mildred Johnson,
Bessie Randolph, Hector Rasmussen, May Smithey, Ethel Sutherlin,
Enid Tallent, Harold Vaughn
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1926: Harold
Eldredge, Walter Engler, Julia Hoblitt, Mildred Johnson, Alta
Johnson, Tom Kane Jr, Alice Louise Magee, Mildred Martin, Glenn
McAtee, Herbert McKillop, Ruth Popham, Dorothy Powell, Estella
Rockafellow, Tom Smith, Mildred Snell, Alpha Stordock, Helen
Swanson, Ellen Walker, Aleda Wheelbarger
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1927: Helen
Bates, Raymond Birck, Dorothy Bliss, Max Blodgett, Gladys Brooks,
Margaret Dye, Mary Fierce, Laurrane Frogge, Ruth Hull, Edna Johnson,
Pearl Marti, Clarence Popham, Josephine Rawlins, Melba Schwab,
Herbert Slack, Electa Walls, Frances Wetzsteon
School Resumed Short of Pupils and Tutors
High School Students are Reviewing Preparatory to Taking the
Corvallis, January 4 - When school resumed Monday after a week’s
vacation, the high school faculty was short two teachers and the
attendance in the grades was considerably below average, due to
delayed trains, sickness and deep snow which prevented school busses
covering their routes. By Tuesday, all the teachers had returned
from their vacation visits and roads were opened, and the weather
had moderated so that grade children made a bigger showing,
according to a report given by Superintendent C.S. Jackson. Fourteen
inches of snow made travel by truck hazardous and one bus turned
over Monday west of Woodside.
High school students are devoting the week to
review preparatory to taking the semester examinations. Basketball
practice has been strenuous to make ready for the games of the week,
one Friday evening at Stevensville and a second Saturday evening at
The grade department will be represented in
basketball by a team from the eighth grade including Lee Glenn, Bob
Engler, Rex Severns, Fritz Bay, and Ned Applebury.
Ravalli Republican, January 5, 1928
With the closing of school Friday, 432 children
were dismissed from classes for the summer, and 25 of them will not
return next year, having graduated from the high school. It was the
largest senior class in the history of the school. Twenty five
students completed the prescribed eighth grade course and will
compose the freshmen class in the high school next year. They are:
George Zacha, Edna Carmichael, Doris Bryson, Ila Blodgett, Glenn
Paul, Elmer Ludecke, Clifford and Dorothy Slocum, John Powell, Rex
Severns, Russell Berche, Frances Squires, Fritz Bay, Charlotte
Gonneau, Catherine Leibel, Jean Wetzsteon, Clara Rawlins, Beth and
Ned Applebury, Mary MacIntire, Dorothy Helm, Anna Patton, Robert
Engler, Roland Shanty, and Robert Simmons.
Eighth grade diplomas were awarded at the
commencement exercises last Wednesday evening by Superintendent C.S.
Jackson. An honor conferred on the eighth grade was the awarding of
a framed picture given as a prize for the class having the
clean-room banner the most times during the year. The fourth grade
received the second prize.
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1928: Lloyd
Applebury, James Black, Richard Bryson, Catherine Cesar, Russell
Church, Evelyn Duncan, Ruth Dye, Virginia Eldridge, John Fleming,
Idell Frogge, Donald Holloron, Frances Huber, Margaret Leibel, Ella
Pollinger, Alfred Poppie, Opal Powell, Glenn Shults, Warren St.
John, Elaine Stordock, Edith Taber, Holger Toftoy, Clark Wheelbarger
At the commencement exercises, Catherine Cesar
was awarded the citizenship prize, having been selected by the
teachers and classmates as the best citizen during the four years of
her high school course. The esteem of the senior class for
Superintendent Jackson was expressed in a material way with a
handsome gift presented at the graduation exercises. He was also the
recipient of a Masonic ring, presented by the teachers, and of a
desk set given by the high school student body. Mr. Jackson is
leaving the school this year after having served here in an
efficient manner three years. He and his family will leave this week
to go to the C.E. Jackson ranch west of Hamilton, where they expect
to spend the summer.
Commencement week closed Saturday for the seniors
with a jolly picnic at Sleeping Child springs. The week's program,
which began with the baccalaureate sermon Sunday evening,
commencement exercises Wednesday evening, the junior prom Thursday
evening, and a wiener roast and picnic in farewell to Mr. and Mrs.
Jackson Friday evening. The prom was held in the gymnasium which the
juniors had decorated in pine boughs and streamers. Music was
supplied by a Hamilton orchestra and the dancers included high
school students, the teachers, and members of the school board.
Refreshments were served. The wiener roast took place in the pine
grove on Coal Pit.
A campfire was the center of attraction and about
it the high school students sang songs, gave yells, and told
stories. Later they enjoyed a lunch. The trip Saturday was made as a
grand finale to the year and was one of the happy events of the
closing. The class was accompanied by the high school teachers.
Ravalli Republican, May 24, 1928
Corvallis, December 15 - Miss Leola Fairchild arrived Monday from
Heyburn, Idaho, to take charge of the upgraded class in the
Corvallis school. A room in the primary building is being furnished
for the new class and it will be ready for occupancy this week. In
the meantime, Miss Fairchild has been visiting the grades from which
she will take her pupils.
A girl’s basketball team has been organized by
the high school girls’ coach, Miss Vera Phelps. It includes Edna
Fleming, right forward; Ruth Matteson, left forward; Clara Kane,
center; Doris Reeder, left guard, and Ruth Taber, right guard,
Substitutes are Beulah Stordock, Edna Johnson, Alice Johnson and
Doris Bryson. The captain is Clara Kane and the manager if Nona
Miss Lucile Lasater, daughter of Superintendent
W.O. Lasater, has volunteered to coach a grade girls’ basketball
team and she has a lively aggregation coming forward. The girls
enjoy the practice games and hope to have a few contests with other
schools during the winter.
Coach Harry E. Shierson has a fine prospect for a
winning basketball team from among the high school boys. He has been
putting the team through vigorous practice and expects to have them
in good condition for the first game of the schedule on January 4.
Twenty-six boys are in line for the team. Interclass contests began
Montana Standard, December 16, 1928
Basketball Teams are Honored at
Corvallis, March 4 - High school basketball teams were honored
Friday with a luncheon at the Community house, at which 80 students
and teachers sat at long tables to be served with a two-course meal
by a committee of girls from the high school.
Superintendent W.O. Lasater was toastmaster and
he called for and received toasts from Coach Harry E. Shierson,
Coach Vera Vern Phelps, Captain Edward Shults, and Captain Clare
Kane; Managers Byron Price and Nona Yerian; assistant coach, Homer
Bailey; Mrs. Othel Severns and Mrs. James D. St. John, chairman of
the school board. The luncheon was served at the noon hour and the
students returned to classes at 2 o'clock.
Five members of the teams played their last games
for Corvallis at the Florence-Carlton-Corvallis game on February 23.
They are Edward Shults, Wallace Lamoreaux, Evelyn Adams, Edna
Fleming, and Clare Kane. The five seniors will graduate this spring.
Montana Standard, Butte, MT, March 5, 1929
Pupils of Corvallis School Give
Corvallis, March 4 - The second grade pupils, under the director of
their teacher, Miss Kathryn Weber, entertained their friends Friday
afternoon at a Washington-Lincoln program at the primary school
The program was given: "Welcome,: Myrtle Ott;
song "Lincoln and Washington," school; flag salute, school;
exercise, "Like Washington," Joe Daunhauer, Joe and Dominick
Morocco; flag drill, Edna Felix, John Ashby, Gwen Poll, James
Estrada, Ethel Chaffin, John Foos, Louise Parpolia, Edward Burk,
Grace Squires, Junior Snell, Lucile Chaffin, Roy Moisio; "Little
Soldier" playet, Grace Squires, Edna Felix, Edward Chaffin, John
Ashby, and Jean Simmons; hatchet drill, Paul Zetto, Joe and Dominick
Morocco, Edward Chaffin, Joe Daunhauer, John Foos; minuet, Lois
Brooks, Edward Zacha, Kenneth Talbot, Doris and Dorothy Adams,
Russell Giesy, Jean Elliot, Charles Goneau, Dovie Ann Dye, Joel
Guay, Vance Bay, and Lou Re cobb; "Betsy Ross," Gwen Poll, Lucile
Chaffin, Madge and Mildred Chaffin, Myrtle Springer, Jean Simmons
and Thelma Smith; song "America," school; "Closing time," Lou Re
Montana Standard, Butte, MT, March 5, 1929
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1929: Evelyn
Adams, Homer Bailey, Robert Holloron, Clare Kane, Wallace Lamoreaux,
Isabelle Magee, Ruth Severns, Edward Shults, Annete Swanson, Edna
Trip, Nona Yerian
1929 Junior Class Photo
Corvallis School is Destroyed by Flames
Fire, which started in an electric motor of the water plant,
totally destroyed the Corvallis Consolidated school house Tuesday
morning causing loss of thousands of dollars to the tax payers of
Corvallis school district Number One. The fire was discovered about
9:45 by Joe Lear who promptly turned in the alarm. About 96 high
school and 200 grammar school students marched out of the building
with their teachers into the freezing weather. The last of the line
of marching pupils had but arrived outside the building when flames
crept hungrily up the staircase from the basement and roared through
the building which burned like tinder. The pupils had not time to
gather up their coats, rubbers, overshoes, and lunch baskets, all of
which went up in smoke together with the building and its equipment.
But little more than one hour was consumed in
burning the structure. When the flames had finished their work, a
tumbled mass of charred wood and brick remained grouped about the
foot of a brick chimney, the only part of the building which
remained standing. The building was of frame with a brick veneer,
and was constructed in 1914-15. It was first occupied in February
1915. When the building was first decided upon, voters of the
Corvallis Consolidated District voted bonds in the sum of $20,000 to
build the structure. This sum together with other funds in
possession of the consolidating districts was used to erect the
school house. It is believed that the building itself cost in the
neighborhood of $25,000 to build including heating equipment. Should
the structure be duplicated today however, the cost would be much
greater on account of increased cost of material and labor.
Equipment in the building which was also lost is estimated to have a
value approximating $21,000.
Immediately the fire was discovered, the Hamilton
Fire Department was notified and one of the trucks made a rapid run
to Corvallis in an effort to save the building. Upon arrival in the
town, it was apparent that the building was lost and no water was
available to fight the flames had the fire boys been on hand at the
fire's inception. On their way to Corvallis, the fire boys on the
truck narrowly escaped collision with the Northern Pacific
southbound passenger train stopping but a few feet from the tracks
near the Surprise ditch crossing while the train shot past.
As the flames crept up and encircled the building
in a solid sheet of fire and smoke, the terrific heat could be felt
for a long distance from the burning building. Glass in the widows
melted and ran in bizarre shapes testifying adequately to the great
heat engendered by the flames. The brick veneer fell from the frame
walls of the structure as they blazed fiercely.
All temporary records of the school were lost but
the permanent records were in a safe on the second floor and are
presumed to be safe. The safe has not yet been recovered from the
debris but will be dug out in a few days.
The School Board of Hamilton Consolidated School
District No. 3 as a result of the disastrous fire which destroyed
the Corvallis school together with text books and other equipment
immediately offered its assistance to the Corvallis school
authorities. The Hamilton school offers to furnish text books and
other equipment or high school accommodations for the Corvallis
students. It is considered possible by the Hamilton Board to find
room for the Corvallis high school students should that community
desire to bring the pupils here.
The Western News, Thursday, January 16, 1930, page 1
The Corvallis High School building was destroyed
by fire on a cold January 14, 1930 day. There followed a 9-day
vacation for the students. School resumed on Monday, January 29 with
the high school and grades 5 through 8 meeting in temporary
facilities. The 98 high school students and their 4 teachers met in
the Masonic building. The 25 eighth graders and their teacher, Sam
Cappious, were established in the Community Hall, the seventh grade
of 35 pupils and their teacher, Miss Fern Lee, assembled at the
Methodist Church annex. The fifth and sixth graders joined the four
lower grades at the primary school building.
When school resumed, school supply stores did a
rushing business with many students needing to replace their
personal supplied destroyed in the fire.
Basketball practice was held in the Odd Fellows'
Hall, but the ceiling was not high enough to permit
regulation-height baskets. Because of that, Corvallis played all of
their games away from home.
O.W. Lasater was re-elected superintendent of the
Corvallis school for his third term at a meeting of the school board
Monday afternoon. Mr. Lasater came here in 1928 from Winnett, where
he had been connected with the schools for 12 years. He secured a
degree at the state university last year by attending the summer
term of school.
The school board voted to extend its thanks to
the public, the organizations, the schools, the business houses and
other individuals who helped to make possible the resumption of the
Corvallis school January 27 following a fire on January 14 which
destroyed the school building. A new building is under consideration
by the board, but no action will be taken until after a committee
visits a number of other school buildings in western Montana.
Ravalli Republican, January 30, 1930
School Papers Moist, But Were Not Injured
School Did Not Resume Last Monday as Expected, But Will Be
Ready Next Monday
Corvallis, January 22 - Permanent records of the Corvallis school
were found unharmed in a fireproof safe after it had gone through
the fire which destroyed the high school building Tuesday of last
week. The safe was taken from the basement of the building late the
same day of the fire. A chain and hook were thrown about the safe by
H. Bishop and dragged from the ruins by a team of horses. Members of
the school board opened the safe last Wednesday and found that the
inside was still warm from the intense heat of Tuesday's blaze. The
papers were moistened from steam, but were otherwise uninjured. The
safe fell from the second story of the building to the basement.
Contributions of money were made by businessmen
of Corvallis, Hamilton, and Stevensville toward the purchase of new
basketball outfits and equipment for the high school boys' team, and
the order of goods, placed Wednesday by Coach Breneman, was received
Thursday. A place to practice is all the boys need now and it is
hoped can be supplied by the use of the Odd Fellows' hall.
Despite the extreme cold, volunteer laborers
worked Friday and Saturday getting temporary school rooms ready for
classes. The men worked under the leadership of carpenters and were
able to get most of the buildings ready in the two days. Other work
remained to be done, however, and the school did not resume Monday
as had been hoped. This week O.W. Lasater, assisted by other
teachers, hope to get the books assembled and classes will resume
not later than January 27, he stated, unless unforeseen difficulties
Forty tons of coal, which were stored in the
basement of the school building, were still burning Sunday. An
effort was being made to remove some of the coal from under the
blazing cover. The 70-foot furnace chimney was still standing, but
will be blown down as soon as possible, L.N. Brooks, chairman of the
board, stated. It is thought to be a menace to children who are
likely to play about the ruins.
Ravalli Republican, January 23, 1930
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1930:
Kathryn E. Bailey, Dean LaVern Cobb, Earl H. Colley, Mildred L.
Duncan, Edna I. Fleming, Gerald A. Gibbons, Wilda K. Hefner, Irene
Y. Johnson, Marie Ruth Mattson, Emily M. Mills, Bessie L. Pickerill,
Jack V. Smith, Ruth Taber
School To Resume
Grades May Open in the Primary Building
High School Department Expected to Open In New Building By
Next Monday Morning
Corvallis, September 10 - The Corvallis school will start next
Monday unless some accident occurs to prevent completion of the high
school department in the new school building. All of the grade rooms
may not be finished, O.W. Lasater stated Sunday, but if the high
school rooms are ready for use the grades will start in the primary
building and continue there until the new school rooms are ready.
The following teachers will have charge: O.W.
Lasater, mathematics and history; Oliver LaRue of Worden,
boys’ athletics, science and mathematics; Catherine Elmer of
Aberdeen, Wash, girls’ coach, commercial and English; Ruth Whitlock,
Latin and English; eighth grade, Sam Cappious; seventh grade, Edyth
Overland of Bowman, N. Dak; sixth grade, Mrs. Sam Cappious; fifth
grade, Rose Cutler; fourth grade, Aleta Wheelbarger; third grade,
Kathryn Holloron; second grade, Mildred Hansen of Zoteau; first
grade, Velva Wilford.
Ravalli Republican, September 11, 1930
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1931: John
Adams, LeRoy Cobb, Orion Cobb, Claris Glidewell, Lewis Hull, Edna
Johnson, Elmer Lewis, Kenneth Mattson, Helen Pollinger, Dan St.John
Two Hundred Couples at Annual Junior Prom
Baccalaureate Sermon to Be Given Sunday By Rev. J.F. Swallow at
Corvallis, May 4 - The gymnasium of the high school was
decorated in the senior colors, blue and gold, for the junior prom
held Saturday evening. The 17 seniors and their parents were guests
of honor and nearly 160 other friends of the juniors were present.
The grand march was led by Bob Glenn, president of the junior class,
and Miss Florence Severns and as the 200 couples passed the head of
the hall, each dancer was presented with a program. Eighteen dances
were completed to the music of Yorton’s orchestra. During the
evening, punch and wafers were served by two small girls in costume.
In a conspicuous place were displayed the four athletic trophies
awarded the school this year for championships in football, boys’
and girls’ basketball and the county track meet.
The baccalaureate sermon will be given Sunday
evening at the united church by Rev. J.F. Swallow. The date was set
forward a week on account of the pastor’s plan to leave about May 10
for Buffalo, NY to attend the national conference of United church
workers. Sunday morning Mother’s day services will be held in local
churches and at the United church the occasion will be observed as
goal day with the attendance goal in Sunday school set at 200. At
the Methodist church the morning service will be a homecoming for
distant members and friends to whom invitations were mailed early in
the week A dinner for the home-comers is to follow the worship hour.
Ravalli Republican, May 5, 1932
Corvallis High School to Close Year Tonight
Rev. John Dix of Missoula to Deliver Commencement Address at the
Corvallis, May 18 - Fifteen high school graduates will be given
their diplomas at commencement exercises to be held tomorrow evening
at the school auditorium. They are Addie Tew, valedictorian; George
Bryson, salutatorian; Beth Applebury, Russell Bertche, Edna
Carmichael, Donald Lamoreux, Elmer Leudecke, Martha Leudecke, Gard
Lockwood, Lillian Moisio, Grace Parker, John Powell, Clara Rawlins,
Rex Severns, Robert Simmons, Louise Tew, and George Zacha.
The class day program Tuesday night was:
Processional, Mrs. Del Brisbin; class song, seniors; salutatory
address, George Bryson; president's address, John Powell; giftorian,
Beth Applebury; orchestra, senior play, a satire in two acts,
"Suppressed Desires," Donald Lamoreux, Clara Rawlins, Grace Parker;
orchestra; class prophet, George Zacha; councellor, Elmer Leudecke;
doctor, Gard Lockwood; grumbler, Robert Simmons; statistician,
Martha Luedecke; class will, Rex Severns; seniors' ten commandments,
Louise Tew; senior hopes, Lillian Moisio; valedictory address, Addie
The commencement program: Processional, Miss Ruth
Bailey; invocation, Rev. R.L. Meyers; vocal duet, "Oh That We Two
Were Maying," Mrs. J.W. Moore and Mrs. George Barr; trumpet solo,
Eugene Meyers; address, Rev. John Dix of Missoula; piano duet, Mrs.
Moore and Mrs. Barr; presentation of diplomas, Superintendent O.W.
Lasater; recessional, Miss Bailey.
Eighth grade graduates will also be awarded
diplomas. They are: Harry Adams, Osborne Back, Elsie Bagley, Bobbie
Bay, Charlotte Bohler, Albert Bosket, Foustino Bosket, Jean Bryson,
Mary Buck, Harry Chaffin, Robert Cooley, Salvador Corral, Helen
Davis, Joe David, Dorthy Engler, Charles Dunbar, Carl Gustafson,
Georgia Hall, Marlyn Haugen, Ilda Hess, Paul Kenny, Marion Loesch,
Barbara McVay, Delbert Pile, Helen Moisio, Winston Morris, Louise
Osborne, Martha Poppie, Ula Rose, Louise Rose, Ladeen Sessions,
Marjorie See, George Simmons, Mary Warren, Helene White, Margaret
Wheelbarger, Beulah Worden, Margaret Yerian and Richard Yoder.
Ravalli Republican, May 19, 1932
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1933: Ned
Applebury, Amos Chaffin, Madge Chaffin, Helen Dye, William Engler,
Lee Glenn, Robert Glenn, Richard Hull, Bernard Melius, James
Pickerill, Jean Printz, Jean Scott, Florence Severns, Mary Lee
Simmons, Dan Sutherland, Mabel Swanson, Delores White, Harry Yerian
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1934:
Dandido Bacerra, Walter L. Barr, Carl Doty, William N. Duncan, Tom
Dunbar, Frederick S. Fierce, Kathleen Gander, Ruth Gustafson,
Virginia Glenn, Dorothy Hefner, Elmo Hess, Helma Maki, Kathryn
McVay, Ernest Olsen, Julia Printz, Emma See, Doris Simmons, Conrad
(Kibby) Toftoy, Milton Wolffs
Robb To Elliston
Corvallis, June 6 - Robert Robb, athletic coach and
instructor in science at the local high school for the past three
years, has been elected to the position of superintendent of the
schools at Elliston, he stated recently on his return here after
business trip to Helena. Experiments are under way, he said, in
co-operation with the educational department of the state government
to make the Elliston schoool a model institution of learning. Mr.
and Mrs. Robb plan to spend most of the summer at Missoula, where
Mr. Robb will attend the state university.
Ravalli Republican, June 7, 1934
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1935:
Chauncey Bass, Francis Bass, Edith Bragg, Robert Carmichael, Mildred
Collier, Abel Corral, Roland Grisell, Melvin Hess, Wesley Holloron,
Harry Johnson, Louise Keys, Robert Kyle, Margaret Lamoreaux, Lois
Lear, Margaret McVey, Olive Magee, Pershing Menager, Jesse Mickens,
Chester Powell, Ora Session, Franklin Severns, Ethel Shults, Milford
Sperry, Orville Sperry, Clara Tew, Ruth Warden, Jack Zito
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1936:
Osborne Back, James Barkoff, Gene Bryson, Charlotte Bohler, Mary
Nell Buck, Harry Chaffin, Robert Cooley, Charles Dunbar, Dorothy
Engler, Dorothy Foreman, Della Francis, Melba Francis, Ilda Hess,
Eugene Gerald LeMire, Barbara McVey, Mary Ohl, Delbert Pile, Junior
Printz, Marjory See, LeDean Sessions, Mary Louise Warren, Helen
White, Carl Wickham
Commencementat Corvallis Event of Next Week
Twenty-Three Young People Finish High School Courses; Affairs will
Honor the Group
Corvallis, May 13 - Delbert Pile is valedictorian and Marjory See is
salutatorian of the senior class of 23 students graduating from the
Corvallis High School next week. The class is composed of thirteen
girls and ten boys. They are LeDean Sessions, Charles Dunbar,
Marjory See, Gerald LeMire, Osborne Back, James Barkoff, Charlotte
Bohler, Jean Bryson, Mary Buck, Harry Chaffin, Robert Cooley, Dell
Francis, Dorothy Engler, Dorothy Foreman, Melba Francis, Ilda Hess,
Barbara McVay, Mary Ohl, Delbert Pile, Mary Warren, Junior Printz,
Carl Wickman, and Helene White.
Commencement week will start Sunday with
baccalaureate services in the evening at the Methodist Church. Rev.
Frank Sutton will deliver the sermon and the combined choirs of the
Methodist and United churches will lead the singing.
Monday evening will be class night when seniors
will appear in a district school setting to display their talents in
a farewell program. The entertainment will be at the school
The commencement program will be next Wednesday
evening with Mayor Ralph Arnold of Missoula giving the address. Rev.
Ray Ames will give the invocation and benediction, Jack Hawker will
render a vocal solo and the girls' glee club will sing. School will
close for the term Friday.
Seniors will complete their class work this week.
Others will be occupied with closing term tests Monday and Tuesday
and final grades will be presented on report cards Friday morning.
Ravalli Republican, May 14, 1936
Close of School
Dismiss Corvallis Students For Summer Vacation
Second Semester Honor Roll lists Several Seniors; Eight Grade
Grads Received Diplomas
Corvallis, May 27 - With the closing of school Friday, 400 school
children, 13 teachers and eight bus drivers were released for a
three month vacation. Report cards were issued Friday and there were
no classes. The school was pronounced officially closed at noon for
its 25th year.
Honor roll students for the second semester were
announced as follows: Charlotte Bohler, Dorothy Engler, Delia
Francis, Delbert Pile, Marjory See, LaDean Sessions, Doyle Dunbar,
Vivian Felix, George Horak, Ruth Hull, Francis James, Laura Mattson,
Doris Kane, Alice Lear, Pearl Overman, Gwendolyn Puyear, Caroline
Chrisofferson, Jack Iman, Arthur Keech, Ruth See, Cecelia Sheridan,
Vance Bay, Lois Brooks, Lucile Chaffin, LuRea Cobb, Dovie Dye, Edna
Felix, Willis Foreman, Russell Giesy.
Eigth grade graduates were: John Ashby, Marie
Barr, Josephine Boyer, Albert Brown, Everet Burks, Catherine
Christofferson, Manual Corral, Mary Dean, Everett Felix, Robert
Johnson, June Foreman, Doris Hess, Mary Heter, Robert Moisio,
Gwendolyn Poll, Sylvia Rasmussen, Wilbert Rose, Martha Roth, Richard
Schwab, Alice Sessions, Loyce Simmons, Gene Sperry, Gene Sudevant,
Myrtle Springer, Jack Talbot, Mildred Wagner, Ruth Wagner, Betty
Wickman, Nolan Yonkers, and Mike Lopez
Ravalli Republican, Thursday, May 28, 1936
Everything in Readiness for Opening Next Tuesday
Schedules Arranged and Assignments for Teachers Made; Four
New Members in This Year’s Staff
Corvallis, September 3, 1936 - School will start September 8 for
which everything is in readiness at the school building, where Tom
Cooper, janitor, has been at work renovating interiors of rooms and
fixtures for the three months Superintendent G.L. Blakeslee has been
on the job of ten days preparing schedules and getting the school
This year he will have eight of the old teaching
staff to work with him and four new teachers. The new members of the
faculty are Miss Jane La Munyan of Libby, who will have the first
grade and who comes from the State Normal School at Dillon. She has
had two years of previous teaching experience. Miss Doris Randall
will have the sixth grade, coming as a graduate of the Eastern
Montana Normal college at Billings. Miss Annie May will teach in the
junior high department, taking the place of Mrs. B.H. Gibbs. She is
a graduate of the University of Montana. George Norwood, graduate of
the Valley City Teachers’ College in North Dakota, will teach in the
The schools will have a full day’s program the
first day, Superintendent Blakeslee announced yesterday. In the high
school the morning will be devoted in making schedules and payment
of fees; the afternoon will have regular classes. This year grades
six to 12 will have a 30-minute noon recess and school will close at
3:30 o’clock. Tentative plans for an orchestra are under way, with a
period set aside for orchestra practice if enough interest is shown.
Economic geography will be offered to freshmen since languages are
offered only every other year. A course in general social science
will be offered this year in place of community civics and
vocations. With the community having an increase in population due
to drought conditions in the eastern part of the state and the
Dakotas, a capacity enrollment is expected, Mr. Blakeslee stated.
Bus routes will remain as last year until it becomes necessary to
The teaching staff with classes are: First grade,
Miss Jane LaMunyan; second grade, Miss Kathryn Weber; third grade,
Miss Kathleen Holloron; fourth grade, Mrs. Hazel Cappious; fifth
grade, Miss Rose Cutler; sixth grade; Miss Doris Randall; grades
seven to twelve, Miss Annie Mayo, science, mathematics and girls’
athletics; Sam Cappious, social science; George Norwood, science,
mathematics and athletics; Miss Katheryne Borg, English and music;
Miss Ruth Whitlock, English and Latin; Miss Catherine Cesar,
Commercial and Spanish.
Ravalli Republican, September 3, 1936
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1937: Harry Adams,
Eugene Max Barr, Bruce Bryson, Doyle E. Dunbar, Vivian Felix,
Gilbert Gander, Elenora Glenn, Carl Gustafson, Marjory Belle
Heffner, George Horak, Alice Holloron, Ruth Hull, Frances James,
Doris May Kane, Alice Lear, Laura Mattson, Raymond Zean Moore,
Thomas Murphy, Gwendolyn Puyear, George Rummel, Pauline Sears,
Harriet Snow, Helene Stoll, Carl Swanson, Jessie Weber, Alice White,
Fine Time Had at Corvallis High
School Class of 1937 Reunion
The members of the Corvallis High School senior
class of 1937 held their 30-year reunion July 1st and 2nd. An open
house at the George Rummel home on Daly Avenue at 4 p.m. Saturday
started off the event. At 7 p.m. a banquet was served at the Grange
Hall in Woodside. Ladies of the Corvallis Grange prepared and served
the meal, and entertainment was furnished by the Corvallis Grange
chorus. Following the chorus numbers, the evening was spent
reminiscing and visiting.
Saturday, July 2nd, the group gathered at the
Medicine Springs for a picnic at the Ed Hornung cabin. Class
members, spouses and former teachers attending the reunion numbered
Class members attending were George Horak,
Nutley, New Jersey; Pauline Sears Timm, Portland, Oregon; Lorraine
Wolfs Moliter, Sheridan; Vivian Felix Beardslee, Kalispell; Ruth
Hull Bay, Missoula; Gwen Puyear Powell, Stevensville; Jessie Weber
Lovely, Alice Lear Wheeler, Harriet Snow Hornung, Carl Swanson,
Helene Stoll Sager, Alice White Carmichael, George Rummel, Gilbert
Gander, Corvallis-Hamilton area.
Also attending were Mr. and Mrs. Gene Bryson and
Helen Fierce. Helen was in the class from 1st to 10th grade and
moved to Hamilton for her last 2 years of high school. Former
teachers present and grades taught Kathryn Keber - 1st grade; Mr.
and Mrs. Sam Cappious, Helena - 8th and 6th grade; Mrs. Donald
Holloron (Ruth Whitlock) high school; Mr. and Mrs. George Blakeslee,
Missoula, high school.
Class members unable to attend were: Laura
Mattson McPherson, Great Falls; Francis James Arnold, Portland;
Doris Kane Flink, Warm Springs; Alice Holloron Hackney, Seattle;
Marjory Hefner Wright, Hamilton; Bruce Bryson, Seattle; Harry Adams,
Seattle; Raymond Moore, Milwaukee, Oregon; Ray Murphy, Corvallis.
Deceased members are: Elenora Glenn, Doyle Dunbar, Max Barr and Carl
This was the reunion of the class of ‘37. A
similar event took place ten years ago. By unanimous approval,
another reunion is scheduled for 1977.
The Western News, July 5, 1967, page 1
Tuesday will be the beginning of the school year
for all districts in Ravalli County. Corvallis is again led by
George Blakeslee as superintendent. There will be four new members
on the faculty this year. They are J. Gordon McDonald, who will
teach history, Latin, and music; Miss Jean Clendenan for English and
dramatics, Miss Elsie MacIntosh for commercial classes and girls'
activities, and Miss Edith Clark, who is to teach the sixth grade.
George Norwood returns as coach, and a new feature of the music
department will be the school band, led by George Borchers. The
grade teachers including Miss Clark, are Miss Kathryn Weber, Miss
Jane LaMunyan, Miss Doris Randall, Miss Ethel Swanson, and Joseph
Ravalli Republican, September 1, 1938
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1938: Ira R. Abbey,
Sylvia Lee Bragg, Caroline Christoffersen, Milford Doty, George
Estrada, Roy Gustafson, Lewis Hall, Roscoe Hall, Francis Haugen,
Gene Hefner, Walter Hull, Jack Iman, Otis Keays, Elmer Kenck, Eugene
Lovely, Grover Nielsen, Virginia Printz, Willard Rasmussen, Ruth
Rummel, Ruth See, Rose Ella Sessions, Margaret Sheridan, Helen
President of University Was Corvallis Speaker
American Legion Bestows Citizenship Medals on Rose Sessions
and George Estrada at Program
Corvallis, May 18 - “This Changing World” was the theme of an
address given by Dr. George Simmons, President of the University of
Montana, at commencement exercises for the local high school
graduating class. Dr. Simmons gave the young people a concise
outline of modern world conditions to comparison to other
Rev. Ray Amos gave the invocations and
benediction. Music numbers included vocal selections by Ben Anderson
of Hamilton, accompanied by Miss Doris Randall, and numbers by the
Girls’ Glee Club, with Lu Rea Cobb at the piano. Miss Catherine
Raudabaugh played the processional and recessional marches.
Citizenship awards made by the Corvallis American
Legion post went to Rose Sessions for the girls and to George
Estrada for the boys. The legion honors were conferred by the post
commander, Dudley Bowden.
Diplomas were awarded by H.H. Hull, chairman of
the school board, to Ira Abbey, Sylvia Bragg, Caroline
Christofferson, Milford Doty, George Estrada, Lewis Hall, Francis
Haugen, Gene Hefner, Walter Hull, Jack Iman, Otto Keays, Elmer
Kenck, Virginia Printz, Eugene Lovely, Grover Nielsen, Willard
Rasmussen, Ruth Rummel, Ruth See, Rose Sessions, Margaret Sheridan,
Helen Walker, Roy Gustafson and Roscoe Hall.
The exercises took place at the school auditorium
Wednesday evening. The senior class was presented by Superintendent
George L. Blakeslee. Class day exercises were held by high school
seniors Tuesday evening at the auditorium with a short program
holding interest of a large audience. It consisted of the class song
by the seniors; salutatory, Ruth See; class will, Lewis Hall; poem,
Ruth Rummel; prophecy, Helen Walker; history, Walter Hull; grumbler,
Jack Iman; giftatorian, Rose Sessions and Eugene Lovely;
valedictory, Caroline Christofferson.
Ravalli Republican, May 19, 1938
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1939
Corvallis, May 10 - The Corvallis High School will graduate the
largest class in its history on May 18 when 28 seniors will be
awarded diplomas at graduation exercises. They are: Doris M. Adams,
Dorothy M. Adams, Edwin Vance Bay, Maxine L. Beck, Lois Marie
Brooks, Leon Harvey Carman, Lucille F. Chaffin, Lu Rea Cobb, Dovie
Ann Dye, Edith K. Eggers, Edna Lorene Felix, Willis Lyle Foreman,
Wilma Gail Foreman, Nathaniel T. Garrard, Russell D. Giesy, Pauline
V. Marquez, Marjorie Aileen Park, Kenneth L. Poll, Mildred O.
Puyear, Leota Gene Poll, Edgar B. Scott, Roy L. Snell Jr, Margaret
F. Sperry, Kathryn Amelia Treece, Charles Eugene Vining, Wilma M.
Whitesitt, Lee Jean Warner, and Edward A. Zacha
The class motto will be "It Matters Not How Long
We Live, But How;" the colors, lavender and yellow, and the flower,
the yellow rose. Baccalaureate services will be held Sunday evening
at the school auditorium with Rev. Ray Ames delivering the sermon.
Class night will be observed Monday evening. There will be no formal
classes for the seniors after this week.
Ravalli Republican, May 11, 1939
School is Ready; Corvallis Teaches on Hand For Term
Three New Members on Faculty;
Eleven Men to Be Employed as Bus Drivers and Janitors
Corvallis, August 30 - Everything is in readiness for the opening of
the Corvallis school on September 5, it has been announced by Lester
Morris, clerk of the school board. The buildings have been
thoroughly cleaned, some of the walls in class rooms and halls have
been kalsomined, the outside casings of the windows at the high
school building have been painted, and practically all of the
furniture and doors have been varnished.
Teaching positions are filled as follows:
Superintendent, George I. Blakleslee; science and coaching, George
Norwood; Gordon McDonald, Elsie McIntosh, Eloise Brown, all high
school instructors; Joseph Dixon, eighth grade; Clyde Carrington,
seventh grade; Edyth Clark, sixth grade; Ethel Swanson, fifth grade;
Frances Hess, fourth grade; Doris Randall, third grade; Kathryn
Weber, second grade; and Alice Hall, first grade.
Coach Norwood arrived Friday from a trip with his
bride to San Francisco and is arranging for an early start in
football. Mr. Blakeslee is on the job this week after a vacation
trip with his family to Kansas and Minnesota. Bus drivers under
contract to convey some 300 children to school for the term are Dale
Felix, Otto Bauer, R.L. Snell, S.E. Powell, James Pile, Dan
Sutherland, and OW. and Clayton Jenkins. Tom Cooper will again be on
the job as janitor, assisted by R.D. Giesy and Russell Giesy, who
have the janitor work at the primary building. Last year the
total enrollment on the opening ay was 382. George Blakeslee will
continue with leadership of the school band and Mr. McDonald will
have the girls’ and boys’ glee club.
There will be no changes in the bus routes for
the beginning of the school year. Children will be expected to spend
the whole day on Tuesday getting enrolled and starting on their
Miss Frances Hess will teach the fifth grade this
year in place of Miss Josephine Erickson. Miss Alice Hall has been
engaged to take the place of Miss Jane LaMunyan in the first grade.
Miss Eloise Brown will teach in the high school in the place of Miss
Ravalli Republican, August 31, 1939
Senior Play Pleases. Richard Schwab Plays Title Role in "The
Henpecked Husband; Baccalaurate Service Sunday
Corvallis, May 8 - "The Henpecked Husband: was portrayed by Richard
Schwab in the senior class play presented before a large audience
Thursday evening at the auditorium. Schwab was assisted in the play
by Bernadeen Dowd, June Foreman, Doris Hess, Haner Buckmaster, Loyce
Simmons, Everett Felix, Orvin Skolrud, Gwen Poll, Sylvia Rasmussen,
Catherine Christofferson and Stanley Eggers. The three-act comedy
was directed by George Blakeslee. After the show, the players were
entertained at lunch in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Blakeslee.
The commencement program will start Sunday with
the baccalaureate sermon in the evening at the school auditorium.
Rev. Daniel Corbett will preach the sermon and there wil be special
music. Class night exercises will be next Wednesday evening and the
commencement entertainment will be May 16.
Ravalli Republican, Thursday, May 9, 1940
24 To Graduate In Corvallis Class: Exercises Tonight in Corvallis
A class of 24 will receive their diplomas as
graduates of Corvallis High School tonight in a ceremony which will
be held in the high school gymnasium at Corvallis starting at 8
o'clock. Members of the class are: John S. Ashby, Marie J. Barr,
Albert A. Brown, George Haner Buckmaster, Catherine M.
Christoffersen, Bernadeen Lorraine Dowd, Stanley T. Eggers, Everett
C. Felix, June Rose Foreman, Doris Arlene Hess, Bob E. Johnson,
Florence M. Kohler, Matilda Kohler, Lela Gwen Poll, Sylvia
Rasmussen, Richard C. Schwab, Loyce L. Simmon, Orvin A. Skolrud,
Eugene Sperry, Myrtle L. Springer, Chester Eugene Sturdevant, Jack
L. Talbot, Kenneth G. Talbot, Nolan M. Younkers.
The program includes the processional played by
the Corvallis school band; Invocation by Rev. D.C. Corbett; Music by
a girls sextette and band; An address by Dr. R.L. Housman of the
University of Montana at Missoula; Song by the Corvallis glee club;
Scholarship awards by Superintendent George Blakeslee; Award of
diplomas by Roy Hull, chairman of the school board; Benediction by
Rev. Corbett; Recessional by Gordon MacDonald; Citizenship awards by
Corvallis Post No. 91 American Legion.
The Western News, May 16, 1940
Two Teachers Hired
Miss Elsie McIntosh Leaves Vacancy
in Corvallis Schools
Primary Building Nears Completion
Corvallis, July 22 - Teachers for the fifth and sixth grades in the
local school were elected Saturday evening by the school board. They
were Miss Ruth Hora, who is attending the State Normal College at
Dillon and Miss Bernice Johnson, who is taking summer work at the
University of Montana. The resignation of Miss Elsie MacIntosh, who
had been commercial teacher in the high school for two terms was
accepted. The position has not as yet been supplied. The board
expressed itself as well satisfied with progress of the
primary building project. The brick veneer will be completed within
a few days. Air conditioning and plumbing systems have been
installed and the interior wall finishing and the laying of the hard
wood floors are well under way.
Ravalli Republican, July 25, 1940
Corvallis Girl To Make Trip;
Margaret Nielsen will Attend Meet
Corvallis, January 25, 1941 - Margaret Nielsen, a senior, was chosen
to represent the Corvallis high school in competition for the
pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. sponsored by the Daughters of the
American Revolution. Miss Nielsen was chosen for dependability,
service, leadership and patriotism.
The second semester school started Monday, with a
better attendance than for several weeks, due to an epidemic of
influenza that had 90 pupils out in a single day. Classes went on as
best they could and only a few had to be slighted.
Items of interest in the school included the
awarding of football letters to 14 high school boys,the awards made
by Coach Clan Oliver to the seniors Reuben Brown, Bob Talbot, Bob
Brooks, Lawrence Haas, Leonard Nygren, and Cliff Anderson; the
juniors, Don Edwards, Joe Weber, Eddie Roth, Lloyd White and Myron
Hess; a sophomore, Jimmie Kane and the freshmen, dick Edwards and
The glee club was reorganized with Louise Smyth
as president and Margaret Nielsen secretary-treasurer.
Montana Standard, January 26, 1941
The Corvallis consolidated school will close for the
year on May 23 with commencement activities starting with
baccalaureate service Sunday evening, May 18. The Rev.John H.
Bartrom, pastor of the Corvallis Methodist church, will deliver the
baccalaureate sermon. He will be assisted by the Rev. D.A. Corbett
and there will be congregational singing and special music. High
school diplomas will be awarded to 26 seniors in the school
auditorium at 8 p.m., May 20.
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1941: Ruth Louise
Smyth, Valedictorian; Margaret May Nielsen, Salutatorian; Betty
Beck, Lucy Jane Boyer, Robert (Bob) L. Brooks, Esther Brown, Reuben
Brown, June Rose Chaffin, Lucille Irene Draper, Denise M. Estrada,
Harriet Jo Gander, Lawrence C. Haas, Verne Dale Hegge, Roland H.
Hull, Mary Jean Johnson, Alice C. Keays, Jack Litzinger, Mary Kay
Lockridge, Althea Leone Murphy, Leonard A. Nygren, J. Clyde Rummel,
Helen M. Roth, Clara Elain Simmons, Jane VanBuren,
Florence E. Wagner, and Gilbert W. Warren.
The commencement address will be given by
Attorney Russell E. Smith, Missoula, upon the subject, "The
Responsibility of Citizenship." Monday evening the seniors will have
their play night,, when members of the class will demonstrate their
originality in class statistics, class will, history, poem, and
song. Louise Smyth will give the valedictory and Margaret Nielsen,
the salutatory. The class has chosen red, white and blue for their
colors and the American Beauty rose for class flower. The motto is
"Out of the Harbor, Into the Deep."
Ravalli Republican, May 15, 1941
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1942:
Lorraine Bratten, Doris Carmichael, Myrtle Chaffin, Donald Edwards,
Betty Litzinger Haugen, Beverly Heckathorn, Catherine Heckathorn,
Edward Heckathorn, Edward Ross, Myron Hess, Jack Krout, Gene Ennis
Lear, Jeanne Lockridge, Bill Mayer, Mary Menager, Anna Roth, Ruth
Springer, Bob Talbot, Elsie Tietz, Harold Vaughn, Joe Weber, Lloyd
White, Elsie Vickman.
Corvallis Seniors Receive Diplomas
Corvallis, May 13 - Twenty three Corvallis high school students
received their diplomas at commencement exercises in the school
gymnasium tonight. Dr. Ernest Melby, president of Montana State
University delivered the principal dress. The program opened with
the processional played by LuRea Cobb followed by two musical
numbers by the high school glee club under the direction of Miss
Emma Quast. Two musical selections by the high school octette were
accompanied by Carol Chaffin and two vocal solos were given by Carol
Chaffin accompanied by Miss Cobb.
George L. Blakeslee, superintendent of schools,
presented the senior class to Paul Lear, chairman of the school
board, who in turn presented each member with his diploma. The
Corvallis American Legion post presented citizenship awards to May
Menager and Jack Krout. A scholarship was awarded Mary Menager,
Diplomas went to Mary Menager, Doris Carmichael,
Catherine Heckathorn, Beverly Heckathorn, Edward Heckathorn, Don
Edwards, Edward Roth, Robert Talbot, Joe Weber, Harold Vaughn,
Myrtle Chaffin, Elsie Teitz, Elsie Wickman, Gene Lear, Jean
Lockridge, Ruth Springer, Lorraine Bratton, William Mayer, Anna
Roth, Jack Krout, Lloyd White, Myron Hess, Betty Haugen.
Class Day Program
Class day exercises were held Monday evening. A
take-off of a rural school room with Elsie Teitz as teacher provided
the theme. The students gave the following program: Valedictory,
Mary Menager; salutatory, Geverly Heckathorn; statistics, Myron
Hess; will, Jean Lockridge; prophecy, Doris Carmichael; grumbler,
Myrtle Chaffin; poem, written and read by Betty Haugen; son written
by Georgia Scott and sung by the class. Each member was given
ahumorous gift by the giftatorian.
Baccalaurette services were held in the gymnasium Sunday evening.
The minister in charge was the Reb. D.A. Corbett, assisted by the
Rev. J.W. Bartram. The prelude was played by Miss LuRea Cobb
followed by the Doxology, invocation, congregation singing. The
scripture was ready by Rev. Bartram and a special number was
rendered by the young people’s choir of the United Church, Mrs
Corbett sang a solo and the congregation was led in prayer by Rev.
Bertram. The sermon given by Rev. Corbett was “Remembering God in
Ravalli Republican, May 14, 1942
Four New Teachers On Corvallis
Corvallis - Four new teachers will join the Corvallis school faculty
this fall. They are Edgar Bassford, Chester, coach and history
instructor of the high school, who will take Alan Oliver’s place;
Marvin Tilden, Sheridan, Wyoming, who attended Montana State
University this summer and will will teach the seventh grade,
replacing Howard Marsh, who will fill the eighth grade vacancy
recently made by Joe Dickson; Miss Clarine Moore, who taught at
Hamilton Heights the past year, will come from Missoula to teach the
third grade, and Mrs. Marjorie Bowen, daughter of Judge and Mrs.
Ralph Arnold, Missoula, will fill the English vacancy in the high
school. Miss Lela Shepherd taught English the past term.
Ravalli Republican, July 16, 1942
Saturday School to Be Discontinued
Corvallis, March 29 - The Corvallis schools held
regular classes the two past Saturdays and the attendance was good,
but because too many students are needed to work on the farms this
season of the year, there will be no more Saturday school this
spring. School will close May 22.
School hours have been changed from 10 until 4:30
to 9 to 3:30. The Rev. Earl Saladen, Hamilton, has been named the
history teacher in place of Mrs. Edna Croonenberghs, who resigned.
Mrs. C.F. Schwab filled the vacancy last week
Ravalli Republican, April 1, 1943
High school graduating class of 1943:
James Robert Anderson, William P. Coleman, Jean Elaine Davidson,
Duane Ervin, Helen M. Felix, John E. Gander, William R. Hagel, James
Kane, Frances Lairy, Helena Gene Morris, Marva Mae Morris, Harold L.
McCollum, Robert Smyth, Lillian Mae Snyder, Lynn Wilcox, Joan
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1944
Joan Carroll, Agnes Coleman, Dorothy DeBree, Dick Edwards, Vera
Heckathorn, Albert Johnston, Leonard Krout, Jerry Lemon, Jack
Morris, Elaine Rasmussen, Martyn Richards, Bonnie Schram, Dorothy
Smyth, Kenneth Swanson, Mildred Vining, Dwight Younkers.
Don Kerr, Albert Simmons, Bill Brown and Francis Mickens joined the
military prior to graduation.
Troy Dee McKinney
17 To Graduate at Corvallis
Baccalaureate services will be held Sunday night,
class night program Monday night and commencement exercises Tuesday
night in the high school auditorium for 17 Corvallis High School
seniors. Dr. E.O. Melby, president of the University of Montana,
will be the commencement speaker. His topic will be "Post War
Opportunities for Young People."
Members of the graduating class are: Doris
Applebury, Laura Jane Brown, Carol Chaffin, Walter F. Engler Jr,
Wesley Gander, Dick M. Goddard (in service), Leland Virgil
Grover Jr, Myrtle V. Heckathorn, Charles Lee Lear, Shirley M.
Lockridge, John V. Marquez, Barbara L. Puyear, Mabel Roth, Donald
Rummel, Lois Tower, Warren Robert Wilkerson, Ross R. Zeller.
The Commencement program: Processional, LuRea
Cobb, invocation, Rev. E.M. Ferguson, glee club numbers, "United We
Are Forever," Summer Winds Blow," under the direction of Cora
McCormick; address, Dr. Melby; vocal solos, "Homing" and "Gypsy Love
Song," by Carol Chaffin accompanied by LuRea Cobb, scholarship
awards, Superintendent George L. Blakeslee; citizenship award by
Corvallis Post No. 91, American Legion; awarding of diplomas, Paul
Lear, chairman of the schoolboard; benediction, Rev. E.M. Ferguson.
Ravalli Republican, May 18, 1945
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1946
Commencement week at Corvallis High School began
Sunday May 19th with the baccalaureate services in the school
gymnasium auditorium, with the Rev. Edward M. Ferguson giving the
sermon. Senior class night was held Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. and the
graduation exercises will be tonight, May 23rd at 8 o'clock.
The commencement program follows: processional,
Mrs. Winifred Brisbin; Invocation, Rev. Edward M. Ferguson; "Indian
Love Call," By the Waters of Minnetonka," high school glee club;
address: "Wanted - A National Youth Policy," Dr. Paul Meadows,
associate professor of sociology and economics, Montana State
University; scholarship awards, George B. McMillan; citizenship
awards: Corvallis Post 91, American Legion, Glenn Chaffin, vice
commander; presentation of class: George McMillan; awarding of
diplomas, Ingward Nordheim; benediction, Rev. Edward M. Ferguson.
Twenty-three seniors will receive diplomas: Merry
L. Chaffin, Virginia M. Chaffin, Robert C. Erickson, G. Ellwood
Grissom, James E. Hagel, Patricia D. Hayden, Alma Marie Heckathorn,
David S. Huls, Ernest F. Johnson, Herbert C. Kent, Lois Morris, Joan
Rasmussen, James H. Richards, Cecelia C. Riley, Eleanor G. Ross,
Josephine L. Ruffato, Darleen Silvey, Lillie E. Staphani, Robert D.
Stewart, Hodet D. Thomas, Madonna E. Tilton, Lois A. Wilcox, Lucille
Officers of the graduating class at Corvallis
are: Hodet Thomas, president; Ernest Johnson, vice president; Lois
Morris, secretary-treasurer. The class motto is "Strive to Better
Our Best," the class flower is the talisman rose and the colors are
blue and silver.
The Western News, May 23, 1946
About 20% Corvallis Students on
First Honor Roll For This School Year
With 23 names on the Corvallis high school honor
roll for the first period, approximately 20% of the students' names
appear. Freshmen and Sophomore boys are noticeably absent.
Freshmen: Mary Fierce, Donna Sutherland, Alice Thomas, Leola Tilton
Sophomores: Madge Cole, Betty Hecker,Janet Johnston, Joan Nordheim
Juniors: Shirley Chaffin, Edwin Leibel, Florence Hecker, Shirley
Miller, Buddy Pile, Alfred Simmons, Leona Wilson
Seniors: Mary Ann Blazich, Betty Clark, Albert Grissom, Bill Grover,
Vivian Heckathorn, Jack Lamoreaux, Helen McKillop, Ronnie Rasmussen
The Western News, October 30, 1947
Activities for commencement week at Corvallis
High School will open with baccalaureate services Sunday at 8 p.m.
in the high school. The Rev. Walter B. Spaulding of the First
Methodist Church, Missoula, will speak on "The Power to Become."
Scripture reading, prayer, invocation and benediction will be given
by Rev. E.D. Swisher. The high school glee club will sing "Softly
and Tenderly" and the congregation will sing "Faith of Our Fathers."
The processional and recessional will be played by Mrs. Winifred
R.P. Struckman, associate professor of journalism
at the University of Montana, will speak at the 36th annual
commencement program at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the high school. His topic
will be "A Place in the Sun." Presentation of the class will be made
by Superintendent George McMillan and diplomas will be awarded to 20
graduates by Ingward Nordheim.
Scolarship awards will be made by Superintendent
McMillan and citizenship awards by Glenn Chaffin, commander of the
local American Legion post. Mrs. Helen Micka will present the essay
award for the Veterans of Foreign Wars auxiliary and Mrs. H.E.
Fierce the essay award for the American Legion auxiliary.
"Bells of St. Mary's" and "The Slumber Song" will
be sung by the high school glee club. Mrs. Brisbin will play the
processional and Edward M. Ferguson will give the invocation and
benediction. Marshals for the exercises will be Bill Gander and
Class night will be held Monday. Officers of the
class are Ioune Roberts, President; Barbara Lindsey, vice president;
Amylee Rockafellow, secretary-treasurer. The class colors are black
and gold and the flower is the yellow carnation. "We've Crossed the
Bay, the Ocean Lies Before Us" is the motto.
High school graduating class of 1947:
Robert Heidt, Florentina Jobe, Barbara Joslyn, Marcia Kent, Maxine
Korman, Vivian Liebel, Barbara Lindsey, Evelyn Lundberg, Keith
Nordheim, Bill Richards, Gordon Sears, Dennis Simonson, Lawrence
Simonson, Marvin Snyder, Jess Suarez, Lois Swanson, LaVerne Thomas,
and Russell Thomas.
Requirements were completed in military service
by William Brown, Everett Flint, Dorrance Johnston, and Lawrence
Ravalli Republican, May 23, 1947
Corvallis Graduation Exercises
"America's Greatest Bargain: Education" is the
topic of the address to be delivered by Dr. Harold D. Fleming of the
University of Montana at the Corvallis High School commencement
exercises at 8:15 p.m. Wesnesday in the gymnasium. The senior class
will be presented by Superintendent George McMillan and the diplomas
will be awarded by Ingward Nordheim. The citizenship awards of the
Corvallis American Legion post No. 91 will be presented by Alan
Oliver and other scholarship awards by Mr. McMillan. Rev. Roger
Robison will give the invocation and benediction and Mrs. Lyle
Forrest will play the processional and recessional. Other music will
include "This is My Country" and Braham's Lullaby sung by the girls
glee club, and "The Rosary" by the senior quintette.
Graduates are: Chris Blazich, Mary Ann Blazich,
Birney Brown, Robert Brown, Dorris Bylund, Patricia Chaffin, Betty
Clark, Alice Erickson, Bill Gander, Albert Grisson, Bill Grover,
Janice Heckathorn, Vivian Heckathorn, Duane Hegge, Jean Heidt, Tom
Jenkins, Jack Lamoreaux, Denna Manis, Helen McKillop, Barbara
Miller, Marion Nordheim, Jerry Puyear, Joe Roth, Pete Roth, Ronnie
Rasmussen, Harry Stewart, Sande Suarez, Dale Mahlum,
Other Senior Activities: Rev. Roger Robison delivered the
address at the baccalaureate services Sunday evening in the school.
Class night exercises were held Monday evening.
Forty-two juniors and seniors, accompanied by Mr.
and Mrs. Tom Micka and Mr. and Mrs. McMillan, took their annual
three-day trip last week. This year the destination was Spokane,
Washington. The group left Thursday morning and returned Saturday
evening. One of the highlights of the trip was a conducted tour
across the Grand Coulee dam and through the power installation. The
party then went down through Dry Falls and Soap Lake before
returning to Spokane. A picnic at St. Regis, shows, a visit to the
amusement park and other points were included in the activities. Mr.
McMillan said the group was fortunate in avoiding the bad storms but
that they were delayed in Missoula until permission was granted to
travel over Highway 10.
Ravalli Republican, May 25, 1948
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1949: Dorothy
Bylund, Shirley Chaffin, Jean Davis, Charles Greenup, Mary Ann
Grover, Florence Hecker, George Hecker, Alvina Heidt, Donna Houston,
Joseph Jobe, Irmgard Kaiser, Edwin Leibel, Shirley Miller, Daisy
Perry, Buddy Pile, Jennie Richards, Eddie Ross, Fern Ross, Lillian
Roth, Louise Roth Lamoreaux, William Stephani, Lowell Thomas, Leona
Wilson, Phil Wood
Corvallis Ready For Commencement
Next Week Will Be Full Of Action
Commencement week in the Corvallis HIgh School will feature
baccalaureate service on Sunday, May 22, in the school gymnasium
auditorium at 8 p.m. Class night is scheduled for Monday the 23rd,
and commencement Wednesday, May 25. The eight grade class will
receive their certificates at a special ceremony at 2 p.m. on
Friday, May 27. School closes on Tuesday, May 31.
The baccalaureate service will consist of the
processional, played by Joan Nordheim, “Liebestraum,” by Franz List
and “At the Hour of Prayer,” by Carl Bohm sung by the high school
glee club, and the scripture, prayer and sermon by Rev. Roger
The Commencement program will include the
processional played by Tom Miller, “My Task” by E.L. Ashford, and “I
Heard a Forest Praying” by Peter de Rose, sung by the high school
Glee club under the direction of Mrs. Vera Forrest; the address
“Democracy Faces the Challenge of Communism” by Herbert J.
Wunderlick, dean to students and professor of education at Montana
State University, scholarship awards by Superintendent George B.
McMillan, Citizenship awards by the Legion Post No. 91, and the
diplomas will be awarded by Otto Quast, chairman of the board of
Marshals for the occasion are Ellen Riley and
Bill Frost. Class officers are: president, Bill Stephani; vice
president, Phil Wood; se secretary, Jean Davis; and treasurer,
Shirley Miller. The class flower is the yellow rose; the motto, “Out
of the Harbor, Into the Deep.”
Twenty four students will receive diplomas:
Dorothy Bylund, Shirley Chaffin, Jean Davis, Charles Greenup, Mary
Ann Grover, Florence Hecker, George Hecker, Alvina Heidt, Donna
Houston, Joseph Jobe, Irmgard Kaiser, Edwin Leibel, Shirley Miller,
Daisy Perry, Buddy Pile, Jennie Richards, Eddie Ross, Fern Ross,
Lillian Roth, Louse Roth Lamoreaux, William Stephani, Lowell Thomas,
Leona Wilson, and Phil Wood.
The Western News, May 19, 1949
Corvallis Grade School Ends For
Class of 34 At May Ceremony
Thirty four students of the Corvallis schools
were presented with Eighth Grade diplomas at a ceremony in the high
school auditorium Friday, May 27th. The Junior High school girls
Glee Club presented several songs under the direction of Mrs.
Brisbin. William Sagin talked to the class about goals in life and
the steps necessary to reach one’s goals, and Superintendent
McMillan presented the diplomas. Many parents were present for the
The graduates were: Keith Chaffin, Rodney Cole,
Donald Dahlke, Darrel Erickson, Dan Hecker, David McConnell,
Phil Richards, Bennie Miller, Gordon Roth, Calvin Stanley, Henry
Suarez, Earl Vercruyssen, Sonny Wilson, Dorothy Baber, Denny Black,
Dorothy Erickson, Shirley Gates, Sandra Goddard, Tillie Hecker,
Barbara Hicks, Faye Iverson, Irene Iverson, Edith McMillan, Mary Lou
Meeser, Patricia Riley, Rose Standley, Beverly Stiner, Patsy Wilcox,
Louise Zacha, Byrlie Lee Longtine, Ora Mae Wood, Sally Sylvester,
Agnes Norbury, Larry Smith.
The Western News, June 2, 1949
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1950:Madge Lucille
Cole, Ethelyn Fay Dye, George Lawrence Dye, William W. Frost, Ina
Rose Greenup, Pearl Irene Grissom, Wilma B. Kaiser, Robert Andrew
Miller, Thomas William Miller, Joan Vera Nordhein, Eleanor I.
Paddock, Ellen Margaret Riley, Lawrence Ruffato, Hope Stanley,
Robert Dewey Stephani, Gabriel M. Suarez, Raymond Tintzman, Wayne
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1951:Beverly
Babock, Glenn Chaffin Jr, Evelyn Dye, Mary Fierce, Millard Gallup,
Antonia Heidt, Courtney Kirlin, Beverly Korman, Juanita McGinnis,
Donald Murphy, Rex Paddock, Earl Perry, Donald Priest, Clifford
Richards, Eugene Rolland, Josephine Roth, Lillian Ruffato, William
Severns Jr, Roberta Stephani, Donna Sutherland, Alyce Thomas, Leola
Corvallis School Faculty Complete
Corvallis - Superintendent Lloyd LaFond has announced that the
Corvallis public schools will open September 4. High school
registration will be Thursday and Friday, August 30 and 31 from 9
a.m. to 4 p.m. In accordance with the rules set up by the Corvallis
school system, any child entering the first grade must have had his
sixth birthday on or before September 30.
All faculty vacancies have been filled new members joining the staff
will be Walter Iverson, commercial; Douglas Leighton, history,
social science, and assistant coach; Robert Holton, mathematics,
science, physical education and coach; Clarence Norwood, music
director; Mrs. Clarence Norwood, home economics and art; and Raymond
Bracy, seventh grade. Other members returning in the high school are
Douglas Davies, principal, Spanish and Industrial arts; Mrs. Helen
Micka, English and journalism; and Phil Bratton, vocational
Members returning to the elementary school are:
Mrs. Edna Thomas, grade one; Mrs. Evelyn Gaines, grades one and two;
Kathryn Weber, grade two; Mrs. Kathy Gibbons, grade three; Mrs. Lois
Gates, grades three and four; Mrs. Mildred Felix, grade four; Mrs.
Winfred Brisbin, grade five; Mrs. Helen Marsh, grade six; Mrs. Mabel
Hanson, grades six and eight; and Russell Bay, grade eight.
The school lunch program will be in operation the
first day of school under the direction of Mrs. Hazel Babcock and
her assistants. The cost will be 20 cents per meal.
Ravalli Republican, August 15, 1951
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1952:Gayle
Anfinson, Ben Ayers, Robert Busenbark, Billie Ann Chaffin, Mary Ruth
Gregg, Alvin Guse, Sharon Hamer, Marie Hendrick, Lee Jenkins,
Isabelle Jobe, Yvonne Kaphammer, Floyd Luedecke, James Matthews,
Barbara McKillop, Neil McMillan, Duane Miller, Colleen Mruphy, Pat
Overturf, Georgia Polson, Darrell Rasmussen, Kenneth Ross, Evon
Stephani, John Tilton
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1953:
Dorothy Baber, Denise Black, Vera Blanchard, Ed Buck, Keith Chaffin,
Rodney Cole, Donald Dahlke, Ruby Eisenbarth, Dorothy Erickson,
Shirley Gates, Don Harris, Barbara Hicks, Ron Hosea, John Kern, Mary
Lou Meeser, Phil Richards, Patricia Riley, Gordon Roth, Calvin
Stanley, Beverly Steiner, Henry Suarez, Sally Sylvester, Earl
Vercruyssen, Tom Whitehead, Ora Mae Wood, Louise Zacha
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1954:
Nancy Harvey Fox, Jack Roberts, Donna Varner, Dale Enebo, Beverly
Rasmussen, Roger Stevens, Donna Perry, Fred Stibal, Wilma Talbot,
Larry Kaphammer, Joan Lee Buck, Grace Ross, Keith Babcock, Shirley
Sheets, Phillip Zacha, Laura MacKenzie, Marilyn Gaines, George
Frost, Eileen Gates, Donna Wood, Roger Goddard, David Pearson,
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1955:
Rex Applebury, James Black, Barbara Brown, Shirley Davis, Katherine
Deitz, Minnie Deitz, Frank Ferguson, Merrill Hill, Margaret (Peggy)
Huls, Lynn Huskinson, Judy Karstens, Lornelle Kennedy, Jerrie
Lensing, Karen Munson, Karolyn Quast, Shirley Rasmussen, Ray
Richter, Robert Ross, Shirley Santobena, Darrell Stanhope, Josephine
Suarez, Anne Varner, Randy Zito.
Graduation is approaching at Corvallis High
School with a class of 23 seniors soon to terminate their attendance
at the school. This weekend sees the start of the full week of class
acitivities, with Class Night being scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, May
20. The program, which is a "hush-hush" project which the invited
citizenry of the Corvallis school district will learn about that
The baccalaureate services will be held in
Corvallis High School gymnasium Sunday night with the Rev. Jesse
Dove delivering the sermon. These services will start at 8 p.m.
Graduation exercises will be held in the gymnasium starting at 8
p.m. Monday night, May 23. The address of the evening will be
delivered by Dr. Lloyd Berg, head of the chemical engineering
department of Montana State College, Bozeman. His topic will be
"Promising Careers in Montana and Their Educational Requirements."
The following day, the Corvallis graduates will
leave in a chartered bus on a trip which will take them to Sun
Valley and Arco, thence to Yellowstone National Park, to the Lewis
& Clark Caverns, and including a stop at the state prision in
Deer Lodge. The class will be accompanied by Philip Wilson and Mrs.
Loren Kennedy. The group will reurn home Friday night, ending their
school year, the trip being taken as part of their senior year in
The Western News, May 19, 1955
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1956:
Jay Applebury, Annie Blazich, Wilma Carmichael, Jim Collier, Lee
Erickson, Donald Gates, Janette Glidewell, Susan Gregg, Richard
Guse, Dovieanne Harris, Donna Harvey, Darlene Holt, Kenneth Holt,
Scott Hull, Emily Kaphammer, Joyce Kent, Leo Kern, David Lineback,
Gene Mackela, Audrey Roberts, Irene Rodriquez, John Romer, James
Roth, Rexine Rowland, Larry Staton, Nicky Sutherland, Patsy
Sutherland, Sandra Thomas, Deanna Trask, Lynn Vercruyssen, Gordon
Wirtz, Betty Jean Wood
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1957:
Jerry Allen, Wesley Ayers, Morris Campbell, Ronald Davis, Caroline
Dilger, Vance Goddard, Richard Guthrie, Jim Hackney, Lois Hill,
Loretta Hull, Adrianna Jimeno, Jack Maki, Norbert Kern, Carla
Lockwood, Sandra Lockwood, Rita Kelly, Carol Jo Marsh, Sharon
Morris, Jerry Randolph, Evelyn Rowland, Jim St. Clair, Karl Sheets,
Charlie Stibal, Ladonna Talbot, Robert Thorson, Jim Warren, Jack
Wemple, Jim White, Betsy Winship
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1958:
Glenn Barnum, Janice Carmichael, Brenda Cushman, Bob Dees, Ervin
Deitz, Alice Eisenbarth, Lee Frost, Ronnie Frost, Luella Heidt,
Edine Hopkins, Ivy Jackson, Veronica Kern, Daniel Lineback, Allen
Luedecke, Margaret Meeser, Marilyn Mickens, , Gerald Muller, Gayle
Munson, Jim McCoy, Terry Park, Rosemary Quast, Tom Richardson, Julie
Sheets, Gary Stanley, Lois Staton, Trudy Strate, Georgean Talbot,
Jeannie Varner, Brian Sutherland, Stuart Zacha
Corvallis School Enrollment Is Up
A total of 466 students have enrolled at Corvallis schools, a gain
of 16 from last year. There are 148 in high school with 47 frosh, 46
sophs, 29 juniors, 25 seniors and one special student.
Student body officers elected last spring are:
Dorothy Gates, Jerry Holloron and Doris Muller.
Frosh officers are Calvin Bay, Mike Hopkins,
Shirley Murphy; PTA representatives, Leslie Koepplin, Rita Kern;
student council, Aneta Lamoreaux, David Holt.
Sophs: Bill Engler, LeRoy Mickens, Barbara Lew;
PTA, Victor Plumb, Diana Bowdern; student council, James Hull, Judy
Juniors, Jon Sutherland, Tom Richards, Gladys
Jimeno, Sharon Mason; PTA, Evalina Kaul, Jerry Holloron; student
council, Kathy Richardson, Larry Bumgarner
Seniors: Hal Huskinson, Kay Holloron, Betty
Davis, Lorena Mitchell; PTA, Barbara Barker, Larry Sylvester;
student council, Linda Park, Howard, Bay.
In the elementary grades there are 46 students in
the first grade; 36, 2nd; 42, 3rd; 48, 4th; 41, 5th; 38, 6th; 37,
7th; 30, 8th, making a total of 318. One additional teacher has been
hired making 23 on the staff. This year's total for gradesters is
318. In 1957, 315 students were in the grades.
The Western News, September 11, 1958
Corvallis high school graduating class of 1959:
Mary Bailey, Howard Bay, Dawn Branbo, Betty Davis, Erwin Deitz, Paul
Deitz, Peter Deitz, George Dilger, Dorothy Gates, Kay Holloron, Hal
Huskinson, Rosemary Luedecke, Janet Marsh, Orena Mitchell, Eileen
Morris, Louise Murphy, Linda Park, Joanne Popham, Carolyn Raines,
Larry Sylvester, Marilyn Stevens, Howard Zankner
Graduating Class rosters 1960-1989
Fine Time Had At Corvallis High
School ‘37 Reunion
The members of Corvallis High School Senior Class of 1937 held their
30-year reunion July 1st and 2nd. An open house at the George Rummel
home on Daly Avenue at 4 p.m. on Saturday started off the event.
At 7 p.m. a banquet was served at the Grange hall
in Woodside. Ladies of the Corvallis Grange prepared and served the
meal, and entertainment was furnished by the Corvallis Grange
chorus. Following the chorus numbers, the evening was spent
reminiscing and visiting.
Sunday July 2, the group gathered at the Medicine
Springs for a picnic at the Ed Hornung cabin. Class members, spouses
and former teachers attending the reunion numbered approximately
Class members attending were George Horak,
Nutley, New Jersey; Pauline Sears Timm, Port Bend, Oregon; Lorraine
Wolffs Moliter, Sheridan; Vivian Felix Beardslee, Kalispell; Ruth
Hull Bay, Missoula; Gwen Puyear Powell, Stevensville; Jessie Weber
Lovely, Alice Lear Wheeler, Harriet Snow Hornung, Carl Swanson,
Helene Stoll Sager, Alice White Carmichael, George Rummel, Gilbert
Gander, Corvallis Hamilton area.
Also attending were Mr. and Mrs. Gene Bryson,
Helen Fierce of Spokane. Helen was in the class from 1st to 10th
grade and moved to Hamilton for her last two years of high school.
Former teachers present and grades taught: Kathryn Weber, 1st grade;
Mr. and Mrs. Sain Capious, Helena, 8th and 6th grade; Mrs. Donald
Holloron (Ruth Whitlock) high school; Mr. and Mrs. George Blakeslee,
Class members unable to attend were: Laura
Mattson McPherson, Great Falls; Francis James Arnold, Portland;
Doris Kane Flink, Warm Springs; Alice Holloron Hackney, Seattle;
Marjorie Hefner Wright, Hamilton; Bruce Bryson, Seattle; Harry
Adams, Seattle; Raymond Moore, Milwaukee, Oregon; Tom Murphy,
Corvallis. Deceased members are: Elenora Glenn, Doyle Dunbar, Max
Barr and Carl Gustafson.
This is the second reunion of the Class of ‘37. A
similar event took place ten years ago. By unanimous approval,
another reunion is scheduled for 1977.
The Western News, July 5, 1967