School colors: Red and White
Team name: Broncs
First graduating class: Virginia McCrackin,
Wallace McCrackin, Josephine Robb
Ethlyn Chambers, Margaret Summers
Thomas Hall, Rose Lillick, Dee Montgomery Smith
HAMILTON WANTS HIGH SCHOOL
Business Men's Club toWage an Active Campaign to This End
At a special meeting held Friday evening, the
Hamilton Business Men's Association, with nearly every member
present and without a dissenting voice, unanimously voted to endorse
the project of establishing a free county high school in Ravalli
County and to use all honorable means to have the school located in
Upon motion, duly recorded, the association
ordered that an executive committee of seven be appointed to take
charge of the campaign, this committee to be vested with full
plenary power, or authority to represent the community.
The committee, consisting of the following, was
elected from the body of the assembly and will have full charge of
the campaign: W.W. McCrackin, P.J. Shannon, C.C. Chaffin, Howard L.
Packer, F.H. Drinkenberg, W.P. O'Brien, and Miles Romney.
An invitation having been extended by those
members of the town council who were present the association
delegated the members of the New Industries committee to attend the
next meeting of the town council for the purpose of advising with
the council anent the town hall.
The Western News, March 28, 1906
THE ELECTION WAS A FLUKE
Another May Be Held Shortly - Attorney General Galen Holds That
Women Cannot Vote on High School
Last Saturday's election proved to be a fluke in
more ways than one. According to an opinion handed down by Attorney
General Gale, in response to the query of the Missoula authorities,
women are not eligible to vote upon the high school question. Acting
in conformance with the opinion, the women were not permitted to
vote on the high school question in Missoula County last Saturday.
Local lawyers have contended all along that the
election would be illegal if the women voted. If the election was
conducted illegally, then there was no election and the high school
question is still pending. Hence, Ravalli will probably have to try
again in due time.
An unusually heavy vote was polled all throughout
the county. In Hamilton, an automobile and numerous vehicles of all
kinds were kept busy all day hustling the people to the polls. A
joint committee, representing Stevensville and Victor, covered those
communities and the adjoining rural districts with rigs carrying
people to the polls.
The people of Stevensville, some of whom first
originated the high school movement, and of Corvallis about a week
prior to the election, feeling that Hamilton was certain to win,
held meetings and decided to abandon their candidacies for the place
of location and vote solidly against the high school.
To this end, they made a thorough canvass of the
rural districts, inciting opposition to the high school. The joint
committee also flooded the county with a manifesto, or circular
letter by means of which the inference was broadly conveyed that the
proposed high school would cost 10 mills or $10 per thousand
assessed valuation, for maintenance and that a hundred thousand
dollar school building would be erected. This manner of campaign had
a marked effect as evidenced by the returns. In more than half of
the districts of the county, the high school proposition received
goose eggs and was defeated in the entire county by a majority of
between three and four hundred.
Ravalli county may enjoy the dubious distinction
of being the only county in the state that has thus far voted down a
proposition to establish a free county high school. Up to the close
of 1905, high schools had been established in 11 counties. Last
Saturday, Dawson, Yellowstone, and Missoula with scarcely any
opposition voted to establish high schools. This makes 14 counties
out of the 27 in Montana that have adopted high schools. Never
before in any county did the movement meet with organized opposition
and in every instance the county seat was chosen, without
opposition, for the site of the high school.
Disregarding the feeling of rivalry that probably
actuated many in the lower valley towns, it is only fair to assume
that a large number of voters throughout the country must have been
laboring under a misapprehension as to the probable cost of
maintenance of the school. That those who claimed that a levy of ten
mills would be required to maintain the school were mistaken or
guilty of gross misrepresentation is shown by the following figures
taken from the financial statements for 1905 of the several counties
having high schools and which are now on file in the office of Clerk
and Recorder George A. Reese.
In Broadwater county, with an assessed valuation
of $2,392,583. the high school levy was two mills. In Beaverhead
county, where they have erected a $40,000 school building the levy
was one and one-half mills. In Custer county, the levy was one mill.
In Choteau county, it was one and one-quarter mills. In Flathead
county, where they have a $25,000 building, it was one and one-tenth
mills. In Granite county, the levy was two mills. In Gallatin, where
they have built a county high school building costing $60,000, the
levy was only one mill. Jefferson county's high school levy was
three quarters of a mill. In Powell county, which has a $6,000
building, the levy was one and three-quarters and in the county of
Park, the levy was town and one-half mills. Ravalli's bonded
indebtedness is less than many of these counties; her property
valuation is almost twice as great as some of them; her general tax
levy is below the average and she would probably conduct a high
school economically as any of them. It may be observed, too, that
Beaverhead, home of the State Normal; Gallatin, home of the
Agricultural college, and Missoula, home of the State University,
have all established free county high schools.
According to the unofficial returns from 30 of
the 31 districts, the high school was defeated by a vote of 1,071 to
1,401. A summary follows:
Florence district - For, 0; against, 86
Eight Mile - For, 0; against, 36
Three Mile No. 17 - For, 0; against, 13
Baldwin - For, 0; against 46
Stevensville - For, 1; against 317
Burnt Fork No. 6 - For; against, 44
Ambrose No. 13 - For, 1; against 45
Victor - For, 1; against 149
Pleasantview - For, 0; against 25
Curlew - For, 0; against 44
Fairview No. 10 - For, 0; against, 32
Fairplay - For, 9; against 61
Roll - For, 0; against 23
Alford - For, 0; against 50
Etna - For, 0; against, 61
Corvallis - For, 39; against 82
Willow Creek - For, 0; against, 18
Hamilton - For, 859; against, 4
Canyon Creek - For, 74; against, 0
Sawtooth - For, 9; against, 4
Grantsdale - For, 48; against, 11
Sleeping Child - For, 3; against, 7
Camas - For, 1; against, 11
Como - For, 5; against, 60
Darby - For, 19; against, 60
Conner - For, 1; against, 26
Rye Creek - For, 0; against, 19
Sula - For, 0; against, 20
The Western News, April 11, 1906
No Commencement for the 1909 Class
High School Graduates to Receive Diplomas May 21
Four Members in Class
Custom is Departed from to Afford More Time to School Work
There will be no commencement exercises to mark the
graduation of the class of 1909 from the Hamilton High School. No
ceremonies will attend the presentation of the diplomas, which will be
given to the students at the close of work Friday afternoon, May 21.
Superintendent Williams believed the graduating class could not spare
the time from their work that is necessary in the preparation of public
exercises, and so decidded to depart from the custom that has prevailed
The class of 1909 consists of four members: Miss May
Ruf, Miss Vashti Pretiss, Clare McGuire, and Russell Fitzgerald. At the
opening of the school year, there were six students in the class, but
only three of them remained to complete the work. Ths is one of the
smallest graduating classes in the history of the school. A reception
will be tendered the members of the graduating class Friday evening by
the Junior class. This is an annual function, and is one of the most
pleasant occasions of the school year.
The Hamilton High School will have no entries in the
annual Interscholastic track meet, which will be held in Missoula this
week. Since the removal of the school from the list of accredited high
schools, the students are barred from competition in these events. It
is believed, however, that the school will be placed on the accredited
list at the June meeting of the state board of education, as Presidnt
Duniway of the University, who visited the school this week, will
recommend such action, provided the Hamilton school board will make
additios to the equipment of the laboratory and other needed
Twelve students will be graduated this year by
the Hamilton High School. The commencement exercises commemorating
event will be held at the Lucas opera house Friday evening, May 17.
The commencement address will be delivered by Judge R. Lee
McCulloch. Music will be provided by the Hamilton High School band.
Those who will receive high school diplomas are
Irma Wilson, Jane Irene Southwick, Marie Annette Mansfield, Nadia
Isabelle Chambers, Emma Amelia Nicol, Elizabeth Mary Dezell, George
Richard Toole, Roy Wells Robinson, Harry Earle Prentiss, James
Harris Higgins, Herman Francis Walton, and Lloyd Southwick Roberts.
Following is the commencement program, which will
be rendered at the opera at house at 8:30:
Music - School band
Prayer - Rev. J.C. Irwin
Music - High school octette
Salutatory - Irene Southwick
Music - School band
Address - Judge R. Lee McCulloch
Music - School band
Valedictory - Irma Wilson
Montana (composed by D.C. Bartlett and presented
for the first time) - High school octette
Awarding of diplomas - P.J. Shannon
Six O'Clock in the Day (arranged from Adams by
G.A. Veazle) - High school chorus
Benediction - Rev. O.W. Jones
The Western News, May 10, 1912
LARGE CROWD ATTENDS COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES
The Lucas opera house was packed last night, the
occasion being commencement exercises, Class of 1916, Hamilton High
School. The decorations were unusually beautiful and effective, the
class colors of blue and gold predominating. Arches entwined with
class colors were built into the center aisles and fourteen
graduates made an impressive entry promptly at 8:45 o'clock to the
music of the grand march, played by the Hamilton orchestra.
The salutatory by Claude LaFrance and valedictory
by Miss Helen Little were delivered most creditable and received
with hearty applause. The address by Prof. Leslie J. Ayer of the
state university, was greatly appreciated by the audience as well as
the class. W.T. Tyler, chairman of the school board presided and
grouped about the state were other members of the board, Mrs.
Crutchfield, Ike Wylie, H.A. Stewart, and H.H. Spaulding. The
Music - Hamilton Orchestra
Invocation - Rev. J.W. Heyward
Salutatory - Claude Arthur LaFrance
Music - Hamilton Orchestra
Address "Education as an Inheritance" - Prof.
Leslie James Ayer
Music - Hamilton Orchestra
Valedictory - Helen Little
Music - Hamilton Orchestra
Benediction - Rev. J.W. Heyward
After the exercises, a dance was given at Burns' hall.
The Western News
May 30, 1916
SCHOOL TEACHERS FOR THE COMING YEAR.
The Hamilton public school, both grades and high
school, will open on Tuesday, September 4. The high school corps of
teachers is as follows: Miss Carrie Greene - Science, Miss Emily
Sinnen - English, Miss Orpha Culmer - Mathematics, Miss Erma Clyde -
Latin and Spanish, Miss Mary Mann - Domestic Science, Miss Ada
Seabury - Commercial Work, Miss Lucy Hammon - Public Speaking and
Singing; Mr. F. Davis - Manual Training; Gertrude Hammon - 8th
Central School teachers: Miss Anna Johnston -
Principal; Miss Laura Doerrer, Miss Ethel Duffield, Miss Margaret
Eaton, Miss Edna Voight, Miss Elizabeth Manthey, Miss Lauretta
Tobin, Miss Olive Waddell, and Miss Marie Shove.
Washington School teachers: Miss Carrie Lupton -
Principal; Miss Bessie Dezell, Miss Susie Fisher, and Miss Hazel
All pupils who have examinations to take will
meet in the Central building on Saturday, September 1, at 2 o'clock.
Pupils of the first, second, third, and fourth
grades will attend the Washington school if they live north of Main
street, or the Central school if they live south of Main.
The citizens of Hamilton are most heartily
invited to attend a reception to be given the teachers of our public
schools on Friday evening, September 7, in the High school building.
All text books to be used in both the grades and the high school
will be furnished free.
The Western News, August 23, 1917
Schools Are Looking Promising For Year
Splendid Corps of Instructors Have Been Engaged With Prof. R.M.
Stookey of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as Superintendent, Miss Dora
Oberton of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, Principal of Central School,a nd
Miss Lupton, Principal of Washington School
School days will soon be here. The
instructors have been hired and the young folks and parents too, for
that matter, are rummaging the homes for the text books. The opening
day will be Tuesday, September 3, and judging by the corps of
instructors, it will be one of the best years in the history of the
Prof. R. M. Stookey of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who
has been engaged as superintendent, is here preparing for he opening
day. Last year he had charge of the Maquoteta, Iowas, schools and
gave excellent satisfaction. His selection was made by the board
after considering many applications. He has rented the w.T. Tyler
house and his family will be here soon.
It is the intention to have a full school year,
and not dismiss the high school pupils to help on the farms. The
dismissal of school in the past has not worked to advantage.
The scholars will be pleased to know that their
athletic instruction is to continue. Mr. McCauley of Iowa will be in
charge of the athletics and he has been very successful in this
line. Miss Stella Andrews of Madison, Wisconsin, will be the girls
athletic instructor and teach mathematics in the high school.
The other high school teachers will be Miss
Carrie Green of Cut Bank, Montana; Miss Emily Sinnen of Racine,
Wisconsin; Miss Mary I. Mann of St. Louis, and Miss Amy Sheckels of
Miss Dora Overton of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, will
be principal of the Central school, and Miss Carrie Lupton of
Hamilton has been rehired as principal of the Washington school The
teachers under them will bse Miss Margaret Eaton of Worden,
Illinois; Miss Laura Doerrer of Seattle; Miss Oschel of Iowa; Mrs.
Leonard Goodwin of Hamilton; Mrs. Dee Swayze of Hamilton; Miss Marie
Shove of Hamilton; Miss Hazel Healy of Red Lake Falls, Minnesota;
Miss Mollie Ryan of Hamilton; Miss Mary M. Eaton of Worden,
Illinois, and Miss Grace Dutton of Missoula.
Ravalli Republican, August 23, 1918
The setting in the Grand Theater Monday evening
was especially in keeping with the 1919 graduating class of Hamilton
High School. The arrangement of potted and cut plants, with roses
and peonies predominating, made a pleasing appearance. Above the
state was suspended the class motto, "Fly With Your Own Wings."
The auditorium was comfortably filled when eleven
graduates marched along the center aisle to the state, followed by
the high school faculty and members of the school board. The
graduates were: Emily Howd, Mary Getty, Florence Prentiss, Adra
Porter, Angeline Barnhart, Hilda Peterson, Mildred Wagy, Ruth
Hollibaugh, Thelma Erickson, LaMont Welchselbaum, and Meryl Deming.
The opening number was a piano solo by Miss
Geneva Vincent, which was followed by the invocation by Rev. F.J.
Salsman. The salutatory was given by Mary Getty, who contrasted the
problems of the class of today with the graduates of a decade ago,
and Emily Howd gave the valedictory, showing the progress made by
women in national affairs. She said American women had won their
right to equal freedom with men, and told how Miss Rankin was able
to take her seat with congressmen of the nation.
The vocal solos by Mrs. G.A. Gordon and H.W.
Johnson were artistically rendered, and thoroughly enjoyed by the
audience. A.L. Stone, dean of the school of journalism of the
University of Montana, made a pleasing address to the graduates.
Dean Stone told how he came to select "The Tumble Weed" as his
subject. It came to him while he was chasing his dog, who in turn
was pursuing a tumble weed. The weed continued to roll in spite of
him and his dog. He advised the graduates to persist like the tumble
weed and never let go. His talk received the close attention of the
graduates and the audience.
H.C. Packer, chairman of the school board,
presented the diplomas. In doing so, he spoke of the excellent work
which enabled them to complete the course. The program closed by the
audience singing "America."
Ravalli Republican, June 20, 1919
Commencement Week At the High
No Larger Class Ever Graduated From
the Hamilton High School, Five of Whom Started in the First Grade
and Seventeen Were Members of the Freshman Class of the Same
Schools They Received Diplomas From Tuesday Night
With a pretty stage setting as ever was seen in
Ravalli County, twenty seven high school graduates were presented
with diplomas ad the Ravalli theater Tuesday evening. Only once in
the history of the schools had there been so large a graduating
class, the same number finishing school about five years ago. The
front of the stage was a profusion of flowers and foliage and in the
center aisle was an arch surmounted by the class colors, blue and
The program opened with the invocation by Rev.
Richard Whitehouse of the Episcopal church. The Girls' Glee Club of
20 members sang in chorus "The Owl and the Pussy Cat" and
"Springtime." The address to the graduates was made by Dr. Sheldon
E. Davis, president of Montana State Normal College. His was "The
Unmeasured Task." He puncuated his talk with several humorous
stories and complimented the Bitter Root valley by saying if was the
best part of Montana he had seen.
He told how the graduate has often been pictured
as a person about to reform the world. From his knowledge of
graduates, and he had met a great many, he knew the graduate of
today was wise enough to to know that he had only begun to study.
The world is moving fast, he said, and it is complex. He told how a
greater percent of pupils are graduating today than his boyhood days
and continuing their studies in universities.
Following the address, Mrs. G.A. Gordon sang "The
Valley of Laughter" and "Sunbeams," and H.G. Packer, president of
the board of education, presented diplomas to Nina Hatfield, Dick
Southwick, Hazel Peterson, Miriam Kunz, Mildred Gerer, Frank
Rathbun, David Carpenter, Clarence Platt, Edwin Ash, Belle Putman,
Charles Janies, Jack Coulter, Thelma Carey, Marjorie Jones, Fannie
Gliebe, Hilda Johnson, Billie Frisby, Irene Haigh, Harold Stanton,
William Schraedl, Virginia Crutchfield, Leonore McCulloch, Edith
Lawrence, Lawrence Humble, Martha Carnahan, Gwendolyn McDonough, and
Mr. Packer in conclusion stated that no one need
fear to come to the Hamilton schools next year because of lack of
studies, as there would be plenty to do. There had been no reduction
in salaries paid instructors and the schools had fared better than
in most places.
Superintendent Don C. Taylor presented some
figures showing the splendid attendance in the high school. Five of
the graduates starting in the first grade and 17 were members of the
freshman class, making the percentage to complete school unusually
The Ravalli Republican, May 20, 1922
NEW CLASSES ARE ADDED TO SCHOOL CURRICULUM AND TEACHERS HIRED
The board of trustees of Hamilton School District
at its last meeting elected teachers for the school year beginning
next September and decided upon plans for changes in the curriculum.
It is proposed to include in the course of study
next year courses in domestic science and shop work. There will be
no increase in the number of teachers so it has been necessary to
secure some teachers who can combine various types of instruction.
This will make it possible to offer the new work. Some sections of
present classes will be dropped and the vocational classes of Manual
Training ahd Domestic Science will be substituted for them. Thus,
the student will have more selection in studies than has been the
case in the past year.
There have been several resignations from the
staff of instructors and the readjustment has caused other changes.
A number of vacancies were not filled at the board meeting April 12.
Teachers in the following schools were re-elected:
Washington school: Estella Carpenter, Jeanette Johnson, Carrie
Lupton, and Helen Larkin.
Lincoln school: Mary Ryan, Grace Dutton, Emma Swanson, Alice Nelson,
Neve Knowlton, Mary Shepard, Dorothy Grill, Sue Edwards, Fred
Dullenty, and Dan A. Brock.
High school: J. Verne Dusenberry, George Blakeslee, E. Mae Walton,
and Elizabeth Gillette.
The Western News, April 24, 1930
Dedication Program for New High School
Dedication of New High School, the Auditorium Being Unable to
Hold the Assemblage Desirous of Seeing the Play by Graduates and
the Exercises Prepared By the Parent-Teacher Association
The dedication exercises of the Hamilton high
school building last Friday evening was in keeping with that
splendid structure. The Parent-Teacher Association, under whose
auspices the program was prepared, left noting undone to make the
affair a success. The entire building was lighted and open to
inspection during the evening. Expressions of surprise were heard
from many on finding such a fine building for school purposes in a
town of this size. People were present from nearly every community
in the Bitter Root valley and some from Missoula.
The auditorium was not large enough to hold the
assemblage and many had to content themselves by looking through the
building during the exercises. Superintendent E.R. Ormsbee extended
greetings and gave a short recital of securing the building and the
progress of the city schools.
Mayor J.W. Kilpatrick, Albert Erickson and David
Hope made the response, the latter of the class of 1915 representing
the old graduates and relating the completion of the former high
school building `4 years ago and contrasting it with the present.
President Fred T. Parker of the school board introduced the speaker
of the evening, President C.H. Clapp of the University of Montana.
Dr. Clapp made an able talk, which was listened to with intense
Everett Peterson of the class of 1928 rendered a
solo and was followed by an exhibition of dance by young girls from
Henry Bishop’s dancing school. The latter responded to an encore.
Music was furnished during the evening of Oertli’s orchestra and a
song written by Mrs. William E. Harris was one of the numbers.
Play Made Hit
“The Wedding,” a comedy under the direction of
Albert Erickson of the class of 1927, made a pleasing hit. It was
well staged by the alumni and concerned preparations for the wedding
of Bob Tisdale and Alice Grayson. The members of the cast and the
characters were Archie Ted Stewart; Bob Tisdale, Albert Erickson;
Alice Grayson, Betty Torrence; Ted, Junior Ellis; Mrs. Tisdale,
Helen Spaulding; Mr. Grayson, Richard Leichner; Miss Grayson, Leona
Carnival and Dance
The large gymnasium was the setting for the
carnival and dance. It was profusely decorated with red and white
streamers, colors of the high school. Booths were every where with
plenty of opportunities to win something. Many ladies were in
costume to carry out the carnival scheme. The grand march was led by
Wallace McCrackin of the first graduating class, 1901, and Mrs.
Homer Benson of the 1902 class. During the carnival, prizes were
awarded. A cake went to the class of 1929 for having the largest
number present. A watermelon was given to the same class for having
the largest number of boys represented. The class of `928 was
awarded a bouquet of flowers for having the largest number of girls
on the floor. A can of Bitter Root cherries went to the pupil coming
from the longest distance. Carl Lamm-Marugg of New York City and
Mrs. Ruth Kleinoeder-Edwars of Camden, NJ cut for the prize, and the
It was stated during the evening that the first
graduating class had three members, Wallace McCrackin of Hamilton,
Mrs. Virginia McCrackin-White of Long Beach, Cal, and Mrs. Josie
Robb-Lynch of Burley, Idaho. The class this ear contained 33
graduates. The receipts from the homecoming opening from all sources
amounted to #386.27, which the Parent-Teacher Association will use,
after all expenses are paid, to furnish the kitchen with dishes and
The members of the alumni who were present at the
homecoming and the year they graduated were:
Wallace McCrackin, Hamilton, 1901;
Mrs. Homer Benson, Hamilton, 1902;
Miss Laura Harper, Hamilton, 1905;
A.C. Mitchell, Hamilton, 1906;
Charles W. Waddell, Hamilton, 1911;
Miss Nadia Chambers, Helena and Mrs. Emma Nicol-Stark, Hamilton,
Carl Lemm-Marugg, New York City and Miss Edna Voigt, Missoula, 1913;
Clark Gray and Frank Carpenter, Hamilton, 1914;
David Hope, Mrs Mabel Maxwell-Fullerton and Mrs. Betty Barron-Smith,
Hamilton, Mrs. Gertrude Hassler-Mithun and Miss Margaret Coucher,
Missoula, Mrs. Madge Dick-Slette, Helena, 1915;
Charles Murray and Henry Bishop, Hamilton, Mrs. Ruth
Kleinoeder-Edwards, Camden, NJ, 1916;
Arthur Peterson, Hamilton, Mrs. Dora Wetzsteon-Milburn, Sula, Mrs.
Ethel McGlasson-Jordan, Missoula, 1917;
Carl Peterson, Seattle, Paul Erickson, Mrs. Mary Crutchfield-Bates,
Mrs. Agnes Blood-Modrell, Mss Stella Carpenter, Hamilton, 1918;
Wilbur Vallance, Mrs. Edith Robinson-Hammell, Miss Marguerite
Corrigan, Mrs. Evelyn Fullerton-Hartson, Hamilton, Mrs. Margaret
Wooligan-Nelson, Jackson, Mrs. Betty Miesen-Cardiff, Butte, 1920;
Harry Loveland, Sula, 1921;
Edwin Ash, Lawrence Humble, Harold Stanton, Charles H. James, Mrs.
Nina Hatfield-Blood, Miss Virginia Crutchfield, Miss Fanny Gliebe,
Hamilton, Will Frisby, Stevensville, Mrs. Irene Haigh-Applebury,
Elmer Erickson, Miss Elizabeth Humble, Hamilton, 1923;
Donald Gordon, Ann Arbor, Mich, Miss Doris Matchett, Miss Sue
Edwards, Mrs. Tessie Hyatt-Paulsen, Miss Lorna Wilson, Hamilton,
Mrs. Judy Moore-Boring, Stevensville, 1924;
Lloyd Erickson, Aberdeen, Wash, Seeley Moore, Darby, Miss Florence
Holbook, Spokane, Wash, Mrs. Katherine Grube-Fetscher, Stevensville,
Joe Humble, Charles Stanton, Miss Betty Torrence, Miss Etta Mae
Jones, Miss Jeannete Johnson, Miss Marion Wagy, Hamilton, 1925;
Richard Leichner, Helena, Harrell Renn, Bozeman, Fred Willard, Miss
Astrid Anderson, Miss Lucile Patteron, Miss Ruth Johnson, Miss
Elizabeth Lowney, Miss Doris Wilson, Miss Jean Grafton, Mrs. Edith
Curry-Roth, Miss Elni Hangas, Hamilton, 1926;
Albert Erickson, Miss Annie Jean Stewart, Missoula, Miss Dorothy
Carlstrom, Corvallis, Oregon, Miss Helen Spaulding, Seattle, Wash,
Miss Josephine Iten, Spokane, Clare Conroy, Ted Stewart, Marvin
Dobbins, Theodore Fullerton, Miss Alice Gravelle, Miss July Lowney,
Miss Montana Grady, Hamilton, 1927;
John Jowe, Miss Dorothy Brooke, Bozeman, Miss Martha Sherman,
Missoula, Donald Marx, Francis Danwell, Robert Sanford, Miss
Crescent Tilton, Miss Bernice Hagens, Miss Mary F. Grant, Miss Lois
Howard, Miss Dolores Heavilin, Miss Mary Wenple, Hamilton, 1928
Everett Peterson, Miss Fern Frost, Bozeman, Miss Elsie Jones,
Spokane, Jay Kurtz, Nicholas Kramis, Leroy Jones, Harley Nicol,
Henry Grant, Chauncey Grebe, George Lay, Miss Helen Willard, Miss
Leona Carls, Miss Gladys Centers, Miss June Hartley, Miss Evelyn
Vivian, Hamilton, 1929;
Junior Ellis, Kenneth Rogers, Ernst Peterson, Frederick Martin, Miss
Marion Benson, Miss Orpha McLean, Miss Evelyn Wemple, Mrs. Delores
White-Sutton, Hamilton, 1930
Ravalli Republican, September 11, 1930
Thirty-One Seniors in Class To Recieve Diplomas
John G. Brown to Make Address and Rev. H.C. Start toDeliver
Commencement week for the Hamilton High School
will begin Sunday evening when the baccalaureate service will be
held at the auditorium. the class of 1932 is the smallest since
1926, numbering but 31. Last year's class was the largest in the
history of the school, having 42 members. The commencement address
will be given at the gymnasium Thursday evening at 8 o'clock by John
G. Brown, a Helena attorney. The baccalaureate sermon will be
delivered by the Presbyterian church. The program follows:
Processional; invocation, Rev. W.H. Mitchell;
Gloria Patri; sextet, "Peace I Leave With You," Janet Sherman, Nola
Noland, Betty Hyde, Murrell Peterson, Delberta Ash, Lillian
Eversole; hymn, choir and congregation; scripture reading, Rev.H.J.
Frame; prayer; song, "Remember Now Thy Creator," mixed chorus;
sermon, "The Capacity for Progress," Rev. H.C. Start; hymn, choir
and congregation; doxology; benediction; recessional.
The senior class contains 14 boys and 17 girls,
as follows: Curtis Cone, Clifford Dougherty, George Hangas, Eugene
Hughes, Earl Hyatt, Andrew LeSuer, Robert Marx, Lee Moore, John
Parker, James Skelton, Frank Stanton, David Vesely, Lawrence
Wanderer, Byron Wilkerson, Delberta Ash, Ila Blodgett, Mabel
Bumgarner, Annabelle Dickson, Ellen Dobbins, Irene Jones, Teresa
Lowney, Nola Noland, Ethel Pagenkopf, Phyllis Russell, Mary Schragl,
Mary Sears, Frances Sims, Edna Stewart, Ilene Terou, Irene
Veltikold, Hazel Weast.
Ravalli Republican, May 19, 1932
Tuesday will be the beginning of the school year
for all districts in Ravalli County. The Hamilton school, largest in
the county, with one exception has the same corps of instructors as
last year. Miss Ella Foley succeeds Miss Margaret Barlow, who
resigned to become Mrs. Howard J. Corbin. Miss Foley will be a
member of the Jefferson staff, of which Harry Thompson is again the
principal. Other teachers there are Wilford Poppie, Mrs. Eleanor
McGilvry, Miss Elizabeth Lowney, Miss Marion Wagy, Mrs. Helen
Fleming, Miss Myrtle Lien, Miss Agnes Harrington, and Miss Mary
Ryan. Miss Carrie Lupton continues as principal of the Washington
school, with Miss Della Henke, Miss Estelle Carpenter, Mrs. Mary
Stradley, Mrs. Mary Shepard, and Miss Emma Robbins as teachers.
Superintendent, C.D. Haynes, has as his vice
principal of the high school, Ralph Soroos. Ted Mellinger is again
in charge of boy's athletics and other on the faculty are Thomas
Sherwin, Donald Bunger, Miss Helen Whitehouse Miss Vivian Norem,
Miss Mary Steensland, and Miss Katherine Rafferty.
Ravalli Republican, September 1, 1938
Fifty-two boys and girls received diplomas at the
graduating exercises for the Hamilton High School last evening. The
commencement address was given by Dr. A.L.Strand, President of
Montana State College in Bozeman. A great company of friends and
parents filled the gymnasium where the program took place.
Dr. Strand's theme was "The Universe is Orderly"
and he gave the graduates and their friends a picture of the world's
progress and the handicaps that have been evident since World War
II. He averred that nothing is great merit in civilization and had
been accomplished since the war. Pointing to the place population
had in the general outline of world progress, Dr. Strand said that
at no time in the world's history had there been such a number of
young people between the ages of 16 and 24 as there are at the
present time. He predicted a declining of population which he based
on a biologic study, saying possibly the world would not again know
so many young people of the high school and college age. He
expressed an opinion the social and economic side of life would be
balanced just as other factors of civilization.
Superintendent, C.D. Haynes made the presentation
address and the diplomas were awarded by P.E. Pagenkopf, chairman of
the board of trustees. Rev. C.R. Miller gave the devotional. The
Hamilton High School band, led by George Borchers, played four
numbers, including the processional march for the graduates, and
there were songs by Jack Hawker of Billings, Hamilton Alumnus;
Persus Vallance and Carol Dinehart of the class, with other numbers
by a group of seven high school girls and a mixed quartet. Mrs. B.L.
Clow was accompanist.
Scholarships were bestowed on Evelyn Boozer,
Ellsworth Smith, and Max Newell as the three of highest rank in the
senior class. Louise Hayes, Shyrle Parker, and David Daniels
graduated with high honors. The American Legion citizenship award
was conferred on Donald Blodgett and the corresponding merit for
girls, the Daughters of American Revolution reward of citizenship,
when to Margaret Lyndes.
"Bring What You Have" was the theme of the sermon
given by Rev. Earl Saladen at the baccalaureate service Sunday
evening in the high school auditorium. The minister's plea to the
graduates was one for simple living, guided by high principle; a
steady striving for success rather than spectacular performance. The
invocation was given by Rev. H.H. Longnecker. Congregational hymns
were "True Hearted, Whole Hearted" and "Have Thine Own Way, Lord." A
trio number was given by Carol Dinehart, Persus Vallance, and Lois
Perry. Miss Vallance gave a vocal solo. Mrs. B.L. Clow was
accompanist and she played the processional and recessional for the
march of the seniors to and from the auditorium.
Ravalli Republican, May 18, 1939
Hamilton Honor Roll
High School Students for Period Ending January 12 Listed By
Hamilton high school students to be listed on the honor roll for
the period ending January 12 are Freshmen: Harlan Blindauer,
Gertrude Ellingwood, Carol Haynes, Jacqueline Larson, Dorothy
Lehman, June McGinnis, Mary Nelson and Boyd Swingley.
Sophomores: Howard Dowling, Helen Gates, Joe Gaffney, Alice Liudahl,
Ferol Lloyd, Alma Luebke, Harry Miller, Jack Newell, Charles Stanley
and Mary Vance.
Juniors: Ellen Anderson, Emmett Birrer, Hal Blindauer, Joan Ford,
Vadus Hanna, Howard Lee, Verna Nicholson, Kathleen Tachache, Hazel
Smith and Ethel Treece.
Senior students to make the roll were Rachel
Birrer, Alpha Dowling, Charles Grimes, Delores Hunter, Millie Iten,
Marie Lowery, Barbara Shellhamer, Allan Sheard, Margaret Spencer and
Doris Wilkerson. Marjorie Wetzsteon, a post graduate student wa also
on the honor roll.
Ravalli Republican, February 25, 1940
Emergency At School
Young Girl is Carried to Daly Hospital After Appendicitis Attack
Monday By Hamilton Boys
Myrtle Hughes, a freshman at the Hamilton High
School, was taken suddenly ill during classes Monday forenoon and
the schoolmates carried her to the Daly Hospital on an improvised
stretcher. At the hospital the girl was found to be suffering from
appendicitis and an emergency operation was performed High school
boys made a stretcher of coats when they were unable to get the
regulation article which was in use at the hospital. The sick girl
is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.G. Hughes, who reside in the Nicol
addition. Margery Spencer is another high school girl who is
recovering from an appendix operation at the hospital.
Ravalli Republican, February 25, 1940
Local High School To Hold Exercises In Gymnasium 8:15 Next
The 1940 graduating class of Hamilton high school
will hold its graduating exercises in the high school gymnasium
starting at 8:15 o'closk Thursday evening, May 23, at which time the
class numbering 51 will receive their diplomas and be the honored
guests at the commencement program. The Commencement program
follows: Processional, Triumphal March from Alda Verdi, played by
the high school band; Invocation by Rev. M.J. Donohue; Selections,
Andante, from the Surprise Symphony-Hayden Buddies, Cornet duet by
Trudie Ellingwood-Holmes, and Gene White; Billboard March-Hohler by
band; Address, by Dr. J.W. Severy of the University of Montana at
Missoula; Selection, The Lilacs Are In Cloom - Treharne, High School
Firl's Sextette; Presentation of Class by Superintendent Charles D.
Haynes; Presentation of diplomas by P.E. Pagenkopf, chairman of the
board of trustees; Presentation of special awards and scholarships
by Supt. Charles D. Haynes; Vocal solo, Shipmates of Mine -
Sanderson, by Bruce Saladen; Benediction by Rev. M.J. Donohue.
The members of the graduating class of 1940: Vina
Allen, Martha Elma Baier, Max H. Barrett, Mary J. Richov, Rachel M.
Birrer, Marilyn Janet Blindauer, Ethel Brimhall, Harold J. Brimhall,
Gordon W. Carlson, Marian E. Carlson, Frank Cash, Alpha I. Dowling,
Robert A. Evans, William Forest Evans, Clyde T. Fitz, Isabella Sara
Fullerton, William Ferdinand Fullerton, William James Fullerton,
Charles B. Grimes, Bernard N. Herberholz, George C. Hieronymus,
Barbara Hope, Shirley Howren, William C. Hughes, Delores Mable
Hunter, Millie E. Iten, Marie N. Kallin, Reinhart Klein, Muriel
Genevieve Larson, Mildred Lepetich, Marie Alice Lowery, LeRoy
Mabary, Marian Zeller Miller, Robert J. Miller, Lloyd Glen Oertli,
Leslie Osburn, Jane Louise Parker, Martha Othelia Patzer, Audrey A.
Pennington, William Louis Peterson, Esther Mae Porch, Allan Sheard,
Barbara Jane Shellhamerr, Ethel A. Smith, Edwin Eugene Spannuth,
Margaret Spencer, Lois Thomas, Charles Franklin Treece, Maxine Van
Blaricom, Stephen A. Wanderer, Doris M. Wilkerson.
The Western News, May 16, 1940
Fifty two seniors of the Hamilton High School received their
diplomas from Glen M. Kohls, chairman of the Hamilton school board,
in the forty-seventh annual commencement exercises of that
institution. The graduating class marched into the gymnasium at 8:15
p.m. May 21, 1947 where the exercises were held to "Pomp and
Circumstance" played by a brass choir.
After the invocation by Dr. C.R. Miller, a
trumpet solo by Douglas Custer accompanied by Mrs. Robert Langen,
entitled "Sounds from the Hudson" was presented. Superintendent
Charles D. Haynes then introduced the speaker, James L.C. Ford, dean
of the school of journalism at Montana State University at Missoula.
Dean Ford spoke on "Today You Are Living in Tomorrow." He said that
today is the time to prepare for tomorrow. The dean went on to say
that not enough people prepare now for what they are to do in the
future. He said the graduates should start now to find what they
want to do and not wait several years to begin their preparation.
A double mixed quartet, consisting of Marjorie
Morrison, Hazel Evans, Carrie May McCormick, Peggy Little, Douglas
Kuster, John Borning, Dee Rockafellow, and Don Wheatley sang
"Homing." Superintendent Haynes then presented the class and spoke
of some of its accomplishments. Chairman Kohls presented the
diplomas to the graduates. Following the awarding of diplomas, John
Boring sang "Invictus," accompanied by Mrs. Rosamonde Clow, at the
piano. Claude A. Johnson, of the American Legion, presented the
American Legion Citizenship Medal to Allan Keith Hammel, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Keith J. Hammell. Mr. Hammell was chosen by his classmates
on the basis of scholarship, service, courage, leadership, and
character. Superintendent Haynes presented the DAR Citizenship
Pilgrimage Award to Miss Jean Hill. Miss Hill was chosen by her
classmates to receive this award. The Bausch and Lomb Science Medal
also went to Allan Hammell. This award is given to the senior who
has been outstanding in high school science. The benediction was
pronounced by Dr. Miller.
Miss Jean Hill, who has been so outstanding in
her school career, was accorded another honor. She was graduated
with first rank in scholarship. Joseph Kratofil graduated with
second rank in scholarship. Also graduating with high honors were
Marjorie Morrison, Philip R. Holt, Robert Long, Allan Hammell,
Lenore Pfeifer, and LaVonne Bucher. Montana State University
scholarships were given by Superintendent Haynes to Miss Hill, Mr.
Kratofil, and Miss Morrison.
The senior class officers for the past year were
Gerald C. Murray, president; Donald L. Drake, vice president; Carrie
Mae McCormick, secretary; and Jean Hill, treasurer. James M. Buxton
is the vice president of the student body and Katherine Steele and
Allan K. Hammell are the senior representatives. Jo Ann Sanderson is
the student council secretary.
Friends and families of the class filled to
overflowing the gym that the juniors had decorated for the occasion.
High school graduating class of 1947: Elaine Beattie, Eunice
Berryman, John Boring, LaVonne Bucher, Bernie Cash, Carr Lyle
Cleveland, Mary Ellen Collins, Betty Deffenbaugh, Don Drake, Muriel
Elmore, Hazel Evans, Angeline Feist, Betty Feist, Dave Field, Louis
Fifield, Marianne Fisk, Dave Foss, Richard Goodman, Wally Gray,
Allan Hammell, Jean Hill, Phil Holt, Joe Kratofil, Doug Kuster, Jack
Lagerquist, Ward LaChambre, Pete Leonardi, Jean Hill, Peggy Little,
Betty Lucas, Bill Malone, Marilyn Matchett, Carrie Mae McCormick,
Gene McIlroy, George Moisio, Marjorie Morrison, Gerry Murray, Lorena
Patzer, Lenore Pfiefer, Norma Jean Philips, Huston Raymond, Dee
Rockafellow, Patsy Rouse, Jo Ann Sanderson, Duaine Soehren, Kathy
Steele, William Tilley, Allan Weeks, Don Wheatley, June White,
Four men who were graduated with the class of 1947, but were not
present at the ceremonies, completed their requirements for
graduation while in military service. They are: Melvin Boice, Robert
Eugene Greenup, Melvin Lee Hogue, and Robert Adams Parker. Robert
Long, who completed his course at the Hamilton high school at the
end of the first semester and who is included in the class of 1947,
is attending St. Johns Military Academy, at Delafield, Wisconsin.
The Western News, May 22, 1947
Final Honor Rolls of HHS Given Public At Term's End
Applebury, Tom Fife, Pat Fizgerald, Helen Fortune, Margie Hork,
Marjorie Little, George Moerkerke, Terry O'Donnell, Rose Rasmussen,
George Smith, Norma Taylor.
Juniors: Tom Borning, Clive Hayward, Diana Hollingsworth, Frances
Kopp, Pat Loftus, Jessie Lou Maddox, Ramona Tanner, Ralph Roscoe,
Lenore Sheridan, 4 A's; Rose Williams.
Sophomores: Lois Bradshaw, 4 A's; Patsy Carlson, Evelyn Clyde,
Bevrly Dallman, Melvin Drake, Joe Johnston, Donna Kuster, Jan
Langley, Mary Lu Marick, Sue Stephenson, 5 A's; Freddie Stout, Diana
Walks, Frances Woods.
Freshmen: Alice Bradshaw, Goldie Carney, Shirley Harbison, Jeanne
Hollingsworth, Joy Hope, Beryl Jones, Larry Jones, Shirley Jones, 4
A's; Lorella Lowry, Arthur Morris, Susan Oertli, Susan Price,
Barbara Soebren, Roberta Walks.
On the third 6-week honor roll of the second
semester, all of the students who made the semester honor roll
printed above were also included except George Moerkerke, Donna
Kuster, Deryl Jones and Joy Hope. In addition, the following
students were also on the third 6-week honor roll: Delbert
Greenfield, Gilbert Hightower, Gary Jacobson, Vera Miller, George
Thompson, and Marjorie Little, all seniors; and Jean Swanson,
The Western News, June 2, 1949