School colors: Red and White
Team name: Broncs
First graduating class: Virginia McCrackin, Wallace McCrackin,
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 Hamilton.
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 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
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
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
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
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
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 program follows:
Music - Hamilton Orchestra
Invocation - Rev. J.W. Heyward
Salutatory - Claude Arthur LaFrance
Music - Hamilton Orchestra
Address "Education as an Inheritance" - Prof. Leslie James
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 grade.
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
Washington School teachers: Miss Carrie Lupton - Principal;
Miss Bessie Dezell, Miss Susie Fisher, and Miss Hazel Healy.
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
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
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
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 wa 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
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
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
Lincoln school: Mary Ryan, Grace Dutton, Emma Swanson, Alice Nelson, Neve
Knowlton, Mary Shepard, Dorothy Grill, Sue Edwards, Fred Dullenty, and Dan
High school: J. Verne Dusenberry, George Blakeslee, E. Mae Walton, and Elizabeth
The Western News, April 24, 1930
Thirty-One Seniors in Class To Recieve Diplomas
John G. Brown to Make Address and Rev. H.C. Start toDeliver Baccalaureate
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
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
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
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
Local High School To Hold Exercises In Gymnasium 8:15 Next Thursday Eve
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 excercises 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