Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The 1897 Madison High School Football Team


Roger Boeker (Class of 1960), sent the photo of the 1897 Madison [Central] High School football team show above, along with a note about what he learned about this team 50 years ago, which I've reprinted in full"
In the fall of 1959, Pep Committee Chairman Roger Boeker was the auditorium emcee for the Friday night football game. He did some newspaper research about great Central games in years of yore in hopes of inspiring the crowd and the team. Lew Cornelius, Capital Times sportswriter of that era, talked about a “national high school championship around the turn of the century” in which Madison High had played. The article about such a game was found in a late November issue of the Wisconsin State Journal. Apparently the Chicago Tribune had followed a powerful Madison High team’s undefeated season. The New York Times touted a New York City team thought to be invincible. The challenge was issued. The great papers sponsored a ‘national championship game’ to be held in Detroit, Michigan on Thanksgiving Day. It was a great Day for what would be Central High 30 years later. Madison thrashed the Gotham Guys about 96-0. This is the team photo of those ‘national champions’ from the future Central High School.

You can read the names of the team members if you enlarge the image in your browser window, but it's not clear what name goes with what face. The following caption information is from Coach Kelliher's book, Football Madison Style (Badger Books, 2003):

Top row (left to right): Billy Roys, Dr. Harry Keenan, Tom Donovan, Dr. J.W. Jackson (manager), Jack Hayes, Dr. Stanley Welsh, Ed Height, Dave Wheeler.
Center row (left to right): Watrous, MacCourse, Duffy Powell, Lucius Donkle, Jimmy Jackson (mascot), Paul Newman, Arthur Curtis, Earl Schreiber, Matt Collins, Bemis Pierce.
On the ground: Dr. Smith, Bob Rathbun

You'll note there are discrepancies between the two lists of names. In addition, Kelliher's addition of "Dr." in front of several names indicates what these men became rather than what they were at the time the photograph was taken.

If you have any information about what happend to these men, or can help resolve some of the discrepancies in identification, please contact me.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

"On November 26, 1925, Thanksgiving eve, a permanent alumni association was formed..."

The 1926 Tychoberahn has a full page of information about the [then] newly formed Madison Central High School Alumni Association. The officers were Wilbur Carlson, Bernice Winchell, and Ray Sennett. In 1969, Sennett was president of the Madison Board of Education and presented the diplomas to the members of the very last class to graduate from Madison Central High School.

As far as I've been able to determine, the alumni association no longer existed (or was no longer active) by the time Madison Central High school closed in 1969. Nor have I been able to determine when it disbanded.

All of which is a prelude to announcing that there is now a Madison Central High School group on Facebook. If you want to join the group, you'll have to join Facebook. If you have any questions about joining or using Facebook, please send me an email.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas 1970: Madison Central High School alumnus John Schmelzer channels R. Crumb for a Christmas poster

Wisconsin Historic Image ID: 62100

One of more than 200 posters in the Madison People's Poster Collection at the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Note: If you don't recognize the name R. Crumb and/or the "Keep on Truckin'" slogan, click on the links embedded in this sentence for more information.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Members of the Class of 1907: Part 2 (Surnames J-W)

Listed below are the members of the Madison High School Class of 1907 whose surnames begin with the letters J-W and whose photos are included in the 1907 Tychoberahn.

The italicized information under many names is the information I have been able to find about that person; or, in some instances, speculation about how that person may be related to other alumni, or what they may have done after graduation. The quotations and information about high school activities are from the 1907 Tychoberahn.If you have any additional information about any of these members of the Class of 1907, please contact me by email or leave a comment.

Longtime Madisonians may find some familiar surnames in the list. I have also included some comments with tentative biographic information for a few of the graduates (shown in italics). Each entry in the yearbook includes school activities (if any) and a brief description (shown in quotes) that presumably says sometime about the person's physical appearance, background, or personality. I'm including some of these as well.

Again, I hope this will help jog memories and elicit responses, comments, and corrections.

Thora Jacobsen
Hugo Koltes
Esther Kayser (1889-1983)
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1911; married John Frank Kessenich
Clarissa Kuhns (1889-1979)
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1911; married William B. Rowland
Adelaide Kleinheinz
Albert Leonard
Sara Longfield
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1912; married surname Lyden
Elmer Lorch (1889-1977)
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1911; in 1921 was a pharmacist in Chicago
Linnie Leslie
Norman Littlewood
Maud Lea
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1911
Ada MacAdam
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1910; married Charles J. Moritz; in 1926 they were living in Effingham, Illinois
Vera Mutchler (1890-1978)
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1911 with a degree in home economics; married Frank Karl Gutsche
Charles J. Moritz (1888-1972)
In 1956 was an alternate delegate from Illinois (21st district) to the Republican National Convention
Ellah Mosel (1889-1979)
Probably Ella Mosel, who graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1911; married Harry M. Merrill
Jennie McCarthy
Edgar Norsman (1888-1969)
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1912
Leonard Nelson
Martin Nelson
Gladys Owen (1889-1975)
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1912; also attended Smith College; in 1916 married William Henry Kiekhofer, who during his long tenure as a professor in the UW economics department became known as "Wild Bill"
Robert O'Malley
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1911; in 1932, The Wisconsin alumni magazine (Volume 24, Number 7) reported that, "Robert O'Malley Madison, cashier of the State Bank has been suffering from a nervous breakdown."
Mary Payton
Bryon Potter
Elizabeth Proudfit
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1911; married Kenneth S. Templeton
George Potter
Marjory Park
Robert Post
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1911
Nina Parker
Joseph Porter
Edna Pease
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1913
LaGertha Stromme
Ethyl Swan
Edna Swenholt
Helen Thursby (1889-1985)
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1910; died in California in 1985
Olive Taylor
Bessie Tyrrell
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1911
Herman Veerhusen
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1912; in 1924 was working for AT&T in New York City
Alie Warnock
Paul Weaver
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1911; in June 1925, The Wisconsin alumni magazine (Volume 26, Number 8) reported that, "PAUL WEAVER formerly of Madison, who is directing the Glee Club at the University of North Carolina, is achieving marked success in his work, according to reports recently received.- Carl Adams, music critic for the Cincinnati Enquirer,: said of the Glee Club, after hearing a recent concert: "With such an organization as this it is safe to. say that the University of North Carolina will assume the musical leadership, of southern colleges, just as Harvard has in the North."
Walter Wellman
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1912; died in Madison, Wisconsin in 1956
Edith Winslow
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1913; married Professor J.M. O'Neill; a sister of Horatio Winslow, editor of the 1900 Tychoberahn
Emily Winslow (1888-1973)
May have been a member of the Class of 1906 (her senior photo appears in both the 1906 Tychoberahn and 1907 Tychoberahn); graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1913; a sister of Edith and Horatio Winslow

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Joe Franklin (Class of 1964) inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Saturday evening

Joe Franklin (Class of 1964) was an outstanding basketball player at both Madison Central High School and the University of Wisconsin. But did you know that when he graduated from the UW-Madison, he was drafted by both the Milwaukee Bucks and the Dallas Cowboys?
That's one of the things I learned from Joe's brother Jerry tonight while we were standing outside the Marriott Hotel, taking a break from the long (more than 2.5 hours) round of announcements, speeches, videos, and rounds of applause that followed dinner at the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association's 31st Annual Hall of Fame Banquet. Joe sat through all the proceedings, except when he was called to the front of the banquet hall by WBCA executive director Jerry Petitgoue ("the winningest coach in Wisconsin basketball history") to accept a plaque honoring him as a member of the WBCA Hall of Fame, the first Madison Central High School player to be recognized by the organization.
Among the other players inducted into the Hall of Fame were Gary Armstrong of Madison La Follette (Class of 1970) and Max Walker of Milwaukee Lincoln (Class of 1962). Jerry, who was a sophomore when Central closed in 1969 remembered playing against Armstrong. Joe and Walker played together after college in the Continental Basketball League.

Close-up photo of Joe's award plaque. He also received a ring and a framed copy of the original drawing featured on the plaque.

WBCA 2008 Hall of Fame members pose for a group photo at the Marriott Hotel in Middleton. Madison Central High School alumnus Joe Franklin (Class of 1964) is in the back row, fourth from the left (wearing a brown suit); to his right is La Follette alumnus Gary Anderson (black suit and red tie); on the far left of the row is Milwaukee Lincoln alumnus Max Walker.

For more information about Joe's basketball career at Central and the UW, click on the image below, which is a scan from the banquet program booklet. Also read my previous post about Joe, written in February 2007, and Rob Hernandez's recent article in the Wisconsin State Journal.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

And you wonder why I love research... serendipity leads me to a copy of the newspaper article with the identities of the 1946-47 basketball team

In the process of looking for some other information, I found an online source for a copy of the page in the February 19, 1947 Wisconsin State Journal that includes the photograph of the Madison Central High School basketball team (shown in the previous post) -- and identifies all the players in the photo.

First row (left to right): Pat McCann, Al Dockery, Mel Troia, Bill Withers, Allen Sweet, Frank Fellows, and Keith Tipler

Second row (left to right): Robert Gesme, James Weaver, Robert Schaeffer, Alvin Starck, Robert Ziesch, James Wilcox, Ken Sticha, Don Gasser, and Coach Robert Alwin.

And for those of you who want even more details, I was able to download a copy of the page from the Wisconsin State Journal and save it as a PDF. If you'd like to read the whole page, you may download it by clicking on THIS LINK.

Identifying the players on the 1946-47 Madison Central High School Basketball Team

Madison Central High School 1946-47 Varsity Basketball Team: Photograph by Arthur Vinge, originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on February 19, 2008 (Image ID: WHi-45880)

The Wisconsin Historical society regularly adds photographs to its online collection of images, but sometimes the descriptions accompanying them are woefully lacking in detail. The above image of the 1946-47 Central High School is described as: "Group portrait of the Central High School basketball team and coach, including three African-American players, Al Dockery, Bill Withers, and James Weaver."

Why are the names of the other players omitted? Surely, if the photograph was published in the Wisconsin State Journal it was accompanied by a caption listing all the names. Since I don't have the time to go to the library and pull up a microfilm copy of the newspaper, I hope Central alumni (and anyone else who know's who's who) will supply the names of the players. Leave a comment or send an e-mail indicating the name of the player and the number he's wearing.

Also notice the boys peeking through the stairwell. Their names probably aren't in the newspaper caption, but it would be fun to know who they are, too.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Banister-sliding at Madison [Central] High School merits a lengthy article in The New York Times

On Saturday, August 30, 2008, Madison Central High School alumnus Monsine DiSalvo (Class of 1966) was featured in an article in The New York Times -- but that's far from the first time The New York Times took note of what was happening in Madison's oldest high school.

On March 20, 1880, a story titled "Coeducation in Madison" appeared on page 4 of The New York Times. It's opening sentence was, "The question of the coeducation of the sexes is now disturbing the people of Madison, Wis." But the focus of the article was on banister-sliding, a practice that "is the direct result of the coeducation of the sexes."

I've had a copy of this story in my files for quite a while, but until now I didn't have a really acceptable way to reproduce it -- short of retyping the whole, long story. I tried making JPG images, but the results were less than satisfactory. I've inserted a JPG image of the first part of the story here. You may enlarge that image in your browser window by clicking on it. The entire article, however, is quite long and when I tried to reproduce it as a JPG, it looked ugly on the blog page and was difficult to read. I yearned to be able to present it as a PDF, but Blogger isn't equipped to upload and store PDFs.

Now, however, I've acquired some space on a server where I can store PDFs that can be easily downloaded to your computer. Almost everyone has Adobe Reader on there computer, but if you don't you can easily download a free copy.

When you're ready to read the entire story, just click HERE to download it. Once you've downloaded it, you can use Adobe Reader to resize it if necessary. You can also print a copy for yourself.

Note the PDF is 1.8 MG so it may take a while to download if you're still using a dial-up connection to the Internet.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Madison Mirror is now available on line...sort of, anyway

Please use this link to read my post on the Class of 1965 blog about the online availability of The Madison Mirror.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Central Students speak out on behalf of their high school in a 1967 advertisement in The Capital Times

Sometimes when I'm browsing through microfilms and databases, I stumble across something unexpected -- such as an ad that appeared in The Capital Times on May 13, 1967 protesting the closing of Madison Central High School.

If you want to read the names of the students who sponsored the ad, click on the image below to enlarge it in your browser window. In order to publish the image on this blog, I had to convert it from a PDF to a JPG file, so some of the resolution has been lost. If you want a copy of the PDF (which you may be able to enlarge even more than the JPG) and your e-mail server lets you accept very large attachments (up to 5MG), I'll be glad to send you one.


Note: Look closely and you'll also see a reunion notice for the Class of 1952. It's just above the advertisement.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Something else to do: Read posts about two Central alumni on my personal blog

Recently, I wrote two posts featuring Madison Central High School alumni for my personal blog (Something else to do...). One features John Bardeen (Class of 1923) and the other features Alfred Buser (Class of 1907). Since the posts deal with broader issues such as who we remember and why we remember them, I wanted to try to give the posts a wider audience than they might receive if I just included them on a blog originally aimed at communicating with CHS alumni. I hope you'll use the links I've included here to click through and read more about these men and what prompted me to write about them.

Note: This post also appears on The Class of 1965 blog.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Restoring the Central High High School arch on Wisconsin Avenue: The uncut story

Stonemason and sculptor Jacob Arndt working on the restoration of the Central High School arch in October 2007

Researching and writing a page-one feature story for the Wisconsin State Journal about the restoration of the Central High School arch, was one of my most satisfying assignments in 2007. Trying to tell it in 1,500 words or less was a real challenge.

The State Journal has consistently been generous about giving me plenty of space for feature stories, but occasionally there isn't quite enough room on the page and some paragraphs have to be cut. Quotations from Central alumni Nils Olsen (Class of 1965) and Sidney Iwanter (Class of 1967) were omitted from the story published on October 31, 2007, as were a few other paragraphs, and two sidebars. For those of you who would like to read my original, uncut story, I'm going to post it here, along with the the two sidebars.

Later, I will post some material I had to cut from my story before I submitted it to the State Journal.


Restoring the Central High Arch (the uncut version)

A lone worker stood atop yellow scaffolding and began repairing the Central High arch on Wisconsin Avenue earlier this month. The sight brought sighs of relief from admirers of the arch, who noticed what seemed to be visible signs of structural disintegration this summer.

The arch is all that remains of the Cass Gilbert-designed Madison Central High School building torn down in 1986 to make room for a MATC parking lot. At that time, the arch was allowed to stand as a means of mollifying local preservationists, Central alumni, and the occasional fan of Gilbert, an architect whose works also include the Woolworth Building in New York City and the U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C.

In 2002, a proposed development plan involving the Madison Children's Museum threatened the arch. It survived because the Museum found another home.

However, many Central alumni and preservationists worried the arch's increasingly fragile condition continued to pose a threat to its existence. Some, including Central alumnus Mark Pankow, tried unsuccessfully to organize a project committee to raise funds to pay for restoration of the arch or to move it to another location. Others feared that MATC, which owns the arch and the property on which it stands, was deliberately allowing the arch to disintegrate so it would eventually become unsafe and have to be torn down.

Now the worrying can cease and the conspiracy theories can be abandoned.

Jacob Arndt, the stonemason and sculptor who's doing the repair and restoration work, says continued worry about the condition of the arch is unnecessary – and not just because of what he's been doing for the past several weeks. "The arch is not delicate," he says. "It's robust and healthy: It just looks disheveled." Furthermore, says Arndt, owner of Northwestern Masonry & Stone in Lake Mills, "With regularly scheduled routine maintenance these masonry buildings last forever: My partner, Gayal Oglesbay, and I own one in France that was built in the 15th century."

Kelly Thompson, principal architect at Facility Engineering, Inc., the firm that sub-contracted the restoration work to Arndt, agrees. He says when his firm analyzed what work needed to be done on the arch for MATC, "We looked at it with our historic preservation glasses." The firm's assessment was that the structure was solid, not sinking, but needed to undergo routine maintenance.

Fred Brechlin, MATC Professional Services Manager-Facilities, says the current work being done on the Central High arch – including tuck pointing and making certain there are no loose bricks – is part of its regular 10-year maintenance program

"We're maintaining the arch," says Roger Price, MATC Vice President Infrastructure Services. "There's been no discussion about moving it."

One of the reasons the arch looked especially disheveled this summer was because white streaks were appearing on the stonework, particularly at the top of the arch. Arndt says the white streaks are salt deposits created by moisture leaking from the roof and pulling salts from the Portland cement used in the building. When the moisture evaporates, it deposits the salts on stonework.

Arndt says the maintenance work he's doing will solve this problem by replacing the roofing material – currently a rubber membrane – atop the arch. He originally planned to use leaded copper and masonry, but Thompson says there are some concerns about copper discoloration of the bricks and stone, so he and Arndt are discussing alternatives before making a final decision.

The rubber membrane was a cheap and quick way for taking care of the problem for a few years, says Arndt. However, Douglas Maki, CEI, Asset Manager for Facility Engineering, says "Nowadays we would never specify using it, but for its time the skin was a pretty decent way to protect the roof."

Arndt, who has created stonework and sculpture for the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul (another building designed by Cass Gilbert) and the British Museum in London, says he was eager to work on the restoration of the Central High arch because, "We didn't want to see them tear it down because you don't see this kind of exquisite fabrication any more." He notes that the heads and faces on the arch are "excellent, world-class sculpture."

But are the quality of the workmanship and the reputation of the architect enough to justify the continued existence of the arch? Five years ago, when it seemed likely the arch would have to come down to make way for a museum, City of Madison preservation planner Kitty Rankin told Isthmus reporter Melanie Conklin, "The only thing historic about the arch is that is used to be attached to a historic building."

Since then, Rankin has changed her mind about the arch. "I don't believe that any more," she says when asked about the comment she made in 2002. It was telephone calls from Central alumni responding to her comment that persuaded her to reassess her original opinion. "For a lot of people who grew up in the Bush, much of their neighborhood is gone," she says. "The arch is a reminder of their youth and a monument cherished by a lot of people."

Central alumni from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s agree with Rankin that the arch is a reminder of their youth, but also believe it is historically significant not because it was designed by a pioneering architect, but because it represents both a bygone era in Madison history and a very unique institution.

"The Central High arch is the last remaining, nostalgic sign of where I went to school," says Joan Severa (Class of 1943), retired Curator of Costume & Textiles for the Wisconsin Historical Society. She recalls that, "We took a lot of ribbing from kids at other schools because it was popular to be prejudiced and Central had so many Jews, Italians, and Blacks." Like alumni from at least three decades, she still remembers the way students from other schools substituted ethnic and racial slurs for some of the lyrics of Central's school song.

"The arch is a very valuable piece of history to me," says Donald Gothard (Class of 1953), a retired electrical engineer who now lives in Michigan. One of the first Black electrical engineers to graduate from Notre Dame, Gothard worked on the guidance and navigation systems for the Apollo Lunar Landing Mission. During his senior year at Central, he served as student council president and remembers, "At that time Central was a very diverse school, but we were all working together harmoniously, not like East and West."

Nils Olsen (Class of 1965), Dean and Professor of Law at the University at Buffalo Law School in New York, says, "The arch is a very nice monument to what was a very special place – a school that was small, diverse, and provided a great education." Furthermore, he adds, "Central was an important institution in the city and it is only appropriate to have some testament to where it was."

Sidney Iwanter (Class of 1967), an independent producer who lived in the Greenbush neighborhood and now lives in Los Angeles, says, "The arch is evocative of a portion of Madison that no longer exists except on microfiche. If you've moved to Madison recently and you walk down West Washington Avenue, you wouldn't know that this was once a ghetto for Jews, Blacks, and Italians." What makes the arch important, says Iwanter, is that, "It is a monument to a school that helped produce the American Dream for so many parents in Greenbush by serving as a feeder school to the University of Wisconsin."

Judy Karofsky, a longtime Downtown Madison resident and activist, who not a Central alumna, says it was "pathetic" to save such a small piece of the Central High School Building, but she's glad the arch survived. "At the beginning, it may have seemed frivolous, but the importance of the arch has increased over time," she observes.

"The presence, size and elevation of the arch influences people as they walk by" says Arndt. "Beautiful architecture inspires a sense of worth that's not there in today's fabricated buildings."

But if there seems to be a broad consensus that the Central High arch is something that should be maintained and preserved, why has it taken so long for routine maintenance to be performed? Terry Gulmire, who recently retired after 15 years as MATC's facility director, says a 1999 exterior repair cost estimate for the Central High arch prepared by Angus-Young Associates, Inc. was $152,000. Repair of the arch was one of four projects MATC was considering and the high cost could not be justified, says Gulmire, because at that time the arch was deemed to have little historic significance.

The cost of the current maintenance work on the arch is $18,500, says Brechlin.

"One of the things we specialize in is historic structures," says Maki. "They (MATC) have their priorities in place. The arch was up in the air. We provided a second opinion."


A brief history of Madison Central High School


1854: Madison High School founded. First classes in the basement of a Methodist church

1858: School Board purchases the Female Academy on the site where the Central High arch now stands

1873: North wing of the "old building" replaces the academy

1877-78: South wind if the "old building" erected; "old building is occupied until 1906

1906-1908 – "Two years of wandering" (high school classes held in various buildings in Downtown Madison)

1908 – The new, Cass Gilbert-designed building built on the site of the "old building" opens its doors

1922: East High school opens and Madison High School is renamed Central High School

1930: West High School opens

1966: Wisconsin High School on the UW campus closes and merges with Central, which is renamed Central-University High School

1969: Last class graduates from Central-University High School; building subsequently becomes part of Madison Area Technical College

1986: Central-University High School building is demolished to make room for an MATC parking lot, but Wisconsin Avenue entry arch is left standing


Notable Central High School Alumni

Georgia O'Keeffe (attended 1902-1903) – Artist

Margaret H'Doubler (1906) - Credited with establishing, in 1926, the first dance education program at a U.S. university (at the University of Wisconsin)

Timothy Brown (1907) – Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice from 1949-1964 (Chief Justice 1962-1964)

Alfred Buser (1907) – Captain of the undefeated 1912 University of Wisconsin football team

John Hasbrouk van Vleck (1913) – Nobel Prize-winner in Physics

Wayne Lyman Morse (1919) – U.S. Senator from Oregon 1944-1969

Walter Frautschi (1920) – Madison businessman and philanthropist; father of John J. and W. Jerome "Jerry" Frautschi

John Bardeen (Class of 1923) – Only person to win the Nobel Prize for Physics twice

Edward Withers (1947) – All American defensive football player at the University of Wisconsin

Tracy Nelson (1963) – Blues and country singer


Notes: The links in the above text did not appear in my original copy, but were added for this post. My original copy had an error, which I have corrected here. Both my original copy and the story published in the Wisconsin State Journal stated that Donald Gothard graduated in 1953. He did not: He graduated in 1952. A sharp-eyed alumnus caught the error and contacted the newspaper, which subsequently printed a correction. This post also appears on the Madison Central High School Class of 1965 blog.


Thursday, November 01, 2007

Restoring the Central High School arch


There's always something else to do... but I can tell you what's engaged a lot of my time and attention for the past several weeks: researching and writing an article about the restoration of the Central High School arch on Wisconsin Avenue for the Wisconsin State Journal. The article was published on Halloween on the front page of the newspaper. If you didn't catch it in the newspaper, there's on online version of the story at madison.com

When I have some more time, I'll post some more photographs of the restoration work and answer some of the questions I've received from alumni. In the meantime, rest assured that the arch is still standing.

Note: This post also appears on the Class of 1965 blog.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Class of 1937 yearbook available on Flickr

As part of my ongoing effort to write a history of Madison Central High School, I've been acquiring copies of the school yearbooks. Most of the ones I have are hardbound and are not easily scanned or photocopied.

However, I recently acquired a copy of The Orange and Black yearbook for the Class of 1937. During the 1930s and the Great Depression, publication of the Tychoberahn was suspended. Instead of 100+ pages, the yearbooks from the 1930s tend to have about 40 pages. Because the pages are stapled rather than bound, it was fairly easy for me to scan them without damaging anything.

I've scanned all 36 pages of the 1937 edition of The Orange and Black, plus the front and back covers (both inside and out) and posted them on the Central Alumni Flickr account. You may view each page individually, or click on the set and use the slide show option.

The resolution on my scanner is not high, but it seems to be acceptable for this project. The yearbook pages were slightly wider than the scanner screen, but I've done my best to capture everything on the page. The only things you may not be able to read are some of the autographs (like all the yearbooks I've acquired, this one is "pre-owned," but because there are so many autographs, I haven't been able to determine the owner's name).

Please let me know what you think of this online yearbook. Eventually, I would like all of the Madison Central High School yearbooks to be available online -- and to be indexed as well. Indexing is expensive, as are server charges: That's why I'm experimenting with Flickr as a low cost, interim option. A generous donation from the Class of 1956 is helping to pay the annual cost of the now upgraded Flickr account. The upgrade allows for an unlimited number of photos and sets. Prior to the upgrade, the account was limited to 200 photos and 3 sets.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Class of 1943 Annual Reunion

The Madison Central High School Class of 1943 will hold its 64th reunion next Wednesday, July 24, 2007 at the Elks Club in Madison, according to an email I received from Selma Dewey Calnan.

Tom and Dorothy Jafferis, who were high school sweethearts, have been keeping track of the alumni for 50 years.

The class voted to meet every year because "we don't want to take any chances!" It draws alumni from Hawaii, California, Florida and the states where they settled down after service in WWII.


Thursday, July 05, 2007

Activity update

Most of what I've been posting, lately on the Madison Central High School blogs has been a bit behind the scenes. I continue to update the obituary archives. Recently, for instance, I've posted obituaries for a member of the Class of 1920 and a member of the Class of 1967 in the archives for obituaries published after 1990. I've also posted an obituary for a member of the Class of 1966 and a member of the Class of 1907 (whose five children later graduated from Central, too) in the archives for obituaries published prior to 1990.

The Blogger search engine (upper left hand corner of the blog) has been greatly improved. If you're looking for a particular person or date, try using it. And, as always, if you have a copy of an obituary for someone who is not yet included in the archives, please contact me so I can add it.

I continue to do research about the history of Central, but don't have the time to write about all my discoveries, especially since I've started a personal blog covering a wider range of subjects. I hope you'll take time to visit it, too. Tonight, I posted a continuation of the "Dirty dancing" and "Puking in the parking lot" posts there. When they were originally published here in January, they prompted a lot of comments. I hope more people will join in the conversation now that I've resumed it in a more general forum.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Remembering a Madison [Central] High School Alumnus who died in World War I

Roger Boeker (Class of 1960), Post Commander for the VFW Post 1318 on Lakeside Street, where the annual All-Central Reunion is held, has submitted a short biography of Marion Cranefield, a member of the the Class of 1914 who was killed in action in France during World War I. The VFW facility's namesake is Cranefield, and a copy of the photo shown on the left hangs on an interior wall of the facility.

The complete post is in the archives of alumni obituaries published prior to 1990.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Help preserve Central High School's history by putting some names on faces


Usually Ann Waidelich and some of her fellow volunteers, including Central alumna Charlotte McVicar, spend Wednesday at the Wisconsin Historical Society helping to catalogue photographs, an increasing number of which are being posted online every week.

A conscientious researcher, Ann expends a great deal of time and energy trying to identify the people in each photograph she helps to process, but sometimes it's difficult to be successful in this important endeavor. However, I think Central alumni may be able to help her (and the Wisconsin Historical Society) put some names on as yet unidentified faces, such as the one shown on the top left of this post.

A cropped version of this photo of the 1929 relay team, taken by Angus McVicar, Charlotte's father, appears in the 1929 Tychoberahn. The men are identified by their surnames, as you can see if you look at the scan I've made of page 124 of the yearbook:

Note: Click on scan to enlarge it in your browser window


The names are (from left to right): Gjerde, Cohen, Anderson, Kloetzli, Horne, and Younger.

My copy of the 1929 Tychoberahn has lots of autographs. Although it's difficult to see in the scan, the autograph to the right of the photo is that of Harry Chuck Younger, so presumably he's the man on the right. After looking at the senior photos, I believe I've identified the man third from the right as Carter Anderson. I haven't been able to determine the identities of the other men, perhaps because they were not graduating seniors.

The photo of the track team at the top of page 124 of the 1929 Tychoberahn was also taken by Angus McVicar (note his name in the lower left hand corner). No one in this photo is identified, although it's likely the fourth man from the left in the bottom row is Carter Anderson.

The sign on the building in the background says "Simon Brothers Co" and in 1929, that company was located at 901 E. Washington Avenue, so the photograph was probably taken at Breese Stevens Field.

If you have any information about these team members and can help put some names on faces or tell us a bit about what happened to any of these men after they left Central, please leave a comment or send me an e-mail. I'll forward any information I receive to Ann Waidelich.

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Members of the Class of 1917: Part 2 (Surnames M-R)

Listed below are the members of the Madison High School Class of 1917 whose surnames begin with the letters M-R and whose photos are included in the 1917 Tychoberahn.

The italicized information under many names is the information I have been able to find about that person; or, in some instances, speculation about how that person may be related to other alumni, or what they may have done after graduation. The quotations and information about high school activities are from the 1917 Tychoberahn.If you have any additional information about any of these members of the Class of 1917, please contact me by email or leave a comment.

Dorothy Maclaurin
Probably Dorothea MacLaurin (later Rainey) who graduated from the Univesity of Wisconsin in 1921 and with her high school classmate, Eleanor Riley (later Grant), owned the popular Soupçon Restaurant in Madison
Esther MacLean
John Mader
Alfred Marks
Helen "Carty" McCarthy
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1922; married A.O. Teckemeyer
Esther McKennan
Alice Meidell
Married Eugene Holden, an instructor in agronomy at the University of Wisconsin, in 1923
Hildur Meidell
Louis Melcher
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1922; completed theological studies in the Episcopal theological department of the University of the South in Sewaunee, Tennessee and in 1927 was appointed dean of the Episcopal cathedral of St. Luke in Ancon, Panama Canal Zone
Marie Metz
Florence Moll
Clara Monfried
Mildred Morgan
Probably the Mildred Morgan who graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1924
Olga Mrdutt
Emma Mueller
Eunice Neckerman
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1926; married Waldemar Groth
Lucille O'Keefe
William Olds
Helen Olson
Charles Olson
Harold Olson
Ora Olson
Charlotte O'Malley
Arthur Ottow
Martina Paltz
Margaret Parker
Mary Parkinson
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1921
John Penewell
Weston Pidcoe
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1922; married Una DeBard in Haskell, Texas; attended the 50th reunion of his UW class in 1972
Lorenz Potter
Irene Puls
Robert Putnam
Grace Putnam
Loretta Quam
Alfred Radke
Irving Ramsdell ( -1965)
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1923; playwright
Marion Rathbun
Lillian Rhodes
Edward Riley
Eleanor Riley
Probably Eleanor Riley who graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1921 and with her high school classmate, Dorothea MacLaurin (later Rainy), owned the popular Soupçon Restaurant in Madison; Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1921
Gaige Roberts
Douglas Rose
Katherine Rosenberry
Helen Roth
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1921; in 1926 married S. M. McElvain, a professor of chemistry at the University of Wisconsin
Henry Royce
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1921; in 1924 was a paper salesman for Graham Paper Company in St. Louis, Missouri

Friday, March 16, 2007

Two recent photographs of the Central arch

Walking on West Dayton Street towards Wisconsin Avenue this afternoon, I stopped to take a photograph of the Central arch, the only remaining vestige of the Cass Gilbert-designed building that was home to Madison Central High School until from 1908 until 1969.

I wanted to take some photographs of the inside of the arch, but there was no access from either the MATC side or the Wisconsin Avenue side. Perhaps the orange barrier is seasonal. Let's hope it's not a harbinger of another attempt to demolish the arch.



Note: These post also appears on the CHS Class of 1965 blog

Sunday, March 11, 2007

At least Madison Central High School alumni still have a visual reminder of their school...

When Wisconsin High School closed in 1964, it merged with Madison Central High School, which then became known as Central-University High School.

Central-University High School closed in 1969 and its Cass Gilbert-designed building was razed to make way for an MATC parking lot. But at least Central alumni have a visible symbol of their school in the Central arch on Wisconsin Avenue (shown in the previous post).

Wisconsin High School alumni aren't so fortunate. I've written a long post (with several photos) about what happened to the Wisconsin High School building for the Class of 1965 blog. Please click HERE to read that post.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

The Central arch on a snowy night in 2006


MATC Central HS Arch
Originally uploaded by MBIMOTMOG.
Here's a great photo of the Central arch taken in February 15, 2006 by Aaron Kraus. Double click on it to see a larger version of it on his Flicker account.

Enjoy. Then check out some of the photos of Central alumni posted on the Central Alumni Flickr account and the Central High School Class of 1966 Flickr account. You may also access these account by clicking on the small Flickr flash badges in the right hand column.

I posted a link to Aaron's photo on the Class of 1965 blog last year, but that link went to a blog. I prefer viewing it on Flickr because there's less visual clutter surround it.

Monday, February 26, 2007

A new location for alumni photos

I'm going to start migrating alumni photos (such as the one shown here) to a special Flickr account, so it will become easier to locate and view them The account name is "Madison, Wisconsin CHS Alumni" and you may access it by clicking HERE. There is also a Flickr badge for the account near the bottom of the right hand column. This is in addition to (and separate from) the Class of 1966 Flickr account which also has a badge on this blog. If you click on any image on the badges, you will also be taken to that Flickr account.

Right now, the alumni Flickr account has 19 photos from the 2006 All-Central Reunion. I will keep you advised of my progress in posting photos to this account.

If you wish to leave comments on any public Flickr account, you must have your own Flickr account. A basic account is free -- and you're not even required to post any photos.

Update: On 3/3/2007, I added photos from the 2007 All-Central Reunion and Class of 1956 reunion to the "Madison, Wisconsin CHS Alumni" Flickr account.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Remembering Freddie Lee Banks and Christopher Canepa, members of the Class of 1933 who died before graduation

Not everyone who attended Madison Central High School graduated with his or her class. Two prominent members of the Class of 1933 -- Freddie Lee Banks and Christopher Canepa -- died before graduating. Both were honored in The Orange and Black yearbook.

The image below was created by merging scans of page 13 and page 31 of the yearbook. I decided to reproduce the full page images so you could see the memorial to these two students in context, rather than as an isolated clipping. As a result, you may also read a story about the June 1933 commencement ceremony, written by Aleen Anderson and Violet Jane Bagley; a short story by Virginia Oakey; and an uncredited poem.

Click on the image to enlarge it in your browser window. I will also transcribe the text from Olive Nelson's story about Banks and Canepa below the image (the better to capture the attention of search engines).



Two Prominent Members Lost to the Graduating Class
by Olive Nelson

The death of two of its members has twice caused the June graduating class to mourn the loss of a classmate and comrade. One was taken after a long illness which developed into pneumonia during the last few days; the other was taken shortly after an accident, while tumbling, in which his spine was injured. These two pupils, Freddie Lee Banks and Christopher Canepa, distinguished themselves especially in sports. They were known as good sports, always playing fair and always unselfish in allowing others to take their places. All their team mates enjoyed having them as part of the team. They worked industriously at their school work and have been missed greatly in their classes and other activities.

Freddie Lee Banks, home room 202, died Sunday afternoon, March 18, after a serious illness which had lasted approximately a month. The funeral was held Monday afternoon, March 19, in the Fitch-Lawrence funeral parlors. Central senior High school was closed from 12:30 to 1:10 Monday noon, as a tribute to Freddie Lee, a well-known and well-liked pupil.

Freddie Lee was a great athlete, having participated in girls' after-school sports during the three years that she attended Central. Miss Marguerite Shepard, physical education instructor, said this of her" "I think she was one of the best all-around athletes I have ever had in this school. Her sportsmanship was outstanding."

Along with sports Friddie Lee [sic] was well known because of her interest in music. She studied in the chorus class and was a member of the mixed chorus. She was talented as a pianist and had a promising voice.

The teachers who were well acquainted with her speak especially of her generosity, courtesy, kindliness, cheerfulness, and also her strength of character.

Christopher Canepa, better known as "Chris," died on May 4 after an injury contracted while he was tumbling and doing acrobatic stunts. The accident happened on the night of May 3.

"Chris" was an expert boxer, having participated in the boxing contests during both his senior and junior years. In the contests, held this year and only a short time before his death, he won the flyweight championship from other boxers at Central. Following this he competed at West and won the decision in that bout. He also conquered the Vocational flyweight contest.

During his first two years in Central Senior High school he was a manager if the football and basketball teams. He earned his letter "M" as a result of his work in this position.

With four of his brothers he competed in other towns in acrobatic contents which were sponsored by the Y.M.C.A. With his brother John he often gave acrobatic exhibitions at P.T.A. meetings. His four brothers, Phil, Toto, Tony, and John now find it necessary to change some of their routines and find themselves much handicapped by his absence.

Notes: I do not have copies of published newspaper obituaries for either of these students. Please contact me if you have one, so I may make a copy for the alumni obituary archives. Special thanks to Jan Aulik for providing a complete set of photocopies of the 1933 and 1934 Orange and Black yearbooks. Jan's mother, Laurene Meyer, was a member of the Madison Central High School Class of 1934.

Members of the Class of 1934: Part 1 (June Graduates: Surnames A-D)

This is the first of several posts listing the names of the members of the Madison Central High School Class of 1934. I have information about some of the people listed below, but hope that if you're reading this post and know something about one (or more) of these alumni, you'll contact me by leaving a comment or sending an e-mail.

Many members of this class are deceased, but I've discovered some clues to the whereabouts of a couple of nonagenarians who may still be with us.

Among the members of the Class of 1934 who graduated in June are Jay Ashbrook, who was stage manager for a production of Noel Coward's "Private Lives" that garnered praise from the playwright; Violet Jane Bagley, the niece of William T. Evjue, founder and editor of The Capital Times; Harvey Burr, a billboard advertising salesman whose story-telling skills merited a splendid staff-written obituary in The Seattle Times; E. Bowden Curtiss, publisher of the Darlington Republican Journal; and Dr. James L. Dean, one of the founders of the Dean Clinic in Madison.

In those instances where I have posted an obituary for someone in the alumni obituary archives, I've provided a link. However, I'm still missing many obituaries and would appreciate any contributions.

Isabelle Albers (1915-1995)
Married Alvin Sampson
Wayne Allemang
Michael Amato (1915-2000)
Aleen Anderson
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1938; married Ward Plater
Lucille Anding (1916-2006)
Married Michael Drozd
Lillian Armbrecht (1915-1982)
Married name Lucio
Jay (John B.) Ashbrook (1916-2002)
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1940; In April 1943, The Wisconsin Alumnus (Volume 44, Number 3) reported that, "Jay B. ASHBROOK was stage manager in the production of Noel Coward 's "Private Lives," given at the Queensbury Club in London, recently. It rated a front page Story in "The Stars and Stripes," the AEF paper published overseas, and Noel Coward, the great playwright himself, attended and said that of the many times he had seen the play Done, this was the nearest to the idea he had in mind when he wrote it. Ashbrook is now in officers candidate training at Duke University."; in 1968, Ashbrook was living in Buckingham, England and working in investment management (source: 1935 reunion book)
Roy Audini (1916-1994)
Violet Jane Bagley (1916-1992)
The niece of William T. Evjue, founder and editor of The Capital Times; married fellow Central Alumnus Frederick W. Miller (Class of 1930) in 1939
Miriam Baird
Married Frank Reibold
Phil Baker
Ruth Becker
Joe Beld
Helen Blazek
Married Oscar Richter
Ellen Bowes
Norman Braith
Frances Briggs
Dolores Buchanan (1915-2003)
Married John Whitmore
Harvey Burr (1916-1997)
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1939
Mary Butts
Married name Schultz
Agnes Cawley
William Cleveland
Jessie Cohen
Married Harry Render; living in Natanya, Israel in 1968
Kay Cohn
Mary Colletti (1915-1998)
Bernice Conohan
E. Bowden Curtiss (1916-2000)
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1939; became publisher of the Darlington (Wisconsin) Republican Journal
Joy Custer
Married Douglas Dakin; living in California in 1968
Crescence Daniels (1917-2004)
James L. Dean (1916-2001) - Class President
Attended the Annapolis Naval Academy and University of Pennsylvania Medical School; one of the founders of the Dean Clinic in Madison
Sue De Loreto (spelled Diloreto in 35th reunion book)
Arnold Derman
Listed as deceased in 35th reunion booklet
Katherine Diebold
Listed as deceased in 35th reunion booklet (name listed as Catherine Diebold Gutzmer)
Mildred Doyle
Robert Du Benske
Listed as deceased in 35th reunion booklet

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Remembering the co-captains of the 1954 Madison Central High School football team

Last April, I wrote a post about my visit to the open house at the Italian Workmen's Club on Regent Street, but I didn't have time or space to write about everything I saw and learned during my visit. As a historian, I was fascinated by all the clippings from local newspapers that were on display. Microfilm is better than nothing, but too often, the images it delivers are scratched and poorly focused. That's why I took a few photos of newspaper clippings, hoping the resultant images would be a bit easier to see, albeit far from perfect.

Below is a photo of one clipping that caught my attention: A captioned photo of the co-captains of the 1954 Madison Central High School football team:


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The date on the clipping is Thursday, December 2, 1954. The name of the newspaper isn't available, but judging by the typeface, I suspect it's the Wisconsin State Journal.

Here's what the caption says: "The Bank of Madison held its first annual banquet for the Madison Central high school football team Wednesday night in the Belmont hotel, and Bob Gingrass, top center in the picture above, was the main speaker. Others in the picture, left to right, are Coach Harold Pollock, Co.-Capt. Dick Harris, Vice-Pres. Theodore Meloy of the Bank of Madison, Co.-Capt. and Most Valuable player, Louis Cassini."

Note: The link for Dick Harris (a.k.a. Richard A. Harris, Ph.D.) will take you to the first page of a three-page article about Harris from "The People's Stories of South Madison," posted on line as part of the State of Wisconsin Collection. Use the page arrows near the top of the screen to navigate through the collection and read Richard's entire story.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

How girls at Madison Central High School could earn in athletic letter in 1928

During its 70-year history (1900-1969), the Tychoberahn tended to give more space to boys' athletics than girls' athletics, but that doesn't mean girls spent all their time on the sidelines cheering for the boys.

Girls could also win an "M" for athletics. In 1928, for instance, they could accumulate points toward a letter by participating in volleyball, basketball, tennis, baseball, or swimming. They could also earn points for participation in various dance programs, including interpretive dancing and clogging.

Below is a scan of a page from the 1928 Tychoberahn showing the letter wearers for that year. Unfortunately, the photo caption lists only surnames. If you can provide a first name for any of the girls in the photo, please send me an e-mail or leave a comment.

The girls are: Top Row: Christenson, Cohen, Rentz, Homberger, Danials, Murphy, Dean; Bottom Row: Butler, Statz, Nathenson, Hoffman, Wildeman, Reilly, Peterson, Hagen.



The wonderful photos on the page below (also from the 1928 Tychoberahn) don't have captions, but the descriptions of the clogging and interpretative dancing classes (and the costumes worn for each) are very informative. My guess would be that the top photo was taken in the girls' gym although I don't remember the windows shown on the left side of the photo). The interpretive dancing class photo was probably taken in the auditorium (note the curtain in the background).



Double click on these images to enlarge them in your browser window if you want to reach the complete text.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Members of the Class of 1907: Part 1 (Surnames A-H)

Listed below are some of the members of the Madison High School Class of 1907 (surnames A-H) whose names are listed in the 1907 Tychoberahn. However, it's a good idea to keep in mind that a yearbook is not an official listing of graduates. Yearbooks are also not always entirely accurate. Sometimes they contain typographical errors; sometimes they contain inside jokes that affect their "accuracy" as far as outsiders are concerned.

In order to avoid creating a long, visually annoying list, I'm going to list about half of the class members in this post and the rest in a future post. I hope posting their names will draw some responses from relatives or others who can provide additional information about these Madison High School graduates.

Longtime Madisonians may find some familiar surnames in the list. I have also included some comments with tentative biographic information for a few of the graduates (shown in italics). Each entry in the yearbook includes school activities (if any) and a brief description (shown in quotes) that presumably says sometime about the person's physical appearance, background, or personality. I'm including some of these as well.

Again, I hope this will help jog memories and elicit responses, comments, and corrections.


Caroline Adams
Attended the University of Wisconsin, but did not graduate; the November 1910 issue of the Wisconsin Alumni Magazine (Volume 12, Number 2) reported that, Caroline Adams, daughter of Mrs. Anna Adams and of the late Congressman. H. C. Adams of Madison, and Frederick A. Chamberlain of Wheeling, W. Va., were married on October 18 at the home of the bride. At home at Wheeling, where the groom holds a position with the Electric Light and Power company of that city."
Florence Anderson
Josephine Allyn (1889-1981)
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1912; married Henry Roscoe Trumbower
Frances Beck
William Bird
Alf B. Bondi
Clyde Brown
Irving Brown
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1911; the 1923 Badger yearbook section on distinguished alumni included this sketch of Brown: "IRVING BROWN, B.A. 'II, M.A. '12, the foremost authority on the American gypsy, will contribute the article on this subject to the new Britannica. His "Children of the Earth" was the feature article in the October issue of the Survey Graphic. He is assistant professor of Romance languages at Columbia University."
Alfred Buser (1888-1956)
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1912; was captain of the undefeated 1912 University of Wisconsin football team; in 1924 was director of athletics at Central High School in St. Paul, Minnesota
Timothy Brown (1889-1977)
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1911; graduated from Harvard Law School in 1914; Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice from 1949-1964 (Chief Justice 1962-1964)
Rose Carlson
Lillian Clapp
Harry Coffman
Lolita Cooper
Charles Cunnien (1888-1912)
Irene Curtis
Attended the University of Wisconsin; daughter of Madison mayor W.D. Curtis; died in 1927
Glen Custer
Father of G. Stanley (Class 1934), and twin brothers Frank and Rudy (Class of 1931)
Bessie Dexter
Attended the University of Wisconsin, where she was a member of Delta Gamma
James Dean
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1911; became a Madison physician
Marie Fess (1890-1977)
A.K.A. Leone Marie Fess; Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1912 with a degree in home economics; married C.A. Le Claire; was living in Boston in 1917; in 1925 later married Thomas E. Spence; died in 1977
Arno Froelich
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1912; in 1921 was teaching English at Washington High School in Milwaukee
Evangeline Fryette
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1913 with a degree in home economics; married John Hugo Johnson; in 1917 was living in Billings. Montana
Dorothy Frankenburger
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1911; married Raymond Y. Sanders; in 1916 was living in Evanston, Illinois
Alfred Flint
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1911; in 1925 was practicing law in Madison, Wisconsin
Alice Frautschi (1888- )
Married Eugene Sutliff Allen, Sr. Living in Chatham, Virginia during time of 1930 Census.
Everett French
Grace Gorry
Rose Gallagher
Joseph Hubbard
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1912; in 1926 was living in Cambridge, Massachusetts and working as editor of the Weekly Letters of the Harvard Economic Service
Moulton Babcock Goff (1889-1982)
Attended the University of Wisconsin; graduated from Cornell University; married Agnes Davis; The Wisconsin alumni magazine (Volume 26, Number 7) reported in May 1925 that,"Moulton GOFF, who operates a fruit and dairy farm in Door county, recently had an article published in the Atlantic Monthly in which he evaluated the work of a score of county agents." The Wisconsin alumnus (Volume 63, Number 10) reported in Febaruary 1962 that, "Mr. and Mrs. Moulton B. GOFF, Sr. (Agnes DAVIS '12) have temporarily relocated in Los Angeles, Calif., after narrowly escaping serious injury in the great Bel-Air fire which destroyed their home."
Elizabeth Goe
Mabel Gratz (1888-1984)
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1912; married John Glaettli, Jr., who designed the Rennebohm Building on the corner of University and Randall Avenues in Madison; in 1913 the Wisconsin alumni magazine (Volume 14, Number 8) reported that, " Mabel Gratz is associated with the economics department of the Railroad Commision of Wisconsin, State Capitol, Madison. Her home address is 1213 West Johnson Street, Madison."
William Hammersley
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1911; probably one of the Hammersleys associated with the Hammersley Drug Store in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Laura Hollatz
Hester Harper
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1911; daughter of Charles Lewis Harper, a Wisconsin pioneer who moved to the state in 1848 and later served 41 years at state superintendent of public instruction; in 1922 Hester was teaching in Appleton, Wisconsin; died in 1955 in Waterloo, Iowa (surname was Rumsey at time if death)
Roman A. Heilman
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1911; became an attorney; was elected Madison City Attorney in 1923; in 1927, served as president of the Central Madison Lions Club
Margaret Head
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1911; married Walter Buchen
Henry Hetzel
Florence Holcombe
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1911; taught at Whitewater State College; died in Chicago in 1957
Elsie Hoebel
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1911; in 1921 was an examiner for the Los Angeles Civil Service Commission in California

Thursday, December 14, 2006

A poem written for the 50th reunion of the Madison Central High School Class of 1956

Cheryll Moling Thompson wrote a poem for the Class of 1956's 50th reunion and was kind enough to e-mail a copy for posting on this blog. It arrived nicely formatted, but Blogger wouldn't let me present it in two columns. So I've reformatted her word processing document and turned it into a JPG image, so you can read it as she wrote it. However, the JPG image is small, so you'll have to double click on it in order to enlarge it in your browser window.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

The 1906 Madison High School football team "was a machine, not a bunch of individual players"

In 1906, the Madison [Central] High School team was still playing home games at Camp Randall. The new high school building on Wisconsin Avenue was under construction, so the Madison High School students were scattered around Downtown Madison. The Class of 1907 spent its final year in "the most disreputable" facility: the combined engine house and police station. But the school still managed to have a successful football team

"In spite of the obstacle of having no gymnasium and no regular football field, last year the Madison High School boasted of a wonderful team, a team that was probably better than the famous one of '97," wrote the editors of the 1907 Tychoberahn.

Below is a photo of the 1906 Madison High School football team. The photo caption is from the Tychoberahn. Long-time Madisonians probably will recognize the surnames of some team members.


Upper row from left to right: George Wahl, William Hammersley, Basil, Casey, Alfred Buser, Melvin J. White, Percy Mehlig, Louis Heyl, Perry Fess, and John Edwin Moll.

Lower row: Mandus Scott, Everett French, George Trainor, Edward Trainor, Elmo Cooper, James Dean, Walter Wellman, and Thomas Malone.


I am still researching the "who's who" of the Madison High School Class of 1907, although not all football team members were members of that class. John Edwin Moll, who went on to become a football coach at Purdue, is not listed as a member of the Class of 1907 in the Tychoberahn. It's likely he graduated in 1908. Tragically, he died on Christmas Day in 1912 (click on one of the links to read his obituary). Alfred Buser graduated in 1907 and was captain of the 1912 University of Wisconsin football team that was undefeated in the Western Conference. If you have any additional information about any of these athletes, please send me an e-mail or leave a comment.

Below is a scan of the page in the 1907 yearbook describing the football team's season. Unfortunately, there is no complete listing of the games played or the final scores.




Note: Double click on either image (the photo or the text from the Tychoberahn) to enlarge it in your browser window.

Updated 12/15/2006

Friday, December 01, 2006

William Windsor, a member of the Class of 1875 who became a renowned phrenologist

Thus far, the Class of 1875 is earliest Madison [Central] High School graduating class for which I've been able to locate a comprehensive list of graduates. One member of that 14-member graduating class, William Windsor, became a renowned phrenologist and author "Phrenology, The Science of Character" (Ferris-Windsor Co., Big Rapids, Michigan, 1921)

Phrenologists believed character and personality (including criminality) could be determined by the shape of someone's head. If you'd like to learn more about this theory, have a look at The History of Phrenology on the Web , "...the most comprehensive website for the history of phrenology -- the most popular Victorian science." created by Dr. John van Wyhe, Director of the Wheeler Library of the British Society for the History of Science.

When Windsor died in Milwaukee in 1923, he left what at that time were considered unusual instructions about how his funeral should be conducted, including a statement that "I do not want the notice of my death printed in the obituary columns." Fortunately for historians, The Wisconsin alumni magazine published a short obituary in its February 1923 issue. You can read it by clicking HERE.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Some impressive Madison Central High School alumni connections to Xerox Corporation and Universal Studios

I've just completed two posts (below) listing the members of the Class of 1910 by surname: A-L and M-W.

There are lots of interesting people in the class. I hope you'll read the lists carefully. You may be surprised to learn that two of your fellow alumni became high-level executives at the companies that were the precursors to Xerox Corporation and Universal Studios. Homer Piper, who was class orator, became chairman of the board of Haloid Company, the company that eventually became Xerox Corporation. Harry Grinde became an executive at Universal Film, a company founded by one-time Wisconsin resident Carl Laemmle, that eventually became Universal Studios.

When you read the two class lists, you'll see that there are still a lot of alumni about whom I have no information. If you can provide any additional information about any of these alumni, please send me an e-mail or leave a comment.

Note: A slightly different version of this post also appears on the Class of 1965 blog.