Friday, February 24, 2006

Photos of the New High School (and one of the old) from the 1909 Tychoberahn

On page 10 of the 1909 Tychoberahn, the editors write that, "This is the first Annual to appear since we entered the new building. It is published by the first class to graduate from the new building: hence it is especially fitting that we should herein welcome the new era." The photos in this post are from the 1909 Tychoberahn.

The old high school building on Wisconsin Avenue (demolished in 1906 to make room for the new high school building, designed by architect Cass Gilbert)

"After two years of wandering, we are at last in the new building, which ranks as one of the best in the state."

Main entrance on Wisconsin Avenue, showing most of the "Central arch," today the last remaining vestage of the new high school building, which was demolished to make room for an MATC parking lot. To view a recent (February 2006) photo of the arch, taken by Aaron Kraus, click HERE to go to my February 19 post, then click on the phrase "as my flickr image title reflects" in the comments section.

This appears to be a view looking toward the Johnson Street side of the building. Note the absence of lockers in the hallway.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Bill McDonald Wearing History

Here's a photo of Bill McDonald, taken last Sunday at the All-Central reunion. Don't ask when he graduated, just zoom in on his shirt for this information.

And because I knew you wouldn't believe the names of everyone in the Class of 1950 could fit on his chest, I asked Bill to turn around so I could take another photo. Same man, same shirt; my fault the exposures are slightly different and the orange looks a little oranger in this photo.

The Way They Were: Central High School Faculty in 1953

Maybe these photos from the 1953 Tychoberahn show your former teachers just the way you remember them. Or perhaps they look much younger or older than you remember. It depends how old you are. But if you're still around, it's likely you encountered some of these teachers, regardless of what years you attended Madison Central High School

Beda Mackin, for instance, started teaching at Central in 1928, and continued to teach until 1966. Elizabeth Ritzmann began her career at Central in 1929, and continued to teach until her death in 1968.

You may double click on these two images to enlarge them in your browser window. Below each page image, I've listed the names of the teachers shown on that page in order to make this information accessible on search engines. Some names have links to obituaries. If you have information about any of the other teachers listed here, please contact me by email or leave a comment.

Pictured on this page from the 1953 Tychoberahn are Allen Argue, Benjamin Ashman, John Bond, Jean Bruins, Edward Colbert, Walter Fandrich, Regina Hein, Robert Herreid, Robert Kitto, Elsie Kind, Victor Lanning, Jess Lyon, Beda Mackin, Mary Jo McBride, Darleen McCormick, John McDowell, Florence Morris, Harriet Napiecinski, Margaret Pike, and Lucille Reid.

Pictured on this page from the 1953 Tychoberahn are Mildred Rieder, Robert Rieser, Elizabeth Ritzmann, Harold Rooney, Marguerite Shepard, Roland Sprecher, George Stockton, Robert Tottingham, Donald Wendt, Homer Winger, Donn Weiss, and Beatrice Wood. The list of teachers not pictured includes Duane Anderson, Merle Baldwin, Ruth Bartholomew, Vivian Carswell, Cecelia Gallagher, Ruth Grade, Anne Hankey, Ann Junginger, Lucy Krchma, Frank Lindl, Victoria IcIlquham, Elizabeth Perkins, Jane Roberts, Nita Roberts, William Slater, Maxine Tyonton, Marguertie Wojta, and S. Amelia Yeager.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

More about Leslie W. Quirk - Class of 1900

Several members of the Madison High School Class of 1900 became professional writers. One was Leslie W. Quirk, a nephew of Richard Ball Dudgeon, who, for many years was Madison's superintendent of schools. Quirk's first novel for young people, "Baby Elton Quarterback," was published in 1904.

About 17 years after he graduated, Quirk sailed to Europe to become an ambulance driver for the American Field Service during World War I. Quirk, later used his first-hand knowledge of what happened on the battlefields of France when he wrote "Jimmy Goes to War," published in 1931.

In the introduction to the book, Quirk wrote:

"Many of Jimmy's adventures in the book were also mine. Under the auspices of the American Field Service, which supplied ambulance drivers for the French, I sailed for Europe on the Aurania in October, 1917, just as he did; and after being introduced to war with a submarine attack during the voyage, a Zeppelin raid in London, and a chaotic period in Paris, I went to Soissons and enlisted in the Reserve Mallet, described in Stars and Stripes, the official A. E. F. newspaper, as "that flying squadron of emergency transportation, that trundling troop of trucks, that charging company of camions found wherever a crisis develops."

Quirk's books are out of print, but the entire contents of "Jimmy Goes to War" are on the Internet. If you're interested in reading this novel (or at least having a look at it), click HERE.

The 1900 Tychoberahn did not have photographs of the members of the senior class. If anyone has a photo of Leslie W. Quirk, please contact me. I'd love to post it here. Also, while I assumed Quirk is deceased, I have been unable to determine when and where he died. Any additional information about this alumnus would be most appreciated.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Central and the Sesquicentennial Series

Madison is celebrating its 150th year as a city this year. In conjunction with this sesquicentennial, last January Madison magazine began publishing a 15-part decade by decade series looking at Madison history. Two of the features in this series examine events that may be of particular interest to Madison Central High School alumni. In June 2005, writer Stu Levitan, took a look at the 1900s, including the events leading up to the opening of the new, Cass Gilbert-designed high school on Wisconsin Avenue, as well as the development of Vilas Park. In July 2005, Levitan took a look at the 1910s, including events in the Greenbush neighborhod. To read the online version of these features, click HERE for the 1900s and HERE for the 1910s.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Centralites from the Thirties, Forties, and Fifties Photographed at the All Central Reunion at the VFW

History isn't just about names and faces from old yearbooks. It's also about people who are still with us -- people who have their own unique stories to tell us, their own pieces of history to share.

Pictured below are a few of the Central alumni from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s who attended the All Central Reunion on Sunday. While I didn't have time to talk to anyone in depth, I do have addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses, so I can do some follow-up interviews.

L. Genevieve Jackson graduated from Central in 1930. At 93, she was the oldest alumna at the All Central reunion.

Gloria Burmeister Murray graduated from Central in 1942.

On the left (in the white jacket) is Gordie McCann, who graduated from Central in 1944. On the right is Roberta Browning Baker, a 1952 alumna.

On the left is Paul Washington, Class of 1953. On the right is Ed Hill, Jr., Class of 1951.

Friday, February 10, 2006

1935 A Cappella Choir

In 1935, the United States was in the middle of the Great Depression. Drought had turned the Great Plains into a desert, creating the ecological disaster known as the Dust Bowl. During this period, hundreds of thousands of Oklahoma farmers migrated to California along Route 66. Californians called these migrants "Okies," a term made famous by John Steinbeck's novel "The Grapes of Wrath," published in 1939.

During the Depression, the publication of the Tychoberahn was suspended. Instead, The Madison Mirror published a magazine-format yearbook called the Orange and Black. It contained photos of graduating seniors, but very few photos of school activities. The photo below of the A Cappella Choir is one of the few group photos published in the 1935 Orange and Black.

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Here, reprinted from the Orange and Black's caption (so it's easier on the eyes), is a list of the people in the photo:

Front row: Bertha Sweet, Mildred Baldwin, Myrtle Foster, Ann Schaefer, June Thompson, Mary Gabbei, Dorothea Wright, Miss Huxtable, Carol Jaquish, Irene Schwarz, Cathryn Rosenberg, Betty Flynn, Marlene Waterman, Jo Ann Esch, Lu Marie Kelleher, Elizabeth McGahey, Ruth Werner, Josephine Justo. Second row: Kathleen Menoher, Marion Eifler, Lavon Anding, Mary Balthazor, Joe Justiliano, Joe Masino, Van John Beran, Elizabeth Rogers, Mary Gillett, Virginia Connor, Elizabeth Ludwig,. Third row: Ruth Rosenau, Mary Felker, Ida Tietelbaum, Virginia Hvam, Mary Alice Daniels, Tom Cuccia, Donald Dudley, Wiliam Scott, William Crane, Don Dilger, Max Victor, Frank Di Piazza, Albert Klossner, Gladys Smith, Dorothy Schackter, Virginia Bowes, Fourth row: Betty Ellen Hedquist, Opal Smith, Marguerite Sherman, Donald Maynard, Donald O'Toole, Russell O'Connor, Benjamin Henderson, Vernon Swenson, Charles Johnson, Arthur Wengel, Harold Eggers, Robert Burchette, Robert Barker, Nathan Bornstein, Gertrude Swanson, Miriam Martin, Doris Fish. Fifth row: Arlene Nehmey, Shirley Stickle, Evelyn Michaelson, Harriette Wright, Janet Houston, Alice Herrington.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Seniors in Service

In 1946, the editors of the Madison Central High School yearbook (at that time called The Mirror) made a special effort to salute members of the Class of 1946 who had dropped out of school to join the military before the end of World War II.

Two pages of text and photos were dedicated to “Seniors in Service.” Those pages are reproduced below.

What happened to the “Seniors in Service” shown listed in the 1946 yearbook?

After some preliminary research, I know some came home. Arthur Disch, for instance, returned and raised a family. He died recently and you can find his obituary in the Alumni Obituaries Archives (see link on right). Edward Withers returned, graduated in 1947, and became an all-American defensive football player at the University of Wisconsin. Withers died in 1975. As for the others, perhaps members of the Class of 1946, who are holding a 60th reunion this year, will be good enough to contact me with updates and information about these men.

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Following is a list of the names of the men printed on these two yearbook pages. This should also make it easier for people using search engines to learn about this post. The "Seniors in Service" are Roscoe Ammerman, Robert Banker, Russell Bates, Richard Bavery, Leo Brey, Ronald Caucutt, William Collins, James Crary, Arthur Disch, William Elliott, Richard Frutiger, Phillip Hyslop, Richard Loshek, John Madden, Roy Martin, James Martin, Joe Mazarra, Edward Moran, Leo Mullarkey, Joseph Parisi, Gilbert Reis, Samuel Troia, Donald Wilcox, and Edward Withers.