Sunday, November 05, 2006

Super Centralites from the Class of 1919: Wayne Morse and Mildred Downie

I'm going to write a rather long post about Wayne Morse and Mildred Downie, so I've decided to put a couple of images in a separate post, in order to make blog pages load a bit faster.

Below are scanned copies of page 28 and page 37 of the 1919 Tychoberahn, the pages that include senior photos of Morse and Downie. Rather than just excerpt photos of the two students, I've decided to include the complete pages for two reasons: (1) The activities lists show just how active both were during their years at Madison [Central] High School; and (2) It gives you an opportunity to see some of the wonderful Art Deco design featured in the Tychoberahn that year. Double click on the images to enlarge them in your browser window.

Mildred Downie's photo is the second from the top in the right hand column. Other seniors on this page are Catherine "Kate" Digney, Ellen Dodge, George Doerfer, Gustave "Gus" Drives, John "Johnnie" Drives, Lorraine "Lloyd" "Dunnie" Dunn, and Dorothy "Dot" Easton. Please contact me by e-mail or leave a comment if you can provide additional information about any of these members of the Class of 1919.

Wayne Morse's photo is on the bottom of the right hand column. Other seniors on this page are Ethel Metz, Rosina Metz, Gladys A. "Gladdie" Meyers, Janet "Jane" Millar, Barnard "Bernie" Monfreid, Eleanor "Gug" Morgan, and Erwin Morgan. Please contact me by e-mail or leave a comment if you can provide additional information about any of these members of the Class of 1919.


Note: For those of you too young to remember, "Super Centralites" were senior class students profiled in The Madison Mirror newspaper. This once regular feature was discontinued in the mid 1960s, apparently because there was disagreement about how the Super Centralites were selected. Although The Madison Mirror was not founded until several years after Morse and Downie graduated, there's no doubt in my mind that they deserve the appellation.

2 comments:

D Strand said...

What is Demeter and Persephone under Mildred Downie's list of activities? In 1965 Shirley Hierlemeier must have been Demeter and Bonnie Hawke Persephone!!
Under Wane Morse is Toastmasters Club Banquet. Toastmasters is still around today. Do you think there is any connection between thr two?

Nadine said...

I'll have to look up Demeter and Persephone in the 1919 Tychoberahn the next time I'm at the library.

The Toastmasters Club at Madison High School in 1919 was probably unrelated to the current organization of that name. Here's a quote from that organization's web site: "Toastmasters International is a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors elected by the membership. The first Toastmasters club was established on October 22, 1924, in Santa Ana, California, by Dr. Ralph C. Smedley, who conceived and developed the idea of helping others to speak more effectively."