Friday, March 31, 2006

Gremlins Conquered

If you looked at this page early thing morning, the typeface on some posts may have been very strange looking indeed -- huge and disproportionate. I think I've remedied the situation, but I'll check back later today and make certain all is still well.

Miss Marguerite Shepard

The more I research the history of Madison Central High School, the more I begin to detect patterns. It's interesting to note, for instance, that many Central teachers were Central alumni. Miss Marguerite Shepard, one of the women in the photograph of the Department of Physical Education that accompanies my previous post, graduated from Central (then still named Madison High School) in 1917. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1921 and subsequently spent 30 years teaching at Central.

I know there are alumni out there who must remember Miss Shepard. I hope they'll share their recollections and observations about this long-time faculty member.

When it came to physical education, boys always seemed to have it better than girls

"Ten Central High School girls in gym suits sit on benches doing foot exercises." (Photograph by Angus McVicar, Wisconsin Historical Image ID: No. 16048)

Is there any girl out there who really, truly loved physical education (a.k.a. gym class)? In the Sixties, you had to wear dopey looking gym suits (not very different from the ones show in the above photo, taken in 1935) or, if you had a swimming class at the YMCA, you had to don an ugly, shapeless swimsuit and a regulation swimcap that resembled those elasticized dish covers your mother and grandmother used before Saran Wrap was invented. These caps were designed to keep hair out of the water, not water out of your hair. And then there were those mandatory showers. You'd suffered all night trying to sleep with a head full of brush rollers. Then you went to gym class and got wet or sweaty (or both) and had to take a communal shower that turned that gorgeous hairdo into something that made you look like a water spaniel or a silly goose who'd taken a fall while water skiing. Finally, you had to rush to your next class, unless you lucked out and had seventh period gym class.

And if you weren't trekking to the YMCA to go swimming, or heading down to The Plaza to go bowling, you were probably playing something boring like girls' basketball, a "sport" that allowed only three dribbles. Dribble four times and it was a foul. Nascent feminist, I once asked a gym teacher why girls could only dribble three times and boys could dribble to their heart's content (or at least the best of their ability). The gym teacher told me it was because girls had weaker hearts. Why did I believe that? Why didn't I challenge that answer? Why am I still kicking myself about this after all these years?

The only sport I really loved was soccer. No girls rules there. Unfortunately, we really only played soccer if the weather was warm and we could take a bus ride down to Tenney Park and play soccer by the lagoon. Soccer games were always too short because we had to travel back and forth from school, plus allow time for those showers.

After reading about the Department of Physical Education in the 1926 Tychoberahn (see page image below), it's clear things hadn't changed too much in 40 years. Boys definitely had a better deal back then, too. Boys sports were supposed to serve all sorts of needs including alleviating "the mental strain and tension of the school room" and developing "strength and organic vigor."

If you were a girl, you had to be examined by the school physician who would determine your "physical fitness for gym work" (were you strong enough to dribble three times?). You also had to be examined by the physical director for "postural or structural irregularities." No word about the gym clothes, but they were undoubtedly dopey.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

An alumnus from the Class of 1960 discovers this blog and emails an update about himself

One of the things I'd hoped to accomplish when I started this history blog is beginning to happen. I wanted alumni of Madison Central High School (and their friends and relatives) to find this site and perhaps tell us what they were up to these days (alumni) or fill us in on the whereabouts and activities of alumni for whom we don't have much information (friends and relatives). Jim Kempfer (Class of 1960 found this blog and emailed the message below. I don't know if Jim intended his message to look a bit like a poem, or if the email system imposed its own special formatting on it. In any case, I've reprinted it just as I received it.

what a great site!
just stumbled upon it!
looked up the name of our yearbook; and there it was.
graduated in 1960.
name is james kempfer.
had sibs; that went there to.
lavonne;tom; and gail
also relatives; bambrough;clifcorn;and opheim
live in north carolina; and never been to a re-union yet.
plan on it next feb.
what day is it?
keep up the good work.
the past is hard to forget; and such a good web-site.
love you for it.
as ever;
jim kempfer(my 50th is in 4 years)


The answer to Jim's question about the annual all-Central reunion organized by Rich Bennett is in my January 13, 2005 post on the Class of 1965 blog. Here's a reprint of the relevant paragraph:

From the beginning, Rich says he decided to make it easy for Centralites to remember when and where the reunion will be held each year. It's always at the same place (the VFW on Lakeside Street), always on the same day (the Sunday before Valentine's Day), and always starts at the same time (noon).

Several other alumni have also sent emails and I'll be posting their messages within the next few days, so be sure you check back occasionally.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Remembering the old Fauerbach Brewery and its "Central connection"

Karl Fauerbach, a member of the family that owned and operated the Fauerbach Brewery in Madison from 1848 until 1966, graduated from Madison High School (later renamed Central High School) in 1917. Last year, some of Karl Fauerbach's descendants began brewing Fauerbach beer again.

Next week, Peter Fauerbach, a grandson of Karl Fauerbach, will give a talk about the brewery's history at a meeting of the Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin (CHEW). There's a more detailed description of this event (and another image of the old brewery) posted on the Class of 1965 blog. Click HERE to read that post.

Monday, March 27, 2006

The Oldest School Building in Madison

Even if it hadn't been demolished to make room for an MATC parking lot, Madison Central High School would not have been the oldest school building in Madison today. Can you guess the name of the oldest school building in Madison? Hints: Lots of Centralites went to school there. It's not far from Wisconsin Avenue. It closed its doors four years before the last class graduated from Central. Still don't know? Click HERE for the answer.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

The Madison High School Football Squad of 1905

According to the report on "The Football Season of 1905," printed on pages 66-67 of the 1906 Tychoberahn, the Madison High School Football team was not only undefeated, it registered shutouts against all its opponents. Here are the scores:

October 14, 1905: defeated Sun Prairie 80-0
October 21, 1905: defeated Lodi 64-0
November 4, 1905: defeated Darlington 62-0
November 18, 1905: defeated Baraboo 35-0 "in the most brilliant victory of the season."

The Tychoberahn's report on that game also says that, "The way McCarthy's machine ran over, around, through, and under the opposing team, brought joy to the hearts of Madison rooters and a strange quietude and dignified solemnity to the supporters of Baraboo."


There was one addition game scheduled that season, but it was not played. Here's the explanation provided by the Tychoberahn: "Janesville was scheduled for the following Saturday [after the Lodi game], but through some mis-understanding the game was called off. The excuse given by our opponents was that Janesville had 'a better proposition' for that date. Probably 'an easier proposition' would have suited the situation better."

Here is the caption for the team photo as printed in the Tychoberahn. Please note that the numbering system starts from the back, which means the "first row" is the back row and the "fourth row" is the front row.

Reading from left to right,

First Row: Perry Fess (sub), William Hammersley (right half-back), Basil Casey (center), Alfred Buser (right guard), Fred Vater (left guard), Edward Trainor (left tackle), Edwin Koch (sub), Leslie Oldham (sub).

Second Row: Charles H. McCarthy (coach), Thomas Malone (sub), Edwin Moll (captain and left half-back), Mandus Scott (sub), Edward Fisher (manager).

Third row: Andrew Munsell (full back), James Dean (left end), Walter Wellman (sub.), Everett French (right tackle).

Fourth Row: Walter Replinger (quarter back), George Wilderman (mascot), Joseph Hausmann (right end).


Alfred Buser (Class of 1907) went to the University of Wisconsin and was captain of the 1912 football team which was undefeated in the Western Conference. Fred Vale may have attended Marquette University and played basketball there. Walter Wellman graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1912.

If you have any additional information about any of the men in this photograph, please contact me.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Links to posts about the Withers family

If you've arrived at this blog as a result of reading Doug Moe's column today, you may wonder why you can't find my original post about Bill Withers, the one mentioned in Moe's column. That post is on my Class of 1965 blog, a blog focused in large part on members of that class, but also featuring some posts of general interest. You'll also find lots of information about Central alumni who are no longer with us in the two obituary archives (published 1990 to present and pre-1990), that can be accessed by using the links in the left hand column under alumni obituaries.

If you're a new visitor to this blog, I hope you'll add it to your list of favorites and pay a return visit. And if you'd like to contribute a memory, a photo, or any other bit of Central history, please leave a comment or send me an email.

Update: I fixed the link to the original post just now (about 1:37 p.m. on Friday, March 24, 2006). Thanks for the tip.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Alumni Obituaries Published Prior to 1990

Finding obituaries published prior to 1990 is labor-intensive and time-consuming, but I've begun posting some of them in a separate archive, which you can access by clicking on the pre-1990 link on the right hand side of this page under the "Alumni Obituaries" heading.

Prior to mid-1973, obituaries published in the Wisconsin State Journal and The Capital Times were news stories written by staff members. You will find a great deal of variation in the format and content of these obituaries. Likewise, you will find a great deal of variation in the format and content of obituaries from other sources (e.g., newspapers from other cities and states).

In order to provide more information about some of the alumni whose published obituaries are very brief, or for which there is little context, I've added links to some of the obituaries that will take you to additional articles about the deceased. In some instances, I have also added scans of photos from the Tychoberahn.

The seven pre-1990 obituaries I've posted thus far are for novelist Honore Willsie Morrow (Class of 1898); Chauncey Abbott (Class of 1901); Kathyrn Brahany (Class of 1901); Emily B. Winslow (Class of 1906), a sister of Horatio Gates Winslow, an editor of the very first Tychoberahn; Henry Turvill (Class of 1907), a member of the family that gave its name to Turville Point, adjacent to Olin Park; Harold Lampert (Class of 1909) whose athletic prowess is discussed in Coach Kelliher's book on Madison football, but not mentioned in his obituary; and Edward Withers (Class of 1947) a star athlete at Central who subsequently earned All-American honors playing for the University of Wisconsin football Badgers.

If you are a friend, a fan, a scholar, or a relative and would like to add to the information about any of these people, please don't hesitate to send me an email.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Tardy Slips, "Outside Permit" Slips, and Missing Trophies

Everyone had to spend some time in the Madison Central High School office on the second floor. Here's a view of the office from the 1929 Tychoberahn. Some houses on the other side of Wisconsin Avenue are visible through the window. There are two trophies sitting atop the files on the right. I suspect I'm not the only person who wonders where they are now.


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Saturday, March 18, 2006

Members of the Class of 1901 - Part 2: Science and English Courses

The "graduating exercises" for the Madison High School Class of 1901 were held Friday, June 14, 1901 in the Assembly Chamber of the State Capitol. Lueder's Orchestra provided music. The Honorable L.D. Harvey, State Superintendent, addressed the class on "Elements of Success." Storm Bull, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Wisconsin, presented the diplomas.

There were four courses of study (tracks) at Madison High School in 1901: Ancient Classical Course (including Greek and Latin), Modern Classical Course, Science Course, and English Course. Graduates in the first two courses of study are listed in my previous post. The remainder are listed below.

If you have any information about these graduates, please send an email.

Science Course

Mabel Adams
Kate Agnes Billington
Cora Ethel Bissell
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1906; Married G.A. Rogers UW Class of 1901
Lulu Edith Cass
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1906; Married E.R. Smith; Living in Ames, Iowa in 1925, where E.R. was a professor at the university
Frank Mathew Conlin
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1905; Was living in Omaha, Nebraska in 1924.
Leo Marshall Cook
One of the founders of Scabbard and Blade, a national military honor society founded at the University of Wisconsin in 1904-1905; Later, an attorney in California.
John Thomas Cummings
Willard Richard Denu
Listed as a member of the Black Hawk Country Club in Madison in a 1921 Wisconsin State Journal news story
John Alford Froelich
Ernest Albert George Guenther
Alice Cary Gallagher
Arnon Taylor Henry
Son of William Arnon Henry, first dean of the University of Wisconsin College of Agriculture, who lived at 10 Babcock Drive in Madison; Graduated from the University of Wisconsin long course in agriculture in 1905
Una Lone Johnson
Attended the University of Wisconsin
Max Werner King ( -1955)
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1905 in engineering
Olive Carmen Lawson
Fred Viall Larkin
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1906 in mechanical engineering
Emmett Gregory Lyon
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1906
Elizabeth Marie Lynch
Reuben Julius Neckerman (1883-1964)
Sixth elected president of the Madison Rotary club, which was founded in 1913; Married his high school classmate, Cora Miriam Norsman
Harry Marimies Olsen
Edith Post
Claudien Purtell
Helen Meroe Pierce
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1906; Married N.J. Tredinnick
Hattie Margaret Roesch
Jean Murray Stephens
Lottie Irene Schnell
Lillian Elizabeth Taylor
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1905
Zura Eusebius Upham
John Charles Vroman

English Course

Frederick Albertus Collman
Jessie Morrell Coombs
Edgar Harvey Darling
Attended the University of Wisconsin
Eugene Fuller
Attended the University of Wisconsin
Edward John Hammer
Jospeh Ignatius Hyland
Marietta Holt
Ottilie Louise Kirst
Alva Ketchum
Lulu Lillian Runge (1884-1979)
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1905
James Raymond Stack
Attended the University of Wisconsin (civil engineering)
Harry Edward Sykes
Chester Arthur Taylor

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Members of the Class of 1901 - Part 1: Ancient and Modern Classical Course Graduates

The "graduating exercises" for the Madison High School Class of 1901 were held Friday, June 14, 1901 in the Assembly Chamber of the State Capitol. Lueder's Orchestra provided music. The Honorable L.D. Harvey, State Superintendent, addressed the class on "Elements of Success." Storm Bull, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Wisconsin, presented the diplomas.

There were four courses of study (tracks) at Madison High School in 1901: Ancient Classical Course (including Greek and Latin), Modern Classical Course, Science Course, and English Course. Graduates in the first two courses of study are listed
below. Graduates in the other courses will be listed in a future post.

If you have any information about these graduates, please send an email.


Ancient Classical Course

Richard Ely
Probably a son of Richard T. Ely, professor at the University of Wisconsin

Modern Classical Course

Elizabeth Abaly
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1905; married Adolph R. Mayer
Chauncey Abbott, Jr. (1883- 1971)
George Stanley Barber (1884-1968)
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1905. Subsequently attended Rush Medical College in Chicago. In 1921 was a physician in Lawton, Oklahoma.
Josephine Louise Bach (1884-1962)
John F. Sedgwick, law ‘03, and Miss Josephine Bach were married at Madison September 9th. They are residing in Sun Prairie, where Mr. Sedgwick has opened a law office. Source: The Wisconsin Alumni Magazine, Volume 5, Number 1 (October 1903)
Katharyn Isabella Brahany ( -1945)
According to the 1904 City Directory, her father, Michael Brahany was a horseshoer at 213 E. Main Street. "Katharyn" is probably a misspelling. All other references to her spell her first name as Kathryn. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1905. In 1906 she was teaching English at a school in Columbus, Wisconsin; Married Leslie A. Blumenthal in 1909
Archie Berton Braley (1882-1966)
Son of Judge Arthur Braley, Archie was born at 422 N. Henry Street , a house not far from Madison High School that is still standing today, although it has been turned into condominiums. Poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1855-1919) reportedly wrote "Laugh And The World Laughs With You, Cry and You Cry Alone," while a guest at the Braley home. Berton Braley wrote the lyrics to "Wisconsin Forward Forever," a song played by the University Band during pre-game, immediately after the opposing team's song. John Philip Sousa composed he music for "Wisconsin Forward Forever."
Charles August Breitenstein
Forbes B. Cronk (1883-1964)
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin; was a mining engineer in Duluth, Minnesota in 1924. Buried in Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison.
Grace Servatia Cantwell
Barbara Hillon Curtis
Arthur Cecil Deming
George Lewis De Lacy
Margaret Monica Donovan
Martha Marion Fay
Adelaide Elfrida Griffiths
Edna Lucretia Harrison
Frank Hall Hinrichs
Hazel Isaacs
Gwendolyn Gaynor Jones
Marion Burr Jones
The only daughter of Burr Jones (an attorney, UW law school professor, and Wisconsin Supreme Court justice) and his wife Olive I. Hoyt. Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1905. According the February 1916 issue of The Wisconsin alumni magazine (Volume 17, Number 4) "Mr. and Mrs. Jones' only child, Miss Marion Jones, married Mr. Walter M. Smith, the much esteemed librarian of the University. They have three fine little children."
Charles August Robert Leatzow
Augusta Christine Lorch
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1905
Annie Minetta Littlewood
Cora Miriam Norsman
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1905; earned a master's degree in 1907. Married her high school classmate Reuben J. Neckerman.
Claire Parsons
Marshall Hylon Pengra
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin; married Herma Breed; in 1909 was a statistician for the Wisconsin Tax commission
Charles Frederick Pfund
Marie Matilda Redel
Alma Catharine Reif
Leverett Ernest Rice
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1905; died April 28, 1925 at the Atlantic City Hospital, New Jersey.
Cecil Everett Schreiber
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1905
Harry Stock
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1906; died in 1967 in Leesburg, Florida
Estella Marie Starks
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1905; married Alva Eighmy, who graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1895; in 1922 they were residing at 1022 E. Gorham Street; died in Madison in 1967
Pearl Niel Samuels
Marie Edith Tirrell
Attended the University of Wisconsin
Bertha May Taylor
Chauncey Rex Welton
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1905; married Ruth Goe, a 1907 University of Wisconsin graduate

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Do You Know Someone Mentioned in Knobby's Football History Book?

The Borders book store on University Avenue has a large section devoted to some of the many books about Madison and Wisconsin published every year. A few days ago, I was browsing through the collection, and I encountered a book by former Madison Central High School coach Wayne "Knobby" Kelliher. It was published in 2003, but escaped my attention back then -- probably because I'm not an avid reader of the local newspaper sports coverage. After a bit of searching, I found a glowing review by Wisconsin State Journal sports writer Rob Hernandez, who called the book "a must-read for anyone who has played football for a Madison high School."

If you live in Madison, you may well have already discovered (or purchased) a copy of Kelliher's book, "Football Madison Style," a history of Madison high school football from 1893 to 2002. The book has lots of photos and team lists, as well as short features about teams and games. In addition to Madison public schools, the book also includes Wisconsin High, Edgewood, Queen of Apostles, and Holy Name.

What "Football Madison Style" doesn't have is an index. You'll have to read the whole book to find out what players besides Central Class of 1965 football team members Ralph Guerin and Larry Franklin, and Madison High School Class of 1909 football team member Harold Lampert merit a mention.

Borders is not the only place to find copies of the book; it's also available at the Madison Public Library. And if those options are too far away from where you live now, you may also order the book directed from the publisher, Badger Books.


Wayne "Knobby" Kelliher graduated from Madison Central High School in 1951. Does anyone know when and how he earned his nickname? Leave a comment or send an email. This is not a contest, I don't know the answer.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

"We have the Stetson Soft and Derby Hats in all the latest styles"

    OUR ADVERTISERS

"Students of the Madison High School, and all dear readers of this Annual will confer an everlasting favor upon us by patronizing OUR ADVERTISERS. Were it not for them, the '06 Tychoberahn either could not have been issued, or would have been inferior to what it now is. See that some return is made the merchants for the interest they have show in the High School."




Shown above are two of the 26 pages of advertisements published in the 1906 Tychoberahn. Of particular interest is the one from Olson and Veerhusen. Thus far in my research, it appears that O&V is the only Madison business to purchase ads in every edition of the Tychoberahn. I know some of you probably worked at O&V. Please share a memory. Leave a comment.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

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

Here are some more Central alumni, photographed at the All-Central reunion at the VFW on Lakeside Street on February 12, 2006.


Julia Fender Myre graduated in 1954

Joe Cerniglia graduated in 1953

Diane (Meicher) Poppa graduated in 1968



Dick Daley graduated in 1966