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.

Members of the Class of 1910: Part 2 (Surnames M-W)

Listed below are some of the members of the Madison High School Class of 1910 (surnames M-W) whose names are listed in the 1910 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. I hope that 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.

Katherine McArthur
Frank Maher
Rolland Mauerer - "Muggles"
Alice McCarthy
Margaret McGilvary
Esther Melass (died 1949 in Milwaukee) - "I love not any man."
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1914; married Werner Lutz in Milwaukee on October 30, 1919.
Frieda Melby
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1914
Gladys Meloche
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1916; in 1921 she made the first broadcast on WHA radio devoted to home and family; the March 15, 1954 edition of The Wisconsin Alumnus (Volume 57, No. 11) reported that, "Prof. Gladys MELOCHE, '16, who has recently retired from the home economics department, was voted emeritus standing by the University regents. Miss Meloche, a clothing specialist, has worked with rural homemakers and 4-H dub leaders throughout the state."
Gladys Miller
Jeanette Munro
Agnes Nelson
Edward Newman - "Shorty"
John O'Connell
Katherine Parkinson
Allen Park
Maurice Park
Helen Pence
Bessie Piper
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1915; married Gustav Sell
Homer Piper (1892-1968) - Class Orator
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1914; became board chairman of the Haloid Company (later Haloid Xerox, then Xerox) in Rochester, New York
Emil Pott - "The man who wears a frozen face."
John Proctor
Newman Quam
Theodore Reed
Clara Reichertater
Edward Reichert
Anita Rhodes
Clark Richards
John Richards
Sherman Rideout
Vernon Reider
Gertrude Salsman
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1914; married J.J. Knudson
Frieda Sauthoff
Lorena Sauthoff
Josephine Scherer
Elsie Schneider
Merrill Skinner (1893-1973) - "Skinny"
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1914; in 1931 was vice-president of the Niagra-Hudson Company of New York
Florence Sprecher
Mortimer Stanley
Arthur Strelow (1891-1979)
Idelle Stelow
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1915
Ella Struck
Anna Sullivan - "Puff, puff, puff."
Regina Sullivan
Horace Tenney - "Little, but oh my."
Albert Tormey (1891-1970) - Manager of the Tychoberahn, Captain of the football team
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1914; became a physician
Katherine Turville
Margaret Weiss
Laura Welsh
Minnie Wilson
Margaret Woll

Members of the Class of 1910: Part 1 (Surnames A-L)

Listed below are some of the members of the Madison High School Class of 1910 (surnames A-L) whose names are listed in the 1910 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 that posting their names will draw some responses from relatives or others who have 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.

Joseph Alexander
Ruth Andrus
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1914 with a degree in Home Economics
Florence Bardeen
Daughter of Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Charles Valdo Bardeen and his wife, Frances Miller
Stella Baskerville
Daughter of Reverend E.J. Baskerville, who built the Baskerville apartments on South Hamilton Street in Madison. Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1914. Married A. Roy Meyers.
Charles Brandt
Daniel Brasted - "A good hearted fellow, but not a mixer."
Helen Brooks
Possibly the Helen Brooks who graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1916 and who, in 1923, married Blaine Shimmel in Arizona.
Arnold Buser - Class Historian
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1914
Robert Buser
Lutie Chamberlain
Thomas Coleman (1893-1964)
Became president of the Madison Kipp Corporation and a dominant figure in Wisconsin and national Republican affairs for three decades
Walter Coleman
Margaret Coniff
Edward Connor
Robert Connor
Frederick Conover
Edward Corcoran
Bernice Crosby
Anna Curtin
Marjorie Davis
Frank Davy
Lucile Deming
Attended the University of Wisconsin where she lived in Chadbourne Hall
Marion Duke
Carl Fehlandt - "Runt"
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1914
Adolph Field
Donald Fitzgibbons
Josephine Fleckenstein
Rebecca Flint
Carrie Fox
Jean Frederickson
Herman Gaertner (1892-1972) - Salutatorian
Frederic Goff (1893-1957) - Manager of the Tychoberahn; Editor of the Yellow Journal
Agnes Grady
Harry Grinde (1893-1979)
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1915; in 1920 became one of the directors of the Universal Film Company (now Universal Studios) in Los Angeles
Eva Haak
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1915; married Charles F. Shimel on November 16, 1919 in Tisch Mills. According to the announcement in The Wisconsin Alumni Magazine (Volume 21, No. 3), "For two years Mr. Schimel has been connected with the Educational Department of the Surgeon General's Office, Washington, D.C."
Carl Harper (1892-1975)
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1914; became a physician ( was on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin. When he retired from the UW in 1962, The July 1962 issue of The Wisconsin Alumnus (Volume 63, Number 15) published the following summary of his career: "Dr. Carl S. Harper, associate clinical professor of gynecology and obstetrics-was a pioneer in the field of obstetrics and gynecology, being the first obstetrician and gynecologist with residency and training in his specialty to practice in Madison. He helped found the obstetrics and gynecology department at the University in 1925 and was an outstanding teacher for 37 years. The name of Carl Harper brings up other memories to long-time Wisconsin basketball fans. Dr. Harper was a member of the now fabled UW basketball team of 1911 through 1914- the team that lost only one game in three years. In fact, Dr. Harper never played in a losing Wisconsin game. He was out with a sprained ankle in the one game they lost, that to the University of Chicago. Dr. Harper, who will continue his private practice after retiring from teaching, is on the active staff of Madison General Hospital and the courtesy staff of Methodist Hospital."
Selma Hanson
Ruth Haynes
Lucile H'Doubler
Catherine Head (1891-1986) - Valedictorian
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1914; married Thomas E. Coleman, an alumnus of the University of Chicago, in June 1917; living at 2006 Chadbourne Avenue in Madison in 1919 and 141 Lathrop in Madison in 1924.
Jerome Head
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1914; in 1915 was teaching at St. John's Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin.
Marie Heim
Regina Heim
Mary Hobbs
Leo Hoeveler
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1915
Dorothy Hubbard
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1914
Margaret Hudson
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1914
Stewart Hughes
Marjorie J. Jackson
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1914; married Erwin Meyers
Florence Jarvis
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1915; in 1918 was teaching domestic science at the Milton [Wisconsin ] High School
Helen Kayser (1892-1985)
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1914; in 1933, she was appointed assistant dean of women at the university, a position she held until 1960
Ella Kittleson
Amelia Kleinheinz
Mary Leary
Charles Longfield
Leola Lorenz
Lucile Leutscher


Friday, November 24, 2006

New and improved blog search engine

I've been disappointed with the results from the Google search feature I had installed in the right hand column in order to make it easier to search this blog. It was more interested in searching all of cyberspace than focusing on the contents of this blog.

Now, I've replaced it with a Technorati search engine. Its appearance isn't quite a fetching as that of its predecessor, but I think you'll find it is much more effective at locating people or subjects. If, for instance, you want to read all the posts that mention Beda Mackin just type her name in the search box and "Voila!" Technorati will show you a list with links. If you type in a date, e.g., 1960, it will show you a list of links to posts that contain that date.

You'll find the Technorati search engine in the right hand column under the list of links to web sites for other Madison schools. Have fun!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Robert "Boomer" Harris and other Madison Central High School teacher who were also alumni

The man on the left (you do recognize him from his senior class photo, don't you?) is not the only Madison Central High School alumnus who later returned to teach at the school.

Although my list of teachers who were also alumni is a work in progress, I think you'll find it interesting. I also hope some of you can add more names to this list, or provide some of the information I'm missing.

Here are the alumni teachers I've identified thus far: Anna Syftestad, Marjorie Greenwald Neller, Regina Groves, Marguerite Shepard, Beda Mackin (Class of 1919), Robert Harris, Robert Herreid (Class of 1936), and Albert Denu (Class of 1895). Principal Earl Brown was also an alumnus.

If you know any other names that should be on this list, please leave a comment or send me an email.

Beda Mackin: The one teacher almost every Central alumnus can remember

You may not have been in her homeroom or taken one of her classes, but if you're an alumnus of Madison Central High School, you probably remember Beda Mackin because she taught at Central for almost 40 years: from 1928-1966.

And Miss Mackin was involved with Madison Central High School well before she became a teacher. Like many members of Central's faculty, Miss Mackin was also an alumnus. Along with Wayne Morse and Mildred Downie, she was a member of the Class of 1919. Below is a scan of a photo of the [Girls'] Debating Club from page 83 of the 1919 Tychoberahn. Beda Mackin is seated on the far right side of the middle row.

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As I wrote the paragraphs above the scanned image, I was keenly aware of the fact that I was violating generally accepted style rules for second references. Honorifics such as "Miss" are rarely used in newspapers and magazines these days. But that wasn't the case prior to 1969 when the last class graduated from Central. Teachers were always referred to as "Mr." or "Miss" or "Mrs." or maybe "Coach" -- unless, of course, they were referred to by a nickname that probably wasn't ever used in their presence.

Miss Mackin graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1924. You can see her senior class photo from the Badger yearbook by clicking HERE.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Remembering Wayne Morse, the Madison Central High School alumnus who served four terms in the United States Senate

Tuesday is election day, but Wednesday is the day many of us have been looking forward to for weeks. Regardless of the outcomes, we'll have something to cheer about on Wednesday: those annoying telephone calls interrupting our dinners and clogging our voice mail with messages about how we should vote will cease, as will those obnoxious political ads that have been polluting the airwaves.

This evening, I've unplugged my telephone (the television is rarely on these days) so I can write in peace and quiet about some Madison Central High School alumni who went into politics. It seemed a seasonally appropriate subject.

Actually, I'm going to focus my attention on just one alumnus. Although Madison Central High School alumni have served as elected officials in state and local government (including at least two Madison mayors), and one served as Secretary of the Interior under President Harry S. Truman, only one was elected to the United States Senate: Wayne Lyman Morse (Class of 1919), who served as a U.S. Senator from Oregon from 1944 to 1969. Six months ago, Madison Guy (whoever he is), wrote about Morse (photo on left), and referred to him as "one of my favorite alums." Now it's my turn.

Born in rural Dane County, near Verona, on October 20, 1900, Morse graduated from Madison High School (Central's name prior to the opening of Madison East High School) in 1919. According to biographic material researched and written by David Cecil for a 2001 exhibit at the University of Oregon about Morse's contributions to labor relations, Morse commuted to Madison High School by horseback, riding a round-trip circuit of 22 miles every day.

Morse's long daily commute did not prevent him from becoming very active in high school activities, but he wasn't a student council president. He was president of the debate club and served on the Tychoberahn board. He was also a member of the dramatic club. Below is a scan of page 112 of the 1919 Tychoberah, featuring a photo of the dramatic club. Wayne Morse is in the second row on the far right.



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According to Cecil, it was at Madison High School that Morse "discovered two interests that remained with him throughout his life."

In Madison, he was able to attend schools that prepared him for the rigors of the University of Wisconsin, one of the more prestigious colleges in the early twentieth century, which Morse attended from 1919 to 1924. It was at one of these Madison schools, Madison Central High, where he discovered two interests that remained with him throughout his life. One was a love for public speaking and debate that propelled him to a master's degree in speech and a life in politics. The other was his love for Mildred Martha Downie, “Midge” to those who knew her, who was his constant companion at Wisconsin and, after 1924, his wife for the rest of his days.
Mildred Downie (Class of 1919) is also in the dramatics club photo. She's third from the left in the front row.

Like Morse, Downie was also on the Tychoberahn board. When you look at the Tychoberahn pages with their senior class photos and lists of activities, you may decide they were fortunate to have some control over the page layout of the yearbook. Both Morse and Downie participated in so many activities, it was necessary to use a smaller than usual font to squeeze them all in such a limited amount of space.

While they were students at the University of Wisconsin Morse was a member of the varsity debate team and the Student Senate and Downie was class vice-president. Both Morse and Downie graduated from the UW in 1923.

Morse and Downie continued to stay involved with the University of Wisconsin long after they graduated. In the Wisconsin alumnus Volume 51, Number 6 (March 1950), editor Dwight A. Johnson noted that, "Whenever Wayne Morse stops in Madison -- even if it's just between trains -- he is sure to do two things: Drop over to Sterling Hall and visit with his favorite professors, Selig Perlman and Edwin E. Witte of the economics department, and go uptown to see his friend and classmate, Atty. Ralph Axley."

Although Wayne Morse was originally elected to the U.S. Senate as a Republican, according to the Senate Historical Office, "During the 1952 presidential campaign, Morse broke ranks with Republican leaders over the party's platform and Dwight Eisenhower's choice of Richard Nixon as his running mate. Claiming the Republican Party had left him, Morse announced his switch to Independent status."

In 1953, Morse's debate skills must have been useful as he set a filibuster record:
"When he concluded after 22 hours and 26 minutes, he had broken the 18-hour record set in 1908 by his mentor, Robert La Follette."

In 1955, Morse became a Democrat, a move that returned the Democrats to majority status in the U.S. Senate.

Although he'd graduated decades earlier, Wayne Morse was an alumnus whose name became well-known to students at Madison Central High School during the 1960s because of his opposition to the Vietnam War. In 1964, Morse and Ernest Gruening of Alaska were the only two U.S. Senators to vote against the Tonkin Gulf resolution.

In 1968, Morse lost his bid for re-election to the Senate to Republican Robert Packwood, who later resigned from the Senate in 1995, after the Senate Ethics Committee
unanimously recommended expelling him because of sexual and official misconduct.

After an unsuccessful campaign for the United States Senate in 1972. Morse ran again in 1974. He was actively engaged in campaigning when he died July 22, 1974, in Portland, Oregon. Thus far, I've been unable to locate an obituary for Mildred Downie Morse. However, according to her grave marker, she lived to be 93 years old, dying on December 15, 1994.

There are several memorials to Wayne Morse and Mildred Downie in Oregon, including the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics at the University of Oregon in Eugene, and theWayne Morse Ranch Historical Park, also in Eugene.

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.