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.