Monday, February 26, 2007

A new location for alumni photos

I'm going to start migrating alumni photos (such as the one shown here) to a special Flickr account, so it will become easier to locate and view them The account name is "Madison, Wisconsin CHS Alumni" and you may access it by clicking HERE. There is also a Flickr badge for the account near the bottom of the right hand column. This is in addition to (and separate from) the Class of 1966 Flickr account which also has a badge on this blog. If you click on any image on the badges, you will also be taken to that Flickr account.

Right now, the alumni Flickr account has 19 photos from the 2006 All-Central Reunion. I will keep you advised of my progress in posting photos to this account.

If you wish to leave comments on any public Flickr account, you must have your own Flickr account. A basic account is free -- and you're not even required to post any photos.

Update: On 3/3/2007, I added photos from the 2007 All-Central Reunion and Class of 1956 reunion to the "Madison, Wisconsin CHS Alumni" Flickr account.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Remembering Freddie Lee Banks and Christopher Canepa, members of the Class of 1933 who died before graduation

Not everyone who attended Madison Central High School graduated with his or her class. Two prominent members of the Class of 1933 -- Freddie Lee Banks and Christopher Canepa -- died before graduating. Both were honored in The Orange and Black yearbook.

The image below was created by merging scans of page 13 and page 31 of the yearbook. I decided to reproduce the full page images so you could see the memorial to these two students in context, rather than as an isolated clipping. As a result, you may also read a story about the June 1933 commencement ceremony, written by Aleen Anderson and Violet Jane Bagley; a short story by Virginia Oakey; and an uncredited poem.

Click on the image to enlarge it in your browser window. I will also transcribe the text from Olive Nelson's story about Banks and Canepa below the image (the better to capture the attention of search engines).

Two Prominent Members Lost to the Graduating Class
by Olive Nelson

The death of two of its members has twice caused the June graduating class to mourn the loss of a classmate and comrade. One was taken after a long illness which developed into pneumonia during the last few days; the other was taken shortly after an accident, while tumbling, in which his spine was injured. These two pupils, Freddie Lee Banks and Christopher Canepa, distinguished themselves especially in sports. They were known as good sports, always playing fair and always unselfish in allowing others to take their places. All their team mates enjoyed having them as part of the team. They worked industriously at their school work and have been missed greatly in their classes and other activities.

Freddie Lee Banks, home room 202, died Sunday afternoon, March 18, after a serious illness which had lasted approximately a month. The funeral was held Monday afternoon, March 19, in the Fitch-Lawrence funeral parlors. Central senior High school was closed from 12:30 to 1:10 Monday noon, as a tribute to Freddie Lee, a well-known and well-liked pupil.

Freddie Lee was a great athlete, having participated in girls' after-school sports during the three years that she attended Central. Miss Marguerite Shepard, physical education instructor, said this of her" "I think she was one of the best all-around athletes I have ever had in this school. Her sportsmanship was outstanding."

Along with sports Friddie Lee [sic] was well known because of her interest in music. She studied in the chorus class and was a member of the mixed chorus. She was talented as a pianist and had a promising voice.

The teachers who were well acquainted with her speak especially of her generosity, courtesy, kindliness, cheerfulness, and also her strength of character.

Christopher Canepa, better known as "Chris," died on May 4 after an injury contracted while he was tumbling and doing acrobatic stunts. The accident happened on the night of May 3.

"Chris" was an expert boxer, having participated in the boxing contests during both his senior and junior years. In the contests, held this year and only a short time before his death, he won the flyweight championship from other boxers at Central. Following this he competed at West and won the decision in that bout. He also conquered the Vocational flyweight contest.

During his first two years in Central Senior High school he was a manager if the football and basketball teams. He earned his letter "M" as a result of his work in this position.

With four of his brothers he competed in other towns in acrobatic contents which were sponsored by the Y.M.C.A. With his brother John he often gave acrobatic exhibitions at P.T.A. meetings. His four brothers, Phil, Toto, Tony, and John now find it necessary to change some of their routines and find themselves much handicapped by his absence.

Notes: I do not have copies of published newspaper obituaries for either of these students. Please contact me if you have one, so I may make a copy for the alumni obituary archives. Special thanks to Jan Aulik for providing a complete set of photocopies of the 1933 and 1934 Orange and Black yearbooks. Jan's mother, Laurene Meyer, was a member of the Madison Central High School Class of 1934.

Members of the Class of 1934: Part 1 (June Graduates: Surnames A-D)

This is the first of several posts listing the names of the members of the Madison Central High School Class of 1934. I have information about some of the people listed below, but hope that if you're reading this post and know something about one (or more) of these alumni, you'll contact me by leaving a comment or sending an e-mail.

Many members of this class are deceased, but I've discovered some clues to the whereabouts of a couple of nonagenarians who may still be with us.

Among the members of the Class of 1934 who graduated in June are Jay Ashbrook, who was stage manager for a production of Noel Coward's "Private Lives" that garnered praise from the playwright; Violet Jane Bagley, the niece of William T. Evjue, founder and editor of The Capital Times; Harvey Burr, a billboard advertising salesman whose story-telling skills merited a splendid staff-written obituary in The Seattle Times; E. Bowden Curtiss, publisher of the Darlington Republican Journal; and Dr. James L. Dean, one of the founders of the Dean Clinic in Madison.

In those instances where I have posted an obituary for someone in the alumni obituary archives, I've provided a link. However, I'm still missing many obituaries and would appreciate any contributions.

Isabelle Albers (1915-1995)
Married Alvin Sampson
Wayne Allemang
Michael Amato (1915-2000)
Aleen Anderson
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1938; married Ward Plater
Lucille Anding (1916-2006)
Married Michael Drozd
Lillian Armbrecht (1915-1982)
Married name Lucio
Jay (John B.) Ashbrook (1916-2002)
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1940; In April 1943, The Wisconsin Alumnus (Volume 44, Number 3) reported that, "Jay B. ASHBROOK was stage manager in the production of Noel Coward 's "Private Lives," given at the Queensbury Club in London, recently. It rated a front page Story in "The Stars and Stripes," the AEF paper published overseas, and Noel Coward, the great playwright himself, attended and said that of the many times he had seen the play Done, this was the nearest to the idea he had in mind when he wrote it. Ashbrook is now in officers candidate training at Duke University."; in 1968, Ashbrook was living in Buckingham, England and working in investment management (source: 1935 reunion book)
Roy Audini (1916-1994)
Violet Jane Bagley (1916-1992)
The niece of William T. Evjue, founder and editor of The Capital Times; married fellow Central Alumnus Frederick W. Miller (Class of 1930) in 1939
Miriam Baird
Married Frank Reibold
Phil Baker
Ruth Becker
Joe Beld
Helen Blazek
Married Oscar Richter
Ellen Bowes
Norman Braith
Frances Briggs
Dolores Buchanan (1915-2003)
Married John Whitmore
Harvey Burr (1916-1997)
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1939
Mary Butts
Married name Schultz
Agnes Cawley
William Cleveland
Jessie Cohen
Married Harry Render; living in Natanya, Israel in 1968
Kay Cohn
Mary Colletti (1915-1998)
Bernice Conohan
E. Bowden Curtiss (1916-2000)
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1939; became publisher of the Darlington (Wisconsin) Republican Journal
Joy Custer
Married Douglas Dakin; living in California in 1968
Crescence Daniels (1917-2004)
James L. Dean (1916-2001) - Class President
Attended the Annapolis Naval Academy and University of Pennsylvania Medical School; one of the founders of the Dean Clinic in Madison
Sue De Loreto (spelled Diloreto in 35th reunion book)
Arnold Derman
Listed as deceased in 35th reunion booklet
Katherine Diebold
Listed as deceased in 35th reunion booklet (name listed as Catherine Diebold Gutzmer)
Mildred Doyle
Robert Du Benske
Listed as deceased in 35th reunion booklet

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Remembering the co-captains of the 1954 Madison Central High School football team

Last April, I wrote a post about my visit to the open house at the Italian Workmen's Club on Regent Street, but I didn't have time or space to write about everything I saw and learned during my visit. As a historian, I was fascinated by all the clippings from local newspapers that were on display. Microfilm is better than nothing, but too often, the images it delivers are scratched and poorly focused. That's why I took a few photos of newspaper clippings, hoping the resultant images would be a bit easier to see, albeit far from perfect.

Below is a photo of one clipping that caught my attention: A captioned photo of the co-captains of the 1954 Madison Central High School football team:

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The date on the clipping is Thursday, December 2, 1954. The name of the newspaper isn't available, but judging by the typeface, I suspect it's the Wisconsin State Journal.

Here's what the caption says: "The Bank of Madison held its first annual banquet for the Madison Central high school football team Wednesday night in the Belmont hotel, and Bob Gingrass, top center in the picture above, was the main speaker. Others in the picture, left to right, are Coach Harold Pollock, Co.-Capt. Dick Harris, Vice-Pres. Theodore Meloy of the Bank of Madison, Co.-Capt. and Most Valuable player, Louis Cassini."

Note: The link for Dick Harris (a.k.a. Richard A. Harris, Ph.D.) will take you to the first page of a three-page article about Harris from "The People's Stories of South Madison," posted on line as part of the State of Wisconsin Collection. Use the page arrows near the top of the screen to navigate through the collection and read Richard's entire story.