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PHS Senior Class Play - 1913

The Old-Timer has been a hopeless memorabilia collector for many years. I somehow got hold of a Graduation-Senior Class Play for the Wednesday-Thursday Peshtigo High School Class Play and Commencement Program for May 28 and May 29,1913 - just 99 years ago. The people involved would probably be close to 100 years old by now! A few of their descendants might be living yet in the Peshtigo-Marinette area. The Commencement Program on May 29 had the program beginning with the Invocation by Rev. A.D. Hastings, followed by a song by the Seniors called “Fairyland Waltz,” then came the Salutatorian Address: “The Miracle of Life.” Next came the Presentation of the Class Motto by Senior Ethel Nelson. Following a selection of Instrumental Music by the Class Orchestra. The Commencement Address, “The Efficient Life,” was presented by Prof. Wm. T. Stevens of the Milwaukee Normal School, then came a song “Goodnight, Beloved” by PHS High School students. The Valedictory Oration “An Aim in Life” was by graduating senior Benjamin Harper. Last came the Presentation of Diplomas by Supt. C. E. Granger.

On Wednesday, May 28, 1913 the Class Play “Hicks at College” was presented with the following Seniors taking part:

Hiram Hicks played by Robert Taylor, Tom Horton-Benjamin Harper, Fritz Jordan, Horton’s Chum-Erving Stibbe, Adam Biddicut, Professor at Nortthern University-James Driscoll, Dean Smiley, Dean of College of Arts-Norman Langill, Percy Robbins, a recent Arrival from Boston-John Ramsay, Adolph Hopkins, a Lazy Boy-Fred Lundin, Bastian Briggs-Rigby Slight, Josh Anderson, basketball fan-Omer Aubin, Charley Padlet, Reporter for the “Daily Schriek”-Kenneth Cullen, Peter, Proprietor of “The Pal”-Delmar Nelson, Walker, Manager for Hiram Hicks-Stanley Hanson, June Grant, Seniors, Chums-Helen Langill, Polly Porter-Left Lucas, Claire Angeline Jones, stage-struck girl-Dorothy Brouette, Suzy Spriggins, freshman with a crush-Ureta Cartier, Daisy Armstrong, athletic girl-Ellen Lindqist, Fluff Finley, a fusser girl-Ellen Pehrson, Flora Belle Delmartyr, waitress at “The Pal”Geraldine Archambault, Mrs. Coble, housekeeper at “The Quarters”-Mary Northrhrup, Lily, Maid at “The Quarters”-Matilda Bishop, Florence Merril, frequenters at “The Pal”-Rosella Huss, Madge Lansing-Gertrude Constine, Pauline Thayer, known as “Punch and Judy”-Edith Nelson, Judith Gray-Frances True.

Some of the names will “ring a bell” as great aunts, grandparents, or prominent citizens and businesspeople of bygone days for us Old-Timers. Norm Langill was once a Marinette County District Attorney.


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