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4253f441ecad8 Hemingford Class of 1949 (Please click on thumbnail to enlarge)
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Class of 1949


19Hemingford High School 49

Student and Faculty Highlights of the Year 

This page features athletic records, officers, themes, important numbers, important happenings, and other educational information from the year in question. It provides a quick and ready resource for Bobcat Grads and families!

National Honor Society Members –  Allen Jensen, Helen Greenwood, Bob Kriz, Jeanne Urig, Grace Glause, Deloris Trastel, Dale Hansen, and Don Hansen

The 1949  Hemingford High School Pep Club

 Music Department – Mrs. Fentress taught both vocal and instrumental

Drama and One Acts – The junior class and the senior class each performed a play, with “Hilarity House” starring Norma Danbom, Mary Lee Hagemeister, Donna Price, Helen Greenwood, Dallas Dufek, Dale Hansen, Bob Kriz, George Tschacher, Lois Horstman, and Keith Roland, the Senior Class offering.

 Football – Coach Lloyd King’s team was triumphant14-0 over Rushville in the November 7th homecoming game! Other ganes were held against Chadron Prep, Crawford, Gordon, Minatare,  Hay Springs, and Chadron High. Team members included Joe Zak, Dale and Dan Hansen, Keith Roland, Bob Kriz, Allen Jensen, and Don Gogert. The teams were called the “Spudpickers”, since Hemingford was the potato capital of the world!

Boys Basketball –  Don and Dale Hansen, Joe Zak, Bob Kriz, Keith Roland, Don Gogert, Allen Jensen, Theron N, and Elwin Shetler.

Boys Track and Field –  Bob Kriz qualified for the state track meet in three events; the low hurdles, the high hurdles, and the high jump. Max Schindler was a winning thrower during the season, while Dale Forsstrom was also a good thrower for the Spudpickers. Don and Dale Hansen, Joe Zak, Bob Kriz, and Keith Roland

Clubs and Activities –  NHS; school song was, “We Are The Spudpickers”.

 Homecoming Royalty – Queen – Donna Price Dufek,  Hemingford’s first ever homecoming Queen, welcomed over 500 alumni and students to the dance.  Her attendants were Louise Price, Carole Heeren, and Devona Jesperson James Barry Post No. 9 Legion Commander Perl Hyland thanked the school for allowing the use of the gymnasium for Legion sponsored activities, and unveiled a “state of the art” deluxe model, electric scoreboard!

Prom Royalty –  Shirley Hansen and Don Hansen

Prom Theme –  “Ocean Liner” . The “delicious” meal was prepared by the mothers, served by the sophomores, dressed in sailor outfits. Doris Keefer read “  Bridget O’Toole’s Love Letter”, followed by Arlee Phillips, Henry Heinz, LeRoy Powell, and Dallas Haas dancing and singing “Oh! How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning”,  in their Scottish kilts!

Senior Class Motto -  “The Beginning, Not the End”; class colors were rose and blue,  with the “Rose Rose” the class flower. The invocation was given at graduation by the Rev. F.J. Tresidder. Albert Schindler presented the diplomas, and the benediction was given by the Rev. Robert O’Neill.

Senior Class Officers – President – Bob Kriz, VP – Dale Hansen, Secretary – Donna Price, Treasurer – Helen Greenwood, News Reporter – George Tschacher, Sponsors – Mrs. Johnson and Miss Hambley

Junior Class Officers – Sponsor – Mr. Lewis Haight

Sophomore Class Officers – Sponsor – Mr. McGillis

Freshmen Class Officers – Sponsor – Mr. McGillis

Valedictorian – Joe Zak

Salutatorian – Grace Glass

State Competitions – Dorothy Maiefski was named the area talent quest winner with her dance routine.

Special or Unique Happenings – The American Legion Club sponsored the “Spudpicker’s Club” on Friday nights for dancing and cold drinks! The war had ended, so there was gasoline available for the senior sneak trip to the Black Hills. The trip took the class to breakfast in Chadron at the “Pullman Café”, then a drive through the hills to  the faces at Mount Rushmore, dinner there, then a drive through the “Needles”, followed by  a swim in Hot Springs, a motion picture “The Wake of the Red Witch”, at  the movie House in Chadron, and a return to Hemingford by midnight!!! Whew! Miss Hambley was the school sponsor.

CSC Scholastic Contest Results – Not held

Senior Class Enrollment – 28

Kindergarten Class Enrollment –  No Kindergarten Class

Yearbook Dedication – No yearbook published in 1949 (perhaps there was a paper or cash shortage)

Superintendent – Mr. Henry Goodwin

Principal –  Mrs Josephine Johnson (High School)

Elementary Teachers – Ethel Reihman, First; Miss Barnett, second; Miss Pauline Wiltsey, third; Nettie Uhrig, fourth; Mildred Gilg, fifth; Mrs. Fry, sixth; Miss Ethel Brown, seventh; and Miss Catherine Culligan, eighth. Mr Nomtz was the elementary superintendent.

Secondary Teachers – Miss Hambley, shorthand and typing;  Mr. McGillis, Business Law, biology,  and math;  Mr. Daugherty, Physics; Mr. King, math; Geometry and history, Mr. Haight; English, Home Economics, and geography, Mrs. Johnson; Music, Mrs. Fentress; Coaches: Mr. McGillis, Mr. King, and Mr. Daugherty

Businesses and Area Sponsors in 1949

  • Hemingford Dairy Store; Gehrke and Sumner, Gambles Store;
  • The Snack Bar;
  • The Roxy Theatre, showing, “ Young Widow”, Canyon Passage”, and “Our Hearts Were Growing Up”;
  • Hagemeister’s Feed Store;
  • The Hyland Barber Shop; 
  • R.C. Athey and Son Telephone Repair Shop – Phone Number 180;
  • Shetler Electric; Hemingford Cleaners;
  • Clark Radio Service; Gross Drug Store;
  • Ray and Uhrig Hardware;
  • Warner’s Café;
  • Shindler’s Hardware, “We Have Some Outside White Paint”;
  • Heeren Implement Co.;
  • Reindl Service Station;
  • State Refining Company;
  • Phillips  Manufacturing Company, selling potato graders;
  • White’s Recreation Parlor;
  • Whelan Service Station;
  • Fisher Service and Supply;
  • The Hemingford Ledger;
  • A.M. Olds, Locers and Ice;
  • White’s Dry Goods;
  • Hambsch Recreation;
  • Hi-Way Grocery (Plananskys);
  • Home Bakery;
  • The Roxy Beauty Shop, Dorothy Haas, operator, and the
  • Farmers Union Store, with “Fancy and Staple Groceries”



Class of 1949 Information needed

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04/06/2005 I fwd the class of 1949 page to classmates tonight and ask for help filling out the questions. Hopefully we will come up with some great stuff for our page. Thank you for doing this , it means a lot to we ole' grads. Cheers, Donna Price Dufek Donna Dufek dufek@bbc.net Alliance retired
04/09/2005 Thanks to Mrs. Dufek and the entire class of 1949 for setting the high mark for the other classes I will be asking for information! (1933-1952) The school web page is a wonderful tool to share the news about our school - including ALL the many years we have been here. I hope that our alumni can stop in person whenever they are back in town, but these pages will allow those that are further away to at least visit us here! Thank you again. Mr. Ningen, Supt. (Current) cningen@panesu.org
04/19/2005 Mr. Ningen, Thank you for the beautiful web page for the class of 1949. Please, mention Dorothy Moravek Powells wonderful scrape book that you are putting in the trophy case. Cheers, Donna Price Dufek Donna Dufek dufek@bbc.net Alliance retired

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