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Class of 1955

by Staff

April 13, 2005


19Hemingford High School 55

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!

Please use the response function at the bottom of this page to read other comments, or to add your own bit of history or memory. Be sure and sign with your name and e-mail address so your classmates and friends can write you.

Student Council Highlights – “Kid Day” and “Skip Day” were enjoyed. The underclassmen were challenged to uphold the spirit of the high school to the best of their ability, and to gain as much as they could in the way of knowledge!

Student Council Members – LaVern Rogowski, Shirley Langston, Janice Bussen, Carolyn Klemke, Ginger Maiefski, Judy Grabher, Marilyn Tinsley, John Hagemeister, Ronnie Wax, Kenny Horstman, Gene Fosket, Gary Wax, and Norman Tinsley were all members.

National Honor Society Members – Bob Carrell, Gene Fosget, Norma Wismiller, Donna Appleyard, Doris Bacon, Shirley Langston, Gary Wax, LaVern Rogowski, Catherine Gasseling, Alma Moravek, and Mary Sampy were all members of the society in 1955.

Music Department – The Band had over 40 members and was directed by Miss Gilbert. Twirlers were Judy Caha and Shirley Langston. The Drum Major was Lynn Ustohol, and the mascot was Mary Jane Planansky. Mixed Chorus had 33 members, and The Madrigal Chorus had 20 members, the Dance Band had nine members, including Dennis Clark, Bob Reindl, Lynn Ustohol,, Floyd Gowin, Ivor Dickey, Twyla Lawson, and Darlot Curtis.

Drama and One Acts – Senior Class Play was  “State Fair”, starring Bob Carrell, Phyliss Bowser, LaVern Rogowski, Beverly Zak, Carolyn Klemke, Gary Wax, Alma Moravek, John Hagemeister, Mary Lou Pipitt, Gene Fosket, and Bill Herbaugh. The play was directed by Miss Virginia Reed.; The junior class play was “Clementine”, starring Donna Fosket, Floyd Gowin, Karen Schumacher, Bert Glass, Shirley Langston, Donna Hennings, Tressa Branson, Norman Tinsley, Paul Danbon, Phillip Burney, Catherine Gasseling, and Doris Bacon. The play was directed by Miss Virginia Reed.

Football – Coach “Bud” Lawrences’ team started 4-0 before losing to Rushville, and ended up 5-3. The Bobcats had 26 boys out, winning games with Chadron Prep, Gordon, Alliance Reserves, Morrill, and Hay Springs. Coach Chuck Lindly served as the assistant coach.

Volleyball – Not held

Cross Country – Not held

Girls Basketball – Not held

Boys Basketball – The bobcats were District Champions, with victories over Minatare by 15 points, Chadron High by 3 points, and a nail-biter over Mitchell 52-51 in the District Championship game. They lost to Chappell 60-68 in the game to go to state. Their final season record was 16-7 for Coach Charles Lindly. Co-Captains were Dale Sampy and Gene Fosket. Phyllis Bowser was Basketball Queen, with Norma Wismiller and Alma Moravek her attendants.

Wrestling – Not held

Girls Track and Field – Not held

Boys Track and Field – Fifteen tracksters competed for Coach Lawrence, including state meet qualifiers Gene Fosket in the shot put and LaVern Rogowski in the Broad Jump.

Golf – Not held

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1955 Fine Arts Highlights at Hemingford High (Please click on the thumbnail to enlarge)

Clubs and Activities – Pep Club, Annual staff, Cheerleading, Girls Athletic Association, “H” Club, and “Bobcat Tales Staff” all kept students busy.

Homecoming Royalty – Donna Appleyard was Football Queen, with Beverly Zak and Carolyn Klemke her attendants.

Prom Royalty –  Queen – Beverly Zak; King – Bob Carrell; Attendants – Delphine Votruba, Verla Turek, Shirley Langston, Carolyn Klemke, Wilma Hewitt, Gary Riggs, Gary Wax, Larry Riggs, Bill Carrell, and Duane Jesperson

Prom Theme – “Hawaiian Cruise". The prom was held at the Legion Hall. The dinner menu included pineapple mint cup, turkey, “molten lava” mashed potatos, peas in patty shell, tara cake, (bread), Kahili (coffee), and palms of paradise (cake with Hawaiian fluff topping)

Senior Class Motto -  "He who findeth knowledge, findeth life".

Senior Class Officers – President – Bob Carrel; VP -  John Hagemeister; Secretary -  Alma Moravek; Treasurer – Mary Lou Pipitt; News Reporter – Darrel Annen

Junior Class Officers – President – Norman Tinsley; VP – Shirley Langston; Secretary – Paul Danbom; Treasurer – Catherine Gasseling; News Reporter – Donna Fosget

Sophomore Class Officers – President – Dale Wood; VP – Judy Grabher ; Secretary – Roylae Appleyard; Treasurer – Janice Bussen

Freshmen Class Officers – President – Ronnie Wax; VP – Karyl Rosenberger; Secretary – Delphine Votruba; Treasurer – Marlene Engel; News Reporter – Jeanne Planansky

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Valedictorian –

Salutatorian –

State Competitions –

Special or Unique Happenings – Senior Class will included: Romaine Maiefski giving his car to anyone who wanted it; Beverly Zak gave her love of popping gum to all the teachers; Ivor Dickey gave his job at Dairy Queen to George Clark; and Edmund Gasseling gave all of his girlfriends in Alliance to Russ Luce. The prophecy found Lucille Clark living on a small farm outside Hemingford; Gene Fosket as Basketball coach at UCLA; Walter Kohrman is now wrestling in Madison Square Garden against “the Swedish Angel”. Barbara Prochazka is now a model in New York, and Gary Wax is now a professor at Harvard!

CSC Scholastic Contest Results –

Senior Class Enrollment – 35

Kindergarten Class Enrollment –  21

Yearbook Dedication – Dedicated to Mr. Fred Petersen, a faculty member that had taught at Hemingford for three years in Math and Science

Superintendent – Mr. A.V. Halsted

Principal –  Mrs. Josephine Johnson

Elementary Teachers – Kindergarten – Mrs. Agnes Furman ; First Grade – Mrs. Florence Ball ; Second Grade – Mrs. Florence Vedder (26 students) ; Third Grade – Miss Finnel; Fourth Grade -  Mrs. Hazel Brown ; Fifth Grade -  Mrs. Hazle Johannsen ; Sixth Grade – Mrs. Fendrich (10 students); Seventh Grade – Mrs. Adelyn Headden; Eighth Grade – Mrs. LaVerne Fentress

Secondary Teachers –  Mr. Ray Scott, Industrial Arts and Agriculture; Miss Carlene Cox, Commerce; Miss Anne Gilbert, Music and Girls Phys. Ed., Mr. Fred Petersen, Math and Science; Mrs. Adelyn Headden, Junior High Science and Math; Mr. Charles Lindly, Science and coaching; Miss Virginia Reed, English, speech, and dramatics; Mrs. Edna Johansen, Home Economics and geaography; Mr. Fred Lawrence, Social Studies, American History, Driver’s Education, and coaching; Mrs. Laverne Fentress, Junior High English and Social Studies

Other Staff Members – Mr. J.L. Wax, custodian, Mrs. Delores Trussel, office secretary

Board Members – Mrs. Minnich, Mrs. Elna Sampy, C.W. Lawson; President – Wayne Shaver; John Wiltsey; Secretary – Lee Overstreet; Vice President - Albert Shindler;  Treasurer – Mrs. Nellie Black

Advertisers and Supporters – Drake Hotel in Allinace, Hambsch Equipment Company of Hemingford, Fashion Bar in Hemingford, Farmer’s Coop, Hemingford Lumber Company, Hagemeister’s Grain Elevator,  Red and White Grocery, Ray and Uhrig International Dealer, Reindl Standard Station, McArthur’s Gambles Store, Gross Drug, Rosenbeger’s Farm Equipment and Auto Company, and The Home Lumber and Coal Company in Hemingford, Phone Number 55.


Class of 1955

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07/18/2005 Very good sight. Hope our class of 1956 is as good for next year on our 50th. Enjoyed the picnic and banquet for the class of 1955. Floyd Gowin (Sonny) postman62@earthlink.net Mitchell, NE. retired USPS

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