In This Place: July 2, 2014
Graduation “Four”ward March, Part 2
As promised, here are some more graduation classes from the “Fours,” especially the 1964s, celebrating their graduation’s ‘Golden Oldies’ of 50 years. See how many of the names, and even the people, you remember . . .
June 29, 1934 — Seventeen Andes Graduates
Sunday night at the U. P. church was filled to capacity to listen to the baccalaureate sermon by Rev. Forbes. This brings to a close a very successful year, there being seventeen graduates as follows: Salvatore Plantania, Darwin VanKeuren, Virginia Frisbee, Ramona Hull, Marguerite Seath, Emma Conklin, LeRoy Liddle, Nona Dye, Louise Dibbel, Archibald Glendening, Vincent Eden, Edna Samuels, Elizabeth Shank, Jean Worden, Olive Bryden, Ruth Hull and Virginia Shaver. — Andes Cor.
June 23, 1944 — Fleischmanns School Program Starts Sunday
The commencement program of Fleischmanns high school will begin Sunday evening, June 25, at 8 o’clock, when the baccalaureate service will be held in the auditorium. Rev. Charles Theal of the Margaretville and Pine Hill Presbyterian churches will speak. Monday, June 26, at 8 p.m., graduation will take place. The guest speaker for the occasion will be Rev. Arthur E. Oudenouell of the Kingston Old Dutch Reformed church. The valedictorian and salutatorian of the graduating class have been announced. They are Richard Tannenbaum and Dorothy Kelly.
June 30, 1944 — 20 At Graduation
Many Prizes Awarded for Good Work in Various Lines
Commencement exercises at the Margaretville central school have been well attended. Despite the hot afternoon of Wednesday more than 400 people heard Dr. Melchior deliver a most interesting address. The program began Sunday evening when Rev. A. H. Coons of the Methodist church preached an excellent baccalaureate sermon at the auditorium of the school, taking as his subject “The Greatest Search for Happiness.”
Class night on Monday was interesting. It was largely made up by poking fun at the members of the class. The thought was the class assembly at a reunion in June, 1954, and it proved a happy way to work out the evening's merriment.
Dr. Melchior took as his subject for the address to the class at the graduating exercises at the school Wednesday afternoon “A New World in the Making.” It was an interesting and inspiring talk and much discussed. The valedictory was delivered by George C. Sanford and the salutatory, by Phyllis J. Myers. Prizes for the year are as follows: Outstanding boy. Jay Miller, $5, first, Harvey Lawrence, $2.50, second; outstanding girl, Phyllis Myers, $5, first, Betty Delameter, $2.50, second; highest average eighth grade, $5, Noel McGarvey; senior essay, research, $5, to Jay Miller with Phyllis Armstrong honorable mention; personal type, $5, to Robert Graham with Phyllis Myers honorable mention; Balfour trophy to Jay Miller; proficiency in English to Phyllis Myers; outstanding interest in conservation to Mildred Kittle.
Diplomas were awarded to the following:
Phyllis Jean Armstrong
Barbra Louise Bedell
Dorothy Anna Close
Betty Arlene Delameter
Harley Edwin Franks
Robert Lloyd Graham
Robert Arthur Hill
Marian Agnes Hull
Marion Jeanne Kittle
Mildred Virginia Kittle
Harvey Curtis Lawrence F
Florence Elizabeth Mason
Jay Murray Miller
Phyllis Janet Myers
Doris Evangeline Owen
George Cornelius Sanford
Alta Rose Shultis
Robert Leslie Stahl
Verner Elton Tait
It is easy to forget that even though the World Wars and the Korean conflict were over by 1954, the draft remained active during these years of the Cold War and beyond . . .
July 9, 1954 — Many Roxbury Seniors Plan Higher Education
This year’s graduating class is an outstanding one, consisting of 21 members. It is not only the largest class since 1939, but is remarkable for scholarship of the members, and the fact that a larger portion of the than usual is planning on higher education.
Leon Bussy expects to work on his home farm in Halcottville unless he is called into the national service. He is much interested in farming and has been an outstanding member of the FFA and the 4-H club.
Miss Jean Cammer expects to enter Cortland State Teachers college.
Robert Cartwright is another boy whose future is uncertain because he is 1-A. He will work on his home farm meanwhile.
Miss Barbara Enderlin, class salutatorian, expects to enter Elmira college in the fall.
Stephen Enderlin will enter St. Lawrence university in the fall, where he will take an engineering course.
Joe Eisele, the class valedictorian, will enter Broome County Technical institute; where he will take a course in electrical engineering.
George Gerken expects to enter the national service. In the meantime he is working for William Graham.
Rudolph Gorsch Jr. will enter Syracuse university, where he will take a pre-medical course. He plans to be a doctor—the first Roxbury central school graduate to plan on a medical career since 1928, when Dr. Charles K. Ives, who graduated that year, became a doctor.
James Hammond expects to work in logging.
Janet Hammond, the latter’s twin sister, expects to work locally, for the Sears Manufacturing company.
Lynn Jenkins is interested in construction work. He has worked at Pepacton summer vacations, and he was in Newburgh recently where he obtained a summer job through his same boss, and he expects to work on the new thruway. He hopes to enter college and take a course in engineering later.
Miss Evelyn Johannsen expects to enter Albany Business college.
Miss Alma Lepeltak’s plans are uncertain.
Bruce McKenna’s plans are uncertain because of the national service. He is hesitating between the Air Corps and General Electric.
Gordon Mead will work on the farm of Louis and George Crosby in Halcott Center this summer.
James More expects to enter Rensselaer Polytechnic institute at Troy.
Miss Laurine Morse’s plans are uncertain.
Miss Susan Munsell is working at Bud’s store.
John O’Hara will work locally.
Harold Pekrul is working on his home farm, but will probably enter the Army later.
Gilbert Tyler expects to go to Syracuse where he has plans for work. He has two older brothers in the national service, and will probably follow.
By 1964, service in the Vietnam conflict was already a distinct possibility that the male graduates and their families confronted, and in this class, one young man was already called up.
Another graduation hazard was survived by Doug Todd, Marsha Stanbridge and Jon Veit, who got into a car crash in the wee hours of graduation night, as reported on the front page of the News the next week. Mr. Todd was charged with driving while intoxicated.
June 18, 1964 — Graduates Prepare to Face the Future
Ninety per cent of the class of 1964 at Margaretville central school has been accepted at schools and colleges for further education. Twenty-eight members of the class will receive their diplomas at commencement exercises tomorrow night in the school auditorium. The 29th received his diploma in a special ceremony Monday in order to answer a call to service by the Army Tuesday. Members of the class who are candidates for diplomas are Jack Balcolm, who has entered the Army, Barbara Dietrich, William Douglas, Gerard Duggan, Beverly Emerson, Andrea Fenton, Martha Hillriegel, Douglas Hinkley, David Hitt, Jeanne Holdridge, David Kopper, Angus Mackie, Sandra Oliver, Evelyn Roberts, Joyce Rosa, Barbara Roucek, James Ruff, Roger Schebesta, John Searle, Sandra Squires, Marsha Stanbridge, Jerry Stahl, Stephen Storey, Mary Taber, Douglas Todd, Karen Tweedie, Bryan Van Benschoten, Jon Veit and Andrea Wood. Jon Veit is valedictorian of the class; John Searle is salutatorian. The commencement address will be given by Keene Roadman.
Graduates who intend to enter college or business school next fall are Jon Veit, Wesleyan; John Searle, RPI; James Ruff, Cornell; Andrea Wood, Ithaca college; Jeanne Holdridge; State University College at Oneonta; Andrea Fenton, Skidmore; Beverly Emerson, State University Technical Institute at Canton; Martha Hillriegel, Albany Medical school of nursing; Karen Tweedie, State University Technical Institute at Delhi; Gerard Duggan, Fordham; Joyce Rosa, State; University Technical Institute at Delhi; Sandra Squires, Albany Business college; Barbara Roucek, State University College at Potsdam; Bryan Van Benschoten, State University College of Ceramics at Alfred; Mary Taber, State University College at Brockport; Jerry Stahl, Broome Technical Community college at Binghamton; Evelyn Roberts, Albany Business college; Marsha Stanbridge, State University College at Oneonta; Douglas Hinkley, Hudson Valley Technical Institute at Troy; Roger Schebesta, State University Technical Institute at Delhi; Barbara Dietrich, Edwards School of Beauty Culture at Oneonta; David Kopper, State University Technical Institute at Cobleskill; William Douglas, Rochester Business Institute; Douglas Todd, Hudson Valley Technical Institute at Troy; Angus Mackie, Adelphi college; Stephen Storey, State University Technical institute at Canton.
From the same front page, from the Roxbury correspondent.
This year’s graduation class has 18 members. There are 11 girls who will wear white robes and seven boys in navy blue. The valedictorian is Nancy Eignor and the salutatorian is Marian Lutz.
Nancy plans to enter Albany State Teachers college in September. Marian plans on a homemaking course.
Carole Andre will be the Roxbury exchange student. She plans to go to France.
There are two married girls in the class, but neither has allowed housekeeping duties to interfere with school work, and they are graduating with good marks. Marilyn Ballard Stripp, wife of Joseph Stripp, was married nearly a year ago. Her plans are indefinite. Donna McCune Sanford, wife of Gordon Sanford, was married last December. She plans to enter State University college at Oneonta this fall. Timothy Bradley plans to enter business school at Albany. Elaine Cammer intends to take a business course at Central Business college. Bradford Day Jr. will work this summer and enter school later. Sandra Finch may take a beautician course. Helen Gerken expects to enter Fox hospital for a course in nurse’s training. Judy Townsend of Kelly Corners will follow in the footsteps of her mother, when she enters Hudson College Memorial hospital. Robert Haggerty plans to become a policeman in New York city. April Higgins plans to be an x-ray technician and hopes to enter Franklin institute at Philadelphia. Brenda Johnson’s plans are uncertain yet. Russell Johnston expects to enter Cobleskill Ag and Tech or take a course in business administration. Gilford Morse will take a mechanical course. Victor Rossman plans to work on farms. David Stewart plans to enter Albany Business college.
The lingering impact of President Kennedy’s assassination just seven months’ earlier, can be seen in these Roxbury graduates’ commencement speech themes.
June 25, 1964
Eighteen graduates received diplomas Saturday night at the 1964 graduation of Roxbury central school. Miss Marian Lutz had as the subject of her salutatory address the now-famous quotation of the late President Kennedy, “Ask Not What Your Country Can Do for You, but What You Can Do for Your Country.” Miss Nancy Eignor, the valedictorian, had as her subject another Kennedy quotation, “In a world of frustration and irritation, Americans must be guided by the light of learning and of reason.”
Same front page: Fleischmanns High would consolidate with Margaretville five years later, and was already holding some commencement services with that school.
Fleischmanns high school conducted its 54th annual commencement exercises Wednesday evening at the high school auditorium. Diplomas were awarded to Kathleen Bouton, Wayne Caswell, Ian Cohen, Shirley Craft, Malcolm Fairlie, Kevin Kornell, Karol Mech, Ann Mookas, Joanne Slavin, Harry Solomon, Steven Valk and Marilyn West. Harry Solomon, class salutatorian, welcomed the friends of the graduates to the ceremonies. The Parent-Teachers Group awards two partial scholarships to seniors to assist in their first year of college, to Marilyn West, who will attend Orange County Community college to begin nurses training, and to Steven Valk, who will attend Parsons college in Iowa. Ian Cohen, valedictorian, bade farewell for the class. The class [will] enter 10 different colleges.