Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


March 26, 2014

Pat Smith: School songs conjure nostalgia


Benton Judy willed to Al Fightmaster “my remaining ink bottles, hoping that it will be a remembrance to him of the days when he amused himself by throwing my ink bottles and books out of the window. To Lorin Root I will my black mustache, which I used in the class play, for fear that he will never have a real one.”

Irene Sefton willed “My knowledge of face powder to John Thrine (Thrine was in the senior play). To Mr. Logan the address of a “good dry cleaning establishment.” Louise Sefton presented to John Thrine “my admiration for ditties in which the verses and choruses are alike.” Lena Seright willed her favorite expressions ‘Oh Crimeny’ and ‘For Crab’s Sake” to Miss Eddleman.”

Hilda put pictures of her friends in the book but seldom included the name of the person pictured. Of course, she never thought that 90 years later somebody would write about her book and she knew she’d never forget those she pictured. She pressed a flower, “from my commencement April 21, 1924,” but the flower has become dust over the years. In excellent shape though was the rose pressed “from a bouquet from Aunt Mae and Uncle Charlie” that had been sent to her mother when she was in the hospital Nov. 9, 1926.

Hilda had a dinner party around the time of graduation. She wrote, Miss Hilda Meek entertained at her home north of town Tuesday evening with a chicken dinner. The guests were Misses Louise Davis and Ruby Kitchen of Milroy and Justine Stotsenburg, Messrs John Meek, Robert Kennitt of Milroy and Ralph Hite. After dinner we went to see the show at Greensburg, “One Year to Live.” I was with John. I sure had a fine time.”

There are newspaper pictures of other sports players including Leonard Neinaber, Alden Westhafer, Paul Barringer and William (Billie) Magee. There is a news clipping, “Local Boy Goes to West Point.” The story is about Justin Wickens, son of Judge Hugh Wickens, who had received the appointment from Congressman Canfield.

After high school Hilda studied at Central Business College in Indianapolis and married William Sefton. This autograph book has been fascinating to me and again I thank Jeanie Coy for allowing me to share it with you.

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