Fox Gazette 1932

Invitation to Graduation
April 6, 1918
From Emily B. Biddle
Fox Township High School
An Old Postcard Addressed to Ernest Bennett
Contributed by Sue Shaner
Note: Ernest V. Bennett Died in World War One in the Fall of 1918. You can learn more about Ernest and his family at the Vroman Bennett Lineage.

The Fox Gazette

The Fox Gazette


Contributed by Elaine Frey.
The original of this high school newspaper is in the possession of Ann Baumunk Henderson. Both of Elaine's parents, Kenneth Frey and Marion Brown, were enrolled at Fox Township High Schoool in 1932. There are a few areas of what appear to be (missing text), which we have so indicated.


Published by the students of Fox Township High School
Ten cents per copy

Vol. 2, No. 3

Shunk, Pennsylvania, May 1932

Editorial Staff

Editor---------------------------Dorothy Brown

Assistant Editor, (Exchanges.)-----Kenneth Frey

News Editor ----------------------Verna Brown

Feature Editor, (Humor.)---------Agnes Morgan

Alumni Editor---------------------Jesse Williams


Dorothy Morgan …………………….Hilma May

Dorothy Frey……………………..Marion Brown

Business Staff

Business Manager --------------------Loren Swain

Circulation Manager-----------------Frank Morgan

Faculty Advisor, Ralph W. Stonier

Aims of the Fox Gazette

To establish a close relationship between school and community, by relating, truthfully, schoolactivities, work and play.


From the Beginning
A History of the H. S.

          The following men decided that Sullivan County needed more facilities for educating young people above the eighth grade years; John P. Kilmer, Allen Rightmire, Charles N. Porter, A. F. Shadduck, Charles V. Parrish, John W. Frey, I. P. Kilmer, F. L. Kilmer, and J. T. Kilmer.  The school was opened in the year of ????.  The first year that the school opened, the eighth grade was combined with the High School.  The first pupils were as follows:  Hazel Voorhees, Emily Porter, Edwin Frey, Boyd Babley, Belle Rightmire, Edgar Campbell, Harold Fanning, Maud Kilmer, Hattie White, Ettie Morgan, Leslie Campbell, Glen Jackson, Amanda DeWitt, Fanny Brown, Lavinnia McKay, Harry Campbell, and Laurence Kaseman.  The school proved to be successful, and the first graduating class (1908) included Jesse Williams, Lenora Heinz (Cott), and Harry Campbell.  Jesse Williams is now teaching school in Fox Township and is also a resident of Shunk.

            In the year 1909 there were no graduates.  But in 1910 the graduates were Edgar Campbell, Belle Rightmire and Hazel Vorhees.  D. M. Soper was teacher from 1909 to 1911.  Edgar Campbell is now at Utica, N.Y. where he spends his winters, but we hope to see him again in Shunk where he will spend the summer.

            In 1911 diplomas were presented to the following people:  Edwin Frey, Isabelle Potter and Hattie White (May).  Edwin Frey is a school teacher and a resident of Shunk.  Hattie White was also a teacher but has resigned.  She is a resident of Shunk, and has a daughter in our High School.  D. M. Soper was the person to be pitied this year as he was teacher.

            The following were graduates in the year 1912: Leslie Campbell, Lavinnia McKay and Lee Warren.  Lee Warren is a minister.  Guy Dutter was teacher for this year. 

            The graduate of 1913 was, Fannie Brown (Shadduck), she is a resident of Shunk.  J. E. Reese Killgore was County Superintendent for the years 1907-12 inclusive.

            In 1914 the two people who received their diplomas were Verna Miller (Morgan) and Wynn Warren.  Verna Miller was a school teacher for a few years and is now a resident of Shunk.

            In the year 1915 the graduates were: Florence Duff, Alma Bond (Williams), Alice Stone, Lavinnia Caseman (Woodhead), and George Hine.  Geo. Hine is a teacher and a resident of Shunk, Alma Bond is also a resident of Shunk.

            The graduates of 1916 were: George Morgan, LaRue May, Forrest Stone. George Morgan was a school teacher for a while.  He is now Justice of the Peace at Shunk.  H. G. Richey was teacher from 1913 to 1917.

            The following people were graduates of 1917:  Rozell Porter, Mary Duff and Alonzo Dickerson.  Rozell Porter is proprietor of the Red and White store in Shunk.

            The graduates of 1918 were: Edgar Fanning, Miles Decker and Emily Biddle.  Edgar Fanning is also teacher in Fox township.  He is a resident of Athens, Pa.

            The graduates of 1919 were Riley Foster, Stanley May, Bly Dickerson, Eunice Duff and Lorena Stone.  Riley Foster has passed on.

            Lester Morgan was the only graduate of 1920.  He was a teacher for a while and now works in the Wheelerville milk station.  Wynn Warren was teacher for the past four years.

            The graduates of 1921 were: Laverne Dickerson and Elloyd Foster.  Laverne Dickerson was a teacher in Fox Township last year.  He is now going to school.  Elloyd Foster lives in Westfield, Pa.  The teacher was Howard Green.  He is living in Washington, D.C.

            Lucile Duff, Marcus Duff and Laurayne Williams were the graduates of 1922.  Laurayne Williams is a teacher and resident of Shunk, Pa.

            The two people following were graduates of 1923:  Vera Boyles and Lawrence Stone.

            The following people received diplomas in the year of 1924:  Robert Bagley, Flossie Brown (Hotelling), Lynn Kilmer, Mayme Brown and LaRue McCarty.  Robert Bagley and Lynn Kilmer are both residents of Shunk.

            The graduates of 1925 were: Laurel Fuller (Morgan), Elizabeth Wilcox and Ruth Quail (Conrad).  Laurel Fuller is a resident of Shunk.  Manley Gregory was teacher from 1922 to 1925.

            Bertha Morgan (              ), Beulah Jenkins (Brown), Dennis Duff, Elsie Dickerson (Bagley), Victor Shadduck, Belva Ketchum and Harold Stone were graduates of 1926.  Beaulah Jenkins, Elsie Dickerson and Victor Shadduck are residents of Shunk.  Reese Berdanier and Eva Berdanier were teachers for this year.

            The graduating class of 1927 was Lyal Bond, Lucile Brown, Walter Brown, Desmond Morgan, Frank Yocum, Ellery Quail and Hazel Reinboldt.  Walter Brown, Frank Yocum and Ellery Quail are all residents of Shunk.  The teachers were Frank Brewer and Edrie DeLong.

            There were no graduates in 1928.  The teachers were Earl Didlack and G. H. Northrup.

            Maybelle Brown (Myers) and Raymond Bagley were graduates in 1929.  They are both residents of Shunk.  Teachers: Lester Kelly and Sam Mosser.

            The class of 1930 was as follows:  Lucile Morgan (Stotler), David Stone, Francis McCarty.  Francis McCarty is a resident of Hillsgrove. Lucile Morgan is a resident of Shunk. The teachers were Herman Brown and Edward Dorsett.

            Glenda Swain, Willard Shadduck, Evert Letts, Kenneth Morgan and Richard Bailey were graduates of 1931.  They are all taking the fourth year of High School elsewhere.  Glenda Swain at Canton, Willard Shadduck, Kenneth Morgan and Richard Bailey at Estella and Evert Letts at Red Lion.

            Of 1932, the graduates are Dorothy Brown and Kenneth Frey.  For the past two years Herman Brown and Ralph Stonier have been the teachers.

            H. R. Henning has been County Supt. for the past nineteen years.

            If anyone can add any material to this list please send it to us, as we would like to keep a record of this school.

Class Reports

Math Class

            The Senior Algebra class has been taking up progressions for a couple of days.  We find these quite interesting.

            Before we started progressions, we studied about ratio and proportion.

            I am sure if we were to stop and think, we would find somewhere in our life where we could have used progression in working our problems.

            The Freshmen Algebra class is some class; nothing seems to bother them except algebra and arithmetic.  But for all that, they have learned how to factor, multiply, divide and work equations, and even how to work ratio and proportion.  By the work they are doing now there’s not much danger of any of them flunking the course.

Social Science

            The Seniors have been enjoying a very delightful history class during the past week  We have been following a work book that supplements several text books.  We are working on the period from the Fall of Napoleon to the Beginning of the World War.  In connection with our work there are maps to be drawn and colored.  These make it a great deal easier to remember the various colonies and alliances.

            We Freshmen have been having a very delightful time in vocational civics the last few months.

            We have been discussing about the qualifications, chances for preparation and the opportunities for different occupations that we have in life.

            We are going to take a few field trips before long to see some of the advanced ways of doing things.

            We went down to the telephone office the other day to learn how the switch board works, and before we got through we all put a call through.

            Mr. Stonier said we all did well for “green horns.”  So some would like to be telephone operators.

Science Class

            In General Science, we have been having a very interesting time, sending telegrams.  Two pupils of (missing text) Words,  They sent the message and the remainder of the class received it.

            We also studied diseases.  It is very interesting to know the causes and how to prevent many of the communicable diseases.

            We just finished the testing of milk for fat, protein and minerals.  The Chemistry class helped with this testing.

            The Chemistry class has had several very interesting experiments during the past few weeks.  We have been studying the metals which are classed in several groups.  With the many reference books we are using, these metals have been very interesting.  We hope that what we have learned will be of some value to us in life.

Latin Class

            The Latin Class is coming along just fine even though we can not “decline verbs and conjugate nouns.”

            Most generally Latin Class goes off pretty well if we have our vocabularies (which is not very often) studied.

            So far we have covered the following material in Latin; first, second and third declension nouns, the first and second declension adjectives and pronouns.  Also the first, second and third conjugation verbs, and this is where the fun comes in.

            We have also translated some Latin stories and we have expressed English sentences in Latin, which was very hard work.

A Word to the Wise

            We are now starting our Final Examinations.  Which are of practical value?  An examination is all right but in some things it does not pay to give a type examination or have too much class review.  Because if you do any one can look the questions up and get a good mark.  An examination is given to see what you have learned in the past, not how much you learn in a moment's time.  If you look the question up you can remember it until the examination is over, but in the majority of cases, if the pupils were given the same examination in a week’s time, you would find that most of them could not answer the question.  If you learn the material as you are going (missing text)

About examinations.

            Before you are going to take an examination do not sit up late in the evening and study, but get your mind on something else and when you come to take the examination your mind will be clear in that field.  And another rule to follow-- do not eat a heavy meal before you take an examination.  The best time to give an examination is in the forenoon, when your mind is at rest and able to function to better advantage.

            Examinations are all right, but they need not be given too often; a thing which happens in many cases.

            The kind of an examination depends on the subject.  Probably the best type of examinations are objective; true or false, or the multiple choice type.

            These are a few facts about examinations and in the majority of cases you will find they prove to be true.


            The Tennis Court has been completed and we have played on it for some time.  It has taken us a little while to become accustomed to the game so that we could keep score and think quickly enough to make the correct play at the right time.

            The first thing that we thought of (especially if it was a hard, fast ball) was to get out of the way and not get hit.

            As the teachers have played before, they seem to get a “big kick” out of beating us, but that won’t be so easy in a few weeks.

            Since we have been playing tennis we feel more like living than we did before.  Tennis is a wonderful exercise; it exercises all the body muscles; physical and mental.  It is a good sport, too, for noons and recesses.  It makes the days seem so much shorter.

            There is plenty of action in tennis.  The tennis court is no place for a lazy person.  If you think it is a girl’s game, just try a game with a good player.  You will find that he will keep you busy chasing and returning the ball.

            Now that we have our court completed and in fair shape; our boys and girls becoming skilled in playing; we hope to have some games with neighboring high schools next year.

Vocational Agriculture

            Mr. Reisner comes over here every Tuesday to teach a class in Poultry for one hour and a half.  This course covers the raising, feeding, marketing of eggs and poultry, and a project of which we have to keep a record of  the labor, products used, and products received.  In class work, Mr. Reisner has given us our last lesson so that the remainder of the year will be spent on projects and finishing our note books.

            For the past years that Mr. Reisner has been here, it has been his custom to take several boys and girls, from the county, to State College for the Future Farmer week.  Here they compete in judging poultry and cattle, with boys and girls from all over the state.  Beautiful and worthy prizes are given to the best judges in each class.

English Classes

            The Freshman English class is now taking up Basic Study of Oral Speech.  At the same time, Mr. Stonier has been reading to us from the book, “Romona”, which is very interesting, and holds the attention of the pupils throughout the class period.

            The Senior English is now taking up the analysis and diagramming, of Simple, Complex and Compound sentences.  The pupils do not always agree with the teacher on their form.  First they have to analyze the sentence and then diagram them.

            We have a work book, which we have to work in once in a while in class.

The Paper Conference

            The spring school paper converence was held by the “Maroon and White” staff on Saturday April 23rd, at Dushore.  A very appetizing dinner was served, following which, a program was given and some of the following topics were discussed.  A very interesting topic on, “A Columnist on Foot,” was given by Eleanor Riordan, of Dushore.  This topic was very humorous.

            Another interesting talk was given by Towanda on “What is the best way to develop the talent of humor along the lines usually followed by the Columnist?”  I am sure that those present could not find many questions to ask about this topic as it was very well given.

            An explanation of the questionnaire which was conducted by Helen Cliesonis was also very interesting.  There were only three schools represented, Towanda, Dushore, and Shunk.

            The chairman was Joseph Powderly, and I am sure that you will all agree with me that he made a very good chairman.  Marion Shelheimen was hostess.

            The speaker of the evening was Miss Rebecca Gross, who gave a very interesting talk.  I am sure that those who paid strict attention to Miss Gross learned some valuable information from her talk.

            We wish to thank Dushore for the enjoyable time they gave us.

            Shunk representatives were Dorothy Brown, Agnes Morgan and Mr. Stonier.

Outcome of Pennsylvania Farm Products Show

            Kenneth Frey, a senior in Shunk High, won first prize in the Vocational Potato class, and second prize in competition with the State. Kenneth stayed at the show two days and said he enjoyed the trip very much.

            Frank Morgan, of Shunk High, won the first premium on his Flint Corn, in this district, but did not take any prize in the State.

            Due to our oversight, this article was omitted from the April issue of “The Fox Gazette.”  Although the news is rather old, we are very proud to print it and give recognition to our schoolmates.

Plans For Commencement

            Shunk High School Commencement exercises will be held in the Shunk Church, Wednesday night, June 8, 1932, at eight o’clock.

            The program will consist of two orations, a commencement speaker, Mr. John Morgan, superintendent of Wyoming county schools, and also a one act play entitled, “A Woman’s Stratagem,” will be presented by the high school pupils.  The characters have been chosen as follows:

Bronson………………………….…………..Loren Swain

Tomio…………………………...………….Frank Morgan

Dexter………………………….……………Kenneth Frey

Grace…………………………...……………Verna Brown

Alice………………………………………Dorothy Brown

The following committees have been chosen:

Properties……………………………..……..Dorothy Frey

Costumes……………………………...……Agnes Morgan

Stage, ………………………Dorothy Morgan, Hilma May

Advertising…………………………………Marion Brown

The play is to be coached by Mr. Stonier.

Everyone is invited to attend.

Remember the date.

The Happiest Days

(Tune, “Auld Lang Syne”)

We’re here for work

Right from the start,

Pray drop your dignity,

Just laugh and sing

With all your heart

And show your loyality.

All other schools we have enjoyed

Let this one be the best,

Join in the pleasures we have here

Be happy with the rest.

            Of the school songs written by us, this one was chosen as the best.  It was composed by Dorothy Frey.  Another good song was written by Marion Brown, entitled, “S.H.S. For All,” to the tune of “Let Me Call You Sweetheart.”


            Please turn and read the advertisements in this issue of the “Gazette.”  Thank you!


Jacko, the Joker

            Mr. Brown, after completing his radio, asked Mr. Reisner to look at it.  After telling Mr. Reisner that it worked, Mr. Reisner replied: “Can you get anything but a squeal?”

            I guess we will have to ask Mr. Brown to stay at home because every time he goes away he brings a large snow storm.

            If you need any help with the principal parts of verbs, call on Dorothy Brown.

            The girls were in the class room telling what they could do when Marion Brown said: “I can put my toe in my big mouth.”

            Laurence had clapped his hands in the middle of a song which Mr. Stonier and two girls were singing.  Stonier, after finishing the song: Now you can clap your hands.  Ellis: What for?

            Agnes Morgan and Verna Brown, after Stonier had told them about actresses and how they had to act: “Would we make good actresses?”  Stonier: “If you could keep your mouth shut a while.”  Verna and Agnes: “You wouldn’t ever make one then.”

            The pupils were studying their play.  Kenneth Frey was to say: “You’re one big question mark,” but he said, “You’re a big one question mark.”

            Irene was sitting on Mr. Stonier’s lap.  Mr. Frey said to her, “Who is that?”  Irene: “Nobody.”

            Wanted:  Somebody to buy a rubber ball with a rubber string for Kenneth Frey.

                        A Chevy for Stonier.

                        A Ford for Brown.

                        And sure as you,re living ,they’ll trade around.

            School Paper Conferences seem to be too much for Dorothy Brown.  Staying up too late at night, Dorothy!!

A Lull in “Time”

            School is nearly over for this term.  Are we glad?  Well I guess !!!  Everybody is nearly crazy; going to school this time of the year.  Is it any wonder that we get tired?  It is so warm and suffocating, that we can hardly study.  (Do we every study?)

            We all have our plans for the summer.  They sound good.  Dorothy Brown is going to work at Troy, Pa.  Agnes Morgan said that she was going to do as little as possible.  Verna Brown says she is going to “will dew.” Marion Brown is going to “do-do.” (What does she mean by that”)  Dorothy Frey is going on a vacation, to Johnson City, N.Y.  Hilma May is going to Troy, Pa.  Kenneth Frey is planning on working at home and going on a number of pleasure trips, such as State College and other places.  Loren Swain is going to work on the farm but he is taking two weeks vacation to go camping.  (Back to nature you know.)  Dorothy Morgan is going to spend her time this summer raising chickens.  Her brother, Frank, says he is going to “stay home and work on our farm when needed.”  (Hope you are “needed” often, Frank!) 

            And yet when the first bell rings on September 5th, all of us excepting Dorothy Brown and Kenneth Frey, will be back at school, anxiously trying to improve ourselves.

            Schoolmates must part sometime – so we say, “Au revoir,” to Kenneth and Dorothy.


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