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1936 Miller High School Graduation
Miller, (Hand County) South Dakota

Article and photo taken from
THE MILLER-HILITE --- May 8, 1936
Students were unidentified in photo, sorry.  I also apologize for poor quality of photo.
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Senior Issue - Miller, SD, May 8, 1936 - Price 5
(Miller High School Student Newspaper)


Commencement ProgramTo Be On May 20

      The largest class ever to be graduated from Miller high school will receive diplomas at the Commencement exercises at the City Auditorium on the evening of May 20, 1936.
      In addition to being a record-breaking class in size, the group will be the second to have a formal commencement, wearing caps and gowns. Exercises will start at 8 o'clock sharp. Dr. Frank Eversull, president of Huron College, will deliver the address.
      Supt. J. Howard Kramer will award National Honor society pins to two seniors and
three juniors; five national athletic awards to outstanding athletes; scholarship pins to the highest ranking boy and girl and other scholarships seniors may have won. The names of the valedictorian and salutatorian will be announced. Mrs. Meda McCullen, president of the school board, will award the diplomas.
      A musical number by the orchestra will be, "Light Cavalry." The boys' glee club will sing, "Drums," and "Song of the Volga Boatmen." The girls' glee clubs will sing, "Dark Eyes," and "Johnny Was a Shoemaker."
      Baccalaureate services will be held at the Auditorium on May 17, beginning at 7:30 o'clock. Rev. Father Schilling will deliver the sermon and will be assisted on the program by the other ministers of Miller.
      A special program will be given on that evening by the music department of the high school. The processional hymn, "Ancient of Days," will be sung by the girls' and boys' glee clubs. Two songs, "Londonderry Air," and "Andante Moderato," will be presented by the orchestra. The two glee clubs will be combined to form a chorus and sing, "Unfold Ye Portals," and "Seek Ye The Lord."

Members of the MHS class of 1936 are as follows:
Eleanor Almond, Thelma Almond, Wendell Andrews, Evangeline Bauer, Grace Beadles, Gladys Bradley, Mildred Brown, John Burrell, Florence Busch, Ruth Cakebread, Genevieve Carlson, Marian Collins, Mildred Dean, Carlyle Devine, Francis Dwyer, Keith Dunham, Mary Edwards, Dolores Ernesti, Ralph Friemark, Ruth Haigh, Hazel Haverstock, Howard Heider, Buehl Hewett, Chester Hiatt, Doris Hiatt. Bessie Johnson, Mary Johnson,  Roger Kelley, George Koch, Eva Lacy, Laurine Lechtenberg, Bonnie McCarl, Roy McKown, Murlen Molyneaux, Viola Nielson, Johnny Neu, Phyllis Ohlinger, Arthur Padmore, Gertrude Pautsch, Dorothy Schaefer, Lorraine Schroeder, Rosaleen Stebbins, Josephine Steinleitner, Deveda Stockton, Willam Thomas, Joseph Ruzicka, Bill Weiblen, Veva Weigart, Kenneth Wermersen, Eileen Yeardon, and Echo Zimmerman.
This page was last modified by Carolyn S. Rosemore 28 Nov 2003

Received by email from Betty Gibbs: My mother is Bessie Johnson (Gibbs). She is seated 4th from the left on the second row. Her sister Mary Johnson (Christiansen) is on her left. Mary was not mentioned in the graduates list. They graduated together.  *I have added Mary to list, however, I'm not certain if she is on Bessie's left, or is "left" as photo is viewed. csr*

The only person I can positively identify is also seated in 2nd row, 2nd from the right side of photo - Echo Zimmerman (Bertsch).  She looks the same in 2003 as she did in 1936!!

How frustrating.  I "should" be able to pick out many more of these grads.