Saturday, March 15, 2008

Junior Senior Banquet - 1930

Thursday evening, May 29, the most important social event of the school year at St. Mary's took place in the Crystal Room of the Hotel Bancroft when the Junior Class was host to the Graduates at the annual Junior-Senior Banquet and Dance.

At half past seven when the guests arrived they found awaiting them long, beautifully decorated tables. Tiny place cards beckoned each person to his place and in no time delectable food was being served. Small baskets and menu cards of blue and silver, colors of the class of 1930, were found at each place. A lovely bouquet of roses furnished by Charles Baase adorned the Speaker's table.

After dinner toasts were given by the following: "To our Pastor" Margaret Mary Lowe; "To the Seniors" Angelyn Cronkite; "To the Juniors" John Greiner; "Our Parents" Frederick Bossman; "Class Motto" Mary Jahnke; "The Faculty" Margaret Mahar; "Our Athletic Directors" Frank Sullivan; Virginia Snyder gave a very interesting class prophecy. William Korth acted as toast master.

Among the guests at the dinner was Reverend Fr. Francis L. McLaughlin, pastor of St. James Church, Montague, former assistant at St. Mary's.

Kenny Anderson's Cotton Stompers furnished the music for dancing which lasted until one o'clock and to which the underclassmen were invited. The patrons and patronesses were Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Nickodemus; Mr. and Mrs. W.S. McMullen; Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Cronkite; Mr. William Posey and Mr. G. Leo Weadock.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Cathedral Youth Credit Union - 1970

Members of the newly formed Cathedral Credit Union at St. Mary's High School examine their financial statements. In the foreground, left to right, are Celia Schrems, treasurer; Robert Berlin, president. At the head table, left to right Joseph Schneider, vice president; Elinor Tijerina, assistant treasurer, Kathy Bailie, education chairman. On the left side are Margo Phelan and Paul Slaggert of the credit committee and on the right side are Mary Ellen Shea and Mike Haremski, credit committee.

The talents and resources of students are best shown by their involvement in community and school affairs.

From participation in the United Fund Sun Bowl Games to the establishment of their own "Cathedral Youth Credit Union:, the students' enthusiasm abounds and achieves in their many activities.

The Cathedral Youth Credit Union is unique in that it is the second of its kind in the United States. Its purpose is educational - to teach students to make deposits and loans. It is operated under Federal regulations under the direction of Mr. Robert Adams, parish manager, and Mrs. Bette Peterson, faculty member.

For more information on the history of Catholic Federal Credit Union (which started as St. Mary Credit Union click here.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

A History Lesson -1984

The last Yearbook staff of 1984 wanted to show the past, present and future. Beginning in 1984, Nouvel Catholic Central High School would open. It was a consolidation of SS Peter and Paul, St. Stephen and Saginaw East Catholic - St. Mary Cathedral. I will be posting many of their articles. The articles are a great history lesson about St. Mary's. From the preface: As the years roll by, the only appreciation we crave is the consciousness of feeling that our efforts have helped in forming a connecting link between the present and past. May this book instill in our hearts a greater love for Alma Mater and a greater appreciation for the good she has done for us. Mike Rocha, Erika Trevino, Michele Allen, Duane Hall, Leslia Eiland, Joe Sheltraw, Rose Schliska, Beth Gallery, Carolyn Bashans, Amanda Lewis, Tom Schmidt, and Sandra Orum.

Sunday, March 9, 2008


St. Mary's entered the District Tournament as a heavy favorite, and the three games played proved to be a showcase for the talented Raider team. Our opening game was against Holy Rosary, who had managed to slip by us twice in the regular class. But behind the fine shooting of Mike Haremski and John Looby, and the clutch performance from Ray Wickes, St. Mary's was not to be denied. We won 96-69. This was just the start of our revenge as the next game brought on St. Andrew's, a team that had given us trouble in both games so far this year.

With John Hansen and Mike O'Donnell showing their tournament experience, the Raiders put the game away in the first half, with reserves playing almost the entire second half, the Raiders recorded an 80-48 victory. The District final was played against a fired-up St. Joe's team. The outcome of the game was not decided until the final two minutes as St. Joe's burned the nets too often, but under the steadying influence of Mike Fournier, who threw in several clutch baskets, St. Mary's led almost the entire game and recorded an 83-75 victory. Thus St. Mary's added the first of a line of trophies that destiny seemed to lay in her path.