Reunion Notes

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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Cathedral's Lively Spirit Instigators - 1967



Varsity Cheerleaders: Cindy Rockowski, Nancy Lum, Reene Kerns (co-captain) Mary McLoughlin (captain), Janice Brown and Joan Sowulewski.

J.V. Cheerleaders: Cathy Bieri (captain); Judy McKinney, Mary Ann Castanier, Laura Hendrick, Carla Melvin (co-captain) and Susan Siers.

Maintaining the high spirit of Cathedral High students is the function of the cheerleaders. This vivacious group, including the varsity and junior varsity squads, is responsible for the "sound" backing of the student body for the talented athletes of St. Mary's. Long hours of tedious practice, frustration, encouragement and fun are wrapped up in the lives and duties of cheerleaders. Undaunted by defeat, these girls enkindle contagious spirit and enliven the attitudes of the players as well as the student body. As representatives of the school, their performances at games, pep rallies and clinics are preceded by long hours of critical planning and practice. They have consistently through the years maintained the highest standards of courtesy and good sportsmanship.

Football Champs - 1944



O'Brien, E. Quinnan, J. Deisler, O'Keefe, Sheltraw, Carson, Lenick, R. Frawley, Fielder, J. Frawley, DeCorte, A. Deisler, Kenny, Ward, W. Quinnan, DePrekel, Phelan, J. Sullivan, W. Sullivan, Daley

For the first time in St. Mary's athletic history one of its football teams went undefeated. Working with a newly formed T-formation, under a new coach, "Johnnie" Sullivan, former St. Mary's star athlete, the mighty Maroons met and crushed all opposition. Equally strong on defence and offense the team piled 167 points against their opponents' 18.

The Maroons attack this year was paced by hard-running Jack Kenny, husky fullback, who was selected as both All-Valley and All-State (class C) fullback. Running behind a powerful line, Jack gained consistently to lead the team in scoring. In the line the mainstays were Captain Ed Quinnan, All-Valley tackle for three years and most valuable player; Willie Quinnan, a fighting end who also mad the All-Valley.

Scores:
St. Mary 25__________St. James 0
St. Mary 34__________St. Mary's (Flint) 0
St. Mary 63__________St. Joseph's 0
St. Mary 20__________St. Andrew's 18
St. Mary 19__________St. Pete's 0
St. Mary 06__________St. Joseph's 0

Friday, March 21, 2008

Speech - 1947


Dawn Bodrie made a fine showing as the Red Cross representative of the school. Her speech at the Bancroft Hotel over W.S.A.M. given for the opening of the Junior Red Cross Drive, was followed in succession with speeches at the Jewish Synagogue, Nurses' Auxiliary, and Elks Club. Miss Bodrie has been chosen as Saginaw's Catholic School delegate to the National Red Cross Convention to be held in Cleveland in June.

At the next signal. . . St. Mary's will broadcast over W.S.A.M. The radio play, "It's More Fun Being a Mother than a Career Girl," presented on March 11, gave the students ample opportunity to develop the fine art of public speaking. Don Christensen, Aileen Bourchard, Denny Lawler, Dolores Daignault, Elizabeth McGovern, Richard Koblinski, Denise McMullen, John Lechmann, Dennis O'Leary, Lorna Walderzak, Eleanor Magryta and Jerd Clayton prepared for the broadcast.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

St. Mary's P.T.A. - 1938

Early in the year 1920, the need for a society which would bring the parents in to closer relation with the teachers, was realized by the ladies of the parish. Accordingly, they met at the school and formally organized St. Mary's Parent-Teacher Association. They were given encouragement and splendid cooperation by the pastor, Rev. Father Caldwell.

Mrs. W. Daily was elected the first president. Her first act was to appoint the necessary committee chairmen. Among the accomplishments of the first year was the obtaining of free milk and wafers for needy school children.

Mrs. William Jahnke was the president in 1923. During this year the first annual cake sale was given. With the money derived from various activities the P.T.A. began to purchase desks for the school. This year, also, high school girls were bidden to wear blue serge uniforms.

In 1924, under President, Mrs. Leo Weadock, the P.T.A. hired a physical education instructor for the school. Her salary was paid by donations. This year the membership was raised to 243.

A new laboratory table costing $50 was purchased by the P.T.A. in 1925-26. This year the gymnasium was fully equipped ($617) and paid for with funds derived from various activities. Mrs. Devereaux was the president.

A permanent male gym instructor was engaged in 1927 through the zealous efforts of the P.T.A. under the leadership of Mrs. Devereaux.

In 1929 the idea was put in action that each grade should have a parent to look after it. This lady was called the "grade mother." The school had been painted previously, and the P.T.A. gave nearly $500 toward the payment of this debt.

New desks for the 3rd grade were purchased in 1930 and the school library was catalogued throughout. Mrs. A.D. LeFevre was the president this year.

During these years the programs were made specially interesting several times by the work of guest speakers of superlative quality. Among these were the Rt. Rev. William F. Stadelman of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and Father Babcock, chaplain of the Univeristy of Michigan.

Every year Father Caldwell was present as the honorary president of the society.

In 1932, Fred O'Hara was named our delegate to the state convention at Kalamazoo. The president this year was Mrs. Arthur Weadock.

The following years were busy ones for the P.T.A. They sponsored many activities and aided the school in many things.

Mrs. Leo Hendricks was the president for two years, 1935 and 1936. During that time the desire was realized for free test books for students. Mrs. Hendricks was the delegate at the state convention to Grand Rapids in 1934.

This past year has been an active one for the P.T.A. Along with Mrs. Ellerthorpe, the president, Mr. Harry Green was the head of the father-members. Meetings were attended in goodly numbers and the slogan was, "A Better Knowledge of Child Psychology."

Reviewing the past eighteen years of splendid accomplishments by the parents of St. Mary's Parish, we must give credit where credit is due, and surely these good workers merit our deep appreciating and gratitude for their noble work. I sincerely hope that this may serve not only as a tribute to past achievements but as an encouragement to future members.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Seniors in Service - 1946

The class of '46 proudly present their senior classmates, who are serving in the Armed Forces. Leaving their studies and many friends behind, these boys enlisted in their junior year.

The Army is well represented by John O'Keefe and Franke O'Brien. John left New York City for overseas duty in November, 1945, and is now stationed in Bari, Italy. Frank is also doing his share of overseas duty, stationed in Frankfurt, Germany, for the past year.

Wearing the sailor "blues" are Tony Deisler and Kenneth Bloomer, who left in his sophomore year. Tony recently paid a visit to the school making it seem like old times again. At present Tony is stationed at the separation center in San Diego, California.

We pay special tribute to James Gavit, our only classmate preparing for the priesthood. At present Jim is attending Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit and expects to spend four more years there.

To James and to all the seniors in service, who will be far away on Commencement day, we send an expression of our deepest loyalty and friendship, and say, "We'll be missin' you."

Monday, March 17, 2008

First Student Council - 1941


During the past year a new and broad field was opened to the students of Cathedral High. Student government was inaugurated and put into motion. At the close of last year a general election was held in which fifteen high school students were chosen to make up what is known as Student Council. This group in turn elected officers, choosing Leo Hendrick as president, William Hendrick as vice president, Robert Fettig as treasurer, and Mary Tuhy as secretary. Other members were: Patricia Burns, Frances Ann Hayes, Mary Schneider, Robert McDonald, Dixie Lou Mueller, Patricia Grohman, Charles Heid, Frank Mueller, Jerry McCarty, William Tophman, and Jack Runchey.

Their accomplishments have been few during the past year, but like all permanent organizations, it takes time to develop such a group to a high degree of efficiency. Some projects, such as the direction of school assemblies, enforcement of school regulations, the raising of money for school equipment have been carried out with some degree of success. It is the hope of those in charge of this movement that in a very short time St. Mary's Student Council will be one of the most active in the city.