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First school at Oacoma. Burned down in 1907

Oacoma High School Year Book 1928/’29

Data taken from year book belonging to Alvin Werner, Oacoma alumnus. Transcribed by Barbara Speck. October, 1998

Submitted exactly as found, no changes have been made in spelling or grammar

 Photo, 1926 intermediate grades from Gloria Lund, daughter of Carl Lund.. Thanks Gloria!!

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We of the Junior Class of 1928-1929 in carrying out the work of the Juniors of 1927-1928 have gathered together the activities of the school year and pass them on to you in the form of this annual. We have tried to give you a breath of the spirit of our school, and it is our hope that you will find these records correct.


Howard Schmitt: A second Tilden in the tennis line.

Freida Wetterer: A chewing gum expert, also an authority on the latest interpretations of slang.

Violet Werner: A regular good fellow who taught "Cupid His Stuff."


Carl Lund: A most remarkable person. He is a second Daniel Webster and Julius Caesar all in one.

Mamie Somers: An authority on Latin. She is also the champion lady broncho rider in the school.


Thiel Dwyer: A coming scientist of the future. He will be a second Einstein.

Bud Donahue: A bright boy, especially when he wears his red sweater.

Alvin Werner: The blond sheik of the Freshies of 1929 is "Swede."

Boyd Gannaway: A strong man of the future, a regular Sampson type.



Silas J. Bates ---- Bud Donahue

Shirley Waters --Thiel Dwyer

Clarabelle --------Frieda Wetterer

Aunt Louise------ Mamie Somers

Mrs. Williams -- Violet Werner

Mr. Darr -------- Howard Schmitt

Policeman ------- Boyd Gannaway

Butler ------------ Carl Lund

Alvin Werner gave a very clever introductory speech at the opening of the play. The admission was a dime and the amount raised was nine dollars. We thank Mr. Grimshaw for his help and Mrs. Sheffer for the use of her furniture. A great deal of credit should go to Miss. Tuor for the excellent coaching and the way the play went over.


Mr. Rooks opened a boxing class for high school boys and the boys in the seventh and eighth grades. An evening’s work-out usually consisted of several rounds of shadow boxing, skipping rope, hitting the punching bag and it was concluded by some snappy exercises. Boxing ended when basketball season started.


Members of the basketball team were Donahue (center,) Schmitt (guard,) Lund (guard,) Dwyer (forward,) and Werner (forward.) Other members of the squad were Twiggs, Cleland and Millan.


Lund, Donahue and Schmitt made up the track team.


Thiel Dwyer, Howard Schmitt and Carl Lund


The first carnival the Oacoma High School ever sponsored was on the second of November in the year nineteen hundred twenty-eight. Supt. Rooks was in charge. The school colors, blue and gold, were used for decorating. Much credit should be given to Miss Tuor, Frieda Washburn and Frieda Wetterer for the way in which they handled the decorating situation.

The different booths were set up along both sides of the hall and the main show was held on the stage. The booths were made by hanging blankets and sheets on wires strung across the room. Booths were assigned to students in high school and the problems of getting the paraphernalia was left up to them. Large signs were painted and "barker" stools were used to make the carnival more realistic.

The main show was under the directions of Mr. Rooks, assisted by Bud Donahue, who was the boy who showed Buffalo Bill his "stuff." Miss Truman proved to the audience that she knew some of Houdini’s tricks when she answered written questions through concentration and thought. The booths, "The Wonderful Swimming Exhibition" and "The Big Boxing Match" were handled quite efficiently by Carl Lund.

Raymond Hickey managed to entice many people to come and see "Bojo the Elephant-skinned Girl." He also served in the capacity of an officer of the law. He took many persons from the crowd (who were disorderly) to Judge Hookem whose motto was "I stand for law and order." He always found the culprits guilty and proceeded to relieve them of surplus tickets.

Jesse (sometimes called "Bud") Donahue made such a "howl" that people who were inclined toward business ventures came to his booth. "Double your money," or "Ten points for five cents." The snake charmer booth had the attention of Evelyn Smith and when asked where the snake charmer was, she replied, "Oh, she got bit and couldn’t come." The "smooth tongue," Thiel Dwyer trapped many of the adventurous type into giving money for a chance to drop rubber balls (which would not stay in) into a keg. When a person would be lucky enough to overcome al the vast difficulties set forth, Thiel would try to give him a token balloon for his prize.



                                              Oacoma Intermediate  grades, 1926 
Back, l-r: Hazel Cleland, Laura Rockafellow, teacher-Helen Truman, Mildred Washburn and Evelyn Smith; Middle row: Jim Sweeney, Ray Hickey, Donald Gr ?, Ray Dwyer, Carl Lund, Bud Donahue, Theil Dwyer; Front: L. Camel, Buck Templin, Alvin Werner, Laurel Pease, Louie Lund, Clifford Cleland.   Photo from Gloria Lund

Oacoma High School Reunion, July, 2005

Front, l.r: Alvin and Edith (Byre) Werner, Virginia (Hodgin) and Roy Feltman, Ruby Wieczorek, Ruth ( ) and John Christensen; second row: Rosemary ( ) Marsh, Doris Hills, Irene (Harmon) Bunnell,  Jim Olson, Lowell "Tom" Sawyer, Peggy (Hickey) Reis; third:  ? , Bob Kenobbie, Gene Harmon, Ron and Shirley (Summy) Feltman, Boyd and Colleen (Hickey) Short; fourth row: June (Harmon) McGuire, Iris (Hutmacher) Harmon, Leonard "Granny" Marsh, Russell Sharpe, and Marie Sharpe; back row: Lorne and Joanne (Hickey) Houser, Brad and Carolyn ( ) Reis.

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