Bugbee Forgery

Spencer Owen Leader
March 03, 1920

Recent Weddings

John H. Phipps of Coalmont, Ind., and Miss Vicie Cassel, daughter of Hiram Cassel, were married Saturday in the Clerk's office by Rev. Pedicord.

Hubert Corns of Spencer, and Miss Pearl L. Bixler, daughter of Isaac Bixler, were married in the Clerk's office Feb. 25 by Rev. Pedicord.

License was issued Saturday to Roy F. Horn of Clay county and Catherine E. Steiner, daughter of George Steiner.

Spencer Owen Leader
March 03, 1920


More Class History That Will Prove Interesting - All Living And All Making Good.

By Don C. Ellis.

The editor's iniative in class history takes root ten years later in the class of 1904. Our class prophecy was enacted, by members of the alumni at the banquet in honor of the clash, showing what the class would be 20 years hence . None, however, of the 16 burlesqued characters have proved true to the forecast. One in particular that I recall was Paris Pierson as a preacher in 1924. Imagine "Bill" in cap and gown in a pulpit. Nevertheless, as we really are, 16 years from graduation, our history is interesting. We are pretty well scattered over the U. S. A. and various occupations claim our attention.

In our Sophomore year, Mr. Mead, our English teacher, and a graduate of DePauw, having had some military training, organized a High School Cadet company. All our boys except Chavis were in uniform. Their training received in school did much to put Co. D, 1st I. N. G. on record their first year in camp as most of the class joined and became corporals and sergeants.

Mr. Mead left us for a year and the spirit of the organization went with him and never revived.

In athletics our class took an active part. Pierson starred at left half back three successive seasons, Williams full back and tackle, White and Ellis, guard and tackle, Bain at end on the football team. Basket ball aroused much enthusiasm and again '04 came to the front with Bain, Rice, Pierson and Ellis all playing a fast, aggressive game. In base ball, when there was enough spirit to organize a team, we played a few games. Lack of pitching material put baseball in an unpopular position, although the ability to perform on the diamond developed to a marked degree later. W. I. Early , when principal, organized a class of girls in Indian club drill. All of our girls joined and became quite adept in the drill, which was set to music. The first girls' basket ball team was organized in our Senior year and Elizabeth Johnson, captain, played center and Jessie Marley guard.

The class roll is as follows: Mary Allison, Ada Alverson, Duke Bain, Calvin Barker, Will Chavis (colored) Don Ellis, C. D. Greene , Elizabeth Johnson, Mae Kinney, Ruth Milligan, Grace May, Jessie Marley, Paris Pierson, Frank Rice, Mac Williams, Wigfall White: 16 in all, second largest class to graduate up to that time.

Our teachers during the last year were A. L. Whitmer, Supt., who later attended Chicago University and is now Supt. at Rochester, Ind. C. D. Mead, principal, later became an instructor in a state institution at Ft. Wayne then took a post grad course in Columbia University, became a Prof. of Science in the University of Cincinnati. He is now in Berkley, California as Prof. of Science in the State University, having attained the highest degree given in American Universities. Florence Richards, mathematics, a graduate of Northwestern, taught but the one year and married Judge J. W. Williams, then on the bench in Morgan-Owen circuit, and now lives in Martinsville.

We are all still living, though the death angel has entered the homes to claim the husbands of two of the girls. Mary Allison married Jesse Crow, a glass worker, and she is now employed at the Kahn Tailoring Co., Indianapolis. Grace May married Ross Willoughby; after his death she married Glen I. Fisher, a former Spencer man, now night patrolman in a large factory at Indianapolis. Paris Pierson, presiden t of the class, entere d Purdue ; afte r a yea r he change d to Wabas h and graduate d a s a Forester. He has been continuously engage d in lumberin g business, associsited in the business left by his father, J. L Pierson He serve d the governmen t durin g th e wa r in the Ordnance Dept., as a timber inspector. gun stock material coming under his supervision. H e is now assosiated with R E. Hollowell in the Eel River Luxbe r Co-, Spencer. Ada Alverson, shortly after graduation. worked in California until her mother's illness necessitated her return. Last December she com pleted a three years course at the Methodist Hospital and is now a registered nurseRuth Milligan graduated at Western, taught Latin and English at Coshocton, 0. , several years; was connected with the Aircraft Service at Washington during the war and is now in Beloit. Wise., doing YWCA work. Mae Kinney taught for a while in the Owen countv schools, graduated from Lewis Institute, taught Domestic Economy at Streator. 111., and is now the wife of C. A. Porter, a business man of Joliet, III. Will Chavis worked at various places, finally takin^i Civil Service exam and is now a city mail carrier in Indianapolis. Wiiifall White had a year at Pur - due in Electrical Engineering, but on account of bad health went to Wa.shinu'ton and embarked in fruit growing; lie now lives on a ranch at Ontario, IdahoCalvin Barker had a year at I.U-, then took up farming and stock raising with his father. Last \ca r he bnucht a farm in Monroe county, where he now lives. Frank Rice taught in Owen countv a year or so, took a Chentiistry course at I. U-, gaining his A.B- degree; later attended Cornell, gaining his Ph I") and is now Ass't Prof, ot Chemistry at Cornell. Claude Greene graduated from I. U. School of Medicine took post fra d work in New Yor k Hospital; enlisted in the Medical Corps when the war broke out and was in Camp Hospital service in France, ranking Captain. Is now in U. S. Public Health Service at Cincinnati. Duke Bain entered Indiana Law School at Indianapolis and is now a very successful attorney, practicing in the office of Pickens, Cox & Cofider. Mac Williams graduated from Purdue as an Electrical Engineer, immediately beginning work with the Indianapolis Light & Heat CoProving his worth and by close attention to business he is still there at a greatly advanced salary. Jessie Marley was the first to wed, marrying John S. Loy, a former Spencer man, then employed in one of Chicago's great railway terminals. They later lived on a farm near Spencer; they recently sold it and returned to Chicago. Elizabeth Johnson taught in Owen county schools, took teachers'training at I U-; taught four years in the Anderson schools. She is now the wife of Boyd Williams, a progressive and prosperous farmer and stockman near FarmersDon Ellis accepted a position as engineering apprentice on the Illinois Central and located at Freeport, 111, Wa s there two years but desiring a job more strenuous became a locomotive fireman on the I. & V. After eight years service as fireman and brakeman on the I. & V., Big Four and Monon, with several years of farming intermingled, he has finally bought a farm near Spencer and "settled down in order to settle up. " Our motto was: '"Find a way, or make one. " I know of none better to follow for I feel that with most of us our way was not given us nor was it easy to find. With some it was made; —made from the rough in the hard, trying, exacting school of experience- So far as I am able I to learn we are all "making " our ,own bread; well, happy, prospero