'Largest Class Ever Graduated from Leon High School.' * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * The fifty-fourth annual commencement of the Leon High School was held at the Presbyterian Church last Thursday evening, when a magnificent class of forty-five Seniors received their diplomas, it being the largest class which has ever graduated from the Leon Schools. The class officers were MABEL CHEW, President, LUCY EVANS, Secretary, and GEORGE STUTEVILLE, Treasurer. The class adopted as their motto "Tonight we launch; where shall we anchor?" and for their class flower the American Beauty rose.
The members of the class, clad in cap and gown, marched into the church while a march was played by MARION MCINTOSH, one of the graduates, and the big class filled the platform of the church. The invocation was by Rev. W.B. Paterson, Pastor of the Presbyterian Church, the salutatory being given by MISS HAZEL BETTIS. A song by the Class and then Prof. H.E. Blackmar, Superintendent of the Ottumwa Public Schools, gave the address to the class. Prof. Blackmar is a fine speaker, and he made a most excellent address, filled with choice thoughts and good advice to the members of the class, which was greatly enjoyed both by the class and the big audience.
A quartet composed of FRANCES WILLIAMS, RUTH POTTORFF, LESLIE ANDREW and MARION MCINTOSH then presented the three beautiful medals given by the Leon K. of P. Lodge to the students, showing the greatest proficiency in history and civics, the first prize going to his son, MARION MCINTOSH, second to MISS IRENE HARRIS and third to LELAND DAVIS. The K. of P. Lodge has offered these medals each year for several years and there has been competition to win them. President L.P. VAN WERDEN, on behalf of the Leon School Board, presented the members of the class with their diplomas, in a few well-chosen remarks, and the exercises closed with the benediction by Rev. J.E. Habliston, Pastor of the M.E. Church.
The following is a list of the graduates of the class of '24:
MARGARET ADAIR LESLIE ANDREW EVA BAKER IVA BAKER RUTH BARRETT LEON BENEFIEL HAZEL BETTIS ANSON L. CARR MABEL CHEW CLINTON COWLES JULIA DAUGHTON LELAND DAVIS RAYMOND V. DAWSON FRANCES E. DURELL LUCY E. EVANS HOMER L. FLETCHER INEZ F. GILCHRIST STACIA GILCHRIST PEARLE E. GITTINGER MERNA E. GRAHAM MARGARET J. GRIFFIN HOWARD F. HARDEN ONIA A. HARDEN JAMES A. HARRIS L. IRENE HARRIS LELA G. HORTON L. BRAINERD HORNER AMZY A. HULL RUTH P. JOHNSON VERA V. LITTLE HAZEL L. MARTIN F. MARION MCINTOSH CLIFFORD F. PICKERING H. RUTH POTTORFF E. MAREA SMITH GERALDINE A. SMITH LEWIS E. STEWART GEO. R. STUTEVILLE EDNA RUTH TREMBLY AUGUSTA W. TULLIS BERTHA M. WALLACE E. HORTENSE WARNER MYRNA I. WEST FRANCES W. WILLIAMS MERCEDES ZIMMERMAN.
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