Alumni, Yearbook Staff & Farewell


1915alum In the former editions of the Tiger, our attention has never been called directly to the achievements of the alumni. This association links the high school of yesterday with that of the present.

To observe the great and good things that have been done by former members of the high school, should give the members of old B. H. S. an inspiration and a desire to push forward to higher goals than any already reached.

Let us classify the Alumni in professional and business life just as they come to the mind of the author.

First, most of them are engaged in business life. Judging from reports, records, and our own observation, it is not too much to say that they have been successful in every respect in their line of work.

Second, we should mention doctors. According to the records of the Association, we have men and women in this profession in nearly every state.

Third, we may consider the artist. In this line we have had unusual honors come to us. At least one member has attained great distinction in the field of fine art. A fitting scene of Thomas Beard’s landing on the present site of Beardstown adorns the corridor of Beard School and is the handiwork of a former member of B. H. S. He is engaged in his work in New York.

Fourth, the lawyer, and not only the lawyer, but the judge as well. We have many able lawyers and jurists who are daily reflecting honor upon B. H. S.

Fifth, teachers almost too numerous to mention, are reflecting credit on their home city and school. Both women and men occupying places of responsibility in rural, city schools, high schools, colleges and universities as instructors.

Sixth, our home makers. We must not slight the women whom the world does not laud, but who, in the seclusion of a quiet home, by untiring effort, have formed the manhood and womanhood of the next generation and given to the world responsible characters for the world’s best work.

In every honorable calling we find former members of B. H. S. winning honor and success.



A graduate of the first class to finish the first course in 1875. There were but two members of that class and Mrs. Hornbeck is the surviving member. Her home is in Avondale, Colorado. Though well along in years, she still maintains great interest in B. H. S.



Cyril Van Fossen  – Editor-in Chief
James Dickens – Business Manager
Zelma Leonhard – Assistant Editor
Walter Nixson – Assistant Business Manager
Wallace Yockey – Comics
May Layman – Dramatic and Literary
Verna Coleman – Society
Clarence Broeker – Art
George Buchheit – Athletics
Ruth Brown – Music
Au Verne Rule – Cartoonist
Jesse Phelps – Cartoonist
John Mix – Cartoonist
Paul Ruppel – Advertising Manager


In the pellucid autumn of 1911 the omnipotent class of 1915 aroused old B. H. S. from a nap she has not since been given a chance to resume. During our high school career of four years, twenty-one pupils have dropped out, leaving a total number of forty-two.

As Freshmen we were a frivolous set of youngsters and, of course, as all Freshmen do, we watched every move of our superior classes. Then towards the latter part of our Sophomore year we began to feel the importance of high school work and that our childish ways and attitude toward one another must be eliminated.

But as Juniors we started at the foot of the ladder, and finding that “Education is Life” was not to be forgotten and was worth remembering, we climbed with heart and soul, and although we have not as yet reached the top, we are still climbing with the expectation of a prosperous future.

It must also be mentioned that to our satisfaction we are the largest class of “six footers” that our old high school has looked up to for some time.

Many things have happened in the past year and one of importance is that of witnessing the matrimonial preparation of two of our beloved teachers. Having taken this for an example, and afraid of losing more, we have tried to keep the others by giving extraordinary good attention and behavior.

As Seniors we are known and praised for regularity of attendance, wide knowledge, and our ability to meet examination tests are of secondary importance.

Now, as the time is drawing near for us to make our departure we hope very much that we have set a good example or at least made some impression worth remembering, upon the Senior class of 1916. We can not forget to express our gratitude to our instructors, the faculty. And may there always be a reminder of their good advice in our future life.

Our school life has been a most delightful one. Although our path has not been laden with roses, it will always be remembered that it takes a little rain with the sunshine to make the world go around.

And now we bid a hearty good-bye to the faculty and Old High, and shall always, with the highest respect, remember our dear “Old Alma Mater.”


1915 Beardstown High School Yearbook:
Cover, Dedication and Faculty