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I dedicate this transcription to
my dad, the late Richard L. Palmer, who graduated in 1946. Dad
was on the R.O.T.C. rifle team and also achieved the rank of
Lieutenant Colonel in the R.O.T.C.
Dedication: To you the students of Northwestern, who are
both the actors and audience of our high school drama, and
especially you seniors on whom the curtain of the last scene
if now falling, we dedicate this Norwester.
Foreward: During the past four years, we have been engaged
in the tremendous task of helping to win the war. Without
relinquishing our responsibilities, we turn quite naturally in
this first year of peace to gayer, happier pursuits.
The theater has long been a place where our people gather
to relax, to laugh, and to renew their courage. Reflecting as
it does the great American dream, the theater serves as our
inspiration for this 1946 Norwester.
We have combined the year’s scholastic, social, and
sports activities with all their dramatic highlights – in a
manner we hope you will enjoy.
Norwester for 1946
Northwestern High School
Sports team: The Colts
School newspaper: The Northwestern Colt
From Charles G. Burns, Principal:
My compliments and best wishes to the members of the
graduating classes to whom this book is dedicated. I am glad
to have this opportunity to thank the students and the
teachers whose efforts made this book possible. We know it was
an especially difficult task just at this time of the
reconversion period but this is all the more reasons why those
who are responsible for this publication should be
congratulated on producing such a fine piece of work.
From Vera E. Fox, Ass’t Principal:
Congratulations Northwestern Graduates of 1946. The three
years since you were 10B;’s have certainly flown by fast.
Now you are our new alumni. You have no idea what fund you are
going to have meeting other Northwestern Graduates wherever
you go through the years.
Counselors: Mr. Carr, Miss Doherty, Miss Schindler,
Miss Clough, Miss Orth, Miss Vyn, Mr. Stoll.
Early in the course of the war, Mr. Austin Cline was
appointed to act as advisor to Northwestern High School
students serving in the armed forces. Since then his office
has become a very busy place, a veritable veterans bureau
where returning serviceman find not only an able counselor but
a friend. BY keeping in touch with men enrolled in the army’s
educational program, and by examining credits and credentials,
Mr. Cline aids our veterans in continuing their education and
in obtaining their diplomas.
Office staff: Miss Mackie, Mrs. Bergman, Miss Armstrong
Commercial and vocational department: Miss M. L.
Hoover, Mrs. R. A. Schneider, Mr. L. Burgess, Mrs. M. Westphal,
Miss H. Sterns, Mr. A. Losey, Mrs. M. H. Smith, Mr. H. C.
Barget, Miss S. Bromberg, Mr. J. A. Otten, Mr. M. W. Ammer,
Mr. E. L. Holmes
Health department: Miss M. Clarke, Mrs. P. Carty, Mrs.
M. Dunn, E. Watson, Mrs. D. Penberthy, S. Brechtel, Mr. J.
Demaree, Mr. W. Laury, Mr. S. Bishop Mr. J. Russell, Mr. Paul
Language department: Miss G. Bogenrieder, Mrs. L. Ryan,
Miss B. Merriam, Miss I. Black, Miss E. Seaver, Miss E.
Kennedy, Miss N. Norris, Mr. M. Novitz, Mrs. R. A. McConnell,
Miss O. Battersbee, Miss M. Brown, Miss M. Beaman, Miss E.
Greene, Mr. W. Filbee, Mr. A. Midgal
Exact and natural science: Mr. A. Hollinger, Mr. S.
Wilson, Mr. F. Sisson, Miss I. Rundle, Mr. W. Wade, Mr. P.
Sullivan, Mr. L. Wesley, Mr. J. McGuinness
Fine arts department: Miss G. Guenther, Mrs. B.
Wagoner, Mr. J. Trattner, Miss S. Edwards, Mr. M. DeLeonard,
Miss R. Harley
Social science department: Mrs. A. Keppel, Mrs. H.
Bauer, Miss F. Comfort, Miss J. Miller, Miss L. Holtman, Mr.
W. O’Neil, Mr. R. Ulveling, Mr. G. Montgomery, Mr. W.
Markley, Mr. W. Hair
Clinic: S. Brechtel, G. Lawson, B. Westake, A. Diekoff
Officers of January graduation class:
Class President: Fred Knack
Class Vice President: Ben Zukowski
Class Secretary: Sybil Giles
Class Treasurer: Ken Baker
Class Colors: Ebony and chartreuse
Class Motto: Not for ourselves alone, but for the whole
Rexford A. Hinkle
Bernice S. Hodges
Fred H. Knack
Angela M. LaValenti
Joyce M. McGinnis
J. Bernard Mensch
Esther Naomi Miles
Gladys E. Moore
Barbara Ann Mosley
Jo Ann Munson
Shirley Ann Reaves
Flora Lee Reibeling
Nina Lou Richels
Frederick J. Shaw
Lois Ruth Smith
Fred Douglas Watts
January graduates without photos
George Van Wagner
Celebs for January
We award as oscar to each of the January celebs
To Fred Knack: for his outstanding performance as
president of the January class; president of the “N” club;
president of 102; captain of the varsity football team; member
of the varsity track team; “Norwester” staff, and prom
To Ben Zukowski: for his diligent work as vice
president of the January class; vice president of the “N”
club; president of the science club; member of the varsity
football team; library staff, service club, and office staff.
To Sybil Giles: for her fine cooperation on the “Colt”
staff and Gallant staff; and as homeroom secretary and
secretary of the January class.
To Ken Baker: for his leadership as the student council
president, officer of the R.O.T.C.; president of his homeroom;
chairman of the 12A dues committee; treasurer of the January
class; and as a member of the prom committee, and honor roll.
To Gerry Fraser: for her enthusiasm as a cheer leader;
Gallant; member of the service club; G.A.A. board; and “Norwester”
staff; and maid-of-all-work in the art department.
To Adele Grabowski: for unselfishly devoting time and
effort as editor of the “Colt”; “Colt” reporter;
secretary of the Spanish club; chairman of the radio club;
Northwestern representative; chairman of 12A memorial
committee; student council member. She received a Cum Laude
diploma and the Wayne scholarship.
To Betty Luttermoser: for her whole hearted interest as
member of the dance club, tennis team, hockey team, “Colt”
staff; G.A.A. board; “Norwester” staff, advertising
manager; chairman of 12A vocational committee; captain of the
basketball team, secretary of 202; and editor of the “Nutshell”.
To Bernard Muench: for his loyalty as president of 202;
vice president of student council; and member of the prom
committee, football team, and honor roll.
June 1945 class officers
Class President: Jess Lowther
Class Vice President: Don Godbold
Class Secretary: Ellen Benish
Class Treasurer: Roy Moebs
Class colors: maroon and white
Class motto: Good! Better! Best! Never rest till good is
better, and better is best.
Mary Alice Bell
Thomas E. Burridge
Eva R. Edge
Bertie Lou Kincaid
Mary Lee Moore
Johnnie B. Sapp
Anna Mae Servis
Mary Ann Thornton
Rufus J. Tyus
Dana Van Gorden
Jerry E. Wagner
Esther E. Watson or Esther Watson El (sorry,
there is a signature over the top of printed name)
Shirley M. Clarke
To George Balch for his devotion of time to the “Norwester”
as assistant editor (’44) and editor (’45 and ’46); as a
member of the track team, swimming team, and “N” club;
president of 109.
To Barbara Ebert for her ability as a speaker and
entertainer; as a member of the “Norwester” and “Colt”
staffs, a cappella choir, honor roll, and girl reserves.
To Reginald Ernst for his loyal activity as a member of
the track team, “N” club, honor roll, house basketball
team, and Latin club.
To James Foley for his able assistance as a member of
the student council; “N” club, swimming and tennis teams;
boys’ sports editor of “Norwester”; and cheerleader.
To June Goodwin for her eager enthusiasm as president
of 109, vice president of 109, secretary-treasurer of 109;
captain of the cheerleaders; captain of the girls swimming
team; vice president of girls business club; advertising
editor of “Norwester”; member of the “Colt” staff, ski
club, and G.A.A.
To Delores Graham for her excellence as president of
the student council; secretary of the student council;
cheerleader; vice president of the G.A.A.; president of girls’
business club; treasurer of girls’ business club; captain of
tennis team; gallant; and “Colt” staff.
To John Meister for his unselfish service as president
of 202; member of track and football teams, student council,
and secretary of “N” club.
To Susan Wolfe for her colorful participation on the
G.A.A. board, and student council, and as co-chairman of the
open house committee; gallant; president of homeroom; and
To Angie Zafras for her prominent work as president of
the G.A.A.; treasurer of the G.A.A.; secretary of student
council; treasurer of 204; member of the tennis, basketball,
and hockey teams; and member of “Norwester” and “Colt”
To Jess Lowther for his starring role as president of
the 12A class; president and treasurer of the “N” club,
and member of the football and track teams.
To Donald Godbold for his eminence as vice president of
the 12A class; captain of the track team and member of all
city football and track teams; “N” club and honor roll.
To Ellen Benish for her distinguished contributions as
secretary of the 12A class; president of the dance club;
secretary of the G.A.A.; secretary-treasurer of 109; and
member of the swimming and tennis teams and radio club.
To Roy Moebs for his accomplishments as 12A treasurer;
vice president of the “N: club; member of the student
council, Spanish club, and swimming and baseball teams.