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History of Stanhope High School
Now let me think, just when did he/she graduate? Who all was in that class? Did he/she graduate before or after. . . . How many were in that class? How many times have you asked any of these questions? The first part of this history was originally published in Volume V, Number 39 of the STANHOPE OBSERVER. Fred C. Runkle, Editor and Publisher of Stanhope’s own newspaper, compiled a history and listing of graduates up to and including the Class of 1939. This was printed in his May 18th edition of that year. We have reprinted his article here and added pictures of all the graduating classes that we had access to. The closing remarks were reprinted from my own personal experience, recollection and observations.We trust you will enjoy the results of our efforts.The first time I put together a History of Stanhope High School, (1988), I had access only to the names of those who had graduated. I was given permission by the Alumni Board in 2006 to go ahead and copy all of the class pictures in the big book located in the Stanhope Library. This book was assembled from the framed class pictures that hung in the former high school building. Duane and Norma Engelby along with Mervyn and Maxine Dick were two couples instrumental in preserving these pictures, assembling and building the book to hold them for display. Concern has been expressed about the possibility of losing this book (we had a fire in the community building in 1965). Without the efforts of those dedicated to the preserving of school history in our community, the publication you are now holding would not have been possible. I am deeply grateful to Mr. Runkle for his article, and to those with foresight in maintaining the pictures that has made this publication possible.
Class of 1957
1893, this was the new
As written & published by
Fred Runkle, May 18, 1939
Brewer later finished her high school work at
Ida Iverson attended school at
The class of 1904 was composed of
Evelyn Ferguson, (Mrs. Nels Hendrickson)
who became a
teacher. Alma Lavine
became Mrs. D.R. Knight, she died years ago. Maude
Sandal married George Nelson and now lives at Greene.
Myron S. Anderson continued his
schooling. He graduated from
There was no Class in 1905.
The Class of 1906 was composed of
Leo Dick, who graduated from chemistry from
The site for the graduation of the Class of 1908 was this setting in the Fardal Opera House, all decorated for the event held on June 5. This stage was in the former Wade Hatchery, later the Maples Farm Store. Today, in 2008, the building is owned by Thomas Alexander.
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The course of study was increased to
a two year high school and the first two
year class, that of 1908, was
composed of Eva May Riley (Mrs. Carl Adams),
Webster City; Jessie Smith, (Mrs. L.L. Lyle)
The Class of 1910 was composed of two girls, Carrie Peterson (Mrs. Nels Tolstrup), Kamrar, and Ruth Kent (Mrs. Clyde Buechler), Boone.
Class of 1911: Mildred Swanson (Mrs.
The Class of 1912: Clarence Johnson, welfare administrator at Manchester; John E. Bute, head of a department, men’s furnishings, Washington D.C.; Jullian J. Fardal, farmer and stockman, Stanhope, and Clarence E. Dick, deceased.
would be interesting to continue a record of all the classes, their
occupations, but space would not permit, so only rolls of the various
will be continued. In 1928, ‘29, and ‘30,
the school maintained a school orchestra that won both state and
attention. During those years the
orchestra won the Class C contests each year, and in 1930 competed at
To resume the list of classes we find the classes following in regular successions.
The Class of 1913: Bessie Kepler, Irene Sogard, Hazel Riley, Mabel Dick, Alice Peterson, N.H. Nelson, Harry Read, Severt Mathre, and Hazel Snyder.
The Class of 1914: Arthur Bockwoldt, Irene Davis, M.R. Smith, J. Elmer Mathre, Evan K. Philp, Arthur M. Anderson, Erma Philp, Dewey Kepler, and Everett Stark.
it should have been noted by Mr. Runkle that an eight room brick
constructed in 1914. Incidentally, the
bell from the original schoolhouse was installed in the then new brick
structure. Today, (2008) this bell is at
the corner of the
The Class of 1917 was the first four year class to graduate. Class members included: Hazel Satre, M. Eugene Fardal, Arthur N. Fardal, and Inger Hanson.
The Class of 1918: Nelson Dick, Audley Kent, Helen Mathre, Vera M. Trotter, Lillian Nelson, and Julian McFarland.
The Class of 1919: Marvin East, Gertrude Fardal, Marie Hove, and Alice Nelson.
The Class of 1920: John E. Fardal, Claire Groves, Leslie Hove, Veda Morris, and Wilma East.
The Class of 1921: Olive Hill, Clarence Nelson, Helen Olson, and Ruth Schweppe.
The Class of 1922: Wayne
Dick, Herman Hanson, William Parker,
Lila Kent, Helen Kepler, Della Hamilton,
The Class of 1923: Beryl Cottington, Ferman Carlson, Ransom Carlson, Marie Carlson, Donald Hamilton, Merle Hamilton, Russell Van Note, Ruth Van Note, Mary Harvey, Martin Anderson, Marvin Snyder, and Elmer Malmberg.
In 1923, four classrooms and a gymnasium were added to the original brick building. The class of 1923 was the first to graduate using the gymnasium for the ceremonies.
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of 1903 Ida Iverson and
of 1904 Alma Levine, Myron Anderson, Evelyn
The Class of 1910: Carrie Peterson and Ruth Kent
The Class of 1911: Mildred Swanson, Carrie Sandal and Agnes Snyder
The Class of 1912: Clarence Johnson, Julian Fardal, Clarence E Dick and John E Bute
classes of 1960, 1961, and 1962 were graduates of the newly formed
May of 1977, the Low-Cost
trying to raise funds for the purchase of a lot or lots in order to
with badly needed low-cost housing within the community. That same
month, in response to an article in
the South Hamilton Record/News
wrote a Letter to the Editor to suggest that the housing committee, the
and council, and the South Hamilton School Board get together and
community support, the school site might one day become the location
apartments. A similar situation existed
in Duncombe at this same time. Their
school site was given to the City of
I was just as sad to see
torn down as were many others, but keenly aware of what happens when
- - - - Wayne A. Romp