This Week in Range History

The Mountain Iron High School girls swimming team, pictured in the Grade and Athletic Building circa 1925. Photos courtesy of the Virginia Area Historical Society.

The Mountain Iron High School girls swimming team, pictured in the Grade and Athletic Building circa 1925. Photos courtesy of the Virginia Area Historical Society.

Junior Class Play To-Nite

The great event of the season will take place tonight when the Juniors will present “What Happened to Jones.” Much intensive work has been done by those taking part. Some of the workers who do not appear tonight but who have worked hard to make the play a success are: Steven Gidos, Glen Charmoli, Lawrence Zeppi, and Julius Fiola, who have been working under the direction of Orville Henderson, preparing the stage for the big affair. A synopsis of the play follows:

Jones, an energetic young business man, travels for a hymn book house and sells playing cards as a side line. He follows Professor Goodly to his home after a prize fight and borrowing the clothes of Rev. Anthony Goodly, impersonates the bishop. Complications arise when the real bishop arrives. Jones cleverly succeeds in avoiding arrest and winning Cissy, the attractive ward of Prof. Goodly.

The cast of the play follows: Jones, Rudolph Viitala; Ebeneezer Goodly, Herbert Kindred; Antony Goodly, Heimo Keto; Richard Heatherly, Charles Johnson; Thomas Holder, Eino Martilla; William Bigbee, Roland Beck; Henry Fulle, Joe Paoletti; Mrs. Goodly, Anne Yelenich; Cissy, Vera Juusela; Marjorie Goodly, Eva Wainio; Minerva Goodly, Frances Bakalarzek; Alvina Starlight, Anne Cerkvenik; Helma, Helmi Pesola; Stage managers, Frank Dimberio and Edward Kerola; Director, Miss

Mountain Iron High School circa 1925. The building was converted into the Mountain Iron elementary school in the 1950s and was torn down after Merritt Elementary opened in 1984.

Mountain Iron High School circa 1925. The building was converted into the Mountain Iron elementary school in the 1950s and was torn down after Merritt Elementary opened in 1984.

I. M. Duda; Assistants, Misses Angela

Costigan and Margaret Shimmick.

Theater Party

On Thursday evening, February 9, the members of the second year French class took the 7 o’clock bus to Virginia to see “Les Miserables,” the story of which they had translated in class at the beginning of the school term this fall. The movie proved to be more emotional than expected, but the delicious Hershey bars soon made the pathetic fairer sex dry their tears and look forward to the comedy which was “Trays beau.” After the movie, they were all well fed and entertained at the home of one of the most prominent members of the class.

P. T. A. Has Interesting Birthday

The P. T. A. celebrated its thirty-first birthday February 8 with an immense cake which fed about 80 people. A very well prepared Founders’ day program was given.

After two pleasing solo numbers by Miss Gladys Lowe, a candle lighting pageant was given by the fifth and sixth grades under the direction of Misses Ratzlaff, Peltier, Sherlock, Johnson and Nicholas. The children represented the different branches of service of the P. T. A. and each lighted a candle on the birthday cake. The main speakers were those representing organization, extension, public welfare, education, home service, and health. Each group was dressed to represent its part. The pageant was very effective and showed thorough training of the children.

The third grades gave an interesting flag drill under the direction of Miss Hulda Tieberg.

Use of the Assembly

The students of the High School have been quite eager for an assembly period, which has arrived to us this second semester. We are now able to hold our necessary meetings of school life such as class meetings or any other gathering concerning the work of separate classes. Besides using it for necessary things we are now able to take part in programs, which may entertain the rest of the pupils.

Each one who has talent of any kind should take part in the programs and help to make it a successful period. We surely appreciate the programs which have been put on thus far. We have had several interesting movies that have been shown to both Junior and Senior High in the High School assembly. We all hope that this 30-minute period may be used successfully, for we all look forward to more interesting and entertaining programs.

Joy Carman and Myrtle Carlson Winners

The high school declamatory contest was held Tuesday afternoon, February 5. The winners were as follows: First place, Joy Carman, who gave “No. 6;” second, Marion Brosie, who gave “Ben Hur and the Chariot Race;” third, Helen Kauppila, who gave “The Americanization of Andre Francois.”

First place in the humorous selections was won by Myrtle Carlson, who gave “Si and I.” Second place was given to Helen Anderson, who gave “Cupid and the Cadillac.” All of the contestants did very well and their efforts were greatly appreciated by the student body. They were very ably coached by Miss I. M. Duda. The judges were Miss Norma Miller of Virginia High School, Rev. Florence Resor of Buhl and Miss M. Russel of Leonidas High School.

Charles Beck Chooses Wife

After a breathless suspense a suitable wife was chosen from many beautiful applicants who called in answer to the ad placed on Charles’ door. Charlie’s many friends wish to congratulate him on his wise choice of a wife who will be sure to make a good home-maker. The lucky girl who was heavily veiled did not disclose her face to the anxiously awaiting audience. If any of our shieks [sic.] wish to meet her, she may be seen sweeping about the library, Tuesday noons.

Arthur Mutton Wins First

The annual boys’ oratorical contest was held in the high school auditorium, Tuesday, February 7, at 7:30 o’clock. The contestants with their selections were as follows:

Idols and Ideals, Bernard Carman Home: Birthplace of a Nation, Harold Shurr The American Spirit, Arthur Mutton The Real Muck-Rake Man, Charles Beck The Power of Purpose, Roland Beck

The judges were Miss Miller and Miss MacFarlane, both of Virginia, and Miss Russel of Leonidas. They gave first place to Arthur Mutton, second to Charles Beck, and third to Roland Beck. Before and after the contest music was furnished by the boys’ and girls’ glee clubs. Miss Angela Costigan coached the boys.

Mountain Iron Loses to Ely

After being beaten in the first game with Ely, 20 to 10, Mountain Iron had tough luck in shooting. They had plenty of shots, but they absolutely forgot to go into the basket.

Ely started the scoring and was never headed any time during the game. The score was 10 to 5 in Ely’s favor at the half. In the last half, Ely increased her lead and held Mountain Iron to 4 points. There were no stars on our team. One was as bad as another.

Not content with losing one game, Mountain Iron had to lose the second team game, too. This game ended 14 to 9 in favor of Ely.

The Catholic Girls Sodality is giving a Rummage sale at the Mountain Iron Library on February 18, beginning at 9 a. m. and ending at 9 p. m.

The Auto’s Life

What is the life term of the average motorcar? Not the time it serves the first purchaser, but the time after it leaves the factory and before it wheezes out a dying breath in the junk yard?

An investigator seeks the answer from a wrecking company. He discovers that most of the cars being scrapped now were made between 1918 and 1922. Using figures on a casual list he concludes that four years and ten months is a fair estimate.

But the same investigator finds automobiles of the same makes running in good condition after eight to twelve years of wear. Those usually have been in the hands of a single owner who has given them careful attention, while the cars which first went to the junk man had passed through four or five hands or had belonged to companies and had been handled by many drivers.

The lesson is obvious. While Americans are buying automobiles at the rate of four million a year nowadays, you’ll be interested to know that more than a million a year are going to the junk dealer. And another half million drop out of registration through fire, practical demolition in wrecks or being allowed to rust away in out of the way corners. Still others are put to work as stationary engines on farms.

But the layman would be amazed to learn what value remains in a car he regards as junk. One sold to a Chicago wrecker for $35 was dismantled. Its motor was cleaned and resold for $30. Instruments, lights, radiator, glass, wheels, carburetor, steering gear, steel frame and aluminum body all were sold separately to be refitted as parts for newer automobiles or melted for the metal. In all the junked car brought $90.

Another problem of our national motorization is the rate at which we are using gasoline. In 1925, by National Automobile Chamber of Commerce estimate, the nation consumed more than eight billion gallons—or nearly double the amount used in 1920. Figure that out at a conservative 20 cents a gallon. The answer is just one of the many reasons why we must make and spend twice as much money as the past generation.

A Little Work

A little work, a little play To keep us going—and so, good-day!

A little warmth, a little light Of love’s bestowing—and so, good-night!

A little fun, to match the sorrow Of each day’s growing—and so, goodmorrow!

A little trust that when we die We reap our sowing! And so—goodbye! —George Du Maurier

Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.

Record-Breaking Crowd at Joint Meeting

Forty-six members attended the joint meeting of the Tri Hi and Hi Y, February 8. A delicious luncheon was served under the direction of Mrs. Coleman and Mrs. J. L. Beck. Those on K. P. duty were Eino Martilla, Reginald Buck, Roland Beck, Ethel Anderson, Helen Whitney and Ruby Doris. The Hi Y boys put on a very interesting program. A violin solo was played by Glenwood Riley, accompanied by Eva Wainio at the piano. A very clever pantomime dialogue was given, the title of which was “A Wife Wanted.” The Senior boys’ quartet sang several songs. The daily paper arrived in time to be read by Roland Beck. Some shocking and interesting news was revealed.

Those of the Juniors and Seniors who wish clean fun, good programs, wholesome comradeship as well as good eats should join the bunch.

A Horrible Nightmare by A. Nutt

[Note: the oddly spelled words in this section are the last names of students and/ or faculty.] One day last summer a ravenous Miss Keto bit a fleet footed Buck who jumped up and ran away. A Swedeman saw him and shot an Ero at him. The Ero missed him so the Swedeman called his palls:

“I’ll get him,” shouted John’s son, “if Moore will join us.”

“I don’t Awanda. I can’t go unless my Kindred does also,” murmured Carl’s son.

“That would make the Ratzlaff.”

“Who’s going to Gidos? We’ll get lost,” yelled a fresh man.

“We’ll catch him in the Woods. The Harwoods,” said someone.

“Shur, we’ll Duda,” agreed Erick’s son.

“If you were Quick stad [Quickstad in place of quick ‘stead] of slow he would have been caught by this time,” said one man.

“Oh, what’s the use. Let him go,” said Wee Hum.

“Let’s go and eat. I know where we can get some Mutton and Bjork chops.”

So all the hunters being tired and Wherry, went Tweet. On the way home some one noticed one of their number was gone.

“Did anyone Secola?” asked Martin’s son.

“Yes,” replied a person, “she was here an hour ago with a shovel on her shoulder, so I let Hurtig.”

“Oh, let’s go. The Moore we hunt the Moore we lose.”

Mountain Iron Girl Out for Frolic Queen

For the first time Mountain Iron has entered Virginia’s third annual Frolic contest. The entrant is Miss Fannie Mattson, who is a graduate of the Mountain Iron High School, class of ’23. She is also a graduate of Superior Normal School and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mathew Mattson, pioneer residents of Mountain Iron. Although she was the last entrant, she has been receiving a strong support from her own home town and neighboring towns. We are all hoping she will make a great success.

Mr. Quickstad is giving a series of talks to the boys concerning their future careers. He expects to discuss the spiritual, mental, physical, and vocational aspects of their lives. He has given one on choosing a life work and expects to give about one a week.

The Sophomore Foods class prepared and served a banquet Saturday, February 11, 1928. The luncheon was served in the kindergarten, and the meeting was held in the library. There were about 25 members present.


The Chisholm girls beat the Mountain Iron mermaids Saturday, February 4, by a score of 38 to 25. Mary Grivich broke her record for the 100-yd. back stroke by two seconds. The next meet will be with Aurora, at Mountain Iron on February 18. Let’s see all of you there to help boost the team.

Commodore Longfellow will give a swimming exhibition at the pool on Tuesday, February 28. It is expected that the High School will be allowed to see him. He will also show the different ways and holds of life-saving.

The Finnish Christian Endeavor of

Mountain Iron met at the home of Fannie and Rudolph Viitala on Wednesday evening, February 8. They were honored by two members of the Virginia Christian Endeavor who invited them to the Virginia program on Sunday evening, February 26. After the meeting, a delicious lunch was served.

During January the record of attendance was quite good, but we hope that it will be much improved in February. The Juniors came first with an average of 98.7 percent as their record. The average of the Freshmen was 96.6 percent, but the lofty Seniors came last with a measly record of 93.6 percent. What’s wrong, Seniors, have you been playing hookey?

The New Syntax

Strong men groan and women faint When some lowbrow says, “I ain’t,”

Though barbarians say, “I done it,” Educated persons shun it.

Pundits and professors flee From the dunce who says, “It’s me.”

All because of certain rules That are taught us in the schools.

Rules are rules, and we should trust ‘em, But the greatest rule is custom.

Let no pedant tan our hides— The majority decides.

Your true democrat forgives Even split infinitives.

If by usage they are blessed Usage is the acid test.

Wherefore, let’s no longer stammer Thru the labyrinths of grammar.

Let us nevermore prefer The subjunctive: “If I were.”

But, emancipated from fear, Ditch the book, and play by ear!

Source: Text and images courtesy of the Virginia Area Historical Society.

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