ROUNDHEAD — The graduating class had 11 students.
It was the Class of 1944 at the Roundhead School. Some of the guys were already off at war. There were three boys and eight girls in the graduating class.
A couple of the guys played on the basketball team, which wasn’t, admittedly, all that good that year. In fact, they didn’t win a game.
But the Year Book that year indicated that the team was “better for the experience,” and they’d, in turn, come back strong the following year.
The jury is still out on that, because no one can seem to locate the 1945 Roundhead Yearbook.
Anyway… One of the ’44 graduates was the late Freda Fogle. Her daughter, Annetta, inherited the Year Book. Annetta not only loves her mom, she loves history.
She is a member of the Hardin County Pioneer Society and can trace her family roots all the way back to the mid-1800s in Hardin County.
Annetta lives with her husband Jim Holmes in Buck, Ohio, near Kenton. (Incidentally, Roundhead School merged with Alger and McGuffey-McDonald to form Upper Scioto Valley High School in 1964. They picked the “ram” as a mascot, using the first letter of each school.)
Annetta has spent more than a few nights leafing through that old ’44 Yearbook.
There were excerpts about the Glee Club, the basketball and baseball teams, the “Modern Maidens.” “I tried Googling that last one,” Annetta smiled, “but nothing came up.”
Annetta said there were “nick names” for most of the students. Things like: Rosy, Toots, Sunny, Teetie (not sure on that last one either).
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The junior class play that year was “He Who Hesitates.” And the senior class play was “Lay Down You’re Dead.” (Apparently, he/she ‘hesitated.’)
Student favorite songs from that era included: Moonlight Becomes You; Mairze Doats (I know, my spell check is saying they’re not words, but they were); Say a Prayer for the Boys over There…
In fact, Annetta’s mom met her future husband after he returned from the Service.
In high school, Annetta’s mom was in the Varsity R Society, which included the criteria of high academic marks and drama experience.
Annetta added that studying history makes one “…appreciate what your ancestors did.” What’s more, she said she finds it fascinating to see how they lived down through the ages in general.
“I actually sometimes think I was born in the wrong era,” she added with a smile. “But then I think: ‘Could I really live without indoor plumbing?”’