Saturday, March 5, 2011

THE CELEBRATED HIGH SCHOOL


BEHIND THESE MOUNTAINS VOL. I

Insert pix Noxon brick school
Noxon elementary and high school building, built so that high school classes could be offered to students of the valley from Trout Creek to the Idaho-Montana border. Courtesy Stewart and Agnes Hampton collection.

Noxon School faculty, circa 1922 or shortly after the new brick schoolhouse was built to house grades 1-12. Courtesy Stewart and Agnes Hampton collection.
 NOXON BUZZER
September 26, 1925

The English Classes II and III printed the first issue of the Noxon Buzzer, the school newspaper, September 26, 1925 under the supervision of Principal W. A. Rollwitz. It was dedicated to,
"The Bravery Of the Freshmen Class During Their Initiation."
Mr. Jack Olver was editor. School opened with an enrollment of 19 in high school on September 1, 1925  and now there are 24. Noxon also has a basketball team: Jack Olver, Howard Daniels, Charles Thomson, John McKay, John Jenkins, Francis McKay. And a track team. W. A. Rollwitz, coach. Basketball practice is held outside but they'll play the town team in the auditorium.

New equipment was ordered for biology. Mr. Hollister taught World Historyto 17 students; the largest class in grades 9-12.  Senior Commercial Law and Latin II wer also taught. Honor roll students the 1st 6 weeks included Ina King, John McKay, Mary Elison, Clarence Watterson, Verda King, Mildred Watterson and Tana Saint.
"Noxon can be justly proud of its high school," the editor of the Noxon Buzzer wrote. "We have as good a building as any in the county and will compare well with any in the state in comparison to the size of the town. Excellent teachers, loyal students and loyal support of the district residents.
"We have found out that Ina could not kill a poor helpless grasshopper. She sure is not chicken hearted."
Freshies initiation Friday night was a community event, held on September 18 at 8 p.m in the school's basement gymnasium. Each freshie got an all-day sucker. Then Freshies were served for a couple of hours, ending by a lunch. Rest of evening spent in dancing and playing games. Held a parents visiting day at school with a special program for them. Visitors included Mrs. N. Skelton, Mrs. Bob Larson, Mrs. Marion Larson, Mrs. Florence E. Hampton, Mrs. L. M. Jamison, Mrs. Essie Mercer, Mrs. V. C. Olver, Mrs. C. C. Cox, Mrs. S. S. Brown, Mrs. Walter Lake and Mrs. Rollwitz. 23 enrolled in primary room; 24 in intermediate; 13 in grammer; 24 in high school. Total of 84. PTA to meet October 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the school.1.
Freshmen class initiation. Courtesy Stewart and Agnes Hampton collection.

NOXON BUZZER
November 1925, Edition No. 3

"This paper's the Buzzer,
"As you see by the cover,
"But wait till the pages you turn,
"For the wit and repartee
"Is spicy and hearty,
"And much from it's pages you'll learn.
"OH! the staff o this paper
"Can sure cut a caper
"When our scouts appear with the news
"So come thru with your dime,
"And be sure you're on time,
"Or much information you'll lose."
"At assembly period every morning now we are studying how to study, why to study and what to study. What are we in school for and how can we best make use of our high school time. The revelations are an eye opener to a good many high school pupils.
"We notice that a good many high schools in the state do not have a paper. We believe that we should do things in the small if we can not do things in big ways. LETS DO SOME THING ANYWAY."
Miss Ada Zimmerman, teacher in Primary, to replace Miss Cox who married. Miss Zimmerman is graduated from Cheney Normal.

Noxon elementary 8th grade, 1922. L-R: Audrey Moore, Margery Hampton, Ina King, Effie Meadows and Stella Johnston. Courtesy Emma Noll, Carrie Gore and Mabel Torgrimson collections.
An idea was outlined to promote a "Library Night" for parents, to include current publications, daily newspaper, encyclopedia, National Sportsman, Current Events, Pathfinder, Popular Science, and World's Work (a farm paper). Students begin practicing for high school plays.

Group of noxon School chums, 1924. Bernice
Phillips, Cleo Gore, Audrey Moore, Almeda
Lake, Agnes Jenkins. Courtesy Stewart and
Agnes Jenkins collection.
Students enrolled and neither tardy or absent: Marjorie Hampton, Jack Olver, Mary Elison, John Jenkins, Ellen Jenkins, Tana Saint, Effie Meadows, Ina King. The school was working toward getting new basketball uniforms for its team.

Mr. Hollister filled a balloon with hydrogen gas. The high school students were having a good time playing with balloons.

Miss Thelma M. Cox, primary teacher resigned to marry Mr. Chas. Poole, October 23. They left for the coast to honeymoon and then moved to Spokane.

Mr. Hollister read a paper to the P.T.A. entitled "How Parents Hinder Children in School". Mrs. Everett Jenkins gave a birthday party for John, her son, and invited all the high school students to attend.

Good attendance showed up at the school auditorium where Sunday school meets each week. (Nov 15) Church services every Sunday at the auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Admission to Noxon Basketeers ball game played with Hope in the Noxon auditorium was 25 cents and 35 cents. The girls also have a ball team. Goldie Greer was a high school student.

Teachers include Miss Atkinson and Miss McDonald and Miss Cox. Miss Braden from Plains was County nurse. W. A. Rollwitz, School Principal, is building a portable garage. It's built to measure for Fords only.

Noxon elementary school students, 1928. Front row: Lyle Green, Tom McKay, Nellie Skelton, Elmer Daniels, Walter Jamison, Guy Raynor, Bill Finnigan, Richard Weare, Laura Jamison. 2nd row: Ruth Scheffler, Alice Saint, Bessie Dodge, Norman Larson, Laurence 'Larry' Cox, Ruth McKay, Mabel Scheffler, Dick Daniels, Bill Raynor. 3rd row: Don Saint, Johnny Skelton, Loren Jamison, Dale Lake, Charlie Manicke, Clauude Jenkins, June Olver, Margaret Larson, Frances King, Maurice McKay, Wagner Dodge, Miss Dymer (or Clymer?) 4th row: Dan Greer, Wayland Dodge, Bob Saint, Dorrien Hampton, Laura Jamison, Agnes Jenkins, Bernice Phillips, Elmer Scheffler. 5th row: Teacher (unidentified) Dan DeLong, Clyde Jenkins, Gilbert Raynor, Willette Held, Laura Daniels. Several people shared this photo and the identities. Courtesy Laurence 'Larry' Cox collection.
"Mother: What did you learn in school today, Felix?
"Felix: Oh Mother, I don't have to educate you all over again, do I?"

"Teacher: Give a definition of a triangle.
"Student: If a grasshopper won't make fish bite, try angle worms."

"We understand that John made a path thru the snow all over the mountains last Thurs. and Friday but he did not bring home any venison."

"Mary : Pearl boasts that she never borrows trouble.
"Ina: No, that's a thing she prefers to give."

The county nurse visited at the school finding several cases of infected tonsils and adnoids and several cases of poor vision. She conducts classes with mothers giving them an excellent talk and urging them to take up matters with PTA concerning serious deficiencies in children. Three comedies were put on by the high school and enjoyed by the community.2.

"What is the Non-intercourse Act, Charles?
"Oh, that's when Mr. Holl catches me passing notes to Ellen."

In 1925 Marion Weare left school during Christmas break. New classes were organized in American Government, Sociology and Solid Geometry. The girls basketball team have been having some very lively practice games.3.

Ruth Knutson, having completed high school in Thompson Falls and taken teacher training at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, WA was elementary teacher at Noxon.
"I remember," Bob Saint said, "because Agnes Jenkins and I, well we grew up together after they moved to Noxon. Pretty soon they moved up into the old schoolhouse.
"The Jenkins twins, Clyde and Claude, and I used to fight. The teacher let them out two minutes ahead. If I couldn't catch them between the schoolhouse and their house they were safe. That's the way we operated.
"It didn't make much difference. We simply fought. Wasn't much of anything else to do. And, well growing up, I was a fat kid. Some people pick on fat kids. "I was fat. So you had to fight in self-defense. Stewart ought to remember fighting them. He was born in '10 [1910]."4.

Ruth Dettwiler took her first teaching position at Trout Creek in 1925-26.5.

 NOXON BUZZER

January 1926The Stock Judging team from Noxon, John McKay, Jr., Howard Daniels and John Jenkins addressed the school assembly, giving an enthusiastic report of the Vocational Convention they attended at the State College. Impressed with their first look at a college, of great interest to them was the basketball game, equaled, almost, by the vocational talks. The school hoped to send a team,
"better prepared to go and make their mark as a judging team.
"The English II class is debating now. The first debate was last Thursday. The next debate will be next week."
Visitors at the school in January were Mrs. Verne Watterson and Mrs. G. Jamison at the Intermediate room; Mrs. Gene Green, Mrs. Chas. Mercer and Mrs. C. L. Cox at the Primary room. In the third six-week honor roll all those making over eight grade points were named. Included were Ina King, Mary Elison, Tana Saint, John McKay, Effie Meadows and Mildred Watterson. First Semester honor roll included them and Clarence Watterson.

On Monday, February 15, the school synchronized their time clocks with the railroad once again giving the boys and girls an extra half hour in the morning to eat their breakfasts and help with chores at home. For most of the year, the town and the railroad went by different times due to the fact the Montana/Idaho border was the time change meridian while the railroad continued to set it's own standard relative to train schedules.

(insert boys team from pg 166)
Noxon High School basketball team. L-R: Howard Daniels, John 'Buster' Jenkins, Francis McKay, Howard Jenkins, John McKay, Jack Olver, Wesley Raynor, School Professor, Mr. Rowlitz, coach. Courtesy Stewart and Agnes Hampton collection.

Boys basketball games were not as successful as anticipated. With two games played at Plains, Noxon's quintet won one with a squeaker score of 4 to 5. In the return game Plains trounced them 34 to 10. Since Noxon's teams played basketball on the much smaller than regulation court hardwood floor of the school, they felt their first experience playing on a regulation size floor, was a decided handicap.

The boys had shown up well for the first season in basketball played by Noxon.*6.

NOXON BUZZER
April 1926 Vol. 1 No. 6
"County school superintendent, Mrs. Helen R. Wuerl, arrived in Noxon to give the eighth graders a language test as part of a state survey. The event of a visit from even a county superintendent was enough to put both teachers and students in a whirl of excitement and anticipation."
Three high school students entered an essay contest, The Relation of Improved Highways to Education. A university scholarship was the prize for the best essay in the nation. Noxon's students lost out.

All the high school sudents got a trip to Mr. Felix Olver's place to watch the county agent dynamite some stumps and explain it was a very dangerous thing for children to use dynamite as a plaything, relating many cases of children plus dynamite and caps.

The English class was assigned writing a theme on blowing stumps.

Sunny April skies beckoned. The science class was taken on an excursion by their teacher to find things to experiment with. Two hours later they returned with four frogs, one lizzard, some poplar limbs and some pussy willow branches. But the frogs escaped and a few days later the Biology class went on an excursion.

A Noxon High School outing to Rock Island, about three miles upstream from the school, on the Clark's Fork River. Robert Jenkins, Carmen Moore, Howard Daniels, Almeda Lake, Cleo Gore, Teacher, Mr. Rollwitz, Francis McKay, Wesley Raynor, Howard Jenkins, John Jenkins (seated wearing hat.) Front row: Jack Olver, Audrey Moore, Effie Meadows, Teacher, Miss McPhearson, John McKay, Marjorie Hampton, Ellen Jenkins, Teacher, Margaret Cox. Courtesy Cox, Hampton and McBee collections.
P.T.A . met Friday evening at the school auditorium at 8 p.m. New benches were being installed in hopes there would be seats for everyone.

During Forest Week a special study of forestry ended with an entertainment put on by the Forestry Department and the school. After each put on part of the program, featuring pictures and talks on forestry, the evening was rounded out by a dance.

The grammar room agriculture class was growing a garden. Radishes, cabbage, corn, and tomatoes came up early in April. One potato, carrots and some lettuce seed were yet to peep above ground. Five students were absent from the intermediate room with illness.7.

First, second and third grades in Noxon elementary school, 1929-30. Angie Thompson, teacher. L-R row 1: Viola Vorderbrueggen, Albert Cramer, Betty Heminger, Robert Cramer, Ruth Scheffler. Row 2. Ruth Mercer, Ted Jenkins, Anna Mercer, two unidentified students, Danny McClung, Betty Jo Berray, Gerrard Kline, Annie McKay. Row 3: Ethel 'Skeets' Miller, Edmund 'Eddie' Scheffler, Bill Finnigan, Chester Heminger, Guy Raynor, unidentified student, Richard Weare, unidentified student, Montana 'Tana' Jamison. Possibly in this photo: Laurence Raynor, Maurice Dodge, Merle Jenkins, Tabor and Younker children, Margaret Cox, from Missouri, was School Superintendent this year. Montana teachers code allowed no smoking. Noxon had no taverns due to prohibition, but teachers would have been prohibited from going into them. Courtesy Ruth Mercer McBee collection.
NOXON BUZZER
May 20, 1926


THE FIRST HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATING CLASS FROM NOXON
Motto: "Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained"
TWO STUDENTS GRADUATE

 Miss Ina Mercer, who entered as a eighth grade graduating student from Tammany, Idaho four years previously, took all her high school at Noxon; Miss Effie H. Meadows, had taken all but her Junior year at Noxon. The two young ladies chose class colors of old rose and gray, and the pink rose as their class flower. It was a celebrated event, not only for them, but also for all of Noxon.

With school about to adjourn for the summer, the school board contemplated moving the old schoolhouse to the lot purchased for the purpose. The three-room building was to be cut into three parts, each of which was to be made into a dwelling house. Noxon was critically short of housing. The board members were approached to also give approval to have the school library opened to students one day every two weeks during summer vacation. One section of the building was turned into a house, which Laura Jenkins and her family bought. But the main section was retained to serve as a lunchroom and community meeting place.

School was dismissed so the students who could would be able to attend the annual Track Meet at Plains. Noxon placed 5th in the entire meet with 39 points.

Individual results were: 7th grade spelling, 1st Place - Cleo Gore, 8th grade reading, 3rd Place - Ardyth Hollister, 7th grade reading, 1st Place - Carl Hollister, 6th grade reading, 3rd Place - Isobel Dodge, 6th grade spelling, 3rdPlace - Agnes Jenkins, 6th grade arithmetic, 2nd Place - Agnes Jenkins, High school extemporaneous speaking, 1st Place - John McKay.


High school athletics: High jump, 1st Place - Howard Jenkins (5 feet 5 inches); 220 yd dash, 1st Place - John McKay, (24.4); Discus, 2nd Place - Francis McKay, (82 feet 6 inches); 220 hurdles, 3rd Place - Jack Olver, pole vault, 3rd Place - Jack Olver.8.

Conrad 'Connie' Orr, Principal, Noxon
Elementary and High Schools, circa
mid-late 1920s. Courtesy Blanche
Gordon Claxton collection.
The school soup kitchen was begun in 1926. Essie Mercer was one of the first cooks. Fanny Hampton cooked with her.9.  Conrad 'Connie' Orr was Noxon School Principal during the late1920s. During these early years, the principal was also a member of the teaching staff and taught several high school classes in additon to being responsible to the Board of School Trustees for the operation of the school. The Board of Trustees took the dominant lead in ordering supplies, personally interviewing and hiring each teacher, janitor and school bus driver.They also scrutinized each expense before giving authorization for spending district school funds. The board was directly accountable to Sanders County Superintendent and the Sanders County Commissioners.
Students jokes around school: If his ears are white, he knows the answer; if pink, he knows half of it; if red, he's out of luck.

"Use the word, cauterize, in a sentence.
"I knew she was mine the moment I caught-her-eyes."

"Name the four seasons.
"Salt, mustard, vinegar and pepper.

Youngsters were meeting at the school auditorium on Wednesday evening where they were learning the old time dancing. Adults provided piano and fiddle music and led the steps.

Cliff Cox was school board member three terms. The major issues of his time were the bus routes; first from Heron and then Bull River and Trout Creek. Among those who served with him were Frank King, Homer Wilson, Frank Lyons and Ross Richards, over the years.10.
"I came to Noxon to teach in 1927," Velma Webster said. "I was very small and spry and not about to let the children bully me into leaving, as many of the businessmen in town seemed to think they would. I taught four years and left in the spring of 1931."11. 
Miss Velma Webster's 4th, 5th and 6th grade classes, circa 1928. Front row: Robert Wilson, Lyle Green, Ruth Scheffler, Mabel Scheffler, Lena VanDerbrink, Viola Trikey, Ruth McKay, Bessie Dodge, Nellie Skelton, Alice Saint. 2nd row: Tom McKay, Raymond Kline, Dale Lake, Bill Raynor, Roy Crosler (or Leroy Johnson), Norman Larson, Wagner Dodge, John Elphick, Richard Daniels (or Elmer Daniels), Loren 'Lanky' Jamison, Laurence 'Larry' Cox, Billy Held (holding the blackboard.) Courtesy Clayton Bauer collection.
S. S. Brown was janitor. Spit wads were all over the ceiling of the intermediate room where she was to teach. She requested Brown to clear them down. He said it wouldn't do any good. The kids would just plaster it back up right quick.

Sheldon S. Brown, posed on
the front steps of the Noxon
Elementary and High school,
circa late 1920s or early 1930s.
S. S. Brown was school
janitor and died of a heart
attach in the school boiler
room. Courtesy Norman and
Betty Larson collection.

He looked over Velma's tiny 4' 5" frame, concluding it wouldn't take the students long to send her packing. But he reckoned without knowing her spunk and determination. Velma went to the mercantile store and purchased a length of leather strap. The first day of school she admonished her students that the first one to shoot a spit wad would answer to her. At the first recess the largest bully in the class got his first 'strapping'. Thereafter Velma had no more problems with the students even though several of them were larger than herself.12.
"I taught at Noxon from September 1927 to June 1937," Angie Meadows said. "I was raised on Beaver Creek near Thompson Falls and took my teacher training with a two year diploma from the Dillon Normal School (which is now Western, a 4 year degree school.)
"When I first started at Dillon I thought I wanted to teach upper grades, so I more or less took those subjects.
"My first school was a rural school in Mineral county and my grades were first, second and sixth. I much preferred the primary grades, so I then took a Primary Methods Course and Nature Study, etc., plus introductory music and piano. I really loved those kids. They were so eager and unspoiled. I also had a summer each of postgraduate from the University in Missoula and from Eastern Washington College at Cheney, WA. It was fun to just take what I wanted after taking required subjects for my diploma. Sort of widened my horizon. One was typing, another music. It was interesting that they were teaching Palmer method penmanship when I first started teaching. Then they changed to Horner Balzer method and I had to take that course, too, as a post graduate."
"The school kids at Noxon were so unspoiled. They had so little. Any little thing thrilled them. I bought 10-cent heart shaped boxes at Valentines Day for each of them and at Easter I bought them little 10-cent baskets. They were so thrilled. Some of my students were brilliant kids."
Noxon grade school classes after new brick school was built in 1922. Courtesy Stewart and Agnes Hampton collection.
Angie, who came to Noxon to teach in 1927, boarded one year with Bob and Ann Larson. Then she boarded with Walter and Lula Lake for three years, until Mrs. Lake's mother came. Then Angie stayed at the Hotel Montana.
"Noxon paid better teachers wages then other Sanders county schools, by about $10 a month. They had a very nice schoolhouse, too. The PTA served a lunch once a month and everyone came to it.
"Fern and Ben Saint were always thoughtful of the teachers, entertaining them at dinner every year. Maude and Henry Larson also entertained us each year.
"Teachers were not to smoke. And Noxon had no taverns as it was prohibition. But they did have bootlegging which a good number of people engaged in to make a meager living.
"I only paddled one child for punishment," Angie said. "She was a second grader wrote a nasty name for a teacher on a note and Connie Orr, the Superintendent, insisted she be punished. He witnessed it while we turned her over a chair. Mr. Brown, the janitor and a bus driver from Trout Creek, heard the commotion, for we'd taken her to the boiler room in the basement. They were concerned. But she deserved the swats she got."13.
The 1928 Noxon High School classes. 1st row: June Olver, Nellie Scheffler, Isobel Dodge, Agnes Jenkins unidentfied, Ellen Jenkins, Felix Over. 2nd row: Willette Held, Ellen Dodge, Ivy McClung, Francis McKay, John 'Buster' Jenkins, Montana 'Tana' Saint, Howard Jenkins. Back row: Teachers, Conrad Orr, Miss Agnes Gettie and Helen Dahlbert. Courtsy William Finnigan collection.

Conrad 'Connie' Orr, Principal, made
many friends during the years he taught
at Noxon Elementary and High School.
Circa late 1920s. Courtesy Clayton
Bauer collection.
1928 students included Agnes Jenkins, Isobel Dodge Dan DeLong, and Dan Greer, a happy-go-lucky kid, large for his age. When Dan Greer outgrew his desk-seat his teachers simply moved him up another row where the seats were larger. He wasn't hard of hearing to begin with, but he got mumps and as a consequence lost most of his hearing. Teachers didn't pay any attention to him after he got deafened.
"When we lived out on the ranch," Carmen Moore said, we used to ride the horse in, my sister and I. The professor, or coach, asked me to play on the ball team. I was one of the ones that just stood on the corner and did a little guarding or something. The big kids, John McKay and the big fellers were the main players. They were the oldest.
"We didn't have uniforms. We played in our ordinary clothes and ordinary shoes. We'd usually get a few buttons torn off and that. I had to ride the horse in after I did my chores and then play basketball and get all sweated up and no showers. There wasn't any way to heat the water in the schoolhouse then. So I'd ride the horse home in the cold and I'd catch cold. After a few times Finnigan told me that was the end of that. 'No more basketball because you just get sick all the time.' So I never went again."14.
"I think only 50-75 people lived here in 1927," Bob Saint said. "There couldn't have been more. In 1927-28, the year I was in the 8th grade, they had to move us up and put us in with the high school in order to have 20 students to make a high school.
"Seven or eight graduated from the 8th grade in the spring and Johnny McKay was the only senior student. We got our 8th grade diplomas and John McKay was the only one graduating high school.
"A. A. Alvord came from Thompson Falls to be the speaker. He would be county attorney off and on. He'd get elected and then he'd be defeated, and then he'd be back in."15.
Agnes Getty arrived on a Saturday train and went to the dance with Bob and Anne Larson that evening. Jimmy Duffy was ata the dance, and she met him. Miss Getty roomed at Bob and Anne's house just east of the schoolhouse, sharing a room with another teacher,Velma Webster. Helen Rutherford lived there, too. Helen was dating Ray Meadows.16.
"Agnes Getty was a cute little thing, small, dishwater blonde hair, had a thyroid problem, I think. It showed in her slightly protruding eyeballs. Otherwise she was a very beautiful girl"17.  
Noxon High School grades 9-12. L to R: Ray Meadows, Howard Jenkins, Howard Daniels, Bob Jenkins, Carmen Moore (bib overalls), John 'Buster' Jenkins, Marjory Hampton, Mary Greer, Ellen Jenkins, John McKay, Felix Olver, Ellen Dodge, Effie Meadows, Goldie Greer, Montana 'Tana' Saint, Francis McKay, Jack Olver. Courtesy Laurence Cox collection.
Noxon High School classes grades 9-12. Front: Bill Krause, Helen Turner, Arlene Hyland, Doris Hasse, Bessie Dodge, Mabel Scheffler, Georgia, Baker, Margaret Peterson, Nellie Skelton, Agnes Dobravevc, Terry Duffy. 2nd row: Wayland Dodge, Sheila Crighton, Theda VanCleve, Alice Hass, Grace McConnell, Dorrien Hampton, Frances King, Lyle Green. 3rd row: Herman Krause, John Harker, Bob Wilson, Jack Clark, Melvin Brock,Eelyn Sasek, Rose Dobravec, Mildred Peterson, Joe Dobravec, Marvin Dettwiler. 4th row: Clayton Craig, Vern Hyland, Joe Karl, unidentified, Leon Dobravec, Roy Crozier, Bob Johnson, Ray Lenzi, Paul Johnson, Dale Lake, Norman Larson, Ike Rasmussen. 5th row: George Larson , Don Olver, Red Duffy, Melvin McLinden, Loren 'Lanky' Jamison, Billy Held. 6th row: Phil Green, Gene Dettwiler, Laurence 'Larry; Cox, Raymond Kline, Herb Jewett. 7th row: Johnny Skelton, Gerld Green, Wagner Dodge. Teachers Conrad Orr and Bernice Easter. Courtesy Stewart and Agnes Hampton collection. Circa 1928-30. Noxon students come from a radius that includes Noxon, Heron and Trout Creek.
(insert photos pg 166 boys & 167 boys, girls team 27-28 pg 169, girls teams top pix pg 170,]]


Noxon High School  girls basketball team. Back row: Agnes Jenkins, Goldie Greer, Montana 'Tana' Jamison, Dorrien Hampton, Wilhelma Kline, Isobel Dodge. Front row: Margaret larson, Ellen Jenkins, June -. Courtesy Stewart and Agnes Hampton collection.
 boys pg 168, girls team pg171,  boys 169, girls bottom 171



Noxon High School boys basketball team. Red Duffy #16, Gilbert Raynor #13, Gene Dettwiler #10, Johnny Skelton #12, Wayland Dodge #11, Wagner Dodge #9, Leon Dobravec #14, Ike Rasmussen #8. Courtesy Stewart and Agnes Hampton collection.

Agnes Getty, the teacher who board and roomed with Bob and Ann critisized, the petite blond named the town in her book Boxcar, Montana. The book's characters so closely resembled some of the people she met and observed while living in Noxon that townspeople easily identified them which infuriated many Noxonites. Getty's landlady said she personally burned as many copies as she could find.

How did the town Noxon get its name? A letter came from Texas asking how Noxon was named. Bob Larson checked with the NPRR, and learned that an engineer during construction of the railroad was named John Noxon. He was a construction engineer.

"Nellie Mae Wilson and Mary and Kenny Miller's daughter, Skeets, needed to be skipped grades. Connie Orr, the superintendent had to get the parents to agree," Angie said.

"So Skeets was promoted from first to third grades. Guy Raynor was a whiz in mathematics and he and Skeets were entered in the scholastic contests held in Plains for the 3-8th graders. Guy got sick and couldn't participate so Skeets entered all the scholastic events taking first place in three of them and 3rd in math, which was always her weakest subject.18.
Noxon grade school won the Sanders County Grade School Meet, beating out Plains, Thompson Falls, Lonepine, Dixon, Camas Prairie, Paradise, Perma, Whitepine, Larchwood and Belnap.19. Bill Finnigan was an enterprising child and would pick huckleberries, bringing them to sell for 75 cents a gallon. When he needed his teeth fixed, he picked up bottles and sold them to get the money, then hitch-hiked to the dentist.20.

(insert pix from pg. 176
Noxon elementary school was appropriately proud of this Rythm Band posed on the front yard of the school, 1937. Hallie Fairweather was their teacher. Courtesy Jaspar Redfearn collection.

Circa 1930s, Noxon School Band performing at an unknown event. Mounted rider unidentified.
insert pix pg 176

May 19, 1939. Noxon School band. Jaspar Refearn is in photo but I don't have any other identifications. Courtesy Jaspar Redfearn collection.


Joe Dobravec (second from left) drove school bus from Heron, Montana to the Noxon High School during his senior year. Circa 1929-30.
Bus driver attending to his bus tires has two (unidentified) spectators. Courtesy Norman Larson collection.
FOOTNOTES
  1. Noxon High School, Noxon Buzzer, September 26, 1925. April 24, 1929, the Noxon Buzzer was entered in the Montana Editorial Association newspaper contest, a part of the Interscholastic Meet competition in Missoula. 50 cents allows each high school to enter.
  2. Noxon High School, Noxon Buzzer, Edition No. 3.
  3. Noxon High School, Noxon Buzzer, January 1926.
  4. H. R. Bob Saint, tape-recorded oral history, November 18, 1983.
  5. Ruth Dettwiler McQuaide, oral history April 19, 1988.
  6. Noxon High School, Noxon Buzzer, January 1926.
  7. Noxon High School, Noxon Buzzer, April 1926, Vol. 1, No. 6.
  8. Noxon High School, Noxon Buzzer, May 20, 1926, Vol 1, No. 8.
  9. Don Maynard, tape-recorded oral history 1973; Stewart and Agnes Hampton, oral history, var. When the title of Priincipal changed to Superintendent of Noxon Public Schools, circa 1950s, the position became one of administration of the teaching staff and operation of the entire educational system, placing orders for materials and textbooks without previous authorization from the Board of Trustees, including transportation, sports, home economics, music, etc. Teaching classes was no longer part of his duties. The position was not filled by a woman until the late 1990s or early 2000s.
  10. Lawrence "Larry" Cox, letter 1990.
  11. Velma Webster Bauer, oral history 1978.
  12. Velma Webster Bauer, oral history, var.
  13. Ray and Angie Meadows, tape-recorded oral history January 15, 1988.
  14. Carmen Moore, tape-recorded oral history January 1988.
  15. H. R. Bob Saint, tape-recorded oral history, November 18, 1983.
  16. Bob and Anne Larson, tape-recorded oral history March 6, 1972.
  17. Ruth Tauscher McKay, July 9, 1986; Bob and Anne Larson, oral history March 6, 1972; Noxon High School, Noxon Buzzer.
  18. Ray and Angie Meadows, tape-recorded oral history January 15, 1988. When Skeets Miller went into the WACS at Butte and had the highest IQ of any kid who ever entered the WACS from Montana.
  19. Sanders County Independent Ledger, May 8, 1929.
  20. Bill Finnigan, oral history, var.




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