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Submissions by Ruth M.F. Tucker

Saturday Night

Each week, when Saturday draws near,
I see it come with dread and fear
To tell the truth, I hate that night,
For then I'm scrubbed with all Ma's might.
It really is a time of pain
And all my struggles are in vain.
She gets a great big, brimming tub,
Some yellow soap; then how she'll scrub
And dig ‘way down into my ears.
Sometimes it almost brings the tears,
But I won't cry, for I'm a man,
Or will be someday, if I can.
No matter If I'm playing ball,
‘Bout six o'clock I hear her call,
And though we may be having fun,
I've got to cut it all and run,
Or else Ma'll give me such a slap
And maybe lay me ‘cross her lap.
She says that all boys should be clean,
It makes ‘em good. Let me be mean,
If being good is all this work;
I'd rather be a heathen Turk
Than have to stand this awful rub,
This weekly scrubbing in the tub.
And yet, I s'pose Ma knows what's best
She's lived so long; she ought, I guess.
We'll say she does—I find it pays,
But hers and mine are different ways.
And now—Gee whiz! I want to fight
Whenever I think of Saturday Night.

Scrapbook page 11
The Collegian Reporter
Pre-Engineers in Public Exhibition Friday
(Picture with caption): “Wendell McDowell – Chemistry Experiment – Rob
Roy Leinbach
(Picture with caption): “Electrical Experiment – Dr. M.E. Graber

  Here we have a few of the engineers who will be on hand tonight as the
Pre-Engineers' Club does its stuff. Chief among the Engineers are Dr.
Graber the head of the Physics department, Prof. Gwinn, assistant
professor, and Wendell Mac Dowel, the President of the Club. Rob Roy
Leinbach in the upper right hand inset is the general chairman of the
  In the upper photo from left to right we see: Wendell MacDowell,
employing the oxygen torch; “Doc” Mattice, concocting some subtle
chemical compound: ”Steen” Wennersten, showing us a large X-Ray tube;
“Deac” Robson, with a small X-Ray tube; “Bob” Leinbach, displaying a
huge radio power tube from KSCJ. “Doc” Mattice is the chairman of the
chemistry committee, “Steen” Wennersten is the chairman of physics, and
“Deac” Robson is the operator of the Tesla Coil, the feature experiment
of the evening along with liquid air, operated by Mac MacDowell.
  In the lower photo of the Tesla Coil in operation we see, left to
right. Robson, operator; Dann Jordan, making a few minor adjustments,
and Leinbach, on the control and Dr. Graber in the inset. The Tesla Coil
is a high voltage, high frequency inductor, one can obtain better than a
million volts at higher than a thousand cycles per second. In the
picture we see Robson taking a five inch spark on the end of his finger,
entirely ungrounded; because of the high voltage the electricity will
jump over to a natural body, as can also be seen in the case of the
electron tubes seen in the illustration. They are lit up by only one
connection, however, as “Deac” places a finger of his free hand on the
open connection of the second tube as is seen in the cut the glow is
some brighter.
  Besides the experiments shown above there will be experiments dealing
with other branches of physics, chemistry, acoustics, aviation,
surveying, and optics.

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AT CHAPEL   Monday, 20 Mar 1933
Monday: --
  Dr. O'Brien said that even as chickens come home to roost the deeds
which individuals do reflect back to them. His talk was full of
illustrations supporting the biblical truth “as you sow, so shall you
Y.M.C.A. was led by Lair Loveland and continued last week's discussion
on “the Horrors of War”.
Y.W.C.A. was led by Mrs. Hoyt on the topic “Forgive Us Our Trespasses”.
Dr. Saunderson, father of Coach Saunderson, spoke on the coming vote on
the repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment. He further informed us in regard
to what we can do to continue the prohibition fight.
The Dramatic Club presented a short one act play entitled “Please Don't
Laugh.” This student chapel program was spicely (sic) presented and well
Dr. O”Brien pointed out that a man could rid himself of his debts, his
neighbors and even his wife if necessary, but that a man could never rid
himself of his conscious or the memory of unpleasant scars upon his

  With a number of the fellows out on the Pre-Engineers' steak fry the
house proved to be a rather quiet place Friday evening. We (the
remaining inmates) especially missed Osgood, but then who wouldn't miss
that quarrelome (sic) Sheldonite.
  Congratulations to Grundstad and Hammond on their recent activities.
It must be interesting work to be a school teacher in spite of the pay
cuts and the like.
  P.S. If these two “Mugs” are short on postage the fraternity will
gladly pay the transportation on the sweets. We're getting powerful
hungry and the time is growing short.
  Jordon through his dormitory connections seems to have acquired one of
Shakespeare's favorite phrases “Much ado about nothing.” We refuse to
comment but we do wonder who ever got the idea of that adaptation.  It's
too bad, and he did lucubrate so much at times.
  The week seems to be filled. With Walk-outs, Up-River alias Over the
Lake trips, banquets, and what have you, there is little time for a poor
sophisticated senior to get on that last long run of papers whose
contents are only exceeded by Heinz's fifty-seven varieties. And this
doesn't mean that the seniors are usually pickled either, although the
after effect may be the same.

Scrapbook page 13

16 Sep 1932
Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Bird and son, Clyde, motored to Sioux City today
where the latter will enter Morningside college. He will be employed in
the J.C. Penney store Saturdays. (in handwriting at bottom of item “Ray
Lyon took us to Sioux City.” [Note from IowaOldPress: Perhaps this could be the couple who owned this scrapbook?]

9 Oct 1932
Mr and Mrs. Ray Lyons
and family of Sioux City, accompanied by Clyde
Bird, a student at Morningside college, spent the past week end in the
home of Mr. and Mrs. John Bird in Rock Rapids.

First Snow of Season Drops

  Northwest Iowa had its first snow of the year on Sunday, October 9, a
fall that was hardly worth mentioning, but an indication  and a promise
of what can be expected in the not distant future. The fall measured
only a fraction of an inch and melted almost as soon as it hit the
ground.  Temperatures for the week that marked the first real approach
of winter, were normal. The high for the period was a reading of 72
degrees above zero, the low point was a 29, on the nights of October 10
and 11.
  Complete temperatures for the week, as reported by Observer George
Raveling, were: October 5 . . .High 56, Low 35; October 6. . .High 72,
Low 32; October 7. . .High 60, Low 39; October 8. . .High 51, Low 37;
October 9. . .High 40, Low 31; October 10. . .High 49, Low 29; October
11. . .High 58, Low 29.

  Clyde Bird, student at Morningside college, Sioux City, spent the
week-end here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Bird. He was
accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Ray Lyon and their two children, Genevieve
and Don, of Sioux City, who were guests in the Bird home.

30 Oct 1932
  Clyde Bird,
who is attending Morningside college at Sioux City, spent
the past week end with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Bird.

  Clyde Bird returned to Sioux City, Sunday, after spendig the week-end
with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Bird.

Nov. 18, 19, 20, 1932
  Clyde Bird, who is attending Morningside college, at Sioux City,
spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Bird.
  Clyde Bird can now do more with his thumb than stick it in his vest;
he rode home on it from Sioux City!

23 Nov. 1932
  Rev. Thoms B. Collins motored to Sioux City yesterday and brought his
son, Marvin, and the other Rock Rapids Morningside students home to
spend the Thanksgiving vacation. Clyde Bird will visit his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. J. E. Bird, and Miss Marguerite Moon and her friend, Miss
Thelma Burgess, of Billings, Mont., will spend the weekend with Dr. and
Mrs. S. B. Moon.

  Mrs. S. B. Moonn and son, Eugene, motored to Sioux City Sunday, taking
Miss Marguerite Moon, Clyde Bird and Marvin Collins back to Morningside
college to resume their studies after a vacation with relatives here.

24 – 27 Nov. 1932
  Mr. and Mrs. Ray Lyons and children of Sioux City, spent Thanksgiving
week-end here visiting in the George Ormsrod and John Bird homes.

Mrs. Caroline Eckman of Brookings, S. D., spent the week-end in the
George Ormrod and J. E. Bird homes, enroute to Warren, Ill., for a visit
with relatives. Mrs. Eckman is an aunt of Mr. Ormrod and Mrs. Bird.

Handwritten note: Nov 23 – Wednesday Thanksgiving recess begin at 4: 15
Dec 16 Friday 1932 – Winter recess begin.

17 Dec 1932
  Clyde Bird, student at Morningside college, Sioux City, arrived
Saturday night to spend his holiday vacation with his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. J. E. Bird and other relatives and friends.

Handwritten note – Went to LeMars Jan 1 – Sioux City – Jan 2, Jan 3,
Tuesday 1933 Winter recess closed at 8.00 a.m.

1 Jan 1933
  Clyde Bird returned to Sioux City Sunday to resume his studies at
Morningside college, after spending the holidays here with his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Bird.

13, 14, 15 Jan
  Mr. and Mrs. Ray Lyon of Sioux City and their son,Don, and Clyde Bird,
a student at Morningside college in that city, spent the weekend here in
the home of Mr. and Mrs. John E. Bird. Mrs. Lyon and Mrs. Bird are

Clyde Bird, student at Morningside college in Sioux City, spent the
week-end here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Bird.

  19 Feb 1933
Robert Herrington and Kenneth Crowley drove to Sioux City Sunday,
taking with them Clyde Bird, who is a student at Morningside college.

Clyde Bird of Sioux City, was in Rock Rapids Sunday visiting with his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Bird. He is a student at Morningside

17 – 19 Feb 1933
Clyde Bird, who attends Morningside college in Sioux City, spent the
weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Bird.

17 –20 Mar 1933
  Clyde Bird and Marvin Collins, students of Morningside college, at
Sioux City, were week-end visitors of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E.
Bird and Rev. and Mrs. Thomas B. Collins.

1,2 Apr 1933
Clyde Bird, student at Morningside college in Sioux City, spent the
week-end here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Bird, and other

2 Apr 1933
Miss Ruth Crowley, Miss Ethel Herington, Clyde Bird, Robert and Harley
Herington spent Sunday afternoon with friends at LeMars and Sioux City.

4 Apr 1933
  John Bird received word last week of the death of his brother, George
Bird, at Laguna Beach, Calif., as a result of ulcers of the stomach. Mr.
Bird who had been in poor heath for several years. Visited in Rock
Rapids three years ago, with his mother and made many acquaintances at
that time.

Mrs. S. B. Moon, Mrs. Thomas B. Collins and Miss Alice Rohde drove to
Sioux City Sunday and joined Miss Marguerite Moon, Marvin Collins, and
Clyde Bird, students at Morningside college, and attended the northwest
Iowa district conference of the Methodist church and had a picnic supper
together. Miss Rohde returned to Omaha from Sioux City after spending
her vacation here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will Rohde.

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14, 15, 16, 17 April
Marguerite Moon, Clyde Bird, and Marvin Collins, students at Morningside
College in Sioux City, arrived in Rock Rapids yesterday to spend a week
of Easter vacation with their relatives and friends here.

17 Apr 1933
  After spending his Easter vacation with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.
E. Bird, Clyde Bird returned to Sioux City on Monday to resume his
studies in Morningside college. Mr. and Mrs. Bird took him to LeMars.

5, 7 May 1933
Clyde Bird, student at Morningside College in Sioux City, spent the
week-end here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Bird.

Mother's Day 14 May 1933
Clyde Bird spent Sunday in Rock Rapids with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.
E. Bird. He is a student at Morningside College.

28 May 1933
Clyde Bird spent Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Bird. He is
attending school in Sioux City.

Clyde Bird, student at Morningside College in Sioux City, arrived in
Rock Rapids Friday night to spend the summer with his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. J. E. Bird.

Talk To Open Program

By Dan Jordan
  This evening at 7:45 o'clock the Pre-Engineers' Club presents its
annual ENGINEER'S NIGHT in the college chapel.
  The features of the program are: the Tesla Coil, conducted by Howard
Robson; Liquid Air, Wendell MacDowell and Ben Gelfand; and a mock radio
program by Everett Sterling.
  The program will open with a short talk by Dr. Graber, the head of the
Physics Dept. After this, Everett Sterling will conduct his radio
program, first the Engineer's Quartette will sing a few popular
selections, then Sterling will present a little skit. Following this
Robson will show his audience what a million volts looks like,, and what
that great quantity will do. Then MacDowell and Gelfand will entertain
with Liquid Air. For the last part of the chapel program the Bell
Telephone Company has consented to give a commercial demonstration.
  The last part of the program will be held in the physics laboratory,
and adjoining rooms where the Engineers will demonstrate various
chemistry and physics phenomena. The chemistry experiments will be in
charge of Lloyd Mattice who promises a demonstration that will show not
only the sensational in chemistry, but also the practical. The physics
experiments, conducted under the supervision of Dwight Wennersten,
chairman of that committee, also promise to be very interesting.
  Rob Roy Leinbach, who is general chairmanfor the nightwill also act as
master of ceremonies. The various committee in charge of the night are:
   The general committee: Leinbach, chairman; Wennersten, physics
chairman; Mattice, chemistry chairman; and Jordan, Publicity chairman.
  Chemistry committee: Mattice, chairman; Rozema, Herman, VanHorne and
  Physics: Wennersten, chairman.
  Electricity: Saunderson, chairman; Robson, Bruce VandeMark, Bird and
  Mechanics: Osgood, chairman, Sargent, Kieura, Dale VandeMark.
  Aviation: Showalter, chairman, Myers.
  Optics: Bacon, chairman, Saunderson, Sterling.
  Acoustics: Gramlich, chairman, Jordan, Cribbs, Leinbach
  Surveying: Reisser, Gelfand.

Here is a clipping I found concerning the little school/town in Eastern Iowa where I went to school.  The town has since been "unincorporated" and is just a little settlement with a few houses. [I have a copy of the clipping of this article.]

From Waterloo (IA) Daily Courier, Tuesday, March 1, 1932

Oneida, Delaware County Hamlet, Has a Major League Prep Basketball Machine
Consolidated School Five Has Won 26 of last 27 Contests.

Manchester, Ia.Even the larger maps of Iowa indicate the position of Oneida by nothing more than a tiny dot and fine type, but at present this little railroad junction point is the most talked-of portion of Delaware county in sports circles. The reason for this unusual attention is the boys¹  basketball team representing the consolidated school perched on a hill at the edge of the hamlet, and at this time almost any cage fan in northeastern Iowa will solemnly affirm that this quintet is playing basket ball of a type that you might expect, but seldom find, in the larger class A schools of the state.
    Out of a total high school enrollment of only 43‹Oneida is one of the two smallest four-year high schools in the county‹Coach Marvin Hammer has found a squad of 12 lads who are gathering unto themselves records and trophies that would do credit to many a larger institution. Practically all of these boys are from farms in the disttrict [sic], where chores occupy each morning and evening, and practice sessions are held at the school during the noon hour and recreation periods. But when you see this team in action, you would hardly believe that intermittent drills of two to four hours per week could result in such polished, concerted effort.

The ³First Team²

As is usually the case, the brunt of the work falls on the shoulders of five players, known as the ³first² team in larger schools, but Hammer has built for the future by working with his reserves and at present he has no less than three capable substitutes ready for duty  at a moments notice. The starting lineup in practically all games has been the same, a forward, center and guard, each of whom is six feet tall or taller, and a forward and guard who will do well to measure better than five feet six inches, up and down.
The tall boys are Capt. Paul Grimm, center, who has scored 237 points in 16 games (The opposition scored a total of 259 in 17); Carl Grimm, forward, who is second to his older brother in scoring with 168 points and Howard Zobel, standing guard. The little fellows are Russell Paris, forward, and Ralph Brown, guard. The Grimm brothers and Brown come from the two-year high school at Delaware, just outside the Oneida district, and the Grimms enjoy the distinction of being the only ³town² residents on the squad.

Score 622 Points

   In 14 regular season games and three county  tournament affrays, so far this season, the Oneida quintet has been undefeated, rolling up a total of 622 points to a total of 259 for their opponents. This averages up to 36 1-2 points per game, or better than a point a minute for Oneida, to  15 1-4 points per game for the enemy.
    The record of which Oneida is particularly  proud is that of  having gone thru its 12-game league schedule without a defeat, thus surpassing Buck Creek¹s three-year-old record of 10 wins and no losses compiled when the conference consisted of six clubs instead of seven. Another record is that of having won 14 consecutive league contests, beginning with the last two conference battles of the 1930-31 season. And still another‹the high score for any game ever played in this league, 55 points scored against Buck Creek on the latter¹s floor.

The Team¹s Record

While no claims are made in regard to the final game of the county tournament, it is doubtful if any championship games have gone by scores of 77 to 8 or better. And it might be remarked in passing that buck Creek, the team thus heartily trounced, is no set-up  and is especially noted for its sparkling tournament play.
    Going back to Jan. 30, 1931, when Oneida rallied after going stale in mid-season, it is found that this club has won 26 out of the last 27 games. The Oneida team  won the county tournament, then went to the finals of the sectional meet only to drop a decision to Hopkinton.
    Oneida¹s record for this season:
Oneida 24, Hopkinton 7
    Oneida 26, Greeley 13
    Oneida 55, Buck Creek 24
    Oneida 21, Colesburg 8
    Oneida 21, Dundee 6
    Oneida 33, Earlville 14
    Oneida 38, Delhi 22
    Oneida 34, Hopkinton, 6
    Oneida 22, Greeley 14
    Oneida 43, Buck Creek, 26
    Oneida 32, Lamont  23
    Oneida  37, Colesburg 16
    Oneida 43, Earlville 25
    Oneida 38, Delhi 11?
    Oneida 43, Greeley 23
    Oneida 35, Delhi 19
    Oneida 77, Buck Creek 8

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