Reinhold Utke was born and raised in the Enderlin, ND area. Student life at Moorhead State during the depression of the 1930's is the main topic of this interview. Mr. Utke talks about his decision to attend Moorhead State, financing his education, and student living conditions. Social activities, chapel, and student organizations, such as Alpha Epsilon, are also covered.
Phyllis Thysell was born and raised in South Dakota. Mrs. Thysell was instrumental in the development of the Red River Arts Center, which later became the Plains Art Museum. She discusses her involvement in various community arts groups.
In addition to naming school police force, Superintendent A. L. Winterquist wrote about the school police program. A P.T.A. Meeting was held at Washington School along with a teachers' reception. A picnic at Jay Cooke Park for the senior class was announced. Virginia Anderson wrote about her trip to the State Fair. Superintendent A. L. Winterquist welcomed sixteen post-graduate students back to school and wrote about the post graduate program. The school library and its resources was described. In addition to junior high school news, Washington School news, activities news items, such as 4-H news from the junior and senior clubs, and the FFA Club, summer band activities were given. Also included was a section on faculty news which told of the summer activities of the staff, including the rehearsals of the Teenie Weenie Band. Another article spoke of community events, such as an upcoming rehearsal for the community orchestra and the FFA boys motoring to Minneapolis for their annual outing. .
Sydney R. Montague, Arctic explorer and adventurer, spoke at Lincoln School. The state 4-H Club leader asked the Thomson High School band to perform on the nation-wide radio network of the National Farm and Home Hour. Mr. H. L. Lawrenz, teacher and leader of FFA, Farmers' Club, as well as 4-H Club, took a job as county agent for Dakota County. Superintendent A. L. Winterquist wrote about the Red Cross and promoted it. Quiet was urged in the library, and library helpers, called pages, were named. The senior class motored to Carlton to attend an actual court trial. The honor roll was announced by Principal L. B. Olson. On October 21st the school had perfect attendance, for the first time during the school year. The GAA had interclass baseball tournaments. Twenty six girls walked to Cloquet to see a show, via the paper mill dam. Millard Olson went to the national FFA Convention at Kansas City representing Minnesota. Basketball practice began. The first potato show was given by the Thomson Chapter of the FFA in the Lincoln School gymnasium, to commemorate Minnesota Potato Week. An amateur variety program was given at the Co-Op Auditorium in Cloquet. Former high school student George Kivisto played string bass in the Duluth symphony orchestra. Registration for evening cooking and sewing classes at Lincoln School was held. News of the comings and goings of residents was mentioned.
A former member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Arctic explorer, Sydney R. Montague, was scheduled to speak at the Lincoln School. Constitution Day was observed by the social problems class giving a program with student speeches as well as an address by Superintendent A. L. Winterquist. There was an article about the reorganization of the Spotlight and the beginning of a commercial department at the school. Also included were high school news items, which included news about the senior class rings as well as the agriculture class and an FFA field trip centered around potatoes. The school bought Keystone Stereographs and stereograph pictures to use as study helps. It was noted that many boys were out of school to harvest potatoes. The 4-H Club made plans to give a musical. The FFA grew to 68 members. The Girls Athletic Association held a meeting a wiener roast at their outing to Jay Cooke Park. A letter of appreciation to Mr. L. B. Olson and the band for the performance at the Labor Day activities was printed. In community news, a Farmers' Club meeting was set. A rural electrical committee meeting was to be held at Washington School.
Contributing factors to scholastic success were written about by Superintendent A. L. Winterquist. The concert program of the Thomson High Orchestra was promoted. Senior high news mentioned an Armistice Day Program at Lincoln School. Boys who entered exhibits of potatoes at the Spalding Hotel in Duluth were named. Speedy typists who typed the most words per minute in typing class were listed. Rehearsals were announced for the junior class play. Faculty changes were announced, and included naming Mr. Grant as a temporary agriculture teacher, and having Mrs. Isaac Esko filling in for the ill ninth grade teacher, Miss Hilma Kihlgren. Fifth grade class students visited a dentist. Mr. H. Knuti detailed his experiences canoeing on northern streams. The Thomson 4-H Club would be serving a hot lunch to students who stayed in the school during the supper hour. Three people would attend a meeting at Cloquet High School to assist in the formation of a Girls' 4-H Club. A speculative article about a forthcoming basketball game of Thomson against Duluth Central High School was included.
The lead article about report cards was written Superintendent A. L. Winterquist and directed to the parents of school children. Also featured was a variety program to be sponsored at the Lincoln School by the Girls' Athletic Association. There GAA girls held a contest, organized by class, to see who could sell the most tickets to their variety show. There were four students in Latin I Class. A dietitian from a Girl Scout camp in Louisville, Kentucky, spoke to sophomore girls in home economics class. The agriculture II boys class made a trip to the junior livestock show in Duluth and also visited Goldfine's Horse Farm. There was a humorous article about a bat visiting the superintendent. The high school band sponsored Gordon's Educated Pets Animal Circus at Lincoln School. There was an assembly program for Fire Prevention Week. An adult agricultural evening class was organized for men and women, to be held at Lincoln School. Mr. L. B. Olson spoke at the Carlton County Teachers' Convention held at Carlton on how to develop an interest in music by students, using a Teeny-Weeny Band and a Melody Band. A music appreciation club known as the Better Music League for junior high school students was organized in the Lincoln School. Girls' fall baseball was in session, with interclass games being played. A senior 4-H Club meeting was held at Lincoln School, as well as a junior 4-H Club meeting held at Washington School. The FFA meeting and program was held at Lincoln School. An executive council to plan the activities for the Thomson 4-H Club was organized. There was a humorous column about mice in the school's classrooms.
Superintendent A. L. Winterquist wrote the lead article about curricular versus extra curricular activities. An unattributed article asked whether or not high school was worth while. The inter class competition in the sale of Christmas Seals was noted, as was the designation of December as being Better Health Month by the Thomson 4-H Club. Cheerleaders and a pep band under the direction of L. B. Olson were to raise school spirit at the upcoming Cromwell and Lincoln basketball game. The Spotlight sponsored a story writing contest. The second part of H. Knutti's article about canoeing on northern streams was given. Only six GAA girls showed up for a hike the day after Thanksgiving from Harney's Corner to Cloquet to see a movie at the Leb Theatre, even though admission was only a broken toy. Morgan Park's basketball team beat Thomson. The O'Brian Oilers basketball team of Superior Wisconsin beat the Thomson Future Farmer's team at the Washington School gymnasium. The P.T.A. Chorus, directed by L. B. Olson, presented a Christmas program at Lincoln School. The Forbay Schoolhouse was sold to Mr. Ed Kinnunen, who intended to use the materials in the construction of a new home.Thomson Township held its second annual Farmers' and Businessmen's Good Will Banquet at the Washington School.
Staff were named to publish the third Lincoln Log yearbook. Superintendent A. L. Winterquist editorialized about educational fallacies. In basketball, Thomson beat McGregor. The Community Girls' basketball team played their initial game against the Meadowlands High School Girls. The Thomson 4-H Club executive committee met, and both the junior and senior 4-H clubs held planning sessions, as did the 4-H Club sewing club. The community orchestra was reorganized by Mr. A. B. Basso. His musical prodigy son, Robert Basso, also known as Bobby, appeared on a program at the Hotel Duluth playing solo violin.
Mr. Guy Caldwell, naturalist, lecturer, and traveler, lectured about Japan at Washington Schools. There was an article noting that the sub-district basketball tournament would be played at the new Thomson Township High School gymnasium rather than at the Cloquet High School. Superintendent A. L. Winterquist was in charge of the subdistrict tournament. Schools represented at the conference were Thomson, Carlton, Cromwell, Floodwood, McGregor, Meadowlands, Wrenshall, Cloquet, Duluth Central, Duluth Denfeld, Morgan Park, Proctor, and Two Harbors. The senior class had an outing at Jay Cooke Park. The new industrial training teacher was introduced. Superintendent A. L. Winterquist wrote a page about extra curricular activities. The orchestra was reorganized by Mr. L. B. Olson. About 200 students enrolled as probationary members of the Thomson Township 4-H Club at the meeting. The junior high school band was organized by Mr. L. B Olson.
The name of Thomson Tommies was chosen for the boys basketball team. The High School band, with director Mr. L. B. Olson, motored to attend the Duluth Civic Symphony Concert. The Spotlight was entered in the National Mimeograph Exchange, an organization of mimeographed school papers covering thirty two states. Superintendent A. L. Winterquist wrote a one page editorial about educational obligations and opportunities. The Better Music League of the ninth grade elected new officers. The third part of H. Knutti's story of canoeing on northern streams was given. The Thomson basketball team beat Meadowlands in the Little Seven Conference. Additionally, Thomson beat Floodwood and Alborn. The Boston Brownskins, a colored traveling basketball team, beat the FFA team. The Thomson Township PTA planned a keno party to raise funds for the health program. News of comings and goings of residents was given.
The Girls Athletic Association planned another hike to Cloquet. Volleyball practices were set. Superintendent A. L. Winterquist editorialized about long term educational objectives. Desirable personal qualities were listed by social science students in female as well as male friends. A lengthy citation of basketball statistics and averages was presented.
This Christmas edition began with a large editorial about the Christmas Spirit, noting that many children of unemployed parents would not be visited by Santa Claus. The sophomore class planned a skating party at Pinehurst Park in Cloquet. A Christmas Assembly included the presentation of a cantata by the PTA Chorus, as well as a talk by Superintendent A. L. Winterquist. Members of the stenography II class took instructions in making mimeographs, using a mimeoscope to make their own Christmas cards. There was a large article detailing the Christmas program to be given in the Washington auditorium, consisting of a cantata and a pantomime with various nations represented and performers listed. Articles by several students about Christmas were included. The agriculture class went on a field trip to the Land O-Lakes cold storage plant with the eighth grade. In basketball, Thomson won their second conference victory by beating Cromwell High School. Both the junior and senior Thomson basketball teams beat Wrenshall; Thomson beat Carlton.
Headlining the paper was the dedication of the new gymnasium in the Lincoln School. Another article told of the FFA sponsoring their second annual potato show in connection with Minnesota Potato Week. As the final festivity of Potato Week, the Duluth Chamber of Commerce sponsored a program at the Northeast Experimental Station, part of which was to crown a Potato Queen of the Arrowhead. Virginia Anderson, 4-H Club member, was set to speak at the National Farm and Home Hour radio broadcast. In conjunction with the national presidential election, an election was to be held at the Lincoln School. The Home Economics I class made aprons out of flour sacks. Students were urged to try out to be cheerleaders. The high school band won honorable mention at the Northwest Music Festival. Due to cold and snowy weather, no gym classes could be held outside. The high school boys' basketball schedule was given.
In the Potato Show, Thomson placed first. Because she was an outstanding home economics student, Virginia Anderson was awarded a trip to Chicago for the 4-H Club Congress. To commemorate Armistice Day, Miss Harney's social science class sponsored an assembly program. The Annual Arrowhead Crop Show held its queen contest, in which Virginia Anderson placed second. A three act dramatic comedy play was given. The GAA exceeded their magazine sales goal. The 4-H Club sponsored an assembly program. The second annual GAA variety program was rated a success.
The junior high noon recreation committee met to plan work on a skating rink, and shoveled snow in preparation for it to be flooded. The PTA meeting focused on safety. A new club, the Lincoln High School Traffic Club, presented an education and entertaining program. A total of twenty five students enrolled in the Declamation groups which met after school. Both student library staff and adult staff assumed teaching roles. The Traffic Club held a meeting, as did the Thomson Township Chapter of the FFA. A section prepared by member of the Home Economics V class talked about cuts of meats. Junior high news was given, as were the activities of the 4-H Clubs and GAA.
A PTA Keno Party was planned. The junior band enjoyed a sleigh ride party planned by Mr. L. B. Olson. A page about first aid was written. The Senior 4-H Club met, with health and safety as their themes. The Wrenshall basketball beat Thomson, and Carlton's basketball team also defeated Thomson.
Leading off is an article announcing the formation of a safety club for students who drive vehicles. A pep assembly was held in the new gymnasium, along with cheerleader try-outs. The Christmas Seal campaign was started to fight tuberculosis on the war on death. Mr. Esko was introduced as the new vocal music instructor. The GAA girls started basketball practice. The Thomson boys' basketball team played a conference game against Floodwood. Information about projects in the Industrial Arts department was written by Earle H. Ellison, Supervisor. Superintendent A. L. Winterquist wrote an article about the various types of records the school keeps. In musical happenings, a brass quartet performed, as did a clarinet quartet, at an event. The pep band played at the basketball game. In community news, along with comings and goings of residents, was mention of the dedication of the new Finnish Apostolic Lutheran Church.