Historical Batavians

 
 
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Please note, the "History Boxes" on this page are the splendid work of John Platman. If we went back just a few more years John would even be able to use his Jack Randall notes on what was going on with monasticism at the time.
 

 
The Red Brick Schoolhouse on Ross Street
The Batavia High School from 1874 - 1923. The high school building we knew will be built on the land just to the left of this building. Photo courtesy of Jim Owen.
 
Referring to the early years of its existence: For many years only the third floor was used for acedemic work. The rest of the building was occupied by the grades and library. The first three grades and library occupied the first floor, while the next four grades used the second. It may be news to many students in B. H. S. that for many years the front part of the basement, known as the "book room," was the home of the janitor and his family. - Leman S. Miner, '16, writing in the 1916 Batavian.
 
When the new building opened in 1874, it was forecast that it was far more commodious than necessary. The feeling was that this would take care of educational needs for many years. Within 15 years there were six other schools: Pringle, Washington, Pearl St., West Main, East Main and William St. - Virginia Trietley writing in the Daily News.
 
The foundation of this school was built with stones from the old Arsonal that stood at the corner of Main Road and Lewiston. - Virginia M. Barons.
 
 
 
 
Another view. Note the track, to the left foreground, where "our" high school will be built.
Photo courtesy of Jim Owen.

 
 
 
 
Two bells from the red brick school have been in storage in the Ross Street High School for over 80 years now. Perhaps one of them was in the "pigeon coop" pictured near the peak of of the near tower of the school. Jim Owen, pictured, suggests a '61 class project might be to clean them up. We might also give some thought to suggestions on how they might be re-used. Photos courtesy of Jim Owen.
 

Brick, now owned by Jim Owen, from the red brick schoolhouse was one of many unearthed in 2006 during construction of the addition to the Ross Street school on what we knew as the girl's athletic field. A tangible link to the past. Photo courtesy of Jim Minor
 

 
 
1913 Batavian
 

The World of the Class of 1913

World & National Events
Woodrow Wilson becomes the first Democrat elected since 1892, in a three way race for the presidency, when former President Teddy Roosevelt entered the race as the Progressive Party candidate against him and incumbent President, Republican William Howard Taft. Grand Central Station, the world's largest rail terminal, opens in New York City. The 16th Amendment to the US Constitution is ratified, allowing the Federal government to impose an income tax.
 
The Year in Film
Edison Studios releases What Happened to Mary, the first ever motion picture serial. The Musketeers of Pig Alley, directed by D.W. Griffith, debuts as the first gangster film. The Squaw Man, the first full-length Hollywood feature film, is made.

Popular Recordings
The Spaniard That Blighted My Life by Al Jolson, Till the Sands of the Desert Grow Cold by Alan Turner, and It's Nicer To Be In Bed by Harry Lauder.
 
Sports
Heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson is convicted of violating the 1910 Mann Act and sentenced to a term of one year and one day plus a fine of $1,000. Johnson flees the United States and claims selective prosecution, for racist reasons, to deprive him of his title. A young center fielder, Casey Stengel, breaks in with the Brooklyn Dodgers & hits 4 singles.  

Thanks to Jim Owen we have this quite old Batavian ("Senior Class Book"). The students in this yearbook and those for the next 10 years are attending the red brick schoolhouse, pictured above, and it is frequenlty shown as background to the yearbook photos. Some points of interest: The street addresses of all the seniors are listed (any attend from your street/house?); a few students from Elba and South Byron attended; at 45 students, it was the largest senior class to ever graduate from BHS up to that point; there's a tribute to the outgoing superintendent, John Kennedy, who will subsequently have a grade school on Vine Street named after him; they wrote an 11 stanza class poem; as Hoyt Irwin won't pen "Ever Batavia" until 1938, they had a quite different class song.

 
People of note:

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1915 Batavian

The World of the Class of 1915

World & National Events
The Lusitania is sunk by a German submarine; 1198 lives lost. President Woodrow Wilson announces that the United States will stay officially neutral in the European conflict that would become World War I. Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas A. Watson conduct the first telephone conversation between New York and San Francisco. The United States Coast Guard is established. New York socialite Mary Phelps Jacob patents the Brassiere, which she had invented one year earlier.
 
The Year in Film
Top grossing (silent) films included: The Birth of a Nation directed by D.W Griffith, starring Lillian Gish; Camen and A Fool There Was both starring Theda Bara; and The Tramp with Charlie Chaplin.

Popular Recordings
Carry Me Back to Old Virginny by Alma Gluck, It's A Long Way To Tipperary by John McCormack, and I Didn't Raise My Boy to be a Soldier by Morton Harvey.
 
Sports
Babe Ruth makes his Major League debut with the Boston Red Sox, as a pitcher. Jess Willard the latest "Great White Hope", defeats Jack Johnson with a 26th round knockout in sweltering heat in Havana, Cuba. 

Thanks to a loan procurred from the Batavia High School library by Jim Owen we have this Batavian. It contains an essay on the history of the Picayune.

People of note:
  • Kathleen M. Forsyth, future BHS English teacher is a senior.

 

 

 


1916 Batavian

The World of the Class of 1916

World & National Events
Albert Einstein publishes his "General Theory of Relativity." Pancho Villa raids Columbus, New Mexico and other border towns with 1,500 troops.  General John J. Pershing then enters Mexico in pursuit of Villa with the 7th and 10th U.S. cavalry. President Wilson re-elected with “he kept us out of war” slogan.
 
The Year in Film
Top grossing films (still silent) included: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea directed by Stuart Paton; Intolerance directed by D.W. Griffith, starring Lillian Gish; and The Innocent Lie starring Mary Pickford.

Popular Recordings
O Sole Mio and Santa Lucia both by Enrico Caruso, Pretty Baby by Billy Murray, and Where Did Robinson Crusoe Go With Friday On Saturday Night? by Al Jolson.
 
Sports
The inaugural PGA Championship is held as a matchplay tournament and won by Jim Barnes. Tennis legend Bill Tilden makes his 1st appearance at the US tennis championship. The 1st US national women's swiming championships are held.  

Thanks to a loan procurred from the Batavia High School library by Jim Owen we have this Batavian. The Class Essay, "The New BHS", is an appeal to the citizens of Batavia to build a new High School. Note- The vote did not pass this time. It will 6 years later.

 

 

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1917 Batavian

Quite possibly there was no Batavian published this year. The 1944 Batavian refers to none being published in 1918 due of the war. However, we have the 1915, 1916, 1918, and know of a 1919 Batavian so we expect in 1944 they were referring to 1917 rather than 1918 Batavian. However, we'll keep looking, just in case.

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1918 Batavian

The World of the Class of 1918

World & National Events
The first troops from the United States arrive in Europe to assist allies in World War I. General John "Black Jack" Pershing is placed in command of the American Expeditionary Forces. By the middle of 1918, the United States had over one million troops fighting in Europe. The influenza epidemic, "Spanish Flu" spans the globe, eventually killing over twenty million worldwide and five hundred and forty-eight thousand people in the United States.
 
The Year in Film
Top grossing films (no sound yet) included: Stella Maris starring Mary Pickford; Tarzan of the Apes with Elmo Lincoln and Enid Markey; and Headin' South featuring Douglas Fairbanks.

Popular Recordings
Tiger Rag by the Original Dixieland Jass Band, Over There by Enrico Caruso, After You've Gone by Marion Harris, and I'm Always Chasing Rainbows by Charles Harrison.
 
Sports
Babe Ruth leads the American League in homers for the first time, hitting eleven. All major golf championships are cancelled due to World War I. NHL forms with Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Maroons, Toronto Arenas, Ottawa Senators & Quebec Bulldogs. And, in Toronto, 1st NHL game played on artificial ice.  

Thanks to a loan procurred from the Batavia High School library by Jim Owen we have this Batavian.

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1920 Batavian

The World of the Class of 1920

World & National Events
Women are given the right to vote when the 19th Amendment to the United States constitution, also known as the Susan B. Anthony amendment, grants universal women's suffrage. A landslide victory for Warren G. Harding returns the Republican Party to the White House.
The League of Nations holds its first meeting and rafitifies the Treaty of Versailles, ending the hostilities of the first World War. Nine days later the United States Senate votes against joining the League.
The 1920 census indicated a population in the United States over 100 million people.   
 
The Year in Film
Way Down East directed by D.W. Griffith grosses over $5 Million. Douglas Fairbanks stars in The Mark of Zorro, and John Barrymore is both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Top Music "Hits"
Crazy Blues, sung by Mamie Smith, becomes the first vocal blues song commercially recorded. I've Got My Captain Working for Me Now, by Al Jolson.
 
Sports
The American Professional Football League is formed in 1920 with Jim Thorpe as its president with eleven teams. The Boston Red Sox sell Babe Ruth to the NY Yankees for $125,000 and a $350,000 loan. Man o' War wins the Preakness and Belmont Stakes.  

Thanks to Jim Owen procurring a loan from the Holland Land Office we have this Batavian. Note- The whole Batavian was printed in sepia-toned ink. Scanning in color takes about 3 times as long as in black and white but for the pages with photos in them I elected to scan them in color to give a better flavor of the original.

People of note:

 

 

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1922 Batavian

The World of the Class of 1922

World & National Events
Mussolini marches on Rome; forms Fascist government. Irish Free State, a self-governing dominion of British Empire, officially proclaimed. Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey, overthrows last sultan.
The Teapot Dome scandal begins when the U.S. Secretary of the Interior leases the Teapot Oil Reserves in Wyoming. The Lincoln Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.
 
The Year in Film
Robin Hood starring Douglas Fairbanks, Oliver Twist starring Jackie Coogan, & Blood and Sand Starring Rudolph Valentino and Nita Naldi.

Top Music "Hits"
April Showers, sung by Al Jolson, Hot Lips by Paul Whiteman's orchestra, & Susie by Eddie Cantor

Sports
The American Professional Football League renames itself as the National Football League. In golf, both the US Open and PGA Championship are won by Gene Sarazen. NY Giants (NL) defeat the NY Yankees (AL) to win the World Sreies by 4 games to 0 with one tie.  

Thanks to a loan arranged by Jim Owen from Ted Robinson, the Batavia High School yearbook advisor, we have this Batavian.

People of note:
  • Marie C. Gentner, future BHS Latin and German teacher, is a senior here and voted "Most Brilliant" of her class.

 

 

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1923 Batavian

The World of the Class of 1923

World & National Events
Union of Socialist Soviet Republics established. Time Magazine is published for the first time. President Warren G. Harding dies in office after becoming ill following a trip to Alaska, and is succeeded by his Vice President, Calvin Coolidge. Clarence Birdseye invents frozen food with his quick-freezing process. Firestone Company put their inflatable tires into production.
 
The Year in Film
The first sound on film motion picture "Phonofilm" is shown in the Rivoli Theatre in New York City by Lee de Forest, with a series of short musical films featuring vaudeville performers. Top films included The Covered Wagon & The Ten Commandments by Cecil B. DeMille.

Top Music "Hits"
George Gershwin records Rhapsody in Blue. Bessie Smith, known as “the Empress of the Blues,” makes her first record, Down Hearted Blues.
 
Sports
Opening of the original Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Jack Dempsey knocks out Luis Firpo in the second round to retain his World Heavyweight Championship title. Bobby Jones wins the US Open Golf Championship, while Gene Sarazen wins the PGA title for the second year in a row.  

Thanks to a loan from Jim Owen we have this Batavian. The Batavian is in pretty poor condition (e.g., no cover) but many of the group photos are interesting as they show as backdrop the construction material and some of the construction itself of the "new" high school (the one we knew). This is the last class to graduate from the "old", red brick, high school (know the feeling?), situated on what we subsequently knew as the girl's athletic field, just south of "our" building. The yearbook is fondly dedicated to "The Old Red Brick Building", knowing that its days are numbered.

People of note:

 

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The "new" high school. In spite of the "1925" in the legend on the postcard, the class of 1924 (along with Juniors, Sophmores, and Freshman) started classes at 9 AM, Monday, February 25, 1924 in the new building, although the school wasn't completely finished. Underclassmen/women joined their brethren 3 days later. Photo courtesy of Jim Owen.

1924 Batavian
 

The World of the Class of 1924

World & National Events
Lenin dies; Stalin wins power struggle, rules as Soviet dictator. Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb convicted in “thrill killing” of Bobby Franks in Chicago; defended by Clarence Darrow; sentenced to life imprisonment. J. Edgar Hoover is appointed to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The IBM corporation is founded. Robert Frost wins first of four Pulitzers. 
 
The Year in Film
Top films included, He Who Gets Slapped starring Lon Chaney, Norma Shearer and John Gilbert, and The Thief of Bagdad with Douglas Fairbanks

Top Music "Hits"
Show Me The Way (To Go Home) by Ted Lewis & His Jazz Band, and What'll I Do? by Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra.
 
Sports
The first Winter Olympic Games are held in the French Alps in Chamonix, France. The  Summer Olympics take place in Paris with the United States winning the most medals (99) and the most gold medals (45). The Cleveland Bulldogs win the NFL Championship. Walter Hagen wins both the British Open and the PGA Championship in golf while Bobby Jones wins the US Amateur.  

Thanks to Jim Owen procurring a loan from the Holland Land Office we have this Batavian. This one is particularly interesting as the seniors are moving into the new building. There's a short history of the reasons for needing the building plus photos of brand, spankin' new auditorium, cafeteria, gymnasium, and chemistry laboratory (yearbook pages 25 - 29).

People of note:
  • Martha V. Saile, whom some of us knew as a Washington 5th grade teacher, was a senior.
  • Charles V. Morith, whom many of us knew as a proactive ski enthusiast/instructor, was a senior.
  • Miss Forsyth joins the faculty.

1925 Batavian

The World of the Class of 1925

World & National Events
Nellie Tayloe Ross elected governor of Wyoming; first woman governor elected in U.S.  John T. Scopes convicted and fined for teaching evolution in a public school in Tennessee “Monkey Trial”; sentence set aside. John Logie Baird, Scottish inventor, transmits human features by television. Hitler publishes Volume I of Mein Kampf.
 
The Year in Film
Top films included, The Big Parade starring John Gilbert, Ben-Hur with Ramon Novarro, and The Gold Rush featuring Charlie Chaplin.

Top Music "Hits"
The Grand Ole Opry transmits its first radio broadcast. Top tunes included; Charleston by Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra, and If You Knew Susie (Like I Know Susie) recorded by Eddie Cantor.
 
Sports
Five new teams join the NFL: NY Giants, Detroit Panthers, Providence Steam Roller, a new Canton Bulldogs team and the Pottsville Maroons. The Pittsburgh Pirates (NL) defeat the Washington Senators (AL) to win the World Series 3 games to 1.  

 Thanks to a loan from Jim Owen we have this Batavian.

This Batavian lists all BHS alumni going back to 1883, telling what they're doing as of 1925.

People of note:

  • James Gordon Carr (Gordon or "Brick" because of his red hair), Jim Minor's uncle (Jim was named after him), is a senior here. Gordon did almost all of the artwork in this Batavian as well as some in 1924, 1923, and even 1922. He went on to become a successful architect in Manhatten, heading his own 60-person firm. He also continued in art (water color) as a hobby and had a couple of successful one-man shows in NYC's prestigious Whitney Gallery. Family legend has it that he and a buddy, Pete Mulcahy (also BHS '25), got into school after hours and smeared Limburger cheese on many of the radiators. When the heat went on the next morning the stench was so bad they had to call off school. When his father, C. L. Carr, heard about it, Gordon had to spend the next several Saturdays toiling away in the basement of his dad's store. He was barred by the school from attending his Senior Banquet so he went and held his own, very successful, alternate-banquet.
  • Miss Boatfield is a BHS senior.
  • Miss Philibin joins the faculty.
  • Dr. Pierce joins the faculty.

 


1926 Batavian

The World of the Class of 1926

World & National Events
Floyd Bennett flies to the North Pole and back, with Richard Evelyn Byrd as his navigator, in a three-engine monoplane. They were awarded the Medal of Honor for their achievement. Robert H. Goddard demonstrated the viability of the first liquid fueled rockets with his test in Auburn, Massachusetts. The rocket flew one hundred and eighty-four feet over 2.5 seconds. The NBC Radio Network is formed by Westinghouse, General Electric, and RCA, opening with twenty-four stations.
 
The Year in Film
Top films included, Don Juan, starring John Barrymore, 3 Bad Men directed by John Ford, and Aloma of the South Seas, starring Gilda Gray.

Top Music "Hits"
Bye Bye Bye Blackbird by Gene Austin, Gimme A Little Kiss (Will Ya', Hunh?) by Whispering Jack Smith, and I'm Sitting on Top of the World by Al Jolson.
 
Sports
Satchel Paige makes pitching debut in Negro Southern League. Gertrude Ederle of U.S. is first woman to swim English Channel. Gene Tunney defeats Jack Dempsey over 10 rounds in to win the World Heaveyweight Championship.  

 Thanks to a loan from Jim Owen we have this Batavian.


1927 Batavian

The World of the Class of 1927

World & National Events
Charles Lindbergh leaves New York on the first non-stop transatlantic flight in history. He would reach Paris thirty-three and one-half hours later in his aircraft, the Spirit of St. Louis. Work on the gigantic sculpture at Mount Rushmore began. Television begins to emerge when American Philo Taylor Farnsworth invented a complete electronic television system.
 
The Year in Film
The advent of talking pictures emerges when Al Jolson in The Jazz Singer debuts in New York City.The year's top grossing film is Wings starring Clara Bow and Charles "Buddy" Rogers.

Top Music "Hits"
Stardust by Hoagy Carmichael, My Blue Heaven by Paul Whjteman, vocal Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord, Austin Young, Bing Crosby and Al Rinker, and Side by Side by Paul Whiteman, vocal "Rhythm Boys" (Bing Crosby, Al Rinker and Harry Barris).
 
Sports
Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs, setting a major league record!!!!
Gene Tunney successfully defends his Heaveyweight Championship in a return bout with Jack Dempsey. Tunney wins in 10 rounds but the fight is remembered as "The Battle of the Long Count" after Tunney was knocked down for 13 seconds in the 7th round, the count being delayed because Dempsey did not retire to a neutral corner. 

Thanks to a loan from Jim Owen we have this Batavian.

People of note:

 

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1928 Batavian

The World of the Class of 1928

World & National Events
Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin. Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly over the Atlantic Ocean. Herbert Hoover wins election as President over Democratic candidate Alfred E. Smith, the governor of New York. Congress approves the construction of Boulder, later named Hoover Dam. General Electric opens 1st TV-station in Schenectady, NY. My Weekly Reader magazine made its debut. Scotch tape 1st marketed by 3-M Company.  Velveeta Cheese created by Kraft.
 
The Year in Film
The first appearance of Mickey and Minnie Mouse on film occurs with the release of the animated short film, Plane Crazy. Lights of New York is released by Warner Bros. It is the first true talking feature film, in that dialog is spoken throughout. MGM's mascot Leo the Lion roars for the very first time.

Top Music "Hits"
Mississippi Mud by Paul Whiteman's Orchestra, Makin' Whoopee by Eddie Cantor, My Man by Fannie Brice, and Let's Misbehave by Helen Kane.
 
Sports
NY Yankees defeat the St Louis Cardinals to win the World Series 4 games to 0. Gene Tunney's final fight is a 12th round technical knockout of Tom Heeney. The Heavyweight Title becomes vacant. At the Summer Olympics in Amsterdam, the United States wins the most medals (56) and the most gold medals (22).                              

 Thanks to a loan from Jim Owen we have this Batavian.

People of note:
 
Bob Norris' father, Duane Norris, is a BHS senior this year.
 
The following teachers all joined the faculty:

 


1929 Batavian

The World of the Class of 1929

World & National Events
Future Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King is born in Atlanta, Georgia. In Chicago, gangsters working for Al Capone kill seven rivals in the "St. Valentine's Day Massacre." Trotsky is expelled from the USSR. Edwin Hubble proposes theory of expanding universe.
 
The Year in Film
The first Academy Awards, or Oscars, are distributed.
Best Picture - The Broadway Melody - MGM
Best Actor - Warner Baxter in In Old Arizona
Best Actress - Mary Pickford in Coquette

Top Music "Hits"
Coquette by The Rudy Valee Orchestra, Am I Blue? by Ethel Waters, and, for some reason, Happy Days Are Here Again by Johnny Marvin.
 
Sports
In tennis, Helen Willis Moody of the USA wins the Wimbledon, French, and American Women's Singles Championships. In golf, Walter Hagen wins the British Open, while Bobby Jones wins the US Open. The NFL title is captured by the Green Bay Packers.                         

Thanks to a loan from Jim Owen we have this Batavian:

People of note:

  • Christine Carr and David Minor, Jim Minor's parents were seniors this year.
  • Margaret A. Gentner, German teacher Marie Gentner's sister, later to become Mrs. Margaret McDermott and Home Economics teacher, was a senior this year.

The following teachers join the faculty:

 


1930 Batavian

The World of the Class of 1930

World & National Events
Postwar prosperity ends in the 1929 Stock Market crash!!! The plummeting stock prices led to the loss of an estimated $50 billion and started the worst American depression in the nation's history.
First full year of the Great Depression. "Planet" Pluto discovered by astronomers. In German national elections Adolf Hitler's National Socialist (Nazi) Party wins ninety-five seats in the Reichstag. First frozen foods of Clarence Birdseye were sold in Ringfield, Massachusetts.
 
Academy Awards
Best Picture - All Quiet on the Western Front
Best Actor - George Arliss in Disraeli
Best Actress - Norma Shearer in The Divorcee
 
Music
Bing Crosby make his first recording as a solo vocalist.
"Pop" Tunes - Beyond the Blue Horizon by Jeanette MacDonald, Little White Lies by Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians.
 
Sports
Green Bay Packers win the National Football League title. Philadelphia Athletics defeat St. Louis Cardinals to win the World Series. Max Schmeling defeats Jack Sharkey by decision to take the vacant World Heavyweight Championship title.

 
 
Thanks to a loan from Jim Owen we have this Batavian.

People of note:

  • Sherman Babcock, Tom Babcock's dad and future member of the Board of Education.
  • Zita Muller, future teacher and principal at Pringle, Washington, and John Kennedy.
The following teachers joined the faculty this year:

 


  

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1931 Batavian

The World of the Class of 1931

World & National Events
The Star-Spangled Banner is approved as the national anthem. The state of Nevada legalizes gambling. Spain becomes republic with overthrow of King Alfonso XIII. 
 
Academy Awards
Best Picture - Cimarron
Best Actor - Lionel Barrymore in A Free Soul
Best Actress - Marie Dressler in Min and Bill
 
Music
"Pop" Tunes - Minnie the Moocher by Cab Calloway and his Cotton Club Orchestra, Goodnight Sweethart by Guy Lombardo, Just a Gigolo by Ted Lewis
 
Sports
Green Bay Packers win the NFL title with a 13–2 record. St. Louis Cardinals defeat Philadelphia Athletics to win the World Series. Billy Burke wins the US Open.

 
 
Thanks to a loan from Jim Owen we have this Batavian:
 
 People of note:

 

 

Also, here's an April 1931 Picayune ("PIC"). Copy provided by Kathy Owen (BHS '63). There's an article referring to the above Batavian on page 10.

 

1932 Batavian

The World of the Class of 1932

World & National Events
Amelia Earhart is first woman to fly Atlantic solo. Charles A. Lindbergh's baby son kidnapped and murdered. Congress sets up Reconstruction Finance Corporation to stimulate economy.
 
Academy Awards
Best Picture - Grand Hotel
Best Actor - Wallace Beery in The Champ and, (in a tie)
                  Fredric March in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Best Actress - Helen Hayes in The Sin of Madelon Claudet
 
Music
"Pop" Tunes -Night and Day by Fred Astaire and Leo Reisman, It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) by Duke Ellington, All of Me by Louis Armstrong.
 
Sports
New York Yankees defeat the Chicago Cubs to win the World Series by 4 games to 0. In Game 3, Babe Ruth hits his famous "called shot" home run. The Chicago Bears defeat Portsmouth Spartans 9–0 in the 1932 NFL Playoff Game. This is the first NFL championship game.

 
 
Thanks to a loan from Jim Owen we have this Batavian.
 
People of note:
 

1933 Batavian

The World of the Class of 1933

World & National Events
Hitler appointed German chancellor, Nazi terror begins. Germany and Japan withdraw from League of Nations. Giuseppe Zangara executed for attempted assassination of president-elect Roosevelt in which Chicago mayor Cermak is fatally shot. Roosevelt inaugurated (“the only thing we have to fear is fear itself”). Prohibition repealed!!!!
 
Academy Awards
Best Picture - Cavalcade
Best Actor - Charles Laughton in The Private Life of Henry VIII   
Best Actress - Katharine Hepburn in Morning Glory

Music
"Pop" Tunes -Sophisticated Lady by Duke Ellington, Stormy Weather by Ethel Waters, You're Getting to be a Habit With Me by Bing Crosby.
 
Sports
Chicago Bears defeat the New York Giants 23–21 at Wrigley Field in the NFL Championship Game. New York Giants (NL) win the World Series over the Washington Senators (AL) by 4 games to 1. New York Rangers defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 in a best of five series to win the Stanley Cup.

 
 
We thank Tony (BHS '60) and Marcia Bentley (BHS '63) Tenebruso for the loan of this Batavian for inclusion here.
 
People of note -
The following teachers joined the faculty this year:
  • Eleanor Haitz (Business)
  • Francis Brainard (Business)
  • Miss Pauline Smith (Business)

 


1934 Batavian

The World of the Class of 1934

World & National Events
Hitler becomes führer. USSR admitted to League of Nations. Dionne quintuplets, first  to survive beyond infancy, born in Canada.  Mao Zedong begins the  Long March north with 100,000 soldiers.
 
Academy Awards
Best Picture - It Happened One Night
Best Actor - Clark Gable in It Happened One Night   
Best Actress - Claudette Colbert in It Happened One Night

Music
"Pop" Tunes -Winter Wonderland by Guy Lombardo, Moon Glow by Benny Goodman.
 
Sports
The Master's golf tournament is held for the first time at Augusta National Golf Club, founded by the legendary amateur golfer Bobby Jones. The winner was Horton Smith. New York Giants over the Chicago Bears in the NFL championship, 30–13. In the second Baseball All-Star Game, left–handed pitcher Carl Hubbell sets a record by striking out Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmy Foxx, Al Simmons, and Joe Cronin consecutivley.

 

Thanks to a loan from Jim Owen we have this Batavian.

People of note:

 

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1935 Batavian
 

The World of the Class of 1935

World & National Events
Roosevelt opens second phase of New Deal in U.S., calling for social security, better housing, equitable taxation, and farm assistance. Huey Long assassinated in Louisiana.  Nazis repudiate Versailles Treaty, introduce compulsory military service. Mussolini invades Ethiopia.
 
Academy Awards
Best Picture - Mutiny on the Bounty
Best Actor - Victor McLaglen in The Informer   
Best Actress - Bette Davis in Dangerous

Music
"Pop" Tunes -Cheek to Cheek by Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers, On the Good Ship Lollipop by Shirley Temple, Silent Night, Holy Night by Bing Crosby.
 
Sports
Detroit Lions defeat NY Giants 26-7 for the NFL championship. First Heisman Trophy  presented to Jay Berwanger  of the University of Chicago. Babe Ruth announces he is going to retire from baseball. James J. Braddock defeated Max Baer to win the heavyweight championship of the world.
 

 

Once again, we thank Tony (BHS '60) and Marcia Bentley (BHS '63) Tenebruso for the loan of this Batavian for inclusion here.
 

 

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1936 Batavian

The World of the Class of 1936

World & National Events
Germans occupy Rhineland. Italy annexes Ethiopia. Rome-Berlin Axis proclaimed. King George V of England dies; succeeded by son, Edward VIII, who soon abdicates to marry an American-born divorcée.  Franklin D. Roosevelt overwhelms his Republican challenger, Alfred Landon, for a second presidential term.
 
Academy Awards
Best Picture - The Great Siegfeld
Best Actor - Paul Muni in The Story of Louis Pasteur  
Best Actress - Luise Rainer in The Great Siegfeld  /div>

Music
"Pop" Tunes -Pennies from Heaven by Bing Crosby, The Way You Look Tonight by Fred Astaire, Summertime by Billie Holiday.
 
Sports
The Summer Olympics Games open in Berlin, Germany under the watchful eye of German leader Adolph Hitler. The star of the games was Jesse Owens, who won four gold medals. In one of boxing's all–time biggest upsets, Max Schmeling knocked out Joe Louis at 2:29 of round 12. Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson are selected to be the first inductees into The Baseball Hall of Fame.
 

Thanks to a loan from Arthur Hunt (BHS '65) through his brother, Bill Hunt (BHS '55), we have this Batavian.

People of note:
  • Willis Shaw, father of classmate Woody Shaw, is a Senior here.
  • Huletta Darch (Lambein), future Kindergarten teacher at several Batavia schools is a Senior here.
  • Mrs. Mable Kraemer (Art) joins the faculty this year.
 

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1937 Batavian

 

The World of the Class of 1937

World & National Events
U.S. gunboat Panay sunk by Japanese in Yangtze River. Japan invades China. Amelia Earhart lost somewhere in Pacific on round-the-world flight. William Henry Hastie is the first African-American appointed to become a federal judge. At Lakehurst, NJ, the German airship Hindenburg bursts into flames while mooring, causing the death of thirty-six people.
 
Academy Awards
Best Picture - The Life of Emile Zola
Best Actor - Spencer Tracy in Captains Courageous  
Best Actress - Luise Rainer in The Good Earth                               

Music
"Pop" Tunes - One O'Clock Jump by Count Basie, Sing, Sing, Sing by Benny Goodman.
 
Sports
The Cleveland Rams join the National Football League. Washington Redskins win the NFL title in their first year in Washington after moving from Boston. They defeat the Chicago Bears 28–21. New York Yankees defeat the New York Giants, again, to win the World Series, 4 games to 1. War Admiral wins the Kentucky Derby, and Byron Nelson wins The Masters

 

We are indebted to Kathy Owen (BHS '63) for lending us this fine copy.

People of note:

  • An editor of this Batavian was senior Catherine McClellan (future BHS teacher and counselor)
  • Virginia Holmgren (future East school elementary teacher) was a senior.

 

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1938 Batavian

 

The World of the Class of 1938

World & National Events
Hitler marches into Austria; political and geographical union of Germany and Austria proclaimed. Britain, France, and Italy agree to let Germany partition Czechoslovakia. The Fair Labor Standards Act established a minimum wage of $0.25, as well as time and one half for overtime and the prohibition of most employment for minors. Orson Wells broadcasts his War of the Worlds radio drama, causing a nationwide scare.
 
Academy Awards
Best Picture - You Can't Take It With You
Best Actor - Spencer Tracy in Boys Town  
Best Actress - Bette Davis in Jezebel &nbp;

Music
"Pop" Tunes -Begin the Beguine by Artie Shaw, Thanks for the Memory by Bob Hpoe & Shirley Ross, Whistle While You Work by "The Seven Dwarfs".
 
Sports
Pitcher Johnny Vander Meer throws back–to–back no-hitters in consecutive starts, something not accomplished before or since. In what is billed as horse racing's "Match of the Century", Seabiscuit defeats the Triple Crown champion, War Admiral. The New York Giants defeat the Green Bay Packers for the NFL title.

 

Thanks to a loan arranged by Jim Owen from Ted Robinson, the Batavia High School yearbook advisor, we have this Batavian.

People of note:

  • Hoyt Irwin was a music teacher at BHS in 1937 and 1938. Presented here is his 1938 magnus opus: Ever Batavia.
  • Mr. Day (History) joined the faculty.
  • Mr. Meier (Citizenship) joined the faculty.
  • Mrs Meier (Math) joined the faculty (see the comments section of Mr. Meier's obituary for more details on Mrs. Meier).

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1939 Batavian

 

The World of the Class of 1939

World & National Events
Hitler proclaims to German parliament to exterminate all European Jews. Germany invades Poland; occupies Bohemia and Moravia and World War II begins. In U.S., Rooosevelt proclaims U.S. neutrality, and declares limited emergency, while Canada declares war on Germany. Einstein writes FDR about feasibility of atomic bomb. New York World's Fair opens. DAR refuses to allow Marian Anderson to perform. Gone with the Wind premieres.
 
Academy Awards
Best Picture - Gone with the Wind
Best Actor - Robert Donat in Goodbye, Mr. Chips  
Best Actress - Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind                             

Music
"Pop" Tunes -Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland, Moonlight Serenade by Glen Miller, God Bless America by Kate Smith.
 
Sports
Lou Gehrig's streak of 2130 consecutive games played comes to an end. The record will stand for 56 years. The Baseball Hall of Fame is dedicated in Cooperstown, NY. Little League Baseball is formed in Williamsport, PA, as a three–team league.Alice Marble wins Wimbledon Ladies' Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles, US Open Women's Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles, as well as Associated Press Athlete of the Year

 

 
We are indebted to Kathy Owen (BHS '63) for lending us her recent flea-market find of this Batavian and the next. This one is of interest as it has faculty pictures of very young, Mrs. Boatfield, Miss Brumstead, Mr. Burns, Nurse Mrs. Churchill, Mr. Day, Miss Forsyth, Miss Gehring, Miss Getner, Miss Haitz, Mr. Hanley, Miss Homelius, Mr. Huff, Miss Keller, Mrs. Lennon, Mr. Owen, Mr. Randall, Mrs. Stella and probably others whose name I just didn't pick up on. Intra-Mural sports were introduced to BHS this year. I noticed the football teams scores left considerable room for improvement!
 
This yearbook was particularly interesting to me (Jim Minor) on a couple of counts... I was told by my parents that my two grandfathers (Minor/Carr) were both on the Board of Education at one time. Here I see, for the first time, on the first page, a picture of the two of them on the board. It is the only picture that I'm aware of of the two of them together. Also, one of my aunts, Helen Minor, is a senior here. She died a couple of years ago in Michigan where she lived, shortly after visiting me and attending her 65th reunion. Two of her BHS '39 classmates attented her interment at Grand View Cemetery.
 
People of note:
  • Miss Homelius (English) joined the faculty this year.
  • Mr. Roberts (English) joined the faculty this year.
  • Mrs. Keller (Business) joined the faculty this year.
  • Mrs. Lennon (English) joined the faculty this year.
 
 
 

1940 Batavia
 

The World of the Class of 1940

World & National Events
Hitler invades Norway, Denmark (April 9), the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg (May 10), and France (May 12). Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania annexed by USSR. Churchill becomes Britain's prime minister. Himmler orders building of Auschwitz concentration camp, at Katowice, Poland. France falls to Nazi Germany; armistice signed, France disarms. Winston Churchill urges perseverance so that future generations would remember that "this was their finest hour."
 
The Year in Film
Bugs Bunny makes his official debut in the animated cartoon A Wild Hare.
Best Picture - Rebecca - Selznick International Pictures
Best Actor - James Stewart in The Philadelphia Story
Best Actress - Ginger Rogers in Kitty Foyle

Top Music "Hits"
In the Mood by Glenn Miller, Only Forever by Bing Crosby, and I'll Never Smile Again by Tommy Dorsey.
 
Sports
Chicago Bears defeat the Washington Redskins 73-0 to win the NFL Championship. The Summer and Winter Olympics in Japan, and the British Open are all cancelled due to WWII. Byron Nelson wins the PGA Championship, and Jimmy Demaret wins the Masters.                     
 
Thanks to Jim Owen procurring a loan from the Holland Land Office we have this Batavian. This Batavian, like the ones to follow appears to be a "budget" version even though WWII wouldn't start for another year and a half. There are only 40 pages but they are oversized, tabloid pages that really didn't fit on my (Jim Minor's) scanner but I tried to make sure all information was captured even if it did crowd the edges.
 

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1941 Batavian

The World of the Class of 1941

World & National Events
Battle of Britain began as Germany launches air attacks. Buckingham Palace destroyed by German bombs. Roosevelt reelected President and becomes the first man to hold the office for three terms. The U.S. Congress approves the first peacetime conscription draft. German battleship Bismarck sunk by British naval force.
 
The Year in Film
Best Picture - How Green Was My Valley - 20th Century-Fox
Best Actor - Gary Cooper in Sergeant York
Best Actress - Joan Fontaine in Suspicion

Top Music "Hits"
Chattanooga Choo Choo & A String of Pearls both by Glenn Miller, Green Eyes by Jimmy Dorsey, and God Bless the Child by Billie Holiday.
 
Sports
Ted Williams records a season batting average of .406; it is the last time any major leaguer will hit over .400. Joe DiMaggio has a 56–game hitting streak (May 15 – July 16), and is named Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year. Whirlaway wins racing's Triple Crown.  

 

Thanks to a loan arranged by Jim Owen from Ted Robinson, the Batavia High School yearbook advisor, we have this Batavian.

 

Person of note:
 

 

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1942 Batavian

The World of the Class of 1942 (and the Newborn of the Class of '61)

World & National Events
December 7, 1941 - The attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, commences at 7:55 a.m. when Japanese fighter planes launch a surprise attack on United States soil, destroying the U.S. Pacific Fleet docked at the base.  This attack, which took the greatest amount of U.S. naval life in history with 1,177 sailor and marines perishing in the attack, as well as the loss or damage to twenty-one naval ships, led to the entry of American troops into World War II. One day later, the United States of America declares war on Japan, officially entering World War II. On December 11, 1941, the United States declares war on Germany and Italy, responding to their declaration of war against America.
The Battle of the Midway Islands is fought in the Pacific with the Japanese fleet encountering its first major defeat of the war. Nazi officials hold notorious Wannsee conference in Berlin deciding on "final solution" calling for extermination of Europe's Jews.  Roosevelt signs executive order 9066 confining 110,000 Japanese Americans into relocation camps.
 
The Year in Film
Best Picture - Mrs. Miniver - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Best Actor - James Cagney in Yankee Doodle Dandy
Best Actress - Greer Garson in Mrs. Miniver

Top Music "Hits"
White Christmas by Bing Crosby, Moonlight Cocktail and (I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo both by Glenn Miller, and Tangerine by Jimmy Dorsey.
 
Sports
Joe Louis KOs Buddy Baer in the 1st round for the heavyweight title and KOs Abe Simon in 6 to retain it. Cleveland pitcher Bob Feller enlists in the Navy, and Red Sox star Ted Williams enlists as a Navy aviator.                  

Thanks to a loan arranged by Jim Owen from the Batavia High School library, we have this Batavian.

Person of note:

 

 

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1943 Batavian

The World of the Class of 1943 (and the Newborn of the Class of '61)

World & National Events
The Marines land on Guadalcanal. Hitler declares "Total War". Axis forces in North Africa surrender.  FDR, Churchill & Stalin agree to Operation Overlord (D-Day). The first nuclear chain reaction is produced in the Manhattan Project, under the direction of physicists Arthur Compton and Enrico Fermi. Race riots in Detroit and Harlem cause forty deaths and seven hundred injuries. Meat, butter & cheese rationed in US. Income tax withholding introduced.
 
The Year in Film
American studio executives agree to allow the Office of War Information to censor movies.
Best Picture - Casablanca - Warner Bros.
Best Actor - Paul Lukas in Watch on the Rhine
Best Actress - Jennifer Jones in The Song of Bernadette

Top Music "Hits"
Paper Doll by The Mills Brothers, I've Heard That Song Before and by Harry James, Sunday, Monday or Always by Bing Crosby, and Pistol Packin Mama by Al Dexter.
 
Sports
NY Yankees win the World Series. Joe DiMaggio, enlists into the US army. Count Fleet wins the Wood Memorial and the Triple Crown in Horse Racing. All Major golf tournaments were cancelled due to World War II.        

Thanks to a loan arranged by Jim Owen from the Batavia High School library, we have this Batavian.

Person of note:

 

 

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1944 Batavian
 

The World of the Class of 1944 (and the Newborn of the Class of '61)

World & National Events
The Normandy Invasion, D-Day, occurs when one hundred and fifty-five thousand Allied troops, including American forces, and those of eleven other Allied nations, stormed the beaches of France. This began the invasion of Europe that would lead to the liberation of Paris. Operation Overlord gained footing quickly, pushing through the Atlantic Wall in the largest amphibious military operation in history. Nazis begin mass extermination of Jews at Auschwitz. US begins attacks on Japanese fleet in Philippines Sea.
 
The Year in Film
Best Picture - Going My Way - Paramount
Best Actor - Bing Crosby in Going My Way
Best Actress - Ingrid Bergman in Gaslight

Top Music "Hits"
Swinging on a Star, I Love You, and I'll Be Seeing You, all by Bing Crosby, Don't Fence Me In by Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters, and Im Making Believe with Ella Fitzgerald and The Inkspots.
 
Sports
Both the Summer and Winter Olympics are cancelled. Becoming the youngest baseball player, 15 year old pitcher Joe Nuxhall is signed by the Cincinnati Reds.      
 
The second (see above) recent flea-market find from Kathy Owen (BHS '63). This is the WAR EDITION and was trimmed down to conserve paper and also because production personel and equipment were limited. More pictures of faculty we knew, 12 years before we entered 7th grade. For the curious, this also lists what colleges/universities the faculty went to and what degrees they obtained.
 
Articles include a discussion of the move from the "old" Junior-Senior high school to the "new" one (the one we knew) twenty years earlier in 1924 and the travails Mr. Owen had in dealing with the Choristers of 1944. The football team did a little better but we still lost to LeRoy. The apparently short-lived Junior High song, Hail To Thee, J. O. was introduced in this edition.
 
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People of note:

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1945 Batavian

The World of the Class of 1945

World & National Events
FDR wins 4th term in office, defeating Thomas E. Dewey.Thirty thousand US Marines land on Iwo Jima. American troops cross the Rhine River into Germany. Two weeks later, twelve hundred and fifty U.S. bombers attack Berlin, causing Adolf Hitler to order the destruction of his own industries and military installations one day later. In the Pacific, the US military also retook the island of Guam from the Japanese. On April 12th Roosevelt succumbs to a brain hemorrhage; Vice President Truman assumes the presidency and role as commander in chief. On May 7th, Germany surrenders!!
 
The Year in Film
Best Picture - The Lost Weekend - Paramount
Best Actor - Ray Milland in The Lost Weekend
Best Actress - Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce

Top Music "Hits"
Bandleader Glenn Miller is lost when his plane disappears over the English Channel.
Sentimental Journey by Les Brown & Doris Day, Rum and Coca-Cola by The Andrews Sisters, and Till the End of Time by Perry Como.
 
Sports
The only Major in golf was the PGA Championship won by Byron Nelson, who was also the leading money winner at $63,336 for the year.    

 

Thanks to a loan from Jim Owen we have this Batavian.

 


People of note:

 

 
 

1946 Batavian

 

The World of the Class of 1946

World & National Events
The first atomic bomb, the Trinity Test, is exploded at Alamogordo, NM. Three weeks later,Truman gives the go-ahead for the use of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Three days after that, a second bomb is dropped on Nagasaki and, in less than a week, Emperor Hirohito of Japan surrenders!!  The first meeting of the United Nations general assembly takes place in London. It consisted of fifty-one nations, including the Security Council members China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.A. The League of Nations is disbanded. The island nation of the Philippines is given its independence by the US. Verdict in Nuremberg war trial: 12 Nazi leaders sentenced to hang; 7 imprisoned; 3 acquitted.
 
The Year in Film
Best Picture - The Best years of Our Lives - Samuel Goldwyn Productions
Best Actor - Fredric March in The Best years of Our Lives
Best Actress - Olivia de Havilland inTo Each His Own

Top Music "Hits"
Prisoner of Love by Perry Como, Five Minutes More by Frank Sinatra, Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow by Vaughn Monroe, and (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons by Nat King Cole.
 
Sports
Assault wins the Triple Crown of thoroughbred racing. Ted Williams is offered $500,000 to play in Mexican League, he refuses. Jackie Robinson debuts as 2nd baseman for the Montreal Royals. Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn in TV's first TV boxing "spectacular."
 

 

Thanks to a loan from Jim Owen we have this Batavian.

Persons of note:

 

 

 


1947 Batavian

The World of the Class of 1947

World & National Events
Benjamin Spock's childcare classic published; too late to benefit future members of the class of 1961. "Truman Doctrine" goes into effect, aiding Turkey & Greece in their battle against Communist terrorism. The UN Security Council unanimously approves the trusteeship of Pacific Islands formerly controlled by Japan to the United States. U.S. Air Force pilot Chuck Yeager becomes first person to break the sound barrier.
 
The Year in Film
Best Picture - Gentleman's Agreement - 20th Century-Fox
Best Actor - Ronald Coleman in A Double Life
Best Actress - Loretta Young in The Farmer's Daughter

Top Music "Hits"
Near You by Francis Craig, Zip-a-Dee-Do-Dah by James Baskett, Ballerina by Vaughn Monroe, and Heartaches by Ted Weems.
 
Sports
Jackie Robinson breaks Major League Baseball's barrier against colored players when he debuts at first base for Branch Rickey's Brooklyn Dodgers. 1st bikini bathing suit displayed (in Paris of course). US Mens Figure Skating championship won by Richard (Dick) Button.
 

Thanks to a loan from Jim Owen we have this Batavian.

Person of note:
  • Mrs. McDermott (Home Economics) joins the faculty.

 


1948 Batavian

The World of the Class of 1948

World & National Events
The Soviet Union begins its land blockade of Berlin. A counter blockade by the west was put into effect, as well as the massive "Berlin Airlift," in which British and U.S. aircraft carried  supplies and food to those cut off by the Russians. The Organization of American States was founded by twenty-one nations to provide a mutual security pact after World War II. WBEN (now WIVB) TV channel 4 in Buffalo, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting.
 
The Year in Film
Best Picture - Hamlet - J. Arthur Rank-Two Cities Films
Best Actor - Laurence Olivier in Hamlet
Best Actress - Jane Wyman in Johnny Belinda

Top Music "Hits"
Twelfth Street Rag by Pee Wee Hunt, I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover by Art Mooney, Nature Boy by Nat King Cole, and Buttons and Bows by Dinah Shore.
 
Sports
Joe Louis knocked out Jersey Joe Walcott in the 11th round to retain his heavyweight title for the 25th time. Shortly after the bout, Louis announced his retirement from boxing. Citation wins horse racing's Triple Crown. Ben Hogan wins both the PGA Championship and the US Open.
 

Thanks to a loan from Jim Owen we have this Batavian.

 

 
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1949 Batavian

The World of the Class of 1949

World & National Events
Executive Order 9981, ending segregation in the US military, is signed by President Truman. Truman also rallies from behind to capture his first presidential election from the supposed winner Thomas E. Dewey. NATO is formed by the United States, Canada, and ten Western European nations. The treaty states that any attack against one nation would be considered an attack against them all. The US withdraws its troops from Korea.
Alfred Kinsey publishes Sexual Behavior in the American Male.
 
The Year in Film
Best Picture - All the King's Men - Robert Rossen Productions
Best Actor - Broderick Crawford in All the King's Men
Best Actress - Olivia de Havilland in The Heiress

Top Music "Hits"
Ghost Riders in the Sky by Vaughn Monroe, Mule Train and That Lucky Old Sun both by Frankie Laine, I Can Dream, Can't I by The Andrews Sisters, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Gene Autry.
 
Sports
The Cleveland Browns defeat the "original" Buffalo Bills in the All-America Football Conference championship game. Sam Snead wins both The Masters and PGA Championship. Babe Ruth dies at age 53 due to complications of cancer first diagnosed in 1946.
 

 

Thanks to a loan from Jim Owen we have this Batavian.

 
Persons of note:

 

 
One Senior gained national notoriety. From the July 4, 1949 issue of LIFE Magazine (page 22). Thanks to Jim Owen for pointing this out. Jim tells us that Dick has retired from teaching in the Buffalo school system. Can't you just hear Dick's teachers saying, "I hope you have students just like you when you grow up!"
 
 

1950 Batavian 

The World of the Class of 1950

World & National Events
The Brinks robbery in Boston occurs when eleven masked bandits steal $2.8 million from the armored car company's office.
Truman orders development of hydrogen bomb. The Korean War begins when troops of North Korea, backed with Soviet weaponry, invade South Korea. This leads to U.S. involvement when two days later, the United States Air Force and Navy are ordered by President Truman to the peninsula. Thirty-five military advisors are sent to South Vietnam to give military and economic aid to the anti-Communist government. 
 
Entertainment
Film: Best Picture - All About Eve - 20th Century-Fox
Best Actor - José Ferrer in Cyrano de Bergerac
Best Actress - Judy Holiday in Born Yesterday
 
TV: Debuts included: The Lone Ranger; Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows; What's My Line; and Beat the Clock.
 
Music: Mona Lisa by Nat King Cole, Tennessee Waltz  by Patti Page, The Thing by Phil Harris, and Music! Music! Music! by Teresa Brewer.
 
Sports
Joe DiMaggio gets his 2,000th hit. Indians pitcher Bob Feller, after 15-14 season, takes $20,000 salary cut to $45,000, pay cut is Feller's own suggestion. PGA Tour money leader is Sam Snead with a total of $35,759. US beats England 1-0 in a World Cup soccer game in what would later be called "The Miracle on Grass". (Next win will come in 1994.)
 

Thanks to a loan from Jim Owen we have this Batavian.

 

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1951 Batavian

The World of the Class of 1951

World & National Events
UN troops in Korean War recapture South Korean capital of Seoul, then Pyongyang, the North Korean capital. Chinese Communists enter the war and force a UN retreat toward 38th parallel. After making statements challenging both the Chinese and his own superiors, and writing a published letter critical of President Truman's limited-war strategy, Gen. Douglas MacArthur is relieved of his command. MacArthur later addresses a joint session of Congress where he delivers his famous "Old Soldiers Never Die" speech. Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are found guilty of spying for the Soviet KGB and sentenced to death. The first commercial computer, UNIVAC 1, enters service at the US Census Bureau.
 
Entertainment
Film: Best Picture - An American in Paris - Arthur Freed Productions
Best Actor - Humphrey Bogart in The African Queen
Best Actress - Vivien Leigh in A Streetcar Named Desire

TV: Debuts include: The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show; The Jack Benny Show; The Cisco Kid; and Dragnet.
 
Music: Cry by Jonnie Ray, Unforgettable and Too Young, both by Nat King Cole, and How High the Moon by Les Paul and Mary Ford.
 
Sports
Sugar Ray Robinson KOs José Basora to win middleweight boxing title. Ben Hogan wins both The Masters and the US Open. Florence Chadwick swims English Channel (13:23). Althea Gibson becomes 1st black competetor in national tennis competition. Dick Button wins US skating title for 6th time.
             

Thanks to a loan from Jim Owen we have this Batavian.

Persons of note:
  • Mr. Crook (Instru. Music) joined the faculty.
  • Mr. Jim Hanley (Industrial Arts) joined the faculty.
  • Mr. Martin (Math) joined the faculty.

 


1952 Batavian
 

The World of the Class of 1952

World & National Events
Armistice talks to end Korean conflict began at Kaesong, Korea. King George VI dies and his daughter Elizabeth II is proclaimed Queen of the UK. The first long distance telephone call is made without operator assistance. Alan Freed presents "Moondog Coronation Ball" at the old Cleveland Arena, 25,000 attend 1st rock & roll concert ever!!!!!!
 
Entertainment
Film: Best Picture - The Greatest Show on Earth - Cecil B. DeMille Producer
Best Actor - Gary Cooper in High Noon
Best Actress - Shirley Booth in Come Back, Little Sheba
 
TV: Debuts included: I Love Lucy; The Today Show; The Hallmark Hall of Fame; and the long running "Soaps" Search for Tomorrow, Love of Life, and The Guiding Light.
 
Music: Wheel of Fortune by Kay Starr, Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart, Vera Lynn, You Belong to Me by Jo Stafford and I Went to Your Wedding by Patti Page.
 
Sports
In one of the most famous finishes in baseball history, Bobby Thomson of the NY Giants hits a three-run walk-off home run, immortalized as the "Shot Heard 'Round the World", to give the Giants a 5–4 win over the Brooklyn Dodgers for the NL title. The Giants then go on lose the World Series to the NY Yankees 4 games to 2. Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement. Joey Maxim defeats Sugar Ray Robinson by knockout to retain his world light heavyweight title. This is the only knockout Robinson would ever suffer.
 
 
 
Thanks to a loan from Bill Hunt (BHS '55) we have this Batavian.
 
 
Persons of note:
  • Mr. Sanborn (Principal) joined the faculty.
  • Miss Mieras (English) joined the faculty.
  • Miss Hughes (Vocal Music) joined the faculty.
  • Mr. Osborn becomes (Superintendent)
 

 

 

Bill's Batavian had this interesting bookmark, a 1952 polio flyer:


1953 Batavian

The World of the Class of 1953

World & National Events
President Harry S. Truman announces the development of the H-Bomb after the first, named "Mike" is exploded at Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific. General Dwight D. Eisenhower gains an easy Presidential victory over Democratic challenger Adlai E. Stevenson. The description of a double helix DNA molecule is published by British physicist Francis Crick and American scientist James D. Watson.
 
Entertainment
Film: Best Picture - From Here to Eternity - Buddy Adler, Producer
Best Actor - William Holden in Stalag 17
Best Actress - Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday
 
TV: Debuts included: The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet; My Little Margie; Victory at Sea; The Adventures of Superman; This Is Your Life; and, as a local show, American Bandstand.
 
Music: The Song From Moulin Rouge by Percy Faith, Vaya con Dios, Les Paul and Mary Ford, The Doggie in the Window by Patti Page and Rags to Riches by Tony Bennett.
 
Sports
In golf, Ben Hogan wins The Masters, US Open, and British Open championships. Maureen   "Little Mo" Connolly becomes the first woman to capture the "Grand Slam" in tennis by winning Wimbledon, and the French, Australian, and US Open titles. Rocky Marciano knocks out Jersey Joe Walcott in the 13th round to win the World Heavyweight Championship.
 

Once again, we thank Tony (BHS '60) and Marcia Bentley (BHS '63) Tenebruso for the loan of this Batavian for inclusion here.

Person of note:
  • Miss Prendergast (Science) joined the faculty.
  • Mrs. Schramm (Home Economics) joined the faculty.
  • Mr. Dilmore (Instrumental Music) joined the faculty.

 

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1954 Batavian
 

The World of the Class of 1954

World & National Events
Fighting ceases in the Korean War when North and South Korea, the United States, and the Republic of China sign an armistice agreement. The first large scale vaccination of children against polio begins. Joseph McCarthy begins televised Senate hearings into alleged Communist influence in the United States Army. Racial segregation in public schools is declared unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court in Brown vs. the Board of Education. Five U.S. congressmen are shot on the floor of House as Puerto Rican nationalists fire from spectators' gallery; all five recover.
 
Entertainment
Film: Best Picture - On the Waterfront - Sam Spiegel, Producer
Best Actor - Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront
Best Actress - Grace Kelly in The Country Girl
 
TV: The first color TV's go on sale. Singer Julius LaRosa is fired on TV by Arthur Godfrey. Debuts included: Face the Nation; Disneyland; Lassie; The Tonight Show; The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin; and The Secret Storm.
 
Music: Little Things Mean a Lot by Kitty Kallen, Wanted, by Perry Como, Oh! My Pa-Pa by Eddie Fisher and Sh-Boom by The Crew-Cuts.
 
Sports
NY Yankees beat Dodgers (again), 4 games to 2, winning a record 5th consecutive World Series. A young golfer named Arnold Palmer wins the US Amateur. Former Yankee great Joe DiMaggio marries actress Marilyn Monroe.
 

 Thanks to a loan from Bill Hunt (BHS '55) we have this Batavian.

Persons of note:
  • Mrs. Mark (Special Educ.) joined the faculty.
  • Mr. Pawluckie (English) joined the faculty.
  • Miss Ryan (Math) joined the faculty.

 

 
 

1955 Batavian
(Those of us in the class of '61 were in 6th Grade at the time)
 

The World of the Class of 1955

World & National Events
Dr. Jonas Salk starts inoculating children against polio. Congress orders that all US coins bear the motto "In God We Trust." West Germany becomes a sovereign state. The US government agrees to train South Vietnamese troops. The US Supreme Court orders that all public school be integrated with "deliberate speed."  Warsaw Pact is signed by the Soviet Union, Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland & Romania. Columbia U scientists develop an atomic clock accurate to within one second in 300 years.
 
Entertainment
Film: Best Picture - Marty - Harold Hecht, Producer
Best Actor - Ernest Borgnine in Marty
Best Actress - Anna Magnani in The Rose Tattoo
 
TV: Debuts included: The Lawrence Welk Show; Gunsmoke; Cheyenne; The Honeymooners; Alfred Hitchcock Presents; Captain Kangaroo; and Mickey Mouse Club (with Annette Funicello and some other people).
 
Music: Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley & His Comets, Sixteen Tons by Tennessee Ernie Ford, Love Is a Many Splendored Thing by The Four Aces, Ain't That a Shame by Fats Domino and Tutti Frutti by Little Richard.
 
Sports 
Rocky Marciano retains his World Heavyweight title with an 8th round knockout of Ezzard Charles. The LPGA money winner is Patty Berg with a total of $16,492. Elston Howard becomes the 1st black player to wear a Yankee uniform.  Le Mans race car accident kills 83 spectators; race continued.
 

Thanks to a loan from Jim Owen we have scanned in this pristine copy.

Persons of note:
  • Mr. Raines (Phys Ed.) joined the faculty.
  • Mr. Ricci (Phys. Ed.) joined the faculty.
  • Miss Gzowski (Home Economics) joined the faculty.
  • Mr. Wright (English) joined the faculty.
  • Mr. Wade (Industrial Arts) joined the faculty.
  • Mr. Olsen (Science) joined the faculty.

 

 



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