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Here's the 1948 TIGER YEARBOOK from Tigerton High School.  This was a great find as it has provided some super information on the HISTORY of TIGERTON -- the 1948 Senior Class not only gives a glimpse at their high school years (1944 - 1948), they also give a history of Tigerton itself!  Very nicely done!

And I learned something about the SHAWANO COUNTY SCHOOL STRUCTURE... "There are 103 school districts in the county. We also have five high schools, and two union free high schools. There are 75 one-room rural schools and three two-room rural schools. Within the county there are 13 state graded schools."  I was surprised to realize that as late as 1948, there were 75 one-room schools still being used.

First, are the histories and then the links to the actual pages & photos... ENJOY!

by Dennis Konkol


     The Village of Tigerton is located on both sides of the South Branch of the Embarrass River. It was incorporated as a village in 1894 and at the present has a population of about 800.

     The first railroad that was built through this area was the Lake Shore Railroad in the years 1879-80. It went as far north as Eland in 1880.

     The first tavern on record was established in 1880 and was just a tent in the alley back of the Hoffman Hotel. It was about the same time that the first sawmill was built which was located where the old ice house used to stand and owned by Newbold and Livingston. Livingston also started the first grocery store on the corner where the Bowling Alley now stands. The Newbold Hotel was erected that same year and it was located where the Swanke home now stands. In 1921 it was torn down and the Swanke home was built. It was around this time that Grundy-Brigham erected a Veneer Mill where the Canning Co. now stands. The Wall Spaulding Co. came in and bought the sawmill and the veneer mill. The veneer mill burned down several years later.

One of the first four families that came to Tigerton was the Leitzke family in 1880. Mr. Leitzke started the first blacksmith shop in town back of the Bowling Alley.

John McDevitt also came to town in 1880. He bought some land and built a hotel and tavern on the corner where the Tigerton Motor Sales is. In 1894 he sold out to George Bohman and returned to farming.

     In 1881 Mr. and Mrs. Mathias Schumacker came to Tigerton. Their first house was built of logs and here they boarded men employed on the railroad Mr. Schumacker died in 1882 but Mrs. Schumacker, assisted by her son, Wm., continued the boarding business and in 1894 they started a mercantile business under the name Schumacker & Son.

Mr. Herman Swanke, Sr. of whom Tigerton can well be proud, was the oldest of a family of six. He did not get much schooling because he had to help his father on their big farm. He remained at home until others could take his place and then engaged in the wheat business with his father. At the age of seventeen he wanted to see the country so he went west and traveled through Iowa, Minnesota, Dakota and Montana. He served on the police force in Omaha and in Council Bluffs for two years. He then returned to Wisconsin and engaged in the threshing business until the year 1885. He came to Tigerton in 1885 and embarked in the lumber business. He and three others built a mill at the expense of $3,000. At this time Tigerton was still a vast wilderness with but few settlers. He saw the town grow up to what it is today and he himself had a great deal to do with its development.

     The mill burned down and was rebuilt at an expense of $10,000. Mr. Swanke owned half-interest in the mill at this time. He was also interested in two other mills, one at Whitcomb and one at what we call the "Old Mill Dam." He disposed of these two mills in later years and he also bought out the other interests in the mill in town. In 1910 the mill in town was enlarged and remodeled and that's the way it is today. Mr. Swanke held vast timber and land tracts all over the country. In 1921 he built the beautiful large home on the river but only lived to enjoy it a little over a year.

     John Lehman was the first village president in 1893. He also had a general store in the building Mr. George Gauthier now occupies.

     The first post office stood on the corner where Mr. Fred Kersten now lives and the first Post Mistress was Mrs. Murdock.

     In 1899-1900 the First National Bank was built. It was in the building now being used as our Post Office. The bank building now in use was erected in 1921.

    The village hall was erected in 1905. A public library is located within the hall on the second floor and the Fire Department is on the first floor.

     A canning factory was built in 1926 and beans and peas were canned. They found that canning beans was too expensive so they only canned peas.

Water works were installed in 1936-37 but due to rock, sewerage has never been put in.

     In 1881 the first Catholic settlers in Tigerton held service at the Schumacker residence. The pastor was Rev. Father Richard of Wausau. They erected a new church in 1884 and it is still serving.

     July 2, 1882, Rev. Pumcer of Wittenberg held the first services for the St. John's Lutheran Church. The congregation outgrew their little church and in 1903 the beautiful brick structure they now occupy was erected.

     The Zion Lutheran Church was organized in May 1891 with twelve charter members. The first Minister was Rev. August Jennrich. The building was dedicated in September 1891 and it is in use today.

     In 1881 the first schoolhouse was built on the lot between the bank and Swanke home. The school became too small and a new one was built across from the Oscar Stearn home. A larger school again was needed so a three-room structure was put up where the grade school stands. That burned down about thirty-eight years ago and the grade school we now have was built and served as both grade and high school. In 1908 the taxes that were levied on the school amounted to $900.

     In 1917 a meeting was held authorizing the School Board to apply for a $10,000 loan to build a new High School.

     The building was completed in 1919 at an expense of $16,400. Tuition students were admitted. The Tigerton High School is located on the east side of the Village of Tigerton. The southern branch of the Embarrass River flows past the west side of the building. The building is surrounded by a beautiful and well kept lawn. Trees, which lend an air of stateliness, are growing along the river bank.

     In this well kept school, you citizens at the present time may be proud to have one of the highest rated small schools in the state and with the addition of the new gym it will be able to serve the community all the better. For a small school, athletics, forensics, dramatics and music rank close to the larger schools.

     The citizens of Tigerton and adjoining townships can be very proud of their fine little village.

by Suzanne Swanke

     Tonight, perhaps for the last time, this class is gathered together. We have been together for at least four years, most of us more than that. We have lived in or around Tigerton almost all of our lives, but after tonight some of us will move beyond this village - out into Shawano county.

     Shawano county is situated in the northeastern part of the state. The name Shawano means "On the South" or "Place of the South". We are located sixty miles from Michigan and 140 miles from Illnois. Langlade and Oconto Counties form our northern border; Oconto and Brown, the eastern border; Outagamie and Waupaca, the southern; and Marathon and Langlade, the western border.

     There is nothing distinctive in the geographical structure of the county. We have sands and we have rich soils. We have lakes and streams -- forests and plains.

     The city of Shawano, located to the eastern part of the county near the lake of the same name, is the seat of county government. It was near here that the first white settler of Shawano county settled. Although the first men ever to enter the county were the early Jesuit Missionaries, the first settler was Charles Wescott who settled in the Town of Richmond. In 1843 Wescott and some other men built a saw mill on the banks of the Wolf River. This site later became the city of Shawano.

     Shawano county is one of the largest counties in the state -- ranking tenth out of seventy-one. It has only 1,000 acres less than Grant county which is ninth and approximately 9,000 acres more than Oneida county which ranks eleventh.

     The records are incomplete, but indicate a town meeting was held in April, 1853. In November of that year county officers were elected. The first meeting of the county board that is recorded was on November 13, 1855. The board met to settle the accounts and charges of the county for the year 1854.

     The federal census show that at the time the county was incorporated the population was 254. In 1860 the census gave the county a population of 829, showing a gain of 575 in the preceding five years. This hardly compares with the 1940 census of 35,378. It was in about the year 1860 that the county began to enter upon a new era of development.

Although the land within the county is rocky, farming is the main occupation. Wescott broke soil for the first time when he planted potatoes soon after the completion of the mill. In 1945 we ranked twelfth in the number of farms in the county. We had a total of some 3,623 farms. In the number of acres of cropland harvested we rank 29 throughout the state.

     Shawano county ranks twelfth out of seventy-one in total milk production. In 1944 it was found that 55% of the farmers income came from milk. In total cheese production we rank eighth. The total gross income is good enough to place us in the 22nd place. As far as crops go we rank from tenth in hay to 39th in corn for grain.

     Farmers still retain the woodlot as a sure income. The assessors of the county estimated that during the 12 months July 1944-June 1945 inclusive the value of products cut from the wood lots of the county was about $591,600. These products are fuel, fence posts, sawlogs, pulpwood, rairoad ties and miscellaneous products.

     The manufacturing within the county deals mostly with foodstuffs. The last census taken in 1939 showed 110 establishments—88 of which were producing food products. Fifteen of the remaining number were producing lumber products; printing, paper and furniture factories took care of the rest.

     The first mails were carried over Indian trails -- now we have many good highways. Sometime in the 1850's a road was established between Shawano and New London. Ten years later we have the establishment of our first railroad.

     The county is rich in scenic beauty with the Menominee Indian Reservation within its boundaries. The Wolf River, Shawano Lake and other lakes also give many recreational opportunities. The County has a 35-acre park on Shawano Lake, located seven miles out of the Shawano city limits. There you will find, located across from the Park, a Riding Academy, Golf Course, and Girl's Private Camp. Lakes and streams throughout the county team with trout, panfish, bass, wall-eyed and northern pike.

     Our schools are ranked among the best in the state. There are 103 school districts in the county. We also have five high schools, and two union free high schools. There are 75 one-room rural schools and three two-room rural schools. Within the county there are 13 state graded schools. The school census for the county is 5,989 as of June, 1947.

We have now many industries and farms whose total value is estimated at 54,747,491. The first settlers wasted land and trees but slowly and surely we are replacing the waste.

Definitely established is the fact that the achievements of the past are indicative of the possibilities of the future, and who can calculate the results of another half century of progress ?


And the 1948 Senior THS Class:

Page 9 Robert ALBERG Harold DAVIDSON Frank HOFFMAN
  Jeanette HOLM Dennis KONKEL  
Page 10 Marjorie KRIEGEL Donald LEHMAN Delores MINNIECHESKE
  C. Edward ROESKE Alyce ROHLINGER  
  James SWANKE Suzanne SWANKE  
Page 12 Arthur TRATZ Wallace VOLLMER Nancy WOLTMAN
  Nile WOLTMAN Senior Quips All Class Officers

1948 Junior THS Class

FRONT ROW: Lois Seefeldt, Janet Mogensen, Caryl June Laars, Marcella Klingbeil, Robert Schlender, Stella Schriber, Ruth Polly and Dorothy Johnson
SECOND ROW: Allan Wendt, Lawrence Paterson, Lorraine Keilbach, James Heins, Richard Green, Carol Steinberg, Roscoe Much, Joan Landsberg and Miss Buchsieb
BACK ROW: Bernard Kestner, Elizabeth Holm, Patricia Garrow, Duane Hoffman, Martin Lehman, Robert Krolow, Lorna Krueger and Sylvia Abrahamson

     The Junior class, under the supervision of Miss Buchsieb, is a very active group. Many of the boys are out for baseball and basketball. A number of Juniors take part in band and Glee club. Forensics also includes students from the class. To earn money they sold candy at the basketball games and in school. And of course they have their classes—English III, Chemistry, Geometry, Home Economics, Shop, U. S. History, Shorthand and Advanced Typing.  Page 15

1948 Sophomore THS Class

FRONT ROW: Joan Kielblock, Marvin Clark, Gerald Krueger, Nancy O'Dell, Delores Klingbile, James Wesener, Burton Doty, Alice Heger, Sharlene Curtis, Virginia Hoffman and Ervin Christjohn
SECOND ROW: Gene Polley, Myron Bazille, Donna Mathison, Robert Hille, Gerald Hendricks, Harold Hoeksema, Joanne Szumnarski and Mr. James

BACK ROW: Eugene Seefeldt, John O'Dell, Clifford Lehman, Donald Mogenson, Jerome Kopp, Jerome Alft and Ernest Stevens

     Upon arrival to Tigerton High School, the Sophomores were assigned to their new seats. This really meant something, for now they were closer to those seats by the windows which meant the senior year and graduation. It also meant initiating the Freshmen, but that was just a minor detail. Wasn't it, Sophomores?  There was an enrollment of 25 pupils at the beginning of the school year. One member, Jerome Kopp, was added and one member, Donna Bauer, was lost. They elected Mr. James as their Class Adviser. Page 16

1948 Freshman THS Class

FRONT ROW: Marcella Hoffman, Delilah Vollmer, Donna Krolow, Grace Klingbeil, Joanne Butts, Bette Stewart, Virginia Kluck, and Marjorie Kauffman

SECOND ROW: Joan Bazile, Lee lla Vollmer, John Neubauer, Ronald Retzloff, Mary Jean Lehman, Duane Westphal, Delores Kriegel and Mrs. Roller

BACK ROW: Nancy Schultz, Roma Redman, Gilbert Selle, Robert Hendricks, Donald Prignitz, Dennis Damrau and Kenneth Sambs

     Twenty-four students enrolled at Tigerton High School, September 9, 1947 to begin their educational foundation for the future. For the first few weeks of school the students were busy adjusting themselves to high school life. They received their first idea of it when they were initiated by the Sophomores. They soon were working very industriously and are doing fine in their academic work. They represented their class well in extra-curricular activities.  Page 17

Baseball Team Basketball A Team Basketball B Team
Cheerleading Band Girl's Glee Club
Boy's Glee Club F.H.A. Forensics
One Act Play If I'm Lucky (Jr. Prom) Hot Lunch/Janitor
Hi-Life 1 Hi-Life 2  

If you can identify anyone on the Hi-Life pages, let me know and we'll add their names.

GRADUATION - May 28, 1948

MOTTO "We Have Crossed the Bay, the Ocean Lies Before Us."

FLOWER Red and White Carnation

COLORS Red and White



CLASS HISTORY  Donald Lehman

CLASS PROPHECY Harold Davidson

CLASS WILL Erma Ruppenthal





SPEAKER Mr. A. L. Pahr, Superintendent of Shawano County Schools


And I've added THE MUSICAL HITS OF 1948...
The musical trends of 1948 included the continuing transition from big bands to individual singers, as well as the increasing popularity of lighthearted novelties, often set to arrangements based on diverse musical genres.
The Andrews Sisters - Toolie Oolie Doolie - 05-48
The Andrews Sisters - You Call Everybody Darling - 10-48
The Andrews Sisters - Underneath The Arches - 11-48
Eddy Arnold - Anytime - 05-48
Eddy Arnold - What A Fool I Was - 05-48
Eddy Arnold - Texarkana Baby - 07-48
Eddy Arnold - Bouquet of Roses - 09-48
Eddy Arnold - A Heart Full Of Love - 12-48
Count Basie - Blue And Sentimental - 01-48
Tex Beneke - St. Louis Blues March - 05-48
Frankie Carle - Beg Your Pardon - 03-48
Buddy Clark - Ballerina 01-48
Buddy Clark - I'll Dance At Your Wedding - 01-48
Nat 'King' Cole - What'll I Do - 01-48
The Nat 'King' Cole Trio - Nature Boy - 05-48
Nat 'King' Cole - Don’t Blame Me - 07-48
The Nat 'King' Cole Trio - Little Girl - 11-48
Perry Como - Because - 04-48
Perry Como - Rambling Rose - 09-48
Francis Craig - Beg Your Pardon - 02-48
Bing Crosby - Now is the Hour - 04-48
Doris Day - Put 'Em in a Box, Tie 'Em in a Ribbon - 05-48
Doris Day & Buddy Clark - Love Somebody - 08-48
Doris Day - It's Magic - 09-48
The Dinning Sisters - Beg Your Pardon - 03-48
The Dinning Sisters - Buttons and Bows - 11-48
Tommy Dorsey - Until - 11-48
Billy Eckstine - Everything I Have Is Yours - 10-48
Gracie Fields - Now is the Hour - 03-48
Ella Fitzgerald - Tea Leaves - 06-48
Ella Fitzgerald - My Happiness - 10-48
The Glenn Miller Orchestra - Adios - 07-48
Ken Griffin & Jerry Wayne - You Can't Be True, Dear - 05-48
Ken Griffin - You Can't Be True, Dear - 07-48
Dick Haymes & Gordon Jenkins - Little White Lies - 05-48
Dick Haymes - Nature Boy - 06-48
Dick Haymes - You Can't Be True, Dear - 06-48
Dick Haymes - It's Magic - 09-48Woody Herman - Sabre Dance - 05-48
Lena Horne - Deed I Do - 05-48
Eddy Howard - Now is the Hour - 02-48
Pee Wee Hunt - 12th Street Rag - 08-48
The Ink Spots - Say Something Sweet to Your Sweetheart - 12-48
Gordon Jenkins - Maybe You'll Be There - 10-48
Spike Jones - William Tell Overture - 06-48
Spike Jones - All I Want For Christmas - 12-48
Louis Jordan - Run Joe - 08-48
Danny Kaye & The Andrews Sisters - The Woody Woodpecker Song - 07-48
Sammy Kaye - Serenade of the Bells - 01-48
The Stan Kenton Orchestra - How High The Moon - 07-48
Kay Kyser - Woody Woodpecker Song - 07-48
Kay Kyser - On A Slow Boat To China - 11-48
Frankie Laine - Shine - 04-48
Julia Lee - King Size Papa - 03-48
Peggy Lee - I'll Dance At Your Wedding - 01-48
Peggy Lee - Golden Earrings - 01-48
Peggy Lee - Manana - 03-48
Peggy Lee - Caramba! It's The Samba - 06-48
Guy Lombardo -  I'm My Own Grandpa - 01-48
Gordon MacRae - It's Magic -09-48
Gordon MacRae - Hair Of Gold, Eyes Of Blue - 10-48
Freddy Martin - Sabre Dance Boogie - 04-48
Freddy Martin - The Dickey-Bird Song - 05-48
Freddy Martin and His Orchestra - On A Slow Boat To China - 12-48
Tony Martin - For Every Man There's A Woman - 06-48
Tony Martin - It's Magic -09-48
Carmen Miranda - Cuanto La Gusta - 11-48
Vaughn Monroe - How Soon -01-48
Vaughn Monroe - The Maharajah Of Magador - 08-48
Vaughn Monroe - Cool Water - 10-48
Vaughn Monroe & His Orchestra - Ev'ry Day I Love You - 10-48
Art Mooney - I'm Looking For A Four Leaf Clover - 02-48
Art Mooney - Baby Face - 05-48
Art Mooney - Blue Bird Of Happiness - 10-48
Russ Morgan - Bye Bye Blackbird - 02-48
Russ Morgan - I'm Looking For A Four Leaf Clover - 03-48
Rose Murphy -  I Can't Give You Anything But Love - 01-48
Patti Page - Confess 07-48
Jan Peerce - Blue Bird Of Happiness -10-48
The Pied Pipers - My Happiness - 07-48
Dinah Shore - Buttons and Bows - 11-48
Frank Sinatra - But Beautiful -04-48
Frank Sinatra - All Of Me - 05-48
Frank Sinatra - Nature Boy - 06-48
Frank Sinatra - Everybody Loves Somebody - 07-48
Frank Sinatra - Just For Now - 08-48
Kate Smith - Now is the Hour - 04-48
The Sportsmen & Mel Blanc - Woody Woodpecker Song - 07-48
Jo Stafford - The Best Things In Life Are Free - 01-48
Jo Stafford - Haunted Heart - 02-48
Jo Stafford - Serenade Of The Bells - 12-48
Jon & Sondra Steele - My Happiness - 06-48
Al Trace - You Call Everybody Darling - 08-48
Sarah Vaughn - It's Magic - 09-48
Jimmy Wakely - One Has My Name (the Other Has My Heart) - 11-48
Margaret Whiting - But Beautiful - 01-48
Margaret Whiting - Now is the Hour - 03-48
Margaret Whiting - A Tree In The Meadow - 10-48
Frank Yankovic - Just Because - 06-48