Sep 01: Do you remember any Labor Day traditions of your youth?
Other than the fact the Labor Day really marked the end of summer and
we would start school the next day; it was just a great day for the last
picnic of the season.
Sep 02: Do you have a memory involving V.J.
On 15 August 1945 I was riding my tricycle in front of the house and
the bells at St Joseph’s Church on the corner started ringing. Then the bells
of the Methodist Church up the street and all the bells all over the city
started ringing. I didn’t know what was going on. I ran to the door of the
house and Mother said, “The war is over!”
Sep 03: Tell about your school year calendar.
School began the day after Labor Day and ran to the 1st week
of June. We usually had about 1½ weeks off for Christmas and maybe a week off
Sep 04: What do you remember about your first
day of school?
I went to the same school for 12 years and I always remember how the
newly varnished floors and polished desks smelled on that first day. A clique
of we boys played all summer and we visited with each other on the first day
but we would get reacquainted with the other students we hadn’t see since last
Sep 05: Tell about a school bully.
I suspect there was one but I don’t remember any in particular. Maybe
the nuns were tough on prospective bullies and shut them down before they
Sep 06: What do you remember doing at recess?
We played dodge-ball, ran races, played tag, and played tag football or
softball in season.
Sep 07: Tell about the playground equipment at
your grade school.
Other than a few footballs, baseballs, and basketballs we didn’t have much
Sep 08: Did your parents ever make you wear
something stupid to school?
I received a knit hat from
Grandma Schuck one Christmas. I thought it
was a stupid looking hat and didn’t want to wear it… along with my mittens on
a string. I thought I was too grown up for such “little boy” articles.
Sep 09: Tell about who you thought was the
smartest kid in school and why.
I thought Zylpha Baysler was the best student in our class. We all were
in competition with each other and more often that not she was the student to
beat for most subjects.
Sep 10: Tell about who you thought was the
dumbest kid in school and why.
One of the boys who lived on a farm in the county was very busy working
at home all the time. I don’t think he liked school nor did he like studying.
He seemed dumb… when really he just didn’t care.
Sep 11: Tell about the naughtiest kid in
I think the nuns were too intimidating to allow children to get out of
hand. Each one of us may make a comment which would seem funny to the rest of
the classmates but other than that little clowning, we weren’t naughty. That
would result in punishment… and a demand to take a note home to our parents
for more punishment.
Sep 12: Tell about a teacher's pet.
I think that was the name I gave to whoever was a better student than I
but at the same time I didn’t think I was ever a teacher’s pet but lesser
students might have thought so.
Sep 13: Name the schools that you went to.
I went to the same school for all 12 grades but the last
year the school was renamed. From there I went to
the University of Wisconsin for three years. I received my baccalaureate in
History from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. A Masters Degree in Systems
Management was earned from the University of California.
Sep 14: What was your most embarrassing school
After attending a party where I drank a great deal of bourbon, I had to go to
class with a huge hangover. I felt so sick that I cut class and hid in the
overhead vents of the school gymnasium and slept most of the day.
Sep 15: Name the Grade School teachers you remember.
The teacher’s names get mixed in throughout the school because we
didn’t really have separate teachers for elementary, junior, and high school.
Sister Mary DePazzi was the principal and I think she also taught Latin.
Sister Mary Angelo was a favorite English teacher. The first year in her class
she taught freshmen and juniors; the next year she taught sophomores and
seniors. Then she returned to the first pattern and once again to the second
scheme. I was in her class for four years of high school.
Sep 16: Name the high school teachers you
See Sep 15
Sep 17: Name the Jr. High teachers you
See Sep 15
Sep 18: Describe your typical school day
We always wore a shirt with a collar and dark slacks. By the time we
reached the ninth grade we also wore a tie every day.
Sep 19: If you were ever in a fight, tell
One time Jimmy Doran and I got into a real knock down fight in the school
yard. We were actually pounding each other and rolling on the ground.
Sep 20: Tell about your worst report card.
I don’t recall a “worst ever” report card. I had mostly As and Bs. I
think my penmanship grades sometimes dipped near to a D or even a solid D.
Those were the worst and most embarrassing.
Sep 21: If you had a hero, tell who.
I was impressed with my cousin
Frederick Henry Jaeger Jr. He returned
from World War II as a lieutenant and I thought of him as a war hero. Nineteen
years older than I, he then was called in to serve again during the Korean
War. That time he went to Hanau, Germany. I thought of him as both a family
and a national hero.
Sep 22: Tell why they were your heroes.
Fritz was a military man, an engineer, a hard worker… and a good
friend. He also seemed like a little brother to my mother, who lived with Aunt
Polly and Uncle Fred when she was a senior in high school and when Fritz was
Sep 23: Who was the best teacher you ever had?
Sister Mary Angelo
Sep 24: What made that teacher good?
She was an English teacher who loved literature and instilled that love
into me. We studied Shakespeare each of the four years I was in her class. The
first year it was The Merchant of Venice, the second year we studied Hamlet,
the next year it was Romeo and Juliet, and lastly Macbeth. I loved the
reading, and I loved the writing assignments. She turned on the learning light
Sep 25: What were your school colors?
For eleven of the 12 years we were “The Fighting Irish” and our colors
were green and gold. The last year, when the school became Marinette Catholic
Central, we were the Central Cavaliers and the colors became red and white.
Sep 26: What was your school mascot?
Our first mascot was a leprechaun and later a swashbuckling cavalier.
Sep 27: Tell any sports you played in Jr. High
or Sr. High.
I did play on the basketball team my freshman year but that experiment ended
that year… I was terrible. I also put the shot on the track team and did a
poor job with a discus. I played on the high school football team beginning
in ninth grade until my senior year when I had to go to work.
Sep 28: What was your favorite sport to participate in or watch?
I loved playing and watching football games. And after I finished high
school I attended college games at the University of Wisconsin. I watched
college and professional football games until the habit was broken after
assignments to Germany when television programming was absent. I never again
picked up the interest.
Sep 29: Did you ever have a "good friend" do
something mean to you?
Other than the fight with Jimmy Doran, no. I don’t remember what that
was about and we were back to being great friends the next day.
Sep 30: Do you remember a school custodian?
I don’t remember his name but I used to work for him during my high school
summers. We would fix windows, paint rooms, sand and varnish floors and move