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Have spent the day reading the Lyons Roar school papers that belong to Sis Rowland. Watching the school evolve thru the eyes of the students of the 30's & 40's is an experience I'm grateful to have been able to share.

In the 1930's the development of the curriculum as well as improvements on the school building itself was a source of great pride. In the early 1940's the Lyons Roar was not only the "school paper" and in addition the "town paper". Included with the articles of the 30's came the addition of a page entitled "Town Talk" on which marriages, births, illness, etc. were reported. As WWII broke the Lyons Roar school paper had the usual class reports as well as pages devoted to those serving, addresses of soldiers from Lyons, ads for war bonds, etc. No matter what the year one thing is obvious. The school was a source of great civic pride which made it a force to be reckoned with in Fulton County. The community was a solid backer of the school in every way. It was the heart & soul of social life in Lyons along with the church.

To LHS & Lyons I say "Thanx for the memories."

Sheila (Marlatt) Chonko


October 31, 1934
Vol. 6 No. 3


The Lyons Schools opened September tenth for another year's work with a total enrollment of three hundred five students. This enrollment is not quite so large as that of last year, although the high school enrollment is the second largest in the history of the school.

There are one hundred fifty pupils in the elementary grades, fifty five in the junior high, and one hundred in the senior high school. Of the one hundred in the high school, thirty nine of them are boys and sixty-one are girls.

There are twenty-four in the first grade, twenty-six in the second, twenty-five in the third, twenty-three in the fourth, twenty in the fifth, and thirty-two in the sixth.

The junior high is composed of thirty-two seventh graders and twenty three eighth grade students.

Of the one hundred high school students, thirty-one are freshmen, which is the largest class, twenty eight are sophomores, twenty six are juniors and fifteen students contribute to make up the senior class

Twenty-three of the high school students are paying tuition this year while there is only one such pupil in the elementary.

If a person wished to write a letter to every student in our school, he could not send them all to the same address of Lyons, because we have students who have the adresses of Lyons, Delta, Morenci, Sand Creek, Jasper, and Metamora.

written by Muriel Goodrick



Chemistry has been added to the high school curriculum this year. The instructor is Mr. Ingall. There are five girls and nine boys in this class.

We have studied about early chemistry, oxygen, and hydrogen. A new supply of equipment, to carry on the experiments taken up in the course, has been added to the laboratory.

We do practically all of our experiments on Tuesdays and Thursdays which are the days set aside for laboratory work. One often hears during these periods, Joe Penner's well known expression, "I didn't know that."


Lyons Roar
Oct. 24, 1935
Vol. 7 No. 1


School started off with a "band" this year. It seemed that summer vacation was only half over, but we all came back with a smile anyway.

School attendance is very good this year. Although the number of pupils in the grades is decreasing the number in high school is increasing. The enrollment of the entire school is 301 pupils. We have 22 in the first grand, 22 in the second, 24 in the third, 27 in the fourth, 24 in the fifth, 21 in the sixth, 30 in the seventh, and 28 in the eighth. In high school we have 29 freshmen, 23 sophomores, 24 juniors, and 27 seniors.



Sociology is a new subject which is offered only to the Seniors. It concerns the different problems which arise in society. We found the definition of sociology to be - "Sociology is the science of the origin, development, structure, and functioning of social groups." We also are studying the different theories of evolution.

This brings up many arguments which sometimes get rather heated. Besides the textbook we are taking up many different kinds of work.

We are taking the Current Review, a newspaper of up-to-date news of the nation. Last week a bit of geography entered into our class. We were given an outline of the United States on which we were to place the cities having a population of over two-hundred fifty thousand, important rivers, and lakes, and other important geographical features. We all find this subject interesting as we never know what to expect next.


Lyons Roar
April ?, 1935


Lola Barth & Laurence Edgar, our representatives in the senior scholastic tests did extremely well. They placed third and seventh out of the thirty-eight seniors from the ten Fulton County schools that took the test. In the last five years Lyons has taken first place twice, Archbold has taken first twice and Wauseon once.


The Lyons Roar
February 18,1936
Vol 7 No. 4


We of Lyons High School are very proud and glad to say that we are now offering a commercial course, consisting of typing, shorthand and bookkeeping. We have hoped for this for a number of years although we never expected to really have it.

A new teacher has been hired for this course, Miss Mildren Ellis from Bowling Green, Ohio. She is an excellent teacher and we all like her. She knows her commercial course and by the way things look, it won't be long before all of us will too.

As we have only eight typewriters, we are giving three typing classes a day to meet the demand. We have four kinds of typewriters, which are: Royal, L.C. Smith, Underwood, and Remington. The Remington typewriters are the new noiseless kind and most of the students object to using them - mostly because they either skip space, blur, or something else they say. Miss Ellis says that the reason for this is that we don't apply the right "touch".

The shorthanders are just beginning to catch the drift of things. During the first week of the class, they began to drop out one by one, but those who "stuck it out" are glad now that they did. Miss Ellis reduced the assignments until they knew their characters well, and now she informs us that she thinks it's time for them to get down to business.

Those in bookkeeping like it very much and they are getting along well. Once in a while they balance their accounts on the red side but none of them have gone very far in debt yet, I guess.



We were shocked and deeply bereaved at the death of our janitor, Mr. Donald Standish, a good friend and pal to all from the first graders to the coming graduates of High School.

He was always on duty at any and all of the many activities at school, cheerfully giving aid whereever the need was found.

A great admirer of school activities, and greatly interested in the basketball teams, he stated a short time ago that he had great hopes of this year's varsity team and thought they were already far toward the top.

The community has lost a loved and respected citizen, and our school has lost a dear friend and supporter.

Although we deeply regret the passing away for Mr. Standish, we are sure that our new janitor, Mr. Roscoe Fleming, will do his best to fill Mr. Standish's place.


Lyons Roar
March 17, 1936
Vol. 7 No. 5


I enjoy my new work as janitor of Lyons School very much as well as working with the children and teachers. I take this opportunity to thank the faculty and students for being so kind and helpful to me. They have been so willing to cooperate with me in undertaking this new job. I wish also to thank the Board of Education for having placed their confidence in me. I will do my best to fill this position so as to please the children, parents, faculty, and the Board of Education.
Roscoe Fleming


Lyons Roar
October 29, 1936
Volume ? Number 1


In keeping with the recent free text book law, the Lyons Board of Education is furnishing three free text-books to each elementary pupil and two to each high school pupil. The state has given us about four years to provide the school with all free text-books. It is expected that a text-book with average treatment should remain usable for about five years. To help keep the books in good condition, covers have been placed on most of the books.

It is to be expected that a pupil should cooperate with the school by taking the best possible care of the book. If a book is lost or is improperly treated the child will be asked to make the loss good. Last year we received splendid cooperation from the pupils, as there were only two books that seemed to have been improperly handled. This speaks very well for our children.



Our initiation was a great success. When all of the freshmen got here, we had them shut in the Manual Arts Room, where we tied them all together and took them up to the center of town where we made them yell "Sophomore! Rah!" three times and a "Yea Sophomore".

The president of the freshman class was made to jump through a frame of newspapers where he was to be caught in a blanket that had flour in it. Our idea was to get him all white with flour, but when he landed the blanket ripped and he didn't get much flour on him.

We tied him to the rest and took them over to the sidewalk in front of Copeland's store where they were made to stick their head into a box and were well powdered with flour by a spray gun erected by Elwyn Deyo and Fay Goodremont. After we were through with this, we took them back to the school house to the Manual Arts Room.

We took them, one at a time, to a bicycle where they got a shock from wires wrapped around the handlebars. The bicycle was supported off from the ground.

One of the boys broke wires and rode away on the bicycle. We soon got the wires hooked on again and took the rest of them for a bicycle ride.

When they got off the bicycle they were supposed to go through a barrel but they had difficulty in getting through because they had only one end of the barrel open. Each one received a good paddling for not going through. After this they sang "How dry I am" and received a dipper of water on their heads.

From the water trick they were taken to the auditorium where they ate soup and macaroni. After this we all played games and had refreshments.

We had ice-cream, cake, hot dogs, and cocoa. Speeches were given by Denver Eighere, Marjorie Barnes, Mr. Cummins, Mr. Elsay our class advisor, Mr. Myers, and Miss Irene Weyer.


Lyons Roar
February 12, 1937
Volume 8 Number 4


There has been qute a bit of comment in the school and community concerning the high school physical education classes. As a result, I feel that a word of explanation is needed.

In the first place, the state department requires that physical education be offered in high school as well as in the grades. Owing to the lack of showers, the difficulty of arranging classes and the lack of anyone to conduct the girls classes, we were unable to offer these classes.

All of these objections have been removed. Showers have been installed; the hiring of an extra teacher has made it possible to arrange the classes, and Miss Ellis has had sufficient training to insure a good program for the girls.

We have divided the high school into four groups, ninth and tenth boys, eleventh and twelfth boys and the same classification with the girls. This enables the teacher to get better results.

There are good reasons for asking the students to change into gym suits, during the period. If the student comes to his other classes in sweaty clothes, it destroys his efficiency in those classes and also makes it easy to take colds. The same thing applies to the use of showers. Although we do not make it compulsory we strongly recommend that the students do this. It adds to their personal comfort, efficiency and hygiene.

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Sheila (Marlatt) Chonko
August, 2002

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