[can anyone name any of the students in the photo above?]

 

Memories of Blackfoot High School - mid 1900's 
by Ron Yancey - Class of 1953

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1. How many kids in each class year at Blackfoot HS?

.....my 2003 reunion booklet lists 183 of us, including some who have passed on.......

 

2....How did kids get from Groveland to school at Blackfoot? 

by school bus....there was no public transportation....

 

3...Did many kids own there own cars?

I did, beginning in 9th grade, but it sat at home for lack of gas money...I walked to school......


 

 

4... What sports programs was there?.....the usual, football, basketball, boxing, baseball.........no extra-curricular girls' programs and no sports such as tennis, water polo, etc....


 

5....What other activities were there?  other activities included things like band, drama and debate......

 

6....What were the dances like and what kind of music?.....yes, there were dances, but I don't recall the source of the music....certainly, it was recorded and that was before stereo and tape, so it must have been on records....there were some community dances with live music.....I once took a date to Pocatello to dance to the music of Harry James and His Orchestra .....it was a great night....my date was a girl who lived in Idaho Falls....Blackfoot is mid-way....so I drove to Idaho Falls to pick her up, drove to "Poky" (Pocatello)  for the dance, drove to Idaho Falls to return her home, and then returned to Blackfoot........about 100 miles total...but then it WAS Harry James!!!....the type of dances were primarily fox-trot and waltzes, with a few bunny-hops and lively dances....rock and roll did not begin until about 1955....I was long gone from Blackfoot by then.....

To listen to some of the old music - click here.

 

7...How many of the students were LDS?   Most of the students were LDS.....there was a Seminary class and it was included within the school curriculum....it was one of the classes we could choose to take....

 

8...What did you think of the quality of the teachers?   I think the majority of the teachers was of high quality......I didn't like it when my 6th grade teacher was so proud of her uncle who could spit tobacco juice through a keyhole from 15 feet........And something annoyed me about my 7th grade math teacher, Lloyd Christensen.  2 of us took such a great dislike to him that we worked ahead and finished all the questions in the text about 6 weeks early....LC let us then go sit in the corner and work on anything we wanted...we then did not have to bother with LC any more....I saw him years later...he had become a barber.....I went to him for a haircut and while he was working on me, he visited with his next customer and in casual conversation, he said he had gone to the teachers' college in Albion and then taught math at the JHS for 2 years...I said, quietly, "It seemed like a lot longer than that to me!"....he quickly whirled the chair around and said, "Who are you????!!!!"...then we talked pleasantly for a time....when I told Wally that LC was my least favorite teacher, he said he could not understand that because he knew that LC had gone out of his way to give helpful hint to Wally, such as how to walk with more confidence, etc.....

 

9.....What did kids do outside school for fun?.....I don't recall ever doing any homework at home...but then, in BHS we had a scheduled class called Study Hall...everyone took it....and a different Mr Christensen was in charge of it....I always had great admiration for him because he had to know enough about everything that he could help any student with "homework".....and each class had about 100 students in it.....in wintertime, a great activity was 'hookey-bobbing'....you catch onto the rear bumper of a car, squat down, and slide along on the icy road....watch out for bare spots or you would tumble...of course, it was highly illegal, but that just made it more fun.....we also had a bit of skiing and some ice skating.....in non-winter times, it was just the usual stuff.....softball, marbles, mumblety peg, etc......

 

10....What were school lunches like?....I remember those in JHS....they were great and for anyone who wanted more, it was always available.........my nearby neighbor worked in the cafeteria and related to my mom how much I seemed to like rice pudding......I don't recall any HS lunches.....lunch was always from 12 to 1 for the entire school....

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11....What did most of the kids do after graduating?  I think most students went on to college after HS....some joined the military....I went into the USN and afterward to U of Utah and then USC......

 

12....Were school classes ever cancelled because of snow?  There were a few times we had school canceled for snow.......especially in the winter of 1948.....snow reached the tops of the telephone poles and it was over a week before anyone could get downtown for supplies, groceries, etc....the storm moved on across the country and in the mid-west farmers had to air-drop hay to their cattle in order for them to survive......

 

13.....What was school discipline like?   I don't recall discipline being a problem  in HS........in elementary school, Mr Donald Stalker was the principal and if we were sent to him, he had a 12-inch ruler handy....we were to put out our hands (both), palms down and he would whack them with his ruler....very effective......

 

14....Did you use lockers?   I don't recall any lockers or taking books home......see # 9

 

15.....From what time to what time was school held?  BHS classes were held from 9-4 with the hour off for lunch....each class was one hour long including a short "passing" between classes.........

 

16.....Was there any hazing?? "Initiation" for my freshman class included bobbing for apples while kneeling down next to a large tub.....that left the victim in a prime position for the paddles of the hazers...there was more to it, but that's all I recall........

 

17....Did many kids "skip school"?    No, kids did not often 'skip' school........I had perfect attendance in 6th grade and it carried on throughout the remaining years..........if we did occasionally skip, it would be on a warmer day to go to the river for a swim.........those days were rare.......

 

18....Where was the graduation held?   Graduation was held in the BHS auditorium.........I don't recall graduation because I was in New York City at the time......

 

19... Did they have FFA?  Yes there was FFA....

20...Were there any mechanics courses?   no mechanics courses.......

 

21...What was your favorite class?    My favorite class was Geometry because I could solve problems that others could not and that seemed to impress Mr. Powell.........

 

22....What did the kids do during the summer break? I don't know what others did during the summer.........I suspect a good many of them went home and helped on the farm.....I went to work for my Dad and sometimes I was able to help him offer work to some of my classmates.........especially when it was time to dig holes or trenches or pour cement........

 

Farm machinery increased in both size and number in the 1950s. With fewer farm laborers needed, many rural Oregonians migrated to towns and cities. (Photo no. 3040, Highway Dept. Records, OSA)  

 

23.... Did the Indian kids from the Fort Hall Reservation attend BHS?   

I attended first grade at Central school and the rest of my elementary grades were at Irving.........at Irving, I was in a class with some Indian children....Dickie Dixie was the son of the Chief and Barney Dixie was Dickie's cousin....there was also Daniel Warjack, who has a crippled arm but did OK...no one discriminated against him because of his arm....he died in 2005........and, in fact, no one discriminated against any of the Indian kids about anything at all.....we let them play on the softball team just like all the rest of us.  There was also Emory Tendoy.....As far as I know, he and Dickie still have Bft addresses, which probably means that they live on the Reservation.  It seems like Bruce Sequints was Indian... he and Barney have also died......I was in the Indian Museum a few years ago, and as a matter of conversation, said something like, "I used to know Voneta Allred.  She was a classmate at BHS."  "Really???" was the response, "She's my cousin!!!"....I told that to my sis and she said, "So what?  Half the reservation is a cousin to the other half!"

 

24.  How did BHS compare to schools today?

......BHS at that time beat any school with which I am familiar today....primarily because of the attitudes of today's students and the deterioration of society in general..............RY

 


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Blackfoot High School Debate Auction

Blackfoot High School - established in the early 1890's

 

 

 

A more recent areal photo of BHS