(by Lena Gerdes)
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On September 4, 1923, the class of '16 met for the first time in the Fairfield High School. When we entered school, we felt somewhat like the Eskimos, whom a gentleman had brought to London. He wished to amuse them and at the same time astonish them with the magnificence of the metropolis. For this purpose, having first equipped them like Englishmen, he took them out one morning to walk thro' the streets of London. They walked for several hours in silence; they expressed neither pleasure nor admiration at anything they saw. When their walk was ended, they appeared uncommonly melancholy and stupified. As soon as they got home, they sat down with their elbows on their knees and their faces between their hands. The only words they could utter were, "Too much smoke-too much noise--too much houses, too much everything.
Our class consisted of twenty nine members. In the early part of the school year, we organized our class. In election of officers, Fern Heckenlively was chosen president, Murrel Lewis, Vice-president, and Lois Iliff, secretary and treasurer. Mr. Schmidt always was our class sponsor. We will remember him particulary as "Napoleon" whom he could imitate to perfection. Just ask Mr. Schmidt, he knows.
During our freshmen year, two of our classmates left our ranks. They were Victor Hutchison and Lee Munsil. Thus ended our first year and we were no longer the simple "freshies". We had had a taste of high school life and were ready to take up our next year's worry with more earnestness.