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April 9, 2014

Looking Back: ‘The Railsplitter’

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On Jan. 12, 1946, Lincoln High School seniors Leon Martin and Eleanor Puzzouli were named as the school’s king and queen, respectively, during the senior prom held at the local U.S.O. building.

According to the Jan. 28, 1946, edition of the school newspaper “The Railsplitter,” the January graduating class was so small the entire 12A classes were candidates for king and queen, and the students picked classmates they considered the most popular.

At the prom, Martin was spotted in a tuxedo while Puzzouli reportedly wore a black-and-white formal dress trimmed with sequins. “Winter” was the prom’s theme, and Mr. Nehers’s orchestra provided the evening’s entertainment.

Included in the same edition of “The Railsplitter” were the school’s valedictorian, Ann Bakalis, and salutatorian, Velma McCready, for the January senior class. “These are students that have done their work in their classes and really studied,” the article stated.

The school paper also featured a service news section with updates of LHS graduates serving in the U.S. military or those recently discharged. France, Guam, the Philippines, Hawaii and California were among the places they were stationed.

Readers also found out Lincoln’s debating team won four out of four debates at the Debate Tournament Jan. 17 in Ann Arbor. At the time, Lawrence Loftis was “The Railsplitter” newspaper editor, and the paper cost 10 cents.