Yearbooks & Echoes

This is a works in progress and as yearbooks become available to us they will be posted. If your class yearbook is not listed and you would like to share it here,  CONTACT US . We will scan the pages to be posted and return the yearbook(s) to you.  
Yearbooks scanned and posted :

1923   1950-'51  1958   1957 and '58 grads
1926  1952  1961   1959, '60, '61 grads
1939 1954  1965   1962, '63, '64, '65 grads
1941  1955   1969   
1949  1957 1956 grads 1971


Everyone who ever attended RHS will recognize this room.

Students at Reliance school in 1922. No identification on photo. From McManus collection.

1922 RHS First four-year graduating class  Back, l-r: Irene Burke, Florence Dirks,  Veva Rockafellow, Margaret
Martin. Middle  - Dorothy Rockafellow, Dave Erickson, Herman Karasek, Robert Martin and Hazel Shoemaker. 
Front - Rose Schoessler

1925 Graduates  Back, l-r: Ruth House, Joe Murray, Nina Rockafellow, Denzel Pease, Marie Donelan. 
Middle - Louis Cullen, Roy Fletcher, Perry Ferdig. Front - Gertrude Larsen, Frances Freeze.

1927 Graduates Back, l-r: Dorothy Larson, George Wagner, Emaline Miller, Lyle Edinger, Mary Booher, Kathryn
Hieb, Evelyn Bohart. Middle: Mae House, Onalee House, Supt. V.E. Nelson, Mamie Miller, Ruby Bartholow, Lillie
Monson.  Front: Dale Heffelfinger, Sophia Thietje, Benny Dirks. 
Photo from Alta Larsen-Cable, dau of Onalee House

1928 Graduates    Back: Sarah Hodgin, Margaret Chubbuck, Esther Melton. Middle: William Cullen, Perle Cosgrove,
Everett Parkening, Francis Woster; Front: Arleen Eymer and Leta Farrell. 
Corrections to photos were made by  Alona Parkening Peterson and Marlys Cosgrove Swanson (Everett and Perle and Arleen and Leta  were listed out of 
sequence in the original school  yearbook.)

             Perle Cosgrove, '28                                                  Leta Farrell, '28           

1929 Graduates   Class of 1929 Back, l-r: Belle Larson, Alice Hodgin, Ruth Hodgin, George  Kentch, Oliver Berg.
Middle: Alice Eleeson, Bertha Monson, Maxine Alcott, Prof. Nelson, Carl Peterson, Royal Cosgrove. Front: Ella
Waldron, Martha Thietje.

          Royal "Babe" Cosgrove, '29                                          Harry Keaton,  '30


               Bertha Lippens, '33                                                   Irene Murphy, '33


                Lucille Edwards, '33                                   Photo says Lucille Edwards (uncertain)


                                                            Evelyn O'Neill, '34

1938 Grades 4, 5, 6  Back, l.r: Miss Ballard, Stanley Nissen,  Morris Chrans, Doris Hamiel, Marilyn
Gillen, Agnes Neyt, Lloyd Husman, Clete Lester.  Middle:  Gladys Nelson, Rose Draphal, Clara Draphal,
Ruth Moulton, Rosemarie Fletcher, Lorine Kies.  Front: Rita Schelle, Junior Carey, Spencer Nissen,
Chuck Taft, Ralph Moulton, Benny Husman, Darrel Huntsman, Richard Schoessler, Adella Hodgin.

1938 Grades 7 and 8     Help! Identify please

1943-'44 Basketball   Back: Coach Sattler, Reinhold Hieb, Gene Holmquist, Stanley Nissen,  Eddie Hieb. 
Front Max Wolf, Dick LeClare, Lloyd Husman, Clete  Lester, Benny Husman

1946 Basketball  Reliance 1946 Basketball Team. Dist. 29 Champions Reg. 8 Consolation Winners. 
Back, l-r: Coach Hank Sattler, Paul Burke, Helmet Reuer, Bob Kenobbie, Eugene “Bud” Reuer and Gene Norton;
Front: Dick Black, Darrell Huntsman, Benny Husman, Jake Reuer and Richard Schoessler. 


1949 School Board   l.r: Mr. Sattler, Mr. Donelan, Mr. Fletcher, Mr. Hodgin, Mr. Drafahl and Mr. Nissen



The students at Reliance High School started a school newspaper in September of 1929. Many of these
have been shared with you by Ron McManus. Quality is not always the best.  Some could be scanned while
many were omitted or transcribed to the best of our ability. 

Below the last newsletter, you will find links to the remaining newsletters we were able to use.

R.H.S. ECHO         Volume I                 Number I          September 1929
Published monthly by the Reliance High School at Reliance, S. Dak.  5 cents  per copy.

Editor-in-Chief – Harry Dirks,  Senior Editor – Leone Farrell, Junior Editor – Mary Riggen, 
Sophomore Editor – Evelyn Wolcott,  Freshmen Editor – Zelpha Lester 

The PURPOSE of this paper.
     This being the first issue of the Reliance High School Echo, the staff would like to announce that the purpose of this paper is twofold: first, that we, as students may derive some experience in publishing a paper, and second, that we may earn some funds to help defray the expenses of
athletics during this school year.

    The Reliance High School Echo will be published once a month and sold to the public for five cents
a copy.
We, as representatives of the Reliance High School, solicit your support.

    The Sophomores and the Juniors put on a very nice party for the benefit of the Freshmen. This p
arty was a great success to all except the Freshmen. They put the poor little Freshmen in a dark room the one by one, they were brought out to learn some manners.
     A Sophomore boy thought he would enjoy the honor of shaking hands with all the sweet little Freshmen girls. So he stood right where he could not be overlooked and shook hands with all the Freshmen. The girls thought it was quite an honor until they had tried it. They found, to their great disappointment that it wasn’t as pleasant as they thought it would be. The reason for the disappointment was that they received an electric shock.  For the next torture, each one in turn
had to roll a noodle across a piece of paper with his nose. This was fun for all but the Freshmen.

    The greatest event however, occurred when the Freshmen had their pictures taken. They all put on their sweetest smiles when to their surprise, they saw something falling on them and being green, they thought it was snow. They soon found out differently when a whole sack of flour was poured on them. After the remaining events, a very delightful lunch consisting of sandwiches, pickles, salad and cake was served to all who were able to eat.
     The Freshmen left in high spirits; their only regret being that they could be Freshmen but once.

R. H. S. ECHO     Volume I     Number  III      November --- 1929
Published monthly by the Reliance High School at Reliance, S. Dak.  5? per copy

STAFF:   Editor-in-Chief – Harry Dirks,  Senior Editor – Leone Farrell,   Junior Editor – Mary Riggen,  Sophomore Editor – Evelyn Wolcott,  Freshmen Editor – Zelpha Lester

The Sophomore Class of 1929 is made up of seventeen members who
have never been able to agree on a class motto so each person has adopted one of his own. These mottoes are as follows:
     Floyd Nelson – “Let me live in a house by the side of the road and be a friend to

     Harriett Schooler – “Isn’t it terrible to be popular?” 
    Earl Wallace and Neil Skogsberg – “The Girls of the Sophomore class are alright
    but they haven’t got anything on certain
other girls in certain other classes.”
    Evert Ocheltree – “Ain’t love grand?”
    Arleen Gammon – “My favorite fruit is a date.” 
    Lima Ferdig – “Ditto.”

    Paul Buchanan – “I will go on dancing this way until I learn how.” 
    Gordon Hall – “I am proud of my title, ‘The Deacon!” 
Norma Berg and Sermena Neyt -  “School is a nuisance because it tends to
    prevent one from getting the needed rest in the day time.” 

    Robert Swanson – “I am not superstitious, but when it comes to typewriting, I  
    can certainly make the keys talk.” 

    Evelyn Wolcott – “I will have to study my lesson.”  
    Evert Fletcher – I am in a terrible hurry, but I am not going anywhere.” 
    Elmer Schelske – “Another way to die poor is to start a razor factory in Russia.” 
Evan Parkening – “If I have it, it is the best.”  
    Nicholas Karasek – “If there are no books in heaven I don’t care to go there.”



R. H. S. ECHO                 January 1930
Published monthly by the Reliance High School at Reliance, S. Dak.  5 cents per copy
Editor-in-Chief – Harry Dirks,  Senior Editor – Leone Farrell,   Junior Editor – Mary Riggen, 
Sophomore Editor – Evelyn Wolcott,  Freshmen Editor – Zelpha Lester

This Wonderful Junior Class
What a wonderful Junior Class have we;  we are all so very dumb, you see.
 Stub and Benny make all the noise,  but Monk and Verle are the  “worstest” boys.
 Neva whispers to Margy all the time in English III.
 But Kenobbie, Melba is like an angel As also is Riggen, Mary;
 They sit in class good as can be and from their lessons, their minds never tarry.

 Fritz is quite a whistler, we know, while Hank is inclined to be sorta slow.
 Helen and Nona are kind of dizzy, but very sweet are Margaret and Lizzie.

 If you have read this all the way through you’ll know what us Junior kids do.
Neva Fletcher 
Examinations are Valuable
      There are many values in having an examination. 

  First, it gives the pupil a chance to find out what he knows and does not know.   Second, the
teacher discovers where the pupils are weak.
  Third, it forms an incentive for the pupil to review
his work. Otherwise some pupils would not have ambition enough to review.
     Fourth, it gives each pupil the same advantage in the final average, because some are better in daily work than in examinations while others are better in examinations that in daily work.
   The above reasons explain why I think examinations are valuable.                        
Gilbert Wagner  ‘33  
 Examinations Are Harmful
     Exams are harmful because they waste paper and ink. If a paper gets a blot on it they throw it away and get a new sheet. I was the only one in the class who had ink and everyone borrowed some.
Then they threw it at each other and when I went to fill my pen there was not any ink left.

    One boy had not eaten anything for four days because he was thinking about the exams. When he saw the questions he fainted and the only thing that saved him was the teachers dinner pail which was in the room.
    If you are writing and someone happens to bump your are the teacher will think you wrote adjective when it was supposed to be  adverb. That causes you to have lower grades.  
I know one girl who was quite nervous. She was thinking about exams and was shaking so that the desk broke. When they picked her up they found that the fall had caused her to break her neck.Therefore, I think exams are harmful.  
                                                                            ---Wayne Bartholow ‘33


RHS ECHO    Volume I              Number VI       February 1930
Published monthly by the Reliance High School at Reliance, S. Dak.  5?  per copy.

STAFF Editor-in-Chief – Harry Dirks,  Senior Editor – Leone Farrell, Junior Editor – Mary Riggen, Sophomore Editor – Evelyn Wolcott,  Freshmen Editor – Zelpha Lester

    The Rah! Rah! Rah! Caps are those caps which we see adorning the heads of the most highly spirited of RHS. For the large sum of 20 cents you are able to purchase one. It is a dandy head gear for those students who would rather show their feelings than voice them because the caps are in school colors and appropriate for the season. These caps are time and effort-saving things. All that is necessary is the skilled movement of the hand from the head to the hip pocket and your cap is nicely put away until the next occasion for use.
    The students will very likely be able to study easier because there will be no weight on their brain before and after school. And there will be no more, the large amount of disorder in the halls at dismissal time.
   The caps are made of pretty orange and black cloth sewed together with the word “Reliance” in front. And furthermore, they are caps which will wear twice as long as any ordinary cap because when the outside gets soiled you can turn them inside-out and they are again new.
                                                                          --- Clyde Bowar – ‘30   
The RHS Band is planning two concerts to be given at Reliance. The first concert the latter part
of March and the second some time in April. The funds obtained from these concerts will be used to defray the expenses of a trip to Yankton which is planned about May 5. These concerts consist of numbers by the band and vocal selections.

Nona Karasek, Elva Wolcott, Bernard Gaede, Frank Williams, Zelpha Lester Gordon Hall and Eileen Hansen, -- Coronet; Harriet Schooler, Floyd Nelson and Miss Wagner, -- Violin; Zella O’Neill, -- Clarinet; Miss Dirks,  --  Saxophone,
Clay Schooler and A .L. Wermers – Baritone; V.E. Nelson – Trombone; Harry Keaton – Tuba;  Milton O’Neill – Alto and Evelyn Wolcott – Drum.

    Those students exempt in all subjects the first six weeks of the second semester are as follows: Harry Dirks, Neva Fletcher, Ila Eymer, Ina Eymer, Leota Hall, Gladys Miller, Clay Schooler, Violet Skogsberg, Leone Farrell, Evelyn Wolcott, Harriett Schooler and Bertha Lippens.

                        Mr. Nelson
    Mr. Nelson has been superintendent of the Reliance High Schiool for five years. He is always willing to aid in any way; teacher and supervisor.

                        Mr. Wermers
    As principal of the high school for the past three years, he has performed is duties in an admirable manner. Enthusiastic and haed-working athletic coach.
                        Miss Dirks
    Miss Dirks is a thoroughly capable teacher and as class advisor has been of great help to the Juniors. She has a host of friends in Reliance.
                        Miss Wagner
    Miss Wagner has one of the hardest tasks in the high school course and has carried it on in a perfected manner, and leader in our Glee Clubs and Debates.

We are hoping that these teachers will be with us again next year. --Mary Riggen


R.H.S. ECHO   Volume I      Number VII   March --- 1930
Published monthly by the Reliance High School at Reliance, S. Dak. 5 cents  per copy.

STAFF:  Editor-in-Chief - Harry Dirks;  Senior Editor - Leone Farrell;  Junior Editor -
Mary Riggen; Sophomore Editor - Evelyn Wolcott; Freshmen Editor - Zelpha Lester

EDITORIAL  At last! The dreams of many a day have come true. Coming up the stairs leading to the assembly one is arrested by black and orange sweaters hanging on the cloak racks. The coveted “R” has at last been won. Many a boy’s and a girl’s desire hangs there. Everywhere does one see sweaters.
   Congratulations Seniors, and may the graduating classes to come receive as many as you have. Walk with a swagger in your new sweaters, for it show fine school spirit when students work for such a reward.     --- Harry Dirks

     The Junior class are practicing on their play entitled, “Who Wouldn’t Be Crazy?”
The play will be given April 11 and 12 at the high school auditorium. Personnel of the play:

   Nicholas Karasek – Inmate No. I, assumed patient at the sanitarium;  
    Neva Fletcher – Inmate No. II, also assumed patient;
   Benny McMullen – Pluribus – general utility;
   Mary Riggen – Pendie, Miss Meridith’s colored maid;
   Nona Karasek – Miss Lavelle, head nurse at the sanitarium;
    Evan Parkening – Mr. Higgens, Supt.;
   Fred Thietje – Mr. Marshall of the Board of Directors;
    Carl Monson – Jack, alias “Speedy”, his son.
    Helen Bukacek – Lois Meridith, a visitor;
Russell Bohart – Reggie Mortimer, an admirer of Lois;
Elizabeth Drafahl – Beatrice, friend of Lois;
    Margaret Lippens – Marjorie, friend of Lois;
    Henry Erickson – Hardboiled McCafferty, policeman;
    Melba Kenobbie – Evelyn Winslow, a wealthy patient;
   Verle Peterson – Edward Gordon, Evelyn’s fiancé.

 R.H.S. ECHO   April 1930   Volume I      Number VIII

Published monthly by the  Reliance High School  at Reliance, S. Dak. 5?  per copy 

Editor-in-Chief – Harry Dirks,  Senior Editor – Leone Farrell,   Junior Editor – Mary Riggen,  Sophomore Editor – Evelyn Wolcott,  Freshmen Editor – Zelpha Lester

Apr. 25 …… “Patricia”, high school operetta  
May 1 …….. Band concert  
May 2 …….. Field meet, Presho   
May 2 ……..Band trip to Yankton  
May 3 ……..Junior-Senior banquet   
May 9, 10 .. “When the Clock Strikes Twelve” – Senior class play
May 10 …….Rally Day, Kennebec   
May 11 ……. Baccalaureate services  
May 16 ……. Commencement

Patricia (Miss Incognito) ---- Lima Ferdig  
Jimmy Lovitt ----Henry Woster  
Margaret Winthrop (Jim’s fiance)--- Nona Karasek  
Dick Franklin ---- Lent Ives  
Fanny Warrington --- Bernice Montgomery  
Nancy Lee (Fanny’s guest) --- Leone Farrell   
Bobby Neal (in love with Fanny --- Harry Dirks   
Perry Chesterton, a poet --- Clay Schooler   
Warren Miles --- Earl Wallace   
Mrs. Montgomery ---Violet Skogsberg   
Reginald Montgomery (her son) Neil Skogsberg   
Cy Simpkins, a native --- Evert Ocheltree   
Chiquita (gypsy fortune teller)--- Zella O’Neill
Roxanne (gypsy fortune teller)---Neva Fletcher


Links to remaining newsletters   School years in black are still needed.

1930     1931     1932     1933     1934   1935     1936    1937     1938     1939

1940     1941     1942    1943      1944   1945     1946    1947     1948     1949