CHATSWORTH BLUEBIRDS & SCHOOLS

                         

 

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The Bluebird name was taken by the schools in 1939


 

 IN IN HONOR OF OUR SCHOOLS AND SPORTS

THE CHATSWORTH

BLUEBIRDS


 

Sugar Beet School

This is the first school house that was built in 1858 in town and later moved to the county and was attended before the building of our first community school. When it was moved to the country it was mainly attend by the children of the Sugar Beet Factory employees, giving it it's name. It is now a museum located in the CAPS PARK on the northwest side of town. Thanks to the efforts of Mrs.  Stoutemeyer.   

    

 

 

CHATSWORTH COMMUNITY SCHOOL

This school housed both the grade and high school classes.  It was built in 1870 and razed in 1960. What a glorious old building! Having attended grades 1 thru 5 in this building, I remember the scary spiraling stair case which led to the second floor and the fun fire escapes that you can see in the second picture. And the teachers ringing the bell at the start of school and signaling  the end of recess. And the swings, and the rings and bars, and the merry-go -round, and the slides. And with the restrooms in the basement, and you could take time out to visit Mr. Curtis, the janitor. What a great school it was! 
(According to the Blade, consolidation was considered as early as 1949 with Forrest and Strawn. In 1969, consolidation was considered with Cullom, Kempton-Cabery, Forrest-Strawn-Wing, Piper City and Saunemin.Consolidation with Fairbury-Cropsey,Forrest, Strawn and Wing was in 1986 and Chenoa was added in 2007.)       

   

 
 

CHATSWORTH HIGH SCHOOL

This is the high school built in 1921/22 and was razed in 1985/86, after the last graduating class of 1985. Another great school!  Remember the lunchroom, that was the original gym? And the 6th, 7th and 8th grades attended here too (this is where I spent those years). We were allowed to use the little stage in the lunchroom to put on plays and acts that we made  up.  And the big stage in the new gym, that was just awesome to the young students. And watching the Sweet Sixteen basket ball tournament on TV in the gym,during school time, no less!!! And attending the Homecoming and last football games each year, in November, sometimes in the snow, wearing my fuzzy white earmuffs!  

The school was built with brick from the local Walter's Brick Factory and wired by the local Ortman Electic Shop.

When the school was razed, the bricks were sold as souvenirs. 
 
 
 

Chatsworth Elementry School Today

Now part of the Prairie Central School District

 
 
 
 
St. Peter and Paul's Catholic Acadamy
 
 
 


First Football Team 1928

Of course taken a few years later !! Lost to Melvin 6-0.

 

Historical Calendar Picture

 

 


1934 Vermillion Valley Champs

From The Chatsworth Area Centennial book

 


1936 Football

 

 

 


1939 Basketball

 

 

 


 

 

1954 Undefeated Team

 

Historical Calendar Picture

 
 

 

 

THE BLUEBIRD SONG

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Oh, when those Chatsworth Bluebirds start to fight,

Our foe will never live to see the light.

We're gonna roll those fellows off their feet,

Cause Chatsworth High just simply can't be beat.

Oh no!

We're gonna charge right on to victory,

No matter who or what the time may be.

We're gonna fight, fight, fight for varsity,

Yes sireee

For Chatsworth High---------h

B-B-blue

B-B-irds

Bluebirds

Bluebirds

Yeah !!! 

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Note:This is probably the song written by two cheerleaders, Betty Jo Sims and Mildred Finefield,  around 1940, as noted by Mrs. Stoutemyer in "Sands of Time, 150 Years Around Chatsworth, Illinois

Thanks to Zoe Pearson and Barbara Black  for getting all the words together correctly !  

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School Song

Chatsworth, thy walls so fair

Mean more than brick and stone,

And in our heart they''ll always wear

A luster all their own. 

To us they stand for right and truth

For conduct that's above reproof

And all the best ideals of youth,

Which to our lives you've shown. 

 

Chorus

So hail ! then to Chatsworth high,

The school we hold most dear. 

To honor her we lift our cry

And raise a hearty cheer. Rah! Rah!

O Chatsworth, the teams that fight 

On floor and field for you,

Are worthy of they colors bright,

The orange and the blue. 

Note:In 1929 the school Library Club sponsored a contest to get the words for a school song. Adele Raboin won first prize and Carl Kyburz second. 
But another set of words was submitted by an alumnus, not for the contest but for the interest.The writer preferred to remain anonymous, but the words were attributed to Willis Parson. Years later, Willis said a group contributed ideas for a composite set of words. Music was written and the song was used for several years, but few could play it and their weren't many copies.
Source: Sands of Time-150 Years Around Chatsworth, Illinois
 
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THE  SCHOOL BELL

 Ring on, oh faithful school bell, just the same, Tho poet’s pen has naught in praise of thee,

Poe praises bells of every shape and tone, But leaves word of they glory all to me. 

His sledges tinkle with the merriment, Of many a clear-toned, happy silver bell,

His wedding bells chime cheerily with delight, A world of happiness their harmonies foretell. 

Grim terror fills the startled ear of night, As wild alarm bells ring out the fire’s all right.

The tolling of his bells, his iron bells, A groan rung from the rust within their throats, 

A world of solemn thought from all compels, As the melancholy Monaco from them floats.

Another hears the chime of Sabbath bells, Each one its creed in soft-toned music tolls, 

In tones that swell upon the very air, As sweet as song, as pure as any prayer. 

But, who, oh bell, thy song has ever praised, Who up to thee, in approving glance has raised.

Tho mak’et the tired mother turn to thee, With thankful heart that, for six hours she’s free. 

From girlish questions that at times annoy, And from the romping of the noisy boy.

But when your tones ring out that school is o’er, She greets with joy the little ones once more. 

Oh, if our ears were made for tongues like them, What precious tales would in thy notes combine.

The six-year-olds come trembling in to school, Eager to know, yet fearful of each rule. 

How soon they come to love thy welcome tone, And think their school room is a second home. 

Tho’ teachers change, or have no time to know, Thou seest how, step by step, they onward go, 

Some, quick in learning, easily attain, The ladder’s highest round of school-day fame.

Others, by patient prodding, gain the prize, And love it better since they toiled to rise. 

They say “tis finished”, and, old bell, e’en you, Ring out a sound that to their ears is new. 

 

You tell of sweetest days that never come, But once in life—and those for them are gone. 

No more they’ll tread the shady, pleasant walk, Whispering so low in confidential talk. 

For soon thy welcome rings to others still, Who come, their vacant places now to fill. 

But other sights, and other feeling too, Than those of thee alone , are brought to view. 

From thy high perch, swung free in God’s sweet air, Thou hast seen the August school board dressed with care. 

In Sunday garb, becomingly arrayed, At which the teacher’s heart sinks all dismayed. 

To think  of puzzling questions sure to come, That make the frightened urchins all turn dumb.

Thou hast heard relief breathed out in one deep sigh, When that long hour has wearily passed by.

And they are gone, ne’er to return again, Until more questions crowd their fertile brain.

O,bell! We love thee for the good thou hast done, the cheer thou wilt give in many years to come.

To tired teachers thou at eve will say, “Leave trouble here and happy go thy way”. 

At morning, rested, come and find, The trouble gone that thou hast left behind.

And now the Alumni, hear thee once again, A strange sweet memory of days long past.

Which time for some, perhaps may be the last.

Ring out, oh bell! In tones so sweet and clear, nine times a day and nine months in the year. 

That all who obey they summons all may feel, A pleasure thrill them from thy merry peal.     

Miss A.M. Schlabach, daughter of Prof. C.E. Schlabach

From the 1887 Alumni Banquet

From the Chatsworth Plaindealer

June 17, 1887

 

 

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The Tatler was started in 1921

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Chatsworth -Room 2 Year unknown
 
 
 
Early class picture taken by C.U.Williams out of Bloomington. Year unknown. Notice blackboard says "Room 2- Chatsworth, Ill."
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1890 All Classes
 
 Photo Courtesy of Cindy Baker

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Class of 1890 Commencement Program
 
 
Ninth Annual Commencement of the Chatsworth High School on Wednesday Eve., June 11, 1890

Class of '90

Jessie WATSON
Emma J. BROBST
Clarence H. SMITH
Bessie M. LARNED
M. Josie FITZMAURICE
Robert TAGGERT

Motto: "Rowing, not drifting"
Class Flower: Syringa

PROGRAM

Quartette-"Warm Spring Days"..McLaughlin
Mrs. H. M. BANGS, Miss Grace SEARS, Messers. H. M. BANGS and O. B. STRAIGHT

Invocation..Rev. J. W. MCGOWAN

Piano Solo-"Musette Di Nina"..Louis Strack
Ora G. SMITH

Salutatory,* and Oration - "What Shall We Do?"
Jessie WATSON

Oration - "Light, More Light"
Bessie M. LARNED

Oration - "Spectacles"
M. Josie FITZMAURICE

Vocal Solo-"The Message"..Blumenthal
Mrs. H. M. BANGS

Oration - "Is the Study of Science Practical?"
Clarence H. SMITH

Oration - "Morning, Noon and Evening"
Emma J. BROBST

Oration - "Life Is a School", and Valedictory"
Robert TAGGERT

Male Quartette-"Sweet Home"..Heath
Messrs. HEALD, HABERKORN, ROYAL, and BUSHWAY

Presentation of Diplomas

Quartette-"Where Rippling Waters Flow"..White
Mrs. H. M. BANGS, Miss Grace SEARS, Messrs. H. M. BANGS and O. B. STRAIGHT

Benediction - Rev. W. D. H. YOUNG

*Elected by class
 
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CLASS OF  1957  SIXTH GRADE
 

Class of 1960 3rd Grade
 

 
 
 
Class of 1958 - 5th Grade
 
 
Class of 1958 - 5th Grade

 
 
 
Early Parochial School Picture
 
 
 
 

 
 
Grade School Class of 1956 Catholic School

 

Bob Saathoff file


 

 

The Last Graduation Class of 1985

 

   

Historical Calendar 

 


 

 

CLASS OF 1932

  

PHOTO COURTESY OF COLLEEN (EHMAN) BUTLER


CLASS OF 1934

 

PHOTO COURTESY OF COLLEEN (EHMAN) BUTLER


CLASS OF 1936

 

PHOTO COURTESY OF COLLEEN (EHMAN) BUTLER


CLASS OF 1938

 

PHOTO COURTESY OF COLLEEN (EHMAN) BUTLER


 

CLASS OF 1944

  Bob McKinley File
 

 

For a complete list of the Chatsworth graduates go here, then click on the "Alumni" tab.

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