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TO the memory of RECTOR GEORGE SCHICK, Ph. D.,
the class of 1915 respectfully dedicates this book in
grateful recognition of his services during his fifty-nine years
as professor at Concordia College.

£ THE PIONEER 1915 &.

Rector George Shick, Ph. D.

THIS world is a world of relative values. What to one man
appears great, noble, worthy, of the highest endeavor, to
another appears paltry, mean, valueless. And this applies
also to the esteem in which men hold the various professions.
The standards of judgment vary almost as much as the ability of
the judges to form an opinion.

The work of the teacher accordingly is judged in the most
widely different fashion by the different people. An old saying
has it : "They that can, do ; they that can not, teach." This judg-
ment of the ignorant, the hoi polloi, of all ages, is still the judg-
ment of the broad masses of our people. The successful political
intriguer and schemer, the sophistic Chautauqua lecturer, the
man who by methods of more or less doubtful honesty accumu-
lated vast stores of money, are held in high esteem; they are
called statesmen, orators, financiers; but the man who devotes
a great soul, more than mediocre powers of intellect, extraor-
dinary patience, and above all, abounding love, to the work of
training the youth of the country for useful citizenship, for an
honorable career in church or state is only — a teacher. While
the remuneration for the work of the politician, the public enter-
tainer, and the business man is liberal, if not disproportionately
great, that of a teacher is small indeed.

Tis true the work of the great specialist, especially if it can
be measured in dollars and cents, is appreciated and rewarded.
The position and salary of the great university special teacher is
in a measure commensurate with his usefulness.

But the work of the college teacher cannot be measured in
dollars and cents, and is, therefore not valued very highly. And
yet his work is of the highest value. He awakens the slumbering
soul of youth or maiden, teaches her to use her growing and un-
folding wings; he is the bearer of the divine flame, the divine
Eros, as Plato called it, which is the real life of the human soul.
He kindles in the soul of youth the "divine ardor," the zeal to
strive ever upward and onward ; the divine discontent with that
which is, and the yearning for better things.

Books can do and have done much to stimulate men to strive
for the attainment of high ideals ; but such cases are rare. Usually
it is some teacher, some great soul, filled with love and sympathy
for youth that awakens the soul of the young and points out to
her the path which she is to go.

And such a teacher was our beloved Professor Schick. Much
has been said of his scholarship, of his pedagogical skill, of his
long years of faithful service. I trust I may be permitted to ex-
press here the thought which is uppermost in my mind. It is

£ THE PI ONEER 1915 g

this that to my boyish days as well as to untold numbers of others
he was an ever present inspiration. In days when temptation
came to cast all ideals overboard, to become hard and cynical, to
become selfish and worldly minded, to give up the things of the
mind and to strive only for pelf and power, it was the uncon-
scious influence of his personality, of his idealism, of an occasional
word of cheer or of mild rebuke, that made the soul ashamed of
its weakness, and turned it from the flesh pots of material gain,
from the thought of pelf and vanity to a realization of the value
of the higher things of life. Though I do not remember that I
ever heard him make many words on the subject, he impressed
my boyish mind with this one idea that time and labor expended
upon the pursuit of the highest ideals in cultivation of the mind
was never wasted, as it were, upon a mere hobby, upon something
merely ornamental, that all the learning one could acquire, could
be turned to account in the service of Our Lord in His vineyard.
Tis true, he strove to kindle in the souls of his students an ap-
preciation of the great thinkers and doers of antiquity. He ever
impressed upon our minds the thought that we could not but fail
to understand the present unless we understood the past. He
showed us that our culture was founded upon the culture of the
Greeks, and that we, who were receiving what is commonly called
a "classical education," were highly favored among the children
of men. But at the same time, we knew that our teacher would
have us study these things for this sole purpose, namely, to serve
our Lord and Master Jesus Christ.

And now he has gone from us. He who held up before gen-
eration after generation of students the flaming torch of idealism
in study and in service is no more. But his spirit is not dead.
A number of his colleagues who are imbued with the same spirit
are still teaching at Concordia. And a number of his former pupils
have taken up the work at our beloved Alma Mater, and are
carrying it on, onward and upward, in the spirit of him that has
gone to his reward. May his spirit ever be with us.


£ THE PIONEER 1915 ^

r oreword

IN PUBLISHING the Pioneer, the class of 1915
offers its friends a book which it hopes is by no
means inferior to similar books published by the
graduating classes of other institutions in the same
class as Concordia. Many mistakes have perhaps
been made in it, and much criticism will probably be
incurred, but if our youth and inexperience is taken
into consideration, we feel certain that a more fa-
vorable opinion will prevail. Such as it is, however,
we offer it to you. May it prove a pleasant reminder
of college days, and a means of making our Alma
Mater better known.


3 THE PIONEER 1915 £

The Staff

Erwin Umbach

Harry Fischer
Business Manager

Hermaxx Keinath
Assistant Editor

William Rehm
Assistant Business Manager

Oscar Lixxemeier
Art Editor

Iddo Heixicke
A tide tics

Johx Sullivan

Ludwig Spitz

Johx Schumacher




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The Faculty

Director Martin Luecke, Pres.
Religion, History, and New Testament Greek

Rector George Schick, Ph.D. Prof. em.
Latin Language and Literature

Prof. August Cruel
German Language and Literature

Prof. Friedrich Zucker
Greek Language and Literature

Prof. Louis W. Dorx
German Language and Literature, Mathematics, and Natural


Prof. Joseph Schmidt
Latin, Hebrew, and Genera] History

Prof. Wilhelm H. Kruse
Latin and Mathematics

Prof. Walter L. Moll
English Language and Literature, Latin, Greek, and French

Prof. G. V. Schick, Ph.D.
Latin, Hebrew, German, English, and Mathematics

Prof. E. Schxedler
Latin, German, English, and Mathematics

Rev. H. Hamann

English, German, History, and Mathematics
first semester only

Rev. Chr. Purzxer
Instructor in Sexta and Septima

Heixrich J. Feiertag
Instructor in Vocal Music

Captaix G. L. Byroade
Military Science and Tactics




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19 15 sr:

IT WAS in the fall of 1909 when fifty-four youngsters, destined to con-
stitute the class of 1915, entered the ranks of Concordia. As might
be expected, the first few days of our stay at a place so strange to us
were none too pleasant. We had to get used to entirely new and
strange conditions, only a few had friends here, and a continual longing
for home made matters still worse. After several days, however, we
learned to like the surroundings, and roamed about the place with the air
of seniors. But alas ! alas ! After a few weeks of this gay life were over,
it was impressed upon our minds that we were only "sexties" and that as
such it was our solemn duty to get busy and help the rest of the common
herd, or lower classmen, in what might be called house-cleaning. The use
of the broom and mop and other cleaning utensils was practically demon-
strated to us, with such effect, that even now the members of our class can
give the newcomers valuable hints and instructions in this noble art. But
this is not to give the impression that all our spare time was devoted to
such work. On the contrary, some very good times were enjoyed. Who,
for instance, can ever forget the exciting meetings of our Sexta Debating
Club, when such all-important questions as "Which is tne more useful, the
horse or the cow?" were debated upon by some silver-tongued orators of
the class? Class spirit was soon awakened and literary clubs, baseball,
and basket ball teams were organized and heartily supported. In this
manner, the first year passed by, and although all were glad to leave for
home, it was only with the determination to come back to Concordia the
next year.

In this manner, year after year rolled by. Each year brought with
it harder studies but also more fredom and independence. Of course, we
were far from being entirely free and left to ourselves. Countless days
of "fatigue," acquired by all kinds of transgressions of that famous law
called "Hausordnung" always reminded us of our duty when in danger
of going the wrong road. Especially that most popular of all punish-
ments, "dumping the cans," whereby justice is exercised upon the too-
ardent consumers of "Tuxedo" or "Prince Albert," will always linger in
the memory of those who had the privilege of wheeling this "Chariot of
Misery" from the dump to the crematory. But we lived through all these
hardships, and even learned to like them.


3 THE PIONEER 1915 $

Looking back over the six years spent at our dear Alma Mater, one
must admit that there are many things left unaccomplished, and still we
many consider ourselves an average class. We do not claim that we were
the leading class in everything, but some things were done by our class
whereby it served as an example for other classes. One of these is, that
this is the first class since the founding of our college, which has succeeded
in publishing a class annual.

In athletics also, our class has held its own with the others. Very
few games of baseball were played while we were in the lower classes, but
in these we always managed to overcome the classes under us. In our
third year, however, our team lost to the class of 1916, without regaining
its proper standing until two years later.

In basket ball, our class has always been exceptionally strong. As
early as in Tertia, one member of the class was on the big five and in the
last two years over half the team was composed of members of our class.
The class championship was also won by our Secunda team, when they
downed the erstwhile champions, class 1914, in an exciting contest, 19-17.

Our class track team has always had what might be termed "hard
luck." While in the lower classes, we had abundant material for a good
track team. Later on, however, several athletes were lost every year, who
turned out to be track stars in other classes. Still we always manage to
get a fair number of points in the annual field meet.

And now that the day of our departure from the institution, where
six of the happiest years of our life were spent, draws nigh, it is only with
a feeling of sorrow that we reflect, that after commencement the class of
1915 will probably never again assemble as a whole. Of course, the ma-
jority intend to continue their studies at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis,
Mo., and for them the happy days of college life are not quite over. It
will only be a short time, however, before all are compelled to face the
world with its hardships, and the time will come when all will feel a long-
ing to return to the care-free college days at Concordia and to meet and
know their classmates again as they knew them in former years. This,
however, is impossible. But in order to give everyone something wherein
the good wishes of his classmates can always be found, the class decided
to adopt a motto. After much discussion, the motto "Nee aspera terrent"
was finally chosen as the most appropriate. At college, this motto has
been followed, for no hardships here have been able to strike terror into
our hearts. May it also prove a safe guide in the years which must fol-
low, and may it prove the clarion call which will hold our class together





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John Berthel, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Corpora] '13. Sergeant '14. Chief of
Trumpeters, '15.

The beginning of all things is small, and
so it is with our class. Although "John-
ny's" legs are barely long enough for short
trousers, he still manages to keep in step
with the rest of the class. Aside from stud-
ies, "Johnny" has two hobbies, the "Freie
Presse's" latest war article and his cornet.

Alfred Daschner, Fisherville, Ontario,

Corporal '13. Sergeant '14. Lieutenant
'15. Athletic Committee '14, '15. Basket
Ball Team '14, '15. Baseball Team '14,
'15. Captain Baseball Team '15.

From his peaceful nature, one would
hardly judge "Charley" to be a Canadian.
It is seldom that he does not receive a
high mark in studies, and at the same time
he is an athlete Concordia will miss. Some
also maintain that "Dasch" is a trifle




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Harry Fischer, Chicago, 111.

Corporal '13. Sergeant '14. Lieutenant
'15. Frass Committee '14. Stationery.
Directorium '14. Athletic Committee '15.
Manager Baseball and Basket Ball Teams
'15. Baseball Team '14, '15. Pioneer
Staff. Glee Club.

Harry is the business man of the class,
whose advice is always sought in business
matters. He also takes an active interest
in athletics. For the past two seasons he
has covered first base for the varsity nine.
In his studies, too, Harry has always been
around first with the exception of Hebrew.

Rudolph Frank, Saginaw, Mich.

Corporal '14. Sergeant '15. Pool Com-

"Rudy" is one of the few quiet members
of our class. Still, whenever an opportu-
nity for a little fun comes along, he joins
right in. Among other things, he takes a
special liking to Hebrew and for a while
was in the race for the Hebrew recitation.
His chief pride, however, lies in his almost
forty-inch chest.




19 15 &.

Iddo Heinicke, Evansville, Ind.

Corporal "13. Sergeant '14. Lieutenant '15.
Pioneer Staff. Frass Committee '14.

"Quicksilver" is the only name that
would stick to Iddo because he could never
sit still. His restless nature, however, is
unable to keep him from being near the
top in his studies, especially in languages.
Once he took part in a fat man's race. He
says, there isn't a thing that cannot be
eaten or smoked.

Martin Ilse, Cleveland, Ohio

Corporal '14. Qm. Sergeant '15. Directori-
um '15. Glee Club.

"Marty" Use's other nickname is "Min-
nie," which his famous curl and his beauti-
ful soprano voice acquired for him a few
years ago. The curl still remains, but his
voice has become as low as first tenor. Be-
sides Hebrew, no sports charm "Marty"
except the dangerous game of tennis or
riding his bicycle.




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Hermann Keinath, Frankenmuth, Mich.

Corporal '13. Sergeant '14. Lieutenant and
Captain '15. Glee Club. Directorium '13,
'14. Pioneer Staff. Alma Mater Substaff.
Baseball Team '14 . Second Concordians
'15. Orchestra

One of our best all around men. There
is nothing that "Eskie" undertakes and
fails to carry out successfully. He nearly
always has a perfect mark in studies.
Athletics, too, are of interest to "Eskie."
He is a member of the Second Concordians
and plays on the varsity nine.

Hugo Kleiner, Weland, Ontario, Canada

Corporal '14. First Sergeant and Lieuten-
ant '15.

A few years ago, Hugo's gentle manners
and voice brought him the nickname
"Girlie." Now, however, since he has
passed the six-foot mark and acquired the
punch of a "Willard," this name would be
quite out of place. With the exception of
coming from Canada, Hugo is a pretty
good fellow.





19 15 &.

Oscar Linnemeier, Preble, Ind.

Corporal '12. Sergeant '13. Lieutenant '14.
Captain and Major '15. President n.K.A.
'13, '14. Class Vice President '13, '14. Co-
Frass Committee '13. Glee Club.

"Itzig's" pride in his home town is
backed by a number of students, who have
spent the shorter vacations there. Bill's
real talent lies in drawing, and the sketch-
es in this book come from his pen. In all
affairs, Bill is a leader.

John Luecke, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Corporal '13. Sergeant '14. Captain '15.
Second Concordians '15. Orchestra.

"Hans" is one of the tall men of the
class and takes part in athletics. He plays
center on the class basket ball team and
on the Second Concordians. At the an-
nual field meet, his high jumping helps
the class along by gaining a number of



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Lorenz Meinzen, Indianapolis, Ind.

Corporal '13. Color Sergeant '14. Captain
'15. Gym Committee.

"Fatty" is one of the unlucky who are
forced to bear more than the usual amount
of the class's teasing. His motto, how-
ever, is : "I can't worry." Although he
weighs two hundred pounds, "Meinz"
manages to get out and catch for the class
team. Everything, except Hebrew, agrees
with him. His chief pastime is sleeping.

Herbert Mueller, Port Huron, Mich.

Corporal '13. Sergeant '14. Lieutenant '15.
Glee Club. Gym Committee.

Our official pugilist. "Tough" is always
poking his fists into somebody else's ribs.
When not doing this, he either sings or
plays his mouth organ. He takes an inter-
est in all branches of athletics, and has
won a place on the track team. "Tough's"
watchword is: "Come on, fellows, let's do




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William Rehm, Logansport, Ind.

Corporal '13. Sergeant '14. First Sergeant
'15. Basket Ball Team '14, '15. Athletic
Committee '15. ILK. A. Treasurer '13, '14,
'15. Pioneer Staff.

When "Bill appeared at Concordia six
years ago, little and lean, somebody nick-
named him "Jockey." Athletics, however,
have broadened him out in the course of
time. For the past two seasons, he played
forward on the varsity five. He sprints,
too, but only after ILK. A. dues. "Jock"
likes Latin.

William Roesler, Tobias, Nebr.

Corporal '13. Sergeant '14. Lieutenant '15.
Basket Ball Team '14, '15. Class Treasurer
'13, '14, '15. Directorium '15. Class Vice
President TO, '11.

Our class's husky man. "Chubby" likes
all studies, but Greek especially. His build
helps him much in athletics, and he is one
of the strong guards in basket ball. He
also runs and hurls the discus. Whenever
"Bill" gets on the warpath, the whole class
seeks the nearest refuge.




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Paul Roetling, Buffalo, New York
Corporal '14. Qm. Sergeant '15.

On account of the habit of signing all
his initials, P. J. Roetling has acquired
some odd nicknames, such as "P. J. R.,"
"G. R. & I.," or even "Y. M. C. A." Once
he attempted to come here on his Ford, but
arrived a month late. "P. J. R.'s" chief
interest is in the line of talking and philo-

Martin Scaer, Convoy, Ohio

Corporal '14. Sergeant Signal Corps '15.
Class Secretary '10-'15. Directorium '15.
Secretary II.K.A. '14, '15.

"Mart" may be able to put it over us in
etiquette, but when baseball or basket ball
come into consideration, the majority
claim an edge on him. The only sport that
"Mart" indulges in is psychology. He sel-
dom fails to land a "one" in Latin. His
other nom-de-plume is "Schreck."




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John Schmidt, Plymouth, Nebr.

Corporal '14. First Sergeant '15. Pool

Ever since the beginning of the Euro-
pean War, Johnny has shown a special dis-
like to his very English appearing nick-
name "Johnny Bull." He has the distinc-
tion of being able to get off some of the
wittiest and most comical remarks in
class. His chief pastimes are the evening
paper, basket ball, and pressing.

Rupert Schroeder, Cleveland, Ohio

Corporal '14. First Sergeant '15. Pool

"Rups" is one of those quiet fellows who
speak only when given a start. He is not
as bashful as formerly, however. He ex-
cels in composition writing, German espe-
cially. In Tertia, he is said to have been
the best drilled cadet. Long walks are his
favorite way of spending time.




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John Schumacher, Louisville, Ky.

Corporal '13. Sergeant '14. Lieutenant '15.
Directorium '14. President of Directorium
'15. Pioneer Staff.

Since so many "coons" in Louisville
are named "Lizzie," Johnny could not but
bring the name along. During the last
year he took a special liking to mathemat-
ics, and Greek has always appealed to him.
He has a good handwriting. Probably this
is the reason he is always writing letters.

Frederick Sievert, Bay City, Mich.

Corporal '13. Sergeant '14. Chief Musician
'15. Class Vice President '12. Orchestra.

"Freddie" is one of the sages of our
class. His habit of thinking twice before
he speaks probably makes him this. "Some
say his deep thinking will in the course
of time make him bald. As far as mis-
takes are concerned, "Fritz" scores low in
examinations. Besides studies, music ap-
peals to him.


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19 15 &

Ludwig Spitz, Curtis, Nebr.

Corporal '13. Drum Major '14. Adjutant
'15. Class President '13, '14, '15. Pioneer

In "Louie" our class as well as the stu-
dent body has one of the best presidents
Concordia has ever known, for we think
a better one is an impossibility. He is also
at the head of the class in studies, and in
height overranks everybody with his six-
feet-four. He is still growing.

Henry Storm, Frankentrost, Mich.

Corporal '14. Qm. Sergeant '15. Gym Com-

Because of his deep love for nature,
"Hank" made a collection of beetles years
ago. With them he also accidentally ac-
quired the nickname "Beetles." One of
"Hank's" feats is high jumping and the
way he glides over the bar is wonderful.
He also plays basket ball, and takes long




19 15 g

Walter Storm, Frankentrost, Mich.

Corporal '14. Qm. Sergeant '15. Pool Com-

"Kraut" never did like his nickname un-
til the war broke out, when for Germany's
sake he grew proud of it. Now we call
him "Kaiser," which suits him still better.
Although a little fat, he is full of life and
never fails to show it. His motto is:
"Ochs hard, worry little."

John Sullivan, Chicago, 111.

Qm. Sergeant '13. Quartermaster '14. Cap-
tain '15. Directorium '13, '14. Frass Com-
mittee '13. Stationery. Alma Mater Sub-
staff. Pioneer Staff. Glee Club.

"John L.," the possessor of this very
German name, is the most genial fellow at
Concordia. After the first two weeks in
September, he knows every "sexty." He
is always working and sacrificing his own
interests to the welfare of the student-
body. John is good at drill, especially at
commanding in his sleep.




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Erwin Umbach, St. Louis, Mo.

Corporal '13. Qm. Sergeant '14. Quarter-
master '15. Directorium '13, '14. Secretary
of Directorium '15. Class Vice President
'15. Stationery. Captain Second Concordi-
ans '15. Pioneer Staff. Alma Mater Sub-

To "Tutz," the class owes much towards
the success of the Pioneer. He has de-
voted nearly all of his spare time to plan-
ning and arranging this book. He is al-
ways busy, and if not studying or reading,
he is following up fatiguers. Because of
his former avoirdupois, he is also called

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