Peace Pipe Chatter


Mission: We strive to produce a newspaper that reflects the entire student body and staff at MCHS. We want to communicate essential information through responsible journalism, connect people through common interests, and promote thinking by sharing opinions and ideas.


While original copies of the Peace Pipe Chatter are not available, the official school newspaper of Minooka Community High School started in 1941.  In 2016, a member of the first PPC staff in 1941 met with the current staff.  She explained that in 1941, the cover was drawn by hand.  Pages were 8.5 by 11 inches in size.  They were copied using a mimeograph machine.  Issues were few because with such a small enrollment, there wasn’t as much to cover.

In the April 7, 1961 issue, the staff reprinted this article from the first issue ever of the PPC (the date of that issue is not given):

Our congratulations to Miss Nettie Greenbeck for her clever selection of a name for our paper. The name, “Peace Pipe Chatter,” coincides with the name of the town. “Minooka” is an Indian word, which means “contentment.”

The second choice, “Minooka Tom Tom,” was contributed by Charles George. We wish to thank all who took part in naming the paper.


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