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1958 Class Prophecy and Will – Circa 1968 Reunion

Twenty years hence, and the members of the glorious class of 1958 return once  again to the halls of LHS. The sound of their happy voices fighting over the refreshments wafts through the windows of Oriole Hall to mingle with the sound of traffic from busy  downtown Ludington, now a metropolis of 11,000.

Ah, how good it is to see all those familiar old faces!  There is Wallace "Skip" Conkling, now a world famous wrestler, "Wonderful Wallace," as he's known in the trade. Next to him is Tom Gallie, successful young businessman.  Tom owns Autopulse  now. That well dressed young woman next to Tom is Karen Chadwiek, head buyer at Hegg's Department Store.

Gayle Griffiths is hurrying around, trying to talk to everyone before she has to run off for her radio program, "This is your Hospital." Right now she is conversing with Charlene Ricklefs, head usher at the Lyric.

Margaret Sjoholm is complaining about the weather to George Shrink, Margaret now has seniority at the Star Watch Case. George looks well fed; he should be, seeing that he owns the Party Line.

Paul Crocker has followed up his high school hobby, we see.  He’s still doing research.  Paul is off in a corner by himself, writing  a theses on the habits of the Boll Weevil.

Dr. Leon Mevrden, who just recently discovered a cure for goose bumps, is showing the medal he received to D Dale Bannon Jr., assistant meat chopper at the Market Basket, while Dorothy Chapman, nurse at Paulina Stearns, listens in.

Susan Eiler seems to be engrossed in her discussion with Donna Doty.  Susan is a model now, and Donna owns a reducing salon, so they probably have lots to talk about. Mildred Fugere, who has taken Eldonna's place, is talking with Beverly Ehler,  secretary to a world famous wrestler, about the merits of various ink erasers.

Here comes Gary Kuhlman, still an announcer at WKLA, driving up in his new Ford, with Sandra Johnson beside him. Sandra seems to be weeping.  Oh, well, she's been weeping a lot since she started writing the Lovelorn Column for the Mason County Press. Gary's driving is being closely watched by Gary Hackett, driver's training instructor.

Alane Plohr just can't seem to get over being extra friendly ever since she was put in charge of Welcome Wagon. She is acting as hostess at the reunion. Now she is greeting Kenway Smith, principal  of Ludington High School. Behind Kenway is Carolyn Rehbein, author of the bestselling book on manners.  OOPs! Kenway has just fallen on his face. Guess Carolyn pushed a little too hard.

David Outcalt, a tractor salesman, is deep in conversation with Robert Peterson, who built the first atomic tractor.  Sally Schmock had been listening to their conversation, but she is now wandering away.  The field of atomic tractors must not be closely enough related to Sally’s field – designing water pistols.

Eugene Tominski, leader of the Ludington underground, has just come sneaking in a window, but he is being closely watched by David Weston, chief of police, Bob Genson,  Sheriff, Jim Harkenrider, a member of the shore patrol, and George Rees, a state policeman.

Bettye Briggance, renowned diamond thief, has also slipped in. She is being watched by John Koleta who own a pawn shop.

March King, cigarette girl at the Sandbar, and Eva Mae Clark, torch singer at the Stix, don't seen to be speaking. Professional  pride, probably. Neither do Kaye Ferguson end Sharon Beaumont. They are running charm schools which are reputed to be close competitors.

A large group has gathered in one corner of Oriole Hall.  There is Bill Backwick, cemetery custodian, Kay Barnett, yard dective at Cartier Park, Roger Boals, G-Park supervisor, Judy Case, who runs a popcorn stand at G-Park, Dick Hodges, a guide at State Park, Dale Peterson, who mows grass at G-Park, and Mary Southwell, caretaker of the Pere Marquette Cross.  What on earth do they have in common?

Who are those two men everyone has turned to look at? No one seems to recognize them.  Why, it is Lawrence Gelinski, international banker, and James Appledorn, his executive business advisor.  My, but they look distinguished!

There seems to be a contest going ton in the middle of the floor.  Fred Hermann, comic strip writer, and Jim Slaybaugh, commercial artist, are having a doodling contest, trying to determine who is the best doodler.  Bets are being placed on Jim winning, having spent so much time doodling in high school.

Carol Lyons is busily running round, checking up on all of the latest gossip.  She has good reason, being society editor of the Mason County Press.

Jim Gensen, now the owner of Jimmy’s Flowers, is passing out free corsages to all of the women and free boutonnieres to all the men.  He is assisted by Terry grams, a traveling salesman.

Jill Bengston, is here, discussing politics with Sandra Dewyer, so is running for Congress.  Everyone always said Jill would go far, and she has.  Jill is the first woman president of FreeSoil.

Jerry Bissell, owner of Chevrolet Cadillac sales in Ludington is trying to persuade Ron Birtwistle, star center for the Ludington Globe Trotters, to buy a new Cadillac.  Ron doesn’t seem too interested, but Nancy Herrick, cleaning woman at Motyka’s, looks like she might buy one.  Gene Grams, owner of Merick’s Auto Parts, was inquiring about a carburetor.  It looks like a profitable day for Jerry.

John Osborn, executive vice-president of the city sanitation department, and bruce Smith, flag pole sitter, have been arguing about the possibility of war with New Brunswick.  Bill Payne, recently elected tot eh State Supreme Copurt, is now settling the argument.

And there is Steve Schoenherr, our glorious old basketball star.  Steve is coaching sixth grade basketball every Saturday now.  It doesn’t pay very much, but he gets his picture in the paper occasionally.  Steve is getting a cup of punch from Lee Ann Schmidt, the woman wrestler.  A bout between Lee Ann and “Wonderful Wallace” is scheduled for later in the afternoon.

Larry Overton, Olympic track star, is giving Fritz Thompson a few pointers on how to attain extra speed.  Fritz is a world famous track star in his own right – still running after Jan.  Mary Swanson, first place winner at the Indianapolis Track, looks on disdainfully.

Sharon Tyler, Ludington’s first policewoman, has finally caught up with Irene Weinert, society playgirl, after being on her trail for several months.  It is rumored that Irene is associated with Eugene Tominski in some of his underworld activities.

Many of our former classmates have taken up teaching.  Discussing the ;question “Should Teachers be Allotted a Free Car Each Year” are Frank Anderson, physics teacher; Bruce Bradshaw, business math tutor; Susan Godin, who replaced Miss Hanlon; Charlotte Gustafson; Nancy Harrington, Delores Hendrickson, who is teaching speech; James Larsen, Dean of Yale; Bonnie Miller, a swimming instructor in Arizona; and Michael VandenHeuval, a civics teacher.

Bud Alkema, Lonely Hearts Club president, has just arrived in a cab driven by Janet Beltz.  His companion is Luanne clause, who works at the Chamber of Commerce.

Ed Jabrocki, who works at Bach’s Bakery, is enjoying an animated conversation with Arlene Jensen, head dietitian for the Mason County Health Department.  Standing with them are Arlene Madsen, who works at the Daisy Mae, and jack Schneider, head doughnut hole puncher at the Daisy Mae.

Cindy Nason, taster at the Ludington Lollipop factory, and Bruce O’Connor, head chef aon the Badger have left, not finding the refreshments up to their expectations. Bob Sutcliffe, sociology teacher, seems to think the refreshments are quite good, however so does Claude Stiller, who manufactures archery sets in Manistee.

Jim Wells, manager of Newberry store in Ludington, and Dennis Bentz, owner of Western tire and Auto Store in Scottville, have decided to repent, since they found out that Rozanne Elder has become a minister.

Eleanor Butler and Jerry Cabot, new owners of the Club Northern, Marilyn Christensen, secretary of Saddle Club, and Judy Greiner, head buyer for Newberry’s women’s fashions have become bored with the whole reunion and have retired to a corner with an Ouija board.

Ron Peterson, who waters the ivy on the public library, has offered to help Alice Anderson make a success of the soup kitchen she started in Big Rapids.

Sheila Ohman, recruiter for the WAVES has been following Ruth Marmon, stock girl at Ben Franklin, around, hoping to sell her on a career in the WAVES.  Charles Rudysill, who works at Lunde’s Boat Yard, advised her not to join, however.

Who is that hurrying out the door? Why it is Dianne Smith rushing off to work.  Dianne is still working as part time fountain girl at Lewis Drugs.

L J Sanford, movie star lover, has just purchased a ham radio set for his horse’s saddle from Pat Pedersen, who manufactures them.

Sherry Brady, cook at the Chat-n-Nibble, and Ken Paukstis, busboy at the Pantland in Grand Rapids, are listening to Jon Hamilton, Shakespearian actor, read Hamlet.

Someone is awfully bust writing something over near the stage.  It is Roger Lemire, ballot suffer for the Prohibition Party, getting ready for the next election. Keeping Roger company is Mike Lucsyuk, who is busily employed, rolling cigars.

Wilma Morgan and Janet Voss seem to be comparing notes. No doubt Wilma is giving Janet a few helpful hints she has gathered over the years, working as a darkroom assistant.  No doubt Janet is giving Wilma a few hints, too.

Frank Brye, owner of Ludington’s most exclusive dress shop, has employed Janice Buffenbarger, still an art student, to paint murals of the walls of his new shop.  Sandra Keller, designer of mink coats, is giving helpful suggestions.

Dennis Kelly, mayor of Ludington, John Johnson, city commissioner, and Dick Johnson, who is writing an encyclopedia about Michigan, are discussing the merits of Ludington. The conversation seems to be lagging.

Do you hear piano music? There is Barbara Stearns, playing Chopsticks! Barbara has a position playing piano for American legion meetings at the Custer post.  Janice Pedersen, president of the Hot Rod Club of America, is beating time. Listen to it scream.

Herb Dipple, mushroom farmer, and Dave Gibbs, a multimillionaire, have spent the whole afternoon discussing the crossing of mushrooms with eggplant.  Dave is ready to sink $5 into the project.

Rick Laird, famous band leader, has gathered all the old band members together.  Irma Gustafson, of the Gustafson Show on WKLA, is gathering a vocal group to sing some songs that were popular when we graduated.  In the group are Kenneth Heitz, barber, LaVerne Miller, city sidewalk superintendent, Honore Kraft, switchboard operator, Richard Granger, motel owner, Judy Nickelsen, a clerk at the Scattergood,; and John Kolb, who has made the U.S. Army his career. This part of the program was arranged by Robert Hendrickson, director of the local Community Concert.

Next on the program is a fashion show, the models wearing the styles of the late 1950’s.  All of the dresses for the fashion show were designed and made especially by Carole Gustafson, leading fashion designer.  Modeling the dresses are Lauran Lee Gebott, cleaning woman on the C&O carferries; Pat Irvin, cosmetics manufacturer; Judy Jensen, bus driver on Scottville-Ludington run and Charlotte Johnson, first woman justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.  Everyone is getting a real kick out of this.

Larry Jensen, president of Dow, is making a speech on “The Importance of a College Education.”  Les Kaines, president of AA, will follow Larry’s speech with a speech on the importance of a basic high school education.

The reunion is drawing to a close.  Robert Nelson, mechanic at the Taper, Pat Koepnick, a waitress at Orgie’s, and Ron Petzak, who owns the A&W, are slipping out the door, hurrying off to work.

The hall is still a scene of festivity, however.  Broken punch bowls, torn decorations, and crumbled cookies serve to remind us all of our glorious Graduation Night, June 5, 1958.



Class Will – 1958 Seniors


We the class of Fifty Eight leave with the knowledge presented to us by our beloved faculty.  We shall strive to keep the good name of LHS with us always, and the memory of being the last class to graduate from the Dear Old LHS.

We also have many personal traits and belongings that we unselfishly leave behind us.



I Bud Alkema leave my front seat position to Iva Fredericks.

I Alice Jean Anderson leave my unused capacity to become interested in geometry to next year’s students.

I Frank Anderson leqave my quietness in Soc. Class to Lorna Farley.

I Bill Backwick leave my ability to get along with Mr. Kowatch to Harry Volkers.

I Dale Bannon leave with my diploma from the school of bad acting.

I Kay Barnett leave my love of Norman Rockwell to Mr. Beck.

I Sharon Beaumont leave my flirting ability to Janet Campbell.

I Janet Beltz leave my long hair to Pam Parsons.

I Jill Bengston leave my cheerleading uniforms to Elaine Boals.

I Dennis Bentz leave my curly hair to Mr. Hansen

I Ronald Birtwistle leave in my black ford.

I Jerry Bissel do hereby leave.

I Roger Boals leave to become a general.

I Bruce Bredshaw leave my drum major uniform to Ron Gorzynski

I Sherry Brady leave my quiet ways to Jim Ferris.

I Bettye Briggance leave – ‘Goodbye’.

I Frank Brye leave my job as business manager of the Band to anyone who'll take it.

I Janice Buffenbarger leave my pony tail to Arlyee Sheldon.

I Eleanor Butler leave my job as subscription manager of the annual to some ambitious junior.

I Larry Cabot leave after four years of hard work.

I Judy Case leave willingly with Roger.

I Karen Chadwick leave with Bruce, because he wouldn't leave without me.

I Dorothy Chapman leave, leave, leave -- at last, last, last.

I Marilyn Christensen leave my first pink slip to Sylvia Sue Leppla.

I Eva Mae Clark leave my monitor post to Jean Linscott.

I Luanne Clausen leave the halls of L.H.S. with a sigh of relief*

I Wallace Conkling leave with Bev.

I Paul Croaker leave my track shoes to Mr. Nuckolls.

I Sandra Dewyer leave my laugh to Mrs. Kay.

I Herb Dipple do hereby take my horn and blow.

I Donna Doty leave my studious ways to Jim Arnold.

I Beverly Eiler leave my seat in speech class to anyone who wants it.

I Rozaane Elder leave my noisy ways to Anne Kirkbride.

I Susan Eller leave my car(transportrtion) to Volker Ueth.

I Kaye Ferguson leave “Booty Heitz.

We Robert and Roger French finally leave.

I Mildred Fugere leave my shorthand notebook to Mrs. Stephens.

I Larry Galinski. leave my ability to get along with girls to Milton Gilbert,

I Tom Gaulle leave my.Ford to anyone with an oil well.

I Laura Lee Gebott leave with a diamond.

I Bob Genson leave as a hero.

I Dove Gibbs leave to make dough.

I Susan Godin leave my starter position in cheerleading to Mary VandenHeuvel.

I Gene Grams leave my desk for some other head to rest on.

I Terry Grams leave tire marks on pavement.

I Richard Granger leave my flashy clothes to Mr. Beck.

I Judy Greiner leave m serious ways to Mr. Parker.

I Gayle Griffiths leave with Dennis.

I Carole Gustafson leave my pitch fork and shovel to Bill Anderson.

I Charlotte Gustafson leave my blondhari to Mr. Nuckholls.

I Irma Gustafson leave bus 11 to anyone crazy enough to take it.

I Gary Lackett leave my quiet ways to Dave Ostrander.

I Jon Hamilton leave – ‘cus everyone else is.

I James Hansen leave gladly.

I James Herkenrider leave my clean ways in Chemistry to Suzanne Butler.

I Nancy Harrington leave for love and marriage.

I Ken Heitz leave my  levis to Bootie.

I Deloris Hendrickson leave for college and Butch.

I Bob Hendrickson leave for Custer.

I Fred Hermann leave my solid book in Physics class.

I Nancy Herrick leave my seat in a black ford to anyone who dares to try and get in.

I LaVerne Hillier leave for my job at Stearns Hotel a

I Richrad Hodges leave as fast as I can.

I Pat  Irwin leave my seat in assembly to anyone who wants to stretch his neck to see anything.

I Edward Jabrocki leave my hotrod magazines to the driver training class.

I Arlene Jensen leave my quiet manner to Dorothy Payne.

I Larry Jenson leave my job at Newberrys to Bob Matson.

I Charlotte Johnson leave my superior knowledge of solid geometry to Art Dewey.

I Dick Johnson lerve my.scholastic ability to my sister.

I John Johnson leave to take Chief Nankee’s place.

I Sandy Johnson do hereby bequeath my bashful ways and quietness to Jim Tallefson.

I Leslie Kaines leave my hotrod to the drivers training teachers.

I Sandra Keller leave with a diamond.

I Dennis Kelly leave after four strenuous years.

I Marcy King leave my French knot to Miss Orbison.

I John Kolb luckily leave.

I Pat Koepnick leave with Eva Mae.

I Honore Kraft leave for nurses training.

I Gary Kuhlman leave my ability as a disc jockey to any talented junior boy.

I Richard Laird leave everything but Merle to everybody.

I James Larson leave on a dead run.

I Roger Lemire leave in a shuffle.

I Carol Lyon leave laughing?

I Arlene Medsen leave my ability of baking pies to next year’s Cherry Queen.

I Rutgh marmon leave Dale.

I Leon Meverdon leave my trig and physics books to Bob Bazzett.

I Bonnie Miller leave because everybody else seems to be doing it.

I Wilma Morgan leave my loud, exuberant disposition to Mr. Dewey’s sociology students who are exceptionally shy and reserved.

I Cindy Nason leave my Majorette skirt and twirling ability to Tom Shaw.

I Robert Nelson leave my hair style to any boy with a butch.

I Judy Nickelson leave my ability  to see in the dark, due to eating carrots to Jim Arnold.

I Bruce O’Connor leave to play tennis, ‘cus -that's my racquet.

I Shellie Ohman refuse to leave.

I John Osborn leave for good.

I David Outcalt leave my shiny hair to Mr. Sholtey.

I Larry Overton leave my weight lifting ability to tiny underclassmen.

I Kenneth Paukstis leave my golf clubs to John Davis.

I William Payne leave my charming ways to awkward underclassmen.

I Janice Pederson leave my telephone number to Ron Thompson.

I Pat Pedersen leave with a ring on my finger.

I Dale Peterson leave my reserved ways to Mary Nyuli.

I Robert Peterson leave the city ways fro the frm.

I Ronald Peterson leave my drawing pencils to Dan Bernson.

I Ronald Petzak leave a gallon of gasoline to Mr. Hartman, if I graduate.

I Alane Plohr leave a few2 jokes and silly ways to every unsuspecting underclassman.

I George Rees leave my position in choir to Howard McKay.

I Carolyn Rehbein leave for good.

I Charlene Ricklefs leave anyone anything.

I Lee Ann Schmidt leave for college.

I Sally Schmock leave my serious attitude toward life to not-so serious junior girls.

I Jack Schneider leave for the Oldsmobile Garage.

I Steve Schoenherr leave my All State Position to John Gaines

I George Shrink leave my good times on the choir trip to Bob Towers.

I Ted Sheldon leave my induction notice to Uncle Sam.

I Margaret Sjoholm leave only to shortly return to teach.

I James Slaybaugh leave my joke book to Jim Nephew.

I Bruce Smith leave to become an admiral.

I Diane Smith leave for ore work.

I Kenway Smith leave to grow flowers.

I Mary Southwell leave very happy.

I Barbara Sterns leave a happy smile.

I Claude Stiller leave my place in marching band to Harold Figgins.

I Bob Stucliffe leave my vocabulary to Chris Roberts.

I Mary Swanson leave my long hair to someone else who likes it.

I Fritz Thompson leave my class ring with Jan Moore.

I Eugene Tominski leave my freckles to Jim Arnold.

I Sharon Tyler leave with a great beg smile.

I Michael VandenHouval leave my physique to Gary Jensen

I Janet Voss leave my place on the queen’s court to any attractive junior girl who will be a senior next year.

I Irene Weinert leave my complete sense of humor to all the Russians.

I Jim Wells leave to become a private eye.

I David Weston leave my quiet ways to Coach Madden.