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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
I Jill Bengston leave my cheerleading
uniforms to Elaine Boals.
I Dennis Bentz leave my curly hair to Mr.
I Ronald Birtwistle leave in my black
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
I Bettye Briggance leave –
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
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
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
I Sandra Dewyer leave my laugh to Mrs.
I Herb Dipple do hereby take my horn and
Donna Doty leave my studious ways to Jim Arnold.
Beverly Eiler leave my seat in speech class to anyone who
Rozaane Elder leave my noisy ways to Anne Kirkbride.
Susan Eller leave my car(transportrtion) to Volker Ueth.
Kaye Ferguson leave “Booty Heitz.
Robert and Roger French finally leave.
Mildred Fugere leave my shorthand notebook to Mrs. Stephens.
Larry Galinski. leave my ability to get along with girls to
Tom Gaulle leave my.Ford to anyone with an oil well.
Laura Lee Gebott leave with a diamond.
Bob Genson leave as a hero.
Dove Gibbs leave to make dough.
Susan Godin leave my starter position in cheerleading to Mary
Gene Grams leave my desk for some other head to rest on.
Terry Grams leave tire marks on pavement.
Richard Granger leave my flashy clothes to Mr. Beck.
Judy Greiner leave m serious ways to Mr. Parker.
Gayle Griffiths leave with Dennis.
Carole Gustafson leave my pitch fork and shovel to Bill
Charlotte Gustafson leave my blondhari to Mr. Nuckholls.
Irma Gustafson leave bus 11 to anyone crazy enough to take it.
Gary Lackett leave my quiet ways to Dave Ostrander.
Jon Hamilton leave – ‘cus everyone else is.
James Hansen leave gladly.
James Herkenrider leave my clean ways in Chemistry to Suzanne
Nancy Harrington leave for love and marriage.
Ken Heitz leave my levis
Deloris Hendrickson leave for college and Butch.
Bob Hendrickson leave for Custer.
Fred Hermann leave my solid book in Physics class.
Nancy Herrick leave my seat in a black ford to anyone who
dares to try and get in.
LaVerne Hillier leave for my job at Stearns Hotel a
Richrad Hodges leave as fast as I can.
Pat Irwin leave
my seat in assembly to anyone who wants to stretch his neck to
Edward Jabrocki leave my hotrod magazines to the driver
Arlene Jensen leave my quiet manner to Dorothy Payne.
Larry Jenson leave my job at Newberrys to Bob Matson.
Charlotte Johnson leave my superior knowledge of solid
geometry to Art Dewey.
Dick Johnson lerve my.scholastic ability to my sister.
John Johnson leave to take Chief Nankee’s place.
Sandy Johnson do hereby bequeath my bashful ways and quietness
to Jim Tallefson.
Leslie Kaines leave my hotrod to the drivers training
Sandra Keller leave with a diamond.
Dennis Kelly leave after four strenuous years.
Marcy King leave my French knot to Miss Orbison.
John Kolb luckily leave.
Pat Koepnick leave with Eva Mae.
Honore Kraft leave for nurses training.
Gary Kuhlman leave my ability as a disc jockey to any talented
Richard Laird leave everything but Merle to everybody.
James Larson leave on a dead run.
Roger Lemire leave in a shuffle.
Carol Lyon leave laughing?
Arlene Medsen leave my ability of baking pies to next year’s
Rutgh marmon leave Dale.
Leon Meverdon leave my trig and physics books to Bob Bazzett.
Bonnie Miller leave because everybody else seems to be doing
Wilma Morgan leave my loud, exuberant disposition to Mr.
Dewey’s sociology students who are exceptionally shy and
Cindy Nason leave my Majorette skirt and twirling ability to
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.
I Larry Overton leave my weight lifting
ability to tiny underclassmen.
I Kenneth Paukstis leave my golf clubs to
I William Payne leave my charming ways to
I Janice Pederson leave my telephone number
to Ron Thompson.
I Pat Pedersen leave with a ring on my
I Dale Peterson leave my reserved ways to
I Robert Peterson leave the city ways fro
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
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
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
I Margaret Sjoholm leave only to shortly
return to teach.
I James Slaybaugh leave my joke book to Jim
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
I Mary Swanson leave my long hair to
someone else who likes it.
I Fritz Thompson leave my class ring with
I Eugene Tominski leave my freckles to Jim
I Sharon Tyler leave with a great beg
I Michael VandenHouval leave my physique to
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