The 30th Con.8 Community Reunion September
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More than 100 persons attended the 2005 Con. 8 reunion at the
Roosevelt, OK, Senior Citizens Center which stuck up at noon on Saturday,
and continued into the evening after a delightful buffet meal catered
at about 6:00 pm. Packed around and continuing through our enjoyment
of dinner was a busy time of renewing old bonds of friendship, sharing
news of old friends and memories of those community experiences that have
molded us all. We have here put together a preview of a story about
this event that when complete will have the components indicated
in the following table. Clicking on a link will take to you the subject
area if the link is active; otherwise it is not complete It will be a work
in progress. Status Coming
Con. 8 Home page
This link will take you to the main index and guide to the site
so you can review items about Old Con. 8, and in many cases see what some
of the people pictured on this page looked like when the World Was Young.
This report is to help us all savor again that wonderful
occasion. First let us recognize those who worked to make it happen.
This reunion was magnificently arranged by
an efficient and hardworking set of Co-Chairs:
Norvelle Class of 55
| Jim Norvelle
Class of 54
Class of 55
Class of 56
These people spent considerable time in the past two years, calling,
arranging (arm twisting?) and mailing and encouraging in order to make
this happen in the delightful way it did.
We were fortunate to have the use of the Roosevelt
Senior Center shown to the right. This has been "our biannual
home at least beginning with
the 1999 reunion. We are much appreciative of the
good relations that were cultivated even in the distant past between
the "Pirates" of Con. 8 and their neighbors, the "Roughriders" of
Roosevelt. Those relations are much facilitated in the present
day by the old-time Con. 8 pirate Willie Jackson and his charming
wife Norene shown at the left.
Shortly after noon, those many parking places; vacant in the
picture above; began to fill. It appears our camera man
did not closely monitor this development, but this shot somewhat after
noon, communicates the idea of the gathering of the clan. Now this
was a shot primarily of Neil Hickerson class of '55 and I don't think
he is just now arriving. As a member of the sponsoring class and
a brother-in-law of two of the Co-Chairs , Neil would have been put
to work at the "crack of noon".
These pictures and many that follow are mostly from the 150
or so pictures in the files of our Unofficial Roving Photographer for
this and the previous two reunions. Even those who circulated
fully at the gathering might have seen only his camera lens and
also been blinded by the surprise flash. So, on the left, here he
is without camera : Charles Theodore "Ted" Blish, class of '49!!
Now we turn to a few randomly chosen snapshots accompanied by
" exciting" monologue comment; a best try of mine at trying to capture
some of the magic of the day: Individuals; groups coming together;
food on the table; and more. Onward or is it Downward for that.
What it was all About
Inside the Building
, the visiting began at the reception
Here Fred Polly class of '49 compares notes with Margaret
(Nichols) Chiristensen class of '60 . Fred already has something to drink
so he has been here a few minutes. In the right background Myrle (Nichols)
Hendrickson and Rita (Smith) Walker have apparently remembered some
amusing episode (probably from the fifties; wouldn't you guess?)
Other groups collected sometimes with a discernible theme as in the
photograph below. If you know your classes and people,
In the picture to the left, it looks as if most of the attendees
from the class of '56 have collected just here from widely scattered places
. Left to right are Florence, Leo, Birlee, Carol. Just
check the class pictures. Someone might like this one better. If
so click here to see a full screen width
In the picture below the common theme is the name
REESE. Seated in in the foreground to the left are Wayne Reese and
Opal (Reese) Herrin. Then in the white shirt at the end of
the table is Ron Reese. All these Reese attended Con. 8 and are cousins,
children of three Reese brothers, Ed, Carl, and Claude.
The two ladies on the right side of the table are Zula, spouse of Wayne,
and Derna spouse of Ron. Of the the two barely discernible persons
in the background; the lady listening attentively to the story presented
by Ron is Elouise (Brewer) Curtis. Elouise's husband Byrd is
beside her. We caught them later after Ron had finished his story,
but not together. Here he is and to Bryd's right Eldon Dickson.
And then below is collection of athletic gentlemen looking for
a basketball court. Attendee's from the 1952-53 basketball team.
Ray Curtis, George Sorell, Herman Ritchie, Noel Brewer and Danny McClure.
That 1953 Senior Boy's team was one of our premier entries in the
sports hall of fame. Unfortunately the sports archives do not have
a picture of that team taken in 1953. If you know of one, it would be
a nice addition. Click here
to see the picture at right at full width. I am sure that other
teams both men's and women's and in the absence of a basketball court
had to content themselves with just talking about those past glories. Usually the scene was more diverse and the only common theme was
C. H. and Helen McClure are in focus in the foreground of course,
and we can all make guesses about who is who in the back ground examining
the history posters on the wall or groups engaged in discussion of
special topics or special gossip..
There are a lot more pictures and we could go on and on here; but we
hope this suggest the idea that we and you will want to do this
again in 2007! The plan for 2007 will be on the site later.
Also, at this reunion, some business was done, and important steps taken
to form an organization to provide perpetual care for the Con. 8 Monument
Site and for other less tangible parts of the Con. 8 Tradition. Details
will be on the site early in the next year.
Class pictures for the 2005 Con. 8 Reunion:
This year spouses were encouraged to join in the class photographs.
Usually it is easily determined which is the class member and
which is there as a spouse. Some cases may be harder to puzzle out
because both are Con. 8 graduates of the same or perhaps different years.
Distinguishing those is sometimes left as an exercise for the
reader. As has always been the case we have a large number of persons
who may not have graduated at Con. 8 but were members of a class for many
important years and in everyone's hearts they are remember with that class.
And finally, this year we have a number of persons in group photograph
who are the "virtual classes" who would been graduates in later years
had the school not had to close :
To Start this show off, we will put the sponsoring classes
of 1954 and 1955 which were those of special honor for this reunion
at the beginning, and with a bit larger "thumbnail" on this page.
We didn't do that in our reports for the last two reunions.
Our apologies to the classes of 1949-1953 are offered, but
believed to be uunnecessary as we did the honors in a different way
last time. Also it is timely to recognize why those two class
are this year those of honor. Brace yourselves!! It is because
either 50 or 51 years have elapsed since they passed out those sacred
doors with their diplomas in hand and the wide world before them. Time
does not seem to phase them, as the great turn out at our reunion and
energetic work of the organizers belies whatever years your arithmetic
may bestow up them. Clicking on the Pictures in the
following part of the page will bring up one of twice the size. Depending
on your browser settings, you may have to use the image size control on
the picture to view at the largest size.
|Standing, from left, Charles Davis,
Ray Curtis, Joyce Stephens, Joe Stephens, Ron Guthrie; Seated are Thelma
(Barnes) Davis, Dwaine Smith, Jimmie Norvelle, Lajuan (Nichols) Norvelle,
Carol Dee (McFarland) Guthrie.
|Standing, from left, Neil Hickerson,
Myrle Ann (Nichols) Hickerson, Lois (Sorell) Barnes, Jimmy Norvelle;
Seated, Rita Gayle (Smith) Walker, Thelma (Taylor) McQueen, Lillie Mae
(Stephens) Brewer, Zelma (Taylor) Bell, Lajuan (Nichols) Norvelle.
|1933 -First Diploma Class
| It is once again our good
fortune to open our class roll with Mr.Leonard "Chig" Cleal, a member
of the very first Con. 8 Diploma Class. With Chig are his daughters,
Mrs. Ada Wedman at the left, and Mrs. Joan Patzack at the right.
| On the left is Joy (Shockley)
Clark and on the right Opal (Reese) Herrin. Joy lives in Hobart,
and Opal made it all the way from California.
|Dorothy (Estoll) Shelton who would
have graduated at Con.8 had her family not relocated for that year so
they were in the Mountain Park District.
|Representing the class of '44 Are Byrd
Curtis and Wayne Reese in the center. On our left is Elouise (Brewer)
Curtis class of '46 and on our right Zulu (Long) Reese.
|From our left to right: Norris
Dickson, Norene (Goodin) Jackson, Willie Jackson, Betty (Barton)
Bock, John R. "Doc" Bock. Major McClure also of this class and
wife were here but had to leave before we got to this. We did get
a picture of them earlier outside as they were leaving. (Click Here for a view )
| Elouise (Brewer) Curtis, Dela
Faye (Risenhoover) Snow, and Margetta (Newton) Stafford. They are
holding a collage made up for the 1946 graduates. In all cases
one can get a closer look at either the collages or pictures taken from
them by taking the grand tour of Con. 8. year by year from the Con. 8 Home
page advertised at the top of this page. However a click here will take you to two versions of the '46 collage.
|Seated: Rex McClure, Wanda McClure,
Jackie Culvahouse, Sherman Ritchie, Bill Blish, Eldon Dickson. Christine
(Newton) Davis, Nora Faye (Ritchie) Walker, Maggie (Barnes)
Walker, and Helen Blish. David Denham of the '47 class and wife Fern
were here earlier but had to leave before this picture.
|Delbert Durham, Fern (Speights) Durham,
Reba (Vanderslice) Marshall, Sylvia Jean (Brewer) Terry class
of '50, and William "W M" Terry. Experts will recognize that Delbert
and Sylvia are here in their role as spouses.
| Helen McClure, C. H. McClure,
Zoe (Sims) McMillin, Charlena (Dempsey) Mask, Fred Polly, Charles
|Ruth Ann (Dickson) Rounds, John
"Johnny" Polly, Sylvia Jean (Brewer) Terry.
|Tommy Holder, Dwight McClure, Ron
"Ronnie" Reese, Derna Reese. Derna is the spouse of Ron.
|Standing: Myra McClure, Gary Norvelle,
George Sorrell, Ivar Henins, Herman Ritchie, Duane Smith, Noel
Brewer, Paul McPhail. Seated: Dan "Danny" McClure, Donna Sorrell,
Marlene (McClure) Henins, Janel (Culvahouse) McPhail, Ginny
Brewer. Here we give a hint that Myra, Ivar, Paul, Donna and Ginny
are believed to spouses of the class members.
|Leo Dickson, Birlee (Schrader) Holder,
Carol (McClure) Friesen, Florence (Brock) Ragsdale
|Geneva (Daniel) Taylor, Ed Taylor, Janny
| After 1957
|Queta (Sims)Catlin abt 1962?
Spouse of Phil
Class of '64 or '65
Class of '64
|Myrle Ann (Nichols)
Class of '58
|This is an important group
for us. These are a few of the many who were Con. 8 students for
many fondly remembered years, but the school had to close before their
year of graduation. For the first time we made a small effort to
how many we could collect together for a photograph. We didn't
get all I'm sure and we'll plan to have an enlarged group all the way
from '58 to '67