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11/11/16 08:34 AM #86    


Scott R Adams

I moved from McKinley to Gilson Brown in 2nd grade where square dancing was used as our indoor physical education during winter months...the whole gym looked like a Barn Dance.

11/12/16 06:37 PM #87    

Tom Horsley

Thanks for th emessage, Scott. The performance I am remembering was in about 5th grade. My mother taught first grade at Gilson Brown for many years.

11/12/16 07:06 PM #88    

Tom Horsley

Thanks to the McKinley-Delmar classmates for your responses. Some wonderful times there. How innocent we were, and how much has changed. I know my classmates have gone on to do many wonderful things with their lives. Our teachers were indeed very good. My education there has stood me in very good stead. In fact, going to school seems to be what I have been best at. Advanced Calculus didn't even scare me. My entrance paper for the Math Honor Society at Illinois State was on the minimax theorem from Advanced(or 3 dimensional) Calculus. I think I even got my fellow honorees to understand what it was all about.  So many times and people to recall fondly. God bless you all, Tom

11/13/16 06:03 PM #89    

Nancy J Summers (Meeusen)

I, too, have enjoyed reading the responses, memories. Susan Kaar, where are you? Squished Banana Club - 4th grade at Delmar......  I hated every day of 5th grade. Years later, Mrs. Burt happened to be attending a Retired Teachers's Chirstmas party at a restaurant my dad owned and when she discovered that I was there, helping out while home from The University of Michigan during the holidays, asked to see me. Told me how proud she was of me because "Women can be more than nurses". Okay. So I was just about to finish a doctorate - in music. I just didn't know what to say. If you are an educator reading this, I hope you realize that every critical word, every short, dismissive response to a student's question, every time you ignore a child with his or her hand up, you make an extraordinary impression.

Perhaps on a more pleasant note, I love reading things from our class members on Facebook, the everyday kinds of things. If you are there, send me a friend request. The December before my mother died, she gifted me with all of my report cards and class photos from McKinley School. Every time I look at them, I call your names and think of our long-ago, but not forgotten, childhood together. May you be in a good place, content in your lives, moving forward into our "golden years" with grace and beauty. Namaste.

11/16/16 02:46 PM #90    

Tom Horsley

Heloo Namcy, Thanks for your thoughtful post. I remember little about our elementary teachers except that at least one had a reputation for being very tough. My mother also made me a book of all my childhood activities. About once a year I like to go through and look at class pictures, YMCA awards, letters from sports, report cards(apparently I was deficient in handwriting) and so on. I have a picture of me in nursery school(Jack and Jill) with Marty Medhurst. He is an author now, so I hope his handwriting is beter than mine.

05/26/17 09:07 AM #91    

Terry R Bridges

Does anyone know if the obituary a few days ago for Milton Johnson Jr. Was the Milton Johnson who graduated in 1970?


05/26/17 01:31 PM #92    


George D Depper

I was wondering the same.  I know he lived in Springfield, il.  He and his wife golfed with us in the reunion golf e ent.  His son, who was an administrator at Alton high, lived in town a few years back.  I think he may of had some medical issues.

05/27/17 11:44 AM #93    


Allen K Schroeder

I think you're correct. The age is right, and he was a Jr. Maybe Clyde can do a little diggin and find out. Glad to see both of you are sitll kickin!

05/27/17 05:10 PM #94    


George D Depper

Scratching and fighting, too!

05/27/17 06:40 PM #95    


Clyde W Fones

I've sent a message to Cathy Williams Funeral home to try to get a copy of Milton's obit. If they respond I'll post it for all to see. What kind of funeral home doesn't have a web site these days??? If anyone local can stop by there and pick up a copy, send it to me and I'll post it. Take are all.

05/28/17 11:33 AM #96    


John E Isom

It was not the Milton Johnson who graduated with us.  He is still kickin'!  Hope everyone is doing well.

05/28/17 04:19 PM #97    


George D Depper

Thanks John!

05/30/17 02:32 PM #98    


Clyde W Fones

Thanks John!

05/30/17 03:36 PM #99    

Patricia Graham (Bechtold)

how many were in the graduating class of 1970


05/31/17 10:53 AM #100    


John E Isom

Patrica if memory serves correct there were 804 of us who walked across the stage that hot June 3rd. evening.

05/31/17 12:57 PM #101    


Victoria S Coffee (Fudurich)

I still have a copy of our Commencement Booklet which has a class roll of 732 students listed in it.  It is dated Tuesday Evening, June 2, 1970.  A newspaper article which came out the following day (Wednesday, June 3, 1970) states that 706 of us actually attended the graduation ceremony and received our diplomas that night.  It is safe to say that not everyone who originally started out in our class actually graduated.

05/31/17 01:18 PM #102    


George D Depper

I thought there were 792 of us!  Guess John and I both skipped math class that year!

06/01/17 09:26 AM #103    


Paul A Wood

I have a Bernard Harris Alumni Directory that lists 823 names for the 1970 class

06/01/17 12:50 PM #104    


(Beverly) Moreland Gaddis

Was Greg Tanler (spelling may be incorrect) in our graduating class or did he move to our area later?  Does anyone know where he is now?



Moreland Gaddis

06/01/17 05:12 PM #105    


Thomas G Stewart

greg was in the class of '69. he passed away in 1995 from a malignant brain tumor. greg was buried in medfield,mas.   he was married to patty nuzum

06/01/17 05:18 PM #106    

Christopher L Warwick (Warwick)

Boy looks like there is no clear number, I thought I remember 738 that night. I was like what I thought was 735.  

06/02/17 02:32 PM #107    


(Beverly) Moreland Gaddis

Thanks, Tom, for the info, but sad news.


06/03/17 11:21 AM #108    


Allen K Schroeder

According to my "Official Cumulative Record" there were 706 in the class with 350 boys and 356 girls. So who knows?

07/19/17 02:21 PM #109    


Clyde W Fones

For anyone who's interested... :Here's our Tatler online.

07/21/17 10:11 AM #110    


(Beverly) Moreland Gaddis

Thanks, Clyde!



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