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11/05/19 08:04 PM #127    

 

Diana M Maul (Halstead)

Our talented and funny classmate, Fred Venardos, sent a "sweet" note and asked me to share it with all of you:
 
Dear Classmates,
I read the post about no one from from Alton sending in their reunion registration. My challenge to all of my fellow Altonians: get off your dead asses and send your money in!
 
Love you all and see you In Alton In July!!!
 
Fred
 
 
 

11/25/19 06:20 PM #128    

 

Diana M Maul (Halstead)

Tony's is Closing/Moving

Thank you everyone for letting us know that one of our favorite restaurants in Alton is closing the end of this year...and moving to a very small place, formerly The Ice House, at 9th and Piasa. 

We are grateful to Tony's for letting us know prior to the public announcment about the closing/move. 

Rest assured, we already have a back-up plan (or two) in the works, no worries! As soon as we are ready to releae the details, we will let everyone know.

In the meantime, Keep Sending Your Registrations!!! Nothing has changed in price, time or fun that will be had by all!

~ Diana

 

 


12/07/19 07:45 PM #129    

 

Diana M Maul (Halstead)

♦️The LoveJoy in 2020♦️
We have chosen The LoveJoy to host our 50th Class Reunion, August 1, 2020.
We will have indoor seating and buffet dinner, as well as the outdoor patio area (😥in August 😥) as well as a cash bar.
Address: 401 Piasa St
Yes, you are right, it is across the street from Tony's our former venue site.
While we are on the subject, remember, each venue site has a MAXIMUM capacity. Once we reach that capacity...we cannot accept any more registration forms!
SO...Don't Delay! Send in those registration forms now!
 

12/20/19 09:21 PM #130    

 

Diana M Maul (Halstead)

Where are they
In the past few weeks we have had quite a few classmates say they were sending in their registration "that week" or "that day" or "next week"...so where are they?
A great 50th Reunion is planned, but we need registrations to make reservations.
Always happy to answer any questions...
 

12/24/19 10:37 AM #131    

 

Diana M Maul (Halstead)

🎄 Merry Christmas Awesome Class of 1970! 🎄
Cannot wait to see you all in six short months!!!
 

01/02/20 10:09 AM #132    

 

Diana M Maul (Halstead)

To all those that said "Later"...
NOW is the time to send in your 50th Class Reunion Registrations!
Barry Wittels has been receiving a steady stream of registrations but...MANY who said they were "in the mail"...were not received.
If you are waiting for Christmas...it has passed.
If you are waiting until next year...it has passed.
If you are waiting for something to freeze over...consider it done. SEND IN YOUR REGISTRATIONS!
 

01/04/20 04:41 PM #133    

 

Diana M Maul (Halstead)

What happened?
We were best friends at West and great friends in high school...what happened?
When we were freshman we used to want to be part of the crowd that circled at Blocks in Upper Alton. Then, when we were seniors, we WERE the crowd that circled Blocks on Central...what happened?
You were my best friend's girlfriend, yet we were still friends after they broke-up...what happened?
When my parents divorced, you were my one true constant that helped me see through the fog of my life...what happened?
Without you to help me, I would have never passed algebra...what happened?
We sat next to each other every day for a year in study hall...what happened?
You made machine shop class so much more interesting; oh, the trouble we got into...what happened?
You made Sunday school more interesting...what happened?
Thanks to you and your friendship, I didn't feel like such a nerd in high school...what happened?
We spent 12 years together seeing each other every single day of our lives...what happened?
When we were cheerleaders together, we knew our team was a winner...what happened?
Sitting next to you in orchestra made me a better violinist...what happened?
Still remember our teamwork when we played that game against Granite City...what happened?
You were always first chair in Marching 100, but you made me strive to want to play better...what happened?
The slumber parties we had in junior high were some of the best memories of my life...what happened?
When we were JJG's it felt like it was us against the world...what happened?
Remember the great times we had out at the lake...what happened?
With you batting clean-up, I knew the game would be our's for the taking...what happened?
You taught me how to drive stick-shift in the A&P parking lot...what happened?
When I was the "new kid" at North, you showed me the ropes and we became quick friends...what happened?
You helped me everyday learn my lines for the school musical...what happened?
So many movies we saw at The Grand...Gold Finger comes to mind...what happened?
We each have amazing, fun, thrilling and some not-so-fun memories of our high school and junior high days.
Outside of our family, we shared those days with some pretty important people in our lives; people that made a difference in our live's then...and now. Some of us have stayed in touch, some of us have re-connected with old friends and then...there are some of us that say, "If I haven't spoken to them in 50 years, why now?"
Why now? BECAUSE, that's why! (I hear my mother scything that now)
Really, it may have been 50 years since we last spoke, but that doesn't make us any less important to each other and in each other's live's. We each altered the other's life. So, because we were so significant at one time...let's do it again!
As I look through my Tatler I remember so much of my high school years. The past is not where I live, but it is a place of comfort and joy that I like to visit now and then. What I enjoy more is seeing each person that was significant in my life then, today. Again, not to relive yesterday, but to enjoy more of today, with you in it.
Yes, life happens, but the ties that bind us are still there.
We might not text, or call or even think about each other everyday, but that doesn't keep you from my prayers.
So please...will you meet me July 31st and August 1st in Alton; for old times sake? ❤️ Diana
 
 

01/05/20 12:07 PM #134    

Karen L Belcher (Gelbard)

Okay, Diana's post has me filling out the reunion form and sending a check. I will try hard to make this work with my usual summer art fair schedule.  See you at the reunion this year. 


01/11/20 02:47 PM #135    

 

Diana M Maul (Halstead)

❗️‼️ CLASS of 1970 RULES ‼️❗️
Barry Wittels is exhausted! He has been trucking to his mailbox all week...and then to the bank with all the registrations coming in!!! SO AWESOME!!!!
❗️ WAY TO GO ALTON HIGH CLASS OF 1970 ❗️
 
Reminder, price goes up after March 1st.
 

01/20/20 08:45 PM #136    

 

Diana M Maul (Halstead)

❗️Update Please!❗️
Can you each update your profile on the class website and tell where you went to Junior High? You can add it to the "Comments" section.
If I remember the cheer correctly, it was:
(Guess which junior high I attended 🤦‍♀️)
  • East is least
  • West is best and
  • North & Central we don't even talk about!
  •  
It's cool to mention it here, but please update your profile.
 

01/23/20 02:12 PM #137    

 

Ruth E Mitchell (Bell)

East Junior High


01/23/20 02:57 PM #138    

Judy K Griggs (Fritz)

North Jr.


01/24/20 07:35 AM #139    

 

Diana M Maul (Halstead)

When listing your junior high on the class website, can you please add it to your Profile? On the left menu of items check: Edit Profile and you can add it to "comments" or "school story" :)


01/24/20 12:14 PM #140    

 

Donna F Taylor (Vincent)

West----west is best 


01/29/20 11:45 PM #141    

 

Diana M Maul (Halstead)

😭🏌️‍♂️NO GOLF 🏌️‍♂️😭<>iv>
Not one golfer has yet to contact George Depper about the golf outing. If there is no interest, cool. BUT, if you want to sign up, PLEASE CONTACT GEORGE.
George Depper
618-531-0543
SGDepper@hotmail.com
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01/30/20 07:53 AM #142    

 

George D Depper

Diana, i had some contacts in the past few days!  For those with questions, call me, 618-531-0543, email is SGDepper@hotmail.com.  Its not a tournament, just an outing to tell stories about the past with golf sprinkled in.  You get to pair up with who you want to play with.

 

George Dennis Depper


01/31/20 11:25 PM #143    

 

Diana M Maul (Halstead)

‼️Reunion In 6 Months ‼️
Be There...or...Be Square
 

02/06/20 08:49 AM #144    

 

Diana M Maul (Halstead)

Reunion Registration Deadline - March 1st
Really and truly, we want to see everyone at the reunion; really. If you need an extension to submit your registration prior to March 1st, will you please text or call me? Diana 904-487-8485
 

02/14/20 03:20 PM #145    

 

Diana M Maul (Halstead)

Class Tour

If you would like to organize a class tour for those interested, pleae let me know (904-487-8485). This looks like a great time to learn about how important Alton was in the Underground Railroad days.

Underground Rail Tours in Alton Begin With Series of Two-Hour Guided Shuttle Tours

ALTON - Take a journey on the infamous Underground Railroad in Alton during a series of two-hour guided shuttle tours scheduled throughout the spring and sponsored by the Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau. The first tour of the season will be held Saturday, Feb. 29.

Seats are available for the 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29 Underground Railroad Tours which will feature renowned Underground Railroad historian J.E. Robinson. The shuttle tours begin at the Alton Visitors Center, 200 Piasa St. Tickets are $25 per person. To purchase tickets by phone, please call the Tourism Bureau at 618-465-6676 or 1-800-258-6645. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.visitalton.com/shuttle. Advance ticket purchase is suggested due to the popular nature of these tours.

Mr. Robinson will be the conductor on these journeys taking visitors to sites scattered throughout Alton and Godfrey where escaped slaves took refuge as they worked their way to freedom over 150 years ago. While there were no railroad tracks or trains present on the Underground Railroad, the effort to find freedom from slavery resulted in a series of deliberate and organized safe places for those escaping bondage. Located in the free state of Illinois, Alton’s riverfront location along the Mighty Mississippi played a vital role in helping slaves make connections to freedom in the northern U.S. Scattered throughout Alton and surrounding areas, remnants of this period in history still exist.

New Bethel-Rocky Fork AME Church, which is located in Godfrey, originated before the Civil War when free people and slaves crossed the Mississippi River to begin life in Illinois, which was a free state. According to the National Park Service, as early as 1816, Rocky Fork Church was one of the first Free State stops for slaves escaping Missouri. In the 1830s, a more organized Underground Railroad route was established through the African Methodist Episcopal Church. This area continued to serve as both a way stop and escape community after the Missouri Emancipation Proclamation of 1865.

Alton’s Union Baptist Church is one of the oldest Black churches in Illinois. It was populated by free Blacks and organized in 1836. John Anderson, Union Baptist’s founding pastor, was Alton abolitionist newspaper editor Elijah P. Lovejoy’s pressman prior to Lovejoy’s death in 1837 by an anti-abolitionist mob.

Additional Underground Railroad Shuttle Tours are scheduled for March 28, April 25, May 30, June 27, Sept. 26 and Oct. 24. For more information on the Underground Railroad shuttle tours or to make advance registrations, please contact the Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau at (800) 258-6645 or go to www.RiversandRoutes.com.


02/15/20 10:22 AM #146    

Karen L Belcher (Gelbard)

I would be interested in this tour. Karen Gelbard 503-965-6263


02/16/20 09:24 PM #147    

 

Diana M Maul (Halstead)

Underground Railroad Tour
Before we book...we need to know how many would like to take the Underground Railroad Tour, Saturday, August 1st.
Either post your response (not like) on the Facebook post or send me a private message or email if you would like to go on this tour, Saturday, August 1st.
No promises. Once we have a number, I will get pricing and availability.

ALTON - Take a journey on the infamous Underground Railroad in Alton during a series of two-hour guided shuttle tours scheduled throughout the spring and sponsored by the Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau. The first tour of the season will be held Saturday, Feb. 29.

Seats are available for the 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29 Underground Railroad Tours which will feature renowned Underground Railroad historian J.E. Robinson. The shuttle tours begin at the Alton Visitors Center, 200 Piasa St. Tickets are $25 per person. To purchase tickets by phone, please call the Tourism Bureau at 618-465-6676 or 1-800-258-6645. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.visitalton.com/shuttle. Advance ticket purchase is suggested due to the popular nature of these tours.

Mr. Robinson will be the conductor on these journeys taking visitors to sites scattered throughout Alton and Godfrey where escaped slaves took refuge as they worked their way to freedom over 150 years ago. While there were no railroad tracks or trains present on the Underground Railroad, the effort to find freedom from slavery resulted in a series of deliberate and organized safe places for those escaping bondage. Located in the free state of Illinois, Alton’s riverfront location along the Mighty Mississippi played a vital role in helping slaves make connections to freedom in the northern U.S. Scattered throughout Alton and surrounding areas, remnants of this period in history still exist.

New Bethel-Rocky Fork AME Church, which is located in Godfrey, originated before the Civil War when free people and slaves crossed the Mississippi River to begin life in Illinois, which was a free state. According to the National Park Service, as early as 1816, Rocky Fork Church was one of the first Free State stops for slaves escaping Missouri. In the 1830s, a more organized Underground Railroad route was established through the African Methodist Episcopal Church. This area continued to serve as both a way stop and escape community after the Missouri Emancipation Proclamation of 1865.

Alton’s Union Baptist Church is one of the oldest Black churches in Illinois. It was populated by free Blacks and organized in 1836. John Anderson, Union Baptist’s founding pastor, was Alton abolitionist newspaper editor Elijah P. Lovejoy’s pressman prior to Lovejoy’s death in 1837 by an anti-abolitionist mob.

Additional Underground Railroad Shuttle Tours are scheduled for March 28, April 25, May 30, June 27, Sept. 26 and Oct. 24. For more information on the Underground Railroad shuttle tours or to make advance registrations, please contact the Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau at (800) 258-6645 or go to www.RiversandRoutes.com.


02/17/20 10:03 AM #148    

Susan M Kaar (Trainor)

I would also be interested in the Underground Railroad tour.  


02/17/20 10:57 AM #149    

 

Deborah A Blair (Knupp)

I, too, would be interested in this tour. Sounds intriguing!

02/17/20 09:36 PM #150    

 

Martha M Lewis (Drohobyczer)

I would like to go.  Martha Lewis (Drohobyczer)


02/17/20 11:17 PM #151    

 

Diana M Maul (Halstead)

Underground Railroad Tour

Since tours are not offered during the summer because of the heat and problems keeping the buses cool, we are trying to work with the actual tour guide to see if we can rent a bus and have him guide our tour. As we have developments, we will keep everyone advised. This would mean the tour cost would be over and above the $25 tour fee...just so you are aware. ~D

 

 

 


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