... When we began Sixth grade, the AlWood District consolidated the lower grades and with many mis…
When we began Sixth grade, the AlWood District consolidated the lower grades and with many misgivings on both sides, we gathered at the old Woodhull Grade School building. Despite our fears that: “I just know we won’t like those kids,” and “that old building is about to fall in a heap.” We made friends. Our teachers were Mrs. Adda Mortenson and Dan Hegwood. Altogether, we included Carl Anderson, John Anderson, Marilyn Barlow, Diane Bodeen, Terry Bolin, Judy Bowman, Joan Briggs, Ronnie Buban, Milvina Campbell, Harvey Carlson, Judy Cathcart, Pat Clarke, Irene Collingwood, Virginia Dueysen, Dan Genisio, Gary Hammerland, Reed Hughes, Florence Johnson, Susan Johnson, Marinda Kessler, Jim Krueger, David Larson, Robert Litton, Mike Lowery, Barbara McCurdy, Sandra McDowell, Janet McLaughlin, Jerry Meston, Nancy Miller, Shirley Munson, Connie Nelson Jim Nelson, Ton Noy, Donita Peterson, John Peterson, Caroline Pople, Nina Rhodenbaugh, Rollin Setterdahl, Bill Simkins, Ronnie Sims, Tom Strandberg, Lorene Strange, Darwin Swanson, Jerry Swanson, Karen Swanson, Rollin Swanson, Glenn Taylor, Marvin Taylor, Lanny Turner, Alice Vancil, Georgia Wells, Reagan Wilson, and Ronnie Zuidema.
Virginia Dueyson and Irene Collingwood left us and Melvina Campbell went to Bushnell, David Larson to Denver, and Carl Anderson to Wisconsin.
Before school began for our eighth year, Glenn Taylor had moved to Rock Island, Lorene Strange to Galesburg, and Sandra McDowell to Arizona. Our teachers were Miss. Dorothy Mott and Mr. Albert Miller. The additions to our class were Jerry Creek, Camella Green, Mike Nelson, Tom Smith, Ralph Storm, and Bill Stull. Bob Pitts must have found something or someone in our class interesting because that’s where he stayed. Because of being in the hospital with arthritic rheumatism, Ralph Storm wasn’t with us for long. Camella Green, Barbara McCurdy, Jerry Melton, and Jeff Kask moved out of the district.
September 1958 marked the beginning of the Class of ’60. Diane Bushnell, Joy Driscoll, Jack Nimrick, Milly Rex, and Arlene Wright came this year and Bill Simpkins and Mike Nelson went. Martha Hesse was with us for five months.
All these things and many, many more we see as we look back over our senior year. And as we try to relive them once more and realize that never will we be doing these things again, we get a lump in our throats.
Graduation will be a night of farewells to our school, our teachers, and our many friends, and farewells are always sad. But graduation is a night of beginnings, too, and as we leave school to begin a life of new experiences in a new realm, our sadness will be balanced by this new wonder and a strange happiness.
Nancy Miller graduation)
Karolyn Watters (Senior High History)