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7/12/02
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PHS Alumni On-Line
Jul 12, 2002
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8 Bulldogs and 1 Bulldog spouse today:
Larry Green (`55)
Mary Jo Cravens Schaefers  (`55)
Nancy "Jane" Blevins Thorpe (`56)
Pat Keane Ulrich (`58)
Janet Janes Wolf (`58)
Julie Hensley Blaswich (`60)
Tom Brandon (`61)
Sharon Clapper (for Doyle - `62)
Le'Ann McAllister Cherry (`67)

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From: Larry Green (`55)

To Pat Mitchell (`62):
  Thanks for the kind words. I think it is rather frustrating at times for those of us who have served in one form or another to hear some of the things others say about serving. Maybe it is still some of the Teddy Roosevelt in us that still says -- "Speak quietly, but carry a big stick."

  I just read an on-line story by Stanton Patty of the Seattle Times newspaper about the Hanford Reach. I'm so pleased to see it still in its pristine condition. It does remind me a little of other things involved with the Columbia River. How many people remember going to Wade's Island to use the rope swing? How many remember swimming in the designated area near what is now the Port of Pasco and the tank farm? In that light how many swam from that site across to Kennewick? Can anyone remember walking through the Snake River near Sacajawea (sp?) Park during exceedingly low water runs? How about the flood of 1946 when the Pasco-Kennewick bridge was closed and Beck's Grocery was flooded, along with other businesses in the area?

Larry Green (`55)
Goodyear, AZ
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From: Mary Jo Cravens Schaefers (`55)

  Larry Green has suggested to me I write something about "early" Pasco. Wow, does that make me feel OLD or what, anyway, okay, Larry, here goes......

  Pasco in 1946 was a railroad town of around 4,000 with a few wheat fields surrounding it. We arrived from Indiana via train at 4:00 a.m. in the middle of a typical dust storm. I remember as a kid of eight looking out the window wondering what my parents had got us into. We stayed with my father's WWI buddy out on Margaret Street for five months until we bought a little house on Shoshone St. not far from where I would go to high school (until the new building was ready) and not far from the sound of the trains coming and going every day. I attended Longfellow because I had started out there when we stayed on Margaret Street. On Margaret Street I made two friends, Larry Green and Jan Perry (Class of 55). We played the usual neighborhood hide and seek and other games kids played in those days.   My first teacher at Longfellow was Olive Snook who we called "Miss Snook." I don't remember much about her except she read us Huckleberry Finn. (Correct me if I am wrong, it may have been Tom Sawyer, or both?) Anyway, eventually after my dad died and mother remarried, she would marry my stepfather's father. Third grade was a grievous adjustment because I had missed so much school while we had been traveling. They had learned cursive writing and I hadn't yet. To this day that is my excuse for poor penmanship, some say bad handwriting is a mark of a brilliant mind. In my case, I don't think so?! The next year was spent again at Longfellow. Miss Josephine Stormat (sp) was our teacher and she was a character one could never forget. She was a strict disciplinarian who grabbed a few of the boys in the class by the collar and spanked some of us with a ruler on our hands. (Not acceptable these days, I am sure), but we loved her and learned. Maybe she helped inspire me to be a teacher. I particularly remember Miss Porter coming in to teach us art and we did art projects every week. Someone taught us music too, but can't remember who -- does anyone out there? We had a program in which we shared our talents. Every week I sang the same song until finally a friend, and I mean a true one, told me this was getting old and I was singing off key.
  Longfellow was a large, yellow brick building with a formidable staircase. It burned down some time after we moved on. Another building with the same name was built on the spot, but I think it has been torn down now. Is there a Longfellow now? I met some good friends there; many were in the PHS class of 55. I still correspond and visit some of them. It was all so very long ago, but so well remembered. Does anyone remember the old public library where we got our books? What is that building used for now? In the event I continue this tale.... I promise no repeats; don't want to do the 4th grade thing again. :)

Mary Jo Cravens Schaefers (`55)
Hoodsport, WA
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From: Nancy "Jane" Blevins Thorpe (`56)

Re Dick Bruce:
  Dick was in the class of `56. Now lives in Eugene, Oregon. Jon and I saw him last summer at our 45th reunion in Sequim, WA. He was heading to Butte, Montana where he had bought a second home. He said that was where he was raised before coming to Pasco. He played clarinet in the band and was voted "best dressed" in our class. A very nice guy!

  Speaking of our reunion in Sequim. We decided to have a reunion on the West side of the mountains for a change. Duane Holter and Jan Rinehart Holter hosted this gathering at their beautiful home in Sequim. The turnout wasn't as large as usual but those attending had a wonderful time. We seem to become closer and enjoy one another more and more each time we get together. This is one of the advantages of attending PHS and growing up together.

Nancy "Jane" Blevins Thorpe (`56)
Tacoma, WA
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From: Pat Keane Ulrich (`58)

  Hi to the class of 58! I just returned from playing in a golf tournament at Meadow Springs Country Club with Ethel Booth. Today [July 8] is her 80th birthday. I want all of you who remember her to know she is doing great, looks great and still is the golf competitor she has always been. We had a fun tournament in her honor and a birthday party for her after golf. For the last three years she has resided in Carson City and spends part of her winters in Palm Springs and is doing a lot of traveling. She wanted me to say Hi for her to all of you that remember her. I promised I would send on any messages to her that appear on the Internet as she "doesn't do computers." If anyone is interested in her address, I also have that.

  I have really enjoyed this site and catching up on people I haven't known about for a long time.

Pat Keane Ulrich (`58)
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From: Janet Janes Wolf (`58)

  A correction to Mary Lynn's note re: Edgar Brown Stadium; his granddaughter was Judy Jones, not Brown. They lived at the other end of the 1700 block of Irving. After they moved to Pendleton, OR, the Stringhams bought the house and lived there for many years. If anyone has Judy's e-mail address, I'd like to get it. I have saved some of the articles about the stadium and would like to send them to her.

Janet Janes Wolf (`58)
Nine Mile Falls, WA
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From: Julie Hensley Blaswich (`60)

Hi friends,
  I'm looking to connect with Ana Harris - class of `59, I believe. Also think she may be registered here, so if you see this message Ana, please respond. Would love to hear from you.

Julie Hensley Blaswich (`60)
Camano Island, WA
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From: Tom Brandon (`61)

  Excavation began today (July 11) on the 130-car parking lot at the corner of 18th and Sylvester to compliment the new buildings, i.e., press box, concession/rest rooms, and ticket booth. There will also be a 60-foot wide concrete entry walk from 18th, lined with trees to the ticket booth.
  On the field the first loads of final layer of sand/rock was being dumped today in preparation for the arrival of the Fieldturf, which should start being laid July 17. It will take about 5 weeks to install the Fieldturf, the same field as Huskies, Cougars, and Seahawks.
  Hope to have a ribbon cutting celebration "Surf the Turf" in late August for the community to see first hand the new field.
  Speaking of new field, the Foundation still needs contributions to pay for the Turf. Remember the new Field has been paid from contributions from community, alumni, and friends. But more money is needed. Please link up for more details on how you can contribute or ask me and I will get back to you.
  This coming July 19 & 20th will be the days for those to pick up their new NIKE AIR PASCO shoe orders. Almost 1200 pair have been pre-ordered. NIKE has been very supportive of this activity as well as surprised by the response. You can link into information on the Air Pasco shoes as well.
  Pasco is on the move!! Jump on board with your support.

  And hello to Bill Stough and Mike Meek, former neighbors (although much older than me).

Tom Brandon (`61)
Pasco, WA
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From: Sharon Clapper (for Doyle - `62)

  I am not sure if I am doing this correctly, but I will be proxy for Doyle Clapper as he doesn't have a working relationship with a computer. Will start with a quick recap of last 38 years, a while before I was here and since I have been in the picture. Doyle and I have yours, mine, and ours, he has a daughter Leah 38, & two grandsons 17 & 12. I have two sons John & Jason 35 & 31, and we have a son Cody 21. We have been married 28 years and are owners for 28 years of the Glass Nook, a full service glass/auto glass store. I work at Columbia Basin College in Pasco. Doyle enjoys woodworking and golf. Please contact him via myself and I will return his messages to this web site. He may even decide that computers are not such a unfriendly thing. Thanks for your time and hope to hear from you.

Sharon Clapper (for Doyle - `62)
Pasco, WA
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From: Le'Ann McAllister Cherry (`67)

To Jim Boothe:
  Are you related to Steve and David???? I lived on Marie for many years.

Le'Ann McAllister Cherry (`67)
Kennewick, WA
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