[Found among my high school mementoes, but it is unsigned
and the author is unknown. Apparently written for our graduation
week. Author anyone? Sandy (Jones) Scheele]
May 13, 1963
What an exciting day! I returned today to West Milton for
the tenth reunion of our dear old Class of 53, and the
things which I saw and heard reminded me that time marches on,
Many fond memories were revived as my plane flew over Dayton,
now a quiet suburb of the vast city of West Milton. A few minutes
later, I looked below and saw a large ultra-modern airport, bearing
the inscription "West Milton, Ohio. Population 1,000,000."
After landing, I took a taxi to Miller's Old River Park, where
the reunion was to be held. A large sign at the entrance informed
me that the Park was now owned and managed by the former Barbara
Minnich and her husband, Bill. Janet Wood was being
featured every night in a swimming exhibition.
The first two men I met were Robert Ressler, who is chief
photographer for the West Milton Gazette, and Norman Bogue,
the editor. They brought me up to date on the whereabouts of
quite a few of our classmates. I learned that Opal Harshbarger,
now married to Jim, was awarded a medal for being the world's
fastest typist, and was demonstrating her technique this week,
at Milton-Union University, where Nancy Hissong is Professor
of Music, and married to Norman Van Zant of the Van Zant
Oldsmobile Company. Clarence Honeyman, head of the Physics
Department of the University, has just recently perfected colored
television. Charles Rasor, who is in demand as a professional
Santa every Christmas in the large department stores, is a successful
farmer on his 500 acres at the edge of town. Jerry Miller
and his wife, Jean, also operate a large farm, with the help
of several hefty little farmers.
Jean Waymire and Bill are busy looking after all the little
Foxes, who are promising material for Miami's first string basketball
team in ten or twelve years. Janie Dennis and her husband
Dick made the society column last week, when they entertained
with a big party, celebrating the seventh birthdays of their
triplets, Ricky, Nicky, and Dicky Markley.
In the sports world, Myron Puterbaugh is playing third
base for the Cincinnati Reds, and Jim Kinnison, married
to Janet Gray, is pitching for the New York Giants. Kenny
Fetters owns and operates Fetter's Speedway for midget racers,
where Dale Fetter, the eligible bachelor farmer, has won
several trophies with his jeepster.
Virginia Hemmerich drove up in her luxurious Cadillac,
with Marlene Beeman, Jean Beck, and Joan Botkin,
who are all married and prosperous business women, in charge
of the Milton Employment Agency. Virginia drove me to the swank
residential section of the city to show me the beautiful apartment
hotel, Hemmerich Arms, which she owns.
Driving down Miami Street, I was very much interested in the
signs I saw in the business district. One impressive looking
plaque read "Gary Tisor - Architect." On a large
building where the Kraus Insurance Agency once stood, a sign
proclaimed "Duane Weikert, Insurance. Later I was
happy to find Duane and Joyce and their little son, Myers Weikert,
at the Class Reunion. I learned that "Barnhart's Clothing
Store" is owned by Marvin Barnhart and his wife,
formerly from Troy.
"Shuttleworth" has become a big name in shoes. Jack
Shuttleworth has a chain of stores from coast to coast now.
He is married to Shirley Spitler who is Dean of Nursing
at Ohio State University, and also finds time to look after the
Jan Thompson, married to Sherryne, has completed his training
and received his M.D. Degree. He recently hung out his shingle
on Main Street.
Bud Karns, and his famous jazz band furnish music at "The
Tropics," a noted night club, owned by Marvin Weiser.
Phil Brumbaugh and Dick Sotzing, both bachelors
and also professional football players, divide their leisure
time between "The Tropics" and "The Mayfair."
Lee Kreider is the producer of a popular TV show "The
Lee-etters," featuring the Singing Sisters, who are Enola
Heaton, Nancy Shank, and Norma Jean Pearson,
have taken the place of the McGuire Sisters on Arthur Godfrey's
It seems there has been several replacements in Milton-Union
High School's Faculty in the past few years. Linda Studebaker,
pro basketball player, has replaced Miss Anderson, Physical Education
Instructor. Rose Mary Huston, setting the world's shorthand
record of 100 words per minute, is taking Miss Rhoades' place
in the Commercial Department. Peggy Fisher is operating
a private kindergarten, and Jack Heisey, the renowned
orator, is filling several engagements in Washington DC this
A television show which became popular when we were in High School,
is now skyrocketing to fame as the "Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis,
and Grandel Eastridge Show." De Von Jay is
in charge of Jay's Drive-in Theatre, where Von Jeffrey
sells foot-long hotdogs. Alan Hatfield has patented and
put on market his Alan-Chalmers, a light, but durable new tractor.
Dawn Brown, married to Gary, is a secretary in the office
of Norman Schul, who is the Director of Education for
the State of Ohio.
Ivan Kunkleman, owner of the New Roxy Theater, is advertising
a Style Review, featuring fashions by a famous Paris Designer,
Madame Diane Brown. Modeling her creations, is Polly
Poling, now a great MGM picture star.
Glancing around, I noticed Marilyn Sibert talking to her
old "Ag boys." She told me she operates "Marilyn's
Beauty Salon" in the heart of West Milton and, incidentally,
is still writing to Bud.
Bonnie and Ronnie Macy are happily married and living
in the suburbs now. He enjoys the reputation of being the fastest
grave-digger in the State.
Twylah Burnside, who always upheld the theory of Cheaper
By the Dozen, is now putting her theory into practice. She and
her husband have half of that dozen a good start on proving
the truth of the slogan.
Harold Oda is now selling his latest invention, the "Oda-matic"
foot warmer in Nome Alaska. Glen Bridenbaugh, a prominent
swine breeder has recently developed what he calls the Pig Fer
Tomorrow. We also heard that Kenny Shilt has achieved
fame as a tearless onion peeler in the Lipton Onion Soup Factory.
Ralph Gebhart is now boxing instructor of the physical
education department at Milton-Union High School.
Bill Yates, the professional boxer, holds the World's
heavyweight title, and Keith Altic draws great crowds
at Miltonian Square Gardens, where his wife Mary Lou is an enthusiastic
spectator at his wrestling matches.
We also noticed that the feature attracting for Saturday night
at the Gardens, will be a bout between Sandra Jones and
Shirley Penny, amateur wrestlers. Sandra also tours the
country with her One-Man Band, and Shirley operates a Dating
Bureau and Escort Service.
Vincent "Bring-Em-Back-Alive" Todd, a partner
in "Roark's Fur Inc." leads an exciting life in the
African Jungles furnishing "raw materials" for the
Loretta Warner, married to Bud, is Chief Operator of Milton
Telephone Co., and Commander-in-Chief of their own private little
army of boys at home.
Bea Harshbarger and her husband, Milton, are now proprietors
of the world famous, West Milton Inn.
Coach Jerry Swigart, of Milton-Union High School and his
wife, the former Barbara Markland are grooming their son
to take his Dad's old position as guard on the team of our dear
old Alma Mater.
And now, Dear Diary, I'm dozing here before the fire, being warmed
and cheered not only by its glowing embers but also by the bright
flame of renewed friendships and rekindled memories of our "Classmates