Class of 1939 holds 60th reunion
Members of the Douglas High School Class of 1939 met for their 60th reunion last weekend at the JT Basque Bar and Dining Room in Gardnerville.
The class was one of the largest classes in the 1930s, comprised of 38 members, according to Sherwin Kettenburg of Gardnerville, who with his wife Eloise hosted the reunion July 31.
Twelve classmates and several spouses of the members met for lunch at the JT. Before lunch, Gene Felten led the group in school cheers and singing the school song, “The Orange and the Black.”
Kettenburg read the list of the deceased classmates, Mack Andrews, Jack Andrews, Kathryn Bennefield, Charles Brown, Esther Canonic, Robert Chichester, Virginia Dangberg, Robert Darrough, Barton Fulstone, Alice Meneley Gabler, Alice Indiano, LaVerne Joyce, Harriet Morrison, Dominic Oxoby, Dorothy Silvester and Douglas Sorensen.
Bruce Roberts and Eunita Meder couldn’t attend for health reasons. Other classmates unable to attend included John Brown, Yvonne Chango, Wesley Johnson, Robert Steward, Theodore Pedrojetti, Kenneth Chichester, Beatrice Sario and Mary Margaret Cardinal.
The class’s colors of scarlet and silver were carried out on the white cake, with the nicknames of the graduates present written in red on the top.
Centerpieces of dried flower wreaths were awarded to Guy Anderson for traveling the most miles (over 500 from Las Vegas); to Arlene Sayre for being the youngest (she was 77 in February); Paula Reed for being married the longest (58 years); and Vessie McInnis Rademacher for having the most grandchildren (six).
The classmates in attendance and their spouses were Bill and Betty Hussman, Walter Juchtzer, Gene Felten, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Anderson, Lawrence and Betty Jacobsen, Raymond and Eileen Borda, John and Barbara Indiano, Paula Reed Springmeyer, Cora Lee Shawe, Jessie McInnis Rademacher, Arlene Sayre Rife and her husband Andy Rife and the Kettenburgs.