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DCHS class of ’49 holds reunion

by Barbara Indiano

The Douglas County High School Class of 1949 held its 50th reunion at the JT Bar and Dining Room in Gardnerville on Saturday, Aug. 28.

The table was decorated with orange and black balloons, orange and black baskets filled with gold coins and nuggets, orange flowers and a bottle of wine. On the wall was a beautiful welcome sign stating “50 years.”

Refrigerator magnets in the form of a blackboard with the words “School friends make the best friends” were given as favors. Sheets of paper were passed out to each graduate with the school mascot, a tiger, with a “welcome home 49ers” motif.

Thirteen members out of a class of 27 were present. Lee Hansen, a retired college professor from Santa Rosa, acted as master of ceremonies. Hansen took the class down memory lane with stories he remembered of each classmate, after which each member was asked to relate their fond memories of high school days at Douglas High.

Prizes awarded were: traveling the most miles, Lois Lange North, who came from Iowa; classmate married the longest was Idene Clark Michin, 50 years; and member with the most grandchildren went to Edna Wilslef Hellwinkel, 13. Two bottles of champagne from the vineyard of the son of Lee Hansen were awarded as door prizes.

Present were Martin Oroz and wife Clara, Idene Clark Minchin, Loretta Bassman Brown and husband Skip, Lois Graser Barrington and husband Bill, Norma Petersen Felten and husband Harold, Edna Wilslef Hellwinkel, Lois Schacht Brooks, Lee Hansen and wife Nancy, Barbara Sarasola Indiano and husband John, Lois Lange North and husband George, John Lundergreen and wife Loretta, Chris Cordes and wife Betty and Duane Laughlin and wife Alice.