The reunion committee of the Newton High School class of 1941 met at Charlie’s on Sept. 30 to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Newton High School.
The class of 1941 graduated on May 29, 1941, in Lindley Hall. There were about 180 students graduating.
The exact number deceased members is unknown. Likewise, the exact number of those still living is unclear.
Those class members still living in the Newton area include Lila Brenneman Gates, Juanita Carter George, Jack Hay, Jim Unruh, Dorothy Sherman Schill, Marcheta Walters Holdeman, Edna Ruth Goertzen Graber, Nadine Warnke Brunner, Jack Charlson, Edwin Regier and John Wiebe, a total of 11. The class president, Bob Unruh, still lives in Lakewood, Colo.
Especially significant are those class members who were casualties of WWII; Darl Hefflebower, Neal Krehbiel, Bill Ransford and Tom Pinkstaff.
Class members outstanding in sports include; Bill McCloud in football and basketball, Jim Nebergall in basketball, Don Toews in basketball, Paul Schill in wrestling, Howard “Skeeter” Blosser in football, Ted Dyck in basketball and Keith Royer in basketball.
Also in 1941, the band and orchestra were outstanding musical groups under the direction of E.S. “Sandy” Sanderson. Special recognition to the many very good, competent teachers, professors and administration for their efforts and service.
The committee members were saddened by the recent death of Frank Easley. Frank was the unofficial and talented poet of the class. After retirement he wrote and published two books of humorous poetry.
And now 69 years after graduating, all existing class members have aged and have to adjust to unwanted physical conditions. But all will fondly remember their four years at NHS, really great memories! As the saying goes “Old Railers never die, they just lose track.”