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01/18/11 08:09 PM #1    


Beverly King (Collins)

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04/01/11 09:03 AM #2    


Frederic G. Fliege

The 50th reunion committee would like to add our Class Will to this website. We have been working with an old zerox copy that we believe has a page missing. If anyone has a complete copy of the will and would like to help the committee out, please contact Fred Fliege at or any of the other committee members. It would be appreciated.

04/04/11 01:40 PM #3    


Edward Bowman

Hi all;

I can't believe that I am posting anything anywhere.  If you remember I am the tall 6' 140 lbs skinny shy kid that hardly never got envolved in anything.  Let me tell you, I have been having a great time  looking at the profiles on you guys.  Looks like we have a pretty good class.

  I would sure like to hear from anyone who can help me fill in my blank spaces (memory of the activities that I was involved in or the classes we were in together the fun things).  I don't think that I was bad to anyone so I don't have to worry about that .  Lets start out by things like "Do you remember this incident?".  I have gone over and over my year book and each time I remember more and more of you guys.

  Thanks for all the nice things that you wrote in my year book.  In one of the profiles one of the guys said that he loves to play poker.  I play on a bunch, just the fun games, I'm chicken to play for real money.LOL

It's your turn, anybody

04/08/11 09:41 PM #4    


Fran Chegin (Downey)

I am just giving you some info about Jean Rudin Owens because she does not have

a computer, can you believe that??  Who doesn't have one these days?  Any way,

  1. she still lives in Springpatch, as do 3 of her 4 sons.  She is retired from the state, and spends all of her time running her kids and gkids from place to place.  She is still 100% a Northender and proud of it. 

05/12/11 01:29 PM #5    


Nancy Ann Ingalsbe (Hale)



This is Nancy Ingalsbe.  I would like to contact Jean Rudin Owens.  I am going to be in Illinois in late May but unable to attend the reunion.  Would like phone or address or both.



05/13/11 09:56 AM #6    

Lawrence A. (Larry) Wieties

The most recent address we have for Jean Rudin Owens is 19 Grand Valley Village Springfield, IL 62702 and her telephone is 217-553-5667

06/18/11 10:29 PM #7    


Opal Gail Keebler (Kimball)

I see Jean Rudin Owens from time to time and we do visit.  I will tell her to contact Jean if Nancy has not yet reached her.  I know she will want to connect when she comes to town.  I too would like to see Nancy, maybe someone could let her know of our lunches and she could come to that or perhaps we could all go and meet at her convenience.  The address you gave is correct Larry.  She just did recently move.

07/03/11 05:28 PM #8    

Frank S. Adamo

Ed, I think we could have been twins. You were a tall 6' 140 lbs skinny shy kid. I was a tall 6'1" 148 lb skinny shy kid. My brother used to call my skinny butt and bean pole, along with a few other phrases.


I remember you, though I don't recall if you were in any of my classes, though I'm sure you must have been. The problem with me is that I always sat either in the 1st or 2nd row, generally in the 1st row and so I didn't keep tabs on anyone in class. Actually, I don't recall most of my teachers other than Mr. Dirst (because I like chemistry-I'm a chemist by education) and Alan Lober who was my math teacher.

One thing that was very interested is that on career day, I visited the sewerage treatment plant (somewhere near Lake Springffield). Still to this day, I remember the plant. The irony of that visit, in light of the fact that there must have been other laboratories in Springfield, was that my first permanent job after college was working for the sewerage treatment facility for Los Angeles Co.

One other thing I remembered was that some of my friends (I think there were 4 others) and I were "cruising" in my 1950 Chevy. We were stopped at a stop light with another group of classmates in the care next to us. No, we didn't drag race (not with a slooooooow 6 cylinder), but the guys in the back started cuzzing to those in the other car, when suddenly shy me started cuzzing away at the top of my lungs. In all my life, I don't recall a time since, that I said so many four letter words :).

If my dad or mom had caught me, I'm sure they would have washed out my mouth with soap :).

02/11/13 11:37 AM #9    


Fred M. Brown

I just want to send my condolences to Les Mitchell on the death of his Mom.  What a blessing to have had her for so many years.  You're in my thoughts and prayers.  Fred

03/30/13 08:10 PM #10    

Frank S. Adamo

Fran, I never heard of Springpatch. What an odd name. If anyone is interested, I did look it up at Check the comments.

For everyone. I've been listening to iHeart Radio, available for the PC, tablets and smartphones. There are a few oldie stations; however, these are regular regular radio stations with commecial. iHeart has its own station, "Real Oldies," with minimal commercials (and when they do, they are less than 30 seconds). I recommend checking it out. Most of the songs are early sixties, though they have quite a few fifties.

04/24/13 04:57 PM #11    

Sharon Custer (Bentley)

THANKS! to all of you who sent "70" Birthday wishes.  I am now in Finchville, KY and loving it - didn't realize how much I missed all the "green". 

07/23/14 11:10 AM #12    

Janet Sue Young (Asche)

Does anyone know where Sharon Bales is or what her name is?  She graduated from Nursing school with me 50 years ago and we are having a reunion in Sept., but we can not find her.  Let me know if anyone knows anything.  I tried the internet but got no where.  Janet Young Asche

07/23/14 09:04 PM #13    

Jim Birt

Hi one and all,


Jim Birt here looking to get in contact with Darrell Webb and/or Dave Dunham there in Springfield.  I tried to contact Marchando for Lennie's Bartolo's phone number but he must have been too bizzy washing his 'vett.

Anyway if anyone can help out giving me some leads to finding these two old friends Iwould appreicate it.

Florida is H O T and I have no clue why anyone would want to live here.  The cops hat outsiders and the medical care sucks.

Best regards, 

Jim Birt.


07/24/14 01:56 PM #14    

Frank S. Adamo

Hey. You're talking about my home state, being born in Tampa :_.  At least you've got air conditioning now, unlike when my dad retired in '61 and I moved with him to Tampa right after highschool.  In So. Cal, we livejust a few miles from the beach and so we don't have air conditioning. Thus, it's unbearable those few days, like today, when we have the breeze coming from the south and thus exposing us to tropical weather.  Also Florida homes are less expensive (not like before, but still are), no income tax,, less taxes and regulationss for businesses, and many more adantages over California. However, I have been doing the best to convince my wife to move to Tampa for the past few years, but I can't. Oh well.

Anyway, I may change my mind when I return to FL to give a presentation and visit all my relatives :)

07/25/14 07:28 PM #15    


Fred M. Brown

Hey Jim. Contact Les Mitchell at (309) 264-9798 or He knows where Darrel lives. 

07/29/14 02:13 PM #16    

Jim Birt

Thanks for he info.  Wonder why he has made himselfso hard to find?

Best regards,

Jim Birt.

07/30/14 07:45 AM #17    

Leonard Bartolomucci


I sent you an email at, but it not not go? The only Dave Dunham, the right age, near Springfield, lives in Divernon. Address in, but no phone number.


07/31/14 11:16 PM #18    

Jim Birt

thanks for the info.  my email has not changed.  ><...??? I'll look in my spam.  Take care.

02/14/15 09:40 AM #19    

Frank S. Adamo

Lest we forget our classmates who served, I
came across this poem today that I wanted to
share. Bless our classmates who have served.
Bless their families, and bless our country

And thank you for those who keep us informed.


He was getting old and paunchy
And his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion,
Telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he once fought in
And the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies;
They were heroes, every one.

And 'tho sometimes to his neighbors
His tales became a joke,
All his buddies listened quietly
For they knew where of he spoke.

But we'll hear his tales no longer,
For ol' Joe has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer
For a Veteran died today.

He won't be mourned by many,
Just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary,
Very quiet sort of life.

He held a job and raised a family,
Going quietly on his way;
And the world won't note his passing,
'Tho a Veteran died today.

When politicians leave this earth,
Their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing,
And proclaim that they were great.

Papers tell of their life stories
From the time that they were young,
But the passing of a Veteran
Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution
To the welfare of our land,
Some jerk who breaks his promise
And cons his fellow man?

Or the ordinary fellow
Who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country
And offers up his life?

The politician's stipend
And the style in which he lives,
Are often disproportionate,
To the service that he gives.

While the ordinary Veteran,
Who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal
And perhaps a pension, small.

It is not the politicians
With their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom
That our country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger,
With your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out,
With his ever-waffling stand?

Or would you want a Veteran
His home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Veteran,
Who would fight until the end.

He was just a common Veteran,
And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us
We may need his likes again.

For when countries are in conflict,
We find the Veteran's part,
Is to clean up all the troubles
That the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor
While he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage
At the ending of his days.

Perhaps just a simple headline
In the paper that might say:


02/14/15 10:06 PM #20    


Beverly King (Collins)

Frank, what a beautiful poem; and it applies to our classmates who have served!

Thanks for sharing.

Beverly King Collins



11/01/15 09:43 PM #21    

Jim Birt

thanks to Connie for keep this web site up and running.

best regards,

jim birt.

03/28/16 09:53 AM #22    

Frank S. Adamo

The come-back victory of Syracuse over Virginia reminds me of our come-back game over 4th ranked Clinton.after they had beaten Springfield. You guys were suburb yes

06/02/17 11:34 AM #23    

Frank S. Adamo

1957 8th Grade Pics of the feeder schools for Lanphier High School:

OMG. What a wonderful flashback to when we were so young.  I recongize most of the faces but not all the names :(.  Thank you so very much for those who complted these photos. FYI, I went to McClernand.

04/30/22 09:22 AM #24    

Ronald Schwabe

New email is, could not access old one set up new password etc. Tech not my strong suit.


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