Friday, December 31, 2021
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
The Hiliners61 Communications Committee is happy to report that our latest "Classmate Interview" is with Dave Johnson. Dave recounts a very interesting career in business, and shares memories of his days in activities at VCHS, including basketball, football and track. He lettered in all three sports. He'll also tell you about his biggest disappointment in high school and some of the fun he had along the way. Thanks to Dave for participating! And we'd like YOU to participate in an interview too. If you're willing, contact our Organizing Chair, Barb (Sheppard) Lang at BarbLang@csicable.net. Meantime, you'll find Dave's interview along with a dozen others in the Interviews with Classmates archive on the right side of your screen. You can go there to watch our latest interview, #14, or click here. -- Larry Gauper
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Friday, October 22, 2021
Friday, October 8, 2021
Beth (Carlisle) Anderson shares a beautiful photograph of a scene near their post office in Bellingham, Washington. She says "the salmon are trying to get upstream, too!" Sounds yummy! If you haven't viewed Beth's interview, our latest in this series of classmate visits, click here. Thanks, Beth.
Say, if YOU have a photo you'd like to share with your classmates here on the blog, send it to Diane (Sauer) Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
We had about 15 of us Hiliners61'ers show up for the September 11, 2021 Lunch Bunch at the Valley City "Town and Country Club." Special participants who received the award for coming the furthest distance were Hank Toring and his former Hiliners cheerleader spouse, Sandy (Voorhees) Toring. Although the fires in California aren't near where they live in Simi Valley, a stone's throw from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, they seemed to enjoy getting "back home" for the 1960 VCHS class reunion. This class decided to go ahead with their reunion affair but we played it safe last winter and scheduled our 61 reunion for 2022. Below, you'll find selected photos I took of luncheon participants. I think I captured everybody but myself. But, hey, if you really want to see what I look like, click on over to the Interviews with Classmates section of this blog (on the right side of your screen). I'm the interviewer on all 12 to date. Breaking news: we are in the process of interviewing Beth Carlisle this week! - Larry Gauper 9-13-2021
Here are selected photos from our lunch bunch gathering September 11, 2021 (click on photos for larger image):
Friday, July 30, 2021
Barb (Sheppard) Lang reports: The Class of 1961 held their July 29th Lunch Bunch at The Crossing on Lake Ashtabula. Sixteen classmates arrived (well, 14 plus Barb Rome Gillund from the Class of 1962 and Gerry Gamrath from the Class of 1960). With the engineering expertise of Denny Gillund, we joined a round table with a couple of rectangular tables in a "T" formation so that everyone could be together, and we had a really enjoyable two hour lunch. Made from scratch fry bread tacos, hamburgers and the like!
Our next date will be August 26th at Sabir's in Valley City, and we will have an "unusual" date for the September Lunch Bunch: Saturday, September 11th at the VC Country Club, because Sandy Voorhees Toring will be in town. (Hank has a Class of 1960 reunion that weekend). We hope that many of you can join us if you happen to be in the Valley City area.
List of attendees for July's luncheo: Stan and Sharon Orness, Gary and Claire Swenson, Mary Ann and Gerry Gamrath, Denny and Barb Gillund, Janna Zaun, LouVay White, Tom Kahler, Bonnie Burchill, Sandy Bruns, Marleen Pytlik, Gary Skramstad and Barb Lang.
Here photos from the July Lunch Bunch taken by Barb:
most of us could display!
Friday, July 2, 2021
Denny told us about Stan's amazing classic car career when we
were visiting at the luncheon. This photo, from Denny, was taken
in early June at the car show in Devils Lake.
Sunday, June 20, 2021
Our Hiliners61 newsletter editor, Diane (Sauer) Hughes has just published the June, 2021, edition of our classmate newsletter. It's currently posted on this blog in the Newsletter Archive (along with all editions published so far) on the right side of this screen. However, you can read and/or download and print this content-rich edition by clicking here. Thanks to Diane for her energy and hard work in putting these newsletters together and emailing to our classmate list, maintained by classmate Ron Morsch. Thanks, too, to our Chair, Barb (Sheppard) Lang for printing and postal mailing copies of these newsletters to those classmates without email. She does this at her own expense and her contribution is much appreciated by many. Thanks, Barb!
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
We are sorry to learn of the passing of Henry “Hank Bruns on June 14. Hank is the husband of our classmate Sandy Meyer Bruns of Valley City. The link to the obituary for Hank posted below.
Hank had been dealing with health issues for several years. We will miss his bright smile and cheerful disposition! On behalf of the entire class of 1961, we extend our sympathies to Sandy and her family. As you remember, Sandy was one of our HiLiner cheerleaders, and led us all in the cheering section for basketball and football games in high school.
Submitted by Diane (Sauer) Hughes, Editor, Hiliners61 Newsletter
Link to obituary:
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Our Organizing Chair, Barb (Sheppard) Lang has announced she has been working with the Amercinn Hotel in Valley City (N. Dak.) to secure dates for our postponed reunion: Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18, 2022.
The Americinn Hotel will continue to be our central facility for the reunion, however, there are a number of motels close by where you can make reservations. Hotel/Motel information is under the "60th Reunion Postponed" section on the right hand of the screen. If you've already made reservations for 2021, don't forget to cancel them and reserve your accommodations for 2022. In the near future, Chair Barb will be talking about the reunion and other class activities in a video interview. Watch this blog for that interview and Diane (Sauer) Hughes will also keep us up-to-date with her excellent newsletter.
Saturday, January 2, 2021
Not pictured but on that Hiliners Varsity team from our Class of 1961 included
Jerry Busche, Jack Paulson, and Lee Samson.
- Larry Gauper 01-09-2021
Friday, January 1, 2021
Our newsletter editor and production designer, Diane (Sauer) Hughes has done it again! She's produced a content-rich publication you're sure to enjoy in this new January, 2021, issue. If you haven't already received it via email, you can view this issue along with all of the others (in readable, downloadable and printable PDFs) in our NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE on the right side of the screen. If you'd like to go directly to the current issue, click here. Thanks, Diane for all of your diligent and well done work on this issue, as you've done many times before!
Friday, October 30, 2020
Those of you who have visited the Barnes County Historical Society Museum on Central Avenue - in the old Fair Store location - undoubtedly were as impressed as I've been every time I've stopped in. Wes Anderson, curator, and his staff of volunteers have done a fabulous job in preserving the history of Barnes County, with a special emphasis on Valley City.
However, this COVID pandemic has hit the museum pretty hard in terms of a reduction in visitors and financial contributors. Now would be an especially appreciated time to join the museum with a $20 a year membership or, if can, contribute more. Wes publishes a very interesting newsletter every quarter and since joining I've received these newsy issues with lots of local names familiar to most Hiliners61 classmates. A complete listing of membership categories and an enrollment form to accompany your check is available in a printable PDF by clicking here (there are other ways to send in money, see below.)
Barb (Sheppard) Lang, our Hiliners61 Organizing Chair, is on the board of the Historical Society of North Dakota Foundation, the "ways and means" arm for Society projects. She has a keen interest in the Barnes County museum and says, "Wes and his staff have worked very hard for many years to make the museum an extremely interesting place and, because we have reached 'a certain age,' you will find many items from our youth displayed right there in the museum. They have taken on the task of repairing and maintaining all of the VCHS Class Photos. In the past, those were just kept in an unheated storage area at the school. Now, the museum has finally received possession of all of them, permanently. Wes and his hard-working volunteers display these Class Photos for whichever class is having a reunion."
You'll also find those photos and many other items of Valley City memorabilia along with comments from viewers on the Valley City, North Dakota - What Do You Remember? Facebook page, maintained and very frequently updated by Wes Anderson. If you're not a member of Facebook, it's easy to join (and free!) and you can join that "Remember Valley City" section too. Again, no charge!
Recently, the museum established a new website. You'll find it by clicking on this: www.BarnesCountyHistoricalSocietyMuseum.com There are PayPal and GoFundMe access buttons on both the website and on the Museum's Facebook pages. Let's do what we can to help in the financial support of the museum - just enrolling in a $20 annual membership would be wonderful. Wes says, "If everybody on the Museum's Facebook group would do that much, the Museum wouldn't have any money problems during this horrible pandemic."
NOTE: The Museum is currently open by appointment only (otherwise, closed). Give Wes a call at 701-845-0966 and set-up an appointment. He'd be glad to accommodate your schedule. Besides needing new sources of funding, Wes indicates that, when this pandemic run is over, he'll need more volunteers. If you reside in Valley City, Barnes County, or in eastern or central North Dakota (actually, anywhere) plan to offer some time as a museum volunteer. He has lots of work and projects and he looks forward to your help! - LG 10-30-2020
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
|Janice Dronen - 1958 Sheyenne photo|
We've just learned that a VCHS classmate of ours, Janice Dronen Johnson, 77, died on Sunday, August 9, 2020, at a local care center in Bismarck, N. Dak. A graveside service was held on August 14, 2020, at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, N. Dak.
Janice was born July 12, 1943, to Orville and Margret (Eagen) Dronen in Sharron, N. Dak. She was raised and educated in Valley City. She obtained a bachelor's degree in human resources from Valley City State University and joined the North Dakota Army National Guard in the mid-70s. She served over 22 years, retiring as a staff sergeant.
According to the obituary, Janice married Arvid Johnson, November 4, 1989, and they moved to Mandan shortly after that. Her passions were all things fabric and was often referred to as a master quilter. She and Arvid loved ballroom dancing, laughing and also made beautiful old-world Santas, selling them at Pride of Dakota shows across the state until they retired from that in 2012. Janice's other loves were her dogs, Buddy and Lucky.
Janice is survived by her daughters Darcy (Harley) Schwind, Mandan; Nikki (Jay) Larson, Sioux Falls, S. Dak.; Angie Sinkula, Lakeville, Minn.; nine grandkids and four great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Orville and Margret; husband Arvid; son Marvin Olson, Jr., son-in-law Dave Sinkula; brother Gary; and grandson Harley Schwind III, and numerous aunts and uncles.
We remember Janice from our high school days, and extend our condolences to her family. God bless the memory of classmate Janice Dronen. - LG 10-13-2020
|Photo from Janice's obituary - 2020|
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Sunday, June 14, 2020
We have the names! Thanks to Marleen (Miller) Pytlik, who checked the files at Trinity Lutheran Church where she volunteers as an office worker, we can list what she found below.
|1956 Confirmation Class - Trinity Lutheran Church, Valley City, N. Dak.|
(Click on picture for larger image)
Previously posted on this blog are the confirmation photos from Our Savior's Lutheran Church and Nebo Lutheran Church. For the Our Savior's photograph, click here. For the Nebo Lutheran photograph, click here.
If you have a confirmation photograph of your class at a Valley City or Barnes County church, please send it to me at WORDchipper@gmail.com - 6-14-2020
Saturday, June 13, 2020
|Wes Anderson |
(Barnes County Museum photo)
Thanks to Steve for permission to post his interview and appreciation goes out to Wes and his volunteers at the museum for all the work they do. Individual memberships are available for $20 a year and it's well worth supporting this excellent preservation of our home town history. Wes maintains an always up-to-date Facebook site. If you haven't already, be sure to check it out and stop by regularly.
(Sommerfeld orchestra publicity photo)
Another interview Steve did on a recent Voice of the Valley program was with someone who's a friend of many of us in our Hiliners61 group, Myron Sommerfeld. As a bandleader and music legend in the Valley City area and throughout the Upper Midwest, Myron is very familiar with the amazing career of North Dakota's Norma Delores Egstrom, who became known nationally and internationally as Peggy Lee. The Peggy Lee Museum is located in the old railroad depot in Wimbledon, N. Dak., where "Norma" grew up and the museum is currently commemorating Peggy Lee's 100th birthday (2020). Her first professional singing job was on KOVC Radio in 1936 when hired by station founder and owner Bob Ingstad, Sr. To listen to Steve's interview with Myron, click here. Thanks to Steve for also supplying us with this interview and giving us permission to post it here.
(LG photo, taken at Jasper's)
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Saturday, May 23, 2020
|Russ Schroeder's VCHS senior portrait|
Russ was born to William and Sarah (Wright) Schroeder in Valley City, N. Dak., on July 10, 1942. He married Emily (Waddington) Schroeder on March 19, 1966. According to his obituary, "Russ loved fishing, hunting, and spending time with family and friends. He worked for many years with multiple youth programs; he loved working with kids and young adults. Russ always had a kind word and touched many lives.
"Russell is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Emily; his children, Julie (Royce Fenno) Fargo; Shannon (Brian) Morin and two grandchildren, Sterling Morin and Paige Morin, Fargo; as well as several nieces and nephews and many great-nieces and nephews.
"Russell is preceded in death by his parents, William and Sarah Schroeder, brother Dwight Schroeder, Sr.,a sister, Janice Fields, and granddaughter Madison Morin."
Russ was a friend of mine throughout our school years in Valley City and I wish I could have visited with him more often than I did. Russ and Emily attended our Hiliners61 "Lunch Bunch" at the Fargo Holiday Inn in 2015. For a photo and story of that event, click here.
There is a "guest book" area on the Boulger Funeral Home website where you can leave a tribute comment for Russell's family. To reach that obituary and the guest book, click here.
May God be with Emily and their family and may He bless the memory of Russell Schroeder. - Larry Gauper 5-23-202
Thursday, April 16, 2020
I didn't do any cruising in my two-tone yellow and white 1955 Ford Fairlane hardtop because I usually worked on the air Friday nights at KOVC. I recall when a fellow DJ came over from Bob Ingstad's Jamestown station to fill-in for a while at what I considered "the flagship," KOVC in Valley City. Given the rivalry the Hiliners had with the Bluejays, he questioned how in the world anybody could "drag Main" in Valley City because, in his opinion, our principal streets were not "as long" as they were in his city, Jamestown. We had a spirited discussion about that. He also had a very cool car, as I remember. - Larry Gauper
To listen to that recent interview by Steve Urness on KOVC featuring Myron Van Bruggen, click here.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
What? A third railroad in Valley City? That's the way it was for a while, represented by this trolly (or trolley) car of the Valley City Street & Inter-Urban Railway Company. You can read all about it in the new edition of Diane (Sauer) Hughes's latest Hiliners61 newsletter now posted in the Newsletter Archive. The archive can be accessed from the link on the upper right-hand corner of the blog. Or, if you'd like to go directly to the latest issue, click here. Another excellent job, Diane!
Sunday, September 1, 2019
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Our classmate, Beth (Carlisle) Anderson, found the Valley City Junior High 8th Grade Class List, dated September 7th, 1956, amongst her old childhood memories scrapbooks/boxes. This "roster" is posted below. She doesn't recall how she came by the list, and doesn't know who might have made the various markings it bears, other than to note that the "dots" in front of some names indicate the boys in the class!
Beth guesses that this was a list that belonged to one of the teachers, and, perhaps, the teacher loaned it to Beth for some particular assignment, and then it was never returned. (I can tell you for certain that the addition of Eddie Weeks' name in Section 8-1 was NOT in Beth's handwriting!) We'd love to have your comments and memories about this artifact. I think that Mr. Campbell, who was the Principal of the Junior High, was also a section leader - or was he a part-time instructor as well as being Principal? I also remember the name of Mr. Forness. (LG note: I can still see Mr. Forness reading Newsweek magazine while being the Study Hall "monitor." His interest in that publication captured my attention and that's when I also started reading it).
Thank you, Beth, for sending this list along to us. If any of the rest of you have items of interest from our school years, please send pictures of copies of them along, to Diane, Larry or me. Submitted by Barb (Sheppard) Lang and posted by der Blogmeister LG.