CHS 1953 - 65th REUNION * IN REVIEW * & PHOTOS



CHS 1953 - 65th REUNION * IN REVIEW *

Our 65th Class Reunion weekend is now behind us. Because this was our "Farewell Reunion" there was a sense of joy in being together, but also sadness to say farewell to life-time friendships from grade school, CJHS, and CHS. In pre-planning, the Reunion Committee did not know what expectations should be for attendance. For all events during the Reunion weekend the attendance exceeded our expectations. The good attendance is what made this reunion a success and memorable. Our optional gatherings at Steak 'n' Shake, social time on Friday night, and breakfast at the Hilton on Saturday and Sunday were well attended. The Saturday night main reunion event began with social time and showing of a Fabulous 50s video with 50s music. The opening prayer was recited by Shirley (Hausmann) Schweighart followed by a moment of silence in memory of deceased classmates. We have lost a total of 96 classmates, with 20 being during the last five years since our last reunion.

The plated sit-down dinner was followed by a Welcome and Remarks by Phil Matteson reviewing our Class of 1953 contributions to CHS history. We were the 56th class to graduate from CHS, and the current 2018 class was the 151st. Our class is definitely a part of CHS history. Phil reviewed the accomplishments of our school yearbook staff, our school newspaper staff, our drama cast, our speech team, our debate team, our musicians, our building trades group, our football, basketball, baseball, track, golf and tennis sport teams. Phil made a special mention of our most successful sport team being the wrestling team, which placed first in the Big 12, first in the Sectional, and 4th in the State. Caption Carl Meeks finished first in the state 120 lb. weight class. For his individual accomplishment representing our class, a Carl Meeks 1953 Championship banner hangs high in the rafters of CHS Combes Gym overlooking the gym floor. Members of that team who attended the reunion were Bill Hartz and Hank Hatch. Phil mentioned our one CHS 1953 classmate in the CHS Athletic Hall of Fame being Ola Bundy. Also, reference was made to Susan (Black) Drummond who, along with other CHS 1953 classmates, started the Max Maroon mascot tradition. Phil stressed that each CHS 1953 classmate was an important member of our class, and that we all can be proud of our class contributions toward the history of CHS.

In closing, Phil acknowledged a "thank you" to each classmate who helped with reunions over the past 65 years. A special "thank you" to Harold Keller for his excellent work in maintaining our class website since June 28, 1999. A special "thank you" to Shirley (Hausmann) Schweighart for her many years of organizing. As for himself, Phil stated that he has enjoyed event planning for the class going back to our ninth grade dance..."Dreamers Holiday" and our Junior-Senior Prom..."Ball Parisian."

Raffle items were won by....Charles Cremeens (Mens CHS Polo) - Don Maxwell (Womens CHS Polo) - Bob Apperson (Dr. Howard 1907 coat hook) - Terry O'Neill (CHS Athletic Hall of Fame book) - and Bob Selvey (Steak 'n' Shake Teddy Bear).

Our class website will continue for an indefinite period of time. Visit our website at www.chs1953.org for class news, directory, and 65th reunion pictures.

Classmates who made reservations for the reunion were:

Robert Alsop, Martha (Anderson) Hursey, Robert Apperson, Barbara (Bailey) Thrash,
Ruth (Bulkley) Warfield, Charles Cremeens, Patricia (Demlow) Williams, Joyce (Denman) Butsch,
Ray Griffet, Richard Haines, Tom Hammersmith, Bill Hartz, Hank Hatch, Shirley (Hausmann) Schweighart,
Wally Heintzen, Kay Kessler, Jackie (Luce) Wilen, Doris (McCown) Potts, Phil Matteson, Don Maxwell, Louis Mays,
Jim Neal, Terry O'Neill, Virginia (Percy) Strong, Kay (Pfiester) Goodling, Myrna (Primmer) Anglin,
Richard Rohr, Carolyn (Schloz) Hamrick, Nancy (Schubert) Darnall, Don Scott, Bob Selvey, Bob Slade,
Lois (Smith) Dunn, Louise (Smith) Hill, Roger Sphar, J. R. Stillwell, Keith Whited, and Ruth Woodworth.


Submitted by Reunion Committee
July 31, 2018


Friday Lunch at Steak 'n Shake


Carol Apperson, Bob Apperson, Shirley (Hausmann) Schweighart



Bob Slade, Hank Hatch, Shelley Hatch



Ruth (Bulkley) Warfield---Daughter, Betty C. Bemis




Friday Night at the HILTON GARDEN INN



Nancy Neal - Jim Neal



"Red" Anglin, Shirley (Hausmann) Schweighart, Myrna (Primmer) Anglin



Bev Selvey, Bob Selvey, Phil Matteson, Shelley Hatch, Hank Hatch



Doris (McCown) Potts - Tricia Casey



Tom Hammersmith - Carla Alsop - Bob "Babe" Alsop



Kay (Pfiester) Goodling - Red Anglin - Bob Slade - Shirley (Hausmann) Schweighart





Janann Vance (friend of) - Jean (Decker) Meislahn




Saturday Night Banquet at the HILTON GARDEN INN




Welcome CHS 1953 Classmates



Lost in the 50s Display



65th Reunion Cake



Virginia (Percy) Strong - Carolyn (Schloz) Hamrick - Nancy (Schubert) Darnall



Richard Haines- Dianne Haines



Don Maxwell - Shirley (Hausmann) Schweighart



Carol Apperson - Bob Apperson - Martha (Anderson) Hursey



Kay Kessler - Kay (Pfiester) Goodling



Wally Heintzen - Elga Heintzen



Karen Scott - Don Scott - Terry O'Neill



Bob Williams - Patsy (Demlow) Williams



Helen Williams - Dick Williams



Ray Griffet - Carol Griffet



Jackie (Luce) Wilen - Keith Whited - Betty C. Bemis Duaghter of - Ruth (Bulkley) Warfield



Roger Sphar - Jeannette Sphar



Amy Butler - Tom Hammersmith



Don Maxwell - Karolee Rohr - Richard Rohr





Charles Cremeens - Donna Cremeens





(F)- Doris (McCown) Potts - Tricia Casey (with Doris)
(B)- Myrna (Primmer) Anglin - Carolyn (Schloz) Hamrick - Red Anglin - Virginia (Percy) Strong




Lois (Smith) Dunn - Louie Hill - Louise (Smith) Hill





Carla Alsop - Bob "Babe" Alsop





(F)- Bob Thrash - Barbara (Bailey) Thrash
(B)- Ruth (Woodworth) Karcher - Nancy (Schubert) Darnall





Shelley Hatch - Hank Hatch



Jim Neal - Nancy Neal





Phil Matteson - delivering his last reunion speech





Shirley (Hausmann) Schweighart - Phil Metteson drawing door prize winners



Bev Selvey holding the teddy bear raffle won by her husband, Bob Selvey





Saturday and Sunday Breakfast at the HILTON GARDEN INN





(Left side-F to B) Shirley (Hausmann) Schweighart - Nancy Neal - Jim Neal

(Right side-F to B) Bob Apperson - Carol Apperson - Hank Hatch - Shelley Hatch - Ruth (Bulkley) Warfield - her daughter Betty Bemis



Hank Hatch (Wearing his High School letter sweater earned in Wrestling) - Shelley Hatch



(L) Bev Selvey (R) Bob Selvey - Phil Matteson



front- Don Scott - Elga Heintzen - Bev Selvey - Donna Matteson - Karen Scott - Phil Matteson - Wally Heintzen - Bob Selvey





Photos Provided by Donna Matteson and Hank Hatch
Editing and web page by Harold Keller

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