Continued from Memories II

Cheaper by the Dozen….complete the blanks:

2.  Franks ______ Tannery (my dad used to work there along with my uncle William DeBenedetti.

3. 
Redwood City _Tribune______ (newspaper)  My brother Jim DeBenedetti used to deliver papers for this newspaper in 1947 or 48.

10. _Holmquist________ Hardware, at Main & Stambough Streets (my dad grew up with Rowdy Holmquist. They were good friends.)

11. Kibby's & Kings Drive-In Restaurant, where we all “cruised.”

 

(Say, I’m drawing a blank…which drive-in was it that was the traditional round structure…I think very near where Roosevelt met ECR…was that Kibby’s?  King’s?  Steve)

 What wonderful and/or interesting comments about
Redwood City's history. I loved it!! It was so good to go back in time and just remember all the fun times, everyone had then.  Where does the time go? And we all had fun times. We hardly ever got into trouble in those days.  It was so neat. The Friday night football games, Wow!  Thanks, Joe Marvin. And we beat Paly High almost every Thanksgiving. Great!!

Also, for those of you who did not know that my dad was the first mail letter carrier
to deliver YOUR mail in the
Redwood City area on a bicycle. Maybe with our gas prices going up, we all should revert back to the bike, ha!  He also helped start up the zip code....while working at The Post Office on Main Street. He worked at the Post Office for over 40 years, retired in his 50's and starting working his second career, landscaping everyone's yards in Redwood City.  And then to think, I couldn't even remember where those theater's were. Silly me!  Shame, shame. Won't live that one down I am afraid.


Dee DeBenedetti Barmore

 

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Hey, an email from Alaska:

 

Steve, Berit and I will visit Fairbanks this weekend to watch the Distance Cross Country National Championships.  Lars, our youngest, is racing (as one of the top skiers in the U..S., he makes a good living for now at something he loves).  I tried straight retirement from municipal planning for a while, but I’m “retired and working” if that makes sense.  Berit still enjoys nursing but will ease off to enjoy other things this year.  We still enjoy hiking in the mountains and ski racing.  Another constant is that we must pick cloud berries the first week of August in Western Alaska.  I still race road bikes but only in Alaska (I hear Redwood City has become a road bike center along some of our “favorite” routes).  Berit and I recently ski raced in McCall, Idaho, at the World Masters Cross Country Championships and in Hayward, Wisconsin, at the Birkie 50k Marathon.  Erik has a wife, two daughters, and a son, which is much of our life in Anchorage.  Erik, our oldest son, is the Director of the APU Nordic Ski Program in Anchorage.  Bjorn, the middle son, is a commercial finish carpenter in Anchorage (reminds me of our summer jobs swinging hammers!).  Next month we will be losing Bjorn to medical school for eight plus or minus years.  It should be about seeing your kids connect with something, but we’ll miss him.  As I said before, we’re looking forward to seeing everyone next year. 

 

Sam and Berit Flora (svf@gci.net)

 

More from Sam Flora in Alaska:

 

Today we have several feet of new snow.  This isn’t unusual except several days ago another storm dropped several feet.  Two storms in April is unusual because Anchorage is technically a northern “desert” located among mountains.  The snow is pouring down outside the window.  In November, one storm is enough to cover the ground all winter because of the cold temperatures.  This time of year the snow could disappear in hours if the temperature warms a few degrees above freezing.  The snow will extend the ski season on the trails in the city.  In the evenings, I ski with a masters ski club, which has its last scheduled sessions this week.

 

I have retired from the Oregon and Idaho Public Retirement Systems, not from the Alaska System  or Soc. Sec. yet.  I have worked in the public and private sectors in Alaska.  In the private sector most of my experience is with planning studies, clean water/facility planning, and environmental review.  Since 1979, I have gone through phases where I have had small scale real estate activities, which is somewhat of a split career experience for a city planner.

 

I keep saying that I’ll see everyone next year.  This is partly to program my thinking because the last time I visited the Bay Area was in 1981.  Last month we passed through the SF Airport on a sunny spring day.  It was a weird feeling to look out the windows at Coyote Point and the hills where I worked on houses.  As we landed, I could see Foster City including Runway 1, where I had my first city planner position and experience with airport planning.  A lot of memories flashed.  This is a short message, mostly to confirm that I appreciate the contact.  If communication lags you at least know that I’m looking forward to the reunion and seeing everyone.  To old times, Sam

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Some insights/memories from Yoshi:

 

Steve, my life story is too long to tell, but it will be fun to exchange some of it with classmates at the 50th Reunion.  I remember Blue Ribbon Ice Cream Parlor.  I can’t forget the first American ice cream I had there a night after I arrived  in Redwood City from Japan. A single cone was a dime (?). I could not understand why a dime was smaller than a nickel.  It was “Spumoni,” which I can’t find in the store anymore.  I still look for it everywhere I go.  The newspaper was the Redwood City Tribune.  Our classmate Jerry Schutz’s father was the editor. Though reading English was difficult for me in my first year, I faithfully read the sports section of the paper every day.   I now read three newspapers a day plus several magazines, TV news and world-wide on-line news.   Information overload.  Because we know more about everything from accumulated knowledge, we seem to know the “truth” and tend to have definite conviction.   We are fixed in one way or another and it is probably not healthy.  The world was very simple in 1950’s,  and now I should probably simplify my life more and become more easy-going,  so that I will still be healthy enough to attend the 50th Reunion and spend a lot of time with my good friends.

 

Yoshi

 

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Hi Steve,

Thank so much for all you and the committee are doing to connect all of us 1959 grads together!  I loved my years at Hoover School and Sequoia High.  Those were innocent, fun times.  I was at Hoover from 4th grade and remember many people who lived on my block...Scott Street and in Redwood Village off
Middlefield Road...Jean Miller, Barbara Bozzoto, Tom Turnrose, Irvin Lapp, Katherine Ansley...there were many.  We used to stay out late after dark playing kick-the-can, hide-and-go-seek, red light-green light.  My mother was the Girl Scout leader and I remember all of us camping out in our backyard...Barbara Gerboth, Patsy Gadow, etc.  

 

I have never forgotten Frank Stacy who was burned in his fort on Spring Street.  So sad!  I remember Jon Tognoli, and I can see him sitting up near the front in one of our classrooms.  Jon, you were lots of fun!  I had Mrs. Miller 2 times...in 5th and 8th grade.  She was very strict.  If you paid attention, she was very nice.  If you didn't, she would drag you to the principal's office by your ear.  No teacher would every think of doing that today.  But, I always thought she was a good teacher.

I loved my high school days.  Jean Miller and
Angie Valenti and I became best friends.  As a sophomore (15), I met my husband to be, Jim Conway (Carol Conway's brother).  We first saw one another during our open lunch hour.  He saw me walking down Broadway.  Our first date was to see Mr. Roberts with Henry Fonda and James Cagney.  We have been dating every since...married now for 46 years.  We have a daughter (Beth, 44), a son (Steve, 43) and one grandson, Kyle (14).  Jim and I attended every prom, ball, homecoming, game...GREAT!  I loved being rally chairman on the school spirit committee in my senior year.  We put on the best Sequoia/Palo Alto rally for the BIG GAME at Stanford Stadium. 

I love having Carol Conway
Vogl for my sister-in-law.  Judy Kunkel DeForest is also a great friend of mine.  We both attend Peninsula Covenant Church together.  I remember when I was a freshman getting kicked out of Mr. Maslin's algebra class for laughing.  Mr. Maslin said to Louise Oligis and me, "The next one who laughs is going to Miss Dean's office."  She was calling me from behind...I knew I shouldn't look, but I did.  She had a Jujube candy on the end of each finger.  Of course, I broke out laughing and the next I knew, I was being sent to Miss Dean's office.  I remember so many students...Hi Norma Huskey!  We would laugh every time we saw one another.  Hi to Curt and Toni Talbott...our daughters went around together as they were in high school.  I look forward to seeing all of you and getting reacquainted.  God bless!

Henrietta (Henrie) Seals Conway

 

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Hi Steve…I enjoyed reading all the emails.  Just to answer Helen Boatright Hight's question, I am living in Atherton now for the last 35 years.  Lived 7 years in Redwood City and 2 years in Los Altos Hills.  My dad died last August at 97 years old.  All those good hamburgers.

 

Carolyn Graf Kertz

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OK…here’s your trivia…and a question that might elicit a response…or not:

 

What’s the name?

 

1.  Freshman dance: ______________

…which was held at: ______________________.

 

2.  Sophomore dance (I don’t even know if we had one, but if we did, name it & where it was held): _____________

 

 

3.  Junior Prom:  _________________

….which was held at: _________________.

 

4.  Senior Ball; __________________

…which was held at: __________________.

 

5.  Our outstanding, wonderful dance team that performed at football games:  ____________________

 

6:  Guys:  Name the sequence of color trunks you were or earned for physical achievements in Griff’s P.E. curriculum.  Every guy started with “whites” as a freshman, remember?  _______________________________________________________________

 

7.  Gals:  who was a girls PE teacher and then became principal? ______________

 

…and the question, which recognizes the fact that our Sequoia relationships were formed before Sequoia…and even before Hoover, McKinley & Goodwin::

 

What Redwood City Elementary School did you attend (grades K-6)…and what is one clear memory you have about those years (an event, classmate, teacher, principal – something that happened, something you did, something someone else did, etc.)?  

Sequoia/Redwood City Memories VI
 

I want to start this update with a “thank you” to all of you who have shared your lives and memories with us in these updates.  It’s a real “give” to put yourself out there and embrace both the times and the memories.  And you have to know that they affect people in a positive way.  I have truly enjoyed reading about all your experiences that brought you to what I consider to be a special place…Redwood City – and Sequoia – at a time that also was very special, the 1950s.

 

I’ve been reminded, too, that many of you didn’t experience growing up in Redwood City but transferred to Sequoia during our high school years.  I was really surprised how many came to Sequoia as sophomores, juniors, or even for that final Senior year.  I hope you will share those feelings and experiences with us…they had to be filled with emotion and a bit of trepidation.  Hopefully, you found Sequoia to be a friendly place.  As far as what you want to write and share here, there are no rules.  This just sorta happened!  And I will ask your indulgence, transferees, as we share a Kindergarten or third grade class photo every once in awhile!  Just “oh and ah” at all the cute kids that we were!

 

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Hi Steve…I've attached a copy of our third grade class picture at Taft Elementary in 1950. That was the famous teacher, Mrs. Lusty.  I don't remember all of the faces in the picture, but I do see Art Bush, me, and Jim Danz next to me in the front row. Diana Engleman, Rich Ware, & Jerry Lillie are in the back row.  I do recognize some of the girls in the middle row, but can't recall their names.  By the way, I do also have pictures from Mrs. Torrey's 4th grade plus my 5th and 6th grade classes.

 

One of my big memories is being "in love" with Roslyn Roots in the 6th grade, I even gave her a Silver Dollar in a little leather purse that I got as our family passed through Reno on a trip to Pennsylvania, my birth place.  Then there was Tomina Harris, moved away before we even got to Hoover, but a childhood crush.

 

At Hoover, it was Mr. Yoder and Mr. Nichols in 7th and 8th grade, respectively. I also have those class pictures for anybody who might want me to email one or both of them, or the other elementary school pictures.

 

Now to the Trivia Questions this time:  Junior Prom was "Shenandoah's Dream" Can't remember where; Senior Prom was "Rhapsody in Red" Can't remember where, but did I ever get in trouble for canceling a date with a Junior because I heard that there was a Senior who wanted to go, but had not been asked; Finally for the trivia, we had the lovely Sequoia Cherokettes to dance at football games;  As for the gym shorts colors, I don't remember much because I was never any good at all the hard stuff.

 

Lorin Myers (llmyers3237@yahoo.com)

Eagle Point, Oregon

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(OK, before we give the names of the Taft School class, let’s cover the trivia questions.  Must have been boring questions, ‘cause Lorin’s the ONLY one to answer them!  I’ll try to do better.  Freshman dance:  Heartbreak Hotel, in the Girls’ Gym; Junior Prom: Shenandoah Dream, at the Veterans’ Memorial Building on Madison; Senior Ball: Rhapsody in Red, at the Villa Hotel in San Mateo.  Of course they were the gorgeous Cherokettes!  Gym shorts (correct me if I’m wrong, guys):  frosh – white; sophomore – red; junior and senior:  blue.  Those achieving higher standards got Purple, Silver and Gold shorts, in that order.  Is that right?)

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I remember going to the Starlite in Belmont--the one in RC came later, I think.

 

Mr. Spellenberg--I think it was Homer Spellenberg--Principal at John Gill for many years--although I think he retired just about the time we graduated from JG.  I was also disappointed to see the steep-pitched tile roof gone.  I can visualize, though--when Loma Prieta hit--all those tiled sliding off!.  As I recall, our 6th grade class (Mr. Paul Hannig's) wound up meeting on the playground for the last 3 weeks of school. 

 

We lived just over the hill from JG School--If necessary I could start running from home when the bell rang and make it in time for the "tardy bell!"

 

Steve,  a comment on your 1948 Hoover School first grade photo.  I think I count 39 students in the picture--these days most teachers complain if they have half that many in a class.  And as I recall at John Gill--we were on split sessions--I was usually in the morning classes--but there were also afternoon classes. 

 

Just cruising the "blue type" of the email address list brings back  memories of many of you--

 

Glenn Joesten (glenn476@4fast.net)

Yreka

 

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My favorite elementary school moment was in grade 6th at Lincoln School on Whipple Ave. in  Mr. Don Hamilton's class.  What a terrific teacher he was! He also taught ballroom dancing as one of our classes. One day he wanted our class to build some airplanes. So, we did! Got out the glue, the parts, etc. and away we went. The girls had a disadvantage in building them, for what the heck did we know about building small models.  Well, Mr. Hamilton showed us all how to do this and when we all finished with the planes or models, we flew them up at Motorcycle Hill, which by the way, was on the foothills where Sequoia Hospital is now. We were all excited about this for we got out of school and then, flying those models was fun. 


We had a picnic that day on motorcycle hill, which also was called "cracker hill." (Jerry Rice from the 49ner's lived up there with his family for many years while he was training at the rec center). 

 

Dee DeBenedetti-Baiz (DeeknLucyBarmoor@cs.com)

 

 

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I attended John Gill from Kindergarten through 6th. Cathy Peters was my best friend most of those years. One of my favorite teachers was in 4th grade, Miss Thayer. She was beautiful! She loved to ride horses, and was also a model. She had gorgeous, long, dark brown hair. She also loved art, especially working with colored chalk. That was the only time I really enjoyed art in school. But was she ever strict! That was not all bad, but one of her methods of discipline was to pull braids, if you were unlucky enough to have them [I had them!]!  

 

Then in 6th grade, as Ione C. referred to, John Gill had to undergo remodeling. Our unfortunate class, before moving, also lost its first teacher that year, Mr. Clark, and I remember being so stressed as to who would fill his position. Mr. English did that. He was single, and dark and very handsome, and I think our class did well with him when it came time for us to have to make the transition to Roosevelt School. We did, indeed, feel like such orphans. But, of course, we survived! Hard times have a way of binding people together!

 

I'll never forget the shock of seeing John Gill after the remodel...how I hated the change. And, I never knew till today that one of my best friends’ Dad was responsible for that change!

 

I am glad Ione mentioned our 7th grade year at the Sequoia bus garages, too. That was a traumatic year, for me, at least. But it's what vivid memories are made of, too!

Thanks, again, Steve, for keeping the emails/reminiscing going!

 

Liz/Betti Heidel (lcooky41@aol.com)

 

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Steve, I went straight from Central School to Mt. Carmel.   I've met most of these people in high school.   The only kids from Mt. Carmel were me, Dave Schweickert, Ron Del Tredici, Richard Casellini , Tony Rossi, Bill Loftus, Barbara Tidermann and maybe someone else in our class of '59 whom I don't remember.

 

Does anyone remember the Belmont Speedway ??? Question - Which night was Harley Race night? I think Wednesday night was Destruction Derby Night. Before Figure 8 races. (I do…somehow I remember always rooting for a driver named Clyde Palmer…haven’t a clue why – or how I remember that --but I do!  Steve)

 

Question- Does anyone remember the crowd disaster that happened there in the very early 50's ??  (Answer- Tire came off a midget racer and flew into the crowd: sending almost a dozen to hospital. Some in critical condition.)

 

Bob Sutten (Sutt202@aol.com)

End of Memories emails for now ... out of space.

 





 

Continued from Memories II

Cheaper by the Dozen….complete the blanks:

2.  Franks ______ Tannery (my dad used to work there along with my uncle William DeBenedetti.

3. 
Redwood City _Tribune______ (newspaper)  My brother Jim DeBenedetti used to deliver papers for this newspaper in 1947 or 48.

10. _Holmquist________ Hardware, at Main & Stambough Streets (my dad grew up with Rowdy Holmquist. They were good friends.)

11. Kibby's & Kings Drive-In Restaurant, where we all “cruised.”

 

(Say, I’m drawing a blank…which drive-in was it that was the traditional round structure…I think very near where Roosevelt met ECR…was that Kibby’s?  King’s?  Steve)

 What wonderful and/or interesting comments about
Redwood City's history. I loved it!! It was so good to go back in time and just remember all the fun times, everyone had then.  Where does the time go? And we all had fun times. We hardly ever got into trouble in those days.  It was so neat. The Friday night football games, Wow!  Thanks, Joe Marvin. And we beat Paly High almost every Thanksgiving. Great!!

Also, for those of you who did not know that my dad was the first mail letter carrier
to deliver YOUR mail in the
Redwood City area on a bicycle. Maybe with our gas prices going up, we all should revert back to the bike, ha!  He also helped start up the zip code....while working at The Post Office on Main Street. He worked at the Post Office for over 40 years, retired in his 50's and starting working his second career, landscaping everyone's yards in Redwood City.  And then to think, I couldn't even remember where those theater's were. Silly me!  Shame, shame. Won't live that one down I am afraid.


Dee DeBenedetti Barmore

 

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Hey, an email from Alaska:

 

Steve, Berit and I will visit Fairbanks this weekend to watch the Distance Cross Country National Championships.  Lars, our youngest, is racing (as one of the top skiers in the U..S., he makes a good living for now at something he loves).  I tried straight retirement from municipal planning for a while, but I’m “retired and working” if that makes sense.  Berit still enjoys nursing but will ease off to enjoy other things this year.  We still enjoy hiking in the mountains and ski racing.  Another constant is that we must pick cloud berries the first week of August in Western Alaska.  I still race road bikes but only in Alaska (I hear Redwood City has become a road bike center along some of our “favorite” routes).  Berit and I recently ski raced in McCall, Idaho, at the World Masters Cross Country Championships and in Hayward, Wisconsin, at the Birkie 50k Marathon.  Erik has a wife, two daughters, and a son, which is much of our life in Anchorage.  Erik, our oldest son, is the Director of the APU Nordic Ski Program in Anchorage.  Bjorn, the middle son, is a commercial finish carpenter in Anchorage (reminds me of our summer jobs swinging hammers!).  Next month we will be losing Bjorn to medical school for eight plus or minus years.  It should be about seeing your kids connect with something, but we’ll miss him.  As I said before, we’re looking forward to seeing everyone next year. 

 

Sam and Berit Flora (svf@gci.net)

 

More from Sam Flora in Alaska:

 

Today we have several feet of new snow.  This isn’t unusual except several days ago another storm dropped several feet.  Two storms in April is unusual because Anchorage is technically a northern “desert” located among mountains.  The snow is pouring down outside the window.  In November, one storm is enough to cover the ground all winter because of the cold temperatures.  This time of year the snow could disappear in hours if the temperature warms a few degrees above freezing.  The snow will extend the ski season on the trails in the city.  In the evenings, I ski with a masters ski club, which has its last scheduled sessions this week.

 

I have retired from the Oregon and Idaho Public Retirement Systems, not from the Alaska System  or Soc. Sec. yet.  I have worked in the public and private sectors in Alaska.  In the private sector most of my experience is with planning studies, clean water/facility planning, and environmental review.  Since 1979, I have gone through phases where I have had small scale real estate activities, which is somewhat of a split career experience for a city planner.

 

I keep saying that I’ll see everyone next year.  This is partly to program my thinking because the last time I visited the Bay Area was in 1981.  Last month we passed through the SF Airport on a sunny spring day.  It was a weird feeling to look out the windows at Coyote Point and the hills where I worked on houses.  As we landed, I could see Foster City including Runway 1, where I had my first city planner position and experience with airport planning.  A lot of memories flashed.  This is a short message, mostly to confirm that I appreciate the contact.  If communication lags you at least know that I’m looking forward to the reunion and seeing everyone.  To old times, Sam

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Some insights/memories from Yoshi:

 

Steve, my life story is too long to tell, but it will be fun to exchange some of it with classmates at the 50th Reunion.  I remember Blue Ribbon Ice Cream Parlor.  I can’t forget the first American ice cream I had there a night after I arrived  in Redwood City from Japan. A single cone was a dime (?). I could not understand why a dime was smaller than a nickel.  It was “Spumoni,” which I can’t find in the store anymore.  I still look for it everywhere I go.  The newspaper was the Redwood City Tribune.  Our classmate Jerry Schutz’s father was the editor. Though reading English was difficult for me in my first year, I faithfully read the sports section of the paper every day.   I now read three newspapers a day plus several magazines, TV news and world-wide on-line news.   Information overload.  Because we know more about everything from accumulated knowledge, we seem to know the “truth” and tend to have definite conviction.   We are fixed in one way or another and it is probably not healthy.  The world was very simple in 1950’s,  and now I should probably simplify my life more and become more easy-going,  so that I will still be healthy enough to attend the 50th Reunion and spend a lot of time with my good friends.

 

Yoshi

 

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Hi Steve,

Thank so much for all you and the committee are doing to connect all of us 1959 grads together!  I loved my years at Hoover School and Sequoia High.  Those were innocent, fun times.  I was at Hoover from 4th grade and remember many people who lived on my block...Scott Street and in Redwood Village off
Middlefield Road...Jean Miller, Barbara Bozzoto, Tom Turnrose, Irvin Lapp, Katherine Ansley...there were many.  We used to stay out late after dark playing kick-the-can, hide-and-go-seek, red light-green light.  My mother was the Girl Scout leader and I remember all of us camping out in our backyard...Barbara Gerboth, Patsy Gadow, etc.  

 

I have never forgotten Frank Stacy who was burned in his fort on Spring Street.  So sad!  I remember Jon Tognoli, and I can see him sitting up near the front in one of our classrooms.  Jon, you were lots of fun!  I had Mrs. Miller 2 times...in 5th and 8th grade.  She was very strict.  If you paid attention, she was very nice.  If you didn't, she would drag you to the principal's office by your ear.  No teacher would every think of doing that today.  But, I always thought she was a good teacher.

I loved my high school days.  Jean Miller and
Angie Valenti and I became best friends.  As a sophomore (15), I met my husband to be, Jim Conway (Carol Conway's brother).  We first saw one another during our open lunch hour.  He saw me walking down Broadway.  Our first date was to see Mr. Roberts with Henry Fonda and James Cagney.  We have been dating every since...married now for 46 years.  We have a daughter (Beth, 44), a son (Steve, 43) and one grandson, Kyle (14).  Jim and I attended every prom, ball, homecoming, game...GREAT!  I loved being rally chairman on the school spirit committee in my senior year.  We put on the best Sequoia/Palo Alto rally for the BIG GAME at Stanford Stadium. 

I love having Carol Conway
Vogl for my sister-in-law.  Judy Kunkel DeForest is also a great friend of mine.  We both attend Peninsula Covenant Church together.  I remember when I was a freshman getting kicked out of Mr. Maslin's algebra class for laughing.  Mr. Maslin said to Louise Oligis and me, "The next one who laughs is going to Miss Dean's office."  She was calling me from behind...I knew I shouldn't look, but I did.  She had a Jujube candy on the end of each finger.  Of course, I broke out laughing and the next I knew, I was being sent to Miss Dean's office.  I remember so many students...Hi Norma Huskey!  We would laugh every time we saw one another.  Hi to Curt and Toni Talbott...our daughters went around together as they were in high school.  I look forward to seeing all of you and getting reacquainted.  God bless!

Henrietta (Henrie) Seals Conway

 

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Hi Steve…I enjoyed reading all the emails.  Just to answer Helen Boatright Hight's question, I am living in Atherton now for the last 35 years.  Lived 7 years in Redwood City and 2 years in Los Altos Hills.  My dad died last August at 97 years old.  All those good hamburgers.

 

Carolyn Graf Kertz

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OK…here’s your trivia…and a question that might elicit a response…or not:

 

What’s the name?

 

1.  Freshman dance: ______________

…which was held at: ______________________.

 

2.  Sophomore dance (I don’t even know if we had one, but if we did, name it & where it was held): _____________

 

 

3.  Junior Prom:  _________________

….which was held at: _________________.

 

4.  Senior Ball; __________________

…which was held at: __________________.

 

5.  Our outstanding, wonderful dance team that performed at football games:  ____________________

 

6:  Guys:  Name the sequence of color trunks you were or earned for physical achievements in Griff’s P.E. curriculum.  Every guy started with “whites” as a freshman, remember?  _______________________________________________________________

 

7.  Gals:  who was a girls PE teacher and then became principal? ______________

 

…and the question, which recognizes the fact that our Sequoia relationships were formed before Sequoia…and even before Hoover, McKinley & Goodwin::

 

What Redwood City Elementary School did you attend (grades K-6)…and what is one clear memory you have about those years (an event, classmate, teacher, principal – something that happened, something you did, something someone else did, etc.)?  

Sequoia/Redwood City Memories VI
 

I want to start this update with a “thank you” to all of you who have shared your lives and memories with us in these updates.  It’s a real “give” to put yourself out there and embrace both the times and the memories.  And you have to know that they affect people in a positive way.  I have truly enjoyed reading about all your experiences that brought you to what I consider to be a special place…Redwood City – and Sequoia – at a time that also was very special, the 1950s.

 

I’ve been reminded, too, that many of you didn’t experience growing up in Redwood City but transferred to Sequoia during our high school years.  I was really surprised how many came to Sequoia as sophomores, juniors, or even for that final Senior year.  I hope you will share those feelings and experiences with us…they had to be filled with emotion and a bit of trepidation.  Hopefully, you found Sequoia to be a friendly place.  As far as what you want to write and share here, there are no rules.  This just sorta happened!  And I will ask your indulgence, transferees, as we share a Kindergarten or third grade class photo every once in awhile!  Just “oh and ah” at all the cute kids that we were!

 

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Hi Steve…I've attached a copy of our third grade class picture at Taft Elementary in 1950. That was the famous teacher, Mrs. Lusty.  I don't remember all of the faces in the picture, but I do see Art Bush, me, and Jim Danz next to me in the front row. Diana Engleman, Rich Ware, & Jerry Lillie are in the back row.  I do recognize some of the girls in the middle row, but can't recall their names.  By the way, I do also have pictures from Mrs. Torrey's 4th grade plus my 5th and 6th grade classes.

 

One of my big memories is being "in love" with Roslyn Roots in the 6th grade, I even gave her a Silver Dollar in a little leather purse that I got as our family passed through Reno on a trip to Pennsylvania, my birth place.  Then there was Tomina Harris, moved away before we even got to Hoover, but a childhood crush.

 

At Hoover, it was Mr. Yoder and Mr. Nichols in 7th and 8th grade, respectively. I also have those class pictures for anybody who might want me to email one or both of them, or the other elementary school pictures.

 

Now to the Trivia Questions this time:  Junior Prom was "Shenandoah's Dream" Can't remember where; Senior Prom was "Rhapsody in Red" Can't remember where, but did I ever get in trouble for canceling a date with a Junior because I heard that there was a Senior who wanted to go, but had not been asked; Finally for the trivia, we had the lovely Sequoia Cherokettes to dance at football games;  As for the gym shorts colors, I don't remember much because I was never any good at all the hard stuff.

 

Lorin Myers (llmyers3237@yahoo.com)

Eagle Point, Oregon

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(OK, before we give the names of the Taft School class, let’s cover the trivia questions.  Must have been boring questions, ‘cause Lorin’s the ONLY one to answer them!  I’ll try to do better.  Freshman dance:  Heartbreak Hotel, in the Girls’ Gym; Junior Prom: Shenandoah Dream, at the Veterans’ Memorial Building on Madison; Senior Ball: Rhapsody in Red, at the Villa Hotel in San Mateo.  Of course they were the gorgeous Cherokettes!  Gym shorts (correct me if I’m wrong, guys):  frosh – white; sophomore – red; junior and senior:  blue.  Those achieving higher standards got Purple, Silver and Gold shorts, in that order.  Is that right?)

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I remember going to the Starlite in Belmont--the one in RC came later, I think.

 

Mr. Spellenberg--I think it was Homer Spellenberg--Principal at John Gill for many years--although I think he retired just about the time we graduated from JG.  I was also disappointed to see the steep-pitched tile roof gone.  I can visualize, though--when Loma Prieta hit--all those tiled sliding off!.  As I recall, our 6th grade class (Mr. Paul Hannig's) wound up meeting on the playground for the last 3 weeks of school. 

 

We lived just over the hill from JG School--If necessary I could start running from home when the bell rang and make it in time for the "tardy bell!"

 

Steve,  a comment on your 1948 Hoover School first grade photo.  I think I count 39 students in the picture--these days most teachers complain if they have half that many in a class.  And as I recall at John Gill--we were on split sessions--I was usually in the morning classes--but there were also afternoon classes. 

 

Just cruising the "blue type" of the email address list brings back  memories of many of you--

 

Glenn Joesten (glenn476@4fast.net)

Yreka

 

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My favorite elementary school moment was in grade 6th at Lincoln School on Whipple Ave. in  Mr. Don Hamilton's class.  What a terrific teacher he was! He also taught ballroom dancing as one of our classes. One day he wanted our class to build some airplanes. So, we did! Got out the glue, the parts, etc. and away we went. The girls had a disadvantage in building them, for what the heck did we know about building small models.  Well, Mr. Hamilton showed us all how to do this and when we all finished with the planes or models, we flew them up at Motorcycle Hill, which by the way, was on the foothills where Sequoia Hospital is now. We were all excited about this for we got out of school and then, flying those models was fun. 


We had a picnic that day on motorcycle hill, which also was called "cracker hill." (Jerry Rice from the 49ner's lived up there with his family for many years while he was training at the rec center). 

 

Dee DeBenedetti-Baiz (DeeknLucyBarmoor@cs.com)

 

 

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I attended John Gill from Kindergarten through 6th. Cathy Peters was my best friend most of those years. One of my favorite teachers was in 4th grade, Miss Thayer. She was beautiful! She loved to ride horses, and was also a model. She had gorgeous, long, dark brown hair. She also loved art, especially working with colored chalk. That was the only time I really enjoyed art in school. But was she ever strict! That was not all bad, but one of her methods of discipline was to pull braids, if you were unlucky enough to have them [I had them!]!  

 

Then in 6th grade, as Ione C. referred to, John Gill had to undergo remodeling. Our unfortunate class, before moving, also lost its first teacher that year, Mr. Clark, and I remember being so stressed as to who would fill his position. Mr. English did that. He was single, and dark and very handsome, and I think our class did well with him when it came time for us to have to make the transition to Roosevelt School. We did, indeed, feel like such orphans. But, of course, we survived! Hard times have a way of binding people together!

 

I'll never forget the shock of seeing John Gill after the remodel...how I hated the change. And, I never knew till today that one of my best friends’ Dad was responsible for that change!

 

I am glad Ione mentioned our 7th grade year at the Sequoia bus garages, too. That was a traumatic year, for me, at least. But it's what vivid memories are made of, too!

Thanks, again, Steve, for keeping the emails/reminiscing going!

 

Liz/Betti Heidel (lcooky41@aol.com)

 

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Steve, I went straight from Central School to Mt. Carmel.   I've met most of these people in high school.   The only kids from Mt. Carmel were me, Dave Schweickert, Ron Del Tredici, Richard Casellini , Tony Rossi, Bill Loftus, Barbara Tidermann and maybe someone else in our class of '59 whom I don't remember.

 

Does anyone remember the Belmont Speedway ??? Question - Which night was Harley Race night? I think Wednesday night was Destruction Derby Night. Before Figure 8 races. (I do…somehow I remember always rooting for a driver named Clyde Palmer…haven’t a clue why – or how I remember that --but I do!  Steve)

 

Question- Does anyone remember the crowd disaster that happened there in the very early 50's ??  (Answer- Tire came off a midget racer and flew into the crowd: sending almost a dozen to hospital. Some in critical condition.)

 

Bob Sutten (Sutt202@aol.com)

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