AHS Class of 1941 Holds Reunion

1941 Class of Atlantic High School, Atlantic, Iowa, Reunion 1981
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Members of the 1941 Atlantic High School graduating class attending the 40th reunion here were, front row, left to right: Geraldine Welsh Smith of Arlington Heights, Ill., Rosemary Worley Gorman of Omaha, Dorothy Snodgrass Pentz of Riverside, Calif., Elsiebell Long Kasch of Weslaco, Texas, Margaret Boots Batschelet of Guthrie Center, Sylvia Larsen Crane of Littleton, Colo., Charlotte Knarr Snider of Largo, Fla., Betty Joyce Jensen of Atlantic and Dorothy Seaman Preuss of Shelby; second row, Vernell Malone Ditter of Santa Ana, Calif., Novella Kelley Sater of Carlisle, Rose Boehme of Brayton, Evelyn Raser Cain of Kansas City, Kan., Eleanor Vernon Butler of Atlantic, Arlene Schwartz Covell of Orange, Calif., Grace Goodwin Schoenthal of Des Moines, Jean Wilburn Ritchie of Ottumwa, Ethel Jepsen Cummins of Atlantic and Jessie Beck Britt of Modale; third row, Bruce McFadden of Council Bluffs, Glenn McCrory of Storm Lake, Glenn Olsen of Atlantic, Joan Voss Johnson of Cedar Rapids, Jean Rasmussen Cartwright of Lincoln, Neb., Lois Petersen of Atlantic, Deloris Grinstead Wright of Burns, Kan., Leona Ecklin Berg of Wiota and Warren Conrad of Yuma, Ariz.; fourth row, John F. Lang of Atlantic, Howard Christofferson of Exira, Don Worthington of Park Forest, Ill., Marjorie Jones McDermott of Walnut, Rose Dimig Doane of Morengo, Ill., Bernice Brix Baier of Atlantic, Val Schoenthal of Des Moines, Robert Murphy of Williamsburg, Ted Pellett of Atlantic and Robert Cummins of Council Bluffs; back row, Merritt Bailey Jr. of Shenandoah, Ted Becker of Atlantic, Bill Hoffman, Dorothy Christensen Craney of Atlantic, Marie Stormer Auxier of Cumberland, Margaret Brown James of Omaha, Mildred Auerbach of Atlantic and James Bailey of Brookings, S. D.

The Atlantic High School graduating class of 1941 held its 40th reunion Aug. 8 at the Atlantic Golf and Country Club, attended by 78 persons, including 48 class members.

Ted Becker was honorary chairman. Other local members participating were Betty Jensen, John Lang, Dorothy Craney, Mildred Auerbach, Bernice Baier, Glenn Olsen, Ted Pellett and Lois Petersen, along with Marjorie McDermott of Walnut.

Dr. James Bailey, class president, was master of ceremonies. Thomas Miller Lorah, vice president, furnished the centerpiece for the speaker's table. John Lang, secretary-treasurer, read the roll call, and interesting items of their lives were told by the attending classmates.

Letters were read from out-of-town members unable to attend, including Ellen Jane Anderson Dye of Ann Arbor, Mich., Mary Alice Becker Ives of Richfield, Minn., Wayne Coker of Germany, Lola Lange Green of Hersey, Neb., Robert and Lois V. Petersen Mallette of Sacramento, Calif., Thomas Miller Lorah of San Francisco, Calif., Donnis Saemisch Lehmann of Redlands, Calif., Marilyn Simpson Ford of Atlanta, Ga., Ralph Snyder of Wichita, Kan., Madge Studley Miller of Flower Mound, Texas, Berdele Sothman Petersen of Kansas City, Mo., and Mildred Wright Barger of Phoenix, Ariz.

Visiting followed the dinner and program. A Sunday morning brunch was held at the Ted Becker home, with 57 members and spouses attending.

"Come Back and Enjoy Your Old Hometown!" was the theme, and Atlantic was promoted throughout the reunion.

Prizes were awarded to the following persons: Rose Dimig Doane, most plants; Elsiebel Long Kasch, grayest hair; Merritt Bailey Jr., baldest head; Gene Hayes, most grandchildren; and Gale Ullerich, traveling farthest distance.

Transcribed by Cheryl Siebrass, July, 2022, from the Atlantic News Telegraph, Friday, August 21, 1981, pg. 5.

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