Bear River Nova Scotia
Thursday January 20, 2011 - 8:57 PM
I found the site while web surfing on a snowy night here in Nova Scotia. Spent at least an hour looking at photos of Washington and old yearbooks. Have often thought of Mrs. Dorwood and three years of her French class....I use the remnants of what I learned with her when we have French speaking visitors at our winery! Wonderful site!
Debbie Scurlock Cowie
Sunday October 03, 2010 - 6:17 AM
Just wondering whatever happened to Mike Thieme, class of '71. I had such a crush on him, lol
Wednesday September 22, 2010 - 7:37 PM
hey class of 65...connie and i moved to TN 4 years ago. miss the rock & roll dances with the originals at the city building...now its a gas station!!! time moves on...
Wednesday June 16, 2010 - 10:09 AM
just found the site luv it. been wantin to go to my reunion but haven't been able to find any info till now. sadly, i wont be able to make it nthis year. id like to be kept informed.
Karen Bauer Weaver
Monday January 11, 2010
Jim Von Dane
Fernandina Beach, FL
Monday November 02, 2009 - 3:11 PM
Maralee Joos, if your still in Gainsville, Fla give me a shout. I'm right up the road on Amelia Island, Fla., Jim Von Dane
DES MOINES, IOWA
Saturday October 31, 2009 - 7:33 AM
I AM SO HAPPY TO HAVE FOUND THIS SIGHT. I WAS ONLY AT WASHINGTON HIGH FOR MY FRESHMAN 1ST SEMESTER, BUT ALOT OF FACES AND NAMES ARE STILL WITH ME. KEEP-UP THE GOOD WORK,PLEASE.
Thursday October 22, 2009 - 10:40 PM
I just want to mention what a great job Dee does with this site -- as everyone has seen . If everyone didn't realize there are a ton of WACOHI alumni on Facebook, you who haven't checked it out - should. They even have a search to check out alumni by your graduation year so it's easy to find classmates . Plus Dee has some great photo albums when you add her as your friend. Hope you don't mind Dee.
Sunday October 04, 2009 - 8:51 AM
Even though I could not come up for the 40th, I did wear orange and black at work yesterday. Just a small tribute to WACOHI. I am sorry I did not get to see you guys. Keep in touch!!
Friday September 25, 2009 - 4:04 AM
Tuesday September 22, 2009 - 9:58 AM
Hi class of 1969! I'm going to meet you guys for the big 40. Big thank-you to Pat and Ray. Maralee Joos.
Thanks, Dave. I appreciate your offer but Don and I never planned to go beyond the Class of '71. Others will have to pick up the baton and go forward with their own design and website. I just do not have the time right now and Don wanted me to keep this site as our work. It was a labor of love for us and I want to honor his wishes.
These are just a few of the other Class websites:
NORTH PEKIN, IL
Monday September 21, 2009 - 7:19 PM
Really hope you can get '72 &'73 up also. I'm still in the area but could I help somehow?
Hi Gregg and William,
I am the owner and webmaster of wacohi.com. I do not have the '51,'52, or '68 yearbooks. When I have time, the '60 yearbook is next in line to be posted on the website. I plan to fill in the years from 1946 to 1971 eventually. ;-)
For those interested in the Class of 69 Reunion, info is posted on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=wacohi&init=quick#/group.php?gid=136342796882&ref=search&sid=696118625.4041551492..1
East Peoria, IL
Monday September 21, 2009 - 5:16 PM
Does anyone have a 1968 yearbook they can put on here or know where I can buy one? We have a gap of the best year here!
Calgary, Alberta, CANADA
Sunday September 20, 2009 - 4:53 PM
I'm attending the Class of '54's 55th reunion October 2nd and 3rd; I will be bring along my '51 and '52 yearbooks which seem to be missing from the Website collection. I'll be staying at the Cornerstone Inn should anyone be interested.
Saturday September 19, 2009 - 11:29 PM
The pictures and yearbook brought many memories. Some we like, some we didn't. A great job to those who put in their time. I hope to be at the 40th, but do not know for sure yet. Sounds great. Lots of memories at the square the cops telling us we had been there long enough and to get moving!
East Peoria, IL
Saturday September 19, 2009 - 4:18 PM
Ray, the breakfast sounds great! Also the homecoming, someone from '68 might show up if that's OK.
Monday September 14, 2009 - 2:36 PM
Hey Ray, if we sit on the benches on the square does that mean Red Blumenshine will come by and tell us to go home? Tell Patty to get a computer.
Friday September 11, 2009 - 2:34 PM
CLASS of 1969: This is another Big Thank You to Patty Wagner & Ray Lott for putting together the upcoming 40th Reunion of the Class of '69. Looking forward to seeing old friends and classmates. Ray, can you ask Patty whether we are opening this reunion up to Classes of '68 and '70 as well. We are not getting any younger and we all had some older and younger friends & siblings who might like to join us. Regards, Gordy
Wednesday August 26, 2009 - 10:03 AM
Hello Class of '69: Guess what? It's been forty years now, and it is time for another reunion!
There is nothing really formal planned for this one, but Pat Wagner asked me to get a note onto WACOHI.com. Here are the informal plans for a relaxing get-together:
Friday, October 2 --
Homecoming Parade starts at 2:00 p.m.
Homecoming Football (vs. Pekin) starts at 7:30 p.m.
Informal gathering at Denhart's C-Note Pub on Washington Square starts around 7:00 p.m. (may overflow onto the park benches in the Square, like in the old days).
Sunday, October 4 --
Breakfast at Kennel Lake provided by Pat Wagner and whomever she can corral as her assistants (in the past, it has always been good!) Come out as early as you feel like getting your old selves moving around.
Carol (Shaw) Foote
Olive Branch, MS
Thursday August 06, 2009 - 8:20 PM
This is great. Nice to go down memory lane.
Paula (Rowley) Thomas
Thursday July 09, 2009 - 1:41 PM
This is a great website. I still live in the Peoria area. Have 8 grand kids and loving them. Have worked at Bradley University for over 25 years.
Petersburg, Indiana 47567
Wednesday June 24, 2009 - 12:02 AM
Great looking at all the pics, etc. Lots of memories here.
Terry "Peterson" Firmand
Tuesday June 16, 2009 - 7:53 PM
What a GREAT site! I came upon it by chance. I'm married to Rick class of 76 we have 3 kids I'm a flight attendant - keeps me sane
Thursday June 11, 2009 - 3:23 PM
What a fabulous web site this is. I grew up in Washington and lived there from 1959 until 1983. I graduated from WACOHI in 1972. The collection of photos is outstanding. I haven't been back to Washington since my mother passed a few years ago. Looking at this web site, however, convinces that my family and I need to make the trip back sometime soon.
Friday May 22, 2009 - 9:24 PM
Wednesday May 06, 2009 - 12:28 PM
I just graduated WCHS last year and I'm trying to find out some more information about Pleasant view school just outside of town. No one really knows much about it, like when and why it closed and if that machine company is still under ownership of it. Hopefully someone has some more info..thanks!
Sue Essington Walker
Saturday April 11, 2009 - 8:47 AM
Many thanks to Dee Ann and Don for all their hard work and dedication to this site. It is greatly appreciated.
Theresa (Iverson) Nelson
Thursday March 19, 2009 - 8:31 PM
Enjoyed visiting this website again and remembering WaCoHi! Thanks!
Marilyn Short Dauw (pronounced DOW)
Saturday February 28, 2009 - 9:10 PM
I love this site. It is nice to read all the comments from alumni. Just moved from Cleveland Ohio to Ozark Missouri. Just down the road from Springfield and also just down the road from Mansfield (home for 60 years to Laura Ingalls Wilder). Her home and museum are there, it is where she wrote all the "Little House" books and it is an interesting place. Husband Steve and I are doing great and our son Chris lives in Chicago, sister Monica "74" still lives in Albuquerque NM. and brother Mike lives in East Peoria. Everyone is doing fine, just getting a little older - you know.
Debra Smith Nelson
Thursday February 19, 2009 - 5:04 PM
I graduated in 71 and have moved back locally, in Eureka. I am married to Jim Nelson who went to beverly manor grade school then moved to Eureka.
Mary Mall Larson
Coeur d'Alene, ID
Wednesday February 18, 2009 - 8:57 PM
Hi to Class of 1979! A few of us are in the planning stages of a 30th class reunion at Homecoming 2009. Max Clary has set up a Facebook page and Doug Opper will be adding his 2cents. Help us find friends, old and renewed!
Sunday February 08, 2009 - 12:04 PM
I thoroughly enjoyed this site. Thanks.
FYI: On the John L. Hensey basketball team picture, the coach's name is not Johnson...it is Mel Stanford.
Friday February 06, 2009 - 5:31 PM
My brother Gregg Brush (class of 67) died suddenly in his sleep on Sept. 28 2008. I notice in the yearbook of 1967 that his name is misspelled. It says it is Greg Brusch. I don't know who can change it? But if someone reads this maybe they may know who can. Thank you! Hello to everybody! Krista call me . cell # 309- 657 -1398.
Linda N "Shelander" Killian
Punta Gorda, FL
Sunday February 01, 2009 - 9:43 AM
Wednesday January 28, 2009 - 9:02 PM
Class of 61 let Kit Zinzer at email@example.com know how much you want a 50 year class reunion and are willing to help organize one.
Wednesday January 21, 2009 - 12:12 PM
Hello Class of 69. Does anyone know if we are going to have a class reunion this year ???? Would be great to see everyone.
Websites for those of you wanting to keep up to date on our local happenings/news:
Other local websites:
Friday January 02, 2009 - 8:40 PM
Hey D. Thanks for the great pies you sold me last Sept. They were the hit of the family reunion! Keep up the good work!
De Soto, Illinois
Friday January 02, 2009 - 7:35 AM
2009 Greetings to all WACOHI Grads and friends who find this website....many thanks to Dee for maintaining this forum to express a part of our life and memories of some really great moments during our high school days. Panther Pride!
December 16, 2008 - 5:15 p.m.
Happy Holidays to all.
I was home in 2006 June. I was able to reconnect with many places but not many people. I have never been notified of s 1970 HS REUNION BUT if anyone knows of one please let me know. I am still in Hesperia Ca. 760-953-0140. Would enjoy hearing from any one from home. I had visited Wayne Murphy & family & my family. Wayne Murphy (1968) passed away in Sept 2008.
Keep Life Simple
PS I have a class pic from John L. Hensey grade school (I think 1966-67). I will try to get it to you
December 13, 2008 - 7:36 p.m
Just to let everyone know, I did not know there was a problem with the FrontPage extensions. If your entry was not posted to the guestbook since January 2008, please try again. Sorry!! Thanks to Sandy Davis for contacting me about the problem!
Friday December 12, 2008 - 8:37 AM
I came about this on accident but thought it was a pretty cool idea. I am married and living in Olathe, Kansas. I have two kids and work as a teller. I have been able to get in touch with a few classmates through Facebook. It is a pretty neat website actually better than Classmates.com. If anyone as been in touch with Pat Melton please tell him I said Hello and to look me up on Facebook.com.
KRISTA HUNT (STOUT)
Tuesday January 29, 2008 - 2:49 PM
CAME UPON THIS BY ACCIDENT, GREAT SITE, FUN LOOKING AT PICTURES OF YEARS CAN ASSOCIATE WITH WISH THERE WERE MORE FROM 1972. GOOD JOB!
Epsom, Surrey United Kingdom
Saturday January 26, 2008 - 3:35 PM
It was lovely to see around the town of my friend Theo of Washington. I hope to visit sometime in the future! Serdeczne pozdrowienia from England!
Saturday January 05, 2008 - 8:16 PM
Wow, You Google "Ed Faubel" and this site came up first. Hello to all and I'll continue on course.
Union Grove, Wisconsin
Friday December 28, 2007 - 10:12 AM
I just came upon this site by accident. Does anyone know how to contact Ken Kuykendall?
Deb (Smith) Prieur
Saturday October 20, 2007 - 4:47 PM
Hello to all my former classmates! I still keep in touch with some but have lost track of many. I'm still in Washington doing social work for an agency in Tremont. We had a great 30th reunion and I'm looking forward to seeing you all back for our 40th!
Friday October 12, 2007 - 12:03 PM
Haven't checked the site in a few years. Wish more people knew about it. My wife Susan and I retired two years ago. She from Qwest Communications and I from the Dept. of the Navy (civilian). We have one daughter and six grandchildren. I'll be a great grandfather next spring, and my oldest grandson Erol is starting varsity football as a freshman. What a good time to be an American. Good luck and best wishes to all who read these posts.
Amy (Gresham) Ford
Thursday October 04, 2007 - 10:04 AM
These pictures are great to look at. What a great idea!!! I am glad my children will be going to Washington High School and hope they will be able to find our pictures someday.
Thursday September 27, 2007 - 12:31 PM
This website is appreciated much more now since we live away from the area. Appears to be a lot of people from my older sibs' years in the photos ('66, '68, '70).
Just wanted to throw out a "hello" to all my sibs' friends and to say that we're doing well!
St. Paul, Minn
Friday September 14, 2007 - 12:06 PM
The site is great. I have a question, though. In the '69 grad picture section, I'm out of alphabetical order, hanging at the bottom of the page like the ugly step-child. Did Sharp put you up to that? I'm going to ask her...
Tuesday May 15, 2007 - 10:08 AM
This site is positively lovely! I like dorky outfits.
Anita (Neville) Metternich
Monday April 30, 2007 - 3:27 AM
This is really a wonderful website, and I have just recently looked around on it. I would like to be able to see more yearbooks (ex. 1979 -1983) if possible.
Tuesday April 17, 2007 - 7:02 PM
Just wondering if the class of 75 is having a reunion or if they have ever had one if so post some pictures.
Wednesday April 11, 2007 - 9:31 AM
Hello out there. I was just reading some of the latest on here. I read that the 67 class reunion might be in July. I would appreciate any further notification possible. I would like to come- thanks.
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
St. Louis, Mo
Saturday April 07, 2007 - 8:40 PM
Amazing stuff here. Started looking at the site after a long phone conversation with Steve Towry last night that brought back a lot of memories. The recent photos are great too. What is it? You all are stuck in some kind of a time warp. Everybody looks great! While I have the Yearbook photos, I don't have any photos from my old Grade School, John Hensey. Anybody out there have some to share? Best to all of you!
Friday April 06, 2007 - 11:58 AM
20 year reunion? Should be this fall, I need info-
Sunday March 18, 2007 - 5:40 PM
Thanks for all of your work on the site. I appreciate you including the photos, especially the ones of my father in his younger days. He loved his time at the school and continues to follow his grandchildren and their endeavors at Wacohi.
Judy Rogers Condo
East Peoria, IL
Sunday March 18, 2007 - 1:30 PM
This has been great! I've been missed for the last few reunions, hope to be included in the future. Chuck Bradle had told me about the site, and am just now getting into it. Hi to the Class of '70.
Debbie (Tesch) Pearson
Friday March 16, 2007 - 6:19 PM
Great site. I have really enjoyed browsing it. Have not seen most of the people in the class of 72 since graduation. It has been fun looking at the pictures.
Charlotte (Varney) Noblin
Winter Haven, FL
Saturday February 24, 2007 - 6:59 PM
I stumbled upon this site nearly a week ago by accident and didn't have time to linger then.
Thank you for this site and ESPECIALLY for the yearbooks. My own yearbooks were very special to me, and I would have held on to them always; however, now they are lost forever since about 1982 (a long story), although not of my own doing.
Again, thank you very much. I just visited the 1970 yearbook and was looking through the seniors...I can't express how much that means to me, to be able to see those photos I thought I would never see again because of no longer having my yearbooks.
Hey, everybody from the Class of 1970, I'm looking forward to the next reunion...I'm going to try really hard to mingle this time...I really want to talk to as many of you as I can, but sometimes it's scary to approach those you don't know well (i.e., fear of rejection), so try to meet me halfway...I really would like to talk to everyone I can.
Wow, those 1970 senior pictures really take me back....it's amazing how those pictures from so long ago can bring back memories you haven't thought about for years.
Charlotte (Varney) Noblin
Winter Haven, FL
Sunday February 18, 2007 - 6:01 AM
Hey, happened upon this site by accident. I love it!!!
Has anybody out there gone to a Tony Robbins' event besides me? I went to the "Unleash The Power Within" (firewalk) live event in San Jose, CA, in June of 2006 and can't stop thinking about it...the most awesome experience of my life (with the possible exception of the birth of my daughter, Laura, in 1972), and the FIREWALK was pretty exciting, too! (tee-hee)
I'd love to hear from y'all (used to live in Texas for a few years, but don't really say "y'all" too much)....just try to put WACOHI in the subject line so I'll know it's not "garbage" mail.
Again, G-R-E-A-T site....I love the images of the high school in the background!
Friday February 16, 2007 - 5:34 PM
As far as I know, Class of 1967 is having our 40th reunion the week of July 4th, coinciding with an All City reunion. I'm looking forward to seeing family and friends. This time I do have Grandchildren pics to share!
Mary Parken Lindquist
Decatur (Atlanta), GA
Sunday January 28, 2007 - 6:58 PM
Thank you for creating this site! Though I now live on curving, hilly roads in a forest of trees, many of my dreams involve my walking, riding a bike, or driving the roads in and around Washington. Facing a difficult task, I remember sliding to school on the ice, wearing clothes I sewed, playing my $20.00 piano, and living among the some of the best people on Earth! I married a wonderful man from Springfield, IL and have twin sons in high school. I've taught English at a technical college 30 years. John McLees shared this site with me when he came to a meeting in Atlanta.
Kenneth W. Todd
Wednesday January 17, 2007 - 12:03 PM
Well, Hello Washington Classmates!
This is Kenny Todd, Class of 65. I just learned about this site yesterday in Washington at Denhart's Baking Company and Restaurant on the square. It was a great to see my old class mates as I had forgotten about a lot of you. I'm a retired 30 year veteran of Law Enforcement and living in rural Marshall County now. I married Vicki Bjork, Class of 68, in 1970 and we had two children, Troy and Kim, both married and living in the Peoria Area. We have four Grandchildren to date.
Saturday January 13, 2007 - 9:38 AM
OH how I miss good old Washington, the memories of growing up there and all the friends I met through the years of school is totally priceless. This website is awesome!! I am now living in Euless TX, ...drop me a line, would love to hear from you!!
Bob and Kathy (Tunis) Bachman
Class of: 67and 70
Clermont, Florida 34714
Tuesday December 19, 2006 - 11:07 AM
What a great trip down memory lane this is. My wife of 30+ years would like to extend our congratulations to the high school band on their trip here to Orlando and going to perform at Disney. What an honor! I will look for familiar faces. I work for Disney @ the Polynesian.
ljstang @ yahoo (dot) com
Sunday December 17, 2006 - 9:22 PM
Currently serving in the Navy; parents send me "HOMETOWN" news updates to keep me informed of what's going on back "home." Found the URL to WaCoHi's site, then got to this site. Have been relieving my time growing up, and remembering what the town was like then, and what it was even before that. What an awesome town Washington was ... I hope that it still is!
Mary Jo (Faubel) Grebner
2302 Eureka Rd
Thursday December 14, 2006 - 6:21 AM
Thanks for adding good old "Pleasant View" We didn't know how lucky we were back then.
Tuesday December 12, 2006 - 8:12 PM
Just thought I would stop in an look around. Where is Joyce Bergman haven't seen her in years.
Joyce (Folmar) Nelson
Friday December 08, 2006 - 7:45 PM
I just found this site. It is quite a walk down memory lane! I was hoping for a reunion this year--it will be 40 years! I would love to hear from anyone from the class of '67!
Zion , IL
Wednesday November 08, 2006 - 11:45 AM
Great site. The memories seem just like yesterday. Where did the years go?
cold spring harbor, ny
Tuesday October 17, 2006 - 7:05 PM
great site! fun to see my sister's friends. Dave Lockwood?! How's your Achilles? Wendy, I'm still in love with you. I think Ed Faubel built the first robot -- ever. Marie Fry, you bring back great memories of those days in Oakwood. Does anyone remember railriding???
Nicole (Murphy) Wise
Monday October 09, 2006 - 3:03 PM
Great website! I am so glad I moved to Washington when I was in second grade. I now raise my two kids here, and it is fun to roam the same school halls with them.
Monday October 09, 2006 - 1:22 PM
Just wanted everyone to know how much I enjoyed seeing everyone at the 35th reunion! Am looking forward to seeing EVERYONE at the "40th!" Keep in touch!
Joy (Tate) Sayles
Saturday September 16, 2006 - 1:45 PM
What a neat website - well done and not too busy! Got a note from a good friend who still lives in town. Enjoyed reading the notes from other people. In the '66 4th grade class pix with Mrs. Weeks the girl labeled "Jan" on the top row is Jan Lietz. Also, in the '66 pictures a girl's name should be "Mildred Lott". In the '66 1st grade pix the boy in front row right is Tony Moore - lived down the street from me. Liked seeing the pictures from people and reading how far many of them have roamed from home. I have been on trips to Europe with my hubby when he went for his government work. Never imagined I would actually be in those places I learned about when attending Washington schools! I welcome any correspondence from former classmates and hearing what their lives became.
Saturday September 09, 2006 - 11:50 AM
I really loved looking back at the past and want to thank you for all the memories. My brother, Terry Miller and I started out going to Central, then to Pleasant View, then to Washington Grade, then to WaCoHi, then moved to Eureka in 67. Terry was in the class of 70 and I in the class of 69. He lives in England now and I miss him. He finally got an email addy but he rarely checks his mail, Oh Brother! What a blast from the past, Thanx, Ida Miller (Harroun)
Evelyn F Brashers
Wednesday September 06, 2006 - 11:02 PM
This is a fabulous site. Looking at all of the people & feeling the memories flow over me. I hope to hear from some of the people. Life is good! Thank you all who knew me - for being a part of my life & making me who I am today. I found this site by accident. Thank you again. Breath deep & Laugh alot.
Tuesday September 05, 2006 - 6:41 AM
I found out about the site on Labor Day and am looking forward to checking it all out. I try to get back to Washington a couple times a year but only see a couple different people from high school. It is definitely fun to run down memory lane.
Friday September 01, 2006 - 5:24 PM
I saw my name on the missing list and I am not missing just living in Mich. I work for a Plant Co. and own a blueberry farm, have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. My husband died of cancer this year.
Friday September 01, 2006 - 1:22 PM
I want to say thanks to whom put this together. It was great to look at and see how far this town has come. It is a great place to call home. ~Thanks
Monday August 28, 2006 - 1:02 PM
Bill Kane (Class of '70) told me about the site - great site. Enjoyed the pictures and comments.
Sunday August 27, 2006 - 3:42 PM
The website is great! I loved all the pictures of the town and former classmates. What a trip down memory lane.
Kathleen Armstrong King
Monday August 21, 2006 - 8:15 PM
Thanks to our 40th reunion flyer I just went perusing this site and what fun! Found a note from my niece Erin Kathleen Armstrong (class of 1998) saying as to how there'd been an Armstrong in Washington schools for a long time--I started the high school run in 1962 followed by my eight younger siblings and many nieces and nephews til Erin's graduation! I've enjoyed my first stroll through this website and will definitely be back to see more. Thanks to those responsible for an excellent site. And I will get that form mailed off to the reunion committee PDQ!
Helen (Putnam) Jackson
Colorado Springs, CO
Wednesday August 16, 2006 - 12:52 PM
Hello. I am trying to locate Maureen Yeagle, who graduated in 1969. Shortly after I graduated (1971), and for a brief time, Maureen and I were sisters-in-law. I am no longer married to a Miller, but I'd love to get hold of Maureen. If anyone knows of her whereabouts, please let me know. Thanks.
Tiffany (Gutierrez) Fraim
Wednesday August 09, 2006 - 6:27 PM
I love the website-- not a lot of people that I know but I am sure some of you went to high school with my dad Paul "Rick" Spencer or his brothers. Anyway great site and keep up the good work!
Monday July 31, 2006 - 8:00 PM
Hi! I was wondering if anyone has any stories about my dad, Michael E. Kelley. I am not sure what year he graduated, but he was 42 in 1985 when he died of a MI. I know there was another Michael Kelley, but my dad grew up in the country on Liberty Lane and he had 2 sisters and 4 brothers. I would just like to know more about him since I was only 8 when he died and I am just curious about him. Thank you...
Sunday July 30, 2006 - 8:55 AM
Great website. Is there a way to look at other year books? (1982)
Marie Fry Renner
Would have been Class of 1970
Queen Creek, AZ
Sunday July 09, 2006 - 11:06 AM
I lived in Washington on Oakwood Circle. All my neighbors and a few brothers went to WACOHI, but I was bussed to the Academy in Peoria. My father, Bill Fry, owned the Rexall Drug Store and the Tazewell Theatre for awhile. He tried to bring in family shows to keep the kids off the square. (Didn't work) I remember being caught "hanging out on the Square". It was a no-no in my family. I remember watching the Canning factory burn from my bedroom window. This is a wonderful website I will definitely revisit. Thank you to those responsible. I really enjoyed the trip down memory lane. By the way, the door on the store next to the bank is the one my Dad put in after the Rexall burned down in '57 or '58. We could see the flames from it from our house on Wood St, by Lincoln School. I am awash in a sea of memories right now. Thank you.
Sunday July 02, 2006 - 11:09 AM
Hello to all fellow WaCoHi alumni. I found out about the website through a reunion newsletter and am enjoying it thoroughly. Thanks for the time and effort it took to accomplish this. I have a copy of the 1963 yearbook. If you would like to borrow it to post on this website...please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday June 16, 2006 - 7:52 PM
Larry J Wilson
East Peoria, IL
Sunday June 11, 2006 - 7:20 PM
Peoria Heights, IL
Sunday May 21, 2006 - 6:53 PM
What a hoot looking at all the old yearbook pictures! I hope to be at the 35th reunion in 2006. See you there!
Marilyn Short Dauw
Wednesday May 10, 2006 - 7:35 PM
Hello to all. Love the website - so many great memories brought back in viewing the photos. Can't believe it has been 35 years ago, when it seems like just yesterday. Dee Ann, thanks for keeping us all up to date!!
Tuesday April 18, 2006 - 3:21 PM
Hello, to everyone. Need to get the word to anyone from the Class of '66: anyone knowing the whereabouts of classmates, please, send an e-mail to myself or anyone in the Class that lives in Washington and have them forward to Marlo Aberle, myself, or Kris Wilson. Reunion to be held September 22 and 23 in conjunction with Homecoming. A mailing will be sent out shortly. email@example.com
Becky (Bockler) Foster
Ft. Myers, FL 33908
Friday April 14, 2006 - 7:12 PM
Well this is truly a site I need to look at more. Are we having a 35th? Thanks Don for doing this!!!!!! IT is great. A big hi to all my classmates!!!!!!!!! HAPPY EASTER
Wednesday March 22, 2006 - 8:13 PM
Don - What a great site! Thanks for all of your hard work in putting it together and keeping it updated. It was great reading the article about Stu Levenick. I didn't make it back for the 35th reunion since we were in the midst of starting a new business, but I'm looking forward to the 40th. Thanks again. David Lockwood
Wednesday March 01, 2006 - 1:40 PM
Looking for any information about Cindy Harkin class of '70.
Friday February 24, 2006 - 1:50 PM
My daughter called this afternoon to tell me that she had found this web site when she was searching the web. I really enjoyed seeing how every one has changed since high school.
Patsy (Pat Woodward) Wilkins
Friday February 17, 2006 - 1:08 PM
Great website! I moved to Tennessee in 1971 but my brother Kenny is still there. Married to the same great guy for 34 years.
Kay Ashdown Drake
Thursday February 16, 2006 - 9:39 PM
I enjoyed looking at yearbook and other pictures. Brought back memories of my 30 years teaching - what was then - Home Economics, now Family & Consumer Science from 1962 - 1992. There aren't many teachers left that I taught with.
I'm enjoying retirement spending the winters in Surprise, AZ (northwest Phoenix) and in Washington in the summer.
Lindsay (Porter) Kellington
Tuesday February 07, 2006 - 5:29 PM
This is a great website! My Dad, Jerry, graduated in "69" and told me many of his high school memories, its nice to finally see the "senior sit in" picture!
Saturday February 04, 2006 - 12:51 PM
What an awesome site. Thanks for bringing those great memories back to us. I love my hometown and looking back to four of the greatest years of my life at Washington Community High School. You guys are the ones that made it...great times cannot come without great friends.
Susie Kaufman Shea
Tuesday January 31, 2006 - 7:38 PM
I wasn't able to attend the Class of '64 reunion but have certainly enjoyed this website. Thanks for all your efforts.
Wednesday January 18, 2006 - 3:29 PM
Thanks Don. Till we meet again.
mary ann crabill knell
peoria heights, il
Wednesday January 04, 2006 - 10:28 PM
Thanks so much for this great site. My brother, Warren Crabill, class of '61 told me about it and we've had a lot of fun remembering his WACOHI days. I'll search for my '68 year book and try to find you for submission...then Warren and I can discuss which of us had the most impressive Sr. year! Again my thanks and best wishes to you. Mary Ann Crabill Knell
East Peoria, IL
Tuesday January 03, 2006 - 1:26 PM
What a nice way to share our past. I found this website through my brother Carl. Like Carl and the rest of us Portschellers, the nostalgic and memories will always be there. But this website sure makes it fun! Thanks Bro, and thanks to Don for all his gr8t works! Class of 76 ever gonna get together again????
Pat (Lee) & Steve Addler
1969 & 1968
Tuesday January 03, 2006 - 9:04 AM
What fun to sit and browse all the pictures and memories of growing up in Washington! Steve & I are enjoying life in northern MN and have owned our family resort for 18 years. We've had lots of guests from Washington and get back once or twice a year to visit. Thanks for the great website!! I'll send the link to my siblings.
1951 Marshfield High School, Marshfield, Mo.
Friday December 30, 2005 - 1:59 PM
My wife Norma, and I did not attend Washington High School but we have 6 daughters who did! They are Leah, Lora, Alissa, Mary, Angela and Maureen. What a wonderful web site! Lots of history and "goodies"! We thank the webmaster for a job well done!
Santa Rosa, CA
Thursday December 29, 2005 - 8:56 PM
Don, Thanks for the trip down memory lane. I like the nostalgic stuff. Great work, and thanks again.
Kathy (Pfister) Stoeckel
House Springs, Missouri
Thursday December 29, 2005 - 06:42 PM
I grew up in Washington, but I did not attend Washington High. I graduated from St. Patrick's in 1963. I worked for the Police Dept. in 1968-69 and 70 as a dispatcher. Worked at Unkle Woody's as a Car Hop when I was in High School along with my sister Pat and brother Jim. The web site is really great. I learned about the Web site from my St. Pat's Alumni newsletter.
Tuesday December 27, 2005 - 09:37 PM
This is the coolest site I have ever seen. I didn't live back then or live in that state or go to that school, but I love everything about it. The hair, the style of clothes...it's awesome. I love looking at these pictures.
Terri Bess Schergen
Monday December 26, 2005 - 07:00 AM
I just want to thank Don for the years of great work he's put in on this website. My husband and I get to Washington at least once a year to visit family, but my dad died in Aug. and Mom now lives in Metamora so we won't be staying there anymore. Tom and I loved get up real early and take walks around town, even in the cold of winter, and then stop at Tally Ho for coffee or light breakfast before walking back to Lynn St. to my parents' home. Washington has changed a lot, but memories keep it familiar. My husband is from Palatine, IL and all of his former schools have been torn down or changed; and 20 years ago his parents moved away from the house he grew up in , so he has sort of adopted Washington as his second hometown. Thanks for the memories, Don.
Sunday December 25, 2005 - 7:38 PM
I lived for 35 years in the same house in Washington on Lawndale. Now I live one mile north of interstate 80. It is great to see so many people still connected. My brother Ed road out Katrina in the hall way of his house for 5 hours. Storm surge stopped about 40 feet from him. Thank God. He was lucky. We all lived in a great place at a great time to be alive. It was never perfect but it taught us all how to survive. Lets hope our kids are as fortunate as we were.
John C. Jackson
Thursday December 22, 2005 - 2:28 PM
It sure brought back a lot of memories to see Rudy Sheral, Dick Alexander, Coy Martin, Mr. Herbst, etc. on the square. Every one of those guys played a part in my life as a youngster.
Camila (Cam) Edwards VanOppen
east peoria, Illinois
Wednesday December 21, 2005 - 9:23 PM
Great site Don, Really enjoy looking at the pictures of Washington's early years. Are there any pictures of the old movie house on the square out there? I do have lots of old pictures for the class of 74 and 77. My two older brothers Graduated in 74 and myself in 77. If you would like some of the old class pictures from washington grade, lincoln grade and central grade schools I would be more than happy to dig them up and send them to you. Great job, and Hats off to you Don. Thanks for your time and sharing the memories.
Wednesday December 21, 2005 - 9:00 PM
My son just sent this to me from St. Louis. I had no idea the site was out there. Fantastic job putting this all together. I've been browsing through it for hours.
Wednesday December 21, 2005 - 7:06 PM
Wow! What a great site! I so enjoyed the grade school pictures of my classmates. The class of '66 will have their 40th reunion in 2006. All members please contact me with suggestions.
Duane H. Graham
E. Peoria, ILL.
Sunday December 18, 2005 - 11:37 AM
I'd like to wish all my classmates and friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2005. I'm still in the Sunnyland area and currently living in Robein as of Oct.
Rebecca (Ayers) Ward
East Peoria, IL
Sunday November 20, 2005 - 2:54 PM
Hi everyone. I am just wondering if there are still any of us from the class of 85 out there. If so I would love to hear from you. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday October 31, 2005 - 3:53 PM
It is good to hear Ed Faubel is okay. Also it is time to once again thank Don and Dee for all their hard work.
Douglas .E. Parker Jr.
Ft. Wainwright, Alaska
Sunday October 30, 2005 - 10:19 AM
Currently stationed in Mossoul, Iraq.
Amanda Faubel, Ed's niece
Monday October 17, 2005 - 11:07 PM
In reply to Deborah D. Miller's post on Wednesday August 31, 2005 - 11:49 AM - Ed Faubel from Biloxi is doing fine. The hurricane did damage to his home, but he was unharmed. Thank you for your concern.
Saturday October 08, 2005 - 10:36 AM
Thanks for keeping me updated!
Saturday October 08, 2005 - 9:56 AM
Looking at Washington pictures...Page 3, third row 1st pix...That is Ed's Chrysler-Plymouth 100 block Walnut.. at the time of the picture..Ed Essig owner. The present occupant of this building... KC hall previous occupants.. Post Office prior moving to High Street. Also, I am told the fella in the Washington Co-op picture whom is unidentified is Ben Nofsinger. Spelled with an "O".
Best of Cheer
Friday September 30, 2005 - 11:16 AM
How neat! I found some of my aunts and uncles in there. Our family has been attending Washington Schools since the 50s, and until I graduate WaCoHi, there was an Armstrong at WCHS from 1961-1998. This is an awesome site! Keep up the good work.
Germantown Hills, IL.
Tuesday September 27, 2005 - 9:37 AM
Thanks to Mary Kay for showing me this sight.
Good job Don.
Pam (King) Ripley
Monday September 26, 2005 - 7:36 PM
To Don Lott,
Thanks for the memories, Don! All of your efforts and time spent on putting together the photos - OLD and new - are all worth it. You have given us a chance to laugh at ourselves ... and others!
Wednesday September 14, 2005 - 6:54 PM
Monday September 12, 2005 - 10:29 AM
Looking at your web site and really looks good. When will you have some other year books in there. My brother graduated from WaCoHi in 1966. My sister went there as a freshman in 1969 and she would have graduated in 1973. I would have graduated in 1975.
Deborah D. Miller
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Wednesday August 31, 2005 - 11:49 AM
The last post here is from Ed Faubel just before Hurricane Katrina destroyed almost all of the city that he lives in! Let's all hope and pray that he and many others were able to survive. I wrote him an email just 2 days before the hurricane hit and have not heard a word from him.......time will tell.
Tuesday August 23, 2005 - 1:55 PM
Fantastic site. Good to see old friends. Boy was "69" a great year. The misc. yearbook pictures were great, I think I remember taking some of them.
West Peoria, Il. 61604
Saturday August 20, 2005 - 2:44 AM
I did not have my picture taken for the year book, I think there was several of us that did not. But, I would like to be included in the class re-union for next year. I looked thru the pictures and we all look different these days.
West Peoria, Illinois
Saturday August 20, 2005 - 1:00 AM
I would like to know what happen to Diane Eaton and Pat Johns, does anyone know?
Sue (Grenzebach) Hopper
Thursday August 18, 2005 - 10:40 PM
In the first picture of a Pleasant View first grade class. In the first row on the far right is Kari Schmidgall. I think that the girl you have identified as a Faubel is actually Barbara Schrock. The first name of the little girl beside the teacher was Vicky. In the second grade picture starting with the back row from the right is Rex Winemiller and Kari Schmidgall. The little girl in the front row on the right is Virginia Waughop. I am almost sure that the girl you have identified as Mary Jo Faubel is actually Barbara Schrock. In the Grace Bible Choir I recognize several faces. In the first row from the left. The first man is your father Walter Lott. I don't know the next one but the last one is Jim Lanxton and next to him is Mrs. Schuck, but I don't remember her first name for now. Second row and the second person in is Doris Attig. Skip two ladies and the next one is Virginia Summer. Skip one and the middle gentleman is Steve Lott next to him is Ken Clark I think. The only other one whose name I can recall in that row is the second to the last, Jo Ann Summer. In the third row is Joan Cook her mother and if you skip one her sister Jean. The next one is a Hunziker. Skip the next one and you have Bob Summer. Then comes your sister Mildred Lott and I don't know the next two but the last two are Carolyn and Sally Grenzebach. In the last row is the oldest Wehnes girl and next to her is Mrs. Guth. I don't know anyone else in that row except Carol Lott in the far right corner. Some of the other faces I recognize but I can't put names on them right now. The pioneer girls picture is pretty unclear for me right now. Let me study it more and I will try to name some of the girls. I hope this helps. These pictures bring back some pretty good memories of more innocent times.
Sue (Grenzebach) Hopper
Monday August 15, 2005 - 10:25 AM
This is a great website. Thank-you Don for all of your hard work! I would welcome any contact with any old classmates. I have been married for 34 years to Dave Hopper('69) and have three adult children. We operate an embroidery/screenprinting shop in Peoria.
Jennifer (Gorski) Ausili
Tuesday July 26, 2005 - 4:43 PM
Connie (Dahl) Brackenridge
Sunday July 17, 2005 - 9:57 AM
Hello there!! It was so great to see this website. I was surfing on internet last night, and decided to check with classmates.com... SO GLAD I DID!!! :) I think I might have some school pictures to send to post on website....Please e-mail me (anyone) at Kitdog1948@hotmail.com....and just say hello. Be glad to hear from you... Also been looking for Jerry Harp....We liked each other in high school, and I've lost contact with him. If anyone knows where I can reach him, please let me know...ty so much....
Peggy (Piper) Smith
Sinking Spring, PA
Saturday July 09, 2005 - 9:31 AM
Wednesday July 06, 2005 - 12:17 PM
Fort Wayne, IN
Monday June 27, 2005 - 8:22 PM
Great website! Thanks for the memories.
would be 75
Friday June 24, 2005 - 8:10 PM
I fumbled upon this site this evening and was happy to see a few old friends. I would be thrilled to hear from. This is a great site!
Friday June 17, 2005 - 9:19 AM
Am looking for Dee Dee Lucas contact. If anyone knows how I might reach her, please contact me. She was back for the 59 reunion in Sept. 2004. Thanks . Kit
Monday June 13, 2005 - 2:08 PM
Nice site! Just happened to run across it while surfing. I have a 1972 yearbook if you need one to scan, etc. Will be in Washington 6/16 thru 6/19 visiting my dad Gus. Anyone know the whereabouts of Doug McLees. I believe he lives in s.w. Missouri as I do. Thanks! Paul
Tuesday June 07, 2005 - 4:49 PM
Don, Thanks for all of your hard work. The site is great. Wonderful memories. Would love to hear from some old classmates.
Tuesday June 07, 2005 - 9:18 AM
Nothing like a walk down memory lane. Great site really enjoyed see old and new pictures. Just need 72's year book, I've seemed to have lost mine somewhere down through the years. Good to see some familiar pics and post (ole Crawdad, Don (Cook) do you remember your helmet decoration? Still remember that black crawdad on the Orange helmet I believe it was our freshmen year on the football squad). So many great memories. Married Vicky Wietzel in 1976 who used to live on Grant St. Washington Il., she moved to Peoria before high school and graduated from Peoria Central High. Thanks to all involved with this site.
Debbie (Smith) Tennyson
Thursday May 26, 2005 - 8:48 PM
Friday May 20, 2005 - 8:30 PM
Over the past several weeks, there has been a deluge of postings on this page from websites advertising online poker and backgammon. Because of this, I have changed the way that entries are posted. When you enter a message, it will not appear immediately as it has in the past. Your entry will go into a queue until I can post it manually. This is the only way that I can keep unscrupulous website owners from loading up the page with spurious entries. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Well Don, I want to thank you for stopping to talk and telling me about this site. Going through and seeing names I haven't thought about in years was great. I think I will check this site often.
This is a wonderful site! The photos of Washington in the '60's and '70's brought back so many wonderful memories. I hope there will be a 30th class reunion next year for our class. Would love to hear from any classmates!
I Love this . The site is very interesting and the memories are good.. Thanks for all the hard work we all enjoy it. Mary Kay Whalen
Does anyone know how a former Washington Grade School student would get ahold of a class list for the 1st grade class of 1986?
This is such a thrill to see this web site. I was a freshman in 53-54. My name is Suzanne Krempp and I would love to hear from anyone that was in my class. I recognize a lot of faces in the year book. I live in California now and my email is .... email@example.com. .Also if anyone knows where David Cherry is (student at school) let me know. Lots of love to all of the Alumni.
I am thoroughly enjoying this Website and can assure you I will be visiting it again. If your summers are too warm where you are why not come north to Calgary? I'd be happy to go with you to the Calgary Stampede, Lake Louise, or the Columbia Ice Fields. Oh, and I hear WCHS wants to build a Performing Arts Centre; If every WCHS grad kicked in, say, $50.00 District 308 would be well on its way!
Great site. My brother, Tim, sent it to me from Northwestern instead of working. :-) I retired two years ago from Caterpillar after 30 long years. My husband and I have spent part of each year the last three years in Paris. Bonjour you-all.
Don, Thanks for the help, you have done a wonderful job. It has been great to look at the site and see pictures. Looking forward to hearing from old class mates. Thanks again
Hello! Great site--I typed in my maiden name and found this wonderful site. My grandfather, Clarence Brunnenmeyer is 99 and talks frequently of his work and love for the Washington Historical Society. I have a Washington High sweatshirt that I wear in his honor and that of my uncle and father (Richard and Dennis Brunnenmeyer). Thanks for doing this!
Wow seeing this site has brought back many memories. Great job on putting this web-site together.
This is a wonderful site. I was told about it by Denny Erickson ,class of 65. The pictures are great to look at. I will definitely be checking this site out again. Thanks to all who put this together.
Very interesting site. It's fun to look at.
Alive and well, living in az
Don, This site is terrific. It was really nice to see you and Dee Ann at the breakfast at the lake as part of the Class of '69 Reunion. I was really glad you found a picture of the old Depot where my dad worked as a station agent before we moved to Florida. When I heard that the Railroad tore it down to avoid paying property taxes I was saddened. Oh well, life goes on. In addition to thanking you for creating and maintaining this site, I would like to once again express my appreciation to Patty Wagner, Ray Lott, Gail (Schwarentraub) Harris and Terry Speerly for their dedication in pulling off a 35th Reunion. By the way, is there a way to contribute to the ongoing cost of maintaining the WACOHI site. Please let me know.
Don and Tom , Thanks for the info about the I've Got a Story Video. I will be calling to get a copy of it. Dan
Tom, thanks for the correction, and thanks for sharing your memories of Washington. I wish that we could have attended the "I've Got A Story" program in which you participated, but look forward to viewing the video. If anyone else would like to see the video, contact the Washington Historical Society to purchase it. (309-444-2113).
Don: I need to correct previous info...Washington Co-op picture. It is Ron Naffziger..not Nofsinger...my apologies to Ron. Also, my hat off to the folks who organize the "I got a Story" gathering. What a beautiful way to share memories of living and growing up in Washington.
I was surfing the internet today and decided to type in my mother's maiden name (Brunnenmeyer). I found your website and much to my surprise, saw photos of my great grandparents, John and Lena Brunnenmeyer, who I had never met. My mother, Mary Brunnenmeyer, was born and raised in Washington.
Hi everybody! Haven't seen most of you since the early 50's. I still get to Peoria occasionally and would be interested in having lunch sometime. If not lunch, perhaps we can exchange an email or two. Look forward to hearing from you! Regards, Ken
I didn't graduate with the class in 1965. Turning 17 as a freshman and 20 in 1965. I dropped out in May of 65, and spent the next 32 years at Caterpillar Inc. I had many friends at WCHS. The 35 year reunion was my first and I enjoyed it very much. Thank you for letting me join you and I hope to see you all at the 40th reunion.
i would have been in the class of 74 with mindy mason and dicky cole and mary ellen sunderlin but after growing up in washington i moved away.
Don: The picture of Washington Co-op...Left to right Jim Berlett, Bill Schmidt, Maurey Bachman, Jim Moody, Ron Nofsinger, sorry can't recall name of last guy on right. Tom
Hi, my name is Jeremiah and I grew up in a very old house in Washington at 500 S. Main Street. My parents still live there today but I was wondering if you had any old photos of that house. I found one on this web site that shows a few houses on S. Main but mine is covered by a few trees so I can't see it too well. Just wondering though if there were anymore out there. When I was younger we also did that Christmas tour thing. I remember I had to stay upstairs though while people came in and ate cookies and snacks :)
Hi Don and Dee Every time I sneak some time to look at WACOHI.COM I'm more impressed with what you are doing. Our picture file is growing at the Historical Society, and will sometime soon be sorted and catalogued so we know what we have. We had a wonderful Christmas Home Tour this year. Over 700 people came through. The old White (Mason-White) funeral home was the big draw. The Ruppman's have been working on it (or their contractors) have been working on it for almost 5 years and it is close to complete. Again, Thank you for your wonderful excitement for Washington. I've been here 72 years and wish I could see another 72.
Don, I've been checking out your site since Keith Smith showed it to me a little over a year ago. It's been great to see so many things that I remember (and some I don't!). In 30 years of playing music, mostly in Colorado but other places as well, it's not been uncommon for someone from home to show up in some obscure place and say 'Hi'. The talk inevitably turns to what a great place Washington was to grow up in.
After finding the WaCoHi site quite by accident, I was pleased so see 'old times' photos around town. It was the first time I had seen the photo of me at work in front of Bill Engle's gas station on Peoria Street in 1945. Your historical presentation brings many happy memories. Keep up the great work.
Don - the site is great. Thanks for sharing. I did not know it existed - now I can share with my brother and sister. I do have the names of a few of the folks from the '65 class, but will have to pull out my ancient pics. Looking forward to our reunion in July.
This is an outstanding piece of work!! It certainly brings back a carload of memories. Thanks for you great effort.
It is great to take this walk down memory lane.
Great Site! I found out about reunion after the fact. Looks like fun.
This is a great site. I'm a long time gone from WaCoHi, but this really brings back some great memories. I see that many of us have traveled far away, but we never can forget those great years and the wonderful simplicity of it all.
I didn't make it to the 35th reunion, but John Welch told me about the Web site. It had some great memories - bitter and sweet. Thank you, Don, for creating this site. I can't find the Uncle Woody's pictures. I used to work there. It was great! I sure miss those "Big Deals." Of course, back then, they didn't all go to the hips. I think my whole set of glasses when I was first married consisted of those confiscated from there. Sh-h-h-h, don't tell anyone. Does anyone remember the sit-in and our motto: "Sin and sex, beer and wine, we're the class of '69?" Hello to Sue Robertson and Karen Maxey, my best friends, then and now.
Mary Kay Whalen sent this to me and I am so glad to see such a site dedicated to all of us! Don, thank you, as you did a wonderful job. The memories flooded back! I used to work at Uncle Woody's ----what fun we had... This is so nice. Feel free to write any time.
Born and raised in Washington during the 30's, 40's and early 50's, we lived in paradise, not knowing it. Great little town!
hello there. would like to get in touch with a few class mates and others i know. like ken holford and some info on my class reunion in 2005. please all who see this may e-mail me. keep up the good work.
I second Tom's statement. Don your devotion to keeping the spirit of WaCoHi and Washington alive in all of us is fantastic. You are awesome in your hard work. Dee and you are two great people. You are a good friend and a big help to us who are a little computer challenged. Thanks
Don I am totally overwhelmed with your passion to expose and share Wacohi web site. Your passion is certainly our pleasure. This has to cost you, not only many hours of dedication but more than likely a coin or two. My real question is. What can all of the loyal Wacohi Alumni do to keep a Great thing going? Your suggestions will be appreciated and the Panther Pride will respond. Tom Hexamer and the Class of 56??
Don & Dee I finally got time to take a look. This is great. On behalf of the Washington Historical Society of which I am president at the moment, we thank you for all the motivation for nostalgia around WCHS and Washington.
Don, Excellent job. I have been having fun emailing this site around to people. Keep up the good work. Tell Ray I said hi....
skipping Latin class to run to Uncle Woody's with John Gordon, Sharon Abernathy, Sally Beenders, etc. Skipping first hour and last...How did I get my diploma??? Great job....Dee and Don. Looking forward to seeing you in October 2004!
After 39 years from being away from my old high school, it's nice to find this site & many thanks to DON LOTT for contacting me via "Classmates.com". If anyone else from my class wants to communicate, please drop me an email. Thanks.
I talked to Ray and Sandy Lott who directed me to the web site. This is great! I am looking forward to seeing old class mates at the October reunion. Sounds like a good time!
Don, As you know for the last year I have been searching for the class of 69. The reunion in Oct. is a culmination of that search. As I said you have been the key part of that search. Thank you for the great job you do on the website and for all your help. I am really looking forward to seeing every one from the class of 69. It has been 37 long years and I can't wait to renew old friendships. Also thanks to Gail, Patty, Terry, and Ray for all your work. And of course thanks Gordy for planting the seed. SEE YOU ON OCT 1 Dan
Class of '69 members: Reunion announcements are being sent out to everyone whose mailing address was available. There are still some people for whom we have no current address. If you click the "yearbooks" link on Don's web site, then click 1969, you will see the flier announcing the 2004 reunion. It is a two page Adobe pdf, so after you read the announcement on page 1, take a look at the second page. This is our list of missing classmates. There is also a list of contacts on that page if you have information to share. Hope to see you in Washington in October! Ray
p.s. Thanks, Don, for helping us out. You are doing a great job with your site. You're a good brother!
Class of 1969! We'll be in touch (just like Gail said) re: reunion specifics. If you have any info re: classmates whereabouts, please let us know via E-mail (Gail or Ray Lott), snail mail (me), or phone (me-309-688-2069). yeah, yeah, I'll upgrade one of these days--about the same time I'll get a microwave or VCR--O.K. DVD--player. Later:)
Great site! Class of 1969: keep October 1, 2, and 3 of 2004 open! Trying (quickly) to get a mini reunion going. Mike (Gordy) Gordon shamed us into it :) More info coming very soon via email, snail mail, telephone, and this site. Committee members are Pat Wagner, Terry Speerly, Ray Lott, and me. Cya.
Re: the picture in the July 21st edition of the Courier: On the left from front to back: Brad Ward, next to Brad is John Goddard, and to John's left would be Ken Mieschner. The person next to Ken blocked by the hand I believe is Don Manier. In the back in the suit is the music teacher, Ken Hess. On the right, the person first on the right I do no know. The person to his right would be Jeff Kelly. My first time on the site but not my last. Thanks for taking the time and making the effort to make this available to us. Believe Pam Drum is somewhere in Colorado or Kansas. Karl is in Florida. They have been divorced for several years.
Great Job. I hope other classes will follow.
Don: Keep up the good work....I know the Class of 56' enjoys... What is really neat is viewing what you picked up on some of the 49...50...etc. Let's hope many Wacohi's will contribute more pics and info...
Very interesting site
A special "Hello" to the members of the the classes of 66-70! You are INVITED. . . . Last year the 1968 reunion committee talked about having a get together once a year so that class members would start looking forward to the 40th reunion in a few more years. Kep's place in Washington is available on Friday June 18th 2004 for an informal icebreaker starting at 8:00 pm. We also thought it would be nice to include the classes of 1966, 1967, 1969 and 1970. If you have any questions, give me a call, 309-359-8753. All the Best, Martie
My sister gave me the web site. This is really neat. Rosalee Riper and Wanda Burroughs are two of my sister's There are 5 of us Certalic girls.
My sister, showed this site to me, it was great, hope to attend the next reunion, when it comes up, Ed Dingledine lives in CO. can contact him threw his mom 28558 Irish lane, Wash. 61571
A great web site and a lot of work put into it. Hope to see more of the school classes. My husband and I enjoyed seeing the old square.
The site looks great. I hope someone can compile stats/records for all the sports teams pages. Where can I order a sweatshirt or hat?!
Aloha Class of '67 ! Lost touch with so many friends after living in Kansas City, Albuquerque, San Diego, Mexico, Hawaii, now Granbury, Texas and soon to Panama, Central America! Have been desperately trying to find Pam Drum and Karl Wellman. & what happened to Pam Gibson?
Don, Shortly after you posted the first pics of the '71 reunion my brother John told me about this. I thought it was pretty cool then, but when I returned to this site recently I was flabbergasted. What you have done here quite impressive, and very much appreciated. The time we spent at wacohi was relatively short but memories are way out of proportion. Thanks for that. I had some nice hair then, didn't I? I wish I had it back.
I visit this website frequently. It has helped me regain a part of my past that I cherish. My days in Washington and at WACOHI were some of the best years of my life. I would love to hear from any of my "old" classmates. Don, on a personal note you are fantastic; thanks. Danny Gibson
From time to time I visit this web site created so masterfully by Don and notice many who leave messages for Don or others. Through this incredible electronic medium we are able to make contact with individuals whom we know but have not seen since those wonderful years in school. I submit my invitation and e-mail address for that very purpose. If you wish please write for renewing acquaintances. Thank you.
Does anyone have information about Cindy Harkin class of '70?
It was great to see these old photos, and there were too many of me under the "other class" photos.
Steve McCutcheon class of 1970
Famous Vice President of the Jr. class that had no band for the Prom in 1969!
Don, this is a fantastic website. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. The days at WACOHI were truly the best years of my life. These pictures bring back a great flood of memories
mike killed by a car n tennessee abt 2 yrs ago mike hatchett was doa
Thanks for letting me know about the mislabeled
picture. It has been corrected. If anyone else finds mistakes like that, please
let me know!
The basketball player in the picture is not Tom Sargent. It's Don Pritchard.
Wow...very neat site. I graduated from Wacohi in 76, and boy does the uncle woodys pic ever bring back memories!!! Those were definately the 'good ole' days :)
Nice site enjoyed looking at the pics. Say hello to Dee we sat next to each other in Mr. Adams class in 8th grade.
The Washington Times-Reporter ran an article in the Nov. 19th paper about Larry Stagen compiling 100 years of WCHS Basketball history. You can read the article by clicking here. To view the pdf books compiled by Larry, go to http://www.wacohi.net/, click on the "Athletics" button, then click on "Football" or "Basketball".
Looking for class pictures for Mrs. Foster's 1st Grade Class of 1946-47 at old one room school house on Peoria Street; Mrs. Wren's 4th Grade, 1949-50; Mrs. Week's 5th Grade, 1950-51; Mrs. White's 1953-54 8th Grade Class. Also looking for name of the Kindergarden teacher(s) in basement home near corner of Peoria and Wood Street in 1940's.
Looking to contact Mike Brecklin. We're indirect 'cousins' through mutual grandparents, Jess and Ruth.
CLASS of 1964 -- Where's your site? Didn't get to graduate from WaCoHi (spent sr. yr. in WI), but it's the school of my heart. Would love to hear from Band members, classmates, etc. Would love invitation to the next Class of 1964 Reunion!
To John Certalic: Hi I'm Edie Certalic, husband is Joseph F Certalic also his brother is John Certalic. Could you be related???
What a great site! The pictures bring back a lot of memories. It's a shame that reunions only cover a single year, after all, we were all at WACOHI at the same time. I hope you keep adding to the site. I need to light a fire under someone to get a site up for the class of '69. Thanks for all of your hard work Don.
I went to grade school, the seventh grade, in Washington. I think it was 1961. We live in Iowa and are coming through the last of August. The pictures brought back so many memories, thanks. I went to Pleasant View the eighth grade, thanks for that picture. My name was Karen Kelley.
I found your site by accident and it is great! I graduated from WaCoHi in 1966, so didn't know a lot of the 1971 kids, but probably know their older brothers and sisters. Thanks for a wonderful nostalgic look back.
Thomas J. Bailey
Thursday May 15, 2003 - 04:53 AM
Thanks, Don! Viewing the yearbook brought back many memories. Wow, was I ever really that young?
Hey Don; This is a very nice site. Brings back memories!! Our Best The Weaver's
I can't believe what a great time I have had on this site tonight! This is Debbie Gilbert, Jonny Gilbert's sister, and it was a blast to see Mike Brecklin and Billy Hiatt - and even Curt Tiezzi on the reunion pictures page. Thanks so much for putting in all this work, Don. To be able to look through the 1971 and the 1953 yearbook sure did bring back memories... what a fun place to go to High School!
I attended Washington Grade School through 4th grade (where I made the best friends of my life, no doubt) with the folks that graduated in 1970. Would be interested in finding Steve McCutcheon, Ed Dingledine, Dan Gibson, and Tom Odom.
I would like to contact Rosalee Certalic. We may be related, as my surname is Certalic also. Please contact me if you have any information on how I could reach her. Thank you.
Had a great time at the reunion. Would love to hear from all of you!
New e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Regina (Kelley) Siebert
I attended Washington High School my freshman year through part of my sophomore year. I hated having to move as I loved our school and was close to someone special. My father was a minister and we moved, and I attended my junior year at Jacksonville High School in Jacksonville, IL. I then attended Southeast High School in Bradenton, FL, my senior year. It is so good to see this website. Great memories!
For the WCHS football and basketball fans, I have written a History of WCHS Football from 1923-2001 and a History of WCHS Basketball from 1903-2001. The Football Book is available on the WaCoHi.net web site. The Basketball Book will soon be available on same site. Each Book has about 380 pages with records, statistics, and some pictures. I was a counselor and teacher at WCHS from 1960 to 1993. I remember many of you who graduated in 1971. In fact I still see some of you.
Great website! I'm from the WCHS Class of 1973 and it really took me back to see the pix, especially Unkle Woody's. It would be great to have websites for more of the classes. Terrific job.
I was not a student at WCHS, but found this website when I did a web search for Diane Hiatt, who appears in some of the reunion photos. We were work colleagues in Peoria some years back and I was wanting to get in touch with her.
Marty Puckett Blunier
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Thursday, August 08, 2002 - 11:06 AM
What a great idea! Loved looking at the pictures of Washington. A real walk down Memory Lane! Thanks for doing this.
It was good to see updated pictures. Please let me know when the next reunion is, I would love to be there.
Hey folks!...........'good to see ya.........thanks, Don
hello class of 71...would love to hear from you all.
I'm big as a Hog ...need to start Running... it's waaay to late to Jog!
Just wanted to say "Hey" and that I miss being at WCHS and seeing you all every day. Even if I didn't know you well, you are in my memories. Would love to hear from any of you. Reg
William "Bill" Quinton
Saturday, April 06, 2002 - 9:35 AM
Hey Ya'll. Many of you probably don't remember me. I lived on Bess Street in Sunnyland and attended John L Hensey. Went two years at Washington High, then my father had a massive stroke and we moved to Mississippi, been here ever since. I was looking at you reunion photos and recognized some people. If you remember me, I would love to hear from you. I am married, have been for 30 years, have two boys. One is in Dental School and the other is a Senior at Delta State University.
I just retired as a Commander with the Cleveland Police Department and have gone into business with a friend of mine.
Its been 30 years...wow you guys all look great. The web sight brings back a wonderful time in my life and would love to hear from anyone. Bob McGuire
Saturday March 23, 2002 - 09:45 AM
It's been awhile since I visited this web site. It is great! Thank you. There is a picture in the misc. - chemistry class. This is a picture of my sister, Kaye Bradley and her friend Karen Koch (Steve Koch's sister) I don't know the people in the background, though. I'll share this site with her. Thanks to John and Mike, also. "Hi Everyone"
To members of the class of 1971: I find that words are hard to describe the pleasure I had reviewing this web sight. The pictures were excellent and they brought many fond memories of the years I spent at WCHS. Many of you I remember from biology class and in athletics but certainly as fine representatives of the school. Very few of you have I seen since leaving in 1970 to begin a career in school administration, but those years (1962-1970) are truly the joy of my life and experience in education. I thank everyone of you for being a part of my life. Sincerely, Gerald Essington
Really like the spot on Unkle Woody's. I remember Marca and I eating a fish sandwich there not long before they closed. I would like to see some pics of the interior if there were any available. Very nice site, Don
Hi guys!! Sorry I missed the reunion, didn't get the announcement. I enjoyed seeing the pictures very much!! Had a great time at the 25th reunion and will plan to come next time. Just moved from Arizona to Minnesota - Burrrrrrr - what a change that was!!
Wonderful site. I didn't graduate with the class, but I attended K-7 with many of its members (mostly at Washington Grade School, a short time at Lincoln). Memories remain warm. Regards to all.
Don, the web page is great! We really enjoyed the stuff about Uncle Woody's. Steve and I enjoyed visiting with you and Dee Ann.
Just thought I would say Hi. My brother John told me I could see pictures of old people here.
I enjoyed seeing all the photos... esp of those whom I missed talking to at the reunion. I was so glad to see all of the out-of-state people who came... esp. so soon after the events of Sept. 11th!! How about those of you who live locally who didn't come?? Try to make it next time - it's always fun and with the events of this fall it is more impt than ever to stay connected..... you never know what tomorrow may bring! I suggest going back to doing these in the summer when more people can come. Also: in summer we can do this in an inside/outside venue .... needed for all of us who cannot tolerate all the smoke (why are there so many smokers anyhow???) Looking forward to the next one!
Hi, Don!! The sight is great!! Thanks for ALL your help with the reunion. Addresses will be coming..... Cindy
Don, what a great site, thank you so much. the reunion was a blast. but i stayed up way past my bedtime. I saw more people using their reading glasses this time including myself!! can't wait til the next reunion. I am always greatful for staying in contact with old friends. great job with the pics mike and john!! carol
I have begun labeling the pictures on this site. Many were not labeled in the yearbook, so I used my best guess, when I had one. If you see a picture that is not labeled, or is labeled incorrectly, please send me an email so that I can add a label or make a correction.
Pictures are great! Good to see that I'm not the only one who has aged!! Thanks for the memories!
Hi Marge. I have a picture of my old 63 Chevy in our driveway on the website that has your house on Oakwood Circle in the background. Do you know who is on the horse in that picture? I have the same problem that you do with not recognizing some of the people in the reunion shots. John Kane has helped me identify many of the people, but there are still quite a few I do not recognize. I will begin putting labels under the pictures, but I could use some help from others with those that are not identified.
Thanks for the pictorial of the reunion that I could not make. Don, do you remember that I lived across the street from you at Oakwood Circle? The only request that I have is to name the people in the pictures. It has been so long that I don't know them all. Great Job!!!
Thanks so much for sharing the photos of the reunion. This is the first reunion I missed, so it was nice to get a few snapshots. Looks like y'all had fun!
What a great site! You've done a fantastic job, Don. The way you've arranged these pictures is better than going to the reunion--you can see everybody and yet not have to talk to anyone.
Good job, Don. We appreciate you and Dee Ann's work on this site. But, these pictures need to be taken down immediately. There may be people looking for all of us! I have a question: does anyone know where Joel Wilson is?
I love these pictures!!!!!
I had pneumonia the week of the 30th reunion, so I was not able to attend. I really appreciate Mike Brecklin taking so many pictures and John Kane sharing them with me so that I could scan them and post them to this site. It was not the same as being there, but nice to see so many classmates and that they had not changed ... well maybe a little.