The Chanute High School Class of 1967 has never had a reunion on Artist Alley weekend. The reunion committee decided to change that for the 50th.
“Everybody’s happy to have it this time of year,” said committee member Linda Ashley. “It’s perfect, the weather’s going to be perfect.”
“Are you still praying?” inquired Linda Springer of the committee, noting Ashley had added an extra prayer each night for the weather to cooperate for the outdoor The Common Few? concert Saturday night.
The 1960s garage band included five members of the Class of 1967, Ben Ennis, Robert Orr, Darrell Brown, Eddie Ladd and Jeff Leverenz, and two from the Class of 1966, Bob Crumrine and Mike King. All but King will be part of the band Saturday night at Santa Fe Park.
“It’s going to be a big deal,” said committee member Glenn Wicker. “We went to all of their dances.”
Out of a class of 180, 77 have confirmed they will be attending the reunion, for a total of about 120 with spouses included.
“It’s one of the biggest ever,” Ashley said of the turnout. “Screenworks said they’ve never made that many t-shirts.”
Outside of school, Barker’s Dairy Bar and dragging Main came to mind.
“Dragging Main with four lanes,” said Wicker. “I would drive 1,000 miles in a weekend.”
Gasoline was .33 cents a gallon that year.
School activities brought to mind Drum Corps.
Committee member Delores Ogle Owens said her favorite memories of high school were the three years in Drum and Bugle Corps.
“I made longtime, loyal friends. We all worked and trained as a team for our performances and I was so proud to be a member.”
On the lighter side, Ashley recalled during a performance in the high school gym the drum corps had lights on their helmets, but when the overhead lights were turned off they couldn’t see that well and the people in the stands just saw them running into each other.
Wicker said he couldn’t imagine it happening now, but they made cannons in shop class.
“One classmate shot one off in shop class,” he said.
“I was shocked when we all took a tour of the old high school at our 40th reunion,” said Joann Hall Boyd. “I remember it being a lot bigger, wide staircase and wide halls.”
Linda Schultz Crowe recalled waiting in cars in the morning and at noon and/or sitting on the wall. Also singing the chant before basketball games with the lights dimmed.
Suzi Josserand-Hicks shared a humorous tale.
“My family moved to Chanute several weeks into the school year my junior year of high school. Once again, I was the new girl in town. We lived in a house on South Forest and I walked to classes. My route took me by way of the railroad underpass. I was impressed that everyone was so friendly because they always honked as they drove by. I didn’t learn the significance of the honking until MUCH later.”
Kelly Kern Guy noted she met the love of her life, Harry Guy, in the halls of Chanute High.
“I remember the music — such great 60s music. To this day, the music still holds power over my emotions.” Her favorite 60s quote: ‘The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities and the responsibility that we all had. It wasn’t the answer. It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility.’ - John Lennon
“So many fun memories of CHS proms, meeting friends at our lockers, Miss Lewis’ Junior English bus trip to Hannibal, Mo. (Mark Twain’s home), Mr. Carl’s great dry wit, football games, assemblies ... just the fun everyday high school stuff.”
Chris Kirkwood brought up the “bomb scare party” at his home on Main Street. Classmates gathered there when school was dismissed because of a bomb threat.
“I can’t figure out how my folks found out about it,” Kirkwood said.
“We didn’t see Chris the next few weekends,” Ashley said.
Gone, but not forgotten
There have been 29 class members who have died. A tribute poster to them with their senior pictures will be displayed at the reunion.
“They are gone, but not forgotten.”
“Our class was close.” Ashley said. “We are good friends and look out for each other. We always said, ‘If you didn’t graduate in 1967, you didn’t graduate.’”
Artist Alley reunions
Class of 1967
Friday: Dalton’s Back 9, 6 pm, heavy appetizers and drinks
Saturday: Float in Artist Alley Parade, 11 am (trailer provided by Cleaver Farm & Home). 6 pm, Dalton’s for Happy Hour, drinks and buffet dinner. Class picture at 6:30. (Doug Toon will provide background music.) At 9 pm, The Common Few? concert at Santa Fe Park
Class of 1957
Friday: 7-10 pm at Central Park Pavilion
Saturday: 6-10 pm at The Gathering Place, 33 W Main (aka Bain’s Bakery)
Sunday: 9-11 am at Chanute High School, 1501 W. 36th St.
Class of 1961
“Mini” reunion/get-together as part of the pancake feed on Saturday morning at the Masonic Hall at Elm and Highland. Some will be there early when the event opens at 7 am and will have a section for classmates’ seating. Nothing organized — just reacquainting, lots of hugs, and see if the stories are better than they were for our 55th last September.
Class of 1962
Friday: 6:30 pm American Legion
Saturday: Parade 11 am, picture 5:30, dinner 6:30 at American Legion
Class of 1972
Friday: 6:30 pm, casual meet and greet at Dalton’s Back 9, light snacks and cash bar
Saturday: Meet at 10:30 am for parade. 6 pm social hour at Dalton’s Back Nine, dinner at 7
Class of 1977
Friday: Informal come and go at Rack House Billiards, 3801 S. Santa Fe, 6:30 - ?
Saturday: 10 am, meet at Katy Park for parade. Evening at Rusty Nail Barn, 6995 243rd Rd. 5:30, registration/check-in. 6, class picture. 6:30, dinner. 7:15, class member memorial. 7:30, social time – BYOB
Class of 1982
Friday: 7 pm, informal meetup at the Elks Lodge, 101 S. Central
Saturday: Meet at 10 am on east end of Main to ride in the parade. Saturday night: Elks Lake north of Chanute, 6 pm for social hour. Photo at 7:15 with BBQ dinner immediately following
Classmates can find additional info at www.chanute82.com
Class of 1987
Friday: Playmakers, 8 pm.
Saturday: Parade float, meet at 10:30 at Katy Park. Dinner at 7 pm at Knights of Columbus on West 21st.
Class of 1992
Friday: Playmakers, patio is reserved at 7 pm. CHS football plays at home for those interested in showing their Comet pride.
Saturday: 7 pm, Angie Fewins Stanley’s house, bonfire, hot dogs and s’mores, cider and hot chocolate provided. BYO drinks, snacks and chairs.
Old Chanute Junior College
Friday: Students who attended NCCC invited as a coordinated reunion with the NCCC alumni reunion, 3 to 5 pm in the Oak Room. NCCC alumni reunion come and go event from 5:30 to 10 pm in Penner Lounge.