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Thirties

30 Co-Class Secretaries: Mildred Beckman Myhrman, 1037 E. Linden St., Tucson, AZ 85719; Dorothy Burdett Kavka, 84 Liberty St., Rockland, MA 02370-1334
31 Class Secretary: Helen Pratt Mason, 83 Summit St., Portland, ME 04103- 2913Class President: Dorothy Parker Ludwick, 8 Birch Pl., Auburn, ME 04210-4104
32 Class Secretary: Shirley Cave, 33 Christian Ave., 420, Concord, NH 03301-6155
34 Class Secretary: Ruth Carter Zervas, 66 School St., Gardiner, ME 04345- 2106Class President: Doris Neilson Whipple, 75 Nottingham Rd., Auburn, ME 04210- 4137Bill and Pat Abbott MacNameespent last winter in Port Charlotte, Fla. In September 1997, with Ruth Carter Zervas,they attended the memorial service for Vin Kirby ’33 in Prospect Harbor. While visiting Ruth for a few days, they made a day trip to see Bob Butler on Vinalhaven, thus fulfilling Pat’s longtime desire to see the island. Bob gave the folks a tour after a nice lunch…. In May 1997, Bob Butler had a wonderful trip with son Robert’63 (“Skip“) and wife Judy (Mosman) ’63, who took him from Texas and New Mexico through the central states and the Dakotas on to Saskatchewan and Manitoba. They returned southeasterly through Minnesota to Chicago, stopping at Penn State to stay overnight with grandson Robert ’88, wife Darcy, and new son…. In June of last year, Gladys and Bernard Drew celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. In September they attended eldest grandson Christopher’s wedding in Cambridge, Mass. While there, the Drews met great-grandson Thomas Alan Drew for the first time, the son of Rob and Jeanice Drew…. A year ago, Molly and Bob Fitterman had a 15-day cruise on the luxury ship Radisson Diamond. They visited Barcelona, Malaga, Lisbon, Porto, the Spanish Coast, Bordeaux, cruised the Bay of Biscay, Guernsey, Dover, Amsterdam, through the Kiel Canal to Rostock, then on to the Baltic Sea and Stockholm, for their flight home…. Verna Geddes Morison attended 1997 weddings of her first grandson in August and first granddaughter in September…. Helen Goodwin Yeagleteaches piano pupils of all ages, and sometimes plays the organ at one of the four churches she attends…. Last summerJosephine Hill Schreckengaust spent two weeks in Tenants Harbor with daughter Sondra, granddaughter Raelani, and Jo’s three grandchildren…. Georgette Lepage spends the summer at her Taylor Pond cottage. As a literacy volunteer, she has been working with a Korean pupil…. On her sixth trip to Bermuda, Louise Mallinson Jagger took her eight family members with her, including two 5-year-old great- grandchildren!… Last year in August Frank Murray spoke at the memorial service for Lawrence Parker ’32 in Whitingham, Vt. He also called on Norman ’22 and Marjorie Pillsbury Ross ’23 at Russell Park Manor, where they now live…. After the wedding of grandson Bradford Whipple Griffin and wife Denise, Doris Neilson Whipple held their reception for 150 guests at her home in Auburn…. Betty Saunders Smith had two nice trips to Colorado a year ago. She first visited son Jim in Denver and daughter Carol in Castle Rock. Later Jim and two friends took her to Big Sky, Mont., while he attended a three-day conference, then on to Kalispell, Betty’s old hometown. They visited Glacier National Park, drove over the Going-to-the-Sun Highway, and returned to Big Sky by a different route. While Betty was away, daughter Susan Smith Davis ’65 visited her father, Abbott, at his nursing home…. In August and September last year, Larry and Toby Zahn Griffiths took the Holland-America inside cruise to Alaska, where they visited friends in Fairbanks and had a great tour of the Univ. of Alaska. This past January, they spent three weeks in Florida, visiting friends in Pinellas Park, Fort Myers and Port Richey.
35 Class President: Milton L. Lindholm, 12 Nelke Pl., Lewiston, Me 04240- 5318Members of the Class of 1935 were saddened to learn of the Feb. 15 death of Evelyn Anthol Pontz, our longtime, most efficient class secretary. We extend sympathy to her husband, Dick, daughter Joyce ’65 and other members of the immediate family. The class also adds a note of sympathy to the families of deceased classmates Irma Raymond Ledew, Jean Murray Godfrey, and Lewis Griffin. We are proud to be part of their living legacy, though saddened by their loss…. At 86,Morton Arnold is in good health, still plays golf three times a week, travels some…. Wintering again in Friendly Acres Trailer Park, Yuma, Ariz., Henry and Linda Bedell Schroeder enjoyed the weather, the people, bridge, and shuffleboard…. Mira Briggs Dow writes that they are kept young in spirit with their eight grandchildren and three great-grands. This is Mira’s 20th year of retirement after 34 years of teaching…. Ethel and Robert Carlyn enjoyed visiting a daughter in Albany, N.Y., and their son and family in Boston, where he is a corporate lawyer. The son’s latest hobby is in culinary arts so their Thanksgiving dinner was delicious!…Russell Fifield‘s message from Michigan: “No news is good news- unless it involves a spade or a harp.”… At 87, Grace Gearing White is well in Vermont, still drives, walks daily, and enjoys family and friends and watching a flock of great- grandchildren grow up…. For Elsie Gervais, her longest trip this past year was to see foliage in the White Mountains. She keeps busy with reading, bridge, errands, crosswords, double crostics, and church fair projects. Elsie enjoys the Bates lectures and concerts…. Gertrude Harwood, Ray‘s widow, who had attended Reunions with him, writes that she now lives in a retirement home in Cincinnati, where son David is an attorney. She still visits a sister in Massachusetts and goes to see her daughter in Chicago…. Frances Hayden Hoyt has 10 grandchildren and lives at her family’s Purity Spring Resort in New Hampshire, a year-round place where many friends come and go. She looks forward to hearing from everyone…. Although Willard Higgins says “nothing newsworthy to report,” he is comfortably settled in New Hampshire…. From Washington state, Gordon Jones reveals a positive attitude with the following poem: “Things are better since last I wrote,/ You will be glad to note./ I can walk quite without pain,/ I’ve shucked the walker and the cane./ I can pull weeds in the garden bed,/ And still split kindling in the old wood shed./ I hear less well and see poorly too,/ My timings bad – driving a car I just can’t do./ But all in all each day goes well,/ And I look forward to tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow!” …We are so glad to hear from Miriam Knapp Kramer after a long time. She still lives in West Hartford and spends summers at a family cottage in Marblehead. “Mim” and son David ’63 recently traveled to Nashville, Tenn., in just one day to attend the funeral of her oldest sister (105)…. Milton and Jane (Ault’37) Lindholm have attended 50 consecutive Reunions! They have two granddaughters, one who has entered Harvard, while the other is 7 months old; grandsons are 15 and 3, and two great-grands. “This keeps us young or hastens our old age, I’m not sure which,” muses Milt. He and Jane sat out the January ice storm for four days without power and only a fireplace for heat, then spent five days with their good friends, the Annetts, who had stayed with them for a while when they first came to Bates. The College Dining Services provided free meals to the “powerless.” The Lindholms survived well, but were glad when the lights came on again…. From her retirement home in Connecticut, Charlotte Longley Orr writes that she is “thankful for quite good health, although I am slow, slow.” She enjoyed a trip to Maine lakes at foliage time. At Halloween she won a prize in the costume parade as an ugly old black witch. Remember, Charlotte was a Bates 4A Player…. A typical week with Charles Paige: “Up at 7:30, read paper, golf twice a week, play pool occasionally at Hamilton House Senior Center, walk an hour several times a week.” A busy homemaker, Dorothy takes water aerobics twice a week, is active in the church Woman’s Society, plays bridge, attends theater, and visits ill friends. They attend meetings of the Roger Williams Family Assn., the Rhode Island Genealogy Assn., Bates alumni meetings in Rhode Island and at Ocean Park. “My hobbies are genealogy and playing my Casio. We read a lot, watch TV – especially all sports (for Charlie). Each summer we are in Ocean Park for three months, enjoying family and visits from friends. Yes, we are active at 81 and 83.”… Ella Philpot Boyd reports from Maine that she is well. She enjoys life and still spends summers in Nova Scotia. A round robin keeps her in touch with others…. Thelma Poulin Vincent says Maine foliage was beyond belief last fall. She toured Bretton Woods, rode the chair lift up and down (her first). “It was snowing on the mountain top while we were in bright sunshine.”… In Fort Myers, Fla., Bill Pricher reports: “Work three days, play golf two days a week; had a new right knee installed (join the club). Too much old Garcelon Field activity!”… June Sawyer Stevens flew to Salem, Ore., to attend a grandson’s wedding and got to see her four children, eight grandchildren, and three great- grands, all under 3. At home in Maine her usual routine includes gardening, crosswords, baking bread, reading, and watching TV…. Tom and Harriet (VanStone ’36) Vernon,celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last September with a quiet evening at home. “On our 75th, we will have a big bash.” They live in a retirement community of 250 apartments with many congenial people from ages 62 to 103, average age 82. They can boast of only one great- grand, 3-year- old Skye. “We have many happy memories of Bates and are delighted with all the new buildings and programs.”… “Let’s all hang in there,” writes Louise Williams Sweetser from Massachusetts. She says that some days they accomplish projects, and others not much (sound familiar?). They spend three months on the Cape, where they like to swim and go walking.
36 Class Secretary: Ruth Rowe Wilson, 374 College St., Lewiston, ME 04240Class President: Donald C. Gautier, 52 Old Carriage Rd., Auburn, ME 04210- 8948
37 Class Secretary: Jane Ault Lindholm, 12 Nelke Pl., Lewiston, ME 04240-5318Class President: Robert M. York, RR 1, Box 833, Orrs Island, ME 04066- 9727The Class extends deepest sympathy to Robert Rathbone and daughter Anne on the death of Harriett Durkee Rathbone. We were so glad that Harriett and Robert were able to attend our 60th Reunion last June…. Shortly before Christmas, I received a letter from Ann Marie Diebold Sattler from Colmar, France. She sent special greetings to all the class and filled us in on her large and interesting family as well as her own activities. She has six children (all married), 21 grandchildren, and two greats. She is lucky to have most of the family nearby. Two of her sons practice medicine, one son is a veterinarian, one daughter is an architect, the other two, nurse and doctor, respectively. Grandchildren range in age from 30 to 4, a number are still students. What a wonderful family! Anne-Marie still drives to do her shopping but has some problems with her feet and knees. She also sings with an “elder people chorale.” She says, “La joie de changer -joy every time!” She sometimes sings with the choir at the Mennonite Church in Colmo. Her husband keeps very busy tending a garden and a large orchard, though this past year there were no apples due to an April frost. They do no traveling now. If they did, how we would all welcome a visit to Bates. It is so good to hear from Anne-Marie and wish she could have joined us last June.
38 Class Secretary: Evelyn Jones White, 193 Jackson Hill Rd., Minot, ME 04258Class President: Howard H. Becker, 122 Villa Dr., Osprey, FL 34229-9168Reunion in 1998. The Class is deeply saddened by the death of Webb Wright on Feb. 10. We send heartfelt sympathy toCharlotte, Anne, Nancy and all the grandchildren.
39 Class Secretary: Eleanor Smart Parker, PO Box 210, North Bridgton, ME 04057- 0210Class President: David B. Howe, 16 Taylor Dr., Laconia, NH 03246-2585Next Reunion in 1999. The class extends sincere sympathy toEstelva Rollins Larrabee whose husband, Erwin, died on Nov. 13, 1997.

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