ACHS Class of ’49 celebrates

Standing, from left, Jovita (Garcia) Snow, Jim Thomas, Walt Rickel, Ed Virden, Jim Bossi, Joe Cary, Jack Stark and Roger Warren. Sitting, from left, Belva (Tipton) Gardner, David Walker, Pricilla (Hutchinson) Wilson, Bobbie (Hawkins) Aupperle and Donna (livingston) Folger.

The Arkansas City High School Class of ‘49 celebrated its 70th class reunion Oct. 24 at Daisy Mae’s Banquet Room. A total of 22 were present, of which 13 were classmates. Folks came and went all day, starting with donuts/rolls and coffee, then followed with lunch of their choice. The festivities continued with a “Happy Hour” then the main dinner which consisted of three different selections.

Everyone enjoyed visiting and reminiscing about their high school days; sharing favorite memories and remembering their favorite teachers. A prize of pecans was given to Jim Thomas, who traveled the farthest, from Aurora, Colo. 

No one seemed in a hurry to leave, and there were lots of hugs and kisses as they parted. 

Those in attendance included: Belva (Tipton) Gardner, David Walker and sister, AJ Holloway, and Jim Bossi, all of Arkansas City and Jim’s daughter, Cathy Miller; Bobbie (Hawkins) Aupperle, of Stillwater Okla.; Joe Cary and daughter, Cathy Wilcox of Newkirk Okla.; Donna (Livingston) Folger and daughter, Deb Richardson of Galesburg Ill.; Walt Rickel and wife, Jackie, of Tulsa Okla.; Jovita (Garcia) Snow, of Blackwell, Okla.; Jack Stark and wife, Gail, of Wichita; Jim Thomas and daughter, Lisa Lavelle, of Aurora, Colo.; Pricilla (Hutchinson) Wilson, of Mission Hills; Roger Warren and wife, Linda, of Hanover; and Ed Virden and wife, Diana, of Springfield Mo.

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