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ALHS Class of 1942 holds 70th reunion

Published 9:15am Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Albert Lea High School Class of 1942 held its 70th class reunion Sept. 14 at America’s Best Value Inn. Twenty classmates were present along with six spouses.

Co-chairpeople for the event were Ione (Litland) Kelly and Vonnie (Hoveland) Oftedal. Earl Jacobsen, recently selected as a 2012 distinguished alumnus, served as the emcee. Kelly noted that the class had 238 graduates, and that the list of those who are deceased now stands at 163.

Other classmates who were present were Marian (Borland) Thompson, Lois (Nelson) Carey, Marcelle (Christensen) Vander Syde, Ethel (Flugum) Thisted, Fern (Frondal) Wangen, Kenneth Gayken, Marge (Goetzke) Entorf, Clarice (Grunwald) Porter, Lyle Hanson, Marcine (Hanson) Drescher, George Mahlum, Bob Medd, Ken Nelson, Forry Porter, Valborg (Myrland) Parent, Willis Reynen and Bill Sturtz.

Carey brought each person a copy of an old post card as a memento of the occasion. The post card shows a girl in a full, one-piece bathing suit, promoting Fountain Lake as a tourist destination.

Jacobsen gave the invocation. After the mid-day dinner the classmates re-introduced themselves and then tackled a trivia quiz based on facts and events from the 1940s. They concluded that there had been many changes in 70 years, starting with the price of gasoline.

Prizes were awarded to the trivia contest winner, the classmate who came from the farthest (Florida) and the classmate with the most great-grandchildren (26).

All those who attended agreed that the 70th should be the last regular reunion. They did, however, reserve the same room for noon Sept. 6, 2013, in case there are those who would like to get together for an informal lunch.