The Storm Lake High School Class of 1938 gathered in Storm Lake this past weekend to celebrate their 65th high school reunion. The classmates and spouses who attended enjoyed three days of friends, food and fun. On Friday, Sept. 12, the group had an evening gathering at Lakeshore Cafe. On Saturday they toured the Harker House, the Lamberti Rec Center at Buena Vista University and the Buena Vista County Historical Museum. They had lunch at the Metcalf House Bed & Breakfast before gathering again in the evening for a meal and formal picture at The Embers. On Sunday morning the group had a farewell breakfast at Lakeshore Cafe. Before the classmates departed, they were treated to a video presentation featuring shots from past class reunions.
When it graduated from Storm Lake High School, the Class of '38 contained 94 members, and up to that point, it was the largest class in SLHS history. There were 94 students in the graduating class, 38 of which are still living. Those classmates are spread around the country -from as far as New York to Hawaii. Eleven members of the class still reside in Storm Lake and a total of 19 make their homes in Iowa. There were also three sets of married classmates from the Class of '38.
Two class members were killed in World War II - Otto Boettcher and Ted Walrath. The class was proud to be the Conference Champions in basketball, football and track in 1938. Bob Lowry won the State Clarinet Championship in Fine Arts.
The class reports that it has been very close-knit over the years, even up to today. Local grads have even gotten together yearly over the Memorial Day holiday when a big reunion hasn't been planned.
Photo - Those who were present over the weekend for the reunion included front row, left to right: Dorothy (Mack) Mushrush, Texas; Helen (Imlay) Sliefert, Storm Lake; Virginia (Voyles) Freeman, Fonda; Francis (Hinde) Bean, Storm Lake; Mavis (Sharp) Curtis, Ohio; Dorothy (Foster) Schuelke, Sioux Rapids; Maryanna (Elk) Meier, Waterloo; Deloma (Pollack) Jones, Oklahoma; June (Steig) Richards, Chicago.
Back row, left to right: Don Peterson, Cedar Rapids; Don Hussey, Storm Lake; Lowell Larson, Storm Lake; Jack Prince, Sioux City; Keith Pierce, Storm Lake; Henry Ivers, Schaller; Jack Spooner, Storm Lake.