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12/21/16 10:32 AM #235    

Shirley Widerski (Miller)

Yes, I remember when she would read Shakespeare to us .........with that southern accent!

03/07/17 12:47 PM #236    


Gregg Wilson

Does anyone remember Donald Kelly? Perhaps he attended Evergreen High School.

03/09/17 12:09 AM #237    


Lynn Britton

Yes, I remember Donald, he was our and your (while you lived on 150th) neighbor (kinda) over on 1st Ave by Gary Summerson.  I think he went to Glacier because he was on the wrong side of the tracks.  The last I heard about him was that he was a deputy sheriff in, I believe, Kitsap County.  I had hoped to see him at the reunion but he wasn't there.

03/09/17 12:33 PM #238    


Gregg Wilson

Hi Lynn,

I found him in Port Angeles, where he is retired. He was a policeman. Haven't been able to find his phone number but he probably has a cell phone. Thinking of writing him a letter.

Funny thing happened long ago. I arrived at the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot late at night and was invited to stand on the yellow foot prints. A gunnery sergeant came up to me and said "Hey puck. Somebody in the guard shack wants to see you". I hustled over to the guard shack and there was Don Kelly, a sergeant. He said he had four weeks to go and then would return to Washington to become a policeman. Then he said and I quote "Have a great time in the Corps!"

The s. o. b.

03/10/17 11:47 AM #239    


Bill Hamilton


If I remember correctly Don Kelly and his friend, whose last name I think was Mathews, were in our boy scout troop for a while. 

03/14/17 03:54 PM #240    


Dennis Morse

Donald Kelly's best friend and neighbor when they lived on 1st. Ave So. and about 146th was Alan Mathers who I got to know again at Highline College. They went to Chelsea Park at that time. Nice kids.


03/15/17 12:49 PM #241    


Al Peffley

Dennis, you peaked my interest by your comments on Kelly. I still have most of my Chelsea Park annual class pictures, but only one set has the names marked on the back of the sheet in my mother's handwriting (Miss Valentine's first grade class). Kelly must have either been in another first grade class, or he entered Chelsea Park grade school as a student at some time later than my first grade class. Was Kelly our age or younger? I lived just off of 146th street on the Ambaum end. The name doesn't ring a bell in my mind (but then, a lot of things don't connect as I get older...LOL!) I remember Alan Mathers vaguely (same first name), but did not really have a friendship with either Kelly or Mathers. Could Kelly have possibly gone to grade school with Fred Grabos? I bellieve 1st Avenue was a major dividing line between grade school attendence populations in the Highline School District. So long ago...

(I sure got a crappy haircut at the Burien Barber Shop just before my senior class picture was taken, didn't I?  LOL!)

03/15/17 01:49 PM #242    


Gregg Wilson

Hi Al,

I was probably in your first grade class, because I remember Miss Valentine. Gary Summerson was in another first grade class. Don Kelly may have been in that class. I remember going across 1st Avenue to play with him. He was digging ditches and placing boards over them to make a tunnel. This might have been his first attempt at becoming a Marine. Who knows.

03/15/17 06:31 PM #243    


Dennis Morse

I can't remember who was in my classes. I started Chelsea Park in 4th grade in Miss Stiles class, Mrs. Mathers for 4th grade and Mr. McCullum for 6th grade. I don't think you were in my classes but of course we were friends in the "hood' and all through Jr. and Sr. High.  Alan and Donald definetly went to Chelsea Park but I thought they both moved due to development along 1st. Ave.  Maybe Gary Summerson would know. I did make friends with Alan again at Highline College and he said he had stayed friends with  Donald




03/16/17 01:16 AM #244    


Gregg Wilson


You are correct. I spent my 4th, 5th, and 6th grade at Pleasant View, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Had to make new friends and still communicate with two of them.

03/16/17 07:36 AM #245    


Ted Comstock (Briggs-Comstock)

Al -- I'd love to see the 1st grade photo if you could post it. I started at Chelsea Park in the middle of that year, so I'm probably not in it, but I'm sure I'd remember some of the kids. I can't place Donald Kelly, but the name sounds familiar. My earliest class photo is from 3rd grade.

03/16/17 11:31 AM #246    


Patrick Calkins

This is what I remember of Chelsea Park Elementary School. 1952 - First grade, Miss Visentine; 1953 - Second grade, Miss McCallum; 1954 - Third grade, Mrs White; 1955 - Fourth grade, Mr Bartholick; 1956 - Fifth grade, Miss McCallum again; 1957 - Sixth grade, Mr Bartholick again. 1958 and 59 - off to Puget Sound Jr High for Seventh and Eighth grade then 1960- Ninth grade at Seahurst Jr High. Then on to Highline and the rest is history. I pretty much hated school until I got to high school. I was dislexic and didn't know it. Thank god for the gymnastics team, it kept me in school.

05/08/17 11:07 PM #247    


Elizabeth Paull (Kaplanian)

  Hi All,

         I am looking for information about Carol Rathke - I see her profile has not been created.  Do any of you know her brother Dan?  A good friend knows Dan well and has been wondering how he and his sister are doing.   I have no way of finding anything about them, I hope someone here knows.




05/09/17 02:23 PM #248    


Ken Becker

Elizabeth - Carol Rathke Towle lives in Burien just south of QFC-Manhattan Village. She is well.  Dan is living in Kent. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's a few years ago. I haven't had contact with him for a couple of years so don't know how he is doing. 

05/10/17 10:45 AM #249    


Elizabeth Paull (Kaplanian)

Thanks so much Ken.  I lost touch with so many people when I left to get married in Australia; I lived all around this country for over 30 years and didn't come back "home" until the end of 2002.

05/11/17 10:41 AM #250    


Ken Becker

Elizabeth- I talked to Carol & she did she would sign up for the class website so she can communicate with you.   My daughter married an Australian from Perth.  We have visited there twice. 

05/12/17 06:34 PM #251    


Elizabeth Paull (Kaplanian)

That's terrific Ken!  I look forward to communicating with Carol.

We were in the boondocks of New South Wales , a town called Griffith in the MIA (Mirrumbidgee Irrigation Area - spell check).  It is very flat irrigated farm land out in the middle of nowhere.  Nowadays it is known as the marijuana capital - more profitable than onions and rock melons.  We were poor, my husband was a school teacher in a Marist Brothers Catholic high school - no, we're not Catholic - while I was a salesclerk in a small shop like Woolworth's.  We didn't have the money to travel around to see the sights.  We lived on his $50 a week and saved my $37 a week to buy tickets back to the States.  Grew up in a hurry and learned a lot.

05/28/17 08:42 PM #252    


Dennis Morse

Another Memorial Day is here and I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday. I do hope we don't ever forget the real meaning of this holiday. Those that gave their lives in the service of our country deserve the highest of honor. Our class suffered the loss of three classmates that I know of, Mike McCarthy, Craig Mulford and Ross Phillips/Hillman. Thank you for your sacrifice!

05/29/17 08:12 AM #253    


Virginia Wolfe (Scheffer)

God Bless the USA and all of our fine military, police and firefighters!

08/08/17 02:18 PM #254    


Dennis Morse

For all those who live outside the area we have just broken the record for most consecutive days without rain at 52 days and counting. There is a slight chance of rain this weekend!  It has been hot too but very smoky for a week because of forest fires in British Colombia so there are no blue skies to enjoy. Pray for rain!


08/09/17 04:08 PM #255    


Jerry Heiland

Denny with all that nice weather are you getting in alot of golf. Weather hot in AZ. but playing 3 times a week. 

08/09/17 05:25 PM #256    

Tom Dawson

Could it be that, apart of what is being "Trump"ed around the world; that there really is a change in the environment? Or... is it just a cycle within a cycle, within a cycle....? There may be other worlds out there that will support life as we know it, but getting to them is still problematic. Best action is to attend to our own. Dha!!

08/09/17 06:27 PM #257    


Sandra Lewis (Allen)

We broke the record Sunday of most consecutive days of 90 degrees or more, and still going.  Next weekend should be the first one under 100 degrees...although I don't consider 98 much better.  I miss the Seattle weather.

08/09/17 08:42 PM #258    


Gregg Wilson

I was in the air pollution and water pollution business for 45 years. Is the Earth warming? Maybe. However, government scientists have fudged the climate temperature for many years.

The premise is that CO2 causes global warming. The level of CO2 in the atmosphere is about 380 to 400 parts per million. That is nowhere near enough to raise the global temperature.

The CO2 presence in the biosphere is vital for plant growth. If the zealots removed all CO2 from the atmosphere, that would stop all plant growth. But who on Earth needs plants?

08/09/17 09:52 PM #259    


Dennis Morse

I see some of us have joined the FB page, "You know you're from Burien if you remember..."  If you join look up members by name to see their contributions. I have made a few posts myself.  Pretty good page to belong to.

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