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PROFILE UPDATES


•   Marilyn Grieve (Muller)  8/21
•   Susan Asmus (Kading)  8/8
•   Linda Luft  5/31
•   Charlie Andersen  5/28
•   Mary Shoning (Klauer)  5/22
•   Darby Coriden (Rhodes)  2/20
•   Michael Reising  1/15
•   Markie Anderson (Pinnell)  1/12
•   Gary Golden  12/15
•   A. Perry Hubbs  11/2
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WHERE ARE THEY NOW


WHERE WE LIVE


Who lives where - click links below to find out.

7 live in Arizona
1 lives in Arkansas
15 live in California
13 live in Colorado
8 live in Florida
1 lives in Idaho
1 lives in Illinois
82 live in Iowa
1 lives in Kansas
2 live in Louisiana
2 live in Maryland
1 lives in Massachusetts
16 live in Minnesota
4 live in Missouri
1 lives in Montana
12 live in Nebraska
1 lives in Nevada
2 live in North Carolina
2 live in Ohio
4 live in Oregon
4 live in South Dakota
1 lives in Tennessee
6 live in Texas
3 live in Virginia
1 lives in Washington
1 lives in Germany
7 location unknown
50 are deceased

MISSING CLASSMATES


Know the email address of a missing Classmate? Click here to contact them!

Welcome to the East High Class Of 1964 web site. We will be adding classmates and updating information as we get it so stop back at any time to see the progress!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Update on Monthly Class Get-Togethers
 
Women's Day Out
The date of the next Women's Day Out will be Thursday, October 20th.  It will be held at the Olive Garden, starting at 12:30.  Please RSVP to Susan Hansen Ulrich at 712-574-4641.  She continues to operate her Uber service for anyone needing a ride.   
 
Class Coffee Hour
The next all-class coffee hour will be held on Wednesday, October 12th. The location will be the Perkins located accross from Menard's on Gordon Drive.  We will start telling stories at 9:00 again, so don't be late or we may tell a story about you. We are holding it earlier in the month in October as some classmates, like the Petersen's and the Westbrook's, will be heading south by the end of October.
 
We had another great turnout in September.  Come join us!  
 
 
 
 

53 Year Reunion in 2017 

At the 50 year reunion (you DO remember that don't you?), several people suggested that we not wait until 2019 to have our next reunion.  In case you haven't looked in the mirror recently, we aren't getting any younger, illustrated by the fact that we have now lost 47 of our classmates.  At that time the reunion committee said that we would take a year off and then discuss if the committee was ready to put together a 2017 reunion.

The committee, being glutton for punishment, has decided that we are up to the task.  So we are announcing that the class of 64 will have a 53 year reunion in 2017.  

The dates have not been finalized yet but will be held during the Homecoming week.  It will probably be a Thursday-Sunday event scheduled inside a window of September 14th-October 15th, 2017.  Once East High sets the Homecoming dates, we will let you know.

The 53 year reunion will be a smaller scale as compared to the 50 year reunion, but there will be plenty of time to everyone to catch up on your classmates news.

Stay tuned for further infomation!

The USS Sioux City to Launch

The January 30, 2016 launching of the USS Sioux City, also referred to as LCS 11, is the latest in a series of milestones since construction began in June 2013. Finishing work remains on the ship before it goes out into Lake Michigan for months of sea trials, conducted first by Lockheed Martin contractors, then Naval crews. The ship is expected to be commissioned by the Navy in 2017.

It's a big honor for the city and those traveling to northern Wisconsin to see the ship slide into the Menominee River.  Rick Ohl will be representing the class of 64.

The Sioux City will be the 11th of the new class of ships, designed to sail nearer the coast -- in the littoral zone -- and into shallower waters than other naval vessels. The ships are designed for mine detection, clearing mines, anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare.

The ships in this group have been given the names of cities located in the middle of the country. Some of them are well-known, such as Omaha, Indianapolis, Detroit and St. Louis. Sioux City, along with Billings (Montana), would fall in the category of smaller, lesser-known cities to be honored.

The decision on the name rests solely with Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, who, when naming ships, hopes to form bonds to the Navy.

"What he really looks at is an effort to connect cities, especially mid-American cities, to the U.S. Navy. It's a good way to connect folks in Sioux City and Iowa to the Navy," said Mabus' spokesman, Capt. Patrick McNally.

When announcing the name back in 2012, Mabus said he was impressed with Sioux City's military history, especially the service of the late Col. Bud Day, a Sioux City native and Medal of Honor recipient who spent five years in captivity after his plane was shot down over North Vietnam in 1967.

Class of 64 Attendees at Wayne Simmons' Funeral

We have a winner!  Dean Robeson identified the 5 in the picture as:

back row: Carol Headid Border-Stone and Judy Robbins Skoglund

front row: Dick Stone, Dan Glass, Tom Lindblom

Dean had no problem identifying 4 of the 5, but the identity of the 5th person was a challenge.  He narrowed it down to either Dan Glass, Alan Sales or Richard Clark.  He chose Dan Glass, which is correct.

From a budget standpoint, it's good that Dean was the winner as he is on a diet (or should be) and doesn't need the cookie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Class of 64's Port-A-Potty Guy

Tom Lindblom sure knows how to make an entrance. After all, not too many people drive into Cottonwood Cove Park, hauling 20 portable toilets.

"People seem to love the slogan on the back of our big truck: 'Yesterday's Meals-on-Wheels,'" Lindblom said with a laugh. "Yeah, you gotta have a sense of humor when you're in this line of work."

Since 1969, Lindblom Services has been responsible for portable toilets, urinals and handicapped-accessible lavatories at construction sites as well as outdoor festivals like Dakota City's Cottonwood Days.  "Cottonwood Days is actually one of our smaller events," Lindblom said. "We also have the contract for such events as Saturday in the Park, River-Cade and (the outdoor concerts at) Hard Rock Hotel & Casino that keep us very busy in the summertime."

Certainly no Johnny-come-lately, Lindblom, 69, came into the latrine business strictly as a sideline.

A longtime Sioux City firefighter, he actually began pumping septic tanks for residential homes.

"Back then, firefighters worked a schedule where they were on duty for 24 hours and then off for 48 hours," Lindblom remembered. "That gave me plenty of time for a second job."

Gradually, his sideline became his main job and, over time, he acquired nearly 500 portable toilets.

"It's a dirty job but somebody's gotta do it," Lindblom added. 

Over the years, Lindblom said he's noticed construction workers treat portable toilets better than festival attendees.  "You treat them better if you know you'll constantly be using one," he speculated.  Yet Lindblom said he's finds more interesting things left behind following a festival.

"In general, we've found plenty of cellphones, keys and wallets left in portable toilet," he said. "We return all of that to the event organizers.  "But Lindblom said he has also found beer cans, beer bottles, diapers and, even, bras left inside outdoor commodes.  "You never know what you're gonna find," he said. "Let's just leave it at that."

"It's only when you're in the hot sun and have plenty of beer in you that you'll be happy they are plenty of facilities around you," he said.

Jim Ashmore's Vietnam Experience

The Sioux City Journal is running a series of stories on local guys about their experience on serving in Vietnam.  The October 1st article is about our own Jim Ashmore.

Jim Ashmore doesn't mince words when asked why he joined the Iowa Air National Guard 185th Tactical Fighter Group.

"I joined to avoid the draft and avoid going to Vietnam," Ashmore said.

He laughed before adding, "It didn't work."

Ashmore, a 1964 East High School graduate, attended Nettleton Business Training College in Sioux City and completed a two-year accounting program. He signed on at Williams & Co., a CPA firm, and joined the 185th in May 1966.

"In January 1968, we were activated," he said, noting how the USS Pueblo had just been taken by North Korea.

Ashmore shipped out in May 1968, headed for Phu Cat, Vietnam, in the central part of the country. He flew on a cargo plane overseas.

"I was not familiar with Phu Cat," he recalls. "It was like we weren't supposed to know. I stepped off the plane and it was a different world."

Ashmore, 21, was assigned to outside receiving. Anything that came to the base and weighed more than 50 pounds passed through Ashmore's work station. Everything but munitions entered the base at Phu Cat through his place in the supply chain.

"Within our first week, the base came under mortar attack," he said. "We were sleeping, I remember. I also know we were in the bunkers before the sirens went off. I could hear the debris from one of the mortar hits."

Ashmore took extra weapons training a short time later. He soon was called to join a police squadron that helped surround the perimeter of the base, offering an extra level of protection.

He served in his supply role for 12 months, save for a five-day period of "rest and relaxation" in nearby Sydney, Australia.

At Christmas, Ashmore saw entertainers Bob Hope and Ann-Margret, who dropped by for a holiday show.

Ashmore wrote letters home at least once a week, including those to Jan Fletcher, who would one day become his wife.

"I was with guys from Sioux City, friends of mine, and that alleviated homesickness," he said.

"I had a job to do and I did my job during the day and then went to the NCO club at night," he said. "For being in Vietnam, it wasn't that bad compared to a guy going through the jungle."

A low point in his tour came when a letter arrived from Sioux City. It told of one of Ashmore's buddies, a soldier who did go through the jungle in Vietnam, a soldier who ended up losing part of one of his legs. The tale still saddens Ashmore, causing tears to well in his eyes as he stopped talking.

Ashmore befriended a man who was hired to offer interpretation services on the base at Phu Cat. Ashmore and a fellow soldier traveled to the man's village in Vietnam to deliver lumber that U.S. soldiers were going to discard.

"When we saw their village, we could appreciate what this lumber meant to them," he said. "Their living conditions were so primitive."

If Ashmore took home a lifelong lesson when he left Vietnam on May 14, 1969, it would involve that notion of appreciation.

"What I did gave me an appreciation for veterans in general and for what my uncles went through (in previous wars)," he said from his home in Sergeant Bluff. "It also gave me an appreciation for what I have. I think people in the U.S., at least some people, don't realize how good we have it."

Ashmore received the Commendation Medal for outstanding performance in the line of duty, a medal he thinks has something to do with the extra training he took and the work he did to help guard the perimeter of the base.

Interestingly, Ashmore never owned a firearm, either before or after his military service.

He arrived back in Sioux City in mid-May 1968. His parents greeted him at the airport, as did his grandmother, a brother and his brother's family.

Jan Fletcher stood with a friend in Morningside as the plane circled over Sioux City and descended toward the airport. She and Jim would go out on a date the next night.

Jim Ashmore returned to work at Williams & Co. two weeks later. After he and Jan watched Neil Armstrong step foot on the moon on July 20, 1969, Jim Ashmore took his own "giant leap." He asked Jan to marry him.

The parents of two and the grandparents of five, the Ashmores recently celebrated their 45th anniversary.

(In addition, if you click on http://siouxcityjournal.com/news/local/vietnam/video-vietnam-veteran-jim-ashmore/youtube_5b4e0dee-b4e3-5dbe-a33c-514d11aae5cc.html you can watch a video interview with Jim.)

Perks of reaching​ ​being over 60 and heading towards 70 or beyond! 
1. Kidnappers are not very interested in you.
2. In a hostage situation, you are likely to be released first.
3. No one expects you to run-- anywhere.
4. People call at 9 PM (or 9 AM) and ask, 'Did I wake you?'
5. People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.
6. There is nothing left to learn the hard way.
7. Things you buy now won't wear out.
8. You can eat supper at 4 PM.
9. You can live without sex, but not your glasses.
10. You get into heated arguments about pension plans.
11. You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.
12. You quit trying to hold your stomach in no matter who walks into the room.
13. You sing along with elevator music.
14. Your eyes won't get much worse.
15. Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off. 
16. Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the national weather service.
17. Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can't remember them either.
18. Your supply of brain cells is finally down to a manageable size.
19. You can't remember who sent you this list. 

AND THE MOST IMPORTANT THING:
Never, NEVER, NEVER, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative at the same time.

Mr. Keith Anderson Obituary

Mr. Keith Anderson passed away on May 6, 2015.  Mr. Anderson is known to the class for two reasons.

Most importantly, he was the father of Markie Anderson Pinnell.  The class sends our condolences to Markie and her family.

But to those of us that attended Washington Elementary, he was also our principal.

Keith R.W. Anderson, 93, of Sioux City passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at Sunrise Retirement Community from congestive heart failure.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at Meyer Brothers Morningside Chapel, 6200 Morningside Ave.

Keith R.W. Anderson was born on June 28, 1921, in Gowrie, Iowa, the son of Clarence and Edith Anderson. Keith was a star basketball and baseball player in high school. He was a pitcher on the baseball team at the University of Iowa. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Dec. 9, 1941. During World War II, Keith was a Naval pilot. He was stationed at Floyd Bennett Field in New York and flew Hellcat planes.

He married Lois Mary Metzger from Iowa City, Iowa, on Jan. 4, 1944. Keith graduated from the University of Iowa after returning from war. He graduated with a BS in 1948. He received a master's degree in administration education. Teaching was very important to him. He taught at East Junior High in Sioux City. He did post graduate work on a doctoral degree in education. Keith was an elementary school principal for 30 years at Washington Elementary School. He retired in 1982.

Keith loved adventure and travel. He traveled through Europe and loved to study his Swedish heritage. His spirit was that of a Viking. He traveled to many states, mountain hiking and fishing were his pleasures, as well as golf. Life was always exciting and interesting to him. His family and friends were a very important part of life. He was a charter member of Morningside Chapter of Kiwanis. He was a member of Nativity Church.

After 47 years of marriage, his wife, Lois Metzger Anderson passed away. He married Lois Rysta in December 1998.

Keith is survived by his wife; his four children, Markie Anderson Pinnell of Des Moines, Gwen Anderson Pippett (Clarence Pippett) of Sioux City, Loma Anderson Olson (Tom Olson) of Littleton, Colo., and Ted Anderson (Liisa Anderson) of Littleton; seven grandchildren, Dr. Emily Pinnell Murphy (Joe Murphy) of Florida, Greg Pinnell (Emily Pinnell) of St. Paul, Minn., Megan Pinnell Blumfelder (Alex Blumfelder) of Boulder, Colo., Nathan Pippett (Alanna Clark) of Vail, Colo., Genell Pippett Hogan of Houston, Texas, Lars Anderson of Denver, Colo., and Kirsti Anderson of Littleton; and two great-grandchildren, Grace Pinnell and Sophia Pinnell.

Keith was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Edith Anderson; his sister, Audrey Brundage; and his first wife, Lois Metzger Anderson.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Siouxland or the Humane Society.

His loving spirit will live on as he embarks on his final adventure to meet his Lord and Savior.

50th Reunion Pictures Now Available Via the Website

There is now a link to view the pictures from the 50th reunion.  Click on "50th Reunion Photos" on the left to get access.  Thanks to Wendy Ohl for creating the link, and thanks to Deanna Daniels for taking so many pictures.

A thank you also to Neil Johnson for sharing the pictures that he took throughout our East High years as the photographer for the Arrow.  Neil's pictures are not just of people from the class of 64 but rather from all three classes at East.

Once you click on the "50th Reunion Photos" the "Home" tab will show you what pictures are available.  If you click on the "Videos" tab it will take you to the prom and graduation video.  We're still working on getting the video from the 25th reunion uploaded.

If anyone else has pictures from the reunion to share, please let me know.

 

50th Reunion Attendees Editorial

As there have been discussions about high school reunions over the years…it doesn’t make a difference which high school or which graduating year…usually you hear a comment about the frustration over the lack of classmates from the local area that attend the reunion.

When you think about the added expense the non-local classmates have, whether it be for travel and/or accommodations while they are at the reunion, the above frustration only makes sense.

Certainly the Sioux City East High class of 64 would put an end to those conversations for the 50th reunion!  Not so fast.

I did an analysis of our 50th class reunion.  I looked at the current addresses of the class and who attended.  I broke it out into 4 categories:

  • Group 1 – those people who live in Sioux City or within a 25 mile radius
  • Group 2 – those people who live between 25 and 100 miles from Sioux City.  This included both the Omaha and Lincoln, NE areas.  (I know, Lincoln is a little more than 100 miles from Sioux City, but ignore that for now.)  We have 14 classmates that live in Nebraska.  It also included parts of South Dakota and Iowa falling within 100 miles.
  • Group 3 – those people who live between 100 and 700 miles.  This includes Colorado as we have 14 classmates living in Colorado, and Minnesota where we have 16 classmates residing.
  • Group 4 – those people who live more than 700 miles.

Here are the results of the 50th reunion:

Group   Number   Number   %
    Residing   Attended    
    in Area   50th    
             
1   74   31   42
             
2   22   10   45
             
3   51   22   43
             
4   58   23   40

First of all, thank you to all who attended.  But a special thank you to those classmates from groups 2-4.  It took an extra commitment from you to make the trip on your part.  For those people in group 1 that attended, thank you also for being part of the reunion.

Going forward, the information above shows that we have a challenge…how to get better local participation.  If anyone has any ideas on this please send me an email.  Your inputs would be appreciated! 

Mr. Barnum and Wife Celebrate 50th Anniversary

Royce and Charlene Barnum of Sioux City celebrated their 50th anniversary with a family dinner.

Mr. Barnum married the former Maud Charlene Wilmarth Aug. 9, 1964, at the Methodist church in Harris, Iowa. Their children are Rachelle Barnum of Sioux City and Rebecca (Ronnie) Coleman of Edmond, Okla. The couple has two grandchildren.

Royce is a retired East High School teacher. Charlene is a retired North High School teacher. The couple belongs to St. James United Methodist Church.

United Flight 232's Crash in Sioux City 25th Anniversary

The 25th anniversary of the crash of United flight 232 at the Sioux City airport is Saturday, July 19th.  The article below was in the July 16th edition of the SCJ.  Bob Hamilton (class of 65) was the Sioux City fire chief at that time and is part of the article.

From left, photographer George Lindblade, former Briar Cliff University psychology professor Tom Padgett and former Sioux City fire Chief Bob Hamilton are shown Friday at the United Flight 232 exhibit in the Mid America Museum of Aviation and Transportation in Sioux City. The three said their involvement in the aftermath of the crash of United Flight 232 changed their lives in ways they didn't expect.

A quarter-century after a DC-10 crashed at Sioux Gateway Airport, a trio of community leaders said their involvement changed their lives in lasting, unexpected ways.

"You value more of what you have," retired Sioux City fire Chief Robert Hamilton said. "You think more about appreciating each day."

Hamilton, who retired in 2006, said the lesson to live one day at a time was reinforced in 2009 when he was diagnosed with a form of leukemia. Despite some immune system issues, he said he is doing well.

Former Sioux City mayor and councilman Tom Padgett still thinks about those who lost loved ones on July 19, 1989, when United Airlines Flight 232 crash-landed. While 184 passengers and crew members survived, another 112 people perished. He clearly remembers their grief. 

"That space at the airport has become hallowed ground," said Padgett, who initially helped counsel some families who took emergency shelter at Briar Cliff University, where he was a psychology professor.

George Lindblade and his staff at G.R. Lindblade & Co. in Sioux City still receive requests for videos they produced in the wake of the crash, "Alert 3: The Crash of Flight 232" and, 10 years later, "Lessons Learned." His staff assisted with providing information for investigators that was used in the National Transportation Safety Board's hearings and by various companies.

"I made a lot of friends over the years because of this," including responders in other cities and Flight 232 Capt. Al Haynes, Lindblade said. It was an outcome he didn't anticipate.

Of the three Sioux City residents, only Hamilton, now 67, went to the airport after the plane crashed that day. On the scene, he helped staff the command post with representatives of multiple agencies from the tri-state region. 

"When Flight 232 crashed, we had a plan in place. We had done a comprehensive drill in the fall of 1988 with other agencies," he recalled. "We learned from that and then fine-tuned it. It was a great learning tool for us. 

"It was a very horrific event," Hamilton said. "We saw the worst type of trauma. Then, there were the people who walked out uninjured."

He, like many other responders, stayed overnight to secure the aircraft and plan for what they would do the next day, which included searching the fuselage in daylight for missing passengers. Afterward, all responders were mandated to attend a counseling session and were encouraged to seek therapy to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder. It wasn't only the first responders who sought counseling, but some of their families as well. Hamilton attended only the required session.

Padgett, meanwhile, was asked to provide grief counseling for families and survivors who stayed at Briar Cliff, which became a makeshift sanctuary. United Airlines flew family members to Sioux City.  

The first family he talked to was "totally in shock," Padgett, now 70, said. "The other family (included) the husband and the father of one of the victims. The father was very angry at Sioux City. ... There wasn't much you could say to him. He needed to get his anger out."

Since his teaching background was not in clinical psychology but in experimental psychology, he switched to transporting those staying at the college -- picking them up at the airport, taking them to hospitals to see family members who were receiving treatment or running other errands. Counselors from Briar Cliff, other agencies and the University of South Dakota stepped in to offer therapy.

"Just because I teach psychology, I was supposed to counsel these people who just lost their wife or mom," he said. "That was hard, but I saw a tremendous pulling together of people and groups."

When the crash happened, Lindblade's studio was at 420 Jones St. near the Sioux City Convention Center, which was serving as a headquarters for the technical investigators.

"We had a very large printer, and the investigators started using us as an auxiliary office," said Lindblade, now 76. "We followed it through the NTSB hearings and also videotaped the hearings for them and helped put together the exhibits. ... When the final decision was made to take the aircraft pieces to a salvage yard, we had to make a topographical photograph of the debris."

The Lindblade crew also worked with General Electric, which manufactured the fan disk that blew apart, severing all the jet's hydraulic lines, and McDonnell Douglas, manufacturer of the DC-10.

During the past 25 years, the Lindblade staff has sent thousands of copies of the "Alert 3" video to agencies across the country, Canada and even France to use as an educational piece to illustrate how Siouxland pulled together to respond to the crash. The National Civic League presented Sioux City with the All-American City recognition in 1990.

"Volunteerism was at its height," Lindblade said. "It's never been duplicated and never will. If people take that same mindset, we could accomplish anything."

"It was just a miracle that lives were saved that day," said Hamilton. "If you didn't believe in a higher power before the crash, you did afterward due to the number of people who lived."

 

Morningside Beats Out Discovery as New Sioux City Elementary

The Sioux City school board on Monday voted to name the Washington/Whittier Elementary replacement building Morningside Elementary School.

The name was chosen by the students of Washington and Whittier.

“I like that the name was chosen by our most important constituents,” said Mike Krysl, board president.

The district gathered suggestions for naming the new school from teachers and community members. From there, those suggestions were narrowed down to Discovery, Journey, Lewis and Morningside.

After a student-run election-style vote, Morningside Elementary School received 335 votes. It beat out Discovery with 173 votes, Journey with 62, and Lewis with 58.

Morningside Elementary was the highest vote-getter from both Whittier and Washington students.

The 92,000-square-foot school is planned in the 2500 block of South Martha Street. The 580-student building is projected to open in August 2015 following the closure of Washington and Whittier elementary schools.

The new school will have more space for classrooms, a full-size gym, modern commons space and greater technology.

The campus will also have a unique wall with a mural display bordering a playground on the building’s north side.

Article in June 10, 2014 SCJ

Iowa Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Includes 3 of Our Classmates

In 2003 a group by the name of The Rockers was inducted into the Iowa Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.  Included in the group were 3 of our classmates: Ric Van Haitsma, Gary Murkins, and Roger Rothwell.

Other East High grads that were members of the group were Reuben Hanson (63), Mike Erskine (65) and Jim Shea (65).

To read about the group, go to the following link: https://www.iowarocknroll.com/inductees/121/the-rockers

Sioux City School Board Votes 6-1 to Close Whittier

With just one member opposing, the Sioux City school board voted Monday to close 111 year-old Whittier Elementary School, the district’s second-oldest building, at the conclusion of next school year.

After considering the idea for more than a year and giving Whittier’s closure extra attention this fall as the district looks to open the new Washington Elementary in 2015, the board voted 6-1 to close the 1902 school at 4820 Fourth Avenue.

Most of Whittier’s in-district students would attend the new Washington Elementary in the 2500 block of South Martha Street, and about 20 would go to Spalding Park Elementary. The roughly 200 Whittier students living outside the school’s boundary would attend their home schools or request transfers.

Whittier teachers and staff would find new jobs at Washington, except for positions already in existence at Washington such as custodians, secretaries and a principal. But those Whittier employees would be ensured jobs elsewhere, district officials have said.

(The above article was in the December 10, 2013 edition of the Sioux City Journal.)

 

 

Sioux City School Board Votes to Sell Vacant Joy Elementary School

The Sioux City school board on Monday approved the sale of the empty Joy Elementary School while also approving contracts for the final phases of construction of a new grade school at the former Hoover Middle School site.

At the district’s recommendation, the board voted 6-1 to sell Joy Elementary to Old School Properties LLC of Sioux City for $70,000. The Sioux City Council on Monday voted to rezone the former school’s property for redevelopment into apartments.

The school, at 3409 Indiana Ave., was built in 1912 and underwent additions in 1914 and 1921, according to district records.

Printed in January 27, 2014 SCJ

East High Art Teacher James Goff Article

Outside, like a lion, March roared into Siouxland last Saturday, bringing more than four inches of snow and frigid temperatures with it. But as evening drew nigh, the wintry landscape turned still and silent in the wake of the storm.

It was just the kind of scene that would have stirred James F. Goff from the comforts of home to travel the back roads of Woodbury County with his wife, Florence, by his side. She said he didn’t like shoveling the snow, but he sure liked looking at it.

The late artist, known by his signature as J.F. Goff, found beauty in rural landscapes, dotted by leafless trees and decrepit old barns that looked like they might just cave in at any moment. Using watercolor paints, he captured the scenes on paper with such dimension and detail – down to a single shingle and the finest of twigs.

Every area needs someone like J.F. Goff to see and feel the special quality of that place, curator Todd Behrens told the crowd at the Sioux City Art Center. These people had braved Saturday’s snowy roads to attend the opening reception for Still and Silent Places.

On view through June 1, the exhibition celebrates the work of J.F. Goff with 35 of his watercolor paintings. More than 20 local collectors contributed to the display.

Organizing the exhibit, Behrens had access to hundreds of images, thanks to the painter’s son Jim Goff. Since his father’s passing in 2007, he has catalogued more than 650 paintings.

As an art teacher at East High School for nearly three decades, Goff knew how to handle most mediums, but watercolors were his favorite.

While the reception attracted admirers of the late Sioux City painter’s work, it also prompted a Goff family reunion.

Without hesitation, Kate Goff, who lives in Brussels, Belgium, returned stateside for the opening night of the exhibition and gathered in the third level gallery with six of her siblings and more members of the extended family.

“It’s my dad,” she said. “He was a wonderful man, the most important man in the world.”

Before this exhibition came to life, Florence Goff had only gotten a glimpse at some of her husband’s paintings.

“He’d paint them and take them to the gallery,” she said, adding that they’d soon be gone. “Some of them are kind of new to me too … It’s nice that he’s being recognized after all these years. You get this many in one place, it’s kind of amazing.”

Above article was in the Sioux City Journal March 7, 2014

Jim Henry, the 'Canyon Kid' and Siouxland TV Pioneer Has Died

Jim Henry, a Siouxland television pioneer and icon, died Thursday, January 30th, surrounded by family members at an assisting living facility in Midland, Mich. He was 90.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Henry came to Sioux City to train as a bombardier at the Sioux City Army Air Base (now the Iowa Air National Guard 185th Air Refueling Wing). He was later stationed in England and flew 25 missions aboard a B-17 Flying Fortress.

He returned to Sioux City following the war, got a job at a Weatherwax's men's store and soon helped start the Sioux City Community Theatre, appearing in the theater's first production in 1948.

Henry made a name for himself on the local stage and the success helped him land a television role as the "Canyon Kid" host a children's show at KCAU-TV in 1953, not long after the station began broadcasting.

He filled the airwaves and did community events, parades and promotions for KCAU until 1985, hosting an estimated 70,000 children as the "Canyon Kid," the affable cowboy with the Brooklyn accent.

In 1989, Henry went to work for KTIV in Sioux City and would host the station's "Around Siouxland" program until 2004, retiring from television at the age of 80.

He and his wife Karen Henry moved to Midland, Mich.,in 2013 to be close to their son, Jason Henry. Karen Henry said Friday that her husband died peacefully on Thursday night. She said Jim's funeral will take place in Sioux City, although arrangements with Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel of Sioux City are still being made.

"He loved his career, he loved Sioux City and he loved Iowa," Karen Henry said Friday morning. "That's why we're bringing him back to Iowa."

 

Listen To Your Favorite Songs

To listen to your favorite songs from the good old days, go to the following website:  http://www.1959bhsmustangs.com/VideoJukebox.htm

Once there you can click on the "To Visit 60s JukeBox Click Box" button to listen to the top 60s songs by year.

Enjoy!

 

Here's a great video that will bring back lot's of memories of the 50's. 

There is a song about Morningside Avenue that you can watch and hear on youtube.  
The URL is: https://www.youtube.com/yNygjjoXH48

The video starts around Morningside Ave and South Lakeport and moves west down Morningside Ave.  

The Don Ray Band is an all original, Americana/Roots Rock band that is anchored by singer/songwriter Don Ray.  Per their website, Don Ray is from Sioux City.