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12/01/19 01:08 PM #146    


Susan Andrews

Does anyone else still have their “Ferns”  report? I still use some of that ferns knowledge. 

12/01/19 07:38 PM #147    

Robert McCrillis


The best memories.

I think you're right that Susan (the only other Republican in any of our classes) collected the most.

How old is your grandson? More to the point, do you have more than one? Linda and I went from no grandchildren to three in three weeks! A set of twins and a single, all boys. Another grandson came along two years later. The older three are now 16 and drivng, eeek. My daughter is expecting her first in Februatry.

Isn't this weird? I think of playing Mexican Hideout with Dottie Baker and at least 20 kids long into the night. Our parents weren't even concerned. Times change, I guess.

Anyway, thanks for reminding me.



12/03/19 08:45 AM #148    

Janis Tarling (Lorenzen)

I think I saw Sparky Nelson with her plaids. It's amazing how we cam identify so many of our classmates. Does that speak well for our memories, lord I hope so. Really enjoyed this video. Thank you 

12/04/19 05:10 PM #149    

Robert McCrillis

First: I think Carolyn Carr is in the line at the very end of the film (chewing gum?)

Second: What did Mr. Jack teach? Was he Junior High? I actually thought it was he who shook Bobby until his head rattled.

12/04/19 10:13 PM #150    

Deidre Kauffman (Hanson)

Mr Jack was sophomore geometry. I had a teenage crush on him - but he gave me an A so of course that validated my  infatuation. 

12/05/19 11:46 AM #151    

Dixie McLean

Mr. Jack taught Jr. High and then moved up to Traip. Calm, kind, no-nonsense, clear teacher. Later in life I ran into him and he told me my brother Mark was brilliant in math/ calculus. 

12/05/19 01:23 PM #152    

Robert McCrillis

Dede and Dixie,

Thank you for heping me remember -- I fear my memory is beginning to resemble Swiss cheese. Miss Furrow was Junior High too, right?


12/06/19 06:47 PM #153    

Dixie McLean

Yes, Robert, Miss Furrow taught Jr. High and became Mrs. Hyson during our time with her. A grumpy reading teacher striking the floor with her spike heels as she walked around in a disciplinarian manner while we completed our boring SRA assignments.

03/03/20 10:53 AM #154    


David Raymond

I stand corrected!   I told Judy that the the photo I submitted of the Wentworth-Dennett classroom photo for the School Year 1958-1959 was Mrs. Hopkins' classroom.  I believe Tom Prince's identification of it as Mrs. Smart's class is right.  However, the other classroom photo identified as Miss Emery's class I think is Mrs. Hopkins'.  I only went to Wentworth-Dennett two years, 4th and 5th grades, and had Mrs. Hopkins and Mrs. Smart.

03/03/20 02:49 PM #155    


Judith Power (Despres)

Thanks, David! I never went to Wentworth-Dennett so I believe whatever you and Tom Prince say!

03/04/20 04:22 PM #156    

Robert McCrillis

Does anyone remember Tony Delaquilla's remark that got him cracked across the face by Miss Furrow? Room 212 was known as the "boiling room" for a reason.

03/05/20 07:10 AM #157    


David Raymond

Bob-  I couldn't resist responding to your question about Tony D and Miss Farrow. ( I'm sure a Freudian psychologist would have fun with your spelling...surprise  ).  I was not in the room so I didn't know about that incident, but I suspect that Tony was more unguarded and only expressed what every one of us was thinking about her.  I remember her high heels, short skirts, long legs and very cool demeanor.  I'm sure on many occasions, she just had to shake her head in wonder about what is it that made adolesent boys tick!

The other very notable incident at Frisbee, which happened in the hall outside my classroom, was when Willie Wyman slugged Mr Bushey.  That was Willie's last day of school ever!


03/05/20 11:20 AM #158    

Dixie McLean

David, she was Miss FUrrow.

From the photo, looks like

she mellowed into niceness or felt

more relaxed in retirement! 


03/06/20 06:32 AM #159    

Steve Losier

I remember the incident between Tony and Mrs. Furrow. When challenged she would walk up to the challenger and hold up the palm of her hand and say "do you want to feel me?"  Tony answered with an excited "yeah" and she repsonded with the slap.

03/06/20 02:04 PM #160    

Robert Holt

I dont remember the incident but , wondering what happened to Tony ??  I think he joined the Navy ??  Bob



03/06/20 03:26 PM #161    

Dixie McLean

Wow Steve! I always felt a little afraid of her stern demeanor but never saw that action! She’d be fired for threatening and slapping like that nowadays! Thanks for remembering and solving the mystery. I was curious what happened! Bob, I think Tony might be still in Maine somewhere. This inquiring mind may google him. 😄 Dixie

03/06/20 03:29 PM #162    

Dixie McLean

Robert, great incident for your next book, which I hope will be nonfiction! 

03/06/20 11:09 PM #163    

Dixie McLean

Bob Holt, Tony is listed among Vietnam Vets on this memorial, so you’re right, he was in the armed services. I didn’t know so many of our Kittery contemporaries served in Vietnam! https://www.seacoastonline.com/article/20040821/news/308219994

03/07/20 11:21 AM #164    


Patrick Chaney

Last time I had contact with Tony D, he was living in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon as i recall.  We've corresponed episotically for perhaps ten years or so.  And yes, he left school to join the Navy.

03/09/20 06:58 AM #165    

Robert Holt

Thanks Pat.

04/07/20 12:51 PM #166    

Arnold Putnam

To all.  The 2020 Golden Grads has been cancelled.  Hope to see you on July 21, 2021.  Stay well.

03/30/21 06:49 PM #167    

Jean Goss (Treacy)

It's so funny reading these posts as so much of it was completely new to me.  Shapleigh School was definitely an outlier in those days.  My memory of intimidating female teachers was a certain Miss Pappas, soon to become Mrs. Jack.  For a couple of years before her marriage to Mr. Jack, she lorded it over Shapleigh School sixth-graders, short skirts, high heels, cool manner.  I did not have her (that's another story) as she came the year after I went to 7th grade at Frisbee.  However, I was told by many that she used to 'drape' herself on boys' desks as she taught and students thought she was being very provocative.  In later years, I met her socially several times and she was really a very nice woman and I always wondered if the stories I had heard were accurate.

01/05/22 12:44 PM #168    


Diane Tuttle (Coughenour)

Nancy (Foss) Lawson, I just read in the Portsmouth Herald that your dad passed. I was so sorry to see it. You were so lucky to have your dad for so many years. I have read several articles in the paper about him. 104 years! Your dad will be remembered by many people. My condolences, Diane Tuttle Coughenour


05/07/22 11:56 AM #169    


Patrick Chaney

Rest in Peace, Melvin, Rest in Peace

02/19/23 11:39 AM #170    

Ann Heeney

Happy Birthday Janice! You were my first girlfriend and you have been my friend ever since. X0

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