Owatonna High School
Class of ’56 UPDATE
of the OHS
Newcomers at November Class Lunch
Notes and pictures by Connie Hogate Abbe
Class of 1956 Here are the dates for 2011:
March 2011 Since our September lunch was a ―wash out‖ (Ha! Ha!), (Time seems to get away from us!)
we were glad for the chance to meet in November. (See the
feature story on the September Owatonna flood.) Tuesday, March 8
Monday, May 16
Reunion Committee On November 8 we had 17 come for a visit and to catch up
on what’s new. We were surprised by Judy and Peter Wednesday, June 15
Connie Hogate Abbe
Madden popping in. Peter’s sister had been visiting them Friday, August 19
in Pewaukee, Wis., and they timed taking her home to St. (County Fair time)
Nancy Nietz Goodman
Paul so they could come for lunch. They were dreaming of Friday, September 30
going golfing the next day since the weather has been so (OHS Homecoming)
Monday, November 14
Time: 11:00 am
Jeri Kruger Mortensen,
Co-chair Place: Owatonna Pizza Ranch
142 W. Broadway (Old J.C.
Ginny Chambers Sherman
Penney store). Note: Park in the
Sharon Stark back parking lot to avoid parking
Sara Jean Northrop tickets!
Fred Von Ruden
Patsy Hudrlik White
Above: At the November lunch, (from left)
Nancy Nietz Goodman
Sara Jean Northrop Stewart, Judy Schra-
Connie Hogate Abbe
dle Madden, Nancy Nietz Goodman and Pe-
Sara Jean Northrop ter Madden.
Right: Chad Lange, Don Abbe, Fred Von
Ruden and Mark Adams examine some
Contact Information memorabilia
Mail and donations:
A Visit with Carmen
752 18th St. SE
Owatonna MN 55060 The Reunion Committee met on Monday December 13,
2010 for a potluck lunch at Dewey Hinderman’s home
E-mail: Connie Abbe in Minnetonka, Minn. Six stalwarts braved the after-
firstname.lastname@example.org math of the deep snowfall the Saturday before: Dewey
Phone (Northrop House): Hinderman, Bob Karp, Connie Abbe, Sara Jean Stew-
507.451.4040 art, Fred Von Ruden and guest Bob Lindesmith. After
the meeting the Owatonnans made a trip to visit Car-
men Hinderman at Sunrise Assisted Living of Min-
Nancy Nietz Goodman
netonka. Carmen still loves to talk about the ―good old
820 N Owens St
Stillwater MN 55082
email@example.com. Standing, Dewey and Fred: seated,
Sara Jean, Carmen, and Connie.
56th Reunion Date for OHS ‘56ers And We Heard From...
Get this on your calendar now!
Dave Bruels . . .
Friday and Saturday,
August 17 & 18, 2012
who included this photo
taken this past year in
(during the Steele County Fair)
Belgrade, Serbia. Says
Theme: “Moments to Remember – Back to Dave:
the Future.” More details will be coming in
the newsletters. ―Strangest store I
have ever been in. It is in
*** the center of Belgrade
across the street from a
Class Updates large farmer's market.
Make these changes to your class Memory The store only sells eggs and 98% of them were brown chicken
Book and your address book. eggs.They actually were priced by the size of the egg: small, medium and
Dewey Nelson – 1000 Park Ave., Morris MN large priced per each egg. Nothing else for sale except eggs!
56267 ―This past November I was in Tibet and went up to 16,000 feet
Barb (Randall) Peterson – email: peteandbarb above sea level and spent some time with a family who lives up there by
@charter.net a lake—no trees. My Tibetan friend and I worked together for five days
Patsy (Hudrlik) White – email: pwhite3133@ and I sure learned a lot about Tibetan culture. November was a great time
charter.net as the nomads come in from the countryside to trade their wares for sup-
Send your address, phone or email change, to plies. They spend all their money when they are there because they have
Connie Hogate Abbe, PO Box 15, Medford no use for it out on the plateau so it is Party Time for a couple weeks. It
MN 55049 or email firstname.lastname@example.org was warm in the 60s and intense sun every day, even at 16,000 feet.‖
Carol (Matthees) & Earl Schroeder . . .
Carol and Earl drive their motor home to Arizona from their home in
Thanks for Your Support! Oregon. We received this note February 7:
―After 14 days of being behind the wheel of our motor home we
Thanks to the many classmates (and others!)
have now arrived at our usual destination, Sierra Vista AZ (15 miles
who have donated generously toward Class
from OK Corral in Tombstone). Not a drop of rain fell on us while we
of ’56 projects: Gene Giza, Joe Langer, Dave
drove 1500 miles but did have severe fog while passing thru the Sacra-
Bruels, Art Nott, and some anonymous folks
mento Valley of CA on I-5.
at our luncheons. Art’s note says, ―Love the
―On our last night out, we decided to park overnight in at a Truck-
newsletter . . . keep up the good work!‖
If you would like to make a donation, make
Stop. A well-lighted, very large, clean well paved area with room for
your check payable to: ―OHS Class of ’56‖ and maybe 50 semi trucks. It was almost empty when we pulled in, but by 9
mail to: PM that changed. Truck after truck slowly drove past, selecting 'their
spot'. We thought, 'Oh No! But to our surprise, we slept quite soundly.
The next morning, we analyzed things. All trucks were very quiet con-
752 18th St. SE
sidering their engines ran all through the night. There appeared to be a
Owatonna, MN 55060
feeling of courtesy by all drivers, men and women alike. Yes, the ground
vibrated with a gentle rumble, but it really was relaxing. And of all
things, no diesel smell, fumes, aromas.
Beverly Gaustad Bryce...
Arlys Dahl Severson (’55), Gary Jacobson and Beverly Gaustad
Bryce reconnected over lunch last summer after many years. Bev
―When Jake found me on Facebook, I thought the email was a
crank, since he had been on the class deceased list for over a decade.
Once I found out the boy was alive, we got to talking about old times,
and how we both were good friends with Arlys and survived lots of
rides in her great old car, lovingly named Jezebel. We decided to try
to find her. One call to Sharon Stark gave us the info. Sharon had her
multi-class list handy and gave me Arlys's contact email right away.
We were all tickled to find ourselves together again!‖
We Remember . . . The Bacardi Caper: Another
Thomas G. Ludford – 1938-2010 Karp & Hinderman Adventure!
Tom died October 5, 2010, of leukemia at Ridgeview by Dewey Hinderman
Medical Center, Waconia, MN. He is survived by his
wife of 51 years, Marian; two sons, Scott (Sue Ellen) This was a few years ago in
of Winona and J. D. (Chris) of Waconia; and four 2005, before Carmen was start-
ing on her Alzheimer’s trip.
granddaughters. He was born April 22, 1938 in Ma-
son City, IA. He was in our class until 5th grade The Karps and Hindermans
when a bout with polio delayed him into graduating were in San Juan, Puerto Rico,
on a cruise liner. Bobby and I
had heard that the Barcardi Factory was close to
Tom served in the U.S. Army then began his law
our ship, and so we asked Barb and Carmen if
enforcement career in Owatonna. He achieved his goal of being on
the MN State Highway Patrol in 1968, serving 30 years, retired in they wanted to get off the ship to visit the Facto-
1998. He returned to the State Patrol to conduct Internal Affairs in- ry. Neither one of them seemed interested so
vestigations, retiring again in 2005. Marian recalled a close call Tom Bobby and I left the ship to visit the factory.
had in ’96 on I-35W guiding traffic around construction workers in There was one little problem. Our ship was
Richfield. His patrol car, parked on the shoulder with lights flashing, set to sail in an hour or so. Neither of us really
was rear-ended by an impaired driver. The squad car burst into checked too closely to see when we were going
flames, knocking out Tom. A passing off-duty deputy stopped and to leave and neither of us was too concerned
pulled Tom out before the car exploded; he escaped with a broken because we were told that the factory was close
thumb and lingering aches. At his funeral his newer squad car was to the ship. It was not close. In fact, we had to
parked in front of the church in tribute; State Highway Patrolmen ar- take two ferries to get there.
rived in force in a parade of squad cars; Tom’s casket bearers were When we got to the Bacardi Factory it was
members of the Minnesota State Highway Patrol. about to close. The ―Greeting Room‖ was still
(Editor’s Comment: Thanks, Tom, for sharing with us at lunch- open though and there were plenty of drinks to
eons, reunions, and newsletters. We will miss you!) be had. Robert and I had a free drink, and then
another, and then another. As we were leaving,
the greeter said that there were still some drinks
Vern O. White – 1937-2010 left and since they were closing, why not drink
Vern died at Homestead Hospice House, in the rest of the drinks. WE DID!
Owatonna on October 9, 2010, with his beloved Now, we had a little bit
wife of 51 years, Patsy (Hudrlik), at his side. He of a problem. I could hardly
was born April 18, 1937 in Owatonna. Vern is see straight, and Bobby was
survived by his wife Patsy; Susan (Thomas) Peter- not in much better condition.
son of Lakeville; Michael of Medford; Lisa White I remember asking Bobby
(Calvin) Ebeling and Timothy White, all of where the ferries were. He
Owatonna; nine grandchildren and one great was not sure and neither was
grandchild. I. We did make the first fer-
Vern was an Army helicopter pilot, clocking 1,200 hours of flight ry, but the second one presented a bit of a prob-
time as crew chief. He graduated from St. Louis University with a BS lem to us. We finally did find it, and as we
in Aeronautical Engineering. In Owatonna, Vern joined the Jaycees, stepped off the ferry we could hear the ship’s
serving as president in ’67; he was also president of Minnesota Jay- horn blowing as it announced its departure. Nei-
cees. Vern received his Masters in Business Administration and ther Bobby nor myself are runners, as all of you
taught grad courses at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul. know, but we would have qualified for Eddie
Vern had 40 plus years of experience in marketing in aerospace, Keefe’s track team at that moment. They were
education, energy, entertainment, environment, industrial, instrumen- lifting the boarding plank as we returned to the
tation, performing arts, consulting and printing. He and Patsy owned ship. We barely made it.
two businesses, and Vern was on the board of directors for: Owatonna
Needless to say, the girls were not too happy
Arts Center, Owatonna Homestead Hospice, Learning Zones, and
with us that night. Not very many words were
Concepts & Designs, Inc. He was a co-founder of the Owatonna
spoken at dinner and neither Bobby nor myself
Business Incubator and executive member of Owatonna Foundation.
had a drink that night.
Vern’s legacy to Owatonna included involvement in projects like Jay-
cee Park, Owatonna Arts Center, Central Park Bandshell, and the new ***
Aquatic Center. He authored books: The Legend and History of Min- Did You Know . . .
eral Springs Park, One Man’s Memories of World War II (airplanes,
radar and fascinating people), and an autobiography. Our 1956 Totem is on-line at Classmates.com.
Check it out! It’s cool! Thanks to Dick Raine for
(Editor’s Comments: we will miss that big smile, strong hand- the heads up.
shake, and your skills as a master griller at our class picnics.)
Owatonna High School
Class of 1956
752 18th St. SE
Owatonna, MN 55060
State School on National Register
It was a four-year process, but the State with events that have made a sig-
School Orphanage has been named to nificant contribution to the broad
the National Register of Historic Places patterns of our history . . . and be-
as ―Minnesota State Public School for cause of the role it played in the
Dependent and Neglected Children‖ as post-Civil War development of the
of February 4, 2011. This includes the nation’s views of care and welfare
entire state school campus; various por- of children, especially those that
tions of the campus were inducted as had been orphaned or neglected.‖
early as 1975. ―It’s the only place like it in
The State School property is a 42- the nation where you can look at Office. ―Five properties in Steele County
acre tract, which includes 31 structures, the exact grounds and the exact build- that were once on the National Register
18 of which are original. The final hur- ings of an orphanage,‖ said Harvey have been removed – four because the
dle for nomination was completed when Ronglein. Harvey and wife, Maxine, structures were demolished and the fifth,
federal approval was granted in Wash- have been tireless promoters of the Owatonna High School, because the
ington, D.C. on Dec. 28, 2010. property, museum, videos, and tours. substantial remodeling of the building
Britta Bloomberg, Minnesota deputy Changes and rehabilitation can con- adversely affected the historical and ar-
state historic preservation officer, said tinue to occur on these buildings; how- chitectural qualities of the building,‖
the property is culturally and historically ever, the changes need to be monitored said Susan Roth, National Register His-
significant because it is ―associated by the U.S. Secretary of Interior’s torian for Minnesota.
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