Friday, May 06, 2022

Lakewood elementary photo - who do you recognize?


The photo below was posted on Facebook by Dave Carlson Friday. He wasn't sure who the teacher of the class was and he thinks it was 5th grade. 

I see that Conrad Wilson is in the photo. And I am pretty sure he was in my 5th grade at Lakewood Elementary in Mr. Augustine Gugino's class. Perhaps it was 4th grade?

But even though I know a lot of names of others, I don't remember them in Mr. Gugino's class.

Here's the photo...

Here's my best guesses putting names to the photo:

Front row, left to right: Jim Nelson, (don't know) Conrad Wilson, Pat Flynn, Dan Loucks

Row two, l-r: JoAnn Harp, Sue Kettle, Fritzie Johnson, Cheryl Youngberg, (don't know), Becky Schroth

Row three, l-r: (don't know, Peggy Putney, Dottie Chamberlain, Mick Olsen, (don't know), (don't know) Sue Post, Sue Guertin

Row four, l-r: Tim Palmer, Dan Sundquist, (don't know) Dave Carlson,  Jim Lindell, (don't know), (don't know) Rick Shevalier and (don't know).

Thursday, February 03, 2022

Sifting through Class of '66 memorabilia

SCAPPOOSE, OREGON - Class of '66 Classmates.

     I was rummaging through boxes of photos and memorabilia spanning, well, decades, and ran across several items I thought deserved posting.

     One was the program from our graduation ceremony. The other was the newspaper clipping from our graduation. The PJ  listed all members of class and included a photo of class officers.

     Below is the list of graduates from the grad ceremony program as well as the Post Journal  photo. My apologies if they are difficult to read.

     Even as I post this, I realize you might be interested in the rest of the program from the grad ceremony... I will dig back into the boxes this week to find it.

     For now, maybe check out the list to see how many faces you can remember with the names.

Tuesday, January 04, 2022

Class of '66 classmate Craig Fransen has passed away

 JAMESTOWN, NY - Classmate Craig Fransen, one of my closest friends growing up in Lakewood, has passed away. His obituary and photo are listed at the bottom of this brief note.

The news of his death reached me late yesterday and from numerous Class of '66 folks (and others) today, too. Apparently he seemed healthy just a short time ago, having been sighted having coffee at a local Tim Horton's. As I write this, I don't know the cause of death.

Craig was a lakeshore neighbor, living only a half-dozen houses away from my Lakewood house.

Summer, fall, winter and spring, we often were doing things with an assortment of other kids from the surrounding few blocks that included  Gifford Avenue, Webster Street and others whose names I can't  remember. In summers we boated all over the lake. In winters we went out on the ice when it was barely safe.

Craig and I grew up in households without fathers, both of our dads having died before we hit our teens. That probably drew us together as much as the things we did on Lake Chautauqua,

He was on the wrestling team for a stint when I was, I recall. And along with a group including the late Gary Shenkel (an SWCS classmate who moved to Connecticut when we were freshmen), Class of 65's Louis LaMarca and perhaps Tom Short (class of 67?) we frequently ate lunch at his house. His housekeeper Billie was a fabulous cook and could fill our teen bellies quite well.

I last saw Craig at a Class of '66 reunion - maybe our 50th.

Rest in peace, Craig Fransen.


Obituary from the Jamestown Post-Journal

Monday, September 27, 2021

SWCS Class of '66 classmate Sue Clark has passed away

Jamestown, NY - Sue Clark, one of our Class of '66 classmates passed away last Thursday.

Below is her obituary notice from the Jamestown Post Journal

R.I. P. Sue.



Sue E. Swanson, 73, of Sinclairville, went home to be with the Lord, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, after a 21-month, warrior-like battle with pancreatic cancer.

She was born March 27, 1948, in Jamestown, the daughter of the late Walter and Beverly Barkman Clark. She was a 1966 graduate of Southwestern Central School.

In addition to helping her husband with the daily operation of the family farm, Sue was also em-ployed for over 22 years as a teacher’s aide at Cassadaga Valley Central School and continued to substitute in the office until 2019. In the evenings, she was the supervisor of extracurricular sporting events for the district and she was a waitress at the Stockton Hotel and the former White Horse Inn. She was also a member of Park United Methodist Church.

Sue kept the score books for her husband’s softball and basketball teams and loved driving around the family properties on her golf cart. She loved being a grandmother and attending her children and grandchildren’s sporting events, music recitals and school activities. Whether on a Caribbean or Lake Erie beach, mowing the grass, or sitting at the pond, Sue loved being in the sun. Other happy times were spent on the phone with her sisters, having coffee with Linda Bailey and Beth Loomis on Wednesday mornings, having lunch with Helen Bochmann, and taking country drives with Johnny and her dog, Bear. Sue also enjoyed decorating the house for Christmas, al-ways paying special attention to the details on her Christmas tree. She had a knack for buying friends and family the perfect gift(s) and for planning family vacations. She loved traveling, especially to visit family in North Carolina.

Wife to Johnny Swanson; mother of Amanda (Marc) Myles and Vicki (Kevin) Martin, all of Sinclairville, and Jill (David) Lawson of Cassadaga; grandmother of Lindsey (Chas) Criss, Kay (Steven) McElwain, Lauren (Scott) Fenton, Jon Kevin (Libbi) Martin, Karli and Annie Lawson and Melanie and Mallory Myles; great- grandmother of J.V., Chas and Charles Criss, Kevin and Skyler Herington, Ken-ny, Karolyn, Shepherd and Selah McElwain, Tucker, Marsal, Marty and Clint Fenton, Robby and Jay Martin and baby girl Martin arriving in December; sister of Diane (Wendell) Berg and MaryEllen (John) Owens; aunt of David (Marie) and Jared Berg, Jennie (Matt) Mayo, Evan (Kate) Owens and their children: Rylan, Bella, Owen, Lucy and Oakleigh.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 3-7 p.m. in Jordan Funeral Home, Sinclairville. A funeral service will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Park United Methodist Church, 39 Sinclair Dr., Sinclairville. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Sinclairville.

Memorials can be made to Park United Methodist Church or Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care.

The family sends a heartfelt thanks to caregivers: Karen and Kayla from Hospice as well as Dr. Basem Goueli and Jill Lawson for the dedicated care to Sue which allowed her to spend her final days in the com
fort of her home.

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

Photos from the Class of '66, 55th reunion

 JAMESTOWN - Barb Garlock posted the following pix on Facebook from the SWCS Class of '66 reunion held Tuesday.

More pix will likely be coming. 

But these are a great start. Thanks Barb!

Barry and Ann Harris

Bob and Sally Tyler

Bob Tyler and Craig Young

Bonnie Anderson, Shirley Adams and Pat Levin

Cathy Lindstrom and Vern Ahlgren

Jennie Young and Dianne Hagglund

John Schultz and Ward Romer

Linda Anderson and Craig Fransen

Randy Hinsdale and his wife

Steve Sewell, Randy Carlson and Louis Acquisto


Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Class of '66 reunion attendees listed

 JAMESTOWN, NY - Below is a list of Class of '66 classmates (and spouses) who indicated they will attend July's soiree...

I will be updating this list as more people contact me - so check back!

Attendees as of June 23:

Shirley Adams

Bob Tyler

Mike Coon

Randy Carlson

Lee Johnson

Dianne Hagglund Shaw

Barb Garlock

Cathy Prince

John Shultz

Vern Ahlgren

Craig Fransen

Larry Nelson

Pat Levine

Stephen Sewell

Linda Dawson

Ward Romer

Barry Harris

Doug Hooper

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Class of '66 reunion is ON! for Tuesday July 6

JAMESTOWN, NY - The 55th reunion of the SWCS class of 1966 is on.

Randy Carlson reported today that classmate Lee Johnson has reserved the Allen Park Men's Club, 1309 Norby Road, Jamestown for a reunion Tuesday July 6.

Lee's yearbook photo

 The festivities - whatever they turn out to be - will begin at 4 p.m.

 "We will have a charcoal fire going for grilling, a cooler with block ice, music - and the building will be hand in case of rain," Randy reports.

 Rain? In Jamestown in July? No way.

"Bring whatever food and drinks you need," Randy said. "Plus, I'm sure any 'pass around' goodies will be looked upon favorably." He also suggested we might bring along SWCS memorabilia for folks to check out.

Memorabilia from 1966 almost falls into the category of historical artifacts in 2021. Maybe relics.

There are folks talking about other events including golf.

More on all that later. 

And here's a little blast from 10 years ago, when we all gathering for a similar reunion - Class of '66 in 2011.

In the meantime, I hope to see y'all on Tuesday, July 6.