Class of 48 looks back with wonder
Fifteen Gresham Grade School classmates celebrate their 65th reunion
When the hit TV series The Wonder Years came to an end in 1993, the narrator Kevin concluded growing up happens in a heartbeat. One day youre in diapers, the next day youre gone. But the memories of childhood stay with you for the long haul. I remember a place, a town, a house, like a lot of houses. A yard like a lot of other yards. On a street like a lot of other streets. And the thing is, after all these years, I still look back... with wonder.
On Sunday, Aug. 18, members of the Gresham Grade School Class of 1948 pored over childhood memories and decades of memorabilia during their 65th reunion.
The gathering at Dick Dowsetts house marked the first reunion for the class of 1948 since their 40-year reunion in 1988 and capped a 50 plus weekend of Gresham High School reunions for the class of 1963 and older.
Were still young and vivacious, Jerry Barron, one of the classmates said.
One of his favorite memories was the time Republican presidential candidate Thomas Dewey made a campaign stop in 1948.
He also recalled when one friend would pay to enter the Gresham Theater and sneak a group of friends through the exit door.
Everybody has changed physically, but we mention names and we remember, said Bill Dutton, a classmate down from Federal Way, Wash. Our relationships are really strong and people like Bud Monnes and teachers we had are the cement that brings us together. Were very lucky.
Gresham Grade Schools class of 1948 included 63 graduates. Thirty have died, and seven were unable to be located for the reunion.
Old photos, report cards, yearbooks and other memorabilia lined circular tables decorated in blue and gold decorations for the celebration.
The Duttons created The Gresham Good Times newsletter as a fun souvenir.
The reunion began with a lunch and lasted through dinner time, with 15 members of the class of 1948 and 19 spouses and classmates from other classes coming from throughout Oregon, Washington, California and Colorado.
Among the guests was Ivan Gillam, a language arts teacher the class of 1948 had at Gresham High.
The reunion was organized by Ruth Anderegg Baxter, KLynn Brumbaugh and Dick Dowsett.
I think well keep doing this till were 90, Baxter joked.
The President was Harry S. Truman and the Vice President was Alben W. Barkley
Minimum wage was 40 cents per hour
The cost of a first-class stamp was 3 cents
A Streetcar Named Desire won the Pulitzer Prize
There were 48 states and 48 stars on the American flag
The Supreme Court ruled religious instruction would no longer be taught in public schools
The United Nations drafted a convention on womens rights
A red Radio Flyer wagon sold for $8.75
Ford cars cost between $1,550 and $1,855
The summer Olympics opened in London, representing 59 nations and 3,704 men and 390 women
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