This year’s Eagle Point Parade Grand Marshals will be the EPHS Class of 1959. They were in the first Eagle Point Parade 50 years ago, which was also Oregon’s 100th birthday. This year that Centennial Class will help Eagle Point celebrate the 50th parade and Oregon’s 150th year.
Several of those who participated in that first parade are going to be in the group on Don Hickman’s antique fire truck. They include Celeste Huffman Hutchison, Judie Mason Silva and Norma Noble Kuyper, who was Miss Eagle Point in 1959. Others planning to ride on the fire truck or accompanying vehicles include: Doug Wilson, Joe Andrews, Dave Walters, Barbara (Matthews) Wedlake, Bert (Spain) Emerine, Bill Hinks, Larry Meyer, Suzi (Chubb) Zowney, Ellen (Callahan) Payne, Gene Edwards, Fred Hay, Mike Arthur, Betty (Myers) Nelsen, Linda (Eccleston) Vanderlip and Dale Casey.
The Class of 1959 numbered 66 and at least half of them still reside in the Rogue Valley.
Fifty years ago students thought nothing of getting out of their pick up and leaving it unlocked with a gun in a rack. Eagle Point still had a 10-party phone line and Ed’s Oasis was the popular place to go. Everyone enjoyed the spring loaded floor but it was especially great for doing the very popular “bunny hop.”
Classmates from the 1950s agree there are many more challenges facing youth today than 50 years ago. Drugs were virtually unheard of and not many had a car and if they did, it didn’t travel at today’s speeds.
Classmates remember Glenn D. Hale as superintendent. While no one can recall what the D in Mr. Hale’s name stood for, the students decided it must have stood for “discipline.” Shy Callahan was the principal. His daughter, Ellen (Callahan) Payne will be one of those Class of ‘59 Grand Marshals. Math teacher Clarence Davies, who wrote “1857-1967 History of Eagle Point School District” was the Latin teacher and former principal.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent