55th Reunion

This reunion was held on the weekend after Labor Day, 2014. First, there was a no-host pizza party at Pappy’s Pizza on Friday night. Saturday, Sept. 6, was the day of the All-Class picnic at Larkspur Park in Bend. Larkspur Park is behind the Senior Center on SE Reed Market Road. All classes are invited to this picnic. Guests are asked to bring their own chairs, food and beverages. On Sunday, Sept. 7, the Class of ’59 sponsored a catered picnic, again at Larkspur Park. Seating was limited and guests were asked to bring their own lawn chairs. The cost was $20 to cover the catered lunch, postage and printing.


Back row: Pat Connolly, Glen Raymond, Jack Warner, x, x, Nancy Loomis Conrad, Mike Jeffers, Russ Young, Joan Benson Wheeler, Bill Wheeler, and ?

Front row: Sharon Hirtzel Joanis, Vicki Hill Malone, Dorothy O’Keefe, x, Brenda Rixe Chapin, Joyce Rohrbach Dunlap, Theresa Miller Rogerson, x and x.

Seated: Kathleen O’Grady Tiller, Peggy Young Shambaugh.

Baby Bears

These are the baby pictures out of our senior yearbook.

Bonnie Broe, Jim Judy, Nancy Moore, Bonnie Crocker, Maureen Burton, Judy O’Day, Vicki Hill, Rita Glenn, Ray DeLude, Bertie Kirk, Ron Murphy, Theresa Miller, Lana Moore, Joan Benson, Kathy Kinney, Steve Anderson, Janet Shumway, Bruce Evers, Mel Haugen, Judy Poor, Sherry Walters, Suzanne Mooers, Leslie Ellingson, Kris Hemingway, Pat Krueger, Gary Joanis
Bob Ells, Karen Ruud, Beverly Shoults, Dale Way, Christine Carlon, Ron Ross, Sandra Thompson, Barbara Winslow, Tom Tadevic, Barbara Hansen, Pat Hollenbeck, Nada Melsness, Thelma Painter, Gary Kelley, Sharon Eakman, Jim Alm, Sharon Faulkner, Jim Woodward, Valbert Workman, Hiram Houghton, Sandra Brown, Marylou Cowles, Jerry Leagjeld, Brenda Rixe, Jeff Ward, John Olsen
Sally Dunn, Suzanne LeBlanc, Suzanne Alexander, Joe Dobbels, Joyce Rohrbach, Richard Haldy, Sandra Larson, Susan Harrison, Judy Haines, George Lucas, Steve Wendell, Judy Crawshaw, Kathleen O’Grady, Karen Smith, Jack Holt, Montie Tunnell, Beverly Fields, Dorothy O’Keefe, Claudine Hufstader, Sharon Wilson, Mike Jeffers, Chuck Grant, Shirley Grant, Pauline Marsh, Gordon Hansen, Connie Raymond, Connie Smith

Lava Bears

What is a lava bear? I think it’s funny we never asked about this. Here is what I found out about it which was new to me, including the spelling of it as one word.

The lavabear (also known as sand lapper, dwarf grizzly, and North American sun bear) is a variety of American black bear (Ursus americanus) found in the lava beds of south central Oregon. The animal was described as a very small bear with wooly light brown fur. The few lavabears that were killed or captured were a little larger than a badger.

Country: United States
Grouping: Legendary creature
Other name(s): Sand lapper and dwarf grizzly
Sub grouping: Undersized variation of known species (Ursus americanus).

In 1924, Bend Senior High School selected the lava bear as the school’s sports mascot. The mascot was chosen shortly after a living bear was exhibited in Bend. At the time, it was thought that lava bears might be a species unique to Central Oregon. In 2013, The Oregonian newspaper conducted a statewide survey, asking Oregon sports fans to identify their favorite high school team mascots. Fans from across the state of Oregon, selected Bend’s Lava Bear as their top pick for large school mascot.[24]

Excerpts from Wikipedia article below.

“In 1923, Alfred Andrews, a trapper for the United States Forest Service, reported killing a lava bear near Fort Rock. He sent the specimen to the Oregon biological survey office for examination. A year later, Andrews captured a live lava bear. The animal looked like a small grizzly bear, but weighed only 28 pounds (13 kg). It was a male, 30 inches (76 cm) long and 18 inches (46 cm) high. The Smithsonian offered Andrews $2,000 for the live lava bear, but he decided not to sell the animal. Instead, he announced plans to tour the country with the bear.  He displayed the bear in Portland, where 8,000 people paid to see the animal. It was also exhibited in Bend and Klamath Falls before being taken to Los AngelesCalifornia. Eventually, Andrews’ partner Harry Thrall stole or sold the bear and the animal disappeared.”

“In the fall of 1924, a second lava bear was captured alive near Summer Lake. That bear weighed only 25 pounds (11 kg). Another lava bear was trapped by L. E. Oster in the lava beds northeast of Fort Rock in 1933.  A fourth lava bear was taken alive the following year by Walter Gore and Roy Yeager in an area east of Crescent Lake. It weighed 30 pounds (14 kg) and resembled a miniature grizzly.  The last animal identified as a lava bear was captured in 1934 by a forest road crew near Scar Mountain in the Willamette National Forest. It was 17 inches (43 cm) long and weighed 25 pounds (11 kg). It was exhibited for a time in McKenzie Bridge, Oregon, before the animal was sold to a man named Alfred Bayne.  As late as 1981, scientist were being asked to identify small bear tracks in the Fort Rock area to determine if they were made by lava bears.”

“Today, it is accepted that lava bears are actually common American black bears. It is also generally acknowledged that all of the animals that were killed or captured between 1917 and 1934 were either black bear cubs or small adults stunted from malnutrition.”