Classmates General




The following pictures where submitted to us from Fred Carey


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Bob Vogt


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Fred Carey



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Don Grassini and Don McConnel


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Jack Orr

Are the others in the picture: Don Grassini 

Teachers Wallace, Williams & Hilman


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Don Grassini & Bill Sturgeon




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Don Grassini in Grandfathers Model T and

Ron Dieckman Class of 1958


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Fred Carey the High Jumper


 2nd Grade - Can you find anyone in this picture?

I see Paul Daguerre front row center. Is that Jack Wheeler second row first boy holding the rail? (YES) The first row second from the end girl looks like my friend Juanita Esparza Freitas. I believe the girl next to Juanita is Barbara Bendocci. Next row up looks like Carolyn Cardoza, first girl. The big kid in front of the teacher was my neighbor from age 8 to 10. He is Bobby McCoy.  He was a red head with freckles. The family moved out of town when he was 10.  He came to visit me 10 years ago.  He looks the same! He lives in Petaluma, CA and is a big chicken rancher. I was invited to his surprise 60th birthday party but my daughter was having a baby that I did not go. Hope we can get names for all these people.  Who was the teacher? My 2nd grade teacher was Mrs. Mott. (Josie)

2 Grade Teacher was Mazzetta


Stanley & Jack Wheeler's 5th Birthday  Can you find these classmates?

Nola Gale Van Sheets, Diane Meyer, Bill Sturgeon

I believe the 1st girl up front is Diane.Then it is Stan & Jack 3rd & 4th. Nola is sixth in bottom row.  That has to be Bill Sturgeon 4th one over in second row.  June Davenport Accardo has checked in and identified herself. She is the dark haired girl with the bow 2 over from Bill Sturgeon. She also believes the tall blond girl on the end is Carol Ann Thatcher. Thanks June! Another mystery solved! 

Here are some more names: Top row far left - Pat Halstead and her sister Judy standing in front of her. Next to Judy is Keith Wheeler, next to him is Sandra Siemeler. All of these lived at the Merval Pump Station where this party took place.  Jack Wheeler



Eight Year Olds. Remember all of these?




Beverly Mecchi and Who? 

Easy One! Charles Raffatti...her boyfriend! (Josie)


 Does anyone know which year this picture was taken?

Probably 3rd grade, but just a guess. Again who is the teacher and we might figure it out. I see lots of faces I recognize but this was not my class. My 3rd grade teacher was Mrs. Arp. (Josie) Jack says the third grade teacher was Mrs. Schaffer. Jack says he is in the first row far left. Randall Torre first row far right. John Nunes second row second from the right.


This photo was shared by Donna Cantrell Souza

Bottom: Barbara Bendocci, Silvia Marsh, Nola Van Sheets, ? Mariann Silva, Beverly Mecchi, Donna Cantrell. Top: Juanita Esparza, Marie Accardo, ? Nancy Mott, Sally Clark, Carolyn Cardoza, ?, ?, ?, Wanda Mays.  (Can someone help fill the blanks?)


Josie's photo. Mrs. Marchese 5th Grade

Bottom: Josie Correllus, Carol Jean Papanni, Madeline Limperio, Teresa Pacini, June Davenport, Diane Meyer, Mary Lou Gomes, Marilyn Murtos, Bonnie Saddler, Wanda Sumpter. Middle row: Georgie Painter, Rita Vannest, Darlene Baird, Kathleen Peasley, Bettie Beneker, Mary Pacini, Lorraine Puccinelli, Janet Garcia, Alice Leonard, Carol Ann Thatcher, Greta Iacopi, Levada Martin, Gloria Smalley. Top: Ignacio Solano, Roger Petty, Joey Mello, Bob Vogt, Herbie Long, Bill Martin, Joe Forte, Don Germino, Dick Wattenbarger, Frank Silveria, Jack Orr, Joe Palermo,  (? ) Jim Nicoliason, Bill Scarpete, Dick Wilson, Stan Wheeler, Bob kindred, James Mangus, Manuel Manzanedo, Danny Hamm, Bill Colbert.


5th Grade Mrs Marchese Girls

Front row: Josie Correllus, Carol Jean papanni, Madeline Limperio, Mary Pacini, June Davenport, Diane Meyer, Mary Lou Gomes, Bonnie Sadler. Scond row: Wanda Sumpter, Georgie Painter, Darlene baird, Alice Leonard, Marilyn Murtos, Gloria Smalley, Levada Martin.Back Row: Kathlene Peasley, Bettie Beneker, Teresa Pacini, Lorraine Pucinelli, Janet Garcia, Carol Ann Thatcher, Greta Iacopi, Rita Vannest.

5th Grade Mrs Marchese Boys

Front: Danny Hamm, Herbie Long, Manuel Manzanedo, Dick Wattenbarger, Jack Orr, Stanley Wheeler, Bill Colbert. Second row: Ignacio Solano, Joey Mello, Donald germino, Joe Forte, Unknown, Billy Joe Scarpete, James Mangus. Back: Bob Vogt, Roger Petty, Bill Martin, Bob Kindred, Frank Silveria, Joe Palermo, Jim Nicholisen, Dick Wilson.

Carol Jean Papani, Alice Leonard, Diane Meyer

May Day Dress-up at school

Jack Wheeler 8th Grade

Evelyn Christianson, Antha Barton, Lloyd Brinlee

8th Grade

Gertie Augustine not in our class


8th Grade Graduation Program 1953 

Left: Henry "Pete" Higgins and Right: Jim Denmark

Does anyone know where these guys are?


Marilyn Murtos & Carolyn Cardoza

What Good Lookers!

Josie Correllus & Cruzie Manzanedo



Greta Iacopi & Josie Correllus

Holloween 5th Grade 1948

Carolyn Carlucci - Betty Sirsi Palermo - Barbara Nunes

Levada Martin Majorette

Dick Wilson Driver & Don Germino


Mr Williams - English Teacher

Also our Football coach when we were League Champs 1954 and only scored on by two team - Coach Peterson was hospitalized with Polio

Dick Wattenbarger, Clark Colbert, Bill Sturgeon, Bob Silva, Shirley Norwood

Joey Brisco far right - Not in our class 

1954 Junior Varsity Record - Robert Williams Coach


1954 Junior Varsity Champs

1st row: Don Germini (30) Frank Silveria (12) Jack Wheeler (13)

2nd row David Affonso (28)  Bill Colbert  Bob Vogt  Ron Atkins

4th row Bill Martin (27) Ed Mevi  Randall Torre



Tiger Rag November 1955

Selected these girls for:

Hair ---------- Marie Accardo

Eyes ---------- Josie Correllus *

Nose ---------- June Davenport *

Hands ---------- Barbara Nunes *

Athletic Ability ---------- Floy Wiley

Dancing Ability ---------- Bev Mecchi

Scholastic Ability ---------- Diane Meyer *

Figure ---------- Lorraine Puccinelli

Mouth ---------- Greta Iacopi

Legs ---------- Judy Moretti

Feet ---------- Noelia Coelho

Artistic Ability ---------- Carole Fulkerson


Above Beauties 50 plus years later in 2002

Barbara Nunes - Diane Meyer - June Davenport - Josie Correllus


Tiger Rag November 1955

Select these boys for:

Hair ---------- Joe Forte *

Eyes ---------- Billy Colbert *

Noses ---------- Dick Wattenbarger *

Hands ---------- Frank Silveria *

Athletic Ability ---------- Sandy Pedroza*

Dancing Ability ---------- Joe Palermo

Scholastic Ability ---------- Don Germino

Physique ---------- Jack Spankowski *

Personality ---------- Ed Mevi *

Mouth ---------- Jack Wheeler *

Good Looks ---------- Stanley Affonso

Feet ---------- Fred Carey *

Look at these "Hunks" now 50 years later in 2002  

Frank Silveria - Jack Spankowski - Joe Forte - Billy Colbert - Jack Wheeler

Sandy Pedroza - Fred Carey - Dick Wattenbarger - Ed Mevi


Little League Baseball 1950

Joe Palermo - Bob Kindred - Bill Colbert - Herbie Long


Submitted to the Class of 1957 by Stanley Wheeler

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 1957 vs. 2007

Jack goes quail hunting before school, pulls into school parking lot with shotgun in gun rack.
1957 -Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack's shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.
2007 - School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.  

 Johnny and Mark get into a fistfight after school.
1957 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.
2007 - Police called, SWAT team arrives, arrests Johnny and Mark. Charge them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it.

 Jeffrey won't be still in class, disrupts other students.
1957 -Jeffrey sent to office and given a good paddling by th e Principal. Returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.
2007 - Jeffrey given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. Tested for ADD. School gets extra money from state because Jeffrey has a disability. 

Billy breaks a window in his neighbor's car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.
1957 -Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.
2007 - Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse.  Billy removed to foster care and joins a gang.  State psychologist tells Billy's sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison.  Billy's mom has affair with psychologist. 

Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.
1957 -Mark shares aspirin with Principal out on the smoking dock.
2007 - Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug violations. Car searched for drugs and weapons.  

Scenari o:
Pedro fails high school English.
1957 - Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college.
2007 - Pedro's cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against state school system and Pedro's English teacher. English banned from core curriculum. Pedro given diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.  

Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from 4th of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle, blows up a red ant bed.
1957 - Ants die.
2007- BATF, Homeland Security, FBI called. Johnny charged with  domestic terrorism, FBI investigates parents, siblings removed from home, computers confi scated, Johnny's Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

Johnny falls while running during rec ess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary.  Mary hugs him to comfort him.
1957 -In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.
2007 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in State Prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy