60 years of remembering


Linda Bloomquist Killion reported about the 60th reunion of the Astoria High School Class of 1958, which took place Sept. 21 to 23. Quite a turnout of 60 classmates, plus guests, showed up for the event, which started Friday evening at Pier 39, “where many found their signatures on the remembrance wall of those who have worked at the Columbia River Packers Association/Bumble Bee Cold Storage.”

“One of the unique distinctions of this class is that we attended both Astoria High Schools,” she continued, “our first three years spent ‘Far Above Columbia’s Waters,’ which many of our parents had also attended (the current Clatsop Community College) and, in September 1957, having the privilege of opening the ‘new school’ by the bay, as its first senior class!” An enlargement of the reunion photo shown is at bit.ly/ahs1958

“Most interesting to many was the ‘new’ Patriot Hall at CCC, where much of our time had been spent with basketball games, proms and sock hops, as well time spent on the track. So many memories of those teen years in the 1950s. How blessed we are to have grown up in Astoria in those years …

“Saturday dinner brought many opportunities for memory sharing … and an opportunity to remember those who are no longer with us. A memory board of photos of the 44 deceased members of the class accompanied the reading of each name …”

“This class has kept in close contact through the years, and met for reunions every five years,” she added, “so there is talk of another possible gathering even sooner — maybe to celebrate our 80th birthday year, 2020!”

Elleda Wilson is an editorial assistant for The Daily Astorian and author of the award-winning In One Ear community column. Contact her at 971-704-1718 or ewilson@dailyastorian.com.

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