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Class Notes 1930

Elsie King writes, "I have lived at the Gafney Home in Rochester for five years now. We get excellent care. My sister lives here, too. She is on the second floor; I'm on the first floor. I go with a cane having had one hip replacement and two knee replacements. We still own our car so we can get out to do errands. We have nice entertainment and the food is very, very good. We go to church each Sunday, but did miss some this past winter. I don't like to walk on ice or slippery walks. We are both happy and contented here. The nurses are a jolly bunch. So this is a good place to end our days. Don't you think so?"

Bertha Wright Saltzgiver and Flora Ide Perkins were classmates all through Keene High School and Keene State. Bertha writes, "I am living a very simple life here at Reed's Landing in Springfield, Mass., but I have lived in many lovely areas of New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Florida. I moved here to be near my son Pere and his family. I am still able to read and I do walk a lot. I make quilts for hospitalized children and for people in wheelchairs. It doesn't take much to keep me busy. It pleases me to hear about classmates through our College magazine."

Doris Thompson writes, "It was so good to hear from you. I don't go out unless my son takes me. He calls my day out for hairdresser, groceries, and errands "Don's Day." I live in a very nice apartment quite near him. He takes me to church and family affairs. Otherwise, I stay at home. A girl comes in three days a week to help me. I feel good but have a cane and a walker to get around better. You know I just might get to our Reunion in 2005. I have a sister who lives in Keene and also a niece. My niece helped me at my last Reunion, so, who knows? I will be 95 in September and have nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. They all keep me busy. God willing, I'll be in Keene in 2005."

Andrew Corrigan '88 and his wife, Trish DelNero, are the proud parents of Dorothy-Rui Corrigan, born Sept. 23, 2001. Dorothy is named for Andy's great-aunt, the late Dorothy Kingsbury, former chair of the home economics department.

IN MEMORIAM: Allace Hoyt Potter '30 died April 29, 2003, at her home in Concord, N.H. She attended Boston University and taught in Andover, Derry, and Concord. She ran the Peter Rabbit Nursery School in Concord for 25 years.

IN MEMORIAM: Elizabeth Tate '30 passed away August 24, 2002.

IN MEMORIAM: Blanche Wentworth '30 passed away in August 2002.


Geraline Newell Merriam enjoyed a delightful Easter. She attended church in Bridgewater, Vt., and had a delicious Easter supper at her son Layton's home. With all the rain this spring, Berry was eager for some warm, bright sunshine to enjoy all the beautiful spring flowers in her yard.

IN MEMORIAM: Isabel Call Johnson '31, B.Ed.'60 died in 2003 in Keene. She taught in Westmoreland and Keene elementary schools for 20 years and worked at National Grange Insurance Company for several years.


Charlotte Davison Hamm always writes a newsy letter. She is delighted that her eye surgery was a complete success. Charlotte went to Georgia in early May to attend her son's wedding. At his high school reunion he met the girl he dated as a teenager and now they are married. What a nice love story. Charlotte often plays bridge.

IN MEMORIAM: Frances Clark Wirkkala '32 passed away May 1, 2003, in Lempster, N.H. She taught more than 30 years in Lempster, Goshen, Sunapee, Langdon, Unity, and Newport, N.H.


What would Cheshire County Retired Educators do without Frances Shaughnessy? At a recent meeting the speaker forgot to come, so Frances was called upon to lead the group in several songs. Thank you, Frances.

Nathalie Scott Tisdale recently spent some time in the hospital. She has moved to a lovely apartment at Langdon Place, Keene.

Marion Knuckey Pauling journeyed to KSC to celebrate the 70th anniversary of her graduation from Keene Normal School. She spent the whole weekend at KSC and attended every activity. She even slept in the dorm with her good friend Barbara Sullivan Brooks '51. Marion noticed there have been big changes on campus since she was a student. Being one of the earliest graduates, she received an orchid corsage from Norma Wright Walker '51, another of her special friends. Marion writes, "The years 1930-33 were very special years. Very happy that KSC has grown to what it is today."

Margaret Newman Chickering joined Marion at the Golden Circle meeting and their class photo and Golden Circle photo sessions. Margaret received an orchid corsage also. She and Marion enjoyed being together again. They shared a letter from Marion Lathe Lewis from Gainesville, Ga., which brought back memories for both ladies.

IN MEMORIAM: Our sympathy goes out to the family of Harriet Anderson Blaisdell of Minneapolis, Minn. Harriet died on Jan. 24, 2003. She grew up in the Manchester, N.H., area and was an elementary school teacher. She leaves two daughters, six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.


IN MEMORIAM: Dorothy Britton Day '35, B.Ed.'41 died May 1, 2003, in Haverhill, N.H. She had been a teacher at Symonds and Jonathan Daniels schools in Keene.

IN MEMORIAM: Nona Haynes Philbrick '35, a lifelong resident of Rye, N.H., died April 14, 2003. She taught English and Latin for 38 years in the Portsmouth school system.


IN MEMORIAM: Helen E. Amazeen '37 died June 10, 2003, at Exeter Healthcare, Inc. She resided in Plaistow, N.H., for many years, moving to East Kingston in 1946. She taught school in Kingston and Brentwood, N.H., for more than 30 years.

IN MEMORIAM: Beatrice A. Judkins '37 died April 11, 2003, in Meredith, N.H. She earned her master's degree at Columbia University and taught home economics at Littleton (N.H.) High School and Quimby School in Center Sandwich, N.H. She was the national program director of the extension service for the Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., from 1957 until her retirement in 1976.

IN MEMORIAM: Arline Lund Gerbrands '37 passed away in Sarasota, Fla., on March 3, 2003. She earned a master's degree at Boston University and did doctoral work at the University of Florida. She taught at Fruitville Elementary School until her retirement.


IN MEMORIAM: Helen Thomas Chase '39 passed away May 19, 2003, in Randolph, Vt. She taught high school English in Hancock and Bethel and adult basic education in Randolph, and she was librarian at Whitcomb High School in Bethel. With her husband, Henry, she owned Curtis Agency, selling real estate until retiring.

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