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"To East High School"

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Shoop Shoop Song
All Out Of Love



Sunday, August 21, 2011

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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

The posting of the 1988-89 & 1995-96 Eastonians are here thanks to
"The Big Bopper", Class of 1966, who went to the Main Library Downtown


The Senior List for 1929, 1932, 1933, and 1934 are being developed thanks to Mike Miller, Class of 1977.

The Kansas City Library does NOT have the Eastonians for the following years: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, and 1998. So contact the Webmaster if you have a copy to scan...... Thanks, the "Big Bopper"


Tuesday, July 19, 2005

The posting of the 1985-87 Eastonians are finally here thanks to
Holly (Green) Shubert, Class of 1987


The Senior List for 1929, 1932, 1933, and 1934 are posted thanks to Mike Miller, Class of 1977.

Monday, June 06, 2005

We have a REUNION DATE and PLACE for 2006:





East High School - 2006 Multi Year Reunion
Saturday Evening, September 23, 2006
Ararat Shrine Temple
5100 Ararat Drive, Kansas City, Missouri 64129
eastbears2006-reunion@yahoo.com
Send your information to the above email address
All information will be kept confidential


Grad Year - Last Name, First Name, Address, City, State, Zip Code, Phone Number
1964 - Woolsey, Patricia Matthews, 5100 Ararat Dr, Kansas City, MO 64129 816 555 1212



Saturday, April 09, 2005

Class of 1975 - 30 Year Reunion

Well, I saw my first e-mail on this sight so I might as well let you know what we have planned for our 30th! First of all, whoever reads this, please give me your e-mail address to up-date our mailing list and please pass on this website to others from our class that you keep in touch with. This is always the toughest part, tracking down you all!!. On Friday, August 12, 2005, we will get together at Tanner's in Lee's Summit. Ron Riggs owns the establishment and willingly agreed to let us hang out there. And, from what I hear a lot of you frequent Tanner's so why not invite everyone else! On Saturday, August 13, 2005, we are having a family picnic. Some of you are "grandparents"!! so load up the family and bring them with you. All are welcome. The picnic will be at Baumgardner Park in Blue Springs (next to Centennial Pool) and if you are not familiar with the location, directions will come later. We will have a catered picnic (yet to be determined), a juke-box, loaded with all the favorites from the 70's, various sport activities, along with swimming next door for the kids that would like to. A photographer will be on sight to do a memory book which you can order at that time. My e-mail address is fvg51025@msn.com and
my [Vicki (Jones) Gunn] phone number is 816-228-3155.
Karla (Albertson) Grimes phone number is 816-679-2071.

I believe this is all the info I can pass on for now. We will be having another reunion meeting in a month or so. I will be glad to post the date for any interested in joining our meeting you are more than welcome to come. Thanks, Vicki





Monday, March 21, 2005

We have updated the "Committee Page" which can be found at the following location:

The Committee



1962

Davis, McLeod, Reed, Voorhees



1964

Luppens, Masovero, Shephard, Woolsey



1966

Luppens, McCullough, Welsh





Saturday, March 19, 2005

We have a new page that will archive the email messages and this can be found at the following location:

Archived Email Messages


Also the Leeds Elementary School Reunion:
"LEEDS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL REUNION NOTIFY YOUR FRIENDS THAT ATTENDED LEEDS DURING 1900 THRU 1962 FOR INTEREST IN LEED'S KIDS REUNION. HAVE THEM E-MAIL ME WITH NAMES AND ADDRESSES SO WE CAN SEND OUT CORRESPONDENCE IN THE FUTURE. DATE IS JUNE 26, 2005 10:30AM THRU 9;00 PM .AT THE EAGLES CLUB NEAR 47TH & STERLING (closer to Pittman RD) IN KANSAS CITY, MO. LOTS OF TIME FOR VISITING WITH OLD FRIENDS!!! DEBBIE JACKSON TO BE D.J., POT LUCK DINNER. OTHER DETAILS WILL BE PROVIDED LATER. DON'T FORGET THOSE SIBLING'S THAT ATTENDED LEEDS ELEMENTARY ON FREMONT DURING THOSE YEARS TOO. SHOULD BE A FUN TIME FOR "YOUNG" AND "OLD".!!! ANY SUGGESTIONS CONSIDERED. (NOT NECESSARY ACCEPTED) HA,HA. EMAIL EULA COOK FRENCH (at Classmates.com)"

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Alumni Keep In Touch


Once a month, a group of men who graduated from East High School gathers for breakfast at the Big Biscuit restaurant near U.S. 40 and Lee's Summit Road.
(16506 E US Highway 40, Independence, 64055 - 816 478 6958)
On Wednesday, about 20 alumni who graduated between 40 and 60 years ago chatted over coffee and flapjacks.Among them were (from left) class of 1943 grad Jim Ralls of Raytown, class of 1943 grad Ed Nelson of Kansas City North, class of 1943 grad Herman Mohr of Raytown, class of 1939 grad Jack Fitzgerald of Independence, and class of 1942 grad John Abreo of Lee's Summit.




Thanks to Mike Miller (class of 1977 aka "The Butcher of Biology") for the scan of the 1929 Student Handbook. Mike has provided a lot of the pictures you see on the different pages. To see a picture of Mike look below (Mike doesn't like frogs).





Saturday, January 29, 2005
Can you indentify the location of this BEAR in Kansas City?
We need pictures of East High related activities and students for all the years.
Can you help us?




Sunday, January 16, 2005

Happy New Year East Bears

The 2005 Reunion Grid is posted on the "Reunion" page. Next year (2006) is the BIG "Multi-Year Reunion", our goal is to have more than 600 to 1000 attend. We plan to have Class photos taken and posted on this site.

Class Reunion information for 2005 needs to be given to the "East Bear Webmaster" so it can be posted on the respective pages. Also there are Years that need Class Moderators, and Seniors Names List. We have come a long way in one year to build this site, and more will be available as the information is provided.

The 2005 Reunion Grid


Graduation Class Number, East High Class of,
Reunion Year Number, Average Age, Number of Seniors,
Number on Reunion List, Class Moderator

Graduation
Class
Number
East High
Class of
Reunion
Year
Number
in 2005
Average
Age
Number
of
Seniors
Number
on
Reunion
List
Class
Moderator
Email
Soph
1926
79
97
Junior
1927
78
96
First
1928
77
95
158
02
1929
76
94
20s Totals
158
000
Graduation
Class
Number
East High
Class of
Reunion
Year
Number
in 2005
Average
Age
Number
of
Seniors
Number
on
Reunion
List
Class
Moderator
Email
03
1930
75
93
04
1931
74
92
05
1932
73
91
06
1933
72
90
07
1934
71
89
08
1935
70
88
09
1936
69
87
10
1937
68
86
11
1938
67
85
12
1939
66
84
30s Totals
000
000
Graduation
Class
Number
East High
Class of
Reunion
Year
Number
in 2005
Average
Age
Number
of
Seniors
Number
on
Reunion
List
Class
Moderator
Email
13
1940
65
83
14
1941
64
82
15
1942
63
81
16
1943
62
80
17
1944
61
79
18
1945
60
78
296
015
19
1946
59
77
20
1947
58
76
260
015
21
1948
57
75
22
1949
56
74
40s Totals
556
030
Graduation
Class
Number
East High
Class of
Reunion
Year
Number
in 2005
Average
Age
Number
of
Seniors
Number
on
Reunion
List
Class
Moderator
Email
23
1950
55
73
009
24
1951
54
72
035
25
1952
53
71
032
26
1953
52
70
251
041
Gary Bean
27
1954
51
69
224
047
Sue (Easterwood) Burk
28
1955
50
68
035
29
1956
49
67
042
Gary Bean
30
1957
48
66
240
052
Judy Houtchens
31
1958
47
65
206
051
Karen (Yazel) Watt
32
1959
46
64
273
033
Stella Swafford
50s Totals
1,194
377
Graduation
Class
Number
East High
Class of
Reunion
Year
Number
in 2005
Average
Age
Number
of
Seniors
Number
on
Reunion
List
Class
Moderator
Email
33
1960
45
63
294
026
34
1961
44
62
345
050
Ralph Beckett
35
1962
43
61
257
065
Judy (Davis) Beckett
36
1963
42
60
268
046
Jim Fensom
37
1964
41
59
279
046
Patsy (Woolsey) Matthews
38
1965
40
58
382
046
Mary (Troutman) Call
39
1966
39
57
257
083
Lavonna (Welsh) Peterson
40
1967
38
56
356
026
Mike Gallegher
41
1968
37
55
253
021
42
1969
36
54
361
071
60s Totals
3,052
480
Graduation
Class
Number
East High
Class of
Reunion
Year
Number
in 2005
Average
Age
Number
of
Seniors
Number
on
Reunion
List
Class
Moderator
Email
43
1970
35
53
267
057
44
1971
34
52
001
45
1972
33
51
001
46
1973
32
50
001
47
1974
31
49
001
48
1975
30
48
050
49
1976
29
47
003
50
1977
28
46
206
067
Mike Miller
51
1978
27
45
003
52
1979
26
44
001
70s Totals
473
185
Graduation
Class
Number
East High
Class of
Reunion
Year
Number
in 2005
Average
Age
Number
of
Seniors
Number
on
Reunion
List
Class
Moderator
Email
53
1980
25
43
003
54
1981
24
42
001
55
1982
23
41
001
56
1983
22
40
001
57
1984
21
39
193
052
Patricia A. Tuckness
58
1985
20
38
001
59
1986
19
37
001
60
1987
18
36
001
61
1988
17
35
001
62
1989
16
34
001
80s Totals
193
063
Graduation
Class
Number
East High
Class of
Reunion
Year
Number
in 2005
Average
Age
Number
of
Seniors
Number
on
Reunion
List
Class
Moderator
Email
63
1990
15
33
000
64
1991
14
32
000
65
1992
13
31
000
66
1993
12
30
000
67
1994
11
29
000
68
1995
10
28
000
69
1996
09
27
000
70
1997
08
26
000
Last
1998
07
25
000
90s Totals
000
000
Grand Totals
5,626
1,135+







Monday, October 18, 2004

Happy 50th Birthday Bash - Class of 1972

If you graduated from the class of 1972, this invitation goes directly out to you. It's a fact that most of us turn 50 this year So, let's get together- for some ole East High Cheer! An " Over the Hill " celebration, libations ......... and more...if you were born in '54. We can be groovin' to our oldies, telling a fish tale or two, Rockin Rollin the night away, we're the class of '72. We are aging to perfection...like great bottles of wine yeah, let's get together, for a grand ole time. Fat?....with silver or hardly any hair? So What!!! 50 is nifty, BE THERE OR BE SQUARE.

The tentative date is after Thanksgiving, Saturday, November, 27, 2004
Possible meeting place - Class Reunion Lounge - Blue Springs MO
Any Interest?
Vicki Brown

posted message on Friday, October 15, 2004

Monday, October 04, 2004

The site has been updated numerous times since late August. The East Bears who are listed on Classmates.com have been updated from 1971 to 1991. We still need the year books from 1986 to 1998. Jeff Sullivan (non Bear) has taken pictures of the East High School 1966 Senior ring, and we hope to have more years and styles represented in the future (did you sell your class ring in the 80s when Gold prices went up into the $400 range in 1980s?). Why BLUE? Green was not an option in 1966, only Black, Blue and Metallic. Yes and the Cap and gowns were allways GREY.



Saturday, August 21, 2004

Our School Song - "To East High School"
To East High School, brave and true,
Our voices now we raise,
Over all the city wide, in melodies of praise.
Ever foremost in the fray,
May she always stand,
Guarded loyally and well by our faithful band.
So, let us fight, fight, fight for dear East High
The name we all revere, (we all revere)
And let us fight, fight, fight, for everyone,
So give a rousing Rah!, Rah!, Rah!,
We yell, we yell,
For East High School, we love so dear,
Then let the chorus swell,
For her fair fame, we'll spread the name
Of Dear EAST HIGH.


Thanks to Mike Hamilton,
Class of 1971
we have the midi of the School Song
"To East High School"
in A flat

"To East High School"



Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Three sites on the Internet that are dedicated to East High Grads,
the "East Bears" site is for ALL YEARS, the other two are specifically for
the Classes of 1983 and 1984. You do have to JOIN, but it is FREE
and allows EXTRA resources for all "alive and kicking - BEARS".

East High School & Other Related Links

The East Bears "Yahoo" Group, open to ALL EAST Graduates
EastBearsKCMO

The East Bears Class of 1983 "Yahoo" Group
East High Alumni 1983

The East Bears Class of 1984 "Yahoo" Group
KC1984East Bears



Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Barbara (Hanna) Dehoney (Class of 1945) wrote:
Thank you for your quick response.

The BREAKFAST at the Big Biscuit is on (the second)Wednesday (of the month) and is men only. It started out with the class of '43 and has since grown to include some late 30's up to early 50's. It also is happy to include anyone who wishes to attend.

The LUNCHEON referenced in my e-mail is the second Tues-day of each month at Golden Corral at about 36th & Noland Road and is "coed". It is the last business in the strip that starts with an Osco (at 39th) on the south and on the west side of the street. All are welcome.

I appreciate that names and phone numbers are not men-tioned and wonder how you could possibly network all informa-tion discreetly.

I am very busy right now trying to alter my home to take in my 90-yr-old brother-in-law, but when this is complete and if you don't let me forget, I have Eastonians for 1929 and 1930 (I think). Come from a very large family and these belonged to one of my older brothers.

I also have some East Echos from 1941 to 1945. There are separate notebooks for each year listing all persons named in the Echos, which includes the particular Echo, the page and column number. This was a tremendous job and it would be nice if more people could enjoy them. The jokes in them are funny and innocent, a forgotten quality today.
Barbara Dehoney

Saturday, July 31, 2004

The posting of the 1982-84 Eastonians are finally here thanks to
Arline Walker and Patricia Tuckness, Class of 1984
The Class of 1984 Reunion is next Saturday and Sunday, so DON'T MISS IT!
patriciatuckness1@msn.com
arlinewalker@msn.com


The Senior List for 1940, 1941, 1948, 1949, and 1951 are posted thanks to Jerry Davis, Class of 1961.

Thursday, July 29, 2004

The posting of the 1981-83 Eastonians are finally here thanks to
David L Bales, Class of 1983
He is still working on 1981 and 1983 but they will be here soon.
dbales1@kc.rr.com



Thursday, July 22, 2004

The posting of the 1933-39 Eastonians are finally here thanks to the
Kansas City Public Library (and the webmaster paying 60 cents a scan).
They are the same design except for the color, only 1936 was bold enough
to have two growling bears looking up, that was the same year of the
"MYSTERY BLAST ROCKS SCHOOL (1936)" as mentioned below...

We have a volunteer for Class moderator for 1986! Marie Pacheco
at email: sugarpup@aol.com



Wednesday, July 21, 2004

The posting of the 1941 Eastonian is finally here thanks to Jerry Davis 1961.



Wednesday, July 14, 2004

The posting of the 1940, 1948 and 1949 Eastonians are finally here thanks to Jerry Davis 1961. Jerry wrote:

I have read in the past you want a list of the seniors from past years. I have the year books from 1948-49-51-52 and 1954. If you need the names of the seniors from those years I can make the lists and send them to you. I scanned the Eastonian from years 1949 and 1948. If you want the list let me know. I borrowed the books from Ray Allen class of 1940. He has most of the year books that had belonged to Pappy Grube. Jerry Davis (class of 1961)

Jdavis248@comcast.net


1940


1948 - 1949


To: KC1984EastBear@yahoogroups.com
From: "kc1984eastbear"
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2004 17:52:56 -0000
Subject: [KC1984EastBear] 3 Weeks left to the 1984 East Reunion Party & Picnic.......

Hope you're all getting excited and putting the word out as this party & picnic will be here and gone before you know it! In only 23 days-August 7- we'll have the FREE "Share your Memories Party" at The Fox& the Hound Smokehouse in Independence Commons where our teachers like Mrs. Watkins & Mr. Holder are excited to join us to mingle and share our High school memories! Then Sunday, August 8, 2004 we will "Bring our Own Picnic" to Kenagy park in Raytown to show off our families and visit by the fishing pond at Shelter #1! Never know who you wanted to see again!!!! RSVP today!!!!

"MYSTERY BLAST ROCKS SCHOOL (1936), KANSAS CITY, MO.

---Eight sticks of dynamite explode with a roar at the main entrance to East High School, ripping a crater in the concrete floor, smashing bronze doors and shattering windows. There is no clue to the perpetrator of the outrage".

Does anyone have information about this event and pictures that are posted on EBay?

Many updates have been added to the many pages of the East site, including faculty obits, students who are listed on Classmates.com from 1970 to 1989, and all email addresses that were posted in the "Guestbook". The Reagan memorial was moved to the Class Year 1981, and the local gas prices were moved to the bottom of the index page. If you do a search on Yahoo of "East Bears" or "East High School Kansas City" you will find this site. If you have information or pictures of EAST, the faculty, or students, we will post them as space allows.

Thursday, May 27, 2004

The posting of the Early 50s Eastonians, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, occured today. Thanks to Sue (Easterwood) Burk 1954 and also the 1953 ROTC Queen.


Still waiting for Mark McDaniel for the midi of "To East High School" and David Bales 1983, for the yearbooks of 1981, 1982, 1983.

Sunday, May 16, 2004

It is all about 1953 today, thanks to Jerry Elliott Class of 1954


Thanks, Jerry!!!

We still need the following Eastonians: 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, and a better scan of 1954. Also a list of Seniors names for those years would be great!

The Reunion Page has been updated with the latest numbers of seniors and the number of known graduates, either on Classmates.com or who have contacted this site.

We have a contact on creating the "midi" for the School Song - "To East High School", I hope to live to see that day!

If your Class information is not listed, it is because we have no resources to make it happen, so don't be like the "school board", but be pro active....

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

The posting of the first five Eastonians, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, occured today. The names of the Seniors for 1928 to be posted soon.


The obit for Warren Jackman is posted on the 1965 page, and Mr. Ridley death on April 28, 2004 is updated on the Faculty M-Z page.

The East High Graduates who were killed in WWII are posted on the 1945 page, and we have a new picture of the gang on the 1964 page.

Gas prices in the Metro will be posted on the main page near the top beginning today. This morning the price per gallon for regular unleaded was $1.72, this afternoon it is $1.88 per gallon. They just set whatever price they want.

Sunday, April 25, 2004

It is all about 1958 today, thanks to Mike Miller '77


Thanks, Mike!!!

Mike Miller also found and brought to me to scan, the sheet music to the school song "To East High School" which can be seen on the HOME page. You never know where or when information will be provided to the site.

Mike Miller also provided the obit for David W Smith, Class of 1965 who was killed in Vietnam in 1968.

This site has a new email address for the Webmaster: eastbears@sbcglobal.net
If you don't want your email address made public, but want other classmates to be able to contact you, you can send your email information to the webmaster and a list will be complied off line, with the above email address next to your name. Then they can contact that email address and the related info will be forwarded on to you for either accept or reject.

We have had graduates inquiring about their class reunion, and if not, how to get one together. If you are an expert on these matters, please contact the webmaster so their questions can be directed to the proper people.

This page has been renamed the "New EAST ECHO" page in memorium to the great school newspaper that we were familar with.


Thursday, April 15, 2004 TAX DAY

It is all about 1957 today, thanks to Judy Houtchens who has fled to the desert of Arizona, awaiting the "rebirth of the nation"! She taught us "Typing and Business" and sponsored Beta Sigma Chi, and today gave us the symbol of 1957


Thanks, Judy!!! We have people that have promised "Eastonians" from 1981-1984, 1958, and 1940-42, so more is coming.

Sunday, April 11, 2004 Easter 2004

New Eastonians pictures thanks to Mike Miller 1977 for 1943, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980 and Kathleen Bales 1970 for 1942, 1944.

We still need Eastonian Scans for the YEARS: 1928-1941, 1948-1958, 1981-1998.







Monday, April 05, 2004

Royals WIN Home Opener 9-7 in the 9th Inning. "Blue on Blue".

A List of East Graduates 1927-1938 from Classmates.com, alive and kicking. They didn't have a home on the net, but they do now. The "East Bear Nation" is all over the country and in their Eighties. They have computers and can "Stroll".

Classes of 1927-1938 - Reunion List
cm = Classmates.com
1927 01 cm
Dover
Ben
KY
1928 02 cm
No Listings
1929 03 cm
Jackson
Frances
CA
1930 04 cm
No Listings
1931 05 cm
No Listings
1932 06 cm
Alley
Richard
1933 07 cm
Lundsted
James
1934 08 cm
Drake
Floyd
1934 09 cm
Gordon
William
1934 10 cm
Stepp
Thelma
1935 11 cm
Peuster
Frieda
1936 12 cm
Draper
Ruth
1937 13 cm
Doane
Edwin
1937 14 cm
Hodgden
Merle
1937 15 cm
Lawhon
Alexander
1937 16 cm
Lee
Donald
1937 17 cm
Marsh
Theodore
1938 18 cm
Cavanaugh
Juanite
1938 19 cm
Dutoit
Mike
1938 20 cm
Earp
James
1938 21 cm
Marshall
Ursula
1938 22 cm
McGrew
Zola
1938 23 cm
O'Dell
Don
1938 24 cm
Robinson
Stewart

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

So many things have been added I have forgot most of them. A total of 4,518 names are listed for Seniors, mostly in the Sixties, a few years in the Fourties, Seventies, and 1984, with more on the way. The 1969 and 1967 Seniors List, was typed from the 1968 and 1966 Eastonians. Two more Principals were added to the Faculty Page. The 1959 40th Reunion picture has been added. We have Alumni working of the Senior Lists for 1948-1952 and another person working on 1942. The 1966 Page has been updated, and most pages have a Table of Contents listed at the bottom of the page. The Guestbook has been updated and entries are not screened now so the updates are automatic. The only Reunion planned for this year so far, is 1984, check out their T-Shirt design. If you want your email contact information listed on your Class Site for FREE, just contact us at
Webmaster











Thursday, March 18, 2004

I am working on the 1969 Seniors List, taken from the 1968 Eastonian so at least it will be "something", which is better than nothing.

Name: James E. Maynard
Graduation Year: 1951
email address:brucedarlene@aol.com
Time and Date: 8:07 03/18/04
Comment: Great to have a place to find familiar names and faces.

Name: Bruce D. Busey
Graduation Year: 1954
email address:brucedarlene@aol.com
Time and Date: 8:03 03/18/04
Comment: Thank you for giving us a site to renew friends and acquaintances.

Name: Darlene Maynard Busey
Graduation Year: 1954
email address:brucedarlene@aol.com
Time and Date: 8:01 3/18/04
Comment: Great web site - always good to hear from friends.


Wednesday, March 17, 2004 Saint Patrick's Day

Pages updated: Seniors List 1945 - 297
Faculty List
1962 2000 Multi Year Reunion Picture
1964 2000 Multi Year Reunion Picture
1966 "1991 25th Reunion" Picture

Teachers/Principal

Breen, Grace 1939-1945

M.A. University of Iowa. Taught Drama and Speech 1939-45. Transferred to Southwest High where she taught until her retirement in 1970.

Heine, Fred L 1942-46

Graduated from Baker University, Baldwin, KS. Taught at East from 1942-46 and served as Principal of Northeast and Van Horn before returning to East as Principal in 1970. He retired in 1979. Also served as President of the Kansas City, Missouri School Board.

Thursday, March 11, 2004

Pages updated: Seniors List 1947 - 260
Faculty List
Staff List

Jim Fensom wrote: "My sister lives in Florida and is mailing some more information to me. My brother in law graduated a couple years earlier and has some of the information from class reunions he has attended which should include some class listings. I�ll probably have them by the weekend I hope and will be able to process them. In the mean time I�ll go through my yearbooks and get the class officers, etc.

Site looks great and the counter indicates it is drawing lots of attention.

I left KC in 63 when I took off for the Navy. Didn�t plan to be gone more than 2 years but it ended up being 27. Spent 14 years in Japan and ended up in Norfolk. The kids were finishing school so it seemed to be a good place to settle. My wife and I have 3 children and 7 grandkids. My two daughters live nearby and my son who is in the Army Special Forces lives in North Carolina.

Where did you live during high school? I lived at 23rd and Drury and belonged to Troop 17 which met at Askew.

Jim (Fensom, Class of 1963) Jim has also provided information on Teachers and Staff from the 1959-1960 era, and on "Pappy" Grube who was a teacher at East since the opening of the school. Chief Lone Star's (Tribe of Mic-O-Say) info can be seen at: Faculty List East History

Thursday, March 4, 2004

Pages updated:

Seniors List 1959 Seniors List 1960 Seniors List 1961 Seniors List 1964 Seniors List 1984

Gary Bean's 1954 and 1956 Pages are NOT ACTIVE now. We hope they will return in the near future!

We are in another slow period, waiting for information about the Years 1926-1958 and 1971-1998. You don't have to be the "Homecoming Queen or Varsity Quarterback" to help with this site, it just takes "everyday people" to make things happen!

Could somebody that is retired, drive over to the "Big Biscuit" (40 Hwy and Lee's Summit Road) on Wednesday, March 10th, at 8:30 AM, drink some coffee, and have Jim Ralls 1943, Ed Nelson 1943, Herman Mohr 1939 and Jack Fitzgerald 1942, to contact the "Reunion Committee" about getting involved and providing information for the 1930s and 1940s? You will know them when you see them!

Monday, March 1, 2004

Monday, March 1, 2004 - 1984 20th Reunion

kc1984eastbear wrote:

KC1984EastBear - Weekend of August 6-8, 2004 for Reunion Planning committee wants to pin down our dates if you are really interested and these dates won't work for you please speak up now or forever hold your peace. Just email us back here or call Tami 816-225- 8281 or Patricia 913-522-1342.

Thanks to Jim Fensom, Class of 1963, we will soon be posting the names of the Seniors for the Classes of 1959, 1960, and 1961.

Jim lives in Virginia Beach, VA, where the pretty women are! Thanks again Jim for the valuable information.

recent Guestbook entries

1978 - Brewer, Tim - on 2004-03-01 1600 hrs

1968 - Zahner, Jim - on 2004-02-26 11:40 AM

1964 - Bumgardner, Paula - on 2004-02-17

Sunday, February 29, 2004 - Leap Year

The Seniors List for 1962 is completed, and there might be a lull in other year updates due to the exhaustion of my personal copies of Yearbooks (1962-66, 1968, 1970)

On the "East History" Page

"East History"

As the History Page grows and develops it will incorporate articles on East as well as the surrounding community.

East history would not be complete without mentioning the financial/jobs base of the area. The corporations that established themselves in the East district are:

Sears Roebuck Catalog Plant and Retail Store, The Chevrolet Plant in the Leeds area, The Ford Plant on Winchester Avenue, Vendo Corporation in the Blue River valley, Union Wire Rope, Veterans Administration Hospital, Montgomery Ward Catalog and Retail Store, National Bellas Hesse Catalog, GAF Corporation, U.S. Government Records Center at Independence Ave and Hardesty, Nelly Don Company, Geoetz Brewery at 18th and Indiana, Sheffield/Armco Steel, Standard Oil Sugar Creek Refinery, Kansas City Southern Railroad, Benson Instrument, Katz/Skaggs/Osco, Milgrams, Kansas City Auto Auction, Allen's Dairy, Sam's Bargain Town, to name a few.

Most of which are closed now, but in our time was the Employers' of our parents, family and neighbors. This rich employment base added to the grow and development of the East area.

If you have stories or information about these subjects, please share your knowledge with "eastbears.org".

Saturday, February 28, 2004

The work continues so please "Bear With Us"

The Viruses are circulating again so protect you and yours. It is not funny when your hard drive crashes so be safe and get protection! We suggest

"McAfee VirusScan"

but shop around and get some protection, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure"

"Yahoo! Mail Virus Protection detected the virus '"W32.Netsky.B@mm"' in the file '"jokes.com"', attached to the enclosed email message. We scanned the file using Norton AntiVirus but were unable to clean it. Therefore, we removed the content of the attachment from the message. Please contact the message sender if you want to receive the attachment. They must clean the file and resend it before we can deliver it to you safely. "Yahoo! Mail successfully cleans most infected attachments, which protects you from viruses."

EXAMPLE of a Virus EMAIL

Subject: hello
From: ginnj1@nationwide.com
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2004 17:33:05 -0600
To: me@sbcglobal.net
something is going wrong!

We have added the "Seniors List" for the following Years: 1970, 1968, 1966, 1965, 1963 and will start 1962 today. We do not have Yearbooks for: 1967, 1969, 1971 and above, or 1961 and below, so anybody that wants to provide that information, it would be greatly appreciated.

In the near future we will add "Zipcodes" to the Alumni that are on the Reunion List, as to give an idea of how far the Alumni is spread over the nation, or as we call it the "East Bear Nation". You will be able to see that addition first on the Class of 1966 site (I wonder why?).

In an article that appeared in the "Kansas City Star" Neighborhood News (Independence & Raytown), Wednesday, February 18, 2004, page 22, "Alumni keep in touch" by Fred Blocher, A group of men (Jim Ralls 1943, Ed Nelson 1943, Herman Mohr 1939, and Jack Fitzgerald 1942) get together once a month at the Big Biscuit Restaurant, US Hwy 40 and Lee's Summit Road. If you know these gentlemen have them contact us, so we can get their Classes listed at this site.

Friday, February 27, 2004

Friday, February 27, 2004, Dear eastbears.org,

I�m writing in response to your recent email regarding research on East High School.

Currently the library is closed due to remodeling, but we look forward to your visit when we re-open (tentatively in mid-April). For East High School we have the following yearbooks: 1927-1964, 1966-1970, 1972, 1975-1978, 1985-1989, 1995-1996. We also have some other materials pertaining to East, cited here:

"East Resources at the Kansas City Public Library"

When we re-open, these materials will be available on the 5th Floor of the Downtown Library at 14 W. 10th St. (intersection of 10th and Baltimore).

I hope this information helps, and have a happy Spring! Best wishes, Dan Coleman Special Collections Librarian

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2004 02 20
Ernie & Sondra Paris - 1955 Moderator
Karen (Yazel) Watt - 1958 Moderator
Stella Swafford - 1959 Moderator
Ralph Beckett - 1961 Moderator
Judy (Davis) Beckett - 1962 Moderator
Patsy (Woolsey) Matthews - 1964 Moderator
Mary (Troutman) Call - 1965 Moderator
Lavonna (Welsh) Peterson - 1966 Moderator
Mike Gallegher - 1967 Moderator
Patricia A. Tuckness - 1984 Moderator
10
2004 02 19
www.eastbears.org URLs updated today
"Faculty Page"
Added famous Art work at the bottom of the "Faculty Page"
Can you name the Artist, Title, and where it is located?
"Index Page"
Added the Mapquest Map of the East Area as background for the School Song
"Class of 1966 Page"
I am working on the Seniors List for 1966, will post in the near future
The current Guestbook - Sign and View, is not the quality we want so I will
be looking for something that suits are needs better,
i.e. time, date, return email address, and larger comment section.
Until then please direct your comments to:
eastbears@sbcglobal.net
*************
09
2004 02 18
www.eastbears.org URLs updated today
"Whats New Page"
We need volunteers for each of the years from 1950-1998 to be the
Contact person to gather information to be posted on your Year's Page
"Class of 1970 Page"
The entire Senior Activities pages, 267 student names are posted
If there are errors please contact the Webmaster. We need a Moderator
for this Class and for the other Classes listed above
the "Reunion Info Page"
The Class of 1984 is planning their 20th Reunion for this Year
contact - Patricia A. Tuckness
08
Planned
This site will be adding a "Seachable Data Base",
and other features that can be viewed at:
Gary Bean's East High School 1953-54-56
Van Horn High School
East High School - Memphis Tennessee
SM East (Kansas)
Contact the Webmaster Here
07
2004 02 17
February 17, 2004 The "What's NEW at EASTBEARS.ORG"
Page is created. Also check out the Class of 1970 page for the
prototype of the "List of Seniors" that will appear on all
Class pages. Also the Class Officers and Honors List can be
viewed at the 1962, 1964, and 1966 sites
East High School Class of 1984 Group Site
The above site added Tonight, check it out
06
2004 02 16
February 16, 2004 The Webmaster enters message on
Classmates.com informing Graduates of the revamped site,
and to contact us about names and email addresses to list
on their respective Class/Year pages. The "Reunion Committee"
Page has contact information, and the "Reunion Information" Page
will provide Reunion information for ALL Classes, besides the
Multi-Year Reunion planned for 2006
(when Reunions are planned see the info here)
05
2004 02 15
February 15, 2004 The following items are created:
01 Web Counter, 02 Guestbook, 03 Establishes Sites for the Classes of
1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969,
1970, 1971 with more to come, 04 Creates Links to other East sites
i.e. 1953, 1954, 1956 (Thanks to Gary Bean)
04
2004 02 15
February 15, 2004 the New Webmaster, an East Graduate,
takes control and promises to keep the site current
and relative to the needs of the Alumni for ALL Years
03
2004 02 03
February 3, 2004 After several months of inactivity the "Committee"
searches for a new "cheap/free" Webmaster
02
2003 09 20
September 20, 2003 East High Multi-Year Reunion held at Historic Benjamin Ranch
Over 500 Grads, Teachers and Guests attented.
01
2003 03 03
March 3, 2003 Reunion Committee establishes "www.eastbears.org"
1926
East High School - Kansas City Missouri - Opens


Contents


"I used to work for Harvester
I used to use my hands
I used to make the tractors and the
combines that plowed and harvested this great land
Now I see my handiwork on the block
everywhere I turn
And I see the clouds cross the weathered faces
and I watch the harvest burn
I quit the plant in '57
Had some time for farmin' then
Banks back then was lendin' money
The banker was the farmer's friend
And I've seen dog days and dusty days;
Late spring snow and early fall sleet;
I've held the leather reins in my hands
and I've felt the soft ground under my feet
Between the hot, dry weather and the taxes
and the Cold War it's been hard to make ends meet
But I always kept the clothes on out backs;
I always put the shoes on our feet
My grandson, he comes home from college
He says, "We get the government we deserve."
My son-in-law just shakes his head and says,
"That little punk, he never had to serve."
And I sit here in the shadow of the suburbs
and look out across these empty fields
I sit here in earshot of the bypass
and all night I listen to the rushin' of the wheels
The big boys, they all got computers:
got incorporated, too
Me, I just know how to raise things
That was all I ever knew
Now, it all comes down to numbers
Now I'm glad that I have quit
Folks these days just don't do nothin'
simply for the love of it
I went into town of the Fourth of July
Watched 'em parade past the Union Jack
Watched 'em break out the brass and beat on the drum
One step forward and two steps back
And I saw a sign on Easy Street,
said "Be Prepared to Stop."
Pray for the Independent , little man
I don't see next year's crop
And I sit here on the back porch in the twilight
And I hear the crickets hum
I sit and watch the lightning in the distance
but the showers never come
I sit here and listen to the wind blow
I sit here and rub my hands
I sit here and listen to the clock strike,
and I wonder when I'll see my companion again"

A Month of Sundays - Don Henley

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