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1939


  • You can see pictures of this class when they were at Trent School in 1933 by looking at the Class of 1933 webpage.

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    recent picture of the late Irene Gresham Smith

    Irene (Gresham) Smith

    Irene Gresham Smith of Eugene, Oregon passed away March 4, 2008. Irene was born June 20, 1921 to Jefferson Bryan Gresham and Vanitia Towery in Calhoun County, Illinois. Irene came to Oregon in her infancy and spent much of her elementary and middle school years in the Dexter and Pleasant Hill area. She put herself through high school and college by adult care and children sitting and later as a bank teller at the US Bank, where she met Warren. They were married in Piedmont, California on August 5, 1945.

    Irene graduated from the University of Oregon in 1946. She was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority where she served one year as the house president. As an undergraduate, she made a major contribution to WWII on the home front where she sold the most $25 War Bonds of all the university coeds in the country. A United States Collegiate competition was held in 1944 to see what university and coed could sell the most $25 War Bonds during this one big drive . The University of Oregon sold the most with $260,360 and the University of Southern California second with $100,000. Irene was named "Bonds Away Girl" with a special award luncheon for her in Portland with the screen actor Victor Mature, who was serving in the U.S. Coast Guard.

    Irene did part-time work in the Administration at Lewis and Clark College in Portland and after moving to Eugene she served as a secretary-receptionist for the YWCA on the campus at Oregon. Volunteer work included the SHO desk at the Hult Center, Secretary of the Oregon Arts Commission, and also assisted FISH. She belonged to the University Women's Club and was an active member of Fortnightly. She was a long time member of Central Presbyterian Church.

    Irene loved music, reading, spending time with family, and traveling the world which she and Warren were able to do for many years.

    Irene is survived by her loving husband, Warren E. Smith; son, David Smith; daughter Carol Smith Wilson; daughter-in-law Sandy; son-in-law John (Butch); grandsons Morgan and Taylor; granddaughters Whitney and Holly May; and great-grandson Avery; sister Lorene Sims; brother George Gresham; sister-in-law, Phoebe Atwood and many nieces and nephews and their families.

    A Memorial service will be held at Central Presbyterian Church in Eugene on Saturday, March 15 at 2:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Eugene Symphony or the Eugene Library.

    Please sign the guest book at www.registerguard.com/legacy (kept until April 12, 2008)

    senior picture of Chester Hostick in 1939

    recent picture of Chester Hostick

    [October 29, 2005]
    Chester Hostick
    A celebration of life was held for Chester "Chet" Hostick of Ontario, Oregon and formerly of Dexter and Florence, who died March 10, 2005, of cancer. He was 82.
    Hostick was born April 19. 1922, in Dexter, to Fred and Myrtle Phibbs Hostick. He married Lois Ilene Weilbrenner in 1943 in Redding, California. She died in 1999. He married Rose Marie Boyd on February 14, 2000, in Ontario.
    He lived in Dexter from 1922 to 1953 and graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1939. He served in the Army from 1943 to 1946, then worked as a logger until 1953.
    Hostick served in the Oregon State Police from 1953 to 1977, when he retired as a senior trooper. He lived in Ontario from 1953 to 1963 and in Florence from 1963 to 1985. He then lived in Brogan untiil 2000, when he moved back to Ontario.

    senior picture of Pear Macklin

    recent picture of Pearl Macklin

    [July 23, 2005]
    Pearl (Macklin)Quesenberry
    The graveside funeral was held July 25 for Pearl May Quesenberry, 84, of La Pine, formerly of Eugene, who died July 21 of age-related causes. She was 84.

    Quesenberry was born Oct. 26, 1920, in Eugene, to John and Cora Fletcher Macklin. She married Harry Thomas, who died in 1986.

    She graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1939. She had lived in Eugene, Roseburg, Palmer, Alaska, and Ferndale, Calif.

    Quesenberry had worked as a cook and restaurant owner. She enjoyed cooking, reading and Portland Trail Blazers basketball. She belonged to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, La Pine Ward, and also was a member of the Rebekah Lodge.

    Survivors include three sons, Thomas Quesenberry of Eugene, John Quesenberry of Tangent and Gerald Quesenberry of La Pine; 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. A daughter, Dorothy, died in 1962.

    Monday's service ws held at 10 a.m. at Springfield Memorial Gardens. Springfield Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

    Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Missionary Fund.

    senior picture of Donald Murphey

    recent picture of Donald Murphey

    October 29, 2005]

    Donald W. Murphey
    E-mail dondelrio1@msn.com
    86280 Del Rio St.,
    Eugene, OR 97405
    Marital Status: widower
    Children: Six
    Comments: Don Murphey has written an extensive biography which can be seen by clicking here. He also has added to the Pleasant Memories Project.

    Don has a longer biography which he has written and it's available by clicking here.

    Senior picture of Elson Shields [August 16, 2005

    Elson Shields

    Elson Shields died recently of cancer, as reported by Bill Wiebke. He had talked with June Nystrom Shields Hostick who said he had died in Silverton, Oregon. During World War II, he flew P-38s and survived that.

    A private memorial service is planned for Elson C. Shields of Vancouver, Wash., formerly of Springfield, Eugene and Florence, who died Aug. 14 of lung cancer. He was 84. He was born April 30, 1921, in Lincoln Township, Okla., to Harold and Ena Geyman Shields.
    He married Louise Faust in 1969. She died June 15, 2005. A graduate of Pleasant Hill High School, Shields served as a P-38 pilot in the Army Air Corps in the African and European theaters during World War II. He received 10 air medals, rose to the rank of captain and served in the Air Force reserves until 1957. During this time he was a flight instructor and test pilot.
    He worked in aviation sales, owned a ranch in Sisters and operated his own construction company, Elson Shields Construction, in Eugene and Florence. He enjoyed golf, was a member of the Masons and the Kiwanis and served on the Florence City Council.
    Survivors include two sons, Elson Strahan of Vancouver and Barry Shields of Englewood, Colo.; a daughter, Penny Bartley of Ontario; four stepsons, Jerry Grant of Sequim, Wash., John Grant and Mike Grant, both of Edgewood, Wash., and Larry Grant of Woodinville, Wash.; a brother, Eldon of Springfield; and several grandchildren and great- grandchildren. A private memorial service is planned in September 2005 at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. Memorial Gardens Funeral Chapel in Vancouver is in charge of arrangements.

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