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1949 Mirror Cover

Class History....

Now everything you wanted to know about the IHS Class of 1949 is at your fingertips....as published in the 1949 Mirror Class History.

 

Senior Pictures....

Senior Pictures, from the 1949 Annual Yearbook, are now available. The girls all wore the classic wrap and the boys wore jackets and ties. Here is an example of a classic, beautiful yearbook Senior Section. (May 6, 2013)

 

Senior Pictures
Class Officers - Garnsey and Pearson           Class Officers - Hiller and Boyle
Patricia Bergin
Mary Bracken
Ann Brooks
Elaine Brunette
Nancy Burnham
Edna Conboy
Margaret 'Peggy' Culver
John Fake
Joanna Fay
Constance Foster
Donald Gauding
Nora Greig
Phyllis Griswold
Donald Hathaway
Alda Hess
Dolores Hubbell
Jean Hunter
Patricia Ingraham
Barbara Kane
Leona Kibbe
Joan Krebs
William Lawrence
Anthony Lewicki
Alan Lowe
Janet March
Barbara Merchant
John Minon
John McKenna
Vaughn McPherson
Shirley Malotke
James Morath
Robert Morris
Joan Murphy
Wilmonte Nash
George Nile
Marilyn Noyes
Eva O'Dell
Richard Palmer
Eugene Parker
Carl Peterson
Barbara Phillips
Joann Phillips
David Pierce
Erma Prescott
Dominick Putch
Philip Randall
Roscoe Reed
Shirley Roche
Ann Rorke
Lydia Rudd
Beverly Shaut
Floyd Shoemaker
Paul Soules
Dolores Staley
Alfred Sutton
Shirley Swarthout
Beverly Van Alstyne
Constance Watson
Ann Wilfert
Alan Wood
Robert Zeh

 

James Garnsey - Ilion's Longest Serving Mayor.....

The Honorable James F. Garnsey Booklet

In 1988, Janet researched and created a history of the Village of Ilion elected officials. She dedicated and presented this booklet, which was titled, "The Honorable James F. Garnsey", to former mayor James Garnsey IHS '49.

Former Mayor Garnsey is Ilion's longest serving mayor. (August 30, 2014)

 

Class of 1949 Photo Album.....

Thanks to James and Dorothy Loopman Garnsey for sharing some photographs from their photo album. Take a trip down memory lane with the Class of 1949. (April 29, 1998)

1949 Varsity Cheerleaders Group Photo - 50th Year Reunion

 

Class Directory.....

Your Classmate Addresses are now available. (current as of October 26, 1997

 

Class of 1949 - 60th Reunion Held in 2009.....

Class of 1949 held a 60 year reunion, Saturday, September 26, 2009 at the Mohawk Valley Country Club. Eighteen members of the class attended including all four officers along with eight guests. (Oct 23, 2009)

 

Class of 1948 & 1949 - Joint Reunion in July 2003.....

The Class of 1948 and the Class of 1949 will hold a Joint Class Picnic Saturday, July 26, 2003 at VFW William Hemstead Post #502 between Ilion and Frankfort starting at 1:00 PM. The price is $10.00 and includes the usual picnic fare, hamburgers, hotdogs, salads, etc.

Any other class member of that era is welcome! Please contact Shirley Steiner Pearson '49 or Lydia Rudd '49 if you intend to come. (July 13, 2003)

 

Class of 1948 & 1949 - Joint Reunion Held in 2001.....

The Classes of '48 & '49 held a combined picnic on Saturday, August 25, 2001. The picnic was held at The VFW Post, Route 5s, between Ilion and Frankfort, starting at 1PM. The price was $10/person. Class of 1948 members could contact Shirley Steiner Pearson and 49's contacted Lydia Rudd. Everyone was welcome!! (June 21, 2001)

 

50 Year Reunion.....

It's finally here... see the Group Photograph from the 50th Year Reunion Celebration. (June 6, 2000)

 

Plans are developing quickly for the Class of '49 50th year reunion to be held over the last week in September.

The weekend starts with an informal evening at the Ilion Knights of Columbus at 6:30 PM.

After 50 years, we have conducted a pretty successful search for all our friends and classmates. We were probably one of the smallest classes to come out of Ilion High, during the century.

Sadly, we have lost fifteen of our friends over the years. The In Memorium page honors the memory of our deceased classmates.

Out of the 50 who remain, we have been able to locate all but two, Joan Krebs and Joann Phillips.

Twenty eight 49'ers will attend the dinner, along with wives and friends. Sixteen will not be able to get here and there has been no reply from four.

On Saturday, September 25th, the first event will be a tour of the Ilion High School, scheduled for 9 AM. A party boat cruise on the Erie Canal has been scheduled for the rest of the day, weather permitting. For those "landlubbers", Ilion plays Adirandack, at home, that day at 2 2 pm.

Saturday evening we're at the Crystal Chandalier Restaurant, with a cocktail party at 6:30 PM, followed by dinner at 7:30 pm.

It's back to the K of C Sunday morning for breakfast and to relax a bit before we head out for wherever home might be.

There's still time to join us and we would love to see you!!


(Updated September 4, 1998)

 

Communities 2000 Outreach Coordinator .....

James Garnsey IHS 1949, Ilion, has been appointed as Communities 2000 outreach coordinator at Herkimer County Community College. Jim will be available to bring the Communities 2000 strategic planning and visioning process to interested communities. Communities 2000 began at HCCC in 1992 as an effort to encourage local citizens to participate actively in public life. The key elements of Communities 2000 are a grassroots foundation among a community's residents, broad based participation, and a community visioning/planning effort that is strategic in nature. The college provides a neutral setting where communication is encouraged, everyone has an opportunity to participate, and the underlying rule is to be respectful of others and be open to new ideas. Jim Garnsey brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of Herkimer County communities to Communities 2000. He is a lifelong resident of Herkimer County and served as mayor of Ilion for 10 years. He has been active in community leadership through his service on the HCCC board of trustees, the Herkimer County ARC board of directors, the Village of Ilion Housing Authority, Mid-York Library board of directors and the HCC Foundation board. Communities 2000 is funded through a grant provided by the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties. For information about how your community can get involved in Communities 2000, call HCCC's Community Education Office at 866-0300, ext. 251. (July 21, 2001)

 

Village Elections - RESULTS June 6....

The Village of Ilion Election was held Tuesday, June 6. The Incumbant Democratic candidate, Norma Smith was re-elected with 743 votes. Mr. Nicholas Pannes, who recently retired as Ilion School District Athletic Director, was elected on the Democratic ticket. Tom Bechard was also elected on the Democratic ticket. Tom Bechard ran for the 2 year trustee position and defeated Republican candidate, Glenn Kasarda by 781 votes to 345 votes. Nick Pannes was the high vote-getter with a total of 881 votes. Republican candidates for the four year trustee positions were incumbant John Wright - 365 votes and Charles 'Chuck' Lester - 306 votes. Republican incumbant village justice, Mr. Don Pearson ran unopposed and received 753 votes. Congratulations to the winners and a big thank you to all the candidates for offering to serve their community. Polls were open from noon until 9 pm, at five locations: Municipal Building, Forge Hill Esates carriage house, the Herkimer County Marine Corps League building on Second Street, London Towers and Prindle Apartments. (June 6, 2000)

 

Ilion Democrats Holding Rally! ....

Four former Ilion Mayors, Jack Manley, John Morris, Jim Garnsey and Joe Collea are hosting a rally at the Ilion Elks Club on Friday, June 2, 2000 at 6 pm. Come meet the Democratic Party candidates for Village Trustee positions: Norma Smith; incumbent Trustee, Tom Bechard; an enthusiastic newcomer and Nick Pannes; a proven administrator. The next time you can make a choice regarding the Village Board will not occur until the year 2002. The present board established four year trustee terms which means, that for the first time in village history, no annual village election will be held next year. Come meet the candidates, enjoy some refreshments and entertainment and be their guest. (May 22, 2000)

 

Village Election - Democratic Candidates

The village of Ilion Democratic Committee selected candidates for the June 6th village elections. The Democratic candidates were selected this week. Mr. Nicholas Pannes, who recently retired as Ilion School District Athletic Director, is seeking a four-year trustee position. Ms. Norma Smith, is the Democratic incumbant running for a four-year trustee position. Mr. Thomas Bechard '72 will run as the Democratic candidate for two year term vacated by Republican Mark Cushman, the current Village Administrator. On the Republican side, Glen Kasarda opposes Tom Bechard for the two-year term. Charles 'Chuck' Lester '74 and John Wright are seeking the four-year term trusteeships. The Democratic Party did not select a candidate for village justice. The Republican candidate for village justice is incumbant Mr. Donald Pearson '49. (April 18, 2000)

 

Condolences.....

 

The In Memorium page honors the memory of our deceased classmates. (Dec 26, 2011)

Donald V. Pearson IHS 1949 80 of Ilion, passed away peacefully on Thursday December 22, 2011 at Mohawk Valley Health Care in Ilion. Don was born on May 10, 1931 in Binghamton the son of the Late Carl and Marie (Leach) Pearson, he was a graduate of Ilion Schools. On August 9, 1952 Don married the former Shirley Steiner in Ilion. Don served in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict. Following his service he joined the NY State Police, retiring as Sr. Investigator. Don was then employed as Security Supervisor at Remington Arms for 12years until becoming the Village of Ilion Justice for 20 years. Don was a member of the Ilion United Methodist Church and the American Legion. Don is survived by his wife of 59 years, Shirley; two sons Douglas and his wife Ruth of Ilion and Dale of Utica; a daughter Cynthia and her husband David Garrett of Barneveld; his grandchildren Danielle, Nathan, Kalynn, Amanda and Jessica and a great grandchild Althea; brother in law Warren and his wife Delores Steiner of Mohawk; nieces Barbara and her husband Kevin Davis of Scotland, Judith Hendrix of Jacksonville, NC, Patricia Hendrix and Dennis Wright of Ilion, Diane and her husband Talbot Bala of Herkimer and Ida and her husband Chad Dickinson of Okinawa. He was predeceased by his sisters Audrey Hendrix and Arlene Pearson. Funeral services for Don will be held on Monday December 26, 2011 at 6pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. Rev. Robert Wollaber will officiate. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery, at a later date. Friends may call on Monday December 26, 2011 from 3pm until the time of the funeral. Don's family wish to thank the 2nd and 4th floor staff at Mohawk Valley Health Care, the 6th floor staff at Faxton-St. Luke's Hospital and the Ilion Ambulance for the care given Don during his illness. Friends are asked to consider memorial contributions to either the Ilion Ambulance fund or the NYSP Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. On line condolences may be sent by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (Dec 26, 2011)

Mrs. Patricia Ann 'Pat' (Bergin) Murphy IHS 1949, 78 of Second St. Ext., passed away unexpectedly on Friday morning, October 2, 2009 at her residence. She was born on April 12, 1931, daughter of the late John and Katherine (Fleucher) Bergin and educated in Ilion schools. She resided in East Herkimer at one time moving to Ilion in 1999. On May 1, 1954, she was united in marriage with Daniel Murphy at Annunciation Church, Ilion. Mr. Murphy passed away in 2005, following a union of 51 years. Pat was of the Catholic faith and was a devoted parishioner of St. Francis deSales Church in Herkimer. She married Chuck Earl On January 18, 2007 and would have celebrated three years of marriage in January. Pat assisted in the operation of Dan Murphy Optical in Herkimer for many years and was formerly employed by Congressman Donald Mitchell, Herkimer County Office Building and the New York Telephone Company. Mrs. Murphy always went above and beyond for those seeking her assistance and was always lending a helping hand and putting the needs of others before her own. Many wonderful memories were created at her summer camp on Lake Pleasant. She enjoyed traveling and enjoyed sports often attending sporting events. Pat took great pleasure in being with her grandchildren and watching them grow. She will be forever remembered by her family and friends for her generosity and willingness to help. Survivors include her beloved family; her husband Chuck; three sons, Timothy Murphy and his wife Brenda of West Palm Beach, FL, James Murphy and his wife Linda of East Herkimer, and Daniel Murphy and his girlfriend, Christina of Herkimer; one daughter, Patricia Gugliotta and her husband Robert of Syracuse; her siblings: Bernice Hennessey, Shirley Goodman of Florida, Jack Bergin and wife Doris of Ilion and Robert Bergin and wife Connie of Florida; five cherished grandchildren Katherine, Kristina, Michael, Lisa, and Robert Murphy; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws and of course many devoted friends. She was preceded in death by her sisters: Mellie Petrie, Eleanor Helmer and Martha Bergin. Relatives and friends are invited to visitation at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., between Ilion and Frankfort, 894-8000,on Monday, October 5, 2009 from 4-7 p.m. Mrs. Murphy's funeral will commence on Tuesday morning, Oct. 6th at 10:15 a.m. from the chapel of the Enea Family Funeral Home where prayer will be offered and at 11 a.m. at St. Francis deSales Church with the Rev. Mark Cunningham, Pastor officiating. Procession will follow to Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer where she will be laid to rest. Kindly consider memorial offerings to the St. Francis de Sales Church; envelopes are available at the funeral home. (Oct 23, 2009)

Donald S. Hathaway IHS 1949, 78, died November 28, 2008 in Ilion, NY. Mr. Hathaway graduated from Ilion High School with the Class of 1949. He served in the United State Airforce during the Korean War. He is survived by his wife, Chris Hathaway of Long Beach, his son Donnie and a sister Carol Sweeney of Clinton, NY. A graveside service will be held Monday, December 8, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. (Dec 14, 2008)

Nora J. (Greig) Scanlon IHS 1949, age 75, of Onondaga Hill, passed away Wednesday, July 18, at her home. Born in Ilion, she resided in the Syracuse area over 50 years. She was the widow of Robert and mother of the late Kevin Scanlon. Nora was a retired secretary for General Electric and was a communicant of St. Michael's Church. She is survived by her daughter, Kelly Scanlon-Edgar of Syracuse; son-in-law, Kenneth Edgar of Syracuse; daughter-in-law, Rebecca Scanlon of Central Square; three grandchildren, Gwendolyn Scanlon, Abigail and Kevin Edgar; her sister, Nancy Marleau of Utica; and two brothers, Gary and Donald Greig of Ilion. Services are 9:15 a.m. Monday at Butler-Badman Funeral Home, Inc., 4504 W. Seneca Tpk., and 10 a.m. in St. Peter's Church, 3994 Split Rock Road, Camillus, NY. Interment is in St. Mary's Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Contributions may be made to Hospice of CNY or St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Butler-Badman Funeral Home, Inc. ONONDAGA HILL Published in the Syracuse Post Standard on 7/20/2007. (August 19, 2007)

Carl W. Peterson Jr. Valedictorian IHS 1949, Venice, Florida, was the son of Judge Carl W. Peterson, and his wife, Anna Fisher Peterson. He attended Ilion (NY) public schools, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, and from Cornell Law School in Ithaca, NY. In 1957 Carl entered the U.S. Air Force and served three years in the Judge Advocate General's department. He became associated with the Syracuse law firm of Estabrook, Burns, Hancock and White in 1960, and later joined the legal department of the City of Syracuse where he became Corporation Counsel of the City in 1968. In 1970 he became a partner in the law firm of Hancock and Estabrook, where he remained until his retirement in 1997. Mr. Peterson participated in bar association and other civic activities. He served as Director and President of the Onondaga County Bar Association, Director and President of the Hiscock Legal Aid Society, and Chairman of the Fourth Department Attorney Grievance Committee. He was also a longtime Director and President of the Former Volunteer Center of Syracuse and an organizing Director of PEACE, the Syracuse anti-poverty organization. Mr. Peterson married Virginia Wood in 1957, who survives him. He is also survived by two sons, Carl W. Peterson, III, of Syracuse, David H. Peterson; a daughter-in-law, Julia M. Peterson; and two grandchildren, Spenser and Olivia, all of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Services will be held at 10:30 on Friday, February 11, 2005 at The Ewing Funeral Home, 140 E. Venice Ave, in Venice. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Association for Retarded Citizens, 600 South Wilbur Avenue, Syracuse, NY. (Feb 20, 2005)

Robert L. Zeh IHS 1949, age 73, died Friday, May 14, 2004, in a Jacksonville Beach hospital. Memorial services were held Tuesday, May 18, 2004, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Arlington Park Funeral Home, 6920 Lone Star Rd., with Rev. Al Hicks officiating. He was a veteran of the Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Zeh was a Mason, a member of Sons of American Revolution and the Scottish Rite. He was retired from the St. John's River Power Park. Robert enjoyed playing golf in his leisure time. Survivors include his wife, Jean Zeh; two brothers, Dr. Frederick Zeh and Charles Zeh; two sisters, Muriel Zeitvogel and Dorothy Malone; and several nieces and nephews. Please the guest book at Jacksonville.com. Local arrangements by Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion. (June 3, 2004)

Delores E. Hubbel IHS 1949, age 70, Frankfort, passed away Saturday, July 13, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center. She was born July 14, 1931, in Ilion, the daughter of the late Fayette W. and Ruth Moyer Hubbel. She was educated in the Ilion School District. Delores was employed as program director secretary with WKTV for 35 years, retiring in 1992. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Ilion. Dolores is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Patricia Hubbel of Ilion; an uncle and aunt, Robert and Marge Hubbel of Rome; a nephew and his wife, Eric and Alisa Hubbel of Little Falls; a niece, Heather Hubbel and her fiancŽ Donald Bishop III of Remsen; great-nieces, Miranda Nichol Hubbel, Jordyn Alexis Bishop, Jessica Ryan Bishop; great-nephews, Nicholas Robert Hubbel and Eric Todd Hubbel Jr.; two special friends, Audrey Sorenson of Ilion and Marjorie Niermeyer of Utica; and her loving cat, Joshua.Funeral services for Delores will be held Wednesday, July 17 at 11 a.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with the Rev. Wesley Shipp officiating. Final interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorials may be made to the Frankfort Fire Department or the First Baptist Church, Ilion, in Delores' memory. (July 15, 2002)

Mr. John W. Fake, Class of 1949 and Faculty Member, age 68, passed away on March 22, 2000 in South Carolina. He was born in Ilion, the son of the late Alonzo and Margaret Meehan Fake. He was a graduate of Ilion High School in 1949. He taught business courses at Ilion High School. He last resided in Myrtle Beach, SC. He is survived by his wife, Constance Foster Fake; a son, John of Seattle; daughters, Tracey Scalata of Carver, Mass., and Susan Hogan of the Netherlands; grandchildren, Ryan and Jamie Scalata; brothers, Leo Fake of Bethesda, MD and Lon Fake of Ilion; and sister, Jane Starring of Syracuse. A memorial Mass was held Saturday, March 25 at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Garden City Beach, SC. Memorials may be made to St. Michael's Building Fund, PO Box 2659 Murrells Inlet SC 29576. (March 26, 2000)

John Fake - Ilion NY
John Fake
Business Teacher

From Mrs. Constance (Connie Foster) Fake - "Many thanks to all who offered your condolences when John passed away. Ilion will always be our home and its nice to be remembered. Thx again" (April 28, 2000)

 

Golden Bombers Buzz WebSite.....

Robert Morris, email, from Venice, FL, re-registered. (October 4, 2004)

Margaret Culver Nemyier, email, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 12, 2002)

Ann Rourke Paoni, Utica, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 12, 2002)

Donald Pearson, from Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 12, 2002)

Jim Garnsey, email, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 3, 2002)

Patricia Ingraham Reed, semi-retired Registered Nurse, email, from Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (May 30, 2002)

Roscoe Reed, retired rural mail carrier, email, from Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (May 30, 2002)

Pat Bergin Murphy, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (May 24, 2002)

Barbara Merchant Winsman, from Ilion, NY, email (May 1-Nov.1), from Ilion, NY, re-registered. (March 6, 2002)

Fred Turner, Retired, email, Mohawk, NY, registered. (February 3, 2002)

Margaret Culver Nemyier, Retired, email, Ilion, NY, registered. (January 20, 2002)

Harry Wood, email, Sebring, FL, sent news. (November 4, 2001)

"Being new to my computer, I am suprised at the work gone into the history of Ilion. My mother's maiden name was Laura Oliver and graduated Ilion high at the old Morgan st. school in about 1913 ...she became a teacher and taught in Millers Mills, Richfield Spa., and Russia Corners [One room school still standing]. My father purchased and ran Woods Tire service in 1928, and was in family till late 1990s." Harry

Alda Hess Charlesworth, email, from Salt Lake City, UT, registered. (modified May 29, 2000)

"Just updating. Several things have happened to me since my last message. I couldn't stand being retired so have been appointed to serve on the Housing Authority of Salt Lake County Advisory Board and was recently elected to the Tenants' Assoication Board of the complex where i live. Will be traveling with my daughter, Susan and 1 of my granddaughters to New Mexico so attend ceremonies for my son, Lauren, who is retiring from the Air Force. I now have 2 great-grandsons, Dimitrius born October 8,1999 in Orlando, Fl and brandom born May 24,2000 in Gainesville, Fl.Not much more neews so everyone just keep in touch." Alda

Donald Pearson, from Ilion, NY, registered. (modified July 7, 2001)

Eugene Parker, Retired, email, from Temple City, CA, registered in the directory. (November 1, 1998)

Phyllis Griswold Yardley, email, or email, from W. Melbourne, FL, registered in the directory. (October 28, 1998)

James Garnsey, Ilion, NY, email, the first alumnus from the Class of 1949 to register in the alumni directory. (October 3, 1997)

 

Class Page Editor....

James Garnsey, from Ilion, NY, email jgarnse1@twcny.rr.com, is now the Official 1949 Class HomePage Editor! Send all your latest news about classmates to Jim!


Please email Jim Garnsey with all the 1949 Class News!

 


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