Ilion High School

Class of 1932

Alumni News

1932 Mirror Cover

Digitized Class Yearbook....

Senior Annual 1932 from the New York Heritage digital Ilion Free Public Library Yearbooks collection. Link opens in new browser tab. (added March 24, 2021)


Class History....

Now everything you wanted to know about the IHS Class of 1932 is at your published in the 1932 Senior Annual Class History.


Class Roster....

Class Roster, Officers and Honor Students, as published in the 1932 "The Senior Annual" Yearbook, are available on the 1932 Class Roster page. (added December 2, 2021).


Class Historical Newspaper Articles....

     Newspaper articles about the IHS Class of 1932 (added November 5, 2022)


Robert Eckler - 1932 Yearbook Art Editor....

      1932 Yearbook Art Editor Robert Eckler was featured on the April 2022 cover story. (added April 30, 2022)


William Edwards Albany College of Pharmacy Graduation 1932

William Edwards - IHS 1932 - Pharmacist

IHS 1932 alumnus, William, was among the graduates who pursued a career in pharmacy and were featured in the November 2020 Cover Story. William's education, career and obituary were published as William Edwards - IHS 1932 - Pharmacist. (November 27, 2020)


Centenarian Alumnus Tribute

Happy 100th Birthday to Carl Bleau. Carl celebrated his birthday at Doty's Golf Course on August 16, 2014. He was born and raised in Ilion. Carl Bleau is still living in Ilion and golfing at Doty's Golf Course. The August 2014 Alumni cover story is a salute in honor of Ilion Centenarian Alumnus - Carl Bleau and his amazingly athletic family.

Sadly, Carl Bleau passed away on Sunday, August 17, one day after his 100th birthday.

(August 27, 2014)



Carl R. Bleau


Carl R. Bleau - Forge Hill Estates, Ilion, NY, a lifelong resident of the Mohawk Valley, passed away peacefully at his home on August 17th. He was pleased to have achieved his 100th year and celebrated the event at gatherings with family and friends. Carl, son of Louis and Bessie Suters Bleau, was born in Ilion on August 16th, 1914. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1932 and attended St. Lawrence University. Carl married Mary Anhel on March 2nd, 1940 at St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Herkimer. Mary passed away in 1993. Carl was employed by Remington Rand for several years before becoming Plant Manager at Martin Automatic Fishing Reel Company in Mohawk. He was involved in civic activities including former treasurer of the Ilion Cemetery Assn., Deacon of the Dutch Reformed Church of Mohawk and treasurer of the Mohawk Weller Library. He was also a former member of the Ilion Masonic Lodge, Conversation Club, the Mohawk Volunteer Fire Department, Cedar Lake Club, and was past president of the Ilion Little Theater Club. Carl enjoyed retirement years with his son Peter on the St. Lawrence River and with his son Kenneth on Maui, HI. He loved golf and skiing and was a member of the 90+ Ski Club, finally hanging up his skis at the age of 93. He especially enjoyed playing golf with his grandson, Kevin, and all his golfing buddies at Doty's Golf Course in Ilion. He played his final round of golf on his 100th birthday and shot a 60 for nine holes. He was predeceased by his loving wife Mary, four brothers and three sisters. Carl is survived by his sons, Peter and his wife Sue of Chippewa Bay, NY and Ken and his wife Chieko of Paia, Maui, HI and special friend and former daughter-in-law Caren Pepper and her husband Paul. He also leaves three grandchildren, Kevin Bleau and his wife Annie of Milton, MA, Darcelle Bleau of Ilion, NY and Andrew Bleau of Honolulu, HI as well as two great granddaughters, Helena and Carle Bleau. Carl leaves several nieces and nephews including Mary Seifritz, Paul Bleau, David Bleau and Cynthia Kaples. Carl was much loved by family and friends and was an inspiration to all who knew him. Gifts may be made in Carl's honor to the charity of one's choice. Interment will be held at the Ilion Cemetery at a later date. - See more at: (updated August 27, 2014)


Leroy T. Button

Leroy T. Button - On April 14, 2007, Leroy T. Button died at his home on Lake Buchanan near Burnet,TX. Born January 25, 1915, in Ilion, NY, Mr. Button lived in the Washington, DC area and Bethesda, MD, until June 1989. As part of the "greatest generation", Rangeroy served with HQ Company of the elite5th Ranger Battalion. He participated in the H-Hour landing at Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944.He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star with two clusters. In addition to his wife Patricia, he is survived by his sons Thomas, Michael and Kyle, and grandson Taylor Button. A memorial service with military honors will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 29th, at the Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet. He will be interred with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery on June 6, 2007, Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Girling Hospice Health Care in Burnet, TX, or to the Leroy and Patricia Button Endowed Scholarship at the California State University, Los Angeles, CA. Published in the Austin American-Statesman on 4/22/2007. (updated August 22, 2014)


Mae F. (VanAlstine) Bishop IHS 1932, 94, of McGraw, N.Y., formerly of Benedict Avenue, Ilion, died Saturday, March 3, 2007, at Northwoods Rehabilitation and Extended Care Facility in Cortland, N.Y. She was born on Jan. 19, 1913, in Ilion, the daughter of Irving and Mabel (Tuttle) VanAlstine and was a 1932 graduate of Ilion High School. On July 31, 1940, she was married to Charles R. Bishop in Mount Rose, Pa. He died in 1990. At one time, Mae was employed for seven years at the Ilion Hospital. She later worked as a housekeeper for Dr. Jones in Ilion for seven years. Mrs. Bishop was a former member of the Ilion United Methodist Church.Survivors include: her sister, Marion Griswald of Cortland, N.Y.; two grandsons, Jay Brewer and wife Barb of Snow Camp, N.C., and Corey Brewer and his wife Amy of Clayton, N.C.; two great-granddaughters, Crystal Brewer of Snow Camp, N.C., and McKenzie Brewer of Clayton, N.C.; one great-grandson, Logan Brewer of Clayton, N.C.; one son-in-law, William Brewer of North Carolina; several nieces including, Susan Porter and Linette Welsh of McGraw, N.Y. and Sharon Wagner of Maryland, N.Y.; and two nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter, Nancy Brewer, her sister, Arlene Tibbets, and one great-granddaughter, Lindsay Brewer. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 7, 2007, at 2 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with the Rev. Robert Wollaber, pastor of the Ilion United Methodist Church, officiating. Spring interment will be in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 1-2 p.m. prior to the funeral home service. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Mae or add to her online memorial may go to on the Internet. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Donation envelopes are available at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion. (Mar 24, 2007 modified March 20, 2016)


Iola M. Reynolds Stephens IHS 1932, age 88, formerly of Ilion, passed away Monday, April 15, 2002, at Folts Homes, Herkimer. She was born March 20, 1914, in Mohawk, the daughter of the late Charles and Hemstead Reynolds. Mrs. Stephens was a 1932 graduate of Ilion High School and in December 1945, she married James Stephens in Ilion. He passed away Jan. 21, 1999. Mrs. Stephens was a member of the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, the W.O.T.M. Lodge 1010.. Mrs. Stephens is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Fred and Donna Stephens of Charlotte, N.C., Charles and Carol Stephens of Forestport and Lester and Chris Stephens of Ilion; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Leola Reynolds and Fred and Virginia Reynolds, all of Ilion; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Thelma and Ned Hart of Mohawk and Adeline Bunce of Frankfort; two sisters-in-law, Mayme Hendrix of Ilion and A. Mildred Pierce of Herkimer; nine grandchildren, John Stephens, Patricia Trevett, Matthew, Mark, Michael, Christopher, Jeremy, Gregory and Andrea Stephens; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Saturday, April 20, at 12:30 p.m. from the Church of the Annunciation with Fr. Joseph Benintende officiating. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer. Friends may call Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion. The family would like to thank the staff of the fourth floor at Folts Homes for all the care and compassion shown Iola. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Folts Homes, Herkimer, in her memory. (April 19, 2002)


Ernest Claude Niles, age 88, of Dolgeville, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002, at Little Falls Hospital. He was born on Jan. 23, 1914, in Fly Creek, a son of the late Claude and Bessie (Burns) Niles. Ernie graduated from Ilion High School class of 1932. Survivors include two nephews and their wives, James and Charlotte Robotham of Dolgeville, and William and Patricia Robotham of Mohawk; and one niece, Betty Backus of Ilion. There will be no calling hours. A service will be scheduled for the family in the spring. Arrangements are under the direction of the Roberts-Buck Funeral Home, 3 Faville Ave., Dolgeville. (February 23, 2002)


Mr. Thomas A. Morris, 84, of Claxton Manor - Herkimer, formerly of 176 South Fifth Ave, Ilion, passed away on August 10, 1999, in Little Falls Hospital. Mr. Morris was born March 15, 1915, the first son of Thomas R. and Margaret Curley Morris. He attended North Street Grammer School and graduated from Ilion High School, class of 1932. He attended the Collegiate Center and pursued a legal career after graduation. Mr. Morris studied law for four years, in the office of Fred J. O'Donnell, a local attorney. He passed the New York State Bar examination, on his first attempt, in 1939. He practiced law with Mr. O'Donnell, his mentor, for two years until he enlisted in the Army as a private, during World War II. He attended Officer Candidate School and served in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy as legal officer and judge with the Allied Military Government. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Knight Order-Crown of Italy from King Umberto. After returning from military service in early 1946, Mr. Morris served as legal officer, training officer and executive officer of a reserve unit, rising to the rank of major. He was united in marriage to Mary E. Gilmartin, on Feb. 9, 1946, at the Church of the Annunciation. Mrs. Morris passed away October 14, 1997. During his 53 year legal career, Mr. Morris was elected police judge, and served as village attorney in Ilion. For many years, he served as Herkimer County Democratic chairman. He also served on the board of trustees for the Herkimer County Community College and was a trustee for the Mohawk Valley General Hospital.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas A. Jr. and Evelyn Morris of Grayslake, Ill., Dr. David G. Morris and his wife Dr. Laura Napolitano of San Francisco, two grandchildren, Kristin and Sean Thomas Morris; six brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Bette Morris, of Ilion, James and Gladys Morris of Florida, Richard Morris of Florida, Donald and Maureen Morris of Florida, Robert 'Skeeter' Morris and Ann Morris of Florida; one sister, Margaret 'Peg' Marley of Ilion; his brother-in-law, John Gilmartin of Ilion; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary and his brother, Edward J. Morris.

Funeral services will be held Friday, at 9:15 am, at Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion , and at 10 am at the Church of the Annunciation. Interment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetary, Frankfort, with full military honors. Calling hours are Thursday, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Memorial contributions may be made in Tom's memory to the Morris Memorial Scholarship Fund. (August 11, 1999)


Bombers Buzz Web Site....

Leroy Button, from Burnet, TX, re-registered. (September 29, 2003)

LeRoy Button from Burnet, TX, sent news. (January 21, 2002)

"This is just to let you know our email address here at home. My sister-in-law was kind enough to enter my name while researching Ilion on the Internet, and kind enough to enter her email address. I think you all may too young to even remember any of us old geezers. I will be 87 next week and was a graduate of Class of 1932. Are there any of us left??? Ha. Keep up the good work. As we get older.... and we ARE is nice to hear all the news from your old High School!" LeRoy

Mary Kaune Seymour, Retired, Ilion, NY, registered. (January 15, 2002)


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