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Fred Lange, PHS ’71, chaired the 40 Year reunion for his class. Richard Johnson (PHS ’71) created the design for the PHS ’71 peel and stick wine labels, wine glasses, cigar bands, etc for their event. Fred graciously created some classy PHS Vintage Alumni stuff too. If you are interested in the Vintage Alumni peel and stick wine labels, or glassware, you will need to contact Fred Lange through the “Contact Us’ tab above.
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Congratulations and Welcome to to our recent PHS Grads!
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PULLMAN HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI CELEBRATED ONE HUNDRED YEARS!
July 1 – 4, 2010
We have received a few photos from Alumni – check them out in the Photo Gallery tab. PHS 100-Year Reunion Professional Photos can be viewed and purchased at: www.jerrysodorff.com If you have images you would like to share of any recent class reunions; the 100-Year Reunion; Johnson Parade 4th of July, Albion July 4th Parade; Pullman July 4th Celebration; or, Pullman and its surrounding area, please click here to email them to our team – Please include a date and description with each image.
Painting by Avi Datta.
Avi said, “Starry Night: Version Washington State University in Pullman. I love Van Gogh’s Starry Nights and my campus at WSU, so I combined them.” Avi is currently, Assistant Professor, College of Business at Illinois State University, Bloomington, IL.
Long time Home Ec teacher, Blanche Adams King(1917-2016) has passed. Blanche Adams King was born October 27, 1917 in Spokane, Washington. She passed away on September 12, 2016 in Pullman Regional Hospital, Pullman, WA, after illness that began in July 2015. She had resided in Avalon Care Center in Pullman since February 8, 2016.
Blanche was the only surviving child of Matthew Eugene Adams (1871-1943), a pioneer homesteader north of Connell, WA, and his wife Edna (Yeaman) Adams (1886-1972), a former schoolteacher and later Pullman resident starting in 1943. Both of Blanche’s parents were from Pittsylvania County, Virginia. Her grandfather, James M. Adams (1844-1923), whom she remembered, served in the Civil War, and brought the Adamses west in 1897 to the Ritzville, WA area.
Blanche grew up on her parents’ dryland wheat ranch in northern Franklin County, WA, where she helped cook for harvest crews starting when she was a girl. She graduated from Connell High School in 1936 as valedictorian. That Fall, she came to Pullman to attend Washington State College and fell in love with the town, spending most of the next 80 years there. She graduated from WSC in 1942 with a degree in Home Economics. That Fall, she was hired to teach Home Economics in the Toppenish, WA high school. Her teaching was cut short after a few months when her father became ill. She resigned to return to the ranch and assist her mother in caring for him and running the farm. Her mother, not being able to drive, was otherwise stranded. After her father died in August 1943, her mother wanted Blanche to stay on the ranch with her. Yet Blanche found the place uninviting and boring having begun a much more exciting life in Pullman and elsewhere. No way would she stay. Instead, her mother left the ranch and moved to Pullman where Blanche had decided to return to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Master’s degree in Home Economics, which she did in 1946.
Earlier, in the later 1930s at Washington State College, Blanche met her future husband, Myron King, the son in a farm family whose father, Ervin King, once served as the State’s Grange Master. They later re-met in the early 1940s and were married August 19, 1945 in Gulfport, Mississippi as World War II was ending. Myron was serving in the U.S. Air Force at Keesler Field in Biloxi, MS at that time. Earlier, he had worked in Alaska during construction of the Alaska Highway in 1943, and later in 1944 on additional wartime work out on the Aleutians. After the war, they settled in Pullman and had two sons, Thomas and Robert.
On May 3, 1949, Blanche was widowed and she and her two small children lived in Pullman on Harvey Road with her mother who died in 1972. In the Fall of 1953, Blanche resumed her teaching career, and for the next 29 years, until retirement in 1982, was a Home Economics instructor at Pullman High School where she taught sewing. She was also an instructor at the same time of student teachers for Washington State University in Pullman, with WSU students being observers in her classes.
Beginning in 1950, a year after her husband died, Blanche’s lifelong passion for travel led to yearly car trips. For nearly two decades, she drove her mother and sons not only to Virginia to visit relatives, but also to do site-seeing in all 48 contiguous states. In 1964 and 1965, for her first international trips, Blanche took her sons to the Near East, northern Africa, and Europe. That only whetted her appetite for more international travel and over the next fifty years she took countless journeys to well over 120 countries with little of the world left unseen. Probably her favorite place was Great Britain as she had a love of British history.
Blanche was in her early 90s when she traveled to Antarctica and Greenland, plus went on a Big Game tour in Africa. Her last overseas trip was in May 2015 to see her beloved daughter-in-law, Kay King, after her older son, Thomas’ death January 21, 2015 at his and Kay’s home in Kingsford (greater Sydney), Australia. Thomas was also a worldwide traveler and had his own business as a travel writer and author of several books.
At age 95, Blanche wrote her own book: “Remembering Connell, Washington in the 1920s and 1930s.” At the time of her death she had become the town’s oldest former resident and last-surviving child of a homesteader from the early 1900s. Blanche was a passionate reader, and subscribed to over 50 magazines.
Her final trip was in June-July 2015 (flying by herself) to visit her younger son Robert, in Anchorage, Alaska. She had otherwise driven to Alaska 31 times to visit him, lastly in 2013 when she was 95. She was planning more trips, including to the next Yeaman Family Reunion in Danville, Virginia, when illness overtook her in later July 2015. After nearly 14 months of courageously and optimistically battling declining health, she passed away peacefully on September 12, 2016. She will be buried beside her husband along with cremains of her older son Thomas in the Pullman, WA Cemetery. Her funeral will be held at the Kimball Funeral Home, 905 South Grand, Pullman, WA, on September 19, 2016 at 11:00 am.
Blanche was a member of the Washington State Home Economics Association, and held life memberships in the National Education Association and American Home Economics Association. She also belonged to Delta Kappa Gamma, Omicron Nu, and AAUW. Additionally, Blanche belonged to several historical societies and was a member of Simpson United Methodist Church in Pullman.
Besides her parents and son Thomas, she was predeceased by her stepdaughter, Margo (King) Bloom (1941-2012) of Richland, WA.
Survivors include her son, Robert King, a federal archaeologist and historian in Anchorage; daughter-in-law, Kay King, Kingsford, New South Wales, Australia; and many hundreds, if not thousands, of relatives, friends, and former students throughout the world, including special cousins Kenneth and Judy Yeaman of Danville, VA; and special friends, Everett and Gloria Martin and Betty Staples of Pullman, WA. Memorials in Blanche’s name would be welcomed by the Connell Heritage Museum, P.O. Box 1185, 350 West Adams Street, Connell, WA 99326.
Long time PHS Choir teacher, and Sequim,WA resident Charles [Chuck] Holmes Swisher, died June 4, 2012, at the age of 85. Chuck was the founder and longtime director of the Sequim City Band. He was born Feb. 17, 1927, in Missoula, Mont., to Archie and Helen Ruffner Swisher. He attended Billings High School in Missoula, Mont. His collegiate education included elementary certification from Eastern Montana University, a bachelor’s degree in music education from Montana State University and an master’s degree in music theory and composition from Washington State University.
For 28 years, he led the Pullman High School choral program, assisted with band and orchestra programs, and later developed a theory class for college-bound musicians and a humanities class for the non-music student. For eight years he led the entire high school program, which included three bands, three vocal ensembles and the humanities and theory classes.
He married Jacqueline Gies on Dec. 2, 1946. The couple retired to Sequim in 1991. He founded the Sequim City Band in 1992 and served as its director until 2008. A rehearsal space in the James Center is named Swisher Hall in his honor.
Condolences may be sent to The Swisher Family, c/o Mr. & Mrs. Mike Swisher, 70 Nesting Place, Sequim, WA 98382. Linde-Price Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.
Patsy M. Rogalski, 69, a long-time Pullman resident, passed away Friday, Feb. 3, 2012. She taught Business Administration and English at Pullman High School for nearly 30 years. She loved literature and read voraciously, passing her passion for the written word on to her students. As a parent, teacher, and friend she could always be counted on to be there in a time of need or to make ordinary moments special with a kind word or gesture.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pullman on Saturday, February 11 at 10:30. Kimball Funeral Home of Pullman, WA is caring for Patsy’s family. Donations and gifts can be made in her name to the Whitman County Humane Society or the Pancreatic Cancer Alliance.
In Memoriam of Victor W. Moore
My father, Victor Moore, has touched the creative fabric of generation of students. He was known and loved as the Art Teacher in Pullman, by making his students have fun in school, he was a good mentor, and he made them see the world as Art. During
WW II, my father, at 17, joined the Navy in 1944. Later in 1951, he was recalled to serve in the Korean War. He attended Central Washington University, earning his BA and BS degrees. He taught all of the Art at an elementary school at Richland WA in 1952-53 and later received his MFA from Central in 1954. They moved to Pullman, WA in 1954. Pullman School District hired Victor to teach Art in all of the schools. As Pullman’s population grew, he became the Art Teacher at the local High School. He attended Washington State University and Received his Master of Fine Art. His Well-known Landmark “Junk Castle” was his Thesis project. That was featured in many International Publications. He retired in 1979, from Teaching Art at Pullman High School to do his Art full time living and creating Art. He created a series of politically charged whirligigs, Many commissioned to the Washington State Arts Commission. He loved and embraced the North West Indians, starting with the belonging to a local Archeology group, creating many Indian inspired pieces:, he gave himself the Indian Artist Name “Two-Lane-Road-Ahead”. Victor also had a love for Found Art and “Naive” Art, creating a large body of his version of “Naive” art works.
Vic and Bobbie moved to Kennewick, WA in 1998. Victor taught at Columbia Basin College, where he had several shows of his work. At this time, he worked with Bobbie on Environmental issues, such as Saving the Salmon and cleaning up Hanford pollution. They moved to Cathedral City, CA, next to the Palm Spring area in 2002. He has had many Gallery expositions throughout the states of Washington and California, and the World.
My father authored a book “Stories from the Methow”
This was a book recalling his growing-up in the Methow, a town in the heart of the Washington’s Apple country during the Depression. Victor had a love for sculpture. He and his wife built two homes in Pullman, WA, that were sculptural and living space. As early as the mid Fifties, Moore and his wife built both homes from recycled or discarded materials. He was way ahead of the “Green” Movement. Moore loved the challenge, creating one home from Rail Road Ties, to the other home carved out of a rock quarry, built with salvaged Grain elevator timbers.
Whether you’re a Coug or not, this vintage promo of the WSU experience in 1981 catches some of what it means to have spent time in Pullman.
” Complete version of a 1981 promotional video celebrating Washington State University. It’s narrated by WSU alum Keith Jackson, and the song is by Bruce Innes…”
Some of you may be aware that longtime ART instructor Vic Moore compiled some of his memories of growing up in Washington State’s Methow Valley in the 30s. I expect it would be an interesting read. Helen Szablya PHS ‘70 commented, “This book is beautifully designed and contains wonderful stories. You will be transported to a completely different world than that in which we now live. In addition to enjoying it yourself, you will want to give this as a gift to others for years to come!”
For more information or to order please see: http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1421496
About the Author Victor Moore
Sculptor Victor Moore was born in Wenatchee, WA in 1926 and moved with his family around agriculturally rich central Washington state during his childhood. After serving in the Navy in World War II, he earned undergraduate degrees in education and arts and sciences from Central Washington University, then was recalled to serve in the Korean War in 1951. In 1952 he went back to Central for his masters degree in education.
From 1953 until his retirement in 1979 he taught art in the Pullman, Washington public schools and mentored thousands of students. He is well known for his 1970 MFA thesis assemblage sculpture “Junk Castle” featured in several books including “Strange Sites” by Jim Christy, “Fantasy Worlds” by John Maizels, and “Fantastic Architecture” published by Abrams, Inc. Carved wood whirligigs inspired by current events, daily chores, and erotica make up much of his body of artwork and are in public and private collections worldwide.
Book title: Stories from the Methow, Subtitle: Memories of Growing Up, By: Victor Moore, Category: History, Book Description: Collected
Collected, illustrated recollections of Victor Moore about growing up in central Washington State in the 1930s.
Click here for several informational links relating to Pullman and the surrounding area. Each link opens in a separate window.
Here are some vintage photos of PULLMAN:
Below: Overview of downtown Pullman c. 1921.
Near the center of image is intersection of Main Street and Grand Avenue.
Note PHS in lower left corner.
Above: From postcard of Main Street and Grand Avenue intersection. c. 1950s.
This website is dedicated to the “village” of Pullman including our families, our friends, our neighbors, the shopkeepers and business owners, our teachers, youth-activity leaders, and all the other members of the greater Pullman community who contributed to our upbringing. It is especially dedicated to all our schoolmates from kindergarten through High School, with whom we shared the Pullman experience. Although the places, events, smells, and sights of Pullman are all part of our collective memories, it truly was the people of the community who so warmly touched our lives and shaped us into the adults we have become. We are grateful for having attended Pullman High School and living in the wonderful Palouse Country and village of Pullman.