Class of 1969 to celebrate reunion
The Washington High School Class of 1969 is holding its 45th class reunion on June 5-7. The class plans to hold several events "on the coattails" of Washington's 175th anniversary celebration. The class has had special T-shirts made just for the occasion.
Homecoming Queen Roberta Miller will be back, and the class plans to have "Bert" in the parade, along with the rest of the class, who will ride on a hay wagon. The fun part of Bert's return will be that the two 6-year-old attendants, Jim Lawless and Jean Beenblossom, will be riding with Bert in Rick Lampkins's car. They are both 51 years old now, and they are both Washington residents.
Lampkins 1963 1/2 Mercury Comet convertible, the same car he drove all through high school, is now 51 years old and it has been fully restored to a show-quality condition. He has owned the car for nearly 47 years, having purchased it at the former Mace Motor Co. in 1963.
Other activities going on for the Class of 1969 include a large tent at the home of John and Jan Berdo, which will serve as "ground zero" for the three-day festivities, golfing, and a class barbecue on June 6, during which classmates will host all of the football coaches from the undefeated Demon team of 1968. Coaches Harrington, Robinson, Rosien, Olson, and Lawless will be at the barbecue. Other retired teachers will be present, including John Sproule, Peter Weller, Dale Venzke, Roger Flory, and Jerry Kirkendall. Only two times in Washington High School history has the Demon football team had an undefeated season — 1922 and 1968.