HISTORY OF ZEPHYRHILLS HIGH SCHOOL
Highlights of 1957Parent-Teacher Meeting, Zephyrhills News, August 27, 1957
With Halloween so near, McGinnis appointed the following carnival committee: Mrs. Roy Tanny, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hester, Mr. and Mrs. George Simons, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Lane Alston, Mr. and Mrs. John P. Krystofiak, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Jones, Mr. and Mrs. R.M. Dean and Brantley.
The president introduced the new supervising principal, Stewart Brown, who in turn introduced the faculty. There are 41 teachers this year, with one place yet to be filled.
At the close of the meeting Mrs. Roy Beddingfield presented Mrs. Murphy who sang, “Bless This House,” Mrs. Murphy was accompanied by Mrs. Hooks. The next regular meeting of the P.T.A. will be October 17, and the topic of the program will be “Why PTA Should Be Interested in Industry for Zephyrhills.”
Zephyrhills News, April 19, 1957
Congratulations to Ann Smith who was chosen as 1957 Girls State representative. Her alternates are Donna Clark and Clara Mae Adams.
Glenn Miller to Leave Tomorrow for Boy’s State, Zephyrhills News, June 15, 1956
Glenn Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. George C. Miller leaves tomorrow for Tallahassee where he will attend the 1956 session of Boy’s State as representative of Zephyrhills Post 118, American Legion. Boy’s State is sponsored annually by the American Legion, Department of Florida. Its chief objective is to provide leadership training in citizenship to boys, members of junior classes of the high schools of Florida.
A Reunion For More Than Just Graduates, St. Petersburg Times, June 25, 2004
The last weekend in June means one thing to former Bulldogs: reunion time.
The annual Zephyrhills High School Alumni Reunion is this weekend, a two-day gathering of everyone with a connection to the school established in 1910.
"We call ourselves the Zephyrhills High School alumni, friends, parents and teachers reunion," said Margaret Seppanen, class of 1956. "Everybody's invited."
The reunion begins Saturday morning at the Depot Museum. At 11 a.m., alumna Jackie Lewis Puskas (class of 1964) will unveil a stained glass window she made in memory of her brother, 1965 graduate Johnny Lewis, who died serving in Vietnam.
The larger event, which is in its 35th year, is Sunday at the Lion's Club on Dean Dairy Road. It's a potluck dinner that draws about 250 people. Registration begins at 11 a.m., and dinner is at 1 p.m. There's a business meeting and door prizes, with things usually winding down by 4 p.m.
The reunions first took shape when the class of 1950 threw its 20- year celebration. To increase attendance, they began inviting members of the classes just ahead of and behind them. Eventually, the event came to encompass all classes.
Seppanen, who works at the Depot, has attended for the past 10 or 15 years - she's not exactly sure. "Time goes so darn fast," she said.
But the dinner is always a fun mix of familiar faces and a handful of new ones.
"There are always a few more every year," she said. "Some of the same ones make sure they get into (Zephyrhills) the last weekend in June." Old yearbooks and newspaper stories will be displayed. Seppanen said some stories speak of the difficulty of running a school when the city was first established. Sometimes teachers were not paid, or they were paid in IOUs.
Clereen Brunty, an organizer from the class of 1973, said awards will recognize the oldest and youngest graduates and the person who traveled the farthest to attend. A group of about 25 people celebrating their 50th reunion is expected, she said.
"We want to keep this going forever if we can," Brunty said.
Laura Higginson Named President of Zephyrhills 4-H, Zephyrhills News, September 27, 1957
Laura Higginson was elected president of the Zephyrhills 4-H Club on Monday Afternoon in the Florida Power Home Service Center. Other officers elected are: Ann Brooke Smith, vice president; Leslie Smith, secretary and treasurer, Barbara Higginson, Council Delegate, Betty Jo Hall, song leader and Ellen Barefoot, reporter. Miss Caroline DeVore, assistant Home Demonstration Agent, gave the girls their record books and explained projects.
Received Diplomas, Zephyrhills News, June 14, 1957
The 45 members of the ZHS graduating class, the largest ever were given
diplomas Thursday evening against a backdrop featuring their motto, Not
the End, but the Beginning.”
Well in advance of the announced hour, the Home Theater was filled to
capacity and many stood to witness the impressive ceremonies.
The stage was appropriately decorated with red and white, the class
colors, interspersed with greenery. In front of the
speaker’s stand was a symbolic “tree of knowledge,”
adorned with miniature white mortarboards and diplomas.
Gives Salutatory Address-Elizabeth Cutshall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
W.O. Cutshall, used “A Fortunate Generation” as subject of
her address as class salutatorian. She described the pattern of living
in America as heritage handed down through countless generations and
reminded her audience of the advantage of living under the protection
of a form of government that recognizes the worth of its individual
citizens, their right to plan and work and enjoy the fruits of their
labors. “There are no limitations placed upon the members of the
senor class –our opportunities are limited only by our
determination, our vision and our ambition,” she declared.
Class President Speaks-James Kearse, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Kearse,
used “New Worlds Before Us,” as subject of his
address. “We graduate from high school into a push-button
age,” the class president said as he warned fellow members
against waiting for “an electric eye to push the buttons for
us” and admonished them to continue to seek knowledge and wisdom
in preparation for the tasks ahead. He paid tribute to those in the
past who have forged ahead seeking to make this a better world.
Kearse said “in graduating, we join the hunting expedition of
modern youth in the age-old quest of civilization to make our
generation contributors to the fund of knowledge and activity necessary
to bring the right answers to today’s new questions.”
“Youth Has a Challenge”-Joe Thorn said, “Initial
initiative and the desire to accomplish is as strong today within our
hearts as it was in those of our pioneer ancestors.”
Pointing out that our national life is shifting from a predominantly
rural society to an urban one, Thorn said a challenge to young people
to equip themselves to find their rightful places in humanity’s
assembly line in the interest of developing products to stamp our
disease, fabrics with which to clothe people of the world, formulas to
help men grow enough food to wipe out the hunger regions of the world
will not go unheeded.
Valedictory Address-Janet Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Victor
Johnson, chose “With Faith in the Future,” as the subject
or her valedictorian’s address. Paying tribute to past
generations who founded universities, organized symphonies, built
factories, developed the countryside, provided railroads, highways,
airplanes, telephones, telegraph, radio, television and “brought
us to the present state of society in which we are so thankful to
live” the 1957 class valedictorian said “Faith in God and
in the future will go with us from Zephyrhills High School and help us
as we carve for ourselves a niche in today’s world.”
Diplomas and Awards Presented-I.A. Krusen, chairman of the Board of
Pasco County School Trustees, assisted by Supervising Principal,
presented diplomas to the largest graduating class the local school has
had. Mrs. V.E. Witt, assisted by Henderson was in charge of awards
Recipients were Janet Johnson, valedictorian; Elizabeth Cutshall,
salutatorian and scholarship, Paul Canaday, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.M.
Canaday, school spirit and best athlete; James Kearse, activities;
Glenn Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Miller, citizenship.
Award for the best all around girl went to Drena Hampton, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Milton T. Hampton while Joe Thorn, whose guardian is Coach
Johnny Clements, class sponsor, received the best all around boy award.
Other honor students were Ada Austin, Mary Frances Gill, Drena Hampton,
Margaret Keen, Jerry Lee Fisher, Frank Greene, Jean Sutherland and
Canaday and Jackie Massey were class vice president and secretary,
respectively. Edwina Jones, James Witt, Clara Mae Adams, David
Fedor, Steve Huber and Keith Lane, members of the junior class served
as ushers. Decorations also were by members of the junior class.
Following the ceremonies LeRoy Lincoln feted graduates at an open house
at the Cottage. Also included in the courtesy hospitality was Coach
Johnny Clements, class sponsor and Mrs. Clements.
Boys State Representatives, Zephyrhills News, June 28, 1957
William McCallister, son of Mr. and Mrs. George McCallister, is
representing Zephyr Post of the American Legion at the Annual
Boy’s State at Florida State University in Tallahassee, this
With final examinations safely behind them members of the 1957 graduating class romped through Class Night with vim, vigor and vociferousness in the Zephyrhills High School auditorium Friday evening. The drawing of the stage curtain revealed a baseball scene replete with players on the diamond, Mary Ann Mattingly and Charlotte Collins selling programs and a crowd in the bleachers singing, “Take me Out to the Ball Game,” carrying out the announced theme “Play Ball, directed by Mrs. Jesse Kaylor.
Plot of the program was the dedication of a new ZHS baseball park. In
the dedicatory address, class president, James Kearse, pointed up how
baseball teaches high ideals of living as Elizabeth Cutshall, Barbara
Welsch, Charlotte Collins, Margaret Keen, Mary Ann Mattingly and
Barbara Streeter danced in upon the diamond.
Larry Hill, announcer gave the class prophecy in the form of a radio
broadcast and an argument between Joe Thorn, team manager and Fred
Holt, umpire, over ground rules brought many a chuckle form the
The singing of the football song, Fred Holt doing a take-off on Elvis
Presley with “hound dog,” introduction of beauty queens
LeNore Lincoln and Drena Hampton with Virginia Edgeman and Sally Krusen
as attendants, and a group of Rock n’ Roll dances added to the
enjoyment of the evening. Mary Frances Gill gave the class history and
Barney Beach read the Class Will and Testament at the conclusion of
which he presented Charles A. Henderson, supervising principal, a gift
for the school on behalf of the seniors….a framed picture of
senior class members.
Seniors sang, “Thanks for the Memory,” and Junior class
members dedicated a song, “Farewell to Thee,” to the
Zephilsco Royalty Chosen-Following the intermission during which the
stage was reset the 1957 Zephilsco, school, annual, was dedicated to
John F. Clements, senior class sponsor by the editor, Miss LeNore
Lincoln. With the statement “I feel deeply honored,” Coach
Clements accepted a copy of Zephilsco from Miss Lincoln and a gift from
J. Marion Brantley, a faculty adviser. Brantley then called Miss Sarah
Peck, 1956 annual queen to the stage as well as Lamar Massey, 1956
Zephilsco King. He read a letter from C. Leroy Little, Jr. commercial
photographer of Tennile, GA., who headed the panel of judges in picking
the current year’s royalty from photographs submitted, the
judging points being beauty, personality and good naturedness as
portrayed in photographs submitted for judging.
For Miss Zephilsco the popular selection was Miss LeNore Lincoln,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Lincoln. Miss Virginia Edgeman,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Edgeman and Miss Jackie Massey,
daughter of Mrs. Isaac Massey and the late Mr. Massey were runners up.
Misses Barbara Welsch and Drena Hampton also placed 4th and 5th
respectively, in the competition.
Paul Canaday, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Canady, was chosen King of
Zephilsco while runners up were Larry Hill, son of Mr. and Mrs. Austin
Parker Hill, and Glenn Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Miller.
Barney Beach and James Kearse were chosen for 4th and 5th places,
Miss Peck crowned her successor and the pearl encrusted tiara rested
easily on the much-honored head of Miss Lincoln, only recently crowned
Miss Zephyrhills in connection with Founder’s Day. Brantley
presented gifts to the Zephilsco royalty. Members of the freshmen
class ushered and were in charge of decorations.
Class Feted In Park-Following the delivery of the annuals and signing
party and autographing of the same members of the class went to Zephyr
Park where Home Room Mothers, Mrs. Fred W. Gill, Mrs. Merle Bright,
Mrs. C. E. Coolidge, Mrs. C. L. Fisher, Mrs. Edna Welsch, Mrs. Albert
Lincoln, and Mrs. Melson Dees, hosted the group at a wiener, Sloppy
Joe, sandwiches, cold drinks and all the trimmings spread.
Church Filled As Greene Addresses School Graduates, Zephyrhills News, June 7, 1957
The sanctuary of First Methodist Church held a capacity audience Sunday
evening when relatives and friends of members of the graduating class
of Zephyrhills High School gathered for the annual baccalaureate
The Rev. Charles W. Greene, pastor, gave the invocation and the
Zephyrhills High School Glee club, under the direction of Miss Alice
Zimmerman, sang, “God is Ever Beside Me” and “The
St. Petersburg Pastor Speaks-Guest minister who delivered the
baccalaureate sermon was the Rev. Charles M. Leaming, director of Faith
Temple, St. Petersburg. Taking his test, “The Fear of the Lord is
the beginning of Wisdom,” from Psalms III, Mr. Leaming said
“Faith in God and His Word are basic foundation stones in any
true educational system.” He stated his opposition to the
modern trend to take religious education from school curriculums.
Admonishing graduates to guard well their great responsibilities the
speaker warned they should not consider their education complete until
they have explored the “laboratory of the spirit.”
The Rev. Leaming listed religion, consecrated teachers and a more
consecrated government at work, both at home and abroad, as vital needs
of the day.
The benediction was given by The Rev. Cecil G. McGavern, pastor of
Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. Gwen Stoup, Loretta
Bamberger, Margie Braden, Medford Griffin, Buzzie Reutimann, and Jerry
Sanford, members of the sophomore class, served as ushers. Mrs.
Hooks played “Marche Pontificale” as the recessional
Rocket to Stars Theme Used as 200 Enjoy Banquet and Prom, Zephyrhills News, May 24, 1957
Juniors of the Zephyrhills High School feted members of the 1957
graduating class and guests at a gala banquet and prom Friday evening.
Approximately 200 persons banqueted in the school dining hall then went
to the American Legion Hall where dinner jacketed young swains and
their dates in formal evening gowns, danced to the music of the John L.
Brown Orchestra of Tampa.
Miss Edwina Jones and Charles Bloom, co-chairmen, had planned to
perfection for the banquet theme of which was “Rocket to the
A large plaque with the theme words outlined in silver on a
star-spangled midnight blue background arranged by George Trebour,
provided an effective backdrop for the speaker’s table, which was
decorated to represent the milky way and the appointments of which were
in keeping with the theme. Star-shaped nut cups, sugar trays and
the like added color accent to the white angel hair milky way
foreground. Place cards, each one of different design, were by
Miss Gloria Lewis, and her mother, Mrs. Gladys Morris.
A 5-foot red and white rocket was the focal point of the decorations,
which also employed smaller rockets, also using the senior class colors
and sky-colored angel hair.
Seated at the speaker’s table were Supervising Principal and Mrs.
Charles A. Henderson, Coach and Mrs. George Swing and Mrs. Jesse
Kaylor, junior class sponsors; Miss Elizabeth Cutshall, president of
the Beta Club and senior class salutatorian, David Fedor, vice
president of the junior class who served as master of ceremonies, James
Kearse, senior class president; Miss Barbara Peeples, treasurer of the
junior class; Coach Johnny Clements; School Board Member Mrs.
Margaretta Witt and School Trustee Chairman and Mrs. I.A. Krusen.
Mrs. O.A. Allen, catered the baked ham banquet, menu for which was
described in celestial terms in handsomely decorated printed
The invocation was given by Principal Henderson, David Fedor gave the
“launching off” address. Other speakers included Miss
Peeples, Kearse, Clements and Miss Cutshall.
FFA Quartet members James Daughtery, Ralph Massey, John Hicks and
Marvin Gill, accompanied at the piano by Miss Delilah Johnson sang
“Teen Age Prayer” and “I’m Redeemed.”
Miss Margie Braden and Miss Lorelei Lincoln, gaily costumed,
entertained with a calypso number and Miss Martha Brown played,
“Stardust” and “Allegheny Moon.”
Admonishing the students to store up all possible knowledge, put money
into savings and investments, rather than in fine automobiles and
clothes, the senior sponsor, Mr. Clements, said, “A good rule to
follow when one doesn’t know what to do today is to ask oneself
what you will wish you had done when tomorrow is gone.”
Mrs. Kaylor, one of the junior sponsors, entertained with a dancing
skit with words appropriate to the occasion
Mother’s Assist-Miss Peeples and Miss Clara Mae Adams,
co-chairman of the prom, were assisted by Mrs. Logan Peeples, Mrs.
Charles Adams, Mrs. Roger Sibley, Mrs. David Massey, Mrs. R.M. Brown,
Mrs. Henry Bloom, Mrs. Austin Smith and Mrs. John M. Jones, Jr.,
Members of the sophomore class serving at the prom were Loretta Bamberger, Patricia Whitehead, Carmen Yebba and Donald Edwards.
For the big social event of the school year, historic Legion Hall had
been transformed into a veritable “Starlight Garden,” by
cooperative members of the Junior Class.
Overhead stars twinkled in a midnight blue sky, effectively concealing
the ceiling of the large hall. Artificial and real flowers, effectively
combined with ferns and greenery trailed over a stone garden wall
surrounding the dance floor, adding to the garden motif. Stardust
glittered on the dance floor while the stage where the orchestra played
had received a specialized star-spangled decorative treatment. The
entire wall fronting the auditorium was employed to point up the theme,
Starlight Garden, with the words in silver silhouetted against the blue
Tables were arranged around the dance floor, cabaret style. Punch was
served from a wishing well which seemed a part of the stone garden
wall, so effectively was its staging. The foyer also was decorated in
keeping with the theme.
School Daze, Zephyrhills News, April 19, 1957
The seniors left Wednesday morning for Tallahassee. The bus driven by
Mrs. Austin Smith, left school at 9 a.m. Of the 45 seniors, 38 went
along on the trip. Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Clements and Mr. and Mrs. S.B.
Kendrick were the chaperones. The seniors will complete their tour of
Tallahassee, the capital building, and the FSU campus Friday morning
and begin their journey homeward, stopping at Weekiwachi Springs, on
the way, to watch the mermaids.
Everyone at ZHS was glad to have Mrs. Otis Allen back at school this
week. We certainly missed her in the cafeteria, although Mary Ann
Simons did a marvelous job of keeping up our morale by giving us the
bright smile and cheery greeting which we have all grown accustomed to
receiving from Mrs. Allen. Congratulations to Ann Smith who was
chosen as 1957 Girls State representative. Her alternates are Donna
Clark and Clara Mae Adams.
Brown Named Principal After Henderson Resigns, Zephyrhills News, April 19, 1957
The News learns, unofficially, as it goes to press that Stewart Brown will be supervising principal of the Zephyrhills schools next year, succeeding Charles A. Henderson, who has resigned.
Henderson was reappointed to the position at a special meeting of the
Pasco County School Board of Public Instruction on March 20, but his
resignation was submitted later.
Henderson leaves the principalship to begin a 3-year training program
with Mutual of New York Insurance co., through and affiliation with the
Touchton Insurance Agency of Dade City.
He will remain a resident of Zephyrhills and operate in a territory which includes Pasco, Pinellas and Hernando Counties.
Brown, former assistant principal of the Zephyrhills school during the
tenure of D.G. McPherson, has been principal of the Pasco Junior High
School in Dade City for the last two years.
The Brown family live just north of Zephyrhills on Fort King Road, and
Mr. and Mrs. Brown have continued to be active in the social and civic
life of the community.
Crowing Ceremonies and Marching Band Add Color to Gridiron Finale, Zephyrhills News, November 23, 1956
Colorful Zephyrhills High School Homecoming festivities began Friday
evening at toss-up time, when the Bulldogs co-captains, Glenn Miller
and Joe Thorn and their sponsors, Miss Ann Smith and Miss Margaret Keen
were spotted meting the Crystal River captains and their sponsors on
Krusen Field…..Miss Drena Hampton, crowned by Miss Carol Hughes,
with a tiara, given last year by former Mayor and Mrs. I.A. Krusen for
the purpose, carried an arm bouquet of gold chrysanthemums
presented b y Miss Clara Mae Adams as vice president of the
student council. Miss Hughes was the 1955 Zephyrhills Homecoming Queen.
Following the game, in which the Bulldogs trounced the Pirates 14-9,
the royal party, students and guests danced to music by Clancy
Uterhardt and his band at the American Legion Hall.
Made by Zephyrhills High School’s Athletic program in Last 15 Years, by Alice Hall, Zephyrhills News, September 21, 1956
The Zephyrhills Quarterback Club, organized in 1941, to promote
athletics in an athletic-less Zephyrhills High School, is vigorously
prosecuting plans for a banner year. Charles E. Gibson was the first
president of the club 15 years ago.
Members headed by Lester Bales, Jr. as president, working on
bleacher repairs at Krusen Field Saturday morning, had a remember-when
gab session. Some recalled that in the beginning there was nothing in
the way of organized athletics, the few boys who went out to practice
had no suits and other equipment was not in existence locally. This was
taken care of gradually.
Came World War II and a stand still for the local program. After the
war new life was breathed into the organization and its program. Many
recalled the first Quarterback Club banquet for football players, now
named the “Bulldogs.” There were no trophies presented in
those days and with dollars hard to come by, the club felt elated to be
financially able just to host to squad members at the dinner. Little by
little the back-stopping movement grew and spread and as time went on
business and professional men and women, church leaders, farmers and
others pushed forward the program. The need for a coaching staff at the
local school was pointed out. Quarterbackers work in cooperation with
Krusen Field was dedicated with the Quarterback Club being instrumental
in securing the lighting system for the field, as well as metal
portable bleachers. A shower building was renovated and toilet
facilities added; assistance was given in purchasing uniforms and
equipment, providing insurance coverage for squad members and helping
“keep the show on the road” generally.
In recent years, an added feature of the annual banquet has been the
presentation of the Quarterback’s Club’s trophies for the
best line and best backfield player—in addition to the
Sportsmanship trophy Dr. A. M. Riley presents annually.
Plans at present are to take the boys to the Homecoming Game at
University of Florida on November 3, when Florida plays Auburn. Byron
Hill, in charge of securing tickets, has arranged for 65 tickets this
year and Quarterback members will, as heretofore, provide
transportation for the squad.
Not only has the club been interested in football, Softball, little
league and athletics generally have been sponsored, with emphasis
always on good sportsmanship and encouraging youths who will be
citizens of tomorrow in the know-how of playing and working together
today for the good of the entire team.
Class of ’57 Has Park Reunion, Zephyrhills News, August 20, 1970
Members of the 1957 graduating class of Zephyrhills High School held a
Saturday reunion at Zephyrhills Park, their first official get-together
since their graduation.
Of the 48 members of the class, 13 were present, with their families.
The group enjoyed a luncheon of barbecued chicken, prepared by Mr. and
Mrs. Elmer Hinsz, along with potluck dishes furnished by others
present. Everyone visited while the children (32 of them) played in the
Class members present included: Linden T. LaViano, Frank Green, Drena
Hampton Lane, Janet Johnson Cruver, and Elmer Hinsz, all of
Zephyrhills; Murrel Nesbit Patterson of Lakeland, Jerry Lee Fisher
Nathe of Arcadia, James Kearse of Inverness, Bob Flanagan and Virginia
Edgeman Scamard, both of Tampa, Lee D. Cumbie of Cape Coral, Lynn B.
Steve of Largo, and James Fuller of Kathleen.
After lunch, parents and children enjoyed a refreshing dip in the city
pool. Later in the afternoon, two more classmates joined the group.
They were Lady Jacqueline Massey Washburn of Balm and David Bright of
The class voted to hold a reunion every year on the first Saturday of
August at Zephyr Park, hoping that eventually all members of the class
can be contacted and at one meeting or another, be present for a
reunion. Several addresses are still being sought. They include:
Charlotte Collins, Larry Hill, David McKee, Grace Shelton, Sallie
Krusen, Paul Canady, Odel Dees, Joe Thorne, Lenora Lincoln, Wilma
Hussey, Margaret Keene. Anyone having these addresses, please contact
either Mrs. Keith or Mrs. Clifford Curve.
ZHS Class of 1957 Draws 19 of 47 Members to Reunion, Zephyrhills News, July 3, 1977
Nineteen members of the Zephyrhills High School Class of 1957, together
with their families gathered in the Community Center, Zephyr Park,
Saturday to celebrate their 20th reunion, some traveling from as far
away as Tennessee and Virginia for the occasion. Included in the group
were 39 children of the class members and only one grandchild, that of
Mrs. Audrey Oliver Neal of Richland.
Personal observations included that the largest member was Frank Greene
of Zephyrhills and the smallest, Jackie Massey Washburn, also of
The man with the longest hair was Bob Flannagan of Odessa and the
shortest hair was Linden Laviano, a major in the Marine Corps. Sporting
the “least” hair was a tie between Raymond Bodiford of
Zephyrhills and Lee Cumbie of Fort Myers.
The ones with the most children present was Lynn Steve of Port Richey
with six boys and Glenn Miller of Jacksonville with five children, two
boys and three girls.
After the potluck dinner a business session was held during which each
member stood and introduced his or her family and told occupations.
Following a short trip down memory lane, the meeting dismissed for
visiting and cakes, decorated by Mrs. James (Casey) Kearse of Inverness
and Mrs. Ellen (Blake) Morris of Zephyrhills.
Mrs. Janet Johnson Cruver was chairman of the local arrangements for
the reunion assisted by Kearse of Inverness, who was class president,
with both of them inspired and urged on by Major Laviano, whose desire
it was to hold a reunion of the class.
ZHS Alumni Boost Stadium Fund, Zephyrhills News, June 9, 1978
A large, enthusiastic crowd of home-towners, out-of-towners, and guests
picnicked at the 9th annual reunion of the ZHS Alumni and
Friends….gathering before noon at the Zephyr Park….
Those recognized for being from the farthest distance this year were not from California. They included… the former Ada Austin, who has been a Christian missionary along with her husband in Thailand for the past 16 years.