The “Toast to Forty-Five”

(From WHSAA)

“Here’s to our Alma Mater and those “long, long years to come” that led to “wherever we may be” come now, some 70 years hence.”

“And here’s to our leaders, L.J. Smith, L.P. Kemp and I.W. Snyder; apparently initials were in vogue those days!”

“To our glorious and patient faculty members who shared their knowledge with us. Weimer, Reiger, Sinnock, Sonnhalter, David Morgan and so on. We really didn’t realize how much we learned until later”

“Here’s to our class officers who planned our social lives, George Bond, Merle Miller, Joan Markewitz and Dave Doll”

“Here’s to our ’44 Tigers led by Bill Gable and Glenn Keller and coached by Elwood Kammer”

“And to Eddie Cresenze on the basketball court; can’t ever remember him missing now! And we made the State final four!”

“Here’s to the floor show at Tiger Stadium directed by George Bird and his 64 pieces. Remember “G.I. Jive” and the “Salute to American Mothers?”

“Oh, and here’s to “Doc” Luckner, our Obie to be but never was. We’re slowing joining up with you Doc, after all these years.”

“Here’s to Miss Resler, her right hand man, Walt Matthews, The Messiah at St. Paul’s Church and the musical “Firefly”.. good stuff in those days!”

“Here’s to Jeane Jones, our Miss Massillonain as handpicked by Coach Brown himself”

“Here’s to our Struts and Fretters and their production of “Arsenic and Old Lace”… what a hoot, what a show/’

“Finally, here’s to all of you ‘Forty-Fivers and those long, long years to come that, by golly, came and went. We grew up in The Depression, were schooled in the war years, and managed to have a swell time in spite of it all”

“Salute… to Massillon Washington High and wherever we may be.”