Sept. 10 reunion for Whittier’s Class of ‘44

       If you were a student at Whittier Elementary leading up to the sixth-grade class of 1944, you're invited to a reunion Friday, Sept. 10.
       Activities will begin with a gathering at 9 a.m. at the Agia Sophia coffee shop, followed by a tour of the school and an 11 a.m. lunch at the Mason Jar restaurant.
       Started in 1888, Whittier operated at 2904 W. Kiowa St., from 1901 to 2009, when it was closed by District 11. Since fall 2009, the site has been the home of the Bijou School (alternative high school).
       “We will have the opportunity to not only recall early friendships, but also learn about the historical evidences that surrounded us,” reads a press release from the committee planning the reunion. “A package of information will be provided to you at the coffee shop. If you have any Whittier pictures (scrap piles during WW II /others) or memorabilia, please bring them along. Please dig deep and see what you can find.”
       The gathering is in conjunction with the Colorado Springs High School 60-year reunion Sept. 10-12.
       Anyone planning to attend is asked to RSVP as soon as possible. Local committee members include Joan (Sispela) Gordon, 596-2793; Bessie (Moore) Radspinner, 550-1510; and Betty (Butler) Rapjack, 634-1227 or
       For information on the Colorado Springs High School reunion (which includes West Junior High students from that era), contact Dr. Kenneth Golds-berry at 970- 663-6698 or at
       According to Goldsberry, “we are limiting our gathering for Whittier to the students that graduated in 1944 or attended school at Whittier and would have graduated with this sixth-grade class. So far we have located 20 out of 46 students that we have identified though old records. Six are known deceased and there are 22 classmates that have not been located. It is extremely difficult to locate the ladies because maiden names are almost impossible to find unless they have been involved in genealogy. Eleven of the 22 will definitely be present. Two or three others 'may' be able to make it.”
       Goldsberry gave a history of one Whittier person who is not coming, “Bob Page grew up in his mother's business that was the Alta-Gae Beauty Shop at 2507 1/2 W. Colorado Ave. This was in the mid-1940s to mid-1950s.”
       Goldsberry added that one of the attendees will be Fred Clark, from the family that owned Clark's Service Station at 2715 W. Colorado Ave.
       A non-Whittier member of the Colorado Springs High School 60th Committee, Bob Jent, “had Westside connections,” Goldsberry said. “His father owned the Kitchen Maid Bakery, a little retail place at 2430 W. Colorado Ave. that sold jelly rolls, donuts, cakes and other pastries.”

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