Reunion Notes

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If your class is planning a reunion in the next year or two send information to me and we'll put it on the blog. Just email Mary Ellen Shea Clifford - Class of 1970 at





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Saturday, May 3, 2008

Who's Who Among the Seniors - 1919



Top: Dante Dente, Francis LaJoie, Francis McGovern, Walter Gase
Middle: Gertrude Sager, Helen Reimann, Walter Logan
Bottom: Marian Lester, Gerald Muir, Alice O'Reilly, Catherine Connelly

Catherine Connelly:
Nickname: Kate
Disposition: Sparkling as the Lakes of Killarney
Favorite Phrase: “I beg your pardon.”
Likes Most: Trying on other people’s clothes
Hates Most: Staying in school free hours
Strong Point: Walking
Ambition: To be taken seriously


Dante Dente:
Nickname: Dinty
Disposition: Fun-Loving
Favorite Phrase: “You don’t say so.”
Likes Most: Getting ads
Hates Most: Lectures
Strong Point: Looking Wise
Ambition: To master French


Walter Gase:
Nickname: Pip
Disposition: Agreeable
Favorite Phrase: “G’wan.”
Likes Most: Physics Class
Hates Most: Doughnuts
Strong Point: Note Books
Ambition: To be a Prof.

Marian Lester:
Nickname: Midge
Disposition: Pleasing
Favorite Phrase: “Listen.”
Hates Most: Latin
Strong Point: Getting out of class
Ambition: To drive a car

Walter Logan:
Nickname: Logie
Disposition: Unassuming
Favorite Phrase: “No, it ain’t”
Likes Most: Exams
Hates Most: Solid Geometry
Strong Point: Contradicting
Ambition: To be an Electrician

Francis La Joie:
Nickname: Eukie
Disposition: Changeable
Favorite Phrase: “Shut up”
Likes Most: Entertaining
Hates Most: Study
Strong Point: Tailored Clothes
Ambition: To Graduate

Francis McGovern:
Nickname: Mickey
Disposition: Jovial
Favorite Phrase: “Go to pieces”
Likes Most: Dances
Hates Most: 1:00 Session
Strong Point: Book Stores?-
Ambition: Time will tell

Gerald Muir:
Nickname: Jerry
Disposition: Scotch
Favorite Phrase: “Gee Whiz”
Likes Most: Newspapers
Hates Most: Staying last period
Strong Point: Cookies
Ambition: To be an Editor

Alice O’Reilly:
Nickname: Bill
Disposition: Sunny
Favorite Phrase: “Got any cake?”
Likes Most: To take her time
Hates Most: Summer
Strong Point: Eating
Ambition: To be a Nurse

Helen Reimann:
Nickname: Pat
Disposition: Congenial
Favorite Phrase: “Lem’me see.”
Likes Most: Music
Hates Most: Reciting
Strong Point: South Saginaw
Ambition: To be a Music Teacher

Gertrude Sager:
Nickname: Gert
Disposition: Excitable
Favorite Phrase: “You don’t mean that.”
Likes Most: To cook
Hates Most: Perry’s
Strong Point: Red
Ambition: To live out West

Compiled by Gertrude L. Sager, ‘19

We Pray! We Plan! We Play! - 1952



The Senior Class offer a valentine of lilies, roses and rosaries to our Lady.

The success of the Fall Frolic was due to the planning of these Juniors: T. McCabe, M. Miller, D. Troester, M. Lawler, J. Barry, and M. Schrems.

'Midst the colorful decorations of the Fall Frolic the couples danced to the gay music of Bob Schwannecke and his band.

Friday, May 2, 2008

History of St. Mary's School - 1917

Did you ever wonder why we call the basement of the church "Dalton Hall?" Read on!

History of St. Mary's School
1869 - 1917
This history of our school so dear,
Will interest members far and near.
But when you read it, bear in mind,
These facts were very hard to find.

In the year 1869, a little frame school house was built on the corner of Hoyt and Howard streets on the property donated to Saint Mary's parish by Mr. Curtis Emerson. It was a two-story square building, painted gray and faced the parochial residence. This building served not only for a school, but was also the residence of the good sisters who were in charge, surrounding it was a high board fence, which extended as far as the church; thus confining the children to the playgrounds in which they could enjoy every game popular at that time. It also obstructed the view from the public highway.

On September second, of the same year, the first Catholic school opened its doors to the children of Saginaw under the supervision of three Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. One hundred and fifty pupils were enrolled, the number increasing to two hundred before the close of the year. Rev. Fr. Vander Baum, who was then Pastor, established the Sodality of the Children of Mary and the St. Aloysius Society.

In 1874, the parish was divided, the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary were withdrawn and their place was filled by the Sisters of Providence. During the interval that elapsed between the change, Miss McEntee took charge of the institution. The ground was deeded to the Sisters of Providence who moved the frame building back and erected, at their expense, the present St. Mary's School which was opened in September, 1878, and continued under their supervision until 1907. The school and property were then purchased by Rev. Father Dalton, Fr. Vander Baum's successor, and placed in charge of the Sisters of Saint Dominic.

On October 10, 1914, Rev. Father Dalton passed to his eternal reward. Rev. E. A. Caldwell, a former member of the parish, was appointed to succeed him as Pastor.

St. Mary's High School was affiliated with the University of Michigan in the year 1912, being subject to examination every year. In 1915, the High School displayed such great progress and efficiency and had added so many improvements that the Board of Examiners listed it for two years.

St. Mary's Literary Society was established in 1911, and the Auditorium fitted up in 1914 as a suitable place for its meetings and programs. The pupils have derived innumerable benefits from the latter, having developed dramatic as well as literary powers.

With the graduates of '15, will ever be united the memory of having bravely attempted and successfully issued the first edition of the School Annual, "The Labarum," while to the Class of '16 is given the honor of having proved that St. Mary's numbers some excellent athletes among its members. This class has brought credit to the school through the organization of a basketball team, which has victoriously closed two seasons.

To the Class of '17 has been conferred the honor of seeing the St. Mary's Alumni Association established on April 10, 1917.

Some of the most prominent people of our city today attended this school in their youth, among them being Rev. Dean Caldwell, our Pastor, Mr. F. J. Wolfarth, Mr. Leo Weadock, Mr. Bert Lenahan, and Mr. Ed. Germain.

--Virginia E. Klees

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Parish Works - 1957



Marion Troester and Sylvia Kenton contribute time and energy to parish work as they run off the weekly Sunday bulletin.

Plans for the Sodality action are made in weekly unit meetings. Clockwise this unit shows J. Kolleth, R. Fedorowicz, G. Morrisette, D. Bieri, R. McIntyre, J. Mahank, R. Cole, R. Brennan, J. Loiselle, R. Novak, and C. Raths.

Active Sodalists perform babysitting duties in Dalton Hall after Masses on Sunday. Typical workers are Sue Potts and Ellen Kay Miller and their charges: Mike, Brenda, and Diane Marshall.

B. Borsenik, S. Sullivan, L. Garske, M. Zak, M. Sladowski prepare for the teaching of Saturday catechism classes.

Alumni Sharing - Fun after School

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Alumni Sharing - What year did you graduate?

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Monday, April 28, 2008

Alumni Sharing - Good Memories

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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Alumni Sharing - This Teacher Changed My Life in a Positive Way

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