Tygarts Valley class of 1964 reunites

ELKINS – The Tygarts Valley High School class of 1964 met at Duke’s Steakhouse in Elkins for its 52nd class reunion. A wonderful evening was enjoyed by all who attended. The efforts of David Matthew and Richard Judy in planning the special event were greatly appreciated by their classmates.

A theme of red and white, the TVHS school colors, greeted the class as they entered the restaurant meeting area. A welcoming 52nd red and white reunion banner, provided by Duke’s, was prominently displayed at the serving table. On the serving table, a cake, also provided by Duke’s, was decorated with white icing and red lettering honoring the 1964 graduates.

Adding a bit of nostalgia to each table setting, classmate Larry See had compiled a Burma Shave booklet for each class member to enjoy. Riding along in the backseat of the family car, reading the Burma Shave signs helped pass the time for the class of 1964 baby boomers.

Burma Shave Jingles from 1959-1960

Use our cream

And we betcha

Girls won’t wait

They’ll come

And getcha

Burma-Shave

Others claim

Their product good

But ours

Does what

You think it should

Burma-Shave

This cooling shave

Will never fail

To stamp

Its user

First class male

Burma-Shave

The complete text of the original Burma-Shave jingles, as archived in Frank Rowsome Jr.’s book “The Verse by the Side of the Road” can be found at burma-shave.org/jingles.

There were smiles and hugs aplenty as classmates greeted one another after a year’s absence and welcomed other classmates attending for the first time. The class was delighted to share the evening with Denny Ware and his wife Sharon and Delbert Salisbury and his friend Linda Fink, both couples attending their first class of 1964 reunion. The class was also happy Peggy Simmons Church and her husband Dale were back among their friends. There was excitement, too, that Chris Ritter, from Missouri, who spends much of his time in China, was able to attend the event. The class also welcomed Frank Channell, returning to the reunion after a long absence, and was happy to meet his wife, Linda.

After the blessing by classmate Pastor Glen Rader, class members and guests enjoyed a buffet of baked steak, chicken with dressing, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans and rolls with butter, iced tea, water and coffee. For dessert, a Duke’s staff member served the specially decorated cake and cupcakes. The TVHS class of 1964 thanks Duke’s Steakhouse for the delicious meal, their attentive service and warm hospitality.

After the meal a brief business meeting was conducted by Fred L. Ware Jr. The class was updated on the progress of the memorial for Randall Arbogast, from Valley Head, a class member who died of severe burns suffered in battle during the Vietnam War. Gary Channell informed the class that after the payment of outstanding bills the class of 1964 is solvent for another year. With no volunteers to plan the 2017 reunion gathering, it was decided the standing committee would assume the responsibility for the August 2017 get together.

Remembered with a moment of silence was Richard Light, a 1964 class member who passed away Feb. 29, 2016. Light had lived in Mill Creek and spent his post Tygarts Valley years in Virginia. The TVHS class of 1964 sends a message of condolence to the family of their friend Richard Light.

Missed at the 2016 reunion were Sharon Shreve Armstrong and husband, Allen, and Beverly Currence Hammonds and husband, Bill, who had to change their attendance plans because of illness. Their classmates wish them speedy recoveries.

During the evening, Judy Ware Primavero conducted a 50-50 fundraiser. The first number drawn went unclaimed but the second number was claimed by David Matthew. Matthew graciously donated his half share back to the class of 1964.

A mini auction of two items (the auction has become a favorite reunion activity for the class of 1964) was overseen by Fred L. Ware Jr. who was assisted by Dairel Arbogast. The first item auctioned was the red and white banner that had graced the serving table during the evening. After several bids had come in from around the room, a lively back and forth bidding war developed between classmates Dairel Arbogast and Chris Ritter. In the end, Ritter triumphed with the high bid of $55 and generously gave the banner to Arbogast. As the evening ended, the banner was passed around to other class members, with Peggy Simmons Church finally giving it to Patricia (McCauley) Ware for safe keeping.

The final item auctioned, which also incited a bidding war, was a TVHS Bulldog stadium blanket provided to the class of 1964 by Duke’s Steakhouse. After many bids from the floor, Dairel Arbogast, hoping to be a winner this time around, once again pitted himself against another bidding classmate, Denny Ware. But, unwilling to make that last bid, Arbogast forfeited the blanket to Ware, who gladly paid the bidded price of $52.50.

Attending the 52nd class reunion of the TVHS class of 1964 were 42 classmates and guests. At the end of the evening, they went their separate ways with hopes and expectations of meeting again in the coming year. The clock ticks and makes tiny skips toward Aug. 19, 2017.