Moline Memories - MHS 66 Friends

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Happy 50th Anniversary, Steve Quick and Susan Ogle, and God's Blessings

This is first 50th anniversary I have run across for MHS 1966, The Class the Stars Fell On. Steve retired as a Colonel in the Air Force, which is the highest field grade officer ranking, requiring 22 years of service plus 3 years as a Lt. Colonel.

Thank you for your service to our country, Steve, and thank you for being a military wife, Susan.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Rest in Peace - Gretchen Hansen, Mother of Tom and Rick Hansen

 Gretchen Hansen

Gretchen C. Hansen, 101, of Moline, IL, passed away Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at Park Vista Assisted Living in East Moline, IL.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, February 13th, at 10:00 a.m., at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 4107 – 21st Avenue, Moline, with a one-hour visitation prior to the service, beginning at 9:00.

Inurnment will be in Greenview Memorial Gardens in East Moline, IL. Memorials may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Moline, or to the East Moline or Moline Public Libraries.

Gretchen Hollatz was born November 11, 1916, in Geneseo, IL, daughter of Herman and Mina (Fischer) Hollatz. On July 30, 1944, in Geneseo, she married Richard Hansen, who preceded her in death September 10, 1962.

She was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church for many years. She was an excellent card player, especially enjoying the game of Bridge. Gretchen loved to read, work with her roses and raspberry bushes, play golf, go bowling, and, in her younger years, play softball.

Survivors include her sons, Rick Hansen of Riverview, FL, and Tom Hansen of Blue Springs, MO; her grandson, Rich (MariCris) Hansen of San Carlos, CA; and her great-grandchildren, Jack and Sam. In addition to her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, a half-brother, and a daughter-in-law.


GJ - Tom's family lived about one-half block from us, so I remember his parents so well. His mother had an infectious laugh, which I could hear again when I saw her photo, above. Her smile did not change at all, so I could have identified her without any hints.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas Album - Past and Present

 Jorja Hepner, MHS 66

 Kris Streed, MHS 66

 Moline's homegrown Santa - Mike Collins, MHS 68

 Kathleen Wilcox, MHS 66

 Bethany Jackson's Christmas dress,MHS 66, once removed

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Astonishing Coincidences

John and Diana Robeson were married on November 22, 1969, and so were the Jacksons.

All of us are Cubs fans, which means our parents
never saw a Cubs World Series win, place, or show.

 I invented a cloaking device in chem-physics, but no one noticed.

John and I went to Plymouth Congregational Church, pre-school, and ended up as lab partners in chem-physics class.
I am in that photo - my uncredited cameo.
John and I earned PhDs and became university professors. There was another eventual PhD
in that class, but that was just in rocket science.

 Christina and I had our anniversary photos 
taken at Penney's.
John and Diana's children and grandchildren have hair
the color of bright, red pennies.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Moline legend Shipley dies | Local |

 Legendary Moline High School track coach Gene Shipley acknowledges the crowd after the track at Browning Field in Moline was after him during the Shipley Invitational Track and Field Meet in April 2005. Shipley died Wednesday at his home.

Moline legend Shipley dies | Local |

"Jeff Quick paused to gather his thoughts.

His mind began to race. For a moment, he was the gangly high-schooler looking for his athletic path.

"I score one team point for my Moline track team as a junior, and I'm running five-minute miles,'' Mr. Quick said. "But, because Coach (Gene) Shipley pushed me -- like he did so many others -- I wound up placing fourth in state as a senior, and I was running 4.21-flat miles.

"Next to my parents, Coach Shipley had the single greatest influence on my life. I am beyond sad at the passing of such a great man.''"

Read more at the link above.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

The History of the Name - Maroons.
Provided by Fran Coberley McNelly and Gary Allen

 For easier reading, click on this MHS 62 link.

The best way to read this is to check out this link to the history of the name Maroons - from the MHS 62 website. If you enlarge the type on that link, the article will be easy to read.

The graphic is by Gary Allen. The article was discovered by Fran Coberley McNelly during a lengthy debate on the MHS 68 Facebook page.

 The Class of 1968 is having its 50th reunion in 2018.
MHS 66 borrowed their logo - or did they borrow ours?
This mystery will be solved in 20 or so years.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Blog Views - Over 260,000. Most Popular Post of All - Seventh Graders at Coolidge (Thanks Tim Ballard)

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We outlived Garfield Grade School, RIP,
now a coffee house for the Gashouse Gang.

 MHS Classmates are in this photo.
Can you name them?
They outlived the Hasty Tasty Food Shop.