Moline Memories - MHS 66 Friends

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Two 45th Anniversaries Today - Jackson and Robeson.

John and Diana Robeson were married 45 years ago today.


Gregory and Christina Jackson were married 45 years ago today.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Moline High School Will Honor John F. Baker

(AP photo)
MOLINE – A Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient will be inducted into the Moline High School Hall of Honor after being denied because he didn't officially graduate.
Master Sgt. John F. Baker was voted into the Hall of Honor last month, The Moline Dispatch reported. Baker died in 2012 at age 66.

Ray Hamilton is a member of the Hall of Honor committee and Vietnam Veterans Chapter 299. He helped lead a nearly decade-long effort to induct Baker, along with Bill Albracht of the veterans chapter and retired Moline High School principal Bill Burrus. [And mentioned on the Moline Memories blog four years ago - see below.]

"It was a chance to right a wrong," Hamilton said. "Sure, it took too long, but we are where we are."
The induction ceremony will be in February at Moline's Wharton Field House. Donnell Baker, John Baker's widow, will be invited to the event, Hamilton said.

"It would have been nice for this to happen when Johnny was alive, but this is the way it has to be," he said.
John Baker was born in Davenport, Iowa, and raised in Moline. He attended Moline High School from 1963 to 1966, leaving to enlist in the Army. He received a Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award for valor in combat, for saving the lives of eight fellow soldiers in a 1966 firefight with the Viet Cong.
Hamilton and other supporters used a state veterans' diploma initiative to argue Baker should be inducted into the hall. The initiative grants diplomas to people who dropped out of high school to enlist in the armed forces.

"Former [Moline] superintendent Ben McAdams had a brother benefit from this," Hamilton said. "That's how we found it. His brother was a World War II veteran, who served honorably and used it to receive his diploma from Rock Island High School."

Seven people were nominated for the Hall of Honor and Baker received the most votes.
"He served so honorably that he received our nation's highest military honor," Hamilton said. "He went on to serve and represent his country in so many positive ways after he left active duty."


Saturday, April 17, 2010

MHS Hall of Honor - Anyone Missing?

John Baker, Medal of Honor, Viet Nam, the highest honor bestowed on any soldier, awarded only for conspicuous bravery in combat.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Happy 45th Anniversary, Toby and Stephanie McGriff

Happy Anniversary, Toby and Stephanie.

"May every day be like your wedding day." (German blessing)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Denver Ladies MHS66 Reunion

 Starting at the far left: Marsha Anderson Harvey, Kris Streed Crawford, Pam Nystrom Soma,
Joanne Oakleaf Soma, Kym Dennhardt Whatley and her daughter-in-law Candice.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Rest in Peace, James Beert

Jim and Jorja Beert

Obituary for James J. Beert
Coal Valley, Illinois

James J. Beert, 70, of Coal Valley, Illinois, died Friday, September 26, 2014, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf, Iowa.

Services are 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, Coal Valley, with The Reverend Jim DeBisschop officiating. Burial is in Rock Island National Cemetery, where the Moline American Legion Post #246 will present military honors. Visitation is 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday at Trimble Funeral Home, Coal Valley, where there will be a Prayer Service at 3:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Robert R. Jones Library in Coal Valley.

James Joseph Beert was born October 27, 1943, in Moline, Illinois, the son of Albert David and Bertha (Wulffaert) Beert. He served in the United States Army, and was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War. He married Jorja L. Hepner on September 21, 1968, in Moline. 

Jim worked for Coal Valley State Bank, starting in 1971 when it was just a trailer in the corn fields. He worked for the bank for 17 years until it was sold. He then worked as a mail carrier for the Bettendorf Post Office for 16 years, retiring in 2010. After retirement, he enjoyed working part time for Milan Auto Auction. 

He was a member of St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, Coal Valley, was Past-President and served on the board of the Robert R. Jones Library for over 28 years, and had been a member of the Coal Valley Lion’s Club and coached softball for Dad’s Club.

Jim collected 1950’s and 1960’s die cast classic and muscle cars, and memorabilia. He also loved his chow-chow dogs over the years.

He is survived by his wife, Jorja, of Coal Valley; a daughter, Jamie Beert of Salt Lake City, Utah; a son, Jason Beert of Rapid City, South Dakota; grandsons, Logan and Hudson Beert; his mother, Bertha Beert of East Moline, Illinois; a son-in-law, Brad Garrison of Salt Lake City; one nephew; and five nieces including Amy Beert of Fort Wayne, Indiana, who donated a kidney to Jim in 2007. He was preceded in death by his father, and brothers, Ronald and Gerald Beert.

Visit Jim’s personal tribute page at to share stories and condolences, and light a free candle in his memory.

Honored for his service to the library.
Forty-seven years of marriage.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Recent MHS66 Golfers

MHS66 golfers - Serandos, Osborne, Gramkow, Boxman, Cosner, and Heald

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Film TV Star Attends MHS 50th Reunion

Posted Online: Sept. 17, 2014, 11:23 pm
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By Jonathan Turner,

Film and TV actor John Getz has a 40-year acting resume, but he never forgets his roots. The 67-year-old Moline High School alum attended his 50th class reunion last weekend.

"It was great, great to see a lot of people," Mr. Getz said by phone Monday, adding that he still has relatives in the Quad-Cities.

The last reunion he attended was his 25th, and the last time he was in the Quad-Cities was in early 2012, for the funeral of his late uncle, Tom Getz, former owner of Moline Forge and a community volunteer.

"I just thought it would be interesting to see people again," Mr. Getz said. "It was an excuse to come back and see Moline, the river and everything, to wander around town, drink it all in. I miss the place. I had a good time growing up there. I like to taste it every once in a while."

The son of William and Kaye Getz, Mr. Getz's father was president of Williams White & Co.

In high school, Mr. Getz was on the swim team, and didn't have a lot of time for theater, but emceed his senior year variety show. He went to the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash., where he did some acting.

"I had a great English teacher there who was a Shakespeare fanatic. He just encouraged me," Mr. Getz said.

He graduated from the University of Iowa and studied at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, later appearing on Broadway in "M. Butterfly" and "They're Playing Our Song."

While known mainly for an extensive list of TV and film credits, Mr. Getz said he loves theater and wants to do more. "It's a delightful challenge to get in front of an audience every night, the gymnastics you get to do with other people."

Mr. Getz's film roles include the Coen brothers' "Blood Simple," "The Fly," "The Fly II," "Born on the Fourth of July," "Curly Sue," and "Zodiac." In 2010, he portrayed the attorney to Mark Zuckerberg's character in the Oscar-winning film "The Social Network."

He played the adoptive father of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in the 2013 biopic "Jobs."

"We shot in the house Steve Jobs lived in, in Los Gatos (Calif.), where he built the first (Apple) machine in the garage," Mr. Getz said.

His TV roles include "NCIS," "The Ghost Whisperer," "Criminal Minds," "Mad Men," "How I Met Your Mother," and in the past year alone "Bones," "Castle," "CSI," and the AMC series "Halt and Catch Fire."

Mr. Getz filmed one episode for new ABC legal thriller, "How to Get Away With Murder" from Shonda Rhimes, creator of "Scandal" and "Grey's Anatomy." Now he's appeared in all of her shows, including "Private Practice."

"She just throws together good pot-boilers," he said. "She gets a lot going on, with interesting actors."

In Mr. Getz's latest film, "Trumbo," which he'll shoot in October in New Orleans, he plays a director in the McCarthy-era biopic of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. It will co-star Louis C.K., Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren and John Goodman.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday, September 1, 2014

Off to the Flood - 1965

Check out today's Moline Dispatch!!! Page B3. Great shot titled "Flood of 1965." A bunch of fellows catching a ride from the Moline Water Works. You can clearly see John Delarosa, Don, Ackley, Jim Haney, Gary Allen, John Danner,Maybe Tim Cook, Duddly Blunt and Guy Dyer. There's a few I don't recognize. What a great photo!

Thank you Guy Johnson, for finding and posting this.

Gary Allen sees - Gary Allen I see...... Larry DeClerck, Malcolm Tribble,(hidden behind Larry),Bill Sheets, Bill Briesch, Jerry Gerard, ??(squeezed in the middle) Tom Westcott, ???, Jim Haney, Greg White, Don Ackley, Dave Rowell, and Gary Allen.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Rest in Peace - Harriet Paschall - Dr. Ron Paschall's Wife - Ann Paschall's Mother

Harriet Paschall, mother of Ann (MHS66) and Sara,
widow of Dr. Ron Paschall, died at the age of 95.
Her funeral will be at Wendt Funeral Home.

MOLINE — Harriett B. Paschall, 95, of Moline, passed away Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at Heartland Health Care Center in Moline.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Wendt Funeral Home in Moline. Services will be 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at First Congregation Church, 2201 7th Ave., Moline. Burial will be in Rock Island Memorial Park.
Harriett was born in Chicago on Sept. 15, 1918, to William B. and Ellen (Davies) Brown. On Aug. 28, 1943, in Moline, she married Ronald Rex Paschall, who preceded her in death Feb. 22, 2006. She attended Garfield Elementary School, John Deere Junior High, Moline High School, Augustana College (graduate), and the University of Iowa, completing one year toward a master’s program.
She was a member of First Congregational Church congregators, which she and her husband helped to originate, and she was head of the funeral committee for many years. She was also a member of The Alice Kennedy Circle of King’s Daughters for more than 60 years and was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader. She and her husband traveled extensively to Europe, England, New Zealand and Australia. They also traveled to Japan, Russia and Poland on People to People Tours. Her favorite place on earth was Grand Cayman, where her entire family would vacation. Her other passions were family, friends, baking and SHOPPING.
One of the highlights of Harriett's and Ron’s life was traveling to Bolivia to provide dental care to the natives. This resulted in bringing three Bolivian children to the University of Iowa Medical Center to receive special care. Eventually the youngest child was adopted by wonderful friends and became an American citizen.
Survivors include daughters, Sara (Ron) Olson of Holmen, Wis., and Ann (Dan) Halsted of Pine, Colo.; grandchildren:, Paige (Travis) Brush and R.L. (Amy) Olson II; and great-grandchildren, Megan (Aaron) Kopp, Abby Brush, Hunter Brush and Aidan Olson.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Tom Brown; and two sisters, Marion Sorg and Betsy Blakley.
Memorials may be made to First Congregational Church of Moline, St. Jude Children’s Hospital or a charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be sent at
"We will always love you to the moon and back."

Saturday, August 9, 2014

All Time Favorite Posts - Clickable Links

Sassy shared the limelight with the ladies of MHS 66 at their
Crane and Pelican luncheon in 2014.


John Baker Bridge,
Photo by Mary Parsons Caisley