Issue 280 – Photos from 1959, Part 03

Issue 280    —    The Paregien Journal    —    May 10, 2014

Photos from 1959 (Part 3)

by Stan Paregien Sr.

Alright, my friends, here is another group of photos from that vintage year of 1959. This time it is specifically about the Class of 1959 at Fillmore (California) Union High School and the events surrounding our graduation on a beautiful, clear night out on the football field. That was followed by an “all night party” and breakfast.

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Three people come to my mind who are not on the official list, above, but were and are an integral part of our experiences together at FUHS. First, there was Daryl Muth of Piru. He quit school to join the Air Force and later got his GED. He has lived in Ojai for many years. Then there was Elaine Campbell, also of Piru. She dropped out of school and eventually became a law enforcement officer. Elaine lives in the desert community of Pear Blossom. And then there was Joyce Decker, and I don’t know the details of her life except she dropped out (as I recall). There are probably a few others, but my “recaller” is frayed at this point.

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That’s all I have for our official graduation from dear ol’ Fillmore High School in Fillmore, California. As with all such groups, we scattered to the wind. Some went on to college, others went into the military and still others went directly into the work force. Today, several of our classmates have died. Most of us have retired from the work force or are nearing that point. Others have serious health issues. This is an opportunity for those of us who remain to reflect once more on what a wonderful time and place it was to be young in Fillmore in 1959.

–Stan Paregien

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