Gather at Annual Memorial Day Weekend Reunion
Louisville Newsletter Guest Editor Jack Mayfield
One hundred-seventy Louisville High School alumni, spouses and guests gathered at the school Saturday evening to reunite with former classmates, share memories and celebrate their heritage as graduates of Louisville High School at the annual Alumni Banquet.
A nice sized crowd gathered in the old gymnasium prior to the Alumni Banquet to honor the 1959 state championship basketball team.
Among the classes honored at the banquet was the Fifty-Year Class of 1959, which distinguished itself by winning the Class C basketball championship in the late winter of that year. In a special “pep rally" event held prior to the Banquet in the old gymnasium where the team played its games, six members of the team gathered to be honored by a community-wide celebration of the 50th anniversary of the team’s accomplishments.
Front row (l-r): Doug Alfrey, Orval (Pork) Robbins, Dan Stiffler, Emmett (Butch) Brown, Don Vogler.Back row (l-r): Coach Ernie Lee, Terry Janusz, Frank Puls, Robert Wiesneth, LeRoy Voightman, Student Manager Gary Knutson
Pep Rally emcee Dennis Barnes (at podium) introduces members of the 1959 state championship team: (left to right) former coach Darrell Brandenburg, Doug Alfrey, Frank Puls, Orval “Pork” Robbins, Dan Stiffler, Terry Janusz, and Dr. Everett “Butch” Brown.
Longtime local barber Dennis Barnes, LHS Cass of 1960, served as master of ceremonies for the pep rally event and shared with the audience his recollections of that championship season. After introducing each of the players and former teacher and coach Darrell Brandenburg, who worked with many of these players before they reached high school, Barnes turned the microphone over to individual players who reminisced with the audience. Team members in attendance were Douglas Alfrey, Orval “Pork” Robbins, Terry Janusz, Dr. Everett “Butch” Brown, Frank Puls and team captain Dan Stiffler. Two surviving team members, Jerry Luken and Don Vogler, were unable to attend, and the two deceased team members, Robert Wiesneth and Leroy Voightman, were honored with a special Memorial Day tribute by the American Legion honor guard.
The pep rally concluded with a phone call to the team’s coach, Ernie Lee, who resides in Florida. The members of the audience sang “Happy Birthday” to Coach Lee since the event fell on his birthday.
Team captain Dan Stiffler placed a long-distance call on his cell phone over the PA system to former head coach Ernie Lee in Florida.
The team tribute event was organized by Kara Roloff Habrock, Class of 1986, and was sponsored by Home State Bank and Roloff Construction.
The Alumni Banquet was held in the new gymnasium immediately following the pep rally. The Banquet was hosted by the Forty-Year Class, the Class of 1969, with class member Scott McGrew serving as an emcee along with Dan Stiffler from the Class of 1959.
Scott McGrew, Class of 1969 (left), and Dan Stiffler, Class of 1959, shared Masters of Ceremonies duties at the banquet.
A buffet dinner, prepared by Attitude on Food, featured roast beef and chicken entrées, and the banquet attendees also received imprinted mini- basketballs and beverage-can koozies as party favors.
Former LHS coach and teacher Darrell Brandenburg is shown here with Julie Johnson Meisinger, Class of 1959. In the mid-1950s Brandenburg built the Dari Creme which still stands on the north end of Main Street. He later sold the popular refreshment stand to Julie’s parents, Harry and Selma Johnson, who along with Julie and her sister Jean Johnson Buskirk, ran it through the mid-1980s.
Julie Johnson Meisinger, Class of 1959, received a plaque and special recognition for having perfect attendance at the banquet for the past fifty years.
Julie Johnson Meisinger received special recognition for attending the Alumni Banquet for fifty consecutive years since her graduation in 1959.
Charlotte Schmader Stander (1935) and Florence Wegener Moren (1937) were honored as the “Most Senior Female Graduates,” and Ralph Welte and Harold Godberson, both of the Class of 1940, were honored as the “Most Senior Male Graduates” in attendance. Entertainment was provided by 2009 LHS graduate Audrey Smejkal, who performed a vocal solo. Louisville Alumni Scholarships were presented to Jenna Laughlin and Adam Beck of the Class of 2009.
Terry Janusz, Dan Stiffler and Dr. Everett Brown pose behind the state championship trophy. Janusz and Stiffler traveled from Colorado for the reunion and Brown returned from his home in Arizona.
The evening concluded with the singing of the school song, the Purple and the Gold, Written by former LHS music teacher Emma (Marquardt) Rawalt in 1916.
The 1959 Boys Trio of (l-r) Dan Stiffler, Ron Hutchison and Frank Puls led the alumni in a rousing version of the school song.
The newest members of the Louisville Alumni Association, the Class of 2009, joined in the singing of the school song.
More information about the Louisville Alumni Association
may be found on its website: www.LouisvilleAlumni.org
I would like to thank Jack Mayfield for the quality and the volume of work he has donated to this particular project, including this recap which is very well done.This is a mountain of work, and deserves our thanks. Thanks Jack!
If you have not heard it, take a minute to listen to this audio recording of Jack back on March 16th talking about the Alumni Project
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May 22, 2009, Lincoln – Only a few of the bills that are passed by the Legislature receive media coverage. This means that Nebraska citizens seldom, if ever, hear about the majority of the new laws that are enacted. Last month I highlighted some bills that were passed early in the session. I am now pleased to provide information about more new laws that you should know about.
The new law created by LB 92, known as the “move-over” law, will prohibit drivers from traveling in highway lanes next to a shoulder, in which emergency or road assistance vehicles are stopped. If drivers are not able to move over, they will be required to reduce their speed. This law will only apply to Interstate 80 and other highways that accommodate two or more lanes of traffic flowing in the same direction. A first offense violation of this law will be defined as a traffic infraction, and second or subsequent offenses will be charged as Class IIIA misdemeanors.
Last year a bill was passed to allow first and second offense drunk drivers to resume driving more quickly, if they installed and used an interlock ignition device. The device keeps a car from starting, if the driver has consumed alcohol. It works like a breathalyzer, because the driver blows into it, in order to start the car. The premise behind the use of the interlock device is that people will be able to continue to work and take care of their families, without endangering others by repeating their inappropriate driving behavior. This year LB 497 was passed to create a penalty for people who violate the terms of usage for their interlock ignition device. A violator would be guilty of a Class II misdemeanor and would be denied further use privileges for the interlock ignition device.
Under LB 500 a mayor, city council or the board of trustees of a municipal cemetery may set aside the proceeds from the sale of lots, donations and bequests to create a perpetual fund. The income from the fund may then be used for the management, maintenance, improvement or beautification of the cemetery. If there is a need or desire to use the principal of the fund, no more than 20 percent may be used in any fiscal year, and no more than 40 percent may be used over a period of ten consecutive fiscal years.
LB 9 added wood and corn to the list of items that are exempt from sales and use tax when used as fuel in farming. Previously, other energy sources such as electricity, coal, gasoline, fuel oil, propane and natural gas were exempt. The bill contained an emergency clause, so it became law when it was signed by the governor on May 21st.
Our current law allows parents to provide insurance coverage for children, under the age of 24, who are full-time students. When LB 551 becomes law on January 1, 2010, a new insurance option will be available for these young adults. The new law will allow unmarried adults to continue health insurance coverage under their parents’ policies through age 29.
I co-introduced LB 671 to create uniform death investigations, establish regional support services and mandate death investigation training and on-going education for county coroners. I supported this bill, in part, because its primary introducer Senator Pete Pirsch of Omaha included some new procedures for the investigation of sudden, unexplained infant deaths. Senator Pirsch did this in response to requests from a District 2 constituent and from me. Nebraska’s current laws have been in place since 1917, and provide no state oversight and few standards to ensure quality death investigations. In many parts of Nebraska, county attorneys are required to serve as coroners, but they are not required to have the necessary training to carry out the responsibilities that accompany this role. When LB 671 becomes law in August, the quality and consistency of death investigation in our state will be improved.
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