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03/10/10 03:59 PM #4    


Tom Duckworth

The photos of the 45th are great, who do we thank for those that take 20 pounds and 20 years off, or blame for the reverse!

04/20/10 04:23 PM #5    

Glenna Kirkman (Chessmore)

Dick, You have done a fantastic job with this site!  It is easy to use and I hope many classmates will take advantage of it.  Thanks for spending your time on this project.  glenna

04/24/10 08:44 PM #6    


Russell Olewinski

Ya all just good for being so young at heart.

05/01/10 10:17 PM #7    


Joan Elsheimer (Darby)


Thanks Paul Wilson for sharing your Youtube video.  I'm looking forward to more people using this forum.  Joan

09/10/10 07:44 PM #8    


Gerald Conway

 Good article on Terry Beeson, Coffeyville native and former Ravens football coach, Athletic Director and Alumni Director. Take a minute and vote for one of our own......(John Beeson's brother)

09/05/11 10:51 AM #9    


Tom Duckworth

Hey Senior Citizens - let's reach out and touch some classmates this month!! Our site is underutilized (my bad, too) so give a try to letting at least two classmates who haven't been active a call and get some notes going. I'll admit to not tweeting or facebooking, and not feeling too badly about it, but would like to keep up with Field Kindley and Coffeyville friends.

Tom Duckworth-254-775-4748;

09/05/13 02:23 PM #10    


Tom Duckworth

Early notice - messenger quail (no pigeons for this group) have been flocking from Coffeyville for several days, with news that the 50th year reunion of the "largest class from FKHS" (not referring to our waistlines, I hope), the Class of 1964, is meeting October 4th, 2014 in celebration of graduation, survival, and memories of those who have not. Be there, plan ahead, start those workouts and diets now!

01/15/14 10:30 PM #11    


Gerald Conway

Greetings fellow Class of '64 celebrants!

Like most of you, I'm sure, I am setting pen to paper to make travel plans for the year.

I'm looking for an update from anyone who knows more details re our 50th.

Feel free to post a response here or contact me at or at 301.518.7467.

Hope to see ALL of you in October!!

01/16/14 03:37 PM #12    


Joan Elsheimer (Darby)

Hi Gerald:     There will soon be notices sent out regarding more details other than the date of Oct. 4th.  Of course that's also the wk. end of the Dalton Raid reenactment.

Looking forward to see you there also.                             Joan


01/22/14 11:22 PM #13    


Richard Clough


First I've heard of reunion. How will you get the word out re. details. Hope to make it. My email is rhclough 46@ A big thanks to you and the rest of the team working on this.

Richard Clough

09/05/14 10:53 AM #14    


Joan Elsheimer (Darby)

To Russell O:  With the obituaries I have kept track of, there are 4.Paul Wilson may have more on his list.


Danny Bryant

Tony Dean

John Holliday

Bill Ritter

09/06/14 12:12 PM #15    

Janie Priddy (Cole)

I have really enjoyed viewing pics of the 45th reunion.  I recognize many familiar faces, as well.  I am so looking forward to coming to the 50th;  happy to still be around. :) :)

11/27/14 11:08 AM #16    


Russell Olewinski

May all have a Blessed Thanksgiving and safe holiday


01/27/15 02:12 PM #17    


Tom Duckworth

Paul Wilson,

I just saw the photos and video that you posted of the 50th Reunion. I don't know how you managed to do so much to make the Reunion a success, but thank you for the photo name tags, the program planning and paraticipation, and now this video. Great work, proud to be a classmate of yours, and the Class of 64.

Tom Duckworth

01/27/15 06:30 PM #18    


Paul Wilson

Tom....Thanks so very much on the complements about the reunion is a pleasure to help make our web site a good place to reminis about our reunions....also again, I appreciate the opportunity to help with our 50th Dinner Program....great memories and I am looking forward to the 70th Birthday Year get together where they choose to go and I am looking forward to our 55th....Paul

01/28/15 08:01 AM #19    


Wes Kime

Paul ----

Tom said it all, so I won't repeat.  Just know that the pictures and video of our 50th are outstanding!  Great job!!!


01/29/15 12:30 PM #20    


Russell Olewinski


Just saw the video, man you did a bang up job. Looking forward to the next one. Thank You.

01/29/15 06:51 PM #21    


Paul Wilson

Wes and Russell

I just read your comments on our Message Forum. I want to let you how much I appreciate your comments and thank you's. It is a pleasure to use my little video company to make video's for things like our reunions. Yes, Russell I am looking forward to our next reunion (55th) should be as great as our 50th was. I hope more classmates join our web site so they can see how much fun it is keeping up with your classmate....Paul

02/29/16 10:54 PM #22    

Judge Sally Willett (Willett)

Thanks everybody for making this site happen. We are definitely going to be in Branson for the collective birthday. That should be a lot of fun.  We should call it the "Septuagenarian Sing and Swing" (no not that kind) harking back to junior high days.

Whenever I think of Kindley Kavalcade and Sing and Swing, it stupifies me that our little burg had Broadway type reviews.  Last time I saw Mr. Burchinal, I mentioned how memorable it was and how fantastic it was for him and Theo Mason to get all this together year after year, choreography, costumes, music, you name it.

What he said took me aback:  He said that he was blessed with unusually large groups of talented kids that were turned out by our school system. I told him talent without leadership and direction doesn't often come to much. It was the idea, the concept and the ability to cause it to be executed with a bunch of shlubs. I remember some of the guys he got to dance and still laugh about it. Some maxed out with the hokey pokey.

Does anyone else remember that horrible debacle when we were in the 10th grade, the ballet, that turned into a comedy piece? The curtain went up and there were only about 3 or 4 girls in ballerina length green costumes on stage when there were supposed to be about 8 of them. They ones that made it on stage were sitting on one leg with the other extended out in front and their arms extending gracefully overhead touching the extended foot. It was supposed to be a "V" formation. It looked like the pin set up at a bowling alley after the rolling a decent, first bowling ball. Then, out of nowhere, another dancer kind of leapt onto the stage with a horrified deer in headlights look of utter bewilderment, then, quickly scrambled down into sitting position with the others. A couple more lurched onto the stage from both wings with similar "what the..." looks on their faces. And so it continued till all the dancers were there. Somehow they had missed the curtain call. The whole thing looked like that comedy ballet with guys in tutus. I haven't thought about this in years. I can't even see to write I'm laughing so hard.

 We really had a glorious system. It saddens me greatly for kids not to have what was available to our generation. I don't get the whole anti-public education thing. 

We need stories and stories.






09/13/16 07:30 PM #23    

Mike Caulfield

Given our Big 70 Party coming up, I thought the following article might be most appropriate:

Many of us are between 60 and death, i.e. old.
A reader sent me this excellent list for aging.
1. It’s time to use the money you saved up. Use and enjoy it. Don’t just keep it for those who may have no notion of the sacrifices you made to get it. Remember there is nothing more dangerous than a son or daughter-in-law with big ideas for your hard earned capital. Warning: This is also a bad time for an investment, even if it seems wonderful or fool-proof. They only bring problems and worries. This is a time for you to enjoy some peace and quiet.
2. Stop worrying about the financial situation of your children and grandchildren, and don’t feel bad spending your money on yourself. You’ve taken care of them for many years, and you’ve taught them what you could. You gave them an education, food, shelter and support. The responsibility is now theirs to earn their own money.
3. Keep a healthy life, without great physical effort. Do moderate exercise (like walking every day), eat well and get your sleep. It’s easy to become sick, and it gets harder to remain healthy. That is why you need to keep yourself in good shape and be aware of your medical and physical needs. Keep in touch with your doctor, do tests even when you’re feeling well. Stay informed.
4. Always buy the best, most beautiful items for your significant other. The key goal is to enjoy your money with your partner. One day one of you will miss the other, and the money will not provide any comfort then, enjoy it together.
5. Don’t stress over the little things. You’ve already overcome so much in your life. You have good memories and bad ones, but the important thing is the present. Don’t let the past drag you down and don’t let the future frighten you. Feel good in the now. Small issues will soon be forgotten.
6. Regardless of age, always keep love alive. Love your partner, love life, love your family, love your neighbour and remember: “A man is not old as long as he has intelligence and affection.”
7. Be proud, both inside and out. Don’t stop going to your hair salon or barber, do your nails, go to the dermatologist and the dentist, keep your perfumes and creams well stocked. When you are well-maintained on the outside, it seeps in, making you feel proud and strong.
8. Don’t lose sight of fashion trends for your age, but keep your own sense of style. There’s nothing worse than an older person trying to wear the current fashion among youngsters. You’ve developed your own sense of what looks good on you – keep it and be proud of it. It’s part of who you are.
9. ALWAYS stay up-to-date. Read newspapers, watch the news. Go online and read what people are saying. Make sure you have an active email account and try to use some of those social networks. You’ll be surprised what old friends you’ll meet. Keeping in touch with what is going on and with the people you know is important at any age.
10. Respect the younger generation and their opinions. They may not have the same ideals as you, but they are the future, and will take the world in their direction. Give advice, not criticism, and try to remind them that yesterday’s wisdom still applies today.
11. Never use the phrase: “In my time”. Your time is now. As long as you’re alive, you are part of this time. You may have been younger, but you are still you now, having fun and enjoying life.
 12. Some people embrace their golden years, while others become bitter and surly. Life is too short to waste your days on the latter. Spend your time with positive, cheerful people, it’ll rub off on you and your days will seem that much better. Spending your time with bitter people will make you older and harder to be around.
13. Do not surrender to the temptation of living with your children or grandchildren (if you have a financial choice, that is). Sure, being surrounded by family sounds great, but we all need our privacy. They need theirs and you need yours. If you’ve lost your partner (our deepest condolences), then find a person to move in with you and help out. Even then, do so only if you feel you really need the help or do not want to live alone.
14. Don’t abandon your hobbies. If you don’t have any, make new ones. You can travel, hike, cook, read, dance. You can adopt a cat or a dog, grow a garden, play cards, checkers, chess, dominoes, golf. You can paint, volunteer at an NGO or just collect certain items. Find something you like and spend some real time having fun with it.
15. Even if you don’t feel like it, try to accept invitations. Baptisms, graduations, birthdays, weddings, conferences. Try to go. Get out of the house, meet people you haven’t seen in a while, experience something new (or something old). But don’t get upset when you’re not invited. Some events are limited by resources, and not everyone can be hosted. The important thing is to leave the house from time to time. Go to museums, go walk through a field. Get out there.
16. Be a conversationalist. Talk less and listen more. Some people go on and on about the past, not caring if their listeners are really interested. That’s a great way of reducing their desire to speak with you. Listen first and answer questions, but don’t go off into long stories unless asked to. Speak in courteous tones and try not to complain or criticize too much unless you really need to. Try to accept situations as they are. Everyone is going through the same things, and people have a low tolerance for hearing complaints. Always find some good things to say as well.
17. Pain and discomfort go hand in hand with getting older. Try not to dwell on them but accept them as a part of the cycle of life we’re all going through. Try to minimize them in your mind. They are not who you are, they are something that life added to you. If they become your entire focus, you lose sight of the person you used to be.
18. If you’ve been offended by someone – forgive them. If you’ve offended someone — apologize. Don’t drag around resentment with you. It only serves to make you sad and bitter. It doesn’t matter who was right. Someone once said: “Holding a grudge is like taking poison and expecting the other person to die.” Don’t take that poison. Forgive, forget and move on with your life.
19. If you have a strong belief, savour it. But don’t waste your time trying to convince others. They will make their own choices no matter what you tell them, and it will only bring you frustration. Live your faith and set an example. Live true to your beliefs and let that memory sway them.
20. Laugh. Laugh A LOT. Laugh at everything. Remember, you are one of the lucky ones. You managed to have a life, a long one. Many never get to this age, never get to experience a full life. But you did. So what’s not to laugh about? Find the humor in your situation.
21. Take no notice of what others say about you and even less notice of what they might be thinking. They’ll do it anyway, and you should have pride in yourself and what you’ve achieved. Let them talk and don’t worry. They have no idea about your history, your memories and the life you’ve lived so far. There’s still much to be written, so get busy writing and don’t waste time thinking about what others might think. Now is the time to be at rest, at peace and as happy as you can be!
AND REMEMBER: “Life is too short to drink cheap wine"

09/13/16 11:07 PM #24    


Joan Elsheimer (Darby)

Ah, Mike.  You have some good thinking friends.  That why you are an upbeat person and will just keep, keeping on.  Thanks for sharing! Joan

09/14/16 01:36 PM #25    


Janet Wood (King)

Thanks Mike.  Lots of good advice there.  Looking forward to Branson.  

10/10/16 07:02 PM #26    


Russell Olewinski

For all veterans from our class. I have created a new Face Book site Field Kindley Veterans. Please visit and post your information for future Memorial Events we may have, It will be open to all FS Classes.

Thank You


10/24/16 05:56 PM #27    


Russell Olewinski

So I was on a bus trip to Michigan last week with a group of VFW and Auxiliary members and on the way back their was a driver change. We got to chatting and Kansas came up in the conversation. I told him I graduated from Coffeyville HS and he starting singing the Raven cheer song. Come to find out it was coach Howard McMurry's younger brother. He said Howard passed away in the 90's. What visit we had,,   

10/31/16 12:19 AM #28    


Joan Elsheimer (Darby)

Paul Wilson: or anyone else.............  Do you recall when Sylvester Wilson passed?                                                 Joan Elsheimer Darby



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