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Welcome Polar Bears to a website commemorating 90 years of exemplary education at the Loop Park campus on Oakwood Road in Fairmont WV.  Free membership.  Join today.

Voices of Fairmont Senior High School

by Carol J. Amos and Linda Orr Morgan

Help the Voices of Fairmont Senior High School authors celebrate a successful signing season.

Please R.S.V.P. on the event site on Carol's Facebook or respond to cjamos@fairmontseniorhighschool.com

a  9 x 12 hardcover book of 160 pages with history and archival pictures, 200+, from over 100 years of Maple Leaves, Hi-Life, submitted materials, books, oral interviews, and extensive research of the history of FSHS. We hope to preserve your heritage of 150 years of education at Fairmont Senior High School and celebrate Fairmont Senior's contributions to alumni, faculty, students, and the Fairmont community.

Submit memories about FSHS, the quintessential school of excellence, which prepares students for the future while preserving the building and its rich history. 

To buy a book $  50.00 Add $5.00 if you want it mailed.   

Send check to FSHS Foundation PO Box 91 Fairmont WV 

26555-0091 along with the following information:  name,

graduation year, address, phone number, and email as well

as the amount paid and if you want an autographed copy (no charge).

**PayPal and Venmo are now available for payment to 

fshsfoundation@gmail.com  If you use PayPal please designate gift so a service

charge will not be collected. 

If you've purchased and are reading the book, please share the stories that it brought back from your experiences. We don't plan to write Volume II but never say never. A myriad of ways exist to celebrate the milestones.

Demonstrate your commitment to Preserve FSHS.  Send check to FSHS Foundation PO Box 91 Fairmont WV  26555-0091.

https://timeswv-cnhi.newsmemory.com/publink=7a086954f&fbclid=IwAR2VCtpYH43aK51wgfjBwh_i3780FiuEwSGb7AfKP34-6AXKuyTWXDnRc3w

We hope you enjoy the newspaper coverage of the reveal. The editor apologized for the 100 instead of the 150-year history. Mistakes can happen. They provided a wonderful picture of our authentic surprise reaction and a terrific interview. 

 

 

Co-authors pictured above:  Carol J. Amos on left and Linda Orr Morgan. BUY A BOOK: SAVE THE STONE=$50.00 earns a book and a contribution to preserve and protect the engraving.  Please add $5.00 to ship.

"What we do shall be remembered."  Camelot

http://www.fairmontseniorhighschool.com

 

 

* ATTENTION FSHS ALUMNI *

GET BACK INTO THE GAME!!  Alumni of Fairmont Senior High School, you’re invited to the 1st Annual FSHS Alumni Tailgate!!

Come mingle with former teammates and friends and watch the FSHS POLAR BEARS and winning coach and alumnus Nick Bartic take on the Robert C. Byrd EAGLES.

WHEN:  Friday, October 18, 2019

WHERE: East-West Stadium

TIME: 5PM - 7PM

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: Friday, October 11, 2019

Sponsored by the Polar Bear Football Boosters

 RSVP by clicking & registering at the following link:

 https://form.jotform.com/PolarBearFootball/fshsalumnitailgate

 * Each class to be recognized throughout the game *

 3 Alumni Option(s) Available

 Package 1: $50.00

Alumni Tailgate Entrance for One (1)

Alumni T-Shirt for One (1)

Game Ticket for One (1)

 Package 2: $35.00

Tailgate Entrance for One (1) Guest

Game Ticket for One (1) Gues

 Package 3: $25.00

Alumni T-Shirt

(Not Attending Tailgate or game)

 YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO ENTER THE TAILGATE, UNTIL REGISTRATION/PAYMENT IS RECEIVED.

RSVP by clicking & registering at the following link:

 

https://form.jotform.com/PolarBearFootball/fshsalumnitailgate

 

 

Seats in the auditorium remain available for sponsorship for $200.00 each.  A plate with three lines of information will commemorate the donation.  See a list of donors by clicking on Auditorium in the left panel of this home page.

Many of you seemed to enjoy the Polar Bear Band music that Mike Nease used for his video.  He digitized this music several years ago using my computer and an old turntable and preamp that I had laying around the house. It's available in "the cloud" for you to download and listen to if you're interested at the following link: https://app.box.com/s/mc0ipj1uf52gr9a3oyvw   Enjoy the band, under the direction of Ron Wood.  The recording by the same.

http://www.wvalways.com/story/36194494/new-head-coach-leads-fairmont-senior-following-super-six-season#.WZ1uQVGCszI

 

 Lincoln Life Membership
The FSHS Foundation recognizes its lifetime members
on a plaque in the main hallway of FSHS.  Please consider becoming a Lincoln Life member, by making a generous $500 donation to support the mission of the Foundation. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ross Maruka
Mr. and Mrs. Edgar O Barrett
Mr. and Mrs. Gary D. Morgan
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Wakefield
Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Conley
Mario J. Roman
Dr. and Mrs. Robert C. Thompson
Orlando and Virginia Meffe
Virginia and Peale Davidson
Nick and Carmella Fantasia
Dr. Mohammad Roidad
Bill and Linda Furgason
Dr. Stanard and Linda Swihart
Janice, Stephanie and Megan Denison
Thomas Bradley Miller
Thomas S. Miller, M.D.
Adam S. Miller
Mrs. Carroll Ramage
William South
Drs. Prasad & Pramada Devabhaktuni
James P. Davidson III
Anne Bomar
Dr. Jack & Mary Ellen Koay
Tom & Lori Kliethermes & family
Diane Hutchinson Parker
Sara Harrold Miller
William Beckers
Jennifer Brumage Tombaugh
Becky Hoult Cassidy
Robert Petres, M.D.
Thomas Llewellyn
Gary, Bonnie, Kerry and Laurie Earp 

Royal and Janice Watts

Dr. Bob and Susan Hawkins

Dr, Thomas and Sharon Dunham 

If you enjoyed dancing to Pee Wee and the Prophets at the Melody Manor or other dance clubs in the area, reminisce with this recording shared on YouTube.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmfdfeTqdnM

WFHS-TV of Fairmont Senior High School continues a partnership with the Times West Virginian since 1999.  

 

FOUNDATION BROCHURE:  See the new brochure under announcements below to assist with school projects supported by FSHS Foundation, interested alumni, and the community.

Fairmont Senior High School Foundation Officers and Board Members

Ginny Davidson, President
Jeff Carpenter, Vice President
Edward Cheslock, Treasurer
Darlene Boyles, Secretary
Matt Delligatti
Gina Ezelle
Karen Finamore, Principal
Tom Kliethermes
Donna Metz
Eddie Parker
Penny Roberts
Vera Sansalone
Rodney Stewart
Mike DeVault
Joanna Ross
 
 
 
Fairmont Senior High School Awards and Recognition

In 2010, Fairmont Senior was named a high-performing, National Blue Ribbon School by the US Department of Education.  http://nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/awardwinners/

2007-2010  High School That Work Pacesetter School

Benedum Professional Development School

FSU Professional Development School

West Virginia School of Excellence

PBST Exemplar School

West Virginia Exemplary School

2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12.

 
 RENOVATION SLIDESHOWS:  CLICK ON FOUNDATION Above in left banner

128,417  Can you guess what it's counting?

 

Fairmont Senior High School cornerstone recently cleaned with restoration of front facade

 

   
     Fairmont Senior High School
Fairmont, West Virginia

1867 - 2013

          

FSHS NEWSLETTER FROM CAROL J. AMOS

Scroll to first announcement below:          

    Fairmont Senior High School Polar Bears group on Facebook

http://www.classcreator.com/Fairmont-WV-Fairmont-Senior-1961

FSHS Foundation, Inc. expresses appreciation to our Fairmont neighbors and supporters of Fairmont Senior High School.  The FSHS Foundation, established in 1992, continues to provide opportunities for Polar Bears through scholarships, teacher grants, and major improvements such as the $350,000.00 restoration of the auditorium.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, here’s how you can help improve our school.

DONATIONS TO SUPPORT SCHOLARSHIPS AND IMPROVEMENTS TO FAIRMONT SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL MAY BE SENT TO:
 Fairmont Senior High School Foundation, Inc.

Attention: Ed Cheslock, Treasurer
PO Box 91
Fairmont WV 26555-0091

Executive Board members:  Virginia Davidson, Ed Cheslock, Tom Kliethermes, Jeff Carpenter,  Darlene Boyles, Interim Principal Karen Finamore, Eddie Parker, 
Vera Sansalone, Rodney Stewart, Penny Cousins Roberts, Gina Ezelle, Leah Welty, Matt Delligatti and Suellen Lemley.  Vera, Rodney, Darlene and Eddie have profiles on Facebook. 

 

FSHS NEWSLETTER FROM CAROL J. AMOS           March 11, 2019

 

This document is a personal creation and is not an official statement by FSHS. Although I make every effort to verify the facts, mistakes can be made. Please advise me of any errors. I would like the chance to make any corrections. I do not want any misinformation circulating. I’ll correct errors in the next newsletter. If you forward this or any other newsletter to other individuals, please credit the source and send or print the newsletter intact. To see pictures and other special features visit http://www.classcreator.com/Fairmont-WV-Fairmont-Senior-1961 Be sure to put my address cjamos@fairmontseniorhighschool.com in safe email list in address book along with postmaster@classcreator.net so newsletters and emails go through to inbox. If you don't designate it as safe it will likely go to junk mail. To receive the free monthly newsletter visit the website above and ask for the current temporary password. A profile must be created by each individual so the website administrators know of your interest. Identities are password protected, your privacy is respected, and your information will not be sold or compromised. Contact me with questions or suggestions at cjamos@fairmontseniorhighschool.com

 

Twenty-six days until THE book will be revealed.  

 

A sample of Chapter 2 of Voices of Fairmont Senior High School is available. If you like a surprise wait until the Reveal Party on April 6-7, 2019. If you want a sneak peek go to www.fairmontseniorhighschool.com and click on Sample of THE book in the upper left corner of the black toolbar.

A  9 x 12 hardcover book of 160 pages with history and archival pictures from over 100 years of Maple Leaves, Hi-Life, submitted materials, books, oral interviews, and extensive research of the history of FSHS. We hope to preserve your heritage of 150 years of education at Fairmont Senior High School and celebrate Fairmont Senior's contributions to alumni, faculty, students, and the Fairmont community.

 

Send check to FSHS Foundation PO Box 91 Fairmont WV 26555-0091 along with the following information:  name, graduation year, address, phone number, and email as well as the amount paid and if you want an autographed copy (no charge).

**PayPal and Venmo are available for payment to

fshsfoundation@gmail.com  If you use PayPal please designate gift so a service

charge will not be collected.

If you bought the book and want it autographed before it’s mailed please send an email to cjamos@fairmontseniorhighschool.com

If it’s a gift for someone please include that individual’s name in the request for an autograph.

http://www.fairmontseniorhighschool.com

 

You are invited to the Reveal Party in the new media center at FSHS on Saturday, April 6, 2019 starting at 6:00 and on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 2:00.  

 

After final editing and approval, the books are being printed at Donning Publishers.  We're expecting shipment in a couple of weeks.

 

Linda and I would like to express appreciation to those who contributed $100.00 for the special option of a name and graduation year written on the vellum dust jacket.  We sold all 100 spots! Polar Bears are AWESOME!

 

Books remain available until all 1,000 copies of the limited edition issue are sold.  Send $50.00 to FSHS Foundation PO Box 91 Fairmont WV 26555-0091. If using PayPal or Venmo please designate the gift to FSHSFoundation@gmail.com  Please add $5.00 if you want the book mailed to you.  

 

Notify us at cjamos@fairmontseniorhighschool.com if you plan to pick up the book at the Reveal Party on Saturday, April 6 starting at 6 in the FSHS media center or Sunday, April 7 starting at 2, also in the media center.  

 

We shall be at the FSHS Foundation Elimination Dinner on Friday, April 12 at the Knights of Columbus.  We have signing events at White's Fine Jewelry on April 13 from 11-1 and Adams Office Supply on April 15 from 11-2 where books will be available for pick up or purchase.  Additional businesses will host opportunities for meet and greet events are the following: Rider Pharmacy, Hermosilla's Deli, McAteer's Restaurant, Rivesville Community Pharmacy, and Short Story Brewing.

 

Carol J. Amos and Linda Orr Morgan

Voices Of Fairmont Senior High School

"What we do shall be remembered."  Camelot

 

The FSHS Foundation annual elimination dinner is Friday, April 12, 2019.  $1,000 grand prize. $50.00 donation per couple. Social hour 6:00 PM and dinner at 7:00 PM at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 1529 Mary Lou Retton Drive.  Please send ticket requests to Ed Cheslock, treasurer, at FSHSFoundation@gmail.com  Linda and I will be there to sell and sign books.

 

The sun shines on WV today.  The girls' basketball team wins the state finals competing for the fourth time in five years.  The year of the bear celebrates state championships in cross country, football, and girls' basketball.  Good luck to Coach Retton and the boys' basketball team, winners of the regional competition and aiming for a third trophy in four years.  

 

Swim News:  Coach Bright coaxed a fourth-place finish out of her team at the state meet despite the fact that the Polar Bears had just four swimmers competing.

The Polar Bears’ Adriana Abruzzino claimed the league’s female swimmer of the year award, while FSHS coach Michelle Bright earned the coaching award.

Abruzzino claimed second and third place finishes at the state meet and was also a member of the team’s two third-place relay teams.

Ella Broadhurst and Mia Abruzzino were accorded first-team status along with Abruzzino.

4th in the medley relay

Adriana 3rd Mia 5th in the 200 free.

Ella 7th in 50 free & 8th in the 100 fly.

Adriana 2nd in the 100 free

Mia 4th in 500

200 free relay 3rd.

First-team all-conference:  Adriana, Mija, and Ella with Savannah on second team

Adriana was Girls’ Swimmer of the year

Boys’ first team:  Court Ciemania and Cam Smith on second team.

 

Girls’ basketball:  

The Polar Bears scored an impressive, 90-31 road victory over arch-rival East Fairmont.  Jordan scored 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds and 10 more of her teammates reached the scoring column in the big win over the Bees at the Bee Hive.

Washenitz added 13 points and eight assists for the Polar Bears, who also got 11 points from Abby Faulkner and 10 point from Rebekah Jenkins.

Winning in the first challenge of two in sectional semifinal earned the ladies a No. 1 seed after a dominant performance inside the 201st Fairmont Senior High School Field House. FSHS routed No. 5 Weir, 97-30, to advance to the sectional title game on Friday against rival No. 2 North Marion 47-29.

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP:  The Fairmont Senior girls' basketball team capped off their impressive season with a championship Saturday afternoon, winning 51-39 over Wyoming East.

The Polar Bears limited Wyoming East to just 12 points in the second half, and to just 23-percent shooting for the game from the floor, while Corey Hines' defense also forced 19 turnovers.

Anysa Jordan (15) and Abby Faulkner (10) chipped in double-digit scoring performances as well.

Marley Washenitz, just a 9th grader, earned the MVP with 18 points.

Previously winning in 1997 and 2017, the third title accompanies the year of the bear with state championships by the cross country and football teams as well as an individual championship (his third) in state wrestling for Zach Frazier.

Boys’ basketball concludes a phenomenal season with some incredible finishes. Beating the Bees by 80-44 in front of a large crowd gave the bears eleven in a row at that juncture of the season at the Fairmont Senior Field House.

Just two days later, the Polar Bears downed Bridgeport, 98-69, with big games from Dobbs (21 points, seven rebounds and eight assists), Jones (24 points) and Bridges (20 points).

They punctuated the season with a Sectional Championship over county rival, North Marion, 68-37.  As Regional Champions with a final score of 89-57 over Keyser, the boys are state bound.  You can listen to the action from the Charleston Coliseum on http://wvmetronews.com/sports

OBITUARIES

"No man is an island, entire of itself...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."  John Donne

Karen Straight Morris, 74, of Myrtle Beach, S.C. and formerly of Rivesville, WV, went to be with her husband and the angels on Sunday, March 3, 2019. She was born January 1, 1945 in Massillon, OH to the late William Fay Straight and Irene Straight Helman. She and her husband Keith Morris formerly resided in Rivesville, WV for over 42 years.

Karen graduated from Fairmont Senior High School and Fairmont State College. She worked as a secretary for many years at various places, having retired from WVU Hospitals after 20 years of service in the Department of Medicine/ Section of Cardiology as a Senior Administrative Secretary. She also enjoyed cake decorating and teaching others the art.

Karen met and married the love of her life, Walter "Keith" Morris, in 1966 and spent several years with him as they were stationed at several Air Force bases while he completed his military duty. They returned to WV in 1969 and made their home in Rivesville, WV.

She is survived by their children, daughter Tonya Renee and her husband Brian Annino and grandson Robert Jackson of Marietta, GA, and son Daniel Keith and his wife Kristin Morris of Murrells Inlet, SC. Also surviving are her brother William D. Straight (Capt. USN ret.) and his wife Kathleen of Fairfax, VA and their children, and her brother Robert Kevin Straight and his wife Jan of Paige, TX and their children. She is also survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins and many special friends.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband Walter "Keith" Morris and her parents, as well as her step-father John "Jack" Helman.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of her husband Keith to the American Lung Association, 2102 Kanawha Blvd, Charleston, WV, 25311.

Friends and family may visit at the Ford Funeral Home, 201 Columbia Street, Fairmont, on Friday, March 8, 2019 from 4PM until 8PM, and on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 11AM until 12 noon. The funeral will be held in the funeral home on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 12 noon with Reverend Larry Buckland officiating. Interment will follow at the Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens in Westover, WV. Online condolences may be made at www.fordfuneralhomes.com Published on March 4, 2019

John Allen Donaldson, August 07, 1953 - March 04, 2019, passed away on March 4, 2019 at the age of 65. The son of Thomas and Sally Steward Donaldson was born August 7, 1953 in Fairmont, West Virginia. He would later attend Fairmont High School graduating in 1971.

August 20, 1971 John enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served until being honorably discharged on January 17, 1975. He then returned home to West Virginia. There he began attending Fairmont State College. It was during this time that he met Rebekah Maurer. They began dating and would marry on July 23, 1978. The newlywed couple made their home in Morgantown, West Virginia. There he worked at the Physical Plant at West Virginia University. A short time later he took a job working in the telecommunication industry. This eventually led him to work for the Williams Company, which relocated him to Oklahoma. Wanting to keep his family in a smaller rural community, John and his family settled in Inola. In the years to follow John would retire from telecommunication. However not wanting to fully leave the working world, John took a job at Life Touch Photography. There he helped manage the maintenance department. He retired from there in the mid 2000's.

In his spare time John enjoyed hiking, camping and playing board games with his family. He also enjoyed carpentry and working on home improvement projects. He is preceded in death by his father, Thomas; wife, Rebekah; son, Toby and daughter, Sally. Survivors include his mother, Sally Donaldson; sons, Luke Donaldson and wife Jennifer of Tulsa, Paul Donaldson and wife Emily of Broken Arrow, Tim Donaldson of Claremore, Jacob Donaldson of Ames, Iowa, Abe Donaldson and wife Kayla of Broken Arrow and David Donaldson of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; brothers, Tom and Robert Donaldson and sisters, Sandra Clay, and Donna DeOrta. Funeral service for John Donaldson will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Inola First Baptist Church. Burial will follow at the Zion Mennonite Cemetery near Pryor. Published on March 8, 2019

John W. Scheerer, DDS, age 79, passed away February 28, 2019, in Westlake Ohio. John was born June 11, 1939 in Fairmont West Virginia. Beloved son of the late Paul and Ruth Scheerer. Brother of Janice Mulichak, Judy Lepken, Bob Scheerer and the late Phil and Alan Scheerer. John graduated from FSHS in 1957, and from the US Naval Academy in 1961. He served as an officer in the US Air Force for four years and then attended West Virginia University Dental School. He served as a dentist in the US Army for a tour in Alaska. He then moved to South Western Virginia where he practiced dentistry for many years. He moved to Manassas VA where he lived with his brother Alan's family (Alan FSHS 1955). He suffered a stroke and lived in nursing care for many years in Westlake, Ohio near his older sister Janice Mulchak, a retired nurse. (FSHS 1952) . Private interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery Rittman, Ohio.

Criss Andrew Jimmie, 45, of Center St., Rivesvile, WV, passed away early Monday morning in his residence.   He was born September 24, 1973 in Fairmont, WV, son of Anthony and Stephanie Long Jimmie of Rivesville, WV.   Criss was a Catholic by faith. He was a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School and the West Virginia Police Academy in Institute, WV.   He gave five years of service in the U. S. Army, active with the Military Police. Criss was employed with Milan Pharmaceuticals in Morgantown, WV, and earlier employed with the Marion County Sheriff Dept.   He belonged to the Pipefitters Union, 152, of Morgantown, WV, working in the local area. Criss also served the city of Rivesville, WV as their Chief of Police. He gave over a year of service as security guard for the Alaskan Pipeline, stationed out of Fairbanks, Alaska. Criss had a pleasant personality and was very well liked by his many friends. Additional survivors include his two sons, Easton Andrew Jimmie of Fairmont, WV and Gabriel Andrew Jimmie of Fairmont, WV, their mother and her husband, Renae and Joe Fox of Pittsburgh, PA, two brothers, Josh Jimmie of Rivesville, WV and Jacob Jimmie of Rivesville, WV,  his companion, Tonya Fanire of Rivesville, WV, three grandchildren, Ava Marie, Zayden Andrew, and Zandor Jace Jimmie all of Fairmont, WV, several aunts and uncles, DeEtta and Joe Amoroso of Fairmont, WV, Charlie and Lana Jimmie of Rivesvillle, WV, and Rick and Chriss Boyles of Arizona, and a niece, Gianna Schappa of Rivesville, WV. He was preceded in death by his father, David Boyles, and his grandparents, Patsy and Georgia Long, Charlie and Helen Jimmie, and Richard and Toolie Boyles.  Criss requested cremation services. Family and friends will be greeted Friday, February 22, 2017, at Ford Funeral Home, DeGarmo Chapel, Jasper St., Rivesville, WV from 11am until 2pm. A Memorial Service will be held in the funeral home Friday afternoon at 2 pm, with Rev. Stanley Merrifield and Pastor Eric Wright officiating. Burial will follow at a later date in Mt. Zion Cemetery and Mausoleum in Fairmont, WV.

We shall talk again soon,

Carol J. Amos, FSHS instructor, retired

"What we do shall be remembered." Camelot

“No day shall erase you from the memory of time.”  Virgil

Fairmont Senior High School--a National Blue Ribbon School

Voices From Fairmont Senior High School

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Fairmont Senior High School Polar Bears group on Facebook

FSHS NEWSLETTER FROM CAROL J. AMOS           April 23, 2019

 

This document is a personal creation and is not an official statement by FSHS. Although I make every effort to verify the facts, mistakes can be made. Please advise me of any errors. I would like the chance to make any corrections. I do not want any misinformation circulating. I’ll correct errors in the next newsletter. If you forward this or any other newsletter to other individuals, please credit the source and send or print the newsletter intact. To see pictures and other special features visit http://www.classcreator.com/Fairmont-WV-Fairmont-Senior-1961 Be sure to put my address cjamos@fairmontseniorhighschool.com in safe email list in address book along with postmaster@classcreator.net so newsletters and emails go through to inbox. If you don't designate it as safe it will likely go to junk mail. To receive the free monthly newsletter visit the website above and ask for the current temporary password. A profile must be created by each individual so the website administrators know of your interest. Identities are password protected, your privacy is respected, and your information will not be sold or compromised. Contact me with questions or suggestions at cjamos@fairmontseniorhighschool.com

 

The book reveal celebration was way beyond our wildest expectations.  Confetti and applause punctuated the opening of the first box.  Book #1 went to William O. Goodwin, Class of 1964, the book's benefactor who dedicated the publication to his mother, Helen Goodwin.

If you want to see a sample of the book before you order it go to www.fairmontseniorhighschool.comand click on Sample of THE book in the upper left corner of the black toolbar.

A  9 x 12 hardcover book of 160 pages with history and archival pictures from over 100 years of Maple Leaves, Hi-Life, submitted materials, books, oral interviews, and extensive research of the history of FSHS. We hope to preserve your heritage of 150 years of education at Fairmont Senior High School and celebrate Fairmont Senior's contributions to alumni, faculty, students, and the Fairmont community.  Send $50.00 for a book (add $5.00 if you want it mailed) to FSHS Foundation PO Box 91 Fairmont WV  26555-0091  To use PayPal or Venmo send money to fshsfoundation@gmail.com

Thanks to everyone who has supported us by purchasing a book.  We thank you for helping us Preserve FSHS.

Signing Events:

May 3 McAteer’s Restaurant 1316 Locust Avenue 11-2. Tim McAteer/Duane Cochran 304-366-3158

May 8 Hermosilla's Deli 919 Morgantown Avenue 11-2 Ali Hermosilla Gross 304-366-4376

May 10 Jack & Jill-Accessories by Marlena 11-2. Marlena Tatta 304-368-1161

May 11 Marion County Historical Society 210 Adams Street 11-1 AND Feast of the Seven Fishes TBD 304-367-5398 If books remain.

May 18 Morgan Farm. 2146 Corbin Branch Road on the patio noon-4

May 25 Morgan Farm rain date noon - 4

More signing events will be scheduled in June and July if we still have books to sell.

If we haven't sold out by time for reunions, LOM has agreed to attend the following reunions:

August 3 at 10:00 - 1989

August 10 at 10:00 - 1979

August 17 at 10:00 - 1969

August 17 at 12:00 - 1964

August 27 at 12:00 - 1978

September 21 at 10:00 - 1974

September 28 at 10:00 - 1980s

IN THE LOOP

Jalen Bridges has been selected as the 2019 winner of the Bill Evans Award, given annually to the state player of the year, as chosen by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

Bridges is the second straight Fairmont Senior player to win the Bill Evans Award, which is named in honor of former Fairmont Times publisher Bill Evans. Taevon Horton won it last year before committing to West Virginia University as a preferred walk-on.

Alysa Jordan was honored by the West Virginia Sports Writers’ Association with the 2019 Doug Huff Award, which is given to a senior in a team sport whose qualities as a player are not measured solely by numbers on a scoreboard. She will be honored at the Victory Awards Dinner on May 5 at the Embassy Suites in Charleston.  The Exponent Telegram online.

Jake Abbott Named Tommy Nickolich Award Winner

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Since 1991, the Blue & Gold News has sponsored the Tommy Nickolich Memorial Award. The winner, selected each spring by the Mountaineer coaching staff, is given to a walk-on member of the football team who distinguishes himself with his attitude and work ethic. The award is present in memory of Tommy Nickolich, a Fairmont, West Virginia native and former WVU football walk-on (1979-82) who passed away as the result of cancer in 1983.

This year’s winner, the 29th in the history of the award, is another Fairmont native, Jake Abbott.

A two-time Class AA all-state selection at Fairmont Senior High School, Abbott capped his prep career by winning the 2016 Chuck Howley Award, which is presented to the best prep linebacker in the state of West Virginia. He was also the USA Today state defensive player of the year. He played quarterback and linebacker for the Polar Bears before walking on to West Virginia’s program as a linebacker in 2017.

Abbott follows in footsteps of award's namesake

The Nickolich Award, which is chosen by WVU’s coaches, was first presented in 1991, and since then there have now been 29 walk-ons earn the honor. A number of them have been from north-central West Virginia, and a couple even from Marion County, where Fairmont is located. But Abbott is the first to share the same high school alma mater as Nicholich — Fairmont Senior.

“When I walked on, one of my goals was to win that award,” Abbott continued. “All through high school I’ve heard the story about (Nickolich) playing for the Blue & White (of Fairmont Senior) and then getting to put on the old gold and blue jersey along with him, that’s pretty cool.”

WVU head coach Neal Brown noted that Abbott has been garnering notice from the coaching staff, and that he is making a strong push for a role on the field this year.

“First of all, (he’s) very deserving. You talk about Jake and you talk about a guy that’s all in. He’s all in on being a Mountaineer,” said WVU’s first-year head coach. “He’s a guy that has great effort (and) great attitude every single day. We do a game changer of the day for special teams. He’s won that multiple times this spring. Here’s the deal – I’ll tell you right now, he’s going to be a factor on defense. He will be a factor for us in the fall on defense. (He had a) great winter, (and) carried that into a great spring. I think he’s got a chance to be a really plus player for us on special teams. He’s continuing to grow and his role’s going to increase on defense, and I think as he goes through his career, he’ll be a leader for us as well.”   BlueGoldNews.com

Fairmont Senior and Chapmanville, Chapmanville and Fairmont Senior

Class AA boys basketball has belonged to those two schools, in whatever order, for the past three seasons, with the Tigers winning the last two of their best-of-three-years series in the state championship game.  So it makes complete sense that they would snare half of the eight spots on the all-state first team, announced by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association on Thursday.

The Polar Bears’ Jalen Bridges is the team captain after averaging 22.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 2 blocks and 1.9 steals per game heading into the state tournament for the 26-2 Big 10 Conference champions.

He is joined on the first team by fellow senior teammate Zyon Dobbs, who put in 16.8 points a game to go with 5.5 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 2.0 steals per contest.  The Exponent Telegram by Michael Minnich  

Madrigals:  ORLANDO — After countless hours of preparation and practice, the Fairmont Senior High School Madrigals and choir topped themselves last week during the WorldStrides OnStage competition in Orlando.

The group, led by choral director Greg DeVito, traveled to the competition in the Sunshine State earlier this month, at which each of the three ensembles placed in the top three of their respective groups, although DeVito said it was more of a competition against themselves.

“When we go to a competition, we’re competing against ourselves,” DeVito said. “We have a goal that we want to achieve. In the competitions we go to, that’s classified as a gold rating.”

Two of the school’s three choral groups attained the coveted gold rating: the Madrigals (who competed unopposed) and the women’s ensemble (which placed third overall). The men’s ensemble attained a silver rating, placing second overall.

RACHEL — Fairmont Senior boys captured the Marion County track titles on Tuesday in decisive fashion scoring 89 points, North Marion 57 and East Fairmont 30.

The NM girls tallied 86 points as a team to out-distance Fairmont Senior (51) and East Fairmont (44).

CONGRATULATIONS to Polar Bears Jalen Bridges and Zyon Dobbs on your USA Today All WV team selection!

Taevon Horton, a walk-on member of West Virginia’s men’s basketball team, will not return to the program next season, an official from WVU confirmed to BlueGoldNews.com.

A true freshman from Fairmont, West Virginia, Horton played in 11 games for the Mountaineers this past season and scored a total of 10 points. The 6-foot-1 guard was a two-time first-team Class AA all-state performer at Fairmont Senior High School.

Reportedly Horton plans to submit his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal but has not done so yet. Once he enters the transfer portal, other college and university coaches will be able to contact Horton and discuss his transfer options.

Polar Bear Baseball:  FSHSā€ˆresurrects bats in14-4 victory

One night after suffering a shutout loss on the road, Fairmont Senior reclaimed its swing at the plate, racking up 11 hits in a 14-4 mercy-rule victory over Robert C. Byrd in five innings on Tuesday.

First baseman Connorā€ˆNeal was 3-for-4 with three RBIs for theā€ˆPolar Bears, while second baseman Breeden Gilbert went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

Tony Wolfe Times-West Virginian

Fairmont Senior High senior Stosh Apanowicz’s RBI single through the gap brought a premature end to a game neither team will be splicing into their season-long highlight reel as FSHS defeated South Harrison 11-1 in six innings on Tuesday at Mary Lou Retton Park.

Hines was joined in the multiple-hit club on the day by a trio of teammates as Saunders and the Posey brothers each recorded a pair of knocks as well. Exavier Posey led the team with three RBIs, as he coupled his aforementioned RBI triple with a two-run double to center in the fifth. Both of Saunders’ hits were RBI singles, while Elijah Posey had a single in the second and the RBIā€ˆdouble during FSHS’s six-run third.

Edwards earned the win on the mound, while Hoskinson picked up the save as he pitched the final two innings, throwing 28 pitches and allowing one hit.

Email Bradley Heltzel at bheltzel@timeswv.com or follow him on Twitter @bradheltzTWV.

OBITUARIES

"No man is an island, entire of itself...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."  John Donne

FAIRMONT — Jean Ann Littleton, 63, Class of 1973, of Fairmont, passed away at her home on Thursday, March 14, 2019, after an extended illness. She was born on September 14, 1955, in Fairmont, a daughter of Carlene McCray Jarvis and the late Wiley “Tobe” Jarvis.

Ann graduated from Fairmont Senior High School and later went on to work in surgical scheduling in the orthopedic department at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital. She was a member of The Baptist Temple and attended South Ridge Church. Ann will be remembered for her love of family, friends and animals, but most importantly, as being a loving mother.

In addition to her mother, Ann is survived by son Austin Littleton of Florida; daughter Rachel Littleton of Michigan; brothers: Thomas (Gail) Jarvis of Fairmont, Mike (Pam) Jarvis of Rivesville and John (Crystal) Jarvis of Fairmont; as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

In keeping with Ann’s wishes, she will be cremated, with a private memorial service taking place at a later date.

Linda E. Villinger, 74, passed away (Aug. 11, 2018) in St. Petersburg, Florida. Born Dec. 12, 1943, in Fairmont, Linda attended Fairmont High School and continued her education at Fairmont State College, graduating with a B.A. in art, in addition to post-graduate studies in art in Kent State and West Virginia universities.

Linda worked as an art teacher in the Ohio school system and lived in various places, including Honolulu, Hawaii, where she was an interior decorator. Linda moved to St. Petersburg in 1973 and worked at GTE, Haslam's Bookstore, and the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times), before retiring from the newspaper's library as a database editor. Naturally curious, Linda enjoyed learning about the world through reading and traveling. She was also an artistic person who engaged in many creative pursuits, especially sewing and quilting.

Linda was predeceased by her parents, Ralph W. and Eloise Byrd Villinger, and is survived by her brother, Rev. Fredric W. Villinger and his wife, Dr. Elizabeth Allen-Villinger; niece, Binti Villinger; and nephew, Douglass Villinger, his wife, Naoko Villinger and their son, Kaito Villinger.

The family wishes to express its appreciation to the staff at Westminster Suncoast Retirement Community, where Linda happily spent the last decade of her life. There will be a Celebration of Life at Westminster Suncoast, 1095 Pinellas Point Dr. S., St. Petersburg, at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24 in the main building (the mid-rise). In lieu of flowers, Linda requested that friends and family honor her memory by supporting their favorite charity, or with a donation to the Suncoast Hospice Foundation or the Westminster Suncoast Foundation. Linda will be greatly missed by all who knew her.  Published on September 16, 2018

Linda Ann Bell, 78, of Fairmont, passed away on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, at her home. She was born June 18, 1940 in Fairmont, daughter of the late Chester F. Rogers and Madge Triplett Rogers.

Linda was a 1958 graduate of Fairmont Senior High School and a graduate of St. Mary’s School of Nursing (1962). She received a B.A. degree in Education from West Virginia Tech and M.A. degree in Education from West Virginia University.

Linda was retired, having most recently served as Director of Nursing at the Marion County Health Department in Fairmont. She, also, had worked as an RN in public health in Monongalia and Fayette Counties, and as an RN Nursing Instructor at West Virginia Tech.

Linda is survived by her son, Thomas B. Bell, Jr. of Fairmont; granddaughters, Sara Cordie of Richmond, VA and Shiloh Smiles of Marietta, GA; brothers, David G. Rogers (Constance) of Arlington, TX, John M. Rogers (Ruth) of West Columbia, SC and James M. Rogers (Christine) of Cameron, WV; sister-in-law, Donna Rogers of Fort Valley, VA; five nieces and one nephew.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, F. Michael Rogers and special cousin, J. Joseph Belt.

The family will receive friends at Ford Funeral Home, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont, WV 26554, on Monday, July 9, 2018, from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. A memorial service will be held in the funeral home on Monday, July 9, 2018, at 2 p.m. with Reverend John M. Rogers officiating. A committal service will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Fairmont. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fairmont State Foundation, 1300 Locust Ave., Fairmont, WV 26554, designated for the Madge Rogers Memorial Endowed Scholarship. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.FORDFUNERALHOMES.com

Amanda Sue Towns, 25, of Morgantown, passed away suddenly on Saturday, April 6, 2019.

She was born on July 8, 1993, in Fairmont, a daughter of Eric Towns of Fairmont and Melinda (Casey) Neel of Grafton.

After graduating from Fairmont Senior High School, Amanda worked as a model and a coal miner. She will be remembered for her love of nature, Egyptian history, and travel, but most of all, her friends and family, especially her children.

Amanda is survived by her children, Carrina Jones and Solomon Alhadhrami; brothers, Allen Moats of Bridgeport and Michael Neel Jr. of Grafton; sisters, Erica Towns, of Newburg, Eva Jean Tichnell and husband Chris of Newburg, Jasmine Towns of Fairmont and Victoria Neel of Grafton; nieces and nephews, Christopher Tichnell and Tyler Worthington; grandparents, Wanda Casey of South Carolina and Rose and Fay Towns of Rivesville; stepmother, Tia Towns, of Fairmont; and stepfather, Michael Neel of Grafton.

Amanda was preceded in death by grandparents and great-grandparents, Kenneth Huffman Sr. and wife Barbara, Frankie Casey, Clara Casey, James Stacy, Francis “Frank” Towns, Ethel Towns, Sanford Corley and Ruby Corley.

Flowers are welcome, but the family also requests donations be made to Carpenter and Ford Funeral Home to offset the funeral expenses.

Carol Jean Harris, 73, of Fairmont passed away Monday (Dec. 5, 2016) at the Pierpont Center at Fairmont Campus.

She was born Sept. 18, 1943 in Fairmont, daughter of the late Frank and Mary Jo (Renner) Lencek.

Carol was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, William Harris; her son, Erik Harris and wife Barbara of Harpers Ferry; and a grandson, Matthew Harris of Morgantown. She also leaves behind her dog, Mitzy and her cat, Skipper.

Carol was formerly employed as a title clerk for I-79 Honda and a trip planner for AAA in Fairmont. She was a member of St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Fairmont Elks Club.

The family will receive friends from 3-8 p.m. today at Domico Funeral Home, 414 Gaston Ave. in Fairmont. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with Deacon David Lester and Father Tim Grassi officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Thomas.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.domicofh.com.

Published on December 6, 2016

Calloway "JC" Chambers Jr., passed away at 1 a.m. Saturday, March 19, 2016, at Union Hospital. JC's parents are Mary Z. Moore Chambers and Calloway Chambers Sr.

Surviving is his wife, Rose Kalili Chambers; sister, Alice Pat Chambers; daughter, Ramona Chambers Brantley; sons, Tony ("TBONE") Chambers and Emmanuel Chambers; nine grandkids; four great-grandkids; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was a U.S. Marine veteran. He was a member of the Islamic Temple on 6th Street in Terre Haute. JC was the first black police officer to be hired in Fairmount, W.Va., a faithful Harley bike rider for the Magnificent Souls in Fairmount. He was a member of the American Legion in Terre Haute and Masonic Mason of Prince Hall in Terre Haute.

Funeral services at noon with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 1915 Buckeye St., Terre Haute. Russell Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.

Published on March 25, 2016

Margarett Elizabeth (Libby) Fenton Collins, age 70, of Cary, North Carolina passed away on Thursday, February 7, 2019 after a long illness. Libby was born on July 1, 1948 at Fairmont General Hospital, daughter of the late Linden Stanley Fenton and Margaret Mae Reed Fenton.

Libby is survived by her two loving daughters and their families, Tracy Robinson and husband, Justin, along with their children Mark, Rebecca, and Heather of North Carolina and Michelle Williams and her husband, Aaron, along with their children Brody and Grace of Tennessee. Libby is also survived by her sister Joan Thorne of Flint, Michigan, her brother Linden Fenton of Jacksonville, Florida and several nieces and nephews.

Libby graduated from Fairmont Senior High in 1966. After attending Fairmont State College, Libby became a middle school teacher in New Jersey but she found her real passion when she returned to West Virginia and became a social worker. Later she became an advocate for people with intellectual disabilities, a job in which she loved.

Libby requested to be cremated. Her ashes will be spread by her daughters and their families this summer at the beach.  Published on February 11, 2019

FSHS NEWSLETTER FROM CAROL J. AMOS           August 20, 2019      

 

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Lynda Prickett Mathews, class of 1959, donated $6,000 with much gratitude for the excellent education I received at Fairmont Senior High School.She wants her gift to preserve the Front Gates. She challenges others to pay it forward to raise the additional money to restore and preserve FSHS.  

Chris Edwards presented his West Virginia University statue of the Mountaineer, emblematic of the first WVU Presidential Scholarship, to Carol Amos for the planned FSHS museum.  Graduating from FSHS in 1987 he has been teaching in Tokyo for twenty-five years.  Making a trip home to celebrate his fiftieth birthday with his parents and friends, he entertained his former Phase IV English teacher with remarks as varied as differences in teaching junior high age students in an all boys school and university students; the soon approaching Olympics; his travels over three continents; and the tsunami that had all of us worried for his safety.  I shall share additional details about his experiences as a Presidential Scholar, the five years following, and his ultimate decision to explore a teaching career abroad.

The undefeated state championship football team prepares for another run at the title.  Jeff Carpenter remains the Voice of the Polar Bears and can be heard on 93.1 The River.

Linda Morgan and I happily announce that the classes of 1969 and 1964 which celebrated a reunion last weekend plan to donate remaining funds to Preserve FSHS.

Only 186 copies of Voices of Fairmont Senior High School remain.  If you've intended to buy one, please send $55.00 to FSHS Foundation PO Box 91 Fairmont WV  26555-0091. If you've purchased one please send comments or a picture of you holding the book which we plan to include in a digital scrapbook in the museum.

Marion County Back to School Bash at the FSHS new gym on August the 18th at noon provided free haircuts with Olivia Phillips, Marissa Bonasso-Robinson, Allison Fetty, Kaden Whaley, and Johanna Scott; free photos with mehgfromschool Media; and free clothes and school supplies.  The effort provided services to 129 children. 

TWO PERSONAL PERSPECTIVES ABOUT FAIRMONT

Only planned a few weeks ago, and put together by 3 main people, the idea began with one hairdresser wanting to set up a free haircut station for kids.

From there, they added bags of school supplies and asked local residents for old clothing donations.

However they had expected only a handful of families to show up.

Director and Coordinator, Katlyn Wilt could not believe how many people showed up. She said they ran out of bags containing school supplies within the first few minutes of opening.

Natalie Morris posted details of the Back to School Bash. What a beautiful community we have and live in!! The #beautybythebears was a success. 129 students came and participated in this event. 

I’d like to give a few shout outs to some amazing people and FSHS Alumni. The organizers of this spectacular event are young citizens in our own community. They pay it forward, because they know what our community did to support their generation and want to support the generation after them.

First to Olivia Phillips (FSHS Class of 2013). Her initial idea of free haircuts sparked this event. She has a heart of gold and as a beautician she wanted to make sure all the kids walked into school with confidence and determination to succeed. 

Katlyn Wilt ( FSHS Class of 2013) and Meghan Hazkell (FSHS Class of 2012)from Meghfromschool Media, for helping their best friend, Olivia, make her dream a reality. These 3 ladies got donations for local businesses and community members and purchased school supplies, hygiene items, and snacks. They set up a photo booth so that Kids could get their picture taken with their new haircut and each kiddo wore a smile filled with confidence from ear to ear!! (Due to privacy issues, no pictures of the participants will be posted on FB, they will be emailed to the parent). 

Thank you to the amazing and fantastic beauticians Marissa Bonasso-Robinson, Allison Fetty, Kaden Whaley, Johanna Scott and Deja Frazier. These ladies brought in their salon chairs and equipment and just started cutting. You ladies did amazing work. You helped each child’s self esteem to walk in their school with confidence. 

Thank you to Polar Bear Football Players Zack Frazier and Lance Payton along with EFHS Football Players Pollock and Postlethwait. You guys rocked it!! Each of you represented your school well!! You are role models to these children and I hope you know how much it is appreciated by not just me, but by these kids that you were there. I wish each team the best of luck this season. Coach Bartic and Coach Eakle you have amazing young men and leaders in your school.

Thank you to Polar Bear Coach Tyler Phillips for carrying, loading and unloading the 30+ bags of clothing from my classroom to the cafeteria. (And Lance too)for also helping set up and clean up!! And for supporting your wife with her amazing idea. You have a keeper and she does too!!! 

Thank you to Carol Stephenson, Mia Stephenson, Gianna Koski, Sarah Jane Summers, Jordan Dublin, Brea Fitzwater for all your hard work and helping keep everything organized and running smoothly. 

Thank you to the administration of FSHS for letting these Polar Bear Alumni use the cafeteria and gym to make this event a reality.

Also thank you to all the local businesses and community members that donated to this event. Your help is greatly appreciated!!

There is no better community than the one we live in!! One that looks after one another and helps when needed. There is a saying that there is no place like home, and I am honored to say that my home is the friendly city hidden among the hills of West Virginia named Fairmont!! 

May the Lord bless all of you, and may the children of Marion County have a wonderful school year!!! 

 

Get up. Dress up. Show up.  See what the Friendly City has to offer.  While running my errands the assistance at the tax office was exemplary and I easily acquired my new license sticker. 

Next stop:  The walkable campus of Fairmont State provides a lovely environment.  Trees, shrubs, grasses, and flowers in well maintained flower gardens enhanced my walk from the parking garage to the library.  A lovely oasis sponsored by my friends, Janice and Royal Watts, provided an opportunity to sit on a bench and reminisce about a chance meeting fifty-four years prior when my future husband says he saw me walking down the hill past Colebank Gym, and it was love at first sight. 

It was a day meant for such reveries because I heard the distinctive voice that took me back to my days as a freshman counselor when he was a new enrollee to the Falcon family.  Now a professor of thirty-years on the campus, he told Debbie and the other pleasant ladies at the circulation desk of just how far we have come in our educational journey. He recited my pedigree and concluded that they might know my son the Commissioner.  So the man who sounded like by PR person, Greg Hinton bid farewell and went off to prepare for the classes he will soon teach.

Debbie and I both love Chico's, and I told her of another Debbie, my Phi Mu sorority sister, Debbie Phelps, who started my interest in the fashions from her tv time during her son's Olympic performances.  When Debbie returned to the campus for a book signing of a Mother for All Seasons: A Memoir, she impressed us all at dinner with her style and love of FSU.

I completed my reason for visiting the campus by meeting with Sharon Mazure, Interim Director of Library Services, to deliver an amazing book authored by my sorority sister, Roberta Strosnider.  As I retraced my steps, a very enthusiastic young man asked if I needed directions. When I told him no he proceeded to offer a critique of his experiences and coursework at the school. When I got back to the metered parking, I noticed that I still had an hour and could have easily wandered about the lovely landscaped property of my alma mater, but I had places to go and people to see.

Food Lion and my need for lettuce, bananas, milk, yogurt, eggs, and coffee creamer forced me to move on to the next errand.  The store is always immaculate with pleasant and helpful staff. Mostly I needed soft foods because the microwave queen burned her mouth because I didn't allow my food to cool from a meal prepared on Monday.  Bonus: I usually see nice people there and today was no exception. Ida Gallo wanted a pamphlet to buy a book, Kyle Hamilton assured me that I will continue to receive the same conscientious service for my Lincoln even though he has sold the dealership, and Maureen Wolfe, who is the sweetest person I know, commented about the lovely Gamma reunion at Colasessano's with the delicious food and the very efficient wait staff.  Except for my choice of Lean Cuisine entree and buying three boxes of lemon flavored Nillas which lack a lemon taste, I made healthy choices even though Cate wasn't there to remind me. Unfortunately, Elizabeth wasn't here to load, unload, and put away everything. In spite of those challenges, I had a great day, excluding that I had to purge the fridge of expired foods to make room for the new purchases and I waited until nearly midnight to take out the garbage.

I capped the day laughing at and with Bobbi Mohrman--BFE and GCCPMS (best friend ever AND Gamma Chi Chi/Phi Mu sister) for at least an hour. Her humor worthy of a stand-up comedienne's repertoire made me laugh until I cried-- good thing because I needed the endorphins before tuning into the Pirate game at 7:05.

Albeit, the conclusion of the day is an abysmal performance by my Pirates; however, as a long-suffering fan with a few highlights in the forty plus years of my fandom I just remember all of the good times we had going to games with Reid and Rikki.  YES, I walked across the Clemente Bridge--terrified, but I did it. My heart rate calmed by the second inning. Tonight, by the seventh inning, two errors, and other inept play I heated my Stone House Lavender neck wrap (thank you Mitt Weaver Abbott) and with that relaxation I made it to the end of the game.

Get up. Dress up. Show up.  See what the Friendly City has to offer and share the positive improvements.  Fairmont forever. Carol Amos

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Senior Polar Bear golfers got their season off to a strong start, competing in the Callaway Junior Tour High School Series.

Fairmont Senior’s Clark Craig started the 2019 high school golf season where he ended 2018 at the state tournament: In a tie for first.  Craig, who lost the Class AA/A individual title in a playoff last year, shared low medalist honors with Brooke’s Ryan Bilby at Bel Meadow in the series opener as both players shot rounds of 75.

The Polar Bear Golf Team wins the Marion County Invitational with a team score of 224. We were led by medalist Clark Craig 71, medalist Zack Morgan 72, Gannon Satterfield 81.

Alumni of Fairmont Senior High School, you’re invited to the 1st Annual FSHS Alumni Tailgate!! Come mingle with former teammates and friends and watch the FSHS Polar Bears and winning coach and alumnus Nick Bartic take on the Robert C. Byrd Eagles. Friday, October 18, 2019, East-West Stadium, 5PM — 7PM. Deadline to Register: Friday, October 11, 2019. Sponsored by the Polar Bear Football Boosters. RSVP by registering at the following link: https://form.jotform.com/PolarBearFootball/fshsalumnitailgate. Each class to be recognized throughout the game

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW 

Lee Pyles, Class of 1975 and president of the Spirit Club, pictured on page 114 of Voices of Fairmont Senior High School is a pediatric cardiologist who just spent two and a half weeks at Jamboree as a medical volunteer.  The Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean is one of the largest cities in West Virginia during 24th World Scout Jamboree - North America 2019, with about 45,000 Scouts and 10,500 volunteers from all over the world

Frank Wade, ‘59 has written a book titled Biblical Fracking: Midrash for the Modern Christian.  The point is that as geological fracking gets treasure from the cracks and seams of the earth, biblical fracking gets treasure from the cracks and seams of the Bible. It is a matter of applied midrash, a rabbinic approach to scripture that never really caught on in Christianity.  It was fun to write and good to learn what the exercise had to teach me. It is on Amazon if anyone is interested. His friend, Tom Kayhua, tell me that Frank has quite an impressive background as an Episcopal minister. In fact, he delivered a eulogy at Neil Armstrong’s funeral. 

National Board Certified teacher Rachelle Bourne serves at White Hall Elementary.  She received her certification in 2018-2019.

Caitlin Ahrens from FSHS class of 2010 shared some exciting news- “I received one of the Ten Outstanding Young American awards recently for STEM outreach and science communication!  I’m also finishing up my PhD in Space sciences! 

UA Space & Planetary

Pluto Manager

Ph.D. Candidate

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REUNIONS

August 3 at 10:00 - 1989  I enjoyed seeing so many favorites from this class.  Thanks for your interest.

August 10 at 10:00 - 1979

August 17 at 10:00 - 1969

August 17 at 11:30 - 1964

September 21 at 10:00 - 1974

September 28 at 10:00 - 1980s

VOCAL TAPESTRY  I miss performing with this incredible group.  You should savor the sounds of "An American Tapestry," on Sunday, September 8, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church in Fairmont  at 3:00 PM. Admission by donation.

OBITUARIES

"No man is an island, entire of itself...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."  John Donne

WILLIAM “BILL” MARTIN ELSEY at age 66 of Delray Beach passed away August 11, 2019.  Bill was born in Newport, Rhode Island, raised in Fairmont, West Virginia and lived in Orlando for over 30 years before moving to Delray Beach in 2013.  Bill started as a car salesman and later became a director with Jim Moran and Associates.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Pamela; daughter, Shannon (Byron) Howell; son, Christopher (Amanda) Elsey; 4 grandchildren, Eden and Emory Howell and Emma Ray and Joshua Elsey; and sister, Linda Elsey Levine.  Bill was predeceased by his parents, James and Betty Elsey and his brother, James Carroll Elsey. He had many loving friends and associates. Bill was a huge fan of the University of Florida, where both of his children attended school.  Go Gators!

Friends will be received on Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 10:30 AM until the service time at 11:30 AM at Lakeside United Methodist Church, 1801 12th Avenue South, Lake Worth, Florida 33461 with Rev. David S. Branson officiating.  Private burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Lake Mary, Florida where his mother and father are buried.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123, or Operation Smile, 3641 Faculty Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 23453 in his memory.

Arthur David Sanders, 77, of Shinnston, passed away at his home on August 14, 2019.

He was born on November 4, 1941, in Hammond, a son of the late James A. Sanders and Delphia V. (Herndon) Sanders.

After graduating from Fairmont Senior High School in 1961, Arthur went on to proudly serve his country with the Hq Co 50th Sig Bn (AbnC) 3d United States Army from 1961-1964, during the Vietnam War, serving 11 months in Vietnam.

He was awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. He worked as a Military Generator Repairman, Bombardier Aerospace Airplane Mechanic and an ECS Design Draftsman, as well as being a farmer. He was a devout member of the Fellowship Baptist Church. He will be remembered for his love of hunting, farming, fishing, but most of all, his family and friends.

Arthur is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Betty J. (McCord) Sanders.

He is also survived by his sons, Kenneth A. Sanders and his wife Jill, of Shinnston, and David A. Sanders and wife Kelly, of Fairmont; his daughters, Diane R. Anderson and husband, Michael, of Kentucky, and Alice C. Spainhower and husband Brian, of Colorado; his brother, James P. Sanders, of Barrackville; and grandchildren: Jonathan and wife Julie, Heather, George and wife Lupe, Steven, Jennifer, Brayden, Bryston, Trinity, Mikayla and Chloe Anderson, Tristan and Sarah Spainhower, Landon Sanders, and Madison and Gavin Sanders.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Barbara (Sanders) White-Sacra and Helen (Sanders) Hunt.

Family and friends are welcome to call at Carpenter and Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant St., on Thursday, from 3 p.m.-8 p.m. and on Friday, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., with services taking place at the funeral home on Friday, August 16, 2019 at 1 p.m., with Brother David West officiating.

Interment will follow at the West Virginia National Cemetery, with Full Military Honors provided by the Marion County Veterans Council Honor Guard and United States Army Reserves from Camp Dawson.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family online at www.carpenterandford.com.

Judith Dee “Judy” Shaffer, 80, of Fairmont, passed away on Sunday, August 11, 2019, at Fairmont Health and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born July 1, 1939, in Fairmont, a daughter of the late Marvin R. Nichols and Iva G. (Carpenter) Nichols.

After graduating Fairmont Senior High School, Judy went on to work at Westinghouse/North American Philips as a Line Operator in the Glass Plant for seven years, as well as being a loving homemaker. She was a devoted member of the Central Christian Church in Fairmont.

Judy is survived by her husband, John C. Shaffer of Fairmont, whom she married on August 04, 1956.

She is also survived by sister, Joanie Audia, of Morgantown; sisters-in-law, Susan Loughey and Joann Nichols; grandchildren: Robert Rowley, Jackie Rowley, and April Garnish; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Judy was preceded in death by her daughter, Kimberly Ann Whitten; son, Camden Shaffer; her twin brother Jack Nichols; her brother, Richard “Dick” Nichols; and her sisters, Patty Nichols, Carol Omdick, and Marvel Lee Fox.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital at 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.

In keeping with her wishes, Judy will be cremated. A memorial service will be held at Carpenter and Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant St, Fairmont, on Saturday, August 17, 2019, at 2:00 p.m.

Carpenter and Ford Funeral Home is honored in being trusted with the arrangements.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family online at www.carpenterandford.com.

Carolyn Maria DeLorenzo Michael was born April 4, 1944 to Angeline and Adolph “Arphine” Delorenzo in Fairmont, West Virginia. She passed away on August 12, 2019 in Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia with complications of a long illness.

Carolyn is survived by her son, Robert and his wife Michelle Michael as well as her beloved grandsons, Elliot and Oliver Michael. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Sharon DeLorenzo; nephews, Rockie (Gina) DeLorenzo of Fairmont, David (Christine) DeLorenzo of Alexandria, VA; a niece, Gina (Eric) DeLorenzo-Disharoon of Hanover, PA. In addition, multiple cousins Brenda, Jeanne, Adrienne Pizatella, Rachel Pizatella-Haswell, Teila Pizatella, Terry Jo Lamp, cousins who were her best friends and companions and others too numerous to mention. Carolyn also leaves behind many lifelong friends from Fairmont Senior High School Graduating Class of 1961 and her long-time travel club. Carolyn was vigilant about keeping up on her long-time relationships and she will be missed by many.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 25 years, David Michael; her in-laws, Ralph and Virginia Michael, her brother, Robert “Bob” DeLorenzo; her Pizatella uncles; and Mary Ann Pizatella with whom she and her brother Bob lived along with her parents in Watson.

Carolyn proudly attended Watson Elementary School, Fairmont Junior High School, Fairmont Senior High School (1961), and graduated from the Fairmont General Hospital School of Nursing in 1964. She and David moved to Charleston, WV where she was a surgical nurse and later, they moved to Toledo, OH where she worked in a surgical practice. “Rob” was born in Toledo in 1977. When he was still quite young, they relocated to Fairmont so that he could experience the love and care of a large extended family as she did in her childhood. Carolyn continued to practice nursing in a doctor’s private practice, then as an Obstetrics nurse at Fairmont General Hospital and later a home health nurse at the Marion County Health Department until her retirement when she left nursing to be the best “Grammy” ever to her grandsons Elliot (11) and Oliver (7).

Carolyn will forever be remembered for her passion for her Italian heritage and her continuing her mother’s tradition of hospitality, cooking, baking, and never coming to any event without her special lemon lush, colorful “wedding” cookies, her potato salad or some new recipe she found on facebook. Also missed will be her chicken parm, and other Italian favorites. We will miss her beautiful voice, her unabashed love of her family and friends, many of whom celebrated her 75th birthday in April at a surprise party hosted by Rob, Michelle, Elliot, and Oliver.

The family will receive friends at Domico Funeral Home, 414 Gaston Avenue in Fairmont, on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and at the funeral home on Thursday, August 15, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. The funeral service will be at the funeral home on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 11:00 p.m. with Father Vincent Joseph officiating. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.domicofh.com.

Rebecca “Becky” Janice Garrett, 79, of Fairmont passed away on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Fairmont Health Care and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born in Fairmont on September 19, 1939 the last survivor of 11 children born to the late-James Lloyd Herron and Amanda Leola (Bartlett) Herron.

Becky is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 48 years, Tim Garrett.

She graduated from Fairmont Senior High School. She worked for several years at the Westinghouse Lamp plant in Fairmont and retired from the FMC plant in Pleasant Valley.

Becky was a member of the Trinity Assembly of God Church.

She enjoyed Bowling and loved her family and many friends.

Survivors include; several caring nieces and nephews; a brother-in-law and his wife, Bill and Sally Garrett of Tucson, Arizona; and two sisters-in-laws and their spouses, Cookie and Jim Caldwell and Ellie Pagan all of Naples Florida.

In addition to her parents, Becky was preceded in death by five brothers: Robert Eugene Herron, James Marion Herron, John and Joe Herron, twins who passed in infancy, and Jack Bartlett Herron; and five sisters and their spouses: Helen Joan and William Wolfe, Mary Jane and Paul Morgan, Nancy Ann and Wayne Fetty, Margaret and Ronald Crislip and her very special sister Sandra Lee Herron, whom Becky loving took care of for many years.

Friends and family will be received on Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. at the Carpenter and Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant Street, Fairmont and from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at the funeral home, with Rev. Roy Weese officiating.

Interment will follow at the Nuzum Cemetery.

Online condolences may be shared with Becky’s Family at www.carpenterandford.com

Karen Ann Barnes, 78, of Fairmont, passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV.  She was born May 15, 1941 in Fairmont a daughter of the late Walter T. Gillett and Bonnie Freeland Murray. She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas Howard Barnes.

Karen was a Lutheran by faith.  She was a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School and retired as the office manager for Gillette Repair Service in Fairmont.

Karen is survived by her daughters, Stephanie and her husband Thomas Smith of Columbia, SC, Tomma K. Barnes of Beaufort, NC, and Amy L. and her husband Rodney Lambert of Locust Grove, GA, and her grandchildren, Andrew Smith, Jamie Wilson, Sydney Lambert, and Bailey Lambert.  She is also survived by her brothers, Gene Gillett of Fairmont, Charles and his wife Ann Gillett of Virginia, Robert and his wife Connie Gillett of Fairmont, Richard and his wife Sherry Gillett of Fairmont, and Jack and his wife Linda Gillett of Fairmont, as well as several nieces and nephews, and her loving dog “Gracie”.

Memorial donations may be made to the WVU Medicine Hospice, 327 Medical Park Drive, Bridgeport, WV 26330.

As per Karen’s wishes, the family has chosen cremation services.  Friends and family may visit the Ford Funeral Home, 201 Columbia Street, Fairmont, on Friday August 2, 2019 from 1PM until 3PM.  A Memorial Service will be held in the funeral home on Friday, August 2, 2019 at 3PM with Pastor Rex Musgrove officiating. Private committal services will take place at a later date.  Online condolences may be made to www.fordfuneralhomes.com

Libbie "Jane" Wade was born March 17, 1948 in Fairmont WV to William Carlisle and Eleanor King Wade. She died on October 8, 2017 at United Hospital Center, after a short illness. 

Jane graduated from Fairmont Senior High School and Fairmont State College before earning a Master's Degree in Social Work from West Virginia University. Jane worked for the Department of Human Services in McDowell, Hampshire, and Harrison counties before becoming a nursing home administrator. After serving as a building administrator, she became a regional director for AMFM and later Genesis Healthcare. 

Upon retirement, Jane pursued her passions of cooking and hospitality and established Food for Friends a boutique catering service. She took great joy and pride in providing unique high quality food to enhance small gatherings. In addition to her catering business, she served as a volunteer for numerous community agencies with special time and care being given to Christ Episcopal Church. 

Jane is survived by (names omitted). She is also survived by her church community who loved Jane and deeply enriched her life. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts should be directed to Christ Episcopal Church in Clarksburg. 

A Memorial Service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 10:00 am with the Reverend Nora Becker, presiding.

Frank was married to Mary Jane Criss 59 who passed a few years ago. She had a younger brother Bill and an older sister. Again, all FSH grads. 

We shall talk again soon,

Carol J. Amos, FSHS instructor, retired

"What we do shall be remembered." Camelot

“No day shall erase you from the memory of time.”  Virgil

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Referred to as FHS

Class sponsor Mr. Everett Blaine Moore has given this Class his devoted attention.

Mr. Moore came to Fairmont in 1904 and entered the engineering department of the Fairmont Coal Company.  Through successive promotions, in August, 1909, he became chief engineer of the Consolidation Coal Company’s West Virginia division.  However, he resigned that position on March the first, 1915, to become Assistant General Manager of the Monongahela Valley Traction Company.  In December of the same year he was elected General Manager of that Company, which position he now holds.

The Board of Education consists of Mr. George M. Alexander, President; Mr. C. E. Smith and Mr. J. Walter Barnes.  A new Member, Mr. J. Clyde Morris, will assume his position in July.  **Editor’s note:  Mr. Morris is the man for whom Morris Park is named.

Superintendent Otis G. Wilson started in 1915 after graduating from Wesleyan College, West Virginia University and completing graduate work at the Chicago University and at Columbia University.  In 1912 he was appointed by Governor Glasscock a member of the State Textbook Commission and in 1914 he was elected President of the West Virginia Education Association.

Principal George H. Colebank received his first training in the West Liberty Normal and at the West Virginia University.  His first position was at Grafton High School and then Mannington before coming to Fairmont.

Faculty included Miss Marjory Chriswell who taught Domestic Art and Miss Wilhelmina Dorothea Cockayne, English teacher and Adviser of Maple Leaves and Y. W. C. A.  Mr. Ensel Hawkins taught Manual Training while Miss Pearl Hodges taught Debating and English as well as serving as

Director of Expression.  Mr. E. M. Musgrave taught Biology and Agriculture while Mr. Thomas C. Moore and Miss Cora Kincaid taught Arithmetic.  Interestingly, Mr. Moore Managed the Motion Picture Fund and the Bookstore.  Mr. C. J. Ramsey taught Survey of Vocations which demonstrates an early interest in the subject included in the curriculum.

Highlight of the year:  an outing at Jackson’s Mill, in the first week in June.  Three special interurban cars were chartered and Mr. Moore furnished an excellent picnic dinner.

Drama: The Juniors made a great success of the play, “The Blossoming of Mary Anne”, which its members presented on the night of April thirteenth.  The cast was composed of the following:  Mary Anne, Marie Shuttleworth; William Barkley, Paul Stevens; Elaine Jewett, Catheryn Riggleman; Trella Jewett, Pearl Francis; Patty Cloverleaf, Louise Rock; Teddy Farnum, Joseph Greer; Mrs. John Simmons, Edith Eckles; Mrs. Henry T. Kirkland, Lucille Hamilton; Betsy Scroggins, Mary Creighton; Lloyd Henderson, Raymond Salivate; Felice, a maid, Ida Smith; Charles Mason, James Anwyll.

Excerpts from an article written by Lucille Hamilton

Sophomore Class events recorded by Mildred Robinson, ‘19

1919 The C. E. Hutchinson basket ball team have been doing some very fine work.  This was proved by their taking the championship at the tournament held at the Miller School gymnasium.

Plans were made for a party on January 12, 1917.  But owing to the outbreak of infantile paralysis, the party was postponed until March 2, 1917.  Mr. and Mrs. Hutchinson were the honor guests.

1920 On September twenty-fifth, nineteen hundred and sixteen, two hundred and one boys and girls entered the Fairmont High School as Freshmen.  The first meeting of the Freshman Class was held in the auditorium for the purpose of electing the officers of the Class.  The election resulted as follows:  President, Fern Snider; Vice President, George Arnett; Secretary, Virginia Wilson; Treasurer, Karl Andre.  The election not completed until at another meeting Leah Gilkeson and Paul Fleming were elected members of the Student Council; Margaret Smith was elected Historian; and Roy Yost, our representative on the Athletic Board.  Later, we elected Sylvanus Watson, Treasurer.  Our former Treasurer had left school.  When Sylvanus, however, left the city for the winter, Albert Knight was elected to succeed him.  We also chose for our colors, old rose and silver; and for our flower, the sweet pea.

Excerpts in Maple Leaves, 1918 by Margaret Ruth Smith, ’20

More than half of the yearbook published creative writing submitted by the students.

The Friendly City quiz developed by Mark L Summers, FHS class of 58.  Click on AUDITORIUM at left and check your answers

·      Complete this simple numerical sequence.... 19/73/___

·       What's the new name for Beverly Road and Fox Hill Rd?

·       1950 was the year of the ___  _____.

·       Where is still the best place to hear a marching band play the FJHS fight song?

·       Who was the fastest man alive? (not Speedy Gonzales)?

·       Walking toward FHS from Virginia Ave. on eighth St. what streets do you cross on the way?  Fill in the blanks.

 Virginia Ave. _________ Fairmont Ave., ________, ________, Coleman

·       Name the former Biz Dawson running back who later became the World Record holder in the pole vault.

·       What was special about Veterans Day?

·       Who was the Voice of the Mountaineers?

·       What did a baseball team starring Pete Zeck and Mike Hall do in 1951?

·       What sport did Don Eddy play and what special title did they give him in Morgantown?

·       East West Stadium was at 12th St.  What 2 other recreational venues were at 12th St.?

  • West Virginia without West is _____  __________.
  • In 1954 two high schools played against each other at East-West Stadium for the first (and only) time.  What was the final score?
  • What are the call-letters of the radio stations at 920 and 1490 on the AM dial?
  • Who was our Congressman from the first district who later served 2 terms as W.Va. governor and in 1990 was made an offer that he could not refuse.  He was awarded over 2 years of free room and board.
  • One man was both our youngest and our oldest governor ever.  His name is the same as a classic typewriter brand.

Class of 1931

The Class of 1931 included 119 graduates – 64 women, and 55 men.  These graduates faced a challenging world, to be sure.  During their lifetimes, the “war to end all wars” had been fought in Europe – some lost fathers, uncles, grandfathers in service to their country.  All too soon, these alumni would also be asked to serve.

As their junior year began, the Class of ’31 witnessed the stock market crash.  Economic anxieties that would be known as the Great Depression had begun to take a toll.  The country was rocked by bank failures, rising unemployment and loss of confidence in President Hoover.

Given these troubles, motion pictures were popular diversions.  Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights and Bela Lugosi, as Dracula, entertained movie audiences that spring.  Babe Ruth dominated the sports pages.  The Star Spangled Banner became the country’s official National Anthem.  Just before their Commencement, the Empire State Building was completed.  

The lives of several 1931 alumni were cut tragically short.  John Brandt died of illness in June, 1931; Hascall Thompson was killed in a car crash in November, 1932.  Kenneth Connor died in May, 1933.  Childbirth and the war took several classmates during the next decade; but most members of the Class of 1931 went on to pursue education, careers, homes and family.
 
These alumni served as coal miners, glass workers, bookkeepers and sales clerks.  Quite a few class members continued their education – primarily at Fairmont State Teachers’ College and West Virginia University.  They became accountants, engineers and teachers.  George Randall joined the WV State Police.  Mason Reger managed apple orchards, applying his graduate degree in horticulture.  And the Class of 1931 boasts at least three physicians:  Honor S. Forte, Seigle W. Parks and Bliss K. Shafer.

At least 85 members of the Class (72%) became married.  The records show that in two cases, both the husband and wife were members of the Class of 1931.  Jack Fear and Lucile Rice wed in 1936, in Fairmont; Floyd Patton and Sarah (Sally) Prickett also married.

At least 17 members of the Class of 1931 engaged in military service, responding to the call for enlistment during World War II.  The service of First Lieutenant John Comuntzis ended in tragedy in the South Pacific; he was among prisoners killed by the Japanese upon the sinking of the Shinyo Maru in September, 1944.  James Romano earned a Bronze Star for his service, and rose to the rank of Colonel in the Army Reserve.  William Higinbotham retired as a Lieutenant Colonel at the end of his military career, and is interred at Arlington Cemetery.  

Many 1931 graduates continued to live in Fairmont and other parts of West Virginia.  Half a dozen each made their way to Florida, to Texas, to Virginia.  A few relocated across the country:  to the Mid-Atlantic, the Northeast, the Midwest – even to the West Coast.

In spite of the challenging circumstances that the Class of 1931 encountered as they graduated from FSHS – or perhaps, because of them – these alumni forged productive, engaging lives.  You can read more about their stories through the Class Profile page on this site.  Some alumni have been more difficult to track.  We welcome your insights!  If you have information to share about any alumnus of the Class of 1931, please contact Carol Amos at cjamos@fairmontseniorhighschool.com

Researched and written by Anne Bomar; January 2016.

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US News and World Report has ranked Fairmont Senior High School as the # 3 high school out of 128 high schools in the state. See article at http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/west-virginia

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Fairmont Senior High School invites the community to visit the school on Monday, April 22, 2013 for an open house from 5-7.

 

Renovations at Fairmont Senior about to be unveiled

FAIRMONT — After more than two years of extensive, ongoing renovations, Fairmont Senior High School is almost ready to unveil its improvements.

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Renovations at Fairmont Senior about to be unveiled

FAIRMONT — After more than two years of extensive, ongoing renovations, Fairmont Senior High School is almost ready to unveil its improvements.

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US News and World Report has ranked Fairmont Senior High School as the # 3 high school out of 128 high schools in the state. See article at http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/west-virginia

FSHS awarded a Silver ranking by USNews http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/west-virginia/districts/marion-county-schools/fairmont-senior-high-school-21382

 

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Fairmont Senior High School Fight Song