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05/28/13 11:00 AM #3    

Ron Wegner

Fred's work's being available is something that I have wondered about many times, since the 1st sketch drawn for at the 10 yr.(?) reunion. I had the fortune of running into Fred at a blues bar in Denver sometime in the mid 70's(????) That decade is one long year to me! :-) Anyway, I think maybe R. Embach was with him? At the reunion his death was announced, I was shocked. He was a really good drummer, too. AND, I believe self taught... Great sense of humor, too!!

05/28/13 12:09 PM #4    

Darlene Gile (Gile)

Fred was one of my best friends. He was a thoughtful and creative person. He was the godfather to my son, Tom. He and Mike Frett were ushers at my wedding in 1970. Fred had just gotten back from on trip to Colorado in the Refrigerator (white Jeep). I think of him from time to time. He will always be one of my favorite people.

05/29/13 03:23 PM #5    

Pete Quinby

Any chance that Fred's works can be on display for sale at the BarnDance? Let's buy it out !

05/29/13 08:52 PM #6    

Mary Ann Rutherford (Hidding)

Anyone who wants to see Fred's work can go to Jim Roden's Framery in Ridgefield. Many of Fred's works are large, so settting up a gallery would be difficult to do. Maybe Jim Roden and Mike Frett would like to have a gallery showing on Saturday before the dance. Jim's shop is in Ridgefield between CL and Woodstock, so it would be an easy stop. Think about it.

07/09/13 01:21 PM #7    

Ron Wegner

I'd love a gallery of Fred's works to be displayed.  I'm going to be up on Thursday and will be out Ridgefield way, so one way or another, I'm going to make an attempt to see his stuff...  I hope classmates respond to the availability of these, while in town that weekend!!

08/10/13 09:24 AM #8    

Mary Ann Rutherford (Hidding)

Many classmates have visited Fred Johnson's art work at Roden's. Some paintings are still available at very reasonable prices. Contact Mike Frett about purchasing one or more.

08/23/16 01:23 PM #9    

Bob Desbles

I'm late to the party. I haven't had the pleasure to see Fred's paintings but I want to bring to every ones

attention we had another artist in our class, Ken Grzesik, you might remember him as the kid Mr Wiliams paid

to get a haircut every 3 months. Any way I lost touch with Ken when he was in Hawaii posting his art. He use to

live in the pacific northwest as well. Any way thought I'd post it. As far as Fred goes he was kind enough to

invite me to his 11th birthday party when we transferred schools and I was the new kid.


12/24/16 10:51 AM #10    

Steve Eike

Speaking of Artists, Carol Kahle (Isaacson) did excellent work.

01/27/17 09:13 AM #11    

Bob Desbles

Remembering Wally Schweikle.

Wally got a bad break when his brother Eddy was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Wally had to drop out of college as his parents needed to devote all their funds to his brothers illness. That left Wally exposed to the

draft and unfortunately he did not do well in the military. I grew up with Wally in Lake in the Hills. Most of you know where that is. Spent loads of time on the basebal fields, the drive ways playing hoops , the long bus ride. Speaking for all my LITH friends we are sorry to lose another friend.

01/28/17 01:11 PM #12    

Pam Hart (Nordstrom)


Sorry to read your comments about Wally and what happened to him over the years.  Thanks for posting your memories about him.

Pam Hart Nordstrom

09/14/18 01:46 PM #13    

Bob Desbles

Looking forward to the 50th reunion pictures.

Sorry I couldn't make it as my wife has been dealing with some health issues.

To Mary Ann, thanks for keeping me and all updated...


08/26/20 01:18 PM #14    

Steve Schwebke

I first moved to Crystal Lake in 1st grade, and recall a little blonde haired girl, named Pam Schroeder, running with me down the path to the school bus. In 3rd a fellow student, named Bob Wilbrandt, was fighting off a bunch of 2nd graders with his crutch, as they harassed like a bunch of hyenas fighting a lion. He was doing OK & didn't seem to require assistance. This was the same bunch that attacked me, when we were in 2nd grade. I must have gotten the better of them, too, because Mr Hussman later told me I needed to write "I will not fight" 300 times. This is the same bunch who later would be called "Class of 69, breakfast of champions " a fitting title. Someday I may yet give Mr Husman what he wanted, much easier, now, with a computer. In 6th, Bob and I were honored with free cartons of milk for being the only ones with perfect attendance. I also recall Miss Pulsing having us write down what we wanted to do, when we headed out into the world, and would return them to us, when we did. Did anyone ever get one returned? She must have been very fond of her 6th grade South class, because she immediately got married to have her own little tribe and even followed us onto 7th grade.

I took advantage of the free online courses in biology and cybersecurity, and have found them very useful, since I retired. I whooped covid-19, last March, by merely increasing the niacin, glutamine, and hawthorn I took. Whenever someone I know gets ill, I refer them to clinical trials. gov to get free cutting edge care. There currently are 100s of trials being done, just on covid-19 and cancer. In fact, according to Curiosity Stream, "if you can make it to the year 2050, the only way you'll die is by accident." The only problem being that, according to Johns Hopkins University, medical mistakes are the 3rd leading cause of death in this country at 200000/y. Stay strong, everybody, and learn all you can. A lot of it is free.

08/29/20 03:30 PM #15    

Pam Schroeder

Hi Steve,

I absolutely remember those days of us racing through the field to catch our school bus. I'm pretty sure you were the only one faster than me, which makes it hard to forget. Hope things are good with was great reliving those memories and I thank you for that. So glad to hear you survived Covid.

Take care,



08/30/20 07:41 AM #16    

Steve Schaefgen

Hey Pam and Steve. Remember we were the three musketeers. Steve and I would walk through the yards to get to Pam's house, pick her up and walk (or run) to the bus stop where we would meet Delores Macevick and Carol Calle. My spelling is not that good. We did a lot together during those days. Remember the baseball field we built and played at every day we could. We'd be gone all day. Those were the days. 

08/31/20 12:21 PM #17    

Steve Schwebke

Our webmaster told me Bob Wilbrandt had become a judge. I'm sure he was, and still may be, the sort of judge he wanted judge Parker to be, when he was starting out. He told me he was having a hard time dealing with the same judges, every day. Parker told me, "You'll never get to heaven, this way," when I appeared, during a divorce proceeding, lawyerless.
I drove by that field, Steve, several years ago, where we used to play ball. It now has returned to the forest. Certainly not the same joyful bunch we were, when we lived there. How about lying on North Avenue watching the satellites fly by, or the row of tents in our backyards, when the whole neighborhood would sleep out?
I take it no one ever got the note back from our 6th grade teacher stating what we wanted to do when we entered adulthood. I wanted to open a laboratory where I could play around making things. I'M still working on that and, with all the free courses at edx & coursera, I may just become educated enough. For you guys, go to, and you'll see all the amazing things being done in biology. There may several years to go, yet, to fulfill those dreams. Oh, by the way, we're going back to the moon, next year; a man & a woman in 2024.
Like the song says, "Don't worry. Be happy. "

09/01/20 08:08 PM #18    

Steve Eike

I'm enjoying the reminiscing! Did you know some guys and I had a ballfield at gate 21 and Lake Ave? So sorry when a home went up there.
Best to you!

09/02/20 10:29 AM #19    

Steve Schaefgen

Did Jeff Issacson play at those ball fields with you?

09/03/20 12:09 AM #20    

Steve Eike

I remember Jeff for playing football with us. His favorite saying was, "Hike to me and I'll run," as I recall! Ha! You out there, Jeff?!

09/04/20 01:07 PM #21    

Steve Schaefgen

I'll bet Larry Mueller was part of that group. Jeff and Larry were pretty close back then. All is well here in Minnesota. 

09/05/20 10:33 AM #22    

Steve Wicklas


Yes Steve I remembered the gate 21 ball park  good times Steve Wicklas 



11/06/20 07:21 AM #23    

Steve Schwebke

1st off, many thanks to Pam Schroeder for your well-wishes re me not succumbing to covid. One incident that sticks out is sitting on your porch, after a grade school Easter party, while you related the reason you were given not to be afraid of thunder, as it rained, outside: it's just the angels bowling. They got a few strikes, that day. I told my kids the storms make the trees grow. "Oh yeah, I see them," they said.
Anyway, a Dennis Fleming was in our class, who lived in a room, with his father, at Sander's rooming house on Virginia Street. Graduation night, he invited me to the Tastee Freeze and that's the last I heard of him until reading about him committing suicide, that summer. Maybe he didn't graduate and was depressed about that, added to a life lived in a small room with his father. It just seems sad, to me, that he appears to have become a non-person, since I see no mention of him, anywhere. Not all live lives of joy and happiness. I used to play hockey with Brian Stoddard, son of ol' Earl, Lakewood police chief, at the time. Ol' Earl, Brian once complained, would chain Brian to the bed, while Earl was working. If you see Eael, tell him he still owes me $7 for helping him put out a fire, across the street from Grafton beach. "I'll pay you, later," he said. It's now been 60 years. For all you people, stay strong and healthy. This world needs your wisdom and experience.

11/07/20 10:30 AM #24    

Heinz Nigg

What a sad story! Good you remembered it, reminding me that there also was poverty in CL, mostly a bit hidden from our eyes. Best, Heinz Nigg

11/07/20 11:07 AM #25    

Pam Schroeder

Thanks for those memories Steve...your recollection is so much better than mine. We did have some great times back then. It was certainly fun hanging with both you and the other Steve S.

I'm afraid I don't remember Dennis Fleming, but am very sorry to hear about everything he went through.

Take care of yourself and stay safe in these scary times

12/21/20 11:12 AM #26    

Bob Desbles

From the Lake in the Hills side of Class 68,

I just found out that my best friend Mike Floress, Class of 69 has Covid

and is in McHenry Hospital with Covid Pneumonia. Long time Crystal Lake

Policeman and now a part time Court Cop. Please say prayers, light candles

whatever for his speedy return to the Woodstock Court House.

By the way I have tracked down Dave Endler, lives near Genoa. I doubt he

will join up but he is alive and kicking...

FYI...Mike Floress "Class of 69" has found his way home from the hospital.

Prognosis looks good for a recovery. We were in a spirited conversation

yesterday regarding the Bears loss to New Orleans. He should be

back guarding the McHenry County divorce proceedings soon. Thanks

for your thoughts and prayers.

01/20/21 03:25 PM #27    

Mike Frett

T hrough a crazy set of circumstances, I was directed to a website, ' Pete Walton's model railroad' and apparently Walt Herrick helped construct it. It is amazing ! Check it out . Hate to say it, but it puts Frank's Toy and Hobby Shop down the list a notch. It would be worth your time to visit that site and see Walt's incredible input.

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