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•   Bob Tieszen  4/23
•   Darlene Breitenstein (Spence)  2/17
•   Pat O'Bryan  2/4
•   Sharon Blaisar (Mathews)  12/24
•   Louis Self  12/1
•   Janet Woelk (Kukic)  5/22
•   Miriam Werner (Winter)  4/16
•   Bob Osborn  10/7
•   Adelyn Scott (Scott)  8/19
•   James (Jim) Jantz  8/7
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Who lives where - click links below to find out.

7 live in Arizona
2 live in Arkansas
7 live in California
11 live in Colorado
1 lives in Connecticut
2 live in Florida
1 lives in Hawaii
2 live in Illinois
2 live in Indiana
57 live in Kansas
1 lives in Maryland
1 lives in Michigan
1 lives in Minnesota
6 live in Missouri
3 live in Nevada
4 live in New Mexico
4 live in Oklahoma
1 lives in Oregon
2 live in Pennsylvania
2 live in Tennessee
11 live in Texas
2 live in Virginia
1 lives in Washington
25 location unknown
61 are deceased


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Verda Wagoner Byrd's Amazing Story  Chapter Two

From:     Verda Wagner Byrd

Good 4th of July weekend classmates and friends in Newton. My documentary film, of my life, called "70 Years of Blackness" can be watched FREE on TUBI TV (just put in 70 and it will pop-up ) app it’s 30 minutes. My adoption, at the age of 4, which I never knew about is an AWARD WINNING story. Also, check me out on YouTube.

LOVE one another,

Dr. Verda Byrd

Greetings Newton Class ’60 and Friends,


Sadly, there are no plans for a reunion this year, 2021. However, if you are reading this, it is assumed that thankfully you at least made it through the quagmire of the global happenings of the past couple of years!


I’m guessing though that some of you have been able to have your own mini get-togethers of sorts.  Likely some of you are keeping in touch with one another virtually (Zoom, Face Time, Skype, Google Meet, etc.), by email or phone. I’m in awe of how sophisticated some of the online platforms have become that allow us to “arm-chair” visit one another when we are miles apart. How privileged we are!


Speaking of “keeping in touch,” this website is intended to help us do just that, at least for those who want to use it. 


Al Dietrich is currently the webmaster and Rosalind and I are currently the assistants of this website. I remember how much fun it was when we first got it up and running (by signing up with the program). Many of you joined in to search for and contact classmates to get our database in place. I remember, too, how much Beverly Miller Garrison so enjoyed making phone calls to, and chatting with, classmates all over the map. She’d call me each week with her list of updated phone numbers, email addresses and pertinent info to enter into our directory. As a result, we contacted a great percentage of our classmates, many who then attended our 40th reunion.


Now, September 2021, I am looking for a replacement for my position as  Website Assistant.  Al remains willing to be the administrator.  Rosalind is willing to continue being an assistant.


If you are interested in joining as an assistant to take my place with our NewtonClass60 website, please email Al Dietrich at:


Stay safe and take care,




Interested in History?

Here is a link to a brief history of Newton Schools from the 1880's to 1950. The Harvey County Historical Museum prepared this history. 


Verda Wagoner Byrd's Amazing Story 

Recently Ed Nordstrom sent us a link to a story on People magazine's web site about our classmate Verda Byrd (Wagoner).  It is an amazing story about an adopted child's life.  Click on this link to read the article...



Girl Scout Troop 2 in 1952

The girls held a tea for their mothers at the Gas Company show room on W 6th St.

We have identified the following:   Carol Lee Decker, Susan Walton, Karen George, Delores Richmond, Phyllis Ikerd, Joan Andres~Back row, Carol Jean Logan, Jackie King, Carol Sue Cobb (peeking over Jackie's shoulder), Barbara Burnner, Mary Miller, Kay Hanna, Shirley Sharp. Karen George Dawe remembers that Phyllis Kaye Hawkins is one of the girls on the back row and Carol McNolty was in the troop.  Thanks Karen.  If any others have information or stories about Troop 2 let us know.


To  view a pdf of this page click here.