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              BOULDER CITY, NEVADA

                   Home of the Eagles

 

Welcome to the Boulder City High School Alumni Website.

(Click on 'This WebSite' for more info).

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

2017 REUNIONS:

* Multi-Class Alumni Reunion (Classes 1942-1967):

Friday, October 13, 2017 - Alumni Reunion at the Boulder Creek Golf Club Pavilion (Classes 1942-1967) beginning at 5:30 pm.  Included is a no-host bar, dinner, a DJ playing music & dancing for the daring) and a raffle. Cost is $35.00 per person.  Alumni Directories may be available for purchase.

Click on 2017 Multi-Class Reunion tab in column to the left to see details and sign-up, with the option to pay on-line or you can mail your check to: BCHS Reunion Committee, 533 7th St., Boulder City, NV 89005. Payments must be received by the end of the day, Friday, September 30, 2017.

* Class of 1957- 60th Reunion:

Saturday, October 14 - Dinner, details to come.

* Class of 1967 - 50th Reunion:

Saturday, October 14 - Details forthcoming.

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This would be a great way for all of us active with BCHS to help keep the wonderful history of BC alive for us to enjoy.  They post some wonderful old pictures, check out their website.
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Support the Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum by becoming a member. Individual memberships start at $20. A Family membership is $40, Organization $60, Business $80. Basic members receive a 10% discount at the Museum Store, a 15% discount at the Boulder Dam Hotel, as well as complimentary admission to the Museum. You can join at the museum, or on their website. Check out their website for some pics:    www.BCMHA.org
 

HELP make this website a success ...  we are continuing to see listed alumni sign-in, participate and enjoy the features of this website, but we still only have 481 (40%) of the 1251 listed alumni who have signed-in.  You can help by contacting your classmates and friends and encouraging them to join up.  There is a small box on the right that you can use to send an invitation to a missing classmate.  

We realize that some of the alumni may not have email addresses.  You can still help by contacting them and offering to share your communications or encouraging them to have a another friend or family member get them signed-in. 

And once they are signed-in, you and they can communicate through the site, which is showing over 10 emails a day between alumni during the past six months.

Thanks

Picture of the week

Be sure and check out some great grade school pics from several classes. They are in the the tab "Photo Galleries",  "Early Class pics".  They are grouped by decade!

* BC Generations: Legacies of high scaler, raft trip founder celebrated on ride down river 

  ..   Here is a great article (Boulder City Review) about  BC pioneer families  and BCHS alumni , Dorthy Kine Rants, Dean Kine, Willard Julian  and  Jim Bob Rowland and his daughter Jill.   Article by  boat pilot  Kathleen Wood.

http://bouldercityreview.com/community/bc-generations-legacies-high-scaler-raft-trip-founder-celebrated-ride-down-river#sthash.gvAKC6rI.dpbs​

* Here is a great picture of 4 generations of BCHS grads in the Broadbent/Swarts  family, starting with Sue Swarts, class of 1952. I graduated from Boulder City High School in 1952. This a picture of my family. There are 16 BCHS graduates in this photo and at least 8 future graduates. Next year (Class of 2018) my great-grandson will graduate from BCHS, making 4 generations of graduates! I am grateful to BCHS for all it has done for my family :)

 

**  One of the Last Wild West Lawman ..  how many remember Perlie Morris ? .. ​I ran across some old pics of him and made this collage!  jw One of the more interesting referrence is when he shot at the tires in front of New China Cafe ..  they don't even do that now days on TV dramas.

Note:  You can see earlier Photos of the Week using the tab "Photo Galleries" "Pic of Week".  

Better yet, here is a copy of the Slideshow I did for the 2016 Reunion highlighting the past Pics.   Jim W.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLO6ghE2zjI

Thanks ..

Just a short note to say thanks for all the support  in making this years Reunion a big success.   The turnout was very good and it seemed that there was more spirited interaction and old friendships renewed.  The event at the Elks  was really good  ..  food from Evans was the best ever, the raffle had record prizes, the brief talks were tolorable.  The event at Boulder Creek was wonderful, one especially nice slice of the night was the group of current BCHS kids helping with table decorations and selling raffle tickets.
 
A special thanks to those Committe members and volunteers who worked hard to carry on this wonderful tradition.   Sandy, Mike, Pepper, Jim, Tom, Greg, Roy, Lail and Eddie you were all remarkable this year  ..   you sure proved your loyalty to BCHS .  

Ben Arp '66 volunteered to take pictures at the reunion events and they will follow along soon.

Great Boulder City History

Mary Jane Carter Richey Smith was in the class of 1943,  she moved to BC in 1931 with her parents, her dad was a highscaler, her mom a civic leader and started the first newspaper.  Mary Jane and her aunt opened Maryemma's .   She visited the great museum at the Boulder Dam Hotel, while at the reunion and low and behold there was a picture of her, from second grade in 1932+-,  in front of the one room school on New Mexico St.  ..   what a photo opportunity!   She is a charmer and we all enjoy her loyalty to BCHS and her attendance at the reunions.  Be sure and visit the museum on your next trip to BC.

Note from Mary Jane ..   My deep heartfelt thanks to the dear hearts and gentle people from my hometown....who have over the years provided wonderful Boulder City High reunions!    The facilities, the food and drinks, atmosphere, mail, name tags, scheduling, raffles, table settings, and decorations, committee mtgs, etc.....all ending in new friendships and visits with long time classmates.  It was my privilege to attend at age 91 and to thank you for all the year's work and time....you're GREAT!  Jim , Pepper, Sandy, Lail, Roy, Mike, Mark, Marvin, and any others .        Your's, Mary Jane Carter Richey Smith.  Class of 1943


Following are some of the previous information clips that were on this Home Page and became out-dated, but may still be of interest to some Alumni and new users.      Jim W.

 

HELP WANTED

The 2015 BCHS Multi-Class Alumni Reunion was a resounding success in October 2015, but may have been the LAST Multi-Class event unless some interested, willing and able individuals step forward to continue this effort.  HELP is needed to sustain the Multi-Class Alumni Reunion Committee, this BCHS Alumni web-site (bouldercity60.com) and any future reunions.  

With Mike Berry moving to Texas in the near future, he has given notice that his participation in the reunion and web-site will be no longer available.  Sandy Hamdorf Christiansen and Lail Leonard have expressed their concern about the waning lack of additional support and cannot be expected to carry the load alone this coming year.  So, if there are not individuals willing to participate in this long standing BCHS alumni tradition, the annual Multi-Class Alumni Reunion, monthly alumni luncheons, and even this web-site may go away.

If you are willing to help and join the committee, contact us through the website ASAP.  As Bartles and James often said, "Thanks for Your Support".  Help us carry on the this long standing BCHS Alumni tradition!

Some of the Committee member responsibilities include: Participating in Alumni Committee meetings for the planning of the yearly reunion and monthly alumni luncheons; securing venues for the two-night reunion in October; arranging catering; updating, printing and mailing the reunion announcement letters and enrollment forms, alumni directories, and name badges; processing payments and updating the web-site reunion enrollments; decorations; registration; community support efforts; special events such as golf and/or raft trips, etc.

2016 Donation   --  This year the Donation Comittee chose to help the BCHS Girls softball team by "pitching in" to purchase their helmets.  As a THANK YOU  they made a  banner and posted it at Whalen Field.       

The Reunion Committe  also sends out our thanks to those Alumni who have made donations.  There is a tab on the home page for those who may want to join in and one listing the  generous donors.

 

Your DAM fact of the day: On September 2, 1945 the Dam reopened to the public! Prior to the United States entry into WWII, the federal government established Hoover Dam as a military training camp because the hydroelectric power it generated was essential to manufacturing plants on the West Coast. In March 1941, Camp Williston was established in Boulder City with approximately 800 soldiers, rangers, watchmen, and boat pilots to patrol Hoover Dam’s perimeter. Gates were established on the highway in both Nevada and Arizona to control all public access across the dam, as well as stationary guards and roving patrols to protect key areas. When the United States officially entered the war, the dam and surrounding areas were closed to visitation. The original exhibit building, located in the Nevada Spillway lot, became the headquarters and home for the soldiers guarding the dam. Even tour guides helped in the effort by becoming part of the ranger force. To increase security, all exterior lighting at the dam, power plant and switch yards was turned off except during periods of inspection or repair; windows in the power plant were blacked out with paint; and machine gun posts were constructed around the dam. All measures remained in place until the war ended and on September 2, 1945 all normal security measures and activities resumed!

Provided by Boulder City/Hoover Dam Musuem

What a wonderful surprise I ran across a few months ago while looking at some USBR history website  ..   I came across my Dad , Chet Widner,  who was a Ranger and was one of the guards at the Dam during WWII.

Nice slice of old BCHS history  ..   Here is a video of a wonderful talk given by Mary Jane Carter Smith at the Reunion on Saturday night (10/12/13)  at the Elks Lodge. She was in the Class of 1943, the 2nd class that graduated from BCHS and she is a sheer delight

just click on this link and the video should start.  It does for me, jw.

http://vimeo.com/77641422

Our thanks to Ron Chamberlain, Class of '58,  for providing this video.

Here is a neat website highlighting  Prior Histroric Remodelling projects in BC  for the last 6 years.   http://bcnv.org/548/Prior-Historic-Preservation-Award-Recipi​     

 

Here is a neat article in the BC News about a couple of our favorite 1956 grads.


See the article here:    http://bouldercityreview.com/sections/community/boulder-taste-former-classmates-marty-lois-bush-reunite-blend-opposite-lifestyles?j

 

New  welcome sign to Boulder City, highlighting "Historic Downtown".   It is patterned after the Figures of the Republic at the Dam.  The arch was put in place in December 2013.  It is at the intersection of Buchanon and Nevada Hwy, heading East.   For you oldtimers, the sign is just before you get to the site of the former Lake Auto Court and Little Store.  Also shown is a pic showing a former Welcome Banner from the 30s, in almost in  the same exact spot  as the new welcome sign.

 

pic from the UNLV Johnnie Manis Collecion,

 

New statue in Frank T. Crowe Memorial Park.  The way the the laundry is hanging up in mid-air is done well, so I thought I’d grab a photo for ya!

Narrative & Photo provided by "Boulder City Social" a great website with BC info.

 

 

Hoover Dam Megastructures Video by National Geographic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mz5EQU_bdfo

Watch Other Boulder Dam Videos:

Be sure to check out the tab "IN & AROUND BC" if you are nostalgic about great BC stories.

1) Articles from BC News about BC.

2) That great old Dam movie, from the Visitor Center.

3) A slide show about the new bridge construction. 

4) A wonderful PBS special video about BC and the Dam, with lots of pics and quotes from BC "old timers".

5) Interesting slide show "McKeeversville - part ghost town, part Boulder City".

6) The search for the lost watercolors of Boulder Dam done by Stanley Wood in 1931-34.

7) Just added some great pics of the building of Boulder Dam ..   go to the "In & Around BC" tab (near bottom) to view.  Hope you enjoy as much as we did.

8)  Where is all those years go  ..  interview and article from Boulder City Review  in  2014;    http://bouldercityreview.com/opinion/editorials/hali-bernstein-saylor/wondering-where-all-those-years-go

Sad days ahead for BCHS.  

Here are a couple of articles in two great BC news outlets about the pending demolition and renovation of Boulder City High School.  You can access the articles by clicking on the following 2 websites:

http://bouldercityreview.com/sections/news/school-renovation-begin-july-6.html

http://www.bouldercitysocial.com/town-happenings/goodbye-party-for-boulder-city-high-school/

Here is a pic of BCHS in 1949 while under construction ..  notice B Hill (pic from UNLV/Edwards)

Hospital and the Welsh home in picture.


 

“A Gift From the Gods” by Sandra Messina is one of the 36 public art displays in Boulder City, Nev.

Your savvy, but ultimately foolhardy, tourist on his way to Hoover Dam will take a sharp left on the Highway 93 bypass and avoid this city’s “historic” downtown altogether.

Yet what the traveler saves in time and gas mileage, always important in these frugal times, he will lose in the immeasurable realm of the sublime. He will miss a lovely Art Deco-drenched, Depression-era town forged by the New Deal, a town that takes aesthetics so seriously in its urban core that it could be mistaken for an art museum.  No fewer than 36 officially recognized pieces of public art, most sculptures but also a few murals, line Boulder City’s two main thoroughfares, Nevada Way and Arizona Street.

Full article can be seen at:    http://www.sacbee.com/entertainment/living/travel/sam-mcmanis/article4275283.html

It was written by Sam McManis of the Sacramento Bee and was also in the OC Register on 12/28/14.

 

Last Dam Worker

You can access the full Obituary at:  http://bouldercityreview.com/sections/news/lake-meadhoover-dam/last-known-hoover-dam-worker-dies.html

The Boulder Bowl is going to close for good tomorrow .. that was the headline in the BC paper in May, 2011.

The city's only bowling alley was built in 1947 and was a source of fun and employment to a whole bunch of us BC Alumni. How many remember setting pins along side Kieth Pymm. But, one of your fellow alumni stepped in saying “ Kids and adults need this landmark saved “ . He bought the building, completely remodeled it, and re-negotiated the lease so the operator would continue.

Some of us stopped there after the reunion and it looks great, it almost looks like an extension of the museum with the great murals on the walls depicting the building of the Dam.

Thank You Pepper Coombes for being such a loyal, sentimental Boulder City Kid.

Mural out front. (Jessica and Pepper + Pepper)

One of the Murals added to the inside Alley Wall.

Can you help identify some of these Girl Scouts?

Front row: ?, Edith Widner, ?    Back row ?, ?, Pat Turner suggestions:  Beth Akers, Louise Smee, Dianne Earl  ??????

Walter Beeler told me they fixed it up and flew it off in the mid 50s   J.W.

BOULDER CITY REVIEW              Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Wondering where all those years go

By HALI BERNSTEIN SAYLOR
BOULDER CITY REVIEW

It has often been said that the older you get, the quicker time passes. In my experience, I have found this to be true.

Life has been a whirlwind lately.

This week marks the fifth anniversary of the Boulder City Review. And, in just a few short weeks, I will mark my one-year anniversary as editor.

I remember that week five years ago when the Boulder City News closed its doors and the Review opened. It was crazy, scrambling to find an editor and staff, while creating a flag/logo and look for the paper in just a few days.

I had done some redesign work on a sister paper, and adapting these styles for the Boulder City Review was easy. At the time, I didn’t even consider the possibility that I would one day be editor and at the helm of the paper.

It seems like just yesterday that this happened. Sure, my kids are older and I have spotted a few gray hairs, but I don’t know where the time went.

I can only imagine how the past 50 or 60 years have flown by for graduates of Boulder City High School. Judging by the stories they shared with me Friday night during the annual reunion for those who have graduated 50 or more years ago, it seems as if time barely blinked since they walked the hallowed halls of their beloved high school.

The very informal group is open to anyone who graduated from Boulder City High at least 50 years ago. They have a reunion every October where they swap stories, share a few laughs and drinks, and renew their friendships.

Their lives have taken many paths. Some have stayed in Boulder City, some have moved just over the hill and a few have ventured out of state. But no matter where they live or what they have done with their lives, one thing remains constant: a love for Boulder City and the people who call — or have called — it home.

“It’s just magical — an ideal place to grow up,” Jim Widner from the class of 1958 told me. “Everyone had two parents. We walked to school and walked home for lunch.”

“It’s just a beautiful, unique city to be raised in,” agreed Diane Nelson Earl, also from the class of 1958. “We were so blessed. We all knew each other, our teachers, our neighbors.”

Because the graduating classes were so small, and everything in town was so close together, there was less distinction between the classes and friendships spanned the years, said Richard Roper, who graduated in 1957.

They became so close that they can practically tell each other’s stories and life histories.

That closeness also extended to the school’s football field, he said. Growing up, neighborhood boys would get together to play so by the time they got to high school they already had a solid foundation for their coach to build on.

“Nobody could beat us,” he said.

Fred Holland, a member of the class of 1943 and one of the oldest people attending, said he wouldn’t miss the reunion “for all the world.”

A resident of Boulder City for most of his life, Holland said he is happy to be a part of the community. He felt so strongly about his experiences here that he persuaded his granddaughter to move her family from Reno so she could raise her children in the city.

The alumni also do some casual fundraising with prize drawings, with proceeds benefiting BCHS. Just recently, for example, they donated $2,000 to purchase a new sound system for the school.

Roy Atkin from the class of 1956, said the group’s seed money was a scholarship fund started in 1956. Today, however, BCHS seniors have ample opportunities to obtain scholarships, so about eight years ago the group decided to stop giving scholarships and use the money for things the school needs.

Members of the current student council were on hand at the reunion to thank the group and help with check in and a raffle.

And though they still have a few years to go until they are eligible to join the group, the soon-to-be graduates saw how good friends and special memories can melt away time.

Happy 4th of July

Here are some pics from the BC Damboree celebrations in 1953 borrowed from the Boulder City Musuem webpage ..  you can see at their great website at      http://www.bcmha.org/Damboree.html

1943 ..  Civil Defense, volunteer firemen

Ferraro Murals

Photo provided by "Boulder City Social" a great website with BC info.  For the Mural Tour click on their link:

http://www.bouldercitysocial.com/uncategorized/connie-ferraro-mural-tour-of-bc/

Here is a great WWII pic of BC,  I got from Facebook by a user "Vintage Vegas".  It shows Camp Williston and it's  barracks, which came into play in our days as a Mormon Church, National Guard meeting place and Polka Dot Haven.        jw

 

1st BC Schools in 1932  ..  organized by the community.

 

In Memory of Frank Shelton, Class of 42.

There are many kids who grew up in Boulder City who made a big impact on the world and became a success.  Mary Jane Carter Smith (43) and Homer Olsen (42) have aquainted me with their classmate Frank Shelton from the first graduating  Class of 42.  I felt it was worth sharing their friendship and memories with you all.  He passed away last month.  His family posted a very nice obit which is in his Memory Page.  Homer was his best friend for 80+ years and had some stories about him in a book Homer wrote.  They are also on the Memory page.  

Coinsidently someone from the BC Historic Assoc. very recently posted a pic of him on facebook when he was a young boy in McKeeversville.   His father was a 31er and was an electrician on the Dam and died  young.

 

Frank went on from  BCHS to WWII then on  to Cal Tech and Amherst  and became a  nuclear physicist.  He went on to be the leading scientist on developement of atomic bombs, atomic testing and nuclear energy production.  He authored many books and films about nuclear issues.

I just wanted to point out this wonderful story of a BC kid, with apparant spartan beginnings, and invite you to read his Memory page.  A tab on the top left side of the home page.

Dead Roses and Blooming Deserts:   The Medical History of a New Deal Icon1
by:    Michelle Follette Turk

“They died to make the desert bloom. The United States of America will continue to remember that many who toiled here found their final rest while engaged in the building of this dam. The United States of America will continue to remember the services of all who labored to clothe with substance the plans of those who first visioned the building of this dam.” 2

Although a memorial plaque at the Hoover Dam sets the number of workers killed during its construction at ninety-six, the real figure was nearly double.3

You can acces the whole artice/paper from  the "In & Around BC" tab.

Boulder City’s Gene Segerblom, a former Nevada assemblywoman, teacher and friend dies at 94.

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See full obit in the Teachers Tab.

 

Remember those dust devils at dry lake. .. Here is interesting article and video.

click on this link

http://www.bouldercitysocial.com/town-happenings/wanna-see-inside-a-dust-devil/

This is a good website for BC info.

Some 1st for BC

From  Boulder City Journal of March 11, 1932 (BC 1st Anniv.) 

  Newspaper from the Marvin Mayes Collection.

Boulder City Now Has An Official Flower

Hollyhock - Official Flower of Boulder City, NV

Yep! Boulder City, Nevada now has its own flower — it’s officially called the “Boulder City 31ers Heirloom Hollyhock” and it’s a pretty one, too!

The Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum, with support from the 31ers and the Historic Preservation Committee, requested that the City adopt the hollyhock as the official flower for Boulder City in Resolution 5914, which was unanimously passed at the May 8th, 2012 City Council Meeting.

Below is an excerpt from the Museum’s official letter that gives a little history about the hollyhock plant and why it’s a recognizable piece of Boulder City history.

And if you would like to purchase seed packets of the Boulder City 31ers Heirloom Hollyhock, you can do that at the Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum (located in the Boulder Dam Hotel at 1305 Arizona St.) for $5 per packet!

And a big thanks to Patty Sullivan for the great photos below of our new official flower…check out the whole plant image below!

Hollyhock in Boulder City, NevadaIla Clements-Davey and Laura Smith are two women who grew up in early Boulder City during the 1930s. Their father, Tom Godbey, was a Hoover Dam construction worker who built the first privately owned home on Avenue L. Taken from the oral histories of these women is a story about the first hollyhock seeds brought to Boulder City by their neighbor, Grandma Pickett. In the spring of 1932, the first hollyhock plants grew from little sprouts to tall, blossoming plants at Grandma Pickett’s house. The hollyhocks provided protection for the children playing outside in the hot desert sun. Laura Smith specifically remembers the effect the plants had on her as a small child, “As a little one I thought that was my best friend in all the world,” she said, “because it was shade.” Grandma Pickett shared her seeds with her neighbors, and shortly many homes on Avenue L had their very own hollyhocks on display.

Throughout the decades, the seeds from those first Boulder City hollyhock plants have been passed down through the generations of Boulder City families and throughout the community, as they can be seen blooming all throughout town this spring. The Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum’s 31ers Educational Outreach Program also uses the hollyhock oral history as a tool to educate children about environment, agriculture, and (through the oral histories) use of primary sources as valuable research material.

Boulder Dam Hotel


There have been numerous books written about the construction of Boulder Dam (subsequently renamed Hoover Dam) but I stumbled onto one very simple book about it.  This Zane Grey novel, Boulder Dam, published in 1963, years after Grey died.  In it, Grey's hero, Biff, works at eleven different jobs on the construction site.  I recommend it just for a view of construction work and Boulder City in the 1930s.

And a lot of pictures have been taken of the dam and of its construction.  If you see a picture of workers toiling away on Boulder Dam, there's a pretty good chance that it was taken by Ben Glaha who was hired to document the project.  Glaha was a very talented and artistic photographer and a book of his work at the dam was published in 1999 by Santa Barbara art professor, Barbara Vilander.

About four years ago, we were passing through the desert Southwest again, and happened upon the Boulder Dam Hotel in Boulder City.  Well, that's not quite accurate.  Linda's sister lives in Boulder City and she knew that this was they kind of hotel that we would love.  It's on the National Register of Historic Places and has an elegant lobby with lots of historic photos.  She was right.  This was our room.
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Notice that picture on the wall?  It is the Boulder Dam Hotel at an earlier date.  I went out and took a current picture for comparison.
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 Now, last January, we were browsing through an antique mall in the Pensacola, Florida, area and I came upon issue number two of U.S. Camera from January, 1939.  Inside is a feature article on Boulder Dam by Ben Glaha.  It has a couple of Glaha's well-known pictures but also has this one titled simply, "Dan."
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I sent the magazine along to sister-in-law Cindy who promptly told me that there is a statue of Dan in Boulder City.  Well, I missed it when we were there.  But just a few blocks from the Boulder Dam Hotel, there is indeed a statue of Dan by sculptor, Steven Liguori.  He has taken a bit of liberty with the name but that's Dan, don't you think?
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