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Memories galore for Havre alumni at Fossil Festival

John Kelleher, [email protected]

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Jackie Mayer Larson was chatting with friends when Tom Hopkins tapped her on the shoulder.

She yelled with delight, embraced him and said, "You don't have red hair any more."

"Actually, I never had red hair," Hopkins said, laughing. "Dark brown."

It was a scene repeated hundreds of times at the Fossil Festival Saturday at the Great Northern Fairgrounds.

A weekend full of activities helped classes celebrate the good, old times.

There was food and music, but mostly people just enjoyed seeing old friends.

Classes from Havre High and Havre Central schools took part in the massive reunion, which attracted thousands of people.

"I've seen some close friends I haven't seen since we graduated," said Hopkins, who lives in Spokane, Wash. "It's been very special."

Larson has been to every class reunion and every Fossil Festival — they are held every five years, this being the third.

She remembers attending her Class of 1962's 10-year reunion, carrying her 2-month-old daughter.

"I'd never miss one," she said. "It's been great seeing everybody and telling them we will have our 50th in two years. We'll have a good time and drink some beer."

Katherine Wilkins Gertstenberger and her husband, Jerry, met while they were in Havre High School's Class of 1951.

She was a Blue Pony cheerleader and loved every minute of it.

"I was in the chorus and the theater," she said.

The Gerstenbergers eventually moved to Ventura, Calif., where Jerry had a career in the aerospace industry. They get back to Havre about every two years.

After all these years, the Class of '51 members still recall the teachers they had.

"Elizabeth Reese was a great teacher," Katherine recalled. "She was a very meticulous woman."

The Gertsenbergers have visited many places in Havre, but have not driven by the location of the old Havre High School.

"I'm sure I would cry," she said. "There are some great memories.

"It was a great school," she said. "We got a very good education." It's been 47 years since Havre Central High School's Class of 1963 graduated. At least 13 of the 51 students showed up for the festival. Their delight at seeing old friends was a bit tempered by the fact that the school has closed.

"It was a great school," said Marci Divish. "Everybody knew everybody."

People were looking forward to the next Fossil Festival, and as they left, they promised to keep in touch in the coming years.

But they will keep in touch in a different way.

"We used to exchange business cards," Hopkins said. "Now we trade e-mail addresses and Twitter accounts.

"We have to adjust to changing times," he said.

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Jackie Mayer Larson was chatting with friends when Tom Hopkins tapped her on the shoulder.

She yelled with delight, embraced him and said, "You don't have red hair any more."

"Actually, I never had red hair," Hopkins said, laughing. "Dark brown."

It was a scene repeated hundreds of times at the Fossil Festival Saturday at the Great Northern Fairgrounds.

A weekend full of activities helped classes celebrate the good, old times.

There was food and music, but mostly people just enjoyed seeing old friends.

Classes from Havre High and Havre Central schools took part in the massive reunion, which attracted thousands of people.

"I've seen some close friends I haven't seen since we graduated," said Hopkins, who lives in Spokane, Wash. "It's been very special."

Larson has been to every class reunion and every Fossil Festival — they are held every five years, this being the third.

She remembers attending her Class of 1962's 10-year reunion, carrying her 2-month-old daughter.

"I'd never miss one," she said. "It's been great seeing everybody and telling them we will have our 50th in two years. We'll have a good time and drink some beer."

Katherine Wilkins Gertstenberger and her husband, Jerry, met while they were in Havre High School's Class of 1951.

She was a Blue Pony cheerleader and loved every minute of it.

"I was in the chorus and the theater," she said.

The Gerstenbergers eventually moved to Ventura, Calif., where Jerry had a career in the aerospace industry. They get back to Havre about every two years.

After all these years, the Class of '51 members still recall the teachers they had.

"Elizabeth Reese was a great teacher," Katherine recalled. "She was a very meticulous woman."

The Gertsenbergers have visited many places in Havre, but have not driven by the location of the old Havre High School.

"I'm sure I would cry," she said. "There are some great memories.

"It was a great school," she said. "We got a very good education." It's been 47 years since Havre Central High School's Class of 1963 graduated. At least 13 of the 51 students showed up for the festival. Their delight at seeing old friends was a bit tempered by the fact that the school has closed.

"It was a great school," said Marci Divish. "Everybody knew everybody."

People were looking forward to the next Fossil Festival, and as they left, they promised to keep in touch in the coming years.

But they will keep in touch in a different way.

"We used to exchange business cards," Hopkins said. "Now we trade e-mail addresses and Twitter accounts.

"We have to adjust to changing times," he said.


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