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WKHS Class of ‘73 plans 45th reunion

The William Kelley High School 1973 yearbook shows 164 graduates, who went on to become teachers, engineers, artists, accountants, business owners, scientists, secretaries, nurses, doctors and an Alaskan airline owner. Courtesy photo

The William Kelley High School Class of 1973 will celebrate its 45th reunion July 13-15 in Silver Bay.  

The class started kindergarten in 1960. Silver Bay was a new town. Campton Elementary — now Minnesota Veterans Home — was a new school, built with financial backing from Reserve Mining Company, the new taconite processing plant on the North Shore of Lake Superior. There were so many kids that elementary classes overflowed to the high school.

In the 1960s, their Weekly Reader classroom newspaper chronicled current events: John Glenn’s first earth orbit, the first heart transplant, man’s first steps on the moon and the first appearance of a new English rock group, the Beatles.

At suppertime, families listened to CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite report on marches and demonstrations, Vietnam, the Iron Curtain, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and then end with his famous sign-off: "And that's the way it is."

Reunion plans include a get-together at the Silver Bay Rec Hall (the former skating rink warming house), the fire department’s pancake breakfast and a walk through the high school. Co-organizer Adelle Holman Jorgenson said: “I no longer have family members in Silver Bay, so the reunion gives me a good reason to visit my hometown. I look forward to seeing former classmates and participating in the Bay Days Car Show, if I can get my ’62 Corvette running.”