Follow-up
More info for Howbert’s 50th

       Since the article in the Oct. 1 Westside Pioneer about Howbert Elementary's 50th anniversary (which will start with the 25-year time-capsule opening at 1:40 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12), a few follow-ups have come forward.

Three members of Howbert Elementary's support staff show off their 1960s attire as part of a throwback day at the school this week. From left are Christy Gidley, Candy Lesoing and Lesa Ronnau. The Pleasant Valley school will have its 50th anniversary celebration Monday, Oct. 12, including the unsealing of a 25-year time capsule and an open house for visitors.
Westside Pioneer photo
  • Sadly, former teacher Susan Ball, whose classroom in the 1984-85 school year was pictured with the Oct. 1 article, died of a stroke the same day. Her services were Oct. 6 in Lovell, Wyo.
  • Former student Ray Ferguson called in with the happy memory of thinking up the name of Howbert's mascot - the Hornets. In 1970-71, when he was 11 years old in the fifth grade, the school decided to have a contest for a mascot, he recalled. He had no special reason for the name. “I just liked the sound of it,” he said. “It sounded cool, better than the hillbillies or the hondas [a couple of the other suggestions he'd heard kids talking about].”
           When his name won at the student ballot box, Ferguson received as a prize a sweatshirt emblazoned with a hornet picture and the words “Howbert Hornets.”
  • Good news can be reported about Howbert's historic memorabilia - some of which had been missing last week. Candy Lesoing, the Howbert administrative assistant who is organizing anniversary activities, said several older scrapbooks have since been located in the school's attic. Contents include photos, PTA news and random school materials going back to Howbert's initial 1959-60 school year.
           Following the time-capsule event - to which past staff, alumni and parents are especially invited - an open house is scheduled between 2:45 and 4 p.m., during which visitors are welcome to look at the old books, as well as to tour the school.

    Westside Pioneer article