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Reminders  from  Days  Gone  By

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MR.  HAP’S   10 th  Grade  Automobile
1929  FORD  Model  “A”  Sport  Coupe
Cost  him  $125.







C A U T I O N    
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The   1903   Fire  Barn  at  Dimond  and  Chester  Street.
A  favorite  Place  to  be  Visited  by  Students  of
Diamond,  Congress,  Sigsbee  and  Henry  School.
And still  in  active  service  today.
(3-doors away from Jim Anderson’s home)
and just up the street from Sidney Straight.




“A Salute To Honor”

A  film  documentary  by  Daniel  J.  Deal

( See   ‘YouTube’  LINK   Below )

Many  of  the  Central  High  people  met  Daniel  Deal  and  his  wife  Ann
in  May, 2018  at  our  65th Class Reunion. –  Daniel is the creator of his company
Authentic   Film   Elements      (AFE)
For over two years, Daniel worked on a film documentary to honor
our   (now deceased)   classmate  /  friend;     U. S.  Astronaut    Roger  B.  Chaffee,
But there is more:   To understand the effort required to produce a film documentary,
it  might  be  well  to  do  as  many  of  us  have  done;   –   View  Daniel’s earlier project.

 “ A  Salute  To  Honor”       . . .       See  Link  below:

When  you  find  a  bit  of  time  on  your  hands,   please  click  on  the  link  below
and watch the  32 minute  video  of  Three Local Boys and the story they tell about  WW-II.
Virgil  Westdale,    Ralph Hauenstein   and   Tony Gianunzio.  –   Ralph Hauenstein was a
1931  graduate  of  Central High. –  This film documentary will show you a lot,  teach you
a lot,  but more importantly,  it displays the dedication Daniel has to his profession.
Here is the link to connect to his exciting  previous  film documentary.

05-02-2020  NOTE:    If you have difficulty getting this  ‘You-Tube’  show to play,
either Picture Sound  Just click around a little, I found a lower icon i could click on
and low, the show DID start.  –  It may take a bit of patience to make it work.    /    /

”  A  SALUTE  TO  HONOR  ”   <    documentary

Click to Load, – then press the small START  arrow, – and watch.
Wait   Patiently   ….   for  any  slow  loading
Remember to Click the  small   START   Arrow.

(Use upper left arrow to return to this CHS Website. )
NOTE:    If you have not yet seen  “A Salute to Honor”  yet,  you are in for a
real treat of History  three of our Grand Rapids Boys during World War Two.
This Site is checked a couple of times a month, an it works  perfectly,  once you know how to start it,  and the few secrets of running it,  and using the Back-Arrow to return to our own  CHS  website.   Just follow the instructions printed here  and all will be OKAY.
Using   LARGE  SCREEN  …  is  Best.

We are happy to announce  that  the   ROGER  B.  CHAFFEE    Documentary
has now been successfully completed,   by  Daniel  J.  Deal,   and has already been shown on PBS in the Fall of  2019.     We hope that soon The Chaffee Documentary will replace          “A   Salute  To  Honor”    

An  ADDITIONAL  NOTE:    We are pleased to report that the  Chaffee Documentary
WAS shown on PBS in the Grand Rapids Area,  but on Channel  35-3  which we learn was not available to all,  without a set of  “rabbit ears”   like ours.   It is a  55  minute continuous show – on November 20th.  and well worth the time spent watching it.

Please keep an eye out on the  Schedule  for:    www.wgvu.org
And:    ……      “Roger  B.  Chaffee   . . .    Aviator  Ad  Astra.”   




Clickable YouTube LINKS are further down this page




. . . . . . . .   more  photo  links  below   . . . . . . . .


BELOW are a few “Clickable LINKS” to other sites
that may be of interest to folks, especially those of our age.


In addition to “Random Photos” occasionally we show
LINKS to other websites (and/or) ‘YouTube’ Shows
that display 1950s, or the good ol’ days from around that time.
Just click one of the colored address strips below – and wait
patiently for the YouTube presentation to load – then
click either back arrow or close current tab
to return to this Central High website.

Some YouTube shows also contain links to other similar sites.
(Some have Ads that can be instantly By-Passed.)

Click on any of the coded links below:

When using LINKS that we provide
(to other websites) you can click on the Left-Arrow
in upper left of your screen to return to this CHS website.
ALSO: If a white screen appears – and is slow loading, …
notice in the Upper left, the tiny “spinner-wheel” that
tells you the page IS loading, and waiting for response.

Links to OTHER Websites are below

Use Back-Arrow, or Close Current Site – to return to CHS
Click once on the Link Address in contrasting color
THE 1950’s
were indeed – an awesome time to be around.
The following LINKS to other sites provide opportunities
for you to walk backward in time, and to recall how things were …
“when we were young!”


NOTE: When looking at any of the “LINKS” we offer,
you may ignore, or pay no attention, to unwanted or undesirable items.
Ads may be deleted by pressing the “X” after about 2-seconds, and other
comments like “Sign Up Now” should be totally ignored. – The links themselves
may be of interest. Most are simple “YouTube Shows,” with music, or commentary.


M A C K I N A C   .    B R I D G E

( click  below  for  6 – Minute Film)


If you remain on this site AFTER climbing the Mackinac Bridge;
a Second YouTube is also available – telling history of the bridge.


Everything is spelled Mackinac
but is pronounced Mackinaw … like NAW.
(Only “Mackinaw City” is spelled that way.)
And only the uninformed end the word with ‘NACK.’



How Does Big Ben Keep Accurate Time?

See  and  Hear  Big  Ben  in  Action

Click on the above code to find out.
Allow time for the show to load.  . . . .   (4-Min.)
{   “X”   out  –  the  little   Ad   Come-ons   }
(Use  upper  left  Back-Arrow  to  return  to  CHS  site)

Four Workers give BIG BEN
his 2019 Face Wash:

Eian   checks   Big   Ben’s   Clockworks


Wait patiently for the regular Links to Load,
and do what you need to, to make them work for you.
Use the Back-Arrow or Close Current Tab – to return to this website
(The Esc. Key  …  takes you back  from  FULL SCREEN  viewing)

back – arrow or close current tab to return to CHS Website



We appreciate the efforts of those – who over the years have kept and
preserved many photos for our viewing. Members of our class
(now older themselves) especially appreciate photos so
carefully gleaned from various books and the other old
publications, along with a few photos of ourselves.
To all contributors and fine historians . . .
We dedicate this web page.


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