Sharing Your Thoughts--
IN LOVING MEMORY OF OUR TEACHER, OLA KEITH
Mrs Keith made each freshman class memorize the following poem,
it hung in the old gym above the stage---
"For when the one great scorer comes
To write against your name,
He writes not that you won or lost,
But how you played the game."
This is where we would like to hear from you. Please feel free to write a thought, comment about the site or a message to your class and we will post it here. You may email it to this address firstname.lastname@example.org or to Mary. Please put 'Kats Kontributions ' in the subject line.
This was so interesting. Loren Wiens pictured below is Class of 1945
I got this shot glass off of ebay and did a google of
the Fighting 31.
Here is what I found---
Fighter squadron VF-31 ("Fighting 31"), specializing in night fighting,
has since World War II been known by its nickname, "Tomcatters", and by an
earlier old motto, "We get ours at night". The squadron emblem is the famous
cartoon character Felix the Cat, running with a large spherical bomb with
lighted fuse, in black on a yellow field within a circular outline. The yellow
field and outline were omitted from the aircraft and four stars at the end of a
pair of sweeps were added. This emblem can be seen on the fuselage of the
aircraft above the wing. The squadron was based at this time at Cecil Field,
near Jacksonville, Florida.
Felix the Cat was created by a cartoonist named Pat Sullivan and first appeared on film in 1919. With the help of movies and a comic strip that debuted in 1923, Felix reached the height of his popularity in 1928.
It was in December of that year that Felix and Naval
Aviation officially started a long relationship. Although used unofficially for
a couple of years by a handful of different squadrons, Felix was officially
adopted by VB-2B in Coronado, California, in late 1928, which became known as
the “Felix Cat Squadron.” Lieutenant Chourre’ of VB-2B created the famous
emblem (Felix carrying a bomb), which was approved in early 1929 and is still in
In 1930 VB-2B was re-designated VF-6B, which stayed in
service until 1937 when it became VF-3. VF-3 continued as the “Felix Cat
Squadron” through 1943, when VF-3 and VF-6 swapped designations. This caused a
controversy as to which squadron owned the Felix name and emblem. For three
years both squadrons claimed Felix. Finally, after much haggling over the
subject, the new VF-3 was re-designated VF-3A in 1946 and awarded the official
approval to adopt Felix the Cat by the Chief of Naval Operations. Then on
August 7, 1948, Felix assumed his current home when VF-3A was designated VF-31.
From the F3B-1 bi-planes of VB-2B to the F-14D Super
Tomcat of VF-31, Felix the Cat has been grinning from the sides of naval
aircraft through much of twentieth century U.S. Naval History. He has operated
off of many of the Navy's illustrious
aircraft carriers, from USS Langley (CV-1), the Navy’s first, to USS
Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) today. He was aboard USS Enterprise (CV-6) during the
bombing of Pearl Harbor as well as the Battles of Wake Island, Marcus Island,
Midway, Guadalcanal, and the Eastern Solomons. He achieved aerial victories
during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. More recently, Felix
deployed in the Mediterranean aboard USS Saratoga, USS John F. Kennedy, and USS
Forrestal, as well as in the Western Pacific aboard USS Carl Vinson. He has
conducted operations off Lebanon and Libya, and patrolled Southern Iraq
enforcing the No Fly Zone during Operations Southern Watch and Desert Strike.
Felix has also flown with some of naval aviation’s
greatest heroes. A photograph in VF-31’s historical records shows an F4B-4
manned by Charles Lindberg with Felix adorning the side. The famous Butch
O’Hare and countless other naval aviators have taken Felix into battle with
For his outstanding performance, FELIX has received many awards including the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation, CNO Safety Award, Battle Efficiency, the Admiral Joe CLIFTON Award for Fighter Excellence and the COMFITWING ONE Grand Slam Award.
As an icon of American culture, Felix the Cat has
participated in nearly 80 years of our history. His appeal to our frisky side
has allowed him to entertain us as well as build a firm tradition in U.S. Naval
Aviation over the years. In addition, his “cat” pride and style represent basic
values common to all Americans. The Tomcatters of VF-31 are as proud to wear
the Felix emblem today as were naval aviators in 1928. This pride is reflected
in the squadron’s timeless motto: FELIX RULES!
Eugene Boldt, interesting reading.
Dillons Ad for Sept 7-13, 2011
Notice that Chase, Ks is mentioned by the eggs ad.
Note with update on Nedra Erskine
Dave Peebler sent these in an email do you remember this?
Clay McEachern, Class of 2006, wrote this song about Chase,
KS and posted it on facebook.
He has consented to let us post it on here.
Chase Song Lyrics
by Clay McEachern
I love watchin
whitetail play in the snow
and watchin old bucks chase around them does
cause thats the way i was raised
I love when bob whites whistle around
In that ol thicket on the edge of town
even hawks won't fly around
With McEachern boys on the prowl
Hawks won't fly ten miles from town
cause they know we'll shoot em down
The rig, ol grey, or wildfire tonight
what we gonna take on a Saturday night
Were gonna drink to the sun goes down and come up again
Chase is the place, my son is gonna be raised
yes chase is where I'll stay. Where all the people know everyone
and everyone I Know here owns a gun.
remember that when your in town
Chase is what I love, Chase is the place I know and love
Chase is what I love.
I love foldin them ol mallards up
sittin in the blind with my best friend Huck
He can't wait for the ducks to fall
so he can pick them up.
Boss Gobbler strutin around
old hen purrin up really loud
until he lets gobble out
my shells hit the ground.
I love when people run their mouths
oh how they love the south
They aint got shit on my town
Chase is what I Love
Chase is what I know and love
Chase is what I love
An email letter we received from Bert Hathaway
A Thank You card from Mrs. Carl (Toni) Ashley
Dave Peeblers Koi pond
The following paper was at the visitation for Carl Ashley, June 24th. Thought you might want to read it too-----
A thought from Allen Wilkerson--
"Why is it that at Class Reunions you feel younger than everyone else looks! "
I got this from Virgil & Toni Morton and I thought it was great, if you like Boogie Woogie, you will too.
Gary Huck sends this--Click on I Believe
Got this from Gordon Bieberle, brother to Paula's husband Ron. I loved it so thought I would share with you--Sherry Bliss Cole
Vickie Neal Wilkerson received this nice letter from Nedra Erskine, a former Chase High teacher.
Even Tyra Banks wears Felix
Don’t ask me why, but for some reason I did a Google search on “Chase, Kansas golf course” and discovered a review written recently by a gentleman from Massachusetts who found the course by pure happenstance and played a round with some local guys. I thought others might enjoy reading the review, so I attached the link to the website below. Perhaps you could share it on the Chase alumni website.
Thank you for all the time you spend updating the alumni website. I enjoy visiting it from time to time to stay abreast of the home town happenings. Keep up the good work!
Class of ‘77
If the future seems overwhelming, remember that it comes one moment at a time.--Unknown
saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have
and should have.
--Louis E. Boone
True friendship is seen through the heart, not through the eyes.--Unknown
We get old too soon and wise too late.--Benjamin Franklin
About the only thing that comes to us without effort is old age.--Gloria Pitzer
True friends are those who, when you make a fool of yourself, don't believe the condition is permanent.--Unknown
Experience is not what happens to a man, it's what a man does with what happens to him.--Aldous Huxley
A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart.--Unknown
the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run
the old ones I do and the eyesight to tell the difference.--Unknown
The trouble with learning from experience is that you never graduate.--Doug Larson
Peace starts with a smile--Unknown
Some minds are like concrete, thoroughly mixed up and permanently set--Unknown
Forgiveness is the healing of wounds caused by another.--Unknown
The irony of life is that,
by the time you're old enough to know your way around, you're not going
Too often we underestimate
the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear,
an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn
a life around. People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. Embrace all equally.
A bend in the road doesn't mean the end of the road.--Unknown
Learn to write your hurts in sand; learn to carve your blessings in stone.--Unknown
Beauty is being in harmony with what you are.----Peter Nivio Zarlenga
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.----Helen Keller
Gary Huck shares this----
Remember these? For those who never saw any of the Burma Shave signs, here is a quick lesson in our history of the 1930's and '40's. Before there were interstates, when everyone drove the old 2 lane roads,Burma Shave signs would be posted all over the countryside in farmers' fields. They were small red signs with white letters. Five signs, about 100 feet apart, each containing 1 line of a 4 line couplet......and the obligatory 5th sign advertising Burma Shave, a popular shaving cream. Here are some of the actual signs:
DON'T LOSE YOUR HEAD
TO GAIN A MINUTE
YOU NEED YOUR HEAD
YOUR BRAINS ARE IN IT
DROVE TOO LONG
NEXT IS NOT AMUSING
ALL TOGETHER NOW
GOOD MORNING, NURSE
TO HER RECKLESS DEAR
LET'S HAVE LESS BULL
AND MORE STEER
SPEED WAS HIGH
WEATHER WAS NOT
TIRES WERE THIN
X MARKS THE SPOT
THE MIDNIGHT RIDE
OF PAUL FOR BEER
LED TO A WARMER
AROUND THE CURVE
NO MATTER THE PRICE
NO MATTER HOW NEW
THE BEST SAFETY DEVICE
IN THE CAR IS YOU
A GUY WHO DRIVES
A CAR WIDE OPEN
IS NOT THINKIN'
HE'S JUST HOPIN'
LOOK EACH WAY
A HARP SOUNDS NICE
BUT IT'S HARD TO PLAY
BOTH HANDS ON THE WHEEL
EYES ON THE ROAD
THAT'S THE SKILLFUL
THE ONE WHO DRIVES
WHEN HE'S BEEN DRINKING
DEPENDS ON YOU
TO DO HIS THINKING
CAR IN DITCH
DRIVER IN TREE
THE MOON WAS FULL
AND SO WAS HE.
PASSING SCHOOL ZONE
TAKE IT SLOW
LET OUR LITTLE
Do these bring back any old memories? If not, you're merely a child.
If they do - then you're old as dirt.
Even if you are the on right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.--Will Rogers
This was in the Hutchinson News and I found it to be heartwarming so thought I would share it with you---I went to Heloises' website to get the photo--Sherry Bliss Cole
I had asked my friend, Lee Lewis,
who lives Cahokia, IL if he could make me a transparency of this golfing Felix.
He was glad to oblige and then sent me this picture he had made. Thought I would share it with you----Sherry