Mary Durocher Hudson holds a copy of the Ashland High School yearbook, the Wawata, for the year 1951. For the past 10 years, Hudson has organized the class reunion. She said this year likely will be the last get-together.

It was a very different world than the one we have now that was faced by graduates of the Ashland High School class of 1951.

The United States was engaged in the Korean War and many of the young men could expect to be drafted into military service.


The Class of 1951 attended school in the old four-story brick high school on Ellis Avenue, illustrated in an old penny postcard. The building was torn down in 1990.

Reunion Hudson

Mary Durocher Hudson’s 1951 yearbook photo


The members of the class of 1951 who attended the 2019 reunion, the last one held because of the COVID-19 outbreak were: Ted Bissell (back row, from left), George Zipperer, Hazel Pfundheller Olson, Pat O’Brien Prudhomme, Jim Melberg, Barb Wilhelm Secord and Philip Buckland. Mary Durocher Hudson (front row, from left), Beverly Moore Carroll, Vila Hefner Mashl, Carol Erickson Wartman, Joan Berweger Lulich and Betty Storm Carpenter. Hudson, the event organizer, said that 43 of the 136 graduates of the class are still alive.

Joan Berweger Lulich

Joan Berweger Lulich's 1951 yearbook photo.

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