Wa-Hi Class of '56 plans 75th birth-year party

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Blue Devils with the Walla Walla High School Class of 1956 have such fun together that they’re assembling for a mass 75th birth-year party at 4 p.m. Sept. 28 at DeLaney Farm, 2862 Mill Creek Road.

The class, which started out at just under 300 members, still sees good attendance for reunions and parties, said Jim Irwin of Walla Walla.

Locals meet for lunch once per month and in July had 20 for a confab at the Walla Walla Country Club. That included the classmate who drove his sports car from Seattle and right after lunch headed back over the mountains.

It was such a hit when Red and Carol DeLaney hosted the group’s 70th birth-year party at their farm up Mill Creek that the 75th is a repeat performance.

“Red has since died, but Carol, Wa-Hi Class of 1957, agreed to let us do it there again,” Jim said. “This time it will be on my birthday, so I guess I’m in charge.”

“Like Red, I married a younger woman from the Class of 1957 (Shirley Wasemiller Irwin),” Jim said.

They hope to see as many as 100 for the event. There is no fee, but contributions will be accepted.

Not all those coming are 1956 classmates, because many spouses are not from here and some are from other classes, Jim said. “Some of the classmates will get together with their grade school groups like Berney, Prospect Point or College Place or just enjoy the old hometown and see how it has changed (or not).”

Jim recently mailed out 80 postcards to classmates who don’t have email and “apparently do not plan on ever getting on it.” Another 92 are on his email list. “The rest we have lost contact with or are deceased. We have 78 that we know are deceased.” For more details, contact Jim at jimirwin@charter.net or 529-2411.


Kit Maestretti, president of the Walla Walla Country Club 18-Hole Women’s Golf Association, said their second annual Golf for the Cause is coming up.

The tournament is open to women and supports female cancer patients receiving treatment at St. Mary Regional Cancer Center.

The shotgun start will be at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 3. It has an 18-hole four-person scramble with on-course games, a straight drive, KPs and hit the green.

There is a $25 donation per player that can be paid on the day of the event with a check to Providence St. Mary Foundation, with WWCC 18-Hole Women’s Golf in the memo line. The golf fee for non-members is $20 plus tax, payable at the Pro Shop.

Call the Pro Shop at 525-1562 to sign up as a team or to be placed on a team. The dress code is no jeans or shorts/skirts higher than mid-thigh, and collar or sleeves required on tops.

Call the club at 525-1780 to make reservations for the no-host luncheon and awards that follow the round, $14 all inclusive. Signups and lunch reservations are due by Sept. 1. In addition, cards can be posted in memory of or in honor of those who have been affected by cancer. Cards are available in the Club office with a $5 suggested donation per card.

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