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02/23/19 10:56 AM #1764    

Ronald Frost

Lloyd "John " Elliott 73 died 2-20-19 He was a brother to Donna Elliott Kaiser our late classmate of 65 she died 6-12-15 .

02/27/19 09:17 PM #1765    


Marion Foster (Dimond)

Sympathy to our classmate Jane Mundell Harris, on the death of her husband Nelson Harris.


ALTON — Nelson E. "Pawpaw" Harris, 73, of Alton, Illinois, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at 7:12 a.m. in Barnes Jewish Hospital.

He was born on April 9, 1945 in Alton, the son of Carl and Mildred (Phipps) Harris. He married Jane Mundell in Alton on Nov. 11, 1966.

Nelson is a veteran of the Marines Corp Reserves. He retired in 1995 from McDonnell Douglas, where he worked for 32 years. He was a member of College Avenue Presbyterian Church for 40 years. He loved his 1955 Chevy Bel Air and going to car shows. He loved to tinker and enjoyed fishing and wood working. Nelson also loved to spend time with his family and friends.

Along with his wife, he is survived by his children, Jill (Al) Goewey of Alton and Steven Harris of Alton; four grandchildren, Drew (Kimberlee) Belchik, Amanda Belchik, Cole Harris and Seth Harris; a great-grandson, Paxton and another one on the way.

Nelson was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Carla Baron; and a brother, Bill Harris.

A visitation will be held on Friday, March 1 from 4-7 p.m. at LoveJoy United Church in Wood River, Illinois, where memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 2 with Pastor Daniel Ervin and Pastor George Humbert will officiate. Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to The American Heart Association and/or The American Diabetes Association.

Online condolences and guest book may be found at

02/28/19 11:52 AM #1766    

Ronald Frost

There is a picture of Mary Bayer in the Telegraph selling Daffodils to promote a fight against cancer .

03/01/19 08:35 AM #1767    


Linda Hicks (Montayne)

Happy Birthday to Glenna Katchmar and Judy Ann Sheppard.

03/02/19 12:05 AM #1768    


Marion Foster (Dimond)

Alton High wins regionals!

From Alton Advantage online--The Alton Redbirds pose with the 4A Collinsville Regional title after defeating the host Kahoks 58-48 Friday. The Birds advance to meet Belleville West at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Edwardsville High in the East Moline United Sectional semifinals.

The Alton Redbirds defeated the Collinsville Kahoks 58-48 on Friday at Vergil Fletcher Gymnasium to win the Class 4A Collinsville Regional championship.

Alton improved to 23-10 with the win, while the Kahoks close the season at 27-6. It was the third regional crown in five years for the Redbirds and first since 2016. They won back-to-back titles in ‘15 and ‘16 when they reached sectional final games.

AHS now meets Belleville West at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the East Moline United Sectional semifinals. The game will be played at Edwardsville High School.

The Maroons (29-4) beat Chatham Glenwood 52-43 in the finals of the Belleville West Regional on Friday. This will be the fourth meeting between West and Alton this season. The Maroons are up 2-1 in the series.

The Redbirds were flying high on Friday, trailing 4-2 early to the Kahoks, but never again the rest of the way. They used five dunks to highlight the win over CHS, including two alleyoop dunks from Malik Smith to Donovan Clay.

Clay led Alton with 20 points, while Smith joined him in double figures with 12. Other scorers were Moory Woods, Andrew Jones and Josh Rivers each with 8 and Izeal Terrell with 2.

Collinsville was led by Cawhen Smith with 12 points, while Ray’Sean Taylor and Keydrian Jones each joined him in double figures with 10 points. Taylor was held to his season low in points after averaging 21.8 points per game.

03/04/19 08:56 AM #1769    


Linda Hicks (Montayne)

Happy Birthday to Mary Kay Monahan.

03/05/19 08:58 AM #1770    


Linda Hicks (Montayne)

Happy Birthday to Brenda Todd. 

03/06/19 08:13 AM #1771    


Linda Hicks (Montayne)

Happy Birthday to Steve Darr.

03/06/19 09:10 AM #1772    


Marion Foster (Dimond)

Congrats on a great season.




Photo by Dan Cruz

Alton's Moory Woods goes for a shot against Belleville West in the Class 4A East Moline United Sectional semifinals on Tuesday at Edwardsville High School.

There will be no trip to the Quad Cities for the Alton boys basketball team.

The Redbirds' season ended on Tuesday with a 59-49 loss to the Belleville West Maroons in a Class 4A East Moline United Sectional semifinal game at Edwardsville High School's Lucco-Jackson Gymnasium. Alton finished its season at 23-11.

The Redbirds were coming off a Class 4A Collinsville Regional championship on Friday, beating the host Kahoks 58-48 in the finals.

Belleville West, the defending Class 4A state champion, will play Danville at 7 p.m. Friday in the sectional finals at East Moline United High School. Danville knocked off Pekin 68-57 in the other sectional semifinal at United.

The Redbirds finished with their sixth straight winning season and their first 20-win season since the 2014-15 season.

The senior class of Donovan Clay, Josh Rivers, Malik Smith, Randy Butler, Izeal Terrell, Charles Miller and Richard Bratcher played its final game in an Alton uniform on Tuesday. Clay finished with 17 points, including 14 in the first half. Rivers added 13 and Smith scored six.

Alton lost to Belleville West for the third time in four meetings this season. The Redbirds knocked off the Maroons 44-43 on Feb. 20 at AHS. 

With the win, Belleville West snapped Alton's six-game winning streak.

The Redbirds took an 18-13 lead after the first quarter on back-to-back 3-pointers by Clay and Andrew Jones, who finished with nine points. Alton extended its lead to 22-13 in the second quarter before the Maroons rallied to take a 32-30 lead with 5:59 left in the third and never trailed the rest of the way. Belleville West outscored Alton 19-9 in the third quarter.

03/10/19 09:10 AM #1773    


Linda Hicks (Montayne)

Happy Birthday to Sharon Kay Wilson (Wood).

03/12/19 09:27 AM #1774    


Linda Hicks (Montayne)

Happy Birthday to Earl Hamilton.

03/12/19 10:43 AM #1775    

Ronald Frost

Alma Lovelace 95 died 3-9-19 She was the mother to Dean , our 65 classmate and was wed to Gene ,who has passed.Both Gene and Dean worked in the Alton mold shop.

03/12/19 01:12 PM #1776    

Ronald Frost

Kathryn "Kate "Ann Chester died 2-5-19 She was the sister to Mary (Long ) DeFrates , the widow of the late 65 classmate Don DeFrates who died 12-23-15 .

03/13/19 09:58 AM #1777    


Linda Hicks (Montayne)

Happy Birthday to Charlie Biggs.

03/14/19 01:23 AM #1778    


Linda Hicks (Montayne)

Happy Birthday to Bill Wooten.

03/16/19 10:52 AM #1779    


Linda Hicks (Montayne)

Happy Birthday to Jon Brown, David Johnson and Kenneth Kennedy.

03/17/19 10:28 AM #1780    


Linda Hicks (Montayne)

Happy Birthday to Kathy Novitskie.

03/17/19 04:37 PM #1781    


Marion Foster (Dimond)

Illinois HS Basketball tournament won in overtime yesterday by East St. Louis.

03/18/19 09:03 AM #1782    


Susan Henesey (Pruetzel)

Dear Classmates,

It's come to my attention that our classmate, Charlie Biggs, is seriously ill.  I'd like to ask anyone who knew Charlie or who would like to, to please send him a thinking of you or get well card.  Right know he's in ICU at Alton Memorial Hospital.  I'd send the cards to: 

Charles Biggs % ROSEWOOD CARE CENTER, 3490 Humbert Road, Alton, Il. 62002.

I don't have a current room number, but know he will get them.  Hopefully, we can help make his days a bit brighter!


Susie Henesey Pruetzel

03/18/19 09:06 AM #1783    


Susan Henesey (Pruetzel)


Would like to give a HUGE shoutout to Marion Foster Dimond.  This site is absolutely brilliant.  I encourage all our classmates to join.  I'm learning and seeing things about Alton etc that I never knew!  Thank you Marion

Susie (OBRS)

03/18/19 10:48 AM #1784    


Camelia Zumwalt (Fisher)

Happy birthday to you Kathy! Did you do your day in green? Can you claim any Irish in your heritage? anyway hope it was grand.

03/18/19 03:34 PM #1785    


Kathryn M. Novitskie (Pool)

Hey, thanks Cam, it was a great day!🍀 My daughter and two granddaughters came down to FL to celebrate with us in lovely, warm weather and the pool....thanks for thinking of me!

And yes, a rousing shout out of thanks to Marion for all you do for all of us, your AHS classmates! 


03/20/19 09:34 AM #1786    


Linda Hicks (Montayne)

Happy Birthday to Randy Pace.

03/20/19 05:25 PM #1787    


Susan Henesey (Pruetzel)

Dear classmates,

I'm sorry to inform you all that our classmate, CHARLIE BIGGS, passed away yesterday.  His information should be in the Telegraph soon.  Let's all say a prayer and goodbye to Charlie and strenght and prayers for his family.


Susie Henesey Pruetzel

03/20/19 06:57 PM #1788    

Sonia (Sonnie) Waller (Stalker)

Anyone know if an All 60s reunion party is planned for 2019- when, where?

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