In 1952, bread cost 16 cents a loaf, milk cost 96 cents a gallon, postage stamps cost 3 cents each — and the Evergreen High School graduating class numbered 19.
A half dozen members of the class of 1952 gathered Saturday at the annual Evergreen High School old-timers reunion to reminisce and catch up on one another’s lives. More than 100 graduates, mostly from the 1930s to the 1980s, attended the gathering at Evergreen Lutheran Church. EHS students in those years lived everywhere from Bergen Park to Pine Junction since Conifer High School didn’t open until 1996.
In this loose-knit group, the number of EHS graduates from the 1930s dwindles each year, with only six names listed from that decade on the old-timers mailing list.
However, Louise Hendryx, 101, of Evergreen attends the reunion each year. Louise grew up here and graduated from a Denver school because Evergreen High School didn’t exist yet. EHS graduated its first class in 1932 in a red-brick schoolhouse that is now the Jefferson County building next to the Evergreen Library.
Members of the class of 1952 agree on many things: Evergreen is still their hometown, even though it definitely has changed since they graduated, and some of their best friends are from friendships they formed at EHS.
When the class of 1952 graduated, Martin Grabrian was the principal, and seven teachers were listed in the yearbook. Dick Nichols was the class president.
Nichols, of San Mateo, Calif., said he’s been to every old-timers reunion except one since the gatherings began in the mid-1980s.
“It was easy to make a lot of friends (back then),” he said. “A lot of them come back for the reunion, and it’s nice to get to see them every year.”
His family moved to Evergreen in 1934 and lived up Old Squaw Pass Road, where his father cut timber for a living. Two of his sisters still live in Evergreen. He said he became class president by default when the elected president had to leave school and he was appointed to the position.
Hollis Haberthier, who grew up in Bergen Park, and his wife, Janet Snyder Haberthier, married a month after Janet graduated in 1954 and have been married 60 years. Janet said a teacher told her she could do great things as long as she stopped dating Hollis.
The ’52 grads, all about 79 years old, reminisced about ice skating on Evergreen Lake each winter and playing sports such as basketball and football in high school. The school was so small that it played six-man football.
Fran Dubs and Babs Beall Meadows from the class of ’52 now live near each other in the Lakewood area. Dubs began high school in Idaho Springs because she wanted to take Latin classes so she would be prepared for a nursing career. She made the switch to Evergreen and after high school worked in scheduling for Pan American World Airways.
Meadows helped her dad, who was a surveyor, during high school, and after graduation she did clerical jobs, eventually marrying and moving to California.
Dubs said that while she was growing up, Evergreen was a “two-horse town,” and now she and some of her fellow graduates consider Evergreen more like “Yuppieville.”
They agreed that Evergreen was a great place to grow up.
“It’s still a nice place, but it’s a lot different than it used to be,” Nichols added.
“Back then we had nothing, but we had each other,” Nichols said. “I left Evergreen in 1969 to live in California, but I never really left Evergreen. I still call it my hometown. You don’t find friends like this every day.”