Old Mission Peninsula School, 8th Grade Graduation Photo, 1967 | Panter Collection at Peninsula Community Library
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(This story is part of a continuing series about a collection of vintage slides from Old Mission Peninsula School that Bob Panter gave to Peninsula Community Library’s Local History Room in 2022. Read how it came about here, and check out more vintage OMPS photos here. -jb)

Today’s installment of “The Panter Collection,” as I like to call it, features the 8th Grade graduating class of 1967 (Jeff Lockman, who’s in the class, also sent me this photo). I had some help with the names from a couple of friends who are IN the photo – Marge Long (aka Margaret Brown) and Cheryl Gore Follette.

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Marge said this photo was taken in the gym and believes it was their graduation picture. As with this photo of Mrs. Hilt and the Girls Basketball Team, this was my sister’s class (Carol Johnson), so I know most of the people here. Somewhere in the Johnson Family archives, I’ve got photos of the trip they took to Greenfield Village, among others.

Below are the names that Marge and Cheryl came up with. If you can fill in the blanks (noted in bold), or if I’ve misspelled any of the names, tell us in the comments section at the bottom of this post, or feel free to email me, [email protected].

Bottom Row, left to right: Wendy Bacon, Marcia Kroupa, Nancy Blackmore, Jeff Fouch, Ray Colson, Mark Kelly, Greg Bartko, Randy Defer, Peggy Weber, Tim Payberg.

Second Row from Bottom, left to right: Rob Weber, Unknown, Cheri VanHorn, Nicki Towner, Michelle Sabo, Carol Johnson (my sister), Unknown, Cheryl Gore, Debbie Cross, Kathy McCaw, Cheryl Lyon.

Third Row from Bottom, left to right: George Ferguson, Laurie Grubb, Jeff Lockman, Virginia Dohm, Barb Frisby, Barb Bell, Anita Andrus, Laurie Manigold, Tom Thomas, David Gregory, Nancy Demaray.

Fourth Row from Bottom, left to right: Bronwyn Slater (or Claudia Rast?), Paula Elzer, Leon Cray, Jack Jamieson, Jean McManus, Patty Hoffman, Karen Voorhees, Mark Wysong, Susan Mathison, Vicky Mashka.

Top Row/Fifth Row from Bottom, left to right: Carolyn Lightfoot, Shelley Hoag, Fred Doelker, Keith Kroupa, Mike Baker, John DeVol, Bruce Smith, Cindy McKinley, Gwen Gleason, Margaret Brown (aka Marge Long).

Old Mission Peninsula School, 8th Grade Graduation Photo, 1967 | Panter Collection at Peninsula Community Library
Old Mission Peninsula School, 8th Grade Graduation Photo, 1967 | Panter Collection at Peninsula Community Library

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