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August 15, 2015

       A  Reminder

 Riggs High Class of ’65 Reunion – September 4-6, 2015 – Pierre SD 

Thank you to all who have sent in their RSVPs. 

 Here’s a recap of the reunion information.  Please read the details and RSVP for the events as shown below. 

 You do not need to send in money before the reunion.  Where there is a charge, we will collect it at the event.   Please have the correct change. 

Appetizers at the Social at the Hitching Horse Inn on Friday evening, Sep 4th, 4:30:  If you wish to have appetizers, you must RSVP by August 15th.  Cost is $8.25 per person.   Pay at the event.   If you don’t want appetizers, no need to RSVP, just show up!  There will be a pay-as-you-go bar.

 Golfing at Hillsview Golf Club, on Saturday, Sep 5th, 9 a.m.  Pay at the golf course.  Please RSVP by August 15th

 Boat Ride on the Capital City Queen on Saturday, Sep 5th, 2 p.m.   Cost is $12.00 per person.  Pay at the event.  Please RSVP by August 15th.   We’re nearing the maximum limit, so let us hear from you soon if you want to go on the boat ride (first-come, first served).   

 Party at the American Legion, on Saturday, Sep 5th, 7:00 p.m.    No charge.   Coffee and ice tea will be served.  There will be a pay-as-you-go bar.

 Ron Walpole and Monte Michaelson will welcome the class and give a tribute to our class Veterans and deceased classmates at 8 p.m.   If you would like to say a few words to the class or tell us some of your school memories, they will share the microphone with you.   The Startells will play at approximately 9:30 p.m.

 Sunday Brunch at the Hitching Horse Inn, on Sep 6th, 10 a.m.  Cost is $15.00 per person.  Pay at the event.  You must RSVP by August 15th.

 Tour of Dakota Spirits Distillery, on Sunday, Sep 6th, 2 p.m.   Cost is $2.00 per person.  Pay at the event.   Please RSVP by August 15.

 The RSVP form is below. 

 Either mail the RSVP form to:   Riggs Class of 65, P.O. Box 106, Custer SD 57730.  Or, email your RSVP information to:  riggsclassof65@gmail.com.  Please include the number of people in your party.  Event addresses were included in the original reunion flyer.

 If you have questions, please email (riggsclassof65@gmail.com) or call 605-673-5975.


50th Class Reunion


Please mail or email the following information:

 I and (#)______other/s plan to attend the 50th Class Reunion and will participate in the following events. (You don’t need to participate in all activities if you would rather not.)  Please do not send cash or checks.

            (#s)   _____   Social at the Hitching Horse Inn          

  (#s)   _____   Golf Outing at Hills View Golf Course                  

  (#s)   _____   River Boat Ride at the Oahe Marina             

  (#s)   _____   Party at the American Legion              

  (#s)   _____   Brunch at the Hitching Horse Inn

            (#s)   _____   Distillery Tour at Dakota Spirits

 Postal Address:   Riggs High Class of 1965

                               P.O. Box 106

                               Custer SD 57730

Email Address:  riggsclassof65@gmail.com

 Name of Attendees: ______________________________________________

Contact Information:   _________________________________


October 20, 2014

Startells to Entertain
Riggs High Class of 1965 50th Reunion

Labor Day Weekend 2015

We have great news! The Startells have reunited. The band has very generously agreed to entertain us with the classics we loved all those 50 years ago.

The fantabulous Startells will appear at our 50th Class Reunion on September 5th.  Members of the band will include Lyle Stuart, Randy LeBeau, Richard Sayner, Gary Darland, Barry LeBeau, Comet Haroldson, and Gordie Zens.  We’ll see you there!

Photo circa 1964-1965.  Pictured above:  (l-r) Richard Sayner (Class of 1964), Lyle Stuart, and Randy LeBeau.

Join us at the American Legion party room for a Saturday evening of conversation, reminiscence, and some Rock'n'Roll.

We are adding more events for the weekend and will send you the info as soon as plans are firm. Please let us know if there is something in particular you wish to do. Also, please help us spread the word – let your classmate pals know. Contact us at riggsclassof65@gmail.com .

Sept. 20, 2014

T.F. Riggs High Class of 1965 Golden Anniversary

Mark your calendars for a reunion gathering on September 5th 2015 in Pierre. It will be a casual event at the American Legion Party Room from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.  Please bring a simple snack to share and enjoy the evening, no admission charge. You may order beverages from the Legion, pay-as-you go.

The reunion is on Labor Day weekend. If you would like to plan other activities during the weekend, please feel free to do so. We will add it to the agenda.

We have planned a Friday night mixer at the Hitching Horse Inn, and a ride on the river boat Capital City Queen!

We’ve added a golf outing to our class reunion festivities.  It will be held on Sept 5, 2015, at the Hillsview Golf Course in Pierre.   Please let Gerry and Gaylord know if you want to participate by sending an email to:   riggsclassof65@gmail.com .    We’ll add your name to the list and send out details as we get closer to the date.   See you on the links!

You may contact the Pierre Chamber for lodging information: http://www.pierre.org/visit-lodging.htm

Feel free to post your comments here on the website. Your classmates will enjoy hearing from you.

Please help us spread the word! Many of the postal and email addresses we have are outdated. Please ask those you are in contact with to send us their current address so we can update the list: riggssclassof65@gmail.com Thank you!

Current reunion committee members: Ron Walpole, Gerry Boocock, David Lindekugel, Cheryl Hinsey Renville, Nancy Gilles Carothers, Gaylord Sonnenshein, and Cathleen Ducey Pendowski. You >may contact us at riggsclassof65@gmail.com.

See you in September 2015!

March 3, 2010             45th Reunion Announcement!

Read Monte's Review of the 40th Reunion!

The T. F. Riggs High School Class of 1965 40th Reunion was a resounding success!

The mixer on Friday was wild. A couple of teachers showed up! The 60's DJ was excellent and everybody rocked until way past bed time.  Saturday we hung out at the Legion Cabin, by the big tent we had set up. Tom Noble and Paul Mitchell gave motorcycle rides to take people by the house they grew up in--nice touch.

We had a good turnout at the banquet. Saturday evening started with Paul Mitchell presenting a candle light memoriam for the 15 deceased classmates, Paul read a poem written by Larry Kleinschmidt. Jack Kennedy gave a great tribute for our Veterans.

The website received praise all around! We passed the hat and collected about $600 to be used to continue the website into the future.  We even made the front page of The River Life newspaper: "The Class of 65 Comes Home"!

Many thanks goes to the Pierre Planning Committee, the Get Connected Team and others for all the time and effort put into making this reunion such a spectacular event.  Thanks to all who photographed the events!  We have almost 400 photos available here on the website!

Class of 1965 40th Reunion!

The T.F. Riggs High School Class of 1965 will hold its fortieth (yes that's 40th) class reunion during Pierre's Oahe Days celebration, June 24-26, 2005.  The festivities begin Friday evening, June 24, with a mixer at the Isaak Walton. A golf outing is scheduled the next day for those who want to visit the links. An adventure on the Missouri River via the Capital City Queen is also on tap for Saturday. A social hour and dinner will be held Saturday evening at the Ramkota Inn. Other activities on the drawing board may include a visit to T. F. Riggs High School to renew old memories and a Class of '65 float in the Oahe Days parade. So dust off your Gumbos, put on your Green and White, and get ready to rock and roll this June with all your "old" friends and classmates. If you did not receive a reunion letter and registration form in the mail, that means your address is not current on the class mailing list, please notify Cathleen at pendowsk@gwtc.net

(Reprint of Capital Journal Article - 1985)


By Terry Woster

The Class of 1965 is coming back.  Long, measured graduation strides carried them out of Riggs High School 20 years ago. They tossed aside their caps and gowns, eager to begin their personal conquest of the world.

It was a simpler world. Lyndon Baines Johnson was president. Nils Boe was governor. Grass was something that you found in the back yard, not in a baggie, and protest was something you did when your dad told you it was time to cut the grass. Vietnam was a 30-second clip on Walter Cronkite's evening news, an area of the world barely mentioned when the Class of '65 fidgeted through grade-school geography.

"It really was a simpler time, " says Tom Maher, a Pierre attorney who's spearheading weekend reunion plans. "Football was king, teachers had all of the authority in the world in classes, and it was a pretty daring person who did much smoking of tobacco back then," he said. "Kids did Euclid, naturally--- some things never change-and snuck a few beers once in a while, but I don't remember big issues then, or big problems."

It was a simpler time, 1965. It wasn't to remain that way long.
The Class of '65 entered high school goovin' to the Four Seasons and Chubby Checker and, yes, even then the Beach Boys. They graduated into the front lines of the British invasion, with the Beatles and Gerry and the Pacemakers and the Dave Clark Five. Within four years most of the Class of '65 was tuned in to the wailing of the Rolling Stones and the Who and the Doors, with Gary Puckett and the Union Gap offering a mellow memory of the old high school days.

Vietnam became a reality, and the Class of '65 made decisions to fight for their country, in the service and on the protest lines.

They were Riggs' juniors in November of 1963 when television hit them with the assassination of John Kennedy. Many of them were still in college or in the service when another Kennedy fell to an assassin, when a black man with a dream died in Nashville, and when a sitting president chose not to seek re-election rather than risk losing his own party's nomination.

The Class of '65 came of age during one of their nation's most tumultuous decades. Members of that class will share their experiences over the last two decades during reunion activities that begin Friday at 9 p.m. (1985) with registration at the Kings inn. Maher says that 100 members of the class of '65 have promised to attend, and more are expected to show up during the weekend.

Saturday morning is nostalgia time, with a tour of the high school, a chance for class members to recall that Jim Flannery and Mary Van Camp were homecoming royalty, that the football team allowed only two touchdowns and hung up an 8-1 season mark, the basketball team went to state four straight years and that, as Gumbo Editor Betsy Kelly wrote in 1965, "Our story has just begun, for the future course of our road has not been charted."

A float, or maybe two, will carry the Class of 1965 in the Oahe Days parade. On Saturday evening, a group dinner offers the 20-year veterans the chance to examine how their classmates charted their individual roads after Riggs High School.

The Class of 1965 is coming back.

(And again, we are coming back!)

Now & ThenThe Class of '65 is now presenting its own version of "reality TV"!  It is a true test of your bravery if you choose to participate.  Here's how it works:  just send in a copy (to the email address below) of a CURRENT photo of yourself, pose it up, make it good!  We will then match it up with your Class of '65 yearbook photo and present them side-by side in the Now & Then Photo gallery.

So, are you ready!  Where's your confidence!  Send in that current photo today to:      larryk@riggshighclassof65.com

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