Paden City (PCHS) Class of 1965 Alumni List

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Class Memories From 1965

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The class of '65 had plenty of these. In fact, I'd say we had the best clowns of any class that ever walked the hallways of PCHS. I rank Larry Heasley as the #1 clown, although I like to think I was up there somewhere, just under him. My ol' friend, "Heas," though is just the tops in my book. He was a pleasure to be around and has given this fellow so many laughs over the years. He'd even give you some laughs on the football field, during a game, which helped keep his teammates loosened up some. I just consider him a "classic."
Class Clowns Posted: 03/15/2009
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The senior class of '65 was probably the most underachieving football team in PCHS history. Let's just say we had a bad coach/senior players relationship that year, and were coming off a 10-0 campaign. Coach Healy would run us down in practice, trying to get us to do better, no doubt. His pet name for us was "girls." Once, he told us, after a practice; "Well, girls, Friday night we have to play a game at Wahama," he said. "So, we will wear our funny hats, get to eat at a restaurant in Pomeroy, Ohio, along the way, and get to have all kinds of fun," he continued. "Oh, yes, we WILL have to play game while down there but we'll hurry up and get that out of the way so that we can have some more fun," he said, finishing his speech. Well, you guessed it, we showed up Friday afternoon,the whole team wearing all kinds of hats, from mom's feathered Easter bonnet to cowboy hats, courtesy of the class of '65, just "having some more fun." Ol' Hen didn't know what to say! Oh, yes, we even won the game on our "fun" trip!
Funny Stories Posted: 03/15/2009
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Mitchell's Restaurant was where the kids hung out, in the 60's, usually after a ball game and, more often than not, another big Wildcat victory. Nothing like a homemade 'burger, fries, and a cola, after the game. Matzi's Restaurant, on the south end of town had the best chili. And, don't forget the Highway grill for a good 'burger and fries! A lot of kids also frequented Van's Cut Rate for delicious burgers and shakes. We didn't lack for good eating places back then!
Places To Eat Posted: 03/15/2009
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Back in the 50's and 60's sports was the happening thing in Paden City, especially football. Todays fans probably can't even imagine standing room only at football games at Berger Field, but that used to be the case, way back then. Fans of the Wildcats often headed to the field a couple hours before game time, so that they could get a seat. Sistersville vs. Paden City, a huge rivalry, was the big game of the year, played before standing room only crowds. The '63 season saw the game played at Sistersville, between two high ranked single A teams. Core Field, in Sistersville, was SRO, with fans about three deep all around the field. We beat the Tigers, in a runaway, 40-14. All of Paden City was walking tall after that game.
Sporting Events Posted: 03/15/2009
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My favorite teacher, and coach, was Robert Burton, the long time, and successful, basketball coach. I had Mr. Burton as a track coach and assistant Football coach, as well as a teacher. I respected him more than any other teacher or coach that I had while in high school. I think he was honest and fair. You can't ask for more than that!
Teachers Posted: 03/16/2009

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