following articles are from the South
Wednesday, March 8, 2000
Their kind of town:
Alumni seize chance
and applaud ties to Mishawaka
- by KEN BRADFORD
Tribune Staff Writer
Four hundred twenty-five
fans of Mishawaka met for lunch last week in the
At the same time, another 270 or so were meeting
in Lakeland, Fla., and 51 were meeting in Port
All but one of them enjoyed the food.
"I'm too nervous to eat," John Moore
said. "You always worry about whether people
will come, whether the entertainment will get
You'd think Moore would be used to it by now.
He's one of the founders and the major organizer
of one of the area's most successful clubs.
His group, the Mishawaka Alumni Club, has grown
in four years from a table full of old pals at
Squad's 2nd Precinct [restaurant] to a banquet
hall of 425 at the Fraternal Order of Police
lodge at 12th Street and Commonwealth Drive.
The club's only purpose is, each month, to bring
people back together who have lived in and loved
Over the years, Moore has compiled a roster of
[And] when Mishawaka alumni can't get back here,
the club often goes to them.
Jim Haughee was the organizer for the Lakeland
event. He lost count of the people attending,
somewhere past 265, and said every available
chair was filled.
Over in Texas, Jay "Pete" Stebbins said
the 51 people attending included one gate crasher
from Washington High School.
The entertainment included eight clog dancers who
brought the crowd to its feet by clogging to the
Mishawaka fight song.
"People at the recreation center here
stopped over to watch," Stebbins said.
"They can't believe you can get people
together like this for a school 1,600 miles
The club started in December 1995 when an old
friend came back to town for a funeral, Moore
said. They decided to get some old teammates
together at Squad's.
The stories told that day by 13 old friends were
so great, Moore said, that they decided to get
together again and more often, and to invite more
They soon were filling all the 110 chairs at
Squad's, so the group moved to the Knights of
Columbus Hall. It wasn't long before the 300 or
so chairs there were filled, as well.
The FOP lodge gives the club more room to grow.
Moore wouldn't be surprised if that building
"We put out a three-page newsletter every
month, and we try to make sure there's a good
program," he said. "We keep people
Another attraction of the group is that it
recognizes the fact that school friendships
aren't confined to the classroom.
"You might have a reunion for the Class of
1950, but most of the people there had a lot of
friends from '48 and '52," he said.
Yet another factor, Moore said, is that Mishawaka
is a very special place. "It's a city of one
(public) high school, so we all know each
other," he said. "And, for the most
part, people from Mishawaka are proud of
Mishawaka and loyal to Mishawaka."
You don't have to be a Mishawaka High School
alumnus to belong, although Moore said 99 percent
of the members are. Others might include spouses,
former teachers or administrators, or close
friends of alumni.
For information, call Moore at 219-259-1640.
Monday, September 28, 1998
Thunder and showers
unable to dampen spirits
What was planned to be a
summer picnic at Rose Park for the second annual
Mishawaka Alumni group ended up moving inside to
the Mishawaka Knights of Columbus Hall due to the
Three hundred forty alumni and guests gathered
for an afternoon of fun and a replay of old
times. Unlike specific class reunions, this
Mishawaka High School Alumni group is composed of
all classes who attended the school.
The group meets the first Wednesday of each
month. A monthly newsletter is mailed to more
than 400 alumni in 21 states, keeping people
informed of what's new with their old classmates.
There is no membership or dues, and it is open to
anyone interested in keeping up with the
"good old times."
Recognized for being the oldest alumni in
attendance was the Honorable Mayor Margaret
Prickett who graduated in 1926 and also was
Mishawaka's first female cheerleader.
Mayor Robert Beutter, class of '53, welcomed all
the alumni gathered, thanked them for their
support and contributions to the city over the
past years, maintaining Mishawaka as a
"great" place to live, and expressed
much hope for the future with continuing growth.