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Edward Hutchison '59
Michael Martineau '59
Jamesville-DeWitt Junior and Senior High School in DeWitt, NY, formally opened on September 13, 1954.  Students who previously attended Fayetteville and Jamesville schools were merged into the new facility.  The late Richard J. McGee, who had been a coach and teacher at Jamesville, was the first principal of the new high school.  The superintendent of schools at the time of the consolidation was Dr. Ward Edinger.

In June, 1955, the first graduation ceremony took place.  This initial class had just 27 members, while the entire student body consisted of about 450 students in grades seven through 12.

I was a very excited eighth grader on opening day in 1954, and thus was a member of the Class of 1959--the fifth graduating class at Jamesville-DeWitt.   Like many of my old classmates, I no longer live in Central New York.  Still, I have managed to remain in touch with some of my old chums from those happy days at J-D.  Others, of course, have passed away or become "lost" over these intervening five decades.

In an effort to reconnect with these friends, I have prepared class lists and, when available, updated information on all students from J-D's first ten classes--from 1955 to 1964.  Needless to say, the information is incomplete.  It is hoped that those who find their names listed here--or their friends or relatives--will take the time to communicate with me or to sign the guest book that appears on each class site.  You can be certain that your efforts are appreciated. 

                    Edward Hutchison
  
              
    

              
The Class of 1959
The Class of 1955
The Class of 1956
The Class of 1957
The Class of 1958
The Class of 1960
The Class of 1961
Very Rev. Frederick S. Baldwin '64
Grant Lannon '58
Jean Hood Lynch '59
Click here for an updated list of faculty members from 1955-1962
Barry Richmond '61
Dawn Verdow Olivadoti '60
Gordon Vermillion '61
Bob Swartz '57
Obituary for Richard McGee--J-D's First Principal
The Class of 1964
Bruce Rayner '58
Click on the links below to view current information about members of each class
The Class of 1962
The Class of 1963
Obituary for Roderick Hilsinger
MaryBeth Williams '59
J. Lawrence Hall '64
Peg Muserlain Mooney '64
John Roesgen '64
Marilyn Vail '61
Richard Greenwood '60
JAMESVILLE-DEWITT HIGH SCHOOL, DEWITT, NY
Photo taken in April, 2002 by Chris Ganotis, JD Class of 1964
Betty Bond Snyder '60
Carlos Sanchez-Reyes '57
Alexander Searl '60
John and Fran Lang
Kirsten Moller Anttila '56
Gordon R. LaBedz '64
Carolyn Russell Bain '56
James Lawsing '59
Chesleigh Snow '63
James Frey '61
Tom Wilson Weinberg '62
Marsha Johns Charles '61
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Dorothy Jean Glancy '63
Jay Richard Peck '61
Kathleen Conan '64
Biographies of thousands of former residents of DeWitt, Lyndon, and Fayetteville, during the era from about 1940 to 1960, can now be viewed online.  Here is a sample entry for one DeWitt family:

Edward J. Willett and Ruth Shea Willett lived at 107 Butternut Dr. by 1948.  He was the vice-president of the Dietrich Supply Co. and was lay leader of the Willett Memorial Church--a Wesleyan Methodist church in Eastwood named for his father, Rev. John S. Willett, who had been the church's pastor for many years.  Mr. Willett was active in many evangelical causes and charities, including the Rescue Mission, and, in 1953, he headed a committee which sponsored the Rev. Billy Graham's crusade at the War Memorial in Syracuse.  Mrs. Willett was a 1941 summa cum laude graduate of Houghton College--a religious school near Rochester.  She was the daughter of Rev. Adam J. Shea, and the sister of world-famous gospel singer, George Beverly Shea.  After leaving DeWitt Acres, the Willetts lived on Randall Rd., and in Houghton, Syracuse, and in Gainsville, GA, where Mr. Willett died on 3-10-2004.  The couple had four children:  Daniel S. Willett, who was an executive at Syracuse University at his death on 9-21-1989, Dr. Thomas Willett, who lives in Tucson, Christine Willett Greenwald, who lives in Findley Lake, NY, and Holly Willett Gillette, who was a graduate of Houghton College, wed Rev. John Gillette, and died on 6-1-1997, at age 41. 


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Two other new sites may be of interest.  One contains a brief history of the DeWitt Volunteer Fire Department and a 1961 photo of  its members.  Another site features vintage photos of DeWitt.

If you attended the old Lyndon School, you will enjoy seeing old class photos, and a roster of the former students.  You can also view photos of students who attended Moses-DeWitt School, and Skytop.   A history of DeWitt Community Church is online, as are old photos of former members.

You will find links to still more web sites devoted to DeWitt, Lyndon, and CNY, at  my Home Page.
Click here for photographs taken at our 2005 Reunion
A happy group of students at the old brick school in Lyndon--circa 1950.
Anyone know the boy on the left in the second row, or the boy with his head turned in the back row?  The names of the rest can be seen here.
Chuck Braxton '63
Dr. Donald Boyd '59